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I’m McOld Now

Newsletter Posted on Tue, September 22, 2020 09:09:41

Last Saturday I was forced to admit there are more good days behind me than ahead. I turned fifty-nine. That said, thanks to Kim and her family, I had the nicest birthday I’ve had in decades. While most people have birthday memories which feature thoughts like “I saw a pretty balloon” mine tend to be more akin to “Drunken biker pulled gun.” I liked this year’s version much better.

Moving on, as many of you know I teach Sunday school, and the occasional adult ed class, at church. What you may not know is that I’m a huge fan of the New Testament. Give me the Gospel of Mark, add in the pointed humor of Beatitudes, and I’m a happy guy. So, naturally, when I get selected to lead a class I’m assigned, without fail, Genesis. Which is the antithesis of the New Testament. 

You can imagine my joy when New Wave Comics asked me to pen a series of Christian comic books for tweens and teens. I wrote the first one, a look at how envy can destroy people, made sure to include giant monster’s, clear morals, and a fun swipe at beauty pageants. 

I bet you know what’s coming.

The publisher reached out to me and asked for an origin story, Genesis 3 I guess, so the uninitiated would understand the back story. To make it fit the story I’d written I mixed parts of Genesis 1 and 2, ladled in some Dante, and added celestial flowers since I think they’re pretty. Don’t judge me.

Nevertheless, the resulting comic, CROSSTITCH: ALPHA (Envy) is in the hands of an artist, and will be coming to a Kickstarter near you on October 15th. The publisher is assembling a platter full of perks that backers, like you, can earn when they join the fun. 

I’ll keep you updated as things progress, but I’d be a bad McSciFi if I didn’t give you a tease.

More below.



I was chatting with an Instagram buddy two days ago and he mentioned how much he’d enjoyed reading SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY. That was great to hear, but confusing as well. You see, he lives in Chennai, which is in India, and we don’t have distribution there. 

Or so we thought.

Apparently, as my minimal fame inexorably grows, Amazon has opened up my author’s page in every country so people can buy anything I’ve written that they carry, That last part is key. Due to cost restrictions we don’t use Amazon for comics. There are a couple of early iterations of Legends Parallel there that you can get cheaper, shipping included, just by CLICKING HERE and making me walk to the post office. Also, to be blunt, our private printer produces a superior product. 

Still, if you’re in India and want to burn through some of those rupees you’ve been saving for a rainy day, just  CLICK HERE and have fun. You can get the KDP version of SPLICE for a mere ₹ 449.00. Also, just like in America, you can order hard copies, of some titles, if you wish. For example, for a paltry ₹ 1,413.00 you can have The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: The classic tale and an anthology of twists, retellings, and sequels. which  is an amazing anthology.

Circling back, this weekend I got to meet two new fans who enjoyed SPLICE immensely. They were even nice enough to demand that I autograph their copy.

More below.




While I’m beyond thrilled to be writing a couple of comics for younger readers, with Bob: Sins of the Son also in the works, I’m not abandoning my brain bending, more mature, titles. Just click on any link to wallow in the awesomeness of it all.

LEGENDS PARALLEL
Hadithi Sambamba Comix
A man, his mom, and her lover have to save the multiverse. No one said this shit would be easy. The perfect series for those who think quantum physics isn’t sexy, or violent, enough. One story, five Earths, twelve issues. Art by Leslie Tejlor.

HYBRID ZERO: JUGGERNAUT
Dr. Strangefate Publishing /Hadithi Sambamba Comix
Set in the distant future, Hybrid Zero is the story of a human/alien fusion and her strange family. They live in an era where sexuality, in all its joyful panoply, is lauded and violence is taboo. This group of aristocratic soldiers must face down their own petty, in the grand scheme of things, problems and stop a trans-dimensional creature before it destroys the universe. Or not. You know how things can get sometimes.

HYBRID ZERO: JUNGLE GRRL
Dr. Strangefate Publishing / Hadithi Sambamba Comix
In a far future the universe has taken many unusual turns. Genetic manipulation has led to many unforeseen consequences. One is, after Earth had been destroyed, a group of rich investors rebuilt it to be an amusement park like nothing you’ve ever seen. Complete with sex forests and dino clones. 

HYBRID ZERO: CASSANDRA AND THE CHANGELING SWORD
Dr. Strangefate Publishing / Hadithi Sambamba Comix
She’s a ninety-six year old dead chick whose spirit is in a new dimension where she’s now a young woman with mystical powers who lives with a chain smoking, hard drinking, MIT educated, prostitute who’s also a master craftsperson who creates all sorts of wonderful things to help keep Cassandra alive. Or whatever it is she is. 

RUH ROH RANGERS
Hadithi Sambamba Comix
Those meddlesome kids are all grown up. A savage satire featuring the work of the 2019 Glyph Nominated artist, Maku Tellez, this is the comic that will ruin your childhood and make your day. Scooby Dooby Don’t!

SVAROZIC
Hadithi Sambamba Comix
A woman trapped inside a man, a god trapped inside a human. Part of the Independent Creators Connection (ICC) ring anthology. Each character, created by different artists, has an elemental force controlled by a ring. They will try to stay alive as a dark menace hunts them down and tries and steal their powers. Art by SBRii.

THE EDGAR ALLAN POE CHRONICLES
Dren Productions, LLC
My take on The Oval Portrait has been included in a collection of sci-fi reimaginings of the works of Edgar Allan Poe featuring graphic artists who’ve worked on comics for Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man and many more. It’s a really cool project and I’m honored to be a part of it.

Until next week, stay safe, sane and inside.





McThanks! You McDid It!

Newsletter Posted on Tue, September 15, 2020 09:31:31

Good Morning!

First and foremost, a giant round of applause to all you maniacs who subscribed to my YouTube channel. It is now, officially,  YouTube.com/BillMcSciFi. And, as I promised, I have been updating it every Thursday by adding videos of me reading selections from my writing. This is as exciting as it sounds. Yet, since I keep things short, it seems to be garnering me new fans. 

Speaking of new fans, I got one this week who shared his thoughts about SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY. I’ll post his review below but, suffice it to say, he liked it. More importantly, as a former Captain in the United States Army, he thought the military life rang true. Since that’s almost half the book, it’s kind of important. I also got a review from another author, whose publisher refuses to let me use their name, that had me laughing. So I’ll post their comments, without attribution but with the author’s permission, below the review.

All in all, people seem to like SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY. That’s always a good thing.
CLICK HERE to buy the Kindle. CLICK HERE to get the paperback. CLICK HERE to send me stories about your pets. 

More below.




In the famous words of Dr. Johnny Fever, “Rocktober’s gonna rock, fellow babies!” I will be appearing at CRoM Con VII and LA Book Fest. Both are digital events but both have thousands of virtual attendees. When I did the last book fest I got over a thousand new subscribers to this e-blast. That led to many of them checking out my FREE STUFF which eventually led to some of them BUYING my stuff. 

This is all part of my evil plan for world domination so I’m well pleased.

Now, on to the more immediate issue. A couple of people have asked if I will sit for a ZOOM interview, or something similar. Quite honestly, with all the cons I’ve lost this year, I’d show up for an envelope opening. So, yeah. All you have to do is ask. Just CLICK HERE to reach out and we can hammer out the deets.

More below.



Before I go, allow me to join the Greek Chorus of humans who hate the new Facebook. It debuted in 2004 and now it looks like it’s sixteen years behind the times. That’s not a good thing. But since I’m part of the commodity they market, and not the sales team, no one asked me.

Still, on the plus side, I will have new comics coming out before the end of the year, Goptri of the Mists, the long anticipated prequel/sequel to The Brittle Riders is coming out, and I have a few short stories which will soon see the light of day. 

In other words, not everything sucks.

Until next week, stay safe, sane, and inside.





A McQuickie

Newsletter Posted on Tue, September 08, 2020 08:56:25

Good Morning!

You know it’s going to be a weird day when you wake up, guzzle some java, and find the owner of Jelly Belly Candies is channeling his inner Wonka and giving away a candy factory. If owning a candy factory is something you’ve always dreamed of, click the link and have fun.

Whether or not you have an insatiable sweet tooth I know that, as a regular reader of these emails, you’re secretly a Chinese sex ninja (NSFW) who likes dinosaur clones and drinking beer. Or not. Either way, I know you’re a person of impeccable taste.

Last week, I asked you to subscribe to my YouTube channel so I could get to the minimum number of subscribers required for me to customize the channel address. Many of you did and I’m close to attaining my goal.

Basically, I am trying to get it to conform to everything else I have and make it YouTube.com/BillMcSciFi. If you go to my website, and you should – it’s really nice and I put a lot of work into designing it, you’ll see that I have managed to brand all my social media links using @BillMcSciFi

Now, I’ll admit, I’ve ignored my YouTube channel for years. I got one so I could subscribe to stuff that interested me, like Tasting History – yes, I’m a geek, but not to promote anything. However, during this pandemic, I’ve noticed that authors with active YouTube channels get considerably more traction than those without. Since traction equals sales, and sales pay my rent, this fact was not lost on me.

My goal is to upload one short video, every Thursday, of me reading a selection from one of my published works. There’s a lot of them so that should keep me going for a while. As of right now there’s video of me reading from The Brittle Riders and KORZAC: NORDICON OF DERN. There’s also some other stuff that doesn’t require you to suffer my voice or pandemic hair.

On an unrelated tangent, allow me to share a pic of a young man who accepted his prize for winning his school’s learning challenge, for his grade level, while wearing a Bill McSciFi face mask. That just seems cool as heck to me.

More below.



We are entering week three of having a publicist for SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY. As someone who’s worked in the entertainment industry most of my life, I’m well aware it takes, at least, eight weeks to get the world’s attention. People aren’t leaping to the internet every day screaming  “I NEED MY FREAKING McSCIFI!!

Someday, hopefully, but not yet.

That said, I am well pleased with the results thus far. Sales are starting to climb, humans are starting to add me on social media, my mailing list is growing, complete strangers who work for social media platforms have reached out to me to help me professionalize my delivery, at no charge, and things are inching ever upward.

Can’t really bitch about that.

Also, based on the pic we got from one fan, the SPLICE gear looks amazing.

PaperbackKindle – Gear

Just a little bit more.



Finally, a quick reminder. You can join the ranks of celebrities like John Fugelsang, Kid Bode, and Rosario Dawson, as well as regular Joes and Janes, who’ve gotten themselves autographed copies of Bill McSciFi’s literary masterpieces. All you have to do is CLICK HERE and have fun.

Until next week, stay safe, sane, and inside.



I Need a McFavor

Newsletter Posted on Tue, September 01, 2020 10:09:07

Building YouTube

Apparently, now that I have a publicist, I’m supposed to interact with people and be pleasant. Since there’s a raging pandemic killing people, that requires some different options.

Last Sunday I did a fun interview with Meredith Loughran at iNDEEvent. We talked about comics, creators, and cocaine. The whole interview is around fifteen minutes, so give it a watch when you can.

One thing I noticed was that authors who had active YouTube channels tended to have better traction than those who don’t. 

I have never messed with YouTube as an author, simply never saw the point. In other words, I have a YouTube channel, I just ignored it. Now, you may have noticed a theme with all I do, every social media account is found @BillMcSciFi. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Vimeo, Goodreads, are all @BillMcSciFi. It keeps things simple.

But, to make that a thing on YouTube I need to get one hundred people to subscribe to my channel. That’s where you come in. Just CLICK HERE, and then tap the big, red, subscribe button on the right hand side. 

To make all your hard work worth your time, I’ll start posting snippets, just a few minutes each, of me reading from my various books, stories, and ladling missives from fonts of floofy falderol every Thursday. I did a reading from The Brittle Riders at the last LA Book Fest and people seemed to like that.  

Apparently, I’m warm and engaging. 

Yeah, I was surprised too.

Anyway, please, CLICK HERE, tap the red button, and enjoy.

More to come.

 

Okay, let’s move on to everybody’s favorite new thriller, SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY. You can now get the paperback at Barnes and Noble and the Kindle at Amazon. Obviously, given what the country’s going through Barnes and Noble isn’t adding new stock. They’ve got months worth of stuff sitting around they need to sell first before they get to me. 

That said, they will happily send you your copy so you can read it in the safety of your own home or they can arrange for you to pick it up at a location near you. 

Now, I know some of you don’t have Amazon accounts so you can’t leave a review. If you read it and want the universe to know, you can always leave a review on my Good Reads page or on the Barnes and Noble page. All you need is a valid email address to post there.  

He is an enigma known only as Splice, a criminal mastermind with unlimited resources, cunning, and guile. A silent force who can make world leaders disappear in a miasma of blood and gore. But how did he get here? Where did he come from? The world may never know, but you will.

More below.



Finally, an update on the IBADAN COMIC CON in Nigeria. Due to lingering concerns about COVID-19, they are moving the dates to November 27th and 28th and the event will be strictly virtual. They tried working with authorities but it was finally decided that putting almost 20,000 people in a single building for two days was too great a risk to entertain. At least not until there’s a vaccine. 

I should also note that, despite public skepticism concerning the validity of the disease, officials in Nigeria have done a great job of testing and flattening the curve. So, we’ll support digitally for now and look forward to the day we can show up and shake hands with everyone.

In the meantime, here’s some comics you can check out now.

LEGENDS PARALLEL
Hadithi Sambamba Comix
Free samples online. A man, his mom, and her lover have to save the multiverse. No one said this shit would be easy. The perfect series for those who think quantum physics isn’t sexy, or violent, enough. One story, five Earths, twelve issues. Art by Leslie Tejlor.

HYBRID ZERO: JUGGERNAUT
Dr. Strangefate Publishing /Hadithi Sambamba Comix
Set in the distant future, Hybrid Zero is the story of a human/alien fusion and her strange family. They live in an era where sexuality, in all its joyful panoply, is lauded and violence is taboo. This group of aristocratic soldiers must face down their own petty, in the grand scheme of things, problems and stop a trans-dimensional creature before it destroys the universe. Or not. You know how things can get sometimes.

HYBRID ZERO: JUNGLE GRRL
Dr. Strangefate Publishing / Hadithi Sambamba Comix
In a far future the universe has taken many unusual turns. Genetic manipulation has led to many unforeseen consequences. One is, after Earth had been destroyed, a group of rich investors rebuilt it to be an amusement park like nothing you’ve ever seen. Complete with sex forests and dino clones. 

HYBRID ZERO: CASSANDRA AND THE CHANGELING SWORD
Dr. Strangefate Publishing / Hadithi Sambamba Comix
She’s a ninety-six year old dead chick whose spirit is in a new dimension where she’s now a young woman with mystical powers who lives with a chain smoking, hard drinking, MIT educated, prostitute who’s also a master craftsperson who creates all sorts of wonderful things to help keep Cassandra alive. Or whatever it is she is. 

RUH ROH RANGERS
Hadithi Sambamba Comix
Read for free online. Those meddlesome kids are all grown up. A savage satire featuring the work of the 2019 Glyph Nominated artist, Maku Tellez, this is the comic that will ruin your childhood and make your day. Scooby Dooby Don’t!

SVAROZIC
Hadithi Sambamba Comix
Read for free online. A woman trapped inside a man, a god trapped inside a human. Part of the Independent Creators Connection (ICC) ring anthology. Each character, created by different artists, has an elemental force controlled by a ring. They will try to stay alive as a dark menace hunts them down and tries and steal their powers. Art by SBRii.

THE EDGAR ALLAN POE CHRONICLES
Dren Productions, LLC
My take on The Oval Portrait has been included in a collection of sci-fi reimaginings of the works of Edgar Allan Poe featuring graphic artists who’ve worked on comics for Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man and many more. It’s a really cool project and I’m honored to be a part of it.

Until next week, stay safe, sane and inside.



McSciFi in McBrick and McMortar Stores

Newsletter Posted on Tue, August 25, 2020 08:43:56

Greetings Newbies! You picked a great day to join.

Some things are simply unrelated. For example, I use Mailchimp to get you your weekly dose of coolness and Shirley Manson promotes Mailchimp. That does not mean Shirley Manson promotes me. She should, but she doesn’t.

Other things are related. 

Yesterday, Azoth Khem and Watchdog Entertainment signed an agreement with Alicia Freeman Publicity to handle the promotion of SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY. Alicia comes with a stellar reputation as a true professional who increases her clients’ status in the public eye while boosting their bottom line. She’s also responsible for creating nude cults of rabid, vodka loving, pansexuals for them. That last part may just have been my fever dream. We’ll find out as time goes on.

Anyway, also yesterday, SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY was picked up by Barnes and Noble. This means you can, finally, get your sweaty hands on a hard copy of the book. Also, it means better royalties for us, at no additional cost to you, if you buy from B&N.

Right now, thanks to COVID-19, you can only order it for delivery or arrange pick up at your nearest location; they’re not stocking new titles just yet. Which is fine. We’re in their catalog and being added to more as I type. That’s the important part. 

Today Barnes and Noble, tomorrow the world!

MU HU HA HA  HA!!!

Okay, sorry, I’m calm now.

Much more below.



For the next slab of greatness, I turn my email blast over to the indefatigable Meredith Loughran.

Hello comic book fans and creators! 

iNDEEvent launches once again this weekend August 29-30th with our End of Summer Back & Back to School Book Sale.

We’ve got indie creators who are bringing their shows to the Saturday playlist and everyone is encouraged to tune in and interact. Sunday continues the fun with a new idea; a real selling component where we’ll have creators sitting with us during our “SELL BLOCKS”.

People will have an opportunity to hear pitches and support ongoing Kickstarters, IndieGoGo or other crowdfunding campaigns, or direct selling to customers and friends across multiple networks which include Geek Insider, Indie Volt, and the Comic Book Advocates Network. So mark your calendar for this coming weekend. And if you can’t make it to the live shows, no worries! They will be available for replay and our participants will be listed on our website. 

Bookmark http://indeevent.com for details and the schedule of events or check out #iNDEEvent on social media. See you there.
 

Since I have a dining room full of comics, and like selling them, I’m excited to be a part of this event. I will be hanging around all weekend, so feel free to drop by, say hi, and make someone buy you a copy of one of my comics. In fact, make them buy you two. You’re worth it.

Still more below. I’ve been busy.



The nice people over at Sweetycat Press have been McFans of McSciFi for a while. They included me in their WHO’S WHO OF EMERGING WRITERS, which featured over one hundred, up and coming, authors from all over the world, representing numerous genres.

Well, now, I’m beyond thrilled to announce they just released THE BOOK OF BOOKS, which details over one hundred new books you need to check out and there are two McSciFi listings; SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY and, the upcoming, Goptri of the Mists

As always, I’ll note that Sweetycat does not charge authors to be in their publications, and all editorial decisions are theirs, and theirs alone. 

Which makes all of this even cooler!

A little bit more below.




As you can tell, my multiverse is expanding. That makes it more important to me that you stay safe, sane, and inside. A lot of you have been here since day one so I’d hate to lose you now.

See you next week!



Stop McBy and Say McHi

Newsletter Posted on Tue, August 18, 2020 09:18:54

It’s That Exciting Time of the Year!

Or, it would be if we could safely go anywhere. Still, thanks to Zoom, Facebook Groups, and other services, we can assemble virtually. Which is something. And it is something I’m going to be doing again. On August 29th & 30th I’ll be one of the hucksters at iNDEEvent

Put together by the indefatigable Meredith Loughran, the event breaks out nicely over the two days. Saturday, the 29th, there will be a day filled with panels, hosted by creators from all over the world. On Sunday, the 30th, it will be a sell-a-thon where you can scan a QR code, bust out your credit card, and buy, buy, buy!

What makes this event a little different than others I’ve done is that it’s exclusively for comic books. So I’ll be mad pimping Hadithi Sambamba Comix.

More below.



In other exciting news, SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY is now rolling out as a hard copy. It will be available through Barnes and Noble and many other fine retailers. If it’s not up in your area yet, just check in later. Given how understaffed some places are right now, it may take them a bit to update their websites.

Sadly, no matter how cool you think I am. I’m not always a priority to mega-corporations. 

Hopefully, that will change some day.

Now, he’s an enigma known only as Splice; a criminal mastermind with unlimited resources, cunning, and guile. A silent force who can make world leaders disappear in a miasma of blood and gore. But how did he get here? Where did he come from? The world may never know, but you will.

Still some more to go.



In other comic related news, we have temporarily sold out of the Legends Parallel Graphic Novel. I will be restocking but, until then, we are offering it as a Print on Demand item. There’s no extra cost to you, so that’s one less thing to cause you grief. That said, there’s still a bunch of stuff you can enjoy, and find out more about at iNDEEvent next weekend. 

I’ll post appearance times next week, once everything’s nailed in.

Also, a quick update on the IBADAN COMIC CON in Nigeria. Due to lingering concerns about COVID-19, they are moving the date back a few months. They are working with Nigerian officials to make sure they comply with all health regulations but still can promote a fun event. They are hoping to have it all agreed to by this weekend. Once they have a hard date I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, here’s stuff you can check out now.

LEGENDS PARALLEL
Hadithi Sambamba Comix
Free samples online. A man, his mom, and her lover have to save the multiverse. No one said this shit would be easy. The perfect series for those who think quantum physics isn’t sexy, or violent, enough. One story, five Earths, twelve issues. Art by Leslie Tejlor.

HYBRID ZERO: JUGGERNAUT
Dr. Strangefate Publishing /Hadithi Sambamba Comix
Set in the distant future, Hybrid Zero is the story of a human/alien fusion and her strange family. They live in an era where sexuality, in all its joyful panoply, is lauded and violence is taboo. This group of aristocratic soldiers must face down their own petty, in the grand scheme of things, problems and stop a trans-dimensional creature before it destroys the universe. Or not. You know how things can get sometimes.

HYBRID ZERO: JUNGLE GRRL
Dr. Strangefate Publishing / Hadithi Sambamba Comix
In a far future the universe has taken many unusual turns. Genetic manipulation has led to many unforeseen consequences. One is, after Earth had been destroyed, a group of rich investors rebuilt it to be an amusement park like nothing you’ve ever seen. Complete with sex forests and dino clones. 

HYBRID ZERO: CASSANDRA AND THE CHANGELING SWORD
Dr. Strangefate Publishing / Hadithi Sambamba Comix
She’s a ninety-six year old dead chick whose spirit is in a new dimension where she’s now a young woman with mystical powers who lives with a chain smoking, hard drinking, MIT educated, prostitute who’s also a master craftsperson who creates all sorts of wonderful things to help keep Cassandra alive. Or whatever it is she is. 

RUH ROH RANGERS
Hadithi Sambamba Comix
Read for free online. Those meddlesome kids are all grown up. A savage satire featuring the work of the 2019 Glyph Nominated artist, Maku Tellez, this is the comic that will ruin your childhood and make your day. Scooby Dooby Don’t!

SVAROZIC
Hadithi Sambamba Comix
Read for free online. A woman trapped inside a man, a god trapped inside a human. Part of the Independent Creators Connection (ICC) ring anthology. Each character, created by different artists, has an elemental force controlled by a ring. They will try to stay alive as a dark menace hunts them down and tries and steal their powers. Art by SBRii.

THE EDGAR ALLAN POE CHRONICLES
Dren Productions, LLC
My take on The Oval Portrait has been included in a collection of sci-fi reimaginings of the works of Edgar Allan Poe featuring graphic artists who’ve worked on comics for Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man and more. It’s a really cool project and I’m honored to be a part of it.



As always, stay safe, sane and inside. If you can’t do that wear the freaking mask. 

Also, last week, sharp eyed readers let me know I was missing some pics in the collage I’d shared. 

I had no idea anyone paid that much attention.

Anyway, I found them, added them in, and now can present you a full collage of McSciFi Fun.

See you next week!



Another McTuesday

Newsletter Posted on Tue, August 11, 2020 09:06:11

Hello Everyone.

Time once again to check in on the multiverses of McSciFi. Last week, at the behest of the world’s greatest girlfriend (mine) we added personal delivery of any McSciFi merchandise as long as the buyer lives within one hour of South Chicago. We did our first, masked and socially distanced, delivery last Sunday and it was fun. We didn’t get any pics, sorry – I really suck at that, but we did drop off a copy of The Brittle Riders to an eager fan.

Also, speaking of merchandise, we have added several new options to the McSciFi GEAR tab. Plus sized T-shirts, bandannas, and more. There are over 120 options for each design. You can festoon your entire family, loved ones, and random strangers in all things McSciFi and still leave stuff unbought. 

So, click THIS LINK to fulfill all your fantastic fashion fantasies. 

More below.

As you may have heard, I have a couple of novels out. Hard copies of SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY and The Brittle Riders Omnibus Edition are on back-order, but headed your way. That said, if you want Book(s) 1, 2, or 3 of The Brittle Riders, just CLICK HERE to place your order. And, as noted above, if you live within an hour of South Chicago I’ll show up at your home with an autographed copy. 

Now, he’s an enigma known only as Splice; a criminal mastermind with unlimited resources, cunning, and guile. A silent force who can make world leaders disappear in a miasma of blood and gore. But how did he get here? Where did he come from? The world may never know, but you will.
*****
A brilliant man hosted a party. It was such a good party that it culminated in the death of all humanity. That story is boring and oft-told. This is not that story. This is the story of what happened next. The Brittle Riders, apocalypses are funny that way.

Check out the cool new promo graphics we have for each release.

More below.

Exciting news from Hadithi Sambamba Comix. After a long, and circuitous, journey, BOB: SINS OF THE SON is getting made. The whimsical story of the son of Death who wants to be a superhero in Chicago features a revamped Pater Noster and a little girl who makes sense of the world. His dad does not approve and his sister thinks he’s an idiot. 

Originally written to be an over-the-top porn satire, the script ended up going in a different direction and, at times, becoming almost sweet. A couple of rewrites later and I had a wonderful, teen friendly, story packed with action and spirituality. The debut issue will not be an origin story and will, instead, leap right into the deep end. I felt that the family of death was a graspable concept and context clues could fill in any gaps as you read along.

The art will be handled by, the legendary. ghoulbeanz. She handled all the art on Savorzic back when she was known as SBRii. There will also be a new logo created by Nick Holmes from Antlur. Nick created The Brittle Riders logo and rebuilt the logo for Legends Parallel. I think it’s safe to say this is going to be one spiffy looking title.

A little more below.

On a sad note, my long time friend, and internationally renowned music producer, Howie Beno passed away suddenly yesterday. I won’t bore you with stories of our exploits and will, instead, say he led a life well lived.

And he will be missed.

In the meantime, stay safe, sane, and inside, and, if you have to go outside, wear a fucking mask. 

See you next week.



Staying McSafe and McSane

Newsletter Posted on Tue, August 04, 2020 08:35:21

First off, some good news. Ryan Gatenby, the host of The Big Wakeup Call on WBIG, just celebrated the tenth year of sharing his show with the multiverse. I’ll let him tell you all about it.

We celebrated an entire decade of whatever it is we do here with calls from some of our favorite and most frequent guests, including Scott Aukerman from “Comedy Bang Bang,” Ben Gleib from “Idiotest” and the new “Nowhere Comedy Club,” Dylan Brody from “The Corona Dialogues,” Best-selling authors and fashion bloggers Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan, and the only member of the 400 timers club, the World News Center’s Bill McCormick.

We also revisited clips from some of my favorite interviews over the years, including Graham Nash, Mike Love, Dick Cavett, Kristen Schaal, Vanessa Bayer, Jim Breuer, Jim Gaffigan, and Elvis Costello.

Plus:  the only two guests to say naughty words on our show, Aubrey Plaza and “Cake Boss”  Buddy Valastro!

Thank you for all of your support over the last ten years.  Thank you to all of my guests who have made the show so special.


The “400 timers club” refers to the number of times I have appeared on the show. I’ll be celebrating my tenth anniversary as a guest this October. 

CLICK HERE if you’d like to check it out.

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In good news for me, and my landlord, SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY seems to be moving off the digital shelves and onto the sweaty devices of happy people all over the world. There was a minor technical glitch which slowed up the hard copy from being released, but it should be available by the time you’re done with work today.

On a fun note, one reader pointed out how much they enjoyed the book since it’s not science fiction. It is, it’s just not set in the distant future or on an alien world. More like CSI, and its myriad collection of related shows, it’s near future scifi. That means the tech in the book is on a drawing table somewhere, but it’s nowhere near the streets.

Now, he’s an enigma known only as Splice; a criminal mastermind with unlimited resources, cunning, and guile. A silent force who can make world leaders disappear in a miasma of blood and gore. But how did he get here? Where did he come from? The world may never know, but you will.

Obviously, thanks to the pandemic, the film has been delayed since putting film crews in national hot spots is a bad idea. Or, as I like to say, killing people you like is rude. That said, I am blessed to be working with functioning adults and they’re not going to rush into anything until they’re convinced it’s safe to do so. 

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In fun comic book news, Hadithi Sambamba has packaged up Hybrid Zero and Legend Parallel into a single promotion to help people understand, more fully, what they’re getting into.

Two remarkably cool, gender fluid, multiverses to play in. We live in a country where naked women are art and naked men are terrifying, ergo these books are artfully terrifying. Not just naughty pics, there’s words and plots too.

It’s a rapidly expanding multiverse and you don’t want to miss a thing.

LEGENDS PARALLEL
Hadithi Sambamba Comix
Free samples online. A man, his mom, and her lover have to save the multiverse. No one said this shit would be easy. The perfect series for those who think quantum physics isn’t sexy, or violent, enough. One story, five Earths, twelve issues. Art by Leslie Tejlor.

HYBRID ZERO: JUGGERNAUT
Dr. Strangefate Publishing /Hadithi Sambamba Comix
Set in the distant future, Hybrid Zero is the story of a human/alien fusion and her strange family. They live in an era where sexuality, in all its joyful panoply, is lauded and violence is taboo. This group of aristocratic soldiers must face down their own petty, in the grand scheme of things, problems and stop a trans-dimensional creature before it destroys the universe. Or not. You know how things can get sometimes.

HYBRID ZERO: JUNGLE GRRL
Dr. Strangefate Publishing / Hadithi Sambamba Comix
In a far future the universe has taken many unusual turns. Genetic manipulation has led to many unforeseen consequences. One is, after Earth had been destroyed, a group of rich investors rebuilt it to be an amusement park like nothing you’ve ever seen. Complete with sex forests and dino clones. 

HYBRID ZERO: CASSANDRA AND THE CHANGELING SWORD
Dr. Strangefate Publishing / Hadithi Sambamba Comix
She’s a ninety-six year old dead chick whose spirit is in a new dimension where she’s now a young woman with mystical powers who lives with a chain smoking, hard drinking, MIT educated, prostitute who’s also a master craftsperson who creates all sorts of wonderful things to help keep Cassandra alive. Or whatever it is she is. 

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As always, if you’d like to convert your friends and colleagues to the cult of McSciFi just SHARE THIS LINK and let them sample my worlds for free. The more adventurous among them will be devoted followers soon enough. And, if you think you’ve missed something, feel free to peruse it at your leisure. 

In the meantime, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for people to take this pandemic seriously. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay six feet, or more, away from people you’re not living with. An entire family my girlfriend knows, including their week old infant, all tested positive. Odds are they’ll be fine, they’re young and healthy. But, had it not been caught, they could have spread it to their older relatives, or someone with underlying medical issues, and those people would die. 

Also, even if you live, almost thirty percent of patients have lingering health issues ranging from minor lung irritation to early onset dementia. One personal friend lost twenty percent of her lung capacity and had to quit her job. She’s twenty-five.

If you want to know more about this just CLICK HERE for a series of articles I wrote that have vetted facts.

Until next week, stay safe, sane, and inside.



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