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A blog by Christina Weir & Nunzio DeFilippis

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Never Had A Friend Like Him

People (not many in my life, mercifully) have been wondering why so much attention is being paid to the death of Robin Williams, when so much of such importance is going on in the world.

An unarmed young man is shot by the police.

Turmoil is sweeping various regions of the world.

Heck, my best friend’s father passed away just over a week ago.

Why is Robin Williams’ death that much more tragic?

The answer is: it isn’t.  But it IS tragic, and it hits us where it hurts.

Here’s why - for me, anyway…

My best friend and I spent hours upon hours with “Robin Williams Live At The Met” when we were in college.  Listening to the CD.  Watching video of him performing.

He gave us such joy.

And now, my best friend’s father has passed.  And more than anything, I wish I could give him that joy again.

But the man who brought us all that happiness… he’s gone.  Consumed by his own depression.

That’s why it’s important.

We live in a world where there IS turmoil.

Where there is injustice.

A man whose gift was to make us all laugh, regardless of how cruel the world could be, is gone.

That is tragic.

Rest In Peace, Robin Williams.  You gave me, and people I love, so much joy.

I only wish you could have saved a little more for yourself.

- ND


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The Giant


The man was a giant until two years ago, when his back started hurting on a trip with his grandson to Europe. He’d had other issues with his health — knees that didn’t work right because of football played for the University of California at Berkeley; a heart defect that kept his pulse rate so low…

I beg to differ.  Greg Rucka is a giant, and it is in no small part because his father was one too, and he taught Greg to be that kind of man.

- ND

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San Diego Comic Con

Hey all,

We’re doing a short trip down to the Con this year - we’re only there on Saturday, with one signing.  But as part of that one day (or rather, the one night), we’ll also be doing a panel, something bigger and broader than our typical promote-our-latest-book events.

Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, 7/26

3:30pm-5pm  Signing at Oni Press, Booth #1833

8pm-9pm  Story Worlds: The Alchemy of Franchise Creation

Studios today are not buying movies. They are buying franchises. They want “Story Worlds” that can exist in multiple mediums. But it’s not just big franchises. Even smaller stories can be enhanced by using the multitude of mediums available to modern storytellers. In this panel discussion hosted by the New York Film Academy’s Screenwriting Department, industry experts weigh in on the concept of transmedia, from franchise creation to audience engagement, and how the new media landscape influences, expands, and oftentimes even enhances the storytelling process. Moderated by Adam Finer (chair of industry outreach and professional development, associate chair of media studies, New York Film Academy), the panel includes Dafna Pleban (editor, BOOM! Studios), Margaret Dunlap (The Middleman, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), Adam Moore (Dirt3, Vendor, associate chair of screenwriting, New York Film Academy), Nunzio DeFilippis (New X-Men, Amazing Agent Luna, director of curriculum development, New York Film Academy), Christina Weir (New X-Men, Amazing Agent Luna), Joe Harris (X-Files: Season 10, Ghost Projekt), and Flint Dille(Ingress, Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay).
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm   Room 25ABC
Exciting stuff.  Hope to see some of you there!

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Greg Rucka on his love for football


This has absolutely nothing to do with my new novel, Bravo, which is being published by these lovely Mulholland folks. Seriously, nothing to do with that. If that’s what you’re looking for, you shall be disappointed. You can leave now, I won’t mind. 

This is about football. Proper football, not hand-egg. Soccer, as it’s best-known in the United States, though I live in a peculiar part of the country where referring to it as such often gets you sneered at. Maybe it’s the climate, but I suppose a lot of Portlanders like to pretend they’re British, even if their Anglophilia is lost beneath the flannel and rivers of craft beer. I’ve never liked the name “soccer” personally, and yes, I know that it’s born from “association football.” Yet there’s no “ball” nor “foot” in the word “soccer” that I can discern, and thus, I rest my case.

So what the hell is an American born on the California central coast and living in the Pacific Northwest doing writing about proper football on the Mulholland site? Why, especially, when his new novel has absolutely nothing to do with the sport?

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My new novel, BRAVO, drops on July 22nd. It’s about this guy named Jad Bell who is a Special Forces operator on a super-duper-secret team and he runs around generally trying to do the right thing while many, many people try to do the wrong thing.

It’s also about this woman named Petra Nessuno who’s been deep deep deep undercover for almost two years and who’s now back “in the world” and having to deal with the fact that she had to be someone she’s not to survive, and that person she had to be had to do things she’s not particular at peace with, either. But she kinda misses being that other her. Because that other her was kinda awesome.

And it’s about this other woman who tells people her name is Jordan (but it’s not) and how she’s been deep deep deep undercover for, basically, her whole damn life, and she’s doing it all for the love of a man who is quite possibly a genius but also maybe totally bugfuck.

Love is funny.

And it’s about some other stuff. It is also the follow-up to my novel ALPHA, if you happened to have read that and are wondering what happens next.

Thing is, I’d really like people to buy this book. I think it’s a pretty good book, if I may say so myself. I like my publisher. They’ve been very, very supportive of me, of these books. I’d like to see their support rewarded.

To that end, my publisher, Mulholland Books, is doing a promotion. That’s the graphic above. You go to this link and you sign up and if you’re selected, you get a copy of ALPHA to give to a friend, and an advanced reading copy of BRAVO, signed by me, to keep for yourself.

Again, you go to this link. You sign up, and if you’re one of the randomly selected winners, you get the first Bell novel to give to a friend, lover, stranger, enemy, pet, whatever you like, and a signed advanced reading copy of BRAVO for yourself. Or your friend. Or lover, or stranger, or enemy, or pet, etc.

Supplies are limited. I know how many of those ARCs I signed, trust me. They are limited.

(I’d move fast if you want one.)


I’ve read this book. It’s a good book. You should read it too! - cw

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Amy Devlin reviews

Slowly, people are starting to read and review our latest Amy Devlin Mystery, LOST & FOUND.

And they seem to like it.

Here’s a review from Comics Worth Reading:


A review from Lifted Geek:


And one from Geek Mom (love that site name!):


One from Cover2Cover:


And one from Paperblog:


So check the book out (it’s on Comixology, or on Amazon and hopefully in your local comic book store).  These people think it’s worth your time.

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Not All Men, But Far Too Many

There’s a hashtag that’s making the rounds, making a strong impression.  #YesAllWomen.

I don’t want to try to make myself a part of that, because it belongs to women, who use it to shed some light on things that every woman must endure, or push past.

But it’s also a response, a response to men saying “not all men do that” when people (often women) point to actions of sexists or mysoginists.  I’m sure you’ve heard it before:  “Not every man is a rapist.”  “Not all men treat women like that.”  “Not every man thinks that way” or “…acts that way.”

And I’ll leave it women to counter that with “yes, but all women have had to deal with this.”

Instead, I’ll simply say this.  Not all men do these things, but far too many do.  Let’s hashtag that, guys.  Chronicle the mistakes of our gender, many of which we may have made ourselves at one point.


* Too many men think that feminism means disliking men.

It doesn’t.  It means advocating for equal treatment for women.  Men can, and should, be feminists.  Men should not resent feminists, and women should not fear being called one.

* Too many men think their needs are someone else’s problems.

If you are lonely, I’m not going be callous enough to say that’s your own fault.  But it sure as hell isn’t the problem of the woman you want to be with.  And it is in no way her fault.  You may deserve love, or companionship, or sex.  But you’re not ENTITLED to it.  So someone rejecting you is not doing anything wrong.  It’s that simple.

And too many men, including myself as a teenager, don’t seem to get that.

* Too many men think that their reactions are someone else’s doing.

I get it.  When you find someone attractive, it’s powerful stuff.  But being attractive is not the same as inviting attraction.  You’re entitled to find someone attractive.  But not to force that someone to deal with it.  And if a woman dresses nicely, that is for herself, not for you.  You’re owed nothing because of it.  Conversely, if a woman doesn’t want to dress or conduct herself according to the standards of beauty you hold for women, so what?  She’s not attacking you or your tastes.

* Too many men feel as if they are now the victim.

We - as men - are not being attacked.  We are losing a sense of power, to be sure, but it was power we had no right to.  The Men’s Rights Movement may come from an understandable place - when society’s values shift, men brought up to feel a certain way about our place in it can feel lost.  Or powerless.

But society’s values needed to shift.  And those fighting to shift it aren’t attacking men.  They’re protecting themselves.  Or empowering themselves.

Too much Men’s Rights talk comes from a place of being attacked, or being the victim.

But white straight men are not the victims.  As individuals, they (or we, honestly, because despite my Dominican heritage, I’ve mostly occupied a white male space in society) can be.  But as a demographic, we are not collectively victimized.  You know how I can tell?  Because we lack the perspective to know real victimization.

It’s tricky being a man today.  But ‘tricky’ isn’t victimized.

* Too many men don’t get it.

If one of the above ‘too many men’ comments describes you and thoughts and actions you consciously have or make, then you are part of the problem.

But there are other men, men who don’t act on these assumptions, who will read this list or one of many similar ones being expressed in the current weeks and months, and push back.

If you don’t see the truth in these statements (or similar ones) even when clarified that its not all men, just too many of them… then you don’t get it.  You’re part of the problem.

This all stems from one angry, lonely, possibly mentally ill young man stating he wanted to punish all women - and the men those women choose over him - by killing them all.  And then trying to do so.

Why did he do these things?  There are probably too many reasons to properly sort.  Guns should be a part of that discussion.  But this isn’t a situation that’s JUST about guns.  Some have blamed nerd culture for too often making women objects in quests, conquests to be won, and maybe for convincing nerd guys that persistence is a virtue and that women unimpressed with us can be persuaded to change their no into a yes.  That’s an important analysis to have, as well.  The Pickup Artist movement has come under fire for similarly making women objects of quests and also promoting a sense of entitlement among men.  We should be looking at that.  How we treat the mentally ill will be discussed, even as we realize that the mentally ill are more often victims than perpetrators of violence, because the shooter’s pathology was on display before the shooting, was recognized as problematic, but nothing was done or could be done.

But this isn’t all just a geek problem, or all just a gun problem, or all just a pickup problem, or all just a mental illness problem.

Part of this talk has to center around a guy problem.

Men have to stop looking at women as if they are to blame for our loneliness or our rage.  Or like they are the solution, the holy grail at the end of the chase, and anyone who prevents us from getting that is doing us wrong, especially the women themselves.

Not every man who feels this way acts on it in such a violent manner.  But isn’t one enough?  And isn’t thinking about women this way a problem regardless of how we act on it?

Not every man feels this way.  But too many do.

- ND

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