Fun stuff for fans of crime fiction at Comic-Con


Comic-Con International 2014 kicks off today, and crowds have flocked to San Diego for a weekend of exciting events. What started out as a gathering for comic book aficionados has evolved into a multigenre entertainment and comic convention that attracts fans and stars from around the world.  Today, there’s something from everyone – including plenty to enjoy for fans of crime fiction at Comic-Con.

One of the highlights of Comic-Con for is the nonstop schedule of TV show panels. Stars from television’s most popular series join writers and directors to rehash last season, talk about upcoming storylines, and share stories from the writers’ room and the set. Fans of crime fictions at Comic-Con will be particularly interested to see the stars of Bones, based on the crime fiction novels written by Kathy Reichs, the cast of Grimm – the police procedural with a dark fantasy twist, and a panel with James Spader and other cast members from the FBI drama The Blacklist.

A neo-noir crime action thriller based on Frank Miller’s graphic novels, Frank Miller’s Sin City took on cult classic status after it was released in 2005. The sequel’s debut is just weeks away, but fans of crime fiction at Comic-Con can get a sneak peak of exclusive footage from Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and join co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller and cast members for a discussion about the gritty film noir flick hitting theatres in August.

Comic-Con international will also host a discussion with comic book writer Ed Brubaker.  Brubaker started out writing crime fiction comics like Lowlife, The Fall, and Scene of the Crime, and has returned to the genre with recent works – including the thrilling Velvet series created with Steve Epting. Brubaker will also talk about his noir comic book “Fatale,” which he created with artist Sean Phillips, along with the duo’s upcoming project “The Fade Out,” a crime drama set in Hollywood in 1948.

In addition to all the entertainment, Comic-Con also features an array of informative panels ideal for crime fiction writers. From becoming an indie publishing sensation to earning kickstarter cash for publishing projects, there are panels on every aspect of publishing books – with sessions like “Internet Marketing Secrets,” “Writing for TV,” and “Diversity in Genre Fiction.” Fans of crime fiction – or of the Lou Mason or Jack Davis series – should especially enjoy “101 Ways to Kill a Man,” where thriller authors like Tobias Buckell, Alex Hughes, and Stephen Blackmoore will brainstorm creative ways to commit murder and mayhem.

If you’re lucky enough to be in San Diego this weekend, don’t miss all the fun stuff for fans of crime fiction at Comic-Con! It’s sure to be an event like no other!