Friday

SERIAL FICTION: BALE'S GAME, CHAPTER 12 - PAWN TO QUEEN FOUR



Jon Bale and inscrutable Company girl Jennifer have some good old-fashioned detective work to do in 'Pawn to Queen Four' Chapter 12 of Bale's Game by K. Patrick Glover
, up on Weaponizer now.

It was a nice house in a nice neighborhood. Upper middle class, lots of children running around, all the lawns neatly maintained. Garden gnomes in almost every yard. That was weird. Still, not the place you’d expect to find a family of spies.

We parked on the street and walked up the front walkway. Everything looked immaculate. You’d never know something horrible had happened inside...

READ "PAWN TO QUEEN FOUR" BALE'S GAME, CHAPTER 12, NOW.


NEW READERS: START HERE
READ FROM THE BEGINNING

Monday

FLASH FICTION: HORSE by Louise Boyd

Original image "Hovel / Schuppen" by solar.empire


Weaponizer is delighted to welcome new recruit Louise Boyd to the corps. Her first piece of writing for us is the haunting flashfic, "Horse", and there are more to come. You can read Louise blogging about writing here.

...A young girl turned old in a year, curled in a ball listens to the septic weeping walls dripping on concrete. Her lungs are full of rot, from the damp air she breathes. In the corner, something moves, too blurred to define. It circles her, stays in the shadows. She can feel the eye that led her here, feel its hunger to feed... READ "HORSE" NOW


Thursday

SERIAL FICTION: WEAPON EYES, SIR - CHAPTER 6 - WEAPONIZER


Paul S. Grimsley's biopunk apocalypse ramps up the transhuman interest as a visionary new player takes to the stage in Chapter 6 of Weapon Eyes, Sir...

After he had reached a point where no more ink could be worked into the intricate designs that covered his body he decided that scarification offered reinterpretative design options that might satisfy his hunger. Yet again he found himself pushing hard at another barrier and the idea of subdermal implants came to him... READ "WEAPONIZER", CHAPTER 6 OF WEAPON EYES, SIR.

NEW READERS:
READ WEAPON EYES, SIR FROM THE BEGINNING

Paul's book Warchalking is available here. "Nine tales that skin reality."

Wednesday

SERIAL FICTION: KANSAS, CHAPTER 17: CRASH JOB


'CRASH JOB' - Chapter 17 of Kansas, is now up on weaponizer. Matthew McLean's cyberpunk espionage thriller serial is the latest thing in five-minutes-into-the-future suspense

With Hatcher under intense surveillance by the dogged Durham and Nixon, a dark episode from his secret history comes to light...

The two professionals sat in silence. After a moment, Nixon turned back to the surveillance equipment. He had learned more about his partner in the last few minutes than he had in the last few months. His face turned an eerie green as it bathed in the monitor lights.

"So how do you want to handle this?" ...READ THE REST OF 'CRASH JOB', CHAPTER 17 OF KANSAS, NOW.


NEW READERS - START HERE
READ KANSAS FROM THE BEGINNING
Series Catchup post here

Tuesday

NON-FICTION: THE NOUGHTIES - WTF JUST HAPPENED? 2002 - A GOLDEN AGE



Niall O'Conghaile - AKA The Niallist - is a blogger, DJ, producer and co-founder of Little Rock Records. In the third of this series of discursive articles for Weaponizer he continues his pop-cultural post-mortem on the first decade of the 21st century. Under the microscope this time is the Jubilee Year, 2002, and an epic clash of civilisations...

2002, how shall we define thee? With dance acts or with rock bands? Because that's where my head was at the time - a child of early Nineties rock who had fallen happily in love with the dance culture of the late Nineties, and could now feel them both fighting for custody of my very identity...
READ THE NOUGHTIES - WTF JUST HAPPENED? 2002 - A GOLDEN AGE, NOW

Monday

COMICS: A WICKED LITTLE TOWN, CHAPTER 2

K. Patrick Glover and Keith Perkins' webcomic 'A WICKED LITTLE TOWN' continues! In Chapter 2, we see Doc Holliday's people-reading skills come to the fore, as the legend of the Wild West's most famous lawmen unfolds! Click the image below to read Chapter 2!


NEW READERS: START HERE

Read 'A WICKED LITTLE TOWN' from the beginning...

WEAPONIZER QUARTERLY: ISSUE #1 OUT TODAY!

WEAPONIZER QUARTERLY: CONDITION: LAUNCH!
Issue #1 available for $16.50 as a physical objectt ov doom, or $3.99 as a PDF / iPad thing.

Spring 2011 - DEBUT ISSUE!

The first issue features science fiction and horror stories by Mark Harding of Mutation Press, Justin Childress, Mo Ali, Andre Navarro of Pitch Black: The Webcomic, Andrew C. Ferguson of Writers’ Bloc, Paul Grimsley and C. Brian Hickey, with art by Mo and Andre, plus Emmanuel Hernaez aka MojoKingBee and others, plus a four-page photography spread by cover artist Robin.

There’s non-fiction from Pornokitsch alt.history specialist Jared Shurin, Elle Matheuse and Grimly Whetfox, talking about comets, judgemental behaviour, and lucid dreaming, plus interviews with screenwriter / director Eric Heiserrer (A Nightmare on Elm Street / The Thing), recent Planet Mu signing and DJ legend Chrissy Murderbot, and San Francisco Witch House label-head Ben Verslius of Tundra Dubs.

We’ve also got an EXCLUSIVE prequel to K. Patrick Glover and Keith Perkins’ new webcomic serial, ‘A Wicked Little Town’, plus more comics from Richard Fannon and artist Lee Smart, and an illustrated vampire story by Harlequinade and Inkmoth.

Friday

NEW WEBCOMIC STARTS TODAY! 'A WICKED LITTLE TOWN' BY K. PATRICK GLOVER & KEITH PERKINS

The wait is over - it is finally here! The hotly anticipated new Western comics serial from author K. PATRICK GLOVER (The Invisible Skein / Bale's Game) and artist KEITH PERKINS!

Over the coming months, the dynamic duo will be re-telling the epic story of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, two of the most famous and celebrated lawmen the Wild West ever produced.

Weaponizer is enormously proud to present this long-form, ongoing webcomic, by two extremely talented creators. I hope you will join us every Friday for new episodes of A WICKED LITTLE TOWN!

Click the image below to read Chapter 1!

Thursday

A WICKED LITTLE TOWN: THE RECOLLECTIONS OF WYATT EARP - CHAPTER 3, THE INCIDENT WITH CLAY ALLISON


K.Patrick Glover is back again, with another excerpt from the memoirs of Wyatt Earp. Today, we see some action, as Earp and his deputy take on Clay Allison! Be here TOMORROW for the first installment of A Wicked Little Town!

Now Texas cowhands, well, civilized isn’t a word many used to describe them. They liked to whoop it up and have their fun, which often involved hurrahing a town. Hurrahing means that they’d ride through town, drunk as hell, firing their guns off at street lamps, signs, buildings, whatever they saw. And in a crowded town, that often led to people being shot by mistake ...READ CHAPTER 3: 'THE INCIDENT WITH CLAY ALLISON' NOW!

Wednesday

A WICKED LITTLE TOWN: THE RECOLLECTIONS OF WYATT EARP - CHAPTER 2, HOW I BECAME A LAWMAN


K.Patrick Glover returns with another excerpt from the memoirs of Wyatt Earp. Today, we learn how Wyatt got his first badge of office...Read more of The Recollections of Wyatt Earp tomorrow, and be here on Friday for the first installment of A Wicked Little Town.



One of the men took off his badge, dropped it in the dirt and walked off. The other was still shaking his head, refusing to go in. I walked up and asked them what was going on, very direct like. I was young and pretty straight forward. I hadn’t learned the politics of things yet ...READ CHAPTER 2: 'HOW I BECAME A LAWMAN' NOW!

WEAPONIZER QUARTERLY: A QUICK UPDATE


Texture here, just weighing in with a quick update about the Weaponizer Quarterly.

THE GOOD NEWS
The magazine is finished and ready to print - as soon as I receive the final image I am ready to publish. That could be later today, or it could be the end of the week - keep your eyes peeled for more news. The other piece of good news is that it looks absolutely fantastic - the artwork is impressive and vibrant, the writing is superb, and it all flows nicely.

Also, there are various 25% off sales that MagCloud run from time to time - I will try and get access to this promo code, and promote it when I launch the magazine.

THE BAD NEWS
I had modelled my assumed cover price ($10 approx) on another P.O.D. mag which grew out of the Whitechapel forum, Allen Wiggs' fantastic MAKE SOMETHING. Allen's page count for his magazine turns out to be quite a bit shorter - about half - which is why the Weaponizer Quarterly will be more expensive. I am full of regret about the unit cost of the printed magazine - you're looking at paying $16.50 US (which is just under £10 UK), with $2 shipping on top. That is nearly twice what I had been aiming for.

I have added a small markup to the printed magazine - Weaponizer will make approximately $2 per sale. The reason for doing this is that I don't want to keep doing the Quarterly as P.O.D. forever, so I need to build up a stake to be able to consider pro-publishing.

Secondly, I want to pay contributors, prefereably from Issue 2 onwards. So although the outlay for a P.O.D. mag such as this is zero, and the artists and writers have generously donated their work, I still need to make a profit in order to guage the size of the paying market, and figure out a page rate for contributors.

The PDF / iPad / Kindle version will be available too - this will be $4. Weaponizer makes more money from the digital issues in terms of profit, so I'll be encouraging people to purchase the magazine this way too. This is likely to be the bigger market - if sales are good enough, the digital distro can fund making the printed mag cheaper. It is also worth noting that you get a free digital version with the printed mag.

The other way of doing this would be to make the digi version free, and put no markup on the magazine... I'm resistant to this because of the arguments stated above, and also because I believe that the content the artists and writers have created is worth paying for. I hope sincerely that you agree!

CONCLUSIONS

1 - The first print issue will be expensive - I hope you feel it is worth the purchase. I will be making every effort to research ways of bringing the cost down by issue two, whether this means making a limited print run, selling adverts, or finding other ways to monetize the project.

2 - Depending on how sales turn out, I will consider making the Quarterly a digital-only project.

3 - I am much better at commissioning content than I am at business!

I'd love to hear your views and comments on all of the above, either below the jump or by email - you can contact me at texturemusick@gmail.com for a quick response, or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks in advance for your support!

P.E.A.C.E.
/texture

Tuesday

A WICKED LITTLE TOWN: THE RECOLLECTIONS OF WYATT EARP - CHAPTER 1, HOW I MET DOC HOLLIDAY


Friday sees the start of an all-new old-fashioned Western comic on the Weaponizer site: 'A Wicked Little Town', written by K. Patrick Glover and illustrated by Keith Perkins. We've got an exclusive 6-page comic prelude featuring in Issue 1 of the Weaponizer Quarterly, and to get you even more excited, an exclusive series of short 'memoirs' from Wyatt Earp, the story's central character, running from today until Friday. In today's extract, we learn how Wyatt Earp met his faithful friend and companion, Doc Holliday.

We spent the early afternoons shooting bottles out at the edge of town. The evenings we spent playing cards, but he mostly took it easy on me. I met his woman, a saloon girl named Kate Fisher. I don’t think she liked me, even back then, but Kate had problems with anyone who took some of Doc’s attention away from her. I never took it personally ...READ CHAPTER 1: 'HOW I MET DOC HOLLIDAY' NOW!

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