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Last week ComixTribe released a few teasers about an upcoming project.  This past Monday they revealed what it is and it's glorious.  Chum, a surf noir comic from writer Ryan K. Lindsay and artist Sami Kivela is set for release in March 2016.  Look at that gorgeous teaser above and tell me you don't want to read that book right this instant.  You can't, right?  If you needed a little more of a push, the publisher described it as “a surf noir story straight off the drugstore paperback rack that will ruin your faith in people, and keep you away from the water.”

"I've long loved terse, brutal, pulp pop crime stories," said writer Ryan K Lindsay. "With one foot in taut paperback vintage like old dime stores delivered and the other foot deep in decades of high quality neo noir comics, Chum is my flag in this fertile blood soaked ground."

Chum centers on an unloved triangle on a small island that leads to blood in the water.  It's the story of Summer Stanwyck, a woman who feels trapped.  She tends bar on the island she grew up on.  The local cop is about to become her ex-husband.  She's wasting time screwing the local reefer kingpin.  When a bag of cash and drugs falls into her lap, she sees a way out...and anyone who gets in her way is shark bait.  Damn, I cannot wait to read this.

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"I'm thrilled to be working with Sami and Ryan to bring this story to the comic book shelves," said publisher Tyler James. "Chum is something completely new and different for ComixTribe, but thoroughly inline with the level of quality our readers have come to expect from our titles. Ryan and Sami have crafted a killer book."

"It’s been a huge privilege to work again with such a talented and hard-working writer and gentleman as Ryan," said Kivela. "As a big fan of crime comics, I’ve truly enjoyed illustrating every panel of this thrilling beach noir story. Can’t wait for readers to experience what happens on Kingsford Island."

This is not the first time that Lindsay and Kivela have worked together.  The two had previously released a digital one-shot via Kickstarter called Deer Editor which was pretty great.  That was my introduction to Lindsay's writing and it's only gotten better since then (see also Headspace, Negative Space).  Subscriber's to the writer's newsletter will have seen this project coming to an extent as it was dubbed “The Beach Noir Project” there.  He described the process and how much he was looking forward to it.  

The first issue of Chum is due out in March 2016.  Each issue will feature a standard cover by Kivela as well as a limited variant cover from different artists. 


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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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