‘This is Tokio’ LP, new novel, ‘Small Change’, magpies, Little Nobody, and a certain Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat

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December’s always been my favourite month.

I mean, here we have my birthday, New Year and Christmas (religious bone or complete lack of one) rolled up together. December used to also involve summer holidays (in Melbourne), which I loved, but I’ve swapped ’em for winter ones here in Tokyo, which are great for snuggling up with a good book or graphic novel.

So, bring it all on, December!

Not to bag out November in any way, tho’.

Floyd smoking FXWe celebrated Cocoa‘s tenth birthday, I got 45,000 words done on novel #6, pre-released a new comic book in the U.S. via Project-Nerd (based on my first novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat), and I was incredibly fortunate to collaborate with legendary Australian artist Frantz Kantor on another ongoing comic series we’re calling Magpie (for Comicoz‘s Oi Oi Oi! zine in Australia).

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3D Man, art by Frantz Kantor (‘Magpie’)

In November, Comicoz additionally put out a comic anthology fundraiser for the beyondblue foundation. Titled Australia!, I was able to work with another amazing artist, Chris Wahl, on a three-page piece therein.

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Art by Chris Wahl, words by me.

I also just released a double-vinyl Little Nobody LP called This is Tokio through Nicolas Lutz‘s My Own Jupiter imprint.Basically, it’s a collection of my fiddlings with electronic muzak over the past 14 years — and from the track titles you can see where I plundered some of my book monikers.

If curious, you can check out samples of the tracks here. This baby’s being distributed by Energy Flash Distribution Japan.

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So, a busy month. Day-job doesn’t count.

But in ten days I get to launch novel #5, Small Change — which is actually out early through Book Depository, the nice people who have free postage to anywhere on the planet.

Just 3 weeks before the drop-zone (Dec. 11th), Amazon told me it was already #1 new release in… wait for it… “Lawyers & Criminals Humor”.

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Okay.

Last week, the suave-o people @ Crime Fiction Lover included Small Change in their list of crime books to look out for:

“With his off-beat pulp style featured in both comics and novels,” they wrote, “here Andrez Bergen leads us into the bizarre world of Roy Scherer, a P.I. whose eyes are more focused on the weird phantasms of the occult than Chandler’s mean streets. Helped by nerdy assistant Suzie Miller, Scherer combats criminals for whom a standard Smith and Wesson load will do little harm. Only the silver-plated variety of bullet will damage these people!”

Ta, mates.

Meanwhile, I got to got to waffle on a bit about the new novel, Matt Fraction, David Aja, Tom Waits, Hawkeye, Buffy, Kolchak: the Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone, The Rockford Files, Matt Kyme, IF? Commix, Tales to Admonish, Adam Rose, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Liam Jose, Pulp Ink 2 and Roy & Suzie — all thanks to Dan Wright, who’s always been incredibly supportive, just plain rocks, and allowed me full slather to wax excessive on his blog.

Otherwise?

On January 1st, 2016 — a year and one day after I first nutted out the concept — I’ll be releasing Trista & Holt #11 via IF? Commix.

The people at Graphic Policy kindly spotlighted that issue here.

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And stay tuned for the U.S. redux version of the series, which will be announced shortly through Project-Nerd Publishing.

In the meantime? Go enjoy December — best month of the year!

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