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November 9th, 2011

08:01 pm

Okay, so here’s my idea for a bootleg Batman comic. I expect it won’t be very popular with fans of the ongoing Batman comics. 

Eccentric Billionaire Bruce Wayne, motivated by the tragic murder of his parents, devotes his life to fighting crime in his home town of Gotham City. Wayne has devoted his considerable fortune and intellectual resources to the study of criminology and crime prevention. His Wayne Foundation donates enormous sums of money to Gotham’s Police Force, infrastructure, school system, prisoner rehabilitation programs and  civic restoration. For this reason, the Mayor and Police Commissioner James Gordon indulge Wayne’s mania for dressing up in a bat costume and fighting street-level crime with gadgets. Bruce Wayne believes his identity is a secret, but really everyone who’s met Batman knows who he is. It’s painfully obvious. As long as the money flows and the crime rate keeps dropping (it’s down dramatically since Batman’s campaign began) the civic authorities are willing to play along. The situation became more complicated when Bruce adopted an orphaned teenager named Dick Grayson after the boy’s parents were murdered. It’s become harder to turn a blind eye to child endangerment, but so far, the kid has been well taken care of and nobody wants to upset the apple cart. 

Batman’s fists-first approach to crime-fighting may be a little silly, but Bruce Wayne is still an excellent amateur sleuth and the police, however reluctantly, sometimes will turn to his expertise. As a fail-safe though, Commissioner Gordon has made a deal to reduce the sentence of a certain long-serving prisoner if he’ll agree to dress up as a super-criminal called the Joker and distract Batman’s attention when the police really need him out of the way. 

My story concerns Dick Grayson growing up and coming to terms with his adopted father’s psychological problems. Batman is a kind of Peter Pan figure. A boy who never grew up and Dick needs to decide whether he can keep playing dress up with Bruce or if it’s time to leave fantasy behind. I think this could be a bitter-sweet and funny little story about children and adults and how age isn’t always the thing that separates one from the other. I don’t want it to be gloomy or depressing, Bruce Wayne’s mania is kind of sad, but his colorful world of good guys and bad guys is fun and exciting. I’ll also need an outside character, a reporter or a federal agent, likely a woman, who can be the reader’s entry point into the weird world of Bruce Wayne.       

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August 25th, 2011

09:27 am - Una the Blade

I started a Tumblr to show daily updates on my barbarian single-mom project. Check it out!


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July 18th, 2011

04:52 pm
Rebecca Dart and Pulpfiction Books have generously allowed me to crash the Rebecca's BATTLEKITTENS launch party to launch Much the Miller's Son book 3! 
If you like Much, you're gonna LOVE Rebecca's work. This is going to be the place to be on Saturday!

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March 2nd, 2011

02:50 pm - Pre-order Much Book 3!

Hey everybody! Press time steadily approaches and even with the Xeric Grant, I'm on the hook for a big pile of cash. If you're planning on picking up a copy of Much book 3, please consider a pre-order. For $25 (shipping to the US and Canada included) you'll get the full-color, oversized, hardcover book mailed to your door with a personalized sketch inside. Paypal: stevelec (at) hotmail.com. Not only will you get a shiny new book, but you'll be helping to support my work. I appreciate it!


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January 5th, 2011

12:02 pm - Hm... Long time no post

I didn't realize I missed so many updates. Sorry LJ.

I have big news! I won a Xeric Grant to self-publish my next book! Exciting stuff!


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December 1st, 2010

09:42 pm

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October 9th, 2010

08:58 am - Much the Miller's Son book page38

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September 29th, 2010

09:44 am - Much the Miller's Son book page37

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September 14th, 2010

02:16 pm - Much the Miller's Son book page36

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August 28th, 2010

09:25 pm - Much the Miller's Son book page34

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