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Swallows Contest Open

The Swallows Sequential Short Story Contest opened on New Year’s Day, and I’m thrilled to announce that the fine folks at The Comicshop in Vancouver will be our judges.  Not only do veteran funny-book connoisseurs Brent, Keith, and Tim have a fine eye for the best in comic book art and storytelling, they’ve been managing my comics reading list for years and I have utter faith in their judgement.

What are we looking for in this contest?  Aside from the nitty gritty details of size and format, which you can find on the Contests page, we are looking for what we always want between the pages of Pulp Literature:  beautiful art and good storytelling.  To give you an idea of our taste here are a few sample pages from previous sequential shorts we’ve published.

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‘The Mechanics’ by Angela Melick

‘Unwanted Visitors’ by Kris Sayer

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‘Dragon Rock’ by Sylvia Stopforth & Mel Anastasiou

'The Wolf' by Kimberleigh Roseblade & JM Landels

‘The Wolf’ by Kimberleigh Roseblade & JM Landels

So sharpen your pencils, get out your brushes and digital pens and send us your best 1 to 5 page long short comic.  The earlybird entry fee is only $20 until January 15th, which includes an e-subscription to Pulp Literature, and the contest deadline is February 15th.  First prize is $500 plus publication in issue 7 of Pulp Literature, alongside feature author Robert J Sawyer!

Contest rules and guidelines are here.

 

PULP pairings

Those of you who have been following Pulp Literature from its inception may have noticed a certain malty, hoppy flavour hereabouts.   It seems only right, therefore, that we play the part of good cicerones and offer you beer pairings to go with the fare in our first issue.

Where the Angels Wait by CC Humphreys.  Without a doubt the beer to quaff with this one is a cerveza, pronounced “thairvaitha”, and not from one of those ubiquitous bottles you find all over the liquor store shelves.  No, you need an Alhambra, served cold while you take refuge from the merciless Spanish sun in the shade of an orange tree.  Take care, though.  This one goes down so smooth you won’t notice you’re drunk till you stand and try to walk away.

Stella Ryman and the Case of the Third Option by Mel AnastasiouWhen drinking with Stella it doesn’t do to put on airs.  You’ll want a no-nonsense beer.  Nothing hoppy, nothing chilled, and certainly nothing with fruit in it.  A decent pint of ESB will do nicely, hand-drawn from a cask, if you please.

Only the Loons Know by SL Nickerson.  After the apocalypse it’ll be good to know university students.  They, if no-one else, will be back to making beer in no time.  The eclectic bunch of survivors will all have their own far-flung cultural ingredients to add to the mix, but whatever comes out of the vat will be quintessentially Canadian.  One only hopes they don’t use Lake Ontario water.

Of Siege and Sword by Tyner Gillies.  This is one you’ll want to drink with the lads.  Lager, and lots of it.

Glass Curtain by Sue Pieters.  Sophisticated, mature and bittersweet.  What better to match the floral overtones, the old- and new-world sensibilities, and the lingering poignant flavour of this story than a Westcoast IPA?

The Mechanics by Angela Melick.  A different kind of dystopia needs a different kind of beer.  We recommend a Japanese can.  Whether it’s super-dry or malty is your choice, but make sure it’s from a vending machine.

Allaigna’s Song: Overture by JM Landels.   Allaigna is underage, so only give her small beer, well watered.  Lauresa has exotic tastes and will drink something different every time: frambozen, wheat ale, kriek … surprise her.  But if you’re going to sit in a smoky tavern with Irdaign and hear the future told, you’ll need a well-aged stout to stiffen your spine.

Join us at the Launch Party on December 20th as we raise glasses of fine R&B Brewing Ale and toast these stories into life.

 

 

 

First issue first lines

As a teaser for our first issue, here are the first few lines from all the stories in issue 1.  See if you can match them with their authors!

  1. “Live or die, live or die! That’s all anybody does around here. For once, I wish somebody would come up with a third option.”
  2. Keld tensed as he heard the clinking footsteps and huffing breath of the enemy.  It wasn’t the anticipation of the coming fight that made him tense, it was the bloody hallway.
  3. “Failed equipment located. Searching … no procedure available.
  4. Sitting on the edge of the bed now, listening.  A door opened, shut, someone has come and gone, that much is certain.
  5. If you walk down the grand staircase of Castle Osthegn, you will see a family portrait.
  6. “Why is the grass always greener in Sally’s yard?” I ask this out loud, and my husband takes my question literally.
  7. You must understand, post-apocalypse Hamilton couldn’t get much worse than pre-apocalypse Hamilton.

Here are the stories they come from:

a. Where the Angels Wait, by CC Humphreys

b. Stella Ryman and the Case of the Third Option, by Mel Anastasiou

c. Only the Loons Know, by SL Nickerson

d. Allaigna’s Song: Overture, by JM Landels

e. Glass Curtain, by Sue Pieters

f. The Mechanics, by Angela Melick

g. Of Seige and Sword, by Tyner Gillies

Post your answers in the comments below.  The first person to correctly match all seven will win a signed limited edition JJ Lee paper doll, drawn by the amazing Kris Sayer.

A snippet of JJ's costumes -- now in glorious colour!

A snippet of JJ’s costumes — now in glorious colour!

And of course, if don’t guess correctly but are still jonesing for that doll, you can pledge at the $50 level on our kickstarter page.  There are still a few left, but you need to hurry — the campaign only runs till November 5th!