February 13th, 2014

ALL THE NEWS

There’s a lot of news to tell you, so let’s just start at the top and work our way down.

First off, there’s a huge excerpt from Molotov Hearts in the new issue (#62) of Broken Pencil! Four pages! Almost an entire chapter! On newsstands now! No kissing, but a buttload of dumpstering and running from the cops! Plus an amazing illustration from Kat Verhoeven (who took the picture above for her Instagram)!

Second, you can finally buy digital copies of Molotov Hearts online! It’s available in physical copies and for the Kindle through Amazon, and you can get copies of the PDF through Gumroad. If you want to try before you buy (or can’t/don’t want to pay—whatever, I’m not judging you), you can also download the MOBI and PDF for free. No EPUBs yet, but they’re coming. Click here for a comprehensive list of places you can grab a copy.

Also coming? PDFs/MOBIs/EPUBs of my HoodieRipper short fiction collection, Singles. The PDF should be arriving soon. Like, in-the-next-couple-of-days soon. The MOBI and EPUB will be trailing behind.

Third, if you haven’t checked out the HoodieRipper twitter feed lately (or ever), you might want to. I handed responsibility for it over to Becky (from my books) and she’s updating it with scene reports and gossip, as well as other news.

That’s it for now. There’s more stuff in the works and I’m excited about it, but it’s not at the stage where I can spill beans yet. More news soon!

January 22nd, 2014
hoodieripper:

When I was first putting the HoodieRipper blog together, it was my general intention that there would be a bunch of short stories and they would have accompanying illustrations. Cristy C. Road ended up coming on board and doing art for all of them except the first one, “Miss Amanda Jones,” which tragically missed out. When I repackaged all the short stories as a zine a few months back, I remedied that by commissioning Kelsey Short to do an illustration for it. The picture was amazing but, being a dork, I forgot to post it online. So here it is, and here’s a link to the original story.
Kelsey actually did two illustrations for me. The second one illustrates a short story only available in the print collection. That’s not for sale online yet, but it will be soon and I’ll unveil the (awesome) illustration to the internet as soon as you can get your own copy.

hoodieripper:

When I was first putting the HoodieRipper blog together, it was my general intention that there would be a bunch of short stories and they would have accompanying illustrations. Cristy C. Road ended up coming on board and doing art for all of them except the first one, “Miss Amanda Jones,” which tragically missed out. When I repackaged all the short stories as a zine a few months back, I remedied that by commissioning Kelsey Short to do an illustration for it. The picture was amazing but, being a dork, I forgot to post it online. So here it is, and here’s a link to the original story.

Kelsey actually did two illustrations for me. The second one illustrates a short story only available in the print collection. That’s not for sale online yet, but it will be soon and I’ll unveil the (awesome) illustration to the internet as soon as you can get your own copy.

January 3rd, 2014

So, ZeroWave, the next HoodieRipper novel, has a cover artist lined up and it’s Kevin Wada!

Oh, BTW, did I mention that the next HoodieRipper book is almost done? And that it’s slated to be released in June, 2014? And that the amazingly talented Kevin Wada is going to be doing the cover? (Wait, I’m pretty sure I mentioned that part. Did I mention I’m bad with press releases and announcements? No? Well, yeah.)

If you’ve ever wondered how a love of both crust punk and K-pop could exist comfortably in the same person (let alone universe), ZeroWave will give you your answer. And if you’re wondering what other things the book will contain, here’s an incomplete list: more punks, more drinking, more geekiness, more queerness, more making out, more sex, more kink, more singing, and more choreographed dancing. Plus all the romance and love you expect from a HoodieRipper novel.

Anyway, I encourage you to appreciate the pictures above and get stoked about the cover art Kevin Wada is going to make, because I’m sure as hell stoked about it already.

December 20th, 2013

Feel Good Factor

Hey, did you all know the there’s a HoodieRipper Christmas story? There totally is! Happy seasonal crust punk holiday tidings, everyone!

hoodieripper:

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by Chris Eng, illustration by Cristy C. Road

Swango recounted the change in his hand. A buck eighty-seven. He was positive he had more money than that. Oh right, the beers he bought yesterday. And the chickpeas they made hummous out of. Cramming the change in his pocket, he grudgingly accepted two bucks was about right. Accepting it didn’t make him less fucked, though: it was Christmas tomorrow and he didn’t have a present for Tank.

Really, it wasn’t like Christmas was the biggest deal. They were crusties, so spending huge amounts of cash to celebrate a corporate greed-fest sponsored by the religious patriarchy wasn’t something they were particularly into, but they liked to give each other something small, both as a token that they cared and as a way of not being completely left out. Because as much as Swango wanted to tell Christmas to go fuck itself, it sucked if you didn’t have friends to hang out with and at least one present to open. Friends were the easy part—there were probably fifteen people coming over for the Krust Haus’s vegan potluck—but the present, well, that was going to take some ingenuity.

Tank was out panhandling and he knew he had at least a couple of hours before she got back. Good. He frantically sifted through his stuff looking for anything he could sell. There wasn’t much. He owned a lot of things that meant something to him, but not a lot that “normal” people would be willing to pay money for. His zine collection? Uh-uh. His vegan cookbooks, stained with the residue of a thousand Food Not Bombs gatherings? Not a chance.

The only thing of his worth anything to anybody was his Discman and he was under no illusions as to how much that was going to net. Still, it was a top-of-the-line model (when it was new) and he was under the gun. He grabbed it, apologized to his stack of scratched-but-still-playable CDs and bolted out the door.

The grossly overweight man behind the counter of the pawn shop wore an open Hawaiian shirt over a wifebeater and had jowls that literally stretched to his chest. He gestured at the Discman and belched. “Five bucks,” he said in a voice that resembled nothing so much as a groan.

“It’s worth more than five bucks,” Swango countered.

“’S a fuggin’ Dissman. Who wan’sa Dissman these days?”

“I could make three or four times that in an afternoon by panning.”

“Then do it or take thuh five bucks. ‘S yer choice.”

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October 21st, 2013

Here’s what I was doing this weekend! Fun times!

hoodieripper:

So, I made it through my first Toronto Canzine and it was awesome! I spent the days (and weeks) preceding it spazzing out and doing prep which, in hindsight, might have been a little excessive, but at least I’m ready for any small press expos that might spontaneously pop up in the next few months.

I ended up selling over 20 copies of my new zine, Singles (which is a collection of HoodieRipper short stories), and one copy of Molotov Hearts, so that was pretty rad. Honestly, I’m pretty thankful when anybody buys anything I’m selling in some kind of book fair context. I mean, you can look at a comic someone made and be like, “Well, the story might suck but the art is awesome,” but when you look at my book, it’s just like, “Well, you sure used a lot of words. Hopefully they’re in the right order.” So, thanks to anyone who took a chance on my stuff.

After I factored out printing costs and table fees and the cab ride home, I was probably at the break-even point, but I had to buy a copy of Liz Worth's new book PostApoc (a post-apocalyptic punk novel) and that sent me firmly (but happily) into the red. As if making money was my goal or something. Anyone who sells their shit at zine fairs with the intention of making mad stacks needs a hard smack upside the head.

Ultimately, a bunch of folks who had never heard of me before took a leap of faith on my writing, and I met a bunch of really cool people who make and do stuff. I’m very happy with how my weekend turned out. Thanks for the rad times, Canzine! I’m already looking forward to next year!

September 27th, 2013

hoodieripper:

The first draft of HoodieRipper Vol. 2 is in the can. LET THE CELEBRATIONS COMMENCE.

September 2nd, 2013

So here’s one of the projects I’ve been working on lately…

hoodieripper:

Coming this October: Singles, a brand-new collection of HoodieRipper punk romance short stories! Seven of the stories previously published only on the HoodieRipper website will now be collected into a single zine, with all of the original accompanying art by Cristy C. Road and a new piece by Kelsey Short. On top of that, Singles will also feature a new story exclusive to the collection (never to be reprinted online! Well… officially, anyway) which will also be illustrated by Kelsey Short. And to top everything off, the collection is graced with an amazing cover from Emily Shoichet. Arriving just in time for Canzine Toronto 2013 (October 20), Singles will be available by mailorder shortly thereafter.

Romance, happiness, sadness, kissing, makeouts, fucking, and records—seriously, what else is there to life?

Writing and life reports and stuff from Chris Eng. He's the one responsible for the HoodieRipper punk romance stories.

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