Literati Press plans the Oklahoma City release of three new works at Guestroom Records next week.
New books and comics by Charles Martin, Eric Gorman and Mer Whinery will be available. The release party will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Guestroom Records, 3701 N Western. Oklahoma author Martin heads up Literati Press.
Martin, who writes under the pen name “Charles Martin and Will Weinke,” will release the second volume in “The Wonderboy Serials” as a print edition. The book was originally released as a series of online shorts.
“I wanted to pack in as many cliffhangers as I could,” Martin said of his unconventional release plan for the book. Selling e-books “opens you up to the entire world,” Martin said, but “how to rise and get it to their eyeballs is the challenge.”
“The Wonderboy Serials” explores security versus liberty through the lens of a superhero novel, with various chapters taking place from the point of view of different characters.
“A superhero story is really ideal fodder for the cliffhanger pacing of a serial, and making the story a series rather than a stand-alone book gives me the freedom to explore more characters and dark corners,” he said in a previous interview with The Oklahoman. “Cutting it into 60-page increments makes it much more approachable.”
Now, all 12 chapters are also available in two printed books, on sale locally and online at literatipressok.com. Literati Press also has success on the convention circuit, Martin said. Martin and Literati Press attended conventions across the region in 2012.
Convention-goers are “hungry for content,” Martin said. “We sell out of books on a regular basis. They're willing to take chances on you.”
Martin said convention-goers like the personal connection forged between artist and patron.
“The art that you consume is just as much a part of you as anything else,” he said.
While the “Wonderboy Serials” have wrapped, there is a chance more books set in the “Wonderboy” world could eventually come to fruition, Martin said.
“I left it open-ended,” Martin said.
Martin has written a screenplay based on his book “The Deviants,” which is currently in development; Martin has written another screenplay, titled “Trigger,” that is also in development with a group of filmmakers with Oklahoma ties.
Also at the signing, an omnibus edition of Eric Gorman's “scrambled eggs” comic book will be available. Gorman, also the bassist for “The Gentle Art of Floating,” will be on hand to sign copies of the book. Gorman has been praised by indie comics luminaries including Noah Van Sciver (“Blammo”) and Farel Dalrymple (“Pop Gun War”).