FORTUNE introduces two hard-working entrepreneurs in the field of recycling used cooking oil (let’s just call it what it is: grease). The only problem? They don’t have the permission of the restaurants where they’re getting the grease...
Written by Erik Arneson with art by Dillon Samuelson, FORTUNE is based on a short story of the same title that was published by Shotgun Honey and included in Otto Penzler’s Kwik Krimes anthology.
This special NoiseTrade edition of FORTUNE includes the complete 12-page full-color comic, four pages of Dillon’s black-and-white sketches, Erik’s comic script, and the original short story. All told, it’s 27 pages of greasy goodness.
For more of Dillon Samuelson’s art: www.behance.net/dsamuelson
For more of Erik Arneson’s stories: www.erikarneson.com
Erik Arneson writes crime fiction. His stories have appeared in the anthologies Kwik Krimes, Shotgun Honey Reloaded: Both Barrels Vol. 2 and Off the Record 2: At the Movies; in the magazines NEEDLE: A Magazine of Noir, GRIFT, and Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine; and on the websites Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter Online, BEAT to a PULP, and Near to the Knuckle. He hosts the Title 18: Word Crimes podcast and is an editor for Shotgun Honey.
Dillon Samuelson is a fine artist and freelance illustrator from central Pennsylvania.
Scott Detrow is a former public radio reporter at KQED in Sacramento, California, and WITF in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He now covers the EPA for ClimateWire.
Praise for FORTUNE:
“FORTUNE is like a fat, juicy slider from some greasy spoon at 2 a.m. – it satisfies a craving you didn’t know you had and lingers in your gut far longer than you’d like. More, please!”
–Duane Swierczynski (writer of EX-CON, JUDGE DREDD, GODZILLA, etc.)
“Don't let the name fool you: FORTUNE ain’t about no million-dollar heist. It’s a gritty, morbidly funny tale about the folks scraping the bottom of the barrel to survive, and the slippery nature of ill-gotten gains.”
–Chris Holm (author of DEAD HARVEST, THE WRONG GOODBYE, etc.)
“A life of crime isn’t all fast cars and fast women. Sometimes it’s fast food, too. It’s hard to stop once the taste for that easy, greasy money gets under your skin, but you never know when the next score could land you in the deep fat.”
–Jon McGoran (author of DRIFT, DEADOUT, etc.)
“FORTUNE grabbed me at the beginning and wouldn’t let go. In just a few pages, Arneson and Samuelson have created a comic with a tight, timely story, complex characters, humor, and suspense. I loved it.”
–Merry Jones (author of ELECTIVE PROCEDURES, OUTSIDE EDEN, etc.)
“Dark, funny, weirdly constructed and twisted, FORTUNE has an ending both unexpected and inevitable, like the best of noir fiction. The shadowy illustration nicely fills in the narrative gaps. Perfectly paired.”
–Joe Clifford (author of LAMENTATION, JUNKIE LOVE, etc.)
“No fangs. No wings. No rubber suits. A comic book that would’ve made John Cassavetes proud.”
–Tom Pitts (author of HUSTLE, PIGGYBACK, etc.)
“Under the cover of darkness, two thieves go after the grease. FORTUNE is a fun, oddball crime story with moody, excellent artwork.”
–Jen Conley (editor at SHOTGUN HONEY, author of FINN’S MISSING SISTER, etc.)