Monday, September 02, 2013

Extra, Extra!: Noir City

Be forewarned. The latest issue of Noir City, the magazine of the Film Noir Foundation, is extremely graphic.

That’s because the focus this time out is on comics as a noir medium. Ace designer Michael Kronenberg has pulled out all the stops illustrating this edition, with articles on EC’s “Picto-Fiction” books, the work of urban chronicler supreme Ben Katchor, and a host of other comics-related subjects. There’s also our standard coverage of classic film noir, with Jake Hinkson on the sad career of femme fatale Peggie Castle, a survey of 1960s exploitation fare, and a consideration of the noir roots of Christopher Nolan.

And, of course, another installment of “Keenan’s Korner,” my crime fiction & cocktails column. In this go-round, I take a look at new books from Sara Gran, Urban Waite and Roger Hobbs, and serve up the lowdown on a dark rum favorite for the end of summer.

For your copy, visit the Film Noir Foundation website, make a contribution to the preservation of America’s noir heritage, then clear the decks to devote several hours to the magazine.