The Con Artist

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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Fred Van Lente is the #1 New York Times best-selling writer of such comics as The Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel Zombies, Deadpool vs the Punisher, GI Joe, Archer & Armstrong, and many more. He cowrote the graphic novel Cowboys and Aliens, which was made into a film starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig.

Cartoonist and illustrator Tom Fowler has worked in comics, advertising, and film and game design for a variety of clients including Disney, Simon & Schuster, Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, MAD, Valiant, Marvel, and DC Comics. His best known comics include the MAD Magazine features "Monroe", "Venom", "Hulk Season One", "Quantum & Woody", the critically acclaimed "Mysterius the Unfathomable", and the all-ages series HOWTOONS: [re]IGNITION. Tom wrote for, and sometimes drew, the popular Rick & Morty comics series. Currently, Tom inks Doom Patrol for DC's Young Animal imprint.
"More than just a hilarious mystery...[Van Lente] holds up con culture, nerd culture, and the entire comics industry for scrutiny."--Herald Net

"A madcap mystery spoof set at Comic-Con...Mike's efforts to prove his innocence keep the pages turning all the way to the surprising ending."--Publishers Weekly

"The Con Artist is a fun book. Fred Van Lente gives the comic book industry in general and San Diego Comic-Con in particular a big wet kiss on the cheek, well aware of the warts that lie in wait."--Book Reporter

"A surreal, funny, poignant, and incredibly fun crime novel."--Criminal Element

"A lively romp loaded with geek humor."--Foreword Reviews

"Filled with lively dialogue and an inside look at the comic industry."--Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

"Fred Van Lente knows comics. He also knows how to craft a compelling, memorable mystery. The Con Artist finds the author at full power, merging these two threads to create a fast-paced, impossible to put down novel. We all come out winning."--Alex Segura, author of Blackout

"Comic-con devotees should get a kick out of the many, many Easter eggs Van Lente hides here."--Booklist

"A delightful read. Filled with smart retorts, sharp descriptions, and the frantic, chaos-filled atmosphere inherent in all cons."--New York Journal of Books

"A good book for comic book fans to read, but casual mystery readers should also enjoy this fun and engrossing mystery."--Flickering Myth

"Aside from being chock-full of pop culture references, it's also a commentary on the comics industrial complex--that there are those who had a hand in creating now-famous characters who have been forgotten or left behind."--Geek Dad

"The Con Artist is a colorful, fast-paced novel that manages to bring out everyone's hidden geek by telling a compelling story full of mystery and action."--BioGamer Girl

"Van Lente sucks you into the frenetic energy of the giant monster known as San Diego Comic-Con with his imagery and actual sketches."--Geeks of Doom

"A nerd noir page turner."--Graphic Policy