Monday, December 27, 2010

GREEN LAMA: UNBOUND - "One of the Best Superhero Novels of 2010"

Check out this posting at which listed my first novel Green Lama: Unbound one of the best superhero novels of 2010; plus he's looking forward to "Green Lama: Crimson Circle!"

2011 is going to be a busy year for yours truly. 

For starters, here's a preview for the upcoming short story "Dock Doyle," a Adam Garcia twist on the Doc Savage pastiche to be featured in Airship 27's "Mystery Men Vol. 2."

But that's not all!

Along with "Crimson Circle" the market will be flooded with two more Green Lama shorts!

First, is "Green Lama and the Dealers of Death," a comic short written by myself and Ben Granoff, art by the amazing Mike Fyles.

Second is the original short "Final Column" to be included in Vol. 3 of Altus Press's Green Lama reprints.

Plus there's a few mystery projects that are currently in the works. That I'm really eager to share with you... but not just yet.

Stay tuned folks. 2011 will be amazing.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Self-Promotion? Yes. Shameless? Oh, most definitely.

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and ::ahem:: this book that I hear is quite good:

Green Lama: Unbound!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Book Cave

I'll admit I'm quite excited to my first podcast interview on Ric Croxton and Art Sippo's Book Cave tonight.We'll be discussing Green Lama Unbound amongst other pulp topics. I'll let you all know when it's live, I think you'll enjoy.

At least... I hope you will.

I might be very boring. It's possible. If that happens, I'll just start talking like Shaggy from Scooby Doo.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New York Comic Con

A quick update/reminder letting you all know I'll be at the New York Comic Con again, next week (October 8th - 10th at the Javits Center) at my booth BAG & BOARD STUDIOS.

I'll be selling copies of my independent comic NICK ADRIAN: SECURITY GUARD #1 for a reduced price; as well as both GREEN LAMA VOL. 1 and GREEN LAMA UNBOUND for a Special Comic Con deal of BOTH volumes for $30 (or individually for $18/each).

I'll also be selling some Comic Con EXCLUSIVE bookmarks with art by the illustrious Mike Fyles! Limited to only 200!

So swing by, chat comics and pulps and maybe... make some new friends.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Art Of Della Rovere

Ricardo Della Rovere is a dear friend and a fantastic artist. For the past few years we've been working on a project called Sons of Fire.

Below is some samples of his incredibly impressive work.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

On the Shelf

Green Lama Unbound is sitting between Neil Gaiman and William Gibson at Forbidden Planet.

I can die now.

Pick up your signed copy at Forbidden Planet NYC.

More Twitter!

I'm not on (nor probably ever join) Twitter, but I gotta say I'm loving these tweets.

Peter Miller Unbound

Here is an excellent review of Green Lama Unbound by fellow Lama scribe, Pete Miller.

Thank you Pete for posting this and the kind words, hopefully you'll like Crimson Circle a little more!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Altus Press Unbound

For those curious, Altus Press will be releasing the entire original series of the Green Lama very soon, (and were kind enough to trade ads in our respective books). I highly recommend you check out there Altus's library, they do an amazing job at reprinting the classic pulps in a modern and stylish way.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Fun Facts: Green Lama: Unbound #2

One of the best parts about writing a period piece with a public domain character is the chance to create a kind of "shared universe." Alan Moore did this in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Philip Jose Farmer (and by extension, Win Scott Eckert) created the Wold Newton Universe. In GREEN LAMA: UNBOUND, aside from the obvious Green Lama/Cthulhu Mythos crossover, there are several pulp and movie cameos that weave through the novel. Here's a shortlist of the non-spoliers:

-Captain Hazzard is referenced and makes an appearance as one of the Green Lama's pupils. He also indirectly provides the Green Lama with some much needed aid.

-Lance Star, Dan Fowler, Jim Anthony are all referenced by Jean. All of whom have stories published by Airship 27.

-Atop the Empire State Building, Caraway recalls the "rampaging ape" that was killed there.

-The Nazis reference the Toht and Vogel embarrassments.

-The character Rick Masters originally appeared in back-up stories in the Green Lama comics, and only first made his pulp appearance in Kevin Noel Olson's "Shiva Endangered"

-The serial Undersea Kingdom is referenced, partially as foreshadowing.

-The term "color out of space" is used.

Believe me, this is only the tip of iceberg.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fun Facts: Green Lama: Unbound #1

Here's an ongoing series on undefined length highlighting little cameos, nerdy references, etc. that litter GREEN LAMA: UNBOUND.

We'll start off with a quickie:

The "Third Jade Tablet" makes its appearance in the novel. The "Tablet" -- really an egg --  and the Shard blade that broke off from it are both described as "crystalline," and while it is connected to the same power source of the other Two Tablets it is implied that the Third Tablet is extraterrestrial.

And while I never say it in the book, for all intents and purposes, you can consider the Third Jade Tablet to be made of kryptonite.

So, yeah, The Green Lama? Could totally kick Superman's ass.

Sidney Williams... Unbound

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In the Hands of Fans, Part 3

Here's a new "Hands of Fan's" image from the one and only Mike Fyles. Check out the now insanely collectible sketches of the "See this" image from the end of Chapter 2.

Let's start the bidding at $1,000.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

In the Hands of Fans

Green Lama: Unbound is finally making its way into the homes of readers. Here's the first photo of what I believe to be the books very first customer...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ron Fortier Unbound

Let's see how long I can pull this "Unbound" in every title thing before you all get bored.

My editor Ron Fortier had some very kind words to say about the new novel. Be sure to give Ron's article a read through -- some interesting stuff in there, not just about me but the future of publishing too! And then go like... A dozen copies of the book. :)

Interview... Unbound

I was recently interviewed by fellow Green Lama scribe W. Peter Miller, which you can read here.

Peter is an incredibly talented write in his own right, his short story "Studio Specter" -- which you can read here -- is much closer in line with the original Green Lama tales than mine, something I simply don't have the skill to do. Be sure to check out the interview and keep reading his blog, you won't be disappointed.

Additionally, in a more surreal observation, The Green Lama Volume 1 is the number one listed item when searching on Amazon, directly above the original comic collections... I honestly don't know how I feel about that.

Best Wishes...

Sunday, July 25, 2010


THE GREEN LAMA – UNBOUND will be released by Cornerstone Book Publishers this coming Friday and this is a first time ever view of the cover. This really promises to be one bang-up great book with praise after praise coming in from all corners. This is really one not to be missed!


Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Book Publishers are thrilled to announce the release of their second book starring the Master of the Mystic Arts, the Green Lama, in a brand new, full length novel by Adam Lance Garcia. THE GREEN LAMA – UNBOUND is a cover to cover literary roller-coaster ride of action and adventure by one of the finest new pulp writers on the scene today.

When Jethro Dumont’s friend, Jean Farrell, disappears on the small Greek island of Samothrace, he and associates fly off to rescue her. Upon their arrival, they discover the forces of evil have gathered in this out of the way place in search of the Jade Tablet and the unholy grimoire known as the Necronomicon. It is the book of rituals that will allow the Nazis and their allies to call forth the Great Old Ones, led by the demon god, Cthulhu.

Now it is up to the Master of the Mystic Arts, the Green Lama, to uncover the mysteries of those ancient rites and thwart the powers of chaos. But before he can do so, he will have to use all the unique skills at his command at the same time rely on the bravery and loyalty of his friends. THE GREEN LAMA – UNBOUND is a non-stop pulp thriller that explores the Green Lama’s past, detailing for the very first time elements of his origin never made known before.

Pulp Factory Award nominated writer Adam Lance Garcia also provides a special essay on his trip to the Kendell Foster Crossen Archives at Boston University, shining more light on the man who created the Green Lama. Accompanied by the masterful artwork of Pulp Factory Award nominated artist Mike Fyles, with designs by Pulp Factory Award winner, Rob Davis, THE GREEN LAMA – UNBOUND belongs in every pulp fan's library.

“Both Adam Garcia and Mike Fyles have a strong affinity for the Green Lama,” added Ron Fortier, Editor of Airship 27 Productions. “It is so clear in their work that this was more than just another project to them, but a true labor of love for these talented creators.” THE GREEN LAMA – UNBOUND is sure to become a modern day pulp classic.


ISBN: 1-934935-75-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-934935-75-0
Produced by Airship 27
Published by Cornerstone Book Publishers

Release date: 07/30/2010
Retail Price: $24.95 

Friday, July 23, 2010

Green Lama Teaser: The Oberführer

Who is theOberführer?

What is his connection to the Green Lama?

Why is he working with Nyarlathotep?

Where have we met him before?

Is an ally or an enemy?

There is more to this man than meets the eye.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Green Lama Teaser: ???

Here's yet another preview image by the amazing Mike Fyles... But who is it? I know, but do you?

Surely, this is the stuff of nightmares... but who could it be...?

I'll give you a hint, this is one of the major villains in the previous Green Lama anthology... Which you should go read... like yesterday...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Green Lama Teaser: Nyarlathotep

Here's a new teaser image from Mike Fyles featuring one of the main villains, the Crawling Chaos: Nyarlathotep from GREEN LAMA: UNBOUND!!!

Get excited, people... It's coming very, very soon.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Greg Hatcher is the Man

Greg Hatcher posted this a few weeks ago. Firmly securing his station as the Man.

Drop by and send Greg some love!

Mike Fyles Review

It's always nice to see someone as talented as Mike Fyles get the attention he deserves. Check out this link on one of two (TWO!) covers Mike had come out this week. I cannot tell you how honored I am to be sharing pages with him in Green Lama: Unbound.

Buy this book. Buy it yesterday, call up Marvel and DEMAND more Mike Fyles.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mike Fyles Art Making the Rounds!

Check out some of the notice the amazing artist behind Green Lama: Unbound, Mike Fyles has been getting:

and this one...

(Scroll on here to cartoon/illustrations)

Pretty snazz, eh?

More Green Lama Press

Richard Bloom at the awesome comic book website Broken Frontiers posted this little news item:

Thanks, Richard!

Are you getting excited?

Cause I sure am!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sharing the Love

The wonderful Greg Hatcher over at Comic Book Resources gave Green Lama Unbound a nice little shout out along with some very kind words.

Despite what Greg might say, I wouldn't say I'm one of the best writers with Airship 27, but I'll take the compliment for sure. Thanks, Greg!

Be sure to check out Greg's blog, not just for Green Lama posts, but for some really great commentary on comics, pulps and film.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Thinking in Colors

As the temperature in New York breaches the triple digits again I can't but see the world in yellows; hot and sticky, as if the Sun decided to sit down on the sidewalk and rest his legs.

It made me realize how much we see the world defined by color palettes. Winter is blues and whites. Spring is greens and browns and blues. Fall is browns and oranges and reds.

Think of your favorite films and how they use colors and color palettes to define scenes and locations; to indicate emotions. The Wachowskis used greens and blues to define the difference between the Matrix and reality. The characters in Unbreakable were defined by green and purple.

When writing Green Lama: Unbound I kept in mind one specific color to help keep the tone of the novel in place, and despite all evidence to the contrary, it wasn't green (or jade for that matter).

It was black.

One of the main themes of the books in the idea of the encroaching darkness. The Second World War in on the horizon, Cthluhu is rising, the world is becoming a darker place. The shadows are deeper, thicker, like ink on a page, spreading over the characters and threatening swallow them whole.

It's partially why I am so in love with Mike Fyles work on the book and promotional images -- without me ever saying so, he created a litany of images filled with dark shadows covering the characters, their visages just peaking through the darkness like light at the end of the tunnel.


Also be sure to check Pete Miller's blog Doc Savage Tales for an upcoming interview with your  truly (though I will admit this whole thing is a little surreal).

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Shameless Self-Promotion

Here is a promotional image for my upcoming novel Green Lama: Unbound, which give you a major hint to the novel's main plotline. 

Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!

Art by the ever-talented Mike Fyles.

If you're interested in Mike's artistic process check out this page.

More info to come!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Currently, the character I'm most associated with is the Green Lama, and the upcoming novel Green Lama: Unbound.

Now, if you don't know who that is, that either means: A. You're under 55, or, B. You didn't grow up in house with a man like my father.

Or, C. You're 98% of the American populace.

The Green Lama, the fancy fellow to our left, was the invention a man named Kendell Foster Crossen, and is, by every measure, the world's first Buddhist superhero--not counting Buddha himself, who was pretty super from what I understand.

First appearing in the pulp magazine Double Detective in 1940, the Green Lama quickly branched out to comic books, first in Prize Comics in late1940 and then his own title in 1944. He eventually made his way to the radio in 1949 and almost made it TV screens in 1950, before falling off the face of the Earth for better part of the 20th Century until he recently fell back to Earth and into the public domain.

Each version of the character is at once similar, yet markedly different, than previous, the only connecting factor being the Green Lama is really Jethro Dumont, a wealthy American who spent a decade in Tibet studying Buddhism. When he returned he witnessed a drive-by shooting that left a young child dead. When justice was denied he used training and powers to fight evil.

In modern day comics, the Green Lama had a brief series from AC Comics, is a frequent feature in Dynamite's Project: Superpowers and will soon appear in Moonstone's Return of the Originals. And just as his original versions varied widely, so do these. AC Comic's version is at once Jethro Dumont's grandson and a reincarnated Jethro, who's powers are closer to the version seen in the solo Green Lama comic series. Dynamite's portrayal is based on the same version of the character but has evolved to character to be more "nature" based, able to control plants and the like. And according to press releases, Moonstone's version will be based on the original pulps.

The Green Lam also recently returned to pulps in 2009 via Airship 27 Productions, in their anthology The Green Lama, Vol. 1, in which my novella "Horror in Clay" was featured. The story followed the Green Lama and his associates' battle against a golem that had destroyed the German consulate in 1938 New York City.

(For some insane reason, "Horror in Clay" was nominated for best short story in the 2009 Pulp Factory Awards, and while it didn't wind the honor of nomination was incomparable.)

For a number of reasons, the Green Lama has always been my father's favorite Golden Age heroes, and was the sole reason I chose to write the character for Airship 27. What I didn't anticipate was how hard I would fall for the character and his supporting cast. There is something incredibly refreshing about a superhero who fights evil because of his faith. It wasn't a tragic childhood, a rocket ship from space, a magical ring or a life changing event, Jethro ultimately fights crime because of what he believes.

My portrayal of the character is something of an amalgam of all his original iterations, while at the same time making him a younger, less-experienced hero so as to allow him room to grow, rather than making him perfect from page 1. (I'll be going into detail on my approach to the lead characters, as well as pulps in general, as time goes on.)

These though leads me to a interesting topic I've been interested in recently, and that is the concept of adaption, specifically dealing with licensed and public domain properties.

A recent conversation I had with some of the fine fellows at the Gotham Pulp Collectors Club dealt with Moonstone's upcoming "Return of the Originals" line of comics, which will feature updated versions of classic pulp characters including the Black Bat--a sort of proto-Batman who debuted around the same time. They collector's bemoaned the fact that the new Black Bat had a bullet-proof vest where in the pulps he always had a suit. In response, one of the younger collectors said: "Yes, but you know that, everybody else doesn't."

I've has a similar conversation with my father before every new comic film came out. "But Tony Stark got wounded in Vietnam..." "Yes, but it's 2008 now, so why would he be in Vietnam?" "But the Phantom always had a 'striped' underwear." "Spider-man made his webbing from scratch." "The Joker was scarred by acid..." And so on and so on.

The debate of which is the right version of licensed/public domain character is something akin to asking someone where to get the best chocolate ice cream. You'll get hundreds of different answers, and people will disagree and even fight over it, but at the end of day, you're all still talking about chocolate ice cream. There are definitely better chocolate ice creams but that doesn't make the bad stuff not chocolate. You just don't like it.

With licensed/public domain characters there is ultimately no real right way to approach the characters, surely there are better takes than others, what matters is if the get the spirit of the character right. Certain elements will work better in specific mediums, other elements just won't translate well from generation to generation.

A recent debate raging in the Pulp Factory community is centered on the upcoming film adaptation of The Green Hornet starring Seth Rogen. Many pulpsters are quite literally in a rage on the casting and more comedic take on the characters. They argue that the Green Hornet is noir character and that the comedic tone and somewhat naive and bumbling Britt Reid is wrong. They demand an apology from the creators for creating such a travesty--even though the film has yet to be released, so this is all based on the two-minute trailer and a variety of stills. While there are certain members whose opinions definitely carry more weight than others--Ron Fortier wrote the Now Comics series for years--I contend that this is one interpretation of the origin of the character, geared more towards a younger crowd with a more tongue-in-cheek feel. There is nothing wrong about it, this is just one version of the character, whether it is successful or not depends solely on the viewer.

Let's look at Batman, who's never too far from the public eye. There have been nearly a dozen adaptations of the character in the last decade alone, amongst which are Frank Miller's Goddamn Batman, Chris Nolan's Dark Knight and Cartoon Network's Batman: the Brave and the Bold. All three are completely distinct and depending on who you talk to, one is better than the others, or all three great or all three are crap. Personally, I loved Dark Knight as the example of what it would take for Batman to exist in the real world, but I absolutely adore B:B&B for its whimsical take on the character and the DC Universe, (even though I bemoaned its very existence when I first heard of it). But in watching these two completely different adaptations of the character I discovered that both were truer to the character than anything Frank Miller has done with him in years.

There are better versions surely, while Adam West's Batman might not exactly be the hallmark of live-action superheroes, it was not without its merits--hell it was probably truer to comics at the time than Dark Knight is to modern comics. But even then, we've been raised to accept these various changes to character like Batman; not a year has gone by that we haven't seen some variation on the character, so generally speaking we as an audience are much more willing to accept change for a character like him, because we're simply used to it.

(Take a look at Newsarama for a great graphic on Superman's evolution.)

Not so with the Black Bat, or for that matter the Green Lama. While Batman, Superman, Spider-man, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, etc. have all evolved over times, many public domain characters by their very nature stopped evolving 60-70 years ago. They never had the grim and gritty '80s version or the campy '60s version, they simply... stopped. Even characters that had a longer life, such as the Green Hornet, weren't given the natural, prolonged evolution like Batman. The last "live action" Green Hornet went off the air in 1967, his comics were off the shelves between 1967 to 1989 and then again from 1993 to 2009. Even characters like Doc Savage, who is the King of Pulps, effectively stopped evolving in the '40s (though the less said about his movie from the 70s the better).

It becomes clear that the argument that these characters were "always this way" doesn't stem from a rigid acceptance of the "rules" but rather due to the fact that these characters never had a chance to change. What's happening now, because these characters have been opened up to the wide world for the first time in a generation, is rapid, parallel evolution. There is no right and wrong, there are successful and unsuccessful versions; it is impossible for every version tobe perfect. Ultimately, it'll be up to the pure personal preference by the audience as to what works and what won't.

The one's that don't, well, they'll just be the chocolate ice cream you don't buy.


The image above is a teaser image by the talented British artist Mike Fyles for my upcoming novel Green Lama: Unbound, which I will tell you more about in upcoming posts.


Let me know you agree or diagree with this in the comments below; or if I'm just a rambling fool -- which is entirely possible.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Introductions and Other Such Nonsense


My name is Adam L. Garcia. I'm a writer, of sorts. I currently write pulp novels and comics you can buy. In stores!

I would be lying if I said I was eager to return to blogging.

It's been well over two years since I've even touched the damn stuff, and let me tell you, I haven't exactly missed it. Back in those heady days of 2008, when everyday was a Spanish Soap Opera, I felt it somehow appropriate to lay everything out there for all to read.

But times have changed and so have I. I've been rebuilt, stronger, faster. I wear track suits and look like Lee Majors.

The purpose of this blog will solely focus on writing, on the creative process, on publication, etc. I'll post news of my upcoming projects, give you little teaser images, sample chapters and shamelessly promote myself until you can't help but buy everything I've ever written.

Hopefully, once in a blue moon I'll say something meaningful and worthwhile, something that will rattle your soul and make you realize that maybe, just maybe, things are really going to be okay.

So, here we go.