‘The Deli Counter of Justice’ Is Now Available

'The Deli Counter of Justice' cover. Art by Blair J. Campbell. Logo/font design by Karen Wellenkamp.

‘The Deli Counter of Justice’ cover. Art by Blair J. Campbell. Logo/font design by Karen Wellenkamp.

The superhero short story anthology The Deli Counter of Justice is now available on Amazon in both physical and digital formats. The paperback is listing for $13.99, while the Kindle version runs $6.99. If you’re not familiar with the collection (you can check out all of our author interviews and posts here), here’s what it’s about:

For decades, Carl Cook fought crime in the city of New Caliburn as the superhero Piecemaker. With the power to disassemble most everything around him, Carl was very good at taking things apart; less so at putting them back together. One divorce and an alienated daughter later, he realized the toll heroing had taken. In an attempt to move on and take charge of his life, Carl hung up the cape and opened Cook’s Deli.

But things are never that simple in the superhero capital of the world. Cook’s Deli has a front-row seat to the city’s superpowered exploits, from the exciting to the bizarre. A former sidekick discovers just how hard life is without a hero, a psychic rat goes on the warpath for another slice of rye, a D-list villain plots his revenge…these are just some of the adventures going on right in front of the deli counter. Carl may change the world, even more than he did in costume. Only now he does it one cold cut at a time.

In THE DELI COUNTER OF JUSTICE, you’ll explore the world in and around Cook’s Deli with nine stories and poems written by Kitty Chandler, Thomas Dorton, Rahne Ehtar, Alyssa Herron, Amorak Huey, C. Gayle Seaman, Eric Sipple, Paul Smith, and Arlo J. Wiley. Featuring an introduction by Mere Smith (Angel, Rome).

The book was edited by our very own Gobbledygeek co-host Arlo J. (AJ) Wiley, alongside Paul Smith and Eric Sipple. We are very excited to finally bring it to the public. We hope you enjoy it.

For an alternative to Amazon, please feel free to purchase the book via Smashwords.

Continue after the jump for a new installment of The Deli Podcast of Justice.

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Unveiling ‘The Deli Counter of Justice’ Cover

'The Deli Counter of Justice' cover. Art by Blair J. Campbell. Logo/font design by Karen Wellenkamp.

‘The Deli Counter of Justice’ cover. Art by Blair J. Campbell. Logo/font design by Karen Wellenkamp.

As you might imagine from everything we’ve said about the book, one of our aims in putting together The Deli Counter of Justice was to make the superheroic mundane and the mundane superheroic. What better image to summarize this mission statement than a superhero, clad in head-to-toe spandex, standing before a deli counter with a shopping basket? For the cover art, we have to thank the terrific Blair J. Campbell, who brought our ideas to life with his wonderful comic book-y art. Meanwhile, on the font front, credit goes to Karen Wellenkamp (@QuoterGal), who designed all the words on the front and back covers, deciding where they should go and what they should look like.

As a reminder, you’ll be able to hold this shiny cover in your hands on Wednesday, November 5.

If you want to hear more about what goes into graphic design, AJ and Eric sat down with Karen to talk about her decades-long career as a designer, her preference for detective novels over superheroes, the great deal of research that goes into her process, and even an unused Gobbledygeek logo she created. You can listen to or download the interview right here, or on iTunes here.

Next: AJ and Eric return to chat with “Calculated Risk” author Kitty Chandler on Thursday, October 16.

(Show notes for The Deli Podcast of Justice #6.)