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Tumor – Full Script – Chapter One

July 31st, 2009 No comments

Chapter One

Chapter one went through quite a few iterations. The real challenge was establishing the technique for keeping our reality and hallucinations clear. Luckily, Noel’s storytelling skills solved a lot of that for me. By using the ink wash and hard line styles, you get a great visual cue that establishes where we are, and, as you’ll soon see, when we are. This script probably took the longest to get through just because there’s so much information to deliver in such a compact space. Hopefully, we succeeded.

As always, any questions on format or the changes from script to comic are welcome in the comments.

Praise for Tumor!

July 28th, 2009 No comments

“Fialkov’s razor sharp dialogue flows into Tuazon’s expressive washy art like a shiv between your ribs. Pure noir heaven!” – Jeff Lemire

“A private investigator, a seedy underworld, time jumps, hidden connections… It feels like I’m reading the bastard nephew of MEMENTO in comic form — only cooler.” – Jonathan Hickman

“Josh Fialkov knows the way forward, and here’s TUMOR to prove it. The Kindle’s going to change the way a lot of people read comics, and what better way to get the ball rolling than with an oddball, hard-boiled detective story from two great talents? Excellent stuff.” – Antony Johnston

“Frank Armstrong loses track of time in Fialkov and Tuazon’s ‘Tumor.’ So did I, as soon as I cracked the cover and immersed myself in the seedy criminal world Armstrong inhabits. Want a cure for the malaise of lame-ass comics on the stands? Get ‘Tumor.’ ” – Ron Marz

“Josh Fialkov does what he does best — breaks new ground (both in story, and this time with the technology) and makes the rest of us think we aren’t trying hard enough.” – Brian Reed

“Anyone who cares to know me also knows I hold Joshua Fialkov’s work in high regard, and they’ll be shocked to learn that I think Tumor puts everything that came before it in the dirt. Fialkov and Tuazon effortlessly show all the hard boiled posers and dried up hacks who think they know noir just how weak their sauce really is. When I finished chapter one all I could muster was an envious, ‘Sons of bitches.'” – Phil Hester

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Tumor on the iPhone and iPod Touch

July 28th, 2009 No comments

It’s as easy as One, Two, Three!

1) Download the Kindle App for iPhone/iPod Touch
2) Log on to the Kindle App and link it to your Amazon account
3) Hit “Get Books” and search for “Fialkov Tuazon Tumor” and Hit Buy Now with 1-Click!

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The Soundtrack: Innocent When You Dream

July 21st, 2009 No comments

You may have noticed over on the right hand side of the site that there’s an Imeem playlist featuring ‘the music of Tumor.’ These songs range from the ones that inspired the tone and feel, to just damn good writin’ music. I thought I’d take some time to talk about the songs over the next few weeks.

I’m gonna start with Innocent When You Dream by Tom Waits. The album this is from, Frank’s Wild Years was a huge influence over the general tone of the book. Hell, I even named the main character Frank. This album stands as sort of a bridge. While released after Swordfishtrombones and Rain Dogs, which both marked the drastic change in style from the drunken piano bar Bukowski character to the progressive madman, Frank’s Wild Years has always felt like more of a bridge between the two. It contains a heaping helping of deconstructionist, absurdist, sound poetry, but, it also has a haunting theme, and some truly beautiful songs.

Primarily, the eerie, creepy, and, frankly, lovely, Innocent When You Dream.

Had Jerry and I not recorded theme music for the trailer, this would almost definitely be the theme song.  Tumor, to me, is a book about the mistakes of our past, and how we let them guide us.  Frank Armstrong, as a character has let his every mistake guide him down the twists and turns of life, leading him deeper and deeper into the gutter.  He’s living just off of Skid Row in a building somewhere near the old Van Nuys Building.  He’s associating with the dregs of society, and has no choice but to be a part of them, but, somewhere in his mind there’s a happier life.  The life with Rosa, that one may imply, did not end so well for anyone involved.

Frank O’Brien, of Frank’s Wild Years, is a skid row bum of his own, trapped in hopeless dreams of friends, family, success, and all the trappings thereof.  Innocent When You Dream serves as both a comfort and a terrible realization. There’s the comforting, old-timey feeling of the music, juxtaposed with the heart breakingly sad lyrics about love and loss and losing yourself. These are all of the things that Tumor is about, for me. I just hope I can do Mr. Waits’ inspiration justice.

If you’re not familiar with Mr. Waits, any of the links in the above section are worthy places to start, and I couldn’t recommend trying him out more. You’re in for a treat.

Rereading the lyrics to the song, while writing the above, I realized just how much this album, and this song inspired me, so I figured I’d share ’em, just in case the great bard’s warbling leaves you scratching your head.

Innocent When You Dream
by Tom Waits

It’s such a sad old feeling
the fields are soft and green
it’s memories that I’m stelaing
but you’re innocent when you dream
when you dream
you’re innocent when you dream

running through the graveyard
we laughed my friends and I
we swore we’d be together
until the day we died
until the day we died

I made a golden promise
that we would never part
I gave my love a locket
and then I broke her heart
and then I broke her heart

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Cross Post: Fialkov Hits Comic-Con

July 20th, 2009 No comments

Originally posted at

Hey hey hey,
Today marks the announcement of my new graphic novel with Elk’s Run artist Noel Tuazon, and that it’s going to available primarily on the Amazon Kindle (and Kindle App for iPhone and iPod Touch)! We’re the first original graphic novel to appear on the device, and we could not be more thrilled. For more info on that you can visit or read the article about the deal at

Later this week, I’ll be rolling into Comic-Con to promote Tumor, and I’d love for y’all to stop by. I’ll be at the Archaia Comics booth for most of the weekend, and we’ll be selling a $3 limited edition ashcan of the first chapter of Tumor. They’re hand numbered, and quite handsome.

That’s at booth 2635. My schedule is as follows:

Wed. July 22nd
7:00 – 8:00 pm Signing at the Top Cow Booth

Thurs. July 23rd
9:00 – 11:00 am Signing at Archaia Booth
12:00 – 1:00 pm Signing at the Top Cow Booth
2:00 – 3:00 pm Signing at the Archaia Booth

Fri. July 24th
9:00 – 11:00 am Signing at Archaia Booth
2:00 – 3:00 pm Signing at the Top Cow Booth
6:00 – 7:00 pm Signing at the Archaia Booth

Sat. July 25th
9:00 – 11:00 am Signing at Archaia Booth
11:00 – 12:00 pm Signing at the Top Cow Booth
5:30 – 6:30 pm Archaia Panel (TUMOR!) Room 5AB

Sun. July 26th
9:00 – 10:00 am Signing at Archaia Booth
1:00 – 3:00 pm Signing at the Archaia Booth

See you all at the show!

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The Making of Tumor – The Trailer

July 20th, 2009 No comments

Hey gang, just wanted to post a quick few words from editor, musician, writer, director, and all around genius Jerry Pyle (who you can follow on twitter @jkpyle). Jerry was the mastermind behind the brilliantly done trailer on the front page of the site, and I thought y’all might enjoy some insight into the process. If you have more questions, post them in the comments, and I’ll do my best to have Jerry answer ’em.

And now, Mr. Pyle:

It’s awesome to be a part of the release of Tumor. It was a lot of fun going through this book and the amazing imagery created by Josh and Noel. Here’s a little about the process I went through to create the trailer.

Taking Noel’s artwork, I made a preliminary model of what I thought we could do with movement and sound while Josh constructed a rough synopsis of the book, boiling the story down to about about a minute of fast-paced intrigue and excitement. Josh and I hung out late one night at his house and recorded the theme for the trailer with my accordion and josh’s guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo.

Josh gathered together an illustrious group of voice artists/ friends/ wife, Glen, Eric and Christina and we laid down the voices for each of the characters on a Sunday afternoon at Pictures in a Row in Hollywood with recording engineer extraordinaire, Adam Sakellaredes. Working with all these these fantastic elements, I stayed up late a few nights and with the help of Aftereffects and lots of caffeine, created the final trailer.

I hope the trailer offers a good view of just how compelling this book is, Frank’s harrowing fight against his own mind and body…and the bad guys! It was a pleasure working on this project and I hope to see more trailers for works like this. Thank you to Josh, Noel and Archaia for putting out this book and letting me make a trailer for it.

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Tumor Trailer is Live!

July 20th, 2009 No comments

Click trailer at the top to view the preview trailer for Tumor!

It was created by Jerry Pyle, featuring music by Jerry and myself, and the voice talents of Mr. Glen Creason, Mr. Eric Reid, Mrs. Christina Rice Fialkov, and yours truly.

A little later on I’ll put up a quick note from Jerry about the creative process of cutting the trailer! Enjoy!

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Welcome to!

July 14th, 2009 No comments

Hello folks!

My name is Joshua Hale Fialkov, and I’m the writer and co-creator of the new Archaia graphic novel, TUMOR. This is my second collaboration with artist Noel Tuazon, after our graphic novel, Elk’s Run. We’ve been developing Tumor in one version or another since we completed that book back in 2007. I’m immensely proud of the work, and am looking forward to sharing it with all of you.

Over the next several months, this blog will providing you a behind the scenes look at the work that goes into making a graphic novel. I plan on uploading full versions of each script upon the release of each issue, as well as concept art, interviews with the rest of the creative team, and an interactive experience that will hopefully enhance the experience of reading TUMOR. Please feel free to suggest features and let us know what you think of the book and this site.

Thanks again for taking the time to check out our work, and I can’t wait to get started!


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