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Monday, June 27, 2011

Minion #278 - By Your Leave

Click, then leave before seeing if cartoon gets any bigger...

Greetings, Booby Traps!

Hey, check out my latest ebook release, an all-new short story, first in a new Steampunk Cowboy series called "Tales of the Clockwork Cowboy."  This first one is called "The Unwinding of Liberty Brass," and concerns the origins of our wandering metal hero.  The second story in the series will be in an upcoming DAW Books
anthology called "Western Weird," and there are more to come.

You can buy (or sample) the Amazon Kindle edition using the link at left.  It's also available on Nook and in other ebook formats through Smashwords.  Coming soon to Apple, Sony, Kobo and other major ebook outlets!

Here's the blurb:

J. Steven York's Clockwork Cowboy stories aren't just 'weird Westerns.' They're quite touching, too. Yes, Liberty Brass is a metal man with a busted 'governor.' But he's got as much heart as any other hero you'll find riding the range." 
-- Steve Hockensmith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Dawn of the Dreadfuls, and the Holmes on the Range mystery series

Throughout the west tales are told of a legendary Clockwork Cowboy, a restless mechanical wanderer who rode a clockwork horse, and whose bullets never missed. Some called him traitor, or monster, or murderer, but some called him hero. Some said he never stood by idle when the strong preyed upon the weak, and no bad men, mechanical or flesh, were safe while he wandered the plains.

But every story has a beginning...

Some say the Clockwork Cowboy was actually a Confederate Artilleryman called Liberty Brass. But for Liberty Brass, the trail seems ready to end almost before it begins. In a half-destroyed barn near the Gettysburg battlefield, on a dark, rainy night, two clockwork men, both damaged in war, meet. In the hours that follow, a terrible secret is revealed, a fateful judgment is made, and only one can survive to see the morning sun...  

Be sure to check it out!

- Your Steampunk Minion Master, Steve
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Minions #277 - Name Dropper

Click on Cartoon for Bottomless Bigness (Sounds dirty!)

Greetings, Hail Stones and Gall Stones!

A big week here at the lair as Mrs. Minion Master turned in her latest mystery, "Murder Wears a Tee-Shirt" to her publisher, Berkley Prime Crime.  This is the first of a new series set in a haunted beach gift shop (featuring a foul-mouthed parrot that sometimes channels the ghost of the owner's dead grandfather).  Just in case you thought I was the only one in the house who came up with strange stuff.

This next series will be coming out under the name "Christy Fifield," even though her previous lady-plumber mysteries came out under the name "Christy Evans."  What gives?  Well, A, we like to be mysterious here around the lair, and B, Christy Fifield is actually closer to being a real name for her than Christy Evans, and C, we're EVIL here, and sometimes we just do things because we can!

Actually, it's publishing stuff.  Complicated to explain.  Difficult to understand.  And ultimately boring.  Just believe me when I tell you, it's for the better...  Anyway, look for announcements on the upcoming new series as it appears in print and ebook.  We're excited and looking forward to it.

Okay, now I'm going to post a link to something I wrote.  Why?  Because it's my damned web-comic, and I'm EVIL, and I'm doing it because I can!  Just try to stop me!  MuhHAha!

Okay, and now I'm going to post a link to a pet watering dish!  Why?  Because it's evil for reasons you will never understand.

Also, it's damned random, and I hate being too predictable! (Except on Mondays, when I ALWAYS post these silly cartoons.  We, most Mondays, anyway.

Except when I don't.  Or I forget.  Or there's a technical screw-up.

Or when I'm on vacation.




Lulled you into a false sense of security, then pulled the old Cat-dish blitz!  And you totally fell for it!

Until next week, be sure to follow Minion No. 1 on Twitter!

See you then!



See you next time.

                                              - Minion Master CAT-DISH (fake!) Steve!

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Minions #276 - Punch Drunk

Click on Cartoon for a Double Shot!

Greetings, Bar Flies and other Pests!

Look, I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times, you're missing out if you're not following Minion No. 1 on Twitter!  (Check our sidebar for a sample.) Go do it, right now!

Also, it looks like our Facebook group survives, but in the new form it doesn't allow me to message all members (for our weekly reminder) so I'm not sure how useful it will be.  We'll hang on an see what happens though.  But for now, Twitter is still your best way to keep up with new cartoons (and doings down at the lair).

Busy summer, so see you here next week!

                                             - Minion Master, Steve
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Monday, June 06, 2011

Minions #275 - Spooky Lighting

Click on cartoon for more darkness!

Greetings, Dark Knights and Dim knaves!

Back on schedule!  Sorry we were late last week!

Hey, if you aren't already, get your regular updates from the lair and Minion reminders direction from Minion No. 1 by following his Twitter feed!  Not on Twitter?  It's free, easy, and fun, and it's full of cool people to follow and interesting and fun information, as opposed to the noisy three-ring-circus that Facebook has turned into!

Hey remember, when you click through our Amazon links and ads and buy something, even if it isn't one of the items we link, we get a little piece of the action that helps support our evil activities here at the lair.  So think about us next time you plan to do a little on-line shopping!

Remember, it's like highway robbery, except you aren't the one getting robbed!

See you guys back here at the Lair, same time next week!

- Minion Master Steve

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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Minions #274 - Bird Bombed

Click Egg for Explosive Extra Bigness!

Greetings, Egg-suckers!

Whoops!  Due to a technical glitch (that went unnoticed because of the holiday on Monday, "Minion Monday" has somehow turned into "Minion Thursday!"  We'll try to be back on schedule next week!

          - Tardy Minion Master Steve

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