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Justice Wing, Serial, Superhero

⎇001JW Justice Wing: Forebears #5

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series Forebears

Mandy snorted. “West? Do you know why they pull cops with a personal stake off cases? It’s because they have a personal stake. That throws them off. You know that. You must know that. You know better than to—”

“Than to what, Shapiro? Than to bend or break the rules in the name of justice? What the Hell do you think Vortex was doing out there? Huh? What the Hell do you think Nightstick or Foolhardy or even the Beacon do in their cities? So tell me why I have to just live with my son in a cemetery and play by rules that don’t apply to Holland or anyone like him! Huh? When’s it my turn to get to take the short cut?”

Mandy looked at West. “Never,” she said, simply. “It’s never your turn.“

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⎇001JW Interviewing Trey #23

This entry is part 23 of 23 in the series Interviewing Trey

“I noticed you were… protective of Trey, out there. Wary to save face for her, concerned that she might get in trouble or endure the agony Jack shackled her with far more completely than that wristband?” “Well… yeah. I guess I am.” “Mm.” Lady Velvet turned and looked at me. “Mister Chapman? I have to believe you’re far too smart to be this much of an idiot, so I’d love to hear what you’re thinking.”

Mandy Shapiro on the Phone
Justice Wing, Serial, Superhero

⎇001JW Justice Wing: Forebears #4

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series Forebears

“Yeah, well — that’s the world we live in. You pick and choose where you take your stand, and you pick and choose where you compromise. Someone or something terrible’s going to be the backstory of every food, every good, every service — you name it. If you boycott it all, eventually you either starve to death or end up a hermit out in the woods living off the land. But sometimes, you really do have to shake your head and say ‘I’m not gonna buy that guy’s chicken.’”

Mandy Shapiro on the Phone
Justice Wing, Serial, Superhero

⎇001JW Justice Wing: Forebears #3

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series Forebears

"You know what, counselor? A lot of the public sees criminals or villains get off scot free after wanton destruction, and they don’t think ‘gosh, I’m glad they got a zealous defense.’ They think ‘Wow. Everyone’s corrupt and the system’s broken and our only hope are vigilante superheroes because the police and the courts and the prisons are all useless.’ How’s that helping your client?”

“Tell me if I’m crazy, but are you rebutting my request that you do your job better by telling me to stop doing my job so well? Because that’s what it sounds like, and gotta say? Not really in my nature to suck on purpose."

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NEWS: Triple Pentad Day/Week/whatever! They’re significant. No one said they were timely.

So, thanks to a number of factors, Triple Pentad stuff's been delayed (though we got some stuff done on the day, so that's always a good thing. And of course, it's double Pentad all month, and we can keep going regardless. Hey, I created the holiday and event -- no one gets to tell me how it runs.… Continue reading NEWS: Triple Pentad Day/Week/whatever! They’re significant. No one said they were timely.

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News: Double… no wait, TRIPLE Pentad Day!

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Banter Latte News

Preamble Above, News Below! If you're in a TL;DR state of mind, feel free to skip down to the news below! As I mentioned last week, it's May the Fifth -- and while everyone knows May the Fourth is one of the biggest days of the pop culture year, as someone who's entire life became dominated… Continue reading News: Double… no wait, TRIPLE Pentad Day!

Mandy Shapiro on the Phone
Justice Wing, Serial, Superhero

⎇001JW Justice Wing: Forebears #2

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Forebears

“…they told me there’d be a lawyer sent over. I’m not sure I should discuss this with you.”

“Right. Because you want to be loyal to the syndicate. I get it.” Mandy paused, for effect. “You realize that lawyer isn’t coming, right?”

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Motivation: Justice Wing Halcyon Days now available at Amazon!

Motivation: Justice Wing Halcyon Days is now available for Amazon Kindle for $2.99 or as part of Kindle Unlimited! Revised and enhanced for publication, as well as direct tie-ins to Justice Wing: Plan, Prototype, Produce, Perfect! Click through to see a free preview, and thanks as always!

Justice Wing, Serial, Superhero

⎇001JW Interviewing Trey #22

This entry is part 22 of 23 in the series Interviewing Trey

“Fair,” the Jack said. “And commendable. I mean, you’re still an idiot, but if you’re going to be an idiot, go all the way, I say. Enjoy your idiocy! God knows most people do.”

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News: Banter Latte in the coming weeks! (Print version of Interviewing Leather! SHH!)

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Banter Latte News

An exciting look at the last week of April and the Month of May, full of new posts, new Amazon releases, and... honest to God... Interviewing Leather in dead tree form. Let's all be there!

Mandy Shapiro on the Phone
Justice Wing, Serial, Superhero

⎇001JW Justice Wing: Forebears #1

This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series Forebears

“You people defend super villains. Criminals. World conquerors. Mass murderers. And you expect me to just let you walk in here—”

“We ‘people?’ Interesting phrasing, Detective Corporal. I’ll assume you mean ‘lawyers.’ And yes, my firm specializes in parahuman criminal defense, because some police officers and district attorneys forget that parahumans get the same rights every other criminal gets. Like — just to throw out an example? The right to a zealous defense. Not all police officers, of course. Not even most. Just some.