The Con Artist by Fred Van Lente

The Con Artist

This illustrated mystery will appeal to comic book fans and anyone who appreciates an unconventional whodunit.Comic book artist Mike Mason arrives at San Diego Comic-Con, seeking sanctuary with other fans and creators—and maybe to reunite with his ex—but when his rival is found murdered, he becomes the prime suspect. To clear his name, Mike will have to navigate every corner of the con, from zombie obstacle courses and cosplay flash mobs to i...

Details The Con Artist

TitleThe Con Artist
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherQuirk Books
GenreMystery, Humor, Fiction, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels

Reviews The Con Artist

  • Cameron Chaney
    I was sent a copy of The Con Artist in exchange for an honest review.The Con Artist by Fred Van Lente follows Mike Mason, a formally famous, now homeless comic book artist who spends his life traveling from Comic-Con to Comic-Con. When a murder occurs at the San Diego Con, the police begin to connect the murder to Mike. Thus begins a weekend-long romp of Comic-Con insanity to expose the killer and clear his name.The murder mystery sub-genre is pr...
  • Penelope
    *5/5 STARS*The Con Artist is an Adult Murder Mystery by Fred Van Lente.The story follows comic book artist, Mike Mason as he lands in San Diego to attend this year’s Comic-Con. Being a comic book artist, Mike has an open invitation to attend Comic-Con every year and because Mike has recently separated from his wife and is basically living from con-to-con, he attends as many as he can in order to support himself. As well as a way to avoid settli...
  • Melissa
    I received an ARC from the publisher because working at the library is the best.Crime and Comic Con are two of my favorite things (especially if I don't have to moderate a panel), so this was right up my alley. Clever and witty with lots of geek easter eggs, cosplay, zombie prison breaks, and of course because this is 2018, Nazis, and the requisite twistyness is entirely plausible instead of ridiculous. A fine homage to being a nerd that doesn't ...
  • Carol
    To be published in time for SDCC, The Con Artist is a hilarious mystery where a slightly washed-up comics artist is blamed for the death of his bitter rival.It's important to note that both the author and illustrator are seasoned comics veterans and that really shines through the pages. I've only been to one big comic con (ECCC, big but not nearly as big as SDCC I know) but I relived some of my experiences (lines! getting to meet rad artists in A...
  • Mara
    2.5 stars- all of the elements of this were things that I should love, but it just didn't come together in a way that I personally enjoyed. I think the humor attempts didn't quite work for me... but to be fair, noir in general is a little bit of a hard sell for me anyways, so that may have impacted my experience. If you like noir and comic culture, I think this is worth a try
  • Bethany
    Actual Rating: 2.5 starsI really wanted to love this book, and I had a kind of hard time deciding how to rate it. The Con Artist is a murder mystery set at San Diego Comic Con from the perspective of a comic book artist who is off his game, divorced, and basically lives at conventions. The premise sounded amazing, and there are things to like here, but ultimately the negatives pulled the rating down for me. What I liked:- References to lots of ve...
  • Stephanie (That's What She Read)
    I love mysteries, and when I saw that this was going to be a murder mystery with a bit of nerdtastic fun, I was in. I enjoyed The Con Artist. We follow a comic book artist named Mike who has arrived at San Diego Comic Con. When Mike's known professional and romantic nemesis turns up dead, and Mike is struggling to find a solid alibi for the time of the murder, he makes his way through the chaos of the convention to solve the mystery itself. This ...
  • Todd Glaeser
    I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads.I used to live in San Diego and used to go to SDCC annually until movies and tv took over and getting tickets became a lottery system. I think it’s been 5 years (maybe 6) since I’ve been able to get tickets.Fred Van Lenth does a great job of capturing the essence and atmosphere of Comic-con. He’s been on both sides of the table, as well as in the Hall and the after parties. (I have to...
  • Max Baker
    Thank You Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewA book about fandom. If I've said it once, I've said it a million times, books about fandom are in right now. And The Con Artist joins a surprisingly short list of them that manage to really capture fandom in a smart, thoughtful, and overall inspiring way. Plus it's a murder mystery set at Comic Con. How awesome is that?Comic book artist Mike Mason is a con va...
  • Kira
    *received an ARC for review*4.5 stars*This book is written for fans. Fans of TV, comics, movies, all fans of all kinds. I LOVED all the references, the shout outs to all kinds of fandoms, the loving detail that went into coming up with future ideas that are completely plausible for the entertainment industry. I loved all of it.It's too bad the story wasn't as good. It's a typical 'who dunnit' murder mystery, and it got kind of convoluted near the...
  • Shilpa
    The title of Fred Van Lente's book is brilliant, to say the least. It's a novel about a comic book artist, in particular Comic Con artist, who spends his days with no fixed address, going from one comic book convention to the next giving talks and signing books. The book has a hilarious tone to it, despite the anxiety that envelopes the whole situation. It's worthy of farce, punctuated with recurring comments, such as when Mike responds to questi...
  • Sarah
    While most people think of "summer reads" as books that takes place at the beach, this was the perfect "summer nerd-read" because it takes place at the San Diego Comic Con. The book was made even more enjoyable while I read it because I started it while the Con was taking place. I've never been (and truthfully will probably never be able to go), so it was a lot of fun reading a book that took place at "Nerd Central." I may never be there mysel, b...
  • John Driscoll
    My library received an Advance Reader Copy of this book, which is what I read and what my review is based on. It's made from an uncorrected proof, and according to the disclaimer, the illustrations are not the final artwork. That's a good thing, because what's in this version are extremely rough sketches.The Con Artist (because he's an artist and it takes place at a Con! Get it?!) is the story of a comics artist, a few years past the height of hi...
  • LibraryOfTheNight
    I was sent this book for in exchange for a honest review. I just wanted to say a big thank you to the team at Quirk books for this opportunity.I will say I really enjoyed this book! I loved the nerdyness of it. And really appreciated the story. I will say i did guess the murderer. But there was tons of twists! If your into mysterys, or comic con or just want to nerd out i highly suggest you pick up this book.THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS. Im ...
  • Amna Ikhlaq
    I won a chance to read & review a Digital ARC of this book on Instagram in a giveaway hosted by the publisher!For a few days every summer, the city of San Diego is converted into a dreamscape for fans of all genres as it hosts perhaps the greatest convention in geek history: Comic Con. As an outsider, who has never been to any conventions and does in fact live halfway across the globe from this particular event, the glamour of a few days where no...
  • Doreen
    So I thought that reading this on my Fire would be superior to reading on my Paperwhite but the sketches weren't formatted very well for Kindle so meh. I did really like the idea, tho, that you could find clues in the sketches to help you solve the mystery (why yes I was a Cam Jansen fan as a kid!) It probably works better in execution in physical format, as the Kindle versions tended to break the line drawings in half, which doesn't make for goo...
  • Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
    I didn't know anything about this book before I saw it shared by it's publisher, Quirk, on their Facebook feed, but I picked it up at exactly the right time. Coming just off the heels of this year's Comic Con (no, I didn't attend - I'm not that nuts! Or wealthy) it was easy to smirk at the plethora of references to current 'announcements', events, and typical Con behavior. I loved the narrator, Mike, for his snark and humor, but also for his more...
  • Tony Zale
    This quick-reading mystery follows Mike Mason, a comic book artist down on his luck, coasting on past successes. He lives on the comic book convention circuit in comped hotel rooms, travelling between cities on free flights, with no homelife to speak of. The monstrous San Diego Comic-Con attracts much of the industry and puts Mason in contact with some old friends... but mostly rival artists, malicious editors, shady dealers, and his ex-wife (als...
  • Gemma
    I received this book in the post unexpectedly from the publisher and after reading the synopsis I was intrigued enough to pick it up and I'm glad I did. I quite enjoyed the reading experience. It was a super fun, quick and easy read that kept me entertained until the end. This was your usual murder mystery story made much more intertesting due to the fact it was based at a Comic Con. If your a fan of the 'geek' culture in anyway I'm sure you will...
  • Gemma McGee
    Comic Book Artist Mike Mason is heading to San Diego Comic Con, he wasnt sure about going this year after splitting with his wife (who would be their), but when he was asked to present award to his mentor he couldn't say no. On the first night there his rival is found dead murderer, and Mike is the prime suspect. Mike now has to navigate the wonderful and crazy world of comic con and find the evidence to clear his name, and find out the reason wh...
  • Paige
    Okay this book was so much fun! Yes, it's based around a murder at Comic-Con but the way it's written doesn't mean it's bogged down in facts or gruesome details. Written from the perspective of comic book artist Mike Manson the reader is taken through a three day adventure at San Diego Comic-Con, meeting various Comic-Con goers and trying to figure out who the murderer is while also trying to attend the event. Van Lente gently pokes fun at the ty...
  • Baker St Shelves
    After going to conventions for over a decade, including the famous San Diego Comic Con, reading a book that has it be the setting for a murder mystery is definitely something that catches my eye! Our main character, Mike is a comic artist who along with thousands of others attends the con over the weekend, but things take a turn when a rival in the industry is found murdered and Mike is the primary suspect. In order to clear his name, he has to f...
  • Victoria
    A mystery thriller set around San Diego Comic Con, The Con Artist is an intriguing and unique book that grabs you as soon as you begin. A book written from one perspective and this perspective makes this book such a captivating read as it feels like you’re in the mind of Mike as the book unfolds and the plot get started - you can almost feel like you know someone like him so he makes for an interesting and human perspective throughout this book...
  • Deeja
    I was able to score an early release copy at the QuirkBooks booth while attending MCM Comic Con London in May of this year and read it immediately. Because I started off pretty excited by the concept, a partially illustrated murder mystery about a comic book illustrator set at San Diego Comic Con, the book itself could definitely have paled in comparison. But it really soared above expectations. The fun story did not disappoint at all and Tom Fow...
  • Liesl
    This book really is a love-letter to fandom and comic cons. Anyone who spends time in the world of comics will recognise many of the little asides here: there's a reference to the "Captain America is a HYDRA agent" scandal; religious protestors at cons and cosplayers' witty responses to it; as well as Comic-con's Comic Village and the endless queues. It's great fun trying to spot the references and adds a nice meta level of enjoyment to the whole...
  • Sarah Theis
    4.5 stars ⭐This is my kind of book. So much geek is packed in these pages. And it's humorous even with murder a foot. I could have stayed up all night reading it in one go, though I have a toddler and in the morning he will not care if mommy needs more sleep, specially if I stayed up past my bed time 😂 I'm looking forward to finishing it.*Finished it* I have to say this book is worth the read. The amount of humor is great, the amount of geek...
  • Shawn Conner
    A breezy, wry look at the life of a comic-book artist in the age of the San Diego Comic-Con. The mystery that propels the plot is interesting enough, but what I really enjoyed were Van Lente's insider takes (he's a comic book writer himself) on comic conventions in general and the big one in San Diego in particular. Comics fans will appreciate this aspect of the book the most I think, and those who don't know Miles Morales from Peter Parker (hint...
  • Vanessa
    This is a really unusual murder mystery. It is written and illustrated by actual an actual comic book writer and a comic book artist. The action takes place at the San Diego Comic Con, the world series of Comic Cons. I'm going to throw it out there that I have very little knowledge of what happens at these cons or comic books themselves. Despite that, I found this incredibly entertaining and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys a...