Neptune Noir

Unauthorized Investigations into Veronica Mars
Edited by Veronica Mars Creator Rob Thomas

Neptune (n): California home of teen sleuth Veronica Mars

Noir (n): Film style characterized by moral ambiguity, corrupt authority . . . and a tiny blonde armed with a quip and a taser?

More than just a high school drama, Veronica Mars is a smart and savvy teen detective show that offers complex mysteries, rapier wit, and engaging social commentary. The show is so snarky, so smart, and so savvy that the detective show’s biggest mystery was why more people didn’t watch.

This collection of essays on the show’s first two seasons, edited by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, explores the noir roots of Veronica’s blond locks, as well as the sharp writing and killer plot twists that catapulted the show to the top of smart viewers’ must-watch lists.

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Posted August 5th

A couple weeks ago we headed to San Diego for our fourth year of exhibiting at Comic-Con. It was equal parts exciting and busy, which you probably know all too well if you’ve ever been to the show, but it was ultimately another great year of introducing Smart Pop Books to new potential readers while having the wonderful opportunity of reconnecting with past readers and contributors.


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An Epic Veronica Mars Giveaway
Posted February 24th

Our giveaway has closed (scroll down for winners’ information!), but you can still win a copy of Neptune Noir from Neptune Rising through March 13! Visit here for details.


Thanks to 91,585 tried-and-true Veronica Mars fans, we’re finally getting the much-wanted next chapter in the lives of our favorite Neptune kids (well, favorite late twenty-somethings by now). The Veronica Mars movie release is just a couple weeks away!

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Best of Smart Pop essays: Editors picks
Posted May 3rd

Since this site gives us the opportunity to highlight not just our books, but the individual essays our authors have written for us (and, okay, since it also gives you the opportunity to buy those individual essays), we wanted to figure out more ways to showcase them. Thus: Editors Picks. Periodically we–and/or some of our past guest editors or book contributors–will select 3 essays we particularly love from our Smart Pop titles and offer a little commentary on why we think you’ll love them, too.

From Leah:

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