I'll be at Gottacon in beautiful Victoria from Friday through Sunday, hawking print books and telling everybody about the new Zombocalypse Now app from Tin Man Games. Also, we have free buttons ! Come say hi! I'm tabling with my buddy Scott Gable from Broken Eye Books, but just look for my Chooseomatic banners -- my convention display pretty much DWARFS his.
The ZOMBOCALYSE NOW app is up in the Apple store! That's all the platforms it's going to arrive on (it appeared on Google Play and the Amazon App Store last week), So it's time to pop those champagne corks, my friends!
For the uninitiated, Zombocalypse Now is an epic, novel-length choose-your-own-adventure in which you play as a stuffed bunny in the zombie apocalypse. Find 112 possible endings (at least SEVEN in which you don't die).
The lovely folks over at Tin Man Games have done an amazing job here -- the upgraded app version includes music, achievements, and thirteen brand new illustrations by me! The bunny's little ears even SWAY BACK AND FORTH on the title screen, people. They were amazing to work with, and the finished app blew away all my wildest expectations (it's been something of a lifelong dream of mine to work on a video game, so the little part that I got to play in development was exciting enough already). Even the stuff I expected to get super nitpicky with — like the graphic design elements they pulled from my original book design — were gorgeous from the first implementation. Seriously, it's currently my favorite way to read this book.
Plus, it's only three bucks in the apple, google play or amazon app store.
YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT
One year ago today I launched my secret webcomic Conspiracy Friends (yep, on Valentine's Day, because nothing says "I love you" to your wife like having a random idea for a comic and spending all day drawing one, registering a domain name, throwing together a wordpress site, and posting it).
The conspiracy angle originally came from the idea that I would keep the comic secret (hence SecretWebcomic.com) until I had at least 30 strips, and proved to myself that I could work a daily comic into my regular routine. I'm incredibly proud to report that I haven't missed a single update all year. That's 261 comics! 208 three-panel gags, 5 guest strips from amazing comix pals, 41 double-sized strips because I couldn't fit the joke into three panels, and 7 "Previously on Conspiracy Friends" recaps (which are my favorite, b-t-dubs).
It's honestly been a labor of love, and even though I've done the most half-assed job EVER of promoting it, the feedback has been tremendous. I can't even tell you how much that means to me (seriously, every time you share Conspiracy Friends, my heart grows three sizes like the freakin' Grinch). I will tell you this, though: it DOES NOT feel like a year. I've been having a blast doing these, so look forward to your Valentine's Day present from me next year: 52 more weeks of love (assuming love = comic strips about paranoia and government spying?)
Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for reading, enjoying and sharing my comic (if you have indeed done any of those things). I'm starting to get crazy choked up, so before I go create a downloadable coupon for free hug or something I'm going to sign off. Go read today's comic! (It's just a regular part of the story, not a special anniversary strip of anything, but don't you worry, shit is about to GET REAL).
(Pictured above, by the way, is an amazing pop-up CF anniversary Valentine's Day card Dawn Marie made for me, because she is one billion more times more thoughtful than me and I CLEARLY DON'T DESERVE HER)
The brand new app edition of Zombocalypse Now is available in the Google Play store! Yeeheehee! The lovely folks at Tin Man Games have been working on this for a while, and now you can play the first Chooseomatic on your phone or tablet. Upgrades include music, a (mildly) animated start screen, achievements, and THIRTEEN new illustrations by me! This is currently my favorite way to read this book (and yes, iOS and Kindle Fire versions are coming soon).
There's also a great review up over at droidgamer!
I'll be at the Indie Book Fair in Seattle December 20 & 21, giving away free buttons, chattin' up a storm, and hawking my wares. If you're in Seattle, you should totally come! I'm also doing a short reading (probably from Tiny Quest) Saturday evening!
Modest means. Serious writers.
December 20 & 21, 2013 — 11AM – 8PM
2045 Westlake Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
Looking for a last minute gift?
LOTS AND LOTS OF BOOKS.
There will be books for all ages. Science fiction, fantasy, romance, young adult, mystery, memoir, and so much more.
Meet the authors, too. They’ll be there, selling their books. You can get them to sign the books. Grab their swag, like bookmarks, postcards, and such. Many of them will have raffles for even more free stuff!
Authors in attendance include: Ksenia Anske, Leeland Artra, S.C. Barrus, Laurie Blauner, Zachary Bonelli, Kate Bracy, Jamie Brazil, Paddy Eger, J. Glenn Evans, T.M. Franklin, Jerry Gold, Elizabeth Guizzetti, David D. Horowitz, Paty Jager, Sibyl James, A. Ka, Kay Kinghammer, Susan Lute, Maggie Lynch (Maggie Jaimeson, Maggie Faire), Michele Makinson, Mark Matteson, John B McIntyre, Robert R. Mitchell, Old Nod, Northwest Independent Writers Association, Chris Patchell, D.E.S. Richard, Laura Kelly Robb, Susan Schreyer, Valerie Stein, Lisa Stowe, Jeff Suwak, Griffith H. Williams, Windtree Press, Joyce Yarrow, and Matt Youngmark
On Saturday, December 21, the authors will read excerpts from their books, from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. Refreshments will be served. A touch of wine, too, for those over 21.
LOTS AND LOTS OF ART.
Since it’s in a gallery, there’s art everywhere. All around, you’ll have plenty of time to absorb some culture and buy some unique gifts for the holidays.
Today marks the 200th Conspiracy Friends strip (a fact that I only know because I number them when I save the PNG files). I can happily say I've posted one every single weekday since had the initial idea for the comic and hastily registered a domain name on February 14th (happy Valentines Day, baby, I accidentally launched a webcomic?).
Little known fact: I originally registered the site as "secret webcomic" because the plan was to draw one every day until I had 30 strips and not tell anybody about it, which runs counter to EVERY SINGLE INSTINCT IN MY SELF-PROMOTING PROPAGANDIST SOUL. The good news is, it worked! It's nine months later, and still almost nobody knows about the strip! I also planned to use the comic to draw potential fans into my other ventures (i.e., this one), so maybe it wasn't the best idea to do the whole "By Redacted" thing, assuring that nobody could possibly know who I am or that I also write books and stuff? Marketing: I AM THE BEST AT IT
So if you've been enjoying Conspiracy Friends, (and if you haven't go check it out, seriously, it's pretty funny) consider celebrating strip number 200 with me by telling your facebook friends or twitpeeps or tumlbrbros about it! Or by just continuing to be awesome which I KNOW YOU WERE ALREADY GOING TO DO ANYWAY
Thanks for nine rad months, everyone! Daily webcomics, WOOOOOOOOOOO