It's official! The third Chooseomatic Book, Time Travel Dinosaur, will be released on July 1st! To feast your eyes on the cover, click here!
Peel yourself off the space-time continuum and prevent a time-traveling lunatic from destroying the one TRUE timeline (you know, the one where people evolved from DINOSAURS). Visit prehistoric times, medieval Europe, the steampunk 1800s, and a moon base in 2271 (and potentially be stranded in any of them, if your decisions are particularly awful). Reach one of 76 possible endings, or get stuck in a time loop and literally read this book FOREVER.
HOW CAN I ORDER THIS MAGNIFICENT BOOK, you ask? Ideally, through Kickstarter! We're launching the project this week, and the goal is to take an 80-page section of the book (titled Time Travel Dinosaur: Mesozoic Mayhem), and print it as a giveaway for Free RPG Day 2014.
Depending on the level of funding, we’ll print between 700 and 7,000 copies, which will be distributed to 700 participating game shops and handed out completely free of charge as part of this year’s event. We’re a small publisher, and although our books have been available through game shops since 2010, most people don’t even know we’re here. For us, this promotion means getting on the radar of hundreds of new sales outlets, and getting books into the hands of potentially THOUSANDS of new readers.
The Kickstarter is also your first chance to order Conspiracy Friends Volume One: Clandestine Maneuvers in the Dark. It collects the first six chapters of my secret webcomic, and has bonus material as well.
Woo, Time Travel Dinosaur! Woo, Conspiracy Friends! Woo, Kickstarter! Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook to be alerted when we launch!
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.