I'm at Emerald City Comicon this weekend, so if you're one of the seventy billion people coming to the show, swing by and say hi! To find me, cross the sky bridge and hang a right, then find the escalator on the far wall and descend to the weird extra-space offshoot floor. I'm right next to legendary comics writer Peter David, and just a few tables down from John Scalzi, so let me assure you that the party over there will be HOPPIN'.
(Alternately, once you get your badges you can just enter the convention center across the street on the North side of Pike, take the escalator up three floors and BOOM.
Oh, and in on other news: kickstarter kickstarter kickstarter.
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.
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.
Rose City Comicon and QZ Con are behind us. Next up: Bellingham Comic Con on October 12! Immediately following will be Geek Girl Con in Seattle on October 19-20 and Jet City Comic Show it Tacoma on November 2.
It is a lot of conventions in a short period of time! Come say hi if you're in any of those cities. I have free buttons to give away, and free sample booklets of my secret webcomic (which is actually not that big of a secret, you can totally go read it right now if you want). Also, when I meet people at cons who already know who I am it always freaks me out a little (but in a good way). So that's fun to watch.
Helooooo Portland! I'll be at Rose City Comic Con next weekend, signing books, giving away free buttons, and probably apologizing a lot for not having Time Travel Dinosaur out yet (it's due in December, this time for real, I swear). Come see me at table H-02, right at the geometric center of artist alley (look for the stuffed bunny with the chainsaw). I used to do this thing at cons where I had a secret password that earned you a free Conspiracy Friends promo comic, but the comic is just the first 12 strips, so it after a while it seemed like it was a lot of hoops to jump through to be marketed at. I'll have them at the show anyway, though, in a big pile! You can just take one!
PAX was a blast! I was just there as a fan this year (although Eric from Gamma Ray Games was kind enough to stock my books in the Games on Demand room and even sell a few copies). Video game highlights included discovering a kind of Gauntletesque Adventure Time game which I can't believe I haven't bought yet, and Crypt of the Necrodancer, a roguelike RPG that controls with a... dancepad? YES, YES, 1000x YES. I also swung by and chatted a little with some of the Strip Search folks (and picked up a rad Pineapple Maki T-shirt), which made me feel all warm and fuzzy.
As usual, though, the highlight for me was playing new stuff in the tabletop rooms. I learned to play Kingdom with my friend Ashley and a couple of other hilarious gamers (whose names I don't remember because I am terrible). It's a story game, and ours took place in the Puritan colony of Chastity Rock (but, like a funny Puritan colony? It's hard to explain). I also played another storytelling game with a really cool map-drawing theme called The Quiet Year. We built an undersea community of scientists studying an active volcano who just about managed to completely destroy themselves before the Frost Shepherds even SHOWED UP. We had an amazing time with this one (thanks Ed!), and if you're interested you can either buy the full version or just download the rules and use regular playing cards (you can even pay with good deeds instead of cash, which is possibly the best thing I've ever heard).
I also had the chance to learn how to play 13th Age with Ashley and an awesome, riotously funny GM named Ash. It's kind of an old-school D20 fantasy tabletop rpg with some storytelling elements built in (you might be sensing a pattern here) that really encourages players to take the game in whatever direction they want. (In my second effort I played a dark elf who was raised by a community of Smurf-like fae, with his trusty familiar Smelfbro, the lone male denizen of Smelf Village).
So to sum up, PAX is kind of the best. Extra megathanks to Kevin for hooking me up with a pass, and to everyone we played games with. I'm going to sleep for a year now! Thanks, bye!
(* image above is someone else's PAX experience, since I completely forgot to take any picture, as per usual. Boo, me.)