I'm selling books at Steamposium in Seattle this weekend! It's at the Convention Center downtown, and I'll be sharing a table with my number one convention pal, Scott Gable from Broken Eye Books. "Steamposium?!" you blurt, bewildered. "But, Matt! You don't even have a steampunk book!"Sure I do, imaginary straw person. Time Travel Dinosaur is forty percent steampunk! Well, maybe not quite forty, but one of the major time periods you visit in the book is the 1880s, and when you arrive, that decade is steampunk as all fuck. So, in honor of Steamposium 2016, I present you with:
The Five Most Steampunkiest Things about my book, Time Travel Dinosur
5) THE COVERThere may be three different versions of the titular T-rex on the front of the book, but that dapper gentledinosaur with goggles on its top hat is front and center, baby! Also, the whole color scheme absolutely screams steampunk: so much brown.
4) THE WICKED SHAUGHNESSY SISTERS
In 1882, Cornelia and Beatrice Shaughnessy rule over New Chicago with an iron (and presumable gear-covered) fist. Using scientific knowledge stolen from future centuries, they've built clockwork centurions to oppress the populace, and grafted miscellaneous steampunk appendages to their gang of hooligans and thugs. They're STONE COLD EVIL, you guys.
3) A CLIMACTIC BATTLE ON A GARGANTUAN AIRSHIP
Needless to say, the only way to stop the sisters' evil plot is to lay siege to their majestic blimp, high above the clouds. One of the book's major plot points is set in motion at this point, and -- hey, what's that other dinosaur who looks just like you but is dressed in clothes from a different time period doing here? GUESS YOU'LL HAVE TO READ THE BOOK AGAIN, BUT MAKE AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SERIES OF DECISIONS TO FIND OUT.
2) GEARBOX ANNIE AND THE GASCAN REBELLION
When Annie's intestinal tract betrayed her at the tender age of sixteen, she simply built replacement guts out of brass and steam. Now she leads a small band of rebels (Cartwright, Bobbins, and the powder monkeys) in opposition to the brutal tyranny of Shaughessy Sisters. I fell in love with this gang while writing the book, and keep having ideas for their further adventures, set entirely in an alternate 1882 cut off from the rest of the chronoverse. Could Gearbox Annie return in some short stories or something at some point in the future? Maybe!
1) And, finally, THE NUMBER ONE STEAMPUNKIEST THING ABOUT TIME TRAVEL DINOSAUR:
Case closed, madam. I said good day.
I'll be at the Seattle Retro Game Expo this Saturday and Sunday, so if you're near by, come over and get a free button and say hello! The show is in a new location this year, at Paul Allen's Living Computer Museum in SoDo, which is a pretty cool space you should probably come check out anyway.
Plus, if you give the super secret coded message "ARCTIC PUFFIN," you'll get a double secret freebie! I REPEAT: "ARCTIC PUFFIN."
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Okay, so Amazon has this new Amazon Underground thing where you jump through a couple of hoops to put their game app on your android device, and then download ACTUALLY free games on it (not the kind of "free" where it asks you to buy coins or energy or something every three minutes to power up enough to get through the next part, but the kind of "free" where you don't actually give them any money).
The cool part is that ZOMBOCALYPSE NOW, my epic, novel-length choose-your-own adventure book where you play a stuffed bunny in the zombie apocalypse, is one of the launch titles! And my understanding is that when you download and play it, I actually get paid? Somehow? If you have an Android phone, you should go get it! Right now I'm at like #600 in the free app store, LETS ROKCET IT ALL THE WAY UP TO 450 or 500.
The app version of the first Chooseomatic book, Zombocalypse Now, has just been added to the Humble Tin Man Mobile Bundle! Which means you can get it along with 11 other RAD gamebook apps, name your price, and decide how much of that price goes to charity! It's a WIN/WIN/WIN/WIN/WIN, so if you have an Android phone or tablet, YOU WOULD BE A FOOL NOT TO CHECK THIS OUT
But jump on it now, because as I write this the sale will only last for 6 more days, YOUR TIME IS RAPIDLY DIMINISHING
I'm at Norwescon at the SeaTac Doubletree all weekend, selling books just outside the dealer's room in Author Row, and lending my questionable expertise on writing, publishing and pop culture to a whole bunch of panels. The guest of honor this year is some guy named George? I'm also super excited about meeting Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson! And all you guys. Come say hi!
Here's my panels this year:
How Comics Art Has Changed
9:00pm-10:00pm - Cascade 5
Reading from Time Travel Dinosaur!
9:00pm-9:30pm - Cascade 1
Rise of the Superhero Comic Movie
3:00pm-4:00pm - Cascade 2
Forms of Plot Structure
4:00pm-5:00pm - Cascade 9
Level Up Your Indie Skillset
6:00pm-7:00pm - Cascade 9
To Reboot Or Not To Reboot
8:00pm-9:00pm - Cascade 6
Why Do We Love Superheroes?
9:00pm-10:00pm - Cascade 3&4
Comics on TV?
12:00pm-1:00pm - Cascade 3&4
Zombies Just Won't Die
3:00pm-4:00pm - Cascade 6
I'm at ECCC all this weekend, in artist alley, next to the guy who does Owly! So come say hi, and pick up the brand new Conspiracy Friends Volume 2 paperback (if for some reason you weren't a kickstarter backer, but you probably were, so it's all good). I also have plenty of copies of all three Chooseomatics, and some odds and ends. IT WILL BE A NONSTOP PARTY AT ECCC BOOTH C04, SO DON'T MISS OUT.
Also, for the first time in THE HISTORY OF FOREVER, it's super easy to find my table: Come through the main doors, then make very first right. Go all the way to the back wall and turn right again! Keep going ti'll you hit another wall, then back up four tables because you missed me. Look for my Zombocalypse Now & Time Travel Dinosaur banners!
WOOO ECCC 2015