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
SRGE is happening this weekend at the convention center! (It moved, so don't go to that weird hall over by Key Arena where it was last year) Two days of old school video game goodness! And the first ten purchases of the day come with a free Time Travel Dinosaur sampler SO GET HERE FAST.
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!
UPDATE: WE ARE GO.
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.)
I'll be at Fan Expo Vancouver this weekend, April 20-21, so if you're going to the con come say hi! You can find me in booth 230, promoting Chooseomatic Books as well as my new webcomic, along with a bunch of amazing writers like A.M. Dellamonica and D.D. Barrant.
If you do manage to find me (hint: look for the chainsaw-wielding pink bunny), give the secret password "rhinoceroni" to get a free Conspiracy Friends promo comic.
I repeat: "RHINOCERONI." This blog post will self-destruct in five seconds.