I've finally recovered enough from the 4-day geekstravaganza that was Norwescon 35 to post about it. Any of you who saw me there can vouch for how much fun I had, since I pretty much walked around the whole time with a big, stupid grin on my face. Norwescon is nominally a science fiction convention, but one of the things I love about it is how wide-open it is in terms of programming and community.
This post is ONE HUNDRED MILES LONG, so to see it you're gonna have to click "read more."
So, you remember how I said a couple of days ago that Thusts of Justice would make its world debut at Norwescon this weekend? And then made kind of a big deal about it? Turns out my statements were not intended to be fact-based.
Here it is, Thursday, and as far as I can tell the books have still not shipped. I'm doing my best to have them ship directly to the hotel so I can start selling them on Saturday, but from the level of communication I've received from the printer so far, I'm not holding my breath.
Maybe this means that everyone who hoped to get a copy will show up for my reading? But not with torches? Come find out!
Norwescon 35 is happening this weekend (Thursday - Sunday at the SeaTac Doubletree), and I'm proud to announce that I'll have copies of he new book to sell, six days before the official release date. That makes Norwescon the world debut of Thrusts of Justice! Look for copies at the Three Ravens Books booth in the dealer's room.
This is my third year doing the con, and so far I've had an absolute blast. If you're interested in Sci-Fi at all (loosely defined -- there's an enormous variety of panels on everything from games to comics to hard science to geek culture), you should absolutely come check it out. (Preregistration is closed but you can still get passes at the door --all 4 days for $70 or a day pass for $30-$50, depending on the day).
Also, they're working me like a dog. Here's my schedule for this year:
The last decade has seen an explosion of comics being made into movies, T.V., and video games. Do these live up to the comics they are inspired by? Have we really reached the saturation point, like Spiderman, where comics directors are also using the old story reboot? What are some of the best and worst of these?
Matt Youngmmark, Duane Wilkins, Shon C. Bury, The Reverend En Fuego
DC Comics: The New 52
There was a little confusion over this one, and the panel description on the guidebook may still say that it's me giving a slideshow about the New 52. I'm sorry to say that there will be no A/V component -- instead we have a tremendous group of panelists (Nathan is a good friend, and Spencer was freaking hilarious on the panels we had together last year) to give you he scoop on DC's recent comprehensive reboot.
Matt Youngmark, Spencer Ellsworth, Kate Merriwether Lynch, Nathan Crowder
Zombies in Folklore, Science, & Popular Culture
If vampires are the aristocrats, are zombies the lower class among the undead? How does the popular brain-eating movie zombie differ from the original Haitian folklore zombie? What other types of zombies are out there? What roles do they fill in a horror story? Can zombies be reconciled with science? Why are they still so popular?
The Reverend En Fuego, Chris Saint, Matt Youngmark, Sir R.L. McSterlingthong
Deconstructing the Superhero
How has comics’ oldest genre matured? No longer mainly read by 12 year-olds, mainstream comics have had to change with their aging fans. And indie comics are being affected by the age old stereotypes they encompass. How do newer comics treat the idea of a superhero? How have superheros saturated other media? Are they becoming diluted due to overuse?
Chris Nilsson, Janine Young, Julie McGalliard, Shon C. Bury, Matt Youngmark
Autograph Session 2
Giant room full of half the con's panelists, signing autographs. If you pick up a copy of JUSTICE at the Three Ravens Books table and I'm not on hand to sign it, this is a good time to hit me up.
Matt Youngmark reads Thrusts of Justice
We'll be choosing the paths based on audience vote. Should be fun!
From Magneto to Lex Luthor
What makes a great villain? Whom do you love to hate? What are some obvious weaknesses of famous villains that heroes never seem to take advantage of? Who are the worst villains in comics history?
Ashley “nerdtastic” Cook, Clinton J. Boomer, Morgue Anne, Spencer Ellsworth, Matt Youngmark
Should You Publish an E-Book First?
The publishing landscape is changing rapidly. Now anybody can e-publish a manuscript and even sell it on Amazon. But just because you can, should you?
Leah Cutter, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Matt Youngmark, Ken McConnell
Is Electronic Publishing the Future?
With the advent of electronic readers like the Kindle and even iPhones, will all books eventually turn into ebooks? Books are being published on electronic readers along with your music and movies – is it all merging into one multimedia future?
Leslie Howle, Kurt Cagle, Marti McKenna, Matt Youngmark
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The trade paperback and Kindle editions of Thrusts of Justice will go on sale at Amazon on April 11! There's no pre-order page up yet, and probably won't be until about a week before the release date -- I'll keep you posted (if you follow me on twitter, facebook or g+ you'll be the first to know).
Also, I'm going to organize an Amazon bomb for release day -- if everyone who wants a copy buys it on the same day, my sales rank skyrockets and amazon's internal sales machine kicks in, recommending the book to people who like that sort of thing, etc. Again, stay posted!
For those who prefer their ebooks Apple or Barnes & Noble flavored, the iBooks and Nook editions will be out in July. It sucks, I know, but amazon offers entrance to their lending program for prime members with exclusivity, so I'm giving them a 3 month exclusive as a test. (The truth is, my Kindle sales outnumber Nook and iBooks sales like 50 or 100 to one, so for now I have to go where the money is). And for those who prefer their ebooks untainted by any corporate overlord, I'll start selling digital downloads in July here as well.
Working on the illustrations for Thrusts of Justice, so I thought I'd give you a little taste. This is the Nightwatchman, one of three boilerplate heroes that you'll get the chance to play as. (click image for larger version that isn't cropped all goofy)
Thrusts of Justice is WRITTEN, y'all. It's in the editing stage now, and I'm shifting gears to work on the illustrations. I'll have an official release date to announce soon, but think April! It came out 30 pages longer than Zombocalypse Now, too, and much more ambitious in terms of plot. Be one of three superpowered heroes! Die one of 81 humiliating deaths!
So I thought I'd share the picture above, which is some (not all, mind you) of the charts and graphs I produced while plotting and producing this monster. (click image for a larger view)