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.)
I shot this Kickstarter video for my friend Scott Gable at Broken Eye Books (look for a cameo appearance by my hand at the end), and also did some of the cover design! Broken Eye has some amazing books on the schedule for the coming year (including like two and a half from the spectacular Clinton Boomer, who you've probably heard me rave about before).
Please check it out, and if the books look up your alley, support like the wind!
If you're in Seattle this weekend, and a large to medium-sized nerd, come by the Seattle Center and check out the Seattle Retro Game Expo. It'll have all the old school video game goodness you can handle, plus me in the dealer's room selling books and giving away free buttons and Conspiracy Friends promo comics and doing my whole convention schtick.
There will be a massive freeplay room with every single SNES and N64 game ever released in the US, and over 1,000 games for various other systems as well (I'm definitely going to log some time on a Vectrex myself). Plus panels and stuff, and people selling soap that looks like pokemon balls and what have you. It will be awesome! You should totally come!
If you’re one of the lucky souls getting your Pathfinder on at Paizocon in Seattle this weekend (July 5-7), Come see me in the dealer’s room for a free Conspiracy Friends promo comic (the secret password is "HEY, ARE THOSE FREE"). You can also purchase copies of the Chooseomatics, or a tiny storybook about a bitchin’ princess, or just talk to me about what a giant nerd I am. It’s okay! You’re at Paizocon! You’re a nerd too!
It came together kind of last minute, but I'll be at the Olympia Comics Festival at the Olympia Center today, in the dealer's room selling books and stuff. If you want a free promo for my secret webcomic, the secret password is "Hey are these free."
I've never been to this con before, but Carol Lay and Roberta Gregory will be there, so I'm pretty excited. It's $6 for a ticket to the stage show at 11am, and the dealers room is open from 1:30 - 6:30 for free! Woo comics!