I'll be at Norwescon in Sea-Tac all weekend, splitting my time between the dealers room and various panels and festivities. Catch me when I'm at my table and give the secret password "frienemy anemone" (you don't have to pronounce it correctly) to get a free Conspiracy Friends promo comic!
This is the fourth year I've done Norwescon, and it's become kind of my home base con. It's a good sized (usually around 3,500 people) science fiction con with a really expansive take on what sci-fi is. And the programming is always phenomenal. They have programming tracks for sci-fi, fantasy, hard science, writing, comics, and various elements of fan culture -- there are like a dozen panels going on at any given time so there's always stuff to do.
Here's my schedule if you want to watch me talk about stuff:
Noon, Cascade 8
The last decade has seen an explosion of comics being made into movies, T.V., and videogames. 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?
I'll be moderating, and the panel features Lola Colleen, Lee Moyer, and C0splay of Death*Star
5pm, Cascade 12
WONDER WOMAN VS. LOIS LANE
Did Superman and Wonder Woman just make out? What about Lois Lane? I think we know who would win if these two fought, but how do fans feel about this? Is this forever, or will Lois Lane make a comeback? What are the potential repercussions in the JLA and DC universe?
With Ashley Cook, Jenna M. Pittman and me.
1pm, Cascade 5
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, not to mention indie comics 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?
With Charles "Zan" Christensen, Lola Colleen, Mark Rahner, and me (moderating).
2pm, Cascade 3&4
SCIENCE FICTION VS. FANTASY: FIGHT!
Who would win in a fight? Captain Picard or Jack Sparrow? Come vote and defend your choices in the battle to end all battles. Two brackets, one for Science Fiction the other for Fantasy until only one character reigns supreme!
With Jesse “fish” Simpson, The Reverend En Fuego, and me.
3pm, Grand 2
Come meet me and about half of the Norwescon attending professionals (they split these into two groups, so for the other half show up an hour earlier at 2). Since I'll also be selling books in the dealer room, there will be plenty of other chances to get books signed by me, so maybe use this time to focus on some of the other authors. I'm just saying.
5:30, Cascade 1
CHOOSE YOUR OWN BOOK READING
I signed up to read from the upcoming Time Travel Dinosaur, but since I haven't actually written it yet, I'm thinking I'll read from Zombocalypse Now or Thrusts of Justice instead (sorry).
8pm, Casdcade 7
ARE YOU AFRAID OF SCARY GOOSEBUMPS?
In the 90s horror for children was easy to find but despite the imagery and themes horror for the under 13 crowd seems nonexistent now. Why?
With Alisa Gray, John R. Gray III and me (I'll be moderating this one too).
Some of you know that I've been planning to launch a regular webcomic for a while. I had an idea for an elaborate, epic, sci-fi/fantasy crossover, and I built a website for it and everything. I was partly inspired by Penny Arcade's Strip Search web reality show (which I applied to and made the first round of cuts before being passed over for creators who, I don't know, actually HAD a webcomic or something). Ultimately, I decided that the project was overly ambitious and would take up too much of my time. I love making comics, but I also have this writing career going and I didn't want to throw Chooseomatic out the window in favor of some crazy new idea.
Then, in the middle of last month (it was Valentine's day, in fact -- happy Valentine's sweetie, I spent all day doing THIS) I had a brain blast. What about a simple, stripped down comic that I could crank out in like an hour every morning? I could use it as a creative warm-up, so it might even make my writing more productive. I drew a comic, threw together a website, and had it on the web by mid-afternoon. I decided not to tell anyone about it yet -- this was going to be a SECRET WEBCOMIC, at least until I gave it a good trial run and made sure it was fun, not cutting into my writing time, and that I could keep up a daily schedule. I figured 30 strips would be a good test.
I'm happy to report that since that since that day I've posted a new comic every single weekday (plus the first couple of weekends), and I'm really pleased with how they're turning out. It wound up being a serialized adventure comic with a conspiracy theme, mostly 3 panel strips but longer whenever the mood strikes. They usually take one to two hours to produce, and on top of that I've gotten more writing done in the past month than I did in the three previous month combined.
So, ladies and gentlemen, I give you: CONSPIRACY FRIENDS.
If you like the strip, feel free to spread the word (although kindly keep up the ruse and pretend you don't know my secret identity -- it's a whole theme). There's a tumblr mirror too, if you tumbl. I'll also have Conspiracy Friends promo comics to give away at Gamestorm and Norwescon, but only if you have the secret password (which you can get at the site -- see how I rope you in there). Enjoy!
It's a super fun gaming convention, and I'll be in the dealers room shaking hands and signing books and eating sandwiches (lunch has to happen at some point I guess). If you happen to be in Portland, Oregon this weekend (or, technically I guess Vancouver, Washington which is right across the river) you should totally go. And if you find me give the password "drunken monkey," I'll give you a free promo item to promote a secret project I'm working on! Unless I run out. Which I might, so you know, act fast.
Emerald City Comicon starts tomorrow! Here's a close-up of my table position that might help you find it once you manage to locate Artist Alley. Get your books signed! Pick up a free button! Get a copy of my adorable new mini-book, Tiny Quest!
Also, I've got a SECRET PROJECT to promote, secretly! Give the password "MUFFIN BUFFALO" at the booth, and find out what it is.
I repeat: "MUFFIN BUFFALO."
My 2013 Convention season starts in earnest with Emerald City Comicon in Seattle from March 1st to 3rd! This is BY FAR the biggest con I've ever sold books at (seriously, they had 53,000 people last year), so I'm not really sure what to expect, but I'm all giddy and excited about it. Tickets are sold out online, but I know that comic shops still have them, so check your local store. Patrick Stewart! Gillian Anderson! Carrie Fisher! Adam West AND Burt Ward! So many guests, including like ALL of my favorite comic people! You can find a map to my table in Artists Alley here, although clicking that link is probably fairly pointless, because if you've ever been to ECCC, you know that once you walk into that exhibition hall all of space and time warps around you into a giant clusterfuck of AWESOME, and your best bet is just to wander aimlessly until you see my chainsaw bunny banner. Whee!