01/20/16
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Anomalycon 2016

Just a quick note to my followers that I will, once again, attend Anomalycon as a panelist.

And a quick warning to residents of Colorado, that I will, once again, attend Anomalycon as a panelist.

When: March 25-27, 2016
Where: Denver, Colorado

What is Anomalycon? Why, it’s only the warmest, most laid back, funnest (yeah, I said funnest) convention I’ve been too. It’s nicer in a lot of ways than Comic Con, because it’s smaller. You can actually attend the panels you want without entering a lottery for a chance to attend the panel you want. You can actually talk (face to face and everything) with the authors and artists at the conference. You can walk across the complex at a fair pace without having to take one step, stop for ten second, take another step, stop for fifteen seconds, take another step, finally make it in the door of the convention center…

Despite the conference being small, it still draws some big names like Chuck Wendig, Scott Lynch, Eliabeth Bear and Carrie Vaughn. Who else will be there? Well, a rough-and-tumble assortment of my fellow 47North authors including my good friends Stant Litore, Richard Ellis Preston, Melissa Olson, and Neve Maslakovic.

And yeah, there’s plenty of cosplay going on and tons of cool events like costume contests, self-defense classes, live drawing seminars, and a real, honest-to-god kangaroo boxing tournament.

Yeah, I’m actually kind of lying about the kangaroos. But I’m totally suggesting it for next year.

So, if you’re in the neighborhood, come on by. Authors will be at booths signing their books and doing authorly things. Like smoking pipes. And expounding. Lots of expounding. Metaphors will drift thick as wood-smoke. And the symbolism….oh, the symbolism! Yeah, I’m stopping now.

If you’re not in the neighborhood, then definitely come on by, because you get to play in the Rockies when you’re not at the conference.

 

10/10/15
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New York Comic Con 2015 (with pics!)

Hey everyone. My blogging has been pathetic as of late. I am going to make an effort to get on here more. Promise. And, what better way to usher in this new era of more consistent blogging than with a photo gallery from New York Comic Con, 2015.

I didn’t have a signing there this year, but my publisher was kind enough to send me a badge (two badges, actually, but that is another story…) and I attended as a spectator and lover of all things beautiful and bizarre.

I also attended a fantastic cocktail hour arranged by Amazon Publishing and got the honor of hanging out with authors like Marko Kloos (and his lovely wife Robin) who writes awesome military sci-fi, the incomparable Amy Bartol (who writes enormously popular paranormal romance), J.D. Horn (renowned for his Witching Savannah series and a fellow Westmarch publishee), Jeff Wheeler (amazingly successful fantasy author of Muirwood fame(who once hosted a guest post from me)), Dana Cameron (who writes award-winning crime and sci-fi),  Robert Masello (a veteran writer of novels and scripts with an amazing breadth of knowledge and humor), and Evan Currie (author of dozens of brilliant sci-fi novels).

There were other writers, and I apologize for missing you in this post. But I had a great time with all of you. And I must mention the awesome staff of 47North who put this all together and kept us laughing and without thirst all night: Britt, Jason, Ben, Courtney, Kim and all the others… thank you!

And now, without further delay, the pictures from New York Comic Con 2015 (apologies, in advance, for the crappy quality of my phone’s camera…)(And, yes, that actually was a delay, but there won’t be any further delays). (Except for this one). (And maybe this one). (But that’s it.). (I swear).

03/22/15
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Denver Anomalycon 2015

Apologies in advance for the brevity of this post, but my daughter is asleep on my left arm as I write it. Just a quick note that I will be in Denver on Thursday, March 26, to Tuesday, March 31, for Anomalycon 2015.

I’ll be signing copies of The Scourge at the convention, and feigning expertise at a number of panels. If you’re in the area, stop by. I’ll also have a few days to spare, so if you’d like me to feign expertise at your writers’ or readers’ group, I’m happy to oblige.

See you on the 16th Street Mall!

 

 

 

10/14/14
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Comic Con – Sunday (and Book Signing!)

 Hello peoples,

Sunday was another exhausting but amazing day at the Jacob Javitz Center. As promised, Belle and I donned our Edward and Elizabeth costumes and paraded around the conference. I also did my book signing in armor, which is not as easy as it sounds. And what a wonderful book signing it was. We gave away 50 copies of the The Scourge to 50 of the coolest people on the planet. Big Thanks to Courtney Miller of Skyscape for running the signing and making sure everything went smoothly (and humorously). Thanks to Ben from 47North for making the entire event happen, Britt for organizing it, Alex for supervising and being a wonderful human, and Justin for everything else. Oh, and a *huge* dollop of gratitude to Preston Ray, owner of the armor I was wearing. He was kind enough let me carry off his $2000 baby to New York without a second thought. Thanks!

Things I learned:

1. Wearing armor for three hours is not as fun as it might seem.
2. Signing books in armor is tricky.
3. There are some mentally deranged people at Comic Con.
4. I am one of those mentally deranged people.
5.  Parking in New York is ridiculous.
6. Breastplates look similar from the front and back.
7. Never buy a pretzel from a roadside vendor.
8. Fed-Ex Kinkos has got your back when you need last minute printing.
9. Did I mention the mentally deranged people at Comic Con?

And now, a gallery of images from my signing and the madness that is Comic Con.