Heading to Windycon

w42-logo-300x300This Saturday, November 14, I’ll be at Windycon 42 in Lombard, Illinois, way out on in Chicago’s west suburbs. While the convention goes on all weekend, I’m just popping in for a couple panels and a reading before heading home again that evening, so come out and join me!

  • 10 AM: Humor in Gaming: From Bunnies & Burrows to Just Desserts, gaming has incorporated the often twisted sense of humor of its creators. Whether an RPG, card, or Boardgame, how do you create a humorous game when humor is so subjective? With Bill Fawcett, Kristen Looney, James Lowder, and Deirdre Murphy. [We may not know the answer, but we’ll make plenty of jokes about it!]
  • 12 PM: I Love My Agent/Editor: Agents and editors often get bad press and, in fact, many readers and fans don’t really understand their roles. This is the chance for our authors to explain what they do. With Natalie Silk, Kelly Swails, and Gene Wolfe. [Following my own advice which says, “If you can sit on a panel with Gene Wolfe, do it. Then lean back and enjoy.”]
  • 5:30 PM: Reading: Where I either read things I made up already or make up things that sound like you should read them. Whatever works for you.

Join Me at Gamehole Con!

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This weekend, I’ll be a guest at Gamehole Con at the Alliant Center in Madison, Wisconsin. It’s only a couple years old, but the convention has spiked into a huge gathering of gamers, featuring a massive slate of guests, including Peter Adkison, John Kovalic, Steve Jackson, Jonathan Tweet, Ed Greenwood, Rob Heinsoo, Chris Perkins, Bill Cavalier, Jolly Blackburn, Merle Rasmussen, Jen Page, Jeff Martin, Frank Mentzer, and many, many more.

I’m running sessions of the not-even-out-yet Shotguns & Sorcery RPG from 2 PM – 6 PM on Friday and 10 AM – 6 PM on Saturday. This is a preview of the rules to come, and it’ll be my first time actually playing the game. The game’s designer—Rob Schwalb—was supposed to be at the show as well and teach me how to play, but he’s had to cancel due to family health issues.

I’m told all slots for the games have sold out, so I’m teaching myself the rules right now, trying to get up to speed before the show. The game sessions are sure to be a bit unpolished, but I have high hopes they’ll be fun either way.

If you have a chance, come on out and join us for what’s sure to be a fantastic weekend of games. But don’t take my word for it. Just listen to what Kung Fury has to say.

Signing in Beloit on Saturday

9780241183717This Saturday, from 11 AM–2 PM, I’ll be signing books at Turtle Creek Books (AKA the Beloit College Bookstore), here in Beloit, Wisconsin. To sweeten the pot, DK has sent along posters of Marvel’s The Avengers Encyclopediafeaturing that gorgeous Mike McKone artwork from the book’s cover. They’re free to the first 50 or so people who show up to claim them.

To ice that cake, Turtle Creek Books is giving 30% off The Avengers Encyclopedia to anyone dressed in the full costume of any Marvel hero or villain. So, break out your Halloween costumes a little early and come on down to get a look at the book in person. I’d be happy to scribble on any copies you buy. I hope to see you there!

The Monster Story Bundle Is Here

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Over at StoryBundle.com, Kevin J. Anderson has put together a killer collection of monstrous stories by a murderer’s row of authors.

Pay at least $5, and you get six books. Chip in $15 or more, and you get all twelve books. They show up in whatever ebook format you prefer, all DRM-free. You even get to divvy your money up with regards to how much goes to the authors, to the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, or the fine folks who keep StoryBundle.com rolling along.

This bundle runs for only 3 weeks, from October 15 through November 5. The first six titles include:

  • The Love-Haight Case Files by Jean Rabe and Donald J. Bingle
  • Jurassic Dead by David Sakmyster and Rick Chesler
  • Empty Rooms by Jeffrey J. Mariotte
  • Pack Dynamics by Julie Frost
  • Working Stiff by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Cayo Hueso by Keith R.A. DeCandido

For $15 or more, you get the above books, plus:

  • For This is Hell by Aaron Rosenberg and Steven Savile
  • The Wolf at the End of the World by Douglas Smith
  • Enter the Janitor by Josh Vogt
  • Helmet Head by Mike Baron
  • Mammoth Dawn by Kevin J. Anderson and Gregory Benford
  • Monster Academy: I Will Not Eat People by Matt Forbeck (me!)

That’s a dozen books for only $15, all good, scary reads to help get you through your haunted holidays and beyond. Go grab them while you can, and get reading before this deal fades away like a ghost in the dawn.

The Avengers Encyclopedia Is Out Today!

9780241183717My latest book—Marvel’s The Avengers Encyclopedia—hits stores today. I wrote about a third of it, along with Daniel Wallace and Matthew K. Manning—both of whom are huge comic-book experts—and Alan Cowsill and Glenn Dakin chipped in some smaller bits too. It features a fantastic wraparound cover by Mike McKone with colors by Rod Reis.

At 352 pages, this is a hefty book—about four and a half pounds of reading—although still a bit shy of my latest edition of The Marvel EncyclopediaWhile The Avengers Encyclopedia has, of course, some overlap with The Marvel Encyclopedia, we wrote the new book from scratch and examined each character’s relationship with the Avengers and their roles in the stories of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. There’s plenty of fresh, new material here for everyone to enjoy.

Also today, Jake Magee interviewed me for The Janesville Gazette, the paper for the city about twenty minutes north of me, where my wife works as a school social worker. I had a great time chatting with Jake, and we covered things ranging from games to novels to growing up in Beloit.

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be signing the book at New York Comic Con this weekend and then again at Turtle Creek Books here in Beloit, Wisconsin, on October 24. Hope to see you out there!

Marvel Signings: NYCC and Turtle Creek Books

9780241183717I have a couple of upcoming events planned to help promote the release of Marvel’s The Avengers Encyclopedia, which hits stores tomorrow, October 6. First off, I’ll be at New York Comic Con this week, October 8–11.

This will be my first time to the big show in the Big Apple, and I can’t wait. I have four signings scheduled at the DK Publishing booth, #2204, for an hour each.

  • Thursday: 4–5 PM.
  • Friday: 10–11 AM.
  • Saturday: 1–2 PM.
  • Sunday: 1–2 PM.

Otherwise, you might be able to find me bouncing around the show or wandering the streets of the Big Apple.

If that’s too far out of the way for you, a couple weeks later, on October 24, I’ll be signing books at Turtle Creek Books (a.k.a. the Beloit College Bookstore), right here in my hometown of Beloit, Wisconsin. I’ll be there from 11 AM to 1:30 PM, so go hit our wonderful farmers market earlier in the morning and then stop by the bookstore to say hi.

I hope to see you somewhere out there, but either way, be sure to check out Marvel’s The Avengers Encyclopedia. I had a ball working on it with Matthew K. Manning and Daniel Wallace, and I can’t wait for you to see it.

Find Me at New York Comic Con

9780241183717I’m heading out to New York Comic Con next week to sign copies of Marvel’s The Avengers Encyclopedia, which I wrote with Matthew Manning and Daniel Wallace. Both of them will be out there with me as well, so if you like you can grab the book — which debuts October 6 — and get it signed by all three of us.

I have four signings scheduled for the show, of an hour each.

  • Thursday: 4–5 PM.
  • Friday: 10–11 AM.
  • Saturday: 1–2 PM.
  • Sunday: 1–2 PM.

For each of these, I’ll be at the DK Publishing booth, #2204.

I’ve never been to a New York Comic Con before, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s possibly the biggest pop culture show in the world for the first time. I love New York, but I haven’t been able to get back there for something like 12 years, I think. (Too busy raising kids and writing books too manage it.) I can’t wait to see how it’s changed and to catch up with lots of old friends too.

I hope to see you there!

My Gen Con Schedule

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Gen Con is almost here! I know, it’s usually in the middle of August, but it got bumped up to late July this year, which means that freight train of fun barreling toward us is now CLOSER THAN IT SEEMS.

Gen Con is always my favorite event of the year, and if you have the means, come on out and join me there! I’ll be around for all five days of the Best Four Days in Gaming, and here’s where you can (officially, at least) find me:

Wednesday, July 29:

  • The Diana Jones Award Party, which I host. We’re going on fifteen years now, which seems impossible for an award that rose from a trivia trophy composed of the burnt remains of the last copy of the Indiana Jones Roleplaying Game found at TSR UK. It’s an industry-only event, but if you qualify and want details, ping me at [email protected]

Thursday, July 30

Friday, July 31

  • 11 AM: Signing in Author’s Alley in the exhibit hall. This is my sole time for signing rather than chatting, so if you have something for me to autograph, be sure to bring it by.
  • 12 PM: Building Games in the Garage, with Keith Baker, James Ernest, Paul Peterson, and JT Smith.

Saturday, August 1

That may not seem like a lot — I ran a publisher’s booth at the show for many years, and in the times before that I’d run about 40 hours of events — but I have a slate of games I’ll be playing with my kids, plus business meetings too. It already feels packed to the rafters.

Still, if you spot me wandering about, be sure to say hi. I hope to see you there!

 

At Comic-Con 2015

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I’m already here at Comic-Con 2015 with my son/personal assistant Marty in tow. We had a great time last night at Preview Night, and we’re girding ourselves for the full-on Conpocalypse, which includes a brand-new event called Geek Chic XP (more on that below).

First up, I’m signing free Avengers Encyclopedia posters at the Penguin/Mysterious Galaxy booth (#1515) at 11 AM. Then I’ll be at the DK booth (#1028) from 4-6, signing more posters and maybe some copies of Marvel’s Avengers: The Battle Against Ultron too. I’m told we’ll have about 50 posters at each signing, so grab them before they’re gone!

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What’s The Avengers Encyclopedia, you ask? It’s a brand-new book I co-wrote along with Daniel Wallace and Matthew Manning, both of whom have tons of pop-culture credits. Matthew wrote most of Batman: A Visual History, to which I contributed, and Daniel was one of the lead writers on the original Marvel Encyclopedia too. It’s a stunning book.

My schedule for the rest of the show includes signings at the DK Pop Culture booth (#1028) at the following times:

  • Friday: 10 AM– 12 PM
  • Saturday: 1 PM– 3 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM– 11 AM

I’m also slated to be on the IATMW panel and Scribe Awards presentation at 6 PM on Friday in Room 23ABC.

On Saturday evening, from 5–7 PM, I’ll be hosting a slot at the spanking-new Geek Chic XP headquarters at the Horton Grand Hotel. Stop by and say hi, sit and have a meal or drink, and rest your con-weary feet as we play some games and jaw for a bit about all the fun. Bestselling author and fellow Cheesehead Pat Rothfuss is slated to host the slot after mine, so hang out long enough, and you’ll get to chat with him too.

If you’re in town for the show, I hope to see you there!

Leverage at the Horton Grand

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I’m heading off to Comic-Con next week, and that immediately brought to mind one of my favorite places in San Diego: the Horton Grand Hotel. I stayed there a number of times over the years, and I always loved it. It’s a wonderful old place with some fantastic history behind it, as well as a gorgeous, old-school bar perfect for getting away from the crowds.

I actually included the Horton in my Leverage novel, The Con Jobwhich is set at Comic-Con. Just for fun, here’s a sample chapter from the book, in which the Leverage crew cons their way into the hotel, despite the fact it’s sold out for Comic-Con.

Just a word of advice: Don’t try this yourself. In real life, the Horton Grand folks are much too sharp.

 

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