Fanmail Q&A: Con Schedules

Dearest Patrick

I know you’ve hit San Diego Comic-Con the last couple years. Are you going to be doing it again? I finally got a badge for this year, but I haven’t had any luck discovering when/where your panels and signings are.

My boyfriend isn’t as lucky as me, and doesn’t have a badge. We live in the San Diego area though, are you don’t any events that *aren’t* at the convention? As much as I want to taunt him, he’ll be really sad if he misses your trip entirely.


Sorry about that, Emily. I normally like to post up my schedule earlier than this, but certain parts were only finalized just recently.

Here are my official events at the con itself

  • Thursday, July 18

1:45-2:45 pm – Ode to Nerds – Room 6A

3:14-4:14 – Group signing with Ode to Nerds Panel – Sails Pavilion, AA09

  • Sunday, July 21

3:00 pm – Signing in the autograph area – Sails Pavilion, AA06

I’ll also be hanging out at a couple booths in the dealer’s room because I think they’re cool and I like the people there.

Mysterious Galaxy – Booths 1119, 1121, and 1123

Geek Chic – Booths 4930 and 4932

Badali Jewelry – Booths 532 and 534

If you catch me at any one of these places, I will be obliged to give you my pot of gold. Or a hug. Or my signature. Or a surly poke in the eye.

It all depends on my blood sugar, really.

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As for your boyfriend, Emily, I recommend taunting him a bit, just on general principals.

That said, I am doing a couple events that people can attend even if they don’t have a badge for ComicCon.

The coolest of these is wOOtstock.

  • Thursday, July 18th – 7:00 PM

First off, if you don’t know what w00tstock is… well… you’re really behind the curve. Let me explain….

No, there’s too much. Let me sum up:

wOOtstock is a great geeky joyfest. There’s music, stories, humor, skits, presentations, more music, more humor…

Honestly? It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever been involved in.

These last two years, I’ve made appearances at wootstock, but I’ve always been a surprise guest.

But this year, I’m on the official list along with folks like Wil Wheaton, Garfunkel and Oats, Molly Lewis….

You can see more of the official names over here.

But what’s really cool about Wootstock is the guests that show up unannounced. There are a *lot* of these, because all manner of cool people are in town for Comic Con.

For example, last year just one of the surprise guests was Levar Burton, who showed up and sang the theme to Reading Rainbow with Wil. It was kinda awesome. I got misty.

And this year…. Man. Since I’m on the inside, I’ve heard some rumors of who might be showing up. It’s going to be awesome…

Anyway, I’ll be there on Thursday night, doing my small part in amongst the roiling sea of awesome geekery. I will also be making an announcement there. A special announcement.

And, after the show winds down, I’ll be hanging around afterwards with the rest of the cast, signing posters and anything else that people happen to have brought with them. So if you want to get some books signed, I’d be happy to do it there.

Wootstock 5.0 is at the Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. Here’s the link to buy tickets, but I’d hurry – they’re very nearly sold out.

Also, a couple days after the convention, I’ll be doing a signing in San Diego.

  • Tuesday, July 23 – 7 PM

Mysterious Galaxy Books
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite #302,
San Diego, CA 92111
Facebook Event

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Dear Lord Rothfuss, Master Namer, Grand Bard to the King

A few years ago, I attended Gencon, where you were guest of honor. I brought my copy of Name of the Wind (Which I had fallen in love with right off the shelf when it came out) to be signed by you. Unfortunately I never got to doing that because of first con overload and a fear of asking directions to things. I returned home to Maine with a regrettably unsigned book.

When Wise Man’s Fear came out, I was understandably excited therefore to learn that, while I couldn’t make any of your signings, Prairie Light in Iowa City, just south of Cornell where I was attending until this year, would have signed copies. I reserved one and happily purchased it, toting it around lovingly everywhere I went, completely absorbed in literary bliss as I read it. A lack of foresight would cause me to bring it to dinner and spill soy sauce on it. In my shame at damaging a prized treasure, and a book no less, I purchased a new, unsigned copy in repentance.

My questions for you are thus. Would it be at any time during this Gencon appropriate for me to ask you to sign them? If so, what would be the most appropriate time? I don’t want to be “that one guy” who interrupts your enjoyment of the con or unduly begs you to sign his books when you’d rather be doing something else. If you tell me you”d rather I didn’t ask you to sign them at any point during the con, I’ll respect that. I’ll probably stop by your booth and chat you up just because I’m a major fan, but I won’t push the issue. I just wanted to put the question out there to avoid possibly making an ass of myself at the convention itself.


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Dear Shane,

Generally speaking, when I’m at a convention, I’m there to make myself available. I spend a lot of time signing books, speaking on panels, etc etc.

So thanks for being careful and courteous, but generally speaking, if you find me at my booth, I’m there to sign books. Don’t be bashful.

Now, that said, there’s a big difference between me signing books at the booth, or at an autographing session, or after a reading. And… say… coming up to me in a restaurant. Or grabbing me in the hallway when I’m rushing somewhere. Or catching me in the bathroom.

Those situations, I’m generally less pleased to be asked for a signature.

Here’s my schedule for Gencon as it stands right now, that way you’ll have a much easier time catching me when I’m at the booth, doing a panel, etc.

GenCon Indy

Thursday, August 15th
12-1:45 Signing at the booth
2PM The Art of Storytelling – Moderator ICC Room 245
3PM Dynamic Characters ICC Room 245
5PM Literary Alchemy ICC Room 245

Friday, August 16th
10:30-11:45 Signing at the booth
7:30-9PM – An Evening with Pat Rothfuss – ICC Room 243

Saturday, August 17th
12 NOON Reading ICC room 244
2:00 – 4:00 pm: True Dungeon (Worldbuilders Auction)
4-6 Signing at the booth

Sunday, August 18
11-1 Signing at the booth
2-4  Signing at the booth

Two things:

1. If you really want the chance to hang out, ask me questions, hear my tells stories and read my stuff, come to the “Evening with Pat Rothfuss” event on Friday night.

2. You might also notice that up there in bold, I’m going do be doing a True Dungeon crawl with some of my author friends and some geeky fans, too.

Last year during Worldbuilders, we auctioned off most of the seats. But we left one open, and we’re auctioning it off now, along with a full pass to GenCon as well.

It’s going to be a good time. Here’s the link to the auction. (Note that it’s on the 17th, not the 7th. That was a typo.)

There will be more convention announcements soon, as well as other news.

And, believe it or not, we’re finally getting ready to post the results of the photo contest from *ages* ago. Seriously.


This entry was posted in appearances, Fanmail Q + A, Wil Wheaton. By Pat20 Responses


  1. PHXDale
    Posted July 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM | Permalink

    Everything was a blur until I read PHOTO CONTEST results… I’d given up all hope! Wish I could get to San Diego for the con – it’s on the bucket list and I’m only eight hours away. Have an awesome time, sir! Dale T.

    • Marcus Cox
      Posted July 15, 2013 at 7:21 AM | Permalink

      Just last week I was looking through the archives and came across the “Action” results and I said “That’s right! I forgot that he posted this… seven months ago.”

  2. wildnone
    Posted July 14, 2013 at 2:50 PM | Permalink

    hi again Mr. Rothfuss
    I’ve been thinking about the gift I emailed about & would like to bring to your reading of The Wise Man’s Fear at the end of next month in Seattle and need to ask you a question.
    What size shirt would you prefer? or, would you prefer that it be on a onesie for Oot?

    • DrFood
      Posted July 15, 2013 at 8:54 AM | Permalink

      I’m not Pat, but I don’t think Oot is still in the “onesie” stage. I think if you put your design on a kid’s t-shirt, I’m not sure. . . 4T or XS?

      • wildnone
        Posted July 18, 2013 at 3:11 PM | Permalink

        what about if it was a NOTW version of a ralphie bunny suit?

  3. aethel
    Posted July 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM | Permalink

    Crossing my fingers for a movie announcement- but I’m sure whatever the announcement is I will be excited. As I told my mother last night when explaining why I couldn’t wait for Thursday- Video game, card deck, jewelry, not-a-children’s-book, I am excited about any opportunity to throw money at your work!

    Have fun, and see you at Gen Con.

    • Posted July 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM | Permalink

      Thats one thing I pray will never happen. I just don’t feel a movie could do Pat’s story the justice it deserves.

      Then again, I don’t really feel like a TV Show could either. These books are so much more than that media could ever portray, at least for me.

      Plus, I hate it when producers and screenwriters want to be all “creative” with these stories. It’s like, you obviously liked the book enough to make a movie without your “creative” contirbution so………………….

      That being said, I did think Harry Potter was fairly well done. So I could be way off base.

  4. jimsyshor
    Posted July 14, 2013 at 6:15 PM | Permalink

    YES. Yes. Finally, I too will own signed copies of your books, and will get the chance to see your magnificent bearded face in person. I can’t wait. I’ll see you on the 23rd, Mr. Rothfuss. Have a great time at ComicCon!
    -sincerely, someone who appreciates you very much (not just as an author, but also as a person)

    • scottywatty
      Posted July 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM | Permalink

      His bearded face is indeed magnificent in person. I had to physically restrain myself from touching it when I saw him. Prepare yourself accordingly! Haha

    Posted July 14, 2013 at 8:26 PM | Permalink

    “Let me explain…

    No, there’s too much. Let me sum up:”

    LOVE the Princess Bride reference. I almost love it enough to want to change my username. But no. If there were no trolls on the internet, you’d be paranoid, on edge, waiting for the other shoe to drop. And that’s an uncomfortable feeling. Better the devil that you know, right?

    That being said…

    Book Three?

  6. Dulcet
    Posted July 15, 2013 at 11:16 AM | Permalink

    I just want to thank you for being so awesome. My favorite local bookstore was in need of spare copies of A Name of the Wind for a local school in need of summer reading books. Yes, your book was on the list. I was giddy with delight. One of your tinkers replied today to my email. *squeal* I wish I could attend one of the cons, but I have to work, but this donation will certainly help!! Thank you.

  7. Posted July 15, 2013 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

    Have a safe couple o’ trips.

    I was hoping to hit the SD con this year, but alas, didn’t score a badge. I have considered driving down there and standing outside to ambush you but, that seems a bit outta control for my demeanor and would probably just end in me being far to concerned with looking rude to actual innact the ambush….

    Maybe next year, maybe not, definitely someday though I will stand before you and say, Sign that to IvoryDoom and you’ll be like…HEY!

    Or not.

    A girl can dream. bahaha :)

  8. UAB_Blazer
    Posted July 15, 2013 at 12:45 PM | Permalink

    Being a poor college student in Alabama stinks. I miss out on all these awesome conventions.

  9. giantbooger
    Posted July 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM | Permalink

    Oot… stock. Ootstock! :DDD <3

  10. oiamslain
    Posted July 15, 2013 at 3:43 PM | Permalink

    As far as the booth signings at Gen Con, does one need tickets to partake, and if so, do we get them in advance or just show up at the booth?

    • Amanda
      Posted July 16, 2013 at 7:01 PM | Permalink

      We’ll have the free time tickets available at the booth, so just stop by ahead of time and let us know when you’d like to come and we’ll get you a ticket for that time :)

  11. AtheistPreacher
    Posted July 15, 2013 at 10:55 PM | Permalink

    “Let me explain….

    No, there’s too much. Let me sum up:”

    I honestly hadn’t heard this particular reference in quite a while. It really made me smile. Another great line from one of the most quotable movies ever.

  12. starboardediting
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM | Permalink

    Rothfuss, of the Pat variety;

    Will you be doing any book signings in the Wisconsin area at any point in the future? I missed one of the last times you were in Madison due to complicated circumstances involving unnecessities, grievances, three toothpicks, a dixie cup, and a few wisps of pride.

    I would dearly like the opportunity to make up for my past idiocracies.


    Beth T.

  13. brriska
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM | Permalink

    Loved your Princess Bride reference…(No, there’s too much. Let me sum up). Random quoting of the Princess Bride always makes me smile. :-)

  14. Jeff Shepherd
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM | Permalink

    I’m not sure if there are many pictures of you eating cake with your fans, but here is one from the Mysterious Galaxy book signing.

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