My Far Travels: JoCo Cruise and Emerald City Comic Con

It used to be that summer was the only time I really traveled.

Lots of conventions happen in the summer, when it’s fun and easier for folks to travel to exotic lands like Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Columbus.

But over this last month (Which isn’t the summer, just in case you don’t look out the window very often) I’ve been all over the place for conventions, performances, Hollywood meetings, and, of course, the JoCoCruise…

I’ll talk more about this year’s cruise in another blog post. But for now let me simply say that it was an excellent year, and that next year will be even better:


For example, there may or may not have been a huge announcement during the concert in Loreto…

Now is the time to get in on this. There are discounts for paying in full, and for booking before April. There’s a ton of info on their website, and if you want a look at how great the cruise is, you can just look at the #JoCoCruise hashtag on twitter and see a bunch of nerds having a great time, finding 3D printed Pokemon, attending Disney Sing-A-Longs, and generally being awesome.

After the cruise was over, I swung through LA for more Hollywood talk, then came up here to Seattle to talk with Wizards of the Coast about some projects that are still all secrety.

And now? Emerald City Comic Con. A favorite show that I’m attending with the Worldbuilders folks.

They’ve got a booth up in Artist’s Alley, WSCC Level 6 KK1&KK2. (It’s easy to remember: Think “Kingkiller 1 and 2) Swing by and say hi, and check out some of their merch. They’ve got stuff from me, but also stuff from other creators like Kevin Hearne, Myke Cole, Rat Queens, Jim Butcher, Sex Criminals, Bitch Planet, and more…

(Plus, you’ll see Rachel’s smiling face.)

You might be able to catch me there, but if not, here’s where you can be sure to find me…

  • Thursday, March 1

1:15pm-2:15pm: An Evening with Pat Rothfuss, Main Stage – WSCC 4A

This is going to be happening on the ECCC Big Main Stage, so it’ll be livestreamed by them. You can watch it on their website here, just remember that all times are in Pacific Time.

2:30-4:30pm: Autographing, Writer’s Block Table 3

  • Friday, March 2

1:30pm-2:30pm: Telling Stories with Jonathan Coulton, WSCC 611

This panel is with Jonathan Coulton, Molly Lewis, and Anne Wheaton. It’ll be a little slice of JoCo Cruise all over again.

5:50pm-6:45pm: Secret Loves of Geeks Mass Signing, Dark Horse booth #1708

For those of you who don’t know, an old blog of mine was republished in The Secret Loves of Geeks, which came out a little bit ago. It’s a great little anthology about love, sex, and dating, featuring comics AND prose, making it a really cool collection of stories. I’ll be doing a signing with some of the other authors, so if you want to catch me, you can do so there.

7pm-11pm: Worldbuilders Party

The Worldbuilders Party is quickly becoming one of my favorite traditions. The first one we ever held was at Emerald City, and it’s become a big deal out there.

If you’re interested in playing board games with awesome geek celebrities and raising money for Worldbuilders, there are still some seats available. You can buy yours right here.

  • Saturday, March 3

11am-12pm: Geek Geek Revolution, WSCC 603

With R.A Salvatore, Jim Butcher, Ed McDonald, Delilah Dawson, AdriAnne Strickland, & Michael Miller

12:15pm-2:15pm: Autographing, Writers Block Table 4

4pm-4:30pm: Livestreamed interview by Syfy Wire, ECCC Live Stage (Booth #1850)

This short interview will also be livestreamed on the SyFy Wire YouTube channel, so you can watch it here.

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There you have it folks. Be sure to go find the Worldbuilders crew and check out all the awesome merch they have, or even just say Hi. They’ve been shipping lottery prizes like madpeople for a few weeks (it takes a long time to ship out over 5,000 prizes), so they deserve a high-five or two.

This entry was posted in appearances, conventions. By Pat9 Responses


  1. Izzpenka
    Posted March 4, 2018 at 8:39 PM | Permalink

    Man that’s a super busy schedule. You ever think about taking time to try new things? Pick up a martial art, or try out water color?

    Maybe write that book you’re always talking about?

    • jpylus
      Posted March 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM | Permalink

      *sigh*…look, we all want DoS. But these comments don’t help. Go read the hundreds of other amazing books that come out each year and when DoS does come out you can enjoy it.

      • Izzpenka
        Posted March 5, 2018 at 4:51 PM | Permalink

        Thanks mom.

      • James
        Posted March 6, 2018 at 6:37 AM | Permalink

        I second this sentiment. The book will be ready when it is ready. Not before – hassling Pat about it has no positive effect.

  2. pablodaniel
    Posted March 6, 2018 at 8:10 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat, I was wondering if you have any date for when you’ll pick up Unattended Consequences again! I really liked listening to your podcasts with Max and miss them sorely. Thanks!

  3. Muller
    Posted March 12, 2018 at 10:36 PM | Permalink

    I love to see how pat is doing all this fundraising and putting all this effort to helping others. And yet, the horrible, selfish part of me sometimes just wishes he would focus on Book 3. So in my haunting machinations I devised a way to achieve both, help Hefter International AND coerce pat into writing. What if we made a fund which would only release the money to Hefter until AFTER Book 3 is released? If enough money was gathered, it could even get to the point in which Pat’s other philanthropic activities pale in comparison to him just getting some writing done.
    I DO realize this is wrong on so many levels, and yet… I want book 3 so, so MUCH…

  4. Jlemons1986
    Posted March 13, 2018 at 11:35 PM | Permalink

    Dear Pat, Im just sitting here reading NOTW, and had a thought/question that I wanted to try and post it somewhere you would be more likely to see it. I’ve read the books a lot, and this time through I’m to when Ben is about to leave, and everyone wants to hear the song his parents have been working on about the Chandrian. I got to wondering if Kvothe might have ever thought about, or would actually want to finish his parents song for them. For whatever reason. Is that something that isn’t in the third book, and something you might could reveal to us? Thanks Pat, and take care man.

  5. James
    Posted April 10, 2018 at 12:32 PM | Permalink

    I know this post is completely unrelated to the JoCO Cruise, but I just heard that Pat is co-writing a comic cross-over of Rick&Morty and DnD on I don’t know if this is a really late April Fool’s, but I am super excited to read this if true. Thanks Pat!

  6. Posted April 15, 2019 at 11:59 AM | Permalink

    Well I’ve never been to Comic-Con, but I do go to Sakura-Con every year which is an anime convention in Seattle around the same time

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