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Comics and Cameos

So during the madness of the book tour, some cool things happened online. Things I would have liked to geek out about in a proper fashion here on the blog if only I’d had the time.

Unfortunately, for the vast majority of that month, I was too busy to get a full night’s sleep, let alone write any sort of cohesive blog.

So, somewhat belatedly, here’s a few of the things I wish I could have mentioned then:

Real Life:

The lovely Greg Dean over at Real Life gave the book a week-long mention in the comic, where he had some fairly cogent (if geeky) musings on the similarity (heh) between sympathy and string theory, among other things.

Here’s the beginning of that cameo.

Goblins:

Back in the long-ago. Back in the beforetimes. One of my favorite webcomics helped me spread the word about the paperback release of The Name of the Wind.

When The Wise Man’s Fear came out, we collaborated on another comic where I got to make a few good old-fashioned D&D jokes.

Girl Genius:

I’ve been fairly open and honest about the amount of love I feel for Girl Genius. I wrote a rather effusively gushy blog about how much I loved Phil and Kaja’s stuff not too long ago.

So it’s not entirely surprising that when I stumbled onto a charity auction on ebay that contained some Girl Genius Swag, I was delighted. I hovered on ebay, and crushed all who dared oppose me in the bidding.

As a result, I was the proud recipient of:

1. Signed copies of all the Girl Genius books.

2. A personalized sketch that I’ve been looking for an excuse to show off for months now….

(Guess which piece of art was the first thing I’ve ever had professionally framed…)

3. The promise that my name would appear in a girl Genius comic at a time and a place of Phil’s choosing.

I was expecting that my name might appear on a street sign, as he’s done occasionally in the past. Or perhaps he might name a disease after me, or something.

Much to my delight, I actually appeared in a brief cameo….

If you aren’t reading these comics, you might want to consider giving them a lookie-loo, as they’re some of my personal favorites.

Later all,

pat

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Interviews, etc

I did an interview a couple weeks ago over here, but I forgot to link to it until just now.

Also, for those of you who haven’t seen it already, Tarol Hunt over at Goblins did an awesome comic about the book. (It’s the second comic on the page, you’ll have to scroll down a bit.)

And lastly, this week I managed to hit the top 10 on the New York Times:

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That’s all for now. I’ll start announcing the winners of the photo contest later this week, so stay tuned….

pat

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Off To Gencon

 
 
Okay. I’m rushing to get everything ready before I hop a plane down to Indianapolis today.

But before I talk about anything else, I have to send you to all to check out a link.

GO HERE.

(Seriously, go there.)

That is the coolest, geekiest thing that’s ever been done for my book. My hat is off to them. I am laughing with delight and shame. Ladies and gentlemen, the bar has officially been raised.

Okay, here is my Gencon Schedule for anyone who cares.

Panels:

Thursday 16th
10:00 – Worldbuilding: The Basics
11:00 – Worldbuilding: The Anthropology of Fantasy
12:00 – Avoiding Cliches: Prophecies, Chosen Ones and Orphans

Friday 17th
12:00 – Refreshing old characters: Pirates, Vampires, and Elves

Saturday 18th
4:00 – Alchemy and Sorcery, the Science of Magic in Fiction:
5:00 – General Q&A

Signings

Friday 2-4
Saturday 1-3

Both signings are happening at booth 2241, where the multifarious Tarol Hunt will be peddling his ass. I mean wares. I mean, comic. If you haven’t read Goblins yet, you’re really missing out. He’ll have copies of his book there for sale, so even if I’m not there, you should stop by and check out his stuff.

I’m also having a reading / Q&A session / signing at the Wayne Branch Library.

Thursday night at 7:00.

198 S. Girls School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46231
For more info call: 317-275-4530

There will also be books for sale there.

Geekapalooza, here I come.

pat

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The Upcoming Festivitites in Indianapolis

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I’m going to GenCon this year.

“What’s Gencon?” I hear you ask. Why it’s only the biggest gathering of geeks known to man.

And I use that seemingly sexist phrasing intentionally. Want to play a little game? It’s called, “Find the girl.”

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Can you find her?

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No I’m afraid not. To the uninitiated, this might look like a girl at first glance. But that is, in fact, a man. Trust me.

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Congratulations! You found the girl! Better catch an eyeful now, because she’s obviously legging it away faster than you can say, “I’ve got wood for sheep.”

I’m joking, of course. There are women gamers, many of them quite attractive and cool to be around. Many of them will be in attendance, dressed up in leather corsets, chainmail bikinis, Japanese schoolgirl outfits, and my favorite con occurrence of all — the catgirl.

Of course the fact that there will be guys dressed up in the exact same outfits can be troubling for some people. But not me. One of the coolest things I ever saw at a GenCon was a 6′ 4″, 300 pound man with a beard you could lose a ferret in dressed up as… are you ready? Sailor Moon.

It was awesome. He was my hero. You need serious nuts to wear something like that. And given the costume, there was little doubt as to… well… I’m sure you can see where I’m going here.

Anyway, here’s my schedual for the convention itself.

Panels:

Thursday 16th
10:00 – Worldbuilding: The Basics
11:00 – Worldbuilding: The Anthropology of Fantasy
12:00 – Avoiding Cliches: Prophecies, Chosen Ones and Orphans

Friday 17th
12:00 – Refreshing old characters: Pirates, Vampires, and Elves

Saturday 18th
4:00 – Alchemy and Sorcery, the Science of Magic in Fiction:
5:00 – General Q&A

If you’re not in the mood to show up and hear me talk geeky author talk, you can show up at the booths where I’ll be signing books, hanging out, and basking in the revelry.

One of my favorite webcartoonists, Tarol Hunt of Goblins, has agreed to let me hang out at his booth a little bit, so that anyone who’s interested can swing by and get a book signed by me.
I’ll be there, at booth 2241, from 2-4 on Friday, and 1-3 on Saturday. Feel free to stop by and chat.

Lastly, for those of you who really don’t want to brave the convention, you can catch my at one of the  Wayne Branch Library on Thursday night at 7:00.

198 S. Girls School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46231
317-275-4530

As always, this information is available on the tour dates page. But I thought I’d bring it to your attention here, just in case.

Later folks,

pat

 
 

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