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Friday, December 30, 2011

KOTOR interview on MTV site

Like the headline says -- there's a new Knights of the Old Republic - War interview with me up at MTV's website. First of many to come.

Among them, a podcast with ReviewFix, which has the teaser bit online now.

KOTOR: War #1 ships on January 11!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Exclusive preview for KOTOR: War #1 now online!

An early Christmas present: Comic Book Resources has a sizable preview online for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - War #1

There are a whole bunch of interviews coming up, so I won't say too much more beyond what's here -- except to note that we have a great jumping-on point here for readers, as Zayne Carrick is thrown into the Mandalorian Wars as a draftee.

Fans of our past KOTOR comics may also recognize our first familiar face here from Zayne Carrick's past, someone I've been crafting for this exact role for a long time not just in the regular series, but in three other canonical venues. (Five points if you can name them all without checking Wookieepedia!)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - War #1 ships January 11. Order it now from your local retailer or TFAW!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Knight Errant Deluge finale and Mass Effect Invasion #3 now on sale!

On a holiday shopping run tomorrow? It's another double comic day for me — with the final issue of the latest Kerra Holt adventure, Star Wars: Knight Errant - Deluge #5, hitting stands, alongside Mass Effect: Invasion #3!

I've had a pretty busy day (check out my latest post on my comics research blog, which is pretty interesting — to me, anyway!), so for a change I'll turn things over to the catalog copy. Take it away, catalog:

"In Knight Errant - Deluge #5, caught between a Sith and a Hutt, Jedi Knight Kerra Holt must battle both to save the billions on the planet Darkknell from being drowned by a fleet of ships with the power to flood the planet! Her plan is full-steam-ahead brute force--but her enemies are more cunning than she expected. Is this the end of Kerra Holt, the lone Jedi?

"In Mass Effect: Invasion #3, the Omega space station has fallen and Aria, Omega's pirate queen, is on the run from an enemy greater than anything she's ever faced before. Learning that the battle is merely the first skirmish in a war that will reshape the galaxy, Aria must retake Omega and lead a new charge to save her empire!"

With two variant covers — one by Paul Renaud, and the other by Massimo Carnevale!

Thanks, catalog! Hopefully the holidays will give me a chance to get caught up on some production notes for the site. In the meantime, have a comic Christmas!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

KOTOR War interview on Newsarama

Just as the headline says: There's a meaty interview about next month's new Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - War series up today over at Newsarama. Check it out!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Armored anthology line-up set

Editor John Joseph Adams has just posted the line-up for Baen Books' Armored anthology that I've got a story in — it's due out March 27. In addition to familiar names like Jack Campbell, Dan Abnett, and Alastair Reynolds, the mass-market paperback has stories from some fellow Star Wars authors, Michael Stackpole and Sean Williams. I've just posted a page on the site for the book here.

Armored is a collection of stories about futuristic armor-wearing characters. It's familiar territory after my past Crimson Dynamo, Iron Man, and Mandalorian work — and my own story, "Human Error," represents my first original fiction in a long while, including a brand new SF milieu. You can preorder Armored from Amazon here.

Mike, whose column I edited for years at Comics & Games Retailer, will be the author guest of honor at one of my annual haunts, Midsouthcon in Memphis March 23-25. Hopefully we'll be able to get copies in time for the show.

In the meantime, I've also added some more updated pages to the site, including a page for the Mass Effect: Invasion collection, which is due out in April and can also be preordered now from Amazon. Also, Dark Horse has gone same-day for download purchases of digital comics: read about it here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Autographed comics and books again available

It's been a while since I've been able to offer autographed copies of my books and comics through the site — I've been so busy there hasn't been much time to handle orders or keep up with what I had on hand. But with requests coming in in advance of the holidays, I've set up a new inventory list on the Shop page, where you'll also find instructions for ordering.

I have copies of the Knight Errant novel and most of the Star Wars and Mass Effect trade paperbacks I've written on hand (though not all — the early KOTOR books go out pretty fast), and all are offered at cover price plus USPS shipping. All payments go through Paypal.

I also have small quantities of many of the individual comic books on hand — write to the address at above right to request availability and pricing on specific issues. (Sorry, but I don't have the KOTOR Campaign Guide in stock any more. No one seems to!)

Second, for those looking for unsigned copies at good prices, I've updated the links to Things From Another World on the Shop page — and there are also Amazon image links down the left-hand side of each page here on the site. TFAW actually has the Mass Effect: Invasion trade paperback for preorder already. And don't forget your local comics shop and bookstore, which have access to just about everything!

Update: Yes, I do ship internationally -- though beware that postage can often cost more than the books being shipped. I usually provide whatever range of options the U.S. Postal Service provides.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Carrick Station? Say, that sounds familiar...

The Old Republic MMORPG is on the launchpad — and as players of the beta are now able to report, there is at least one familiar name to be found: Carrick Station, an important hub. The game's site is here; Google a bit, and you'll get a look at the location itself.

I've been asked a few times already about whether there's a direct in-universe connection between that naming and the Carrick from the Knights of the Old Republic comics. It's not my project to speak to (though I have spoken with the fine folks behind it), so all I can really do here is state what everyone already knows. There are many years between the settings, and a lot of Carricks in the galaxy — including in Zayne's family alone! — so there may be a connection, or maybe not. Time will, of course, tell — time, and the stories in between!

Which is a good reason to get your order in for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic — War #1 at your local comics retailer. Zayne as we knew him wasn't a very popular person with the Republic — nobody was going to be naming anything after him. But his life is about to change again, drastically. Could he finally be in line for the acclaim his actions deserve — or will things go from bad to worse? With Zayne's luck, you never know!

There are several fun callback nuggets in the TOR game, or so I've been told — including even in the server names, I'm told. (Update: Look in the comments here for a whole bunch of them, from Dreypa's Oubliette to Rohlan Dyre.) Enjoy the game — less than a month now until it goes live for everyone!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mass Effect Invasion #2, Knight Errant Deluge #4 now on sale!

Another double-release Wednesday, with Star Wars: Knight Errant — Deluge #4 and Mass Effect: Invasion #2 on sale in shops across North America. More creepy comics goodness with Hutts and Reapers!

The Stormdrivers have come to Aquilaris, and Kerra's all alone in trying to save her former home. Can Kerra save her friends from the literal flood? This issue's Joe Quinones cover, you may recall, was the exclusive print from San Diego.

Meanwhile, a different plague has struck over in Mass Effect: Reaper Adjutants! Plus, what does Cerberus have in store for Omega? Check it out in this issue — with a regular cover by Massimo Carnevale and a variant cover by Paul Renaud!

A quick note — I have been alerted that retailers serviced by Diamond's "New Memphis" warehouse may not receive Deluge #4 and some other items until next week because of a shipping problem. Ask your retailer if you don't see it on sale.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Knight Errant: Deluge #3 production notes online

A bit belatedly, the production notes for Star Wars: Knight Errant - Deluge #3 are now online — thought the notes for Mass Effect: Invasion #1, which came out on the same day, remain on my to-do list, along with some of the Evolution issues.

(That said, Newsarama's Lucas Siegel tweeted that Invasion #1 was the best Mass Effect comic book to date, and I tend to agree with him. Pick it up!)

I have been incredibly busy lately, with work progressing on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - War and Star Wars: Knight Errant - Escape. I'm also into the proofreading stages on the new novella for the Lost Tribe of the Sith print collection, so it's been a regular commute lately to the galaxy far, far away. Fortunately, there aren't many toll booths to deal with — except for in the Hutt neighborhoods. ("Leave the blaster, take the cannoli...")

Friday, October 21, 2011

New KOTOR: War Art -- and the making of a ship class

On the heels of the last couple of announcements about January's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: War series, Dark Horse for its Star Wars Friday has released art including page one of the series, with dialogue. Of interest to many will be the new version of Republic frigate which appears in the first panel by artist Andrea Mutti.

I won't name the ship or class which appears — that'll give a bit away — but for a peek behind the curtain, you can see my (really rough) concept which I provided the artist here. The Republic Hammerhead cruisers are mainstays of the era, but they're also somewhat impractical for landings, as we saw in Knights of the Old Republic #14. For the troop-toting frigate I needed for the series, I imagined an offshoot to the design — slightly smaller (thus the frigate name) but flipping the forward section over 90 degrees. My mock-up simply drew from the Bioware design for the cruiser. (Of course, as with any of my notes — or Lego designs — none of it is canonical. Only what appears in the books, of course!)

As we see in Andrea's drawing on the Dark Horse site — which is canonical — there are actually two "assault decks," above the central axis of the ship for aerial vehicles, and below, where we see one of the doors opening.

We'll learn more about the specific ship we see on panel — which, KOTOR buffs, already exists in the series history — when the issue comes out. Be sure to order Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - War #1 from your retailer when it appears in the November catalog!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

KOTOR WAR, Knight Errant, Mass Effect release news!

Comic Book Resources has the January 2012 Dark Horse solicitations, so you can see the spiffy variant cover that Dave Wilkins has done for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: War #1!

As noted last week, art is by Andrea Mutti, Gigi Baldassini, and Michael Atiyeh, with covers by Wilkins and Benjamin CarrĂ©. It's on sale Jan. 11 — and as the solicitation announces, it is in the same miniseries format as most of the other recent Dark Horse Star Wars titles. As the solicitation says, "If you’ve ever heard of the Knights of the Old Republic video games and comics but didn’t know where to start—this is it!"

And Wednesday is a double-comics day for me. Mass Effect: Invasion, which I both coplotted and scripted, launches with #1 and two variant covers; and Star Wars: Knight Errant: Deluge sees its third issue go on sale. Be sure to check them out!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Knight Errant: Escape starts in June 2012!

Amid that slew of news yesterday including Knights of the Old Republic: War, Dark Horse announced that my third Knight Errant comics series would appear in 2012. Today, some more details about it, as Dark Horse posts on its blog:

Knight Errant: Deluge #3  
"Star Wars: Knight Errant – Escape will launch in June 2012 for a 5-issue arc.  Fan favorite John Jackson Miller is writing the series, with artwork from penciller, Marco Castiello, inking by Vincenzo Acunzo, colors by Michael Atiyeh and lettering by Michael Heisler..."

A little early for art or many details yet, but this is, by far, Kerra Holt's most intensely personal, dangerous assignment yet, taking her into the heart of darkness. What, you already thought Sith space was the heart of darkness? Let's just say it has a heart of hearts...

Don't forget, Knight Errant — Deluge #3 goes on sale on Wednesday. That's also when Mass Effect: Invasion #1 launches as well. Double JJM Wednesdays return!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Zayne Carrick returns in Knights of the Old Republic - War!

At Dark Horse's retailer breakfast this morning at New York Comic Con, the publisher announced the next installment in the life of Knights of the Old Republic hero, young Zayne Carrick. Written by yours truly, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: War begins in January!

The Jan. 11, 2012 release date is almost six years after the publication of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #1 — but it's set not long after the end of Knights of the Old Republic #50, and Zayne's peace and quiet following that series is short-lived. He's not a Jedi and the Mandalorians are invading — and with his homeworld of Phaeda under threat, Zayne's luck holds true. He gets drafted! 

Troubles ahead for our peace-loving hero — and surprises galore in this story, including the return of some familiar faces. With cover art by KOTOR favorite Benjamin CarrĂ© and a variant cover by Dave WilkinsKnights of the Old Republic—War "doesn’t just mark the return of one of the most popular eras in Star Wars video games and comics," Dark Horse says, "it is an entry point for any reader interested in Star Wars!"

It really is a true jumping-on point. If you haven't read any KOTOR comics at all — or if you're a regular who's read everything — you'll find a lot to like. (Don't forget, there are nine KOTOR trade collections still in print — and many are available from Dark Horse digitally.) Art is from Italian artist Andrea Mutti, who drew Rage for Dark Horse. Much of the rest of the team returns, including editor Dave Marshall, colorist Michael Atiyeh, and letterer Michael Heisler.

I continue working in Kerra Holt's time frame — Knight Errant Deluge #3 releases next week, and there's more to come — Dark Horse also announced the next round of Knight Errant comics for 2012! I'll let you know when I can share more details about that story — it's a blockbuster!

But I am thrilled to return to Zayne Carrick's adventures. War is the story I always had in mind for Zayne's continuing adventures — and what I've seen of the art and the covers looks awesome. (And a tip of the series-naming hat to John Ostrander and Star Wars: Legacy, whose own War title inspired the name — John's new Dawn of the Jedi series was announced at the breakfast, opening up a brand new era of continuity.)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: War #1 is in the retail catalog in November for January shipping— order it at your local comics shop!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Star Wars: Knight Errant Deluge #2 notes online

The notes for Star Wars: Knight Errant - Deluge #2 are now online here -- and a lot of clean-up work has been done to the site.

The search engine should now be working on all pages, and I've even begin to whittle away at some of the works that didn't yet have production notes, like Mass Effect: Evolution #1 and the game module Star Wars: Dawn of Defiance #9: Sword of the Empire, which I delayed doing so long that the license changed hands, and the game is no longer online. But at least the notes are there, finally!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Knight Errant Deluge #2 and Mass Effect Evolution collection now on sale!

Another double-on-sale day: The collected edition of Mass Effect: Evolution is now on sale, as is the second issue of Star Wars: Knight Errant — Deluge!

Evolution is available in two editions in the United States, but only one of them, the trade paperback, is in wide release. There is also a hardcover edition produced in limited numbers for the Science Fiction Book Club and other vendors.

But all editions also include a preview of Mass Effect: Invasion, as well as "Incursion" and "Inquisition," two stories by Mac Walters that were previously web-only.

Pages have been set up on the site here for all the latest issues coming out, including for this fall's Mass Effect Invasion; two spiffy covers for each issue.

Meanwhile, Kerra Holt goes on offense in Deluge #2, with the help of her new allies in Devil Squadron. But when Hutts are around, things are never quite what they seem...

Notes coming here later for that issue; in the meantime, pages are online here for the Evolution trade and, at last, for the Aflame collection.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Knight Errant Deluge #1 notes online

Had just enough time to get the notes online for Knight Errant Deluge #1 — and you can actually now find the pages, because I got the links right. Enjoy...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Knight Errant: The deluge begins!

Followers of Kerra Holt -- the next chapter has arrived! The first issue of Star Wars: Knight Errant - Deluge is now on sale from Dark Horse and your local comics retailer!

The events of the new comics storyline follow the events of Star Wars: Knight Errant - Aflame and the Star Wars: Knight Errant novel, both on sale now -- but you don't have to have read them to follow the new series. In fact, this series begins where Kerra started out -- Aquilaris, the planet that Vannar Treece rescued her from years ago.

Now, Kerra has finally returned as a Jedi, intent on freeing the place. But she doesn't find the enemy she expects to see here, nor the same friends...

The issue includes our first look at a new villain and some interesting fighter designs -- as well as glimpses of characters only seen heretofore in the novel. There are two variant covers, so ask for them!

Still in heavy deadline-world, but I hope to have some notes on the issue here soon. Enjoy!

Friday, August 5, 2011

JJM suits up for Armored, 2012 anthology from Baen

Fans of my work on Iron Man and with the Mandalorians in Star Wars, here's something up your alley: I have an original short story coming up in Armored, an anthology coming from Baen Books as a mass-market paperback in April 2012. The book is available for preorder now.

One of a series of themed anthologies from editor John Joseph Adams, the announced line-up for the volume also includes works from Alastair Reynolds, Dan Abnett, Jack Campbell, Jack McDevitt, Simon R Green, Sean Williams, and Genevieve Valentine. It's all on the power-armor theme — "an armor-plated clip of hard-hitting tales featuring exoskeleton adventure with fascinating takes on possible future armors ranging from the style of personal power suits seen in Starship Troopers and Halo to the servo-controlled bipedal beast-mech style encountered in Mechwarrior and Battletech."

My own story, "Human Error," was a lot of fun to write — more about it later. Original, non-licensed fiction is a rarity from me, but hopefully you'll be seeing more in the future. Just have to make time to write it!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Lost Tribe #7 now available on Amazon!

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #7: PantheonJust back from Comic-Con International: San Diego — believe me, the trip back was an adventure in and of itself, but I had a great time at the show. We had a good Star Wars panel and signing and a really massive turnout for the Mass Effect signing and panel. It was good to meet a lot of fans there — and I also got to meet collaborator Mac Walters for the first time, as well as KOTOR game designer Drew Karypshyn and fellow comics writer Tom Taylor.

Still playing catch-up, but I can also report that Lost Tribe of the Sith #7: Pantheon is now available for free download from Amazon, as well as from Suvudu, as reported earlier.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Lost Tribe of the Sith Part 7: Pantheon now available!

The seventh episode of the Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith series, Pantheon, is now available for download as a PDF from Random House's Suvudu site. I expect there will be a main posting at the Star Wars site and postings at Amazon and the other services; keep checking!

Pantheon takes place a full 2000 years after the crash of Omen on Kesh, and again we have a different cast -- including a very unusual protagonist -- and a much different situation for the Lost Tribe. Basically, everything you might expect to happen with a bunch of Sith trapped on a planet has happened, and happened, and happened again. You can imagine what's left over. (Well, you won't have to imagine. Download -- and enjoy!)

See everyone at San Diego!

Friday, July 15, 2011

JJM's San Diego signing and panel schedule

OK, a ridiculous amount going on in the next few days, just getting to Comic-Con International: San Diego. And once there, plenty more going on. So let's launch into my schedule, shall we?

2:00-3:00 p.m. -- Star Wars: Knight Errant novel signing at the Del Rey booth in the Star Wars Pavilion. Free copies of the novel for attendees while they last!

"Star Wars Day" at Comic-Con
1:00-2:00 p.m. -- Dark Horse Star Wars 20th Anniversary panel, Room 7AB. As described here, attendees receive an exclusive Knight Errant print! I'll be there with editor Randy Stradley, editor Dave Marshall, writers Scott Allie (Jedi: The Dark Side), Tom Taylor (Invasion), Dave Filoni (director of The Clone Wars TV show), artists the Fillbach brothers (The Clone Wars comics), Leland Y. Chee (Lucasfilm’s “Keeper of the Holocron”), author Timothy Zahn (Choices of One), Shelly Shapiro (editor at large, Del Rey), and more. Plus, there will be a chance to win a custom stormtrooper helmet illustrated by Chris Scalf (Blood Ties)! Plus there'll be news on the future of Star Wars digital comics . . .

3:30-4:30 p.m. -- Star Wars: Knight Errant comics signing at the Dark Horse booth.

Mass Effect Day
10-11 a.m. -- Mass Effect comics signing at the Dark Horse booth.

4-5 p.m. -- Dark Horse/Bioware panel, Room 23ABC (I believe that's the location, but check your programs in all cases here). With Mac Walters of Bioware, we'll be talking about, among other things, Mass Effect Invasion, our new series just announced! 

I'll be in the convention center at other times; I'm probably most easily found at the Dark Horse booth, but I may also be seen rifling through old boxes of back issues, looking for the elusive copy of Disney's The Black Hole #4. (No, seriously. They kept them all!) Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mass Effect: Invasion announced for October!

The San Diego news blitz is on! Dark Horse and Bioware today announced Mass Effect: Invasion, the third comics storyline based on the hit video game series. Find the official announcement here.

This time we're focusing on Aria T'Loak, the self-styled "pirate queen" of the Omega space station. We met Aria in Mass Effect: Redemption. The team remains the same — plotter Mac Walters and artist Omar Francia — and for the first time, I'm co-plotting as well as scripting. The story is a lot of fun, and folks will find out more about it at the panel we're having at San Diego on Saturday at 4.

I'll have my full convention schedule online for the convention shortly.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Entire Star Wars library available in e-book form!

As noted here earlier, Random House/Del Rey and Lucasfilm recently reached an agreement to put the entire Star Wars fiction backlist into e-book form — and now you can order my Star Wars: Knight Errant novel in e-book form, as well as all the others! You can preorder it from Amazon for Kindle, and also from Barnes & Noble for Nook.

Here's the link for all the Star Wars ebooksthat are in Amazon's Star Wars e-book section. Sort by publication date and you'll see the books that have been added to the catalog. (You'll also see my Lost Tribe of the Sith short stories. Download away — those ones are free!)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My American Library Association Conference signing schedule

I'll be in New Orleans, not too far from my LSU alma mater, this weekend, appearing at the annual American Library Association Conference on behalf of both Dark Horse and Del Rey. The schedule:

Friday, 3 p.m.: Dark Horse signing, Diamond Comics Booth
Saturday, 11 a.m.: Dark Horse signing, Diamond Comics Booth
Sunday, 9 a.m.: Random House/Del Rey signing, Brodart Graphic Novel Pavilion

See you there!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Signing and talk at Appleton Public Library on Saturday

Star Wars: Knight ErrantI'll be talking about my Star Wars work and signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Appleton Public Library in Wisconsin. Del Rey has sent along a nice prize for a drawing, as well. The library is at 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton, WI 54911.

Saturday is already Star Wars day in Appleton, with the Brewers' single-A club, the Timber Rattlers, having their annual Star Wars Night later in the evening, complete with the 501st. I went last year and it was a lot of fun. If you're in town Saturday, you can make it a whole day of Star Wars!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Sword & Sarcasm Complete Series available from DriveThruComics

For a few years I collaborated with Looney Tunes artist Chuck Fiala on the webcomic Sword & Sarcasm, a full-color fantasy humor strip. While the strips are still online, I'm pleased to report that you can read them all in one convenient download now, thanks to DriveThruComics! 

Sword & Sarcasm: The Complete Series download features 170 full-color pages, including a map of where the characters' adventures take them.

Herbert is a mercenary minotaur with heart — and a curse, forcing him to serve the most annoying person in the world, Duke Benedict! Follow their misadventures as they meet conniving aristocrats, calculating werewolves, and the slinky cat-girl sorceress, Casmerelda!

Sword & Sarcasm was a fun project — glad to see we're getting it back out there. Our plan is to eventually get a print version as well, but we know webcomics readers like e-books!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Star Wars: Knight Errant available on Kindle June 28!

Random House/Del Rey and Lucasfilm recently reached an agreement to put the entire Star Wars fiction backlist into e-book form — and now you can preorder my Star Wars: Knight Errant novel which releases in e-book form on June 28! You can preorder it from Amazon for Kindle, and also from Barnes & Noble for Nook.

You can also preorder all the other Star Wars ebooksthat are soon to be available from the retailers; click the link above to visit Amazon's Star Wars e-book section. Sort by publication date and you'll see the books that have been added to the catalog. You'll also see my Lost Tribe of the Sith short stories. Download away — they're free!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Free Comic Book Day signing at Chimera Hobby, Appleton. Wis.

Free Comic Book Day is on Saturday, and I'm signing at a new venue this year:

Chimera Hobby Shop
808 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Appleton, Wis.
11:00 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Lots of free comics and a special Heroclix figure are on offer this year: you can find the full list of titles here. Signing schedules can also be found on their website. If your local comic shop is not listed, give them a call for a complete list of events and signings. See you in Appleton!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mass Effect Evolution: The Finale!

And hitting stands this week is Mass Effect: Evolution #4, the final issue in the origin story of the elusive, illustrious Illusive Man! You can find a preview here, and the comic itself on shelves starting Wednesday. There are two variant covers for this issue, as with the others of the series; one by Joe Quinones, another by Massimo Carnevale.

We also have something unique here in the form of a video trailer for the entire Mass Effect: Evolution series. Something I haven't seen done before for a comic book series -- be sure to check it out.

I very much enjoyed Odyssey Con this past weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. I'd never been to the show before, and it was great meeting everyone there. Greatly enjoyed hanging out with John Kovalic again, and I finally got to meet gaming guest of honor Robin D. Laws, whose run on Iron Man preceded mine. I haven't done much work for the gaming industry lately, but I think we had a pretty good panel  on the state of the market with Robin, Bill Bodden, Matt Forbeck and myself.

I'm off the convention trail now for a stretch -- the next big one is San Diego, later in the summer. In the meantime, back to work!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Oddcon panel schedule, podcasts, and more

Very busy few days here. Two podcasts to share, starting with my C2E2 interview with Force-Cast's Jedi Journals. And I just now recorded the first of what may be more than one interview with DragonTalk Radio; click to listen.

I am off to Madison for OdysseyCon this weekend. Here is my schedule:

Friday, April 8
2:30 p.m. — The Future of Comics — Mooschenko room
4:00 p.m. — Superheroes! — Oakbrook I & II

Saturday, April 9
10:00 a.m. — Star Wars: Knight Errant — Mooschenko
11:30 a.m. — State of Hobby Gaming — Oakbrook III

Sunday, April 10
11:30 a.m. — Ins and Outs of Tie In Fiction — Oakbrook I & II

I'm also pleased to report there is a release date for the Knight Errant: Aflame trade paperback: August 3. You can find the preorder page for Amazon behind the link; you can begin ordering it at your local comics shop in June. More details and a page for the volume here on the site soon.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Knight Errant #5 notes -- and Midsouthcon highlights

Been a little slow to get back online after the Chicago/Memphis trip, but I am pleased to say that I finally have the production notes for Knight Errant: Aflame #5 online here at the site. This is pretty darn late and if I were the publisher of this website, I would fire me. (Errr... wait. Never mind.) No, I admit I've had enough real deadlines to keep this winter that some of my usual postings here have slowed down, but that's a good problem to have. I do hope to have the Mass Effect Evolution notes and something for the latest Lost Tribe of the Sith chapters up in the near (ahem) future.

With Nicki Howe and Kurt Busiek at a Saturday panel.
That near future contains Odyssey Con in Madison, this weekend, where I'm speaking on panels Friday and Saturday. It's my first Oddcon, despite having lived in the state for many years, so it should be a fun experience. I'll have the panel schedule online here later in the week.

And speaking of fun experiences, Midsouthcon was great, as always. I haven't missed one since 2003, and this one was memorable as usual. Kurt Busiek was the comics guest of honor, and it was great getting to know author Mary Robinette Kowal, game guru Monte Cook, and scientist Les Johnson. It was a lot of fun hanging out with the Memphis Fanforce, as usual, and my thanks to them for the use of their table. Thanks also to loyal minion Cathe and to Lin Workman for the photos.

With Nicki and Traci Howe from the Memphis Fanforce.
Thankfully I was feeling a lot better than I did at C2E2 — and I really liked the new venue. Despite having driven past the Hilton in Memphis for years — previously, it was the Omni and before that, it was the Hyatt — I don't think I had been in the place except once for a one-day comics show in 1992 or so. The function spaces were nice and parking wasn't a nightmare for a change (although we seem to get struck with the worst weather, lately). Apart from the intervention (unwarranted, to this observer in the room) of security closing down the Libertycon party, I have no complaints — the hotel even shipped me the power cord for my computer which I forgot!

Spring is just maybe possibly here in Wisconsin — hopefully the warmer weather will get me in gear to post more updates here on the site. And — teaser warning — I've just signed a deal for a project I think a lot of readers here will find veerrrrry interesting. (No, it isn't Hogan's Heroes. But that is absolutely all I can say about that!)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Midsouthcon schedule -- and C2E2 in review

Immediate business first: I just finished a spot on Good Morning Memphis on the local Fox station for Midsouthcon, which runs this weekend at the Hilton at Poplar and I-240; I now have my programming schedule, as well:

Friday, Mar. 25, 5 p.m.: 
Web Comics panel with me, Chris Haley, Curt Franklin, Rhonda Platania, and Rob Balder (Promenade)

Saturday, Mar. 26, 11 a.m.: 
Worlds of Adventure panel with me, Kurt Busiek, and Nicki Howe (TN Ballroom C)

Saturday, Mar. 26, 7 p.m.:
Star Wars Knight Errant panel with me, Lin Workman, Martheus Wade, and Traci Brown (Promenade)

Erich Schoenweiss, Paul S. Kemp, and me
at C2E2's Star Wars fiction panel
I will also be signing at various times. I know of one collective signing time at 5 p.m. Saturday, but there may be others.

It has been a busy week. Wednesday I spoke to several assemblies at St. Benedict's at Auburndale, the successor school to my old high school; that was a lot of fun. And then before that was C2E2, where I participated on several panels and signings for Dark Horse and Del Rey — and tried hard on Friday not to keel over, as I was probably sicker than I've ever been at a convention. (Something I ate, I think -- all better now!) At C2E2 I also ran into a friend from the Auburndale days -- Chris Hardwick, now of and TV fame. Hadn't seen him in years -- goot to catch up with him again!

A day recuperating in Oak Park on Saturday helped get me back to full power for Sunday, where we had the panel for the Dark Horse Star Wars comics. We discussed Deluge, the next storyline for Star Wars: Knight Errant there -- and you can read more about it here.

Hope to see everyone this weekend at Midsouthcon!
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