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Sunday, July 29, 2012

No Bothans were harmed in the marketing of this book

Great signing for the Lost Tribe of the Sith book release yesterday at the Barnes & Noble in Madison -- my thanks to everyone who came out.  Especially the Rebel Legion and 501st!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Book release event: Find the Lost Tribe of Sith on Saturday in Madison!

What's a Saturday without Sith? You won't have to find out, as the book release event for the new Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith - The Collected Stories edition — as well as for the new Star Wars: Knight Errant comics series — is set for this weekend.

I'll be appearing at the Barnes & Noble West Towne Mall location in Madison, Wisc., at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The store is at 7433 Mineral Point Road. And there will be costumers, as well, from the 501st and the Rebel Legion — my thanks to them, as always.

Drop by and get a chance to get photos with them, as well as bookmarks and my own 501st card — seen at left — from me, along with a few clues about the new Lost Tribe of the Sith comics storyline.

(And if you're not able to make the signing, note that I do have a limited number of signed copies available for mailing to locations in the United States. Click here for details.)

It's been a great couple of days here with the book releasing — lots of great feedback, and a nifty five-star review from Lightsaber Rattling to start things off. There's at least two podcasts slated in the weeks to come, and I will also be doing a Facebook chat about the book for the Del Rey Star Wars Books Facebook page on August 8th at 3 p.m. Eastern, which is also the day the new comics series releases. If you need a reminder of the time and date, just follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith - The Collected Stories now on sale!

It's Tuesday already in the middle of the Atlantic — so it's only jumping the gun a little to declare that Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith - The Collected Stories is now on sale! And there was much rejoicing! (Or terror and pain — this is the Sith we're talking about!)

The spiffy new trade paperback edition can be found at your local bookseller, as well as from Amazon, from Barnes & Noble, from Things from Another World, and from Random House directly. The electronic version can also be downloaded for Kindle or from Barnes & Noble.

This edition includes the original eight novelettes released from 2009 to 2012, along with a new novella, "Pandemonium" — which gives you all the prose Lost Tribe stories to date. (The comics series starts two weeks later at Dark Horse.) It also includes my maps of the continents of Keshtah and Alanciar — we're doing the full Tolkien here!

If you have the eight e-books, you'll notice that there are a number of minor changes in this edition. As the stories were written over the course of several years, I took the opportunity to make some additional corrections and to address some minor continuity issues, most involving integration with the maps in this edition. The collected edition thus becomes the operative version of these stories, for continuity purposes. (And the individual e-books are digital collector's items at this point anyway. With the publication of this edition, the e-books are no longer available as single free downloads — the promotion they were part of, for the Fate of the Jedi novels, having concluded.)

The production notes for the "Pandemonium" section will be online later at the main page for the book — once I've heard some of the questions you folks have. Comments welcome in the thread below — and there will be some other opportunities coming up to talk about the book.

U.S. MARKET E-SIGNING: I am also offering an "e-signing", for as long as my limited supplies of the Lost Tribe of the Sith book last. If your mailing address is in the United States and you'd like a signed copy of the trade paperback, then e-mail me at the address at left; cost is $18 through Paypal (that's cover price plus USPS Priority Mail shipping, Paypal account is the same as the e-mail address). Be sure to include any personalization requested, as well as your return address, naturally! You can find other books available on my Shop page. (I don't know that the edition is officially available for sale in all overseas markets yet, so I am holding off on overseas requests at this time until I find out.)

In the meantime, more news: I did a video interview with Big Shiny Robot that's now online -- that's what's left of me after several days of Comicon! I've also done an interview for the Wisconsin State Journal about the book, and about my upcoming signing at the Mineral Point Road Barnes & Noble, this Saturday at 3 p.m. The Rebel Legion and 501st will be represented!

Friday, July 20, 2012

On Colorado, comics, and communities

Horrified — just absolutely horrified — by the news coming from Aurora, Colorado, of a mass-shooting at a midnight theatrical showing of the new Batman film.

Typing, I feel almost reluctant to name the film — because the name of the film simply doesn't matter in something like this, although people will seek to draw connections. They always do. When the Columbine High School shootings happened in 1999, I was the editor of Comics & Games Retailer magazine — and worked also unofficially as an advocate for the comics and gaming hobbies. After the shootings — when the mass media were in a mad rush to connect the killers to comics, games, or some external motivator, I called all the local stores to find out whether the shooters had been customers, and what their background was.

What I heard didn't surprise me. I was told by their local hobby shop-owner that they used to visit often, but had dropped out of the scene. And I remember feeling at the time that that really meant something. Because comics, and games, and imaginative fiction of all kinds — they offer more than a simple escape. They offer a community. I've seen that community in comics shops and conventions, online and in real life. There's a support system, there.

We often hear people say that getting into comics — or games, or quilting, or model-building, etc. — saved their sanity. I think that in some cases, that's more than hyperbole. I think hobbies, and the communities that surround them, save lives.

It's when people cut themselves off from their communities that bad things happen.

My heart goes out to those who were affected by this sick, mad act.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

D'oh -- or d'oh not! JJM pens Simpsons comics

Back home from Comic-Con International: San Diego — and I am pleased to be able to share some news. I actually have three comic books coming out in October. In addition to two in a galaxy far, far away (Star Wars: Knight Errant #5 and Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #3), you'll see another from Springfield, U.S.A. — the first of several Simpsons stories I have coming up from Bongo Comics!

Longtime readers of the site may recall that I wrote a single story for Bongo nearly eight years ago; "No Purchase Necessary," drawn by Phil Ortiz and colored by Bongo stalwart Nathan Hamill (also a familiar name to Star Wars fans) appeared in Simpson Comics Presents Bart Simpson #27. The story has since been reprinted in the Big Brilliant Book of Bart Simpson, still available through Amazon. I loved writing the story and wanted to do more, but I was still moonlighting then and the Knights of the Old Republic comics launch and subsequent series took a lot of my time.

My first Simpsons story appears here.
But Bart will not be denied! So October sees the release of Bart Simpson #76 and my story "Fund-Razing," with art by John Delaney. Bart's antics cause a school fund-raising drive to go horribly, comically wrong — and hijinks naturally ensue. My next story after that is already slated – and there's more to come.

I'm thrilled to be back in Bongo's pages again. It's been the gold standard for humor comics for a long time, and it's allowed this fan of Carl Barks's Duck comics and Marge and John Stanley's Little Lulu to explore some truly wild schemes with that maddest of mayhem-makers, Bart Simpson!

Bart Simpson #76 will be in your retailer's catalog in August. I'll post order links for it soon.

Back to the convention: it was great, of course — one of the most positive San Diegos in recent memory, according to most attendees, and I concur. (I have posted some thoughts about the convention and the industry in general on my Comichron site.) It was great to see folks from my publishers at Dark Horse and Del Rey, as well as the Lucasfilm team; I did five hours of signings all told, including copies of the Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith book that releases July 24. It was my first chance to get a look at the book, and it's a great package. Get your orders in now!

And as always, it was great seeing my friends and colleagues out there — and also along the way. Fellow Star Wars author Troy Denning and I were on the flight together going out to San Diego — and I ended up giving neighbor and famed fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss a ride home from the airport after a missed connecting flight. It's a small, surreal world!

More posts coming soon — including more details on the July 28 Lost Tribe launch event at 3 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble in Madison, Wis. — the Rebel Legion will be in attendance! In the meantime, remember the words of Master Homer: D'oh — or d'oh not. There is no try!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Knight Errant - Escape #2 hits shelves Wednesday!

I'm in the middle of my own Escape to San Diego as this is posted — but you can find an escape of your own in your comics shop on Wednesday with Star Wars: Knight Errant - Escape #2!

Kerra's journey into Sith space continues, and we see a lot more about her personal history — and how it's been tied together with Odion's destiny from the beginning.

The issue will also be on sale from TFAW and from vendors in San Diego, where I will be signing every day — here's the schedule — and they'll also have the variant San Diego edition of #1 there, as well.

Covers for Knight Errant - Escape #5 and Lost Tribe of the Sith #3 also are now online — and my interview with Jedi News has just been posted. First one there in six years! And IO9 has news about Brian Wood's new Star Wars series, just announced.

More to come in the next few days!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

My San Diego Comic-Con 2012 signing schedule

Comic-Con International: San Diego two years in a row! It's my eleventh time to go, but I don't think I've gone in back-to-back years since the six-in-a-row stretch in the 1990s.

I have a busy schedule of things I'm there to do — and for the first time I've got signing hours every single day of the con. Note that this year the Dark Horse variant edition from Diamond Comic Distributors is a special version of Star Wars: Knight Errant - Escape #1; this will be available from many retailers in the hall, and also can be preordered from TFAW.

Here are the signing times and locations: 

Wednesday, July 11
8:00-9:00 p.m. — Dark Horse Preview Night signing, Booth #2615. 

Thursday, July 12
11:00 a.m.-noon — Dark Horse booth signing with Mass Effect's Sylvia Feketekuty and Chris Helper, Booth #2615 

Friday, July 13
11:00 a.m.-noon — Dark Horse booth mega-signing with Mike Richardson (Crimson Empire), Dave Dorman (Crimson Empire, Darth Maul), Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley (Dark Times), Dave Wilkins (Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison), Dan Parsons (Dawn of the Jedi),  Michael Atiyeh (colorist), Michael Heisler (letterer) and Tom Taylor (Darth Maul), Booth #2615 

Saturday, July 14
4:00-5:00 p.m. — Del Rey signing and drawing for the new Star Wars: Lost Tribe of Sith - The Collected Stories book, which releases July 24. Booth #2913D 

Sunday, July 15
11:00 a.m.-noon — Dark Horse booth signing with Mass Effect's Sylvia Feketekuty and Chris Helper, Booth #2615

Lucasfilm also has a panel on the future of Star Wars fiction and comics on Friday from 3-4 in Room 7AB — Lost Tribe is on the list of topics — and Dark Horse and the Bioware folks will be talking Mass Effect and other comics Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Room 24ABC.

Finally, on Friday from 5:00-6:00 p.m., author Kevin J. Anderson presents the Scribe Awards for tie-in fiction published in 2011 on behalf of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. Star Wars Knight Errant is one of five nominees for Best Science Fiction Novel, so I'll be there. That's in Room 23AB.

Follow my updates at the convention on Twitter — I'm @jjmfaraway. See you there!
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