If magical girls in the vein of Sailor Moon sound entertaining to you, then you are in luck. Crystal Cadets #1, first original comic book title from Roar Comics and Lion Forge, launches today on Amazon Kindle! You can read it even if you don’t have a Kindle. Crystal Cadets follows the story of Zoe, the shy new girl, who discovers she’s part of a long tradition of girls destined to fight the Darkness. Adventure ensues! I’m so excited to share this with everyone, and it’s been a lifelong dream to write a comic book series! Drawn by the inimitable Katie O, colored by Paulina Ganucheau, lettered by Erika Terriquez, and written by me, this issue launches the series that we hope you will enjoy for the rest of its run! Get on board early and buy it here.
Please share it with your friends, your daughters, your friends’ daughters. You can also share it with whomever thumbs their noses at the notion of a target demo! Check out additional sneak peek pages here.
What are your first impressions? Enquiring minds wanna know!
Graal Seeker, a new indie game, is just around the corner, and you could win a copy if you share the Graal Seeker Indiegogo campaign. In Graal Seeker, you take on the role of an adventurer seeking the Holy Grail and live the legends that surround it. The game offers RPG fun with roguelike mechanics and tactical battles. As a writer on the project, I’ll be with you on your journey as you seek your own personal Graal. So hop on board and contribute to the Graal Seeker Indiegogo campaign and get involved with the contest! You can also vote for the game on Steam Greenlight!
Here are the rules of the contest:
We are pleased to launch an Indiegogo contest starting today until October 21th. You can win copies of the game, alpha and beta access & more! The rule is simple: Share the campaign with your friends, family and to the world. Only 1 restriction: you need to be logged in to Indiegogo and use the sharing tools in the Graal Seeker page. This is how we count your score.
How to win: earn 1 point per click on your link and 10 points for each € spent by your visitors. The top 5 referrers will get rewards.
If you have not contributed yet: you win The Druid.
If you already have The Peasant, The Archer or The Druid: you win an alpha access and a t-shirt.
If you have contributed for at least 20€: you win an alpha access, & a t-shirt or an Easter Egg. If you already have all of this, you win the opportunity to create an event for the game.
How to share: use your unique URL link to post around the Internet.
So contribute to the Graal Seeker Indiegogo campaign and/or share the campaign. You only have until October 21st!
You’re SO mature! Is Storytelling in Games Coming of Age? is the title of my panel coming up at PAX Prime next week! While you may think you already know the answer, join me and my other esteemed writing colleagues as we discuss what’s working and what isn’t in the world of narrative and games. Of course, there’s still time to bone up on the latest games that are examples and counterexamples of great game storytelling. Got a favorite… that’s not LAST OF US? Got a least favorite… that’s not LAST OF US? Drop a comment and share your opinion, or join us for the panel:
You’re SO mature! Is Storytelling in Games Coming of Age?
When: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 7pm
Where: Sphinx Theater, Penny Arcade Expo (PAX)
It feels like video games have been around for ages, but in truth they’re still a relatively young medium. In the last few years we’ve witnessed them beginning to take on more serious subjects and mature themes in their narrative. Is this the start of the adulthood of storytelling in games? Join our all-star panel of game writers and narrative experts as we discuss this exciting new direction in game narrative and speculate on a bold new future of interactive storytelling.
Chris Tihor [Game Writer/Designer, Ironic Iconic Studios], Toiya Kristen Finley [Narrative Designer/Game Writer & Game Designer, Schnoodle Media, LLC], Richard Dansky [Central Clancy Writer, Ubisoft/Red Storm], Qais Fulton [Narrative Designer, Freelance], Anne Toole [Writer and Narrative Designer, The Write Toole], Raphael van Lierop [Creative Director, Hinterland Games]
See you at PAX, or in the comment section!
If you’ll be at SDCC, you’ll be the first to get the inside scoop on the launch of Roar Comics, a new comics imprint brought to you by Lion Forge. Conveniently, they’ll be publishing an original title, Crystal Cadets, written by me and drawn by the inimitable Katie. The series follows the adventures of seven girls who inherit amazing powers, kick butt, and take names.
Join us for a panel to learn about Crystal Cadets and all the other shenanigans going on at Roar!
Roar – Friday (July 25th) 5:30 – 6:30 PM Room 8
Roar Comics: Saved By The Bell, Punky Brewster, and more!
Saved By The Bell! Punky Brewster! Magical Girls! Teen Mermaids! As Jessie Spano would say, “I’m So Excited!” Roar Comics is making it’s debut at SDCC! Come check out Lion Forge’s new all-ages and YA comics imprint as we bring together genre-busting talent with fan-favorite characters. Join Senior Editor Adam Staffaroni to hear what’s next for Punky, the gang at Bayside High, plus Roar’s new digital-first original titles – Roboy, Crystal Cadets, and MER. Featuring Roar’s incredible roster of creators including: Chynna Clugston Flores (Blue Monday), Joelle Sellner (Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes), Anne Toole (Emmy Winning “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”), Lesley Vamos, and Eisner Nominee Brandon Easton. Fun all for all ages, plus some big new announcements! #RoarComics
See you in San Diego!
Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Just in time for Vidcon, the LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES has gotten another boost with the announcement that Starz Digital Media will be repackaging that puppy on various platforms, including my personal favorite, XBox Video. This just goes to show you that everything I write ends up on XBox, one way or another.
The novelization has hit bookstores this week, as well. If you’re not into actually venturing into bookstores, you can order THE SECRET DIARY OF LIZZIE BENNET online on Amazon, or wherever your heart takes you.
If you’re curious about which episodes I wrote, here’s a round-up I did mid-season.
Writing science fiction is part of my job description, which also includes, apparently, coming up with 100 ways to say, “Good job!” Unlike the latter, I will actually get help with the former from the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop. The week-long workshop educates writers in various media education so we can rush off and make our science fiction more science and less fiction. I’ll be joining the best and brightest in the fields of novels and TV for the experience in Wyoming, which I can safely say is my favorite state I’ve never been to.
For a complete list of this year’s attendees, click here. If you want to see any of the glorious alum from years past, including Ellen Datlow and Marc Laidlaw, check them out here.
Anyone else been to Wyoming? Any recommendations?
It’s nearly been a month since I joined the IGDA Board of Directors, but I’m please to say they haven’t kicked me off yet. I’d like to thank everyone who voted and for the quorum that was established. Below are the election results:
Total Ballots Submitted: 787
Anne Toole – Total Votes: 592
Jon Grande – Total Votes: 259
Justin Berenbaum – Total Votes: 212
Congrats also to Jon and Justin for joining the board, and to Tom Buscaglia for being elected chair.
I’ll also be repping the IGDA this weekend at the Burbank Game+Hack as a judge. Not too late to get tickets and enjoy the talks on Friday with some JPL speakers.
If that’s not enough, I’ll also be speaking on the “How I Got Into Gaming” panel on Saturday, which is part of the event. Feel free to sign up for reminders here.
When: Saturday, May 3rd, 5-6pm
Where: Nickelodeon Animation Studios
What: How I Got Into Gaming panel
“Meet gamer YouTubers and other game experts during the YMCA Game+Hack game hackthon at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank.
At our Digital LA panel that is part of the Saturday events, game industry speakers will discuss how they got started in gaming, and their first ‘break’ or experience that helped their career. They will share tips on getting into gaming, things to do to keep up on the game industry from news sites to conferences and more.”
See you then?