Update: San Diego Comic-con panels, streaming and signing!

cci_logoMore panels! A signing! If you’re going to Comic-con — and even if you’re not — you have more chances to learn about writing, hear news from Comic-con, and pick up a kewl comic. Here’s what I’ll be doing:

Comic-con HQ Streaming Panel
Thursday, July 21st, 3-4pm
Log on to Comic-con HQ (free) and watch a panel of industry pros, including me, discuss the latest news coming out of Comic-con!

Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry
Friday, July 22nd, 5-6pm, Room 9
Add this panel to your schedule, or check out more deets here.

Signing Crystal Cadets!
Sunday, July 24th, 11am-noon, Lion Forge booth 2300
I’ll be live in person signing promotional materials for the Crystal Cadets graphic novel (hopefully they can get the second printing in time). Rumor has it I’ll be joined by the artist, Katie O’Neill. Fingers crossed!

Come on down and say hi, or catch me streaming on the interwebs!

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SDCC: Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry

It’s baaack! This year at Comic-con International in San Diego, we’ll be gathering together to discuss writing for gamez! Come join the usual suspects and some new faces as we discuss writing for games and answer all your burning questions.

Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry
Storytelling is entering a new golden age in the computer gaming industry. This panel of insiders share their experiences in creating some of the best-reviewed narrative-driven titles in gaming history. Neal Hallford (Betrayal at Krondor: Remastered),Chris Avellone (Divinity: Original Sin II), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn), John Zuur Platten (Ingress), Geoffrey Thorne (The Librarians), Jean Leggett (Betwixt), and Blair Leggett (StoryStylus) promise an entertaining and informative hour. Moderated by Jana Hallford (Swords & Circuitry: A Designer’s Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games).

When: Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Room 9

Join us! You can add it to your schedule here.

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Comic Horror: Get the Monkey’s Paw today!

Like a little humor in your horror? Then you’ll enjoy following Mike and Josh as they set off after the Monkey’s Paw in Grimm Tales of Terror Vol. 2 #8, from Zenescope. After struggling under student loans and start-up costs, two graduates try a hail Mary: they journey to Central America to find a mysterious tribe that grants wishes. Once they arrive, they discover that getting their wish may require more than they’re willing to give.

Preview of several pages available here. Grab it in print at your favorite comic store, or go virtual here.

Read it already? Let me know what you think!

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Speaking about Digital at Cannes 2016

image_en_3_5577052152a64I’m headed down to the Cannes Film Festival and Marché. I’ll be speaking at Cannes Digital, a Festival du film Merveilleux event, about writing interactive stories and how it differs (or doesn’t!) from writing linear tales. I just looked at the list of other speakers, and they’re kind of amazing. Here they are:

Digital Landscape at Cannes
WHEN: 2-4pm, Saturday, May 14th
WHERE: Hotel Eden, 133 Rue d’Antibes, Cannes
WHO:
Liz Rosenthal / Power to the Pixel
CEO

Kristen Konvitz / Indiegogo
Director of Film & Creative

Charlotte Hurni / Cinando ( Marche du Film / Festival de Cannes
Communication Coordinator )

Carole Joly / Cinando ( Marché du Film / Festival de Cannes )
Project manager

Gotham Chandna / Cloud 21
Social Media digital strategist

Yelena Rachitsky / Oculus Story Studio
Creative Producer – Head of Education

Anne Toole / Write Toole
Writers Guild nominee

If you’ll be there, it’s free to attend the panel, so why not come on by? RSVP here.

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Worldbuilding at Dutch Comic-con!

I have modest ambitions this weekend. I’m going to teach how to build an entire world. A universe even. But I won’t be alone. I’ll be joined by several other writers with the equally modest goal of sharing how to create appealing worlds for the reader. If that’s not enough, I’ll also be speaking about the representation of women in games with several other writers of books, comics, and movies. If you’re interested in building worlds for your novel or game, or you’d like to hear about great representations of women in the media, come on down to Dutch Comic con this weekend!Dutch Comic-con

World Building
When: Saturday, March 26th, 3:45pm-4:45pm
Where: Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Speakers Corner, Hall 8 by the American Book Center
Who:
Brian McClellan
Chris Ryall (Editor-in-Chief, IDW)
Adrian Stone
Me!

Bechdel Test Anno 2016
When: Saturday, March 26th, 5-6pm
Where: Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Speakers Corner, Hall 8 by the American Book Center
Who:
Corinne Duyvis
Marieke Nijkamp
​​Tisa Pescar
Ann Vandermeer
Jeff Vandermeer
Me!

If you find yourself near Utrecht in the Netherlands this weekend, join all of us at Dutch Comic Con!

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All-ages comics at Long Beach Comic Expo

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Just when you thought it was safe… I’ll be speaking at Long Beach Comic Expo, tomorrow, Saturday, at Long Beach Comic Expo! Join me and other fine creators as we discuss the ins and outs of creating all ages comics. I’ll be speaking on Crystal Cadets, which I’m sure you know all about😉 We’ll see you tomorrow!

What: All Ages Comics Panel
When: Saturday, February 20, 2016, 4:40-5:30pm
Where: LBCE, Creator’s Lab S5
Who: Me!
Agnes Garbowska (My Little Pony)
Mike Kunkel (Shoestring Benny)
Eric M. Esquivel (Adventure Time, Nickelodeon Magazine)
Beth Scorzato, Moderator

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Tomorrow! Crystal Cadets from IDW comes to print!

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The wait is over! Tomorrow the digital comic magical girl series I wrote, CRYSTAL CADETS, is coming to print. Consider it a verrrrrry last minute holiday gift for the young reader in your life. Check out the preview at Bleeding Cool. The 128-page book is full of action and wonderful art, so it’ll be hard to be disappointed. But don’t just listen to me, listen to people like you:

“This series is so cute!! I would say this is a good mixture of a number of things –Sailor MoonThe Prophecy of the Stones, and many other girl focused super power team-ups.”

The Book Ramble

“It felt like a breeze of fresh air and a good change after all the super heroes/very serious reads. I would definitely recommend you guys check this out!”

Cat’s Shelf

I know you planned ahead and ordered the trade paperback back in September. In case you can’t find it at your local comic shop, you can still order it online via Amazon. And if you hate dead trees, the digital versions are still yours for the taking!

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