Tomorrow! Crystal Cadets from IDW comes to print!


Back cover

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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Be thankful for your Mummy! Grimm Tales of Terror #2 is out!

Who doesn’t love their mummy? My latest comic, a mummy tale inspired by Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” is waiting for you to read it! Wander on down to your local comic shop and pick up Grimm Tales of Terror #2. Then wander through 1920s Egypt as the search for a tomb’s mummy takes a grimm turn. Sorry, had to do it ;)

If you like Poe, love mummies (and who doesn’t?), or enjoy horror, won’t hurt to check out this latest issue. Well, it won’t hurt you, at least…

Grimm Tales of Terror #2

After you read it, feel free to drop a comment below to let me know how you liked it!



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Writing Great Video Games with Great Video Game Writers — at Comikaze

Comikaze is back at the LA Convention Center this weekend! If you want to learn about writing great video games, come on down for a panel with some awesome video game writers, and I’m not just talking about me ;)  The panel title is more than a prescription for creating great games — we’ll be discussing our own narrative toolbox. Join me, Chris Avellone, Haris Orkin, and Karen Strassman this Saturday to learn it all! Or as much as we can get through in an hour!

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Room: 518
The co-authors of SLAY THE DRAGON: WRITING GREAT VIDEO GAMES moderate a panel on video game writing with some of the best video game writers working today. Learn what goes into creating stories for games; what tricks and tools are in the video game writers’ toolbox. Hear how these game writers broke into a business and the need now for more narrative designers in this every growing world. Guests include: Anne Toole, The Witcher, Escape Dead Island;
 Haris Orkin, Dying Light, Call of Juarez;
 Karen Strassman, Til Morning’s Light, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm;
 Chris Avellone, Pillars of Eternity, Fallout: New Vegas.

See you on Saturday at:
Comikaze Expo 2015

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Come play in Steamscapes: Asia

Steamscapes: Asia coverIt’s here! If you like your Steampunk RPGs, but are a bit bored with 19th century Europe or North America, then take a peek at Steamscapes: Asia! This new setting explores Asia in the Steamscapes universe, using the Savage Worlds system. North America is still run by the British — but what does that mean for India, China and Burma? And why do I mention Burma, besides their being awesome? I wrote the background setting for Burma and an adventure that just might involve an automaton and an airship.

The book also includes new classes, new martial arts rules, and a bunch of new equipment. For more information on Steamscapes North America and Asia, visit the Steamscapes site!

You can enjoy the digital version of Steamscapes: Asia right now and get the print version in January. Can’t wait to hold it in my hands!

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Now’s the time to pre-order the Crystal Cadets graphic novel!

If you enjoyed the eight digital issues of Crystal Cadets, now you can have your very own physical copy. Crystal Cadets (Volume 1), collecting all eight issues, is coming soon from IDW, and now’s your chance to pre-order as a holiday gift, or for yourself!  I’m not the only one who thinks it’s a good buy:

The charming, Studio Ghibli-esque adventure comes to us from writer Anne Toole and Tumblr superstar artist Katie O’Neill. Recalling both the fun of ‘80s Saturday morning cartoons and the thrill of the first manga explosion, Toole and O’Neill have updated all of that questing magic for today’s eager young readers.
Graphic Policy review

So how do you get your hands on it?

  1. Pre-order at your local comic shop!
    Speak with your local comic shop and request the Crystal Cadets trade paperback. The Diamond item code is: OCT150478. You can also fill out a Diamond request form for all the comics you want, but giving them the code should be sufficient. You can’t order directly from Diamond, unless you are a retailer.
  2. Pre-order at your local book store!
    Speak with your local book store and request the book! They will likely ask for this ISBN: 978-1-63140-431-3.
  3. Pre-order on Amazon
    If all else fails, or you have a gift card you’re dying to use, you can pre-order on Amazon here (affiliate link):

And if you scoff at the notion of a physical copy, you can still get all 8 issues digitally at Lion Forge’s site.

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So you want to be a game writer…

PAXIt’s that time again! Time for PAX, games, and fun. And if you’ve always wondered how to get into game writing, it’s time you find out how. Join me and other fine game writers at PAX Prime to get all your burning questions answered on how to be a game writer.

So, you want to be a game writer…
Many writers (and non-writers!) would love to contribute their storytelling skills to games. What types of writing jobs are out there? How can you get a job working at a studio or as a freelancer? Beyond storytelling, what should your samples showcase? Panel participants are veteran game writers who have worked on AAA, indie, and mobile titles. These freelancers and studio employees have the insights to help you pursue that game writing career!


Toiya Kristen Finley [Author / Game Designer, Schnoodle Media, LLC], Qais Fulton [Writer and Narrative Designer, Freelance], Anne Toole [Writer, The Write Toole], Bobby Stein [Lead Writer, ArenaNet], Tom Abernathy [Senior Writer (Contract), Massive Entertainment], Leah Miller [Content Designer, Carbine Studios]

See you there!

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Superheroes go Digital Panel in LA on Tuesday

Superheroes go Digital
You don’t have to wait till Comic-con to get up to speed on comics in the digital space. I’ll be joining Digital LA tomorrow, Tuesday, to speak on the Superheroes go Digital panel. The last issue of Crystal Cadets came out on digital last month, and it will soon be collected into a print graphic novel. Find out how digital comics are changing the marketplace with many fine panelists and me!

When: Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Where: Ignited Spaces Hollywood, 7080 Hollywood Blvd.

RSVP here!

Can’t wait to see you!  And if you’re not in LA, but will be in San Diego for comic-con, feel free to swing by Lion Forge booth 2300 for my signing of Crystal Cadets at 11am this Sunday!

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