Halo Redux: Speaking and signing in Anaheim this weekend

ImageIt’s the grand finale of Halo: Outpost Discovery! The traveling convention delivered the creatives behind the Halo franchise all over the US to give back to fans. I joined the crew in Chicago earlier this month to discuss the Halo comic I wrote. I will also be on hand in Anaheim all weekend for the last leg for signings and panels. Check out the schedule below!

Halo: Outpost Discovery Anaheim
Where: Anaheim Convention Center
When: August 30-September 1, 2019

Friday, August 30

3:15PM – 4:15PM “Women in Gaming – Halo Edition” Kiki Wolfkill, Jessie Thomas, Katie Jerauld, Jen Taylor, Anne Toole. – Moderator Nyxi

Saturday, August 31

12:00PM – 1:00PM Signing in the Post Exchange:  Cassandra Rose Clarke, Jeff Easterling, and Anne Toole

2:45PM – 3:45PM Panel at Main Mixer Stage:  “The Write Stuff: Part 1 – Comics, Short Stories, YA Fiction and more”  Cassandra Rose Clarke, Anne Toole, Frank O’Connor, Joseph Staten – Moderator Jeff Easterling

Sunday, September 1

11:00AM – 12:00PM Signing in the Post Exchange: Cassandra Rose Clarke, Jeff Easterling, and Anne Toole

See you soon!

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Cannon Busters drops Thursday on Netflix

Like anime? Like sci fi? Like adventures with an immortal scoundrel and a friendship robot determined to find her best friend? (Okay, maybe that’s a bit specific) Then fire up your Netflix this Thursday to watch the 12-episode first season of CANNON BUSTERS, the anime series created by LeSean Thomas (BOONDOCKS) and written by many fantastic writers and me!
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CANNON BUSTERS
Where: Netflix!
When: Thursday, August 15, 2019
What: Immortal renegade Philly the Kid and his transforming pink Cadillac join a relentlessly upbeat friendship droid on her quest to find a missing prince. TV-MA (for mature audiences)

Check out the official trailer here, or learn more about the series’ global development here.

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Chicago: Writing in the Halo universe

This weekend! Join in for another edition of Halo: Outpost Discovery in Chicago. This three-day real world event dedicated to Halo has already started its tour of the country, and I’ll be in Chicago to participate in the festivities. Tomorrow, I’ll be speaking on a panel as well as signing the Halo: Lone Wolf comic book mini-series that I wrote for Dark Horse.

I’ll be joining a host of Halo luminaries, including voice actors, writers, and the head of 343 herself, Bonnie Ross. Check out all the guests scheduled to come:

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Here’s my schedule for the weekend:

What:
Halo: Outpost Discovery Chicago

Where:
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 North River Road
Exhibit Hall G
Chicago, IL 60018

When:
Saturday 8/3/19
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: The Write Stuff panel, featuring Greg Bear, Troy Denning, Kenneth Peters, Anne Toole; Location – Content Stage
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Autograph signing, Location – Post Exchange

Sunday 8/4/19
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Autograph signing, Location – Post Exchange

See you in Chicago, or later this month in Anaheim!

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Panels on Writing at San Diego Comic Con 2019

Today’s the day! Comic-con International begins tonight, luring people from all over the world to enjoy perfect weather; infinity comics, games, series, and more; and all the shenanigans you can get into. In addition to signing my latest comic from Kymera Press, I will be speaking on not one, but two panels this week on writing, so if you’ll be attending, come on by and ask your burning questions about writing.

Designing Narrative for Computer Games
When: Friday, July 19, 8pm
Where: San Diego Convention Center, Room 23ABC

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What: Some of the most talented storytellers today create worlds for the computer gaming industry. A panel of industry vets share their insights into the creation of these amazing, interactive worlds.

Add it to your Comic-con schedule here.

Diversity in Writing: Women Writers and Producers
When: Saturday, July 20, 5:30pm
Where: San Diego Convention Center, Room 26AB

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What: Award-winning diverse women writers and producers will discuss creating stories with strong diverse female characters across TV, animation, comics, and games; they’ll also address the importance of diverse representation, getting started in writing, and their career paths from writing to executive producing top shows. Panelists include Nicole Dubuc (Star Wars Forces of Destiny, Rebels; producer of Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy; winner of WGA Animation Writing Award), Denise Downer (Marvel’s Avengers Black Panther’s Quest, Power Rangers: Beast Morphers), Keto Shimizu (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, executive producer and writer; Arrow), Silvia Olivas (Disney’s Elena of Avalor, producer and writer; Moesha), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn, WGA Video Game Award winner; The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), Joelle Sellner (DC Super Hero Girls, Sonic Boom), and Gloria Shen (Disney Channel’s Amphibia). Moderated by Kevin Winston, Digital LA, CEO.

Add it to your Comic-con schedule here.

Pet Noir issues #5-6

I’ll also be stopping by the Kymera Press booth 2003 to sign issues 5 and 6 of Pet Noir, following the adventures of a genetically engineered cat on a space station. Pet Noir 6 will be new for Comic-con, so be one of the first to own it! Follow me or Kymera Press on Twitter for updates on when I’ll be signing!

Whatever you do at Comic-con, have a great time!

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Cool & Collected: Halo comics & D&D adventure get hardcovers

Two projects I contributed to are debuting this month with a new look. First off, Dark Horse is collecting the HALO: LONE WOLF comic book mini-series I wrote into hardcover.

Click here if you want minor spoilers for individual issues 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Not to be outdone, Lion Forge is collecting its monthly publication of D&D resources and adventures into ROLLED & TOLD: VOLUME 1. I wrote one short adventure for their Halloween issue entitled “Maigret’s Traveling Carnival.” The collection holds many more great adventures where that came from, so players should definitely check it out.

If you want to gaze upon beautiful art, enjoy an adventure or two, AND own a book you can use as a tray (no judgment), you are in luck. The hardcover collections of ROLLED & TOLD: VOLUME 1 and HALO: LONE WOLF are available now!

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June 25, 2019 · 10:17 am

Level Up: Writers in Games

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How do writers fit into the game development process? If this question has been plaguing you, or even if it hasn’t, you can come hear me attempt to answer it tomorrow at the LEVEL UP Rome Developer Conference. I’ll be joining a host of other great game developers to discuss best practices in the industry at the world famous Cinecittà studios.

Fitting Writers into the Game Development Process

When: 15:30-16:30, Sunday, May 12, 2019
Where: LEVEL UP, Track 1, Cinecittà, Via Tuscolana, 1055, 00173 Roma RM, Italia
What: Game developers are sometimes left scratching their heads on how to incorporate writers into the game development process.  This talk will take attendees through the stages of development to identify how a writer can integrate with the team and add value to the game, whether it be narrative-driven or narrative-light.

Hope to see you there!

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Writing on DAYS GONE

DAYS GONE, the PS4 exclusive survival horror game, came out last month. I had the opportunity to write some early content for this game, set in the exquisite mountains, high desert, and forests of Oregon. The people of Bend Studios did an amazing job on this game. I spent about three months up there and even enjoyed riding around on a bike in the Cascade mountains. Spoiler: It’s more fun in-game, partially because IRL I felt like I was going to fall off, and also because it was cold!

If you’re interested in environmental storytelling, immersive ambient conversations, and a cult at the end of the world, check out DAYS GONE. Also, if you like killing zombie-like freakers while riding a bike like a boss, check it all the way out!

Days Gone - Key Art

 

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