Bucket list item, checked off! I’ve always wanted to write something in French, but was a bit hampered by the fact my French is far from fluent. Enter comics to save the day! A call for heroic fantasy submissions from quarterly anthology Ganesha made my dream possible. In Ganesha #17, my story joins a host of other French fantasy stories involving everything from elves and wizards to Asian-inspired fantasy.
My story, “Petit Héros,” follows the adventure of an apprentice tanner on an errand in a fantasy version of medieval Paris. Martin van der Schuijt and Femke Schaars lent their art to the tale. If you’re interested and ready for a collection of other French stories, you can order the comic or subscribe to Ganesha at 92bulles.fr, or pick up a copy at one of the participating stores in France.
American history. Just entirely different. The ALTERED STATES OF THE UNION anthology explores how the US might have turned out with a few details changed. Inside, you’ll find a short story by me set in the 1800s, entitled “Lions on the Mississippi.”
Taking a steamboat through a sovereign Indian nation on the Mississippi, William meets an enigmatic woman afraid for her safety. But when their journey comes to a halt, William realizes not all is as he believed.
But my story is one of many by great authors. Here’s the blurb for the rest of the anthology:
What if Lincoln governed America in enemy territory? The United States annexed Persia? North Alaska and South Alaska went to war? Los Angeles spread across the world? Kansas disappeared in a cloud of dust? If you thought America was strange this year, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Join us as our all-star roster of science fiction and fantasy authors explore the frontiers of over a score of different lands in ALTERED STATES OF THE UNION. With stories by Russ Colchamiro, Peter David, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, Brendan DuBois, Malon Edwards, G.D. Falksen, Michael Jan Friedman, David Gerrold, Robert Greenberger, Alisa Kwitney, Gordon Linzner, Sarah McGill, Meredith Peruzzi, Mackenzie Reide, Aaron Rosenberg, David Silverman & Hildy Silverman, Ian Randal Strock, Ramon Terrell, Anne Toole, and Glenn Hauman as editor.
Still not sure if this book’s for you? Check out this thorough review of each story in the anthology, or head on over to preview it on Amazon.
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.
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
Agnes Garbowska (My Little Pony)
Mike Kunkel (Shoestring Benny)
Eric M. Esquivel (Adventure Time, Nickelodeon Magazine)
Beth Scorzato, Moderator
It’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!
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!
In case you hadn’t heard, the webseries I wrote for, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, won a Creative Arts Emmy this year for Original Interactive Program. I haven’t posted about it sooner, because, as one might say to me or Mr. Darcy, “pics or it didn’t happen.” Here are the pics for the Emmys, and heck, while I’m at it, I’ll list the other awards the show has earned:
IAWTV Award: Best Interactive/Social Media Experience
Streamy Awards: Best Interactive Program; Best Writing: Comedy
Emmy Award: Original Interactive Program
Congrats again to our fearless leader Bernie Su, as well as all the cast, crew, and fans who made it possible!
Me with the cast and crew at the Emmy reception
And the Emmy goes to…
Accepting the Emmy on-stage!