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Writing Zenescope’s Dance of the Dead #1

It’s New Comic Book Day, and my latest for Zenescope is here! I’m writing their Dance of the Dead five-ish mini-series featuring Mystere and Jasmine, and the first issue is out right now!

Synopsis: The Shadowlands are a dark and mysterious place, filled with the most evil creatures that have ever haunted mankind’s imagination. Now Mary Medina (Mystere) finds herself trapped there with no means of an escape, lured by a powerful enemy into a dance with the dead.

Those familiar with the Grimm Fairy Tales universe will recognize our main characters, but even if you’ve never picked up one of their books, you can dive right in with this first issue. Feel free to check out a preview of the comic and variant covers here or pick it up at your local comic shop. You can also read a review that’s already up at Fandom Post.

I’m looking at proofs for the second issue right now ūüôā If you’ve read the first, feel free to drop a comment below!

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Writing for games and breaking in at Long Beach Comic Con

If you are interested in writing for games, or how to break into writing, Long Beach Comic Con had the panels for you this month.

For the “Writing for Video Games: the Real Behind the Virtual” panel, I joined Tony Bedard (Agents of Mayhem), Jon Callan (Survios), Shawn Kittelsen (Injustice 2), and John Nee (Cryptozoic) to discuss the trials and tribulations of writing games, and how it differs from other media. You can check out a short write-up here.

“Writing for Video Games” panel at Long Beach Comic-Con

Afterwards, I joined Brandon Easton (Agent Carter) and Geoffrey Thorne (Librarians) on “The Writer’s Journey: Breaking in and Managing a Career in Hollywood.” Brandon puts on this panel at Comic-con, Wondercon, and LBCC, so you know it’s bound to be good. He gave people good advice on best books to read, including WRITING THE TV DRAMA, and WRITERS ON COMICS SCRIPTWRITING. I may have to check those out myself.

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“The Writer’s Journey” panel at Long Beach Comic-con

Did you get a chance to attend either panel? If you did, drop a comment and share the best thing you learned!

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ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE webseries concludes!

100 episodes. 2.6 million views. Thousands of comments. It was such a great ride. So happy that people liked ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE, and that Youtube has google translate. ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE, the German webseries I created, concluded this month. Eager to find out what happened with Annette, Maria, Henry, and Arne? Fortunately, I’ve got the synopses for you in English.

Not caught up? Check out the first episodes here, the second batch of episodes, and the penultimate list of episodes here. All set? Here’s how it all played out:

Episode 75

Jenny urges Annette to delete the illicit videos, but Annette doesn’t want to give Maria the satisfaction.

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Episode 76

Annette has to go into the Grimms and tries her best to avoid Maria and ends up in an awkward situation.

Episode 77

The lights go out, Annette and Arne are left alone… he starts telling a ghost story… and then…

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Episode 78

Graf comes over to return some items, and Annette insists she’s over Maria and asks about… Henry.

Episode 79

Arne’s back! Sort of. He gives an interview where he denies he had deep feelings for Annette, and also implies that there was another reason he was with her.

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Episode 80

Annette is now convinced everything Arne did and said was a lie set up by Maria, calling him a poor man’s Orlando Bloom!

Episode 81

Annette has a dream of two Marias!

Episode 82

Jenny kicks ass. She backs up Annette who’s trying to take down all copies of the improper video that’s been released in the wild. But there’s one copy she won’t take down…

Episode 83

Jenny pulls herself out of her comfort zone and Annette out of her funk. Annette’s reminded she’s had a sister all along…

Episode 84

Annette struggles to write a letter to Henry, then gets a mysterious Skype call.

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Episode 85

Jenny thinks Annette should either call Maria or let her go. What does Annette think?

Episode 86

Annette finally sends a video to address the elephant not in the room: Maria. Why did she do what she did?

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Episode 87

Maria replies! She’s been bored out of her mind without Annette. Can they get back together?

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Episode 88

The Grimms have published Annette and Jenny’s fairy tale. Is Annette now done with vlogging?

Episode 89

Henry replied!! And he wants to meet! Has he forgiven her?

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Episode 90

The Grimms make a mess of Annette’s story, while she gets ready to go meet Henry.

Episode 91

Henry is back and¬†#teamhenry¬†is on fire! Henry admits everything he’s done wrong, including believing Maria.

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Episode 92

Henry finds Annette out, and Jenny takes the opportunity to interrogate him about his “story” regarding Arne.

Episode 93

Annette and Henry’s relationship seems to be going well. Except they haven’t kissed!

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Episode 94

Annette is happy! Who knew this was a thing? She’s been offered a job, everything is easy with Henry, and best of all, she doesn’t have to participate in Maria’s wedding planning.

Episode 95

Jenny passed her bar exam, and Annette threw her a party. Henry and Annette are getting along great… and then her and Arne’s song comes on…

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Episode 96

Arne has written a new song, and Henry catches Annette listening to it.

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Episode 97

Graf called off the wedding! But is Annette ready to forgive Maria?

Episode 98

Arne’s got a letter for Annette that Henry doesn’t want her to have. What’s going on?

Episode 99

Annette shares what happened with Henry. What’s next for Annette?

Episode 100

Last episode! Annette has packed and says goodbye to everyone who had an impact on her, one way or another, and Maria has one more surprise.

Thank you for everything!

Congrats to the cast and crew, and thanks to everyone and the fans for a great run!

Remember, even if you don’t know German, you can watch by turning on Closed Captioning and changing the Youtube settings to auto-translate. You can also follow along on their social media sites and use the magic of Google translate:

https: //www.facebook.com/AllesLiebeAn …

https: //www.instagram.com/allesliebea …

Annette’s Tumblr: https: //allesliebeannette.tumblr. com /

Maria’s Instagram: https: //www.instagram.com/mariahaxtha …

Arne’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nurarne/

Graf’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realgraf/

Jenny’s Instagram: https: //www.instagram.com/jennyhuelsh …

Enjoy and spread the word about ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE to all your German-speaking friends!

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Decision time! ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE webseries continues

ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE, the German webseries I created, swung into full gear this month. Annette has gotten to know both Henry and Arne, and now she has to make a decision. But will it come out as she expects?

Check out the first episodes here and the episodes leading up to last month, before you launch into what’s been happening this month:

Episode 61

Arne is thrilled with all the comments on his music video, ignoring Annette’s misgivings. Then he gives her something she didn’t ask for.

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Episode 62

Jenny comes over to lure Annette home. Do Jenny and Maria have a mutual dislike?

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Episode 63

The lights go out, Annette and Arne are left alone… he starts telling a ghost story… and then…

Episode 64

Annette wants to talk about something serious, while Arne has a question of his own.

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Episode 65

Maria’s up to no good, as she asks for love advice from Arne, who only wants to talk about Annette.

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Episode 66

Annette is not sure who’s best for her, then gets an email from Henry saying he’s looking forward to see her, in not so many words.

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Episode 67

Arne takes Maria’s advice and gives Annette something to remember. What does she give him in return?

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Episode 68

Arne lays it all out in the aftermath of his love song.

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Episode 69

Annette may not be sure, but 200 comments says the fans have chosen their guy! After Arne’s ultimatum, Annette is torn between Arne and Henry, and gets a little assist from Maria.

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Episode 70

Maria gets into a fight with Graf, and turns to Annette for solace.

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Episode 71

Annette’s made her decision! And not all the fans are happy about it. Who has she chosen?

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Episode 72

BOOM! Bombshell dropped. Maria’s been a bad, bad girl. But she’s not alone.

Episode 73

Double bombshell as Arne reappears… as does Henry.

Episode 74

She’s lost everyone, but she’s going to keep vlogging. #teamannette!

Remember, even if you don’t know German, you can watch by turning on Closed Captioning and changing the Youtube settings to auto-translate. You can also follow along on their social media sites and use the magic of Google translate:

https: //www.facebook.com/AllesLiebeAn …

https: //www.instagram.com/allesliebea …

Annette’s Tumblr: https: //allesliebeannette.tumblr. com /

Maria’s Instagram: https: //www.instagram.com/mariahaxtha …

Arne’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nurarne/

Graf’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realgraf/

Jenny’s Instagram: https: //www.instagram.com/jennyhuelsh …

Enjoy and spread the word about ALLES LIEBE, ANNETTE to all your German-speaking friends!

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Speaking about Digital at Cannes 2016

image_en_3_5577052152a64I’m headed down to the Cannes Film Festival and March√©. 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
‚Äč‚ÄčTisa 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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Lizzie Bennet is seeing Starz!

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.

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