Busy morning

Brazel-Grond Bookmark FrontIt was official before, but it’s officialer now: I’m going to be at IndyPopCon again in a few weeks, from June 8-10, in Booth 1213, right next to Artists’ Alley.  I think I’m sharing a booth with someone– space sold out way faster than I anticipated this year, and I only got into the con at the last minute, but I don’t know who my booth buddy is going to be yet. (EDIT:  Never mind!  The email came through this afternoon!)  At any rate, I’ve spent the morning ordering books and bookmarks for the con, including the new one to the right, based on the cover for Tales: The Benevolence Archives, Vol. 3.  

(That book could really use some more reviews.  I know some of y’all read it.  Please? Pretty please?)

I suspect I’m going to regret putting that Prostetnic logo at the bottom there– I think it’s gonna wash out– but we’ll see.

At any rate, this is the first of three conventions I’m doing this year– one in Indianapolis, one in Kokomo, and one in Elkhart, so I’m trying to mentally justify the ridiculous amount of money I just spent by reminding myself that it’s covering all three of the cons.  We’ll see if that works or not; the money’s out of my bank account nonetheless. Popcon was a lot of fun the last time I went so I have high hopes for this one.  Wil Wheaton and Levar Burton are both going to be there.  I may try to see if I can use Twitter to get Wil to swing by my booth at some point.  It probably won’t work– I imagine if the celebs go to the vendor floor at things like that they tend to get mobbed– but you never know, right?  I sorta had Timothy Zahn at my booth once; this isn’t much different, is it?

There are movies we need to see coming out each of the next two weekends, so my wife took the afternoon off so we can go see Deadpool 2.  So maybe you’ll get a bonus post tonight.  I think it’s probably safe to say I’m gonna like the movie, right?

KOKOMO-CON: The Cosplay

I will be back at this con next year.  I had a blast, sold an entire box of books, and the cosplay was magnificent.  I’ll be annotating some of these tomorrow (a few of them won’t make a ton of sense out of context) but for now here’s the cosplayer pictures I took:

WELL OKAY ONE STORY: I use free Oreos at my booth as a way to catch people’s attention, right?  Toward the end of the con, the guy dressed as Negan waltzed over to me, looked me straight in the eye, and said “You have Oreos.  I’m taking half.”

And then he actually did it.

I laughed my ass off.  This may be my single favorite con moment so far.

Anyway, the pictures:

In which I tell you what to do and ask you to spend money

WHAT TO DO: Come see me at Kokomo-Con 8 this Saturday!  I should have been packing and getting ready today, but instead I played Nioh and lazed around.  The con is from 10-6 at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center.   Admission is just $10!  I’ll be in Booth 59 on this map:


I’ll have books.  I’ll be selling them!  And signing them!  There will also be Oreos.  It’s okay if you just come by for the Oreos.

That’s not actually the bit where I ask you to spend money, though.

GO BUY THIS:  My friend Sara Kathleen is an artist and she’s made a doodle coloring book.  Her doodles are really cool and she’s only asking $13 for the book.  Okay, she’s in England so she’s asking for ten pounds, but hell if I know how to make my keyboard do that little L thing.  Check out her website and kick her a preorder before they end on Monday.  Shipping is free, even to the States!


Maybe I’ll get this all done in time

So– have I mentioned this?– I’m going to be at Kokomo-Con on October 14th, if any of you are nearby and feel like hitting up a convention.  I have a new book coming out on September 26th.  You knew about that part!

It would be cool, wouldn’t it, if the new book was available at the convention?  Seriously, right?  It would totally be cool.

Which is why I spent the entire evening yelling and screaming at Microsoft Word, again, and at CreateSpace’s stupid, stupid online file proofer that doesn’t actually seem to work right, and okay I think that there’s gonna be a print edition of the book available for purchase on Amazon right around day-and-date with the ebook and the book will be available at the convention.  But holy crap am I gonna get my butt kicked on shipping.

$8.99 for the print edition, by the by.  Cheaper at the convention, probably.  And I’ll sign the book for free!  Come see me!