10/8, 6 pm!Frank J. Barbiere & Chris Mooneyham (Five Ghosts)Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter, Birthright, Ghosted)Josh Fialkov (Punks, Last of the Greats, Echoes)Ed Brisson (The Field, Sheltered, Comeback)Justin Jordan (Spread, Luther Strode)Declan Shalvey (Injection)Tim Seeley (Revival, Hack/Slash)Brandon Montclare (Rocket Girl)Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage)Antony Johnston (Umbral, The Fuse)
This is going to be nuts.
NEW WORK, NEW WORK
New York Comic-Con starts in a week, and I’ll be there, as (is rapidly becoming) usual.
I’m also doing a couple of pre-convention events, if you’re in the area. So here’s my itinerary for the week:
MONDAY OCT 6
• 5-8pm: Signing at Escape Pod Comics in Huntington, on Long Island.
Part of Escape Pod’s Comictoberfest (née ‘New York Comic-Can’t’) event, which will also feature the likes of Becky Cloonan and Alex deCampi.
WEDNESDAY OCT 8
• 6-8pm: Image Comics signing at Forbidden Planet NYC.
This is the Image ‘Super Signing’ with a whole bunch of people, including Tim Seeley, Amy Reeder, Declan Shalvey, and lord knows who else. Big event.
FRIDAY OCT 10
“i” is for frIday, apparently:
• 12.15pm: Image Comics: I is for Infinite in Room 1A14.
A panel talking about creative freedom and suchlike, along with Kieron Gillen, Megan Levens, Scott Snyder, and more.
• 2-3pm: Image Comics signing at booth #1544.
• 8pm-late: Image Comics / Multiversity / Hero Initiative Party.
Practically a New York tradition by now, held at Stitch on West 37th. Yes, you may buy me a drink. How kind.
SATURDAY OCT 11
Assuming I survive Friday.
• 12.30pm: Oni Press signing at booth #1928.
• 3pm: Avatar Press signing at booth #1920.
Signing FASHION BEAST, THE HYPOTHETICAL LIZARD, YUGGOTH CREATURES, etc. I’m told this is going to clash with both Max Brooks and Garth Ennis, so be prepared to fight your way through the seething masses.
• And of course I’ll be propping up various bars, karaoke rooms, and what have you over the course of the weekend. Hope to see you there.
• You can bring absolutely anything (of mine!) for me to sign, no matter how old, and no matter whose booth I’m sitting at.
• Yes, I will happily sign your videogame box inlays, too.
• I do not charge for signatures. But I really appreciate it when you buy a book.
• There’s no maximum item restriction, but if you bring lots of stuff and there’s a long line behind you, I may ask you to split your pile in half and stand on line twice.
Dave submitted this photo and one other with the comment
I am attaching a couple of photos, one is a dodgy looking group of Goths. Why are we inside and why don`t we have a proper tree I hear you asking ? Well thats because we are deep inside Antarctica at a British base called Rothera. O.K. so we have to manufacture our own trees but at least now , in the winter , we NEVER see the sun. I`ll send another one from the day we finally saw the last of the pesky sun. Love Dave
I actually laughed out loud when I opened the email containing this submission and I woke the dog up (no, that’s not a euphemism, the grumpy old pug scowled at me with typical goth-pug levels of scorn - I’ve trained her well).
The effort these Antarctic-dwelling goths have gone to is truly outstanding. They’re an example to all goths who think that just because you live somewhere with extreme temperatures and limited vegetation, let alone trees, you can’t get together for an up/around/vaguely near a tree photo now and then. It looks like there are only 3 goths up the tree, but the supporting cast are plentiful, of a high calibre and none of the goths are smiling (there’s guy there who is smiling but he’s clearly not a goth so I’m going to ignore him). They’ve even fashioned a headstone for in-cemetery points. The sun is never out in winter in Antarctica, which is clearly the perfect environment for goths. I’m very impressed. I nearly cracked a smile during my initial outburst of laughter but I have mastered the art of laughing without smiling.
4.99 out of 5 - Outstanding Antarctic goths
Is there is an Antarctic retreat for goths that nobody told me about, I’m going to be very cross.
One Does Not Simply Press X
If you’re the sort of person interested in this game, you already know what it is. So what I’ll tell you is that it absolutely lives up to its promise; from the moment I saw an early gameplay sample, I knew this would be a game that would shake things up — and that I wanted to work on.
And I can say how great it is without too much fear of bias, because while I did indeed work on the game, I was just one small part of a large team.
I worked on the ‘Nemesis system’, a major feature whereby enemies all have unique personalities, and the capability to remember their previous encounters with you. Suffice to say, if you get insulted by an Uruk before or after a fight — or even after they kill you! — there’s a good chance I wrote it. It was a lot of fun… and so is SHADOW OF MORDOR. Enjoy.
Last week, I was honoured to be invited on Comicosity’s The Hangout, a long-running video chat feature that’s played host to just about everyone who’s anyone in the industry in its time.
We were mostly talking about THE FUSE and UMBRAL, but — as anyone familiar with my podcast appearances over the years could probably guess — we wound up discussing a whole host of other topics, including my genre-hopping career, reactions to the recent discussions around feminism and representation (and why I write so many female lead characters), and more.