My 2013 Convention season starts in earnest with Emerald City Comicon in Seattle from March 1st to 3rd! This is BY FAR the biggest con I've ever sold books at (seriously, they had 53,000 people last year), so I'm not really sure what to expect, but I'm all giddy and excited about it. Tickets are sold out online, but I know that comic shops still have them, so check your local store. Patrick Stewart! Gillian Anderson! Carrie Fisher! Adam West AND Burt Ward! So many guests, including like ALL of my favorite comic people! You can find a map to my table in Artists Alley here, although clicking that link is probably fairly pointless, because if you've ever been to ECCC, you know that once you walk into that exhibition hall all of space and time warps around you into a giant clusterfuck of AWESOME, and your best bet is just to wander aimlessly until you see my chainsaw bunny banner. Whee!
This Sunday, January 27, is Zombie Apocalypse Day right here in my neighborhood of Ballard (in North Seattle for the non Puget-Sounders among you). It's a free, family-friendly disaster preparedness expo at the Ballard Community Center from noon to 6 pm, and I'll be there selling books (and signing them, for any of you who've been holding on to your copy just waiting to get my autograph YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE).
The idea is to have some fun learning about ACTUAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, since most of the things you'd do to prepare for a zombie apocalypse would be useful for pretty much any natural disaster (weapons and ammunition, obviously to varying degrees depending on the level of societal breakdown, but the chainsaws would be super handy in dealing with a backyard full of trees toppled during an earthquake, IN ADDITION TO THE REANIMATED DEAD).
On hand will be:
I'll also be reading from Zombocalypse Now at 4 pm, and we'll be doing the choices by audience vote, so come help us navigate our stuffed bunny to safe ground. Seriously, I'm super worried that no one will come to my reading, so I'd be overjoyed to see you there!
Okay, I'm in the OTHER Portland, over in Maine, y'all. It's kind of awesome, because both Maine and my home state of Washington voted for marriage equality on Tuesday, so all I have to do is swing down to Maryland on the way back (I had a layover in Newark so I guess I was pretty close) and it'll be perfect trifecta.
Anyway, the moral of this story is that, newly same-sex engaged or not, if if you're in Portland hopefully you'll come out to the Doubletree Saturday or Sunday and see me at Coast City Comicon! I've got free buttons to give away and new prints to sell, and I donated a couple of books for door prizes, so if you're incredibly lucky you may eve score a free copy just for showing up.Plus, one of the guys from MST3k will be there, and the guy who does the awesome and hilarious Our Valued Customers! You should totally come!
I'll be in Portland, Oregon this weekend for Orycon, a three-day celebration of all things sci-fi. I love Portland, and get down there as often as I can, so this con is a no-brainer for me. Oh, also: I was totally BORN in Portland! Even though my family moved away almost immediately! So that's cool!
If you're heading to the con, come by and see me in the dealer room, and maybe pick up a book or one of the awesome new chainsaw bunny prints I'm debuting this weekend. But if you can't make it to Orycon proper, you can still swing by Powell's in Beaverton on Sunday from 4:30 - 6pm for SF Authorfest 6! There will be 23 authors signing books for the event, and I'm one of 'em. They do it every year in conjunction with Orycon, and it's a fantastic way to meet and greet most of the amazing writers that Orycon brings out, even if you can't get to the convention itself.
Oh, and for anyone who got sad because they thought the above headline was referring to that other Portland over in Maine, no worries: I'll be there too! Coast to coast, baby. The following weekend is Coast City Comicon, and it'll be the farthest I've ever flung to go to one of these things.
More on that next week!
I just confirmed that I'll be in Spokane this weekend for Little Con of Horrors, a first-year Halloween horror & comic show at Spokane Community College on Sunday from 10 - 4. Admission is only $3 (or two bucks with a can of food for charity), so come out and say hi! It's the con that will scare your mom!
The crazy-ass cavalcade of conventions continues: this Saturday it's Bellingham Comicon. I'm new to this one too, but it sounds like they put on a pretty great show. So if you're a Bellinghamster I hope to see you there (and maybe some Vancouver folks that I missed at he Mega Con? I guess it's only like an hour away.)
Knowing myself as I do, it seems unlikely that I'll remember to take any photos, but if I do you'll be able to find them here.