DragonCon is Nigh!

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Aug 292016
 

Jim’s stint as Literary Guest of Honor at DragonCon is nigh, and his panel is absolutely insane.  Hope you can join the fun in Atlanta this weekend!

Hosted Signing Event - Jim DC 2016

Title: Autograph Session with Badali Jewelry
Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Booths #2422 and 2424 (Length: 1 hour)
Notes: Free ticket required for signing. Email Badali Jewelry to receive an assigned signing time.

Title: Secrets of NYT Bestselling Writers
Description: Bestsellers don’t come easy. Writers share tips about breaking the barrier of the NYT Bestseller lists.
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Regency VI-VII – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jim Butcher, Nancy Knight, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Kevin J. Anderson, Mercedes Lackey)

Title: Autograph Session:
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: International Hall South – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Mari Mancusi, Sonia Orin Lyris, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Jim Butcher)

Title: The Butcher-McCaffrey Comedy Hour
Description: Two speculative fiction authors walk into a room. (Diametrically opposed? No!) They emerge having regaled us with wild tales of writerly shenanigans.
Time: Fri 08:30 pm Location: Imperial Ballroom – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jim Butcher, Todd McCaffrey)

Title: 15th Annual Dragon Con Parade
Description: Gather your costume and muster at 9:30am sharp to join our Grand Marshals for the parade!
Time: Sat 10:00 am Location: Parade – N/A (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Janny Wurts, Jim Butcher)

Title: Mighty Men of Fantasy and S/F
Description: These writers are tops in their fields. Come and hear their stories, advice and suggestions to help you along the way.
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Regency VI-VII – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jim Butcher, Nancy Knight, Mike Resnick, Brandon Winn Sanderson, Kevin J. Anderson, Eric Flint)

Title: An Hour with Jim Butcher
Description: Audience Q&A with the author of the Dresden Files, Cinder Spires, and Codex Alera series
Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: Peachtree Ballroom – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jim Butcher)

Title: Autograph Session:
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: International Hall South – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Danika Stone, Jody Lynn Nye, Esther Friesner, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher)

Title: Dragon Con Guest of Honor Banquet
Description: We honor our 2016 Guests of Honor and present the Eugie Foster Award for Short Fiction, the Julie Award and Hank Reinhardt Fandom Award.
Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: International North-South – Hyatt (Length: 2.5 Hours)
(Tentative Panelists: Jim Butcher, Stephan Martiniere, Suanne Braun)

Title: Celebrity Gaming with Pathfinder!
Description: Join our panel of voice actors and celebrity in our charity game with the designers of the popular Pathfinder game!
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Regency VI-VII – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jason Bulmahn, Jim Butcher, Richard Lord British Garriott de Cayeux, Ian S. Frazier, Monica Rial)

Title: Autograph Session:
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: International Hall South – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Michael Stackpole, E.C. Myers, David B. Coe, Jim Butcher)

Title: Cinder Spires: A Jim Butcher Q&A
Description: Q&A with award winning author Jim Butcher about his first steampunk book in the Cinder Spires trilogy: The Aeronaut’s Windlass. It tells the story of a disgraced airship captain and his accidental adventures with a group of new recruits. For Q&A regarding Dresden Files, see Urban Fantasy Track.
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: Centennial II-III – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jim Butcher)

Title: Autograph Session:
Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: International Hall South – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jim Butcher)

Title: Dangerous Beauty: The Fae
Description: Our panel of authors discuss the various depictions of the Fae, exploring how often the attractiveness displayed by the beings and their world mask an underlying layer of menace and peril.
Time: Mon 01:00 pm Location: Peachtree Ballroom – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Ted Naifeh, Tiffany Trent, Eric R. Asher, John G. Hartness)

 

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MALCon and More!

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Aug 122016
 

We have a lot to report on today, including this weekend’s convention schedule!

COMING SOON

Need to satisfy your Dresden fix? Issue 5 (of 6) of Wild Card comes out Wednesday the 17th, so why not use this weekend to catch up? This original comic pits Harry against the evil Puck, who is less of a “good fellow” than Shakespeare would have you believe.

Jim has also been rocking out a number of short stories, to be released in the coming months. “Day One,” a Butters-POV short story set after Skin Game, comes out this November in Shawn Speakman’s Unfettered II anthology.  Preorder your hardcover copy today, or snag the e-text closer to the release date.  He also finished a new Luccio-POV short story, “A Fistful of Warlocks,” for David Boop’s fantastical Old West anthology Straight Outta Tombstone. Release date TBA.  He also contributed a short story to Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International anthology, which is due out in 2017.

Beyond that, he continues to work on Peace Talks.  As always, you can check the status of his various projects on Jim’s Upcoming Works page.

ALERA AUDIO GOES INTERNATIONAL

At long last, the Codex Alera audiobooks are being released in the UK and Commonwealth territories!  Starting this month, fans overseas can get swept up in the same riveting performance from Kate Reading as their American counterparts.  Orbit UK will be releasing one book per month, starting on August 25 with Furies of Calderon.  Enjoy!

SUBTERRANTEAN PRESS ASK A SMALL FAVOR

Subterranean Press have opened preorders for their signed limited edition of Small Favor, book ten of the Dresden Files.  They’ve set aside copies for regular buyers of the series, but have enough copies so that anyone may order a copy at this time. If you’re of a mind, there’s also an option to pick up the last couple of volumes (Proven Guilty and White Night) at a special price.  The folks at SubPress use an upgraded paper for the books, along with a full color dust jacket and b&w interior illustrations by Vincent Chong.

ROUND ONE, FIGHT!

Jim will be a guest at Authors Combat Academy 2017! Author Christine Haggerty summarizes: “What is the Authors Combat Academy? It is THE authority on writing and fighting. This is not a conference for authors made up of panels with other authors. This is where you learn the nitty gritty facts from real crime scene investigators, cops, military professionals, and…(drum roll, please)…rental ninjas. Yes, I said ‘rental ninjas.’ These black belt and fighting professionals are available to fight through your scene or concept and give you a realistic sequence of action and all the words to write it.”

LIEGE OF ALL LOITERERS AND MALCONTENTS

This weekend, Jim reigns as Guest of Honor at MALCon/Myths and Legends Con in Denver!  His schedule is jam packed with ELEVEN panels, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see him.  From the con’s website:

Opening Ceremonies
Friday, 6:30 PM-6:55 PM, McAnallys Pub
Jim Butcher, Nikki Ebright, Nissa LaFete, Peri Charlifu, S. J. Tucker, Sean Patrick Fannon, The Doubleclicks, Tomas O’Dreams
Organizer Nikki Ebright welcomes everyone and introduces this year’s Guests of Honor.

VIP Speed Dating
Friday, 7:00 PM-7:50 PM, McAnallys Pub
Jim Butcher, Nissa LaFete, Peri Charlifu, S. J. Tucker, Sean Patrick Fannon, The Doubleclicks, Tomas O’Dreams
A FREE gathering of fans where the VIP and special guests visit YOUR tables just to meet YOU. Meet Jim Butcher, The Doubleclicks, Peri Charlifu and many more!

Gosh Darn Fiasco!
Saturday, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM, McAnallys Pub
Jim Butcher, Richard Malena, The Doubleclicks
Come watch Aubrey and Angela of The Doubleclicks (2016’s Musical Guests of Honor) play the crazy RPG game of Fiasco with a few other special guests. They’ll bring Richard to host; all you need to do is watch!

Merging Steampunk and Fantasy
Saturday, 7:00 PM-7:50 PM, Helms Deep
Carolyn Kay, Chaz Kemp, Jim Butcher, Quincy J. Allen
A discussion on laying the ground work for creating a believable world using the elements of both Steampunk and fantasy.

It Ain’t the Writing, It’s the Rewriting: The Power of Revision
Saturday, 10:00 PM-10:50 PM, Kings Landing
Travis Heermann, Ian Thomas Healy, Jim Butcher
Few first drafts are gold dripped upon the page, so how do we make them so?

How Not to Get Published
Saturday, 11:00 PM-11:50 PM, Helms Deep
Sam Knight, J.A. Campbell, Jim Butcher, Keith DeCandido
What are some of the pitfalls involved in the pursuit of a writing career; what are some of the gotchas and consequences? Authors talk about their experiences and, in some cases, how they’ve shot themselves in the foot.

Character Focused Storytelling
Sunday, 12:00 PM-12:50 PM, Helms Deep
Lou J Berger, Jim Butcher, Paul Lell
Theme, action, plot, or character driven; what do these mean, and what does character focused storytelling look like?

Discussing Combat in Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sunday, 2:00 PM-2:50 PM, Kings Landing
Ian Brazee-Cannon, Ian Thomas Healy, Jason Evans, Jim Butcher
The good, the bad, and the ugly scenes of combat and action in Science Fiction and Fantasy, including the differences between games, movies, and literature. Also a discussion of the morality and emotional impact both upon the audience and the characters involved.

Jim Butcher Q & A
Sunday, 3:00 PM-3:50 PM, McAnallys Pub
Jim Butcher
Question and answer session Jim Butcher. Ask him questions, and he may or may not answer them!

Closing Ceremonies
Sunday, 4:00 PM-4:30 PM, McAnallys Pub
Jim Butcher, Nikki Ebright, Nissa LaFete, Peri Charlifu, S. J. Tucker, Sean Patrick Fannon, The Doubleclicks, Tomas O’Dreams
Come recap the weekend, relive the highlights, hear a few closing words from some of our guests, and say goodbye for another.

You can also check out Jim’s fiancee Kitty Krell’s two panels:

Corsets Q&A: Tightlacing, Waist Training, and Myths
Sunday, 12:00 PM-12:50 PM, Kings Landing
Kitty Krell, Cynthia Settje
This panel will answer any and all questions regarding corsets, materials, fit, construction, what to look for when buying, as well as addressing common myths.

Costuming 101
Friday, 8:00 PM-8:50 PM, The Shire
Erin Card, Ian Brazee-Cannon, Kitty Krell, Tonya L. De Marco
How do you get into costuming and cosplay? What you need to know to decide which cosplay to make, how to research for the project, how to find or make wigs, props, clothing, armor, etc, and finally, how to take care of yourself and others while in costume. Great for beginners and those in a rut that need a little push back into the hobby!

And that’s all the news that’s fit to print! Enjoy.

Geeks Doing Good

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Jun 102016
 

It’s that time again!  Jim Butcher has teamed up with Pat Rothfuss’ spectacular Worldbuilders coterie to fuse awesome swag with charitable endeavors. For a limited time, you can score a wizardly “Parkour!!” shirt by chipping into their Geeks Doing Good summer fundraiser.

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There are also fabulous designs inspired by Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle, the Rat Queens graphic novel, the magnificent insanity of Sam Sykes, and more!  Grab a Dracchus plushie, Auri’s soap, a Foxen nightlight, Kvothe’s cloak, and all manner of other nerdful delights through their IndieGogo, and help Worldbuilders make our planet a better place!  This fundraiser ends Monday, June 13th, so act quickly!

Jim returns to Sweden!

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Jun 032016
 

Jim is returning to Sweden! Come see him in Stockholm and Göteborg later this month.

Science Fiction Bokhandeln, Stockholm
Monday, June 13th, at 5 PM
Västerlånggatan 48, 11129 Stockholm, Sweden
http://www.jimbutcheronline.com/bb/index.php/topic,47779.0.html

Science Fiction Bokhandeln, Göteborg
Saturday, June 18th, at 4:30pm
Kungsgatan 19, Göteborg, Sweden
http://www.jimbutcheronline.com/bb/index.php/topic,47780.0.html

Curious as to when Jim will be touring near you? His full 2016 events schedule is available on the forum.

Hugo Announcement, More Wild Card, Con Update, and Kickstarter Reminder!

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May 172016
 

Lots to announce today!

As you may have already heard, The Aeronaut’s Windlass was nominated for Best Novel in the 2016 Hugo Awards!  This makes his third nomination, after Skin Game was tapped for Best Novel in 2015 and Welcome to the Jungle was short-listed for Best Graphic Story in 2009.  Jim’s fellow contenders are some of the most loved in the genre–Ann Leckie, N.K. Jemisin, Neal Stephenson, and Naomi Novik–so best of luck to all!  If you want to cast your vote in this or any category, you can register here.

Next, the Dresden Files Cooperative Card Came (or DFCO) Kickstarter ends in 48 hours!  For those late to the game, here’s a convenient summary of what each pledge level gets you!  You can read about the campaign in greater detail on the main page.

Also, we want to remind you of some upcoming conventions.  Jim has three more cons announced for this year, the first of which is this weekend!  Folks in the Kansas City area can meet him and get books signed at Planet Comicon this Friday through Sunday, then fans in Denver and Atlanta get their turn in mid-August and early September with Myths and Legends Con and DragonCon, respectively.  His schedule for this weekend is below.

FRIDAY, MAY 20th:
12pm – 2pm: Celebrity Area
3pm – 5pm: Wordfire Booth (#723)

SATURDAY, MAY 21st:
10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Celebrity Area
2pm – 4pm: Wordfire Booth (#723)

SUNDAY, MAY 22nd:
11am – 1pm: Wordfire Booth (#723)
2pm – 4pm: Celebrity Area

Finally, Issue #2 of the Wild Card graphic novel hits stores tomorrow!  Check out a five-page preview at Comic Book Resources, then snag a copy at your favorite local independent comics shop.

As always, you can keep informed about upcoming release dates at Jim’s Upcoming Works page.