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Jim’s Obi-Wan Has a New Book • Early 2016 Appearances • And More!

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Jan 072016
 

WHEN’S THE NEXT…

First things first! Many of you reply to each post we make asking when the next book is coming out. For once, we’re getting ahead of you on this one: we’ve launched a new page on the site that gives you the status on all upcoming works that we know about. Check it out here: http://www.jim-butcher.com/faq/upcoming-works

TWO CONVENTION APPEARANCES EARLY THIS YEAR

Jim will be attending CoSine in Colorado Springs this January 22nd – 24th (http://www.firstfridayfandom.org/cosine/), and the Superstars Writing Academy February 4th – 6th (http://superstarswriting.com/).

EVIL HAT HAS A NEW RPG KICKSTARTER COMING UP

Dresden Files RPG (and, eventually, card game) publisher Evil Hat Productions has given a preview of their upcoming Fate More Kickstarter campaign this week. It launches next week. If you’re a fan of theirs and their games, it’s well worth checking out! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/evilhat/496379176?token=4fce3954

JIM’S OBI-WAN HAS A NEW BOOK ON WRITING

The Fantasy Fiction FormulaYou may not have heard of Deborah Chester before, but you should. As his novel-writing program professor when he was at the University of Oklahoma, she was the Jedi Master to Jim’s Padawan, teaching him nearly all of the underpinning techniques that make up his writing craft. Our Jim is strong with the Write Side of the Force, of course, but he credits Prof. Chester with much of his success.

Which leads us to The Fantasy Fiction Formula, a new book for authors and aspiring writers in genre fiction, from Manchester University Press. Here’s the description:

There’s more to writing a successful fantasy story than building a unique world or inventing a new type of magic. From the writing of strong, action-packed scenes to the creation of dynamic, multi-dimensional characters, fantasy author Deborah Chester guides novices and intermediate writers through a step-by-step process of story construction. Whether offering tips on how to test a plot premise or survive what she calls the dark dismal middle, Chester shares the techniques she uses in writing her own novels. Examples drawn from both traditional and urban fantasy illustrate her nuts-and-bolts approach to elemental story design.

With a foreword by New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher, who studied writing in Chester’s classes at the University of Oklahoma, The fantasy fiction formula delivers a practical, proven approach to writing fantasy like a pro.

And Jim had this to say: “Listen carefully to what Debbie has to say about telling stories, aspiring writer. She knows exactly what she’s talking about.”

If you’re looking to learn at the feet of Jim’s master — check out The Fantasy Fiction Formula when it’s released Feb 1st! You can learn more about it at the Manchester University Press site.

 

 Posted by on 2016/01/07 at 11:01 am

Dresden Files Graphic Novel Omnibus Now Available

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Jun 252015
 

DresdenOmniVol1TPCovThe Dresden Files Vol 1 Omnibus TP  is in stores today!   It collects three complete comic book story arcs, including the exclusive-for-comics tale, “Welcome to the Jungle”, and the adaptations of the universe-defining “Storm Front” and “Fool Moon” novels.

Go to your local retailer to get it; to find a comic shop near you dial 1-888-COMIC-BOOK. Or get it online from your favorite comics or bookseller…

From Dynamite: http://dynamite.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?PRO=C1606906631&affiliate=8443687

Or from one of our affiliates: http://www.jim-butcher.com/store/?series=The+Dresden+Files+Graphic+Novel+Series

 Posted by on 2015/06/25 at 3:25 pm

Jim at Denver Comic Con with Gemr Charity Event

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May 182015
 

This Memorial Day weekend, Jim will be out at Denver Comic Con signing autographs and discussing his upcoming Cinder Spire series.  This time, we’re doing things a bit different.  Jim will also be signing autographs at the Gemr booth #341.  Gemr is a new social site for collectors to share whatever it is they collect with other like minded folks.  You can also buy and sell on the site.  They’re a start up based out of New Hampshire and have been live since January.  Why should you care about some start-up based out of New Hampshire?  For every person that signs up to their site via this link http://gemr.it/1JFmFqu, Gemr is going to donate $2.00 to the Missouri Pit Bull Rescue, a charity that is doing awesome things to rehab abused pit bulls and also educate the public on an often misunderstood breed.

Also, if you want to effectively double the amount that Gemr will be donating on your behalf, all you have to do is upload two additional items to the site.  Gemr will be donating $1.00 for each additional item, up to $2.00 extra.  That’s an opportunity to donate $4.00 to a charity just by signing up.

If you want to get something signed by Jim, or even just get a picture, swing by the Gemr booth, again booth #341, and sign up.  They’ll be handing out tickets to the first 110 people that get there each day looking to get something signed (so Jim can have plenty of time to chat with folks as he’s signing).  Here are the times that Jim will be at the booth each day:

  • Saturday the 23rd – 5:30pm
  • Sunday the 24th – 4:00pm
  • Monday the 25th – 1:00pm.

If you want to read more about what the folks at Gemr are going to be doing at the show, you can check out their blog post here.

Again – to have your sign up count for donation purposes, be sure to click this link here http://gemr.it/1JFmFqu and it will take you over to their page!

 Posted by on 2015/05/18 at 10:35 am

Paranet Papers Preorder Launches – Down Town #2 Drops – and Jim’s Going to the UK

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Mar 112015
 

Hail, faithful citizens of Jimlandia! We’ve got a trio of news items for you today.

Paranet-Front-Cover-Image-900pxParanet Papers Preorder Begins!

Evil Hat Productions’ Dresden Files RPG supplement, The Paranet Papers, is in preorder now! If you preorder the book today, you’ll get the PDF as a free extra right away (as soon as your payment clears).

Better yet, if you’d prefer to support your local game store by preordering the book from them, the same offer exists! Point your FLGS of choice at this run-down of how to make it happen — or keep your receipt from the preorder and contact Evil Hat to get the PDF direct from them.

The PDF is only available as part of a preorder of the physical book right now. Evil Hat says they’ll release the PDF as a stand-alone product closer to the book’s shipping date in June.

DresdenDowntown02CovSejicDown Town #2 Lands Today

Harry and Molly’s battle against sorcerer and slime continues today with the second issue of Down Town, an original comic story from Jim Butcher & Mark Powers.

Something large, ruthless and possessed of supernatural power is smashing its way through Chicago-not to mention some of its residents. Harry and Molly are desperate to end its trail of destruction, but first they need to figure out what the blasted thing is.

Further complicating matters is the involvement of “Gentleman” Johnny Marcone, the city’s most powerful mob boss and recent signatory of the Unseelie Accords. Marcone is determined to find the creature, too—and if he has to go through Harry, so be it.

Read the details and catch a preview of the first few pages over at Dynamite’s site.

skin-game-for-blog-250x395Jim Hits the UK and Hopefully It Doesn’t Hit Back

We have a tentative itinerary for Jim’s first trip to the UK (and a little bit of elsewhere).

Jim will be appearing, along with Seanan Mcguire and other guests of honor, at Eastercon 2015 from April 3rd to April 6th. Learn more details over at the Dysprosium/Eastercon 2015 website!

For up-to-date information about his appearance at bookstores in the UK, please check out this post on Orbit, covering appearances at Forbidden Planet London, Waterstones Deansgate Manchester, and Waterstones Liverpool One from April 7th to the 9th. Other dates or adjustments may show up on the schedule, so make sure to sign up for updates over at Orbit if you’re looking to catch Jim while he’s there.

We also hear he’ll be flying over to Sweden afterwards, making appearances at SF Bokhandeln in Stockholm on April 11th, and SF Bokhandeln in Gothenburg on the 12th. Both should be evening-ish appearances, but you’ll need to contact the bookstores themselves to get confirmation of the schedule at this time.

That’s it for today — we’ll update you when we learn more. Long live Jimlandia!

 

 Posted by on 2015/03/11 at 10:42 am

The Dresden Files RPG: Paranet Papers Release Date!

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Feb 262015
 

Paranet-Front-Cover-Image-900pxEvil Hat Productions, publishers of the multi-award-winning Dresden Files RPG, have let us know that they finally have a release date for the long-awaited Paranet Papers supplement — and it’s soon!

Evil Hat expects to see the book reach retail stores by June 1st of this year. This book is a beast—it’ll clock in at 372 pages, almost as big as volume one of the RPG—and gorgeous as heck (you can download a preview at that link).

 

Evil Hat also tells us they’ll be running an instant content preorder for the book starting sometime in March (probably after their current Kickstarter concludes). An instant content preorder works like this: you order the physical book now, and they send you the PDF of the book right away and the physical book when it’s ready in June. Evil Hat will be inviting retail game stores to participate in the instant content preorder as well, via the Bits & Mortar website.

Here are the details about the book:

Stand together against the darkness…

In Jim Butcher’s bestselling Dresden Files books, the forces of good bond together into an organization called the Paranet in a desperate attempt to turn the tides of their equally desperate war against big baddies like the Fomor and the Denarians. Now you can bring the Paranet to your Dresden Files RPG game with the Paranet Papers supplement.

Travel to exotic locations like Las Vegas and South America to fight evil. Team up with characters from Turn Coat and Changes to fight evil. Join up with other Paranetters to…well, you get the picture.

The Dresden Files RPG Volume 3: Paranet Papers includes the following material:

  • Updated information through the Dresden Files novel Changes, with hints of Ghost Story
  • Detailed information on four key Dresdenverse times and places: Las Vegas, the Russian Revolution, the Neverglades, and Las Tierras Rojas/the Red Lands
  • Detailed rules and setting information for navigating the spirit world known as the Nevernever
  • Updated magical systems, including new material on soulfire, sponsorship, and thaumaturgy
  • New and updated creatures to populate your game, including demons, archangels, creatures of the Nevernever, and scions
  • Character updates and new characters introduced to the Dresdenverse

Turned LeftThe Paranet Papers. Because playing a wizard wasn’t dangerous enough already.

And speaking of Evil Hat, they’re running a Kickstarter campaign right now for Don’t Turn Your Back, a board game set in their delightfully creepy Don’t Rest Your Head setting. Fans of horror, urban fantasy, and dark dreams will want to check this one out for its psychedelic flavor. The campaign ends on March 4th, so don’t wait too long to check this one out!

In other Jim-related news, unfortunately we have to report that the upcoming NSU events in Oklahoma in two weeks have been canceled due to a family issue. Here are the new dates for the NSU events:

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1-2 p.m.: NSU Tahlequah Webb Auditorium
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6-7 p.m.: NSU Tahlequah Webb Auditorium
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1-2 p.m.: NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6-7 p.m.: NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium

Looking for somewhere to talk about the Dresden Files RPG? Don’t forget we have a thriving DFRPG discussion area on Jim’s forum. See you there!

 Posted by on 2015/02/26 at 9:00 am