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April Fool’s Roundup and Schedule Updates

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Apr 022017
 

We hope you all had a fun and safe April Fool’s Day! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to put together our own prank in time (Priscilla writes them each year, and this year she was maid of honor for her sister’s wedding), but here’s a compilation of our previous goofs:

2016 — Dresden Files Special Edition
2015 — Dresden Novels on Hiatus
2014 — Dresden Files coming to Broadway
2012 — Bigfoot Paranormal Romance
2011 — Fool Moon comic reboot and Li’l Harry Adventures

Also, we have a few updates to our last post on Jim’s 2017 schedule!

Not sure how we got our wires crossed, but the Friends of the Library meeting later this month is open to all! They say, “The Friends are encouraging the public to attend Thursday’s event. It is free and open to the public, and we really hope for a huge turn-out. When Jim was here previously, we had folks from several states away attend. A real thrill for us! Our whole idea with these events is to raise awareness of our library and of authors with Missouri connections, so the more the merrier!” Come one, come all!

Next, we were told the wrong location for Fried Pie Con. As some of you may noticed, there is no Books-A-Million in that area! The correct store name is Charles & 2nd, but the address is still the same: 1 W Flatiron Crossing Dr., Ste 332, Broomfield, CO 80021.

Also, we can finally announce Jim’s Top Secret September Con Event: Jim will be returning to DragonCon! DragonCon is held Labor Day Weekend, September 1st-4th. We don’t have his full schedule yet, but he will definitely have a signing at the Badali Jewelry booth. He will also have signings with Badali at Phoenix Comicon and Salt Lake City Comicon.

Hope to see you!

New Events and Cage Match!

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Mar 232017
 

Two new bits of news today!

First, Harry has been cleaning up the Nevernever in Unbound Worlds’ 2016 Fantasy Cage Match, but he’s starting to lose his early lead in his matchup with Devi of Pat Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle. We know there’s a lot of overlap in Jim and Pat’s fandoms (plus a lot of mutual admiration between the two authors), so competition should be fierce. Cast your vote for whichever character you think should win, and have fun!

You can also cast a ballot in matchups between Tom Bombadill (JRR Tolkien) and Mr. Wednesday (Neil Gaiman), Ragnar Volarus (Pierce Brown) and Kell Maresh (V.E. Schwab), and Georgia Mason (Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire) and Suri (Michael J Sullivan).

If you want to make your voice heard, act fast! This round ends midnight tonight on the west coast.

Second, we have new 2017 events to announce! Here’s Jim’s full travel schedule for the year, as it currently stands.

4/15/17, 1-3pm:
Fried Pie Con at Books-A-Million
1 W Flatiron Crossing Dr
Broomfield, CO
This is an in-store comic book con where Jim will be signing comics.

4/27/17:
Friends of the Howard County Library organization annual meeting
Fayette, MO
This is a PRIVATE event in which Jim will be the guest speaker.
Members of the public can attend his signing the next day:

4/28/17, 7-9pm:
Barnes and Noble Columbia Mall
2208 Bernadette Dr
Columbia, MO

5/12/17-5/14/17:
Houston Comicpalooza
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, TX

5/25/17-5/28/17:
Phoenix Comicon
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ

Placeholder for one more con in early September!

9/21/17-9/23/17:
Salt Lake City Comic Con
Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center
100 S W Temple St
Salt Lake City, UT

Jim’s assistant wishes us to announce that Jim’s 2017 and 2018 calendars are currently filled, but invitations for 2019 may still be sent. Check our FAQ for details.

New Dates and Special Editions

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Feb 062017
 

We have release dates for you! Not the one you’ve been hounding us for (Jim is still writing Peace Talks–no ETA), but for some great projects that will help ease the wait.

First, Subterranean Press’ illustrated special edition of Small Favor is in stock and shipping. They still have a few copies of their Limited Edition up for grabs, so act fast!

We’d announced previously that the Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game is slated for March 2017, but now that it’s right around the corner, we figured a reminder couldn’t hurt! Grab some friends and answer the ultimate what-if scenario: what if Harry was on the scene with allies who weren’t there in the original story? Pre-order it through your favorite local independent gaming store!

UPDATE: Evil Hat has contacted us to let us know that the game is shipping to Kickstarter backers in March, and starts its public preorder on their website in a few weeks, but it does not actually release to game stores until June.

Next, in June, Shawn Speakman is publishing a gorgeous special edition of the Shadowed Souls anthology, featuring the Molly-POV story “Cold Case,” about her first mission in her new role post-Cold Days. And if those special editions are a bit beyond the budget, you can still buy a print of Chris McGrath’s riveting cover art from his website.

Then get excited, because Straight Outta Tombstone, the David Boop anthology featuring Jim’s story “A Fistful of Warlocks,” hits stores July 4th. Luccio fighting necromancers in the Wild West? Yes, please.

July should also see the release of The Dresden Files Accelerated RPG (aka DFAE), which merges the wizardly awesomeness of the Dresden Files RPG with the sleek, story-based, rules-lite Fate Accelerated system.

Also upcoming:

The next comic, Dog Man, is now in the script phase. It will be adapted by Mark Powers and pencilled by Diego Galindo. No release date yet.

“Small Problems”, a short story for Larry Correia and Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s upcoming Monster Hunter International anthology. Due out some time in 2017.

Enjoy! As always, you can consult our Upcoming Works page for all your release date-related needs. Bring on 2017!

Holiday Shopping Roundup!

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Nov 302016
 

Looking for gift ideas for the fantasy fan in your life, or wondering what to ask the Erlking for in this year’s yuletide Wild Hunt? We’ve got you covered!
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DAY ONE, DAYS EARLY

To our surprise, Unfettered II has been released in Kindle format early! This anthology edited by Shawn Speakman features the Butters-POV story “Day One,” which takes place shortly after Skin Game. If you prefer hardcover, you don’t have long to wait–it’s due out December 6th.

WORLDBUILDERS

Jim and the Dresden Files are well represented in Worldbuilders this year. For those new to the blog, Worldbuilders is a charity run by Patrick Rothfuss to benefit Heifer International, which combats global poverty and hunger. Fans will be delighted to see the Parkour shirt from last spring’s “Geeks Doing Good” fundraiser is now available to the masses, and you can donate to the Worldbuilders lottery for a chance to win a massive set of Pat’s 40 favorite fantasy books and series, which includes paperbacks of the novels through Ghost Story. Keep an eye on Pat’s blog for more exciting opportunities to score awesome swag while saving the world!

BADALI JEWELRY

Our friends at Badali Jewelry have been massive supporters of Worldbuilders from the beginning, and this year, when you use the coupon code WBLD15, they’ll give you $10 off and donate 10% of your entire purchase to Worldbuilders. Badali are the official jewelers of the Dresden Files, and their gorgeous wares include Harry’s shield bracelet, pentacle necklace, force rings, and Winter Knight ice opal earring. They also have Good Bob and Evil Bob pendants, which are a delight. They also just added a Lasciel piece, available as a coin or on a necklace! Be sure to check out their website to peruse the full list of new licensed added this year. If you dig Jim’s work, you’re sure to love a whole slew of their other properties.

NEW DFCO PRINTS

Tyler Walpole, the artist for Evil Hat’s upcoming Dresden Files Co-Op card game, has released a set of prints of his artwork for the game, seen at the top of this post. Choose Harry, Michael, Murphy, or some permutation of all three!

Each illustration is available in two sizes (8×10″ or 11×14″), printed photographically on Fuji Professional Crystal Archive Super Type silver halide papers and processed in Fuji Professional Digital RA-4 Chemistry. Prints of each size are limited to only 100 copies and signed-and-numbered by the artist.

FANTASY MAPS

Priscilla Spencer (me!)–mapmaker to Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin Hearne, and many more of your favorite fantasists–is offering 10% off map posters with the code HOLIDAY16. All holiday orders MUST be placed by December 5th.

REMINDER

Beyond that, you can always find a wealth of treats for yourself and every fantasy geek on your list at our store. If you haven’t already, you can pick up the Paranet Papers expansion to the Dresden RPG, the new graphic novel Wild Card, the Shadowed Souls anthology (featuring the Molly story “Cold Case”), and the Unfettered II anthology (featuring the Butters story “Day One”).

New Anthology Day, Unfettered News, and Birthday Sale!

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Oct 312016
 

HAPPY (EARLY) BOOKDAY, SHADOWED SOULS!

Tomorrow sees the release of the anthology Shadowed Souls, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes and featuring stories by Jim, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J Anderson, Rob Thurman, and more.  Jim’s entry is a Molly-POV story about her first job following the events of Cold Days, so if you haven’t read that book yet, beware of MAJOR spoilers.  You can snag your copy in a variety of formats from our store or your favorite independent bookstore!

Also, if you haven’t picked up your copy of the new Wild Card graphic novel, which was released last week, you may want to check that out as well.  Wild Card pits Harry and Murphy against the treacherous faerie Puck, who is less of a “good fellow” than Shakespeare would have you believe.

RELEASE DATE AND COVER REVEAL FOR UNFETTERED II

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The upcoming Unfettered II, edited by Shawn Speakman, now has a cover and a release date: December 6th!  This anthology includes Jim’s Butters-POV short story Day One, about our favorite polka enthusiast’s first mission after the events of Skin Game.  Check out the full table of contents here, which includes titans of the genre like Charlaine Harris, Brandon Sanderson, Naomi Novik, and Seanan McGuire! Preorder your hardcover here. Hopefully, it will soon be made available in ebook and audio format as well.

BADALI BIRTHDAY SALE ENDS TONIGHT

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On the last day of Badali Jewelry’s Harry Dresden Birthday Sale, you can take 15% off your entire purchase, including sale items! Use coupon code ‘BOO’ at check out!

Badali are the officially licensed jewelers for works by Jim Butcher, Brandon Sanderson, Gail Carriger, Patrick Rothfuss, Kevin Hearne, JRR Tolkien, and many more of your favorite writers.  They’ve put their entire line of Dresden Files jewelry on sale, plus a fantastic selection of their other supernatural-themed pieces. Check it out and save big!