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New Shirt and Games Ready for Ordering!

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Jun 112017
 

McANALLY’S SHIRT VIA GEEKS DOING GOOD

Worldbuilders’ annual “Geeks Doing Good” fundraiser has another Dresden shirt in the mix, this time promoting everybody’s favorite accorded neutral territory, McAnally’s! Grab a steak sandwich, crack open one of Mac’s Special Dark brews, and help fight global poverty.

McAnally's Pub Shirt

The fundraiser also includes items inspired by fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicle and Iron Druid Chronicles; authors Myke Cole and Holly Black; and graphic novels Bitch Planet, Rat Queens, and Sex Criminals.

This charity drive ends TOMORROW, June 12th, so act quickly! If last year’s timetable is any indication, it’ll take several months for the shirt to be available for sale again after this fundraiser ends. All proceeds go to the Worldbuilders charity benefitting Heifer International.

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PHXCC PANELS

We have video of Jim’s panels at Phoenix Comicon! Check out the full playlist.

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NEW GAMES SHIPPING SOON

The public release date of Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game and Dresden Files Accelerated is right around the corner, with both debuting at the Origins convention next weekend! If you’re there, come by the Indie Press Revolution booth (#129) to have a chat or get an in-person demo of the game. They’ll have multiple tables and are starting demos every half hour.

If you’re not coming to Origins, you can pick up a copy at your favorite gaming store after the 14th or order through the Evil Hat online store: Dresden Accelerated and DFCO.

You can also get a sneak peek at the upcoming DFCO app!

Phoenix Comicon Schedule

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May 192017
 

Jim had a great time meeting folks at his recent signings in Fayette and Columbia, Missouri, and next week he’s headed down to Phoenix Comicon!

Here’s his PHXCC schedule:

Wednesday, May 24th:

7pm: Elevengeddon at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort
6333 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
A Sci-Fi author extravaganza featuring Sam Sykes (host), Elizabeth Bear, Jim Butcher, Beth Cato, Wesley Chu, Myke Cole, Ryan Dalton, Robin Hobb, Jason Hough, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gini Koch, Tom Leveen, Scott Lynch, Melissa Marr, Brian McClellan, Amy Nichols, Alexandra Olivia, Aprilynne Pike, Rob Reid, Victoria Schwab, Scott Sigler, Alan Smale, Michael Stackpole, and Dan Wells. You do NOT have to be a PHXCC badge holder to attend.

Thursday, May 25th:

12pm – 1pm: Con Signing (North 125AB)

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Between the Cacti: Jim Butcher and Pierce Brown (North 125AB)
The creator of the Dresden Files, Jim Butcher, and the leader of the Howlers himself, Red Rising author Pierce Brown have a chat Between the Cacti about their writing influences, inspirations, and whatever else they feel like talking about.

Friday, May 26th:

10:30am – 11:30: Spotlight Q&A: Jim Butcher (North 122ABC)

1pm – 2pm: Signing for Bard’s Tower (Booth 1466)

3pm – 4pm: Not My Sandbox: Writing in Other Creator’s Worlds (North 126AB)
Writing is hard enough, but what about when you have to do it in someone else’s world and have additional rules/overseers on your creative freedom? These authors know exactly what it feels like to play in a sandbox not their own and share their tips and insights on how to play nicely.
Panelists: Timothy Zahn, Alan Dean Foster, Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Butcher, Claudia Gray, Jason M. Hough

4:30pm – 5:30pm: Signing for Badali Jewelry (Booth 1696)
A free ticket is required. They may be picked up at Badali’s booth (1696 and 1698) at any point during the convention or by emailing badalijewelry@badalijewelry.com before the con.

Saturday, May 27th:

10:30am – 11:30am: Writing Rogues II (North 126AB)
What makes a great rogue…no we don’t necessarily mean a thief, but maybe a thief with panache. How to you write a rogue with a conscience that resonates with the reader? Come hear from the authors who created some of our most-loved and irascible rogues.
Panelists: Jim Butcher, Pierce Brown, Sam Sykes, Scott Lynch, Wesley Chu, Brian McClellan, Bradley P. Beaulieu, V.E. Schwab

12pm – 1pm: Con Signing (Exhibitor Hall Author Signing)

1:30pm – 2:30pm: All Things Steampunk (North 126AB)
Steampunk in literature can cross boundaries, bend genders, and most certainly has the best costuming! These steampunk authors share their experiences writing in this increasingly popular genre.
Panelists: Kevin J. Anderson, Quincy J. Allen, Elizabeth Bear, Beth Cato, Jim Butcher, Alan Smale

4pm – 5pm : Signing for Bard’s Tower (Booth 1466)

Sunday, May 28th:

11:30am – 12:30pm: Signing for Badali Jewelry (Booth 1696)
A free ticket is required. They may be picked up at Badali’s booth (1696 and 1698) at any point during the convention or by emailing badalijewelry@badalijewelry.com before the con.

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Bring Back Aliens (North 126AB)
Aliens are awesome and were a main protagonist in science fiction, but it seems like they have taken a backseat lately. Sure they are alien races and sometimes they are aggressive, but we are talking about some grade A, nasty, destroy the planet and species aliens here. Where have they gone, what can be done to bring them back, or are the really nasty ones just hiding in the pages of an undiscovered book? We will try to answer these questions and then some.
Panelists: Timothy Zahn, Elizabeth Bear, Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Butcher, L.J. Hachmeister, Michael Stackpole

3pm – 4pm: Creating Detectives (North 126AB)
What makes a perfect, or perfectly flawed, detective? These authors know all the ins and outs and are ready to share their insights with you.
Panelists: Jim Butcher, Kevin J. Anderson, Quincy J. Allen

Folks may also be interested in attending Priscilla Spencer’s (me!) panel on Fantasy Mapmaking on Thursday! It doesn’t conflict with any of Jim’s events (in fact, he’ll be cheering me on from the audience because he is a Grade A Friend and Excellent Human Being), so I hope to see you there.

Houston Comicpalooza Schedule

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May 072017
 

First, a quick note: we have release dates for two upcoming projects. The first issue of the “Dog Man” graphic novel hits stores June 14th, and the Monster Hunter anthology Jim contributed to comes out October 3rd! Check out the full slate of Upcoming Works here.

Next, we have Jim’s schedule for Houston Comicpalooza!

Much to our delight, Jim will be joined our friend Michael Ashleigh Finn (aka Mickey Finn) on two of his panels. Mickey has been a major figure of the Butcher fandom for over a decade, and he serves as a beta, a forum moderator, and a Thematic Consultant on the Dresden Files comic. He’s also an accomplished writer in his own right, contributing stories to Dirty Magick: New Orleans and Dirty Magick: Los Angeles, and is producer, host, and sound editor on the Gentlemen Nerds podcast. Come say hi!

Friday, May 12th:

11:30 – 12:30pm — The Writer’s Guide to Crossing Genres
Panelists: Jim Butcher, Tex Thompson, Michelle Muenzler, with moderator C. Stuart Hardwick

2:30 – 3:30pm — Is That Steampunk, or Did You Just Glue Some Gears on Your Hat?
Panelists: Jim Butcher, George Wright Padgett, Michael Ashleigh Finn, with moderator Rick Klaw

4:00 – 5:00pm — AUTOGRAPH SESSION

5:30 – 6:30pm — Folklore and Mythology for Writers
Panelists: Jim Butcher, Carrie Patel, C. Robert Cargill, with moderator Michael Wilson

Saturday, May 13th

10:00 – 11:00am — Teaching Old Tropes New Tricks
Panelists: Jim Butcher, Lev Grossman, William Ledbetter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, with moderator Tex Thompson hthog

1:00 – 2:00pm — Working on Novels vs. Comics (Bigger Room)
Panelists: Jim Butcher, Mat Johnson, with moderator Michael Ashleigh Finn

2:30 – 3:30 — AUTOGRAPH SESSION

Sunday, May 14th

11:30 – 12:30pm — Writing in the Fantasy Genre
Lev Grossman, Jim Butcher, Martha Wells, with moderator Tex Thompson

12:30 – 1:30 — AUTOGRAPH SESSION

2:30 – 3:30pm — Jim Butcher Q&A
Panelists: Jim Butcher, with moderator C. D. Lewis

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.