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Storypalooza!

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Jul 192017
 

BRIEF CASES

Great news! Jim has finished writing his final story for Brief Cases, the second Dresden Files anthology! This anthology collects all of Jim’s Dresden Files short stories that aren’t in Side Jobs and brings us inside the mind of John Marcone, Anastasia Luccio, Molly Carpenter, Waldo Butters, and even Maggie and Mouse! Fans will be delighted to know that this new story (novella, really) is one of Jim’s longest, eclipsed only by “Aftermath” and neck-and-neck with “Bombshells,” so there’s a lot to look forward to. (Priscilla really likes numbers.)

The story is currently in the hands of the betas, but once Jim sends the manuscript off to Penguin, he’ll be able to get back to work on your favorite subject to heck-hound him about, Peace Talks. 😀 Not sure when we’ll get a release date for Brief Cases, as Jim’s editor Anne Sowards is heading off to Comic Con this week and subsequently has a lot on her plate, but hopefully we’ll have something to announce before too long!

TWO NEW STORIES OUT NOW!

In other short story news, there are two shorts you can read RIGHT NOW! On the day America celebrated its independence, editor David Boop celebrated the release of Straight Outta Tombstone, a new anthology featuring “Fistful of Warlocks,” a new Luccio story! It also includes stories from Kevin J Anderson, Phil Foglio, Jody Lynn Nye, Larry Correia, and Maurice Broaddus, so check it out!

The other story is a non-Dresden tale, “Small Problems,” written for the Monster Hunter Files anthology. Baen is promoting the anthology by giving away four stories for FREE, including Jim’s! Read “Small Problems” and the three other sample stories now, and if you like what you see, preorder the ebook, out October 3rd!

SIGNING

In tangentially-story news, Jim will be doing a signing for the Straight Outta Tombstone anthology Friday, August 18th, at 7pm at the Barnes and Noble at 960 S Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO 80246.

DOG MEN

Some comics news! Issue 2 of Dog Men came out last week, so be sure to snag a copy from your favorite local independent comics shop. Or hop on Dynamite’s website to read a five-page preview and order the digital version! Issue 3 will follow August 9th.

RPG GOODNESS

Finally, y’all know Evil Hat has TWO new Dresden games out, right? Yeah, we thought so.

If you haven’t yet, you can order Dresden Accelerated and the Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game through Evil Hat’s website or pick up a copy at your favorite local gaming store. For those wanting to delve deeper into DFCO (or if your luck with the game so far is at “Harry on a date” level), Evil Hat is also releasing a series of free strategy guides. Happy gaming!

Sausomecon Schedule

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Jun 292017
 

We have Jim’s schedule for Sausomecon, held at the Kansas City Expo Center this weekend!

Friday:
6pm: Jim Butcher Q&A, Main Events A
8pm: Signing, Main Events Autographs

Saturday:
1pm: Signing, Main Events Autographs
2pm: Jim Butcher Q&A, Salon A

After Sausomecon, Jim has only two more events in 2017:

9/1/17-9/4/17: DragonCon in Atlanta, GA
9/21/17-9/23/17: Salt Lake City Comic Con in Salt Lake City, UT

Hope to see you there!

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