Side Jobs Sale and DragonCon Awesomeness

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Sep 062017
 

We’re back from DragonCon, and we have all kinds of Butchery goodness to report!

SIDE JOBS SALE!

First off, there’s a massive sale on Side Jobs going on now! For a limited time, fans can nab the Ebook of the first anthology of Dresden Files shorts for $1.99! Download it from the vendor of your choice (Amazon, B&N, Books A Million, Google Play, iBooks, or Kobo) via Penguin Random House. This sale ends September 17th, so don’t miss out!

COMICS WIN BIG AT DRAGON CON

To our surprise and delight (and slight confusion), Jim and his collaborators at Dynamite Entertainment took home two Dragon Awards: Best Graphic Novel for “Wild Card” and Best Comic Book for “Dog Men.” No, we’re not certain what the difference between the categories is either, but we’re nevertheless grateful for your support! Jim had a signing at the same time as the ceremony and was unable to attend, but he sent his friend Landon Solomon, Dresden cosplayer and lead actor in the Dresden Files fan films Night Light and Red Sun, to accept the awards on his behalf. We hope DragonCon’s AV setup can recover from the proximity to Harry’s Murphyonic field! Watch the video here.

Congratulations to the entire Dynamite team, including Jim’s fellow writer Mark Powers, artists Carlos Gomez and Diego Galindo, colorist Mohan, letterer Bill Tortolini, editor Anthony Marques, and Thematic Consultants Pamela Shaw Alexander, Mickey Finn, Fred Hicks, and Priscilla Spencer.

PANEL VIDEOS

Disappointed you didn’t get to attend Jim’s panels? We have the next best thing. Check ’em out!

And finally…

BONUS HAMILTON COSPLAY EPICNESS

       

Aaron Burr: Torre Neal
Thomas Jefferson: Wayne Adams
Maria Reynolds: Alie Holden
Peggy Schuyler: Shauna Lloyd
Angelica Schuyler Church: Priscilla Spencer
Eliza Schuyler Hamilton: Kitty Krell
Alexander Hamilton (in green): Jim Butcher
Alexander Hamilton (in black): James Butcher
King George: Suzanne Solomon

Photographs by Torre Neal. Costumes by Kitty Krell, with the exception of Wayne’s, Suzy’s, James’, and Shauna’s bodice.

And that’s it for this year!  Hope to see you later this month at Jim’s final con of 2017, Salt Lake City Comic Con!

DragonCon Schedule

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Aug 282017
 

We have Jim’s schedule for DragonCon, and it’s intense! Readers will have abundant opportunities to hear Jim speak and get their books signed, and even to attend the premiere of the Dresden Files fan film Red Sun!

Note: We highly recommend showing up EARLY to signings to avoid disappointment. Previous DragonCon signing lines have been capped before the signing even began! In order to accommodate as many fans as possible, Jim can sign only TWO ITEMS per person per trip through the line.

Also, contrary to what the official schedule says, Jim will NOT be participating in the “First Contact Improv” or “Into the Dark” events Friday and Saturday nights. His schedule was published on the app before anyone consulted him on it. Come on, Dragon Con! Give the guy a little time to recharge! 😀

FRIDAY

Dresden Files: Actor & Author
11:30am – 12:30am — Marriott Imperial Ballroom
Audience Q&A about the Dresden Files television series with the author who created Harry Dresden on the page & the actor who brought him to life on the screen.
Panelists: Jim Butcher and Paul Blackthorne, with Moderator Carol Malcolm.

The Logic of Magic
1:00pm – 2:00pm — Hyatt Embassy EF
Magic may not be real, but it still must make a certain kind of sense. What’s involved in developing a magical system for a story that feels internally consistent & believable?

Panelists: Jim Butcher, Kathryn Hinds, Faith Hunter, and Elizabeth Moon.

Autograph Session
4:00pm – 5:00pm — Marriott International Hall South 4-5

SATURDAY

An Hour with Jim Butcher
01:00pm – 2:00pm — Hyatt Regency VI-VII
Audience Q&A with the bestselling author of the Dresden Files, Codex Alera, & Cinder Spires series.

Autograph Session
2:30pm – 3:30pm — Marriott International Hall South 4-5

Monster Hunter Files
4:00pm – 5:00pm — Hyatt Regency VI-VII
Focus on the upcoming anthology of stories set in the world of Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International!
Panelists: Jim Butcher, Larry Correia, Faith Hunter, Kelly Lockhart, Jonathan Maberry, Jody Lynn Nye.

Signing with The Bard’s Tower
06:00pm – 7:00pm — Booth 817, Exhibit Hall 3rd Floor (AmericasMart Bldg 2)

SUNDAY

Signing with Badali Jewelry

Signing with Badali Jewelry
01:00pm – 2:00pm — Booth 2422, Exhibit Hall 2nd Floor (AmericasMart Bldg 2)
NOTE: A free ticket will be required.  They can be picked up at our booth at any point during the convention.  People can also request one before the convention by emailing Badali Jewelry.

Magnificent Men of Sci-Fi/Fantasy
2:30pm – 3:30pm — Hyatt Regency VI-VII
The top men of our genres discuss their careers & offer advice to new writers.
Panelists: Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Butcher, Larry Correia, Peter David, Nancy Knight, and Larry Niven.

From the Beginning: The Evolution of the Urban Fantasy Protagonist
7:00pm – 8:00pm — Westin Peachtree Ballroom
The authors on our panel have played vital roles in the advancement of the Urban Fantasy genre. We’ll discuss how their seminal characters have developed & changed over time, all while continuing to influence the field.
Panelists: Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Laurel K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Sherrilyn Kenyon.

MONDAY

Keeping the Peace: Liaison Characters in UF
11:30am – 12:30pm — Westin Chastain 1-2 – Westin
Whether striving to improve communication & relations between supernatural & human communities, or between different groups within the supernatural world, our panelists’ characters often find themselves in the position of peacemaker.
Panelists: Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Delilah S. Dawson, Kim Harrison, Nancy Holzner, Faith Hunter.

BONUS EVENTS

Dresden Files Cosplay Group Shoot
Friday at 6:30pm — Walton-Spring Park (behind the Westin, in front of the Doubletree)
If Rainy: Landing, Chastain Level, Westin Peachtree
For the past several years, photographer Andrea Gonzales has organized a group photo shoot for Dresden Cosplayers. Join the fun!

Red Sun: A Dresden Universe Fan Film
Sunday at 10:00pm – 12:30am — Westin Savannah Ballroom
Tower of Turtles Productions presents their full-length feature Dresden Universe fan film, Red Sun. The story takes place between Small Favor & Turn Coat.

Fans can also meet Tyler Walpole, artist for the Dresden Files Co-Operative Card game and The Blood of Dragons! He’ll be selling original prints at Booth 229 on the 3rd floor of AmericasMart Building 2.

Brief Cases to be released Summer 2018!

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Aug 212017
 

As you all know, we try to avoid posting more than once a week, but we thought you’d want to know this immediately! We have a general release date for Brief Cases, the second anthology of Dresden Files short stories: Summer 2018!

Brief Cases will include the following Dresdenverse stories:

  • “Curses” — Harry is hired to remove the Billy Goat Curse from Wrigley Field
  • “AAAA Wizardry” — Harry teaches young Wardens his procedure for dealing with supernatural nasties.
  • “Even Hand” — Marcone clashes with a rival supernatural power.
  • The Bigfoot Trilogy: “B is for Bigfoot,” “I Was A Teenage Bigfoot,” and “Bigfoot on Campus”
  • “Bombshells” — Molly teams up with Justine and Andi to thwart a Fomor plot.
  • “Jury Duty” — Harry endures Jury Duty.
  • “Cold Case” — Molly teams up with Ramirez to take on a Lovecraft-esque cult.
  • “Day One” — Butters’ first mission.
  • “A Fistful of Warlocks” — Luccio takes on necromancers in the Wild West.
  • Plus a new Dresden Files novella starring Maggie and Mouse!

We’ll let you know as soon as we have a more specific date to announce. Subscribe to our mailing list if you want to be among the first to know!

Signing Tomorrow in Glendale, Colorado!

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Aug 172017
 

Straight Outta Tombstone: The Weird Western Showdown
A Multi-Author Signing Event!

August 18th, 7pm
Barnes and Noble
960 S Colorado Blvd
Glendale, CO 80246
Call 303-691-2998 for more information, or RVSP on Facebook.

Join Bestselling authors Jim Butcher, Kevin J. Anderson, Sarah A. Hoyt, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Peter J. Wacks, Naomi Brett Rourke, Sam Knight and David Boop as they reminisce about their careers, sign their books, and discuss the genesis of the anthology. Straight Outta Tombstone contains the Luccio-POV short story “Fistful of Warlocks,” where she fights necromancers in the Old West!

With every book sold, a portion will be donated to Reading Partners, an organization dedicated to helping children improve their reading scores.

Mosey on down for lots of fun and a few surprises! Folks unable to attend can tune into the 5280 Geek podcast later–they’ll be there recording, and I imagine they’ll post the audio over the following days/weeks.

Also, don’t forget about Jim’s final two convention events for 2017:

9/1/17-9/4/17
DragonCon
265 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

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

Hope to see you there!

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!