MALCon and More!

We have a lot to report on today, including this weekend’s convention schedule!


Need to satisfy your Dresden fix? Issue 5 (of 6) of Wild Card comes out Wednesday the 17th, so why not use this weekend to catch up? This original comic pits Harry against the evil Puck, who is less of a “good fellow” than Shakespeare would have you believe.

Jim has also been rocking out a number of short stories, to be released in the coming months. “Day One,” a Butters-POV short story set after Skin Game, comes out this November in Shawn Speakman’s Unfettered II anthology.  Preorder your hardcover copy today, or snag the e-text closer to the release date.  He also finished a new Luccio-POV short story, “A Fistful of Warlocks,” for David Boop’s fantastical Old West anthology Straight Outta Tombstone. Release date TBA.  He also contributed a short story to Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International anthology, which is due out in 2017.

Beyond that, he continues to work on Peace Talks.  As always, you can check the status of his various projects on Jim’s Upcoming Works page.


At long last, the Codex Alera audiobooks are being released in the UK and Commonwealth territories!  Starting this month, fans overseas can get swept up in the same riveting performance from Kate Reading as their American counterparts.  Orbit UK will be releasing one book per month, starting on August 25 with Furies of Calderon.  Enjoy!


Subterranean Press have opened preorders for their signed limited edition of Small Favor, book ten of the Dresden Files.  They’ve set aside copies for regular buyers of the series, but have enough copies so that anyone may order a copy at this time. If you’re of a mind, there’s also an option to pick up the last couple of volumes (Proven Guilty and White Night) at a special price.  The folks at SubPress use an upgraded paper for the books, along with a full color dust jacket and b&w interior illustrations by Vincent Chong.


Jim will be a guest at Authors Combat Academy 2017! Author Christine Haggerty summarizes: “What is the Authors Combat Academy? It is THE authority on writing and fighting. This is not a conference for authors made up of panels with other authors. This is where you learn the nitty gritty facts from real crime scene investigators, cops, military professionals, and…(drum roll, please)…rental ninjas. Yes, I said ‘rental ninjas.’ These black belt and fighting professionals are available to fight through your scene or concept and give you a realistic sequence of action and all the words to write it.”


This weekend, Jim reigns as Guest of Honor at MALCon/Myths and Legends Con in Denver!  His schedule is jam packed with ELEVEN panels, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see him.  From the con’s website:

Opening Ceremonies
Friday, 6:30 PM-6:55 PM, McAnallys Pub
Jim Butcher, Nikki Ebright, Nissa LaFete, Peri Charlifu, S. J. Tucker, Sean Patrick Fannon, The Doubleclicks, Tomas O’Dreams
Organizer Nikki Ebright welcomes everyone and introduces this year’s Guests of Honor.

VIP Speed Dating
Friday, 7:00 PM-7:50 PM, McAnallys Pub
Jim Butcher, Nissa LaFete, Peri Charlifu, S. J. Tucker, Sean Patrick Fannon, The Doubleclicks, Tomas O’Dreams
A FREE gathering of fans where the VIP and special guests visit YOUR tables just to meet YOU. Meet Jim Butcher, The Doubleclicks, Peri Charlifu and many more!

Gosh Darn Fiasco!
Saturday, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM, McAnallys Pub
Jim Butcher, Richard Malena, The Doubleclicks
Come watch Aubrey and Angela of The Doubleclicks (2016’s Musical Guests of Honor) play the crazy RPG game of Fiasco with a few other special guests. They’ll bring Richard to host; all you need to do is watch!

Merging Steampunk and Fantasy
Saturday, 7:00 PM-7:50 PM, Helms Deep
Carolyn Kay, Chaz Kemp, Jim Butcher, Quincy J. Allen
A discussion on laying the ground work for creating a believable world using the elements of both Steampunk and fantasy.

It Ain’t the Writing, It’s the Rewriting: The Power of Revision
Saturday, 10:00 PM-10:50 PM, Kings Landing
Travis Heermann, Ian Thomas Healy, Jim Butcher
Few first drafts are gold dripped upon the page, so how do we make them so?

How Not to Get Published
Saturday, 11:00 PM-11:50 PM, Helms Deep
Sam Knight, J.A. Campbell, Jim Butcher, Keith DeCandido
What are some of the pitfalls involved in the pursuit of a writing career; what are some of the gotchas and consequences? Authors talk about their experiences and, in some cases, how they’ve shot themselves in the foot.

Character Focused Storytelling
Sunday, 12:00 PM-12:50 PM, Helms Deep
Lou J Berger, Jim Butcher, Paul Lell
Theme, action, plot, or character driven; what do these mean, and what does character focused storytelling look like?

Discussing Combat in Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sunday, 2:00 PM-2:50 PM, Kings Landing
Ian Brazee-Cannon, Ian Thomas Healy, Jason Evans, Jim Butcher
The good, the bad, and the ugly scenes of combat and action in Science Fiction and Fantasy, including the differences between games, movies, and literature. Also a discussion of the morality and emotional impact both upon the audience and the characters involved.

Jim Butcher Q & A
Sunday, 3:00 PM-3:50 PM, McAnallys Pub
Jim Butcher
Question and answer session Jim Butcher. Ask him questions, and he may or may not answer them!

Closing Ceremonies
Sunday, 4:00 PM-4:30 PM, McAnallys Pub
Jim Butcher, Nikki Ebright, Nissa LaFete, Peri Charlifu, S. J. Tucker, Sean Patrick Fannon, The Doubleclicks, Tomas O’Dreams
Come recap the weekend, relive the highlights, hear a few closing words from some of our guests, and say goodbye for another.

You can also check out Jim’s fiancee Kitty Krell’s two panels:

Corsets Q&A: Tightlacing, Waist Training, and Myths
Sunday, 12:00 PM-12:50 PM, Kings Landing
Kitty Krell, Cynthia Settje
This panel will answer any and all questions regarding corsets, materials, fit, construction, what to look for when buying, as well as addressing common myths.

Costuming 101
Friday, 8:00 PM-8:50 PM, The Shire
Erin Card, Ian Brazee-Cannon, Kitty Krell, Tonya L. De Marco
How do you get into costuming and cosplay? What you need to know to decide which cosplay to make, how to research for the project, how to find or make wigs, props, clothing, armor, etc, and finally, how to take care of yourself and others while in costume. Great for beginners and those in a rut that need a little push back into the hobby!

And that’s all the news that’s fit to print! Enjoy.

Author: priscellie

Priscilla Spencer has been Jim's creative consultant since 2007. In addition to managing content for and its social media channels, she beta-reads all of Jim's works, serves as a thematic consultant on the graphic novels and role playing games, and illustrates the maps for his books. The whole "Year of Dresden" thing is largely her baby. Her latest claim to fame is directing the official book trailers for Peace Talks and Battle Ground. In her professional life, Priscilla is a Producer, Writer, Photographer, and Fantasy Map Illustrator working towards a career in producing TV. She enjoys musical theatre, gluten-free cooking, sci-fi/fantasy, and weightlifting. She aspires to travel the world and pet every dog.