Bingo Winners and Remarque Roundup

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Aug 112020
 

This week’s Drop is on the lighter side: we announce the winners of the Peace Talks Prediction Bingo, and we share some great new artwork you may not have seen. Check it out!

Peace Talks is here, and Battle Ground is less than 50 days away! Support your favorite local independent bookstore, or support this website by ordering your copy through the Jim-Butcher.com Store.

Bingo Winners

This week, we crown the Prize Prognosticators our Peace Talks Prediction Bingo Challenge! Massive thanks to Andrea Gonzales, Skye Starr, Mandie Lyons, Craig Page, and Jordan Walker Key for helping score all the cards.

First, we want to give several Honorable Mentions:

But the Grand Prize winners, who win an early copy of Battle Ground, are Isabelle and Joannie for Best Template and a TIE for Best Predictions between Rivvyn and Books31! Congratulations!

Remarque Roundup

We were supposed to have one more awesome thing to talk about this week, but it had to be shifted back a week. So how about some fun fanart you may not have seen?

“Hellfire Harry” is by Tyler Walpole, illustrator of the Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game, which is now available on iOS/Mac, Android, Steam, and the Switch for all your social distancing needs.

“Harry and Hades” and the Peace Talks remarques are from Adam Mathison-Sward, who illustrated last week’s Mister-POV microfiction comic and “Christmas Eve.”

Give both artists some love on their socials! Tyler on Twitter, Insta, and FB and Adam on Twitter, Insta, and FB.


And that’s it for this week’s entry! Visit Jim-Butcher.com every Tuesday this year for weekly Drops of never-before-seen artwork, microfiction, interviews, contests, sample chapters for Peace Talks and Battle Ground, or other tasty tidbits in our celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Dresden Files. Join our new mailing list and follow @jimbutchernews on Twitter and Facebook to ensure you don’t miss a moment, and check the announcement post to catch up on prior Drops.

Mister Micro-Comic and New RPG Campaign

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Aug 042020
 

This week brings two awesome surprises: an all-new Mister-POV microfiction comic and a new Roll20 campaign supplement for the Dresden Files Accelerated RPG. Hell’s Bells, YES!

56 days to Battle Ground

Peace Talks is here, and Battle Ground is less than two months away. Support your favorite local independent bookstore, or order your copy through the Jim-Butcher.com Store.

Microfiction #5: Everything The Light Touches

A panel from the Mister micro-comic: Harry and Mister stretch, then Harry fills Mister's food bowl.

Today’s lesson is to always give awesome artists sneak peeks at upcoming goodies. When we shared Jim’s new Mister-POV microfiction story with Adam Mathison-Sward, illustrator of the “Christmas Eve” short story, he came back the next day with thumbnail sketches for a five-page comic.

Click the thumbnails to read the comic version, or follow this link to read Jim’s text-only version.

SPOILER LEVEL: The story is set in the month before Peace Talks, so no worries on that count! Contains big spoilers for Changes and mild spoilers for Skin Game.


That’s How We Roll20

At Virtual GenCon yesterday, Evil Hat Productions has released a brand new Dresden Files Accelerated campaign set in New Orleans: We’ll Always Have Parish. This supplement was designed for the Roll20 platform, so now it’s easier than ever to game remotely with your friends!

Cover art for Dresden Files Accelerated: We'll Always Have Parish

The Crescent City. The Big Easy. NOLA. The nicknames for New Orleans are many and they are fondly spoken. The city is unique and beloved by its denizens, mortal and otherwise, and the supernatural reside there in greater numbers than expected for most metropolitan areas. Ghosts are plentiful, of course, but so are ghouls, vampires, demons, demigods, werecreatures, and, most recently, the Fomor. But they are not the only threat within Orleans Parish. Neither are they the gravest.

Check it out, then get rolling!

Signed Books

Jim reads Peace Talks with his pit bull Brutus reading over his shoulder. Bru looks deeply concerned about the fates of his friends!

If you’re looking for signed copies of Peace TalksUniversity Bookstore should still have signed stock, though we suggest double-checking with them before placing your order to ensure availability. For art aficionados, Worldbuilders is selling copies of Peace Talks with signed bookplates, featuring your choice of illustrations by Nate Taylor and Satine Phoenix.

As for signed copies of Battle Ground, sit tight! We expect those to become available about a month before publication. Keep an eye on this site and the @JimButcherNews twitter feed for updates.


And that’s it for this week’s entry! Visit Jim-Butcher.com every Tuesday this year for weekly Drops of never-before-seen artwork, microfiction, interviews, contests, sample chapters for Peace Talks and Battle Ground, or other tasty tidbits in our celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Dresden Files. Join our new mailing list and follow @jimbutchernews on twitter to ensure you don’t miss a moment, and check the announcement post to catch up on prior Drops.

Questionpalooza and Marsters Madness

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Jul 282020
 
63 Days to Battle Ground

Peace Talks is here, and Battle Ground is only two months away! Support your favorite local independent bookstore, or order your copy through the Jim-Butcher.com Store.

If you’re looking for signed copies of Peace Talks, we believe University Bookstore still has signed stock, though we suggest double-checking with them before placing your order to ensure availability. For art aficionados, Worldbuilders is selling copies of Peace Talks with signed bookplates, featuring your choice of illustrations by Nate Taylor and Satine Phoenix.

As for signed copies of Battle Ground, sit tight! We expect those to become available about a month before publication. Keep an eye on this site and the @JimButcherNews twitter feed for updates.


Questionpalooza!

The last of Jim’s Virtual Video Q&As surrounding the release of Peace Talks is TOMORROW! Join Jim and University Bookstore Seattle Wednesday at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific on an exclusive Zoom call. Note: This is a ticketed event. Fans must order a copy of Peace Talks from their store to attend.

University Bookstore Q&A

This past week saw two fabulous virtual Q&As. On Tuesday, The Poisoned Pen hosted Jim for a hilarious evening of questions from fans and moderator Patrick King. Questions and answers alike were fresh and delightful and are sure to entertain, but honestly, 90% of the reason you’re going to want to watch this video is a ridiculously cute moment with Jim’s dog Bru. We can’t even.

Then on Thursday, the 20 Years of Dresden SDCC@Home panel debuted, featuring Peace Talks trailer director Priscilla Spencer interviewing Jim. She made a point of avoiding all the most common questions and got some juicy new answers!

Also, Jim and Pat Rothfuss’ July 7th interview expired from Twitch mere hours after we sent last week’s Drop, so here it is again if you missed it before.


Marsters Madness

Worry not, audiophiles! James Marsters has been confirmed to perform the audiobook of Battle Ground! He hasn’t recorded it yet, so we don’t have another hilarious video of him in the booth bragging about having read it first, but you can revisit his video from the recording of Peace Talks.

You can preorder the Battle Ground audiobook from Audible through our store or from Apple Books, Audiobooks.com, Google Play, and Libro.fm through his publisher.


And that’s it for this week’s entry! Visit Jim-Butcher.com every Tuesday this year for weekly Drops of never-before-seen artwork, microfiction, interviews, contests, sample chapters for Peace Talks and Battle Ground, or other tasty tidbits in our celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Dresden Files. Join our new mailing list and follow @jimbutchernews on twitter to ensure you don’t miss a moment, and check the announcement post to catch up on prior Drops.

Release Wrap-Up

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Jul 212020
 

Peace Talks is here! And now that you’re all clamoring for Battle Ground on September 29th to complete this summer’s Dresden Duology, we have some great stuff to keep you entertained during the interim, including a free Q&A event on Facebook Live TODAY!

Getting Twitchy

Jim Butcher vs. Pat Rothfuss!

Jim’s first two Q&As are online and available for your viewing pleasure! Watch Jim’s first (ack! This video just expired. We’ll see if we can find it archived) and second interviews with Pat Rothfuss.


Upcoming Events

TODAY July 21, 9-10pm EDT: Poisoned Pen

  • FREE EVENT via Facebook Live. Attendee Q&A, moderated by Poisoned Pen. Optional: Signed copies of Peace Talks can be ordered on the event page. EDIT: SIGNED COPIES NOW SOLD OUT.

Thursday, July 23, 7pm EDT / 4pm PDT: Virtual SDCC Panel

Wednesday, July 29, 9-10pm EDT: University Book Store (NOTE NEW DATE)

  • Ticketed Event via Zoom. Tickets (1 copy of Peace Talks) can be purchased on the event page. Attendee Q&A, moderated by University Book Store. 

Signed Copies

If you want a signed copy of Peace Talks, you have plenty of options!

If you’re a collector who prefers the book itself be signed, our Virtual Tour partners are the way to go. University Bookstore is the only remaining store with signed stock, though you may want to double-check with them before placing your order to ensure availability, because y’all are hardcore. XD (UPDATE: Murder by the Book and Poisoned Pen are now sold out.)

If you dig awesome artwork and prefer to buy a book accompanied by a signed bookplate, Worldbuilders has you covered! Order a copy with your choice of illustrations by Nate Taylor and Satine Phoenix.

Many are asking how they can get signed copies of Battle Ground, which releases September 29th of this year. A few vendors offered preorders for a short time, but they’re now either sold out (like Barnes & Noble) or preorders are temporarily closed (like Worldbuilders). No cause for alarm! We expect more options to become available about a month before publication. Keep an eye on this site and the @JimButcherNews twitter feed for updates.

If you don’t care about signed books, we suggest you support your local independent bookstore! Alternately, you can buy from a variety of vendors through the Jim-Butcher.com Store.


And that’s it for this week’s entry! Visit Jim-Butcher.com every Tuesday this year for weekly Drops of never-before-seen artwork, microfiction, interviews, contests, sample chapters for Peace Talks and Battle Ground, or other tasty tidbits in our celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Dresden Files. Join our new mailing list and follow @jimbutchernews on twitter to ensure you don’t miss a moment, and check the announcement post to catch up on prior Drops.

Bonus: Virtual Event Tonight, New Merch, & Audio Teaser!

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Jul 152020
 

We try to keep our posting restricted to once a week, but a bunch of neat things crossed our desk in the hours after we posted yesterday, and we couldn’t wait for next Tuesday! We promise, we won’t take you away from reading Peace Talks for long!


Murder by the Book Virtual Event Tonight

Tonight at 8pm Eastern, join Jim in a ticketed Q&A event via Zoom, hosted by Murder by the Book! Support an awesome independent bookstore and get a signed copy of Peace Talks.

(Also, how fun is Jim’s new author photo? It’s by Torre Neal of WeNeals Photography.)


Geeky Goods for Geeks Doing Good

First, Pat Rothfuss announced new Dresden merch in his twitch stream with Jim yesterday! Check out the Geeks Doing Good 2020 Indiegogo campaign to preorder awesome goodies, including a brand new Sue the T-Rex shirt, a discounted McAnally’s mug, and signed copies of Peace Talks and Battle Ground (when it comes out). This campaign ends in six days, so act quickly!


Audiobook Teaser

Penguin Random House Audio has posted a 4 1/2-minute sample snippet of the Peace Talks audiobook!

Support independent bookstores by ordering through Libro.fm, which partners with independent bookstores to sell digital audiobooks! You can also order from Audible, iTunes, Google Play, and Audiobooks.com.

If you need a little more convincing, here’s a video of James Marsters encouraging fans to pick up the audiobook via playground taunts.


Okay, that’s it for this week! See you Tuesday for our next Dresden Drop!