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The Annals of Improbable Kickstarters, and other things

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Here is a new short fiction anthology that I have a story in!

It’s called HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects, edited by multi-award-winning anthologist John Joseph Adams and featuring a ton of excellent writers including Mary Robinette Kowal, Monte Cook (whom I briefly met at GenCon last week), Mur Lafferty, Scott Sigler, and many, many others.

The stories in the book all take the form of Kickstarter projects (the project description, tiers, updates, comments, etc.) for improbable things, like the robot army of the title, or cat assassins, or a divine taco, or in my case, “Live-Action Arena Tetris.” (Read more story summaries.)

The entire giant book is on sale right now for just 99¢ on Amazon! (update: due to various restrictions by Amazon, the special price is in the US store only.) Other ebook platforms will follow. This one is an ebook exclusive.

Speaking of crowdfunding, I’ll also be at:

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On Monday, September 15, I’ll be part of a panel discussion at USC along with filmmakers Meirav Haber (Stan), Kyle Rankin (Night Of The Living Deb), and Tracy Droz Tragos (Rich Hill), talking about…Kickstarter! I will try to sneak some jokes in, between all the LIFE-CHANGING ADVICE we will surely be dealing out.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

And speaking of jokes and japery…

FLIP ITTTTT

On October 4-5, I’ll be in San Francisco at the TableFlip gaming conference, presenting a talk about how themes can affect play in tabletop games.

Also speaking at the conference will be Max Temkin (Cards Against Humanity), Matt Leacock (Pandemic), and Volko Ruhnke & Brian Train (the COIN Series).

Attendance is limited and it’ll probably sell out before long, but registration is currently open!

That’s the whole rest of my year, as far as events go!

Hope to see you at one…OR ALL???????

The Bounty at GenCon Booth 541

If you’ll be at GenCon this weekend, come visit me at the Blind Ferret booth, #541! I’ll have all the usual stuff, plus this WORLD PREMIERE:

ROLLIN, ROLLIN, ROLLIN

MY HERO

MY VILLAIN

32 pages of fun! I’m still hoping to do a bigger, more comprehensive Roll-a-Sketch book soon (and I know I still owe some kind folks PDF copies of that when it’s done!), but in the meantime, there will be this. Any left will go on sale online after the con!

HOORAY

Comic-Con Roll-a-Sketches!

Here are just a few of the over 50 (!!!!) Roll-a-Sketches I did at Comic-Con this year!

The dedicated Roll-a-Sketch blog, by the way, now has its own URL: rollasketch.com. These new ones will be added to the queue and will probably be seen there sometime in early 2016.

POLKA + ZEBRA + CONSTRUCTION + BREAKFAST

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CONFIDENTIAL TO ALEX G.M.: Email me and I’ll mail your drawing to you!

FURIOUS + GOAT + TRUCK + POLKA

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DOOMED + BATMAN

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LEGO + DRAGON

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ZEBRA + DETECTIVE + TRUCK + FURIOUS

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MOUSTACHE + SHARK

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Roll-a-Sketch Postcards

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I’ve made postcard versions of some of my favorite Roll-a-Sketch characters! They each feature a full-color illustration on the front, and biographical information on the back. The postcards are available in a set of 12, or if you want just a couple, that’s cool too!

You can also mix & match postcards with greeting cards — say, order a 3-pack of either, but then indicate (via the instructions box at checkout) that you want 1 greeting card + 2 postcards, and tell me which ones. No problem!! YOU THE BOSS

Video: Wikipedia Dis Raps

As I wrote on Tumblr this Saturday:

Sometimes you have an idea in the shower, and you are willing to sacrifice everything else you have planned for the day because you know otherwise, it will never get done. This is what I call ‘Chasing your enthusiasm’ and I have rarely regretted it.

WIKIPEDIA DIS RAPS on YouTube

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Video: Nikola Tesla at KPCC!

A SHOCKING DISPLAY

Here I am playing Tesla at Sunday’s event! My entrance is at 55:00 in the video.

Over the weekend I was pleased to participate in a Nikola Tesla event at KPCC, one of our local public radio stations in Los Angeles. Science reporter Sanden Totten (at left in the photo above) hosted a retrospective of Tesla’s life and career, and brought up scientists from the California Science Center and the Griffith Observatory to talk about the principles of electricity.

Near the end of the presentation, I got to play a time-traveling Nikola Tesla to do a brief Q&A with Sanden. If you ever get invited to dress up like a famous scientist and tell jokes, I highly recommend it.

Here is video of the event on KPCC’s site! Sanden plays Mayor LaGuardia’s posthumous remembrance of Tesla at about 54 minutes in, which precedes my entrance right at 55:00.

The event was a co-production with Sanden’s radio show/podcast Brains On, which is a science and education show for kids specifically. There were a lot of kids in the audience at this event and I hope they enjoyed it!

I have to thank Sanden for inviting me to participate, and also for providing me with the opportunity to take what should probably be my author photo for time immemorial.

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BONUS PICTURE: TESLA WITH A TESLA