I’ll have several new things at the show:
First and foremost, my new book! The latest collection of Wondermark comics, Emperor of the Food Chain, will premiere next weekend. So excited! This one’s been a long time coming.
Also, a new li’l collection! Inspired by the Peanuts paperbacks I devoured as a kid, this is a book collecting all the best animal comics from the entire history of Wondermark.
It is also a deliberate attempt at design minimalism, which (if you’ve read any of my previous books) you know is a problem for me.
A brand-new edition of Machine of Death, designed to be as cheap as possible! Perfect for gift-giving, compact enough to toss in a bag, and a low-risk way to grab the book if you’ve been on the fence.
Also (not pictured) we’ll be offering the Machine of Death ebook on a thumb drive — with the complete audiobook and a bunch of songs thrown in as well.
And, of course, I’ll be doing Roll-a-Sketches! Here’s one I did last weekend in Chicago (click for bigger):
All these books will be made available online right after SPX. I’ll be glad to sketch in the books at the show as well! It might be…THE BEST TIME EVER???
This weekend I’ll be in Chicago for Chicon 7, aka the World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon! Every year Worldcon is held in a different city, and takes on a new name and character. Last year’s, in Reno, was ‘Renovation’; this year it’s in Chicago for (I presume) the seventh time — hence Chicon 7.
I’ll be in the dealer’s room with books and goodies (including a couple brand-new things I haven’t shown anyone yet), and I’ll also be participating in the following programming:
Designing Professional Covers – Fri Aug 31, 12:00-1:30 pm
Crash course in design principles for self-published authors.
(Dale Cozort, David Malki, Michael Coorlim, Stephen H. Segal)
Designing Professional Covers: A Different Perspective – Fri Aug 31, 3:00-4:30 pm
A different look at the design principles for self-published authors. How to make it look professional.
(Alan F. Beck, David Malki, Mark J. Ferrari, Maurine Starkey)
I’m not sure how I made it onto both of those panels, but I guess I will try to say different things? Perhaps I will make a point of contradicting myself utterly and completely, just to punish the people who come to both.
Writer Under Glass #28 – Fri Aug 31, 5:30-6:00:pm
This isn’t actually a panel, but a stunt. Writers volunteer to sit in a certain place for 30-40 minutes each and write serially on a collaborative story. Each takes up where the previous left off throughout the run of the convention. The resulting manuscript will be printed out only once, signed by all the writers, and entered into the charity auction as a contribution from all the writers. Con attendees can watch the writers at work — this has to be done in public like Harlan Ellison’s writing in shop windows — but may not harass them. The attendees can watch what’s being written in real time on a remote monitor. The story is complete at the end of the con and no other copies will be made without consent of all the writers who participated.
(This session: David Malki)
Airships: the Reality – Sat Sep 1, 3:00-4:30 pm
With the popularity of steampunk and other backward-looking and revivalist movements, lighter-than-air transport gets a lot of talk these days — not all of it well-informed. What is the difference between a blimp and a Zeppelin? What is flying like when you need power to land? What are the operational realities of hydrogen, helium, rigids, and non-rigids? Why don’t we see more of them in our skies today?
(David Malki, Howard Davidson, Joseph P. Martino, Lisa Hayes, publius)
Turn Up the Steam – Sat Sep 1, 6:00-7:30 pm
Les Nevins recently wrote about the ‘continuum of steampunk,’ referencing Cherie Priest’s statement that steampunk is not a yes/no proposition, but one of ‘how much?’ How much Steam is required? Is Alternative history required? It is fantasy, or SF or is it a lifestyle? Is it all of this? Something else?
(David Malki, Kenneth Hite, Leigh Bardugo)
Victorian and Edwardian Science Fiction – Sun Sep 2, 1:30-3:00:pm
This panel will survey the high points of Victorian and Edwardian science fiction, highlighting both the well-known works that helped shape the genre and lesser-known curiosities. Different cultural and literary notions that helped shape that fiction will also be discussed.
(David Malki, Matthew Bennardo, Randy Smith)
I’m looking forward to that last one in particular, since I’ll be sharing the stage with my Machine of Death co-editor Matt Bennardo, and I’m keen to see what he’s got cooking to say on the subject of turn-of-the-century genre literature, which I know he’s quite fond of. Matt’s a thoughtful dude — here’s a blog post he wrote titled “Why Do We Publish?” that’s well worth a read.
I also hope to hold at least one session of playtesting for the new Machine of Death card game we’ve been developing, tentatively titled Kill Squad: The Game of Creative Assassination. If you’re interested in playing the game with us some evening during the show, come by my booth in the dealer’s room for more details! I’ll have the specifics once I arrive at the hotel and get situated at the con.
See you in Chicago!
This is a picture of my improv teammate Alison along with the flag that we made this weekend for our team Battlesocks! We are performing TONIGHT at M.i.’s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, CA as part of their House Team Tournament. It’s Olympic-themed, so we made a flag. The show is FREE and
it starts at 8! UPDATE: We won! So we’re advancing to the semifinals, next Monday the 16th. Come see us then!
Then I’m off to San Diego for Comic-Con. I’ll be at the TopatoCo booth and will have some of the last copies of Beards of our Forefathers and Clever Tricks to Stave Off Death. Did you know that they are out of print? It’s true! TopatoCo and I have some copies left, but there are not many. I’ll have more to say about this later, probably. I’m in process of figuring out what to do about reprinting them, but nothing is certain yet.
(Photo by @donutage)
Good news! My Hyperbolic Upgrade Stickers (one of which is pictured above) are now available at TopatoCo. So, if you want to bundle a sticker order with greeting cards, you can get them from me, or if you want to bundle them with posters or shirts, get them from TopatoCo!
Also, I’ll be in Toronto this weekend at TCAF, and I made some special prints for the show! (Pictured above.) I’d be happy to sign one for you and draw a word balloon indicating what words of advice Gax has for you. TCAF is a free show held in Toronto’s Downtown Reference Library, and it’s a ton of fun! I’ll be on the second floor waving my arms furiously.
I’ll also be at the TopatoCo Book Release/TCAF Kickoff Party on Friday night! Come say hello! Hooray!