Posts Tagged ‘blog: appearances’.

This weekend: Gen Con! PLUS: Sketch Rescue UPDATE

Flickr photo by Carlos A. Smith

Tomorrow I’m hopping on a plane to Indianapolis for Gen Con! I’ll be at booth 743 along with many of my fine colleagues, including Sam Logan, Jeph Jacques, Chris Yates, and Blind Ferret Entertainment.

It’s my first time ever at Gen Con, which is primarily a gaming convention, and I’m excited to check it out! I admit to being more of a “casual gamer” than someone hard-core into tabletop games, but I’m really fascinated by that whole world and I’m eager to learn more.

I will not have copies of the Machine of Death card game at the show — it’s still at the printers, and I expect them to be delivered in November. But I WILL have a single demo copy to show off, and I’m really happy with how it’s looking:

If you missed out on our Kickstarter this spring, the game is still available for pre-order if you’d like to reserve a copy from the first print run.

One of our stretch goals in the campaign was that we’d release the entire game under a Creative Commons license, as well — so we’ll be posting everything for free download in a couple months too! If you’d rather check it out that way.

BONUS LINK: Here’s a video in which I show off the shiny demo copy of the game! (There’s some Kickstarter-backer-specific info in there too, just ignore that.)

ONE MORE THING: Thanks to everyone who’s sent in Sketch Rescue scans & photos so far! You’ve got till the end of August to submit them for the free Roll-a-Sketch collection PDF.

And sadly, after reviewing my files, I think that memory card I lost ALSO contained my photos from SPX in Bethesda, and APE in San Francisco. If you got a sketch from me last year at either of those two shows, I’d love it if you could send me a scan or photo of whatever I drew for you! Or if you got a book from me last fall with a sketch in it. See this post for more details. Thanks so much!



I’m coming to Toronto this Monday night for the CHOOSE YOUR OWN BOOK LAUNCH: Two parties, side-by-side, for two different books! WHICH WILL WIN??


To Be or Not To Be, a choose-your-path adaptation of Hamlet, written by Ryan North, William Shakespeare, and you! It’s over seven hundred pages and QUITE AMUSING, I’ve read it (and I also have a couple illustrations in it, along with tons of other great folks!). In the book, you can play as either Hamlet, Ophelia, or Hamlet’s dad, but if you play as Hamlet Sr., then you die on the first page and play the rest of the book as a ghost. It’s pretty great.


This Is How You Die, the brand-new sequel to Machine of Death that is just as good as the first book, if not better! The A.V. Club reviewed it and gave it an A. I helped write it, and I helped edit it, and so did Ryan. WE ARE PALS. But on Monday night we will be BITTER RIVALS.


There will be Shakespearean rap battles! Dramatic readings! Death predictions by the score! Games and laughter! It will be a fun time; this is a guarantee from me personally. I hope you can come! (And if you already have one or both of these books, bring ’em to be signed! If you don’t, come pick ’em up there!!)


The Beguiling (601 Markham Street in Toronto, in Mirvish Village, beside Honest Ed’s)
• on Monday, July 29th, 7pm-10pm

More info here! Facebook invite here!

After that: Gen Con Indy! PAX Prime in Seattle! But first: this thing. THIS THING INDEED.

THIS WEEKEND: Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn!

This coming weekend I’ll be at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn! It’s been a few years since I’ve been to New York, and I’m really pleased to have the chance to be back.


And I will be super happy to say hello to you! And even — IF YOU LIKE — make you a Roll-a-Sketch or something.

I have also heard unconfirmed rumors that I may have something very new and exciting at this show:

My (Eisner Award-nominated) book Beards of our Forefathers, originally a hardcover that is now out of print, has just been reissued in a super-snazzy paperback edition! It’s not for sale online yet, but I hope to have a few ADVANCE COPIES in Brooklyn. Fingers crossed.

After that: San Diego Comic-Con in July; Gen Con in August. I’ve been working very very hard to get the Machine of Death card game off to the printers, and I think this week is the week! I think this week might be the week I finally cross the last T and dot the last I and get that whole thing finally, finally done, after a labor of many months. I can’t wait!!

June 2: Machine of Death comedy show at 826LA!

Our Machine of Death sequel, This is How You Die, comes out in July! (And it’s already been named one of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Summer Books 2013!) We’re so excited about this book that we’re throwing a party NOW.

It’s going to be a benefit party for 826LA, the nonprofit tutoring center that helps kids with writing skills and homework help. If you’re in the Los Angeles area this Sunday, June 2, you’re invited to the THIS IS HOW YOU DIE x 826LA COMEDY NIGHT in Mar Vista!

Proceeds from the event will go to 826LA, to help encourage the next generation of writers…and I’ll also be presenting a comically oversized novelty check as part of our partnership with them from the Machine of Death card game Kickstarter campaign.

The Sunday night show will be a great lineup of music, comedy & games, hosted by our pal Jordan Morris. We’ll be raffling off prizes (including at least one advance copy of the new book). Attendees will also get free bonus MOD game cards, and we’ll have a real-life machine (pictured at the top of this post, made by our fancy team of machine-makers) for you to get tested on, if you dare.

• Sunday, June 2, 8pm
• $10 at the door
• at the Mar Vista Time Travel Mart, 12515 Venice Blvd

MORE INFO ON THE LINEUP IS HERE at the Machine of Death blog.

AND HERE is a Facebook invite for RSVP purposes! (Optional, but gives us an idea of how many people to expect.)

I’m super excited about this show — I can’t turn off the impulse to just make stuff happen like this. I hope to see you there!! (We may try to livestream the event as well, but no guarantees.)

This weekend: Phoenix Comicon! PLUS: Roll-a-Sketches

This weekend — Friday, Saturday, and Sunday — I’m at the Phoenix Comicon in Arizona! I’ll be at the TopatoCo booth. Look for the GIANT YELLOW ORB.

Here are some Roll-a-Sketches from last weekend at Maker Faire!






Thanks to all who said hello at Maker Faire! And a PRE-EMPTIVE HELLO to those of you YET TO COME in Phoenix!