As we prep to go to Dragon Con, I can finally announce what I’m doing the following weekend: I’ll be one of the many author guests at FanX Fall in Salt Lake City. This is my first-ever trip to the state of Utah, and I’m really looking forward to it.
I’ll be at Bard’s Tower along with a whole mess of other authors, selling and signing books.
This con is from Thursday to Saturday, the 5th to the 7th of September. So if you’re in Utah, come see me!
On sale today is Batman: Quotes from Gotham City, one of Insight Editions’s Tiny Books, in this case full of quotations by and about the Dark Knight Detective from his long comics history. (The quotes are only from comic books, not TV shows or movies.) While I’m not credited, I’m the one who compiled the quotes for Insight Editions. It was tremendous fun to put together.
You can get the itty-bitty slipcased hardcover from your local bookstore or order it online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indie Bound.
And it really is tiny, too. Here’s one of my contributor’s copies next to a regular-sized coffee mug for scale…….
My one disappointment is that they didn’t include my all-time favorite Bat-quote, which is from Suicide Squad #10, written by John Ostrander:
Amanda Waller: “Don’t know where you think you’re going, Batman. Place is sealed tighter’n a drum.”
Batman: “Shall I tell you how many sealed drums I’ve escaped from, Mrs. Waller?”
But it got cut. Oh, well….
For the twelfth straight year, my karate dojo is going to be running in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure here in New York City. I’m going to be away at a convention when it happens on the 8th of September (I will say which one once it’s officially announced, which should be later today), but lots of my fellow karateka (and their families) are going to be running in support of breast cancer research.
Please, whatever you can give in support of my fellow students would be greatly appreciated.
So GO TEAM KENSHIKAI!
Take awful white-savior tropes, add a dull, paint-by-numbers script, hire a whole bunch of terrible actors, and voilà, you’ve got a really awful adaptation of the first woman ever to star in her own comic book, complete with multiple Razzie nominations. (But no “wins,” as that was the same year Bolero was released.) The great superhero movie rewatch suffers through Sheena so you don’t have to! You’re welcome!
This is a spectacularly offensive film on so many levels. The dark-skinned characters are mostly either portrayed as “primitives,” naïve and victims, or as devious and nasty, with the sole exception of Casey and Fletch’s local assistant, who has very little screen time. The white characters are all noble and upright and true, with the sole exception of Jorgensen, who speaks with a German accent, so we know he’s evil…
Paul Semel interviewed Danielle Ackley-McPhail, co-publisher of eSpec Books, about the new Footprints in the Stars anthology, which she edited. In it, she blames me for things. Which are probably my fault, so it’s a fair cop. Anyhow, check it out!
The stories in the book are very intentionally not first contact stories. They are about the discovery of evidence of the existence of other intelligent life, rather than encounters with that life itself. We wanted the collection to focus on the effects of those discoveries on mankind. Either physical, emotional, or social. How does humanity react or how is it impacted by the potential inherent in that discovery? What advancements come out of pondering “what if”? or how? How could things potentially break down? Will such a discovery bring out the positive side in humanity, or the negative?
I blogged about each of my three black–belt promotions as they were happening. I was talking about that on Facebook with my buddy and fellow black belt Mike Agostinelli on the thread under the link to this blog entry, and thought I’d put them all in one post for easy reading….