my InConJunction 41 schedule

Next weekend, 1-3 July, I’ll be the Author Guest of Honor at InConJunction 41: The Next Chapter, to be held at the Indianapolis Marriott East in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I will have a table full of books to sell and sign, and I’ll also be doing a mess of programming:

Friday

3-4pm: “The Worst of Trek: TNG Seasons 4-7,” w/Ricky Lile, R.J. Sullivan, & Beckie Margedant (Main Programming)

5-6pm: reading (Main Programming)

7-8pm: opening ceremonies (Main Programming)

Saturday

11am-noon: “Meet the Romulans: What Makes a Good Alien?” w/Jo Boone & Rachel Luluch (Main Programming)

3-4pm: “Worldbuilding,” w/Mark Wandrey, T. Lee Harris, & Sara Deurell (Indianapolis Ballroom A-B)

6-7pm: self-defense workshop (Indianapolis Ballroom C)

9-10pm: “Randomly Randy,” w/Travis Clemmons, Elizabeth Davis, & Tammy Jo Eckhart (Indianapolis Ballroom A-B)

Sunday

12-1pm: Q&A (Main Programming)

2-3pm: “Character Creation,” w/T. Lee Harris & Sara Deurell (Indianapolis Ballroom A-B)

3-4pm: closing ceremonies (Main Programming)

Looking forward to seeing folks in Indy!

three conventions and one reading in July

After no public appearances in June, July’s going to be very busy, as I’ll be appearing in Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, and right here in NYC…..

From 1-3 July, I’ll be the Author Guest of Honor at InConJunction 41 at the Indianapolis Marriott East in Indianapolis, Indiana. I’ll be doing programming and selling and signing books all weekend. Among the other guests are Artist GoH Ruth Thompson, Music GoH Marc Gunn, Toastmaster Lou Harry, and Special Guests Tammy Jo Eckart, PhD, Creepin’ It Burly, and Transylvanian Lip Treatment.

From 15-17 July, I’ll be — as always — one of the Author Guests and one of the Music Guests at Shore Leave 42 at the Hunt Valley Inn in Cockeysville, Maryland. I’ll be doing programming all weekend, and also performing with the Boogie Knights. The actor guests at SL42 include Brandon Routh, Aimee Garcia, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Laz Alonso, Gates McFadden, Jessie Usher, Robert Duncan McNeill, BarBara Luna, and Eddie McClintock, and there are a metric buttload of author, science, and music guests. Shore Leave is one of my favorite cons ever, and I’ve really missed it the last two years…

On 19 July, I’ll be reading at the July edition of the Ample Hills Rooftop Readings at the Ample Hills Creamery-Gowanus in Brooklyn, New York, which I helped inaugurate back in 2021. I’ll be joined by Hildy Silverman, Elizabeth Nunez, and C.J. Farley. Tickets are $10 and they are limited in number (for both space and pandemic reasons), so get your tickets early!

From 28-31 July, I’ll be at GalaxyCon Raleigh at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. I’ll be there with Bard’s Tower, so I’ll be spending most of my time at their booth on the exhibit floor, alongside fellow word-slingers Claudia Gray, Marion G. Harmon, Neo Edmund, and Christopher Ruocchio.

I will be doing programming at at least InConJunction and Shore Leave, and possibly also at GalaxyCon — I’ll post my schedules the week of the show. Hoping to see folks at at least one of those four events!

talkin’ the third season of Batman ’66 on the Classics Track

It’s another Quarantine Panel from Dragon Con’s American Sci-Fi Classics Track, this one celebrating the release of OOFFF! BOFF! SPLATT!: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66–Season Three by having the book’s editor, Jim Beard, and three of the contributors, John S. Drew of The Batcave Podcast, Michael Bailey of the Fortress of Baileytude podcasts, and, um, me to discuss the third season of the Adam West-Burt Ward classic.

I’ll be at Fanboy Expo Columbus this weekend!

I’m going to be a guest at Fanboy Expo Columbus this coming Memorial Day weekend. To be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the 27th to the 29th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, I’ll be at Bard’s Tower selling and signing books all three days!

With me at the Tower will be fellow word-slingers Dan Wells, Brian Anderson, Gama Martinez, and Rick Heinz, and actor Carlos Ferro. Also at the con will be comics creators Don Kramer, Angel Medina, Tom Nguyen, and Frank Fosco; actors Lee Majors, Kane Hodder, Tia Carrere, Tom Berenger, Dave Foley, Kevin McNally, Sean Patrick Flanery, David Della Rocco, Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine, Dirk Benedict, and Geri Reischl; performer Tiffany; voiceover actors Kevin Clash, Rob Paulsen, Townsend Coleman, Barry Gordon, Cam Clarke, Adassa, Olivia Hack, Jennie Kwan, Kat Cressida, and Cricket Leigh; plus a mess of wrestlers and cosplayers.

Hope to see folks there!

convention update: three Guest of Honor gigs, plus two old standbys

As I prepare to fly to Indianapolis for Indiana Comic Convention, I can also formally announce five more conventions I’m doing later this year, including three Guest of Honor gigs!

I will be returning to Indianapolis in July as Author Guest of Honor for InConJunction XLI! This will be my second time as Author GoH at this Indy con, which will be held from 1-3 July. I was AGoH back in 2010, and also Toastmaster in 2016. Looking forward to returning for a third go-round! I’ll be joined by my old buddy Marc Gunn as Music GoH, as well as Artist GoH Ruth Thompson, Toastmaster Lou Harry, and Special Guests TammyJo Eckhart, PhD, Creepin’ it Burly, and Transylvanian Lip Treatment.

Two weeks after InCon, I will be back at one of my favorite conventions ever, Shore Leave 42! The recent apocalypse forced both the 2020 and 2021 attempts at SL42 to go virtual, but it’ll be in person this year from 15-17 July in Cockeysville, Maryland. I will be one of more than 40 author guests at this great show, and there will also be actors from Star Trek, Lucifer, The Boys, the Arrowverse, Firefly, and more, plus science guests and music guests (the latter including my band Boogie Knights).

Another doubly postponed convention is Bubonicon 53. I was to be one of the GoHs in 2020, but Bubonicon also went virtual the past two years. From 26-28 August, I will finally be in Albuquerque in person, alongside my fellow GoH Rae Carson, Guest Artist Chaz Kemp, Toastmaster A. Lee Martinez, and a Science Speaker TBA.

I am officially returning to Dragon Con in 2022 as an author guest. It’s always a grand ol’ time at DC, and I’m sure this year, which will be in Atlanta from 1-5 September (Labor Day weekend, as ever), will be just as grand. Expect me to do my usual practical self-defense workshop, some time at Bard’s Tower, and a ton of stuff on various tracks, particularly the American Sci-Fi Classics Track

Finally, I will be the Principal Speaker at Philcon 2022 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey from 18-20 November. I’ve been attending Philcon since 1991, and it’s always been a favorite. In fact, the very first convention I attended as a professional in the SF/F field was Philcon in 1993, as I had just started my job as an associate editor at Byron Preiss. (Prior to that, I’d attended cons either as a fan or as press as part of The Chronic Rift.) It’s a thrill to be the Principal Speaker at this venerable con that dates back to 1936.

These are far from the only shows I’ll be doing this year — I plan to be joining Bard’s Tower for a bunch more shows, for one thing — so keep watching this space.

All of the above is contingent on the apocalypse continuing to subside. I’m continuing to be masked in public, and if things get worse again, I may find myself forced to pull out of some in-person conventions, depending on their policies (as I had to do earlier this year when Omicron was ascendant). We shall see.

my Indiana Comic Con schedule

As mentioned in a previous blog post, I’ll be a guest at Indiana Comic Convention this coming weekend, 15-17 April, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. For the vast majority of the time, I’ll be at Bard’s Tower, Booth 1536 on the vendor floor, but I’m also going to be doing two panels!

Friday

1-2pm: “Down and Out in Fantasy Land: How to Avoid the Old Tropes of Fantasy and How to Change It Up,” w/Brian Anderson, Rick Heinz, and Gama Martinez (Room 138)

Saturday

3-4pm: “Pantser or Outliner: How Do You Write a Novel?” w/Mike Timmins (Room 142)

Sunday

2.30-3.30pm: “How to Not Suck at Storytelling,” w/Rick Heinz and Alexi Vandenberg (Room 138)

Hope to see folks in Indy!

talkin’ Steel 25 years later on the Classics Track

The latest Quarantine Panel on the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track is about the 25th anniversary of the movie Steel starring Shaquille O’Neal, Annabeth Gish, Richard Roundtree, Hill Harper, and Judd Nelson, and which I already eviscerated on the great superhero movie rewatch. Join me, Michael Bailey, Shaun Rosado, and Gary Mitchel to discuss this mediocre adaptation of a character who deserved better.

There’s also a minor bit of April Foolery about halfway through when Leigh Tyberg, Darin Bush, ToniAnn Marini & Kyle McCraw, and Denise Lhamon all show up with their super pets. (Denise then stuck around for the rest of the panel….)

conventions in April!

I’m gonna be at two shows in April 2022!

From 8-10 April I’ll be at Fan Expo Philadelphia at the Bard’s Tower booth, alongside fellow word-slingers Claudia Gray, Dan Wells, and Brian Anderson, comics creators Wendy & Richard Pini, and actor Carlos Ferro.

The following weekend, 15-17 April (Tax Day weekend, and also the weekend prior to my 53rd birthday), I’ll be at the Indiana Comic Convention in Indianapolis, also at the Bard’s Tower booth, alongside authors John Jackson Miller, Gama Ray Martinez, and Rick Heinz, as well as that Ferro fellow.

At both of the above, I might be doing some panels, too, but most of the time I’ll be at the Tower selling and signing my books.

Watch this space for some further announcements, as I’ve got three Author Guest of Honor gigs this year, and two other cons that are confirmed…..