Wednesday April 16, 2014

Come See Me at SLC FanX!

Sandra and I will be at the Salt Lake Comic-Con "Fan Xperience" this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We're exhibiting in booth 2017, and oh! The treasures!

When we moved from two storage units to one warehouse, Sandra began sorting all of the things, and she found some goodies that we thought we'd run out of. We have the very last of the laser-cut acrylic magnets, some posters, some mugs, and a very small collection of the Series 1 Tagon's Toughs coins, numbered in the 300 range. 

We will also have two new pins, Ennesby and Petey, as well as the pictured "Schlock-in-a-Cape" lapel pin, which is a convention-exclusive. Ennesby and Petey will appear in the store, but Caped Schlock you have to get in person. 

As an added treat, if you come by the booth you'll be able to gently rummage through a selection of original artwork for covers, calendars, and assorted other things you might not have seen. Even if you're not ready to buy and display artwork this should be fun for you to peruse.

My schedule is below. The bold items are panels where you can be sure to find me, and the plain text is booth time, probably. Depending on connectivity, you might be able to find me via the @HowardTayler Twitter feed.

THURSDAY

  • 12:00-1:45 - The hall opens, and I'm at my booth
  • 2:00pm -251a- Taking the First Step: Creating an Independent Comic Book
  • 3:30pm-8pm - I'm at my booth, give or take some breaks for food and sanity

FRIDAY

  • 9:00am-11:45am - The hall opens! I'm at my booth.
  • 12:00pm -251a- "Writing Humor"
  • 2:00pm -151a- "Designing Your World: A Guide for Writers and Artists"
  • 3:00pm -255a- "Writing and Mental Health"
  • 4:30pm-8pm - I'm at my booth, again with some give or take.

SATURDAY

  • 9:00am-9:40am - The hall opens. I'm at my booth briefly.
  • 10:00am -355- "A Career in Comics: How to Get Noticed, Get Work, and Stay Employed"
  • 11:15am-1:45pm - Booth time! So busy!
  • 2pm-3pm -205a- "XDM: Xtreme Dungeon Mastery" (and the upcoming Xtreme Player Codex!) with Tracy Hickman
  • 3pm-4:30pm - I'll be at Tracy Hickman's booth signing and sketching YOUR CHARACTER in copies of XDM.
  • 5:00pm -255a "Webcomics: For the Zillionth Time a Comic Convention Names This Discussion Blandly" (subtitle added by me)
  • 6:15pm-8:00pm - At my booth, scrambling to do the last sketches and sell the last convention exclusives before the doors close.

Finally, here is a helpful* map!

 (*For "very teency, hard-to-read, but I think I can see Howard from here" values of "helpful.")

Pre-orders Coming Soon!

We'll be opening pre-orders for Schlock Mercenary: Longshoreman of the Apocalypse on Monday, May 19th, at around 8:00am Mountain Time.

Sandra and I have decided to reduce the number of sketch editions significantly. It's hard on my hand, and it's hard on our schedule, so this time around I'll only be doing 500. These will probably sell out within five days of opening pre-orders, so please plan accordingly. You have just under five weeks before we push the button. 

Numbered sketch editions will be $30 while they last. Unsketched books will be $20.

I'll post reminders each week leading up to May 19th

Vacation! (I am taking one)

We're jumping in the car and heading for Moab. No, the car is not Turbo Schlock, so if you see a green beetle in Moab it's not mine. Unless somebody has stolen my car while we were out.

For the next four days I'm not drawing comics, but I may be writing some, and I'll certainly be writing some other things. I've got at least one piece to edit, maybe two, and three stories in the "contracted work" queue. Sure, I could write these at home, but I'm going on vacation so writing will feel special.

Also special? Family time amid red rocks. Looking forward to it. Back on Friday. Sandra says it's time to go.

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