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New York Comic Con 2017

Next month I’m making my first visit to New York Comic Con, where I am a Spotlight Guest! You can find my official schedule here, but it doesn’t include a couple of extras, so here’s my rundown:


Thursday, October 5th

Panel: It’s Technical: Our Future with Robots and More
Time: 12:15 – 1:15 PM
Place: Room 1A18
With:
Annalee Newitz, Sylvain Neuvel, Kirsten Miller, Nathan Hale

Robots. Artificial Intelligence. Smart Everything. How will the tools of technology, whether of human origin or otherwise, shape our lives and cultures? Intelligent and probably not artificially constructed authors Annalee Newitz (Autonomous), Sylvain Neuvel (Sleeping Giants), Kirsten Miller (Otherworld), Nathan Hale (One Trick Pony) , and Adam Christopher (The Ray Electromatic Series) tackle ethical and practical matters with Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Signing: It’s Technical: Our Future with Robots and More
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Place: Autographing Table 23
With:
Annalee Newitz, Sylvain Neuvel, Kirsten Miller, Nathan Hale

Books will be available for purchase at the signing courtesy of The Strand. Of course I’m happy to sign anything you bring, and that includes Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View (more on that below), as there is no official signing for this at the Del Rey Star Wars booth #2104.


Saturday, October 7th

Panel: From a Certain Point of View: A Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Place: Hudson Mercantile – 500 W 36th St
With: Pablo Hidalgo, Benjamin Acker, Meg Cabot, Pierce Brown, Zoraida Córdova, Delilah Dawson, Jason Fry, Kieron Gillen, Claudia Gray, EK Johnston, Mur Lafferty, John Jackson Miller, Daniel Jose Older, Mallory Ortberg, Beth Revis, Cavan Scott, Charles Soule, Marc Thompson, Elizabeth Wein, Chuck Wendig

In 1977 a princess, a farm boy, a scoundrel, a Wookiee, two droids, an old wizard, and a man in black set us off on a galaxy full of adventure. Forty years later, join an all-star panel of authors to celebrate the legacy of Star Wars with a new anthology that retells the story of Star Wars through the eyes of the background characters and creatures that bring the galaxy to life.

Moderated by Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo, this unique panel promises fun new insights into the characters and scenes of the film that you think you know, and features a rotating cast of more than a dozen Star Wars authors and contributors, including but not limited to: Ben Acker, Pierce Brown, Adam Christopher, Zoraida Cordova, Delilah Dawson, Jason Fry, Kieron Gillen, Claudia Gray, EK Johnston, Mur Lafferty, John Jackson Miller, Daniel José Older, Mallory Ortberg, Beth Revis, Cavan Scott, Charles Soule, Marc Thompson, Elizabeth Wein, and Chuck Wendig.

This is the biggie! So big, it’s a separate, ticketed event – full details are here. Tickets are $45, and they include a copy of the New York Comic Con exclusive cover edition of Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View signed by (I think) 13 contributors (more on that below!). A ticket to New York Comic Con is not required in order to attend, so if you’re in town on Saturday but not at the con itself you can still come along.


Sunday, October 8th

Signing: Tor Books
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Place: :
Tor Books, booth #2136

My other official signing slot – again, books will be on sale, and I’m also happy to sign whatever you bring along, including Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View.


That’s it for my schedule!

If you are at the con and you want to get the convention exclusive cover edition of Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, all the info you need is here. The book is $40 from the Del Rey Star Wars booth (#2104), there are only 600 copies, and you need a wristband to get a copy. Unless, that is, you come to the Saturday panel, as your $45 ticket includes the book.

The booth will also be selling the regular edition of the anthology.

The con exclusive cover is a rather fine piece of work by non other than Will Staehle, who – by complete coincidence – happens to have designed all of my covers, bar the tie-in books (click the image below to embiggen!). Seems I just can’t shake him off…


See you in New York!

San Diego Comic Con 2016 schedule

Next week I’m off to San Diego Comic Con, which is quite possibly the greatest show on Earth. Here’s my schedule:


Thursday, July 21st

Signing: Dark Circle Comics
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Place: Archie Comics, Booth #1829, Exhibition Hall
With:
Duane Swierczynski (Black Hood) and Frank Tieri (The Hangman)

This is my only signing of the con, so I’ll be happy to sign books as well as copies of The Shield, which I co-write with Chuck Wendig. Speaking of Chuck, his own SDCC schedule is up here.


Friday, July 22nd

The Annual International Association of Media and Tie-In Writers Awards Panel
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Place: Room 28DE
With: Michael A. Black (
Executioner), Matt Forbeck (Halo), Glenn Hauman (Star Trek), Nancy Holder (Crimson Peak), R. L. King (Shadowrun), Jonathan Maberry (Wolfman), Andy Mangels (X-Files), Cavan Scott (Pathfinder), and Marv Wolfman (Batman), moderated by Max Allan Collins (Mike Hammer)

My Elementary novel, The Ghost Line, is nominated for Best Original Novel – General… so I shall be nervously awaiting the result while the 11 (!!) of us chat on the panel.


And that’s it! Otherwise I’ll be around the whole time, trying not to buy anything…

Updated Phoenix Comic Con schedule

Quick update to my schedule for Phoenix Comic Con next week.

Thursday, June 2nd

Exhibitor Hall Signing
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Place: Exhibitor hall signing area


Friday, June 3rd

Spotlight: Adam Christopher
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Place: North 128A

Now, I swear I had nothing to do with the official blurb for this spotlight:

Comics, super-heroes, and science fiction Adam Christopher does it all, come geek out with one of Tor’s most celebrated authors.

… but, okay, I’ll take it :p

I guess this is an hour of me talking about… me? I shall try to make that more interesting than it sounds, and there may quite possibly be one or two things to give away too.

Signing Lounge
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Place: North 127AB Author Signings.

Exhibitor Hall Signing
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Place: Exhibitor hall signing area


Saturday, June 4th

Crossing the Streams: Genre Splicing
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Place: North 128A
With: Aprilynne PikeMichael MartinezNeo Edmund and Yvonne Navarro.

My favourite topic! Should be good.

It’s too much to ask genres to stay neat and organized. As the number of genres grow, so too does the chance for cross-genres to be born. Our panelists discuss what happens stories refuse to stay in one genre and behave.

Beyond the Comics: Superheroes in Literature
Time: 12:00  – 1:00 PM
Place: North 128A
With: Lexie DunneRyan Dalton and Weston Ochse

My other favourite topic!

With superheroes being more popular than ever, superhero fiction is on the rise. Or panelists discuss the next tall building for this genre to leap.

Signing
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Place: North 127AB Author Signings.

Exhibitor Hall Signing
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Place: Exhibitor hall signing area


Sunday, June 5th

Shared Worlds
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: North 128A (I’m sensing a theme here)
With: Jody Lynn NyeNeo Edmund and Yvonne Navarro

From the panel description:

Some names carry the weight of a legacy with them.  Authors who work in shared worlds are tasked with not only coming up with original creations, but building on what’s come before.  Our panelists discuss establishing and helping legacy worlds.

Someone Else’s Sandbox
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Place: North 128B
With: Alan Dean FosterMichael Kogge and Yvonne Navarro

My chance to waffle on about how much fun I had with Elementary and The Shield, I think:

TV, Film, Comics, RPGs every property has a story to tell, these are the author who flesh out our favorite visual universes. Join these media-tie in craftspeople in a discussion about writing in someone else’s sandbox.

Signing Lounge
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Place: North 127AB Author Signings.


Also,  Wednesday June 1st, is Elevengeddon at The Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale (4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 8525) featuring me and Kevin Hearne, Brandon Sanderson, V.E. Schwab, Pierce Brown, Mary Robinette Kowal, Scott Sigler, Dan Wells, Beth Cato, Jason Hough, Django Wexler, Leanna Renee Hieber, Adam Christopher, Michael J. Sullivan, Sam Sykes, Michael Martinez, Ryan Dalton, and Tom Leveen.

Coloured wristbands for the signing will be issued started at 6pm, signing itself starts at 7pm.

Phoenix Comic Con 2016

I can hardly believe this has come up so fast, but next week I’m off to Phoenix Comic Con! This is my first year as a guest, and as I’ve heard so many great things about the con, I’m really looking forward to it.

You can find the full schedule for all the guests, not to mention a venue map, over at the main PHXCC website, but here’s where I’ll be:

Thursday, June 2nd

Totally Tor
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Place: North 129A

I’m not actually on this panel – in fact, it’s a one-woman show from my own publicist:

What’s new from Tor! Join Patty Garcia, Director of Publicity for Tor Books as she takes you through current and upcoming releases, and a take a sneak peak at big titles coming in 2017! Raffle and giveaways throughout the presentation.

But, I’ll likely be there, possibly to heckle, more likely to sign anything with my name on it, should the need arise!


Friday, June 3rd

Spotlight: Adam Christopher
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Place: North 128A

Now, I swear I had nothing to do with the official blurb for this spotlight:

Comics, super-heroes, and science fiction Adam Christopher does it all, come geek out with one of Tor’s most celebrated authors.

… but, okay, I’ll take it :p

I guess this is an hour of me talking about… me? I shall try to make that more interesting than it sounds, and there may quite possibly be one or two things to give away too.


Saturday, June 4th

Crossing the Streams: Genre Splicing
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Place: North 128A
With: Aprilynne PikeMichael MartinezNeo Edmund and Yvonne Navarro.

No panel description up yet, but everyone on the panel has written cross-genre or genre mash-up fiction of some kind. My favourite topic! Should be good.

Beyond the Comics: Superheroes in Literature
Time: 12:00  – 1:00 PM
Place: North 128A
With: Lexie DunneRyan Dalton and Weston Ochse

My other favourite topic!

With superheroes being more popular than ever, superhero fiction is on the rise. Or panelists discuss the next tall building for this genre to leap.


Sunday, June 5th

Shared Worlds
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: North 128A (I’m sensing a theme here)
With: Jody Lynn NyeNeo Edmund and Yvonne Navarro

From the panel description:

Some names carry the weight of a legacy with them.  Authors who work in shared worlds are tasked with not only coming up with original creations, but building on what’s come before.  Our panelists discuss establishing and helping legacy worlds.

Someone Else’s Sandbox
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Place: North 128B
With: Alan Dean FosterMichael Kogge and Yvonne Navarro

My chance to waffle on about how much fun I had with Elementary and The Shield, I think:

TV, Film, Comics, RPGs every property has a story to tell, these are the author who flesh out our favorite visual universes. Join these media-tie in craftspeople in a discussion about writing in someone else’s sandbox.


And that’s it for me.! Other than those panels, I’ll be around PHXCC for the whole thing from Thursday June 2nd.

Actually, I’ll be around from Wednesday June 1st, and will be joining a bazillion (well, seventeen) other authors over at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale (4014 N Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 8525) for Elevengeddon, aka a mass signing, which kicks off at 7pm. Come along and get your swag signed by me and Kevin Hearne, Brandon Sanderson, V.E. Schwab, Pierce Brown, Mary Robinette Kowal, Scott Sigler, Dan Wells, Beth Cato, Jason Hough, Django Wexler, Leanna Renee Hieber, Adam Christopher, Michael J. Sullivan, Sam Sykes, Michael Martinez, Ryan Dalton, and Tom Leveen.

Phew!

Elevengeddon will be hosted by Kevin, and many thanks to him for organising this authorial hoe-down. Full details, including the directions, can be found here. I understand The Poisoned Pen should have plenty of stock for sale, but you can always get in touch with the store and put in an order ahead of time.

See you in Arizona!

2015 end of year round-up

Turns out 2015 was pretty busy for me, and included a number of firsts! So here’s a quick run down of what happened…

I had three books out this year:

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Elementary: The Ghost Line came out in February, and was my first tie-in novel, for one of my favourite TV shows. One to tick off the bucket list! Two more Elementary novels are on the way, with the second one – Blood and Ink – out in April 2016.

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The Machine Awakes was out in April, the second in my three-book space opera series. The final volume, The Dead Stars, is out in Summer 2017.

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And this was the big one – Made to Kill, the first book in The LA Trilogy, came out in November. A lot of stuff happened with that book – it was an Indie Next Pick for December and I did two book tours on that back of it. You can read more about the adventures of Made to Kill here.

This year also saw my first pro comics work, with the first issue of The Shield dropping in October from Dark Circle Comics, the superhero imprint of Archie Comics.

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The Shield is co-written with Chuck Wendig, with art by Drew Johnson, colours by Kelly Fitzpatrick, and letters by Rachel Deering. Issue two is due early 2016, and hopefully we’ll be on a more regular schedule after that.

Writing-wise, I was so busy this year I kinda lost track. I know I wrote Elementary: Blood and Ink, The Dead Stars, and the first novel in another tie-in trilogy I can’t talk about yet, as well as issues of The Shield with Chuck, and about a dozen or so pitches and proposals for other comics. It was all a little crazy and nearly broke my brain, but hopefully that work will all pay off.

As I mentioned, a lot of stuff happened with Made to Kill, which resulted in a number of other first-time experiences and some amazing opportunities. In July, I went on my first book tour to support the book – which was still five months away – starting with the Locus Awards in Seattle, travelling down the West Coast, and ending up at my first San Diego Comic Con.

Me and Daryl Gregory and our Hawaiian shirts at the Locus awards.

That trip was amazing – I met booksellers and toured their stores, I signed roughly five billion ARCs at the American Library Association expo in San Francisco…

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…having negotiated my way through the amazing pride parade (the Supreme Court having just ruled the ban on same sex marriages unconstitutional, so you can imagine atmosphere and the crowds!), and I had the most incredible SDCC experience.

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Actually, SDCC was probably the highlight of my year. I was braced for sheer insanity and a mind-numbing volume of bodies… and I loved every minute. I had a Made to Kill ARC signing with a queue that had its own queue. I was on an SF panel in a ballroom packed to standing. I was on the Dark Circle Comics panel. I met hung out with Mixmaster Mike…

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…I was pushed out of the way by Guillermo del Toro’s bodyguards, and I met loads of friends I had only ever known online, and me and Chuck got to admire The Shield in person. Kinda.

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Oh, and I saw Rey’s speeder!

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But it was also a very businessy con – more than I had expected. I did at least four interviews, two of which were on video, one of which was for the SyFy channel. I had meetings on meetings, including one scheduled for midnight as that’s how busy everyone was.

I think I’m hooked for life.

In November, I did a second book tour, this time hitting the East Coast. Made to Kill was published on November 3rd, and we kicked it off with a joint Shield/M2K launch party at KGB in NYC. Then I headed up to World Fantasy in Saratoga Springs, before a multi-city tour that included my second television interview (this time on the breakfast news on CBS6 in Richmond, Virginia) and bookstore events with Max Gladstone, Chuck, and Mur Lafferty.

And to go with the tours and all the Made to Kill goings-on, my publisher created my first book-specific website, and even made a trailer!

And I’m forever grateful to them – my editor Miriam and my publicist Patty, and everyone else who supported Made to Kill, for the opportunities that came along. Book tours are increasingly rare, and the efforts that went on behind the scenes to give this novel the best launch possible were gargantuan. I’m very lucky, and I know it.

Finally, I rounded off the year with another little book deal, this time for a novella for Tor.com – Standard Hollywood Depravity, a Ray Electromatic Mystery, will be out around September/October 2016, and will set the scene for the second novel, Killing is My Business, which is out in January 2017.

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So that was 2015. What about 2016?

The first bit of next year is going to be busy – if not busier – than 2015 was, but one of my goals is to slow down a little. This year was too busy, and there are a couple of upcoming projects I need to stretch my legs on. If I can hit the middle of the year and have stayed on target, then it’ll be golden.

I have three books out in 2016:

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  • Elementary: Blood and Ink is out in April.
  • Also out in April (I think) is the first of another tie-in trilogy that I can’t talk about yet, so you ain’t seen me, right?
  • October/November is the Tor.com novella, Standard Hollywood Depravity.

I also have some more comics coming:

  • The Shield continues, with issue 2 coming in the early part of the year, and then, as mentioned, hopefully we’ll hit a more regular schedule.
  • I have another one-shot on the way. Can’t talk about it.
  • I have two other projects on the go, both creator-owned. I’m not entirely sure either will appear in 2016, but I’m hopeful. And no, I can’t talk about those either.

Writing-wise, there’s a lot to do – a novella, at least five novels, however many comic scripts, a rewrite, and a half-done novel to resurrect and finish. Err, yeah, should keep me busy. With that in mind, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to be more organised – I am quite well organised already, but there is more I can do in that regard.

I’ll also be travelling a fair bit – I’ll be at Phoenix Comic Con, San Diego Comic Con, and if I can swing it, New York Comic Con. I’m not sure about UK events yet, although EasterCon is practically on my doorstep next year so I might go along.

Phew! I hope everyone has a good New Year’s Eve, and I’ll see you in 2016!

The MADE TO KILL trailer, Indie Next Pick, and US book tour!

Publishing is a weird business. When you start a project, the publication date can be just a distant point on the horizon. You can work on a book for months, even years, before handing it in to your editor, and then there is still a year or more of work ahead of you–editorial comments, copy edits, page proofs, cover discussions. The list goes on. You can live with a book for so long that it feels as familiar as an old friend.

And then, out of nowhere, the publication date is suddenly, amazingly, right there.

All of which is to say that Made to Kill, my new novel, is out in one week today – Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015.

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To mark the release, my US publisher, Tor, has created a book trailer!

I have to say, I can’t stop smiling at that. It’s absolutely pitch perfect. And, as you’ll see by the badge at the end, Made to Kill is an Indie Next Pick for December 2015!

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This is a rare honour for a science fiction novel, and I’m utterly delighted. I’ll have more info on that when the full Indie Next list is published.

But wait, there’s more! With Made to Kill just a week away, I’m off on a US book tour! Here’s the schedule:

Ÿ— November 3rd, 2015: New York, NY

Launch party! WORD Presents: An Evening with Tor Books and Dark Circle Comics featuring Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig

Celebrating the launch of Adam Christopher’s Made to Kill and The Shield with Chuck Wendig

7:00pm, KGB Bar-Red Room, 85 E 4th Street, New York, NY

— November 4th, 2015: Saratoga Springs, NY

Tor 25th Anniversary Celebration

7:00pm, North shire Books, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY

— November 5th-8th, 2015: Saratoga Springs, NY

World Fantasy Convention (www.wfc2015.org)

— November 9th, 2015: Milford, NH

Happy Hour with Adam Christopher! Food and drinks for a great way to start the week!

5:30pm, The Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua Street, Lorden Plaza, Milford, NH 03055

— November 10th, 2015: Cambridge, MA

With Max Gladstone!

6:00pm, Pandemonium Books and Games, 4 Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA

— November 11th, 2015: Lexington, KY

7:00pm, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, KY 40503

— November 12th, 2015: Richmond, VA

6:30pm, Fountain Books, 1312 E Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219

— November 13th, 2015: Doylestown, PA

Geekadelphia Presents: An Evening with Tor Books and Dark Circle Comics featuring Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig

6:30pm, Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901

— November 14th, 2015: Chapel Hill, NC

With Mur Lafferty!

6:00pm, Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Phew! That’s quite a tour – two weeks on the road, which I’m going to try and blog each day, wi-fi permitting! I have no programming at WFC, but you will no doubt be able to find me in the bar. Meanwhile, there’s a cool poster for the NYC event:

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So if you’re somewhere along the tour route, it would be great to see you!

In the meantime, you can learn more about Made to Kill over at TheLATrilogy.com, where you can find an excerpt, more info on the story and characters, and also the free prequel novelette, Brisk Money. You can also subscribe to my new newsletter, which is coming soon, and which I think has one or two goodies lined up.

And finally, some pre-order links! Pre-orders are important for both the publisher and the author, so here are a few options:

Made to Kill is out in North America as a hardcover and ebook from Tor Books:

Buy Made to Kill at Amazon US
Buy Made to Kill at Barnes & Noble
Buy Made to Kill at Indiebound
Buy Made to Kill at the iBookstore US

…and in the UK as a paperback and ebook from Titan Books:

Buy Made to Kill at Amazon UK
Buy Made to Kill at Waterstones
Buy Made to Kill at WH Smith
Buy Made to Kill at Hive

There is also an audiobook coming from Macmillan audio–I’ll have links for that ASAP.

Right, back to work–and I’ll see some of you next week, I hope!

Where to find me at Nine Worlds 2015

Next week I’ll be heading down to London for Nine Worlds 2015 – unfortunately due to work commitments I’m only there for one day – Sunday 9th August – but here is where you can find me:

10:00am
The Books of Doctor Who – Just how many are there anyway?
Royal C&D, 10:00am – 11:15am (Doctor Who)
with Sarah Groenewegen, Simon Guerrier, Paul Cornell
Over the past fifty years there’ve been a truly terrifying number of Doctor Who books published. From the Target novelisations of the classic series stories to the New Adventures of the nineties, the record-breaking Eighth Doctor Adventures, and the tie-ins of the New Series. What great stories can be found in Doctor Who books? How have the books influenced your views of Doctor Who?


1:30pm
The Many Roads Into Comics – Four creators discuss their way into graphic narrative
Connaught A, 1:30pm – 2:45pm (Comics)
with Maki Yamazaki, Paul Cornell, Emma Vieceli
Adam Christopher, Paul Cornell, Emma Vieceli and Maki Yamazaki talk about how they got to where they are and why they made the choices they did in shaping their careers. How much of it is luck? How much can you influence the process?

3:15pm
Writing the Other
Commonwealth West, 3:15pm – 4:30pm (All of the Books)
with Stark Holborn, Stephen Aryan, Emma Newman, Guy Haley, Naomi Foyle
There’s no description for this panel on the Nine Worlds website, but you get the gist from the title – this panel is about writing the other: other cultures, characters, people who are not you. Should be a good one.

5:00pm
The Top 5 Who Stories – …chosen to be saved from destruction
Royal C&D, 5:00pm – 6:15pm (Doctor Who)
with Katherine Jay, Amy (such_heights), Laurie Penny
There’s been a disaster in the space/time vortex! All of Doctor Who is about to be destroyed. Only our panellists can save five stories. Which five will they be and why? Will they co-operate with their fellow panellists to reach a compromise, or stand firm with their favourites and tut as they defend what are clearly appalling stories while all of Doctor Who is lost forever?

The full schedule and guest list can be found at NineWorlds.co.uk. See you in Heathrow!

What I did in San Diego…

SDCC 2015 was a million years ago now, so I’m not going to blog about it. Much. Chuck Wendig did a better job here. Zen Cho’s excellent rundown is here.

It was my first SDCC, and actually… I had a blast. It was infernally busy, hellishly large, and diabolical fun. I got (very) lucky and managed to snag my Hasbro exclusives (but I did miss out on the LEGO). My panels had packed rooms. My signing line at the Tor booth was so long it needed to have it’s own line.

SDCC was good.

It was also very businessy — in fact, it was probably the most businessy con I’ve been too, which is great. I had a lot of meetings, and have a lost of post-con work to get through.

So instead of a blow-by-blow account, here’s ten pictures!

SDCC is... big. Very big.

SDCC is… big. Very big.

Made to Kill was at the Tor Books booth...

Made to Kill was at the Tor Books booth…

...while The Shield was on show at the Archie Comics booth.

…while The Shield was on show at the Archie Comics booth.

Me and Shield co-writer Chuck Wendig got to a rare chance to hang out.

Me and Shield co-writer Chuck Wendig got to a rare chance to hang out.

Some of the Dark Circle Comics crew - from the left, editor Alex Segura, Hangman writer Frank Tieri, Shield artist Drew Johnson, Archie editorial staffer Joe Morciglio, and me.

Some of the Dark Circle Comics crew – from the left, editor Alex Segura, Hangman writer Frank Tieri, Shield artist Drew Johnson, Archie editorial staffer Joe Morciglio, and me.

I also got to hang out with (from the left) Chuck, Gary Whitta, Robert Brockaway, and Veronica Belmont...

I also got to hang out with (from the left) Chuck, Gary Whitta, Robert Brockaway, and Veronica Belmont…

...and Batgirl Sarah Chrisp (who, incidentally, works at my local comic shop here in Macclesfield)...

…and Batgirl Sarah Chrisp (who, incidentally, works at my local comic shop here in Macclesfield)…

...the Fourth Doctor...

…the Fourth Doctor…

...and Mixmaster Mike. Yes, seriously.

…and Mixmaster Mike. Yes, seriously.

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San Diego is a lovely city – Chuck, me, and Paul Cornell enjoying the view from the roof of the public library.

SDCC was actually the final part of a three-week bookseller tour that took me from Seattle to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Phoenix, in support of my forthcoming novel, Made to Kill. You can check out the gallery of photos from the tour — including more shots from SDCC–over at TheLaTrilogy.com.

 

My San Diego Comic Con schedule

I’ve been in the US for a couple of weeks on my bookseller happy hour tour, but tomorrow I head down to San Diego for the biggest geek fest on the planet.

And here is where you can find me:

Thursday, July 9

The Resurgence of Science Fiction (panel)
1:00-2:00pm, Room 32AB
with Margaret Stohl, Mel Odom, Peter Clines, Chris Weitz, Jason Hough

The Resurgence of Science Fiction (signing)
3:00-4:00pm, Sails Pavillion
with authors from the above panel; limited quantities of Made to Kill ARCs will be available

Friday, July 10

Dark Circle Comics signing
12:00-1:00pm, Archie Comics booth #1829

SherlockeDCC mini-con/party
7:00pm to late, San Diego Public Library
Note: this is a ticketed event with no door sales

Saturday, July 11

Dark Circle Comics (panel)
1:00-2:00pm, Room 29AB
Get in on the ground floor of 2015’s most ambitious comics imprint as Alex Segura (editor of Dark Circle Comics), Mike Pellerito (president of Archie Comics), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (chief creative officer), and key talent Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig (co-writers, The Shield), and Frank Tieri (writer,The Hangman) expand the cinematic and literary universe of titles coming from Dark Circle Comics, including The Black Hood, The Shield, and The Hangman.

Dark Circle Comics signing
2:00-3:00pm, Archie Comics booth #1829

Tor Books signing
5:00-6:00pm, Tor Books booth #2707
Limited quantities of Made to Kill ARCs will be available

Aside from those appearances, if you see me wandering around, please do say hello!

Drew Johnson joins THE SHIELD and I return to the Brooklyn brownstone for ELEMENTARY book #2!

Comic Book Resources broke the news in an exclusive yesterday – we’ve had a change of artist on The Shield, and I’m rather delighted to say our new chap on the job is Drew Johnson.

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Drew is a superb artist, well known for his work on Wonder Woman. Just check out that promo image he conjured up to go with the CBR announcement, with brilliant colours by Kelly Fitzpatrick.

The switch does mean that The Shield #1 has been pushed back to July – full details, including updated soliciations, are at the link.

In other news, I’m happy to confirm what was really a not particularly closely guarded secret – I’m back to write the second Elementary tie-in novel. Yay! And I can’t wait to get stuck in – the book doesn’t have a title yet, and the release date is what you might call “up in the air”, but I can promise another rip-roaring New York adventure for Sherlock and Joan.

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Huzzah! More info on that title as I have it. In the meantime, if you’re curious about the first book in the series, The Ghost Line, you can read a wee excerpt here, and then you can jump here for some order links.

And for any Holmes fans heading to the SherlockeDCC night during San Diego Comic Con, hosted by the wonderful Baker Street Babes – I will see you there!