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I would like to thank The Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy for adding my print books to their permanent collection! That’s Dark Victorian: Risen, Bones, and Sundark: An Elle Black Penny Dread! The Eaton Collection is the world’s largest collection of science fiction & fantasy! http://eaton.ucr.edu/
The Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy is the largest publicly-accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian literature in the world. It is housed in the UC Riverside Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives in the Tomás Rivera Library.
More, later! I’ve tons to do. I do want to thank everyone who bought books and geegaws from me at LosCon 40! Thanks for the support and what a great way to round out this year!
all the best,
Actually, the event info is here, 'tis at the LAX Marriott, with Guest of Honor Catherynne M. Valente (cheer):
I arranged my NOV con schedule waaaay back in the beginning of the year. Who knew I'd poop out so fast and soon. :D I could say it's due to the mending broken foot (and I'm super grateful to the friends and fellow creatives who've come out to share table space and help Lame Me at these shindigs!), but I didn't know waaaay back in Jan or March that I would be deep in certain manuscripts---mostly behind, I'd say---and wanting to have *5* Charm School graphic albums in print.
So that's where my mind dwells. That and I'm quite comfy wearing thermal jammies and drinking hot chocolate. I can swing hot chocolate at the Marriott, maybe, but the pajamas have to stay home. ;)
SEE you at LosCon, if you're going! I will be in the dealer's room with my Dark Victorian and Sundark books. :D
from the site:
In December 1975 the Los Angeles Science Fantasy prepared LA 2000, a special convention to celebrate the club’s 2,000th meeting. The event was so enjoyable that it was repeated in 1976. At this time it moved to October to honor the club’s anniversary and called itself LOSCON for the first time. It was held twice in 1977, the second that year being the first with an official guest of honor, Dr. Jerry Pournelle. By 1978 it had finally settled into an annual November affair, the Los Angeles Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. Then starting with LOSCON 9 in 1982, the Thanksgiving weekend was chosen and became subsequently the traditional date.
Can be used once per day!:
Oops, darn it, I didn't use it on a print book but a CD-Rom version of: Fear, Loathing, and Victorian Xenophobia by Marlene Tromp. ARgh, well, they may cancel my use of the code and charge full price, but that's okay, I'll try with an actual paper book tomorrow! ;)
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Just a reminder! Come to Long Beach Comic-Con, starting tomorrow, 930am! Among the many exhibits, panels, guests, signings, and other events you can enjoy, do browse Artist Alley, where children's book illustrator Kim Dwinell, creator of Surfside Girls, and I (creator of the universe---kidding!), will be displaying books and art, at table AA1007! :)
Long Beach prep pic courtesy of LBCC on Facebook!
The pic shows a private library (and a pretty darn rich one), but I'd love to see this in public libraries.
The WORDS of the book is printed on the tee, you can read every word. That is an amazing achievement of print technology plus design. Link is to Buzzfeed which has 17 tees to see from Litographs.
Then when I visited their site, there was more than tees (totes and posters):
by Yi Shun Lai
"Someone could end up taking it the wrong way. Some poor girl might end up going in search of a Cro-Magnon brow, mistaking it for the only acceptable mark of manliness. She will discard healthy men with happy dispositions (who might have weaker noses or brows), and instead pine after a dark, brooding countenance and a snarl, which she will mistake for romantic expression.
Why, another poor girl might even aspire to find a man with secrets, and mistake those secrets for a puzzle to be solved. She‘ll hunt for men who say, with alarming regularity, “I don’t want to talk about it,” and she’ll misperceive these men as “interesting,” “dark,” “satirical” types.
Still another girl will save herself for a men who “thrill” her, who ignite “passion” and “chemistry,” and she will overlook danger and basic matters of compatibility to be with these passionate, chemical men."
A fun read. :)
If I opened up a book and saw these cute miniatures, I'd just die. ;)
info (from the auction site):
"Important Auction of Miniature Decorative Arts from The Old Salem Toy Museum, October 30, 2010"
TWO EXTREMELY RARE NEEDLEWORK INSTRUCTION BOOKS WITH SAMPLES FROM THE FEMALE MODEL SCHOOL, KILDARE PLACE, DUBLIN, IRELAND, 1833-37.
Comprising "A Concise Account of the Mode of Instructing in Needle-Work... " printed by Thomas I. White, Dublin, 1833, and "Specimens of Needle-Work Executed in the Female Model School..." printed by George Folds, the cover inscribed "Sarah Darby 1837" and including cloth samples of sewing, darning, embroidery, knitting, and miniature clothing. Each in marbleized covers, largest 9 ¼ x 6 inches. (One illustrated)
Provenance: Witney Antiques, Oxon, England.
Auction link: http://northeastauctions.com/search/detail.php?l=317&a=OldSalem2010
( Next year . . . I'm only doing three events. ;) It's been fun but I really want to make more books! )
It is with great pleasure that I announce that children's illustrator and old animation buddy, Kimberly Dwinell, will be sharing Table AA1007 with me, Nov 23 and 24! Come by, come buy! :)
"Celebrated children's illustrator and storyteller Kim Dwinell has worked for animation studios such as Rich, Turner, and Disney and teaches at California State University Long Beach and California State University Fullerton inspiring brilliant, young people to bring their own stories to life. Her highly anticipated graphic novel, Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point, will soon debut. When not teaching, painting, and writing stories, she can be found running or surfing to combat the effects of a chair-bound profession."
To paraphrase. I'm loving this passage from
This is for Sharon Cathcart, who is a very giving person and BookLikes author. Help if you can.
I have to start this post by saying how embarrassed I am to be asking. I'll try to make this as brief as possible.
Suffice it to say that the 50-year-old sewer line (which was cast-iron pipe) at our house gave up.
We have a good contractor, etc., but the part *not* covered by our homeowner's policy is now at approximately $16,000 USD.
I am hoping to raise a third of that via crowdsourcing. Here is the link: http://www.gofundme.com/55otp4
Again, my apologies for asking. A friend suggested that this might be worth a try.
Like that. :)
New kind of color e-reader is being developed in Finland. It's thinner, lighter, with color e-ink and cost effective as it doesn't require electronic charging. It's eco, it takes the energy from the Sun.
Beta tests of powered by solar energy e-reader starts now in November. Several hundreds of readers will read daily newspaper on Leia ePaper which uses this new technology.
Leia ePaper is primarily dedicated for newspapers. Finland reported that last year brought big drops in press branch, including sell and ads. Solar powered e-reader is supposed to be good alternative for printed newspapers.
Many tried for foresee the death of press. Will this new "ecological, inexpensive and always ready to use" e-reader help to shut down printing press?
Just finished with Comikaze Expo 2013, now to catch up on a myriad of things, like---
Dropping the price on one of my e-books! My Gothic steampunk mystery avec a very cool gaslamp superheroine, The Dark Victorian: Bones, is now only a dollar more than Sundark: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B58ZGFK
Though 2nd in the series, it's written to be self-contained and is (yes), hefty, as is often commented to me at events! ;) That's because more characters, more sub-plots, a more dense immersion into this alternate world of a supernatural, mechanical 1880's London.
"I am made of this."
In a mechanical and eldritch Victorian London, a black arts surgeon is ripping out the bones and organs of the healthy poor to transplant into the afflicted bodies of the wealthy. Anti-vivisectionists battle with medical doctors, medical doctors condemn supernatural practitioners, and amidst it all the Bone Stealer hunts for his most elusive prize yet: the skeleton of a woman over six feet tall. Secret Commission agents Art, the artificial ghost, and Jim Dastard, the animated skull, rush to stop him before another woman dies. And Art, only six days living after being resurrected to serve the Secret Commission, might be that woman.
Experience female detective mysteries with a Victorian superheroine:
A gaslamp fantasy in a steampunk, paranormal London, follow the dangerous adventures of an uncanny female sleuth and her senior skull partner set in the same alternate world as Elizabeth Watasin's Victorian Gothic series, The Elle Black Penny Dreads.
THIS Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Kate Danley and I will be at Comikaze Expo 2013 in the LA Convention Center with Elvira, Stan Lee, the Munster mobile, and . . . MANY, MANY more guests and monsters and steampunk and gaming and Quidditch and FUN. Recalling what last year's was like, I'm already excited about the energy this event brings. Not sure how to qualify it except as something one feels when genuinely having a good time, and is pretty darn happy with what she or he sees and experiences. Multiply that by fifty thousand attendees and that spells 'success' to me.
Because nerd stuff, fantasy appreciation, those sort of things, can get too consumerist and media manipulated (you Must see the new film trailer unveiling; you Must attend that movie studio panel in case Johnny Depp shows up). Media cons become stressful. Comikaze, which is in its third year, has somehow hit the formula to keep it enjoyable, and that means for families as well as for nerds on the loose.
There's also the added energy of indies present, whether as actors, wee film studios, projects, Steampunk, comics, crafts people, Goth people, gamers, etc. Unlike corporate brands, indies are Excited about their thing. They meet and connect and more cool energy occurs. When we feel like a con will work for us, rather than us working for the con, we anticipate making things happen. This sort of thing isn't possible in a bloated event, full of corporate islands, major studio events, and too much stimuli.
Growth: I expect Comikaze to change, because that's the nature of such beasts, made up of all the different factors of who attends, who exhibits, who appears, and how the event itself will be run. But regardless, it's one of my best 'surprise' shows I've the pleasure to appear at and exhibit my books. Kate and I will be happy to spend our Halloweeeeen weekend, there. Table AA-1311, right near Stan Lee's Museum. :D We hope to see you! :)