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'Tis Nyte! by Elizabeth Watasin

Gothic Steampunk Gaslamp Fantasy. Bringing you uncanny heroines in shilling shockers and adventuress tales.

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Sisters of the Extreme: Women Writing on the Drug Experience
Cynthia Palmer,Michael Horowitz,Antonio Escohotado
The Great Victorian Cookbook
John Midgley
The Victorian Kitchen
Jennifer Davies
Victorian Garden, The
Allison Kyle Leopold
Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady
Kate Summerscale
Bright Paradise: Victorian Scientific Travellers
Peter Raby
In The Eye of The Beholder: A Novel of The Phantom of the Opera
Sharon E. Cathcart
King Khama, Emperor Joe, and the Great White Queen: Victorian Britain through African Eyes 1st Edition ( Paperback ) by Parsons, Neil pulished by University Of Chicago Press

Before I forget! Last 4 days of this "cover reveal" giveaway by the gracious Melanie Karsak for my new Dark Victorian: Risen cover! Thank you, Melanie!




And because I never get tired of thanking the people involved in making this cover happen, here are the credits again! :D


photo cover credits:
Phatpuppy Art http://phatpuppyart.com/ and Elizabeth Watasin http://a-girlstudio.com
Typography: Tom Orzechowski http://serifsup.com/
Model: Elizabeth Worth (http://www.modelmayhem.com/3122503)
Custom Wardrobe Creation: Cavalyn Galano Cavalyn (https://www.facebook.com/CavalynDesign)
Makeup/Hair: Nadya Rutman (www.bynadya.com )
Photography: Teresa Yeh Photography (www.teresayeh.com)

Me (in the hat), "LGBT Comics for Young Readers" panel, San Diego Comic-Con 2014
Me (in the hat), "LGBT Comics for Young Readers" panel, San Diego Comic-Con 2014

In one hour! For Real this time! HEAR ME on Krypton Radio at 7pm Pacific! Hit the button in the upper right of the link to listen in!


Laura Davis sez: "Coming up on Krypton Radio: Join DJ Gary daBaum for a San Diego Comic-Con International Round-up show TONIGHT, starting at 7 PM, Pacific! Gary will be re-airing Willow Leafstorm's exclusive interviews with Steam Powered Giraffe, Bill Plympton, Author/Illustrator Elizabeth Watasin, and more! He may even have some of the KR SDCC Coverage team dropping by to chat about the con!" ‪#‎SDCC‬ ‪#‎ComicCon‬ ‪#‎SteamPoweredGiraffe‬ ‪#‎BillPlympton‬, ‪#‎ElizabethWatasin‬ ‪#‎LeagueofSTEAM‬




I ought to share thoughts post-con of the mega-loth that is SDCC. And it's all good. But first: ice cream! Please enjoy the broadcast! :)

(Reblog!) A "Healthy" Corset in Red Silk, 1889

Reblogged from Reflections:

I'm SOLD! ha ha! :D




Two Nerdy History Girls found this surprisingly lovely red silk corset in New York City’s Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Described as “healthy” because it’s made using coraline, a plant-based material more flexible than whalebone or steel, it was created by "regularly educated physicians" at the Warner Brothers Company of Bridgeport, CT. Here’s their almost charming sales pitch:


"Coraline...is more pliable and yielding to the movements of the body. The object of stiffness in a corset is not to convert the form into a rigid statue, to paralyze the action of the heart and lungs, to destroy a woman's comfort and to ruin her health...All the benefit a corset can give is to afford just that degree of rigidity to the waist and chest which shall give graceful curves to the contour of the body, and enable the dress to fit smoothly...[with] the ease, comfort, elasticity and grace of action which come from wearing a Coraline Corset...[in place of] her former instrument of torture."



Blog Link

Source: http://jaylia3.booklikes.com/post/942203/a-healthy-corset-in-red-silk-1889

Krypton Radio covers San Diego Comic-Con 2014 (and Me!)

The masses descend on San Diego! The mad-dom (far beyond 'madhouse') begins! Friday, after I sat on the "LGBT Comics for Young Readers" with creators like the writer for the LumberJanes (Boom! Comics) and Kevin Keller (Archie Comics) artist, Dan Parent, I had the pleasure of taking respite with steampunk and swingtastic deejay Willow Leafstorm of Krypton Radio in the SDCC press room.


THERE, she asked me all sorts of keen questions about Charm School's world and Artifice of my Dark Victorian series. It was a jolly pleasant tyme, I say! ^,.,^


READ an in-depth write-up of the interview by the equally keen Aly Runke HERE:




And activate your live-streaming of Krypton Radio's broadcasts for a recap of their SDCC coverage (including my chat with Willow Leafstorm) at 1030pm PACIFIC. Click the upper right hand button to LISTEN IN!


Because they got more to come. TONIGHT, more madness descends on San Diego; many, many crazy happenings, including the Masquerade. :-o

( It's Preview Night, which means ~ ~ )

Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists, 1896-2013 - Trina Robbins

It Begins! (TRUMPETS)


My San Diego Comic-Con schedule: (besides *hopefully* catching Trina Robbins and Lily Renee !!! at Fantagraphics--Pretty In Ink is Trina's latest 'herstorian' book!)


2-3pm Rm 28DE FRI, I'll be joining the panel "LGBT Comics for Young Readers".
4-6pm Booth 2144 FRI, Prism Comics, come see me, the new Charm School Graphique, and my Dark Victorian books!


Everyone have a Great and Safe tyme! ^v^

Del Rey/Hydra taking pitches at SDCC:

'Ello! They are taking pitches! I wouldn't mind trying my hand (probably would stumble the pitch, it takes practice), but I won't be there the Saturday. :-(



Heading to San Diego Comic Con? You should swing by booth #1514 and say hi to Team Del Rey! We have a lot of exciting panels and signings lined up, as well as a San Diego Comic Con exclusive giveaway of Bryan Lee O'Malley's latest graphic novel, Seconds.

We'll also be doing book pitch sessions at the convention! On Saturday, July 26th, you can meet with Del Rey/Hydra editor Sarah Peed to pitch your original science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories. Don't forget to sign up at the booth to reserve your 5-minute session!

For the full schedule of Del Rey Spectra/Hydra events, click here.

SDCC Exhibitor Floor (partial map)
SDCC Exhibitor Floor (partial map)
SDCC upper level (part of the map)
SDCC upper level (part of the map)

O San Diego Comic Con, you gloriously bloated monster, you!


These maps are probably going to break my Booklikes blog format (or, they'll just become itty bitty re-sized graphics). It's not possible to get the entire scope of the convention venue in one graphic because of the length of the building itself.


I'd attended my first SD comic-con in 1990 (in a hotel---with stained carpeting). When it moved into the convention center, it was about half the size it is now because the 'new' half hadn't been built yet. But the con, at the very beginning, had a big energy about it, the kind from the once-a-year convergence of every creative heart and keen IP manager looking to get out of their hovels and offices and Sell, be somewhere, connect, and make things happen. Oh, and add to that readers and fans wanting to buy buy buy and see see see stuff they couldn't acquire or experience anywhere else. 


Someone who'd paid attention over the years could probably (more accurately) put SDCC's transformation and growth in perspective, but when the con doubled in size and filled out the entire massive (with new addition) venue, I thought it was because there were even more comic book publishers, toy retailers, the new presence of video gamers, small film studios, and the emergence of small press (essentially, very successful self-publishers).


Growth means change, of course, and SDCC's (formerly SDCI---San Diego ComicCon International), transitions have been fascinatingly organic. All the aforementioned--toy makers, publishers, studios--rose and fell like wee islands in SDCC's ocean planet. Agonizing as it is for we little people to lose opportunities to such natural occurrences, none of it can affect SDCC; it is now far too big. Corporate names like Mattel, Lego, LucasFilm, and Random House have moved in. The nature and needs of the attendees have changed. The event is currently so bloated, one can spend more time trying to survive it rather than enjoy it and for a creator, trying to connect in it.


I was invited to do a panel and will also have booth time with the gracious Prism Comics to tout my Dark Victorian books and Charm School. It's only for the Friday, though it would have been very prudent (if at all possible), to have gotten one night to stay over as it's a 3 hr trek from and to LA. SDCC may be the very biggest media event on the planet, but attending it and especially working it means keeping it manageable and (somehow), fun. ;) IT BEGINS Wednesday night and runs to Sunday, which is why even though I know half the universe is *right this minute* in San Diego to prep, I gotta share my appearance maps now. :)


This thing, this monster. It will continue to change and I will, at least for the Friday, change for it too. :) GOING? I will SEE YOU THERE.



Dark Victorian: Risen GIVEAWAY! Hosted by Melanie Karsak

To be seen LIVE, for the first time, at SDCC! (toot, ballyhoo!)


On the occasion of my appearing at San Diego Comic Con (Booth 2144, graciously hosted by Prism Comics), and on the panel: LGBT Comics for Young Readers (2-3pm, FRIDAY, Rm 28DE---we bring the NEW, gorgeous Dark Victorian: RISEN, to be seen, touched, (fondled), and coveted by the multitudes of SDCC!


DV_RISEN_photo-cover-EBOOK-AMAZON copy


For those who can't make it that crazy event, here is a giveaway, hosted by the amazing Melanie Karsak! Go here to enter:



Win!! If you already have your copy, tell a friend! And thank you, Melanie! :D


The new Dark Victorian: RISEN cover!
The new Dark Victorian: RISEN cover!

And now . . . COVER REVEAL! To be seen in public for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, booth 2144, hosted by the gracious Prism Comics! Thanks to everyone involved in the making of this gorgeous cover! ^,.,^


I'd shared some of the 'making of' earlier in the blog. I just want to say again how wonderful everyone was who worked on making my character, Artifice, a reality. Isn't the model pretty? :D


And the dress!! I can go on and on. Instead, here are the credits:


Photo cover credits:

Phatpuppy Art http://phatpuppyart.com/

 and Elizabeth Watasin a-girlstudio.com

Typography: Tom Orzechowski http://serifsup.com/

Model: Elizabeth Worth (http://www.modelmayhem.com/3122503)

Custom Wardrobe Creation: Cavalyn Galano (https://www.facebook.com/CavalynDesign)

Makeup/Hair: Nadya Rutman (www.bynadya.com  )

Photography: Teresa Yeh Photography (www.teresayeh.com)

book bag, Bodleian Library Store, University of Oxford
book bag, Bodleian Library Store, University of Oxford

Saw this pic, found the link to the book bag. I love museum and library stores. :D


"Before the advent of dust-jackets many books, especially those for children, were bound in brightly coloured cloth with pictorial blocking in gold and colours, here a splendid shelf of colourful books from the Bodleian's Opie collection appear on this sturdy bag."




Someday, maybe, ah, who knows. I'd love to have a cloth-bound children's book made, with gold letters and such. But even Books of Wonder couldn't quite pull off that feeling of a turn-of-the-century book with their re-issued OZ series.


Lost arts. Well, we can dream and make facsimiles. :)

The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People, and ... Mine

Reblogged from Kate says:


I sleep like Charles Dickens, work (creative work) like Benjamin Franklin, have fun like Tchaikovsky, and drink like Vonnegut ;-)



I've found this amazing chart here, I highly recommend exploring it as it's full interactive infographic. A great way to discover how great minds were different from each other but at the same time so similar to ordinary people.


How does your life compare to these creative minds? I'm curious :)

Source: http://podio.com/site/creative-routines
Reblogged from Debbie's Spurts:
From George Takei's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/georgehtakei/photos/a.737221629640626.1073741825.205344452828349/996998546996265/?type=1&theater
From George Takei's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/georgehtakei/photos/a.737221629640626.1073741825.205344452828349/996998546996265/?type=1&theater

( OH, this is good. :D )

Source: http://www.facebook.com/georgehtakei/photos/a.737221629640626.1073741825.205344452828349/996998546996265/?type=1&theater
Hope Barrett of North Door 37 Publishing receives her pre-order of Charm School Graphique Vol 1!
Hope Barrett of North Door 37 Publishing receives her pre-order of Charm School Graphique Vol 1!
Reader Sam Stabbin Adams' awesome pre-order!
Reader Sam Stabbin Adams' awesome pre-order!
The Fairer Than illustration plate, in the inking stage.
The Fairer Than illustration plate, in the inking stage.

Many things Charm School! (maybe not that many, but . . . )


A book review of Charm School Graphique Vol 1! My thanks to Vanessa Clark, aka V.C., author of LGBTI, glitterotica, and wicked romance. V.C. sez:


"The style and theme of Charm School is Archie meets manga, meets Betty and Veronica, meets Monster High, and so many other doses of teenaged comic goodness . . . "


Check out the review, here: http://vcerotica.blogspot.com/2014/07/book-review-charm-school-graphique-vol-1.html?zx=86311cd0776d25d2


Also, people's pre-orders are arriving in their mail boxes, pictured above! I'm very happy that everyone is enjoying the books and their bonus extras. Hope Barrett of North Door 37 Publishing sez over at Facebook:


"Last night's reading: Elizabeth Watasin's Charm School, featuring vampires, witches, and the very hot Fairer Than (see pic attached). Originally published by Slave Labor Graphics, this edition has been re-inked and touched up by Elizabeth. I have no idea what the first edition was like, but the current 2014 publication has a beautiful cover ~ to look at and touch; the storyline is quirky and just a touch loopy.

The best line: "I've encountered this gorgeous faerie and now I can't eat, sleep, or understand what people are saying! Whatever could be wrong with me, Doctor??"

A delightful addition to the LGBT comic collector's library, especially wonderful to see Elizabeth's artwork in print again."


Loopy?? I'll have you know, madame, that I was entirely sober whilst composing Charm School! ;D


The 'hot Fairer Than' pic Hope refers to is, I believe, the 'inking in progress' pic I posted at Facebook.


Charm School Graphique Vol 1 is available only in print currently, mostly because I have to figure out if I have to process the whole book again just to make it digital. And because there's an animated flip corner for 'real space', not 'digital space'. Bah. But anyway, it's at Barnes & Noble and you can see it at any Amazon in the 'verse via this geolink:  getBook.at/charmschoolgraphique1 


Huzzah! And now on to more things~~~


all the best,


( This is me, all the time! I am doomed. :D )

Reblogged from Bookloving writer:
"“Writing is an extreme privilege but it’s also a gift. It’s a gift to yourself and it’s a gift of giving a story to someone.”


Amy Tan

by Sebastien Millon, http://www.sebastienmillon.com/Essential-Elements-For-a-Good-Story
by Sebastien Millon, http://www.sebastienmillon.com/Essential-Elements-For-a-Good-Story



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