thinks to do in august
– print up & proof STONE’S THROE
– make fudge
– go to loncon
Autographing 1 – CE Murphy
Thursday 13:30 – 15:00, Autographing Space (ExCeL)
THERE MIGHT BE FUDGE. :)
The Superhero-Industrial Complex
Thursday 18:00 – 19:00, Capital Suite 7+12 (ExCeL)
The creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been one of the most exciting pop culture developments of the last decade — and contradicts the decades-long strategy, followed primarily by DC, of keeping superheroes in their own worlds for their screen incarnations. Now DC have plans to follow Marvel’s lead (and Sony are developing an entire Spider-verse), but will the “Marvel megafranchise model” work for others? Does an interconnected universe imply certain kinds of stories and not others? What are the advantages of solo films? And how are different studios using other media — in particular, TV — to further develop their properties?
thursday: personal: dinner scheduled, 7:15
Kaffeeklatsch w/Suzanne McLeod & CE Murphy
Friday 10:00 – 11:00, London Suite 4 (ExCeL)
THERE WILL BE FUDGE.
saturday: personal: brunch scheduled
Setting Up Your Comic Book Press: New and Old Models Examined
Saturday 15:00 – 16:30, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL)
A discussion on how setting up a comic book press, or web comic, has never been easier – except for all drawbacks. An examination of the various ways to fund, create, and distribute comics books in the 21st century: including Patreon, Kickstarter, ComiXology, web comics, and good old-fashioned print comics.
The New Supers: How Superheroes and Superheroines are Changing in Comics
Saturday 19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL)
The superhero and superheroine have been with us since stories were told around the campfire, and were perhaps first depicted on cave walls long before the emergence of written language. In comic books they appeared as important icons in the twentieth century, yet they have also been open to interpretation, and subversion, since they first began leaping over buildings and lassoing villains. How have these super-powered fictional characters continued to change and develop at the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first? With people dressing up and acting as superhumans on the streets, has reality bled too far into fiction? Will the super-powered person remain with us forever, or will we evolve past it?
The Fantastic Now
Sunday 13:30 – 15:00, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL)
Pseudo-medieval fantasy lands and pie-in-the-sky far future imaginings are all very well, but sometimes the world around us needs a touch of fantastical sparkle. What are the positives and negatives of sf/f in contemporary settings? How do genre tropes mesh with contemporary issues? Can you do the credit crunch with werewolves?
– catch up on M&M
– make many cakes
– go to shamrokon
Cover Art, Writer Input or Lack Thereof
Friday 17:00 – 18:00, C. Munster
How do writers make sure their covers and illustrations match the visions in their heads?
Ruth Long Book Launch
Friday 19:00 – 21:00, D. Ulster
C.E. Murphy’s Let Them Eat Cake Party
Friday 21:00 – 22:00, D. Ulster
The publishing industry is in chaos! The world is changing around us! Cats and dogs, living together! But for one night, abandon all cares and Let Them Eat Cake! — a party hosted by author (& baker) CE Murphy
YA Focus: YA Before The Boom
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00, D. Ulster
The attention YA Speculative Fiction receives has skyrocketed in the last decade. But what of the Young Adult books that were published before this boom? Join us for a discussion of classic works by authors like Anne McCaffrey, Tamora Pierce, Garth Nix, Arthur C Clarke, Diane Duane and Heinlein.
Self-publishing: Crowd Funding 101
Sunday 11:00 – 12:00, C. Munster
Crowd funding has exploded as a financing method in the last few years. Our panel of experts will relive the highs and lows of their practical experiences of the platforms.
Sunday 14:00 – 17:00
– finish nephew’s book
– make green tea cupcakes
– go to la fanu birthday party
september’s plans will be: die, die in a pit, die in a pit while sobbing with exhaustion…
Cherie Priest silent auction
Sadly, despite my misleading blog title, Cherie Priest is not up for auction. It’s just as well; I doubt many of us could afford a Steampunk Goddess of our own.
She is, though, running a silent auction as a fundraiser for a friend of hers who’s had a run of insanely bad luck. She’s got a bunch of rare, hard-to-find, or not-yet-out books of hers up for auction, and is taking bids via email. There’s also a direct donation button if you feel moved to just send a few bucks his way.
On a completely other topic, why is it that it’s so hard to assign oneself a schedule outside of someone or something else enforcing it? Writing, yes, I manage the writing thing daily, but there are so many other things I’d like to do (practice the tin whistle, draw more, study Spanish) that I can’t ‘make time’ for. I need, like, a classroom schedule. An hour for this, an hour for that, four hours for writing, two hours for exercise… It’s not like I don’t make my own schedule, so why’s that so hard to do?