Report from St. Louis

It’s just getting started, but Bouchercon is underway. Panels I’m interested in feature authors like Val McDermid, Gary Phillips, Tom Schreck, Peter Spiegelman and, well, a host of others. The Jordans, of Crimespree Magazine fame, have put together a terrific program and you can’t two steps without seeing a author you’d love to spend some time with. And you can, everyone’s accessible and friendly. If you’ve never been to a con like this, it’s a great way to recharge your creative energy. And this goes Read More +
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Indy bands and self-published comics

The interesting thing about being in two different publishing worlds – comics and mysteries – is the times when one world’s opinions don’t exactly translate to the other. That’s the case with self-publishing. In the mystery field, quite understandably, self-publishing is not well thought of. There’s a lot of reasons for this: You can’t get the books into bookstores, there’s a perception (many times justified) that they lack quality and at the end of the day sale numbers are very low. But the main reason Read More +
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The beer panel

That was my downfall, the Saturday night beer panel. Oy. I’ll do my Bouchercon wrap up tonight, adding links and photos.
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Bouchercon Day 2

Had a nice evening with some Chicago authors last night, good dinner at a local place. Pretty easy day today – got the signing this afternoon and generally just hanging out and attending panels. One thing I want to do is give a copy of Cash & Carry to one of my favorite authors Val McDermid. (Update: I did!) And I just got some fantastic news from my publisher – I’ve earned out. That means there’s been enough sales that the print run and advance Read More +
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Criminal masterminds

Got in in plenty of time to make the panel and it went great! Featured Robert Gregory Browne, Mary Kennedy, Reed Farrel Coleman and Ona Russell. We killed – got the audience involved and everything. Ended up selling three books and have been meeting tons of authors and great fans. There’s a reception tonight at 7, I’m going to finish my beer and drop some stuff off at the hotel beforehand. Fun note: Ran into Max Allen Collins – always a nice guy who makes Read More +
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Bouchercon blogging

I’m on my way to Baltimore for the biggest mystery fan conference in the country, Bouchercon. Got through security just fine and I’m sitting here waiting for my flight. I hope to arrive with enough time to check in at the hotel before my 4:30 est panel. Should make it fine. Weird person sitting near me – asked if she could watch my bag while I walked over to get a drink of water. Totally turned me down, but in a “not gonna take responsibility Read More +
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Crime comics in Baltimore

Crime Comic Book Creator Signing at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Friday, October 10, 2008, from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, a number of crime comics creators will be at a special signing event at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, 301 West Camden Street in Baltimore. The event, coinciding with the big mystery convention Bouchercon, includes - Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition) - Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets) - Greg Rucka (The Complete Whiteout) - Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) - Tim Broderick (Cash and Carry) - Duane Swierczynski (The Read More +
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This will be cool!

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Welcomes Bouchercon Crime Authors Come to Baltimore In celebration of the arrival of Bouchercon XXXIX, the preeminent annual gathering of crime fiction authors, editors, artists and fans, and in conjunction with Crimespree magazine, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM) will host a signing on Friday, October 10, 2008, from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, at the museum’s 301 West Camden Street facility in Baltimore. Guests for the signing at GEM included crime comic book writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), artist Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), Read More +
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