Antony Johnston dot com header graphic - author photo by Charlie Chu

This weekend is the Thought Bubble Festival convention in Leeds, and as usual I’ll be there.

You can find me at Table 32 in New Dock Hall, on the back wall between Rufus Dayglo and Ian Edginton & Disraeli. Just look for the white banner, with my name in big red letters.

I’ll be there all weekend, except for when I’m appearing on the ‘I is for Innovation’ panel of Image writers, Saturday at 3.30pm. That’s in the Royal Armouries theatre, and you can find details of all the panels here.

I’m also DJing once again at the legendary mid-convention party, this year being held at Leeds Town Hall, along with usual spinning suspects Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Al Ewing, Boo Cook, and others. But I’m kicking things off this year, so put on your dancing shoes and prepare to get down.

 

New York Comic-Con starts in a week, and I’ll be there, as (is rapidly becoming) usual.

I’m also doing a couple of pre-convention events, if you’re in the area. So here’s my itinerary for the week:

MONDAY OCT 6

5-8pm: Signing at Escape Pod Comics in Huntington, on Long Island.

Part of Escape Pod’s Comictoberfest (née ‘New York Comic-Can’t’) event, which will also feature the likes of Becky Cloonan and Alex deCampi.

WEDNESDAY OCT 8

6-8pm: Image Comics signing at Forbidden Planet NYC.

This is the Image ‘Super Signing’ with a whole bunch of people, including Tim Seeley, Amy Reeder, Declan Shalvey, and lord knows who else. Big event.

FRIDAY OCT 10

“i” is for frIday, apparently:

12.15pm: Image Comics: I is for Infinite in Room 1A14.

A panel talking about creative freedom and suchlike, along with Kieron Gillen, Megan Levens, Scott Snyder, and more.

2-3pm: Image Comics signing at booth #1544.

This will be the first NYCC since I launched both THE FUSE and UMBRAL, so that should be interesting.

8pm-late: Image Comics / Multiversity / Hero Initiative Party.

Practically a New York tradition by now, held at Stitch on West 37th. Yes, you may buy me a drink. How kind.

SATURDAY OCT 11

Assuming I survive Friday.

12.30pm: Oni Press signing at booth #1928.

Signing WASTELAND, THE COLDEST CITY, and so on. Alas, neither Chris Mitten nor Justin Greenwood will be at the con this year. You’ll just have to make do with me.

3pm: Avatar Press signing at booth #1920.

Signing FASHION BEAST, THE HYPOTHETICAL LIZARD, YUGGOTH CREATURES, etc. I’m told this is going to clash with both Max Brooks and Garth Ennis, so be prepared to fight your way through the seething masses.

• And of course I’ll be propping up various bars, karaoke rooms, and what have you over the course of the weekend. Hope to see you there.

SIGNING PROTOCOL

• You can bring absolutely anything (of mine!) for me to sign, no matter how old, and no matter whose booth I’m sitting at.

• Yes, I will happily sign your videogame box inlays, too.

• I do not charge for signatures. But I really appreciate it when you buy a book.

• There’s no maximum item restriction, but if you bring lots of stuff and there’s a long line behind you, I may ask you to split your pile in half and stand on line twice.

 

THE FUSE Vol 1: The Russia Shift goes on sale this week, collecting the first case for our sci-fi detectives in a single 160pp volume for just $9.99:

“Hits fast and hard, with unapologetic wit and a no-nonsense attitude” — Bloody Disgusting

“Space cops investigating space murders is the sort of synopsis that gets my attention.” — Wired

“A crime procedural in space with fantastic characters… Antony Johnston has kind of popped to the top of my list of favorite creators.” — Fantastic Fangirls

To celebrate, we’re also RELEASING ISSUE #1 FOR FREE on digital, both at Image’s store and on Comixology. So if you haven’t read THE FUSE yet, you can try it out for free and see if sci-fi cops solving murder mysteries is your kind of thing.

If it turns out it is your kind of thing, you can order your copy of THE FUSE Vol 1 from comic stores with the order code JUN140504, or from bookstores with the ISBN 978-1632150080.

(If it isn’t your kind of thing, what the hell is wrong with you?)

• Finally, if you’re going to be in south-east England this weekend, remember that I’ll be SIGNING LIMITED EXCLUSIVE BOOKPLATE EDITIONS of both THE FUSE and UMBRAL at London’s Forbidden Planet Megastore on Saturday. Click that link for a peek at the bookplates, and more details on the signing times. Hope to see you there!

 

I’ll be appearing at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday August 30, between 3-4pm.

(Don’t panic, British people — that’s the weekend after the August bank holiday.)

Eagle-eyed readers will note the date is just three days after THE FUSE Vol 1: THE RUSSIA SHIFT goes on sale, which is of course no coincidence at all.

But UMBRAL readers shouldn’t feel left out, because…

We’ve produced exclusive, signed and numbered limited edition bookplates for both THE FUSE and UMBRAL, featuring original art by Justin Greenwood and Christopher Mitten, for the event. We’ll give one away with each of the first 150 copies of THE FUSE and UMBRAL trade paperbacks sold.

If you can’t make it to the event, don’t worry — you can also order these “mini-print” editions online, although priority will be given to people actually buying in-store on the day. Nevertheless, if you want to order online, check the event page for details.

And of course readers of WASTELAND, THE COLDEST CITY, DAREDEVIL, whatever, are all welcome, too. Come one, come all. This will probably be the biggest signing I’ve yet done, so try and get there early, or at least on time, if you can.

Hope to see you there!

 

If things have worked out right, this entry should post right as I go on stage at the Dublin Writers Festival to talk about games writing, and especially how it relates to my comics work.

I won’t have slides at the talk or Q&A, so instead I’ve decided to put notes and links here. If you’ve come here from the Festival, this is what you’re looking for.

• First, if you’d no idea who I was before today — welcome to my site. My bio is here, and there’s a big list of all my comics and games work here.

• The talk I gave at the 2010 GDC Game Narrative Summit was called Comics to Consoles, and you can watch it here.

• The cursed three-act structure.

DIE HARD, for the youngsters in the audience.

THE LOSERS, for the oldies in the audience.

• The novel SEVEN ANCIENT WONDERS. Seriously, read that synopsis and tell me it doesn’t sound like a game plot.

• More on some of the narrative devices we tried out in ZOMBIU.

Finally, if there’s something else you want to know about and it isn’t covered here, you can get in touch via email or twitter.

 

If you’re anywhere near Dublin, you’re probably already familiar with the excellent comic store THE BIG BANG, run by the ever-garrulous John Hendrick.

Well, now you can also familiarise yourself with me (if you’ll pardon the expression). I’ll be appearing and signing at The Big Bang on Friday May 16th from 6pm onwards.

We’ll also be giving away swanky exclusive THE FUSE posters (right) to celebrate the event, but I have no idea how many we’ll have, so be sure to get there on time to claim yours.

There’s a Facebook event page with more details, info, etc.

(And if you’re wondering where the beer in the headline comes in… well, come on. It’s Dublin. If there’s no beer involved, I’ll eat my flat cap.)

 

I’ve been invited to appear at the Dublin Writers Festival, on Saturday May 17th, for a talk and panel session.

Fellow games writer Rob Morgan and I will each talk a little, and then answer questions, about the process and challenges of game writing. I’ve also been asked to give some insight on how it compares to writing comics, a subject on which regular readers will know I have a fair amount to say.

Should be fun, and as an additional bonus, this is my first trip to Dublin for over twenty years. I imagine it’s changed a fair bit since 1992…!

The session is on May 17th at 4pm, in the Conference Hall (Dublin Castle). Click here to book tickets.

 

I’m very proud to announce that AFTER DAYS OF PASSION will feature in the digital comics section of Comics Unmasked, an exhibition at the British Library in London.

AFTER DAYS OF PASSION, which I created with Ben Templesmith in 2000, is a web comic that uses HTML technologies to present a nonlinear narrative in which the reader controls the navigation and experience, using only visual cues. It has no start, no end, and no set reading order. It’s a mood piece as much as a narrative (and is in fact based on the lyrics to a song I wrote in the mid-’90s).

As you can imagine, given its age, the ‘web technologies’ in question are somewhat primitive by modern standards. It’s basically just HTML and imagemaps. But it sufficed, and at the time it was quite unique.

Which is why Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, who’s curating the digital comics section of the exhibition, asked us if he could feature it, as “a significant piece in terms of hypercomics and interactive narratives.” Neither Ben nor I would presume to disagree.

(NB I’ve categorised this under Appearances because there didn’t really seem anywhere else to put it! But I won’t actually be appearing at the Library myself, sorry.)

Comics Unmasked, which will also feature lectures and workshops, runs from May 2nd to August 19th. More details at the British Library website.

 

This coming weekend is Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, and I’ll be there.

I’m sharing Table F-07 with my FUSE collaborator Justin Greenwood, where we’ll be only too happy to chat, sign, and sell you stuff.

I believe Justin’s con commission list is still open for the moment, too. So get in while you can.

Now, then: where to find us.

All weekend

– Table F-07 is in artist’s alley, and once you’re in that area, just look for the big red banner with the same design as the cover of THE FUSE #1 (right).

Friday

12-1pm: Both signing at Oni Press, booth # 419

3-4pm: Both signing at Image Comics, booth # 212

Sunday

10-11am: (I know, I know) Both signing at Oni Press, booth # 419

3-4pm: I’ll be on the Comic Writers on Writing panel alongside Jay Faerber, Jeff Parker, and Eric Stephenson. It’s in Room TCC 302.

This is my first time in the pacific north-west, and I’m really looking forward to it. Hope to see you there.

 

So I mentioned here a while back that we overprinted THE FUSE #1, to ensure any reader who wanted a copy could get hold of it.

If you follow me on Tumblr, you also know that we sold out of those extra copies within a week. Which was pretty crazy, and probably meant there were still readers out there who weren’t able to get a copy.

So if that’s you, don’t despair; we’ve decided to go back to press for a 2nd printing of THE FUSE #1 after all. It’ll go on sale April 2nd, and you can pre-order your copy by giving your retailer the order code JAN148309.

Before then, I’ll be appearing at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. My first time in the Pacific north-west (which is kind of crazy, considering how many of my friends and colleagues are based there, not to mention my love of grunge-era Seattle metal bands…) and I’m looking forward to finally getting there a great deal.

I’ll be sharing a spot in artist’s alley with my FUSE co-creator Justin Greenwood, at Table F-07, and I’ve also been invited on to a writer’s panel. More details on that closer to the time.

If you can’t wait that long to hear me gab on about comics, you can listen to Issue #30 of the Comic Corner podcast, on which I was a guest and rambled at length about things like the recent explosion of sci-fi comics, why I write female protagonists, my theory on the fantasy genre in comics, and more. It’s a good one.

Finally, WASTELAND #52 went to press recently, which necessitated writing the last ever Walking the Dust.

It’s fair to say I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so emotional as it turned out for me, but I guess when you’ve been writing a single character for 8 years — even if only for 800 words at a time! — you form an attachment. I’ll miss Ankya, and her intrepid travels.

 

Older Posts

Archives

Powered by Wordpress |  RSS Feed

• New •

The Fuse #7

Umbral #10

Shadow of Mordor

Wasteland: The Apocalyptic Edition, Vol 4

Wasteland #58

• Recent •

The Fuse Vol 1:
The Russia Shift

Umbral Book One:
Out of the Shadows

Wasteland Book 09:
A Thousand Lies

Umbral #9

Wasteland #57

• Soon •

Wasteland Book 10:
Last Exit for the Lost

The Fuse #8

Umbral #11

Wasteland #59