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.
• 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.
2nd May 2014 / Appearances
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.
24th April 2014 / Appearances
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.
25th March 2014 / Appearances
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.
- 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).
- 12-1pm: Both signing at Oni Press, booth # 419
- 3-4pm: Both signing at Image Comics, booth # 212
- 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.
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.
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.
19th November 2013 / Appearances
It’s that time of year again — the Thought Bubble Festival 2013 is already underway in Leeds, and this weekend will host its usual two-day convention.
Of course, the most important thing you need to know is that I’ll be DJing at the Saturday night party again. Make way for this train, ’cos it’s an express.
[EDIT: We all did quite short stints in the end, to fit everyone in. A playlist of my shameless floor-filling set is now up on YouTube.]
Apparently there’s also some comics thing going on?
LOL NERDS IDK.
Ming Doyle, Fiona Staples, Ales Kot, Brandon Graham, Richard Starkings, Image publisher Eric Stephenson and myself will talk about our work, creative freedom in comics, and all that jazz. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few surprise guests, nudge nudge turn up for that one, too. It’s in the Bury Theatre venue.
Any other time, you can find me behind a table on the con floor; and yes, I will have copies of UMBRAL #1 with me. If you missed getting a copy before the first printing sold out, you can pick one up directly from me instead. I may even run a special offer of some kind…
My table is in New Dock Hall, table 174. There’s a floorplan of the hall here, or just look for the banner with my name at the top in big red letters.
See you there!
5th October 2013 / Appearances
Once again, I’ll be attending New York Comic Con this year for signings, panel appearances, the usual. If you want something signed, or just want to chat, this is where I’ll be.
NB Oni Press will have a limited number of copies of WASTELAND: THE APOCALYPTIC EDITION, Vol. 3 available for sale at their booth (#1844) throughout the weekend.
The book goes on general sale a week or two after the con, but if you want one signed, this is your best chance for a while — I may not hit the east coast again till NYCC 2014.
12th July 2013 / Appearances
Well, we’re roughly halfway through the year (a year in which I’ve been working pretty flat out), and San Diego Comic-Con looms once again.
Sadly, I won’t be there this year. I’m sorry if you were hoping to see me, but I really need some time off. I’ll almost certainly return to SD in 2014, but for this year New York will be my only American comic con.
Back here in Blighty, however, it’s a different matter. And first up, after that time off, I’ll be at MCM Comic Con Manchester, Saturday July 20th at Manchester Central.
(Yes, ‘MCM Comic Con’ is the same organiser as MCM Expo. As far as I can tell, nothing’s changed except the name of their conventions.)
I’ll be there all day; come along and find me at Table CB13. I’ve only been given the number, so I have no idea where that will be located, but just look for the big white banner with my name in big red letters at the top. Yes, it’s a new banner. Time for a change.
We’ll explain how we created the story and mythology behind ZOMBIU, our thoughts behind some of the big decisions, and show how narrative influenced even the mechanics and marketing of the game. Should be a good ‘un.
It’s Not in the Writer’s Manual: A Q&A Session for New Writers, on the other hand, is a roundtable with me and a bunch of other game writers, and if you can’t figure out the contents from the title, you’re in the wrong business.
Although the Narrative Summit only lasts a couple of days, I’ll be there pretty much all week; I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends, and also just spending time in one of my favourite cities. Get in touch if you’re attending and want to arrange a meeting, or just catch up over a drink.