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Last Friday at 10 AM ET, the special signed/numbered editions of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel went on sale. The demand was immediate and overwhelming, and crashed both the publisher’s site (ECW Press) and the Rush Backstage Store. Every copy of the Silver edition ($75) sold out in an hour, and shortly thereafter all copies of the Gold edition ($299) also sold out.
If you missed out and still want an autographed hardcover, you can order one through AnderZoneShop.com for the cover price of $24.99. To be clear, this is signed by me (Kevin J. Anderson) and not by Neil Peart, but there’s no extra charge. I will even personalize the copy, if you make a note in the “comments” field. Copies will ship at the beginning of September, as soon as I receive and sign them. (International customers, be aware that international shipping is pricey…I don’t set that!)
We also have bundles up if you would like to buy Clockwork Angels: The Novel along with my first novel Resurrection, Inc. (which was inspired by the Rush album “Grace Under Pressure,” and was the book that originally brought me together with Neil) or a bundle with my new novel Death Warmed Over, the first in my Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series, which will be released at the same time as Clockwork Angels: The Novel. Save $5 with each bundle.
All three are excellent books to read while playing Rush loud in the background.
I am very pleased to announce a major new science fiction graphic novel, STALAG-X, a project I’ve developed with Steven L Sears, Co-Executive Producer and scriptwriter of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS (among many, many other things). Gestalt Comics, the largest comics publisher in Australia, will be publishing the graphic novel.
STALAG-X is a gritty story of human soldiers trying to survive in an alien concentration camp, and one mysterious prisoner who calls himself “Joe Human.” He cannot allow the vicious aliens to win . . . but because of his own dark past, he doesn’t dare allow himself to be rescued either.
I’ve known Steven Sears for most of my professional career, and we’ve wanted to work together for a long time. We developed ideas over the years as pitches for TV shows, but when we hit on STALAG-X, we knew this was The One. Steven’s background is in writing and producing film and television, which meshed very well with my background in writing comics. We have already completed the first three (of six) scripts, and are working on developing STALAG-X as a television or film property as well.
Enter Gestalt. Steven and I had the idea developed for STALAG-X, but last year when I was one of the guests of Supanova touring Australia, I got to know Wolfgang Bylsma, publisher of Gestalt Comics. In fact, I got to know him as a friend before I knew what he did for a living. As I looked at the Gestalt publications, I grew more and more excited: these were high-quality books, not cookie-cutter comics, and even eclectic. Gestalt seemed like it might be a good home for STALAG-X.
Later, at San Diego Comic Con, I showed Steven some of Gestalt’s books, and he was equally impressed. We both agreed that we wanted to talk with Wolfgang about this project, so we met with him, let him look at the material. As we had hoped, Wolfgang was hooked, and soon thereafter we all decided we wanted to work together.
Since we were at San Diego Comic Con, I suggested the legendary Dave Dorman as our cover artist. Dave did all the covers for the Young Jedi Knights series, as well as my short story collection DOGGED PERSISTENCE, and we have been friends for a long time. I talked with Dave, told him the idea behind STALAG-X, and he also agreed to hop aboard.
We had already worked with comic artist Mike Ratera to do concept sketches, and Gestalt has just signed Mike as the interior artist. As you can see from the samples below, his work is incredible and powerful.
We don’t have a release date yet for the first issue, probably sometime in late fall. I’ll keep you up to date, and I hope you’ll follow the series. STALAG-X is one of our best ideas.
After the shootings in Aurora on opening night of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, I’ve been hesitant to blog about the VIP charity premiere we attended only a few miles away. But it was an excellent event for a good cause, and the charity and event organizers deserve our support and a round of applause.
“A Premiere to Remember” was put on by Forte Events to support the charity organization, A Walk to Remember, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization “ensuring that bereaved families do not walk the journey alone by focusing on bereavement care resources and support for those touched by all types of pregnancy and infant loss.” Rebecca and I attended as VIP guests, donating signed books for all the swag bags.
In the afternoon before the premiere, guests were treated to “dolling up” at Floyd’s Barbershop; I had a haircut and manicure while Rebecca got her hair done. Then we had a quick dinner at a Greek restaurant and headed off to the United Artists theater and the red carpet.
We walked the red carpet, and were joined by a few others who had stepped off the screen.
The film started at 7 PM, one of the first showings in the US, in a packed theater for the nearly sold-out charity event. (I don’t usually go to a movie theater in such fancy clothes!) After the film, we went to the lavish after-party at Dave & Busters adjacent to the theater, where we signed autographs and I gave out preview booklets of Clockwork Angels: The Novel and Death Warmed Over postcards.
We had a wonderful time, and a significant amount of money was raised for A Walk to Remember. Please check out their website at http://www.walktoremember.org/ (Most photos by My Images of Life photography.)
I am currently in Gunnison, Colorado, as a keynote speaker and guest instructor at Writing the Rockies, a special event put on by Western College. This area of the state gives me opportunities to hike (as well as dictate some chapters in MENTATS OF DUNE—9 so far on this trip).
I was glad to have a chance to get out in nature and recharge my batteries, because I am just beginning a long and exhausting sequence of appearances. I’ll be at a lot of conventions and workshops over the next two months. I hope to see you at one of them!
August 3–5 GLITCHCON, Bentonville Arkansas
August 9–13 WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, Calgary, Alberta
August 24–26 FAN EXPO CANADA, Toronto
August 31–Sept 3 DRAGONCON, Atlanta
September 15–16 COMIKAZE, Los Angeles Convention Center
October 12–14 RUSHCON, Toronto
October 19–21 VALLEYCON, Fargo, ND
Now, I have to look carefully at the calendar to find at least a day or two when I can go hiking again!