Discussing Breath of Earth and Call of Fire with Beth Cato

CallofFire_500x3321Hi Readers,

At Phoenix Comicon, I caught up with Beth Cato again, and I had the chance to speak with her about her Blood of Earth series, including information on her next book, Call of Fire, coming in August.

Most of our discussion focused on the history that Cato has woven her story into, specifically the treatment of women and minorities and how relevant her series is, even though it’s set in the early 1900’s.

Watch the interview below, a review of Call of Fire is coming soon!

If you love history and sci-fi, check out my review of Beth Cato’s first book in the series, Breath of Earth.

Phoenix Comicon 2017 Game Master Throwdown!

DSCN1339Hey Readers,

While I’ve not yet taken time to post about it, this past January I began an important quest, life changing in both realistic and fantastic ways.  I began a Dungeons and Dragons campaign with friends. In short it’s been awesome. It’s become a new way to connect, think outside the box and have fun.

All of that awesomeness took place at Phoenix Comicon 2017 in various forms. There were exhibitors, panels on the topic and best of all there was a Game Master Throwdown! Continue reading “Phoenix Comicon 2017 Game Master Throwdown!” »

What’s Happening at Phoenix Comicon This Weekend

14681671_10154534307023567_8657440578569897444_nHey Readers

It may seem crazy, but Phoenix Comicon starts TOMORROW! In less that 24 hours geeks from all over will be descending on the Phoenix Convention Center to geek out for their respective fandoms. So while an exhaustive list of the awesomeness would be too long for a single post (and a tad redundant since you can see it all on Phoenix Comicon’s website), your trusty editor will give you the rundown on what she’ll be looking forward to at Phoenix Comicon.

Thursday

14980554_10154325881943855_382259480300581265_nWhile most of my Thursday will spent checking out the exhibit hall and hunting down new sketches for my Carol Danvers Compilation Sketchbook, Thursday evening will be spent battling it out at P.U.G.S. – Phoenix Ultimate Geek Smackdown. How to explain P.U.G.S.? It’s a debate competition where only the strong, knowledgeable, and somewhat absurd survive. Here’s a longer post, where I describe my first battle.

Friday

pcc17_osric_chau_instaThere’s a Doctor Who-se Your Own Adventure panel with a fan written live script reading of a Doctor Who mashup episode where the audience gets to choose how the story progresses.

Also, a certain Supernatural Favorite, Osric Chau will have a panel at 12:30 that day (squee!)

 

Then in the evening, if I progress to the finals I’ll be at P.U.G.S. again.

 

Saturday

There’s much to enjoy on Saturday, a Legible Scrawl panel for To Prove A Villian, their comic-centric podcast. They’ll be doing a live script reading with some of their familiar voice actors.

At noon Diana Gabaldon will be having a spotlight panel. She’s always got great stories about the writing and filming of Outlander, so I’ll be sure to be there.

And at 3:00 actress Bonnie Wright will be having a spotlight panel of her own.

While Dick Van Dyke would have been great to plan and see, the changes with panel fees left many to find other panels to attend.

Sunday

pcc17_karen_david_instaKaren David will be at a Once Upon A Time panel, and while I’ll mainly be attending because I loved her in Galavant I’m sure it will be a fun panel none the less.

Finally, while they don’t have panel times listed, I’ll be spending my free time at the con looking for Geekly Press favorite authors Beth Cato, Ryan Dalton and Wesley Chu!

 

What are your plans for Phoenix Comicon 2017? Let us know in the comments.

Catching up with Ryan Dalton – Spoilers for the Time Shift Trilogy

Hi Readers,

Yesterday I had a chance to catch up with Ryan Dalton to discuss his newest book The Black Tempest, including some exclusive tidbits about a couple characters, and I get some teases regarding book three. Watch the video below to watch Dalton explain how his nerdiness has paid off in his writing. Major and minor spoilers though, if you haven’t read The Year of Lightning and The Black Tempest!

If you’re still interested in Ryan Dalton’s trilogy, watch the video from this point, way less awesomeness, but also way less spoilery.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is an Awesome Mix of storytelling and feels

portrait_incredibleHey Readers,

I saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in theaters last week and it’s taken a bit of time to process all of my thoughts. After all, I don’t blog about the MCU films as much lately, typically because I’m less than impressed (looking at you Iron Man 3 and Civil War), though perhaps I’ll get to those at a later time, after a re-watch (when there’s time). All of that being said though, I loved Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 enough to want a re-watch of both it and its predecessor ASAP, lack of time be darned! Why did I love so much? Interestingly it’s because of some parts I didn’t want to watch.

Oh, and unless you’ve seen it, there may be parts of this you don’t want to read, due to spoilers! Continue reading “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is an Awesome Mix of storytelling and feels” »

Keen Halloween Goes But Fan Fest Stays

phxff_fanfest_logoHey Readers, while last week’s post was actually a guest article on Pat Sponagle’s site all about Cersei Lannister, this one gets back to the reality of conventions and what we can expect in the coming months from Square Egg Entertainment, the showrunners of Phoenix Comicon.

Now Phoenix Comicon is of course still happening over Memorial Day weekend, and we’ll have a post up shortly about all of the fantastic guests they’re hosting this year, but for now let’s get to the nitty gritty of Square Egg Entertainment’s other cons… or as it is now con. Continue reading “Keen Halloween Goes But Fan Fest Stays” »