Back to normal?
After a week of signings and travel, I’m home for about a minute. Tomorrow it’s off to Dragon*Con after the Writer of the Year panel at TC LoDo. On a red eye, no less. But there was no way I would miss the chance to crown Mario for real…
Last week I signed at three great bookstores. The first was Tattered Cover in Highland’s Ranch. Great crowd—this store feels like home to me and the crowd was filled with familiar faces. I hope to sort through those pictures and put them up on my website soon.
Here is the crowd responsible for my finally getting on Facebook!! I don’t know how Facebook works exactly but I’m learning. (If you want to add me, you probably know how.)
Good friend, Kris, my ComicCon pal.
Mugging it with store owner Chistine Bell. She always hosts a big birthday party for Ray Bradbury each year and here’s a pic from the last one.
BIG fires going on—we’re seeing the results here in Denver. This photo was taken by Kris’s mom. It was scary to see those bloody sunsets and know what’s causing it.
Luckily, her family is safe.
Some publishing news:
From the New York Times : Reader's Digest Association, the 87-year old magazine publishing company, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection "to carry out a restructuring that would give lenders control of the company," the New York Times reported. The company "is seeking to reduce its debt load, which swelled after it was taken private in 2007 by an investor group led by Ripplewood Holdings." The Times noted that Reader's Digest has now "reached an agreement in principle with the majority of its senior lenders to convert a 'substantial portion' of its $1.6 billion in senior secured debt into equity."
Haven’t read the magazine in years, but it’s still a staple in most medical offices.
From the Ausiello files: Artwork for Dollhouse, Season 2. Love the tagline.
Big news today (from Shelf Awareness):
Disney Buys Marvel The Walt Disney Company is acquiring Marvel Entertainment in a stock and cash transaction for approximately $4 billion. Bloomberg News reported that the purchase "gives Disney, the world's largest media company, more than 5,000 Marvel characters to market in movies, theme parks, stores and on television. Spider-Man, Iron Man and Wolverine films have pulled in billions of dollars at the box office and offer Disney an opportunity to shore up profits at its four main businesses."
The New York Times observed that Marvel’s publishing business is strong: "The company was the top comics publisher in 2008, edging out its closest rival, DC Comics, in both unit market share (46% to 32%) and retail dollar share (41% to 30%). The comic book industry had about $715 million in sales last year, according to Milton Griepp, the publisher and founder of ICv2, an online trade publication that covers pop culture for retailers."
Can you imagine Snow White strolling through Disneyland with Big Bertha, Nightmare or Black Widow?
Here's my schedule for Dragon*Con. Come by and say hello.
Title: An Hour With Charlaine Harris Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Centennial I - Hyatt (Length: 1) Description: Writer Jeanne Stein interviews Charlaine Harris, first lady of vampire mysteries, to see what surprise she can uncover.
ANY BURNING QUESTIONS YOU'D LIKE ME TO ASK THE WONDERFUL MS. HARRIS? HERE'S YOUR CHANCE. SUBMIT THEM IN THE COMMENTS...
Title: Vampires vs. Zombies Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver - Hyatt (Length: 1) Description: Authors judge the pros and cons of the living dead.
Title: Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Montreal / Vancouver - Hyatt (Length: 1) Description: Comparing and contrasting two similar but distinct genres.
Title: Whatdunnit? Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver - Hyatt (Length: 1) Description: Mixing the supernatural and mystery genres.
Title: Working the Graveyard Shift Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver - Hyatt (Length: 1) Description: A look at the various jobs available to supernatural investigators and creatures of the night.
Title: The Future of Urban Fantasy Time: Mon 11:30 am Location: Montreal / Vancouver - Hyatt (Length: 1) Description: Where does the genre go from here?
For those of you who may be interested, here are links to order Retribution. I promise not to post again, but I have been asked.
Hi :) Thank you for sharing the pictures, they are great. It looks like a great time was had by all. You are in a whirlwind of activity! Congratulations on the DragonCon panels/events. I know you will have a terrific time. I posted my Charlaine question on your other site. Love and best wishes Jeanne, @RKCharron xoxo