Vampires Versus Comicon Released

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Finally Here: Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Comicon Novel by T.F. Torrey] I’m thrilled to announce that Vampires Versus Comicon is available to read and enjoy.

Vampires Versus Comicon tells the story of Vance Campbell returning to Comicon the year after the zombie outbreak for an awards luncheon. At first, things go well, with happy reunions with Allison and some others. Things take a dark turn, however, when people start dropping. And heat stroke doesn’t put bite marks on people’s necks. Before long, Vance and Allison are careening around Comicon, trying to find the source of the trouble before it’s too late. Along the way, they have to endure an insulting theatrical rendition of their Zombies Versus Comicon adventure, hordes of insulting staff, Red-State medical care, the regular crushing mobs of Comicon attendees, and a growing legion of vampires. Whew!

It’s taken much longer to create this book than I hoped for, but two things about that make me happy: First, the structure and style of the series has been created, so future books will be quicker to create (hopefully). And second, it turned out really good.

If you’ve liked any of my work in the past, I highly recommend that you get Vampires Versus Comicon. It’s a lot of fun.

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On Sale

To celebrate the release of Vampires Versus Comicon, Zombies Versus Comicon is FREE this weekend. Get both Comicon books for five bucks!

Q and A

Q. Do I have to read Zombies Versus Comicon before I read Vampires Versus Comicon?

A. No, but it would be a good start. For one thing, Zombies is free right now, so you should get it and read it. For another thing, reading the Vampires book first will spoil certain elements of the plot of Zombies, such as who’s alive at the end.

Q. Is this at Phoenix Comicon again?

A. Kind of. Square Egg Entertainment, the company that puts on the event, changed the name of the event to Phoenix Comic Fest this year, to avoid conflicts with a litigious party. In my books, however, the event is still called Phoenix Comicon, because that’s what the name should be. Remember: my books were never supposed to represent the real Phoenix Comicon, anyway.

Q. How long will it be until the next Comicon story comes out?

A. I don’t know. Theoretically, I have my ducks in a row now, so I’ll be able to crank out my important projects, and I can’t wait to get to the next Comicon book. I don’t have a firm date, but if it isn’t by the 2019 event, I will feel I have failed.

Q. What do I do if I like it?

A. As always, a personal note to me would be nice. You should also write a nice review at Amazon, and where you bought it if you bought it somewhere else. Also, tell all your friends.

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WIP: 2016 Comicon Day 4

Sunday

The last day of Comicon is always a little wistful and sad, because most of the great stuff is already in the past, some stuff is already over, and the last hours are roaring by. We arrived at Comicon bright and early. I had several panels I was interested in, and unfortunately, the one I chose got off topic quickly (and onto a topic I wasn’t interested in) and never got back on it. Next we attended two “spotlight” events featuring a couple TV celebrities, and they were both great. Afterward, we walked through the “Hall of Heroes” to see the big Lego city and some of the celebrities signing things for money. Finally, we tried to attend one of the last panels of Comicon, a behind-the-scenes view of the making of a webseries that seemed to have potential, but did not impress us. And then, it was over.

The first time I attended the Phoenix Comicon was four years ago, and it had 35,000 attendees, and all the registration, vendors, and celebrities were in the giant basement of the Convention Center. Last year, it was two and a half times bigger, over 75,000 attendees, the registration had been moved to another large area, the celebrities had been moved to the top floor and renamed the “Hall of Heroes”, and the vendors took up all the basement area. I don’t know how many people attended this year, but it was a lot. There were some glitches, but overall it was a lot of fun. I’m happy that we had the full-event passes, and we’ll have them again next year. I wonder how many people that will be.

By the time it was done, we were exhausted again. Walking 1.5 miles to parking in 110+ degrees takes something out of you. We got out in time to play in the big poker tournament at the George, but my in-person streak merely continued. Ceyshe’ had a big first hour, but ran out of steam when it was down to two tables. Grr. Next time…

Writing

In the end, I didn’t make any forward writing on my writing projects. However, I did pick up a copy of The Miracle Morning for Writers, and the first few chapters are great, possibly life-changing. (After that, the content drifts off-topic to general lists of the current dogma among self-publishers, which has nothing to do with morning routines and may be the opposite of useful, but whatever.) I found the main message of the book empowering, and I plan to kick it off tomorrow morning.

Goodbye, Comicon. Hello, miracles.

Get ready for greatness, Lloyd.

WIP: 2016 Comicon Day 3

Saturday

Longest day of Comicon yet. We arrived before 10:30 in the morning for the first panels, and we stayed until after 8:30 at night. Though we could have stayed longer, that’s a lot of panels. It was the busiest day of Comicon, and everything was packed. The Billie Piper event was held in the largest hall, and apparently she didn’t see the hall before she came in through the back door, because she was surprised—and maybe a little frightened—to see the size of the crowd. I think she was expecting a few hundred people, but that room holds at least a few thousand—and it was packed.

Again we didn’t get the heat we were promised. The forecast was 117, and we only made it to 114. Bummer.

I’m not sure, but I think spending these days steeped in the atmosphere of Comicon will be helpful for finishing Vampires Versus Comicon. Anyway, being there has given me ideas for other projects, and I can’t wait to get back to them.

One more day.

WIP: Writing In Peace

Monday

In the movie Barfly, someone suggests to Mickey Rourke’s character, a writer, that he should get some peace to do his writing, to which he says, “Nobody who ever wrote worth a damn ever wrote in peace.” I saw that movie when I was a young guy, and those words made an impression on me.

And not in a good way. Wasted lots of my time barking up the wrong tree, in fact. Embarrassing mistake.

It turns out that the notion isn’t true. Nothing helps production so much as extended periods of quiet concentration in a comfortable environment. And I’ll get there soon, but that day is not today.

Comicon

We have our tickets already, and I’ve installed the app that shows the schedules and stuff. Comicon is coming soon. A little over two months, is it? Good grief! I need to get the next book (or two) in my Comicon series out before then. I am so behind schedule.

  • New fiction words: 500
  • New weblog words: 175

Grr.

Zombies Versus Comicon Published Early

There is a school of thought, espoused on places like LeanPub.com, that authors should, with their books, publish early, and publish often. The idea is that the benefits of getting early reader engagement significantly outweigh the drawbacks of releasing something with imperfections, maybe even a lot of imperfections. Thus, to produce and release a book with maximum impact, it should be published as soon as it is readable, and re-published as it is revised and corrected.

I’m not convinced of the merits of that philosophy, especially when it comes to fiction. However, with Zombies Versus Comicom, I realized I would have to give it a try if I wanted the book out in time for the actual Comicon.

I’ve republished corrected versions of Zombies Versus Comicon at Amazon several times already, and I will several times again. Anyone who already bought and downloaded the book will need to delete it from their reader and redownload it to see the corrections, and to do that again to see further corrections. This seems annoying to me, and I can’t imagine anyone repeatedly doing that. Plus, people who write reviews of early editions might legitimately complain about the number of typos in the book, and even after the corrections are made, the reviews will remain.

In the long run, I don’t know if I will consider the experiment a success or a failure, but so far I don’t think I’d want to do it on purpose again.

I’ll be happy when the book is final, which should be in just a few days. However, it’s still a fun read right now, and I have no problem recommending it. So go get it, please.

Zombies Versus Comicon 99 Cents Today Only

 [Cover of Zombies Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] Zombies Versus Comicon, that classic American novel that answers the burning question of what would happen if the Phoenix Comicon was overrun with real zombies, is 99 cents today only at Amazon. Don’t miss out!.

Zombies Versus Comicon E-Book Published

 [Cover of Zombies Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] After two years of languishing in the back of my notes and twelve days of long hours and intense effort, my new novel is here: Zombies Versus Comicon. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be trapped in an underground level of the Convention Center, after hours, unable to communicate with the outside world and hunted by a horde of brain-hungry zombies, this book will answer that question for you. It’s brand new, 53,000 words, and a lot of fun. You should get it at Amazon right now.