Consider this post irrelevant if the world ends this week.

I can't wait to for this week to be over so we can stop hearing about doomsday prophecies and Mayan calendars and what not. I've never bought into that stuff. Mayans tore each others hearts out to control the weather - a practice modern science has proved to only be about 25% effective. I don't exactly trust these guys to know when the world is going to end.

While I'm on this nonsense tirade, I've never understood the doomsday prepper crowd. Ya know, the guys that stockpile guns and twinkies and pogs in preparation for the end of the world. It creates something of a misnomer. I mean, "end of the world" implies complete and total annihilation - zero percent survivability. So why bother prepping? No flak jacket is going to help when the planet has been torn into numerous bite-size chunks and sent flying aimlessly into infinite cold void of blackest space. And if the "end of the world" event is survivable, and you're safe and sound with your bottled water and baked beans, then it's not exactly the end of the world is it? It's just a crappy thing that happened.

Unless you're Lord Humungus. Then, by all means, doomsday away.

Wow. I'm sorry. None of that had nothing to do with anything. I'm under the weather right now and my eyes are pooling with blood and my throat feels like I've been drinking gravel and I've been taking an atrocious amount of various cold medications, so don't expect gold from this post. There is a point to this entry, so let's stop rambling about whatever it was I was just writing and get to it.

THE POINT OF THIS POST.

1. The Simon Corporation will be at C2E2. I just got my acceptance email the other day. I also made a poster/flyer/design/thing to announce it. Here it is:


I used to make show flyers a lot back in my stupid band days. It's something I've always enjoyed doing, but I obviously haven't been able to since that period ended. Now I find myself jumping at any opportunity to make an alternative flyer for an event, regardless of how illogical and/or impractical and/or unnecessary it may be. This is one of those times.

This will probably be my first convention of 2013 and since it's not until April, I don't have any other info besides I'm in. I'll put up the map and table number as soon as I get it.

If all goes as planned between me and Nakama Toys, 2013 is looking to be The Year of The Convention. Every few weeks or so, Bryan and I will go over what cons we'll be doing, when and where they're at, which ones we'll both be at and which one's we'll be doing solo with the other person providing support, etc. Then we take turns standing on the edge of my balcony while the other person stands behind them and sings "Jumper".


Alas, these are the lives we choose. Anyway. Yeah. I'll be at C2E2 again this year.

2. I made these things.





The idea was to take some of my favorite horror films and break them down into a color, a symbol, and a single ominous quote from the film. No particular rhyme or reason, the idea just popped into my head.

After I made these, I put them up on The Simon Corporation Facebook Page and said that the first person to correctly guess all twelve films these were from would win the entire print set. Reader Ian quickly proved how awesome he his by knocking the challenge out in about ten minutes.

Congrats Ian. These should be on your doorstep in a few days.

For the record, the films are (in order): Session 9, Antichrist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Evil Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Strangers, The Ring, High Tension, Friday the 13th, Jacob's Ladder, Hellraiser, and Halloween. Along with prints, I'm thinking about making these into iPhone and desktop wallpapers. If that's something people would be interested in.

3. Wayward #5 is at the printer.

I should be getting a proof copy sometime after the holidays. This took a little longer than usual because I was toying with the idea of switching to a new printer for my books. I did some research but ultimately decided to stick with my current printer for now primarily because I get really lazy in the winter.

I never said it was a good excuse, but it is an excuse none the less. If the proof turns out okay, I'll be making the usual stock order for the upcoming conventions. After that, I'll start putting together the collected trade paperback version and getting that ready for the printer and whatnot. Once the trade is officially done and printed and stock is in my hand, Wayward will officially be complete for me.

4. IT LOOKS BACK #1 is done and ready for the printer.

I haven't shipped this one to the printer quite yet. Christmas and getting Wayward #5 printed and bleeding from my eyes and school has pretty much taken up all of my time, mental capacity, and resources. I plan to ship this one out sometime next week after I get done with Christmas.

My goal is to have Wayward #5, IT LOOKS BACK #1, and the Wayward TB done and ready in time for C2E2. I still have several months, so I think that's a fair goal.

-jsb