GONE AWAY… On Signings and Conventions and Funereal Duties

The next month or so, I’m hitting the road for a BUNCH of events, most of them to celebrate the end of I, Vampire.

Celebrate might not be the word I mean.

First, on April 24th, I’ll be signing at both Mayhem Comics locations, joined by my LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT collaborator (and genius of many trades) Phil Hester. 11am – 1pm I’ll be at the Ames store, and then 4pm till whenever people stop showing up, I’ll be at the Des Moines store. My parents live in Des Moines, so, y’know, make sure to tell them how awesome I am so that stop telling me that I should go to Law School.

Then, I’ll be C2E2 signing and panelling with the Marvel folk, as well as joining Comics Experience maestro Andy Schmidt for a Writing Comics Panel. More info forthcoming, including signing times and all that.

Next up is Free Comic Book Day. I’ll join the gang at Metropolis Comics in Bellflower, CA from 10am till 1pm, and I’ll have some great folk like Tone Rodriguez, the Houghton Brothers, Rob Worley, Shannon Denton, and more fun and surprises. I have some ultra rare old comics of mine that I found recently, that might just be coming along to be given out for free. So come by!

And then, the amazing gang at Collector’s Paradise in Winnetka are having a Wake for I, Vampire. We’re still in the planning stages, but it’s going to be an, ahem, Irish style wake, with drinks and music, and stories that’ll curl your toes. That’s going to be on Saturday, May 11th in the evening. More details forthcoming.

And WAAAY off in June, I’ll be at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Con, including teaching some writing classes. More info forthcoming at hamazinglasvegascomiccon.com/.

That’s the big stuff, so keep your schedules open, and I’ll see you there!

j.

So Many Questions – Ask Me Stuff

Hey folks,

So, I tend to get lots of e-mails with writing questions.  I also tend to not blog enough.  So, I’m going to combine the two into one.  If YOU have a question you want answered, e-mail writing@thefialkov.com.

Here’s the first one, from Mike P.

I am an aspiring writer, and have a hit a little roadblock. The ideas and characters in my head are not translating well when being put on paper. I am using a “snowflake method” right now to gather my ideas, and they are far away from what I originally imagined. Is it best for me to continue writing these characters and story, or go back to a point where I was happier with who they were, and start over again?

Hey Mike -

Writer’s Block (or being trapped in a story, which is roughly the same thing) comes from one place only. Something is wrong in the previous construction.
Think of it like building a house.  If the foundation is wrong, the walls aren’t going to be straight, no matter how long you stand on it.   We’re told stories constantly from birth, and have an instinctive understanding of structure.  It’s how we know when a punchline is coming in a joke, or how far we are in a movie or TV show.  We’ve seen enough media by the time we’re ten years old to understand basic structure.  Especially if you want to grow up to be a writer.
So, look, I can’t tell you if you should abandon the project/characters or not, but, I would say, take a few steps back and look at the big picture to figure out what’s ‘off.’

 

NYCC Signing Schedule

Hey guys,
You can catch me in NYC all week for New York Comic Con at the following times and places.

Thursday
NYCC Preview Night Party – 8pm – Signing with Eric Wallace, Kyle Higgins, Sterling Gates, Mike Costa, and Brent Peeples – Jim Hanley’s Universe – 4 West 33rd St.

Friday
12pm – Image Comics Signing – with Rahsan Ekedal and Brent Peeples
1pm – #ComicMarket Tweet Up – Booth 1969
2pm – DC Comics Signing

Saturday
12:15pm – Image Comics Panel – Room 1A15
2:30pm – Dc Comics Dark/Edge Panel – Room 1A22
5pm – Image Comics Signing – with Rahsan Ekedal and Brent Peeples

Sunday
11am – Image Comics Signing – with Rahsan Ekedal and Brent Peeples
2pm – DC Comics Signing

There will also be an exclusive NYCC #comicmarket Variant cover of Last of the Greats #1 from LarrysComics.net, more information on his twitter account twitter.com/larryscomics.

See you all at the show!

j.

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