Tuesday was not only Halloween, but the release date for the newest novel by my wonderful wife and brilliant writing partner, Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell--Mafia III: Plain of Jars! Here's how the publisher describes the book:
Before Lincoln Clay laid waste to New Bordeaux in his quest for vengeance against the Italian mob, he did a hard tour in Vietnam. In this authorized prequel to the hit game Mafia III, Clay learns the deadly skills he will put to good use back in New Bordeaux–first as an Army grunt, then as a Special Forces soldier running covert ops for the CIA.
Teaming up with his CIA handler, John Donovan, Clay leads a secret mission to take down a communist warlord on the edge of the legendary Plain of Jars in Laos. But he can’t do it alone. First, he has to win over the people of the village of Vang Khom, including the beautiful Sho. Then he has to form them into an army that can defeat the warlord’s superior forces, using nothing but his street-honed wits combined with the guerilla tactics he’s learned in the jungle. Victory seems to be finally within his grasp when he is betrayed by one of his closest allies, leading to a wild chase and an epic confrontation out among the ancient monuments, where his former friend becomes one of the first to discover what grim fate awaits those who cross Lincoln Clay.
And here's the cover, with art by comics great Joe Jusko:
This weekend, we'll be at the terrific Tucson Comic-Con along with several thousand of our closest friends. We'll be at Artist Alley tables A2 and A3 most of the time, but I'm on a few panels, too:
PLAYING IN BIG SANDBOXES (with Marsheila Rockwell)
1:30-2:20 PM, Greenlee Room
Spider-Man, Star Trek, Evil Dead, Dungeons and Dragons, Xena: Warrior Princess, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Superman, 30 Days of Night, CSI, Deadlands, Conan the Barbarian, Mafia III--whether they started in TV, comics, movies, books, or games, these properties have all expanded far beyond their original media. Panelists Marsheila Rockwell and Jeffrey J. Mariotte have written in all of these fictional universes, and many more. They'll share the pleasures, trials, and tribulations of the tie-in writing trade, along with tips on how you can do it too.
DRAWING NOT REQUIRED: OTHER WAYS TO BREAK INTO THE COMIC INDUSTRY (with Brian Miller, Bernie Fritts, Michael R. Martin, and Libbi Rich)
5:30-6:20 PM, Greenlee Room
There are many ways to break into the comic book industry, even if you cannot draw. Come meet industry professionals who work on projects that do not require drawing. Bernie Fritts (Moderator) – Coffin Comics, Hi-Fi Colour Design / Jeffrey J. Mariotte – DC Comics, IDW Publishing / Michael R. Martin – Blood & Dust, Blaze / Brian Miller - Hi-Fi Colour Design, FEMME MAGNIFIQUE / Libbi Rich – Doom Magazine, Lightning Octopus.
25 Years of WildStorm (with Shannon Eric Denton)
11:30 AM-12:20 PM, Greenlee Room
In 1992, former Marvel superstar artist Jim Lee founded Homage Studios, his branch of the upstart Image Comics. After a few name changes, it became WildStorm Productions, and with hit titles like WildC.A.T.S Covert Action Teams, Gen13, Stormwatch, and more, it became one of the biggest publishers in the business. In 1998, DC Comics acquired WildStorm, and Jim Lee became co-publisher of DC. Panelists Jeff Mariotte and Shannon Eric Denton both worked at WildStorm--Jeff in the early days, from 1992-2002, and Shannon in the later era--and will share a wealth of information and insight into one of the true success stories of contemporary comics publishing.
Everybody who attends that panel will be eligible to receive a free vintage WildStorm comic of their choice, at our table after the panel. We'll also have free book giveaways and other goodies, as well as plenty of books and comics to sell & sign! Hope to see you there!
The following weekend is the TusCon science fiction & fantasy convention--more on that next week!