Report: Bizarro Fiction at MGA Con

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 21, 2014 by dwbarbee

Last weekend I went to my very first comic con, Macon’s MGA Con. Swimming in the nerdstream has always been a dream of mine, with the added bonus that I’m an author now, so I got to sell books and spread my literary virus to the masses. It was a strange and nerve-wracking experience, but in the end it was a resounding success. Now I’m here to tell you all about it.

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The lead-up to the whole experience had me very anxious. Even with all my arrangements in order I was still nervous as hell. Enter my wife, who took me out Friday evening to visit our old friend Tyler to shoot the shit. It was great and really helped relax me for the journey to come. The next morning I headed out to the Macon Centreplex for MGA Con. Instead of driving all the way around to the building’s entrance, I wound up parking at the loading dock because a sign said so. That sign was a bunch of comic book artists smoking next to the dumpsters.

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With my table set up and a hearty breakfast of potato chips in my belly, I started to take in my surroundings. Not only was the place filled with cool comics and artwork, costumed people were everywhere. There were zombies, ghostbusters, a pack of teenagers wearing cute anime/Pokemon pajamas (they looked like a hardened gang, actually), and even a fat Batman. In the afternoon my wife showed up to help me sell books and refine my sales pitch. There was some sort of talk about my pitch being blunt and awkward.

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Then my friend Jeffrey showed up to threaten me with cannibalism, which he’s been doing since we were in kindergarten. He wound up scaring off a potential buyer, but then made up for it by buying a copy of Thunderpussy for his girlfriend. I noticed that Thunderpussy was popular with women, actually. The cool ones, that is. Some women shielded their childrens’ eyes when walking by my table. I took those instances as endorsements. Before he left Jeffrey gave my wife a Dark Phoenix bobblehead, which was awesome of him.

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On Sunday it rained cats and dogs and I practically hydroplaned my way to the Centreplex. I came to realize that rednecks really liked A Town Called Suckhole. One guy said I was lucky to be able to display the rebel flag on the cover of my book, because oppression or something. Others asked if the book was anything like their favorite television programs, Duck Dynasty and Honey Boo Boo. While wincing internally, I smiled and said “Hell yeah!”

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That’s a print that artist Budd Root let me have from his table. I’m going to frame it for my office. Mr. Root is an awesome artist and draws one of my favorite things in the world: boobs. By the end of the con I had sold almost all of my books and all anxiety had been lifted from me. Happy and content, I left the con and made sure to rub Aku’s tummy on my way out.

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I came home and reported the success to my wife. Then we watched the Golden Compass together. I have one last book, a copy of Thunderpussy, and i’m planning to take it to Avalon Comics in Macon, where it will be available for purchase. Now that it’s all over I’d like to thank everyone for their support, those who bought a book or made conversation with me. It was a great experience and I’ll definitely be there next year, hopefully with even more books.

Signing Books at MGACON this weekend

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 10, 2014 by dwbarbee

Well, it happened. My town finally has its own comic convention, which is beyond awesome. This weekend (March 15th and 16th) marks the inaugural Middle Georgia Comic Con, located at the Macon Centerplex. There will be a ton of awesome stuff going on, including all these cool people…

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…and me also. No, I’m not on the poster, but I will be there in real life, sitting at a table in Artist Alley selling and signing copies of my books Thunderpussy and A Town Called Suckhole. This whole week I’m making big plans for the event, so if you’re out and about for the Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend (for those who don’t know, the Cherry Blossom Festival is Macon’s honored and beloved pastime of painting the entire city pink), come join the party. You can get more info on MGACON right here at their site.

All the X-Men 2099s!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 20, 2013 by dwbarbee

Sometimes I collect comics. Mostly I just read them, but sometimes, if I really like a series, I’ll try to get all the issues and lock them away in a box on one of my bookshelves. It’s dorky, obsessive, and not even profitable. Recently I ordered the last two issues of one of my favorite childhood comics, so now I own every issue in the series. That series is X-Men 2099. Back in the nineties Marvel decided to launch a bunch of books featuring versions of their characters set in a futuristic cyberpunk alternate world. It was awesome, and I loved the series when I was a kid. Now I have all of them. I don’t know how much of an accomplishment this is, but goddamn it, I did it. So here’s a pic of all my X-Men 2099 comics.

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I have a bunch of Ghost Rider 2099′s also, but only about half of the series. One day I’ll get the rest, because that series was pretty awesome as well.

The Herd Party @ Verbicide Magazine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 6, 2013 by dwbarbee

I have a new short story in the world today. It’s called The Herd Party and you can read it over at Verbicide Magazine. I’m very honored to be featured in Verbicide and want to thank them for publishing a story that I worked very hard on. It’s sort of like Animal Farm, but instead of communism it’s about birthday clowns and cannibalism. Also, if you ask me George Orwell should’ve named his evil pig Napigleon. That’s the only thing that could make Animal Farm funnier.

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Thunderpussy @ ManArchy Magazine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 29, 2013 by dwbarbee

Gabino Iglesias is one of the most well-read people on the planet. The sheer number of books he reads (not to mention reviews) makes me feel like I watch too much fucking TV. Luckily he’s one of the good guys. Gabino reviewed my last book in The Austin Post, and now he’s reviewed Thunderpussy at ManArchy Magazine. I truly can’t think of a better place for Thunderpussy to shine, as ManArchy is a haven for pulpy neo-noir fiction with a masculine bent. Declan Magpie Bruce is nothing if not masculine, and I’m thrilled that his transcredible exploits have been reviewed there. Click here to read all about it.

And huge thanks go out to Gabino Iglesias. While you’re buying Thunderpussy, make sure to check out his book Gutmouth. Both are named after mutated body parts. Weird.

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Surreal Grotesque, the BIZARRO ISSUE!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 7, 2013 by dwbarbee

Surreal Grotesque has just released their latest issue, which is ENTIRELY BIZARRO! There is a ton of weird book reviews, strange artwork, and short stories by the likes of: D. Harlan Wilson, Bruce Taylor, Justin Grimbol, Garrett Cook, Tony Rauch, G Arthur Brown, ST Cartledge, JW Wargo, Michael Allen Rose, William Pauley III, and a ton of others. Also included is a story by me, called “Steve in the Thanoverse.”

Head to Surreal Grotesque to read it all!

Summer Reading, Weirdo Style

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2013 by dwbarbee

Ah, summer. To me, it’s the best time of year to read. It’s nuclear fucking hot outside. Resources run low. Gasoline becomes currency and wild gangs lurk in the wasteland. It’s a magical time meant for holing up in your hovel and diving into a few good books. Let me suggest a few:

YOU ARE SLOTH: This is my personal favorite of the list, from my close personal archenemy Steve Lowe. Lowe’s as sick and gory as any horror writer but also possesses a smart sense of humor. I have a feeling that this book will go crazy this summer.

JAPAN CONQUERS THE GALAXY: Kirsten Alene writes awesome Terry Gilliam-style books, like mixing dinosaurs with Franciscan monks or unicorns with Munchhausen militarism. Now it’s the entire culture of Japan in space. If you like big epic bizarro told by a very nice crazy lady, you should read this.

IN HEAVEN, EVERYTHING IS FINE: FICTION INSPIRED BY DAVID LYNCH: Last year Cameron Pierce put together “The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade,” and if that wasn’t big enough, this year he managed to orchestrate this gigantic motherfucker. It’s another solid collection of weird fiction, written by a murderer’s row of authors both new and established. It’s all inspired by the works of David Lynch, it’s for an excellent price, and it’s so huge you could build a house with just seven.

QUICKSAND HOUSE: Carlton Mellick III has designated summertime for his larger epic novels. The guy cranks out fantastic books so fast that it’s sort of nerve-wracking to comprehend. My brain would shit its pants if I wrote, edited, and released four books a year. CM3′s books are always awesome, and this one will be no different.

Sooooo… get to Amazon.com and buy at least one of these. Read, for the sake of all that is holy!

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