Everyone these days has a book trailer, mostly because book trailers are freakin’ awesome. So I gathered up some toys and filmed a short trailer for my latest book, Bacon Fried Bastard. Hope you like it, and if you do, head over to Amazon and buy buy buy a copy! I promise that the book contains 100x the psychedelic weirdness of this video.
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Yet another convention is in the books. This time it was MGACon, and my third time tabling there. As usual, I had a great time and sold enough books. I even bought some prints and a t-shirt for my kid. That’s how well it worked out. So all that’s left is to give you the broad strokes:
My table was positioned in the Artist Alley, across from a character designer for one of my favorite shows, Archer. Next to me was a guy who could draw the shit out of Scooby Doo and across the aisle was a quiet guy who drew Sonic the Hedgehog.
Lots of Stormtroopers, as usual. This guy had a backpack full of brains. I understand that it’s mean to be his exposed spinal column, but I like the idea of a backpack full of brains. There were also a lot of Harley Quinns, but one woman was REALLY accurate. I declined to take her picture because she was too beautiful. You’ll have to take my word for it. Unrelated to her, there was a guy dressed as Heath Ledger Joker (always a few of those, too) and he looked bored as hell and kind of sad. Totally not having fun even though he’s dressed up as such a charismatic character. It was weird, but also strangely funny. I didn’t get his picture, either.
And that was the con, folks. Pretty run-of-the-mill. These days I’ve gotten used to doing cons, and I’m planning to do more. Hearing all the comic and cartoon artists talk about all the cons they go to made me hungry for more. This was only my second con of 2017 and I have THREE more in the works, not including BizarroCon in November. I’ll probably need more of these snazzy business cards.
Last weekend I went to the Warner Robins Comic Con to sell bizarro books. It was awesome! As usual for a Georgia comic con, there were Funko Pops and Walking Dead fans EVERYWHERE. There was also a kid wearing this:
I got a table between a lady dressed as Harley Quinn and a pro wrestler hawking tickets to his show the next day. Former WWE referee Teddy Long was there with him. Teddy Long wears fancy suits and calls everybody ‘playa’. I barely spoke to him, but he seemed like a real douchebag. That’s pro wrestling for you. Luckily, the Harley Quinn lady and I got to share the bar area next to our tables. There was no alcohol to be had, but there was a TV playing cartoons and the con organizer put a ton of free pizza on the bar. That made everything pretty sweet.
Even better than free pizza was selling my books. I sold enough books to make the con worthwhile, and got a few people to do double-takes when they saw a bizarro book. A truck driver came up and bought a copy of all my books, saying that he loved to listen to audio books on the road, and tried to read whenever he could. Then a redneck lady came up and we talked about how cool Goosebumps books are. I told her that my books are like Rated R versions of Goosebumps, so she bought a copy for her son, who was like twelve. I liked that lady and her kid. I liked that trucker, too. I like selling books to regular folks. I’d pass up a thousand literary conventions to hit up one comic con and shoot the shit with country-nerds like myself. Fun times. Next month I’ll be at MGACON again, and hopefully this time I’ll splurge and buy some stuff.
Christmas promotions for Bacon Fried Bastard have been crazy as hell. I’ve gotten a ton of reviews, mailed out prizes, and plan on mailing out MORE prizes. I plan to keep this train rolling well into 2017, but for now I want to make sure everyone sees the craziest thing I did this holiday season to promote my new book: bacon frying a copy. Thanks to Joseph Bouthiette for thinking this up and then buying two copies of BFB (one to read, and one for me to cook in my kitchen). Hope everyone had a happy holiday. Piggly Swiggly and I will see you soon…
Frank Edler of the Bizzong! Podcast invited me on yesterday to talk about Bacon Fried Bastard and the bizarro genre.
It was a really good conversation, because we got to talk a lot about ME and MY BOOK and MY WRITING CAREER. Thanks go out to my wife who looked after the kid so I could sit alone and talk about myself over the internet. Bizzong is one of my favorite podcasts because it really shines a light on bizarro and weird stuff in general. Like I told Frank, there was a time when bizarro didn’t have these sorts of platforms. The fact that we do now is a huge sign of progress in our bid to take over the world with weird books. Check out the episode here.
It’s been over two weeks since I came home from BizarroCon 2016 in Portland. Mostly I’ve been fighting a respiratory infection and eating Thanksgiving leftovers, which are pretty good excuses for not posting this Con Report until now. I’m even going to try to describe my experiences at the convention itself instead of just name-checking a bunch of people like I did on this blog last year. Generally speaking, BizarroCon is just an awesome time with good friends. It’s a lot like a family reunion, and it was nice to see everybody and just hang out for a few days.
The most important person I spent time with was Kevin Donihe, a fellow author and my editor. That’s us in the picture above celebrating the release of BACON FRIED BASTARD. We both worked really hard on it. On my first night in Portland I made sure to buy Kevin dinner and talk to him about the future, especially how my prose can improve so that he doesn’t get eye cancer just looking at the words I write. Several of Donihe’s eyes have been removed thanks to my early drafts.
Speaking of the future, I’ve been making plans to attend more conventions, and wouldn’t you know it, Brian Keene insisted that I make it to Virginia this summer to attend Scares that Care. That’s the back of Brian’s head in that picture above. When he told me to come to VA, I couldn’t refuse, especially because he wants me to appear on his podcast, The Horror Show. I also received a really unexpected gift. Christine Morgan made an entire series of Barbie dolls made into characters from bizarro books, and one of them was Psyche Delia from Thunderpussy. Then she GAVE it to me, and now it sits at home on my nightstand next to my bottle of Farmhouse Ale.
That’s right, BACON FRIED BASTARD had a special beer brewed for its release! I haven’t had this honor since A TOWN CALLED SUCKHOLE came out five years ago. The beer was excellent, my reading was a hit, and lots of people wanted to buy my new book. This was the best part of the con, and I tried to soak it in as much as possible. That level of attention can be rare, so it’s important to make the most of it. So I returned home with a ton of new books, t-shirts, a beer bottle, and a Barbie doll. It got to be so packed in my bag that someone had to ride with a bottle up his ass. Luckily, Ole Toadlicker has been through worse. Those who saw his performance: you will see him again….
So the convention’s over, Thanksgiving is over, and soon Christmas will be over, too. But before that happens you should know about my BACON FRIED BASTARD CHRISTMAS REVIEW CONTEST! Anyone, and I mean anyone, who reviews BFB on Amazon will be entered to win one of five posters along with a ton of other prizes, mailed directly to you. The goal is to get 25 reviews by December 25th. If you can give me a good Christmas, I’ll give you a one-in-five chance to win some AWESOME STUFF. Just review it and you’re in! Buying the book and reading it are also pretty helpful, but if the goal gets met I won’t ask any questions. You’ve got less than three weeks, so get on the bacon train! We’re already a fifth of the way there!
It’s finally arrived. Bacon Fried Bastard, my shit-faced junglepunk monster-mash take on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is HERE. It’s available for pre-order in both paperback and Kindle, and will be officially unleashed this Friday. I hope everyone goes to Amazon and buys a copy, reads that copy, and then tells the world what they think of it. All of those things would be a fantastic help, and with recent events causing so much turmoil, I guess I hope that this book can provide a little entertainment in an otherwise fucked up world. It’s about a pig-man who does piggish things, so…
Huge thanks to Jim Agpalza for that cover art, Kevin Donihe for all his editing help, and, as always, my publisher Eraserhead Press.