Next week I'll be taking a trip to that magical city New York. A lot of what happens in the world of publishing starts here. It's Edgar week and that means loads of mystery authors in town. The edgars are a really special event and if you are a mystery fan and have never gone I suggest you go to at least one.
I'll be in town with sister Jennifer and Rae Helmsworth. Rae is the chair of this year's Bouchercon and we are meeting up to go and visit with some publishers about getting involved with the convention. Letting them know what's in it for them and their authors.
If my experiences with comic conventions have shown me anything it's the fact that publishers being involved is key. I know we're not meeting with all of them, but it's a start.
I would like to hear from some smaller presses about getting involved with Bouchercon. These indies are putting out some great books and are vital to the crime fiction/mystery genre. If the New York houses are Budweiser and Miller then the indies are Sam Adams and Shiner Bock. They add to the variety of what readers can choose from and are more willing to take chances which benefits everyone who loves to read.
The way I see it, the more people involved with Bouchercon the better it will be.
We need people to nominate books for the Anthonies, we need book dealers and exhibitors. We need authors who want to meet and talk to fans.
And most of all we need fans. Readers. People who buy books, people who go to the library every week. People who read. And we need input for what makes the convention better for you. so periodically I'll be asking questions to help make St. Louis the best it can be for everyone who is coming.
While many of our friends sit at their desks looking for one last tax deduction before a wait in line at the local post office the Crimespree Office is gearing up for a day trip to Chicago this weekend.
This is the first year for The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. Running tomorrow April 16th through Sunday April 18th the premise is amazing. Bring together some of Comics biggest names and Pop Culture Icons . Have their fans invade McCormick Plaza and see what happens.
It’s a hell of a line up with Alex Ross featured as the keynote speaker. Also on hand are luminaries so luminous that it will be more than impossible for this “objective reporter” to avoid at least a couple of fan girl moments. Hopefully I’ll hide them well.
For more info go to C2E2.com , follow the Con on facebook.com/C2E2official or c2e2-Twitter . There’s also an app and a shared flicker page. You can stay wired in or you can take the plunge and go. Who will win best costume? Wouldn’t you like to spend a little time with Neil Gaiman? Walk an Artist Ally? Both Star Trek and Star Wars are bringing in the big guns. Diamond Distributing will be there. A special preview of Doctor Who! The cast of KICK ASS will be celebrating opening weekend here.
All of Comics major imprints are here, as are the best of the web comics and well there’s just so much going on. We’ll report back to you later in the weekend and if we can right from the con…
AMAZEBALLS!! And if you’re already in Chi-Town why are you reading this? The pre party is at Mother’s so shake a leg.