Vol 2. No. 4, Wednesday, May 2, 2012:
Thanks everybody for making the April 15 NC Speculative Fiction Night such a (crowded!) success at Durham’s Sci-Fi Genre Comics & Games, including making short work of the 7-candled cake. I’ve got most of the bookstores stocked with Bull Spec #7, though a few of the further-out stores are yet to come later this week, along with (finally) the PDF version, subscriber mailings and deliveries, contributor mailings and deliveries, more review copies… I did get a few review copies out in time for late April deadlines, and SFRevu’s Sam Tomaino and Locus Magazine’s Lois Tilton have already weighed in.
May gets off to a fast start with Free Comic Book Day this Saturday — see below for more details, and as always: see you out and about! One note is that Jeremy Whitley’s Princeless event was rescheduled from its original date in April to “some time after Free Comic Book Day” in May, so keep an eye out for updates. The biggest update for me this time around is confirming all the fun that will be the Sunday, August 5 Bull Spec summer literary sf festival with Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Tobias S. Buckell, Karin Lowachee, Will Hindmarch, and more, at Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books from 2 to 4 pm. I’m sure I’ll see a lot of you before then, but if not: don’t miss it!
Update: Jaime at Flyleaf Books just wrote to let me know that Kevin Hearne, author of the Iron Druid Chronicles books, will be having an event on Tuesday June 12. Another great event to add to your calendar! I added the event to and updated the current Bull Spec flyer/handout PDF. So print some, post them, hand them out. And see you there!
NEW: 4 (Friday) 6 to 9 pm — Gabriel Dunston celebrates the launch of his new children’s comic book by displaying and selling the original artwork from the book in the Carter Building in Downtown Raleigh: http://www.facebook.com/events/375799239137904/
NEW-NEW: 4 (Friday) 7 to 11 pm — Durham’s Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasma series will screen Rollerball (1975) and Fahrenheit 451 (1966).
5 (Saturday) — Free Comic Book Day with events throughout the Triangle and around the world: http://www.freecomicbookday.com/ — Ultimate Comics has quite a list of guests, live music, and a costume contest (http://ultimatecomics.com/2012/04/freecomicbookday/) while Chapel Hill Comics has its own lineup of free comics, brush sketches, and more (http://www.chapelhillcomics.com/content/?p=1660) and Sci-Fi Genre (http://www.scifigenre.com/store/eventViewer.aspx?nEventID=1195) and other local shops are all getting into the act as well. Why choose; go to all of them.
14 (Monday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts a discussion of Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in its Deep Dish Theater Book Discussions series. More info: http://flyleafbooks.com/event/deep-dish-theatre-discussion-douglas-adamss-hitchhikers-guide-galaxy-conjunction-theaters-prod
NEW-NEW: 18 (Friday) 7 to 11 pm — Durham’s Carolina Theatre’s Retrofantasma series will screen Starman (1984) and Runaway (1984).
NEW: 19-20 (Saturday and Sunday) — Durham County’s Southwest Regional Library hosts its Comics Fest 2012.
20 (Sunday) 3 to 5 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts John Claude Bemis, Karen Lee, and Stephen Messer for the annual SCBWI “Schmooze” — “Aspiring writers and illustrators may submit the first 250 words of a children’s book or an illustration for panel review at the event. Open to all.” More info: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/scbwi-schmooze-john-bemis-stephen-messer
NEW: 22 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Durham author David Halperin will be reading from and discussing his 2011 novel Journal of a UFO Investigator at the Southwest Regional Library in Durham.
22 — Local author new novel: Hillsborough’s John Claude Bemis’s The Prince Who Fell From the Sky to be published by Random House Books for Young Readers.
NEW-NEW: 26 (Saturday) 1- 3 pm — Chapel Hill Comics is set to host the release party for the collected Eisner-nominated comic Princeless with writer Jeremy Whitley.
1-3: ConCarolinas (June 1-3, 2012) in Charlotte with writer guest of honor Jack McDevitt and many local and regional guests and panelists. More info: http://www.concarolinas.org/
NEW-NEW: 2 (Saturday) 3 pm — Launch Party Extravaganza for John Claude Bemis’s The Prince Who Fell From the Sky at Hillsborough’s Public Market House: http://bullspec.com/2012/05/16/yet-another-new-event-book-launch-extravaganza-for-the-prince-who-fell-from-the-sky-by-john-claude-bemis/
NEW-NEW: 12 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Kevin Hearne, author of the Iron Druid Chronicles series, for a reading and signing event.
16 (Saturday) 10 am to 5 pm — MakerFaire NC at the NC State Fairgrounds: http://makerfairenc.com/
NEW: 13-17 (Wednesday through Sunday) — The North American Jules Verne Society will hold its 2012 annual meeting in Marion, NC, near the site of the Great Eyry referenced in Verne’s novel Master of the World. More info: http://www.najvs.org/meetings.shtml
NEW: 21 (Friday) — Durham’s Carolina Theatre hosts The Moth: Between Worlds, a live storytelling event. The guests have not yet been finalized. More info: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/moth-between-worlds
21-24: ConTemporal (June 21-24, 2012) in Chapel Hill with literary guest of honor Cherie Priest and comic book guests of honor Studio Foglio. More info: http://contemporal.org/
26 — Local author new novel: Solaris Books to publish Hillsborough author James Maxey’s Hush — continuing his new fantasy series which began with Greatshadow in January.
17: Regional author new novel: Tor to publish Greensboro author Orson Scott Card’s (along with Aaron Johnson) Earth Unaware: The First Formic War.
1 — Local editor new anthology: Raleigh author and anthologist John Kessel’s latest anthology (co-edited with James Patrick Kelly) to be released: Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology from Tachyon Publications.
5 (Sunday) 2 to 4 pm — Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books hosts the 2nd Bull Spec summer literary sf festival with Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Tobias S. Buckell, Karin Lowachee, Will Hindmarch, and more. Last year was a veritable Steampunk Cabinet of Curiosities. This year, it’s getting Weird. Confirmed, y’all. This is going to be awesome!
14 — Local author new collection: Raleigh author Kij Johnson’s fiction collection At the Mouth of the River of Bees to be published by Small Beer Press.
23 (Thursday) — The Raleigh Browncoats will present their annual charity screening of the Firefly movie, Serenity, at the Raleigh Grande Theatre: http://www.ncbrowncoats.com/
TBD — Local author new novel: Raleigh authors Clay and Susan Griffith conclude their Vampire Empire series with book 3, The Kingmakers, after 2010’s The Greyfriar and 2011’s The Rift Walker, from Pyr Books. More info: http://clayandsusangriffith.blogspot.com/
17-18 (Saturday and Sunday) — NC Comicon at the Durham Convention Center: http://nccomicon.com/
NEW: TBD — Local author new novel: J.L. Hilton’s Stellarnet Prince, sequel to January’s Stellarnet Rebel, to be published by Carina Press.
11-13 (Friday to Sunday) — illogiCon 2 will be held at the Embassy Suites of Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle on January 11-13, 2013, with writer guest of honor Tim Powers and webcomic guest of honor Garth Graham: http://www.illogicon.com/