May Is Packed

Saturday, May 1st is Free Comic Book Day.  Check out the free comics and other stuff at your nearby comics shop.

May 14-16 – LepreCon 36 in Mesa, AZ.  Annual SF/F convention with an emphasis on art!  Guests include Artist Charles Vess, author George R. R. Martin, artist/author James A. Owen and musician/author Emma Bull.  Other attending participants include Melinda Snodgrass, Ian Tregillis, Sam Sykes, Adam Niswander and more.

May 27-30 – Phoenix ComiCon in Phoenix, AZ.  Tons of guests, lots of fun. Stan Lee, John Scalzi, Wil Wheaton Rock Band, and lots more.

Author signings for new books include:

Janni Lee Simner launches Thief Eyes

May 4th  – Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe.

May 5th – The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale.

June 1st  – Barnes and Noble Eastside , Summer reading kickoff event
5130 E. Broadway, Tucson, Arizona

June 19, 2 p.m. – Barnes and Noble Eastside Signing/reading
5130 E. Broadway, Tucson, Arizona

Aprilynne Pike launches Spells

May 20 – Changing Hands Bookstore

May 28-30 – Phoenix ComiCon (panels and signings)

June 8 – Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale

Sam Sykes – Book launch for Tome of the Undergates

May 12- Poisoned Pen

May 14 – Book Launch Party at LepreCon 36

May 28-30 – Phoenix ComiCon – panels and signings


November Arizona SF Events

Saturday, Nov 7th – Tucson Comic Convention – Free one day comic convention.  Hotel Arizona, 181 W Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ‎,

Sunday, Nov 8th – Leprecon, Inc.  Quarterly meeting – The next quarterly Leprecon, Inc. board meeting will be held on Sunday, Nov 8th at 3 pm at Coco’s Restaurant, 1525 W. Elliot Rd (Priest Drive and Elliot Road). For more information, contact Mike Willmoth at (480) 945-6890 or

Nov 13-15th – TusCon 36 – Annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention – Author Guest of Honor Westen Ochse, Fan Guest of Honor Liz Hansen, Special Guest Dr. Paul Carter, Toastmaster Ed Bryant

Saturday, Nov 14th – Phoenix Faerie Festival – Estrella Mountain Regional Park – All Day. Information at

Saturday, Nov 15th – James A. Owen signs The Shadow Dragons. 5 pm at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S McClintock Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85283   For more information call 480.730.0205.

Monday, Nov 16th – Brandon Sanderson signs The Gathering Storm, the 12th book in The Wheel of Time 7:00 pm at the Scottsdale Public Library 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ. For more information call (480) 947 2974.

Thursday, Nov 19 – David Farland signs Chaosbound and John Brown signs Servant of a Dark God. 7:00 pm at The Poisoned Pen, 4014 N Goldwater Blvd. Suite 101, Scottsdale, AZ For more information call (480) 947 2974.


Lots of Upcoming Stuff in Arizona Oct/Nov

I’ve been way too busy of late to post any updates here.  Now that things have settled down some, expect to see more regular postings and information.  So, here’s a catchup post!

October Conventions and events:

Oct 2-4 – LepreCon 35 – Phoenix Marriott Mesa in Mesa, AZ – A relaxacon to wind down from the summer convention season.  Hospitality suite and a small amount of programming.  $99 room rate S/D/T/Q & tax.

Oct 9-11 – RinCon ’09 – Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, AZ – Annual Tucson gaming convention.

Oct 15-18 – International Horror/SciFi Film Festival, Tempe, AZ – Annual Film Festival with Casper Van Diem (Starship Troopers), Judith O’Dea (Night of the Living Dead), and Marilyn Burns (Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

Oct 30-Nov 1st – Saboten-Con – Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa, Mesa, AZ – Annual Anime convention

Upcoming Signings with The Poisoned Pen

Sept 22 – Diana Gabaldon – book launch for Echo in the Bone . 6 pm at the Arizona Biltmore

Oct 3 – Poisoned Pen Birthday Party and book launch for Phoenix Noir with editor Patrick Millikin and contributors Diana Gabaldon, James Sallis, Jon Talton, Stella Pope-Duarte and others.  6 pm at the Poisoned Pen

Oct 7 – F. Paul Wilson signs Ground Zero at the Poisoned Pen – 7 pm

Oct 9 – Ghoulie Gals  group signing with Sarah Langan, Alex Sokoloff, Sarah Pinborough, and Rhodi Hawk at the Scottsdale Public Library- 7 pm

Oct 18 – The Big Read – Discuss Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 with James Sallis and Brent Ghelfi at the Poisoned Pen at 2 pm

Oct 23 – Kris Neri signs High Crimes on the Magical Plane at the Poisoned Pen – 7 pm

Oct 28 – John Connolly signs The Gates at the Poisoned Pen – 7 pm

Nov 16 – Brandon Sanderson signs The Gathering Storm at the Scottsdale Public Library – 7 pm

Book signings at The Changings Hands bookstore in Tempe.

Oct 2 – Diana Gabaldon signs Echo in the Bone at 7 pm

Free Comic Book Day

This coming Saturday, May 2, is Free Comic Book Day.

Free Comic Book Day

You can find out all about the free comics being provided by the publishers at the official Free Comic Book Day web site.

As usual, a lot of the local comic shops are having special sales and special guests.  I’ll try to highlight the ones I’ve found out about below:

Dave’s Comics, Chandler, AZ – – Grand Opening cancelled – see statement on their websiteStan Lee at noon – Details on the Phoenix New Times event calendar. UPDATED: Now with Tricia Helfer, voice artist Debi Derryberry, and artist Ruth Thompson.

Atomic Comics – Various local comics writers and artists at their various stores plus Geoff Johns, Ethan Van Sciver, and Sterling Gates at their Mesa Superstore.  Full details here!

All About Books and Comics, Phoenix – Special discounts and a food drive.

Other comic shops in the Phoenix Metro area:

Ash Avenue Comics & Books – 810 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, AZ (480) 858-9447
Comic Zone – 5909 N Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale, AZ  (480) 483-2685
Drawn To Comics 5757 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale AZ (623) 847-9090
Gregg’s Comics – 2722 S Alma School Rd # 8, Mesa, AZ   (480) 752-1881
Hero Comics3405 W. Thunderbird Rd. #1, Phoenix, AZ (602) 843-6320
Pop Culture Comics – 707 S Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ
Samurai Comics – 5024 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ  (480) 557-6640 and 10720 W. Indian School Rd. #61, Phoenix, AZ (623) 872-8886
Spazdog Comics – 21610 N. 35th Avenue Suite 162, Phoenix, AZ  (623)582-3240
Stalking Moon –  5930 W Greenway Rd Suite 23; Glendale (602)896-9992

Tucson Comic Shops

Charlie’s Comic Books – 5445 E. 22nd Street Suite #115, Tucson, AZ (520) 320-0279
Fantasy Comics – 2595 First Ave., Tucson, AZ  (520) 670-0100
Heroes & Villains – 4533 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ (520) 321-4376
R-Galaxy – 2420 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ  (520) 322-0422

Poisoned Pen Upcoming Signings (Updated)

The Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale has several genre related signings coming up in the next couple of months.  If you missed previous signings with Laurell K. Hamilton, Charles Stross, or S.M. Stirling, they may still have signed books you can buy from those events.

Thu, Oct 16 – Johnathan Carroll signing Ghost in Love at 7 pm

Sun, Oct 19 – Terry Brooks signing Gypsy Morph at 1 pm, plus Terry’s sister, playwright  Laurie Brooks, signing Selkie Girl.

Sat, Nov 1 – Alan Dean Foster signing Quofum at 5:30 pm.

Sat, Nov 1 – Gregory Maguire signing A Lion Among Men at 6:30 pm.

Wed, Nov 19 – Sharon Kay Penman, Diana Gabaldon, and Dana Stabenow at 7:00 pm

Thur, Nov 20 – Tom Kirkbride signs Gamadin: Word of Honor at 6:30 pm

Upcoming Events

Atomic Comics will be having actor William Katt (of the Greatest American Hero) at two of their stores on Friday, September 26th and Saturday Sept 27th.  Full details on the Atomic Comics Website.

Charles Stross Signing at Poisoned Pen

Author Charles Stross will be signing at The Poisoned Pen In Scottsdale, Arizona, on Thursday, July 30th at 7 pm.   Charles will be signing his new novel, Saturn’s Children, which Poisoned Pen will have available for you to buy. 

Saturn's Children