Submitted by El Santo on August 10, 2009 - 17:06
The Hugo Awards got awarded last night in Montreal, and two of webcomicdom’s finest were up for (I believe the first ever) award for Best Graphic Story: Phil and Kaja Foglio for Girl Genius (specifically book 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones, starting online here), and Howard Tayler for Schlock Mercenary (specifically, The Body Politic story arc, starting online here). The Foglios won, and Fleen congratulates them; unfortunately that means Tayler lost, and we at Fleen extend our sympathies along with the comfort that at least he lost to some wonderful people with terrific work.
A very impressive accomplishment when you consider what Girl Genius was up against.
Submitted by Howard Tayler on August 4, 2009 - 20:23
Howard and I will be leaving for Worldcon tomorrow.Â After that Howard spends a week at GenCon.Â The result is that he will not have much time for blogging here.Â Howard intends to micro-blog using twitter, so if you want the very latest info, please check his twitter feed or facebook page.Â I will be attempting to post Schlock related convention highlights here on this blog.Â My more personal thoughts will go on my blog.Â If all of that is not enough convention
Submitted by Howard Tayler on July 1, 2009 - 10:08
You may now pre-order your autograph edition of XDM: X-Treme Dungeon Mastery, by Tracy and Curtis Hickman, illustrated by Howard Tayler. Tracy Hickman is the co-creator of Castle Ravenloft and the popular Dragonlance series. His son Curtis is a practicing magician. And me? Me you probably already know.
Submitted by Howard Tayler on June 25, 2009 - 13:59
On Wednesday, July 1st at 8:00am Mountain Time we will open pre-orders for XDM: X-Treme Dungeon Mastery by Tracy and Curtis Hickman. Howard illustrated this must-have reference for RPG referees, dungeon masters, and serious role-players, and has been showing off his advance copy for a couple of weeks now. The book is hard-bound, 160 pages long, black-and-white, and costs $29.95.
Submitted by Howard Tayler on May 21, 2009 - 10:13
Iâ€™ll be in Salt Lake City for CONduit XIX: The Evil Overlords of CONduit. Iâ€™m giving the keynote address at 5:00pm Friday, and throwing a party from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturday. Lots of my stuff, including framed cel prints and some cool XDM artwork will be on display in the Art Show.
Submitted by Howard Tayler on March 31, 2009 - 11:09
Long story short (itâ€™s more exciting that way): I met Tracy Hickman (co-creator of Castle Ravenloft and DragonLance) at LTUE in February, and Tracy told me about a new book he was writing with his son, The Amazing Curtis. The book is geared at making a good RPG game-master into a great one, and making a great game-master into a small god. It teaches the reader everything from applying the Campbellian Monomyth to contact juggling.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 23, 2009 - 09:54
Dude! Howard Tayler received a HUGO nomination for a storyline of Schlock Mercenary titled "The Body Politic". Dude. Congrats Howard! UPDATE: Hey, overlooked that Phil and Kaja Foglio also get a nomination - for Girl Genius, Volume 8 and the storyline "Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones". Dude and Dudette!! Congrats are in order to all of the nominees.
Also, Kate Beaton received a nod in the "Best Emerging Talent" category of the Doug Wright Awards for her otherwise untitled History Comics. Congrats Kate!
Surprisingly -- to me -- a relatively new strip that originally started on Comics Sherpa, The Argyle Sweater, hit 200 newspapers.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 13, 2009 - 12:47
A few things on an otherwise slow day:
Today's the last day to nominate an online comic for the 2009 Eisner Awards. Go forth and email!
A review of Clay Shirky's book Here Comes Everybody at the NYTimes book blog. Shirky is writing about how the web moved the world from a "filter-publish" model to a "publish-filter" model.
And I've still got a sponsorship slot here open and if you're interested I'm on Twitter at twitter.com/xerexes.
Submitted by Howard Tayler on January 28, 2009 - 20:11
My noon lecture at Utah Valley University will be streamed, or so I am told.
My topic, which I’ve carefully researched, is “Talent? Who Needs Talent?” I have even gone so far as to create a slide deck. Because you know it’s not a proper 21st-century lecture without slides.