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Schedule: Rose City Comic Con 2022

The Signed Page is the official bookstore for 2022’s Rose City Comic Con in Portland, Oregon!

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time, a Bucket List item I will soon check off. I love Portland. I love comic cons. And I love the authors we’ve invited. The convention begins Friday, September 9th at the Oregon Convention Center and runs through Sunday, September 11th. The Signed Page bookstore booth will be in Hall A, near the celebrity area, I do believe.

We will only be carrying books for those writers attending. I tried to be aggressive in my ordering because I can always sell any remaining signed books online after the con is over.

Here is the schedule. There may be some late additions to this:


Challenge Extended: Writing Comics vs Writing Novels

Panel Details: What are some of the biggest differences when it comes to planning, writing, and editing a comic vs a novel? What key differences in word choice, details, verbosity, and word count present themselves? These questions and more will be addressed by both authors and comic writers as we tackle the topic of writing comic books vs writing books. 

Date: Friday, September 9th
Time: 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: D137-140
Panelists: David F. Walker, Chelsea Cain, Bethany C. Morrow, moderated by Douglas Wolk
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM


Creative Worldbuilding in Fiction

Panel Details: Building a fully fleshed out world is the first step in making your creation real to the reader. Unless you can fully understand the world in which your characters live, you won’t be able to effectively write about their experiences. Another incredible part of worldbuilding in fiction is taking your readers into a completely fantasical and magical place. Let’s explore how a fictitious world can seem completely real while overwhelmingly magical through excellent writing.

Date: Friday, September 9th
Time: 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Location: D137-140
Panelists: John Scalzi, Robin Hobb, Amber Benson, Bethany C. Morrow, moderated by Colleen Lindsay
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM


TERRY BROOKS SPOTLIGHT

Panel Details: Terry Brooks is one of the foundational fantasy authors of the SF&F world. Without him, the genre might look very, very different. This Spotlight panel is dedicated to his decades-long career and it’s your opportunity to ask him any questions you may have.

Date: Friday, September 9th
Time: 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Location: Main Stage – Portland Ballroom
Panelists: Terry Brooks, moderated by Shawn Speakman
Signing: Main Stage, 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM


AUTHOR SIGNING: KEL MITCHELL

Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 10:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A
Note: Kel will only be signing copies of his new book, Prank Day. No other merchandise allowed.


SFF Authors and Real World Ideas

Panel Details: How do real world religious beliefs, political doctrines, and views on society impact science fiction/fantasy writers, and the direction they take in their novels? This panel will explore how personal beliefs and reality can become subtly infused into science fiction/fantasy works. Explore how the lines between SFF and reality become blurred in this can’t miss conversation among well-known authors.

Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Location: D137-140
Panelists: John Scalzi, Wesley Chu, Josh Malerman, Mat Johnson, Robin Hobb, Brent Weeks, moderated by Colleen Lindsay
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


AUTHOR SIGNING: TERRY BROOKS

Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A


Ask an Author

Panel Details: Interested in becoming an author? Curious what it takes to go the distance as a writer? Your burning and bookish questions will be answered during this Q&A session with a variety of established authors across various genres including fiction, fantasy, science fiction, thriller, YA, and more.

Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Location: D137-140
Panelists: John Scalzi, Robin Hobb, Wesley Chu, Bethany C. Morrow, moderated by Colleen Lindsay
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Learning to Write Books

Panel Details: Interested in the approach that well-known authors took when they were learning to write? What resources did they use to get from where they began to now? This conversation will help you in your quest to write, whether you’re just starting out, an experienced writer, or a published author.

Date: Sunday, September 11th
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Location: D137-140
Panelists: John Scalzi, Robin Hobb, Chelsea Cain, Josh Malerman, moderated Terry Brooks
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Size does matter: Short Fiction vs Novels

Panel Details: How do you decide whether to turn your book idea into a short story, a long novel, or even an entire series? Are the complexities of your subject matter able to be tackled in a truncated word count or is a verbose approach necessary? Dive into the topic of story length with well known authors as we answer the age-old question: does size matter?

Panelists: Robin Hobb, Chelsea Cain, Wesley Chu, Josh Malerman, Mat Johnson, moderated by Colleen Lindsay
Date: Sunday, September 11th
Time: 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: D137-140
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM


For those of you attending the convention, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

With Magic,
Shawn

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Shipping Now: Hobb, Brooks, Briggs

Hi Everyone,

I hope this finds everyone doing well.

Sadly, I am being bombarded by people asking about their Hobb, Brooks, and Briggs books and why their particular order hasn’t shipped yet. This doesn’t help me. At all. I have 2000 books to ship out, I’m one man, and I can ship out about 200 books a day. That’s it. So writing asking me where your book is only slows me down. As you can tell, I’m super frustrated by all of the emails, over 100 so far. I’m working every minute of my waking day shipping books. I should be done with the Hobb books by Friday — just have multiple orders left. And I’ve done a number of Brooks as well. Briggs will begin after both of those previous two authors are completed.

Some of you may not have ordered from me before. Needless to say, when your order ships, you will receive an email with tracking number to the email address on the order. No need to write me. You will be told when your order ships.

So please be patient. I don’t think I’ve had three major book signings happening in the same week before. Daunting, to be sure.

More soon,
Shawn

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New Signings: Robin Hobb

Hi Everyone,

I am excited to announce a few different Robin Hobb books today alongside some that have been available for a while.

You can now pre-order The Illustrated Assassin’s Quest, to match up with your copies of The Illustrated Assassin’s Apprentice and The Illustrated Royal Assassin. The Illustrate Assassin’s Quest will publish March 2 and that’s when Robin will stop by to sign. Then the books will ship.

But that’s not all. I have a rare numbered trade hardcover edition of Wizard of the Pigeons signed by Megan Lindholm, who also writes as Robin Hobb. These are the first 48 copies to roll off the printing press and they shipped ahead of the copies that arrive by boat in December. Megan is willing to personalize even as she signs them. I will number them, making these special, and they will also ship this month as opposed to the copies that will ship in December. If you want to cancel your December order for one of these copies, I can do that.

Then there is the fully-illustrated Folio Society Farseer Trilogy. The signed edition from Folio sold out almost immediately. A number of The Signed Page customers asked if I would get the regular unsigned edition and have Robin sign and/or personalize. So that’s what I’m doing. It isn’t cheap, I’ll tell you that. I’m getting the three books at a cost of $250 and each set costs about $15 to get from the UK on a pallet. But people are ordering it and I can’t wait to get a copy for myself! Robin will sign all three books and they come within a slipcase.

Here are some links for you:

It’s a great time being a Megan Lindholm/Robin Hobb reader, I tell you that! If you have any questions, do let me know.

Cheers!
Shawn