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December 3, 2013
Plenty of great news today. It's the third "First Tuesday" of the quarter again, and you know what that means - another brand-new issue of The Broken Paragon is out today! This issue is one of the best we've put out so far, and we're damn proud of it. We've got a great contribution by guest essayist Ian Ostrowski this quarter all about proceduralism and Braid, not to mention three other terrific papers surrounding it that make for the most entertaining e-zine you'll read all winter. Here's the cover.
Also in The Broken Paragon news, we're publicly announcing today that we'll be wrapping up production after issue six, due out in March 2014. Our feedback on the contents of The Broken Paragon has been overwhelmingly positive, but we haven't had as much luck on the format. Surprisingly, people are much more interested in a physical/paperback copy than a series of Word, PDF or Kindle files. So we've decided to collect the entire omnibus into a beastly paperback book to be released alongside the final issue in March. Subscriptions have been extended throughout all six issues and no new subscriptions are being taken at this time. We'll also release the whole book collected into one digital file to be sold exclusively online right here on the website, so keep an eye out if you haven't jumped on board yet but are holding out for a digital collection.
Finally, we're moving! This weekend our headquarters will relocate from south of Richmond, VA to the metro-D.C. area (more specifically, Sterling, VA, outside Tysons Corner). This will have very little effect on the company besides concentrating more of our appearances and conventions around the Washington D.C./Baltimore area in 2014. We'll still return to Richmond for a few shows a year; we want to respect and honor the fan base we've earned down here in the last 18 months. Keep an eye on our Appearances page for future updates.
Until next time, stay geeked and stay awesome!
October 20, 2013
Today we're proud to announce the release of a brand-new sampler of each of A Carrier of Fire's published works, in one easy file for convenient download/use. Clocking in at 85 pages, this behemoth of free reading features two chapters each from 100,000 Years in Detention, Penny Cavalier and The Broken Paragon as well as an early chapter from DisasterLand: Centralia and a free first glimpse of our upcoming 2014 book about comic conventions. If you're interested in what we're doing but don't know which of our projects would be best suited to your tastes, this is the perfect place to start. Download it here for Word and PDF: A Carrier of Fire Fall 2013 Sampler.
We've also provided a much-needed update to our eStore. Check out our "Projects and eStore" link on the left for cleaned-up and revamped product descriptionsand cover pictures.
Finally, we had the type of response at Richmond's RVACon last month that would keep us doing this for life if we were ever uncertain. We sold over 40 books in three days, for a total of 90 books in September alone. We're looking forward to continuing to kick ass and make A Carrier of Fire a household name this and next year.
Big announcements soon; stay tuned!
33 Saints, 1 Villain
On September 8 at about 2 p.m. Eastern, A Carrier of Fire's table at Baltimore Comic-Con was robbed by a vacuous waste of chromosomes who made off with our cash bag, containing nearly $400 in profits and petty cash. It takes a special kind of person to reach behind a table and steal the fruit of 19 hours' labor by an independent artist, let alone in the five seconds said artist is looking another direction and helping another customer.
Instead of talking about this insipid pile of blubber and feces with all the curse words and insults he deserves, I'd rather talk about - and to - the people who came out and supported A Carrier of Fire this weekend. Of the stolen money, over $300 of it was given to us $10 and $20 at a time by Comic-Con attendees who took the time out of their day to stop at ACoF's booth, talk to me personally, and decide they believe in Geek Non-Fiction, Penny Cavalier and 100,000 Years in Detention enough to give us their hard-earned money. This money was a token of faith and goodwill by these folks who, having neither read nor seen reviews of either of the titles we sold this weekend...just believed. And it was intended that we'd take these profits and put them back into the business and our families. We moved 34 books before the robbery. Most were in cash, a couple on credit cards (fear not; no receipts or info were printed or available in our stolen cash box). We even sold both our books to two customers, making for 32 saints who helped fuel our fire (no pun intended) as we stood for 13 hours straight Saturday on no food, no water and no bathroom breaks; and for the first five hours of Sunday with the same. I thank you personally; you're the reason we keep going. We truly hope you enjoy your books - it honestly means as much to us that you get some entertainment from what you read as it does to receive your gracious payment for our humble novels.
I'd like to give a very special thanks to Brad Guigar, my table neighbor for the weekend and the 33rd hero of the weekend. Brad was not only a kind and amiable new friend on Saturday and Sunday before this incident befell us, but he came through like a true credit to the convention community after the fact. As soon as I realized we'd been robbed, Brad watched A Carrier of Fire's table for me so I could go get security and while I talked to them. Then Brad gave ACoF a shout-out on Twitter, offering a free print from his table to anyone who came by and helped us recover by buying one of our books. I'm sorry to say I was so destroyed by the event that by the time I'd processed that Brad told me he'd done that, I may have shut the table down...but the gesture will remain long after we've made back our losses from this weekend. If you're reading this, Brad is a true friend to the Carrier of Fire family and deserves your patronage (follow the links in this paragraph to his sites) so please check him out, follow him, whatever you can do. Brad, you're an inspiration!
Thanks as well to the dozens who have hit us up on Facebook to make sure we're ok, and especially to those new table neighbors we met in Baltimore who reached out and offered their sympathies and help - Rodney Fyke, Monica Gallagher, Bill McKay, Dan Nokes and Sasha Yoss. We're proud to call you all new friends (ok, we knew Bill and Dan already) and hope for your continued success.
And to the thief? I write for a living; you don't deserve my words. Except perhaps that I wouldn't piss down your throat if your heart were on fire.
September 3, 2013
Now this is a great day for geekhood worldwide. You could stop by a music/movie store and pick up the new album by '90s industrial giants Nine Inch Nails, snag a copy of Rob Zombie's new Kubrickian cult horror film The Lords of Salem while you're there, then come home and download Issue #4 of The Broken Paragon - An Anthology of Essays on Gaming! In this issue we have blowout articles on the business of additional content, The Last of Us' inspiration from Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer-winning novel The Road and more! If you're looking for a little more than boobs, bullets and bitrates from your games reading, we can help! Check out our current freebie article at The Broken Paragon's blog, take a look at the cover (just below here, in our previous entry) and get the issue for $1 alone (delivered immediately in Word, PDF and Kindle), or $4 for a year-long subscription! Subscribers get bonus goodies like early releases.
Here are the links; thanks for your support. Stay geeked and keep gaming!
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June 4, 2013
At long last, The Broken Paragon #3 is now available for public sale! For a small taste of what to expect, head on over to The Broken Paragon's official blog to read our featured article "The Voice Actor as Celebrity: An Exclusive Interview with Jon St. John" or download TBP's free sampler for the Mass Effect chapter of our essay "Innovations in Contemporary Choice-Based Gameplay."
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Thanks, and keep gaming!
May 22, 2013
We have three very exciting pieces of news today. First, issue three of The Broken Paragon has been mailed out to subscribers two weeks ahead of its street date of June 4. Boasting an exclusive interview with Duke Nukem voice actor Jon St. John and an unprecedented 40-page exploration of the evolution of choice-based gameplay. Subscribers also received the complete transcript of our Jon St. John interview, which was largely used for an article in the magazine. For a free preview, check out The Broken Paragon's blog. Here's the cover, which features our friend Bludgeony the Mascot standing atop a pile of conquered games.
Second, we also sent out the deluxe/variant edition of The Broken Paragon #2 to subscribers. This special collector's edition has a retroactively-added clickable table of contents and a terrifying new cover inspired by the series we focused on the whole issue: Silent Hill. This cover shows Pyramid Head, or Red Pyramid Thing, dragging his Great Knife behind him and holding up one of Silent Hill 2's Lying Figures as prey. Here's a look.
If you haven't subscribed yet, it's not too late to get in on these sweet extras! Just shoot $4 USD to us via PayPal by clicking this button and you should have your back issueand its variant along with issue #3 within 12 hours.
Finally, we've been confirmed for our appearance at Baltimore Comic-Con this September! Check out our Appearances & Events page for more info.
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