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July 10, 2014

Starting today, DisasterLand: Centralia is a set-your-price project!  Here's the URL:  http://bit.ly/1sFP7Re If you like it, please send us a fair amount via PayPal (link below) and/or share the link with your friends on your favorite social media site and tell them to do the same.



That PayPal link is right here (or you can visit PayPal and send your donation to jonny.lupsha@gmail.com):  


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May 15, 2014

Plenty of big news today, so let's jump right into it!  jonny's next book, an untitled project about fandom and convention life, is most definitely underway.  However, since books tend to take a pretty good deal of time to develop from start to finish (100,000 Years in Detention took four years; The Broken Paragon was another two), we wanted to announce two other projects to whet your appetites in the meantime.

There are a lot of links here, so click through on whichever sound good to you.  
jonny has been working with the guys at the Dude OMG! podcast network for about a month on a brand-new project and it's ready to be unveiled.  Four-Color Splash is a weekly podcast about comics and geek culture.  It's being produced as a Dude OMG! project and is hosted by their co-founder Cord Culver and jonny.  New episodes will be uploaded every Thursday; the first episode went online today.  Download it by clicking here and don't forget to like Dude OMG!'s Facebook page.  

While we're being so incredibly link-happy, here's the rest of the media round-up for the month.  The idea for Four-Color Splash came from jonny making a guest appearance on Cord's solo podcast Too Few Whales.  The episode, "Good Ideas Bat Ideas," exhibits Cord and jonny teaming up to talk about A Carrier of Fire as well as their original ideas for Batman comics (which include tours in Afghanistan, subliminal messaging and PMC's).  Get it here.  jonny was also a guest on the Dude OMG! main podcast, talking for an hour about The Broken Paragon and other video game experiences.  That episode, "Don't Touch my Nintendo," is available by clicking here.

The other project we'd like to announce today is Map of Shaolin.  Around the A Carrier of Fire offices, we're huge fans of the legendary hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan.  They've released five full-length LP's and their original members have put out about 50 albums between the nine of them.  In addition, their mastermind and main producer, The RZA, has helmed nearly a dozen soundtracks and compilations for the group.  Map of Shaolin retraces the unbelievable history and career of the Wu.  Starting with their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang, released in 1993, our goal is to discuss one album every week, working our way to the present, with other blog entries along the way.  If you've done your math, you'll realize this means that we won't run out of albums until sometime in July or August 2015.  Click the link above to start reading - whether you're a hip-hop fan or not, there's a lot to love on the Map.

Finally, we'd like to take a moment to acknowledge each and every fan we've met since the launch of The Broken Paragon.  The attendees of MadiCon, Virginia Comicon and Tidewater Comicon - as well as the Maryland chapter of American Mensa and the friends we've met out on the street - have really welcomed us into their towns and treated us like family.  Thanks to them, The Broken Paragon has become A Carrier of Fire's #1 seller - responsible for up to two-thirds of our total books sold since its launch in March.  We remain your humble servants in geek non-fiction and hope to meet and exceed your expectations for us in the months to come.



March 14, 2014


It's with great honor and irrepressible excitement that we present A Carrier of Fire's third book for sale today.  The Broken Paragon is a collection of two dozen academic essays on video games, and while mature in nature, they're very easy to read and far from being too technical or jargony for any gamer or non-gamer to enjoy.  A few of the 24 topics discussed include adapting Pulitzer-winning books to games; innovations in art, sound, tech and environment designs; surprising story themes in award-winning titles; and breaking ground in choice-based gameplay.

The Broken Paragon is available for $11.99 plus shipping and handling from Amazon by clicking here, and a full list of the essays contained in it is available at the very bottom of our Projects page.  Get in on the games studies discussion while this new art form is just reaching some of its crowning achievements in storytelling and technical innovations.  Thank you.

March 4, 2014


The final issue of The Broken Paragon is now available!  Formatted for Word, PDF and Kindle, Issue 06 features four brand-new essays focused on the bleeding edge of games discussion:  Thomas Was Alone's Narration and Narratology, Single-Player Co-Op, Featured Composer: Trent Reznor and Real-World Digital Interactive Entertainment.  Check out the cover below, and visit our Projects page for ordering info!



February 20, 2014


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January 21, 2014


A Carrier of Fire will be making several appearances at conventions in Virginia throughout the spring.  So far, we're confirmed at four conventions in the next three months.  Here's the schedule!

VA Comicon in Richmond (Feb. 9)
MystiCon in Roanoke (Feb. 21-23)
MadiCon in Harrisonburg (March 14-16)
Tidewater Comicon in Virginia Beach (April 12) 

jonny will be a panelist at MystiCon as well as hosting a workshop about small press and self-publishing, doing a reading from A Carrier of Fire's first four productions and sitting in for an hour-long selling/signing engagement.  It'll be a busy weekend with seven events in 48 hours, but it'll be worth it!  At the other conventions, we have tables booked to do giveaways, meet new fans and sell some books.  Stay tuned as these cons develop and we add more info!

Finally, we're working overtime to get The Broken Paragon finished and to the printers as soon as we can.  We'd love to have it in time for MystiCon, but it looks more likely it'll be hot off the presses the following month at MadiCon instead.  If anything changes, you'll hear it first from us!


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