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Steel City Con, coming up!

As I’ve mentioned before, Brian is also a writer, and this weekend he’ll be selling digital copies of his book along with some short stories at Steel City Con! There will be loads of celebrities, lots of cool vendors of geeky stuffs, and, of course, books!
What is his book, you ask? Well, it’s a YA novel about a super hero with a very unusual power. He’s forced into the lead position when evil strikes the city while his partner is away on vacation. The evil is also quite unusual, too. I’ll just leave you with the tagline:

“Horace Pickle hates mashed potatoes, but now he has a plan.”

If you’re not going to Steel City Con, but still want to know the plan, do not dispair! You can buy his book on his website here, grab a physical or Kindle copy from Amazon here, get it for your Nook here, or just check out his list here. You can even request a copy at your nearest major bookseller.

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“The Horrible Plan of Horace Pickle” Book Party Wrap Up

PictureFor being a small press book launch, we got quite a crowd!

Yesterday was simultaneously fun and terrifying. We’ve never done a launch party for a book before, and WOW it was an experience, to say the least! To sum up – Brian wrote a book during NaNoWriMo five years ago, it got picked up in 2013 by a publisher, and now it finally got out of Editing Purgatory and was published a few months ago. If you liked “Dr. Horrible” or “Mystery Men”, you’ll love his book! You can click here for all the details if you’re interested in learning more.

Anyway, how many people say they want to write a book and then actually do it? Much less get it published? You’ve gotta celebrate that, so we did!

We booked the ToonSeum, a small museum dedicated to the cartoon and comic arts located in downtown Pittsburgh. As luck would have it, they have an awesome exhibit running right now featuring SUPERHERO SCIENCE! Pittsburgh comic book fans, you NEED to see this. Take an afternoon, and do it. I expect your reports on my desk in a week.

Dreux Priore provided some music that fit the book’s 1940’s jazzy swing feel, and our friend Brian Rice cooked up a bunch of delicious potatoes for us! I like salsa and cheese on mine.

If you want to buy a book in person and not on Amazon, here’s a list of where you can find them. “The Horrible Plan of Horace Pickle” happens in November, and if you’d like a “real time” narrative of what’s going on, follow him on Twitter @windsmith. It’ll be fun, I promise! Don’t worry, Brian’s not going to give away any spoilers. He’s using #readalong to mark them.

Brian does a short reading from the book.
Who’s your favorite superhero (or villain)? Share with us in the Comments!