For the last ten years, my sister, my husband and I have run a crafting side business, including an Etsy store and an in-person booth. We make nerdy fandom crafts — buttons/pins, teddy bears dressed up in costume, quilts based on The Legend of Zelda, stuff like that. Because we already have a booth reserved at our local anime / video game / nerdy-things-mostly-from-Japan convention, I decided to have some paperbacks ready to go as well.
Outside of translations and manga, book sellers are fairly rare at these events; you’ll see several indie graphic novelists and occasionally a novelist, usually in nerd-friendly genres like epic fantasy. It’s a fun opportunity to translate what I do into fan lingo — the general public won’t know what I’m talking about when I say “Spice and Wolf minus the gods and economics, plus broshipping and linguistics,” but this crew would.
So for this particular instance (and others like it, if all goes well), I commissioned some anime-style artwork from a friend. I said “make it look like an anime eyecatch from a fantasy-adventure show, except that they’re posing with art and music accoutrements instead of swords and staves.” And then we had a discussion about snoods and sleeves and such, and how it’s nearly impossible to suggest “this person is a graphite artist” unless you show what they’re sketching, because pencil = writer in visual shorthand.
And the art:
(Art by Wendy Davis, who does not have a website, unfortunately.)
This will go onto a sign with a short “x meets y” type blurb and a QR code to buy the ebook or download the sample. The convention is next weekend. Should be fun.
The first proof of THR, with some grievous formatting errors in the last 6-7 chapters (my fault, hence sticky notes, will address).
Also amigurumi, to make this even slightly entertaining. In a detail that both vexes and amuses me, Keifon’s pins and necklace are non-canonical / inaccurate; those were just the materials that I happened to have. (I’m not even super jazzed about his hair or exact skin tone, which means that basically nothing about that one is on model. I hope to improve my amigurumi hair skills as I continue.)
But anyway. I made these two to celebrate the end of the last draft. They’re a cozy thing to have on my desk.