Our Intrepid Journalists Head to New York….TODAY!

Today, our journalists enter a brave, new world.

For any Ministry agents and agents-in-training present at the Colonies’ extravaganza New York Comic Con, our intrepid journalists Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris will be arriving today, and once off the train they will not even have time for tea! (The Deuce I say? Afraid not.) Their foray into New York Comic con (#NYCC for anyone æthertweeting) begins tonight…

DATE: Friday, October 14
EVENT: Steampunk Signing

TIME: 6:00PM-7:00PM
LOCATION: Booth 944

Both our intrepid agents will be present and signing copies of Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, they will also be taking questions and comments on Tales from the Archives and even a few thoughts on the next installment currently under the moniker, Of Cogs & Corsets.

DATE: Friday, October 14
EVENT: Steampunk in Comics and Literature

TIME: 9:00PM-10:00PM

Steampunk traces its origins back to the science fiction of the 19th century, and the term itself was coined to describe a genre of Victorian sci-fi being written by modern authors. At the same time,  steampunk and Victorian industrial age aesthetics have long held a  great fascination for comic and manga artists of various backgrounds.

This panel will discuss steampunk as a literary and artistic genre,  examining steampunk’s literary origins and early examples of steampunk  in comic book medium, as well as modern examples from both mediums  such as Jay Lake’s Mainspring, G. D. Falksen’s Blood In The Skies,  Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio. The panel will also feature first looks at upcoming titles and give aways from leading publishers such as  Wildside Press, Orbit Books, and Yen Press.

With great pride, joy, and pleasure, we at the Ministry are pleased as pickles to let you know that from R&D, Jared Axelrod, (one of the creative powerhouses behind Fables of the Flying City and Tales of Ink & Blood) is joining Tee on this panel.

And as for Miss Ballentine (Morris)…

DATE: Saturday, October 15
EVENT: Signing

LOCATION: Penguin Booth — Booth 1145

 There will be copies of both Geist and Spectyr available, and Pip will be there to sign them!

DATE: Saturday, October 15
PANEL: Winter Is Here: Epic Fantasy Takes the Throne

TIME: 6:30PM-7:30PM

Long a staple of the SF/F genre, epic fantasy is poised to take a coup over the bestseller lists, thanks in part to HBO’s fantastically popular series based upon George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones novel.  This summer saw signing lines hundreds of readers deep (luckily none with swords in hand) for #1 New York Times bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss’ American appearance.  Now, in a special spotlight session exclusive to New York Comic Con, we pair internationally bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, Peter Brett, Phillipa Ballantine and epic fantasy debut authors Rae Carson, David Chandler and Nils Johnson-Shelton talk about why swords and sorcerers, king-makers and kingslayers; dragons and high drama have renewed resonance in fiction.


Our sincerest thanks to Stephanie Kim, Assistant Publicist at Harper Collins who has made this happen along with the crew of New York ComicCon! We look forward to seeing you there.

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