Star Trek The Manga: Kakan ni Shinkou comes out this week.
I have the usual doubt and uncertainty about my story, but my editor assures me that it's a solid story which fits into the Manga format, even though I think there are a couple of pages where I get way too wordy (imagine that) instead of letting the visuals tell the story.
CBS is really happy with it, though, and everyone at TokyoPop is very excited about the book (which includes some magnificent stories from other writers, including Diane Duane) and they are giving the book a full court publicity press, starting with a Southern California tour this week.
The first stop will be at my friendly local comic shop, Comics Factory, this Thursday, then we'll hit some comic shops in Hollywood and Manhattan Beach, before making our way down to Huntington Beach for the triumphant finale, with, uh, motorcycles jumping over a bunch of flaming school buses arranged to look like the Starfleet logo.
Here's the schedule:
Thursday, September 13
1298 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Wednesday, September 19
7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Wednesday, September 26
7711 Melrose Ave., Hollywood
Thursday, October 4
Barnes & Noble
189 Grove Drive, Hollywood
Saturday, October 6
1832 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach
Details on the Huntington Beach appearance are still being worked out, and I'll post them when we get the time and date finalized.
It doesn't look like any of these stores are doing promotion (at least online) for the events, so I'm doing what I can to let people know about it, but I could use some help from anyone who is willing to give it. If you're in the Los Angeles area and are thinking of coming out, or if you know of anyone local who would be into this sort of thing, would you help me out and let them know? If you're a regular reader of a comics, Manga, or Star Trek website or blog, would you ping them so they can tell their readers?
I'll have copies of The Happiest Days of Our Lives with me at all of these appearances, so if you're local and don't want to wait for the book to officially go on sale, I've totally got your back, El Guapo.