Monday, February 25, 2008

Thank you, Austin

Wow...the Austin Books signing for ELRIC: THE STEALER OF SOULS was a massive success, to say the least. Thanks to everyone who came out and patiently stood in line Saturday. It was a pleasure to be there with you. Mike Moorcock kicked it off with a reading from the novel THE STEALER OF SOULS, and then he and I did a quick Q&A. During that time, the people just kept streaming into the store. From there, it was a solid two hours of signing books and visiting with good people. Take a look at the photo above....I made the grievous mistake of looking up from signing books and assuming the end of the line visible in the photo was the "end of the line." Then someone informed me that the line wrapped behind the bookshelves, and kept going. Wow.

Huge thanks to Brad Bankston, Brandon, and all at Austin Books for putting this together. 1/3 of the store is under a major renovation and Bankston shrewdly housed the signing event in that space, while the other 2/3 of the store was the usual comics nirvana that makes it one of the finest comic-book stores in America.

Special shoutout to Eric (pictured above), who came all the way down from Minnesota just to attend this event and meet Mike and me. He flew in the day of the event, did it, dined with us afterwards, and then flew back home six short hours later. You're an animal, man! That was impressive. Great to meet you....we'll be in touch. Speaking of dinner, we all had dinner afterwards at the excellent Clay Pit, a nouveau-Indian restaurant near downtown Austin. Traci and I loved it, and we're sure to return. Joining Traci and me, and Mike and his wife Linda, were my good friend Brian Farrens (who took the photos here....thanks, man.), Eric from Minnesota--and a terrific surprise--Allison Baker of MonkeyBrain Books fame. It was a great, great day....I'm ready to do it again! :)


Blogger Dianora said...

Sounds like an awesome event, kudos!

9:43 AM  
Blogger ces said...


I've never read Moorcock - I just might have to now, solely based on your many blog entries about this book!

I'm always super-happy to see so many people at book events - it just goes to show that books are not dead yet!

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy bog, that's a lot of copies! Glad to see that giant line. :)

It looks like a bloody cool store, too!

2:00 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Hi, D --

Thanks....yeah, you'd love this's right up there in quality and diversity, with Jim Hanley's Universe across from the Empire State Bldg....

Hi, ces --

Yes, long live books! :)
Thanks very much....if you decide to read Moorcock, and especially Elric, the new release (ELRIC: THE STEALER OF SOULS) is a great place to gives you a lot of historical context and extras that are pretty cool whether you're new to Moorcock's work or a hardcore fan.

Hi, Ryan V --

Yeah, if you're ever in Austin -- this store is a must! :)

2:47 PM  
Blogger ces said...

Good Morning John!

I just ordered the book via Amazon - I should have it on Thursday!

Now I just need to finish Perdido Street Station.

11:25 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Hi, ces --

I'll look forward to hearing your comments about the Elric book, down the road! :)

I've got a British hardcover edition of Perdido Street Station.....someday I need to get to that myself....

2:34 PM  
Blogger Lou Anders said...

That's a gorgeous display.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Mikal said...

John --

Got to eat at the Clay Pit for the first time myself recently -- man, that's a great restaurant! We should organize a convoy there next Armadillocon.

(Hey, you going to ApolloCon this year? They invited me, so I guess I have to go...heh.)

5:38 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Hey, Lou -- Thanks, man. Yeah, you've got a mint condition copy coming your way from Austin Books. I bubble-wrapped the bastard myself, just to ensure that it got properly protected.

Hi, Mikal -- Yeah, I'll be at Apollocon. The main reason is because it's Lou's first GOH gig and I want to be there for that. See you there!

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there!
Just realised I never responded to this.

To everyone out there that is fan of John's art, take any oppurtunity you can to meet the man. He is genuine, humble, and real. I can laud his art, but really...if you are here you already know the quality of his work.

For those that haven't read any Moorcock I highly recommend it. One note though: if you are a stickler for genre and "staying true" to certain forms, Michael Moorcock does everything he can to transcend and shatter those definitions!

In all, it was a wonderful experience. One I greatly appreciate having and one that I hope to have oppurtunity to repeat.


3:53 PM  

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