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The Big Con

Am off to San Diego for what Warren Ellis warmly describes as Nerd Prom; will be signing books and running my gob, as usual. There’s also a chance I might get to pull on the black turtleneck and play Steve Jobs during the Locke & Key panel. I’m still in wait-and-see mode, but with luck, I’ll have an opportunity to say “Oh, and one more thing…” before we wrap up. So that should be fun.

Here’s my preliminary San Diego Comic Con schedule, but check back for updates:

[Updated July 10th; Updated again, July 12th]

Thursday, 11:00 AM – Signing at the HarperCollins booth, where they’ll have copies of brand-spanking-new Ray Bradbury tribute, Shadow Show (which includes my new story, “By The Silver Waters of Lake Champlain”). Booth 1016.

Thursday, Noon – Signing at the IDW booth, where they’ll have a con-exclusive copy of the brand-spanking-new Locke & Key collection, Clockworks. I’ll be signing that and copies of The Cape with Zach Howard.

Thursday, 2:oo PMInside the Shadow Show: Ray Bradbury’s Lasting Impact On Literature, Comics, Film and Beyond. Room 5AB. With Margaret Atwood, Sam Weller, and Mort Castle; moderated by Chris Ryall.

Friday, noon – Signing at the IDW booth with Gabriel Rodriguez. Booth 2643

Friday, 5:00 PM – Signing at the IDW booth with Zach Howard. Booth 2643

Saturday, 1:00 PM – Signing at the IDW booth with Gabe. Booth 2643

Saturday, 5:00 PMLocke & Key Panel with Gabriel Rodriguez and Chris Ryall. Expect a pretty free-ranging conversation about both the comic and some other projects in the works. Room 9.

If yer around, hope you’ll drop by one of the panels, or one of the signings, and say hello.

For me, the best part of the annual pilgrimage to the center of the geek universe is getting to hang with my best bud Gabriel Rodriguez for a few days. No idea what kind of shape he’ll be in, though – my main man has has a busy week, setting up for and appearing at his first gallery show in Santiago, a much deserved retrospective of his work on Locke & Key. He’s the heart and soul of the comic, and it shows on every astonishing page. I’m sorry I couldn’t have been there… looks like the first visitors to the exhibit got themselves an eyeful.

(That would be Gabe standin’ in the middle there…)





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16 Responses to The Big Con

  1. BK says:

    Rapt for both you guys: Joe ’cause he gets to geek out and catch up with Gabe; Gabe ’cause he gets to geek out and catch up with Joe … and because his brilliant, beautiful art is knocking ‘em dead in Santiago. Hope you guys have an absolute blast in San Diego; have the sneaking suspicion you will.

  2. Tinker says:


    For those of us nerds who don’t have a ticket to the ‘Nerd Prom,’ ahem, we’d be grateful for sloppy seconds (i.e. a transcript or audio feed posted here following your panels).


  3. Tinker says:

    Also: Congrats Gabe!

  4. This_Girl says:

    Hope you have a WONDERFUL time! I enjoyed the pictures. They, and Mr. G., look cool. Safe travels to all.

  5. Franc says:

    I am dying to know what the “Oh…one more thing” announcement will be!

  6. simon says:

    LOFL. nerd prom:) did you bring a date? :)

  7. Tinker says:


    If anyone wants to remember what it’s like to be a kid again, Joe’s new short story “By the Silver Waters of Lake Champlain” is a doorway to childhood. Masterfully capturing how kids think, perceive things around them, bury their legs in sand, all of it. Magical stuff. The short story form is in good hands with Joe Hill.

    We miss you, Ray.

  8. BK says:

    Looking forward to it, Tinker; my copy of Shadow Show is on its way. And couldn’t agree more: our boy is a master of the short (not too shabby with the long, either). Reading 20CG again at the moment, and it’s seriously hard to believe it was Joe’s first short story collection. Staggeringly good.

  9. Betsy Boo says:

    Congrats to G on the show…looks like it was a rousing success!

    Ya’ll have fun at the Con!

  10. Betsy Boo says:

    I need some help…I’ve been out of touch for a while and I need to know if the latest hard cover L&K has come out and if Joe did a signing for it. I’ve got a good excuse for this…had a really rough year…the past month has been especially bad. If anyone has any info I’d appreciate it. All my previous L&K HCs are signed and I’d like to have the rest done, too.

  11. BK says:

    Ah Betsy, I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had a lousy year :( I sincerely hope the rest of it picks up for you. The new hardcover Locke & Key (CLOCKWORKS) has JUST been released, though I guess it depends on where you are as to whether it’s on the shelves yet. I’m living in Australia and it arrives in store July 24 here. But I’ve ordered my copy online, so – touch wood – should be here in a week or so. Can’t speak for Joe, as far as signings go, but he’s a pretty accommodating guy; I get the feeling there’ll be a signing in the works at some stage :)

  12. grasking says:

    Betsy, sorry to hear about your year. Hopefully this year will be better.

    “It was good year because it was such a bad year that this year could only be better.”
    Marcy Mays

    Stay strong.

  13. grasking says:

    And oh yeah. I need to get to the “nerd prom” one of these years.

  14. Joe Hill says:


    Glad you’re back! Sorry you’ve been having such a hard time.

    I’ll be signing CLOCKWORKS somewhere with someone – more in a few days.

  15. catwngs says:

    I was at nerd prom and the highlight for me was getting to meet Joe, listen to him describe the Zombie run and having him sign my brand new BIG Locke and Key edition, and my favorite copy of Heart-Shaped Box. Thank you Joe!!!

  16. Betsy Boo says:

    Thanks guys! I hope I can be more of a regular again. I hesitate to say that things have to get better ‘cuz I don’t want to jinx it, but as I quote to my kids all the time, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” I’ve already seen some positives and growth in my character due to all the crap I’ve been going thru. Mainly,learning how important it is to keep getting up everytime I get knocked down.

    Sorry to go on like this. I do love that I have a place to go and vent. Thanks for allowing it, Joe…you’re truly an awesome person.

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