Monday, March 17, 2008 

Back from LA

This past weekend, I hit Los Angeles for your basic whirlwind tour of the Wizard World LA comics convention, signing books, shaking hands, and seeing almost nothing of the city except for the two-block stretch between the hotel and the LA Convention Center. (In that two blocks was the Staples Center, where the Pac-10 tourney was going on, but alas, no chance to see any college hoop.) I did see the Hollywood sign as I was cruising to the airport an hour later than I intended -- hung around to catch editors leaving a panel. Thank God there was NOBODY in the security line at LAX. Never would've made an Atlanta flight.

It was a lot of fun, roaming the floor and signing copies of INCURSION at the Platinum booth. Also bugged a few editors for work and stalked a comics creator or two. No truly great con stories this time around; the Wizard party at the Hotel Figueroa was held outside by the pool, and with the weather dropping into the 40s and the time passing 3am body-clock time, I was faaaading fast.

But I did stock up on some reading material for the next few months; picked up volumes 1 and 2 of the Complete Frank Miller Daredevil, a volume of the Joss Whedon Astonishing X-Men run, and a bunch of other stuff I can't quite remember now. Also got a copy of my man Jorge Vega's Gunplay, winner of the 2007 Comic Book Challenge. Get your hands on a copy, trust me.

Overall, a fine show, even if Boushh there wouldn't let me borrow her thermal detonator. (Little short for a stormtrooper, ain't he?)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008 

Beginning The Indoctrination Over At Yahoo

So I've been writing for Yahoo!'s From the Marbles NASCAR blog for about three weeks now, and here's one thing I've discovered pretty much immediately:

NASCAR fans have no sense of humor.

Okay, that's not entirely true. There are a large majority of NASCAR fans who actually do enjoy a good laugh, who can appreciate it when some idiot blogger makes fun of their favorite driver. But there's a good chunk who takes even the slightest insult to Dale Jr. as a critique of their entire lifestyle, and reacts accordingly. In the first few weeks, I was called an "idiot," a "homo," a "d1ckhead" (gotta get around the censors), and told to "get a life" because I was not an honorable man for daring to have a little fun at their favorite driver's expense.

To which I say: damn straight.

Right now, we're in the Indoctrination Phase over at Yahoo!. That's where I go balls-out with what I'm going to do, and it either pisses people off so badly they don't want to return--in which case we're probably better off without 'em--or it forces everybody, commenters and blogger, to raise their game to a higher level. It's painful but necessary, and once we get everybody on the same page, the site will be that much better for it.

And it's working--take a look at the progression of comments in this post right here. Soon, all will kneel before Zod...er, Busbee.

Monday, March 03, 2008 

Stopping By The Blog On A Snowy Evening

A warm evening, actually. But it's been so damn long since I've been here regularly that there's dust everywhere, roaches running all over the place, that strange smell wafting up from the basement--oh, crap, I forgot to feed that drifter I had chained up down there...

Anyway, it's been a lively few weeks. Most significant is the new gig I've got over at Yahoo! Sports. (That exclamation is mucho important.) I'm running their NASCAR blog there, and having a damn fine time doing it. (Click over there on the right for the link.) I'm also still running the show at Atlanta Magazine's Right Down Peachtree blog. Sports Gone South and this one have, for the nonce, gone a bit quiet, but we'll see about changing that.

In other projects, I've got comics aplenty coming out; INCURSION just wrapped its four-issue run and did well enough that the boys at Platinum greenlit not one, but two sequels: INSURRECTION, due out later this year, and INDOCTRINATION/INCULCATION/INFATUATION (we haven't settled on a title yet, obviously) closing out the trilogy late 2008-early 2009. RIPPED is nearing completion, as is THE NETWORK, and holy crap are those gonna be good. I'm working on the scripts for the second issues of WHITE EYES and KADE: RISING SUN; more details on those in a bit. And SUNSHINE STATE is back up off the deck, slated tentatively for a summer release from Arcana. I'm also finishing up a story for the DEAR SANTA anthology, and...and I think that's it for the comics.

Book work on the Braves and Bulldogs books proceeds apace, and I've just submitted a proposal for another book that I don't want to jinx by talking about until we've inked some deals. And the regular article-writing continues for BLUFF, CHOPTALK, and a buncha other places.

So there's your ego-trip post. Actual content coming tomorrow.

(That photo? I dunno why it's here. It makes me laff. Just remember, Hillary-bashers, in the 2016 election, those kids all will be of voting age...)

Bio

Jay Busbee runs Yahoo! Sports' NASCAR Blog From The Marbles, Atlanta Magazine's Atlanta sports blog Right Down Peachtree, and the Southern sports/humor blog Sports Gone South. He also writes for damn near anybody who'll throw him a buck and a byline, and he's at work on the books The Quiet Dynasty: The History Of The Atlanta Braves' Championship Run (2009, Sports Publishing LLC) and God Is A Bulldog: Georgia, Florida, And The Greatest Play In College Football History (2010, Sports Publishing LLC). Click below for more info on his novels, articles, and comics.
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