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Monstress

Well, yesterday was a big day.

I took the stage at Image Expo to discuss my new creator-owned title, MONSTRESS, which I’m working on with Sana Takeda (who is brilliant and kicking ass).  I gave an extensive interview at Newsarama, so check that out — but in short, it’s a privilege and honor to be creating this book with her at Image, where we can finally stretch our wings.  We’ve also got Rus Wooton on letters and design, and editing is being handled by Jennifer Smith, my former assistant editor at Marvel.

I’ll be writing more about Monstress, but in the meantime, here’s a full rundown of all the art we showed at the release — and it’ll give you a hint of what’s in store for readers this summer.

“Monstress is about an outsider, a young woman who belongs nowhere; it is about young women who fight, who tame, who are consumed—and who become monsters in their own right,” said Liu. “I wanted to tell a story that encompasses all these things, and more. A story about women, young and old, picking up the pieces after surviving the horrors of war—and finding a home for themselves in a world that has otherwise exploited them. Set in an alternate history to our own, where immense Cloverfield-like monstrosities have conquered half the planet, and spanning the steppes of a shattered Asia, to the destroyed heart of a fallen Europe, Monstress is an epic adventure of frontiers and empires, and the rise of a young woman warrior, whose power may either doom or redeem the planet.”

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CNN and “Call Her Savage”

Two things to mention.  First, when I was in Hong Kong for the literary festival, CNN interviewed me as part of their Passion to Portfolio segment — basically, talking to me about following my passion from being a lawyer to a writer.  I think it turned out well, and they found a great location in Quarry Bay.   You can see the segment (and read the longer interview) right here at CNN.com.

Second, a previously published short story (which made its first appearance in the Lou Anders-edited anthology, MASKED) is now out.  “Call Her Savage” is set in another earth where crystal skull technology is a thing, China settled the west, and a gang of mutant soldiers need to be taken down by a legendary woman with her own superpowers.

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Hong Kong Literary Festival

Next week I fly to Hong Kong.  Yes, I am looking forward to it.  Especially now, as the weather has finally turned in Boston and winter has come.  Or at least, a lot of bone-chilling rain.

I’ll be in Hong Kong as part of the International Literary Festival, with one event on Saturday, November 1st at 1:30.  If you’re local, if you’ve got an afternoon to hang out, come to my panel!  I’ll be discussing comic books, writing, and answering any questions thrown at me.

You can learn more about the event at the official literary festival website: http://www.festival.org.hk/program/marjorie-liu-writing-x-men/

SDCC Schedule

San Diego Comic Con is finally here, and this year I’m not only attending — I’m sharing a booth with some other amazing women (like romance novelist and comic book writer, Anne Elizabeth).  You’ll be able to find me at #2201 for most of the week, and I’ll be having daily giveaways of my novels and the SDCC exclusive print edition of my short story, “Sympathy for the Bones”.

Here’s my schedule, as of now.  I’ll also make daily updates via Twitter.

WEDNESDAY – PREVIEW NIGHT!

I’ll be signing at Booth #2201 and giving away my short story, “Sympathy for the Bones”.

FRIDAY:

11:00 AM – BOOTH #1028: MARJORIE LIU, ANTON STROUT & SEANAN MCGUIRE / Penguin Booth Signing — I’ll be signing copies of The Iron Hunt.

SATURDAY:

10:30-11:30 AM: FANTASTIC FEMALES: Heroines in Paranormal Fantasy (Room 8)
These authors know how to thrill readers with stories of kick-ass heroines who traverse the boundaries of other worlds and dimensions. Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy), Marjorie Liu (Labyrinth of Stars), S.J. Harper (Reckoning), Christina Lauren (Sublime), Tonya Hurley (Blessed series), and moderator Chris Marie Green (Only the Good Die Young) discuss the paranormal elements in their action-packed novels that keep their protagonists on their toes and readers on the edge of their seats.

I’ll be signing right after the panel at AA09 in the Sails Pavilion, from 12:00-1:00 PM

SUNDAY:

11:00am – 12:30pm – Room 23ABC – The Secret Origins of Good Readers
How important is reading at an early age? Panelists will demonstrate how students can create their own comics in a classroom and the benefits of utilizing graphic novels in academic settings. They include New York Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars, Hatter M), writer Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers), writer/editor Dave Elliot (Weirding Willows), librarian Karen Green (Columbia University),New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, Dirk & Steele), Harvey Award nominee Connor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), Nancy Silberkleit (co-CEO of Archie Comics) and comics retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics). Secret Origin of Good Readers free 70+ page companion resource book PDF and reading lists at www.night-flight.com/secretorigin courtesy of XMission.com.

12:30- 1:30 pm – Room 23ABC – The Secret Origins Kids Club
A beginners introduction to comic book reading and the exciting choices available for kids! New York Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars, Hatter M), writer Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers), writer/editor Dave Elliot (Weirding Willows), librarian Karen Green (Columbia University), New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, Dirk & Steele), Harvey Award nominee Connor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), Nancy Silberkleit (co-CEO of Archie Comics) and comics retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) present a variety of comic book selections. Kids get free comic books to keep at the end of the panel.

1:30 – 2:30 pm – Room 23ABCSuperheroines! Power, Responsibility, and Representation
Moderated by Racebending.com, an intersectional, all-women (social) Justice League of television creators, graphic novelists, artists, and cultural commentators will explore the topic of women in the superhero world. Featured panelists include Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), Marguerite Bennett (Batman), and Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UnderTheMaskOnline.com), Joanna Estep (Bold Riley), and Jules Rivera (Valkyrie Squadron).

Speaking Event – Berkeley, CA

Well, this is a last minute annoucement, but tomorrow (Thursday, June 26th) I’ll be participating in a group reading at Berkeley City College (2050 Center Street, Berkeley), starting at 7 pm.  The event is free and open to the public, but get there early if you want a seat.  Authors will include Junot Diaz, Tananarive Due, David Mura, and many others.  I don’t know if there will be an official signing, but if you bring your books I’ll absolutely sign them.

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