Wynn Mercere's Blog: Wynn's Goodreads Column
July 7, 2012
The City of the Gods creative team has thrown their helmets, halos, and crowns of laurel into the competitive world of crowdfunding with a Kickstarter project to support the January 2013 release of City of the Gods: Guardian. This is the second novel in the series which features the further adventures of D’Molay and Mazu as they attempt to fulfill their quest for Glaucus by bringing him Circe’s head.
Kickstarter is a wonderful website that allows creators to ask for pledges to fund their projects. At its heart, it is a way to pre-order our next book. But like a PBS pledge drive, some very special premiums are available at different pledge levels. Would you like to get a drinking stein from the Jolly Rajah Tavern? How about a medallion with the Council seal? Would you like to choose a god or goddess to appear in a scene in the book? Even YOU can elect to be written into a scene or have your image appear in one of the illustrations! Check out these great premiums, but don’t delay! Many of them are limited in number. Follow this link to see them all: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1049879105/city-of-the-gods-guardian-an-epic-fantasy-novel
Even pledging $1 will get you something, and we truly, truly appreciate the continued support of our loyal fans and the help from others in the comics, gaming, and writing community who have served as mentors and backers. After week 1, we are 30% funded! Help us keep the trend going!
My comments on the Kickstarter process: I am very enthused about crowdfunding, and have already learned so much about the process. They key thing I am taking away is that unlike writing, which you can do here and there in big chunks, enticing backers requires daily attention, focused marketing with custom pitches, and creative thinking. It’s challenging to think of all the ways you can contact potential backers. Soon you will realize that beyond fans, friends and family, there are so many constituencies you can reach out to for help. You may be reading this on Goodreads, by directly visiting this blog, from an RSS feed, or a Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr post. However you got here, welcome, and if you can help us, even with a single dollar, thank you! Also, please share our link with any epic fantasy and mythology fans you know!
June 10, 2012
City of the Gods readers: we have some exciting news for you. We have just digitally released parts two and three of the trilogy Pantheon of the Gods. Like Pantheon 1, the second publication in the series is a comic book, but part three is a brand new illustrated short story in the style of the novel; and the big news is that part three will be available in a limited edition print release exclusively at San Diego Comic Con 2012.
As usual, all our products are available from various online vendors, such as Amazon.com and DriveThruComics.com. However, we have just opened our own City of the Gods Gift Shop! This can be your one-stop-shop for everything City of the Gods — books, comics, games, and other souvenirs (coming soon). I hope you will stop by the shop and take a look around. Let us know what other products you would like. T-shirts? Cups? Magical artifacts? Tweet your ideas @wynnmercere.
April 30, 2012
Summer is our favorite time of year. That’s when we get to meet so many of our fans at conventions. Here’s a round-up of where you can meet the City of the Gods Universe team in May.
Meet City of the Gods artist Steve Crompton. Look for his table where he will have all our latest books, games, comics and art pieces for sale. Stop by, say hello, and discover some of his other fantastic work.
Meet City of the Gods writer M. Scott Verne, artist Steve Crompton, and Mythic Tales authors Ken St. Andre, Wendell Brown, and Randy Lindsay (tentative) at this 4-day event at the Phoenix Convention Center. Exact times of appearances tba. Follow my Twitter feed @wynnmercere for updates.
May 24 - 27, 2012 Phoenix, Arizona
April 23, 2012
Years ago, the entire notion of the City of the Gods Universe began with the Pantheon comics published by Archer Books and Games (R.I.P.). Raven Press is making these stories available again with new covers and new bonus content, in this case, one of Wynn Mercere’s stories from Mythic Tales. Here’s the new look:
Inside, evil Set is up to his usual tricks, while Sekhmet, Tenh-Mer and some new friends stand in his way. Get your digital copy from Drivethrucomics.com for only 99 cents! We hope to re-release Pantheon 2 early this summer.
March 3, 2012
The San Diego Reader has resurrected its fiction blog and the first feature is a sample chapter from our new Mythic Tales: City of the Gods anthology! The post includes a complete tale by writer and comic artist Jay Allen Sanford loaded with art from the book, additional images, and a bonus discussion of how the illustrations are put together.
Stop by FICTIONWRITER at the San Diego Reader to read "Wanted: Mordecai."
February 4, 2012
We have released the kraken the first City of the Gods anthology, Mythic Tales.
You can buy it in paperback at Amazon.com.
The Kindle edition will be out shortly. Here's a sneak peek at the back cover image that will be exclusive to the digital edition.
A great reason to pick up this title is that it contains our submission guidelines for the second anthology, scheduled for a 2013 release. Would you like to write a story set in the City of the Gods?
February 3, 2012
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is an older gaming book of mine. Fans of City of the Gods products should enjoy it! The book features maps of mythological places including Camelot, Atlantis, King Soloman’s Mine, Capt. Nemo’s submarine base, Lemuria, the 13th Floor, Bermuda Triangle, OZ, and many others. Each setting comes to life with "travelogue" style descriptions and character sketches of the interesting citizens who live within it. The book is illustrated by Steve Crompton, our fabulous City of the Gods artist.
Maps 2: Places of Legend is carried by Flying Buffalo, Inc. as well as by independent sellers at Amazon.com. Scroll down to the bottom of for the cover image and pricing information.
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January 31, 2012
Those who haven't read the novel will find the book extremely accessible. Those who have will find many interesting back stories on their favorite characters. Anyone with an interest in mythology will enjoy it. My writing partner M. Scott Verne has a rundown of our great lineup of guest collaborators at his Goodreads blog.
The stories I wrote star Mazu, D'Molay, Sergius and Nianzu from the novel. Also, Parham and Sauda from City of the Gods: Map Pack are featured.
December 2, 2011
Work is almost complete on the multi-author short story collection set in the City of the Gods universe. Previously announced as "Fables and Folklore," the book will now be called Mythic Tales.
A few spoilers about what the collection contains were spilled in our latest breakout review at the San Diego Reader – and you can always keep up on the very latest news about my writing by subscribing to my monthly newsletter, Wynn Mercere's Writing World.
Happy Holidays to all our City of the Gods fans! May your season be festive no matter what realm you call home.
October 17, 2011
First a novel, then a game, now a brand new comic! Announcing the first release in the City of the Gods Universe comic line, The Last Goddess #1. If you have already read about D'Molay's adventures with the gods in the City and the realms, you might be curious about what's going on back on Earth. The Last Goddess #1 is a stand-alone story which references the retreat of the gods from our planet and the power of the Council, but tells a tale all its own.
At Dunwich Asylum, two evil gods secretly attempt to rebuild their powers and gain new converts. One remaining goddess of the light is reborn to thwart them. Can she rediscover her godhood, adapt to the modern world, and succeed?
The Last Goddess #1 is for mature readers and contains some nudity and supernatural horror elements.
Available exclusively at DriveThru Comics, this 53-page publication is priced competitively at $1.75 for the digital download. Story by M. Scott Verne and Wynn Mercere, with art by Seppo Makinen and S. Crompton. There is a free preview of the first six pages at the link.