The Link Between Superheroes and Gods

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The City of the Gods Universe embraces many forms of expression: novels, short stories, games, art and comics. M. Scott Verne and I love conventions. With our world represented in so many different types of media, we can always offer an angle of interest to sci-fi, fantasy or gaming con-goers. At San Diego Comic Con 2014, M. Scott Verne appeared on the “Spiritual Themes in Comics” panel presented by the Christian Comic Arts Society. Here’s a photo courtesy of fellow panelist John J. Schafer (producer of the animated series Superbook).

atsdcc2014 SDCC 2014 “Spiritual Themes in Comics” panel: John J. Schafer (left), M. Scott Verne (center), B. Dave Walters (right)

Back in the mid-90s, the seeds for the City of the Gods Universe were planted with the three-issue comic series Pantheon (published by Debora Kerr’s old company Archer Books and Games). The tagline for the books was “They’re Not Superheroes, They’re Gods!” But is there really such a difference? At the panel, M. Scott discussed the design similarity between popular comic characters and mythological ones. Most follow the archetype of the flawed uber-man. Parallels can be drawn between the Hulk and Gilgamesh, or Tony Stark and Icarus. Pride, anger, addiction and other foibles disadvantage otherwise perfect beings and help us “normals” deal with our own failings. The topic is a rich one for discussion and we hope to explore it on other panels in the future.

Invite us to your convention and we’ll tell you more!

The Gaming Connection

For my June post, I have two items of interest for our fans who play either rpgs or tabletop games.

Guided Adventures in the City
Sometime this fall I will be running “City of the Gods” adventures at Roll20, and would like our readers to be among the first to play. Roll 20, if you haven’t heard of it, is a fantastic online visual role playing website. This video introduction hits the highlights and will explain it far better than my words. Interested? Sign up for your free account at Roll20.net and leave a comment to this post to be added to my list of potential players. Would you rather join D’Molay on a quest, or help Sekhmet outwit another of Set’s schemes? Those who sign up early will be allowed to vote on their favorite game scenarios from a list I will provide.

Council of the Gods
Back in 2001, I pitched a satirical political card game to a major game company. While they were receptive, due to many factors the project never came to be. However, it was too good to abandon and has been revamped for the City of the Gods Universe. Imagine yourself as a god or goddess on the Council, hearing petitions, granting or denying requests, and more importantly, “sticking it” to your rival Council Members. The digital version of Council of the Gods will soon be available for play testing. If you would like to learn the game and play live at Roll20 with me, get your free account set up and drop a comment indicating your interest.

Have a wonderful summer, wherever your adventures take you!

Pitch Opportunity: Tell Your Mythic Tale

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Have you ever had a great idea for a short story set in our City of the Gods Universe? With our next Mythic Tales anthology set for release late this year, we’re giving our fans one last chance to pitch their tales of gods and men for a chance to be published. In honor of Phoenix Comic Con (June 5 – 8 2014), we are re-opening submissions for a short window only. Please submit your story pitches by June 21st. Full submission guidelines at this link.

Speaking of Phoenix Comic Con, if you have any City of the Gods merchandise you would like to have signed by our artist Steve Crompton, you can find him throughout the weekend at the Carnal Comics booth. Steve is always happy to talk about his work and may even have some City of the Gods products you haven’t seen yet. Stop by and check out Steve’s many other comics and gaming projects.

Great Interview, Bad Photo!

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A recent interview with me has been posted at Author Alliance. I apologize for the pixel-ridden headshot — I apparently missed the dpi upload instructions. In any event, it’s just my Twitter icon and you all know what that looks like, don’t you? Hope you’re following me on Twitter, where I post much more often than I do here.

Here’s an excerpt from my interview . . .

Who are your heroes? Why?”

My heroes are those who fight powerful governments for the sake of freedom. That might be a lawyer trying to free an innocent man from jail, a whistle-blower exposing corruption, or those who fight zealously for property and civil rights. Heroes like these always appear in my books

Read it all at Author Alliance.

Pick A Card

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The City of the Gods Universe will be well represented at this summer’s ORIGINS and GENCON conventions. We have a card in the Famous Game Designers Playing Card Deck 2014. Cover art from our second novel, City of the Gods: Guardian, graces the 7 of clubs in the deck.

34 7 Club Looks like seven is our lucky number!

The decks will not be available to purchase until ORIGINS 2014 which falls on June 11 – 15 this year. If you make it to either ORIGINS or GENCON, stop by the Flying Buffalo booth to get a deck — and tell Rick I said hello!

Work Begins on Mythic Tales 2

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With M.Scott Verne and Steve Crompton super busy on other projects at the moment, I have volunteered to get things moving on our second short story anthology. Our Mythic Tales titles are collections of adventures set in the City of the Gods Universe. While the “stars” of City of the Gods do appear in some of these stories, our side characters step into the spotlight here, interacting with gods and mythologies that have not been used extensively in the books. Also, these tales are written by a great group of writers, not just me and Scott. It is always exciting for us to read different creative takes on our characters and experience new adventures set in our world.

While we’re not ready to release a lot of information about Mythic Tales 2, I can tease you with the following: Mazu will be involved with Apollo, Daphne and Artemis; two Babylonian goddesses will match wits with Merlin; and the sailors of the Hector will go for a swim.

BTW, we have some room left in the book, so now is the time if you’d like to pitch a story idea. You can send it to me at wynnmercere@yahoo.com

Beta Cover Art For City of the Gods: Ambassador

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City of the Gods art director Steve Crompton totally surprised me with a preliminary layout for the cover of the third novel. We had bounced a few vague ideas around in a phone conversation, mostly about color tones, and within a day he had produced this:
prelim cover
Need an artist? Hire this man! He’s amazing and works fast. You can see more of his work at The Art of Steven S. Crompton.

As you can see, the City is in for exciting and dangerous times. Civil unrest is a major driver of this installment’s plot.

Five Year Plan

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As I am eventually going to tweak this blog to reflect a broader body of work, I thought a good start would be to share my “works in process” list. Publication dates are soft targets and may certainly change. If any titled (or untitled) books pique your interest, please ask about them in the comments and I will be happy to elaborate.

Utopea – novel
writing 80%, cover 80%
Target pub. Date: 2014

[untitled military] – nonfiction
research 30%, writing 1%, cover 40%
Target pub. Date: 2014

Mythic Tales 2City of the Gods anthology
writing 15%, cover 0%
Target pub. Date: late 2014

City of the Gods: Ambassador – co-authored novel
my writing 1%, cover 0%
Target pub Date: 2015

Praesentia – novel
writing 25%, cover 0%
Target pub. Date: 2016

The Furies – novel
writing 1%, cover 1%
Target pub. Date: 2017

[untitled magical fantasy] – novel
Writing 1%, cover 0%
Target pub Date: 2018

[untitled period mystery] – novel
writing 1%, cover 0%
Target pub Date: 2019

Sneak Peek: City of the Gods: Ambassador

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Merry Christmas to all our City of the Gods fans! Here is an exclusive preview scene from the next novel in our series. Contains MILD SPOILERS if you have not yet read City of the Gods: Guardian.

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            At first, the sudden influx of customers was greeted with enthusiasm by the barmaids in the Jolly Rajah. It had been a slow week, and each girl had felt the appraising gaze of Sergius lingering on her form, weighing her beauty and serving skill against that of the others. Whenever profits were slim, their tavern master preferred to lighten his staff rather than water his wine. The press of people was a reprieve; Sergius’s face reflected excitement rather than scrutiny.

            “Lili, Serena!” he called. “Take this table!” He waved the women, twin sisters, toward a group of seven men whose stylish suits were finer than those of customers the tavern generally entertained. The twins looked at each other and smiled.

            “I told you the expense of our new dresses would be worth it,” Serena said. She adjusted a bronze clasp which held a silk belt tightly around her slim waist. Her single, black, hair braid fell down over her left shoulder and almost reached the cinch of bright yellow material at her middle. Lili playfully tugged her sister’s plait.

            “I’ll wait to agree when I see their tips,” she said, her voice low. “Look at that one the rest are fawning over.” Lili pushed up the billowing purple sleeves of her own best dress to bare her forearms. Each of her wrists sported a bracelet of pretty beads threaded onto delicate leather laces. “Let’s find out if he’s really that important.”

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