Jason Kristopher

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152

From MouseGuard.net:

In the Winter of 1152, the Guard face a food and supply shortage threatening the lives of many through a cold and icy season. Serving as diplomats Saxon, Kenzie, Lieam, and Sadie, led by Celanawe, traverse the snow blanketed territories to improve relations between cities and the Guard. This is a winter not every Guard may survive.

I’ve been a fan of comics as far back as I can remember. To date, I’ve collected nearly 2,600 comics. That’s not a lot, by most collectors standards, but it fills about 13 longboxes in my closet, so I’m gonna say it’s a pretty big collection.

My oldest comic is a copy of Classics Illustrated: The Corsican Brothers #20 ( [HRN62] for the comic nerds), but I didn’t collect that until I was in my late 20s. It’s also the one that’s worth the most, at least theoretically. But the ones with the most intrinsic value to me are the ones I had growing up, which are… somewhat worse for the wear.

How was I to know that one of these might be worth a lot someday (spoiler: none of them would be, especially after mom got to them and wrote my name on them). But the fifty or so comics I had lit a fire of imagination in me from a very young age, and I’ve been a big fan ever since. Naturally, that led me to comic conventions, where the comic creator is king – with the notable exception of San Diego’s Comic-Con International and a few others. I’m always eager to walk around and check out the great new work by up and coming artists, so when I passed David Petersen’s booth at Comicpalooza 2014, I was immediately enthralled by the quality of his work.

1900380_10152087269150583_8779619439876380281_oThe production value on these hardcovers is nothing short of astounding – hundreds of high-quality pages with even higher-quality art, and the story… I’d never even heard of MouseGuard before I arrived at Comicpalooza, and yet within hours of picking up these books I’d already devoured them. I even managed to snag a bit of art to hang on the wall, too.

What amazed me most about the books wasn’t just the phenomenal artwork, as you can see from the picture here and on the cover, but also the story itself. Often with comics, the story takes a backseat of sorts to the artwork, which is only natural for a mostly visual medium such as comics. Still, every so often, the story is told with a lot of talent, wit, and vision. Now-defunct Crossgen Comics was able to do that across not just several issues, but across titles, spanning their entire line.

The story of Mouse Guard is that of sentient mice on an Earth-like world where humans never evolved. Mice became intelligent and created their own civilization, with everything that entails, including enemies (weasels, owls, and various other animals). In this book, Winter 1152, six issues of the comic are collected to tell us of the fight of the mice to save what remains of their society, decimated by sickness and treachery. Every bit as complex as any fantasy novel I’ve read (except perhaps Wheel of Time and Game of Thrones), Mouse Guard brings us into a world so far removed from what we’re used to that it could easily be alien, but with a deft touch, Petersen makes these furry new friends of ours relatable.

IMG_1815[1]Winter 1152 is about strength through adversity, not just in terms of the weather, or illness, but of moral strength, courage in the face of overwhelming odds, and fighting for what’s right in a world of chaos, betrayal, and evil. With wonderful art, a great story, and excellent production value, this book is well worth adding to your collection.

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 is available from Archaia Entertainment on Amazon.com and other booksellers.

An innovative and unique comic and graphic novel, MouseGuard gets 5 stars! From MouseGuard.net: In the Winter of 1152, the Guard face a food and supply shortage threatening the lives of many through a cold and icy season.
Email Direct From Amazon: “Important Kindle Request”

Email Direct From Amazon: “Important Kindle Request”

I’ve independently verified the veracity of this email. It’s legitimate, and from KDP Support at Amazon. This email was received by Grey Gecko around midnight last night. This is the email in its entirety, with no edits, emphasis, or other changes made by me.

Constructive commentary is welcome. Bashing of either side of this dispute by anyone will get you banned (not that I have a big group of…

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In Which I Contribute Flash Fiction to G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S

In Which I Contribute Flash Fiction to G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S

My friend Nathalie messaged me, asking, as a published author (thank you, thank you, you’re too kind), if I could help her out with this absolutely insane scavenger hunt she is taking part in. The rules? Quite simple, really:

“Get a previously published Sci-Fi author [that’s me!] to write an original story (140 words max) about Misha, the Queen of England and an Elopus.” Misha is Misha Collins,…

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Interview with Leo King

Interview with Leo King

Jason Kristopher:

My friend (and fellow Gecko) Leo King got interview over at Anakalian Whims.

Originally posted on Anakalian Whims:

P1000461Periodically, Anakalian Whims interviews authors and artists for the public.  This blog having such a friendly relationship with Grey Gecko Press has allowed for more author interviews than I could have ever dreamed for, and here’s one more.  Meet Leo King, author of…

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"The Dying of the Light: End" FREE on Amazon

“The Dying of the Light: End” FREE on Amazon

With a little help from my friends, my first book, The Dying of the Light: End, is now free on Amazon* (and everywhere else, except Nook, and hopefully there soon!).

“I didn’t see Rebecca die the second time.” "The Dying of the Light: End" Cover

The United States military hides a secret: the completely real existence of one-bite-and-you’re-dead zombies. An elite Special Forces unit has known they exist for over a hundred years,…

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Here is my interview with Benjamin Card

Here is my interview with Benjamin Card

Jason Kristopher:

My buddy and fellow Grey Gecko Press author Benjamin Card got an interview over at “Authors Interviews.”

Originally posted on authorsinterviews:

Name: Benjamin Card
Age: 25
Where are you from: Miami, FL
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
My family is huge and awesome. A bunch of crazy Cubans. My dad is Colombian. All my cousins are my best friends.…

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The Hemingway App Comes to Desktop - And It’s GREAT!

The Hemingway App Comes to Desktop for just $5 - And It’s GREAT!

*cough* Sorry, channeled Tony the Tiger there for a second.

For those of you who haven’t heard of it, the Hemingway App is a wonderful little tool for analyzing your writing. The web version and the desktop versionboth have the same core functionality: telling you where your writing could use a little work. The main difference with the desktop version is that it provides the ability to save and…

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Help Make My First Book Free on Kindle

Help Make My First Book Free on Kindle

There’s a problem with having my book available in so many places on the web – it reduces the control I have over some of the factors that go into selling the book. Chief among those is the price.

To wit: I can’t make my book free on Kindle. At least, not without some help.

Amazon only lets you price your ebook for free five days out of every 90, and then only if your book is in their Kindle…

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Cheever Books

Jason Kristopher:

A. K. Klemm is the author of a great novella, “The Bookshop Hotel,” which had me wanting to build the bookstore she describes just so I could live/work there. Seriously, it’s great, and you should totally buy it (online from a local bookstore, naturally): http://bit.ly/1kMPl3R.

In the meantime, check out her review (first in a series) of another bookstore she visited while on a…

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5 Stars: “The Walker Chronicles” by… Me!

5 Stars: “The Walker Chronicles” by… Me!

Walker Chronicles, The [Cover, Kindle]The first official review is in for my short story / ‘deleted scenes’ collection, and it’s a doozy!


74 Wave writes:

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I’ve read both Dying of the Light books and was thrilled with each. The Walker Chronicles add to an already excellent series of books by this talented author. I would suggest and highly recommend reading the series in order, these are like no other Zombie books. I…

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