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Episode 103 — Peter V. Brett and Brent Weeks Talk Comics – Part 2 of 2

In this episode, part 2 of a 2-part series, epic fantasy powerhouses Peter V. Brett and Brent Weeks sit down and talk comics, including Peter’s Red Sonja projects, Red Sonja Blue andRed Sonja Unchained, and the graphic novel adaptation of Brent’s, The Way of Shadows. We talk about the process of adapting novels into graphic form, about giving up control, and things unique to the graphic form. It’s a great episode for any fan of the graphic novels and adapting your work.

Part 1 can be found here: Episode 102.

Also, we have now officially launched the Speculate Kickstarter! We’re looking for help to keep Speculate! running and to bring it to the next level. Check out the Kickstarter itself for details on backing levels. You can also listen in on Episode 101 to learn more about what we’re offering for you, our listeners, in the Kickstarter!

Red Sonja Artwork:

Red Sonja Unchained

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Red Sonja Blue

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The Way of Shadows Character Sketches:

Durzo Blint and Kylar Stern

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Kagé and Master Tulii

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The Speculate! Kickstarter is now live!

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We’ve just launched our first Kickstarter to support the upcoming season of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans! You can go directly to the Kickstarter page to watch our video, and to see the rewards, stretch goals, and project info. You can also listen to Episode 101, where Greg and I talk about the Kickstarter and why we’re running it.

If you could take a moment to spread the word on your social networks, we would very much appreciate it. With your help, we’re sure this is going to be a great success.

As always, we thank you for your continued support!

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Episode 102 — Peter V. Brett and Brent Weeks Talk Comics

In this episode, part 1 of a 2-part series, epic fantasy powerhouses Peter V. Brett and Brent Weeks sit down and talk comics, including Peter’s Red Sonja projects, Red Sonja Blue and Red Sonja Unchained, and the graphic novel adaptation of Brent’s, The Way of Shadows. We talk about the process of adapting novels into graphic form, about giving up control, and things unique to the graphic form. It’s a great episode for any fan of the graphic novels and adapting your work. Be sure to tune in next week for Episode 103, when we conclude our two-part interview with Peter and Brent.

Also, we’re only a few days away from the launch of the Speculate Kickstarter! We’re looking for help to keep Speculate! running and to bring it to the next level. Listen in on Episode 101 to learn more about what we’re offering for you, our listeners, in the Kickstarter, and be sure to tune in on May 13th for the launch!

Red Sonja Artwork:

 

Red Sonja Unchained

Red-Sonja-Unchained

 

Red Sonja Blue

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The Way of Shadows Character Sketches:

 

Durzo Blint and Kylar Stern

Durzo-and-Kylar

 

Kagé and Master Tulii

Kage-and-Tulii

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Greg’s Graphic Novel Kickstarter for Icarus Goes Live!

Today, the Kickstarter for Greg’s graphic novel, Icarus, a collaboration with comic artist Matt Slay, went live. You can check it out on Kickstarter for more information, but here are the juicy basics:

An original graphic novel from Gregory Wilson and Matt Slay about a being who falls from the sky to save a world from tyranny.

Icarus and Jellinek are, on the surface, about as different as two beings can possibly be.

Icarus is a tall, fair-skinned boy of around 17 who falls to the world of Vol from the sky with no memory of anything but his name. His is a graceful being with wings and incredible powers that he has no memory of how to use.

Jellinek is a four-foot hard-scrabble flamepetal prospector with tough red skin, a gruff disposition and general dislike of everyone around him, and a two-tailed lava-resistant creature called a “solar” as a companion.

On the day that their lives collide, everything about their world changes, and they discover that they have more in common than they can possibly imagine.

Together, Icarus and Jellinek will battle the tyranny of the Magisters, who have enslaved an entire people.

Gregory Wilson’s story Icarus introduces us to the incredibly visual world of Vol, and the stunning array of characters and creatures who call it home. It takes us on an amazing journey in which Icarus and Jellinek fight for their lives and the freedom of a people while trying to unlock the mystery of Icarus’s past. To Jellinek’s surprise, Icarus’s mystery becomes his own, as well.

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Episode 92 of Speculate! — Interview with Patrick Rothfuss — Part 2

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Welcome to Episode 92 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans. In this episode, part 2 of a 2-part series with Patrick Rothfuss, we sit down and talk about Pat’s involvement with Torment: The Tides of Numenara, the optioning of The Kingkiller Chronicles, and what’s new for the Worldbuilders charity drive.

Be sure to check out Part 1 of our interview, where we talk to Pat about children’s books that may or may not, in fact, be children’s books. If you didn’t know, Pat has a new volume in the Princess and Mr. Whiffle series called The Adventures of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below. Pat talks about his experience in the writing of the book, his collaboration with the artist, Nate Taylor, and more.

Also be sure to check out this year’s Worldbuilders drive, which has already started. Find out more on Pat’s blog and the main Worldbuilders website, Worldbuilders.org.

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Episode 91 of Speculate! — Interview with Patrick Rothfuss — Part 1

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Welcome to Episode 91 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans. In this episode, part 1 of a 2-part series with Patrick Rothfuss, we sit down and talk children’s books that may or may not, in fact, be children’s books. Patrick has a new volume in the Princess and Mr. Whiffle series called The Adventures of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below. Pat talks about his experience in the writing of the book, his collaboration with the artist, Nate Taylor, and more. Tune in next week for Episode 92, part 2 of our interview, where we talk about Pat’s involvement with Torment: The Tides of Numenara, the optioning of The Kingkiller Chronicles, and what’s new for the Worldbuilders charity drive.

Speaking of Worldbuilders, be sure to check out this year’s drive, which has already started. Find out more on Pat’s blog and the main Worldbuilders website, Worldbuilders.org.

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Episode 90 of Speculate! — Interview with Tom Merritt

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Welcome to Episode 90 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans. In this episode, we sit down for a chat with a fellow podcaster. Among many, many other things, Tom Merritt is the co-host, along with Veronica Belmont, of Sword & Laser, the massively successful science fiction and fantasy podcast and vidcast. In this episode, we chat with Tom about the origins of Sword & Laser, its rise in popularity, and the Kickstarter they’re now running for the upcoming season. We also chat about some of Tom’s other endeavors, like his budding writing and singing careers. Singing, you say? Well, you’ll just have to listen in to find out more about that…

Tune in in the coming weeks when we have friend of the show, Patrick Rothfuss, by to talk about his new book: The Adventure of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below, and Mike Selinker, author and creator of The Maze of Games.

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Episode 88 of Speculate! — Scott Lynch Author Discussion, Part Two

Welcome to Episode 88 of Speculate!  The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. In this episode we continue our triptych of shows on the work of Scott Lynch, specifically The Lies of Locke Lamora and The Gentleman Bastard Sequence to which it belongs, by talking to the author himself.

This was such an enjoyable interview, ranging from Scott’s many influences, to his thoughts on “standard” medieval fantasy, to his approach towards writing both individual books and the larger series of which they are a part, that we went a bit longer than normal. So we decided to stretch out the goodness a bit by splitting the interview into two parts; if you like what you hear, make sure to check back next week for the third installment of our triptych, where we focus on writing technique inspired by our read of The Lies of Locke Lamora.

Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

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Episode 82 of Speculate! — Lauren Beukes Writing Discussion

TheShiningGirlsWelcome to Episode 82 of Speculate! In this episode, Greg and Brad complete their triptych of shows on Lauren Beukes by discussing writing technique, using The Shining Girls as our inspiration. We talk about specificity, of “going with your gut,” of the balance between protagonist and antagonist, and the promises books make. Don’t forget to tune in in the coming weeks when we talk to author D.B. Jackson about the latest installment in his Thieftaker Chronicles.

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Greg reviews Brad’s Lays of Anuskaya Trilogy

Only a little over 24 hours remain in Brad’s Kickstarter for the third book in his Lays of Anuskaya trilogy. Greg recently finished his read of Brad’s third book and had a few things to say about it. On video, no less! Now he can’t take any of it back!

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