Spill Zone Fan Art Contest

It’s one year since my graphic novel, Spill Zone, launched as a web comic! To mark this occasion, my publishers are having a fan art contest.

Note: If you haven’t read Spill Zone yet, you can buy it now or read the whole thing online!

The winner gets:
a signed and personalized copy;
a signed Spill Zone phone case with a variant cover design;
an exclusive Spill Zone art print;
the chance for their art to be featured at theSpillZone.com and in the official :01 First Second Books fan newsletter.

To enter, just follow :01firstsecond on instagram, and use #SpillZoneFanArtContest when you post your art. Contest ends Oct 31, 2017, aka HALLOWEEN.

We’ll post the five finalists at theSpillZone.com for a short voting period, after which we’ll have something even more exciting to announce!

For rule clarifications and legalese, click here.

Horizon 2 and NYCC

Hey, all! Two things: a new Horizon book and me at New York Comic Con!

The second book in my Horizon series just came out! This is a multi-author series, and book 2 is by Jennifer A. Nielsen. It’s called DEADZONE. You can get it in bookstores, libraries, and at Scholastic Book Clubs and Fairs.

Jennifer will be on tour in Provo UT, St. Charles MO, and La Grange, IL. Click here for details on those events.

And click here for the buzz on the Horizon series and book 1.

Here’s the cover, featuring everyone’s fave brooding loner, Yoshi!

Also, I’ll be at New York Comic Con, which takes place October 5-8. Two panels, a giveaway, and a signing!

GIVE-AWAY of SPILL ZONE FCBD Comics
Thursday, October 5th
2:30pm – 3:30pm
First Second Booth at NYCC

Comes pick up the Spill Zone Free Comic Books Day comic (200 copies!).
I won’t be there, but free stuff will be!

Advice to Young Writers and Illustrators
Sunday, October 8
10:45am – 11:45 AM
Room 1B03

Are you an aspiring writer and/or illustrator? This is the panel for you. Come listen to four great comics creators talk about how they got their start in the industry and give advice from their years of experience.
Kelly (Moderator), Nick Abadzis, Nidhi Chanani, Scott Westerfeld, Emily Carroll.

SIGNING / Scott Westerfeld
Sunday, October 8
12:00pm – 1:00pm
First Second Booth at NYCC

Come get things signed by me! There will be Spill Zones on sale, but bring anything!

Ready for Adventure? Action-(and Romance-)Packed YA Comics
Sunday, October 8
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Room 1A05

An exclusive look at new teen and all-ages titles—swashbuckling, world-traveling, magical and action-packed adventure comics! Romance and adventure await!
Patricia Lyfoung (Scarlet Rose), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone), Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), and Valerie Vernay (Water Memory) and Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!). Moderated by Adam Kullbert.

Hope to see you in NYC!

Me at SDCC

Because my graphic novel, Spill Zone, just came out, I’m headed to San Diego Comic Con! I’ve got three panels and two signings.

Hope to see you there!

BOOTH SIGNING
Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
First Second Booth

I’ll be signing SPILL ZONE. Buy at the book or bring your own. (And of course I’ll sign anything else you want me to, except confessions.)
Also we’re giving away Spill Night comics & tattoos!

YA IS THE FUTURE OF COMICS
Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 7AB

One of the hottest genres in pop culture, YA books, movies, and comics aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences are creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Join some of the most popular new voices in comics as they discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment. Featuring Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), Tillie Walden (Spinning), Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone), and Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City). Moderated by Brigid Alverson.

CAPTURING TEEN ANGST
Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

Emotions are never more heightened than when you ae a teenager; every trial and tribulation is the end of the world. Mark Waid (Archie) finds out how to capture a teenager’s dramatic spirit with experts Dean Hale (Calamity Jack), Shannon Hale (Real Friends), Erica Henderson (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl), and Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone).

THE FUTURE IS BLEAK
Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

All stories require an element of conflict, but some authors see a darker vision than others when they gaze into the future. Panelists Alex R. Kahler (Runebinder), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone), Cory Doctorow (Walkaway), Annalee Newitz (Autonomous), and Scott Reintgen (Nyxia) serve as guides to poisoned presents, alternative timeline apocalypses, near and far future dystopias, and other not-so-cheery scenarios with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).
We’ll all be signing after the panel.
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Sails Pavilion – Autographs AA06

Fierce Reads Tour

I’m still on tour, in Dallas at the moment, headed to Cleveland next. But I wanted to mention that for the next few events, I’ll be part of a group of authors known as Fierce Reads 2017.

This gaggle of scribes includes Erin Beaty, Taran Matharu, Kristen Orlando, and me. We’ll all be together in Parma OH, St Paul MN, Santa Cruz CA, Austin TX, and Coral Gables FL. They’ll be appearing without me in Menlo Park CA and Las Vegas NM. (And I’ll be doing solo events in Toronto CA, Rhinebeck NY, and NYC.)

Since we’ll be traveling together, appearing together, and eating together for more than a week, I thought I’d get to know them first.

This is what I discovered:

Erin Beaty
@ErinBeatyWrites

Book
The Traitor’s Kiss

Three things that describe your book:
“Spies, lies, and smooching.”

Strangest reaction you’ve ever gotten to your book?
“I begged my readers to give me feedback on the romantic scenes, but hardly anyone would give me more than a thumbs up. But then I got a lot of great feedback and specific advice from my mom, which was ewwwwwwwww.”

What were you doing when you found out you were going to be published?
“I was ironing a bunch of shirts for my brother-in-law’s wedding when my agent called to say I was going to an acquisitions board. When the offer itself came through the next week, I was getting ready for the wedding’s rehearsal dinner. After that, the whole night is pretty foggy.”

Taran Matharu
@TaranMatharu1

Book
Battlemage (Summoner series, book 3)

Three things that describe your book:
“Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Pokemon.”

Strangest reaction you’ve ever gotten to your book?
“I have had two marriage proposals from readers I have never met.”

What were you doing when you found out you were going to be published?
“The was actually about to go into one of those sensory deprivation tanks to clear my head, where you float suspended in water for an hour. You’re supposed to relax and let your mind go empty. Let’s just say it didn’t work out that way!”

Kristen Orlando
@KristenOrlando1

Book
You Don’t Know My Name

Three things that describe your book:
“Dangerous double life.”

Strangest reaction you’ve ever gotten to your book?
“I just got the most irate email from a reader: ‘HOW COULD YOU DO THAT TO YOUR READERS????? I finished it a few minutes ago, threw the book across the room, and had to contact you immediately to express my great disdain about your ending. I feel sad and awful and empty and hopeless!!!! Why did you do that to me???'”

What were you doing when you found out you were going to be published?
“I was at work when I got the call. I went into the stairwell, jumped up and down and then called my husband.”

For details of all Fierce Reads events, click this link.

To check out the rest of my tour, click here.

Hope to see you all on the road!

HORIZON is out TODAY!

My new book, Horizon, is out today, March 28!

What’s It About?
A group of Brooklyn kids on a robotics team are flying to a competition in Japan. But on the way their plane is seized by a mysterious force and crashes. When they step from the wreckage, they find themselves stranded, at odds, and in a jungle full of strange and terrible creatures!

Basically, it’s like Hatchet, but geekier. And like Lord of the Flies, but way less depressing. And like Lost, except the characters are lost but the writers aren’t.

Explosions! Survival! Who will lead them home?

Is There a Trailer?
No. I mean, yes:

Is This Book Standalone?
“Standalone”? I barely even know what that word means.

Horizon is the first in a seven-book series, one of Scholastic’s multi-author, multi-platform deals, like 39 Clues and Spirit Animals. I wrote the first novel myself and outlined all seven of the books, but six other authors will write the rest. They have to catch all the balls I’ve thrown in the air. (Suckers.)

The second installment is by Jennifer A. Nielsen, and the other authors are secret for now. But trust me, there are some cool people involved!

What Does Multi-Platform Mean?
Computer stuff!

There’s a Horizon game for computers, phones, and tablets. Download through your phone/tablet store or play through your browser right here. Also at that link is a big community of other fans exchanging clues and secrets and game hints.

I’m a gamer from way back (me in the 1970s, basically) so the game has been a blast to work on. My robotics team characters are based on the smart, nerdy kids I hung out with around the gaming table.

Here’s a discussion between me, my editor, and the game’s designer on the Scholastic podcast.

Wasn’t This Book Supposed to Come Out a While Ago?
Yes, January 17. But the super high-tech, fancy cover broke the printing factory, so it was delayed. That’s life on the cutting edge, my friends.

Our scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could make this cover, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

Are You Touring for this Book?
Yep, I’m headed all over the country for both this book and Spill Zone, my graphic novel. All tour details can be found right here.

Cities include: Holmdel NJ, Canton CT, Collegeville PA, Raleigh NC, St. Louis MO, Pasadena CA, Menlo Park CA, Washington DC, Athens GA, Buford GA, Dallas TX, Parma OH, St Paul MN, Santa Cruz CA, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Austin TX, Coral Gables FL, Rhinebeck NY, and New York NY.

What’s the Age Level?
Fairly high middle grade. In other words, it’s closer in age and feel to my Uglies books than, say, Zeroes.

Read and excerpt or buy the book online by clicking here.

Me at ECCC

Seattle-dwellers! This weekend I’ll be at Emerald City Comic Con, promoting my new graphic novel, Spill Zone.

Come see me at any of the following panels and signings:

(I’ve already done all these events. Thanks to everyone who came and saw me!

I’ll be on tour for both Horizon and Spill Zone over the next few months. Watch this space for details!)

Spill Zone

Exciting news: I have a graphic novel coming out in May 2017, but you can start reading it now!

It’s called Spill Zone. It’s set in the aftermath of an unexplained event that destroyed a small city in upstate New York. It follows a pair of sisters orphaned by the Spill.

The oldest, Addison, is a young adult providing for her little sister by sneaking into the Zone and taking photographs of the strange phenomena there—the ultimate outsider art.

addison_spill_zone

Her little sister, Lexa, hasn’t spoken since the Spill, but has an eerie connection with the doll she carried out from the wreckage of their hometown.

lexa_spill_zone

The question is, what really happened that night? And what connection does the doll Vespertine have with the Spill?

The cool thing is, you can start read the comic NOW online. It’s not all up yet, but we’re adding six pages every Wednesday.

Go to thespillzone.com or click here to start reading.
Or click here to pre-order the actual printed book!

By the way, the art is by the amazing Alex Puvilland, with colors by the wondrous Hilary Sycamore.

monster_spill_zone

Rest of the Tour

I still have a few more events this year for the second book of the Zeroes trilogy, Swarm!

Swarm cover 150

I’ll be at Colorado Teen Con October 15, at The Strand Oct 20, and at YALLFest November 11-12.

Here are the details:

COLORADO TEEN BOOK CON

This book con is in Denver, and is run by the wonderful tattered Cover bookstore. I’m giving the closing keynote. The rest of my schedule is TBD.
More details here.

THE STRAND
Thursday, October 20
7:00PM
Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway
@ 12th Street, NYC

I’ll be celebrating the release of David Levithan and Rachel Cohn’s The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily, along with fellow authors Melina Marchetta (Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil), Justine Larbalestier (Razorhurst and the forthcoming My Sister Rosa), and Paul Griffin (When Friendship Followed Me Home).
More details here.

YALLFEST

This yearly event will have many YA authors. It’s in Charleston, SC, November 11-12. Specific schedule TBD. More details here.

That’s it! Hope to see you at one of these events.