Posts Tagged ‘Keith R.A. DeCandido’

Set phasers to “roast”

Now that it’s being publicly promoted by the convention, and has been crowed about by its GoH, I guess it’s safe for me to post this news.

This year’s Shore Leave convention in Hunt Valley, Md., will be kicking off with a bawdy new event:

The First Annual Shore Leave Comedy Roast for Charity

The inaugural year’s guest of honor is none other than bestselling author, IAMTW Grandmaster, and all-around awesome guy Keith R.A. DeCandido (aka kradical to LJ users).

Serving as roastmaster for the evening will be Shore Leave’s one-man cult of personality, Bob Greenberger.

Filling out the roast panel for this inauspicious event will be … (drumroll, please) …

David Mack (that’s me)
Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
Kirsten Beyer (appearing on video)
Michael Jan Friedman
Marco Palmieri
Glenn Hauman

and our special guest …

Peter David!

Download the high-resolution flier (JPEG, 1.8MB) for the event and be in the Hunt Valley Marriott’s resplendent Hunt Ballroom on Friday July 10 at 7pm. Spend an hour drinking and mingling with the roast panel and the guest of honor (because we’ll all be funnier once the audience is drunk).

All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross. Those of us on the dais will be making contributions of $50 in Keith’s name to this deserving charity, and we’ll be inviting all attendees to donate $1 or $5 or whatever you’re willing to give, and to sign up for the convention’s annual blood drive.

If laughter is the best medicine, here’s hoping we’ll see you all in Health! (Apologies to Stephen Colbert…)

All hail, Grandmaster KRAD

No, Keith R.A. DeCandido is not embarking on a career as a rap DJ. He has been chosen by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers to be honored this year as one of the group’s Grandmasters — the highest honor the IAMTW bestows.

From their web site: “The Grandmaster Award honors a writer for his extensive and exceptional work in the tie-in field.”

As the author of more than 30 media tie-in novels, including several best-sellers, Keith has more than earned this honor.

Congrats, amigo!

Comic Books as High Art

My wonderful agent, Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency, periodically asks the authors she represents to write guest blogs for her. This week, her theme is comic books, and at her request I’ve written a short piece about why I feel comic books have earned their place at the table as “high art” beside cinema, literature, painting, etc.

>> You can read it on her blog now.

Also, check out yesterday’s piece by Keith R.A. DeCandido, “Just How Many Words Is a Picture Worth, Really?“, which talks about the difficulties of making a transition from writing prose to writing scripts for comic books.