Shamrock issue #3 now available on comiXology

I’m super stoked to announce that issue 3 of Shamrock is now available on comiXology! Issue 3 includes the first set of stories that have not appeared first in Fantasy Scroll Magazine. This is brand-new, never-before-released material!

Alberto has done a really wonderful job illustrating the story, and these new pages are no exception. So please check it out and let me know what you think!

Shamrock #3 cover

Written and created by: Josh Brown
Art by: Alberto Hernandez
Cover by: Abraham Di
Cover colors by: Paul Little
Price: $1.99

In her continued quest to find the Emerald of Creation, Shamrock comes face to face with her past. She and her mighty tiger companion, Ruarc, also meet more creatures of the realm, and find that things are not always what they seem in the Kingdom or Kerlow.

Buy now on comiXology!

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2017 RHYSLING POETS SHOWCASE #6

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image2Hello, friends! Welcome to the next episode of the 2017 Rhysling Poets’ Showcase!

Today I’m glad to introduce six more poets, whose Rhysling-nominated poems you can read in the Anthology, which you will receive if you are a member of the SFPA.

If you aren’t a member, you may purchase a PDF or pre-order the print anthology now)As noted before, we will link to the nominated poems here where possible. (Some poems appear only in print but we are working on getting around that).

Okay, here we go, the next six Rhysling poets!

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Shamrock: Origins now available on ComiXology

I am very excited to announce that Shamrock: Origins (we’re calling it “issue #0”) is now available on ComiXology! It’s one of the first comics I self-published, back sometime in about 2008. Kinda neat to now see it on ComiXology all these years later, and to be able to read it in guided view!

Shamrock: Origins

Art by: Franc Czuba
Colored by: Slamet Mujiono
Written and created by: Josh Brown
Price: $0.99

Origins
King Tuathal’s former ally and advisor, Lorcan, seeks to gain control of the kingdom of Kerlow for himself. He believes, however, that one thing stands in his way of achieving ultimate power — Princess Erin O’Shea.

This digital edition of the prequel to the popular series contains exclusive extras such as character bios and an additional two-page story.

Buy now on comiXology!

 

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Shamrock issue #2 now available on comiXology

I am very excited to announce that issue 2 of Shamrock is now available on comiXology! Previously serialized in Fantasy Scroll Magazine, this special digital release of issue 2  features a cover by Jonathan Gragg! I hope you will check it out!

shamrock2cover

Written and created by: Josh Brown
Art by: Alberto Hernandez
Cover by: Jonathan Gragg
Price: $1.99

After liberating her people from the slave camp, Shamrock and her tiger companion, Ruarc, set forth on their journey to find the enchanted Emerald of Creation. Along the way, they run into a curious band of merry monks.

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Shamrock issue #1 now available on comiXology

I am very excited to announce that issue 1 of Shamrock is now available on comiXology! Previously serialized in Fantasy Scroll Magazine, this special digital release of issue 1  features an brand-new, never-before-published prologue! I hope you will check it out!

Shamrock #1
Written and created by: Josh Brown
Art by: Alberto Hernandez
Cover by: Vega Mandalika
Price: $1.99

Originally serialized in Fantasy Scroll Magazine, SHAMROCK is now collected for the first time with an all-new, never-before-published prologue!

A wandering warrior sets out to rescue the people of her village, avenge her parents death, and take her place as rightful ruler of the kingdom.

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2017 Elgin Awards

I’m honored to announce that the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) has chosen yours truly to chair the 2017 Elgin Awards, presented annually for speculative poetry chapbooks and books published in the preceding two years. The Elgin Awards are named for Suzette Haden Elgin, who founded the SFPA in 1978.

Nominations can only be made by SFPA members; however, authors of nominated works need not be members. If you are not a member of the SFPA but know of a worthy book or chapbook that should be nominated for an Elgin Award, please let a member know about the book! Or better yet, join — SFPA membership is only $15 annually! The deadline to nominate is May 15.

Speculative poetry is defined as having elements of science-fiction, fantasy, horror, or any of the myriad of subgenres.

For more information about this, and other general SFPA information, please visit the website at www.sfpoetry.com.

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Published Works in 2016

I had 16 total published works in 2016. Aside from a collected-edition of my comic, Shamrock (which originally ran in Fantasy Scroll Magazine), I did not self-publish anything in 2016. Of those 16 published pieces, 1 was non-fiction, 4 were short stories, 8 were poems, and 3 were comics.

My crowning achievement and the work I am most proud of in 2016 is my essay, “Poems and Songs of The Hobbit,” published in Critical Insights: The Hobbit from Salem Press. In the essay, I argue that Tolkien’s poetry within The Hobbit is very purposeful; it supports the plot and gives depth to the characters. The poetry not only serves to show differences in characters, but also highlights the differences of the regions and races of Middle Earth. It was challenging but also a lot of fun to research and write the paper. I’m so completely honored to have my essay included in a book along with legendary Tolkien scholars such as John Rosegrant, Jason Fisher, and several others.

The amount of my poetry that finds publication is still somewhat bewildering to me. I’ve never really thought of myself as a poet in any way, but I do pen the occasional oddball poem, and I remain an active member in the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA).

I would like to see more of my short stories get published, and I have yet to crack the pro market (“pro” as per the SFWA guidelines), but I know that just means I have to buckle down, write more, and work harder.

Anyone who at least dabbles with writing knows that rejections is a big part of the game. I had 82 total rejections in 2016. Of those, 33 were rejections for short stories, and 49 were for poetry.

My most-rejected story was passed on 8 times in 2016. The same story was rejected 10 times in 2015, making for a total of 18 rejections for that story alone. Perhaps it is time to rip that one to pieces and start over (or maybe just throw it away).

And so without further ado, here it is, a full list of my published works in 2016. Here’s to 2017 — bring it on!

Non-Fiction/Essays:

“Poems and Songs of The Hobbit
Critical Insights: The Hobbit
Salem Press, 2016

Fiction:

“Ceremonies”
AlternaTeas
Skywarrior Books, 2016

“Valkyrie’s Quest”
Street Magick: Tales of Urban Fantasy
Elder Signs Press, 2016

“Fits Like a Glove”
Under the Bed Vol. 04 No. 06
Fiction Magazines, 2016

“Republic of Masks”
Dystopian Express
Hydra Publications, 2016

Poetry:

“circuits for a brain”
Scifaikuest 54, November 2016

“Stardust”
Illumen 25, Autumn 2016

“Milky Way”
FrostFire Worlds, August 2016

“Apocalypse Later”
Mithila Review, June 2016

“The Defiler”
Devolution Z, June, 2016

“Barking Trees”
Beechwood Review, Issue 2, 2016

“Foiled Again”
Star*Line issue 39.2, Spring 2016
Science Fiction Poetry Association, 2016

“what is the sound”
Star*Line issue 39.1, Winter 2016
Science Fiction Poetry Association, 2016

Comics:

“Shamrock part 8: Illusion”
Fantasy Scroll Magazine #13, 2016

“Shamrock part 7: Shadows”
Fantasy Scroll Magazine #12, 2016

“Shamrock part 6: Perseverance”
Fantasy Scroll Magazine #11, 2016

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