“I Can’t Tell You Stuff Like That!”: Jim Butcher on Dresden, Writing Comics, His New Home and More

Posted by June 10, 2018 Comment

Let’s be honest: if you’re here to read a post about a Barnes & Noble Q&A/signing session with “The Dresden Files” author Jim Butcher, then it’s pretty safe to assume that you’re a fan of his work so I’ll spare you the formal introduction. What I will tell you is that Butcher appeared on Friday night at the Tribeca store in New York City for an open, honest – and incredibly enjoyable – back-and-forth with the fans in attendance.

Promoting Brief Cases, a new hardcover collection of Dresden short stories that includes eleven previously-published stories and a new novella that was released on June 5, Butcher covered a wide range of topics that you can heck out for yourselves below:

● On the differences between writing a book and a comic book; and what it was like writing Spider-Man and Dr. Strange for Marvel Comics:

● On what it was like and what he learned from the Dresden televison series experience:

● On how close he sticks to his original 20-book outline; and some thoughts on his son, the writer:

● On how he felt about the Chicago Cubs finally winning The World Series from a storyline standpoint:

● On the irony of a hat-wearing Dresden on the covers of the novels:

● On the timeframe for the next Dresden novel, then an update about his life in his new home; including how he’s become obsessed with his kitchen and how owning a new home has forced him to be more social:

● On his idea for a Dresden spin-off series when his run on the original ends:

● On feeling what he puts his characters through – and the glee that comes with messing with the readersip:

● On his future ideas, including a sci-fi story that he’s been meaning to get back to for ten years:

● On the importance of long-term storyling, citing Babylon 5 as an example – to the delight of the crowd:

● On whether he plans on applying aspects of his personal life onto Dresden:

● On how he knows if a concept is better suited as a short story or novel:

● On not being a huge fan of collaboration:

● Side note? The following videos are for diehard readers of “The Dresden Files,” “Codex Alera,” and “Cinder Spires” series, so I won’t insult you by trying to fake the funk while writing you in the eye. If you’re a fan of Butcher’s work, there’s a little something in each of the following videos for you…enjoy!

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Credit: PenguinRandomHouse

The world of Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is rife with intrigue–and creatures of all supernatural stripes. And you’ll make their intimate acquaintance as Harry delves into the dark side of truth, justice, and the American way in this must-have short story collection.

The world of Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is rife with intrigue–and creatures of all supernatural stripes. And you’ll make their intimate acquaintance as Harry delves into the dark side of truth, justice, and the American way in this must-have short story collection.

From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear; ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published ‘Zoo Day,’ Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

With twelve stories in all, Brief Cases offers both longtime fans and first-time readers tantalizing glimpses into Harry’s funny, gritty, and unforgettable realm, whetting their appetites for more to come from the wizard with a heart of gold.

Stories in Butcher’s Brief Cases include:

• “Curses” from Naked City

• “AAAA Wizardry” from the Dresden Files RPG

• “Even Hand” from Dark and Stormy Knights

• “B is for Bigfoot” from Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron. Republished in Working for Bigfoot.

• “I was a Teenage Bigfoot” from Blood Lite III: Aftertaste. Republished in Working for Bigfoot.

• “Bigfoot on Campus” from Hex Appeal. Republished in Working for Bigfoot.

• “Bombshells” from Dangerous Women

• “Jury Duty” from Unbound

• “Cold Case” from Shadowed Souls

• “Day One” from Unfettered II

• “A Fistful of Warlocks” from Straight Outta Tombstone

• “Zoo Day” a brand-new novella, original to this collection

(Last Updated June 10, 2018 7:44 am )