I’m fortunate to know a lot of incredibly talented and accomplished people, many of whom don’t get the acknowledgement they deserve for their accomplishments. Actors, writers, filmmakers, musicians – independent artists working hard to make their mark. Now, I know I don’t have much of a platform, but I’m happy to use what I’ve got to elevate others. So, welcome to my new semi-regular feature, Something Awesome, which will spotlight different creators I know and highlight their latest accomplishments. A new film premiere, an album dropping, a new book release, an upcoming production. I want to highlight the artist, share their project, and let you know how you can witness their work for yourself.
So, that brings us to our first highlight!
My friend Brandie is a talented author, playwright, and librettist (and a burgeoning theatre producer). So, when I saw her post that she was doing a signing at Comic Con this past weekend, I wasn’t surprised.
What caught me off guard was that this signing wasn’t for her YA Fantasy duology, Gold Spun. Instead it was for a project I hadn’t heard about: a trio of graphic novel anthologies titled Cthulhu is Hard to Spell.
The series bills itself as “Three love letters to Lovecraft. The complete comic anthology trilogy with 107 total stories about Lovecraftian gods and monsters.”
Brandie is one of over seventy writers and illustrators who contributed a total of 107 individual stories across the three books. Brandie’s two contributions are: “Camp Sarnath” featured in Cthulhu is Hard To Spell: The Terrible Twos and “Orderly Misconduct” featured in Cthulhu is Hard to Spell: Battle Royale. Both of her stories are illustrated by Carolyn Carter.
I picked up all three hardcovers yesterday on the con floor and got them signed by Brandie and by Russell Nohelty, creator of the trilogy. Russell was even kind enough to include pages with signature plates for every contributing author, setting up a Pokemon-style challenge to collect every author’s signature. You know me, I love a good challenge. I’m excited to dig in and read all three volumes, and I recommend you get your own copies, soon!
About author and novelist Brandie June
Brandie June loves storytelling in all sorts of formats, whether she is marketing animated movies or writing fantasy novels. Most of her early life she was on stage or at least as close to the front row as she could get. Initially an actor, she got her B.A. in Theatre from UCLA and branched out into costume design and playwriting, eventually getting her M.B.A. Her first stand-alone play, a dark comedy about Oscar Wilde, premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival to a sold-out run and won the Encore Producers Award. As a writer, she is especially passionate about fantasy and mythology, has published several pieces in anthology, and is a recent finalist with The Writers of the Future Award. Learn more at BrandieJune.com or follow her on Instagram.
About Cthulhu is Hard to Spell
Cthulhu is Hard to Spell is a three-volume anthology steeped in the mythology and gods of Lovecraft. The stories inside its pages follow the spirit of Lovecraft, but sometimes stray from the tone of Lovecraftian horror, too! Sure, some of the stories in this book are Lovecraftian in nature down to their very core, but there are also funny stories, cute stories, fantasy stories, sci-fi stories, and much, much more that build on the Lovecraftian mythos. Get your copies at WannabePress.com.
About Wannabe Press
Wannabe Press was founded in 2014 as an outlet for USA Today bestselling author to publish whatever weird thing came into his brain. Since then it’s become so much more. Learn more at WannabePress.com.