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November 2022 Newsletter

Be a part of the giant

Want to be a part of making Obsidian Giant great? This is the section that will tell you how to do that each month.

Author, poet, wiseass?

Any or all of these things will qualify you to submit haiku for I Thought These Were Haiku, Volume 2!!!!! Submissions must be in by March 4th for release at the April Steel City Con!!! If you think you can’t write, think again. Haiku is all about observation of the world or subjects, and it even gives you a nice little worksheet to fill in. Let’s do one together:

5 Syllables …There is a fat cat

7 Syllables …He steals food from everyone

5 Syllables …Then licks his bottom

See! Now there’s a haiku about Emma’s cat Rigsby out in the world! We did that together; now you can all do some on your own!

The categories for Volume 2 are as follows:

· Horror

· Magic

· Sports and Recreation

· Reader Discretion Advised

You can use almost anything for inspiration. Since most of us are fully submerged in pop culture, I recommend movies, books, etc. but real life works too, especially for that last category…

The democratic process is alive with OG

Come on, everyone!!! You usually love the audience participation parts! We only have 3 responses on our ‘which creature should be on the next Haiku book poll’ and we need more than that to have a winner!!!! I Thought These Were Haiku: Volume 2 is set to be released in April of next year, and Leah needs some time to draw.

You can make your choices here:

It’ll mean more when you point at the book and say, “That was my choice!”

The audiobooks are happening, there’s still time to be an official voice of OG

I know we’ve had this one here for a few months now. Who would’ve thought that preparing to release audiobooks would take a while? Oh, well. That just means there’s more time for anyone still thinking about submitting their voice to do so!

1. Step one is to email us at

2. We’ll send you the excerpts.

3. You record yourself reading the excerpts.

4. You send them back to (or I’ll set up a drop box if files get too large).

5. We review all the submissions and choose the best person for each.

6. You record the whole book and get paid. We’ll also be available as a reference for other publishers and authors you may want to work with. That last part is true even if you aren’t chosen for one of our current books!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Exclusive interview with the man himself!

No, not Jay. You guys can interview him in person at Steel City Con! I’m talking about someone who’s much more difficult to pin down. One of our Intrepid Reporters™ was able to pin down the big man, the Melanin Knight, the destroyer of racists, the savior of the wasteland…Darkehand!!! Now we just need to find a cat translator for whatever Ra was talking about in the background…

Intrepid Reporter: Darkehand, there have been a lot of comparisons to Superman when it comes to the sun's ability to heal and strengthen you. How would you respond to the people who feel that you're something of a knock-off of such an icon?

Darkehand: I'd tell them that if Superman wants to kill hordes of mutated racists and give me and Ra a damn break, I'd gladly hang up my spear. Oh wait, he doesn't kill question.

IR: We're all extremely grateful for your contribution to ridding America of all those infected bigots. What's next, Melanin Knight?

D: Seriously? Did you not read the second book? The shit clearly ain't over. Who the hell hired this guy?

IR: There are some people who think that you’re an abomination, not unlike the infected and now possibly even worse. They believe that after the infected are vanquished, you should follow them into the grave. What are your thoughts?

D: I agree, one hundred percent. I'm the worst one. Which is why I'm the best one for the job. I don't expect to live forever, just long enough to make a difference. If that's not good enough and they want to hunt me when I'm done…bring it.

IR: Well, all things considered you're much more formidable these days than you were when W.H.A.M. was the only threat. Does your newfound power have any unusual perks?

D: You know what, I'm glad you asked. When I get hungry these days it takes more than the protein-fortified mush you wastelanders live on to quiet my stomach rumbling. I have a more...acquired taste. By the way, what's your blood type?

There you have it, folks – straight from the superhero’s mouth. Can’t wait to see what that guy gets up to next. I kinda hope some dumbass does try to go after him…

What is coming up next?

Just a little more than a week away!!

Guys, you just don’t know how hard it’s been to not see any of you for several months in a row! We need more events. If you know anywhere that would let us set up a book signing, let us know. We need to get our fix in between conventions!

Our fifth appearance at Steel City Con is next weekend!!!! We can’t wait to see all of you there! Don’t forget that Jay has a surprise for us…he’s done an admirable job of keeping us in the dark so far, but the new warblade is happening! Heck, you guys might get to see it before we do. He’s being very sneaky sneaky!

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