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.
The casting call is still open
We are still accepting submissions for voice actors to bring the OG catalogue to life! We’ve had casting calls out at our events as well. We want to make sure we have a wide variety of talent to choose from. If you’ve ever thought of reading audiobooks, this might be your opportunity!
1. Step one is to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. We’ll send you the excerpts.
3. You record yourself reading the excerpts.
4. You send them back to email@example.com (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!
Haiku by you?
In December of last year, we released I Thought These Were Haiku. Everyone seemed to love our slightly nerdy spin on this traditional Japanese artform. I am pleased to announce that we are now taking submissions for I Thought These Were Haiku, Volume 2!!!!! Emma is once again going to be compiling the best poems submitted with a view to release the sequel at next year’s April Steel City Con!
The categories for Volume 2 are as follows:
· Sports and Recreation
· Reader Discretion Advised
That last category is bound to be NSFW, and we can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!!!
I’m also going to set up a survey link to include in next month’s newsletter. As seen above, the first cover has a Kitsune. I’m going to make a list of other Japanese mythological creatures to choose from for the second cover! If you have any that you want to see as a choice, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be sure to include them in the list!
What we’ve been up to:
Books, stickers, and rock n roll!
Books and stickers are a good substitute for the original words in that phrase, right?
The New Castle Music Festival was a departure from the norm for us in several ways. Firstly, it was the only big event we’ve done where we couldn’t have our author at the table. It was strange selling books and not seeing him autograph them! If anyone who purchased a book at the festival wants an autograph, be sure to keep an eye out on these newsletters. You can always come to see us, get it signed, and pick up another!
Secondly, it was our first outdoor event. It ended up being one of the nicest possible days to be outside for any length of time, but still, a huge thank you to our good friend Rachel for the use of her fancy canopy due to the random downpours that would’ve really messed up the product without it. We were about 20 yards from the outdoor stage, and right next to the cornhole area, which means we had some awesome entertainment to go along with our pleasant day outdoors.
Thirdly, this wasn’t a convention. It was all punk rock, stand-up comedy, food, and vendors who have nothing to do with the nerd stuff we usually associate with. We had no idea if there would be a market for any of our products here. The worry didn’t last, though! We had sales, we made friends, and we may have teared up a little bit when a father said “Look, there’s a woman that looks like you on this book,” to his young daughter. I think this was a perfect fit for OG, and we look forward to more community-based events in the future!
There is no Emma and Jay at the table picture ☹ Instead we just have a pic of the setup. I think our stuff looks great on a nicely manicured lawn…
Leah had her own table at this one; you can see it off to the side, and in the picture below:
The outdoor stage was actually on the bed of a tow truck!
Emma may have left me for about an hour to play cornhole…
New Castle may have been a bit further from Pittsburgh than we usually go, but that just means it’s closer for some of our friends! Hannah and Aaron showed up to lend their support!
Cascade Park is the name of the venue. It used to be a huge amusement park, one of the oldest in the country. It was a great place for music and community!
Bitchcraft year two!
Now with about 20 times more people! Seriously, the turnout this year was insane. I’m surprised we even made it through the bar line, although there were 4 bar lines this year and only 2 last year, so that helped. We fit in at comic book/pop culture conventions, but do you know where we fit in even better? Bitchcraft. A giant room filled with small, creative businesses sharing their passion for whatever artform they’re into. There’s nothing not to like. It’s the perfect place to find gifts for the weird people in your life, and the normal ones too, but weird is better! We can’t wait until next year!
We got Jay back! The Emma/Jay table pic is also back:
Leah had some of her more colorful stuff off to the side to draw people in, so we have a pic of the whole OG crew as well!
Jay made nice with a Voodoo Priestess, which is much better than pissing one off…
Happy Birthday to you and your epic hair!
The giant himself, surveying his domain…
Last year there was no line by 2pm. This year at 2pm, the line was the whole way down the road, and wrapped around the convention center building!
Let’s hope that Bitchcraft 2023 is even bigger! This is one that we’ll be signing up for every year!
What is coming up next?
Home sweet home
Our 5th appearance at Steel City Con is coming up, and our little table there is really starting to feel like home.
In addition to getting to see our con vendor family, we get to see all you wonderful people! And do you know what makes for really good holiday presents? Books! Pins, charms, and stickers make for excellent stocking stuffers, too!
As always, the convention is absolutely packed with celebrities, panels, artists, and events. Check everything out at https://www.steelcitycon.com/.
Seeing you guys will be a great Christmas present for our team!