Wednesday, July 24, 2019

SDCC - Mary Shelley Presents - Nancy Holder Interview


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New York Times Bestselling author Nancy Holder was born in Los Altos, California. A navy brat, she went to middle school in Japan. When she was sixteen, she dropped out of high school to become a ballet dancer in Cologne, Germany.

Eventually she returned to California and graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a degree in Communications. Soon after, she began to write; her first sale was a young adult novel with the unfortunate title of Teach Me to Love.

Nancy’s work has appeared on many bestseller lists. A five-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, she has also received accolades from the American Library Association, the American Reading Association, the New York Public Library, and Romantic Times.

She and Debbie ViguiƩ coauthored the New York Times bestselling Wicked series for Simon and Schuster. They have continued their collaboration with the Crusade and the Wolf Springs Chronicles series, and are hard at work on a teen thriller. She is also the author of the young adult horror series, Possessions, for Razorbill. She has sold many novels and book projects set in the MTV Teen Wolf, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Saving Grace, Hellboy, and Smallville universes. She has also sold approximately two hundred short stories and essays on writing and popular culture. Her anthology, Outsiders, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2005.

She is an editor and writer of comic books, graphic novels, and pulp fiction for Moonstone Books, where much of her work centers around Sherlock Holmes. She writes a column for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Bulletin. She also teaches in the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program, offered through the University of Southern Maine. This summer, she will serve as the Writer in Residence at Odyssey, a six-week summer intensive workshop at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.

She and her daughter Belle, have sold two short stories together. Their cats, dogs, and leopard gecko allow them to live with them in San Diego. She loves Castle and Firefly, is attempting to catch up on Dr. Who, and firmly believes that nothing says breakfast like really strong coffee and potato chips.

          


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ABOUT KYMERA PRESS
KYMERA PRESS, A WOMAN-OWNED, WOMAN-RUN COMIC BOOK COMPANY!

Kymera Press is one of the few woman-owned comic book publishers in the industry. We publish comics that are written and drawn by women, to be loved and cherished by folks of all sexes.

The fastest growing demographic in comic readership is women. Comixology reports that 20 percent of their readers are women, up from 5 percent the previous year. And yet, women artists and creators are underutilized in the business.

So when Debbie Lynn Smith decided to turn her writing skills toward comics, it was with the specific mission of promoting these underutilized but immensely talented women artists and creators. Also, she wanted to get away from the sexualized bodies used to sell comics to teenage boys of all ages, and create and publish comics that reflect a more realistic view of girls and women.

Kymera’s first comic book series is the supernatural thriller Gates of Midnight, written by TV writer Debbie Lynn Smith, drawn and inked by Amelia Woo and colored Sandra Molina. Raven Alice Moon is a combat medic recently returned from Afghanistan with PTSD. She soon discovers that now she must fight monsters in the streets of New York.

Pet Noir is an adaptation of Pati Nagle’s series of linked short stories, “ Pet Noir .” In “Pet Noir” feline investigator Leon, with opposable thumbs and the ability to talk, is possibly the most dangerous cat in the galaxy. the comic is drawn by Anna Giovannini, inked by Laurie Foster, colored by Liezl Buenaventura and written by Anne Toole.


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Dragons by the Yard is the story of Anna, a woman who handcrafts all things dragon. When Anna meets a strange woman at the swap meet who sells her some extraordinary fabric, she gets more than she bargained for. Written by Kelly Swails (based on a story by D. Lynn Smith) Art by Paola Amorino and Sandra Molina.

As we come upon the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, we decided to use Mary Shelley to introduce the horror stories written by her contemporaries in Mary Shelley Presents.

Charles Dickens asked Elizabeth Gaskell to write The Old Nurse’s Story for the 1852 Christmas special issue of Household Words magazine. It is a terrifying tale of evil and remorse, and is the subject of our first issue. Written by multiple award-winning and NYT bestselling author Nancy Holder (Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels), art by Amelia Woo and color by Sandra Molina.

Ivory Ghosts is an adaptation from Catlin O’Connell’s novel of the same name. It is a thriller brimming with majestic wildlife, village politics, and international intrigue, a chilling quadruple homicide raises the stakes in the battle to save Africa’s elephants. Adapted by Caitlin O’Connell, Art by Debora Carita and Liezl Buenaventura.

All of our lettering is done by Saida Temofonte.

Join Kymera Press in celebrating comics and the women who adore them. And to those who keep telling us that we are bound to fail, “We’re not asking for permission …”



MARY SHELLEY PRESENTS ISSUE #1
PUBLICATION DATE: MAY 2018
As we come upon the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, we decided to use Mary Shelley to introduce the horror stories written by her contemporaries. As she says in our first issue:

“That night I dreamed of The Creature, pieced together from corpses, revived … and unloved. His tragedy has granted me immortality. Other women writers of my time have not been as lucky. Famous once, their ghostly stories now gather dust.”

Adapted by multiple award-winning and NYT bestselling author Nancy Holder (Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels), this first issue features Elizabeth Gaskell’s “The Old Nurse’s Story.” This story came to be after Charles Dickens’ asked Ms. Gaskell to write a story for the 1852 Christmas special issue of Household Words magazine. It is a terrifying tale of evil and remorse. The actual short story is in the back of the book, after the comic adaptation.

MARY SHELLEY PRESENTS ISSUE #2 LE
PUBLICATION DATE: JULY 2018
This limited edition of Mary Shelly Presents was an exclusive release at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. It is numbered as one of 100.

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, we decided to use Mary Shelley to introduce the horror stories written by her contemporaries. As she says in our first issue:

“That night I dreamed of The Creature, pieced together from corpses, revived … and unloved. His tragedy has granted me immortality. Other women writers of my time have not been as lucky. Famous once, their ghostly stories now gather dust.”

Adapted by multiple award-winning and NYT bestselling author Nancy Holder (Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels), this second issue features Edith Nesbit’s, Man-Size in Marble.

A young pair of newlyweds settling down into a small cottage in a quiet village are looking forward to a pleasant, pastoral life. The husband dismisses a superstitious maid’s tale of an ancient curse concerning the local church’s marble statues, statues who come to life each year on All Saint’s Eve to wreak revenge. But then, one fateful night…

First published in the December 1887 issue of the Home Chimesmagazine. The story was later collected in Nesbit’s 1893 anthology Grim Tales. The text of short story is included in the back of this book, after the comic adaptation.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH NANCY HOLDER
JOURNALIST: JOSEPH FLORES

LOCATION: SAN DIEGO, CA
CONVENTION DATE: COMIC CON JULY 17TH - 21ST
INTERVIEW: JULY 18, 2019


Video/Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)
NANCY HOLDER
Nancy Holder is a multiple award-winning, New York Times bestselling author (the Wicked Series). Her two new dark young adult dark fantasy series are Crusade and Wolf Springs Chronicles. She has won five Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers Association, as well as a Scribe Award for Best Novel (Saving Grace: Tough Love.) Nancy has sold over eighty novels one hundred short stories, many of them based on such shows as Highlander, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and others. She lives in San Diego with her daughter, Belle, two corgis, and three cats. 
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