This weekend at the 2016 Long Beach Comic, Digital Fabulists has partnered with Little Rainbow Comics, with having a wonderful group of LGBT authors signing their books. There will be two days to meet these great authors on both February 20 & 21 at table Q8.
One of those writers is Peter Saenz author of Coven of Wolves and Coven of Wolves: Book 2 Blood Ties. I was able to catch up with Peter to chat about the comic world, his books and who he is most excited to see this weekend at the Long Beach Comic-con.
Q: Is there a strong LGBT community in the comic world?
A: There most definitely is a strong LGBT presence in the comic world. In fact, one of the most popular comic books out right now are the X-Men comics. Fans for years have picked up on the themes of “different” people not fitting in and having to fight for acceptance and equality. This allegory not only fits in with LGBT society, but with that of race, handicap, and many other groups who have felt disenfranchised. Specifically, with LGBT groups, gay organizations like Prism Comics and Northwest Press have always had a presence at many of the comic conventions. Between them, the many gay inclusive discussion panels, and LGBT comic creators and artists also attending the conventions, for gay geeks, comic book conventions like the Long Beach Comic Expo almost feels like coming home.
Q: What past response have you received at other cons?
A: Personally, I’ve never had anything but positive experiences at comic book conventions. The company that publishes my Coven of Wolves book series, Digital Fabulists, also represents a wide range of authors and subject matter. Signing at conventions on their behalf, I’ve gotten the opportunity to meet lots of other authors and book lovers with a large spectrum of reading interests.
Q: Do you have any stories about meeting your LGBT fans at the cons?
A: It’s always flattering and humbling at the same time to have someone you’ve never met tell you that they appreciate your work. Actually, some of my current friends are people who’ve reached out to me as fans of the books. Each one of them are amazing.
Q: What is the premise of your books Coven of Wolves and Coven of Wolves 2?
A: The books follow the adventures of Devin Marshall, a novice witch on the run from his former coven. While trying to escape them, Devin manages to upset a pack of werewolves. Things just escalate from there. I’m hoping to have the final book in the trilogy released this coming January. They’re each available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook. I must say, my good friend Robert G. Davis did a bang out job recording both audiobooks.
Q: I see your books are being optioned as a television series. Is that scary or exciting for you?
A: I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous at all, but for the most part I’m just so very excited. I’ve worked with a couple writer friends of mine on creating a Coven of Wolves pilot script that is true to the core of the series. Basically it’s a more in-depth take on the first chapter of book one. Writing a TV series based off of an already existing book is a lot easier than creating an entirely new entity as the ground work is already there. We’ve distributed the pilot to several production companies under my company banner, Tri-Wolf Entertainment. I can’t wait to see where it takes us.
Q: Is there something special you can’t wait to see at this year’s Long Beach Comic Expo?
A: Well, the main thing I’m looking forward to is meeting more fans of the books. They give me a nice gauge on what they liked in the series and on what didn’t quite work. That’s very important to me. Aside from that, I’m a huge X-Men fan, so meeting writer Chris Claremont for the first time makes me feel like a giddy kid again.
Q: When can fans meet you?
A: The publishing company I work for, Digital Fabulists, has partnered with Little Rainbow Comics this year. Our shared table will be in the Artist Alley section of the Long Beach Comic Expo, table Q8. I’ll be signing on Saturday from 10am to 11am, and from 5pm to 7pm. On Sunday I’ll be signing from 10am to 12am, and from 3pm to 4pm.
More on Peter @ peterjsaenz.com
More on the Convention: http://longbeachcomicexpo.com/
More on http://digitalfabulists.com/ & http://littlerainbowcomics.com/