“Shadowdance” urban fantasy saga enjoys the Clermont Comic Con

My presentation of the “Shadowdance” saga at the Clermont Comic Con 2015 has come and gone, and fun was had by all!

My goal at the con wasn’t to sell books. I did (and my creditors thank all who bought books), but my happier moments were meeting others at the con.

I’d read that Karl Moline, the artist behind “Joss Whedon’s Fray” was attending the con. To my surprise and joy, he was at the table right next to me! We hit it off, to the extent that just maybe we’ll get something going in the future.

One can hope.

Artwork courtesy of Karl Moline and Dark Horse Comcis

Artwork courtesy of Karl Moline and Dark Horse Comics

Check out this Buffy art I bought from him. Don’t you wanna see some Adriana art that good?

I also met several other writers, who, like me, were out pressing their books. They gave me tips on marketing, the most pressing at the time being to bring your own tablecloth to a signing. There’s also talk of creating a writer’s group based out of Orlando’s Gods and Monsters shop.

Fun times.

I also met the folks at Orlando Collector Deviants. They go to cons and get out the 411 on what’s hot, what’s not and what’s coming up. Mad props to them for covering the Clermont Comic Con in general and “Shadowdance” specifically. Check them out at their Facebook page.

Big thanks (appropriate for the day) to my two “Shadowdance” models, Natasha Hill and Amber Crews. They did a bang up job drawing people to the table. They also dazzled the other authors, who I guess had never thought of bringing spokesmodels along for the ride.

You’ll be seeing more of Amber and Natasha as I turn them into characters from the saga.

My actor buddy extraordinaire Mike Tinker, who came all the way down from Hotlanta to show his support, will join the ladies in the promo photo endeavor later this year or early next.

More thanks to Scott Schlazer for setting up the event. Now that I’ve gotten the initial public appearance jitters out, I look forward to other events. Meanwhile, check out Scott’s site, Florida Geek Scene, for more info on happenings in Florida and geek news in general.

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“Wake the Darkness” – indie rock alternate version

By now you’ve seen the documentary “Creating Darkness: Making a Song for the Shadowdance.” (If not, what’re you waiting for? Get on it!) You’ve probably also listened to the indie rock track over at composer Bob Colwell’s Bandcamp site or via the lyric video.

Here’s an alternate version of the song.

I was curious how the movie “Underworld” would play if it were less nu-metal and more ambient Goth, so I cut a video to the alternate version of “Wake the Darkness” with clips from “Underworld” and “Underworld: Evolution.” Both movies are the property of Sony/ Screen Gems and are used here solely for trans-formative curiosity.

Which version of “Wake the Darkness” do you love? Leave us a comment below or on the “Shadowdance” Facebook page.

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Learn how to craft an urban fantasy indie rock song

Ever wonder how an urban fantasy saga inspires an indie rock song, and how that song gets created? Watch the documentary series, “Creating Darkness: Making a Song for the Shadowdance” and get an in-depth look at that process. Now available on YouTube, the series chronicles the creation of the song “Wake the Darkness.”

The lyric video featuring the song “Wake the Darkness” is the last track on the list.

The Players behind the urban fantasy indie rock song

Bob Colwell wrote the song for a potential “Shadowdance” movie, “Shadowdance” being a series of action/ adventure, urban fantasy novels written by yours truly, Jack the — er, Mark Wooden.

That movie never came together (yet), but the song remains.

Big thanks to Matt Waldeck for shooting and editing the series and producing the lyric video. Acie Blaze gave an assist with some post-production work. Check his other stuff out at Focused in Entertainment.

Tom Deblois, Michael Blaty and Bob Colwell, creators of "Wake the Darkness" song for the "Shadowdance" action/ urban fantasy saga.

Tom Deblois, Michael Blaty and Bob Colwell

And always the big shout out to Bob and his crew: Pro Tools engineer and producer Mike Blaty, Tom Deblois on crunch guitar, Coque Ross, Johnny Magsax, and Lee Jacobson.

They crafted a song that captures the dark spirit of the “Shadowdance” saga.

Remixing an indie rock song

Coming up in time for my appearance at the Clermont Comic Con November 22, I’ll post a special remix version of “Wake the Darkness” here on the website. You can actually hear it over at Bob’s Bandcamp site, but the posting here will have a special bonus.

Of course, if that bonus is misunderstood I’ll have another story to tell, but let’s see how that plays out.

Like the song? Go to the aforementioned Bandcamp site and buy it for a buck. Cheap. Watch “Creating Darkness” and learn how it all came together.

Once “Wake the Darkness” puts you in the mood, head back to Shadowdancesaga.com and pick up a copy of “By Virtue Fall,” the first book in the “Shadowdance” saga.

Watch the video below to get a taste of what you’ll see in “Creating Darkness.”