Did someone say “Sequel?”

Seems like a lot of people who’ve read The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl want a sequel to that book. I get a LOT of e-mails about that, and whenever I speak to fans or sign books, I always get asked that question at least once.

Sometimes it’s phrased like this: “Are you going to write a sequel to Fanboy and Goth Girl?”

That gives me the option of saying, “Yes,” “No,” or “Maybe.”

And sometimes it’s phrased like this: “When will there be a sequel?”

That assumes that there WILL be a sequel! And for a long time there, I wasn’t sure there would be one, so that made it doubly difficult to disappoint people who had just assumed there would be a second book.

Well, anyway, I can answer both questions now:

1. Yes.
2. Fall 2009.

The book will be titled Goth Girl Rising.* It takes place six months after the end of the first book, so roughly halfway through Fanboy and Goth Girl’s junior year at South Brook High. (Yes, this also means it takes place BEFORE Boy Toy and Hero-Type.)

The book is written from Kyra’s point of view. If you’ve ever wondered what goes through her head…you’re gonna find out. Oh, boy, are you gonna find out!

All I’ll say about it at this point is that it probably isn’t what you expected. I resisted writing a sequel for a while, but eventually I just had to tell this story.

It’s WAY too early to give out more information than that. Please don’t e-mail me with questions because I won’t answer ‘em. As soon as I have the cover, I’ll show it to you. Look for a sample chapter to go up on the site sometime in the spring.

For those of you who are disappointed that you have to wait so long to read the book… Hey, I just had a book come out a month ago — Hero-Type — and my publisher can only work so fast! So enjoy Hero-Type and go enjoy the short stories I have coming out in anthologies this year and next year…and Fall 2009 will be here before you know it.



* Some of you may have heard me talk about a possible sequel in the past, calling it Fanboy vs. Goth Girl. What can I say: I changed my mind. Trust me, this new title makes much more sense.

The Brookdale Clothing Store is Now Open!

f you’ve ever wanted an easy way to show the world-at-large that you’re a wannabe resident of Brookdale…here’s your chance!

Check out the Cafepress.com Brookdale Clothing Store, for a selection of t-shirts related to The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth GirlBoy Toy, and Hero-Type.

The selection is a little limited right now, but we’ll be expanding your choices in the coming months.

BTW, all profits from these shirts for the next six months go to the Yellow Ribbon Fund.

Here’s one of the shirts, a little number that readers of Boy Toy should definitely appreciate…

I Get My Geek On

As you all know, I am an enormous geek. This is no secret.

One of the many things about which I’m a geek is the Legion of Super-Heroes, my favorite comic book super-hero team, stars of their own eponymous comic book. I’ve been reading about the Legion almost as long as I could read.

Last year, Tim Callahan asked me to contribute to Teenagers from the Future, a collection of essays about the Legion I was happy to offer my meager thoughts to the volume. The book recently hit Amazon and the Previews catalog, and — in celebration — Tim asked me to share my thoughts on the Legion with him online.

The result is LONG conversation between Tim and me on the Legion — its history, its strengths, its weaknesses, and its potential future. If you’ve ever wanted to see me go Hardcore Geek…here it is.

Hero-Type is Available!

Hey, good news! Hero-Type is now available in stores! You can grab the book at your local chain or independent bookstore, or — of course — online at AmazonBN.com, or any number of other outlets. It should also be showing up in libraries.

If your local store doesn’t have Hero-Type on the shelves, it’s possible that they haven’t gotten their copies yet. Head to the information desk and ask the nice person there for your Brookdale fix. 🙂

Oh and hey — if you like the book, please feel free to put up a review on Amazon or BN.com or anywhere. Word of mouth always helps. Thanks!

Long Live the Legion!

As you may recall, I recently contributed the Afterword to a very cool book titled Teenagers from the Future. It’s a scholarly look at my favorite comic book team, the Legion of Super-Heroes. If you don’t know what the Legion is, then I pity you and will light a candle for your pain.

Anyway, the book was originally slated to come out in May, but — as often happens — was delayed. But it’s out now. You can order your copy from Amazonand I’m told that it will also be in comic book stores by the end of the year.

So if you know anything at all about the Legion, you should check out this book. It’s lots of fun and how can you resist that cover?
legion book