Rik Briscoe

Three-Day Pass

Three days have passed. You’ve been to panels. You’ve seen stars, authors, artists, and legends. You’ve walked the aisles of the dealers’ room and seen their myriad of wares. You’ve strolled the maze that is the art show and were awestruck by the wonders you saw. You’ve seen the pretty ladies in the Dawn Look-Alike contest and marveled at their… Read more →

Canvas Art

Okay, so you’ve been to the art gallery. Very talented people created those objets d’art with blood, sweat, and tears, but another group of people fall into the blood, sweat, and tears contingent. This group lives for body art and modification. Their bodies are the canvases, but needles replace brushes, and ink replaces paint. While tattooing started out as a… Read more →

Writing a Stand-Alone vs. a Series

While creativity on the author’s part typically determines what they want their work to become, ultimately there are outside forces that make the final call. Often the publisher will have the final say in all things concerning the length and print run of a book, but don’t think it’s a snap decision. Nope. It’s based on a “catch 22” formula…. Read more →

Con Etiquette (NO, it’s not a state East of New York!)

It’s your first Dragon*Con? Great! You’ve been attending Dragon*Con since the very first one? Absolutely fantastic!! Here are a few reminders of things that might slip your mind in all the excitement: Always remember “Please” and “Thank you.” You learned these tools early in your life and they’ll do magical things for you throughout your time at Dragon*Con. Pick up… Read more →

So Don’t Trust Me

So, you’ve been to all the panels and you’ve pestered all the guests you could find, now what are you gonna do with all your free time? Trust me, you’re greatly mistaken! Did you know there was an art show with hundreds of pieces of original art for sale? There is tons of fantastic stuff to see and buy! Did… Read more →

A Question of Writing: Print On Demand

Panels about writing and getting published are often filled with questions on how to accomplish this feat. In “A Question of Writing” this afternoon’s discussion kept coming back to print on demand, or POD. The lure of instant publishing without the fear of rejection is enticing, but the beginning writer needs to temper their desire to see their work in… Read more →

HAZMAT at a Glance

Covers of ‘Til Tuesday hit “Voices Carry” and The Police’s classic “Every Breath You Take” aren’t something you’d expect to hear from a band like HAZMAT, but surprises seem to be what they’re all about.  HAZMAT draws on the diversity of its members for a sound that can’t quite be given a cookie cutter label such as “thrash” or “metal.” … Read more →