I felt that having a humongous post about everything that went on at Dragon*Con would be a bit absurd. Here is installment III of the post.
Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files. He attended Dragon*Con this year and was seen by me in the Gothic Shadows programming track. He was on a panel entitled Scarey Fairies and one featuring himself.
First off, let me say that Storm Front and its following books are excellently sarcastic in tone and wit. They are also well-envisioned with numerous dynamic characters. I enjoyed them all.
Second off, let me say that Jim Butcher is almost identical in manner and presence to my friend Brian, shown here. It’s uncanny how similar they are. I’m still freaked out about it. This picture is not the best for comparison purposes (book signing vs. RPI Freakout) but should give you some idea.
Thirdly, Jim is great to listen to because he loves what he is doing!. The Dresden Files will be a show on the SciFi channel starting in January and Jim was totally stoked about it. He went on and on about how awesome it was to be on set during shooting and to be involved (however little he’s involved; mainly proof-reading scripts, he’s got no artistic control over the series but does contribute comments) with the creation of this program.
It will apparently be a parallel universe to the Dresden Files books with the script writer (who’s name escapes me, he did Andromeda for a while) creates episodes based around the Harry Dresden character.
This seems like a good thing. According to Jim, they’d originally intended to do a 2-hour movie, but it turned out so well, they went ahead with the series. Cool! I’m looking forward to seeing it.
And of course, now that I’ve seen the guy in person, I’ll have to start buying his hardbacks. Time to run to the book store to get the latest Harry Dresden novel.