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November 2, 2016

I have the dubious honour of cohosting not one but two book promotions/signings with fellow author and unstoppable writing machine, Michel Weatherall!

The first is this November 19th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Morning Owl Coffeehouse and Variety. The second is this December 17th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Comet Comics. You can find more details at those links or on the Appearances page.

Get your books, get your books signed, sit down for some chitchat and a Q&A with two Ottawa authors, visit with some local Ottawa celebs (the list keeps changing, so I won't say who specifically here), and, best of all, win stuff! Yeah, that's right. I'll be offering two promos:

  1. Take a selfie holding the helmet of chief antagonist Master Asinine and post it on Facebook or Twitter with hashtag IAGFFA and at-sign me...and you'll get a URL to the next never-before-seen-and-awesome-if-I-do-say-so-myself installment in the Before They Were Famous stories, before it's released to the general masses! Who does this one feature? Well, take that selfie and find out.
  2. Buy a book at the event and post that selfie to Facebook or Twitter--same hashtag, same at-sign as above--and enter a draw to win a copy of the upcoming issue 4, Armageddon Trigger Finger, due out this Valentine's! Buy two books? Get two entries! Buy all three books? Score yourself four entries! (I know how to count. I'm just giving you guys a bonus.)

Michel Weatherall has a similar promo: take a selfie with his lifesize statue of Nyarlathotette and hashtag the good ol' baddie to score a free e-book download.

How's that for amazing deals? Check out the event's Facebook page for more details on the event.

We'll also be cohorting on an upcoming appearance at Comet Comics, but the details are still being hammered out. More on that in this space at a later date.

— Liam Gibbs, who's looking forward to all these events if it's the last thing I look forward to

November 2, 2016

Pop on over to Tamikio L. Reardon's author site to read an interview of yours truly! I'm yours truly. That's--it's an expression. It means m--just go read it.

All for now.

— What's his face, who doesn't even have time to remember his name

November 1, 2016

Phew. Okay. Sorry for the lack of updates lately. I was having troubles with the FTP connection to the site. If you're reading this, then you know the problem was all cleared up. You'll see below a bunch of posts I'd prepared but couldn't upload. Get crackin' on the updates. More to follow!

— Liam Gibbs, who needs a bit of rest and--zzzzzzzzzz.....

November 1, 2016

Just an update on those contractual obligations I talked about on October 19th. There were some problems with the first issue's e-book file I've been sending to the people with the new contract. Some links in the e-book aren't working out. So I've put the e-book back on KDP for the time being until I can iron out these details with the file. So anybody looking to grab the first issue on Kindle, you can do so again. I'll update you once this new contract is a go-ahead.

— Liam Gibbs, who's still overjoyed he gets to say "contractual obligations" even though I didn't say it this time around

October 30, 2016

So, on October 29th (yesterday), I had the pleasure of exhibiting at Kingston Hero Fest. And I gotta say everyone in Kingston was more awesome than i even expected. Thanks so much to the organizers for putting it on, giving me a slot, and helping me get the series out to yet another city. Very encouraged to hear that there were some people attending that had said they'd heard of me! I was flabbergasted! Next stop, Hero Fest in Trenton this November 12th!

— Liam Gibbs, who's looking forward to the next Hero Fest in Trenton

October 19, 2016

Sad to report that I had to take the e-book version of book 1 down from Amazon temporarily. This was in order to fulfill a contractual obligation with Amazon.

The good news is I took it down in order to enter a contract that will put the e-book up on more sites, including Amazon. Starting the contract up and making sure everything is a-okay will take some time, but this is a good move. If you want the e-book version of book 1, you can still contact me directly.

E-books for issues 2 and 3 are still available in their jolly old places. We're testing the waters with issue 1.

— Liam Gibbs, who's overjoyed he gets to say "contractual obligations"

October 18, 2016

Wow. So the dust has settled from Ottawa Geek Market this past weekend, and I have to say this was one of my best shows yet! I got books out to dozens of people and almost fer-shoor-clinched issue 4's Valentine's release date! This comes as good news to you because you loyally love and follow everything I say and do with the series, and it's good news to me because you loyally love and follow everything I say and do with the series. I got to catch up with a lot of returning readers and I got to meet so many new people. Best of all? I always have a blast at Ottawa Geek Market, and this time was no different. I love going there. I love seeing the regulars (vistors, exhibitors, volunteers and staff). Everything about it is an unparalleled, unbridled experience of fun. If you missed out, don't worry: they'll/we'll be back in April for the beginning of OGM's sixth year. Check the OGM web site for dates and details when it becomes available.

As for upcoming appearances, be sure to check the appearances page for those details, but I'll be hanging with Pop Culture Canada in October, November, and December. So come visit, chew the fat, chew other edible things, and be sure to breathe now and again.

— Liam Gibbs, who'd take care of all the leaves on my lawn but I don't own a rake

August 21, 2016

Hi all, so sorry for the delay between posts. Quick updates: check out the series' appearances coming up in the next few months on http://tiny.cc/iagffa_facebookFacebook, but I will be posting the dates on this site when I get a chance.

More updates: just got done with Geeked Out yesterday and had a blast. Reconnected with some people I haven't seen for months and, best of all, got a day off of real life. Yeah!

Check me out at Chapters at SilverCity! Not only will you be able to grab yourself book 1 there, but as of the 1st of Soontober, you'll be able to get book 2! That's right, the peops at Chapters are clearing one of their consignment slots to make room for Home Sweet Home Invasion. All thanks to you guys who came out and took a copy home. (Please feed those copies, BTW. They're fussy when they're hungry.)

But what's been keeping me away? Well, I put issue 18 under wraps. For those who haven't heard, issue 18 is a big milestone for me, not 'cause it's equally divisible by six. No, it's because--and you'll remember this series is a reboot of a series I wrote in grade school and high school--this is the adaptation of the very first story in the original canon. Handed it off to some people. I'll see how it compares to the olden version. And I've been starting up the first draft of issue 19. So, yeah, I've been gone. But I"ve been gone for pretty good reasons!

But I won't be gone this long again...at least I hope. I've got some good things on the horizon. But I won't mention them now. Talk to you all soon.

— Liam Gibbs, who's binge-watching a bunch of different shows in succession, which is like meta-binge-watching (I transcend!)

July 12, 2016

Just got back from Montreal ComicCon, everybody! Time was awesome. Montreal was awesome (aside from the parking), and all the photos are on http://tiny.cc/iagffa_facebook">Facebook. Didn't get a photo of the event that came to be called The Splooge, but if you have questions, fire away. Ugh. But anyway...

The debut of issue 3 went off with a bang! Everybody--everybody--wanted to get in on a three-fer! I couldn't hand them out fast enough. Encouraging news for anyone looking to grab issue 4: the more issue 3 sells, the more I can get the funds to get issue 4 professionally checked out! This means I'm looking for a Valentine release for issue 4. Check back here for more updates as they come.

Anyway, I'm exhausted. Be back at you soon!

— Liam Gibbs, who isn't so much looking forward to the weekend as he is sleep

June 6, 2016

I'm back, everyone. I'm realizing how hard it is to keep every part of the web updated on the goings-on and crap-doodles of In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy. Between Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, the mailing list, and this site, not to mention actually writing and selling the books, this is a lot for one man. Phewfff. Anyway....

Hopefully you guys are keeping track of the appearances the series is making. Next up, the Ottawa Book Fair. Yup, I'll be appearing at the Parkdale Market, books 1 and 2 in hand, to foist them off on unsuspecting fans! Join me this Saturday, June 11th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and say hi!

— Liam Gibbs, who might need a few hours of sleep this month

May 20, 2016

Hey everyone. Just a reminder, if you have chance, to stop by Chapters at SilverCity tomorrow from 12 to 5. I'll be signing books and raising the dead. One of those is a lie. Come find out which.

— Liam Gibbs, who just might have reached his maximum genetic potenetial for delusion

May 16, 2016

I have a few things I want to mention today, a few things on the horizon.

First, the release of book 3, Technophobia, is coming along, and the expected release date is still a firm July 8 at Montreal Comiccon. Hope you got your tickets, 'cause I'm expecting to see you all there. Especially you, Wendell. You never show up to anything. :p

Second, I'm going to be back in the ByWard Market this summer! Four dates coming up between May and August: tentatively May 28, June 18, July 30, and August 20. Check this space often because that word tentatively is the only sure part of that sentence. I also plan to make some book fair appearances there on June 11 and August 11. But, like always, check this space closer to those dates to make sure things are still coming along.

Last, I'll be at Chapters (SilverCity area, right across the street from CSIS) for a book signing this Saturday, May 21st, from 12 to 5! Yup, that's right. If you're in the Ottawa area, come on out, grab a copy--the average buyer grabs a dozen, but I'll let it slide if you only want one--and I'll even put my jolly old name in that bad boy for you! The book is also on sale there this month, so if you can't make it out for the book signing, you can still get your book. Just ask the staff for the Alcove (they'll lead you to a section called "Local Interest", which is squeezed between the main aisle and Starbucks).

Come visit soon. And drop me a line!

— Liam Gibbs, who regrets not being able to make it for Ottawa Comiccon, but there's always next year

April 27, 2016

Say whut? Over two months since the last update. Yes. I know. For that, I apologize. It's been a combination of two things: (1) got very busy. More on that soon, and (2) the server on which I have my site had some problems in that I couldn't FTP updates up. It's been resolved recently.

Anyway, the busyness. There has been so much going on. First, not only have I released Franchise's story in Before They Were Famous, now you have Reef's! That's right: two preview stories, both leading into issue 1.

Next up, I have had a blast over the last couple months, first at Geeked Out in March, then Ottawa Geek Market in April, and then finally Cornwall Area Pop Event two weeks later. The organizers were great, the events were great, I had a blast, and that's all that counts. Definitely check this space for information on more appearances, 'cause I will be back at these events next time around if I have my way!

And the last bit of exciting news, the thing that's kept me away from this site the most...issue 3 will be coming at you in July! Yes, that's right. I plan to debut issue 3, Technophobia, at Montreal Comiccon in July. So come on out and say hi!

Anyway, I'll be back soon with more news and with some much-needed upates to the site. Promise it won't be as long a wait as last time. And don't forget to join me and the series on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, or wherever else you can find me.

February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day, all you web people!

Want something short 'n' sweet to read this Valentine's? Howzabout a gift: the first of a series of Before They Were Famous stories, starring your favourite guy named Franchise, that guy named Franchise! Best part: it ties directly in with In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy issue 1. So if you love Franchise's story, check out the bigger, badder, meaner story on Amazon.

Read this short story, pass it around, and love and adore it. And watch this space for more stories coming in these next few weeks and months as they're completed.

Oh, and enjoy your Valentine's gift from me!

— Liam Gibbs, a brain surgeon and rocket scientist as far as most of you know

February 2, 2016

Too long since I talked to you fine, fine audience that I figured I'd have to come say an excited hello and offer an exciting hello gift to go along with that hel--

Okay, I'll get on with it. The reason I've been so silent lately is I've been prepping your gift: some very tasty side stories for you! That's right, I'm writing some bite-sized early stories of your favourite goof-offs and incompetents to go along with the main course of books 1 and 2. In fact, these early stories tie in so well with issues 1 and 2 that they get underfoot! The best part? They're free, dude! Expect them right here in the coming weeks, with the first one any day now.

— Liam Gibbs, who never forgets his fans

January 13, 2016

Still looking for book 3? Wanna help out?

I'm currently looking into the option of taking preorders for book 3, Technophobia. Check out this site in the coming weeks to see how you can get your claws on this hilariously humorous and quite humorously hilarious piece of work, and how every preorder helps it come along that much faster.

Book 3. It's what's for breakfast.

Well, if you eat paper, it is.

— Liam Gibbs, who's kinda sorta hoping you don't eat paper

January 13, 2016

Excited about In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy this year? So am I.

You'll have another chance to come visit me face to face at Geeked Out, this March 12-13 at the Hazeldean Mall where I'll be laughing it up and shaking hands with anybody who comes within grabbable hugging distance from my booth. Be one of those people!

Geeked Out, March 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hazeldean Mall. Drop by, grab some awesome stuff, and say hi. Visit http://www.geekedouttoys.com/ for more/all the details.

— Liam Gibbs, who's feeling a wee bit chilly at the moment

January 1, 2016

Merry Christmas, everyone. So sorry for no updates the last couple weeks, but with the holidays, it's been bonanza bananas!

And happy 2016 to all y'all. And happy 9108! On the heels of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, can In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy book 3 be far behind? Check here for details in the next couple months, and clues in the coming weeks.

So what's kept me busy? Preparing publication for book 3, signing up for more expos to meet some amazing new people, and writing book 18. In case you don't know the series' background, what you're reading is a reboot. The series has roots in a little-known canon that I filed away on my computer to never be seen again. However, some of the stories are recycled in what you're reading now. And I'm rewriting one of those--the original book 1, the one that kicked everything off--right now into the new canon! Very excited to see some old protagonists and antagonists I haven't used in, literally, decades.

— Liam Gibbs, juiced up over meeting underused and much missed characters

December 20, 2015

My website friends, I'm pretty wowed by the response to the series. This is the first Christmas the book has been available, and I'm hearing the series is on some Christmas wish lists, some holiday reading lists, and, judging by some Amazon reports, people's buy lists!

Keep it up, everyone!

— Liam Gibbs, who thinks it might just be possible to eat that thing over there

December 15, 2015

To anybody who checked out the e-book of Home Sweet Home Invasion on Kindle Direct and saw a few formatting errors, I uploaded a newer version that hopefully fixes it. The newer version will be available in the next 12 hours. If there's any big fat badness left over, send me a message and I'll see what I can do. I'm still new at this e-book conversion thing.

— Liam Gibbs, who thinks it's about time he started learning how to spell the rest of those one-syllable words

December 14, 2015

Who's going to the Cornwall and Area Pop Event (CAPE)?? This guy with the thum--Okay, you can't see my thumbs on this site and I keep forgetting.

I've just been accepted into the CAPE lineup as an exhibitor, and I'm really excited about possibly showcasing In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy in a new city. In addition to Montreal Comiccon, I'm really excited about 2016. I have only one more detail to confirm about getting to CAPE, but if things go as planned, that "possibly" will turn into a certainty.

So, like always, watch for details in this space.

— Liam Gibbs, where the party doesn't stop until stopping time

December 12, 2015

Had a little meeting with a game designer today, and it seems come the new year I might--mmmmiiiggghhhhttt--have a customizable card game in the works based off the first book of the series, Serial Fiction Sideshow. It's in the very early planning stages, but imagine not only watching Master Asinine or Power Plant botch up a really easy situation, but being able to do it yourself!

— Liam Gibbs, your one-stop shopping nightmare for all your misguided Christmas needs

December 7, 2015

Had a great time meeting everyone at Geeked Out this year. Made a lot of new friends and passed out a ton of books. Bring on the next one! Thanks, Geeked Out!

— Liam Gibbs, who's too busy watching old Fresh Prince reruns to make use of even one part of his brain

December 7, 2015

Had a great time meeting everyone at Geeked Out this year. Made a lot of new friends and passed out a ton of books. Bring on the next one! Thanks, Geeked Out!

— Liam Gibbs, who's too busy watching old Fresh Prince reruns to make use of even one part of his brain

November 25, 2015

The plans to publish book 3 are well underway. Plan B is a go. I don't like giving out updates until things are a clincher, but there's an excellent chance I'll have some good news for you come early 2016. So keep watch at this site. And if you'd like to help out, you can do so by donating via Paypal to inagalaxyfarfarawry@gmail.com and spreading the word about the series. Anything and everything helps!

— Liam Gibbs, who gets too excited about spinning things

November 17, 2015

The reviews are in! Well, one of them.

In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy issue 1 is "beyond humour and into something almost indescribable" and "Liam Gibbs has an incredibly twisted sense of humour."

Check out The Geeky Godmother for the full review.

— Liam Gibbs, who predates most dirt

November 5, 2015

Backing for book 3 ends this Sunday, November 8th at midnight! Only three days left to cash in for some great/incredibly great rewards. Oh, your stars and garters!

Check out more awesome/really awesome rewards by visiting the campaign page on Kickstarter. All the above and more can be yours if...the price is right!

Make sure to tell everyone you know as well. I'll wait here till you're done.

— Liam Gibbs, wringing his hands and thinking about the impending doom/release of book 3

October 31, 2015

In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy has gotten a minor makeover at Facebook and Twitter. But Linkedin, Google+, and Instragram haven't gotten too much love and attention lately. That'll change soon enough. I plan to put an extra does of attention into those accounts soon, so if you're up to connecting on any of those sites, search me out. And look for big changes there!

— Liam Gibbs, king of social media awkwardness

Oh, P.S. Happy Halloween. Don't eat all your kids' candy. Just eat, like, 90 to 95 percent of it.

October 24, 2015

Come find In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy on Google+, Linkedin, and Instagram! That's right, G+ and Instagram fans, the series is on both those sites. I'm still learning the ins and outs of the sites, so I can't guarantee the next few days will be all that posty, successful, or legible, but come find me on both those places and say hi!

— Liam Gibbs, who won't be done till he messes up all the social media sites

October 23, 2015

I'm on consignment with two local bookstores as of yesterday! You can find book 1 at both Kessel Run Games on St. Joseph Blvd. near the Place D'Orléans Mall and now at Books on Beechwood at 35 Beechwood.

Visit the stores. Say hi. Most important, buy the book so they consign more! :)

That is all.

— Liam Gibbs, author and perfector of not much really

October 21, 2015

In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy and its first campaign have been the subject of a podcast hosted by Crowdcrux! That's right. Check out my ideas about how to handle a Kickstarter campaign and how to see it through not only to the end but past that, making your campaign only the start and not the end of your product.

— Liam Gibbs, who may or may not be a robot

October 17, 2015

Okie dokie. So In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy now has a mailing list! You want the news straight in your inbox? Just send an e-mail to inagalaxyfarfarawry@gmail.com with the subject line "Sign me up, dude!" and I'll do exactly as you say. Aaaawwesome.

— Liam Gibbs, who shouts it out straight from the rooftops and apparently enjoys ice cream cake more than what's healthy

October 17, 2015

The campaign is going great, guys!

Thanks to everyone who has backed me so far. I've got about 31% and we're only a few days in. Keep passing the word around, everyone. There are a couple of referral programs happening.

The first is Kickbackit.com, where when you sign up, you get 10% back on everything you donate. So if you donate a million bucks (which you will no doubt do) you get $100,000 back! Noice! First, sign up at Kickbackit.com to get things going.

The second is Kickbooster, where you can earn back 10% by referring others to the campaign. When you sign up and donate, then tell others about the campaign, then they sign up and donate, you get 10% of whatever they donate right in your pocket.

So that's giving you two--count 'em, two--options to make money back when you pump cash into In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy.

— Liam Gibbs, who does so much for his backers, he thinks

October 5, 2015 // Ottawa Geek Market was a geeking success!

Who knew I'd have such a blast working?

Tons of thanks to the Ottawa Geek Market organizers for putting on such an event. Met a ton of people, passed out a ton of books, got some encouraging feedback from people who went home to read it Saturday night and returned Sunday to tell me how much they loved it, even got some generous donations for the Kickstarter campaign, which is happening right this very moment. One of the very amazing best highlights of the weekend was the costumes from every corner of geekdom: games, books, movies, comics. For those of you interested, I posted a ton of pictures on the Facebook group, so check 'em out over there. All in all, an experience I want to have again, and I'll definitely be there next time.

A big shoutout to Bernie Pallek for the booth assist. Couldn't have done it without you!

— Liam Gibbs, now experiencing expo withdrawals

October 3, 2015 // The campaign is live!

Holy banana hammock, the campaign to bring you fine folks book number 3 is now live, and the timer is counting down to the zero hour. Head over to the campaign site to score some amazing giveaways such as a copy of the book, a signed copy of the book, so exclusive advertising material...You can even be a part of the book! This is an event not to be missed, so make sure to stake your claim and be a part of it before it's too late.

— Liam Gibbs, nervous about the impending doom brought on by last night's salsa

September 27, 2015

You'll notice the long gap between this update and the last. That's because I was working on the site and the upcoming campaign. Yup, the campaign is still a go on October 3rd, so if you want some sweet grabs, get on over to the campaign site.

But the site is up! There are still changes to make, but here you go. The site is 90 percent done. Mosey on over to the Merchandise page to find out how you can own a copy of whatever you need (not including Twilight). Or check out the cast of characters and find out why Power Plant loves red meat so much. Or at least guess at it.

As always, drop me a line by clicking the link in the footer!

— Liam Gibbs, ready for a long break

August 28, 2015

Help the series out on October 3rd!

Just a reminder, everyone, that you can help the series by backing its third issue starting October 3rd. Head over to Kickstarter to see what you can do to put your name on this amazing series. Oh, I won't be the only one making out like a bandit on this. Oh, no no no no no. I'm a firm believer in give and take, in win-win situations. Snag yourself a copy of issue 3, a copy of each issue, some sweet exclusive video footage, or even have your name in the front matter of the book, all for helping out!

— Liam Gibbs, super excited about the future of this series

August 28, 2015

Happy birthday to a dear friend, Andrew. Aging amazingly, brother.

— Liam Gibbs, not playing with a full deck

August 27, 2015

Issue 2, Home Sweet Home Invasion, is a go! A month ahead of schedule, this sweet, sweet gem in your home library is on Amazon for the low, lllooowww price of 1,200 American pennies or $12.00. The e-book will soon follow. But I'm super excited to bring you the second issue.

— Liam Gibbs, with a brain stuffed full of too many thoughts

August 15, 2015

Visited the Ottawa ByWard Market and met a ton of great people! Loved everyone I got to visit with and wanted to thank all the people who walked away with a copy. A lot more of you wanted to grab a copy of the book but couldn't for various reasons. Some wanted to get in touch with me to grab a copy later, so send me an e-mail and we can arrange to meet up, maybe even grab a coffee!

And don't worry, folks. I'm back next week on August 22nd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again August 29th at the same time. If you're not available to visit me in August, I'm back on September 13th. And if you're attending the Ottawa Geek Market on October 3rd to 4th, I'll be there as well.

Feel free to drop by!

— Liam Gibbs, author of In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy, now planning fundraising for issue 3, Technophobia

August 12, 2015

Ha haaaaa, you made it. Good job. Out of all the Internet, you decided to visit the official and inauspicious In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy web site. Can't say I'm blame you.

Unfortunately the site is still being created. Seems to take a long time to raise a child site into a fully grown, self-sufficient adult site. In the meantime, enjoy what we have here.

Oh, and it won't be long.

— Liam Gibbs, author of In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy, now planning fundraising for issue 3, Technophobia