Jim Butcher

MisCon 27 Guest of Honor

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera series. He is a martial arts enthusiast with fifteen years of experience in various styles including Ryukyu Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, Gojo Shorei Ryu, and a sprinkling of Kung Fu. He is a skilled rider and has worked as a summer camp horse wrangler and performed in front of large audiences in both drill riding and stunt riding exhibitions.

Jim enjoys fencing, singing, bad science fiction movies and live-action gaming. He lives in Missouri with his wife, son, and a vicious guard dog.

While he was sick with strep throat as a child, Butcher's sisters introduced him to The Lord of the Rings and The Han Solo Adventures novels to pass the time, thus beginning his fascination with fantasy and science fiction.[4] As a teenager, he completed his first novel and set out to become a writer. After many unsuccessful attempts to enter the traditional fantasy genre (he cites J. R. R. Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, and C.S. Lewis, among others, as major influences),[4] he wrote the first book in The Dresden Files—about a professional wizard in modern-day Chicago—as an exercise for a writing course in 1996 at the age of 25.
For two years, Butcher floated his manuscript amongst various publishers before hitting the convention circuit to make contacts in the industry. After meeting Butcher in person, Ricia Mainhardt, the agent who discovered Laurell K. Hamilton, agreed to represent him, kick-starting his writing career.[5] However, Butcher and Mainhardt have since parted ways; Jennifer Jackson is his current agent.[6] Butcher has written two series: The Dresden Files and Codex Alera. Codex Alera has ended after six novels and The Dresden Files are still ongoing; he has also written a Spider-Man novel, entitled The Darkest Hours, released on June 27, 2006. In addition, he contributed a short story for publication in My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding with Charlaine Harris and Sherrilyn Kenyon, among others, released in October 2006. He has since contributed to the anthologies Many Bloody Returns in September 2007 and My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon in December 2007.[7] In October 2008, he released another short story in Blood Lite and a novelette, Backup, illustrated by Mike Mignola.[8]

Web site: http://www.jim-butcher.com/

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:


  • Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Being a Published Author . . ., Great Hall (Upstairs)
  • Break Fri 2:50 - Fri 4:00
  • Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Writers' Workshop Meet and Greet, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Fri 4:50 - Fri 7:00
  • Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sat 10:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 11:50 AM, Jim Butcher Book Signing, Hotel Lobby of Doom
  • Break Sat 11:50 - Sat 2:00
  • Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Plot, Plot, Plot, Great Hall (Upstairs)
  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sat 4:00
  • Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Private Eyes in Fiction and Real Life, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Working With Licensed Intellectual Properties, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 10:00
  • Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Dystopia/Utopia, Great Hall (Upstairs)
  • Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Snarking Up Your Characters, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 1:00
  • Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Reading: Jim Butcher, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 4:00
  • Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Writing Yourself Into (and Out of) Corners, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Jim Butcher Q and A, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Sun 5:50 - Mon 10:00
  • Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Jim Butcher Book Signing, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Break Mon 11:50 - Mon 1:00
  • Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, , Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Mon 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Writing Fight Scenes and Arguments, Containment Room (Upstairs)
  • Mon 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Closing Ceremonies, Great Hall (Upstairs)

Moderator Schedule


Private Eyes in Fiction and Real Life (Sat 4:00), Snarking Up Your Characters (Sun 11:00), Writing Yourself Into (and Out of) Corners (Sun 4:00), (Mon 1:00)

Scheduled Games:


  • Fri 7:00 - 8:00 PM, Opening Ceremonies, NO Table
  • Break Fri 8:00 - Sat 10:00
  • Sat 10:00 - Noon, Jim Butcher Book Signing, NO Table
  • Break Sat Noon - Sun 5:00
  • Sun 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Jim Butcher Q and A, NO Table
  • Break Sun 6:00 - Mon 10:00
  • Mon 10:00 - 11:00 AM, Jim Butcher Book Signing, NO Table
  • Mon 11:00 - Noon, Author Book Signing, NO Table

Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 27.

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