MisCon 34 Guest of Honor
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. 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), 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. However, Butcher and Mainhardt have since parted ways; Jennifer Jackson is his current agent. 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. In October 2008, he released another short story in Blood Lite and a novelette, Backup, illustrated by Mike Mignola.
Web site: http://www.jim-butcher.com/
Scheduled Panels and Presentations:
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Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Writing Panel, Ballroom B
Panelists: Carol Berg, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher
Panel description to follow.
- Break Fri 4:50 - Fri 6:00
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Costume Parade, Open Green (3)
Panelists: Eekie and Snow Cosplay , John Barba, Justin Barba, Jim Butcher, Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Cale Patenaude
Come in costume (or not) and join us for a brief stroll around downtown Missoula to ring in the start of MisCon and announce to the usual inhabitants of our fair city that we've arrived! We're going to walk down Higgins Street to Broadway, cross the street, then head back along Higgins and through Caras Park back to the hotel for opening ceremonies.
Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Dragon Pavilion (1)
Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Justin Barba, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Dan Dos Santos, Becky Harouz, Charlaine Harris
Join our GoHs at MisCon 34's Opening Ceremonies and find out what's going on throughout the weekend.