What will I do? Where will I be? Will we remember to update this page? All the answers, right here!
It’s con season! Well, seriously, it’s ALWAYS con season these days. Remember when you took the winter off? Or when you went a whole month without looking out your spandex tights? I’m aiming for at least one con a month for the 2016 convention schedule, starting with Ad Astra in Richmond Hill, ON in April. So you’ll have lots of chances to meet me and get some convention-only goodies, attend a panel or two with me, or even catch a reading. Looking forward to it!Cons, Readings
Jen Frankel Reads Random S#it!
March 7, 2017
Welcome to the JFRRS! Podcast, where I get to read anything — well, virtually anything I’ve ever written. Stories, essays, poetry, lyrics, excerpts from longer works: it’s anything goes! And fancied up with some nice music and maybe a sound effect or two. Great for your commute or relaxing after a long day’s work. Fully portable me!more...
Welcome to 2016!
February 25, 2016
Wow! What a difference six months make!
When we last spoke, gentle readers, I was lamenting the mess at Fan Expo that left me and the other authors I love seeing every year at this event out in the… well, definitely not “cold” at that time of year in Toronto, so let’s say “in the street” instead. I honestly still am not sure what I’ll do this year when it comes to Toronto’s biggest comic convention, and time is running out to make that decision.
But I do have a lot on my plate, a gargantuan amount actually, and all of it is pretty urgent. Not to mention FUN!
First, the main reason for the lack of website updates is that I’ve been hard at work on my first short film in several years, a passion piece I wrote a long way back that’s finally being realized. In it, I play Petra Ramsay, ... more...
Con Update mid-2015
August 8, 2015
First of all, apologies as usual. I have not only done several conventions since the last time I posted in Events, I also have released two new books! Yeah, a little apology, a little brag. Hopefully in a tasteful ratio.
First, the cons.
I attended both Ottawa Comicon, and Montreal, which are both run by the same organization. These have quickly become favourites of mine: they get the best guests and treat vendors and artists alike as well as the celebs. It’s a joy — especially since I’ve been able to host panels at two Montreal Comicons in a row, both of which were immensely successful and rewarding.
This year, I did my time travel panel — always a hell of a good time, and especially exciting because I end up with a list as long as my arm of new stuff to read and watch. Thank you to all of the attendees ... more...
Ad Astra 2015
April 7, 2015
It’s time to get out on the circuit again!
This year, my first major convention is Ad Astra in North Toronto, April 10-12, at the Sheraton Parkway. Although I won’t be on any panels (due to overwhelming and timely applications!) I will be appearing at the brand new demo space Saturday 13:00 and 15:00, and Sunday 13:00 with either author Kit Daven or Amanda Portelli. Check your program guide for details!
Ad Astra will also be your first chance to get your hands on a copy of my newest novel, YA sci-fi fantasy LEIA OF EARTH. If you’ve been following other posts, you may have seen the gorgeous colour cover or a picture of Bast, the ti-cat. Bast is the tetchy companion of Lyra, Princess of the planet Syltasia, a golden kitten-sized catlike creature with a long, prehensile tail. But she doesn’t use ... more...
My Biggest Fan
August 27, 2014
It’s here, and it’s biiiiiiggah and bettah than ever! Well, at the very least, that’s my intention: you gotta go big when you go home.
I started out this crazy whirlwind of a comiconning career (nothing to do with conning ie fooling people; I’m all honesty itself) last year at Ad Astra. I love Ad Astra: it’s a gorgeous, sweet-feeling, panel-rich con that seems to specialize in attracting cool authors and small vendors with unique goods.
And then I went from that to the biggest enchilada of them all, the largest con in Canada, third in North America after only the behemoths of San Diego and New York. I’d attended twice previously but my first year as a vendor was eye-opening and pretty damned beneficial.
For one very important thing, I met the lovely Amanda Portelli, PR maven and — more importantly — very discerning reader. ... more...
Making a Silk Purse Out Of Soft Core Porn Central
August 22, 2014
Have comics changed much in the last fifty years? Well, we can draw people having real sex and murdering each other bloodily without the censors stepping in—but that may be about it.
I spend a lot of my time at comicons, and now, as ever, walking through Artists’ Alley is basically a stroll through Soft Core Porn central. The biggest shift in the last few years has probably been to more images of men with a sexual bent rather than just the primarily heroic, but what’s on offer is not to my taste, and not to my sexual gratification.
I can live with that. I see myself as one of the slightly more grown-up amongst a sea of perpetual adolescents. Comic books may have made a stab at maturity in the 80s with the original titles of the Vertigo imprint of DC, but don’t see much of an evolution in twenty odd ... more...
Pre-Release Reading: Leia of Earth
August 21, 2014
My new novel Leia of Earth is due out in time for this year’s Fan Expo Canada in Toronto (August 28th to 31st). But you can hear a preview this Friday at Jinks Art Factory in Parkdale (west Toronto), and maybe even pick up an advance proof if the gods of Canada Post are kind to me!
And for once, I’ll be keeping it not just G-rated, but offering a reading you can bring your kids to that they might enjoy as much as you. Of course, if there ARE no children in the audience, I may be persuaded to liven things up later!
Pre-Release Reading from LEIA OF EARTH
Where: Jinks Art Factory, 1664 ... more...
Con gone 🙁
August 8, 2014
So it’s official — I won’t be at Wizard World Chicago this year. Amanda and I were looking forward to reconnecting with some of the great folks we met at Austin last year, like quick-draw wiz Bordin Marsinkul (Hyperbooster Studio).
That means that this year, your only conventioning opportunity to get up close and personal will be at Fan Expo. Now, it’s sometimes a little tough finding the authors at the good old Fex (say it out loud, and you’ll hear what it does to most of us participants). Last year, we were tucked in under the down escalator, so if you didn’t accidentally go the wrong direction to the dealer’s room, you might have missed us altogether.
That’s why I’m putting out a call for some hunky gentleman who’d like to suit up like perhaps a gladiator or whatever Thor knock-off we can ... more...
July 24, 2014
I warned you, didn’t I? I really do mean to tell you where I am and what I’m up to, but sometimes I just get distracted. I’m like a hummingbird, well — like a gigantic, 5 foot tall hummingbird with hair instead of feathers. You know. Hmmph. Never enter a simile without an exit strategy.
That said: here’s your summer update! Can’t do summer “lovin'” — you know, at least until that other thing clears up. Kidding! I kid because I love. But. . . not until that thing clears up.
Just back from a brill weekend at Con Bravo in Hamilton, one of two Hammertown cons I have on the books for this year — the other being the actual “Hammertown” con in October. Publicist and travelling companion Amanda and I always have fun hanging out with the folks from more...
June 10, 2014
Wow — another year and the Female Eye Film Festival is back for another round, packed with amazing contributions from Canada and around the world.
I’ve been lucky enough to see a smattering of future Female Eye films pass through WILDsound during my tenure there, and also to have directed a reading of a terrific script that went on to become a part of its Script Reading Series (Dressed in a Black Flag, by Mark Winzer, about pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read).
Now, I’m even luckier, with my own feature screenplay ALIEN HOUSE PARTY an official selection of this year’s Female Eye!
The reading will be on Saturday, June 21st at one pm, at Artscape Youngplace, Flex Studio (180 Shaw Street, Toronto, just west of Trinity Bellwoods Park). It will be hosted ... more...