Last Saturday Changing Hands in Phoenix hosted Frank Beddor’s book launch for his new series, Hatter Madigan, books that focus on Hatter as a teenager going through the Millinery Academy. Yes, please. I LOVE the LOOKING GLASS WARS and while I haven’t worked my way through all of the Hatter M comics yet (despite Hatter being my favorite character) I wanted to jump on this opportunity because why not? And because I can, basically.
The Phoenix location of Changing Hands has an event room and this was a whole affair, with performers, card tricks, a ballet performance, and Frank himself talking about not just HATTER MADIGAN but his whole LOOKING GLASS series. Even bookseller Brandi was dressed up. It was just lovely all around.
I was able to get Frank’s LOOKING GLASS WARS pitch that he’s mastered over the years thanks to attending various cons:
He’s a pretty funny guy who just loves to create and is so genuinely glad to be where he is and it’s just so endearing. He works with a charity, Kids Need to Read, and we were able to purchase tickets for a chance to win a crate filled with LOOKING GLASS WAR stuff. I was one ticket-pull off from winning. Blast it! I won the first consolation prize they gave out. That’s okay. *sniff* These kinds of book/reading charities are some of the few I actually donate to so it was money well-spent regardless.
There was some most excellent swag given away as well. Everyone who pre-ordered a copy for the event got a great swag pack, plus the book that got signed by Frank, plus I got a lovely little parting gift in the shape of a rather dapper hat. Goes to show sometimes all you have to do is ask. They were the centerpieces all around the tables and they were just so damn cute I couldn’t NOT ask.
I just couldn’t resist with the dapper hat . . .
They hate me. But then again, I donned it myself.
An excellent event. Well worth the trip across the valley!