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A Klausner review just popped up about the anthology Imaginary Friends [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy], which includes this bit: "Person [sic] favorites include ... “Images of Death” by Jim C. Hines as the title character is a best friend who reminds the little girl of a Muppet". Except for the fact that the best friend is a fairly scary, never-really-seen creature, and the little girl is a boy. Otherwise though, yay for being a favorite!

And now, on to the announcement. Contracts have been received and signed, which means I can finally share that Garden Ninja Painting Studio will be making miniatures based on my goblin books. According to the contract, there will be as many as six different miniatures, and they'll be available for sale by this time next year. I believe they'll be available in painted and unpainted forms.

Check out their display galleries. I was quite impressed, and I can't wait to see what they do with the goblin crew.

This was an interesting experience. Garden Ninja contacted me, and I put them in touch with my agent, who then proceeded to do what agents do. I don't think my agent has ever negotiated miniatures rights before, but we came away with something I'm very happy with. I get to approve the designs before they go into production, and more importantly, I get samples of each mini they make :-)

I'm not going to put my kids through college with this deal or anything like that, but that's okay. This is less about the money and much more about the sheer niftiness. I started painting my own gaming miniatures more than 20 years ago. They were really really bad, of course, but it's always fun to give that warrior a scary black-bladed sword, then dip the blade into the red paint for the blood. Heh... And of course, Darnak the dwarf even has his own miniatures, which he uses in one scene in Goblin War [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy].

In conclusion, sometimes being a writer rocks. Also, I think I deserve bonus points for finding a LOL book that fit with today's news :-)

I wonder if Garden Ninja will want to do princess miniatures...

ETA: They've also painted at least one miniature for Schlock Mercenaries, though I'm told someone else did the sculpt on that one.

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will_couvillier
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
...next, the RPG!
jimhines
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
At one point, I had d20-compatible monster sheets for a few of my creatures...
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ogre_san
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
That's it. You're officially a Brand Name(tm). :)

Congrats!
jimhines
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
I want to do my own TV commercials!!!
amysisson
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
That is so cool about the miniatures!
jimhines
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
Isn't it though? Now I just need to work on being patient to give them time to actually carve the things.

Think they'll be done by the end of the week?
livia_llewellyn
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
That's fantastic news, but I'm personally holding out for a GARDEN GOBLIN. Please make sure this happens - thanks!
jimhines
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
I'll see what I can do!
pats_quinade
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That's fantastic news!
jimhines
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Now if only Dreamworks would return one of my phone calls...
jtglover
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Hot Damn!
That's awesome news, Jim. I'm looking forward to them! Just the other day I saw the Dork Tower minis for the first time and was seized with the spirit of covetousness... I used to be a minis man myself, though these days I just window shop.
jimhines
Aug. 4th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Hot Damn!
I saw that Dork Tower strip with the minis. It was dangerous ... 'cause now I'm wondering if I could put together an informal goblin strip or two with these things.
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michaeldthomas
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
That is so awesome. Congrats!
mindyklasky
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Congrats! I am constantly amazed by the cool things being done by my writer friends...
jimhines
Aug. 4th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Well, the cool things in this instance are being done by the Garden Ninjas. I just get to sit back and watch :-)
margaret_y
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
The LOL book tie-in was quite inspired.

(and look! I finally joined LJ. No more anon comments.)
jimhines
Aug. 4th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo! Should make comment tracking easier. Are you planning to do a little blogging yourself?
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bodlon
Aug. 4th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
G'damn. You're officially the coolest person ever.

:D
llwheeler
Aug. 4th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Cool! I think a mini Jig would be easier to paint than my LotR miniatures...

Is it next year yet? =P
jimhines
Aug. 4th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
"Is it next year yet? =P"

Sigh. I want everything publishing-related to start working on *MY* schedule.

That means Stepsister Scheme should be released next week, and the miniatures should start showing up by the end of the month*. And if my next book could magically outline itself by Thursday, that would be great.

---
*Because I don't want to rush them or anything.
tk42one
Aug. 4th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Will she have 10 fingers, or 9?
jimhines
Aug. 4th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
::Grin::

Actually, I'm not sure what characters will be miniaturized yet, aside from Jig. Nine-fingered Riana could be a fun one though.
aulus_poliutos
Aug. 4th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Lol, I have some suspicions this Klausner girl is a speed reading bot with a program that randomnly mixes review phrases and slaps five (or rarely, four) stars to it. :)
jimhines
Aug. 5th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
She's done better with my novels, though she spoiled Goblin War pretty badly. I suspect with collections it's a lot easier to lose the details of any individual story.
ckastens
Aug. 4th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
That is SOOO cool, congrats! I mean, getting a story or cover illustration is one thing, but miniatures is just a whole other level of nerd-cool. You just made a lot of writers envious...
jimhines
Aug. 4th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Indeed, I'm basking in my newfound nerd karma :-)
bearmountain
Aug. 4th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
WOOOT!!!

That is MOST EXCELLENT!!! GIMME!!!
jimhines
Aug. 5th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
I'll be posting links just as soon as they're available.

I plan on doing at least one giveaway as well. What use are freebies if you can't run a contest with 'em? :-)
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