For those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter, I've been teasing this for a few months now. For those of you that don't: earlier this summer I signed an agreement with the awesome Badali Jewelry to make officially licensed Powder Mage merchandise! Badali creates jewelry for some of my favorite creative properties, including Lord of the Rings, The Dresden Files, Mistborn, Stormlight Archives, Kingkiller Chronicle, and much, much more.
So, what are they making for me? Well, we've got a bunch of cool ideas in the works, but the first piece debuted a couple weeks ago at Salt Lake Comic Con. You can now get your hands on a silver Powder Keg Pin, like those carried by Taniel, Vlora, and the rest of Field Marshal Tamas's powder cabal.
This was actually a pretty cool process. I've been wanting to create one of these pins since Promise of Blood came out, and I've been getting requests for them for almost as long. So at each convention I'd eye the jewelry tables and pick up cards, and try to budget to have something commissioned.
At Phoenix Comicon in 2014, Kevin Hearne was kind enough to introduce me to Badali, whose work I had already come to admire. We chatted, I expressed interest, and left it at that. Then, at the following Salt Lake Comic Con, I was able to go take a tour of their facilities in Layton, Utah where I met Paul Badali, the head jeweler. They made it clear that they only take on work by authors whose books they enjoy, and so I sent them a box of books and crossed my fingers.
I didn't hear anything for almost six months. I didn't want to be a bother, and I was pretty busy, so I stayed mum about it. Then the 2015 Phoenix Comicon rolled around. I casually sidled up to the Badali booth, resolved to commission a pin if they weren't interested in outright licensing.
Janelle Badali spotted me and came around the table, gave me a big hug, and immediately asked if they could license Powder Mage jewelry. Yay! It worked out!
I couldn't be more thrilled with the results of the first piece. You can now order pins directly from me and (within a few weeks) from the Badali store.