Cowboys & Aliens

I’ve been waiting for this day for a long, long time. Cowboys & Aliens has arrived in theaters. I’ve read the comics, seen the trailers, and seen the Comic-Con featurettes. Tonight I’ll be seeing a bunch of chiseled, taciturn, rough-exterior-with-a-heart-o-‘gold-type cowboys kick some slimy, evil, invading alien tail. It will be glorious.

To celebrate Daniel Craig’s certain victory against our would-be alien overlords, I’m offering a giveaway on this here blog for a free copy of Steve Friesen’s Buffalo Bill. Buffalo Bill didn’t fight aliens, but if he did, I’m sure he would have shown them what-for, and then in the can-do spirit of American entrepreneurship would have most likely asked them to join his Wild West show. Always the showman, that Buffalo Bill.

Here sits Buffalo Bill, thinking of ways to defeat the alien horde.

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In the cowboy corner:

Val Kilmer’s consumptive Doc Holliday in Tombstonedeadly, sickly, and rarely sober.

Firefly captain Malcolm Reynolds—quick with quip, quicker with a gun, and he wears his pants all tight and shinylike.

True Grit‘s Mattie Ross—The youngest cowpoke on our list is also one of the bravest, using her wits going to toe-to-toe with villains far older and stronger.

Sheriff Bart of Blazing SaddlesManages to get the last laugh while outwitting an entire town and his foes.

Han Solo, of Star Wars—The original rogue maverick. Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a Han Solo on your side. He even had a loyal sidekick.

Star Trek‘s Captain Kirk—boldly went where no man had gone before. He was also kind of a narcissistic jerk.

And on the alien side of the ring:

The aliens from Alien—These big snarling beasts are everything nightmares are made of. Also, their tongues have teeth. Terrifying.

Star Trek‘s Spock—Ok, I know he’s only half alien, but because I love him, he’s on the list. Cool, logical, and supersmart, Spock also gets major cred for rocking a bowl cut.

Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars—Fat and sluglike, he only seems harmless. But he commands a small army of villains, and he decorates his house with Han Solo’s carbonite-frozen carcass.

Third Rock from the Sun‘s Tommy—The oldest and most experienced member of a band of alien explorers, he assumes the form of a human teenager. It’s hard to be taken seriously as a superior life form when you’re stuck in algebra, worrying about pimples.

The Independence Day aliens—These guys are superscary exoskeleton-suited baddies, but in their rush to plunder Earth’s resources, they forgot to install basic antivirus protection in their fancy mothership. They’re no match for Jeff Goldblum and a floppy disk.

Predator from PredatorPredators have active camouflage that renders them invisible and they carry guns. They look like a horseshoe crab on ‘roids and are capable of annihilating a squad of elite military commandos.

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Fulcrum’s Friday Roundup

Happy Friday, and happy Friday the 13th at that! We are rounding out the week with a re-cap of the recent happenings worth mentioning in the Fulcrum world.

Awards season is upon us, and several of Fulcrum’s titles and authors were honored with awards this week. It’s always a nice feeling when hard work pays off, so congratulations to everyone that was involved in the creation of these books!

Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary (ISBN: 978-1-55591-719-7, $22.95) by Steve Friesen, was selected as a finalist for the 2011 Colorado Book Awards, in the Biography/History category. The winners will be announced on Friday, June 24th, during the 20th Annual Colorado Book Awards ceremony during the Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Tickets can be purchased for $10 online at the Colorado Humanities website.

Endangered: Biodiversity on the Brink (ISBN: 978-1-55591-721-0, $27.95) by Mitch Tobin tied for Gold in the Environment/Ecology/Nature category of the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth (ISBN: 978-1-55591-717-3, $22.95) by Larry Schweiger was named the Winner in the Science/Nature/Environment category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Tattooed Lady: A History (ISBN: 978-1-93310-226-1, $27.00) by Amelia Klem Osterud also received recognition from the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, as it was named a Finalist in the Historical Non-Fiction category.

Our newly released Modern Homestead: Grow, Raise, Create (ISBN: 978-1-55591-748-7, $26.95) by Renee Wilkinson has already won an award! Modern Homestead took First Place in the Gardening category of the San Francisco Green Book Festival.

And last but not least…

Buffalo Unbound: A Celebration (ISBN: 978-1-55591-735-7, $16.00) by Laura Pedersen received two awards this week. Buffalo Unbound was selected as a Finalist for the International Book Awards in the Humor category and was also a Winner in the Humor/Comedy category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Cheers to everyone on this great week of awards! Head over to the Fulcrum website or your favorite bookstore to pick up any of these award-winning books.

Buffalo Bill’s Final Cover Process

Today has been one of those creative days in the office. I always enjoy creative days. It’s nice to switch up putting out e-mail fires and completing follow-up with creative marketing/design project or two.

One of our Spring 2010 titles is an illustrated history of Buffalo Bill, written by Steve Friesen and using the collection at the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave (in Golden, CO). The marketing team has already been having a great time getting ready for this book. We even took a field trip up to the museum this past summer to go through the collection, and get marketing schwag ideas from the gift shop. (Can you say Buffalo Bill shot glasses??)

But today it was time to finalize the full jacket with text, images, etc. I find it fascinating how a group of people can take a decent cover, throw around ideas, tweak a little text, move a few images, and really sharpen the book.

My favorite elements are –

  • Quotes about Buffalo Bill from Annie Oakley, Theodore Roosevelt, and Zane Grey.
  • An ornate pink lamp from the museum’s collection with Bill’s face on it.

I can’t post the full jacket yet since it’s being edited. But I’ll post the front cover. Of course we always love feedback.

What do you think? Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman and Visionary will be published in May 2010.