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Double Your Piratey Fun!

Double your piratey fun! For a limited time, get a FREE download code for EnsenaSoft‘s Pirate Jump 2 game on the STEAM platform for PCs (a $1.99 value) when you buy a copy of CAP’N REX & HIS CLEVER CREW and email an image of your receipt to info@henryherz.com.

STEAM page for Pirate Jump 2

(How to use a download code)


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Classical Paintings Given a Fantasy Flair

Thanks to Lothlenan and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda. “Classical art is beautiful to look at, but some of us have a hard time relating to it. A digital artist on Tumblr named Lothlenan is changing that by turning some of fine art’s most timeless pieces into geeky fantasy settings. So far, they’ve revamped 7 tableaux, inspired by fandoms like Sailor Moon, Adventure Time, and The Legend of Zelda. It’s amazing how century-old paintings take on such a modern feel when combined with elements of Anime!

If you’re a geek extraordinaire and can’t even deal with how flipping cool these paintings are, you’re in luck – Lothlenon currently operates a Redbubble store where they sell stunning prints of each design. Who wouldn’t want an impressionist Totoro-à-la-Monet on their wall?”

#1 “Woman With A Parasol” By Claude Monet

"Woman With A Parasol" By Claude Monet

#2 “The Accolade” By Edmund Leighton

"The Accolade" By Edmund Leighton

#3 The Scream (of Nature) By Edvard Munch

The Scream (of Nature) By Edvard Munch

#4 “A Portrait Of Louis Xiv” By Hyacinthe Rigaud

"A Portrait Of Louis Xiv" By Hyacinthe Rigaud

#5 “The Swing” By Jean-Honore Fragonard

"The Swing" By Jean-Honore Fragonard

#6 “Lovers On A Swing” By Pierre Auguste

"Lovers On A Swing" By Pierre Auguste

#7 “Self Portrait With Her Daughter” By Madame Le Brun

"Self Portrait With Her Daughter" By Madame Le Brun


Puzzle Book With Pages That Must Be Solved

From industrial designer Brady Whitney and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“Some books are hard to read, but few are as difficult as the Codex Silenda. Why? Because it actually won’t let you read it unless you’re smart enough to unlock it.

The laser-cut, hand-crafted, five-page wooden book is created by industrial designer Brady Whitney, who’s been raising funds for the project through Kickstarter. “Each page features a unique puzzle that requires the user/reader to unlock the corresponding bolts in order to progress to the next page,” read’s the website. “As the puzzler moves through the book, a story begins to unfold, depicting the story of an apprentice in Da Vinci’s Workshop who encounters the same Codex. However in the story the Codex acts as a trap set by Da Vinci to capture any would be spies/snoopy apprentices in order to protect his work. The only way to escape is to solve each of the puzzles before the master returns from his trip.”


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Day 3 of San Diego Comic-Con 2016

Here is a photo journal from Sunday, my favorite day at San Diego Comic-Con #SDCC2016:


Warcraft Orc brings the boom.


“Calling All Kids Draw Off” panel with illustrators (l to r): Jenni Holm (SQUISH), Matthew Holm (BABYMOUSE), Nathan Hale (HAZARDOUS TALES), Jeffrey Brown (JEDI ACADEMY), Lucas Turnbloom (DREAM JUMPERS), Dana Simpson (PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN), and Judd Winick (HILO).


The immensely talented and somewhat stressed-out Newberry honoree, Jenni Holm.


With JEDI ACADEMY author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown.


The hilarious HAZARDOUS TALES author/illustrator Nathan Hale.


“Kids Book Authors Bring the Funny” panelists (l to r): Dan Santat (ARE WE THERE YET), Ed Masessa (WANDMAKER), Greg Grunberg (DREAM JUMPER, Lucas Turnbloom (DREAM JUMPER), Brandon Snider (PETER POWERS), and Nathan Hale (HAZARDOUS TALES)


Ed Masessa wears the best t-shirt of the Con.


Dan Santat’s sons are not impressed with their dad’s oratory.


Happy baby Princess Leia


My panel with literary agents (top to bottom, l to r): Kelly Sonack (Andrea Brown Literary), Deborah Warren (East West Literary), Taylor Martindale Kean (Full Circle Literary), Jill Corcoran (Jill Corcoran Literary), and Jennifer Azantian (Jennifer Azantian Literary).


Predator has anger issues because he still doesn’t have a literary agent.

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Crocheted Superhero, Video Game & Comic Characters

A fun yarn from Geeky Hooker and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“A not-so-long time ago (5 years ago), in a galaxy not-so-far away (Milky Way, Earth, Houston TX), I taught myself how to crochet. I tinkered around, starting out with lumpy generic little dolls, until I got bored and started making lumpy little superheroes instead.

From there things got a little out of control, and it got to a point where if it was geeky and fun, I’d try to make it out of yarn. Captain America? Done! Chewbacca? Got it. Frida Kahlo, for no reason other than the fact that I REALLY wanted an excuse to put a tiny little unibrow on her? Done and done. Five years later, I’ve amassed a collection of little characters ranging in categories from comic book characters to sci-fi monsters to stuff in the all-encompassing “I just freaking felt like making it” category.

Sometimes I keep the little guys for myself, but most of the time I give them away, and every year I make a bunch to scatter around San Diego Comic-Con for people to find. I tag them with my contact info, and then I cross my fingers and hope that they’ll be given good homes. So far I’ve had a good turnout of adoptions, and hopefully they’ll eventually take over the world, one goofy little sack of yarn at a time!”


Fun at WonderCon 2016

My sons and I made our annual pilgrimage to WonderCon to enjoy great art, revel in geekiness, and meet lots of interesting people. Here’s a samplingWC2016-05

Josh & Harrison outside the LA Convention Center


The BACONNATION food truck. It’s porktastic!


Not to be outdone is the Godzilla-themed MeSoHungry food truck.


Why, yes, I WAS wondering what a Star Trek-cat mashup would look like. Scotty is a Scottish Fold! Chekhov should’ve been a Siberian.


Captain Mexico and Mexican Punisher and a Trump pinata saying “Por ser un pendejo”. Well played, guys.


Harrison as a dwarf barrel-rider from The Hobbit at The OneRing.net booth. He’s got the long hair – just needs a beard and some scale mail.


My sons in front of our books at the Mysterious Galaxy booth.


Josh with a Type-2 Energy Weapon, more commonly known as the Gravity Hammer – a powerful, two-handed melee weapon used by the Jiralhanae in the Covenant Empire. Or so I’m told.


A quick photo prior to our panel. From right to left, authors: Barney Saltzberg, Josh Herz, Harrison Herz, Dan Santat, Bruce Hale, and Lisa Yee. Lisa was not part of our panel, but she is legally required to be present when Dan is in public. 🙂


I secretly brought a furry trapper hat to make a THIS IS NOT MY HAT joke. Little did I suspect that all other four male panelists would be sporting hats. From right to left: Jon Klassen (including priceless expression), Antoinette Portis, Bruce Hale, Dan Santat, Barney Saltzberg, and Henry Herz.


Me looking all moderatory while Bruce Hale answers a question from the audience.


Me looking like the cat that ate the canary because I’m signing books with Jon Klassen, Antoinette Portis, Barney Saltzberg, Dan Santat, and Bruce Hale.


This is Jon Klassen, but THIS IS NOT MY HAT. I’m wearing Bruce Hale’s famous fedora!

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My Awesome Adventure at San Diego Comic-Con 2015

I had a fabulous time at San Diego Comic-Con this year. Below are the authors and entertainers I was thrilled to see or meet. In chronological order:


Ron Perlman – He’s not that fuzzy in real life, but the lighting wasn’t good. Perhaps best known for his movie role of Hellboy and his TV role of the original Beauty and the Beast (with Linda Hamilton).


William Shatner – James Tiberius Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise, and demigod to all nerds. He read to us from an autobiography of Capt. Kirk. He’s a very funny guy. “Rock climbing and horseback riding” became a euphemism for sex. And he mercilessly teased the book author about the latter’s quoting of Wellington, “Nothing except a battle lost can be half as melancholy as a battle won.”


Naomi Novik – New York Times bestselling author of HIS MAJESTY’S DRAGON – fantasy set in the time of Napoleon. The French and British have air forces comprised of human crews riding dragons!


Julie Kagawa – New York Times bestselling author of the IRON FEY and BLOOD OF EDEN fantasy series.


Kevin Andrew Murphy – He has written gamebooks for Steve Jackson Games and White Wolf. He is one of the contributors to the WILD CARDS book series edited by George R. R. Martin.


Junior Wonder Woman – I have no idea who this cutie is, but she makes a darling Wonder Woman.


Susan Dennard – She is the fantasy author of the SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY series as well as the forthcoming WITCHLAND series.


Raymond Feist – New York Times, bestselling fantasy author of MAGICIAN, SILVERHORN, A DARKNESS AT SETHANON, and the RIFTWAR series.


Richard Kadrey – New York Times bestselling author of the SANDMAN SLIM urban fantasy series.


Brandon Mull – New York Times bestselling fantasy author of the FABLEHAVEN and BEYONDERS series.


Charlie Jane Anders – She has contributed to a number of anthologies and magazines, as well as the i09 website.


Seanan McGuire – John Campbell Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of the OCTOBER DAYE urban fantasy series.


Daenerys Targaryen – The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and of the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons. Now THAT’S a good way to end my first day at Comic-Con.


Bernie Sanders – A parody shotgun-toting Bernie Sanders billboard. “Feel the Bern!”


Mad Max Musician – sorry for the blurriness, but this speaker-toting musician was great.


End of the Line – Is seems like this would be a somewhat depressing job…



Alexandra Bracken – New York Times bestselling author of Brightly Woven


Jason Hough – New York Times bestselling author of The Darwin Elevator series and all-around nice guy.


Young Cosplayers – This poor mom has her hands full with a rambunctious and an exhausted little cosplayer


Wonder Woman – Forget the magical lasso, this life size Wonder Woman statue shows off the new, badass version of the classic heroine, complete with sword and shield.


Mad Max Cosplayers – “Shiny!” These Mad Max cosplayers are awesome. “Live. Die. Live again!”


Eric Shanower – the talented graphic novelist, adding some original artwork for a fan


Science Fiction Fantasy Family Feud Panel – An incredibly star-studded and hilarious trivia game panel, with authors Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive series), Patrick Rothfuss (the Kingkiller Chronicles series), Ernie Cline (Armada), Naomi Novik (Uprooted), Chuck Wendig (Zer0es), Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy), and Austin Grossman (Crooked).


Chuck Wendig – the hilarious, prolific, and blasphemous author of Zer0es and host of terribleminds.com


Cece Bell – the sweet author/illustrator of El Deafo


Ugly Doll – the only thing funnier than Star Trek themed Ugly Dolls is a dead redshirt Star Trek themed Ugly Doll


Thor, Loki, and Lady Thor – one of the most stunningly accurate cosplays I’ve ever seen. They even look like the actors.


Weta Workshops – replica suits of fantasy armor from the mad geniuses who made props for The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.


Dan Santat – the Caldecott-winning and over-caffeinated author/illustrator of Beekle.


Fantasy Literature panel – The best part of my Comic-Con adventure was moderating a panel with the NY Times bestselling fantasy authors (l to r): Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn), Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Boys), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Jonathan Maberry (Rot and Ruin), and Zac Brewer (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod).


Margaery Tyrell – And, we end my second day of Comic-Con with a picture of a Maergery Tyrell (Game of Thrones) cosplayer.


Mass Effect – some nice ensemble cosplay


The Incredibles – some great family cosplay from one of my favorite animated movies. “No capes!” I asked the boy if those were his real muscles, and he said they were not. Gotta’ admire his self-awareness.


Curious George – and the Man with the Yellow Hat. Right before I took this picture, “George” gently pushed over a nearby baby.


Goodbye Comic-Con 2015 – see you again next year!