Results tagged “the imitation game”

I'm in town for the MoCCA Arts Festival (signings on both Saturday and Sunday...more details here), and the newspaper of record has welcomed me with this.

Well, not just me, and Batman and Raina Telgemeier are (still) the champions. But it's nice to see Turing on the list of heroes people want to read about.

I'm going places to promote our book, The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded. Here's what I know about so far:

Saturday-Sunday, April 2-3
Metropolitan West, NYC (right next to the High Line!)

I'll be signing on both days wherever beautiful books by Abrams ComicArts are sold. The schedule is here, but in brief:
Saturday, noon-1pm at the First Second booth
Saturday 1-3pm at the Abrams Booth (G235, G 246)
Sunday 11am-1pm and 2-4pm, also at Abrams!

Tuesday, April 12, 7pm
Grainger Engineering Library (1301 W Springfield Ave, Urbana, IL 61801)

This is my alma mater, and I'm amazed to return as a speaker about a comic book. Undergrad me had no clue how his life would proceed, or how lucky he would be. Sponsored by the library, of course. (Well, not of course, but...of course!)

Thursday, April 21, 7pm
Westgate Shopping Center, 2513 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Close to home, and at one of my favorite bookstores. 'Nuff said.

Thursday, May 5, 7pm
Eastwood - (2820 Towne Center Blvd., Lansing, MI 48912)

Remember Borders when it was indie and great? (If so, you're probably older and from Ann Arbor, like me. Sorry.) Anyway, Schuler is what it would have evolved into if it had stayed indie and gotten even better. I really like this store, and Whitney hosts great events.

Thursday-Friday, May 12-13
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

This isn't open to the general public, but if you're an ABA member, a librarian, or an educator I'll see you there! Where?

Thursday, 3-4pm: Signing at the Abrams booth

Friday, 10-11am: Signing at the Abrams booth

Bonus: I'm doing an interview with "Authors' Voice" at 12:30pm on Thursday, and you can take part. You can also advance order a signed copy through them, at

Saturday-Sunday, May 14-15
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto CA

It's been a couple years since I've been to TCAF, one of my favorite (favourite!) shows in the world, ever. I can't wait to return. I'll give a couple of talks, and sign some books, and then wander around in awe. I really do love this show.

Saturday, 1-2pm: Panel w/Natalie Andrewson (Hinton Theater, Toronto Reference Library) on "Improving Yourself"
Saturday, 2-3pm: Signing area

Sunday, 2:30-3:45: Nonfiction workshop (Writer's Room, Toronto Reference Library)
Sunday, 3:45-4:45: Signing area

I'll have some other signing times to share soon, I hope!

Thursday, May 19, 5pm
Hatcher Graduate Library (Room 100)

The home field advantage might mean I sound smarter than usual. I'm not sure of the format, but it might be a presentation, and it might be a straight Q&A with one of my librarian colleagues.

Ann Arbor Book Festival
Saturday, June 18, 1-4pm
The Neutral Zone and the Vault of Midnight

I'll give a workshop on non-fiction comics at the NZ (1-2pm) and then take part in the Book Crawl at the Vault at 3pm (just crawl in, I think!). See you there!

Saturday-Sunday, June 25-26
Orlando, FL

No schedule yet, but I'll be there, talking and signing. Unless that conflicts with going to see/hear/bow before Margaret Atwood, who will also be there. In that case you'll meet my understudy or body double or something. (Okay, not really. I'm a pro, I can comport myself as such.) (I hope.)


That's what I know. More as details get firmed up, and plans are revealed to me...this spring Maya B. and her team at Abrams control my destiny!
Back again with a bit more audio in anticipation of the release of our The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decodedwhich comes out Tuesday (March 22). Here are two of my favorite pieces:

If tomorrow you find yourself wondering about the basis for the omnipresent sound effects that run through, over, and under the panels in the second section of the book, wonder no more: Here's what a Bombe sounds like, courtesy of John Harper & the Bombe Rebuild Project team and Graham Ellsbury. Leland liked this one a lot, and found it useful too. As I recall, he tweaked my interpretation of how to render that in text-based sound effects to...well, good effect!

Speaking of sounds, in our book, Turing huffs and groans through many miles as a long distance runner. He was good at it--nigh unto Olympic class, in fact--but not elegant. (This was true of many aspects of his life; he did remarkable things, but unlike some geniuses, Turing didn't always make it look easy.) Here's Alan Garner, talking about running with Turing.

This bit of audio comes courtesy of Wisconsin Public Radio's "To the Best of Our Knowledge." I did a short comic for them a few years ago along with the fantastic artist Natalie Nourigat, that featured bats, philosophers, Stevie Wonder, Dr. Doolittle, and of course, Alan Turing...

It was as much fun as it sounds!
Leland Purvis and my The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded comes out Tuesday, March 22, and I'm excited by that. To warm you up for it, here are two pieces of audio memoir I enjoyed. I'll offer two more that I like even better tomorrow.

Both of these are courtesy of the British Library's "Voices of Science" series. As you can imagine, I relied a great deal on British sources for the research behind Turing, and am grateful that there were so many fine ones to work from.

Libraries really are the best thing since slice bread.

(Note that public libraries predate sliced bread by almost 100 years, and university libraries are even older. Yeah, I looked it up.)


Trust me, that's a real word. In fact, it's the official name of the official podcast of Skeptic Magazine. I mention it because I was just a guest on show #131. Swoopy, the host, asked me excellent questions and I talked on and on and on.

If you'd like to hear that, head on over to Skepticality now and download and/or stream to your heart's content. If you're not reading this in late May, 2010 and I'm no longer front page news, you can click on the "past episodes" link and you'll find it in the archive.

While you're at it you may notice that I also joined Derek and Swoopy in #036, back in October, 2006. But listen to the episodes featuring James Randi, Phil Plait, and folks from Mythbusters instead. They're all better than mine. Trust me. 
I've let the Turing script mellow to its full flavor consistency for a month, and am now heading into the rewrite stage. Meaning, I'm sure the flavor is not quite right yet.

In the interim, besides doing the normal things that make up normal life -- day job, paying taxes, seeing family, etc. -- I read 13 novels and story collections, 2 non-fiction books, and 4.25 (I'm a quarter of the way through Urasawa's Pluto) graphic novels. And some magazines. I think I can consider my mental palate cleansed.

Of the fiction, the best were a collection of stories by Peter S. Beagle called The Line Between and Feed, by M.T. Anderson. In non-fiction I found The Voice of the Crystal by H.P. Friedrichs inspirational and fascinating, and though it didn't count towards the tally above because I haven't finished it yet -- not even close -- Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin is great so far. On the graphic novel side of things, I liked Raina Telgemeir's Smile and Hope Larson's Mercury.

I also watched the fifth and last season of "The Wire". Like many, I was a little disappointed with it since, unlike the previous four seasons, which were brilliant, this was merely excellent. I'll probably watch the whole thing again, from the beginning.

But first, a return to Alan Turing's life, discoveries, inventions, and secrets.
Yesterday I finished the first version (version 1.5 is probably more accurate, since I did extensive rewrites and polishes along the way...) of the script for "The Imitation Game", and the following video showed up on the Make blog:

It's that kind of world sometimes; meaning, wonderful. You can learn more about this amazing project at Mike Davey's site. Now I'll spend roughly a month trying not to think about Turing or his work. (I'll fail.) Then, round two.


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