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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Phoenix Comicon 2013: Interview Author Gini Koch + Giveaway

Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini have learned the ins and outs of Washington politics, not to mention how to prevail in intergalactic war and foil dangerous plots. But, in the aftermath of Operation Destruction, the Gower girls’ powers are burned out, the entire A-C population has been “outed” as the aliens living on Earth that they are, and, worst of all, ACE is nowhere to be found.

Then murder and mayhem are served up at an important dinner party at the American Centaurion Embassy, and when the dust settles Alpha Team and the Diplomatic Corps have more problems than just a dead Congressman. 

Is there a single criminal mastermind—or multiple enemies—behind all the conspiracies that want Kitty dead and the A-Cs gone or co-opted to become the War Division?

The return of the best assassins in the business, the reappearance of two individuals long-presumed dead, Agent Malcolm Buchanan felled by something no one can identify or cure, and new technology that can block even the most powerful empath on Earth ... all of this means the game’s officially afoot.

Then Vance Beaumont comes to Kitty with a wild theory that someone is systematically killing off the House of Representatives….

It’s up to Kitty and the rest of the gang to find out what’s really going on and why. But will they be able to stop the killer or killers before the rest of the U.S. House of Representatives become casualties? And will the replacement Representative for New Mexico’s 2nd District, who happens to be Jeff Martini, be the next to die? 

Katie: Hey Gini, we meet again! Awesome to see you here in Phoenix! How have things been since we last met at this same time last year?
Gini: Crazed, babe. Absolutely crazed. But in a good way. Lots of books done (though not as many as I’d have liked), lots of things going on, my love affair with Nathan Fillion is still going strong, and I still have what’s left of my sanity. It’s not much, but it’s there.

Katie: You sit on many panels at the convention, tell me a little more about the panels in general and why folks should sit in? 
Gini: Well, they’re fun, they’re informative, I’m on them… Basically, panels are a way of getting to get to know the guests a little better, to see us live and in person, and to have some fun. There’s something for everyone at Phoenix Comicon, but if you aren’t sure what to go for, just try the nearest door. Or go to my panels. I guarantee a good time. (Especially my Evening Erotica panel with Jordan Summers. We GUARANTEE a good time!)

Katie: If a reader only had the time to attend one panel, which would you recommend? 
Gini: My Author Spotlight on Sunday, May 26, at 3pm. All me, all rolling. I have no filter. It will be fun. Guaranteed. (Again with the guarantee. Because I’m that darned confident. LOL)

Katie: During the panels, folks get to ask questions. What's the one question you hear constantly and what makes it so important? 
Gini: Um, the question I hear the most is “when is the next book coming out” and it’s important because it shows that readers want my books. 

Otherwise, it’s really hard to pick just one question because many get asked frequently. Aspiring authors all have similar questions – and I did, too, when I was where they are – and readers have similar questions, but there’s always some that stand out. And similar isn’t bad, similar just means that you have the same questions and interests as a lot of others.

Katie: For writers, just starting out, what does the convention offer panel wise? 
Gini: Oh, wow, tons. There’s a full author track, with more than one session going at a time. Live critique – awesome author Marsheila Rockwell and I are doing one session on Saturday, May 25, from 7:30-8:30pm – social media, how to’s, genres and humor and world building, oh my, and more. There’s just tons for aspiring authors at this con.

Katie: You're also a huge comic nerd, have you thought about writing a comic book?
Gini: Yes, I have, and I have the story idea and everything. I may have even found an artist. Now the key is one big word: time. Well, two big words: time and money. Should we ever get the time, I’ll probably do a Kickstarter to see if there’s interest in the graphic novel, but it’s totally a goal of mine.

Katie: With all these costumes walking the floor, who's the best you've seen to date? 
Gini: Last year there was a set of folks who came as some of the Avengers – Tony Stark, Black Widow, and the Hulk – and they were great. There were a couple amazing Rogues there, too. I think Phoenix Comicon’s costumes are easily as good as any I see at San Diego Comic-Con, so expect to see a ton of great cosplay going on here.

[Belle and Snow White were the best! muuuahahahaha]
Katie: What would I find under your bed? 
Gini: Cats, dust, captain’s drawers, and night clothes. It’s all glamour over here.

Katie: You get a hall pass for one night, what fictional character are you going out with? 
Gini: This is a question? Really? As if you don’t know? Wolverine. If he’s not available, Captain Mal. If he’s not available, Richard Castle. If he’s not available I’m throwing a fit and will get all three.

Katie: You know we have to do some rapid fire! 

Gini: I live for rapid fire!

Katie: Coke or Cherry Coke? 
Gini: Both! And Dr. Pepper!

Katie: Sticky or Pokey? 
Gini: My Little Pony

Katie: Hairy Back or Hairy Chest? 
Gini: Hairy chest, but I will not turn away a hair back. I love me some bears.

Katie: Bra or No Bra?
Gini: Corset  

Katie: Peeps or Mounds? 
Gini: Mounds

Katie: Cartwheels or Summersaults? 
Gini: Watching Jean-Claude Van Damme or Sam Rockwell do the splits

Katie: Warp speed or Worm holes? 
Gini: Power Cubes

Katie: Top hat or Monocle? 
Gini: Neither, I’m not into Mr. Peanut. Browncoat, all the way.

Katie: Gini, thanks so much for chatting with us yet again! You've been a part of this website from the very beginning, the friendship and love has been amazing. We send it back at ya a million times over! 
Gini: It’s always great to be here and you know I love me my Sheep!

Author Bio:
Gini Koch lives in Hell’s Orientation Area (aka Phoenix, AZ), works her butt off (sadly, not literally) by day, and writes by night with the rest of the beautiful people. She writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series for Musa Publishing. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series. She also writes under a variety of other pen names (including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch), listens to all kinds of music 24/7, and is a proud comics geek-girl willing to discuss at any time why Wolverine is the best superhero ever (even if Deadpool does get all the best lines). She speaks frequently on what it takes to become a successful author and other aspects of writing and the publishing business. She is also the Lead Editor at Raphael’s Village, an online, nonpaying ’zine. Because she wasn’t busy enough, Gini’s added on featured guest columnist, reviewer, and webcaster for Slice of SciFi and It’s Comic Book Day. She can be reached through her website at


Gini is hooking one lucky person up with a signed, personalized copy of winner’s choice of any one of the following: Alien Tango, Alien in the Family, Alien Proliferation, or Alien Diplomacy. Plus a set of cover magnets, cover postcards, and signed flyers!

To enter:
1. Tell us the best costume you've ever seen
2. Do you follow us? If so let us know and you get double entries!
3. Your Email Address
Open internationally.
Ends June 3rd at midnight! 


  1. The best costume I've ever seen was done by my eldest son. When my youngest was a baby the eldest turned his stroller into the bat mobile and made a baby bat costume too. He was only 11 but his talent was amazing. He grew up to be the exhibit designer at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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  2. I've read about this RPG cons in Japan and they got pictures posted and the costumes were amazing! One which was intricately done was that of an attenddee in Princess Amedala costume, it was fantastic!

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  3. the best costume i have ever seen.. recently i went to " trolls and legends" a convention about fantasy and role playing game but this time they were a lot of author toos and people in costume is not a noveltly but this time i was suprised to see so many steampunk costume they were all fabulously done ( can't say teh name since it was their own creation but Whoah!)

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  4. I think some of the most impressive costumes I've seen have been for the game Borderlands 2. One guy dressed up as the villain, Handsome Jack (if you haven't played the game, he is one of the FUNNIEST villains of all time!), and it completely blew me away. It looked like he stepped right out of the game.

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  5. The best costume I ever saw was someone who dressed as a bar girl. She did a great job. For kids, I once saw a Raggedy Ann which was perfect.
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  7. Best costume, hmmm... once my sister created a "robot" costume for halloween when she was a kid that was really cool! She covered a box in aluminum foil and decorated it. I was impressed!
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  8. I haven't seen that many costumes actually. The zombie Snow White in the picture looks pretty creepy! Great pictures of Gini with her pink sparkly cowboy hat! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  9. I'm going to have to go with my partner, when she did herself up as a Geisha for my brother's Halloween party back in the mid 80's (it was the last party he had as his wife died of cancer a few years later). My partner borrowed her robe and obi from her mom who spent a fortune on it when she visited Japan.

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  10. I love seeing everyone dressed up for the Renaissance festival. I also follow by email.

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  11. The best costume I saw was a little boy dressed up like the "Jurassic Park" dinosaur (Dilophosaurus). He had a little button that when pushed, water shot out the side of the head mask (just like on that show "Married with Children"). I as follow by email.

  12. The RV park where I work had a Halloween party last year and we had some amazing costumes. But my absolute favorite was a gentleman who dressed up as the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. Think more Johnny Depp than Disney. Add in the fact that he was 6'4" before he added the oversized top hat and it was the total package. He was absolutely amazing.

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  13. The best costume I've ever seen is that I see from a Japanese festival near my place. It was a girl costumplaying a boy who costume playing a girl as Ciel Phantomhive from manga/anime Black Buttler. Hillarious ;p

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  14. Hmmm Best costume i ever saw was one i made with a good set of stage makeup. i went and bought the yucky smeling laqtex and I made myself look a bit zombie mad scientist with head not quite whole. It took 2 hours to do and the real pay off was not what wife said, it was what the kids said to me for about 3 months after halloween that year. The result and responses were more than how good or bad it actually was. The kids all loved it, that halloween i got the responses i wanted from the kids.

    Best classic movie outfit i liked was creature of the black lagoon.

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  15. The best costume I have ever seen is my daughter's Lady Lovelylocks costume. she was in the 1st grade and had to dress up as her favorite person in a book. My mother made her costume and it looked exactly like the book. My daughter won 1st place.

  16. I am a mouse costume when I was a little kid and my two younger siblings also used it. It was the nicest costume I ever wore.

    GFC Anne38

  17. I think the most impressive costumes I have ever seen were a group of Imperial Storm Troopers - wow felt like I was on the set of the movie and we were just outside of Victoria Secret - guess those troopers weren't all robot ;=D Thank you for sharing the fun and a taste of the inside of Phoenix Comicon, here's hoping someday my turn to visit will be here - definitely on the bucket list :)
    GFC Denise Zaky

  18. The best (matching) costumes I ever saw has got to be when we had a party with a nautical theme. Two of our friends dressed up as Captain Iglo/Birdseye and a fish finger (

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  19. Best costume I saw was an Oscar the Grouch costume

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  21. I have seen some amazing costumes but my favorite was a group of teenagers came dressed as prisoners. It doesn't sound creative but in person it was really cool. And they were all so proud of their costumes, it was hysterical!

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  22. The best one is this, a kid in a wheelchair, dressed as an icecream truck LOL
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  23. The best costume I've seen was a guy with one leg dressed as the leg lamp from A Christmas Story - including high heel, fishnet stocking and lampshade.

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  24. Hmm...the best costume I have seen in person is probably when a big executive came dressed up to his office part in white trash bags as said he was white trash. You would have had to know him.

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  25. Great question: I had one very creative friend who dressed up as a YouTube Page. He made it so awesome and had something funny on the screen. It was amazing!
    I also had a thoughtful costume this past year when I dressed up as a locked-out hockey player. I had a sign hanging from my neck that said, "Will Play for Food."

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  26. thanks for the nice giveaway. So the best costume. you know we have some zombies event each year in France and all the costumes are so impressive and amazing. I love them all, it's so fun to see them so I think I would say these ones.

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  27. I've seen some good witch's over the years! It's amazing-- some weren't even dressed up!
    I jest, I jest.
    But not really.

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  28. Thanks for the fun interview, I am a big Gini Koch fan! I do love to go to fantasy festivals, and I have seen some amazing costumes. I have seen Obelix in freezing winter outside, beautiful flower and faery people, witches and knights galore. I have seen some amazing Klingons and other Star Trek races, and I admire them all for their creativity and their dedication.

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  29. This contest is now closed!

    Denise Z is the big winner and I have contacted you via email. You have 5 days to respond or I will pick a new winner.

    Thank you to everyone who entered and a BIG thanks to Gini for being awesome, amazing and always smelling yummy.