This Thing is Happening!

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You’re invited to the release party and signing for A Geek’s Guide to Cross-Stitch: Journeys in Space on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Michaels in Studio City, CA!

Fanbase Press founders Bryant and Barbra Dillon hope that you will stop by and celebrate the upcoming release of the geeky crafting book, as well as the years of hard work by creator Clarissa Thorne (Unexpected Hobby) and graphic designer Oceano Ransford!

A Geek’s Guide to Cross-Stitch: Journeys in Space combines the art of cross-stitch with the science of space travel, providing a new outlet for geeky creativity for crafters of all experience levels.

Journeys in Space features over 25 original cross-stitch patterns that celebrate the awe and inspiration inherent in space travel and exploration. With patterns representing NASA’s Cassini and Juno missions, the Curiosity rover, the picturesque Mars landscape, and much more, the book offers a chance for both beginner and experienced crafters to express their love for science and space with cross-stitch patterns of varying sizes. Plus, Journeys in Space’s spiral-bound format allows crafters to lay the book flat for ultimate ease while stitching!  As a special bonus, the book features a foreword by geeky crafting maven Bonnie Burton!

Copies of the book will be available for sale, and creator Clarissa Thorne will be on hand for signing.

The Michaels store is located on the second floor of the shopping center with ample FREE parking in the underground garage.  Elevator and escalator access will take you to the second floor, and we will be celebrating in the store’s crafting room.

Michaels
11239 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604

Stay tuned for more updates on FacebookTwitter, and the Fanbase Press website!

THE FANBASE WEEKLY: EPISODE #078

In this episode, the Fanbase Press staff welcomes guest Tyler McPhail (co-founder of The Grand Geek Gathering) to discuss the latest geek news stories of the week, including the passing of Star Wars‘ Gary Kurtz, the new fan theory about Loki in Avengers: Infinity War, the controversy surrounding the reveal of Nagini in Fantastic Beasts, and our weekly trailer round-up with Star Wars ResistanceDark PhoenixDaredevil: Season 3and Bumblebee.


Cast members
: Bryant Dillon, Claire Thorne, and Barbra Dillon

Special guest: Tyler McPhail (co-founder of The Grand Geek Gathering)

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THE FANBASE WEEKLY: EPISODE #077

In this episode, the Fanbase Press staff welcomes guests Jason Inman and Ashley Victoria Robinson (creators of the graphic novel, Science!, now on Kickstarter) to discuss the latest geek news stories of the week, including the recently released Captain Marvel trailer, the controversy about Batman: Damned, whether one Star Wars movie per year is too much, and our reactions to the Mary Poppins Returns trailer.


Cast members
: Bryant Dillon, Drew Siragusa, Claire Thorne, and Barbra Dillon

Special guests: Jason Inman and Ashley Victoria Robinson (creators of the graphic novel, Science!, now on Kickstarter)

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Make Awesome Things

Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference is an annual life-changing four-day event featuring industry professionals leading attendees in over 100+ hands-on DIY workshops and creative business classes … so whether you’re coming to craft, grow your business or a little bit of both, there’s lots of making, meeting and learning in store for you.

Craftcation takes place April 3-7, 2019, in the beach town of Ventura, CA – about an hour north of Los Angeles. Craftcation utilizes Ventura’s historic downtown buildings and businesses as well as the beach for special events like networking meet & greets, cocktail socials, a pop-up shop, opening celebration, yoga, as well as food and art tours.

EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION OPENS OCTOBER 5, 2018 AT 9:00AM PT.

THE FIRST 50 PEOPLE TO REGISTER GET $50 OFF!

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#Craftcation @dearhandmadelife

THE FANBASE WEEKLY: EPISODE #076

In this episode, the Fanbase Press staff welcomes guest Susan Lee (Life on Its Side Studios: Wraith of Love, Shadow of the Knight, Women on the Dark Side) to discuss the latest geek news stories of the week, including the celebration of The X-Files‘ 25th anniversary, whether Henry Cavill is out of the DCEU, Hulu’s First space exploration show, and Chris Pine on nudity and violence in film.


Cast members
: Bryant Dillon, Claire Thorne, and Barbra Dillon

Special guest: Susan Lee (Life on Its Side Studios: Wraith of Love, Shadow of the Knight, Women on the Dark Side)

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Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference 2019

Craftcation: Business & Makers Conference, is an annual four-day conference held in the artsy seaside town of Ventura in Southern California. The nationally-known conference features industry experts leading attendees in 150+ small business smarts and creative craft workshops as well as social gatherings to connect and foster community through activities and inspiration. You’ll find that you not only will you make new friends, but you’ll reconnect with yourself too.

#Craftcation @dearhandmadelife

Early-bird registration opens October 5, 2018 at 9:00am PT.

The first 50 people to register get $50 off!

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The Great Geeky Book Proof

Last Thursday, I finally got my hands on the first physical version A Geek’s Guide to Cross-Stitch: Journeys in Space. It was absolutely amazing to see and feel the pages, to hold it in its nearly finished form. It is suddenly a very real thing, and I am amazed to find that I am really and truly just around the corner from having the final version in my hands in all its glory.

There have been lots of other hands involved in this book since I started designing a few rockets and aliens. In the few weeks between now and the release date, I’m going to have many strong words of praise and appreciation for my publisher, the book designer, and my husband…to name just a few people.  But this last Thursday, as I held those pages, I thought about the first people who have held these designs in their hands and who spent so many hours stitching them into little bits of beauty.  To all the lovely ladies at Geek Girls Forever, specifically Kate Moore, Chelsea Stevenson, Jeny Vasquez, Jeanne Ess, and Melanie Kline…you are stitching rock stars, and I adore you.

Journeys in Space is available for pre-order now…click here to get your copy!

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