Another Comic Con over! I had a fantastic time, once again, although it’s so exhausting to deal with crowds of people. But I love the vibe, and I love how friendly everyone. My only regret is that I totally sucked at taking photos this year:-( I’m getting ready to upgrade my phone and I hope the new one has a better camera, LOL! I did get a few shots, and luckily my daughter helped out.
I did go to more author panels this year, but not nearly as many as I had planned. But I did get to see two BIG authors, and even though I decided not to wait in line to get signed books, I did enjoy listening to them talk: Ernest Cline and Andy Weir! They were on a panel with other authors whose books were being made into movies or TV shows. Also on the panel were Lev Grossman, Melissa de la Cruz, James S.A. Corey, and Christina Lauren. It was an AWESOME panel, especially since we got to see some clips and trailers from some of the shows. Did you know James S.A. Corey is actually two people? Oh and did you know Christina Lauren is also two people? Fascinating! Ernie Cline was adorable and so was Andy Weir! (sorry my photos are so blurry!)
If you’re interested, you can watch the entire panel here. I highly recommend it, and many of the author panels have been put up on YouTube, so check it out!
I don’t have any photos of this one, but I also attended the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Family Feud panel, which was pretty funny, and had some awesome authors: Patrick Rothfuss, Naomi Novik, Brandon Sanderson, Ernie Cline, Chuck Wendig, Leigh Bardugo, Daniel H. Wilson and Austin Grossman. The questions were pretty silly, but I loved listening to the banter among the authors.
As I said, I didn’t get a lot of photos, but here are a few:
My daughter dressed up as Princess Zelda. She made this entire costume herself, out of a couple of thrift store items:
And finally, my SDCC book haul. I got some amazing books, and best of all, met some amazing authors. I only went to one “big” signing in Sails Pavilion. I usually avoid these because they are a bit awkward. Here’s the scenario. Six or seven authors, who have all just been on a panel together, are now in the signing area signing their books. They sit side by side at a long table. Their books are for sale, unless there happens to be an ARC they are giving away. Everyone files into one line and goes past the authors one by one. This is awkward because if you don’t buy every author’s book, you’re like “Oh hi, I’m just walking quickly past you to get to author X over there!” (And seriously, who can afford to buy six or seven books at full price?) So, yeah. I met Rachel Caine, you guys! I am sooo kicking myself for not splurging on a finished copy of Ink and Bone, but for some reason when I was in line, I was thinking, “I already have an ARC.” Duh. But she was the first author I came to, so I just had to gush about how much I loved Ink and Bone, and she was so nice! She gave me a bracelet and a set of Ink and Bone character cards! (photo below). Eeeek!
Then I met the lovely Kim Liggett, because I heard she would be signing ARCs of Blood and Salt. She’s been so friendly on Twitter, and it was great meeting her.
I also got a signed ARC of Colleen Houck’s upcoming book, Reawakened! I snagged another copy at the publisher’s booth so I’ll be giving away my signed copy:-) I also purchased a copy of Tracked and got it signed by Jenny Martin.
Here are all the signed books (apologies for not linking these up to Goodreads! Feel free to use the power of the Goodreads search engine;-)):
I was sooo excited to meet all these authors! Starting at the top: Cold Magic by Kate Elliott (I was hoping she’d be signing Court of Fives, but I was thrilled to meet her!), The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove. This was a surprise signing! I was walking by Harry’s booth and noticed he didn’t have a line, so I jumped right in and got to meet him. Super nice guy! Reawakened by Colleen Houck, The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes, Parasite by Mira Grant, This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, Brutal Darkness by Rachel A. Marks. Rachel contacted me recently and sent me an e-book of Brutal Darkness to review, and I couldn’t believe it when I saw her at Comic Con! I promptly bought two copies of her book, and I’ll be giving one away when I post my review.:-) Tracked by Jenny Martin, Walk the Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson (!), Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett (*pets book*), The Veil by Chloe Neill (a ticketed event, where you had to ask for a ticket at the publisher’s booth in the morning, then remember to come back in the afternoon for the signing), Alive by Scott Sigler (super nice guy!), Made to Kill by Adam Christopher (he’s British! and super nice too), The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway (review coming soon!), Zero World by Jason M. Hough (OMG I have already started this and I LOVE IT. But it’s an August release so I need to read a few more July titles first. Oh, and Jason is SO NICE!), Zeroes by Chuck Wendig. OK, I can’t. Even. I finally met Chuck! He was also super nice and very animated, ha ha! Time Salvager by Wesley Chu. Another SUPER NICE AUTHOR! I know I am repeating myself, but everyone was SO NICE. I’m reading Time Salvager right now and loving it! All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. Again. Super nice. *finally breathes*
More books (not signed) that I’m VERY EXCITED ABOUT:
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik (Yay! I’m dying to start this series), Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis (the sequel to Stitching Snow), Zodiac by Stan Lee, Press Start to Play edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams, The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (I was randomly handed this book at the HarperTeen panel!), Departure by A.G. Riddle, Lightless by C.A. Higgins, Soundless by Richelle Mead, Starflight by Melissa Landers, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (I really wasn’t expecting to get this, and after blogger buddy Anne sent me her copy! Let me know if you want it back, Anne, LOL!),The War Against the Assholes by Sam Munson (a Saga Press title, I was pretty happy to get this), Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig (this is the beautiful edition from Saga Press, who is re-releasing the entire series), Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith, A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (SO EXCITED to get this at the Harper panel!), Slasher Girls & Monster Boys! and The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle. I got lucky with this book, I just happened to be walking past the booth during a galley drop.
And more books:
Sorry, I’m not listing these, but take a look! At the bottom of this pile are a bunch of middle grade ARCs that I’ll probably be giving away, since I don’t read MG. I was very excited to meet Alexandra Bracken and to get a signed copy of Passenger, only to find out that they were only giving out chapter samplers, ha ha! I bonded with a couple of book bloggers in line and we were laughing at the number of chapter samplers that were given out this year:-) Oh well, Alexandra was very nice, and wow she’s young!
There were a couple of books I tried to get but couldn’t. Leigh Bardugo was signing copies of Six of Crows, however the publisher only brought about fifteen copies with them, so only the first fifteen people in line got one. I completely avoided that book signing, because, I just didn’t need it that badly. And I heard later that there were a couple of teens in line who just missed the cutoff and dissolved into tears! Way too much drama for me:-)
I also tried to get Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, which was a hot book at BEA as well. But I got to the line late and I guess the publisher didn’t have enough copies, so I got cut out of that one. Which is fine, I mean, did you see the other books I got??
Comic Con Swag:
Check out those gorgeous Ink and Bone character cards!
HUGE thanks to all the publishers who were kind enough to give away copies of their books!
So, there you go! And now I must retreat into the dark cave of my bedroom to read…Let me know if you plan on reading any of these!