31 July, 2011

Comic-Con Recap

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program with a recap of Comic-Con 2011. Warning that this post is a bit long.

For those of you who don't know, Comic-Con is a massive event for lovers of all things comics, books, video games, art, pop culture and other geeky goodness. It is made of awesome and is one of the highlights of my year. There weren't too many big studio panels I was interested in this year, which left me with room to scout out some of the smaller panels as well as wander the exhibit floor more.

Books publisher were there in full force, with a lot of focus on YA and fantasy. On Thursday I went to the No Damsels in Distress Here panel. The panelists were sci-fi and fantasy authors and the discussion was strong female characters -- what it takes to write them and the challenges of doing it. Not necessarily YA but a couple of the authors do have YA books. Panelists included Sherrilyn Kenyon, Seanan McGuire, Carrie Vaughn, Jeanne Stein , Chloe Neill, Merrie deStefano and Marie Lu. I was very impressed by all of them. They all had strong opinions and were very articulate in voicing them. It's clear that, while writing kick ass women still has its challenges, these authors are helping to break down those barriers by continuing to write strong characters.

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no damsels in distress here - from left to right: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Seanan McGuire, Carrie Vaughn, 
Jeanne Stein, Chloe Neill, Merrie deStefano and Marie Lu 

 I also went to two publisher panels, The Scoop at Simon & Schuster and What's Up Penguin. Both panels were packed and it is clear that the enthusiasm for YA is still going strong. It looks like a lot of exciting releases are coming down the pipeline and my to-read list has grown exponentially. There were also some really great raffle prizes during the panels. Unfortunately I did not win (boo!).

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Here is a shot of the Penguin Teen booth. I am actually on the wrong side here 
so you can see some of the Star Wars booth next door, but you get the idea.

simon & schuster booth 
The simon & schuster booth. I pretty much want to read everything in this picture

The Penguin Teen booth was giving away books and ARCs every few hours. Of course that means I stalked their booth. I managed to get some awesome books, including Crossed by Ally Condie (squeee!) which I stood in line for. Also picked up Legend, by Marie Lu, which I have since read (it's good - review coming soon). Pics of a couple of the signings: Here's Andrea Cremer signing the paperback edition of Nightshade

Doesn't she have a great smile?
  andrea cremer at sdcc 2011 

 And Marie Lu signing Legend. marie lu 
pardon the blurriness

I totally stole this photo of Lisa Yee. I spotted her while I was wandering around and when her friend was taking a pic of her with Darth Vader, I took one, too. Sneaky, I know.

  lisa yee and darth 

I missed the Diversity in YA panel on Saturday but did make it to the signing afterwards. I was super excited that Kiersten White had advance copies of her new book Supernaturally available. Kiersten was so sweet and didn't freak out when I asked her to sign a big stack of books. Also said hi again to Cindy Pon, whom I had previously met at YA in Bloom. I was really hoping that I would be able to find copy of Vera Brosgol's graphic novel, Anya's Ghost, so I could have her sign it, but it was sold out. :(

  diversity in ya signing 
diversity in ya signing - left to right: gene yang, vera brosgol, elizabeth bunce, 
kiersten white, cindy pon, dave roman, malinda lo

kiesten white 
Kiersten knows I'm trouble but she was nice to me anyway. 

My last panel of the con was High School Bites, where YA authors talked about their reasons for writing about high school and what high school was like for them. This was a really great panel and all of the authors were really cool, though I think Heather Brewer may have been my favorite of the day. Other big news announced was that Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series is going to be both a movie and a manga. Guess that means I should read it soon. I know, I know, I'm behind, OK?

  high school bites panel 1 
westerfeld and laini taylor

high school bites panel 3 
laini taylor, anna carey, debbie viguie

high school bites panel 2 
heather brewer, margaret stohl, kami garcia 

We've reached the end of my not so brief recap of Comic-Con. I leave you with a pic of some of the awesome swag that I picked up at the con, some of which, you will have a chance to win.

  comic-con books 
Sorry, these are mine. You can't have them.

swag 
But you can have this. 

Stay tuned to the blog for some fun giveaways!

Say "twee"!

42 comments:

  1. Thanks, Thuy! I <3 you for getting me Supernaturally... I will have to get the audiobook eventually but so thrilled to have a signed copy! :D

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  2. That seriously looks like a blast!!!

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  3. Oh my. It looks and sounds wonderful! Wish could have been there too!

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  4. Sounds like you had an awesome time. I both envy you and am happy for you.

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  5. Ugh, this looks like it was so fun, I can't even. So very jealous. :( But I'm glad you had fun!

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  6. I am so jealous of you! :) I would have loved to have gotten to go. It looks like it would have been so much fun.

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  7. AH! Sounds so awesome! Wish I had been there!

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  8. You are so lucky you got to go! This looks great, I'll have to look into it.

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  9. As a kid I loved going to conventions. Hopefully, sometime soon I will find myself at one again. They look like so much fun.

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  10. Wish I had a chance to go! Maybe next year :) That looks like it was so much fun, and you got some awesome books as well! Congrats!

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  11. comic con is crazy but so much fun. definitely try to go at least once. i always have a great time.

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  12. OMG! I am SO jealous! Cannot believe you got to go! Looks like it was a BLAST! I had originally planned on going, had my costume for cosplay and everything, but tickets sold out! I was soooo bummed :[

    but i'm glad to see you had a good time! And thanks for doing this giveaway :)

    Diana

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  13. Wow this sounds like crazy fun! I will definitely have to try and go one year =)

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  14. @diana - bummer that you couldn't get tix. yeah they were hard to get this past year. hopefully the site works better for next year so you can go. i am sure your costume is awesome.

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  15. I'm so incredibly jealous! I've always wanted to go. Hopefully next year I will be able to.

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  16. Looks like it was a blast! What fantastic panels as well! Hoping I'll get to go one of these years :)

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  17. I wish I culd have gone to this =( I guess I'll try next year. I just didnt want to hit all the traffic, plus Id be coming from Sacramento no bueno there lol It's really cool to see that you had an awesome time, and Thank you for sharing your Comic-Con goodies!!

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  18. This is a died and I have gone to heaven post ! Thanks for the re cap. Looks like a blast and I am pea green with envy!

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  19. Hoping to go to Comic Con 2012!! sounds amazing :)

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  20. So jealous! I hope to go next year...if I'm lucky!

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  21. I would have loved to have gone to something like that! You must have had an amazing time. Seriously, I bet your arms were tired by the end of the day!

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  22. That looks like so much fun! I'm jealous!

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  23. Ahh, you're so lucky to go! I thought about going but changed my mind since I live too far and have a meager college student budget. Now I totally regret missing the experience over money. :(

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  24. Looks like a blast. And I really love Lisa Yee's hair.

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  25. Oh my gosh! This is epic, you must have had a fun time. I'm jealous!Margaret Stohl's glasses and Laini Taylor's hair are so B.A. All those books just made me die! You are one lucky person.

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  26. Wow, that looks awesome! I am so jealous!

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  27. One day I must go to Comic Con! It has been decided! haha I agree, the Simon & Schuster booth is full of things I want too! Love the Darth Vader picture with Lisa Yee! :D

    Thanks for sharing! I'm glad you had such an awesome time! :D

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  28. So jealous! My boyfriend and I watched it on G4 but so not the same. Crazy guy didn't even realize I was dying to go until I started drooling at the stuff shown on the screen. LOL.

    Thank you for sharing the recap! Loved getting to see the book-minded side of things. :D

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  29. It really seems like fantasy is making a resurgence lately - I love that!! :)

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  30. Looks like this event was amazing! So glad you had a great time!

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  31. WOW! You had a great time - can tell via the photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Looks like you had so much fun! I wish I was there!

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  33. So jealous! Looks like you had a blast. Thanks for sharing your pictures and experience. I especially love your photo of Andrea Cremer :)

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  34. Looks like you had a blast! Haven't made it to Comic Con yet, but it's on my list. Thanks for giving us a brief tour!

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  36. Oh my gosh! That looks like it was a blast! Hope you had a great time :)
    And lol @ Kiersten, she looks so cute!^^

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  37. wow you got so much awesome stuff you don't mind if I steal your books huh??? =D

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  38. Wow! Looks like a blast! One of these days...

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  39. This sounds like a great event!

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  40. Wow! It looks like you had so much fun! I remember when I thought Comic Con was only for trekies! Who would of guessed it was for all us book obsessed people too!

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  41. I eventually would like to go to Comic-con or BEA or anything made of awesome. Looks like you had a great time and got to meet lots of cool people. Andrea Cremer does have a great smile. !!!I love the new layout too. (Sorry I'm behind) XD

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