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All Roads Lead to SDCC

21 Jul

Hello world! It is so nice to be here again- I have been all over the place, running like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to get myself mentally economically, and physically ready for the crazy… Tomorrow I’m heading to the whale’s vagina, in the immortal words of Ron Burgundy. In the throws of getting ready for SDCC I even gave my first step to becoming a mermaid and queen of the unicorns, I dyed my hair!

Let me tell you, guys: I am so darned excited, yet every couple of minutes I am crippled by a mix of doubt, nerves, and overwhelming anxiety. I cannot wait to go and I just want to do well- as you know I will be reporting for Bleeding Cool from there, so keep your eyes open. My main goal is to hit all those panels I picked for my itinerary, but I want to do it well and make them proud. It is my first time at SDCC and my first time traveling to the West Coast, so you can see why the mix of all those feelings hit me like a tidal wave every time I think about it. I actually don’t think it has hit me quite yet, the fact that I’ll be traveling-it might happen once I board that plain. That is when I will truly believe it is happening for real instead of just a really nice, and quite stressful, dream.

I am so looking forward to all the events, to meeting new people and making new friends. Feel free to hit me up over Twitter to let me know if you are coming, too!

The hardest part of this whole preparation time is dealing with the mini-freak out moments: finding tickets and not being able to buy them, so priced have gone up like crazy-each time making me raise my budget; finding a room to stay at during the convention time–thankfully I have Old Man Geek and a friend I made during NYCC when I volunteered as crew… (there is nothing like volunteering at a convention, I made so many amazing friends and acquaintances). But yeah, I’m happy each issue at hand has been resolved and I’m trying to keep myself in check and not stress out more than I should. Happy and excited.

I’m now sitting here, looking at my packed bags… all mostly done, just travel tomorrow and go 3 hours back in time. I guess I’m just being sort of masochistic,  trying to find things to stress over now that the heavy load is done. I just wish I could bring my family and friends with me. Aaaah, I want to scream and jump and get there already! Wish me luck, guys! ♡

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Back from BEA 2014

9 Jun

Hello world!

So… Book Expo America 2014 came and went and I still haven’t posted about it. Well- it was amazing and I am quite a happy nerdy faery right now.

Last year I got to attend the Power Reader Day of BEA (as BookCon was formerly known- which I have to say I liked better; sounded like a bunch of fast readers getting their fix for the week… heehee) and this year it was a whole new experience, which I learned lots from. I got sick on the first day of the event- I don’t know why, but I always get sick before/during/after any geeky event. I am still shaking my fists at the gods for it, but it was still one of the best experiences ever.

First, BEA’s first days are only open to people within the industry, book bloggers/reviewers, press, and retailers. Making connections and networking is its main purpose. BookCon is the day it opens to the General public. I was quite surprised this year though- they closed part of the showfloor during BookCon day. The rest was open for people with BEA badges; I am still incredibly grateful I was a lucky carrier of a BEA badge. On the bright side, though, I got to break away (even if just a bit) from my shy-ness and got to meet some fantastic people and authors I have been following for a long time. I have to say, there was an amazing line-up of authors at BEA. So many amazing names! Standing on this side of the fence as opposed to being a regular attendee is a fine mix of excitement, nervousness, and all around wonder. I got to shadow interviews and learned a lot from it. Trying to reach farther and bring you, guys, more great content.

I was happily surprised by how organized BEA it was. Granted, as in every convention there will always be some line issues; but, like last year, they were on point in keeping lines organized. Major props to the staff working at the Autograph Section: they did a magnificent job in keeping everything in check. As for the books… well… I tried containing myself- I got to put back some books I was sure I wouldn’t get to (which earned me the weirdest looks; I think that is not a practice they see often)- yet still, I came back home with more books than I expected. How did that happen? My back is still slightly twisted to a side because of the weight of these. There was a book for every taste being given there; and I was also very happy to see the presence of Comic Book publishers at BEA, too. I finally have a copy of Deadly Class (Image Comics), although I couldn’t get my hands on Day Men (BOOM! Studios). Galley drops, ARC’s, and published ones felt like precious warm hugs falling into my embrace with every publisher I passed, accompanied by the smile of people that I believe were angles in disguise giving me slices of happiness here and there. I will get more in depth on my BEA loot and authors on my next post, but here is a (not so) tiny preview.

BEA2014

I waited 365 days since BEA2013 for this year’s event and it was everything I expected and much more. People were always smiling and generally pleasant. The ambiance and mood were friendly and everything was just PERFECT! Thank BEA for another wonderful event-I am already counting down and looking forward to Book Expo America 2015. I shall be In you! *-*

PS: HERE is a write up I submitted to Bleeding Cool about the event- thank you so much, BC!

And HERE is an article about BEA submitted by Ray from Old Man Geek. (:

NYCC Part 2: Top 5 Panels

21 Oct

Since Comic-con is all year long in my head…

I attended a bunch panels at NYCC, though I will go over my TOP 5 with a honorary mention to a few others.

  • Dark Horse, REWRITING THE CLASSICS: MODERN SCI-FI IN COMICS

This one was one of my favorite panels from beginning to end. Not only did they go over many projects and others that are coming soon – SERENITY being the one that has me glued to my calendar counting the days for it to come out- but the discussions of the creative processes of each artist/writer and the discussion of each’s perspective on sci-fi kept me interested in the panel all throughout. At the panel we had: Aub Driver (publicist for DH and Moderator), Scott Allie (editor in-chief), Mac Walters (MASS EFFECT), Tommy Lee Edwards (VANDROID), Josh Williamson (PREDATOR), Chris Schlerf (HALO), Tomm Coker and Torfi Frans Olafsson (CCP & EVE ONLINE).
You can check my event report for Bleeding Cool HERE.

Here is the thing, I like Dark Horse comics because of how different their stories and styles usually are– at least to me they stand out. I am looking forward to reading VANDROID, SERENITY, and ALIENS, PREDATOR, PROMETHEUS, & ALIEN VS. PREDATOR; as well as J. Michael Straczynski’s TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE FINAL BATTLE. I was sold just by looking at the covers they showed us. I wished I had been able to stay longer after the panel to get to meet them all. Great panel! I definitely need to start buying more comics.

  • Image Comics: Behind the Creations

This panel was a 101 class for all of us that one day wish to get into the business in one way or another. I for it to be a breath of fresh air to hear artists/creators talk about their projects from the conception of the ideas all through the final product after publishing; as well as hearing about the partnership between the artist and writer. Like with Dark Horse, their art and stories usually captivate me. Here we had Ron Richards (Moderator), Tim Seeley (REVIVAL), Antony Johnston (UMBRAL), Josh Williamson (GHOSTED), Wes Craig (DEADLY CLASS), Glen Brunswick (REALITY CHECK), Ales Kot (ZERO), and Kieron Gillen (THREE).
You can read my event report for Bleeding Cool HERE.

  • Kodansha Comics

This panel was a favorite simply because of the interactions the moderator and panelists had with the public, and because all the exciting announcements they made. As a manga-lover who hasn’t been able to read much of it because of school: I am excited for most of the titles they will be soon releasing; and I now want to start reading ATTACK ON TITAN. I cannot wait to get my hand on The SEVEN DEADLY SINS by Nakaba Suzuki as well as the SAILOR MOON art-books that will be coming out soon.
You can read my event report for Bleeding Cool HERE.

  • 50 Years of Doctor Who Panel

This was a very fun panel to attend. I learned that if someone says “David Tennant”  a sea of girls will start screaming and let let you hear anything of a while… and possibly kill your ears in the process (sighs and shakes head). Other than that, it was a perfect panel for any person that likes the show. Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery joined the panel half-an-hour into it, and later THE Colin Baker came in as well– yes, that is the 6th Doctor to you! I was ecstatic, as was probably everyone else in the panel as well. And Colin Baker posed for me for a picture. Yes, the whovian in me could have not been happier. I am still shocked, though, that the Big Finish Doctor Who audio drama is not that big here, we should change that!
You can read my event report for Bleeding Cool HERE.

  • Chills and Goosebumps with R.L. Stine

As a book-lover and writer wannabe this panel was perfection and pleased the fangirl in me in so many ways. I have always been into the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre and was first introduced to Horror and Suspense as a kid by my sister, who handed me an R.L. Stine book. Since then I started liking his books and following the author. It is always mind-boggling and amazing to hear a writer’s story from his own lips: how all came to be for him/her– and this was no different. I came out of the panel inspired and with my dreams heavier than ever, trying to find ways and ideas on how to make them come true and succeed. Thank you to this fantastic author for the great words that he shared with us, his readers.
You can read my event report for Bleeding Cool HERE.

Other magnificent panels I was able to attend were:

  • Creating Comics the Comixology Way– I have to say: it convinced me to try and read digital comics. Great panel! You can read my event report for Bleeding Cool HERE.
  • Doctor Who Big Finish panel. Enjoyable to the max. There is an article by Amanga Gurral for Bleeding Cool HERE.
  • Cyanide & Happiness– This panel was HYSTERICAL! I couldn’t stop laughing from beginning to end. You can read Ray Flook’s report for Bleeding Cool HERE.
  • X-Files 10-Year Anniversary panel. Fantastic!
  • Chozen Panel- just plain hilarious. I cannot wait for this show to come out in January. I will be watching!

And these are the panels that made my TOP list– I attended many more, yet there was not much I could pull off of those. Also, as you might have noticed, I didn’t attend any of the big-names panels like DC and Marvel. Since it was my first time doing this I really didn’t want to take the chance to mess up on the most-waited ones. Though now that I got the hang of it and will, hopefully, be heading towards SDCC next Summer: who knows? *crosses fingers* We shall see!

Geek-out,

Nerdy Faery

Post New York Comic-Con Depression

15 Oct

Hello guys! I am back and finally rested after four days of hard work at NYCC. It was definitely a great experience to be part of the reporting team for Bleeding Cool— I had a blast. It was great to see old friends I met last year when I worked as part of the NYCC Crew, and great to meet new people and make new friends along the way. I want to take this moment to thank Rich from Bleeding Cool for the opportunity.

Right now I am suffering from Comic-Con withdrawal and diagnosing myself with Post-NYCC Depression. I miss the noises, the costumes, the nice people and even the annoyances, but most of all I miss being in a sea of people that share my interests and likes.

I loved attending panels and meeting artists I have been following for quite a while now. Which I will go over in more details when I finish passing some pictures and documents and have the time to write a longer and generalized post about NYCC. It was, overall, a marvelous experience that I will never forget. In the meantime, though, I will share with you a couple of my Bleeding Cool highlights:

Men & Women of NYCC for Bleeding Cool

Kodansha Comics Rolls Out over a Dozen New Titles Including Sherlock Bones

50 Years of Doctor Who Liveblog (Which you’ll have to excuse some typos– thanks to my phone auto-correct)

Chills & Goosebumps With R.L. Stine at NYCC

Swag File #1 (and of course, you can tell it is me by the sheer amount of books since I couldn’t stay away from the publishers)

So yeah, I shall be rambling about my amazing experience to you, all, tonight. See you then!

Geek out,

Nerdy Faery

NYCC is Approaching: T-12 Hours!

10 Oct

Just a quick post to let everyone know how excited I am that New York Comic Con starts tomorrow– and even more ecstatic to be part of the Bleeding Cool team (here) reporting from NYCC as press. So many emotions cursing through my veins at the moment have me feeling light-headed… I don’t think I will be doing much of that sleeping thing tonight.

If anyone is interested in knowing what goes on at NYCC, I will be posting some channels that will live-stream directly from NYCC panels and live-chats.

Feel free to hit me up if you attend NYCC- I will be there all 4 days!

Geek OUT!

-Nerdy Faery

Update: Since WordPress is not letting me embed the coding for NYCC/Twitch TV live-streaming I would suggest you guys head to Because Cows Make Delicious— he has successfully managed to post the code and you, guys, can enjoy what goes on at the Con! Enjoy! (-: