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Special Edition: NYC- Highlights of a Comics’ Festival

1 Jul

Special Edition: NYC was everything I expected and so much more! I was able to attend this fantastic event and you can read about my surreal experience Here, over at Bleeding Cool. I also got to interview Reilly Brown; which, I suspect, will soon go up over at Bleeding Cool as well.  I really hope ReedPop starts celebrating this event on a yearly basis from now on. It was like a comic convention, but on a smaller scale and just about that… comics. Props to ReedPop for another great event for the public. I truly enjoyed getting to walk those halls and talk one-on-one to artists, creators, sellers, alike and seeing the great mix of people walking up and down the halls ranging from kids and their parents to incredibly beautiful cosplayers.

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I will share with you all the highlights of my experience at SE:NYC:

  • I got the Original Sin Watcher’s Eye from the Marvel Comics booth… Nope, no dark secret has yet been revealed to me, but I think that might happen soon. If I go on a rampage, you know what caused it. I was also very fond of the prints Marvel was giving away– Skottie Young‘s cover for Original Sin was just too cute!

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  • On my first trip to my first NYCC ever, in 2009, I fell in love with the beautiful art of Christopher Uminga. I never approached him because I was always so incredibly shy and I wasn’t sure on how to do it if I wasn’t going to buy anything… well, that changed this year. I walked to his table and introduced myself– it was a total pleasure and high on the nerdy-fangirl scale. I was able to talk to him a little bit and he was so incredibly friendly, which made it so much easier for me. His art has been a huge inspiration and influence on me, so it was really nice to get to meet him . I also wasn’t able to contain myself and walked away with one of his wonderful pieces: the beautiful Harley Quinn, what started my journey of obsession with his art. Thank you so much, Mr. Uminga!

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  • Another great part was getting to talk to Reilly Brown- In Artist Alley I always feel like a Pokemon Master catching Artists’ in their natural habitat. I love seeing them do and learning from what they are so good at– all of them so different from style to mediums– and it is, to me, the best part of Artist Alley. I am fond of Brown’s work and seeing it at a Comixology Panel (back in NYCC 2013) was what convinced me to try and like Digital Comics… and not just that, but one of the biggest inspirations for me to get back to my art; which I hadn’t tried seriously in a couple of years until last October again. He was very inspiring to me.

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  • I always love meeting new artists and adding up to my “favorites” list, but Oh-My-Goodness did I fall in love with David Mack‘s art. If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen my constant raving about it. I kept asking him questions about his pieces, materials, and I just couldn’t stop staring. I now need to read the rest of Kabuki and Daredevil… yuuup! My self-control went out of the window and I ended up leaving with 2  of his pieces, as well. Mack’s art has inspired me so much– I truly wish I could find the words to describe the explosion of inspiration I had upon seeing his work and how it has made me want to try different mediums. I am just stunned in the best of ways by his art: all the mediums he uses and how sublime all his pieces are. If you leaf through one of his books you’ll see how every page is just a different piece of art. Just amazing…

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  • Other artists whose artwork I fell in love with were: Henry Minata and Keron Grant. I, sadly, wasn’t able to leave with any of their works, but I walked by a few times and I just couldn’t decide. Still kindda’ hating past me for its indecision. =P

Henry Minata- Special Edition: NYC

  • Cosplay… I love seeing cosplayers all around me– I love them all! Everything looks so much more magical thanks to  cosplayers, they are the ones that make me feel like I am in just a different universe where time and reality ceases to exist and just everything I love comes to life for a few days or hours.

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  • And last, but not least– by any means! Rags Morales… Let me tell you- the same friend who introduced me to the amazing Greg Horn during NYCC2013 introduced me to Rags Morales during SE:NYC. He was so nice and friendly; he agreed to look at my art and give me feedback on it. I still don’t know where life is taking me, but I sure hope it is a place where I can go about art and writing freely and happily. I am sure you, all, can imagine how my heart was just racing out of my chest and doing crazy somersaults because this man who has inspired me so much was just about to see my art, who I’ve barely even showed anyone– and not just that, but tell me his thoughts on it, too? All the possible what if’s ran through my mind at incredible speed: what if he didn’t like it? What if he thinks it sucks and tells me to get another hobby?… you can imagine… I was so nervous with clammy fists clenched tightly behind my back. And surprise: he was nothing other than sweet, gentle, funny, and so very helpful. I have no ways of putting into words how much this experience and his words meant to me, or how much they inspired me to continue to do what I love doing. It still feels surreal and out of this world. I am pretty sure he realized I was on some other dimension of happiness because he wrote down for me recommendations on reading (which my brother had given me before to practice- but shh, don’t tell him that) and new/better materials to practice with, which I am so thankful for.

For over 30 minutes I stood with a cheesy smile nice hearing words of encouragement and advice from brushstrokes and confidence to use of color and perspective. Every second felt like an hour with an eternal debate between doubt/ nerves and just ecstatic happiness over having the artist of my all-time fave Identity Crisis go over my art. I still ask myself if that was real or just a very cool dream. Thank you so much for all your inspiration and encouragement, it has helped the shy me grow and get more resolve and passion in doing what I love. Even though I might be the same me in some ways, I feel different after being handed back my Scooby Doo Portfolio. And look, he smiled for me, too!

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Special Edition: NYC was truly an amazing experience as a fan, as a reporter, and as an artist looking for guidance. I truly hope that this event becomes a yearly one because nothing matched getting a chance to talk to all these amazing artists that are usually swarmed during convention days. I loved the ambiance and I loved how peaceful it felt and how genuinely nice everyone was in there from staff members to exhibitors/artists/creators to attendees. I loved being a part of this event and I cannot wait for next year’s already. Thank you so much for the wonderful time, ReedPop, another great event!

You can see the picture gallery of SE:NYC over at Bleeding Cool HERE, and read Old Man Geek‘s take on the event HERE. I will let you know when the interview with Reilly Brown goes up! =)

Book Expo America Part 2: Authors and Books

23 Jun

As you, all, know I got to attend BEA two weeks ago. You can read my general thoughts on it HERE. I am so sorry about the lateness of this post, but I’ve been juggling two part-time jobs and commission works to save up for my upcoming trip to San Diego -the whale’s vagina- for the International Comic Convention next month. Which, I am happy to announce, I am almost reaching my goal… although I keep having to alter it and make the budget slightly bigger each time.

But back to the most important part: I can’t get over how amazing it was to be a part of the Book Expo America this year and how many books I got to keep. I was able to drag about 85 books with me, plus comic books. I am elated and still in the clouds thanks to all the authors I’ve been following for so long that I got to meet. That coupled with their signed books or previews of them was enough to make this Nerdy Faery’s dream come true! I am so so happy!

DAY 1: 

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First is first… Neil Patrick Harris… I got a wink… I love that guy! Didn’t get a chance to talk much to him since it was one of the biggest lines during the whole BEA, but I got to squeak a short “Hi, I love your work!” and then felt like a total fangirl fail. But I got the wink with a sweet thanks, and I am holding on to that! I, also, got a signed preview of his upcoming autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography; which so far reads marvelously and is super fun. I am looking forward to it.

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5 years ago I was able to meet Melissa Marr at Books of Wonder for a signing of Fragile Eternity (Third installment on the Wicked Lovely Series), yet it felt great to finally get a chance to interact a little bit with her. She is an author I admire, not just for her writing, but as a person. It was quite funny– I had tweeted a picture of myself and the line behind me because I was first and had been waiting for a little while before it started forming; and she asked me if it was me. The part I am most excited about? I got a signed copy of Made For You! I cannot wait to start reading it- she was telling us (Old Man Geek & myself) how proud she is of this novel and gave us a sneak-peak of what we are going to be soon reading.

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Another amazing author extraordinaire I got to meet was the man himself: R. L. Stine… Last year I was able to cover one of his panels for Bleeding Cool (you can read it here), which ended up being one of the best decisions ever. It is always great to see how an artist (author in this case) goes about his or her craft. I like learning new methods to approach what I love to do all times, so to get a chance to meet him one-on-one was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity/dream that I had to take. He was so surprisingly sweet and nice to me that I still can’t get over it. I remember my sister going crazy and pouring over his books when I was a kid– trust me, she was R.L. Stine’s biggest fan and it was one of my first experience of appreciating one author’s work as a whole. It was a dream come true to get a signed book of his’, Party Games, and personalized no less! *dies of awesome and waiting for sister to die of jellyness*

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Another highlight of DAY 1 was getting to meet author John Scalzi. When I first started following him I wasn’t aware that he was an author, I just loved his blog– the way he always expressed/expresses himself and how he writes. I was happy to see, when I first checked into BEA, that he was going to be there this year signing ARC’s of his upcoming book: Lock In. About an hour before his signing I made I beeline to the autograph section because I had to meet the man. After seeing the length of the line a bit after joining, I was happy I was there early and #3 in line. During that wait Old Man Geek got me a copy of Endgame: The Calling by James Frey with one of the sweetest inscriptions by the author– thank you, Old Man Geek! When Scalzi first got there he took a picture of all of us lined up to see him. Needless to say, I am stoked to have gotten this ARC. Hell Yeah!

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Picture taken by Scalzi.

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Those were my highlights of DAY 1 at BEA.

Top Books (Published/Comic Books/ARC/Galley/Previews) of Day 1 in no particular order:

  • A Plague of Unicorns by Jane Yolen
  • The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset
  • Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson
  • Party Games by R.L. Stine (signed)
  • Made for You by Melissa Marr (signed)
  • Lock In by John Scalzi (signed)
  • Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz (signed)
  • The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Biography (Preview) by Neil Patrick Harris (signed)
  • Cannabis Pharmacy by Michael Backes

 

DAY 2:

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Day 2 Loot

On day two there were two major moments for me: getting to meet Stan Lee and Amanda Palmer. Once again, I was a first in line, this time for Amanda F*cking Palmer! I was very excited when she retweeted a picture of Old Man Geek and I in line and waiting. I didn’t get much of a chance to interact with her, other than rambling about how much of an inspiration she is to me as a woman. When I asked her if I could take a picture with her she asked me to go to her side and pulled me in for a tight hug. I cannot express how much that moment meant for me– *fangirl squeaks* I’ve gotten to meet her and Neil Gaiman (but that was last year); there is nothing much I can ask for anymore… My nerd-girl’s wet dreams came (half-way) true! Oh, did I mention that I got a signed preview of her upcoming book, The Art of Asking? Umm, yeah I did.

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Like you read on the previous paragraph I, also, got to meet Stan Lee– Old Man Geek and I lined up a couple of hours before and that line grew until it had to go around… and it was a ticketed signing! I was a tad annoyed at the people who had Front-of-the-line passes; though I am sorry, guys, I was only being a petty hater: I was just secretly wishing I had one myself! It was sad that we didn’t get a chance to talk to him much since they wanted us to move fast, but it was so nice to get to say thanks to him, and get my preview of his upcoming book, Zodiac, straight from his hands. We couldn’t take pictures of him, but here is one from the Book Expo America’s Instagram.

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I also got to meet Andy Cohen who was, also, incredibly nice and funny. I got a little notepad from him and signed, as well– yay! And one of the biggest scores for me that day was getting an ARC of The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare— I love their writing so much that I got in line for it about an hour before at the publisher’s booth. Whilst I was waiting for this piece of gold Old Man Geek was being the biggest doll and got me a copy of Clariel by Garth Nix. I wanted that book so much that you have no idea how happy I got when he appeared with a galley in hand for me! Right after we started the line for Jeffrey Brown at the Autograph Section, signing uncorrected proofs of Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan. It was lovely to get the chance to meet him since I love all his work so much! And look, YAY:

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Top Books (Published/Comic Books/ARC/Galley/Previews) of Day 2 in no particular order:

  • Virgin by Raghika Sanghani
  • Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown
  • Zodiac (preview) by Stan Lee (signed)
  • The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
  • The Art of Asking (preview) by Amanda Palmer (signed)
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
  • Clariel by Garth Nix
  • The Science Book
  • Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

 

DAY 3:

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Day 3 was much more relaxed. I was, however, a bit shocked that they closed off part of the floor to BookCon attendees. Why? … Anyway, I was able to meet Cassandra Clare and Holly Black– I got there early to get tickets for their signing, earning myself a signature on my ARC of The Iron Trial and a signed copy of The Shadowhunters Codex! Wootsies! Since I wasn’t able to meet Becca Fitzpatrick the day before, I got to- at least- grab a copy of Black Ice. Pretty happy about that! Be jealous of Old Man Geek: he snagged an ARC of Project Superhero by E. Paul Zehr and illustrated by Kris Pearn.

Top Books (Published/Comic Books/ARC/Galley/Previews) of Day 3 in no particular order:

  • Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Fiddle by George Hagen
  • Tape by Steven Camden
  • Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
  • Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
  • The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Clare & Lewis (Signed)
  • One Kick by Chelsea Cain
  • Skink– No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
  • Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

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I cannot stress how fantastic of an experience BEA was– If you like books you should really try to go. You meet the best authors, amazing people and even make new friends with the same book obsession! I can’t wait for next year’s already! YAY!

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.

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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. (: