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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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Day 1 Loot

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.

Melissa Marr

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!

John Scalzi Line pic
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.

Stan Lee BEA

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 nuggets

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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BEA Final Product

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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!

Sailor Moon Phone Cases From TiffyCuppyCake

16 Oct

Hello world!

Before rambling on about Comic-Con, I want to talk about these amazing kawaii custom Sailor Moon decoden phone cases I purchased a couple of weeks ago. I would like to give a special shout-out to TiffyCuppyCake shop on etsy for making me the cutest and most amazing phone cases: one with Sailor Moon and the other with Sailor Pluto– they are, both, my favorite Sailor Senshi… along with Sailor Cosmos, Mars, and the other outer Senshi. I know, practically all of them. I can’t help it. The part that strikes me the most though is that she actually found a cover for my phone when no one has been able to before and that means so much to me. :3

Sailor Moon, along with Saint Seiya, was one of my first anime ever and I grew up watching them. It was a tad annoying because, since I grew up in DR, they never played the episodes in order. Though, I have to say: they never censored the series over there, specially the relationship between Uranus and Neptune. But yeah, I’m still fawning and fangirling all over these, if you are interested, go to her shop, HERE, and message her. She is the sweetest and makes amazing cases as well as plushies. Talk to her about what you want and picture in your mind. She did mine exactly like I wanted them! ❤

The only issue I had was with USPS: this is how the box the cases came in looked like. A huge gaping hole right in the middle of it; seriously, USPS? 
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 Cases

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Look how pretty my Pluto case is! One of the little stars came off in the package, but I’m blaming the person that ripped a hole in the box- since this was the case that was closest to said hole.

SM Case
Isn’t this adorable? It is so happy looking and bright that I just can’t stop looking at it!

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The owner of the shop is so sweet– my box came with lollipops and ideas on how to care for my gorgeous cases.

I highly recommend TiffyCuppyCake’s shop!

Now, the question is: will I be brave enough to put them on my phone and use them without freaking out or being panicky? I think YES! (I’ll still be a bit panicky though). But yeah, thank you TiffyCuppyCake for these amazing cases– I’ll definitely come back soon for more! ❤

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! (-:

Peter S. Beagle & The Last Unicorn

5 Oct

Last week I had what seemed to be a one-in-a-Nerd’s-lifetime opportunity: a screening of The Last Unicorn and a chance to meet Peter S. Beagle in person! I bought the tickets as soon as they went on-sale (a month before) after checking the Last Unicorn Tour‘s website on a daily basis to keep myself updated.

I don’t know what I was most excited about– meeting such a prolific author that I admire or the opportunity to see the cause of my unicorn addiction on the big screen; though I am pretty sure both had the nerd-girl in me ecstatic.

Line opened at 1pm and I wasn’t too far behind, thankfully, so I was able to get in line and meet Mr. Peter S. Beagle before the screening. It was an experience. Everyone was just so sweet and nice, starting with Connor C., who talked to me as I was in line and calmed my nerd-nerves. I got a lovely unicorn circlet from Firefly Path, yet sadly I was not able to get the Last Unicorn edition. Let me tell you, I was in such a fan-girl mode that I was not able to say much when I got to Mr. Beagle. He was lovely though and agreed to take a picture with me after he signed my graphic novel, one of the posters I helped put up around NYC, and a special prezzie: one of the film pictures from the original film!

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Peter S. Beagle

After the line we went in to the theater for a raffle and the screening– sadly, I didn’t win anything, but the guy that was sitting next to me was nice and gave me the black poster of the anniversary edition. Thank you, again, nice person; it meant a lot! It was fantastic to watch the movie on a huge screen. It certainly sparked my obsession a bit more.

So I just want to say thank you, once again, to the magnificent staff for such a wonderful experience. I hope I get to see you, all, at NYCC again next week– and hopefully get more unicorn circlets and the beautiful amigurumi Princess Amalthea.

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Love and Geek-out,

Nerdy Faery

Hello Fellow Nerdlings!

4 Oct

It is a pleasure to meet you!

I have been toying with the idea of a blog dedicated to my geeky passions for a while– it was supposed to be up a couple of weeks ago, but I was assaulted by this horrific cold that I am just about done with now. And here it is: ta-da! No one can imagine how geekily excited I am about this right now.

This blog will be about all the things I love, ranging from books, comic books, graphic novels, and manga to movies, shows, cartoons, and anime… and all sorts of geeky accessories and gadgets I either own or wish to…

Welcome to my new journey and I wish you enjoy the ride… I know I will! So c’mon and hop on my golden unicorn and let us take over the Geekverse!

Love and nerd-out,

Nerdy Faery