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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: 

BEA Day 1
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.

IMG_20140529_090920 Neil Patrick Harris

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.

Amanda Palmer 1 Amanda Palmer hug

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

BEA Final Product
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!

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