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.

  no damsels in distress here panel 
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!

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