San Diego Comic Con = So Much Fun.
Weird galore. Bimbos. Steampunk. Superheroes. The Witch King of Angmar.
You name it, if it's nerdy (or slutty), you'll find it at Comic Con.
Aw, look at this couple with their two babies :-)
Where else will you find Beetlejuice and ... Speed Racer? Tron? ... levitating Jessica Rabbit?
Hello awesome steampunk chick who came to my signing.
Also, the elevators at the Marriott were sealed due to zombie-infestation.
So all that is good fun, like the craziest nerd Halloween ever. I wish I could have taken a lot more pictures, but I didn't end up being there that much. It was a bit overwhelming for Clementine. But some year I want to construct a wildlife blind with a high vantage point and hide in it for hours with a telephoto lens and just take pictures of glorious nerds in their native habitat. Really and truly.
But the BEST part of Comic Con was not the strangers, it was the non-strangers! First of all, the fabulous folk of Little Brown Books for Young Readers, who I have gotten to see so much lately, they're beginning to feel like family. It's awesome.
Here is the Little Brown booth, with that gorgeous banner:
|l to r: Andrew, Stephanie, Cecilia, Melanie, us|
Look what they made! Hamsa tattoos.
They are SO COOL. And totally tenacious; they stuck or DAYS, and I did shower. (I swear!)
And they provided a couple of hundred ARCs for giveaway, which was awesome. I did a signing in the booth ... Here with Lauren Billings who organized the Best Panel Ever, and who I was so glad to finally meet in person!
And with my Portland paesano Matt Holm, of Baby Mouse fame and now also Squish. Aside from being super talented, he is also incredibly nice, and when helping us move last month, he lasted until the bitter end. (Thank you again, Matt!) Also, his wife is awesome.
My fabulous agent Jane Putch came down from LA:
And, you guys, I got to see Stephanie!!!
Stephanie Perkins, my writing soulmate! You might not think it because our books are so different (and hers are so so wonderful), but our hang-ups and process and mental problems are very similar, so we can commiserate. Not so much the other wonderful favorite writer friend who I got to meet in person for the first time ...
Kiersten does not apparently suffer any writing mental problems. She just ... writes books. The most recent one in nine days. Yes. I know. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE??? She can be forgiven though because she is funny and sweet and talented (wait, that makes it less forgivable :-) and generally awesome. Also: cute shoes:
(Steph on the left sporting a kickin pair of Irregular Choices complete with a yellow plastic heel.
But wait, there are more awesome people!!!
Finally, FINALLY, Steph's husband Jarrod who is a banker by day and a wizard rocker by night.
NO JOKE! (Gred and Forge, people. So cool.)
The above picture alone made Comic Con worth it. But there was more.
Patrick Rothfuss!!! Have I told you that PATRICK ROTHFUSS has blurbed Daughter
and it is the best blurb ever???
"Wow. I wish I had written this book."
I can't tell you how much this means to me. Also, if you are still not reading Pat's blog, fix that.
It's the funniest smartest best blog. Ever.
Oh, and look here:
That's Barron Storey, the illustrator and teacher in whose art school class Jim and I met thirteen years ago! I've totally told this story, but Jim and I met on the first day of art school when we parked next to each other in the parking lot and then ended up in the same class -- Illustration I -- and were randomly assigned to draw each other! Thank you for that Barron Storey :-)
I don't know if he will have read it, but I gave him the little sampler of Daughter that Little Brown had made, as it seemed fitting: the first few chapters take place in a life drawing class at art school!
And then there was our panel!
|Nathan Bransford, Tahereh Mafi, Andrea Cremer, and on far right Amanda Hocking|
And here are YOU, who came to hear us! (for which: thank you.)
It was a terrific panel. Really good energy, a great combination of humor and smarty-pants-ness, and passion for young adult literature.
And to get to do this after:
Who knows when I'll get a chance to sign beside these ladies (and Nathan!) again!
I loved seeing our books spooning each other.
Whew. Another thing that bears mentioning is that Comic Con is GREAT SHOPPING.
The books, oh the books! But that will be a post all its own.
We adopted a baby yeti among other things:
Clementine named her Izzy, after her sixteen-year-old cousin, and gave her piggy-back rides.
And yes, Clementine was not a mere nerd-observer. She was a full-fledged baby nerd!
There is more to say, but I have to go WRITE! I left off yesterday teetering on the brink of a ...
Will the blood flow? Whose blood?
We shall see!