Comic Con for readers and writers

Comic Con 2012 has come and gone and once again, I am utterly pleased with the event. I have been attending Comic Con since I married my husband, who has been attending since he was seven. Some people find Comic Con on their own, others are born into it (like my husband) and then some of us go to our first one kicking and screaming about not having any interest in toys or comic books (me), but one thing ties us all together. If you go to one Comic Con, you go for life. It is the most enjoyable event of the year, combining the obvious Comic books and toys, with pop culture and cult classics.

One thing I never expected was the amount of books. You know, the ones WITHOUT drawings. GOOD books. Publishing houses and indie authors and local bookstores are all present at Comic Con. There are even writers panels to help with everything from writing your book to getting it published.

The books I walked away with:

  • Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate (SIGNED EARLY RELEASE COPY!)
    • Sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker lives an affluent life in San Francisco with her mother, EmmaRose, a successful geneticist and owner of Spiker Biotech. Sure, Evening misses her father who died mysteriously, but she’s never really questioned it. Much like how she’s never stopped to think how off it is that she’s never been sick. That is, until she’s struck by a car and is exposed to extensive injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible. 

      While recuperating in Spiker Biotech’s lush facilities, she meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he’s never questioned anything… until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn’t right, and Emma-Rose may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely. (SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS)

    • God’s Eye by A.J. Scudiere (SIGNED COPY!)
      • Katharine Geryon is living the life her family name has dictated, and why not? After all, it has given her a good job in the family company and a fine life with all the things she should want. But all that changes as increasingly disturbing events begin to occur: soot stains on the carpet, glimpses of strange black animals, and cryptic messages written on her bathroom mirror. Baffled and afraid, Katharine begins to doubt her own sanity.

 

At the same time, two charismatic men enter her life: Allistair, her new assistant at work, and Zachary, a well-heeled neighbor who just moved into her building. Katharine soon finds each of them inextricably entangled in her affairs. As her life becomes stranger and her dreams more terrifying, she realizes neither man is what he seems and that she’s caught in something far beyond her own comprehension. For the first time, she must reach beyond her own boundaries. (SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS)

 

  • The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Lui
    • Silver smoke winds around my torso, peeling away from my ribs and back, stealing the dark mist covering my hands and lower extremities…tattoos dissolving into demon flesh, coalescing into small dark bodies. My boys. The only friends I have in this world. Demons.

      I am a demon hunter. I am a demon. I am Hunter Kiss.

      By day, her tattoos are her armor. By night, they unwind from her body to take on forms of their own–demons of the flesh, turned into flesh. This is the only family demon hunter Maxine Kiss has ever-known. It’s the only way to live, and the very way she’ll die. For one day her demons will abandon her for her daughter to assure their own survival–leaving Maxine helpless against her enemies.

      But such is the way of Earth’s last protector–the only one standing between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veil. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment–and one man– changes everything… (SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS)

    • Invasive Procedures by Orson Scott Card (SIGNED!!!)
      • George Galen is a brilliant scientist, a pioneer in gene therapy. But Galen is dangerously insane – he has created a method to alter human DNA, not just to heal diseases, but to “improve” people – make them stronger, make them able to heal more quickly, and make them compliant to his will.

        Frank Hartman is also a brilliant virologist, working for the government’s ultra-secret bio-hazard agency. He has discovered how to neutralize Galen’s DNA-changing virus, making him the one man who stands in the way of Galen’s plan to “improve” the entire human race.

        This taut thriller takes the reader a few years into the future, and shows the promise and danger of new genetic medicine techniques. (SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS)

      • Under My Hat-Tales from the Cauldron
        • Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Diana Peterfreund, Margo Lanagan, Peter S. Beagle, and Garth Nix are just a few of the authors who have toiled over their cauldrons and conjured up bewitching new creations inspired by and celebrating the might and mystery of the witch. Assembled by one of the most well-regarded anthologists in the science fiction/fantasy world, this rich, intelligent collection will enchant readers of all ages. (SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS)

Pretty good lot huh? Well, the books are not all! I was able to speak to a few of the authors. Get their insights on the market, their careers, and welcomed any tid bit of information that can help me along my own journey.

On the final day of Comic Con, I attended a writers workshop given by the Winner Twins, the youngest award winning authors in the country. These girls are seventeen and have two books published, two more written and in the editing stages, and eight awards for their books racked up already. I don’t care how old they are, or that I am a good ten years older than them, they have done something right and I know when to take notes and listen.

Now, did I only go to Comic Con for the new books and awesome authors? Of course not! I watched panels on my favorite shows and wandered the sales floor looking for new treasures, got some new art for our house and enjoyed having four days to spend with my husband. But the books? Oh yes, those were my favorite snag of the con…that and possibly my True Blood giveaways!

Keep an eye out in the coming days for the first of my reviews of the books I got at Comic Con. I want to share with you all the brilliance that these authors who know the power of Comic Con’s huge market have come up with. 

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