Nerd Alert: SDCC 2013 recap and HUGE giveaway!

August 2, 2013 2013, event, events, giveaway, SDCC, tonya 129

Photo credit: @trinitymartinez1

Oh, Comic Con. How to explain to the uninitiated? Think of your very favorite thing. The thing that makes you happiest. That makes your whole face light up. The thing you can talk about for hours with philosophical authority, and passion, and wonder and awe.

Now think of 300,000 people who feel the same way coming together for four days of the ULTIMATE GEEK OUT. Comic Con has something for the nerd in everyone. It’s not just about comics anymore, it’s television, movies, video games, books, role playing… you name it, there’s a group there who’s into it. (Yep, even that. Don’t make that face.)

This was my sixth year going, and as a pretty equal opportunity nerd, I usually run myself ragged trying to see every. single. thing. I can. I mean. My favorite television and movie stars, comic writers and artists, AND BEST OF ALL: BOOK PEOPLE?

Please pass the Five Hour Energy.

Every year I tell myself I’m going to take it easy this time. And every year I create a super specific, color-coded, cross-referenced spreadsheet with multiple tabs listing everything I want to see and do. This year was no  exception.

I can’t help myself. There’s just so! many! things.

Keep reading for a recap of my time at SDCC, and a pretty epic giveaway of all my book spoils!

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Wednesday: 

The view from our balcony.

Greet best friends I haven’t seen since last year’s Comic Con.

Eat nutritious and delicious lunch of In N Out.

Make the two hour drive to San Diego.

Check into our out of the way, but seriously GORGEOUS hotel room.

Pick up passes.

Check out ridiculously crowded Exhibit Hall for about three minutes.

Margaritas.

 

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Thursday:

The first official day of the con! I didn’t actually have much going on, so I wandered the Exhibit Hall for most of the afternoon.

Trin being seriously adorable with TWD zombies
Giant Ice King at the Cartoon Network booth.
(Photo credit: @trinitymartinez1)
Thor, is that you?

And, of course, checking out the pub booths and their giveaway schedules. Priorities.

The awesome Little, Brown booth.

And then I headed over to the Robyn Schneider and Chuck Palahniuk signing. I’ve been a long time fan of Chuck, and was super excited to meet him in person and get a couple of my favorites signed. Alas, the experience was not as exciting/personable as I’d imagined, but it was still cool to get my books signed.

Photo Credit: Book Junkie

Robyn was incredibly sweet (and adorable), and so excited that I’d already read and reviewed The Beginning of Everything.

(I asked her about the cover/title change I mentioned in my review, and she told me that they changed the title from Severed Heads, Broken Hearts because people assumed it was dystopian. Go figure.)

Then I stopped by the Macmillan booth (where the ladies are seriously awesome) just in time to have Jessica Brody sign a hardcover of Unremembered. And just as I finished, Cecil Castellucci was signing ARCs of Tin Star (which sounds amazing.)

By the end of the afternoon, I’d amassed a pretty sizable pile of spoils.

Friday was the day I’d be in panels in Hall H (the largest room in the con, which holds 6,500 people, I believe) all day, and knew the lines would get pretty crazy. We figured we’d have to leave to get in line by about 3am. Which sounded ridiculous, but doable if we just had an early night.

Except as soon as we settled into bed, we saw reports on twitter that the line was already filling up. So, at about 10:30, we packed up some snacks and blankets, and headed to the Hall H line.

We played Cards Against Humanity (the most fun ever) until we were delirious with exhaustion, and finally fell asleep somewhere around 2am.

Sleeping on the ground is just as terrible as it looks.

 

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Friday:

We woke up around 5am, surly and disheveled as all get out, but on the kind of manic high only sleeping on the ground with hundreds of strangers can give you. Trin and I went on a coffee run and breakfast run, with a side of breaking and entering.

While I can’t say sleeping on the ground is really ever worth anything, the panels in Hall H that day were spectacular.

First Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost talked the upcoming conclusion to their Cornetto trilogy, The World’s End, which looks hilarious.

Then, the cast and writer/director of Veronica Mars came out to give us a taste of the movie they crowd funded through Kickstarter. I haven’t watched Veronica Mars, but the cast was so fun and seemed truly at home with one another. And the movie looks great.

Trin even got to ask Kristen Bell a question! (According to Kristen, Logan’s smolder comes from heaven.)

Next up was the new Riddick movie, which is not really my thing to be honest. So I took a little nap.

I woke up in time to see the Kick Ass 2 panel, which looks super pretty hilarious.

And theeeeennnn… what I’d really been waiting for. The Walking Dead, followed by Game of Thrones!

The new season of TWD looks IN. SANE. I can’t wait for it. And man alive, they’re all so pretty.

They started the Game of Thrones panel with an In Memoriam (caution: spoilers) set to Yesterday by Boyz II Men, and I almost peed myself / definitely cried. And maybe had a few tear prickles when Richard Madden walked out to cheers of “The King in the North!” (I love you, awesome nerds.)

And hands down, the best moment of the day was when Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) ran out on stage and tackle-kissed Emilia. “My sun and stars!” Sigh. These are the kind of awesome moments that only happen at SDCC.

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Saturday:

After some much needed sleep (in a bed!) I headed back to the Exhibit Hall on Saturday morning (okay, more like early afternoon) to say hi to Christina Lauren at their signing. They were, as always, adorable.

We slept in a bed!
Christina Hobbs & Lauren Billings

Then we headed over to the When Grrrls Fall in Love signing, with Allie Condie, Veronica Roth, Holly Black, Marissa Meyer, Lissa Price, Sherri Smith, and Veronica Wolff. (These photos are mostly courtesy of Book Junkie–who I finally met, yay!–because I completely failed at photographing much of anything all weekend. You should read her recap; it’s much more concise.)

Allie Condie
Holly Black with her wicked awesome hair
The adorable Veronica Roth
Marissa Meyer and the entire panel.

That afternoon, we went to Petco to see the NerdHQ Kick Ass 2 panel, which was a little disappointing as Aaron Johnson was not in attendance, but all was forgiven when Nathan Fillion surprised us by being the moderator. Holy moly, I love him so much.

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O Captain, My Captain.
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Sunday:

After a leisurely breakfast and packing up, we headed to the con for the What’s Hot in YA panel, featuring Tahereh Mafi, Ransom Riggs, Chelsea Pitcher, Rainbow Rowell, Rachel Cohn, Rachel Hawkins, Mark Frost, Veronica Rossi and narrated by Nathan Branson.

And, thanks to my friend Lauren being the best, we got to have a moment with Rainbow Rowell. Trinity, one of the sweetest people on the planet who is also the best baker known to man, put together a sweets box for Rainbow, complete with a USB drive that looks like a mix tape. (I mean, COME ON.  That’s just perfect.)

Rainbow was incredibly gracious and sweet while we all fangirled the hell out of her. There may have been tears. It was pretty embarrassing.

(Speaking of fangirling… stay tuned next month for my review of Rainbow’s incredible Fangirl, which was the origin of much of our emotional breakdowns while we spoke to her. And yes, I am actually crying in that picture. And also wearing a half-assed Doctor Who costume.)

Further proof that Rainbow is the actual best: with a patient grace I definitely do not possess, she let me show her all the lines from Eleanor & Park I’d flagged

Photo Credit: Lauren Billings

AND THEN SHE SIGNED MY FAVORITE. (Look away if you haven’t read, don’t spoil this line for yourself.)

Sigh. That was the pinnacle of SDCC for me. Which is fitting, with the Star Wars tie in and all.

And now you know the extent of my nerdery.

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So. Since you couldn’t join me on my SDCC adventure this year, I brought some of it back for you. Because I’m a giver (awayer).  I’ve got two HUGE book bundles up for grabs for you guys:


Grand prize: Matched, Crossed & Reached by Allie Condie; Cinder & Scarlet by Marissa Meyer; Divergent & Insurgent by Veronica Roth; Hourglass, Timepiece & Infinityglass by Myra McEntire; Shatter Me & Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi; White Cat, Red Glove, Black Heart by Holly Black; Under the Never Sky & Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi. All signed.

2nd prize: Allegiant tote signed by Veronica Roth; Starters by Lissa Prize; The Beginning of Everything ARC; Crap Kingdom by DC Pierson; Homeland by Corey Doctorow; Unremembered by Jessica Brody; Coda by Emma Trevayne; The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher; Miss Peregrines by Ransom Riggs; Orleans by Sherri Smith; Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff. Plus various swag.

All you need to do is leave a comment telling me what would make YOU fangirl/boy, and leave your name and email in the Rafflecopter form! Don’t forget that you may also earn additional entries by tweeting daily, sharing the contest on your blog/Tumblr/Facebook/Pinterest, etc.

Open to U.S. and Canadian residents aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. See complete rules on the entry form. Good luck!

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129 Responses to “Nerd Alert: SDCC 2013 recap and HUGE giveaway!”

  1. Ariel Smith

    Ahh! I’m so jealous of everyone who gets to go to comic con. I want to go so bad<3 I would freak out so much if I met Veronica Roth and Ian Somerhalder.

  2. A Canadian Girl

    Your trip sounds so fun but also overwhelming. I’m so jealous that you Californians have so many authors coming your way!

    I think I’d seriously fangirl if I got to meet J.K. Rowling and/or the cast of Harry Potter. Thanks for the giveaway, Tonya.

  3. Rachelia

    Oh my goodness, this seems like a TON of fun (if not a little overwhelming)! I just read The Beginning of Everything (LOOOOOVED IT) so I’m a little jealous of you getting to meet Robyn Schneider, haha! Ohhhhh the Veronica Mars panel. I would have died!! AND Rainbow Rowell!?!?! Too much awesomeness. Love your idea of having her sign by your favorite quote. Makes it that much more special!!

  4. Lexi

    I’m extremely jealous because I’ve always wanted to go to SDCC! (Hopefully one day it’ll happen) I’m SUPER obsessed with tons of shows (the latest of which has been Orphan Black) so I think it would be insanely cool to be able to hear the cast and stuff answer questions about the shows.
    PLUS, authors?! UM YES PLEASE. I’ve never been to an author signing or anything, and although I’d love to say it would be fun to talk with them, in reality I would probably be speechless and awkward, while silently screaming on the inside. Thanks for the giveaway! SO MUCH STUFF AAAH.

  5. Trudy Hewitt

    Oh my gosh I would die of excitement if in won this giveaway! I have wanted to read these books since forever! I really really hope in win! I never win anything :( I would fan girl so hard if I win! Thank you for the contest guys you’re amazing

  6. coveringallcovers

    Oh my gosh, I’m so jealous! You’re so lucky that you got to meet all of those authors – that alone would definitely turn me into a hardcore fangirl. I wish I could have gone, but I’m all the way in Canada so that would be difficult. Oh and seeing the cast of Divergent and City of Bones would have probably left me so starstruck that I wouldn’t even be to talk…I really love those series if you can’t tell haha! Don’t have facebook or twitter, but I’m still posting this comment anyway! I’ll share on my blog though!

    Thanks for having this giveaway, Tonya :)

  7. Melody Silverleaf

    @Tandie M You should give the Salt Lake City one a try. I didn’t get to the Philly one, but saw the teaser sheet and there were still a lot of great people there. SDCC is the best in the nation, but the others could be just as much fun. Plus fewer people, so it maybe easier to get closer to people like Nathan Fillion and the authors in attendance.

    @Tonya LOVE this post and seeing the comments from everyone. We are really getting a moment to SQUEE with you. :)

  8. Sarah Johnson

    Everything you went to would make me fangirl. It sounds like you had so much fun. I want to go to Comic Con one day, but it won’t be anytime soon. I fangirl over books, Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien, any band that happens to grace my phone or ipod, authors, cute famous guys, and Dylan O’Brien. I wasn’t even at Comic Con and I followed every single panel he attended.

  9. Tandie M

    Cap’n Malcolm MacDowel? This looks like so much fun, I’ve never been. There’s a Comic Con in Salt Lake City but I’m not sure it would be as awesome.

  10. Sheree

    My first year at Comic Con, I had a (very) mildly flirtatious encounter with Nathan Fillion. As I was grinning like a crazy person, my husband informed him I had a huge crush on him. He told my husband to be careful or he might steal me away. Sigh. It was my favorite Comic Con fangirl moment.

  11. Sheree

    My first year at Comic Con, I had a (very) mildly flirtatious encounter with Nathan Fillion. As I was grinning like a crazy person, my husband informed him I had a huge crush on him. He told my husband to be careful or he might steal me away. Sigh. It was my favorite Comic Con fangirl moment.

  12. Nikki Vanderhoof

    Hi my name is Nikki, and I am a Fan Girl. Of what you ask? here are just a few; Star Wars, Zombies, comic books, graphic novels, manga Nathan Fillion and/or anything by Joss Whedon. I’m absolutely horrendously jealous that you got to do this. I’ve wanted to go to Comic Con for years! Probably would’ve gone there on my honeymoon if possible, lol!

  13. Nikki Vanderhoof

    Not sure how to answer when I basically nerd out about everything but Star Trek. Star Wars? HELL YES! Zombies? DUH! Graphic novels, comic books, and the fact that you have a picture of Nathan Fillion?! You’re killing me. Any and all things Firefly and/or Joss Whedon, count me in!! Oh yeah, I’m extra supremely jealous that you got to go. I’d definitely be willing to sleep on the floor for a chance to have that much nerdilicious fun!

  14. Nikki Vanderhoof

    Not sure how to answer when I basically nerd out about everything but Star Trek. Star Wars? HELL YES! Zombies? DUH! Graphic novels, comic books, and the fact that you have a picture of Nathan Fillion?! You’re killing me. Any and all things Firefly and/or Joss Whedon, count me in!! Oh yeah, I’m extra supremely jealous that you got to go. I’d definitely be willing to sleep on the floor for a chance to have that much nerdilicious fun!

  15. Mac Ford

    This is my first time visiting this blog and I really enjoyed your post! Looks like SDCC was amazing :) I’d definitely fangirl if I got to talk to Aly Carter about the Gallagher Girls series. I’m a huge fan of those books. :’)

  16. Amir Lacaba

    SDCC is seriously at the top of my bucket list. All those awesome authors, great and talented celebrities…SQUEEEE!!! It’s my love for TV and Books come together in one magical geektastic place! Also, big fan of San Diego…we used to dock there every 4-5 days (I’m a cruise crew) it’s one my favorite cities in the US :)

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  17. Holly Letson

    I’d love to go to this one. I think it’d be one where lots of mangas and manga maniacs would be. Where I wouldn’t stick out going on and on about mangas and books.

  18. Casey B.

    Comic Con? What can you NOT fangirl over?!? I also fangirl over BEA, which is kinda the best thing ever:) Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  19. genagirl

    I would love to go to Comic Con! Never have gotten to go but my friends and I talk about doing it someday when we have some money! I would go completely fangirl over John Barrowman (Capt. Jack from Torchwood) or Nathan Fillion (Capt. Tightpants himself!) But since I work at a library I would also go nutz over the authors! And free books! Who doesn’t love free books!

  20. Sherifa Alabi

    I will keep this short and blunt. I LOVE COMIC CON~!! I Fangirl all of those authors. I love the books,the characters, and the authors for writing it. The concepts are just beautiful. Tahereh Mafi writing style is just… amazing. I know she’s Muslim and not everyone in the would approve of what she writes but she leaves you wanting more of gorgeous writing. Just like every other books. I just really Fangirl all authors and their books. Book lover for eternity~!
    -Sherifa

  21. Mandroid

    I fangirl at Comic Con so much, I don’t know where to start. I think we crossed paths a couple of times in signing lines! This year I fangirled most for Marissa Meyer (and got a Cress ARC!) and John Barrowman, who is probably the funniest guy at Con always.

    The overnight line thing was pretty new for this year. We got in line by 4am on Sunday and barely got in for Supernatural. I think I’m giving up on Hall H next year, but the BF will not miss GOT (or Star Wars if it’s there).

    I’ve never done signings at Sails Pavilion. Do you have to purchase the books to sign, bring your own or are they like many of the pub booth signings where they have copies they give away?

    Leslie @ Working for the Mandroid

  22. Mandroid

    I fangirl at Comic Con so much, I don’t know where to start. I think we crossed paths a couple of times in signing lines! This year I fangirled most for Marissa Meyer (and got a Cress ARC!) and John Barrowman, who is probably the funniest guy at Con always.

    The overnight line thing was pretty new for this year. We got in line by 4am on Sunday and barely got in for Supernatural. I think I’m giving up on Hall H next year, but the BF will not miss GOT (or Star Wars if it’s there).

    I’ve never done signings at Sails Pavilion. Do you have to purchase the books to sign, bring your own or are they like many of the pub booth signings where they have copies they give away?

  23. fishgirl182

    great recap! i think we were in line for a lot of the same book signings. i fangirl about a lot of things but i would say i fangirled pretty hard over marissa meyer this year. and i was a huge fangirl this past weekend when i went to the ilon a andrews signing. thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Kim

    I. Am. SO. Jealous! Walking Dead, Veronica Mars, Holly Black, AND Rainbow Rowel?! And Nathan? I had serious envy vision when I read over this post. BUT I’m glad you got to go and enjoyed it so much! Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

  25. Rain Jeys

    I really need to go to ComicCon one of these days! I fangurl for basically any author whose work I enjoy. I’m also a pretty harcore Whovian. I was super-excited about the announcement of the 12th Doctor today!

    Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway!

  26. Chlicy Cat

    I fangirl even at the thought of BEA or Comic Con. But alas, I live in Canada and have not been able to visit. SOMEDAY I SHALL GO ANY MANY FEELS SHALL BE EXPERIENCED.

    Thank you so much for this giveaway, it’s freaking amazing is what it is :)

    Chelsie Lichty

  27. sarah

    I would be super excited to meet Tahereh Mafi and Veronica Roth.

    ksarah26(at)aol(dot)com

  28. Caryn Caldwell

    Wow! That does look amazing! I really need to try going sometime. I’ve heard it’s so much fun. Very odd, and exhausting too, but FUN.

  29. Cassi Haggard

    Sounds like you had A LOT of fun. I’d love to go someday. Oddly enough I’ve seen that Lego hobbit home before when Lego Kidsfest came through my town and used our facility (I do PR so I took pictures to promote the event that way).

  30. Joyous Reads

    I’ve never been but you ladies looked like you had fun. I think I’ll be struck-stupid if I actually see Sheriff Rick Grimes. Le sigh. Oh and grabbing some lovely books would be awesome as well.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Rebecca B

    Like half the world, I would go fangirl crazy if I met JK Rowling and actually had an hour or two to pick her brain. Seriously, if I had a magic genie, that would be my first wish (then world peace). After Ms. Rowling, Judy Blume and Cassandra Clare come a close second and third (I liked the City of Bones books but I loved Clockwork Angel, and anything by Ms. Blume is perfect). Basically, though, I love to talk about books so much that meeting an author of any book that I had read would be a real joy to me. So I’m incredibly jealous of your whole amazing SDCC experience! But I’m also super grateful that you’re having this contest. Thanks for passing along the joy!

  32. readasaurus jen

    I was at SDCC this year and there were lots of fangirl moments. I loved seeing the Psych panel and the Brave New Warriors panel which had MATT SMITH!!! and Kit Harrington (He is super gorgeous). That and seeing a sneak peak of Sherlock season 3 was amazing!

  33. readasaurus jen

    I went to ComicCon this year. I totally had a fangirl freakout about seeing the Psych panel, and the Brave New Warriors panel which had Matt Smith!!!! and Kit Harrington (he is super gorgeous).

  34. reader

    I am so jealous! Not only did you get to meet the best authors, you met Nathan Fillion a.k.a. Richard Castle a.k.a. who I want to be!

  35. Steph

    It looks like you had such an amazing time at SDCC!! I wish I could go to a big convention like that or BEA – maybe someday! I would totally fangirl out if I met ANY author that I’ve read (or maybe even heard of) – and if I saw/met actors too – I would probably faint!

    Thanks for sharing your awesome experience with those of us who couldn’t attend and a HUGE thanks for this epic giveaway!

  36. Misti

    I’d love to go to SDCC one day! I’m lucky enough to live in Atlanta, where they hold Dragon*Con every year. Just a poor man’s SDCC, but I’ll take what I can get. ;) It looks like you had a great time! I would have been so excited to meet Veronica Roth, too!

  37. Angela Chen

    Oh my gosh, that looks like so much fun!! I wish I went. :( I love Rainbow Rowell! I never met her before, but Eleanor and Park was ah-mazing!! <3 She seems like such an amazing person. I need my book signed! D: And Marissa Meyer! Love her. I haven't met her either though. :( I never met any author actually. My life is sad. I'd fangirl over meeting any author. They make my life complete. <3

  38. Aneeqah

    Dang, it seems like SDCC was AWESOME. Everyone was raving about it on Twitter, but it was great reading your experience! Rainbow Rowell seems SO awesome, and it’s so sweet that she signed your favorite quote! <3

    As for my fangirling… I’d probably die if I got to meet some of my fave authors, like Patrick Ness, Veronica Rossi, or Veronica Roth.

  39. kbellacullen

    Ahhhhh so exciting! I’d be fangirling over Veronica Roth, especially since she seems like such a sweetie.

    (Katherine, btw. Not sure why I don’t have a name!)

  40. Kritika

    I would have a huge fangirl moment if I met/got a book signed by any of my favorite authors (Neal Shusterman, Patrick Ness, Melina Marchetta, Markus Zusak, Neil Gaiman, Laini Taylor, Orson Scott Card).
    I screamed and jumped up and down and gushed to my roommates when I won a signed copy of Days of Blood and Starlight from a writing contest. Sadly, my roommates are not avid readers and did not understand my completely reasonable reaction haha
    And I’d probably fangirl if I met David Tennant :)

  41. Jessica R

    I don’t know how I’d survive Comic-Con. It seems so busy and overwhelming! I went to BEA this year and I was a total fangirl over Elizabeth Wein and Victoria Schwab. I’m just praying they didn’t think I was a crazy person when I met them because I was definitely in fangirl mode.

  42. Janita @ Book, Interrupted

    I fan girl over authors, but especially the cast of Teen Wolf. They are the hottest cast of actors in a show I have ever seen in my entire life. Dylan O’Brien, *swoon*. Besides Teen Wolf and authors, I would also go crazy if I could go to the panel for Game of Thrones. It’s my all-time favourite show, and I luuuurve Tyrion. ForEVAAAA

  43. Gaby S

    I’m pretty sure everything you mentioned above would be enough to make me cry all the crazy fangirl tears. Especially SURPRISE Nathan Fillion moments and brilliant Veronica Mars brilliance. I mean, seriously. WHERE ELSE WOULD THE LOGAN SMOLDER COME FROM!? WHERE. ELSE? (You should hurry up and watch that show, for the record. It’s great.)

    I’ve always wanted to go to SDCC. I was a huge comic book nerd as tween-teen and while my skills are rusty, I’ll be a Marvel girl til I die. SO basically what I’m saying is: One day SDCC will happen and my life will be complete. ONE DAY. (Perhaps THAT would be my ultimate fangirl moment?)

    Also: I’m in love with your adorable Doctor Who costume.

    Now I’m done.

  44. Kayla DeGroote

    SDCC just seems so amazing! It’s on my list of things that I must do sometime in my life, along with attending BEA :)

    Hmm.. I’d say that I would definitely fangirl if I got to meet authors and talk to them, and if I got to go to different panels for my favorite shows. Seeing as I’ve never been to an author signing (sob) and I wanna meet certain actors SO badly.. yeah I’d probably break down crying in front of them.

    I’m so glad you had a great time! Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Barbara E.

    I’ve met a lot of wonderful authors in the past and I can hold my fandom back pretty well, but what would make me go all fangirl would be meeting Nathan Filion, I would be speechless. :D

  46. Beatriz Guadron

    SDCC sounds like it was so awesome!! I hope to go next year! Let’s see, what would make me fangirl… Well, anytime I’ve met authors I love I get super excited and don’t know what to say, so I imagine the same thing would happen at SDCC! Also, I would LOVE to go to the movie panels, like this year’s Marvel panels.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  47. Christine

    I would completely freak out in front of Veronica Roth and Tahereh Mafi. Their books make me fangirl so much, and I don’t think I could handle meeting them.

  48. Lindsey

    What an amazing time! Reading all about it is making me really excited for YALL Fest and all the fangirling that will definitely be happening! Pretty sure everyone is going to have to hold me up to keep me from passing out when I meet Tahereh Mafi. I’m going to because an awkward mess and not even know what to say! I’ll need some help and guidance!

  49. Lindsey

    What an amazing time! Reading all about it is making me really excited for YALL Fest and all the fangirling that will definitely be happening! Pretty sure everyone is going to have to hold me up to keep me from passing out when I meet Tahereh Mafi. I’m going to because an awkward mess and not even know what to say! I’ll need some help and guidance!

  50. victoria peña

    I AM A FANGIRL .. I LOVE VERONICA ROTH BOOKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!! and THIS GIVEAWAY .. IS SUPER AWESOME … !!!!!! WUAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA I AM SOOOOO DAMN HAPPY TODAY … mmmm why i am a fangirl ? … because .. i dream eat .. the books … ajajajjaj
    almendra in the rafflecopter

  51. Vivien

    So jealous!! I would love to attend one of these things! I would absolutely fangirl over J.K. Rowling or Mira Grant…eep!!!

    Vivien
    kellis_amberlee at yahoo dot com

  52. Tiffany Mahaffy

    After much debate I decided that if I were you and was there I probably would have been in a constant state of Fan Girl and probably embarrassed everyone there with me. I would probably also Fan Girl if I met Karen Hooper, Kailin Gow Melissa Meyer or Tahereh Mafi. That’s just the first four that come to mind but I have blanked talking to authors before :)
    Thank you so much for such a kick ass giveaway

  53. Bookworm1858

    Thanks for all the pics and everything! I live pretty close so I really should try to go one year and that is a life goal. Would love to see Joss Whedon!

  54. Pearl K

    Wow. Really awesome adventures you have there at SDCC. Wish I was there. I’d fangirl over the Hunger Games casts & Games of Throne & Veronica Roth any day :) They are just so cool.

  55. Diamond Cronen

    OMG you had the time of your life!! Sooooo much fun! I decided I *have* to go next year to SDCC. Especially because, this is so embarrassing, but I live in LA county. Ad I’ve never been! *bows head in shame*
    I didnt realize what a book event it is too! I mean.. Gah!
    Oh to answer your question, I’d totally fangirl over Buffy cast members, and joss Whedon. Yeah, tha king of the nerds! ;)

  56. Christine

    Wow, it looks like you had a great time! And those book giveaway bundles are AMAZING. *fingers crossed*

  57. Christine

    It looks like you had a great time!

    And those giveaways are AMAZING. I hope I win something. *fingers crossed*

  58. Heidi D

    I am green with envy! It looks like you had an amazing time. I would love to attend Comic-Con one day.

    I don’t fan girl over a lot of things, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I’d be all over the Vampire Diaries panel. I love the cast, especially Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev. Speaking of which, I’d be all over the Originals cast as well. I cannot wait for that series to premiere. I’d also drop everything for Divergent. I love Veronica Roth. What I wouldn’t give to have been there.

  59. Christina2227

    Sounds like you had an (exhausting) amazing Comic-Con experience! I know you met a ton of my friends, and all I can do is sigh from across the country and promise, “One day, I’ll be there too.”

    I think I’d geek out in general over anything and everything there, but especially my “rockstars” which are all the authors. Your Rainbow Rowell meet-and-greet would probably be similar to how I’d react, tears and epic fangirling. Your inscription is probably the best ever! Perfect line is perfect, always.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    ~Christina(2227)

  60. Christina2227

    Sounds like you had an amazing Comic-Con experience! I know you met a ton of my friends, and all I can do is sigh from across the country and promise, “One day, I’ll be there too.”

    I think I’d geek out in general over anything and everything there, but especially my “rockstars” which are all the authors. Your Rainbow Rowell meet-and-greet would probably be similar to how I’d react, tears and epic fangirling. Your inscription is probably the best ever! Perfect line is perfect, always.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    ~Christina(2227)

  61. Jasmine Stairs

    Oh man, I got to go to SDCC one year and it was madness. Insane, lovely madness. And Judging by that experience, I fangirl out over Avatar: The Last Airbender (and Legend of Korra) creators, and anyone involved with Star Trek, and anyone who writes for kids or teens. Basically if I ever go to BEA I’ll just explode.

  62. Kristin A.

    The moment I stepped into the Exhibit Hall it would be just a weekend of fangirling for me. From the awesome Authors to The Walking Dead to possibly running into my favorite Youtubers and even just seeing all the cool toys and games. Yup my cup would be spilling over with the sheer amount of Fangirling I’d be doing.

    Thanks for sharing your experience. It’s really cool getting to see what it is like. Someday I really hope I’ll be able to experience Comic-Con’s awesomeness. Oh and thank you for the amazing Giveaway as well.

  63. Melody Silverleaf

    That is such an awesome experience! I think Nathan Fillion topped your recap for me.
    So, my own fangirl experience today…I got to see Cassandra Clare, Jamie Campbell-Bower and Lily Collins up close and in person in the studio of WMMR in Philadelphia!!!! Sadly, nothing signed, but I have several pictures including one of me with the three. Still grinning about that. :-D or is that XD

  64. Katie

    AHHH. I’ve never been to SDCC, but I’ve really wanted to! I’d probably fangirl over the authors and their work and the overall bookishness in the area. (I saw posts of the TMI panel and it looked amazing.) OH! and certain TV shows (*cough* Sherlock *cough* POI) :P

  65. astrader14

    My roommate and I were just talking about how we would love to make the trip out to SDCC one of these days. I am so jealous you were at the Veronica Mars panel – definitely a show worth watching, and I am super excited for the movie! I would definitely fangirl all over Nathan Fillion, as well as wonderful authors like Leigh Bardugo, Veronica Rossi, and Veronica Roth. It sounds like you had a great time – thanks for sharing your experience!

  66. Tammy Sparks

    I was lucky enough to go too, and had a blast (it was my first time!) But I missed Nathan Fillion!!! Gaahhhh! Love all you pix, I’m trying to pull together my wrap up post, hopefully I’ll get it up soon.

  67. astrader14

    My roommate and I were just talking about how we would love to make the trip out to SDCC one of these days. I am so jealous you were at the Veronica Mars panel – I have missed that show since it went off the air. I would definitely fangirl over Nathan Fillion, as well as fabulous authors like Leigh Bardugo, Veronica Rossi, and Veronica Roth.

  68. Patricia Hoffman

    For authors, I totally would fangirl out for Neil Gaiman, David Sedaris, and Leigh Bardugo.

    SDCC sounds like one wild, crazy ride. :)

  69. Kayla Beck

    OMG I am so incredibly jealous after reading this! I would have loved to have met Marissa Meyer, but I think I would have just died if I saw Nathan Fillion or Matt Smith!

    Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • tonya

      I was GIDDY when Nathan stepped on stage. He was three rows from me! AHH.

      And I forgot to mention in my recap, we went to the Nerdist podcast taping on Saturday, and Matt Smith was the guest. SUCH a sweetheart. I love him so much. <3

  70. Caitlin

    Love your recap! Glad you had such a good time. And ugh. While I wouldn’t trade being in Hall H on Saturday for the rest of the Con, a lot of good authory things happened on Saturday that I am super sad I missed.

    Like Ally Condie and Rick Yancey.

    I fangirl over a lot of things. Authors. Books. Joss Whedon. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Books. Movies. Books.

    • tonya

      I almost wish we’d camped Friday instead of Thursday. Thursday was great, but I would have traded it for Cress, honestly haha.

      Next year, we get over our awkward and actually say hello, deal?

    • Caitlin

      Yes! I feel like we just need to find ourselves in the same line. Making friends in line is so much easier than making friends outside of lines.

      At least, at Comic Con.

  71. ahz1

    Looks like you all had a wonderful time. I have a dream that one day I’ll get to attend Comic Con.

  72. Stacee

    You’re adorable. And so was your Doctor outfit. I fangirl over authors. A lot.

    Thanks for the awesome recap, the photo credit and the shout out in the post. <3

  73. Lorena

    Ah, Comic-Con! I started going in high school back in the ’90s. It’s hard to believe that it only took up half the Convention Center back then!

    And, I fangirl for authors (that should be a bumper sticker!). They do all the hard work of coming up with awesome story ideas, writing them out and then editing them through until they come to fruition.

  74. Lorena

    Oh, I love Comic-Con! I started going in high school back in the ’90s when it only took up half of the Convention Center. How times have changed!

    In any case, I fangirl for authors (that should be a bumper sticker!). They do the hardest work of actually coming up with awesome stories, write them out and then edit them through to fruition.

    • tonya

      I can imagine! It’s changed quite a bit even since I’ve started going in the last 6 years.

  75. Andrea C.

    I met Sherrilyn Kenyon about two years ago and I TOTALLY fangirled! Speechless and everything! She was very sweet about it – and even ended up taking a picture of me for her Facebook page. I was grinning like a complete idiot!

    Also, whenever an author retweets, favorites, or responds on Twitter, I get super excited!

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    ~Andrea @ ​Beauty but a Funny Girl

    • tonya

      That’s so cool! She had her own booth at the con, and it was always busy. :)

      I do the same when an author responds to me on twitter. I forget they’re just normal people (with extraordinary talent) sometimes.

    • tonya

      I wouldn’t get to go every year if it wasn’t so close to me. They’re never allowed to move locations, I will cry.

  76. Ashley

    Authors I fangirl for. It actually embarrasses my friends, but I can’t control myself. I’ve tried!

    • tonya

      I’m not usually so… expressive. But FANGIRL really hit home for me (as did ELEANOR & PARK), and I just couldn’t help all my FEELINGS spilling out.

  77. Brie

    Oh man. I would fangirl over the authors, Teen Wolf panel (gimmie Daniel Sharman – look him up, he’s tall, lanky and British), and the women in movies panel (which I heard was brilliant) but let’s be real, I’d just lay on the convention center floor and cry because I’d be overwhelmed. 2014 SDCC? #bucketlist

  78. Brie

    Oh man. I would fangirl over the authors, the women in movies panel (which I heard was awesome) , the Teen Wolf panel (let me steal Daniel Sharman please and thank you), ummmmm I don’t even know what else. I would probably have sensory overload and just lay down in the convention center and cry. I realllllyyyyy hope I get to go next year. #bucketlist.

    • tonya

      That’s pretty much what happens to be when I get home from the con. My body just collapses and I have a mini breakdown. TOO MUCH.

      You definitely need to come next year!

  79. Shelver506

    Eeeeeeee that’s so cool! I’m ridiculously jealous that you got to go to SDCC, but I’m glad you had such an amazing time! (I don’t envy you the sleeping-on-the-ground part, though.)

    • tonya

      It was so, so horrible. I actually only made it about an hour before I was trying to convince everyone it wasn’t worth it and we should go back to the room. I’d never make it in war. ;)

  80. justshireen

    One day I will be in that megabed. ONE DAY. *shakes fist at sky*

    The things for which I will fangirl are numerous, but briefly: Fillion, NPH, megabed with yous, John Krasinski you perfect, perfect human, Megan McCafferty, Kristen Stewart (don’t you judge me), Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman, Dave Eggers, Stephanie Perkins, Marisa de los Santos, Drogo, any and all of the cast of New Girl…

  81. starryeyedjen

    This is actually a con that I think the husband might be enticed to attend with me for once. :) Looks like you had the best time! I think I would have been fangirling over everything, but especially Nathan Fillion (love him!) and the Veronica Mars panel. I adored that show, and I might have a girl crush on Kristen Bell after the sloth incident. Too cute! Thanks for sharing your experience — and making us all totally jealous! — and for sharing — and then making us forget our jealousy immediately. :D

    • tonya

      Hee, don’t be too jealous! It wasn’t for San Diego being so close, I would never get to go. Kristen Bell was seriously adorable on that panel. I need to watch the show now.

      Good luck in the giveaway! :)

  82. justshireen

    One day I will be in that megabed. ONE DAY. *shakes fist at sky*

    The things for which I will fangirl are numerous, but briefly: Fillion, NPH, megabed with yous, John Krasinski you perfect, perfect human, Megan McCafferty, Kristen Stewart (don’t you judge me), Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman, Dave Eggers, Stephanie Perkins, Marisa de los Santos, Drogo, any and all of the cast of New Girl…

  83. justshireen

    One day I will be in that megabed. ONE DAY. *shakes fist at sky*

    The things for which I would fangirl over are vast, but briefly: Fillion, megabed with yous, John Krasinski you perfect, perfect human, Megan McCafferty, Kristen Stewart (don’t you judge me), Stephanie Perkins, Dave Eggers, Neil Gaiman, Gillian Flynn, Marisa de los Santos, any and all of the New Girl cast…

    • tonya

      One day we will lure you into our den of iniquity… one day. (COME TO YALLFEST.)

      I’m only judging you a little bit. The Nathan and the John make up for it.

  84. Annie

    Apparently Tom Hiddleston showed up somewhere for Comic Con. I would definitely fangirl over that.

    • tonya

      Yes, he did! And I’m so sad I missed him. (and the other Avengers.) He’s fantastic. I saw a photo of him and Nathan Fillion laughing together. And yeah. I fangirled. Hard.

  85. Unknown

    I think I’d fangirl right now over Seanan Maguire. I’m kind of obsessed with most of her series right now.

    Looks like you had an amazing time!

  86. Unknown

    I think I’d fangirl right now for Seanan Maguire. I’m pretty obsessed with most of her series right now.

    • tonya

      I haven’t read her stuff, but the line for her signing was incredibly long! It was awesome. :)

  87. Kay

    I am so jealous you got to go to Comic-Con! I will go one year, hopefully soon. Oh and I love Nathan Fillion as well. I’m glad you had so much fun! I thought I read somewhere that they had a showing of a clip of Divergent? Did you get to see that?

    • tonya

      I pretty much only manage to go because San Diego is so close to me. They did show a clip of Divergent at the panel, I believe, but I didn’t get to see it. I’m sure it’s up online somewhere by now!

  88. Cynthia Vanderwicken

    Loves me some Veronica Roth!….Kevin Hearne(Iron Druid Chronicles)..Charles Stross…Jim Butcher..Benedict Jacka…Laurell Hamilton…I could go ON and ON! Just received my “Tardis” beach towell in the mail…HOPE to see SDCC sometime in this lifetime!

  89. Cynthia Vanderwicken

    Loves me some Veronica Roth!….Kevin Hearne(Iron Druid Chronicles)..Charles Stross…Jim Butcher..Benedict Jacka…Laurell Hamilton…I could go ON and ON! Just received my “Tardis” beach towell in the mail…HOPE to see SDCC sometime in this lifetime!

    • tonya

      I’m jealous of your beach towel! I’m so lucky SDCC is so close to me, otherwise I know I’d rarely get to go. It’s my favorite time of year. :)

  90. Liviania

    I’m not sure you have the Rafflecopter set up right – there’s not the usual entry to leave name/address.

    I’d definitely fangirl over Nathan Fillion and the Game of Thrones panel too. But I’d’ve loved the Riddick panel! I’m looking forward to the new movie. Plus, Vin Diesel who is a massive geek.

    • tonya

      Thank you for letting me know! I fixed it earlier this morning.

      I had no idea what a geek Vin Diesel was. It was so funny to hear him talking about playing D&D. The mental picture is awesome. He’s so well-spoken and personable. Not what I expected in the least. (The director, on the other hand, is a grade A douche. Ugh.)

  91. Mary @ BookSwarm

    SDCC is definitely on my bucket list. I love BEA which, obviously, is just books but to be there at SDCC with my fellow fangirls and nerds would be AWESOME!! It looks like you had SO MUCH FUN!!! But I’mma have to fight you for Nathan Fillion. He’s MY man. *puts up dukes*

    • tonya

      We’re gonna have to throw down on this one, Mary. *cues up Monica and Brandy” (Please get that reference and don’t make me feel old, haha.)

  92. Danielle Nguyen

    I’ve been to BEA twice now, and I was in a constant state of fangirl the entire time I was at Javits. I can imaging Comic Con is like that times 100. Authors and celebrities?! I might not survive it.

    • tonya

      Oh man, BEA is my dream destination. All the books! All the authors! I just happen to live really close to SDCC, which makes it easy to go.

  93. Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    What an amazing time! I would love the chance to go so SDCC someday! So many awesome movies, tv shows and books to fangirl over all in the same place! Rainbow Rowell signing your favorite quote is pretty awesome. I don’t even know what I would fangirl over the most. Veronica Roth being there is pretty serious for me. Also anything having to do with The Avengers or The Lord of the Rings. I’m glad you had such an amazing time! Thank you for sharing your experience and some awesome prizes!

    • tonya

      It was kind of hard to fangirl over Veronica Roth because she’s so busy and inundated, you don’t really have time with her. But I squeed quietly to myself about how adorable she is.