|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!
|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.
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.|
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.
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.)
|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.
|we all slept in beds!|
|O Captain, My Captain.|
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.
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!