So Comic-Con! My adventure started on Wednesday morning. After landing, checking into the hotel and unpacking, my friend and I looked at the shuttle map and headed downtown shortly after. Last year we stayed downtown and it was a bit more expensive but it was within walking distance of the convention hall.
We finally made it to the convention hall after waiting in line after line. My friend and I have very varying tastes (he was actually there for comics!) so we parted ways shortly after getting our badges. I browsed the publishing house booths and grabbed a few ARCs. There was not a lot of interesting stuff going on but I managed to grab a copy of The Beginning of Everything by Robin Schneider, Control by Lydia Kang and Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes. I then headed to the big booths and found myself in line at Lionsgate for the Mockingjay Pin! I was so happy to get this on the first day. I know from talking with other people that they had a hard time getting one. While I was standing in line I checked Twitter and saw that Myra McEntire had posted that the Mysterious Galaxy booth had a copy of Infinityglass out. I almost ran over there and snatched it up! I had planned to stay up reading it but alas I was tired from travel and day 1 and only managed to get about 50 pages of reading in.
Day 2 will forever be called “The Day I did everything Divergent”. I got to the convention hall early because I wanted to get in line for a signing ticket for the Divergent cast. The first time through the line I did not draw a winning ticket. If you don’t get a winning ticket you are allowed to get back in line to draw until you do. So I got back in line! While I was in line all the tickets had been drawn but then I found out the first drawing was for secondary cast and the new drawing was for Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Neil Burger and Veronica Roth! I did manage to pull a winning ticket and was ecstatic! From there I decided to walk around the convention floor because I had nothing to do until the afternoon. I met Jessica Brody and got her to sign a copy of Unremembered for me. I headed to one of the many highlights of my day, a press conference for Divergent! I got asked to attend this on behalf of Divergent Society and graciously accepted. This was like no other. I have pictures and videos but a missing camera cord. I personally did not ask a question but it was very open so if I had come up with something good I totally would have. The cast has great chemistry and I honestly cannot wait to see the movie this Spring! I tried to get into Hall H for the panel because the line was short but once I saw on Twitter that they had showed the footage I didn’t see a point of still trying to get in (I later found out that they showed the footage twice). I then headed to my signing. It kind of made me upset to see that a lot of the people in the line didn’t really care about who was signing and what they were signing for. I personally fan-girled like crazy to Veronica. I made a comment last time I met her that made it sound like I was stalking her. I quickly realized what I had said and then continued to say “I swear I’m not stalking you!” I had told this story to the girl behind me in line and then when I was talking to Veronica she made a comment to her about it. Veronica then goes “Oh yeah I totally remember you now because it’s not everyday someone tells you they aren’t stalking you”. I couldn’t tell if I should be mortified or not. I then got to talk to Theo James (swoon), Shailene Woodley and Neil Burger. I asked them about their favorite restaurants while filming in Chicago and they asked for my recommendations. I was not expecting that so I told them Kuma’s Corner (which is one of my favorites) and Theo and I talked about Chicago style pizza. All in all it was a wonderful time.
Fun was still to be had on Thursday! I went to a panel that was highlighting upcoming titles from Simon & Schuster. I heard about some great new titles and got a pretty sweet tote bag and glow-in-the-dark TMI shirt. Thursday books included: Divergent by Veronica Roth, Defy the Dark by various authors, Crap Kingdom by DJ Pierson, Unremembered by Jessica Brody and Chasing Shadows.
Friday. My day started off with getting in line for Cress ASAP. While in line I finally ran into Stacee (@book_junkee or blog) and met other bloggers. I finally met Marissa Meyer (who was dressed up as Red Riding Hood!). While in line for the signing/giveaway, a few of us would take turns going to other booths for their giveaways. I got The Coldest Girl in Cold Town as well as books from Disney which included Never Fade. They weren’t handing them out so I asked if there were plans to so I could make sure to be there. The lovely girl pulled out a copy from underneath the table and I swear I almost cried. I did give her a hug which may have scared her but I have Never Fade! I got books from Random House which included The Eye of Minds, The Waking Dark and Will in Scarlet. I also got the Newsflesh trilogy and met Mira Grant.
Since I already had a hug stack of books before noon I decided I needed to get off the convention floor so one of my friends and I decided to donate blood. HBO sponsors the blood drive every year and they give out some awesome stuff (which includes a pun-y t-shirt). This year I also went to my first off site event at Nerd HQ for Joe Manganiello. Joe is a huge sweetheart and an even bigger nerd. This was a small event that I truly enjoyed and I am glad I was able to attend.
Saturday! I was going to go to a panel featuring several YA authors but I wanted to do a quick loop of the convention hall first and found myself in line for Veronica Roth’s booth signing. She was signing up to 1 item or a shiny Allegiant poster. Since I already had more posters than I care for I had her sign my paperback copy of Divergent. I made my way into the room where the panel was going to be. The panel included Ally Condie (Matched), Veronica Roth (Divergent), Holly Black (The Coldest Girl in Coldtown), Marissa Meyer (Scarlet), Lissa Price (Starters), and Veronica Wolff (The Watchers). It was moderated by Sherri Smith (Orleans) who was totally funny and charismatic. After the panel there was a group signing. I already have all my Matched series and Lunar chronicles signed. I got my collector’s edition of Insurgent signed. I bought Holly’s curse worker trilogy and got an ARC of Coldest Girl signed and I bought a paperback copy of Starters and then won an ARC of Enders! Later in the day I met Shannon Messenger again and got a copy of Let The Sky Fall signed. I went to Leigh Bardugo’s booth signing and got my copy of Siege & Storm signed and got an awesome bag. And finally I met Rick Yancey and probably scared him with all my gushing about The 5th Wave.
I was tired of carrying my books around so I sat in the Summit booth t-shirt line. I honestly would not have done this if I wasn’t already tired of walking around because I waited for a solid hour. In the end I got an Erudite t-shirt (because by this time they were out of Dauntless) and a ton of random swag from their upcoming movies. Also? I got another Mockingjay pin which I was able to give to my friend who didn’t make it to preview night. At some point during this day I totally ran into Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs on the convention floor. I was like “I know who you are” which in retrospect probably made me sound like a creep. I then headed to a panel featuring upcoming Harper titles. I was a bit let down by Harper at Comic-Con but I think it’s because I am always expecting the enthusiasm that Team Epic Reads has and well no one had it. I did get a copy of Vortex which made me really happy.
Sunday. We had to pack/check out of our hotel so I was late to the “What’s Hot in YA” panel but I made it! This panel featured Rachel Cohn (Beta), Mark Frost (The Paladin Prophecy), Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall Series), Tahereh Mafi (Unravel Me), Chelsea Pitcher (The S Word), Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Veronica Rossi (Through the Ever Night), Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor and Park), and Emma Trevayne (Coda). There was a great mix that made for a great panel. Once again a group signing was after that also had Myra McEntire. I got my Shatter Me series signed and defaced, I got my Miss Peregrine signed and talked to Ransom about how vague he has been with the sequel, I met Veronica Rossi again (I met her at CC last year) and got Through the Ever Night signed and we talked about how we both hope she is there next year for Into the Still Blue to make it 3 out of 3, I squeed and hugged Myra because she is my favorite and I FINALLY met Rainbow!! I was sad that they ran out of copies of Eleanor & Park (maybe it was because I was telling everyone in line to buy it) because I left my copy at home but I did buy her other book Attachments. It is an adult book so it was different from E&P but I read it in one sitting on the plane and totally enjoyed it. The rest of the day I was just hanging around the autograph area and went to several other group signings that usually only had one or two authors of interest to me. I met James Dashner again and got an ARC of Eye of Minds signed, I also met Kami Garcia and got an ARC of Unbreakable signed and I got my copy of Rush signed by Ever Silver and absolutely gushed about how much I loved it. She told me that it made her day and that made me so happy. And on that note I ended my Comic-Con adventures! My California adventures are a totally different story for a different day.
Basically I had a blast once again. I collected a whole bunch of pins and resisted picking up everything I could. I talked to some amazing people about everything nerdy and I honestly cannot wait for Comic-Con 2014!
Giveaway time! There will be two different giveaways. The first one contains the Young Adult titles: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia, Control by Lydia Kang, Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, The Eye of Minds by James Dashner and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. On top of these books I will give away an Earthbound t-shirt (Size Woman’s Large).
The second giveaway is for middle grade books: Wild Born by Brandon Mull and Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman. I am separating these because I know personally that I do not usually read middle grade and would like to get these books to people who want to read them.