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Comic-Con 2012 All Wrapped Up

Alas, I did not get to see my sweet Nathan Fillion at Comic-Con last weekend. I did, however, get to meet some amazing writers and see some pretty cool stuff. Not only that, but I hung out with Debra Kristi for most of the weekend, which seriously took away the heartache of missing Nathan.

Everyone has their own idea of what makes the perfect Comic-Con. For some, it’s purely about the comics. For others, it’s a chance to show off costuming skills. Many see Comic-Con as a chance to get close to their favorite stars, whether they be on TV, in films, or a rock and roll legend. Like this guy. Yep, that’s Gene Simmons (he was at the My Little Pony booth. Hmmm…)

Me? I go for the panels. Writing panels, mostly.

This year three of my favorite fantasy authors were on the same panel and I was in geek girl heaven. Not only did I get a chance to see Brandon Sanderson, Christopher Paolini, and Patrick Rothfuss talk about all things fantasy, I spent many hours tucked way in Room 2 with Debra Kristi learning about the craft from another fantasy writer. Maxwell Alexander Drake may not be as well-known as the Sanderson’s or Martin’s in the fantasy genre, but I’m fairly certain he will be soon.

I’m going to do a whole post on him, so I’ll just tell you briefly that he gave amazing ‘how to’ workshops on plotting, fight scenes, marketing, and much more. All of his writing tips can be found on his website because he’s just that awesome. A writer who gives back to the writing community ~ love it!

Comic-Con just isn’t the same without all the zany people who attend each year. And the costumes. Oh! The wacky costumes these people think up. Of course steampunk was huge again this year and I saw a lot of cross-costuming, if you will.

Steampunk Super Heroes? Yes, please.


Star Wars is always popular. I’m pretty sure Chewbacca was flirting with me with that smile. What do you think?


There were a lot of Stormtroopers and Jedi… Which mean you also see quite a few Slave Leias. Some are hot…


…and some are, well, I’ll let you decide.

My favorite costumes had to be Alice and her Mad Hatters. Why she needed two, I don’t know, but I love them.

For more pics from Comic-Con, check out my Pinterest board where you can see Elijah Wood, Batmobiles, and a three-breasted futuristic chick from Total Recall. It was disturbing and yet fascinating at the same time.

So tell us, would you dress up for Comic-Con? Would you stand in line for hours to see your favorite stars? Or would you be like Debra and I, sneaking off to workshops on writing? The more I look at that dude Slave Leia, the more I think he’s sexy. What about you?

TAG! I’m it and now so are YOU!

Today we’re starting off my Birthday Week with a very special post highlighting some fun facts about ~ Me! The beautiful and sweet Angela Wallace tagged me in this fun, Get-To-Know-You-Meme and since I’m a sucker for all things wacky, I just had to play.

So, what are the Rules?

  1. You must post the rules. (check)
  2.  Answer the questions and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged. (kind of check, I’m using the same questions)
  3. Tag eleven people and link to them. (again, kind of check. I’m opening this to everyone. It’s my birthday week, I can break the rules!)
  4. Let them know you’ve tagged them. (consider yourself tagged!)
If you could live in a fictional world, where would that be?
Aelinae. It’s the world I’ve created in my book and every time I write a new element into it, I imagine myself there and it’s bliss.
Do you read in noisy or quiet places?
I prefer quiet places, but if the book grabs me, then I can tune out ambient noise. I can’t read at coffee shops, though. I always want to eavesdrop. It’s a terrible habit, I know, but I like to think of it as ‘character study’. 😉
What was the first book you ever read?
I honestly can’t remember. I do know that I read every Misty of Chincoteague book and all of the Nancy Drew books. One of my favorite books was, ‘Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret.
If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The book of love. Ha! Okay, seriously it would be The Riverside Shakespeare. It’s the most complete collection of Shakespeare’s works. I’ve learned a lot from this book and there is always more to discover.
Favorite author?
Besides Shakespeare? Proust, Edmund Spencer, John Donne, Lord Byron, Anne Rice, David Eddings, Brent Weeks, Sharon Kay Penman, Mercedes Lackey, is that enough?
Do reviews influence your choice of reads?
Sometimes yes and sometimes no. I’ve had friends recommend books to me and I just scratch my head wondering why they thought I’d like it and other times they tell me to stay away from a certain author and I end up loving them.
Fiction or Non fiction?
Have you ever met your favorite author?
I met Brent Weeks awhile back and he was super cool. I saw him on a panel at Comic-Con with Patrick Rothfuss and Christopher Paolini and I was instantly smitten with the three of them. They were hilarious and bounced off each other in the sweetest way.
Kindle or Paperbacks?
Paperback, but I’m heading into the digital unknown. I think I have twelve books on my kindle now…
Classic or Modern Novels?
Um, fantasy? I guess if you looked at my bookshelf you’d say Classic. I read a lot of medieval and Renaissance stuff.
Book Groups or Solitary Reading?
Solitary. Book groups would remind me too much of high school when we read stuff aloud and went around the room page by page. I was always ten pages ahead and got into trouble when it was my turn. Oops.
I guess this is where I’m supposed to tag a bunch of other bloggers to play the game, but you know what? It’s my birthday week and I’m giving all of you this gift ~ anyone who wants to play this game can!
I am super excited to see what you all come up with. If you want to change the questions, go right on ahead. This is your time to really shine!