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?
…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?