This last weekend, Jeanne and I deployed to the mother of all fantasy cons: Comic-Con in San Diego. Ginormous. And overwhelming.
I kept hearing that attendance was upward of 150 thousand, which sounds right. This picture is about one twentieth of the exhibition floor, plus there was more on the mezzanine, the second floor, and outside.
It was geek eye-candy HQ for all costume persuasions.
We had super heros, space villains, cartoon confections, but really, what's a fantasy con without pirates! Especially with big hair and smiles!
The con was more than sight-seeing, it was work for us pros. I dropped by the HarperCollins booth and touched base with my editor, Diana Gill.
Here's Lauren Panepinto of Orbit books shamelessly pimping Nicole Peeler.
But the magic of the experience is about friends. Meeting old ones. Making new ones. While the costumes and gee-whiz factor are through the roof, it’s sharing the vibe with friends that makes attending cons such a special treat.
At the signing set up by Maryelizabeth Hart of the awesome bookstore, Mysterious Galaxy, I got to share the stage with several amazing fantasy authors: Merrie Destefano, Jocelynn Drake, Richard Kadrey, Lauren Kate, Marjorie Liu, and Tanya Huff.
I met the excellent comic book artist Dale Berry, of Myriad Publishing.
At my signing in the IDW booth, I heard those words that so warm the cockles of our little writerly hearts: Hey, aren’t you? I have your books!
Here I am with Leah, one such fan.
Later on, I sat on two of IDW’s panels where I basked in the limelight reflected off are Max Brooks (World War Z) and Chris Ryall, IDW Publisher.
At the Military in Comics panel, I met the talented Billy Tucci, who’s the man behind the award-winning Sgt Rock The Lost Battalion graphic novel. Billy and Army captain Justin Hurt (in civilian drag) in Tucci’s booth.
As amazing as the con was, it became too much and you needed a breather. (And a drink. Or two.)
Fortunately, the convention center is beside the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, street party central.
Random celebrity sightings included the affable Rob Lowe.
Rachel Marks, Jocelynn Drake, John Picacio, and Merrie Destefano huddle for the camera at the Harper party.
And a night on the town without music and dancing? Especially Brazilian style. Unforgivable! Shake it baby!
See you next year!
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