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New York Comic-Con 2013: Upcoming Book Releases

17 Oct

First and foremost, New York Comic Con is a comic book centered convention, but that doesn’t mean we don’t find a good mix of upcoming comics, graphic novels and even a YA tome or six when we go to panels and patrol the con floors. In fact, if you can’t get into BEA, NYCC is a great place to meet authors, snag copies of their books (some of which are even ARCs) and add some autographs to your collection.

So without further extrapolation, onto the books and comics you’re going to want to get your hands on! Or paws, no judgement here.

Miss Peregrine Graphic NovelMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
Release Date
: October 29, 2013

Just in case your imagination is so terrible that even the photographic visuals in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children weren’t enough, a graphic novel adaptation is coming out right in time for Halloween and the annual All Hallow’s Read. Also to promote the books sequel Hollow City due out in January 2014. How very very convenient.

Geeks Guide to Dating Eric SmithThe Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith
Release Date
: December 3, 2013

The fabulous social media manager over at Quirk Books, Eric Smith (who you may know as the guy who sold his fiance’s engagement ring after she broke up with him and bought some Master Chief armor with the cash) wrote a how-to guide for geeks and dating and since we’ve already seen the book in its draft and ARC stages we can tell you that it is witty, adorable and a must buy, even if you’re already in a relationship. Keep it around for the references alone!

Outcast Robert KirkmanOutcast by Robert Kirkman
Release Date
: 2014

Walking Dead author Robert Kirkman is taking on yet another facet of the horror genre, this time by tackling demons, possessions and exorcisms. The monthly serial will follow protagonist Kyle Barnes who has been dealing with possession since he was a young child. Now in adulthood, Kyle is seeking answers that may have apocalyptic connotations that have nothing to do with Paranormal Activity.

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Around the Interwebs: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Edition

22 Jul

First and foremost, we hope you all had an amazing Comic-Con full of fabulous cosplay, fantastic after parties and super squee-worthy celebrity sightings. In case you missed anything because you were busy rubbing elbows with other like-minded people or snapping up some swag, we thought we’d round up the news and shenanigans that had us jumping up and down in joy. Excelsior!

Holy Schnikes, We’re Getting a Batman/Superman Crossover Movie! (via Comic Book Resources)

Batman SupermanPerhaps the biggest news to come out of this year’s Comic-Con was an announcement from Warner Bros. that the next Superman movie would feature a brand-new, yet to be cast Batman! Because if people wanted anything from Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot it would be to make it even darker with the addition of Batman. Yeah, that’s it. The film is expected to be released in the summer of 2015 (aka a very long two years away) and we expect the big wigs at Warner Bros. are ready to roll in all that money like Scrooge McDuck.

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New York Comic-Con 2012: Cassie-la’s NYCC Recap

19 Oct

This year was my second comic-con and it could not have been more different than 2011. For one thing, it was even more crowded- I blame them once again for over-selling tickets- so not much time was spent on the show floor. Next year if I want to actually look at things to buy from vendors, I’ll go on Preview Night. Whereas last year I spent ALL my time upstairs, this year a great deal of time was spent in panels considering I actually read the schedule all the way through. Despite my Nicholas Brendon related anger. Due to this, many literary panels were discovered and chaos was mostly avoided. I say mostly because my fellow Bibliomantics and I spent a lot of time enjoying the semi-crowded Artist Alley (read about our Artist Alley Spotlight here).

Within this recap, you will find excitement over getting to merely see Terry Pratchett (who may or may not have been cosplaying the 9th Doctor), the joy of winning and receiving ARCs, the fear of getting the full wrath of Maureen Johnson’s stare, Chuck Palahniuk throwing severed body parts at fans, and plenty of “Supernatural” related shenanigans. Not to mention some awesome cosplay, my favorites included Baby Green Phoenix, Anya from the “Buffy” episode Once More With Feeling and a newly regenerated Doctor Whooves (see our full Cosplay Gallery here).

Due to the fact that this is a literary blog first and foremost, all book panels and other such nonsense will be highlighted in bold. Non-literary shenanigans will be in regular text. Feel free to read everything if you’re so inclined, or tell me to sod off if you’re only here for bookish things.

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New York Comic-Con 2012: Cosplay Gallery

18 Oct

IT’S NYCC COSPLAY GALLERY TIME! Due to our costume choices, the second part of the gallery is “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra” themed and the final section is all about “Supernatural”. You have been pre-warned!

P.S. Not everyone at conventions wearing trench-coats are the 10th Doctor. Some of us are Castiel. Or Colombo. Or once (hypothetically) McGruff the Crime Dog. Take a bite out of crime!

New York Comic-Con 2012: Upcoming Book Releases

17 Oct

People often have the misconception that comic-con is heavily focused on television shows and movies, but it’s also about the publishing industry, whether it be comics, novels or graphic novels. Below, you will find all the upcoming literary works we discovered at NYCC, which will be coming soon to a retailer near you!

Zom-B by Darren Shan
Release Date: October 16, 2012

The first in a not three, not four, but twelve book series about zombies. Obviously. Set in an Irish high school, main character B has to deal with his father’s racism and a zombie infestation. Poor B, he has more problems than sounding like he’s a “Gossip Girl” character. Zom-B was released yesterday and will be followed in January by Zom-B Underground. Hopefully all eleven novels don’t end in cliffhangers.

Who Could That Be At This Hour? All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket
Release Date: October 23 2012

Lemony Snicket is back!!! And this time with even more tragic back story as this first in a four book series details his life with a mysterious organization. The V.F.D.? Here’s hoping this somehow ties into A Series of Unfortunate Events. Will we learn more about Beatrice? Will things finally become clear or is everything Daniel Handler writes one giant red herring!?! Just like that pesky communism.

Hollow Earth by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman
Release Date: October 30, 2012

Aaaaah, everyone’s favorite Torchwood Captain/super old giant floating head (spoilers?) has written a book with his sister about twins who go on adventures with Harry Potter’s patronus. Half of that is accurate. More accurately: the twins have the ability to make artwork come to life. The book has been described as the “Scottish Harry Potter” so I’m expecting less spotted dick and more haggis. Also kilts. Lots and lots of kilts.

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New York Comic-Con 2012: Artist Alley Spotlight

15 Oct

This weekend, we had the honor to experience and cover New York Comic-Con 2012 at the enormous and newly expanded Javits Center. Perhaps one of our favorite NYCC highlights was getting to explore the incredible Artist Alley, where artists show off their illustrations, meet fans and sell their work.

What follows is a highlight of our favorite Artist Alley finds, complete with literary theme. But you knew that was coming.

Mark Dos Santos – Crisp clean style with touches of Art Nouveau and a smattering of 1920′s pulp.

The Gotham Evening Post – Batgirl and Robin

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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Cassie-la’s SDCC Recap

20 Jul

This year as a belated birthday present slash sort of business trip, I was lucky enough to get sent to the nerd mecca that is San Diego Comic-Con… International. I know, I don’t like the addition of international either. Founded in 1970, the four day and now five night event has become known as the ultimate pop culture convention specializing in movies, television shows, and to a lesser extent books and comic books. Of course that didn’t stop me from making my journey as literary as possible at America’s largest convention.

Within this post you will find me squeeing over the fact that I got to meet and get an autograph from author Margaret Atwood, detailing just what it was like to be a zombie in the first ever Walking Dead: Escape San Diego obstacle course, and discussing how the literary nerd in me died when I got to hang out with Amber Benson and Bill Willingham at various after parties. Not to mention meet and network with a variety of like-minded individuals. See: nerds.

In an effort to cater to the fact that this is a literary blog, all literary themed panels, encounters, and other such nonsense will be highlighted in bold. If you however are also interested in television related media, all that will be available for your reading pleasure in the non-bolded sections. Especially you “Community”, “Legend of Korra”, “Firefly” and “Supernatural” fans!

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