Another San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, but not before gifting us with plenty of videos for book and comic book adaptations (be they officially released or sneakily obtained).
You can watch the trailers and first looks below in order of excitement — plus one bonus literary weather report from Andy Richter — because in Narnia there’s always a 100% chance of heavy-handed Christian metaphors.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Perhaps 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.