Welcome Cub Reporter Anne Elizabeth who is a romance author, comic creator, and a monthly columnist for RT BOOK Reviews. Her published romance credits include short stories and a new upcoming Navy SEAL Romance Novel Series debuting in Fall 2012. Her second graphic novel, THE PENDULUM (Book II of the PULSE series) releases this month. She lives on the west coat with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL.
Today Anne is giving away Five Free Copies of THE PENDULUM. Five lucky commenters will win a copy of THE PENDULUM.
The New York Comic was October 13-16. As the doors opened and the first fans entered the show floor, they moved into a dead run zipping past the popcorn and smoothie vendors on to the biggest draws. A third of them ran toward the gaming booths, another group funneled toward the fiction publishers, and the rest lined up at the comicbook booths.
Luckily, I had arrived earlier, and being an exhibitor had scoped out all of the must-see spots. Here’s the best of the best – in my opinion – in terms of New York Comic Con’s 2011 offering.
Paranormal Fiction Fans!!! The line for Hollow Maven Kim Harrison wound around several booths as fans were anxious for their own copy of the brand new guide to Rachel Morgan’s world called The Hollows Insider. I caught a sneak peak and this book is seriously cool! When I caught up briefly with Kim for a quick hug and she sent a shout-out to all her fans. Her graphic novel Blood Work is out now with Del Rey, too, and I’m told that the second one is in the works.
Marjorie Liu – brilliant HarperCollins author and Marvel writer — was also on the fast track with a mighty list of signings and panels. We caught a breath of fresh air outside of the convention, which was packed with costumed crusaders. Marjorie looked wonderful like she’d just stepped out a magazine Ad – how does she do that! My brow was glistening and yet, we both enjoyed a much anticipated chat while we relaxed for five minutes in the fresh air (FYI, Marjorie will be featured in an in-depth interview in RT Book Reviews in February). She sent a smile and wave to everyone in Beyond-Her-Book Blog-land!
Back inside the Comic Con, I zipped by Jeaniene Frost who was promoting “A BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS” and “ONE GRAVE AT A TIME”. The HarperCollins Booth was hopping with great books!
Patty Briggs was signing at Penguin. Her fan line created major traffic jams as readers leaned in to hear news about their favorite stories. She has fresh reads coming our way and they will releasing in 2012 – Iron Kissed and River Marked (Mercy Thompson) and Fair Game from the Alpha & Omega series, too. In November, Patty will be the Guest of Honor at the TusCon 38 Science Fiction Convention in Tucson, AZ.
In terms of comics…I met Stan Lee!!! Okay, I could faint right there, but this iconic man hugged me twice and let me take a picture with him. Attending the announcement of the ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR. This graphic novel highlights Shakespeare’s legendary story and is set in the future. This book promises to be as amazing as the man who is spear-heading the project!
Don’t forget…CASTLE’s DEADLY STORM by Marvel! So I finally took a few minutes to read the brand new Castle graphic novel written by Brian Bendis and Kelly Sue McCormick. It’s AMAZING!!! True to Castle style! Unfortunately, I did NOT see Nathan Fillion who is such a regular at the San Diego Event.
IDW released the second season of the hard cover TRUE BLOOD: TAINTED BLOOD graphic novel this week and has brought Ghostbusters – Heat up those blasters! — back to comics along with COBRA and GI JOE, too! Del Rey gave away free copies of the first issue of George RR Martin’s A Game of Thrones. And, Bluewater has a new biography comic about Steve Jobs and his legacy releasing at the end of this month.
One of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE Comic/Graphic Novel Discoveries at the NYCC was produced by HERMES PRESS. They had a hard cover edition of My Favorite Martian, which was a TV show starring Ray Walton and Bill Bixby. The comics inside this book were originally produced by Gold Key and were written by Paul S. Newman and drawn by Russ Manning. This book is super-cool, and it is going to live on my treasure shelf as soon as I read it at least a dozen times.
Star sightings: Among the stars were Eliza Dushku (Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse) who is the new voice of Catwoman and she signed autographs along with Mark Hammill and Rick Fox. I saw Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Zeb Wells, and Doug Goldstein (Robot Chicken) as well as Jason O’Mara and Stephen Lang (Terra Nova – I love the dinosaurs!) and Haven stars Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour. The best line from a panel was from Haven when the writers shared how nervous they were about presenting a 15-page mythology document to Stephen King. Obviously, though, he liked it because the SyFy show of Haven has really taken off!
Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed the wrap-up! Have a super-hero day, everyone!
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