New York Comic Con

Barbara Vey -- October 31st, 2011
Anne Elizabeth

Anne Elizabeth

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.

Kim Harrison and husband, Tim

Kim Harrison and husband, Tim

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

Marjorie Liu

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!


Stacey Agdern and Patricia Briggs

Stacey Agdern and Patricia Briggs

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.


Anne Elizabeth and Stan Lee

Anne Elizabeth and Stan Lee

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!


Monday Giveaways

Anne Elizabeth: WIN an OPPORTUNITY to BE in an e-COMIC. Your face could be the HERO or HEROINE in a ZOMBIE COMIC!  Comic Creator Anne Elizabeth is writing a short story about ZOMBIE ROMANCE entitled ZOMBIE LOVE and YOU could STAR in it.  Enter your name at and list Zombie Love in the subject.  Please note: this story is written at the author’s discretion (teen-rated) and the winners will be chosen at random.  There is no compensation, only a free comic.  Good luck!


From Romance University: Mon, 10/31 – Stop by to visit with Nancy Naigle, our favorite author from Virginia, as she chats about her debut novel, Sweet Tea and Secrets. Comment to be eligible to win a copy of Nancy’s book! ;  Fri, 11/4 – Debut author Rochelle Staab stops by to talk about her path to publication and her debut release, Who Do Voodoo. One lucky commenter (US only, please) will win a copy of Rochelle’s book.   Comment on the blog.
From Mia Marlowe: No tricks here. Only treats. Learn a bit about Halloween from Mia Marlowe’s blog guest Ashlyn Chase and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Mia’s newest e-novella MY LADY BELOW STAIRS
From GET LOST IN A STORY: author giveaways for October 31 – November 4: Monday: Christine Cody is giving away three copies of Bloodlands to three commenters. Tuesday: Katy Madision – A signed copy of ALL ABOUT SEDUCTION to one lucky commenter. Wednesday: Diane Kelly, three copes of DEATH, TAXES AND A FRENCH MANICURE.
From Samhaim Publishing: In November, Samhain Publishing has one paranormal romance and two contemporary romance giveaways, on Kindle at and Nook at first date is the day the book price flips to $0.00 and the second date is the final day when it will return to regular price.


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Book Title     Author


11/1/2011     11/30/2011         Touching Lace                Anne Rainey

 11/1/2011     11/14/2011         Carinian’s Seeker           T.J. Michaels

 11/15/2011    11/28/2011       Home for Christmas       Kate Davies

156 thoughts on “New York Comic Con

  1. Dianna Love

    What a fun event, Anne, and you did a great job of covering the NY Comicon. Would have loved to have been there, which reminds me. I was in Seattle this weekend at the Emerald City Conference and during the signing I kept seeing readers with copies of your Pulse of Power. I thought you were there at first and was going to fuss at you for not saying hello – “g” – but found out you had graciously dontated them. The readers were thrilled. :)

  2. Boomer

    Anne Elizabeth, outstanding coverage of the event. I heard a rumor that you were like a whirlwind and it must be true. I am sooo looking forward to seeing you next year. One of my friends at the event told me you were thinking of including a superhero dog in one of your future books. Is that true? Just for the record I am a big dog fan. I can’t wait to get a signed copy of your upcoming book.

  3. Heathercm

    One of my biggest disappointments is that I have yet to make it to a comic con. I want to go so bad, and your experience at the event is EXACTLY why I want to go. My resolution for next year is to get my butt in gear and get there. I really have no excuse. 2012….comic con or bust….HAHA!

    Glad you had a great time! Thanks for the extra push of motivation!

  4. Anne Ellizabeth

    Hi, everyone! THANK YOU for the wonderful posts. Yes, I am considering adding a dog to my next book. :) As to the inspiration to attend a comic con, next year I will give away ONE FREE PASS to the New York Comic Con. Perhaps that will add to the ease of the goal. Barbara will have all the details next August, so stay tuned!!! Hooyah & hugs!!!

  5. Debbie Kaufman

    Hi, Anne! I’ve only been to Comic Con through Barbara’s blog! I sigh each time. Maybe one year. I’m a comic girl from back in the days they spun around on wire carousels in my local drug store.

  6. Chelsea Rafferty

    Oh my Lord… I decided to stop by here because I hadn’t been in a while and I see a post about Comic Con with some of my favorite Paranormal Authors! *dies* Ohhh to have been a bug on that wall ;) You’re so lucky Barbara, getting to meet all those fabulous authors :) I think I’d totally stalk every author if I ever made it there.. I wonder if a person has time to stalk all the authors :) I think its amazing what writers/authors can do. I hate writing papers myself and would love to write but I think I’m a bit too wordy so then I’d have to do like a trillion edits and then I’d hate it. *grins* Thanks for posting this Barbara as I really live through posts about Reader conventions that I’ll probably never get to LOL :)

    I’ve actually never read a comic :o ) Though I wouldn’t mind getting one for some of the series that I do read :)

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