Book highlights at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Book highlights at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Preview night starts tonight (Wednesday July 19) for

San Diego Comic-Con International 2017

Last year, I referred to it as an “extravaFANza”, and I do like that. 😉 It’s not just about comic books, obviously: it’s also about movies, TV shows, and (non-comic) books.

This year

Amazon Prime (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is an official sponsor, so we may also see some interesting online deals at Amazon in conjunction with it.

Also interesting this year is that a number of official events are happening at the San Diego Central Library, and includes some of particular interest to librarians.

I won’t be there (although I’ll check the virtual reality options). I’ve been to a number of conventions over the years (I was at one where Harlan Ellison and Isaac Asimov were having fun with their “feud”…although I wouldn’t expect Ryan Murphy to do a season on that 😉 ), but never to SDCC.

In case you are going (or are just interested), here are some of the scheduled book highlights…I’m going to publish this with just Thursday done, but I do hope to get the other days done, each before they happen:

Thursday, July 20

  • 10:00 AM, Room 32AB: Dinosaurs, Monsters, Movies, and the Blues: Worlds of William Stout (among other things, a book illustrator)
  • 10:0 AM, Room 5AB: Jack Kirby’s Consciousness, Roger Zelazny’s Lorrd of Light, Barry Ira Geller, and the Real Argo
  • 10:00 AM, 29AB: Real World Retellings (panelists include Sam Maggs, author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Wonder Women)
  • 10:00 AM, 25ABC: Code Switch: Diversity Behind the Scenes (panelists include Rebekah Ganiere, author of Dead Awakenings)
  • 10:00 AM, Shirley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library: Creators, Libraries, and Literacy
  • 10:00 AM, Room 23ABC: DC Icons: Blockbuster YA Authors Meet iconic DC Superheroes (Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Matt de la Pena)
  • 10:00 AM, Room 2: Comic-Con How-To: Dynamic Story Creation in Plain English (Maxwell Alexander Drake)
  • 11:00 AM, Indigo Ballroom: John Barrowman (the actor is also an author, including the Hollow Earth series)
  • 11:00 AM, Room 5AB: Wonderstruck from Page to Screen with Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret)
  • 11:00 AM, Shirley Special Events Suite, San Diego Public Library: Picture Books for Grown-Ups: Why Graphic Novels Matter to Adults (this is oriented towards librarians)
  • 12:00 PM, Horton Grand Theatre: Embracing the Romantic! (Rebecca Zanetti, Anna Todd, Christina Lauren, Jessica Cluess, Stephanie Perkins)
  • 12:00 PM, Room 23ABC: Spotlight on Jonathan Maberry
  • 12:00 PM, Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina: The Writer’s Danger Room (this one sounds especially fun, doing writing exercises)
  • 1:00 PM, 29AB: Alexander Simmons: Scooby-Doo to Sherlock, Batman to Blackjack: Creating Original and Iconic Characters
  • 1:00 PM, Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library: Heroes at the Mic
  • 1:00 PM, Room 32AB: Stepping into Another World (“Authors share the magic of books…”) (Shannon Messenger, Judd Winick, Dan Santat, Dean Hale, Shannon Hale, Lisa McCann)
  • 1:30 PM, Horton Grand Theatre: Sixty Seconds with SFF Authors (I would want to see this one…it’s like a game show, where they have to talk about a subject “without hesitation, repitition, or deviation” for sixty seconds) (Paul Cornell moderates, Seanan McGuire, Gail Carriger, Sam Sykes, Jason Hough, Brandon Mull, Sarah Beth Durst)
  • 2:30 PM, Room 8: ComiXology Ask Me Anything
  • 3:00 PM, Room 5AB: 1987: Greatest Geek Year Ever (which will include a bonus look at 1977)
  • 3:00 PM, Room 32AB: H.P. Lovecraft and The Steam Engines of Oz: Arcana’s Animation Slate Continues
  • 3:00 PM, Horton Grand Theatre: It’s a Funny Story…Writing Humor (I’ve trained trainers in the use of humor…this one would intrigue me)
  • 3:00 PM, Room 11: Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing (this oriented towards comics, but would probably still be relevant to book writing…Marv Wolfman)
  • 3:00 PM, Room 29AB: Writing from Life: Turning Personal Experience into Relatable Stories
  • 4:00 PM, Shirley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library: Library Cons: Welcoming Deadpool into Your Library
  • 4:00 PM, Room 23ABC: Off the Rails: When Disney Park Attractions Come to Life…in Books
  • 4:30 PM, Horton Grand Theatre: Because You Love to Hate Me (YouTubers and Young Adult authors join to write about villains: Marissa Meyer and Cindy Pon)
  • 4:30 PM, Room 6DE: R.L. Stine, Creator of Goosebumps! (first time at Comic-Con)
  • 5:00 PM, Room 28DE: Moonlight and Magic: Black LGBTQ Contributions to Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics, and Genre (Octavia Butler and Samuel Delaney will be discussed)
  • 5:00 PM, Room 25ABC: Star Trek: The Next 50 Years (Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross, authors of The Fifty-Year Mission, which regular reader and commenter Lady Galaxy has mentioned at ILMK)
  • 5:00 PM, Marriott Grand Ballroom 3&4: Secrets to Greenlight Your Indie Project (includes books, and specifically, Rebekah Ganiere, author of the Fairelle series)
  • 5:30 PM, Room 6A: ComiXology and IMDb: Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Movie Trivia Mayhem (I’m including this in part because ComiXology and IMDb are both part of Amazon)
  • 6:00 PM, Horton Grand Theatre: Superhero Family Feud (Rainbow Rowell, Margaret Stohl, Cecil Castellucci…)
  • 6:30 PM, Room 4: The Scoop at Simon & Schuster
  • 8:00 PM, Room 32AB: I’ll Take Quidditch for $500, Obi-Wan: Fan Game Show (Christie Golden, Scott Sigler, Sylvain Neuvel, Janina Gavankar, Marc Thompson hosts)
  • 8:30 PM, Room 4: SF and Fantasy Book Trivia with Orbit

Friday, July 21

  • 10:00 AM, Room 32AB: Resist! Rebellion in Epic Fantasy (Charlie N. Holmberg, Robin Hobb, Christopher Paolini, James A. Owen, Erika Lewis, Michael Johnston)
  • 10:00 AM, Room 29AB: Spotlight on Marjorie Liu
  • 11:00 AM, Room 25ABC: Diana’s Sister Protagonists (Kiersten White, Nnedi Okorafor, Sarah Tarkoff, Laurie Forest, Gregory Scott Katsoulis, Dana Fredsti
  • 11:00 AM, Room 29AB: Tarzan and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.: What’s Next
  • 12:00 PM, Room 7AB: Lucasfilm Publishing: New Star Wars Stories from a Galaxy, Far, Far Away (Christian Blauvelt, Cullen Bunn, Christie Golden, Claudia Gray, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Cavan Scott, Beth Revis, Landry Walker)
  • 12:00 PM, Room 4: Robin Hobb: Beyond the Pages
  • 12:00 PM, Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library: Space Command: Bold Adventures! (Marc Scott Zicree)
  • 1:00 PM, Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library: Read Like a Girl: Middle-Grade Fiction for Girls (and Boys) (Nidhi Chanani, Victoria Jamieson, Jenni Holm, Molly Ostertag, Raina Telgemeier)
  • 2:00 PM, Room 32AB: International Association of Media Tie-In Writers: Scribe Awards (Jonathan Maberry, Christie Golden, Michael A. Black, Glenn Hauman, Nancy Holder, Marv Wolfman)
  • 3:00 PM, Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library: Prose to Panels: Graphic Novel Adaptations
  • 3:30 PM, Room 24ABC: Writers: Get Published! Get Greenlit! Get Working! (agents and publishers)
  • 4:00 PM, Room 25ABC: An Introduction to Berger Books (Karen Berger)
  • 4:00 PM, Room 23ABC: Superstars in Children’s Fiction (Jarrett Krosoczka, Lucas Turnbloom, Greg Grunberg, R.L. Stine, Jennifer Holm, Matt Holm, Molly Ostertag)
  • 5:00 PM, Grand 1&2: Still Tolkien About It: 80 Years of Middle-Earth
  • 5:00 PM, Ballroom 20: STARZ Original Series Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
  • 5:30 PM, Room 24ABC: Into the Fanzone! Celebrating Pop Culture in YA Literature (C.B. Lee, Danika Stone, Holly West
  • 7:00 PM, Room 23 ABC: What’s Up with Penguin!
  • 7:30 PM, Room 8: Alien Civilizations
  • 7:30 PM, Room 24ABC: If You Love Something, Make a Book of It
  • 7:30 PM, Room 26AB: Ray Bradbury and World of Comics
  • 8:00 PM, Room 32AB: Writing the Wrong

Saturday, July 22

  • 10:00 AM, Room 7AB: Space…The Final Escape (Andy Weir, Nathan Hale, Claudia Gray, James S.A. Corey)
  • 10:30 AM, Room 5AB: Spotlight on Roxane Gay
  • 11:00 AM, Grand 1&2 , Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina: From Fandom to Creator ()Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael
  • 11:00 AM, Room 28DE: Spotlight on Charlie N. Holmberg, Author of the Paper Magician Series (Holmberg and Amazon Publishing editor Jason Kirk)
  • 12:00 PM, Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library: Outlandish Confabuation: An Outlander Fan Panel
  • 12:00 PM, Room 28DE: Women on the Dark Side (Susan Lee, Megan Hutchinson, Madeleine Holly-Rosing, Maria Alexander)
  • 1:00 PM, Room 2: Comic-Con How-To: Comics and Other Geek Items for the Visually Impaired (Scott Brick, who has narrated over 600 audiobooks)
  • 1:00 PM, Room 28DE: Genre- Blending: How and Why? (Charlie Jane Anders, Daryl Gregory, Peter Clines, Sarah Kune, Vic James, Pierce Brown)
  • 1:00 PM, Room 29AB: Living a Creative Lifestyle (Mark Siegel)
  • 2:00 PM, Room 9: World Mythology in Contemporary Fantasy (Renee Ahdieh, Ilona Andrews, Tomi Adeyemi, Traci Chee, S.A. Charkaborty, Nidhi Chanani)
  • 3:00 PM, 23ABC: Living in the Future (Christopher Rice, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, Karin Tidbeck, Daniel Price, Elizabeth Briggs, Rob Reid)
  • 4:00 PM, Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library: A Song of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones Fan Discussion
  • 7:00 PM, Room 9: What’s New from Del Rey Books (Pierce Brown, Robin Hobb, Jason Hough, Vic James, Rob Reid, Tricia Narwani)
  • 7:30 PM, Room 26AB: Bedside Press (Hope Nicholson, Sam Beiko, Janet Hetherington, Eryn Williams, Jon Vanneste)
  • 8:00 PM, Room 9: Inclusive Speculative Fictoin (from Harper Voyager)
  • 8:30 PM, Room 26AB: 10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters (Rebecca Zanetti, Tomi Adeyemi)

Sunday, July 23

  • 10:00 AM, Room 4: Spotlight on Gail Carriger
  • 10:30 AM, Room 8: How To Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need To Sell Your Work to TV and Film (The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna)
  • 11:00 AM, Room 32AB: Fantasy, Diversity, and Inspiring One Another  (Leigh Bardugo, Michael Dante DiMartino, Tomi Adeyami
  • 11:00 AM, Room 28DE: Monsters, Mayhem, Magic and Machines for the Next Generation (Armand Baltazar, Madeleine Roux, Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, Amanda Foody, Christina Henry, Cecil Castellucci)
  • 11:00 AM, Room 23ABC: The Secret Origins of Good Readers (Anne Elizabeth, Dave Elliot, Karen Green, Marjorie M. Liu, Mimi Cruz)
  • 11:15 AM, Room 6DE: Science Fiction, Science Future (Andy Weir, Cindy Pon)
  • 12:00 PM, Grand 1&2, Marriott Marquis, San Diego Marina: DIY Reboot: The Restorative Power of Fanfic (Jen Stout, Kaylie Allen, Shannon Conover, Phoenix Mendoza)
  • 12:00 PM, Room 4: Spotlight on Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
  • 12:00 PM, Room 25ABC: The Future is Bleak (Alex R. Kahler, Scott Westerfeld, Cory Doctorow, Annalee Newitz, Scott Reintgen, Maryelizabeth Yturralde)
  • 12:30 PM, Room 8: Fantasy Novels (Gail Carriger, Robin Hobb, Seanan McGuire, Mary Pearson, Henry Herz)
  • 1:00 PM, Room 6A: Bizarre States (Jessica Chobot, Andrew Bowser)
  • 1:00 PM, Hall H: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: BBC America Official Panel (based on Douglas Adams)
  • 1:00 PM, Room 7AB: Minecraft Books (Max Brooks, Sarah Peed)
  • 1:00 PM, Room 4: Spotlight on Sarah Glidden
  • 1:00 PM, Room 29AB: What’s Hot in Young Adult Fiction (Nathan Bransford, Jennifer Armentrout, S. Jae-Jones, Lish McBride, Brendan Reichs, Beth Revis, Megan Whelan Turner, Kiersten White, Nicola Yoon)
  • 1:30 PM, Room 8: Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes
  • 2:00 PM, Room 6BCF: Fantastic Fans and Where to Find Them: Rowling Along in 2017 (Alexa Donne)
  • 3:00 PM, Room 32AB: Women Creators Breaking Stereotypes (Genese Davis)
  • 3:45 PM, Room 5AB: Alien-Predator Expanded Universe: The Stories Continue (Jonathan Maberry, Bryan Thomas, Alan Dean Foster, Scott Sigler, Seanan McGuire, Steve Saffel)
  • 4:00 PM, Room 24ABC: Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule

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