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Book highlights at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

July 20, 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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Book highlights at San Diego Comic-Con 2016

July 21, 2016

Book highlights at San Diego Comic-Con 2016

We are now officially into

San Diego Comic-Con International 2016

While it is putatively about comic books, and most of the press coverage will be about movies and TV, the annual “extravaFANza” (so to speak) also has events specific to books.

I’m not going to be there (I’ve never been to an SDCC, although I’ve been to other cons), but I thought I’d list a few of the book-related highlights for people who are…or who are just interested.

I’m going to give you first a more detailed listing for today (since you might not have much time to plan if you are there), then just list some topics.


  • Comic-Con How-To: Plot Structure: The Philosophy Behind Story Creation (Maxwell Alexander Drake) | Thursday 10:00 AM Room 2
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Mycroft (Kareen Abdul-Jabbar) | Thursday 12:00 PM Room 5AB (while this is a graphic novel, I thought I’d mention it because of the Sherlock Holmes connection)
  • New Authors Making a Splash in the Literary Pool (Alwyn Hamilton, Keira Drake, Sylvain Neuvel, Bob Proehl, Todd Lockwood, K.S. Merbeth: moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde) | Thursday 12:00 P Room 32AB
  • The Smitten Word: Romancing the Reader (Sylvia Day, Nalini Singh, Chloe Neil, Tessa Dare: moderator HelenKay Dimon) | Thursday 12:00 PM Horton Grand Theatre
  • CBLDF: Navigating the Powers & Perils of Banned Books | Thursday 12:00 PM Room 30CDE
  • Hey, You Got Science In My Fiction (Patricia Black, Blake Crouch, Christopher Farnsworth, Patrick Hemstreet, Leah Thomas, Andy Weir ((The Martian)): moderator Brendan Reichs) | Thursday 1:00 PM Room 32AB
  • Nerd Trivia Challenge: Author Edition (Patrick Rothfuss, Pierce Brown, Romina Russell, Cuck Wendig, Sam Sykes, Cecil Castellucci, V.E Schwab, Camila D’Errico, Duane Swierczynski: moderator Brandon T. Snider) | Thursday 1:30 PM Horton Grand Theatre (authors compete in trivia)
  • Making the Leap to Creator Owned Properties: Tales from the IP Jungle (Frank Cho, Terry Dodson, Mark Schultz, Wendy and Richard Pini: moderator: John Fleskes) | Thursday 3:00 PM Room 28DE
  • Retellings & Remixes (Marissa Meyer, Renee Ahdieh, Colleen Houck, Anna Todd, Jodi Meadows, Colleen Oakes: moderator: Sam Maggs) | Thursday 4:00 PM Room 32AB
  • The Enduring Allure of Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Live Reading and Discussion (Kirby Heyborne, Jayne Entwistle, Scott Brick: moderated by Dan Zitt) | Thursday 4:30 PM Horton Grand Theatre
  • Swipe Right with Simon & Schuster (Matt Pantaliano, Jodie Hockensmith, Nicholas Elliott, Catherine Hayden, Liesa Abrams: moderator Jon Anderson) | Thursday 6:30 PM Room 4


  • Love in the time of YA
  • Queer Representation in All-Ages and Youth Media
  • Star Wars Publishing
  • Tarzan on Screen and Page
  • Shatner Singularity Universe
  • It’s the End of the…YA Series
  • Sweet Dreams Aren’t Made of These: Horror and Thriller Authors Bring Your Nightmares to Life
  • Ask-an-Agent
  • The World of Mouse Guard
  • Tolkien Fandom The Road Goes Ever On
  • The Annual International Association of Media and Tie-in Writers Award Panel
  • The Writer’s Journey: Maximizing Your Exposure in the Marketplace
  • How Old is Young Adult in Europe and the USA?
  • What’s Up with Penguin
  • 11 Secrets to Publishing Your E-Book
  • Romance in Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror


  • I Read It Before (And After) It Was a Movie
  • Spotlight on William Gibson
  • Reading Without Walls
  • A World After Harry: The Changing Genre of YA Fantasy
  • CBLDF: Banned Books Week
  • Capturing the Imagination of Middle Grade Readers
  • What’s New from Del Rey Books
  • Stories of Imagination: Harper Voyager and Epic Reads


  • Spotlight on Marissa Meyer
  • Fantastic Fans and Where to Find Them
  • How to Create Your Own novel: From First Idea to Publishing and What You Need to Sell  Your Work to TV and Film
  • Knock, Knock: Bestselling Kid’s Book Authors Bring the Funny
  • Creating Diverse Worlds and Cultures
  • The Secret Origin of Good Readers Break-Out Session
  • Leigh Bardugo and Gene Luen Yang in Conversation
  • KidLit Literary Agents
  • Assassin’s Creed Last Descendants Author Matthew J. Kirbyy
  • Bisexuality and Beyond: New Frontiers in Popular Culture
  • What’s Hot in Young Adult Fiction

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