Let's ComicCon! (San Diego Style)

I wanted to share a couple photos from my trip down to San Diego for a little festival called ComicCon (SDCC). Since I consider myself an internet aunt who only shares vacation pictures, I decided I would do this post in a photo journal style. (My real aunts are actually way too cool to force vacation photos on People. Oh screw it, I love vacation photos. If you stuck me in a dark room with one of those old fashioned photo projector thingies, I'd have a blast.)

Unexpectedly, one of the great highlights of my SDCC experience was the Pokemon Adventures anniversary panel on Saturday morning. I went because I read the Pokemon Adventures manga as a kid. The writer and artist, as well as the Japanese and English editors, made up the panel. At one point, the audience voted on characters (Red, Sapphire, Giovanni, Black) and Pokemon (Pikachu, Greninja, Mew, Tyranitar) to appear in a picture together drawn by the artist live while other panel members answered questions. The audience choose Red and Mew. As the artist started to drew—and we watched his work on the big screen above—the writer commented that we made such a nice choice. Mew and Red were a perfect fit. Now, if we had chosen Giovanni and Picture, said the writer, he would have been concerned. As some of you might know, Giovanni is the evil boss of Team Rocket, and the worst members of Team Rocket, Jessie and James, are always trying to catch Pikachu. Anyway, as the writer made this observation, glowing with happiness, the artist pushed away his drawing and pulled over a legal pad, where he started to draw... Giovanni. Then Pikachu. Then Pikachu kissing Giovanni, and Giovanni blushing, and the audience roared with laughter, and then the writer finally caught on. They ended up giving both pictures away in an epic game of rock-paper-scissors with the audience. We all also got free posters. I don't even know what more to say. 

Unexpectedly, one of the great highlights of my SDCC experience was the Pokemon Adventures anniversary panel on Saturday morning. I went because I read the Pokemon Adventures manga as a kid. The writer and artist, as well as the Japanese and English editors, made up the panel. At one point, the audience voted on characters (Red, Sapphire, Giovanni, Black) and Pokemon (Pikachu, Greninja, Mew, Tyranitar) to appear in a picture together drawn by the artist live while other panel members answered questions. The audience choose Red and Mew. As the artist started to drew—and we watched his work on the big screen above—the writer commented that we made such a nice choice. Mew and Red were a perfect fit. Now, if we had chosen Giovanni and Picture, said the writer, he would have been concerned. As some of you might know, Giovanni is the evil boss of Team Rocket, and the worst members of Team Rocket, Jessie and James, are always trying to catch Pikachu. Anyway, as the writer made this observation, glowing with happiness, the artist pushed away his drawing and pulled over a legal pad, where he started to draw... Giovanni. Then Pikachu. Then Pikachu kissing Giovanni, and Giovanni blushing, and the audience roared with laughter, and then the writer finally caught on. They ended up giving both pictures away in an epic game of rock-paper-scissors with the audience. We all also got free posters. I don't even know what more to say. 

I met Victoria Schwab. Accidentally. I feel like I should say that I planned SDCC down to a t, but the truth is that I stumbled across a lot of cool stuff. I ran into my friend Jillian in line for a free copy of Vicious at the Tor booth, and I joined her, planning to buy hardbacks of her A Darker Shade of Magic series. I thanked her for a writing a great (and inspiring) blog post about not giving up as she signed both my new books. It's always nice find that a skilled author is friendly too, even when they're swamped with people expecting free stuff.  Speaking of free stuff, I also ran into Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha trilogy and ix of Crows! Also, accidentally. As Jillian and I walked away from the Tor booth and wandered down an aisle, I recognized her. I stopped. (It's official, I have a crush). Jillian stopped. We booth decided to get in line, even though we had nothing to sign, because it's Leigh Bardugo, and we're here, and she's here, so... We got free posters and Crooked Kingdom samplers, which Bardugo signed as I attempted to low-key, super casual, like we're friends. Whatever. 

I met Victoria Schwab. Accidentally. I feel like I should say that I planned SDCC down to a t, but the truth is that I stumbled across a lot of cool stuff. I ran into my friend Jillian in line for a free copy of Vicious at the Tor booth, and I joined her, planning to buy hardbacks of her A Darker Shade of Magic series. I thanked her for a writing a great (and inspiring) blog post about not giving up as she signed both my new books. It's always nice find that a skilled author is friendly too, even when they're swamped with people expecting free stuff. 
Speaking of free stuff, I also ran into Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha trilogy and ix of Crows! Also, accidentally. As Jillian and I walked away from the Tor booth and wandered down an aisle, I recognized her. I stopped. (It's official, I have a crush). Jillian stopped. We booth decided to get in line, even though we had nothing to sign, because it's Leigh Bardugo, and we're here, and she's here, so... We got free posters and Crooked Kingdom samplers, which Bardugo signed as I attempted to low-key, super casual, like we're friends. Whatever. 

This might be pointless to state, but I am hardcore on for PokemonGo. I was playing it at SDCC. I'm playing it right now. But it was especially special at SDCC because almost everyone was playing it. As Jillian and I waited in line for the premiere of Timeless, a new tv drama about time traveling soldier, historian, and scientist (three people), we checked our phones and nabbed Pokemon. Timeless was great. I hope the following episodes are just as fun. But there was something special about being packed in a dark room with lots of other people to watch something for the first time.  Like someone showing vacation photos, but not!  We wrapped up our Saturday in the big dealers' hall, then had amazing burgers for dinner. We crashed at a friend's house. 

This might be pointless to state, but I am hardcore on for PokemonGo. I was playing it at SDCC. I'm playing it right now. But it was especially special at SDCC because almost everyone was playing it. As Jillian and I waited in line for the premiere of Timeless, a new tv drama about time traveling soldier, historian, and scientist (three people), we checked our phones and nabbed Pokemon. Timeless was great. I hope the following episodes are just as fun. But there was something special about being packed in a dark room with lots of other people to watch something for the first time. 
Like someone showing vacation photos, but not! 
We wrapped up our Saturday in the big dealers' hall, then had amazing burgers for dinner. We crashed at a friend's house. 

On Sunday, I waited in the long (and infamous) Hall H line to attend the panel on PokemonGo. It was hosted by Chris Hardwick and he interview the president of Niantic, John Hanke. All the information from that panel, if you are interested, is repeated in countless media outlets. I had a great time, planted somewhere in the middle of Hall H. I learned that I am on the same PokemonGo team as the president. That's all that really matters. (Go Team Instinct!) 

On Sunday, I waited in the long (and infamous) Hall H line to attend the panel on PokemonGo. It was hosted by Chris Hardwick and he interview the president of Niantic, John Hanke. All the information from that panel, if you are interested, is repeated in countless media outlets. I had a great time, planted somewhere in the middle of Hall H. I learned that I am on the same PokemonGo team as the president. That's all that really matters. (Go Team Instinct!) 

Many steps were walked, and many snacks were had. I wandered the artists' alley and the dealers' hall one more time before heading home. It was a great time. If I can manage it, I would love to come next year. And maybe one day I'll get to sign books her myself! 

Many steps were walked, and many snacks were had. I wandered the artists' alley and the dealers' hall one more time before heading home. It was a great time. If I can manage it, I would love to come next year. And maybe one day I'll get to sign books her myself!