I had a fabulous time at San Diego Comic-Con this year. Below are the authors and entertainers I was thrilled to see or meet. In chronological order:
Ron Perlman – He’s not that fuzzy in real life, but the lighting wasn’t good. Perhaps best known for his movie role of Hellboy and his TV role of the original Beauty and the Beast (with Linda Hamilton).
William Shatner – James Tiberius Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise, and demigod to all nerds. He read to us from an autobiography of Capt. Kirk. He’s a very funny guy. “Rock climbing and horseback riding” became a euphemism for sex. And he mercilessly teased the book author about the latter’s quoting of Wellington, “Nothing except a battle lost can be half as melancholy as a battle won.”
Naomi Novik – New York Times bestselling author of HIS MAJESTY’S DRAGON – fantasy set in the time of Napoleon. The French and British have air forces comprised of human crews riding dragons!
Julie Kagawa – New York Times bestselling author of the IRON FEY and BLOOD OF EDEN fantasy series.
Kevin Andrew Murphy – He has written gamebooks for Steve Jackson Games and White Wolf. He is one of the contributors to the WILD CARDS book series edited by George R. R. Martin.
Junior Wonder Woman – I have no idea who this cutie is, but she makes a darling Wonder Woman.
Susan Dennard – She is the fantasy author of the SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY series as well as the forthcoming WITCHLAND series.
Raymond Feist – New York Times, bestselling fantasy author of MAGICIAN, SILVERHORN, A DARKNESS AT SETHANON, and the RIFTWAR series.
Richard Kadrey – New York Times bestselling author of the SANDMAN SLIM urban fantasy series.
Brandon Mull – New York Times bestselling fantasy author of the FABLEHAVEN and BEYONDERS series.
Charlie Jane Anders – She has contributed to a number of anthologies and magazines, as well as the i09 website.
Seanan McGuire – John Campbell Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of the OCTOBER DAYE urban fantasy series.
Daenerys Targaryen – The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and of the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons. Now THAT’S a good way to end my first day at Comic-Con.
Bernie Sanders – A parody shotgun-toting Bernie Sanders billboard. “Feel the Bern!”
Mad Max Musician – sorry for the blurriness, but this speaker-toting musician was great.
End of the Line – Is seems like this would be a somewhat depressing job…
Alexandra Bracken – New York Times bestselling author of Brightly Woven
Jason Hough – New York Times bestselling author of The Darwin Elevator series and all-around nice guy.
Young Cosplayers – This poor mom has her hands full with a rambunctious and an exhausted little cosplayer
Wonder Woman – Forget the magical lasso, this life size Wonder Woman statue shows off the new, badass version of the classic heroine, complete with sword and shield.
Mad Max Cosplayers – “Shiny!” These Mad Max cosplayers are awesome. “Live. Die. Live again!”
Eric Shanower – the talented graphic novelist, adding some original artwork for a fan
Science Fiction Fantasy Family Feud Panel – An incredibly star-studded and hilarious trivia game panel, with authors Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive series), Patrick Rothfuss (the Kingkiller Chronicles series), Ernie Cline (Armada), Naomi Novik (Uprooted), Chuck Wendig (Zer0es), Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy), and Austin Grossman (Crooked).
Chuck Wendig – the hilarious, prolific, and blasphemous author of Zer0es and host of terribleminds.com
Cece Bell – the sweet author/illustrator of El Deafo
Ugly Doll – the only thing funnier than Star Trek themed Ugly Dolls is a dead redshirt Star Trek themed Ugly Doll
Thor, Loki, and Lady Thor – one of the most stunningly accurate cosplays I’ve ever seen. They even look like the actors.
Weta Workshops – replica suits of fantasy armor from the mad geniuses who made props for The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.
Dan Santat – the Caldecott-winning and over-caffeinated author/illustrator of Beekle.
Fantasy Literature panel – The best part of my Comic-Con adventure was moderating a panel with the NY Times bestselling fantasy authors (l to r): Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn), Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Boys), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Jonathan Maberry (Rot and Ruin), and Zac Brewer (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod).
Margaery Tyrell – And, we end my second day of Comic-Con with a picture of a Maergery Tyrell (Game of Thrones) cosplayer.
Mass Effect – some nice ensemble cosplay
The Incredibles – some great family cosplay from one of my favorite animated movies. “No capes!” I asked the boy if those were his real muscles, and he said they were not. Gotta’ admire his self-awareness.
Curious George – and the Man with the Yellow Hat. Right before I took this picture, “George” gently pushed over a nearby baby.
Goodbye Comic-Con 2015 – see you again next year!