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Photos from San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Here, in no particular order, are photos from San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Only D&D fans will get that pun.

A classic Comic-Con mashup. Elvis Boba Fett!

Cabbage merchant: An obscure, but lovable character from Avatar: The Last Airbender

A huge dragon you could ride. Stuffed animal sold separately.

D.VA’s mech video game character from Overwatch

A flying (thanks to magnetic repulsion) Iron Man and friends.

NY Times bestselling fantasy author Gail Carriger

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy from Batman

NY Times bestselling fantasy author Ilona Andrews

Life-sized Iron Man model

Pint-sized General Grievous and Boba Fett

The eloquent First Second editorial director Mark Seigel

NY Times bestselling fantasy author Mary Pearson

Megaman video game character

My fantasy novel panel with Seanan McGuire, Robin Hobb, Gail Carriger & Mary Pearson

The authors of my panel packed the room!

Authors Todd McCaffrey, the Winner twins, and Seanan McGuire

The world’s largest Pikachu (from Pokemon)

Two fun posters. “Gandalf Airlines. Fly you fools! Our planes are never late. Nor are they early.
They arrive precisely when they mean to. You shall not need a boarding pass!” and
BatPug: “I am the night… but mostly I just piddle on stuff”)

Three princesses, or perhaps two princes and a Mother of Dragons

NY Times bestselling fantasy author Robin Hobb

Even the animals get in on the cosplay action. Ye scurvy dog!

Does this Skyrim helmet make me look fat?

Super Saiyan Blue from Dragon Ball Z

Some fun toothy artwork I bought.

Fantasy/sci-fi authors Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire and Scott Sigler.

And, of course, Wonder Woman.

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Good Times at WonderCon 2017

My sons and I had a great time attending WonderCon yesterday.


We had beautiful SoCal weather.


Comic conventions always boast entertaining food trucks.


A well-designed Gen. Grievous costume from Star Wars.


With author/illustrator Will Terry at his booth.


With NY Times bestseller and Caldecott honoree, John Rocco.


I moderated a rock star KidLit author/illustrator panel with Joe Cepeda, Stacia Deutsch, Eliza Wheeler, John Rocco and Marla Frazee.


Signing books after the panel, next to Caldecott honorees John Rocco and Marla Frazee (looking like the cat that ate the canary)


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My excellent adventure at the 2017 Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival

I had a terrific timeĀ at the 2017 Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival.

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I registered for the conference, and popped into the festival book store, run by Frugal Frigate. I look to my left, and there’s Caldecott Honoree and Pura Belpre Medalist, Yuyi Morales!

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Yuyi gave the keynote address on the first day. Her description of the work involved in creating her book Viva Frida was captivating.

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David Schwartz talked about helping kids wonder about what they read. Here he is unfurling a banner with one million stars on it.

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I listened to the delightful George Ella Lyon speak about poem and picture books.

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At the book signing, I got to meet Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca. I asked Yuyi Morales to take a photo, but she took a selfie by mistake.

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Here, Yuyi’s photography skills improved. Me with Brian Floca.

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The next day, I got to sit next to Brian for another book signing.

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The conference attendees got a surprise song via Skype from Emily Arrow.

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Then, Brian Floca presented about his writing/illustrating process.

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I moderated a panel, Research for Picture Books, with David Schwartz, Brian Floca, and Lois Harris.

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The conference wrapped up with a lovely presentation by Newbery Honoree Pam Munoz Ryan. Good times.


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Fun at the 2016 Orange County Children’s Book Festival

I had a fun time signing books, meeting authors, and making new friends at the 2016 Orange County Children’s Book Festival.

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Signing with Dan Paley at the Once Upon a Storybook booth

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Author Francesca Rusackas and illustrator Priscilla Burris.

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With author/illustrator Jennifer Gray Olson.

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Middle grade/young adult author Shannon Messenger.

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Me in front of the SCBWI booth.

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Illustrator Chris Robertson and his helpful if shy son.

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Author/illustrators Frans Vischer and Rodolfo Montalvo.

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Picture book author Marcia Berneger.

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The Cat in the Hat had Thing 1 and Thing 2. They seem to have gotten busy and created Thing 3!