New York Comic Con 2019 – Thursday, October 3
I don’t have much to say about Thursday. An important project had to be finished at work and so I had to sacrifice the panels I wanted to see. I ended up getting to the Con a little after 4PM and I only stayed a couple of hours.
I missed out on some of the ARCs the publishers were giving out but I did buy a mystery box from Penguin Random House.
I chose Ladies First in Sci-Fi and Fantasy and inside the box were two pins, a lined notebook, and these books.
– Trading in Danger (Vatta’s War 1) by Elizabeth Moon
– Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal 1) by Zen Cho
– Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Even though this book has already been released the book in the box is an ARC.
Besides buying those books I walked around the floor and checked out the Hallmark Pop-Minded booth. There are some ornaments that I will want to buy when they come out. I didn’t buy any of their NYCC exclusives this year. There were none that interested me.
The panels I sacrificed were:
Star Wars Audiobooks: A Behind-the-Scenes Conversation at 11:15 am-12:15 pm.
Get the inside scoop on how the Star Wars audiobooks are recorded and produced with some of the biggest Star Wars authors, voice actors, and producers in the business! You’ll hear from narrators Marc Thompson, Saskia Maarleveld, and Euan Morton in a tell-all panel moderated by Nick Martorelli (PRH Audio producer) about the new Star Wars titles they’ve worked on, how they create the characters, what it’s like in the recording booth and how production builds different layers of voice narration, sound effects, and music into the final track.
Rotten Movies We Love: Critics and Fans Reflect on the Stinkers that Stole our Hearts at 12:30 pm-1:30 pm. (Such a shame I missed this one because these Rotten Tomatoes panels are always a fun time.)
Ever been crushed to learn your favorite movie – or a new one you’re dying to see – has been given the infamous green splat from Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer? Inspired by the upcoming book, Rotten Movies We Love, comedian and movie lover, Mark Ellis hosts Rotten Tomatoes Editor-in-Chief Joel Meares, RT editor Jacqueline Coley, and a number of critics in a lively discussion about films that are so bad they’re good, underrated gems, and iconic cult classics. An interactive experience, audience members are empowered to put on their critic hats and join the spirited conversation – and participate in RT’s fan-favorite Tomatometer guessing game, Street Vs. Elite.
Part of Your World-Building at 2:30 pm-3:15 pm.
It’s our world. Just add monsters. And ghosts. And time travelers. Four acclaimed fantasy and science fiction novelists discuss bringing their books to life. Featured panelists include Kat Cho (Wicked Fox), Rebecca Roanhorse (The Sixth World Series), and Zoraida Cordova (the Brooklyn Brujas series).
This one was actually at the NYPL on 5th Ave. I thought, and was hoping, that even though I would definitely be missing the other two panels maybe I would be finished in time for this one. Zoraida Cordova was a part of this panel and so I brought with me Labyrinth Lost and Bruja Born for her to sign. But I didn’t even make it to this panel. Carried around the heavy hard covers with me for nothing.
The last hour of the day my sister joined me after she left work. She also bought a mystery box from Penguin. She picked my second choice which was Classic Sci-Fi. She also got two pins and these books:
– Hyperion by Dan Simmons
– The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
– Foundation by Isaac Asimov
When she saw the Asimov book she was like, “I knew it!”
New York Comic Con 2019 – Friday, October 4- Part I
I started feeling unwell this day. Started with a runny nose which was so annoying because I’ve been taking vitamins to prevent an illness! So I was patient zero at the Con. Sorry, y’all. But thanks to vitamins and taking Umcka Cold Care, it didn’t last as long as it would have otherwise.
Free books of the day:
In the morning I decided not to go to Hello, What Have We Here?- Spotlight on Billy Dee Williams and instead at 11:00 am I went to the Penguin/Knopf Doubleday booth to pick up an ARC: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel.
That set up was super annoying and chaotic. I guess Knopf Doubleday were told they were not allowed to have people line up, which is stupid and ridiculous because A) every other booth at Penguin had lines, as did all the other booths on the show floor, and B) people will still loiter around until 11 and be in the way anyway.
The people loitering around the booth became a disorganized crowd of people just storming the booth at 11am sharp to get the free ARC. They would have been much better off counting the number of books the had, line people up and give them a numbered ticket. Or first come, first serve, hand out numbered tickets starting at 10am and then ask people to return at 11 to get their guaranteed copy.
This no line/ loitering crowd method proved to be even more of a cluster-f*** on Saturday morning when they were giving out The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I’ll elaborate more about that in that post.
Also at Penguin I took the Book Wizard Quiz. I can’t remember what I answered but the book I got was Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett. When you submit your review to Book Wizard they send you another free book.
I had some free time before a panel so I went to see voice actor James Arnold Taylor at autographing. He’s the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Back in April when I went to Celebration in Chicago my friend and I got a photo op with the whole cast of TCW. Matt Lanter, the voice of Anakin Skywalker, already signed my photo in April and now I have James Arnold Taylor’s.
James is very friendly and cool. When he saw the photo from Celebration he said, “I remember this. I see you got Matt.” I told James that I got his signature in April.
James mentioned that Ashley Eckstein will be at NYCC on Saturday. I responded that I didn’t see anything on social media about her doing a signing, only hosting a panel. But with The Clone Wars coming out soon I’ll be sure to see her somewhere soon. She does a lot of events.
Then James said it would be out in November, to which I corrected him and said February. He said they must have moved it because he was told November. I said all I heard was that the Disney+ app launched in November and TCW returned in February.
He said that he only finished recording Obi-Wan’s voice a week or so ago. That surprised me. I didn’t say this but thought that is cutting it close for an animated series. What I did say was that I was so happy I cried when it was announced that TCW was returning. That I am glad it will get the proper send it off it deserves and that with the app I can rewatch the series to refresh my memory, and then cry again.
James thank me and in Obi-Wan’s voice said, “May the Force be with you.”
I thought about getting Nichelle Nichols’ (from Star Trek TOS) autograph and a selfie with her, but since I was sick I didn’t think it was right to be near her. She is in her 80s and that wouldn’t be right to bring my germs over to her table. Another time, I hope.
Next I went to queue up for the panel Lucasfilm Publishing- Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away from 1:45 pm-2:45 pm.
New York Times bestselling author Matthew Reinhart and his frequent collaborator Kevin M. Wilson are joined by fellow authors Chelsea Monroe-Cassell and Marc Sumerc to discuss the creation of some of the most anticipated Star Wars books of 2019. Hear how Star Wars: The Ultimate Popup Galaxy, Secrets Of The Jedi and Galaxy’s Edge: The Official Black Spire Cookbook were imagined and created.
They spoke a little bit about Triple Force Friday and the new books that are out. Justina Ireland spoke about the graphic novel she wrote Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Spark of the Resistance. The artwork they showed by Phil Noto is beautiful, but I have no interest in this era set between Episodes 8 and 9. Justina Ireland did talk about the story being set on a new planet called Minfar and how they wouldn’t let her use Ewoks so she created murder rabbits.
Books announced for 2020 releases:
- I am super excited about the The Thrawn Ascendency Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. It’s a prequel series, so we get to see the Chiss Ascendency starting May 2020!
- Alphabet Squadron: Shadow Fall by Alexander Freed. They actually gave out book one Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed at the end of the panel. That was super cool. I have been wanting to read it.
- Dark Legends is much George Mann’s other book about Star Wars Myths and Legends, only darker. The first story turns the Grand Inquisitor into Nosferatu who steals special children.
- What also peaked my interest is a new comic series, Darth Vader #1 by Greg Pak. It’s coming out February 2020. The way Pak explained it was that at the end of The Empire Strikes Back Vader is shook because Luke rejected him. He is so shaken up that he forgets to kill Admiral Piett. After killing all the officers the whole movie he just lets Piett live. Then in RotJ Vader is more chill and doesn’t kill anyone. His journey is defined by loss and grief: his mother, Padmé and now Luke. So this comic series takes place between TESB and RotJ. Vader wants to find the people who hid the truth about Padmé’s death and who hid Luke from him. He digs back into his past, visiting the Lars home on Tatooine, and trying to push back the part of Anakin that is still there.All of that sounds right up my alley! So I think I’ll be reading this series.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Anthology by various authors. Zoraida Córdova said she is writing a Ventress story for this anthology.Zoraida also spoke about her new book that is out, A Crash of Fate. When she was writing it she had not gone to Galaxy’s Edge yet and so she was sent emails with secret pass codes to unlock the PDFs with the photos of what they were building so that she could describe the setting of Batu. Delilah Dawson, who also wrote a story set on Batu, called herself and Zoraida “Batu historians.” Zoraida then went to Galaxy’s Edge Orlando in the summer when it was 92 degrees, but it is so amazing there. The attention to detail makes it feel like you are not in Disney World but on another planet.
- I have no idea how to explain Project Luminous because not even they revealed what it is. Just that it is super secret. But Claudia Gray’s name was included and I like her writing.
-Katie Cook spoke about drawing cutesy-fied Star Wars creatures and the challenge of making the mean ones cute.
– This was funny. I forgot to write down his name, but the one who does the Star Wars pop-up books talked about how he makes his elaborate pop-up books into a play set and how the AT-ATs walk. That he cuts and folds then takes it apart and rebuilds it. That the books are not just simple pop-ups books but pop-up extravaganzas and he feels he could have made it bigger.
Ok, so I feel like this post is TL;DR even for me. So I am going to break it here and continue the second half of Friday in another post.