New York Comic Con 2018 – Friday, October 5

I went to work for the earlier part of the day and got to Comic Con at 2PM so I could go to Ashley Eckstein’s meet and greet at the Reed Pop booth.

I was such an airhead and forgot to bring my From a Certain Point of View book for her to sign! What a scatterbrain I am sometimes.

Ok, next time. Moving on. I told her how emotional I was when I found out The Clone Wars was returning while watching the SDCC panel. Ashley said she was a hot mess because she was crying, but I told her I was crying with her and I loved when Matt got out of seat.

I was getting choked up again and so I asked her about her sweatshirt and if it’s available. She spoke about the concept for the original logo for Her Universe being Ahsoka’s markings and the shirt is available. It came out for the 10th Anniversary collection, but slipped under the radar with the other items based off the characters’ outfits.

I told her that I got the Skywalker hooded sweatshirt and she asked if it is too big. I told it her it is but I knew it would be. I can just wear it around the house when it’s winter. It is so comfy.

She is so sweet, she asked about my sister and I told her she would be coming to NYCC after work, and that we will be seeing her in April for Celebration.

At the Penguin Booth there was a mystery giveaway. You chose from several descriptions. I saw someone walk away with this book and the cover caught my eye, so I did my best guessing. I guessed right!
The Waking Land by Callie Bates

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Star Wars: Ahsoka, by E.K. Johnston, Narrated by Ashley Eckstein

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Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins

Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars and before she reappeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally her story will begin to be told.

Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa – and the Rebel Alliance.

Ahsoka is a well written YA novel that gives us some insight into the missing pieces of Ahsoka’s life between the end of The Clone Wars series and her appearance on Rebels.

It begins about a year after the birth of the Empire. Ahsoka is learning to adjust to a new life and new situations without her fellow Jedi and Clone comrades. She is understandably cautious about making new friends, but then learns who she can trust. She is moving from place to place without a goal or mission, just laying low and making a living as a mechanic. This is the story where she finds a new mission.

The pacing is steady and the story has a bit of everything for the fans. Battles, Jedi meditation, friendships, strong characters, cameos from old favorites, and some flashbacks to fill in the gaps of Ahsoka’s life. There was no romance, but I didn’t miss one. I did have the sense that Kaeden had a crush on Ahsoka, but that’s all. These characters have a lot a problems with the Empire at the moment and a romance would have clogged the story.

My one critique was the Lightsaber crystals lore when it came to the red sabers. It’s not the explanation I like.

Ashley did a good good narrating her first audiobook. Sometimes I feel like the editing was a bit off, like her tone was different from sentence to sentence and I guess they were editing a few different takes together. Hearing the book in her voice was perfect though. No one else could ever narrate an Ahsoka story.

I never heard a Star Wars audiobook before, but I loved the addition of sound effects and John Williams’ music.

I really hope there are more novels, or comic books, about Ahsoka’s life between leaving the Jedi Order and being introduced on Rebels. There is so much to tell.

4.5 out of 5 Rebel spies

New York Comic Con 2016 – Thursday, October 6:

Thursday my sister, Victoria, and I got to the Javits Center around noon.

We didn’t go to any of the panels we  wanted to see. Some were at Book Con @ NYCC over at 500 W 36th St and 10th Ave: A World Unlike Any Other: The Importance of Setting in Fantasy and Sci-Fi and Villain Squad: Villains and Anti-Heroes in Literature.

Luckily I can catch up on some the panels I missed here at the Unbound Worlds NYCC wrap-up.

Instead we went around the Exhibit Hall picking up books, looking at Artist’s Alley and taking photos.

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