Every fall New York City is taken over by Comic Con and its fandoms. Spiderman roams the streets, Hermione Granger takes a break from the library, and Pennywise becomes all too real. In recent years, New York Comic Con has introduced more and more literary events, and as a lover of all things geeky and bookish, I couldn’t be happier. NYCC 2018 was jam-packed with book-themed fun, and here I’ve rounded up my five favorite bookish moments.
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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Trailer
There were a lot of fantastic trailer reveals this year (Good Omens, The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, American Gods season 2), but my personal favorite was She-Ra and the Princesses of Power—which debuts on Netflix on November 16. This is a brand new series inspired by the 80s show. She-Ra’s executive producer is Noelle Stevenson, who has created some of my all-time favorite female characters (Nimona’s Nimona and Lumberjanes’ April). I’m thrilled to see where she takes this tale about a warrior princess.
We Need Diverse Books Presents: Does Your Fantasy or SFF World Have To Be Woke?
All of the panels I attended this year were superb, but the one I keep thinking back on is the We Need Diverse Books panel moderated by Dhonielle Clayton (COO of We Need Diverse Books and author of The Belles) and featuring V.E. Schwab (Vengeful), Ibi Zoboi (Pride), N.K. Jemisin (How Long ’til Black Future Month?), and Daniel José Older (Shadowhouse Fall). The topics ranged from African American mythos to the pressure to dilute stories to make them marketable to the responsibility to represent the real world with honesty and nuance in sci-fi and fantasy worlds. If you ever have the opportunity to attend an event featuring any of these five authors, I’d highly recommend going.
ARC Drops & Giveaways
Readers who attend BookCon are no strangers to surprise ARC drops or giveaways, and now there are even more exciting new releases to seek out at Comic Con. Unlike BookCon, the lines for the events tend to be fairly short (score!), making it easy to hop on and snag a new book. One of my favorite finds this year was We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia—a YA novel coming out in February 2019 featuring a queer Latinx heroine who joins the fight against a corrupt government.
There were author signing left and right at this year’s Comic Con. Signings at conventions offer the unique opportunity to discover new authors and to meet your favorites face-to-face, and this year I was able to meet two authors whose work I love: Katherine Arden and V.E. Schwab. Arden was signing copies of The Bear and the Nightingale, the stunning first book in the Winternight trilogy, and posters inspired by the series covers. I’m eagerly anticipating the release of the third book this January, and revisiting the first two will help tide me over until then. V.E. Schwab was signing copies of The Steel Prince, the first in a new comic series set in the world of her Shades of Magic series. As our readers know, this is one of my all-time favorite series and one of my personal NYCC highlights was attending her panel on the comic and then jumping onto her signing line.
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Comic Con is the ideal place to pick up geeky merchandise, and the booth I made sure I stopped by was Jordandené. Their products include shirts, mugs, and accessories inspired by Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and more literary favorites—but I was most excited about their new line inspired byV.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series. I couldn’t stop myself from snagging an Anoshe shirt and and an As Travars sticker. The designs Jordandené premiered at Comic Con will be online soon, so keep an eye on their site.