There was tons of action taking place at New York Comic Con 2011, and we couldn't cover it all ourselves. So, we got author and RT's Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels Columnist Anne Elizabeth to share a few of her highlights from the event. And at the end of her guest blog, find out how you can get drawn into a zombie-filled graphic novel!

The vibration of feet stampeding through the Javits Center was a welcome feeling and sound on preview day, Thursday, October 13th. When the doors opened at 4 p.m., some fans raced to their destinations as others strolled to spots and stood vigil by comic book publisher booths waiting for the latest NYCC Comic Book Exclusives, the special comic books that are only handed out at this event.

Among the favored items were George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones: Issue 1 from the Del Rey Booth, the partial of book II of the Twilight Saga graphic novel and Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl Psycho Killer partial graphic novel from Yen Press. I must admit even my own NYCC Exclusive, the teen-rated short story comic, The Hall of Insides, flew off the shelves. 

Next door to me at the Abrams Booth, The Walking Dead book was highly prized by many — you should have seen the amount of zombie costumes! Very clever! — even as Star War lovers headed to the DK Booth for the latest tome, only to find that John Landis’ Monsters in the Movies was there, also.

My ultimate experience at NYCC 2011 was meeting Legendary Comic Creator and Writer Stan Lee. (There's a picture of us, together!) What a charming and well-spoken man! He gave fans and press the inside scoop about the upcoming release from 1821 Comics, Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment, titled Romeo and Juliet: The War. “This is Shakespeare’s words, and the story is placed in the future,” said Lee. The action takes place on planet Earth and it pits cyborgs against humans who are genetically enhanced. This book is scheduled to release in November and I can hardly wait!

And, calling all female writers: The writers of the popular TV show Robot Chicken shared at their panel that they are always looking for a female script writer with a talent for humor, sarcasm, creativity and clever wit. If you think this is you then send them examples of your work — short stories, skits, scripts, etc. — but do not send them examples of your version of Robot Chicken. Doing so will exclude you from the running.

From Romania, you should know about the new comic compilation entitled No School. Challenging the standard comic book style, this is a collection of comic genius from Romania’s long graphic fiction history. This also marks the first time Romania has participated in the NYCC, and the premiere was very interesting.

Other news from the convention included that DC Comics/Vertigo announced that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo graphic novel, adapted from Stieg Larsson's bestselling series, will be released in 2012. The sequels will follow in order, one a year. Additionally, IDW Publishing’s Kill Shakespeare comic co-creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery have been accepted into the Sundance Film Festival program. This dynamic team was sizzling up the comic book stores with their stories last year. It will be exciting to see what comes out of the festival. Also, the newest True Blood, Vol. 2: Tainted Love by Marc Andreyko, Michael McMillian and Joe Corroney, published by IDW, has released. Hopefully, it will satiate our appetites until HBO has the next season on the air.

Also taking place, Comic Book Publishers Marvel and Archie were letting fans know about their digital books. Image announced the return of Alan Moore’s Supreme series and pushed its Walking Dead and Invincible Hard Cover Collections. It was interesting to learn that the clothing company Aéropostale is debuting a new super-hero Marvel clothing line for kids and Ahsoka Tano and The Araca Group's Her Universe has Star Wars apparel for females and happily celebrates the label of “Geek Girls!” At the event this year's favorite signed trading cards were from Glee, Vampire Diaries and True Blood.

Among my friend sightings, I said, “Hi!” to good friends Kim Harrison (Blood Work, from Del Rey) and Marjorie Liu (series NYX, Dark Wolverine & Wolverine, from Marvel). Also, I caught up briefly with Patty Briggs and learned that she will be at the TusCon Science Fiction Convention as the Guest of Honor. I look forward to another chance to chat with her as I am giving a workshop at this event, too. If you’re in the Tucson, Arizona area, stop by for a visit! I also saw international best seller Keith DeCandido (Farscape, Star Trek, etc.) in Artist Alley, in addition to spotting our own super-energized Morgan Doremus and Stacey Agdern of Posman Books Grand Central in the main hall as well as meeting a ton of high school and college friends, new fans, and young readers.

The New York Comic Con ran through Sunday, October 16th, and was an action-packed event. Every day was filled with fans and a steady stream of animated shows playing on large screens outside the show hall with cushioned couches for fans to relax on. The IGN Theater hosted TV, movie, and comic panels as well as a few sneak peaks at upcoming events. (I spotted several souls camping out in this hot spot!)

Here are some of the great titles that I learned about at NYCC and I am using for holiday gifts this year: From Jeff Smith, the latest in the Bone series and from Terry Moore's the Echo Collection. From the publisher Abrams, The Someday Funnies by Michel Choquette and the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book by Jeff Kinney. From the Lerner Group Graphic Universe: Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer by Trina Robbins, and illustrated by Anne Timmons and Mo Oh. This is a true story that is heart breaking and amazing! Also from the Lerner Group Graphic Novel, I am looking forward to the Guinea Pig: Pet Shop Private Eye series #4, Fish You Were Here by Colleen AF Venable and illustrated by Stephanie Yue, and also Lerner Group Graphic Universe's the Tricky Journeys series books 1 - 6 (these two series are for early readers). From the graphic publisher First Second, Bake Sale by Sara Varon, Orcs: Forged for War by Stan Nicholls and Joe Flood and Nursery Rhyme Comics by Chris Duffy and Lenoard S. Marcus. Additionally, First Second's Zita The Spacegirl by Ben Hatke is another fantastic book! From Sea Lion Books, Pariah by Aron Warner and Storm Born by Richelle Mead. From DK CHILDREN, The Lego Ideas book and from Disney: It’s a Small World by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman and illustrated by Joey Chou. This hardcover even has a CD of the song.

Lastly, my favorite discovery was the graphic novel of My Favorite Martian — do you remember the TV show? The complete series volume one is written by Paul S. Newman, Russ Manning, Dan Spiegle, and Mike Arens, and is published by Hermes Press.

All in all, this Comic Con was a raging success; One that I could write a book about because so much occurred that was exciting! Space is limited though, so this is a brief taste of the news from the front lines of the NYCC. Don your cape and lasso, my friends, and have a super day. See you next year and don't forget to enter in my comic book contest!

- Anne Elizabeth 

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Your face could be the hero or heroine in a zombie comic! Comic creator Anne Elizabeth is writing a short story about zombie romance entitled Zombie Love and you could star in it. Enter your name at aeauthor@yahoo.com and put "Zombie Love" in the subject. Please note: this story is written at the author’s discretion, it will be teen-reader appropriate and the winners will be chosen at random. There is no compensation, only a free comic. Contest runs through midnight of October 31.

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