Last week we gave you a peek inside of the bustling world of New York Comic Con 2011. You got a chance to experience a workshop, check out Artist Alley, go behind the scenes of Marjorie Liu's latest Dirk & Steele story with a special author interview, find out what's next for Patricia Briggs, and more. But, the fun's not over yet!
Booklovers, it’s officially the end of an era, and one that is particularly sad for me. We all knew that the Borders stores across the country were closing, often leaving holes like missing teeth in shopping malls, and the hearts of communities all across the country. But now when you visit www.Borders.com, you are automatically redirected to the Barnes & Noble website.
As a Borders employee for many years — seven, to be exact — the closing of both my hometown Borders and the slow death of the Borders at Penn Plaza here in New York City leaves me feeling nostalgic for the better days of bookstores.
With Borders gone and a lack of chains in the area, I’ve tried my best to start shopping at my local independent bookstores more often. However, I’ve found that for me, independents are great for browsing, but when I’ve got a got a particular title in mind that I want to purchase, I just want to get in, get my book and get out.
And while having a dedicated space for booklovers is nice, the ease and inexpensive titles at Amazon have been a huge draw to me in the last few years. Amazon has become my go to place to make both print and e-book purchases and I don’t see this changing in the near future.
Comic Con not only brings out great artists and comic book writers, but at NYCC you can also find some amazing fiction authors as well. This year RT's Morgan had the pleasure of speaking with Patricia Briggs, whose work spans from urban to medieval fantasy. Want to know more about Patricia's writing process and also get a sneak peek at what's happening with fan favorite character Mercy Thompson? Check out the interview below.
Morgan Doremus: Different authors bring different skills to their writing. I think, first and foremost, you are known as a storyteller. Someone who can really make her stories come to life.
Patricia Briggs: I am a reader first, so I write books that I would like to read. I always want my stories to feel real and since I am writing urban fantasy, this means I have to create a tension between the real world and the supernatural world. If the real world is very realistic, then it just makes the supernatural parts all the more plausible.
New York Comic Con is unique in the fact that not only do fans get to meet amazing artists, but we can also watch them work. Every year at NYCC, Artist Alley is erected in order to corral the incredible talent visiting the city. This year artists sketched while sitting at tables, standing at easels and even kneeling next to a car. While strolling through Artist Alley, I was happy to see a few of my favorite author/artists, so I stopped in to check out their creative processes and also ask them what they are currently work on.
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We've been celebrating paranormal reads all month long, but we aren't the only ones who love creatures that go bump in the night. Today we spent time at New York Comic Con 2011 with thousands of fans that were ready for comic book, manga and graphic novel signings, author sightings, panels, workshops, advanced television and movie screenings and more. I had the pleasure to sit in on one of these workshops as several debut and established authors talked about some of the very real world problems that their supernatural characters face.
(Left to right - Thomas E. Sniegoski, Tahereh Mafi, Nancy Holzner, Drew Magary, Stefan Petrucha, Bob Fingerman and Veronica Rossi)
Today was the first day of the 2011 New York Comic Con, the biggest comic and graphic novel convention on the East Coast. RT's web team was there hanging out with fellow booklovers, meeting authors and, of course, snapping photos.
Comic Con 2011
We saw lots of heroes and villains...
Beautiful face painting...
A fallen angel...
Today at New York Comic Con 2011 I got a chance to chat with the fantastic Marjorie M. Liu about the latest novel in her bestselling Dirk & Steele series, December's release Within the Flames. If you are new to the series, don't worry, Liu does a fantastic job of crafting a romance that anyone can fall head first into. However, for all of you longstanding Dirk & Steele addicts out there (like me!), you will be excited to see Eddie (finally) get his happily ever after. But it’s not a smooth road for the man whose supernatural talents mean that when he loses control, he can accidentally burn things to the ground. But perhaps this is exactly what makes him perfect for his heroine, Lyssa who is an honest to goodness dragon!
Morgan: Readers who have been following the Dirk and Steele series have known Eddie for a long time. But they might be surprised to learn that he is the hero of his own book since he is so much younger than the rest of your characters.
Marjorie: He is young in years, but he has lots of life experience. Eddie lost his dad when he was young and this left him in an abusive living situation. Eddie ended up growing up on the streets.
In last week's Snapshot we asked author Lauren Dane what she was reading, researching and ready for. Her answers got us thinking about which books we will be diving into next, the ones we're nostalgic for and which recently read title is noteworthy.
I've been keeping up with the fantastic Maiden Lane series and can't wait to finally get my hands on Silence Hollingbrook's story!
BLOG UPDATE 11/17/2011: We've launched our new and improved convention mini-site www.rtconvention.com. There you can electronically register for our 2012 convention in Chicago, take a look at what will be taking place and find out how you can get involved with RT's volunteer and promotional opportunities!
BLOG UPDATE 10/13/2011: We've announced a preliminary schedule for the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention. You can check out this year's workshops and panels at our Convention homepage or by taking a look at our Convention Overview. Find out what's in store during our Reader Program, our Writers' Programs — such our Genre Panels, Hands On and Specialty workshops — and don't miss the first look at the author's who will be attending this year's Giant Book Fair on Saturday!