Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Heroine's Geeky Faves: July 2012 Comic-Con Edition

I can't believe that Comic-Con is already over. I've been going to cons for ten years now and even helped run one in Fargo. It felt like so long since we went to one, but it was worth the wait. Here are some of the highlights of our experience along with a few extras! And, before I forget, thanks to all the people that helped make the convention a fun experience!

My Highlights
The 10th Anniversary Panel of Firefly, as well as The Legend of Korra and Community 
Community
I love the work of Joss Whedon, but there is a special place in my heart for Firefly. I even made a Kaylee costume! When I heard about the 10th anniversary panel at Comic-Con, I knew that it was going to go on my list (like many others). I was a bit nervous when I found out the other panel I really wanted, The Legend of Korra, was right before it. So, we made plans to get up really early to get in line for it. We arrived around 6am and kept watching the people streaming in.
The Legend of Korra
Joey and I are into Community, the first panel of the day. It was the only time we went to panels, and it was the perfect line-up. The Community cast was just as funny in person, Korra gave me goosebumps, and Firefly turned me into a weepy mess.
Firefly

Here are articles (spoilers!):
Community 
Korra
Firefly (video) (article)


Meeting Felicia Day 
They taped The Flog at the same time as the Firefly panel so we weren't able to go. I was a bit disappointed, except Geek and Sundry had a Meet and Greet with Felicia first thing on Thursday morning. We went and got our badges, and then walked over to Belo (YouTube Lounge for the weekend). I can't say enough about Felicia, and I can see why she is "The Queen of Comic-Con".

Playing Munchkin, I mean, Winning Munchkin
We went to the gaming room to play a few games of Munchkin when we had breaks in our schedule. You can learn how to play the game from this episode of Tabletop. It is Joey's and my new addiction.
My hand at the end of Game #1.


Game #1- Played original with expansions. One of the guys took all my cards out of play, and knocked me down to level 1 (Level 10 to win). I built myself up again with the help of Cheat! cards to win the game! Prize: Avengers t-shirt
I won this!!! 

Game #2- Cthulhu deck with a bunch of teenagers. They added in the Munchkinomicon so they kept fighting over getting the card and not leveling up. No one paid attention until I reached Level 9. Joey nudged me when I was talking to the troll next to me, but I knew he would help me. I never stole the Munchkinomicon from him and helped him out for free. It ended up in my favor. Prize: I won more prizes this time, which we gave him an expansion we already had and a little girl our bracelet. I had won what I wanted--- ChibiCthulhu!!!

The Legend of Zelda concert
We bought these tickets when we knew we were moving to San Diego. It was held by the convention center at the Embarcadero Marina Park next to the water and the view of downtown. I definitely will be listening to the soundtracks when editing KIN in the next few weeks. I walked down the main theme of The Legend of Zelda so the music has a very special meaning to the both of us.


Book signings and author sightings
Book publishers were present at Comic-Con! Penguin had a lot of fun giveaways and Mysterious Galaxy helped with the author signings after panels. I didn't make it to any panels, but I did go to one signing. I met a nice gal in line who I took downstairs to show her where other fun authors hang out, which was fun. I met Andrea Cremer, Marie Lu, N.K. Jemisin, and Tessa Gratton. Joey went over and chatted with Orson Scott Card, too. I loved talking to the authors about Firefly and witches. Fun!!!
Talking to Tessa Gratton. The redheads are Stephanie Perkins and Andrea Cremer.
We talked Firefly since I just got out of the panel. Can you guess who I am?

Other Con Highlights
Zachery Levi's unexpected kiss

Marvel reveals their next phase in movies

Hellboy 3?

NerdHQ interviews

I would like to wave hello and to my wonderful friends that we met and hung out with during the con, especially Sue Dawe! We wouldn't have been there without her.

What was your favorite part of Comic-Con, or if you didn't make it there, your favorite piece of coverage?

Natasha

Related blog posts:
Comic-Con 2009 Panels
Comic-Con 2009 Little Things

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Heroine's June 2012 Reads

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
The moment I read that this book is about a lightning addict, I knew that I had to pick this one up. The Fierce Reads Tour was just a good excuse for me to pick it up right away. There is a lot trust issues in this book since Mia doesn't know who to trust, and sometimes what to believe, including in herself.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
I've been dying for some awesome YA fantasy for a while, especially after reading Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I talk more about it in my Road Trip Wednesday post. I'm thinking this is definitely a contender for my favorite book of the year.



Where She Went by Gayle Forman
This is the sequel to If I Stay and is written from the perspective of Mia's boyfriend, Adam. It takes place three years after the first book.


Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
This is one of those books that I wish I would have picked up sooner! Bria just graduated from high school and goes on a trip to Central America where she meets a brother and sister who she decides to go on adventures with during her time there. This book resonated so much with me that it had me reminiscing about the summer after my high school graduation. My other Road Trip Wednesday post had the perfect timing after I read this book. I'm really warming up more to contemporary YA, and I have to admit, this is another book on the top of my list for this year.


Fever by Lauren DeStafano
I received the ARC of the first book, Wither, back at Comic Con in 2009. It was so different from any other YA book that I had read at the time. This is the first dystopian book that I picked up before the onslaught of them (and knowing the existence of The Hunger Games). The first book takes place pretty much in one location, but in this one, we get to see the outside world. The ending shocked me, and I'm looking forward to the last book. Rhine only has so much time, and right now with no sight of a happy ending, it will be sad to see her go.

Out in August
Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale (ARC)
I attended ALA in Anaheim last month to be surrounded by book people. There isn't anything quite like attending a convention or conference where people are passionate about something. I didn't know what to expect while walking the aisles and spotting the upcoming and current book titles. I hesitated asking at first for something that I would see, but when I saw Palace of Stone, I couldn't resist. I was delighted when I was handed the advanced reader copy and I felt like a kid where I wanted to hug it to my chest. It is the first book that I picked off the pile when I returned home.

If you enjoyed the first Princess Academy book, there is no doubt in my mind that you will love this book even more than the first. This is definitely one of my favorite books that I've read this year and it will be hard not to recommend it to everyone. I can't wait for my younger nieces and nephew to read this book! Mira is a strong character who has doubts just like anyone, dealing with being away from home for the first time. She struggles with new and old friendships, growing ideas from her book learning, and holds onto wanting the best for everyone. Mira is definitely a character you want by your side.


Currently Reading
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I'm forming a list of book recommendations. I do have a lot to read right now, though, sometimes I like to jump out of my comfort zone. What do you recommend?

Natasha