San Diego Comic Con 2012! The Novel Strumpet Looks Back At Her Crazy Weekend! With Books! Books! And.. More Books!

Suddenly Susan did an excellent recap of Comikaze recently and the… Uh.. Joy that was… And now The Novel Strumpet sent in her recap of San Diego Comic Con! It’s so interesting to compare the two, not that anything can really compare to Comic Con.

Still, once the bar is set that’s where everyone should strive for. So, I’m glad to take this look back at Comic Con 2012 with The Novel Strumpet! I feel like this year came and went… (when did it become October?) and this helps me remember the crazy year that was!

Check out the Strumpet’s recap of Comic Con 2012 after the jump!

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Novel Strumpet’s Comic Con 2012:

Was that really over two months ago? Did it even happen? What have I been doing? Yeesh. Why is it that I have less time in my life now that I have only one job than I did when I had two? It’s been so long, that I’ve decided to just give an overall impression because it was such a blur, I mean this year went really, really, really fast!

Preview Night:

As has been our tradition the past couple of years, Mike and I headed down to San Diego for Preview Night. By the time we reached our hotel and stored our luggage we were hungry. So we headed to the Kansas City Barbeque to do two things: 1) Eat! and 2) Get Mike’s pic at a film location. I mean it’s Mikethefanboy so we have to, right?

Mike the fanboy at san diego comic con 2012 at Kansas City BBQ filming location of Top Gun

Mike the fanboy at san diego comic con 2012 at Kansas City BBQ filming location of Top Gun

Being a Southern gal I love me some BBQ, and this stuff was good. If you’re ever in San Diego you definitely have to try them out.

After lunch it was time to pick up our badges and make it official. Which we did a lot faster than I thought…not that I’m complaining. Of course we had to hang out for a couple of hours in a line (what a surprise) to wait for the exhibit hall to open. Finally it did and Mike and I divided to conquer.

I don’t know what he did but it probably had something to do with movies and tv, I spent my time mapping out all the book booths and heading up to Artist Alley to check out deviantART’s set up. They were in the house:

deviant art sign at san diego comic con 2012 Mike the fanboy at san diego comic con 2012 at Kansas City BBQ filming location of Top Gun

The rest of the night was pretty tame, we had dinner with Suddenly Susan, then off to bed to get some rest and prepare for the next day.

Day One:

This year I decided to cosplay a couple of days. Thursday was my “Steampunk Assistant Chef” day:

mike the fanboy's the Novel Strumpet in her steampunk assistant chef cosplay costume for san diego comic con 2012 sdcc 2012

I stole this idea from some work colleagues….mwahahaha.

My first panel was “The Witty Women of Steampunk” which I almost missed because I stood in line for the wrong room and by the time I realized that the room my panel was in was full. I did get in about halfway through. YAY!

comic con 2012 witty women of steampunk panel L-R: Dina “Lady Steam” Kampmeyer (moderator), Anina Bennett, Robin Blackburn, Gail Carriger, Kaja Foglio and Robin Thornsen

L-R: Dina “Lady Steam” Kampmeyer (moderator), Anina Bennett, Robin Blackburn, Gail Carriger, Kaja Foglio and Robin Thornsen

After it was over I headed over to A&E’s COMA pop-up med center across from the Convention Center. First all “patients” were given ID bracelets:

comic con Coma id bracelet badge A and E mini series san diego comic con 2012 rare promo

Then we got to walk through some creepy rooms with fake surgeries, “dead bodies” and people doing strange things. We got pics of ourselves on green screen and were sent this image:

comic con Coma id bracelet badge A and E mini series san diego comic con 2012 rare promo

Everyone was given the chance to get a COMA tattoo. It took a wee bit too long to do, but the end result was amazing:

comic con Coma id bracelet badge A and E mini series san diego comic con 2012 rare promo

For the rest of the day people were asking me if it was real. It took nearly 3 days to come off…

After that it was back to the Convention Center for authors and panels. First I got Andrea Cremer:

Andrea Cremer posing with mike the fanboy's the novel strumpet at san diego comic con 2012

Then Heather Brewer:

Heather Brewer posing with mike the fanboy's the novel strumpet at san diego comic con 2012

Then to the Simon and Schuster panel to see what was up and coming.

Oh, and did I mention there was a little matter of yours truly doing her first interview? Look for that soon! It’s with author Lauren Beurkus.

All in all a great start, if a bit of a blur since I was stressing over the interview so much…hahahahaha.

Day Two:

This was a plain clothes day. My first panel was “Remixed Fairytales and Superhero Lore”
remixed fairtales and superhero love panel san diego comic con 2012 sdcc Michael Scott, Cecil Castellucci, Marissa Meyer, Tracy Hickman

L-R: Michael Scott, Cecil Castellucci, Marissa Meyer, Tracy Hickman

remixed fairtales and superhero love panel san diego comic con 2012 sdcc Michael Scott, Cecil Castellucci, Marissa Meyer, Tracy Hickman

L-R: Tom King, Rae Carson, Sarah Maas and Paul Tobin

The next one was “Paranormal Love Potion” because, I’m sorry, but I am NOT waking up and getting in a line at 5am for the cast of “Firefly”. I mean I love the show (in fact, blasphemy about to be uttered, it’s the only Joss Whedon show I like) but I would never call myself a Browncoat. I’m extra glad because not all the cast was there and after asking some attendees discovered there were really no big announcements.

paranormal love potion panel Stephanie Perkins (moderator), Andrea Cremer, Marjorie Liu, Sylvia Day and Tessa Gratton comic con 2012

L-R: Stephanie Perkins (moderator), Andrea Cremer, Marjorie Liu, Sylvia Day and Tessa Gratton

paranormal love potion panel Stephanie Perkins (moderator), Andrea Cremer, Marjorie Liu, Sylvia Day and Tessa Gratton comic con 2012

L-R: Shawntelle Madison, Aprilynne Pike and Kelley Armstrong

After the panel was over I went outside for some air and to “sight see” a little. Meaning take in some of the costumes. There was a big converging of comic characters for photo ops. If your town was destroyed that day, you now know why.

cosplayers at san diego comic con 2012 loitering in the lobby rare san diego convention center sdcc 2012 cosplay

Then I headed back to the convention floor for my 2nd interview!!! This time I got to speak with Mark Z Danielewski.

After that awesomeness I walked the floor some looking for goodies (meaning books, books and… guess what… more books!) then off to the What’s Up With Penguin panel, which is my favorite of publisher panels! The others are always exciting, but for some reason the energy in the Penguin panel is always super upbeat and exciting.

Then I was d-o-n-e for the day.

Day Three:

Another costume day, this time I did a slight homage to Ivy Hisselpenny from the “Parasol Protectorate” series since it was GAIL CARRIGER DAY!!!! My friend Kelly from DemonLover’s Books and More was able to come in for the day and it was nice to have someone to geek out over books with. Plus that meant I had a person to take photos for me…mwahahahaha

the novel strumpet in her cosplay at san diego comic con 2012 Ivy Hisselpenny from the “Parasol Protectorate” series since it was GAIL CARRIGER DAY

We walked around a bit looking for…you guessed it…BOOKS, then headed up for our first panel “Hot Town: Faeries in the City: Urban Fantasy”

hot town fairies in the city panel comic con 2012 Benjamin Tate (moderator), S.G. Browne, J.F. Lewis, Seanan McGuire, Kat Richardson, Anton Strout, Kevin Hearne, Jennifer Bosworth, and Jeanne Stein

Benjamin Tate (moderator), S.G. Browne, J.F. Lewis, Seanan McGuire, Kat Richardson, Anton Strout, Kevin Hearne, Jennifer Bosworth, and Jeanne Stein

We basically camped out in that room (yes I am one of those people, but you kind of have to be a bit of an a**hole, otherwise you’ll miss stuff.) so I could get a good seat for *drum roll* GAIL CARRIGER!!!! Who was looking awesome in her spoon corset

gail carriger in her corset at san diego comic con 2012 rare promo cosplayer rare

I loooooove the “Parasol Protectorate” series and can’t wait for her two new series. After the panel we all headed over to the signing.

gail carriger and the novel strumpet at san diego comic con 2012 in her corset at san diego comic con 2012 rare promo cosplayer rare

After that I waited in another signing line to get Deborah Harkness and Orson Scott Card to sign some books and wound up getting a couple of the other authors as well. I didn’t get into the panel because I showed up 15 minutes before it started and it was full. Probably because other people were squatting inside. It’s a hard thing to get mad at. I mean on the one hand it’s awesome they don’t kick you out if you have back to back panels, but it sucks because people will sit in one room all day for one panel which is why Hall H and Ballroom 20 are such a mess. But whatever, I’ve done it so therefore I’ve got no moral high ground to stand upon.

After meeting up with Kelly again and getting some grub we headed back to the convention for the “What’s New at Harper Voyager” panel. Which was a lot of fun, they’ve got some really cool things coming down the line.

Day Four:

Last day already!?!?!?! I feel like we just got here. Except my shoulders have a constant ache in them from my heavy bags. Mike and I came with a few bags and left with this:

the novel strumpet with all her san diego comic con 2012 bags and loot getting piled into the carthe novel strumpet with all her san diego comic con 2012 bags and loot getting piled into the car

It’s a disease and I’m glad there’s no cure 😛

This was my walk the floor for any last minute fun stuff. And my last panel was “Foes Beyond Fur and Fangs”:

foes beyond fur and fangs panel san diego comic con 2012 L-R: Kim Alexander (moderator-and who I cut off…oops), Gail Carriger, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Maggie Stiefvater, Tom Sniegoski, Rachel Caine, Kiersten White, and Amber Benson

L-R: Kim Alexander (moderator-and who I cut off…oops), Gail Carriger, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Maggie Stiefvater, Tom Sniegoski, Rachel Caine, Kiersten White, and Amber Benson

I have to say this was one of the funniest panels I have ever sat through. I don’t know if everyone had reached end of Con madness (I know I had), or if they were just feeding off each other, or if it was the topic, but they had me in stitches.

Then it was back to the hotel to grab our stuff and leave. WAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

So on top of the awesome books and swag I got (some of which may be going into giveaways…hint hint), there were some really cool panels I just happened upon, awesome costumes, enticing booths, etc. etc. etc.

so here are a few more pics just because:

Last time ladies…enjoy it (mwahahahaha)

San diego comic con twilighters camping out to see Robert Pattinson and kristen stewart

Surely he’s not calling Ghostbusters….

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Cool artist panel I sat in on. They were drawing while talking to us

quick draw artist panel at san diego comic con 2012 rare promo hot sdcc

Random fine arts booth…I mean this stuff was really nice and really expensive

fine art booth at san diego comic con 2012 with 20,000 dollar paintings sdcc rare promo hot fine art

HAHAHAHAHAHA

I hate theater shirt with abraham lincoln on the front at san diego comic con 2012

Alexia Tarabotti cosplay

Alexia Tarabotti cosplay  hot sexy girl at san diego comic con 2012 sdcc 2012 rare promo sexy

Says it all ;P

i heart nerd girls bumper sticker at san diego comic con 2012 sdcc 2012 rare promo metal machine hot

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