YES. JK ROWLING. But that was one of the last things I did in NYC. First, there was a book signing for the wonderful anthology AFTER, which I am very lucky to have been a part of! It took place at Books of Wonder, one of my favorite bookstores (such a magical place!)
|I think my mother would be most excited that I'm standing by Gregory Maguire, |
author of Wicked, which is the base for one of her favorite Broadway plays.
|I waited in line for nearly an hour to attend this panel!|
One of my favorite events at ComicCon was Geek Geek Revolution, where Colleen Lindsey quizzed authors on their geekiness.
I tried to cheat by going to the first panel on Saturday so I'd know the answers for when I went on Sunday.
|Amber Benson, Rachel Caine, Morgan Rhodes (winner!), |
and Maureen Johnson, along with Colleen Lindsey
|And as winner, Geek Queen Andrea Cremer won Rock'em Sock'em Robots.|
The other place I hung out at was the Penguin Booth. Yay Penguin!!
|Man, I love that poster.|
|Ahh!! This was the line waiting for me on Saturday |
for a signed ARC of Shades of Earth!
|People waited an hour to come to the panel!|
|We ran out of room and had to turn some people away!|
|The buck might stop at the president's office,|
but the line ends at Andrea's.
|Cyanide & Happiness! (nsfw)|
|The Oatmeal! (also nsfw)|
|Daenerys, mother of dragons. |
(Click on this one for more details--this costume is crazy good.)
|Adventure Time was the big cosplay winner this year.|
This one had one of the best Ice Kings (and Gunter!).
|This little dalek had a kid inside!|
|A little blurry, but I thought this lady's TARDIS outfit was charming-complete with keys and watches around her waist!|
|The only thing more popular than Adventure Time was gender-swapped Adventure Time. This might have been the best Fiona--I love that she also had Cake--and Marshall was so good. He even had red eye contacts!|
|Timey-whimey, wibbly-wobbly! |
Two Doctors, a Rose, and a Statue.
|This Doctor carried his TARDIS around with him.|
|I thought this was so creative--Lumpy Space Princess and Turtle Princess. These girls rocked it!|
|Throwback! This Kim Possible had me cracking up--note the naked mole rat in her pouch.|
|Benders were also a popular choice for cosplay costumes. Love these two--and their pose was perfect!!|
|Sailor Moon was also popular! Here's a great Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Pluto with her.|
|A great Aang and Katara!|
|THIS is what it's all about--a kid excited to explore the world of fiction.|
Now, I wasn't just in NYC for ComicCon--I wanted to see NYC, too! One of my first orders of business...
My friend Lauren--you know, this Lauren:
Anyway, Lauren had been telling me how great MAC makeup is, and I needed some new foundation...and lip gloss...and eye shadow...and anyway, let's just say that I'm glad my husband didn't mind me going on a little shopping spree!
After spending all my money between Macy's and Lush, I walked around NYC and visited some of my favorite places.
|I almost don't feel as if I'm in NYC without seeing the Flat Iron Building.|
|No matter where I went, I could always see the Empire State Building. It was like the Northern Star.|
Almost as fun as real shopping is window shopping, and NYC has the best!
|To give you an example of size, the Hershey's syrup is a gallon. The Nerds box is as long as my arm.|
|I think this was an interior design store. I don't know. I got distracted by the pretty store front.|
|It was designed almost like a cassette tape. Anyone know how these work?|
There were also two things that I scheduled for NYC just for fun--on Monday, I went to see the avant garde play Sleep No More, and on Tuesday...on Tuesday I got to see JK ROWLING!
Sleep No More is...a strange play. It's loosely based on MacBeth, and instead of a stage, it takes place in a hotel. Five floors, all with something going on. You chase the actors around and try to catch the strings of the plot. I definitely recommend seeing this play--it's an experience unlike any other!
|You can't take pictures inside Sleep No More--this is the candle display on the tables. |
The whole set-up was like a 20s party...with MURDER.
And, for the grand finale! JK ROWLING!!
She did one event in North America--in NYC. And tickets sold FAST. I am HUGELY grateful for the wonderful people at Hypable who were able to hook me up with tickets.
The event was...magical. Amazing. Fascinating. Everything I'd hoped it would be.
|The stage before the event. Of course they set out water in goblets.|
|In the signing line, JK Rowling made an effort to look into each person's eyes and respond to him or her.|
|Here she is signing my copy. I may have been so excited that I nearly threw up.|
|Me with JK in the background! This picture was taken by the wonderful Victoria Schwab, and my only regret is that I forgot to get a group picture with her and Michelle and Lev (also in the background).|
After all that awesome, I came home...to the plague. I've had a cold ever since I came back to NC! Clearly NYC is ensuring that I never leave again...