First, I got to do the most awesome thing this weekend, on Sunday. See, it was the first-ever London Super Comic-con, and hubs and I decided we wanted to go. Then we saw that Mr. Stan Lee was going to be there, and we could get books signed by him and get a picture taken.
Now, let me just say I am not one to pay for autographs or for pictures, in general. It’s just not my thing. Sure, of course I’ll buy the book I’m getting signed, but in general? Nah. However. This is STAN LEE. STAN THE MAN. The guy who invented pretty much every character in the Marvel comics stable. You bet your ass I wanted to meet him. And I especially wanted the girls to meet him, because how awesome is it to say you met Stan Lee when you were ten?
Because we were paying for the autographs, hubs and I decided to forego them for ourselves and just get them for the babies. So both Princess and Faerie got to hand their books to Stan and say “Thank you, Mr. Lee,” and they got to say who their favorite characters were, and it was pretty awesome. And then, we got to do the picture. Here it is (under the cut):
Notice the girls’ supercool Marvel t-shirts! (Yes, I barred their eyes. I’m paranoid, sorry.)
So that was pretty damn exciting. I also got to see my new friend Mark Buckingham and his lovely wife again, as well as a few other artist pals who were sketching etc. at the con, which was great. Princess, who has the absolute greatest sketchbook on the planet–I am not joking, you wouldn’t believe some of the people she’s gotten to sketch for her–nabbed a few more in her book, which was great.
Also exciting (and really gross, beware) was the man that all of us in the Stan Lee signing line watched repeatedly pick his nose and then shove whatever he’d pulled out into his mouth. It was so vile. He did it exactly the way Spaulding in Caddyshack did, trying to be all casual and “Oh, I’m just scratching my nose, just stroking my jaw, nothing to see here,” but we ALL saw him. Our line was literally two feet away from him; we were practically in his lap, ffs. A tiny collective shudder went through the crowd the first time, and then when he did it again there were a few small choked noises of disgust. Dude, you’re in PUBLIC. Do you really think no one is going to notice? Not to mention, um, you’re a grown man. I know little kids are prone to this for some reason, but little kids will shove almost anything they can find into their mouths. Adults should really be beyond that phase, shouldn’t they?
It was just so gross. And now I have shared it with all of you, aren’t you glad?
But! let’s move on, to the other squee thing:
The first “official” full review of SACRIFICIAL MAGIC has been posted! At TheReadventurer.com. From the review (italics theirs):
If you are a fan of this series, this one is not to be missed. It’s the best yet, in my opinion. If you haven’t read these and you love urban fantasy, I suggest that you get the first one right away. And if you haven’t gotten into urban fantasy, but love complex, interesting characters and gritty stories, then I’d definitely give these a try.
And one last squee: The brackets for the 2012 Suvudu Cage Match have been revealed! So now you can all see exactly who Chess (she’s in the Starfleet Academy: Holodeck bracket) will be fighting in the first round: Babcock, the main vampire baddie (he’s a genetically-created-type vampire, the result of an experiment gone wrong) from Justin Cronin’s THE PASSAGE. That’s right; Chess fights a vampire, y’all. It was lots of fun to write that little scene.
And of course, you guys may be aware that THE PASSAGE was like this huge bestseller that half the world read, whereas my books are…well, not as big as that. Which means if we want Chess to advance to the next round, we need to spread the word!* And vote for her when her fight goes up–I’m not sure exactly when that will be, but it will be soon. Please join in; let’s show everyone how we do it in Downside!
(*Remember, getting readers involved is part of the game/fun, so let’s make some noise!)
And I think that’s it for the moment. I’m getting in touch with my fantastic webmistress to do some updates on the site, including posting the first chapter of SACRIFICIAL MAGIC, and I’ll have some cool news for you guys at some point in the next few weeks, so be on the lookout for that in addition to the SM playlist and more excerpts!