As promised, here are all the wonderful goodies I received in the mail during the first part of July! It’s a great mix of publisher sent arcs to review, arcs I traded for, preorders, and purchases. Expect to see reviews of many of these in the near future.
As promised, here is the post where I share all the comics and graphic novels I purchased at C2E2 while horribly sick. I am excited to read all of these and have already started on a couple!
I was super sick over C2E2 weekend, but I did what I set out to accomplish, which was find out more about current graphic novels, collect new info, and meeting publishers. I managed to gather contact information from several self-publishers to bring back to work. But on the personal side, I got to meet a lot of my favorite artists that I follow online and collect new art and signatures! Which I’m excited to share in this post! There will be a second post tomorrow detailing the fantastic graphic novels that I purchased. Be prepared for that!
Not too long ago, I shared my review for the delightfully wonderful webcomic turned physical graphic novel. Now, I want to share some of my delightful EEP and OMG THAT’S FANTASTICAL AND AMAZING moments that made me ❤ this story even more.
The first part of my tale reaches back to BEA17, when I discovered that Katie O’Neill was going to be in attendance signing advanced copies of The Tea Dragon Society with Oni Press. I knew that I wasn’t going since it was back in New York, but one of co-workers was and asked me to let her know if there was anything she could be on the watch for. While I was watching social media throughout the day, I saw a post about Oni Press’ signing schedule for the day (or week, I forget which), and Katie’s name was included.
So I sent an email to my co-worker, who saw it and said she would try 🙂 Later that day, she sent me this picture of Katie holding an arc, and I knew she’d made it in time. EEP! How cool?
So, I used up a lot of luck to have this little chamomile tea dragon plush come home with me. It was announced as part of a bundle available at NYCC17, another convention I wouldn’t be able to attend. I had a booksfortrade buddy offer to try and pick one up while she was there, and asked one of my bosses at work if she had any contacts going. She said she would put out a feeler or two, and I didn’t hear anything again after that.
Unfortunately, my buddy arrived after all the bundles were sold out 😦 And I hadn’t heard back about it from my boss that week or the next. But then, one day, I walked away from my desk to refill my ice water, and when I returned, there was little chamomile and the glorious finished version of The Tea Dragon Society.
I cannot wait for the card games and future stories that the author is working on!
For this installment of Series Sunday, Green Rider by the fabulous Kristen Britain takes center stage. This is the ONLY author that I’ve followed and continue to enjoy the series even with a 3-5 year gap between volumes. Yes, you read that correctly! The fans wait up to 5 years between stories, and it’s due largely to the incredible complexity that is woven into the each book. Also, there is usually no major cliffhanger, just lots of little threads that span the whole series.
It’s been a few months since I shared author signatures from my collection, so today I choose a few of my favorites 🙂
Back in January, I had the opportunity to meet 2 authors that had quickly made their way to the top of my TBR based on the synopsis and premise of their books/series. So, even though I hadn’t read more than a chapter or two of either of their books, I drove a little over 2 hours one way on a work night to meet Susan Dennard and Elise Kova. And I took a friend who had even less knowledge of these two than I did.
It’s been a couple week since my last signatures spotlight, so this week I thought to feature a mix of official bookplates and my printed bookplates.
I have to admit to not having read Kagawa’s newest dragon series, but I enjoyed her writing style from the Iron Fey series. I picked this up at an ALA conference without realizing that it was signed until I got home!