While a lucky few of us are away at San Diego Comic Con right now, living it up with famous actors and authors, snatching sweet swag, snapping pics of Daenerys cosplayers and just generally loving life (really, they’re probably sweaty and tired and confined to our 10×10 booth – #1128, BTW), most of us will have to enjoy #SDCC2016 from afar via tweets and blog posts 🙁 Still, one can dream, and if we WERE lucky enough to be in San Diego right now, here’s a selection of panels we definitely wouldn’t miss! Perhaps a few of you are lucky enough to be there and this will be of some help to you! If so, let us know which panels you make it to you and what you think of them in the comments (and if you could pick up the new Newt Scamander Funko Pop for us too, we’d be ever so grateful!)
LOVE IN THE TIME OF YA
10:00 AM, Room 32AB
A lovely discussion of writing romance for teen fiction with a panel of experts including Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds series, The Passenger series), Andrea Cremer (The Nightshade trilogy,Conjurer’s Riddle), Kate Elliott (Court of Fives), Kami Garcia (The Beautiful Creatures series, The Lovely Reckless), Amy Tintera (Ruined), and Brenna Yovanoff (Places No One Knows). Moderated by Mary E. Pearson (The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Remnant Chronicles).
IT’S THE END OF THE…YA SERIES
2:00 PM, Room 29AB
Hear Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds series, Passenger series), Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles, Heartless), and Mary E. Pearson (The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Remnant Chronicles) discuss the perils, promises, and joys of ending a YA series. Moderated by author Kami Garcia (The Beautiful Creatures series, The Lovely Reckless).
SWEET DREAMS AREN’T MADE OF THESE: HORROR AND THRILLER AUTHORS BRING YOUR NIGHTMARES TO LIFE
3:00 PM, Room 29AB
Authors in the horror and thriller genres are more than just talented writers. They have to be masters of psychology, understanding what makes us most terrified and portraying worlds and scenarios that strike at the very core of our deepest and darkest fears. Del Howison of Dark Delicacies probes the twisted minds of Paul Tremblay (Disappearance at Devil’s Rock), Amy Lukavics (Daughters unto Devils), Paula Treick Deboard (The Drowning Girls), Tosca Lee (Progeny), Thomas Olde Heuvelt (HEX), and Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin) as they discuss the best ways to scare you.
WHAT’S UP WITH PENGUIN
7:00 PM, Room 23ABC
Anne Sowards (Ace/Roc), Jessica Wade (Ace/Roc), and Christina Colangelo (Penguin Young Readers Group) give you the dish on forthcoming books from exciting authors and licensed properties, such as Jim Butcher, Ransom Riggs, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Anthony Ryan, Sabaa Tahir, Marie Lu, Anne Bishop, Taherah Mafi, and many others. You can expect giveaways like finished books or advanced reading copies!
I READ IT BEFORE (AND AFTER) IT WAS A MOVIE
10:00 AM, Room 7AB
Each day, our newsfeeds blow up with items of more amazing sci-fi/fantasy books being optioned for film or TV, and bookstore shelves are filled with cinematic tie-in novels to geeky summer blockbusters. But what does it take to make the jump from page to screen, and back again? Authors explore the journey of stories from page (both prose and comics) to screen (multi-media) and even stage, and vice versa. Maybe this illustrious group will be able to answer the question of whether it really is better to read the book before seeing the movie! Ransom Riggs (Tales of the Peculiar), James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Melissa de la Cruz (The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Prequel), Scott Westerfeld (Uglies, Zeroes), Ben H. Winters (Underground Airlines), and Comic-Con special guest Peter David engage in conversation with moderator Anthony Breznican of Entertainment Weekly
A WORLD AFTER HARRY: THE CHANGING GENRE OF YA FANTASY
1:00 PM, Room 28 DE
Teens and lovers of YA of all ages yearn for escape through other worlds. YA writers Sarah J. Maas (SDCC special guest, author of Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series), Jessica Cluess (A Shadow Bright and Burning), Gena Showalter (Firstlife), Thomas E. Sniegoski (Savage), and Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil) engage in a rousing discussion of the joys and challenges of crafting fantastical narratives that stand on their own and how the genre has evolved moderated by Tobie Easton (Emerge).
WORLDBUILDING: CREATING REALISTIC FANTASY SETTINGS
2:00 PM, Room 9
Words are important. But how are they made? Claudia Christian (Wolf’s Empire), Gini Koch (The Alien Series), Seanan McGuire (the October Daye and InCryptid series), Brandon Mull (Five Kingdom’s Series), Scott Sigler (The Generations Trilogy), and Jon Skovron (Hope & Red) discuss how they set the stage for their stories and explore the dos and don’ts of building a living, breathing world for their characters in a panel moderated by Cindy Pon (Serpentine).
CAPTURING THE IMAGINATION OF MIDDLE GRADE READERS
3:00 PM, Room 23ABC
From a giant chaos-causing bunny to a land where left can be right to the puzzles of a haunted hotel or a rebellion against a powerful reign, from superpowers to super-scientists, middle-grade authors Ned Rust (Patrick Griffin’s Last Breakfast on Earth), Tahereh Mafi (Furthermore), Tania del Rio (Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye), Shannon Messenger (Keeper in the Lost Cities #4: Neverseen), Cece Bell (El Deafo), and Rachel Ignotofsky (Women in Science), along with moderator Sherri L. Smith (The Toymaker’s Apprentice), discuss ways to reach and inspire the imaginations of even the most reluctant young reader.
STORIES OF IMAGINATION: HARPER VOYAGER AND EPIC READS
8:00 PM, Room 9
Home to some of the industry’s biggest names in fantasy, Harper Voyager is also a breeding ground for new talent. This fall, they will announce such stellar additions to their list as Sarah Beth Durst, Amy S. Foster, and Patrick Hemstreet, as well as publish horrific new tales from the likes of Brom and Richard Kadrey. Experience the latest in teen fiction from the publishers of Red Queen and Divergent. Immerse yourself in everything from epic blood rebellions to teenage clones as HarperCollins presents what’s hot on the forefront of YA. Get ready to grab plenty of Epic Reads giveaways, limited-edition goodies, and advance copies. Panelists include Stephanie Hoover, Shawn Nicholls, David Pomerico, and Gina Rizzo.
SPOTLIGHT ON MARISSA MEYER
10:00 AM, Room 24 ABC
Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles, sits down with NPR’s Petra Mayer to talk everything from the explosive success of The Lunar Chronicles to the power of YA fandoms, her first Lunar Chronicles graphic novel, to what fans can expect from Heartless, this fall’s most-anticipated young adult novel. Arrive early for a front row seat for a Lunar Chronicles Fan Appreciation video.
LEIGH BARDUGO AND GENE LUEN YANG IN CONVERSATION
1:00 PM, Room 29 AB
New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows Leigh Bardugo and the acclaimed graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang get together for a one-on-one conversation about diversity in literature and readers, fandom, fantasy, and more.
WHAT’S HOT IN YA FICTION
3:45 PM, Room 5AB
Strong protagonists, engrossing romance, humor, action, and angst! Join us for this popular annual chat about the hottest new titles and trends in YA fiction. Moderated by Nathan Bransford (The Jacob Wonderbar series) and featuring Renee Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn series), Victoria Aveyard (The Red Queen series), Michelle Hodkin (The Mara Dyer Trilogy), Lauren Oliver (Vanishing Girls), Brendan Reichs (Virals series), Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer), and Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not).