Monday, May 31, 2010

The Phoenix Recap

Wow! What a great trip Out West. While it was the Phoenix Comicon that had me in Arizona, the fact that it was my anniversary with my beloved, we made it a trip to see something we'd always wanted to see; the Grand Canyon. Not kidding about the "Grand" part...

Those of you who read my series know that "Phoenix" is a meaningful word to me. And so was the city. Though it should be noted that should the disturbingly inhuman proposed immigration laws with misleading benign numbers (yes, that would be SB 1070) go into effect, that will decide whether I feel comfortable returning to the state.
But the Phoenix Comicon, however, was a fantabulous place where I made new friends, talked on some great panels, sold a lot of books, met some famous people, and of course... donned the regalia. (Yes, Marcos did too. )
I also discovered that out west, not only can I wear Victoriana, but my shadow becomes a bear. (See photo and shadow).

My author spotlight went very well, considering that I was up against Wil Weaton's Awesome Hour and next door to the Zombie Brain Eating contest. I held my own. But only thanks to my clothing, to this fabulous little white hat, and to Yoda and The Force.

I adored geeking out and going all fangirl on the Doctor Who panel, and meeting these fabulous folks... I mean, seriously, how great is a Dalek and a Tardis dress? So full of WIN.
I loved meeting the lovely, talented, fun and wise (and fellow Tennant lover) NYT bestseller Aprilynne Pike author of the fabulous WINGS series, authors Kris Neri, the incredible blow-my-mind talented James Owen (OMG Imaginarium Geographica, OMG), and then there was Sam Sykes... who was delightfully clever, hella-fun, my constant panel companion and a really fabulous debut author of Tome of the Underates. He has kind, generous and frightfully disturbing things to say about me on his blog. You can see the fabulous quote I gave him. Context: He said it first, that being an author is like being one step behind a prostitute, I just turned it around as a cover quote. Because I spin like that.

And then there was... THE John Scalzi. Yes, the one and only. You can see what Sam has to say about him too... Speaking of THE Scalzi and his bacon scarf that someone at the con knitted for him, (THAT is commitment, folks)... What on earth is THIS, you might ask? Good question. Well, its Wil Wheaton, Scalzi as an Orc and the Unipegkit... I dunno, there's a contest for charity involved. Explained here.

And... What can I say? I like a man in black.

Another fave moment? When Rianna from Imagifreakination at the table across from my signing table walks over and gives me this picture she made of me. HOW AWESOME IS THIS?! Now everyone go and get stuff from her. She's amazing. Seriously. Go now.

And BECAUSE we have established that my sweetheart is a great sport and that I dress him up as Alexi, and BECAUSE the Ghostbuster car was here... THIS HAPPENED:
The only thing missing is CGI blue phoenix fire. I'll work on that.

*string quartet begins a very famous theme song* "There is something odd in the old East End... Who shall you call upon? The Guard!"
Thanks to Linda who was the reason I came, to Lee for so kindly scheduling me, to Mysterious Galaxy for selling my books and thank you everyone at Phoenix Comicon who made it an amazing week. And thank you, Grand Canyon, for being Grand.
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Tori [Book Faery] said...

Hehe before I even read the part about your shadow looking like a bear, I thought it looked like a wolf! Awesome pictures, looked like you had a great time :)

Simcha said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. I've always wanted to see the Grand Canyon as well.
I love that black and blue dress you are wearing, in the second photo, and that bear shadow is pretty cool too. Is that your hidden animal side?


sounds like you had a grand time! i love phoenix...the people are almost as nice as they are in texas!

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Leanna Renee Hieber said...

Thanks friends, I indeed had a lovely time!

Tori, Simcha

It does look like a wolf too. Too funny, indeed must be my animal spirit :) though I always identified myself with birds. I suppose everything changes with a fine hat. :)


Indeed, I'm blessed by a parnter-in-crime who is not only a good sport but a great supporter, he single-handedly brought a lot of people into my reading just by talking to them about my books, he's such a blessing and I'm grateful.

Indeed, folks were super nice! And I have it on good authority Texans are too :)