I Survived New York Comic Con…Actually I Rocked It!

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Greetings from an exhausted writer!

I was fortunate enough to attend NYCC 2014 as part of the Bleeding Cool press team last Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This being my first con, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, except a lot of crowds. Now I’m not going to lie, I was in full meltdown mode on Wednesday night. Not only was this my first time attending a con, but it was my first time reporting for one. Well, I’m happy to say that I survived and exceeded what I thought I was capable of, which is where the “rocked it” part comes in. Over the course of four days I wrote ten articles, eight of which were coverage for panels. Thank god for my fast typing skills! My E.I.C. was impressed with my ability to have so many direct quotes, which was awesome to hear. The entire Bleeding Cool team was so welcoming, and together we covered a lot of awesome things.

My 10 favorite Moments of NYCC14:

1. Standing two feet away from R.L. Stine, and listening to him talk on a panel.

2. Meeting Gail Simone (who wrote my favorite run of Batgirl) and her husband. They were so kind and thankful for my reviews.

3. Working in the press room amongst a bunch of awesome reporters.

4. Meeting Brian K. Vaughan (writer of Saga) at the Stitch Bar Image/Multiversity Party. Talk about humble! This guy was so thoughtful and even went as far as calling me a hero for reviewing Saga.

5. Attending & Covering the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle- Booyakasha! Panel with my wonderful friend Allison. That show is spectacular. The episode we got to watch was CREEPY, but in a good way! Also, I love listening to actors do a bit a voice acting live.

6. Being in the same room as Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan) during the Once Upon a Time panel. Also, getting an early screening of an episode and watching it in a room of people that love the show just as much as I do.

7. Winning tickets to Medieval Times!

8. Attending the DC Comics- Batman: Gotham Rising Panel. Listening to Brenden Fletcher talk about Gotham Academy, and crazily thinking he was talking about my review when he mentioned opinions about the comic relating to Harry Potter and Hogwarts.

9. Getting to wear my E.I.C.’s Infinity Gauntlet that she got at SDCC14.

10. Noticing Scott Snyder (Writer of Batman) amongst the crowds and saying “Oh my god. Oh my god! Permanent marker…permanent marker!” He was very sweet, and said that he had a permanent marker if I had something to sign. So I had him sign my laptop case. While it was embarrassing that I only managed to say a few words, it was an amazing moment.

I have to say, I grow to love the comic book community more and more every day. I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Overall, it was an exhausting but fantastic time! I would definitely do it again.

If you’d like to read the articles I wrote at NYCC14, I’m including links below. The first link is one of my favorite pieces, entitled “Our Reviews Matter.” Please do check it out. =)

Until next time,
Christine

“Our Reviews Matter”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/12/our-reviews-matter/

“NYCC: The Archie Action Hour: Sonic The Hedgehog And Mega Man”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/10/nycc-the-archie-action-hour-sonic-the-hedgehog-and-mega-man/

“NYCC: Coffee Talk With Monsters And Dragons”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/10/nycc-coffee-talk-with-monsters-and-dragons/

“NYCC: How To Survive In A Dystopian World”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/09/nycc-how-to-survive-in-a-dystopian-world/

“NYCC 2014: Writing And Penciling: Storytelling”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/10/nycc-2014-writing-and-penciling-storytelling/

“Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Booyakasha!”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/10/nickelodeons-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-booyakasha/

“Once Upon A Time Has Frozen Over!”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/10/once-upon-a-time-has-frozen-over/

“The One Weird Trick for Learning About Comics – Comics Journalism With Heidi MacDonald, Brigid Alverson, Hannah Means-Shannon, Abraham Riesman, And Deb Aoki”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/12/the-one-weird-trick-for-learning-about-comics/

“The Medieval Times Booth Of New York Comic Con”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/12/the-medieval-times-booth-of-new-york-comic-con/

“How Game of Thrones Changed Fantasy…Or Did It?”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/12/how-game-of-thrones-changed-fantasyor-did-it/

A few photos! Gail Simone

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Brian K. Vaughan and yeah that’s me looking like a creep.OUAT2

Jennifer Morrison on the Once Upon a Time panel.NinjaTurtlesTMNT!

Gail Simone is Awesome!

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For those of you who don’t know, Gail Simone’s last issue (#34) of Batgirl was released about two weeks ago. I’m a huge fan of Batgirl, and a lot of that has to do with Gail Simone’s awesome writing. So when I reviewed Issue #34 on Bleeding Cool I tweeted it to her in the hopes that she’d see it. Well, she did! She retweeted it and responded. You can imagine how happy I was. I really appreciate artists that notice their fans, and she is great at that. It was super cool to get so many favorites and retweets. (I love Twitter.) Definitely an awesome day! Anyway, I wanted to share the screencap I took while I screamed with joy, on here. Also, here’s a link to the review if you’re interested! =)

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http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/08/15/lets-take-a-moment-to-thank-gail-simone-for-batgirl-and-for-creating-new-readers/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

“Contemplating the D20 – The Writer Becomes Dungeon Master” on Bleeding Cool!

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Hey guys,

So as you know, I’ve been reviewing a few comic book series on Bleeding Cool. A couple weeks ago I wrote up an original piece about my experience being a first time Dungeon Master. I’m really proud of this post. Take a look!

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/08/08/contemplating-the-d20-the-writer-becomes-dungeon-master/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

Digging Out the Writing Box

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Hi all! 

It’s been far too long since I sat down to write a blog post. I was originally going to talk about this topic on my vlog because I’ve been neglecting that as well, but this felt more fitting. So for the past month and a half I’ve been working on the querying stage of my novel. Writing a query letter is hard!!! Thankfully I had a lot of help from my friend Kimmy who is a published author and all around expert of the publishing world. (Check out her website here: http://kimberlyannmiller.com/) She gave me a lot of great tips and feedback which motivated me to keep moving forward. It was nerve wracking and exciting to be at that stage of the writing process. I’d been working on my novel for so long, and felt that it was ready to be sent out.

I have 10 queries out now and am anxiously awaiting some kind of response. I read that it’s recommended to send 10 queries out at a time, and wait to send out another 10 depending on the feedback you get. Most of the agencies that I queried say that they will respond within 4-6 weeks. Some say if you don’t hear anything within 6 weeks you can assume that they’re not interested. Others say to contact them if you don’t hear anything because they respond to every query. I’m smart enough to know that writers get rejected a lot, so I’ve been mentally preparing myself for that. However, I know that no matter how many rejections I get, I won’t give up on my dream of being a successful writer. It’s all about staying positive and believing in yourself! Of course I say that now…next month you’ll find me in a corner somewhere rocking back and forth listening to Lana Del Rey on repeat. Hahaha just kidding. 😉 

Now that you’re updated on what I’ve been doing, I can talk about what I’m doing now. I’ve been keeping really busy writing for the awesome comic/tv/film/game news website, Bleeding Cool. You can click on the, “Writing on Bleeding Cool” tab on my blog to see the reviews and articles I’ve written for them or go to http://bleedingcool.com/ to browse all of the latest news. It has been an awesome experience, and I am definitely looking forward to contributing more to the site. 

As far as my next writing project goes, well that’s a tricky topic. I really have no idea what I want to write next. I have a lot of ideas, but I’m not sure what direction to go in. That’s where, “Digging out the Writing Box” comes into play. Whenever I get into a frame of mind where I’m deciding what to write next, I tend to reflect back on unfinished projects, old poems, journal entires, etc. I have a literal box that I keep about 80% of my writing in. The bigger projects get their own box. Anyway, digging out the writing box the other day was quite a funny experience. I ended up finding one of the first things I ever wrote. It was a series of VERY short stories about a squirrel. My guess is I wrote it when I was 9 or 10 years old, but the amount of grammar and spelling mistakes was horrific. Still, it’s nice to see how far I’ve come 15 years later! haha. 

After digging through the box I’m not much closer to deciding what to write next, but I’ll keep digging and exploring the thoughts and ideas floating around in my brain. There is one project that keeps calling out to me, but I’m sort of running away from it. I had a love/hate relationship with one of the main characters, which caused me to write at the pace of a snail. Still, I know one day I will be ready to go back to that world and revisit those characters. I’m just not sure I’m ready at this point. I am of course tempted to start writing the sequel to the novel I’m currently querying, but I’d like to at least work on something small in between. So, we shall see! 

This is a long ramble! 

Thanks for reading it! 

Until next time,

Christine