Thursday, May 30, 2013

What’s an Historical Romance Author Doing at Comicpalooza?


By Shana Galen

I’ll be the first to admit I loved the Star Wars films. I wrote a whole book as Shane Bolks with a Star Wars premise. It’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Men I’veDatedcheck it out. I also like Star Trek and read a half dozen or so Robert Jordan books, but that’s about as far as my love of all things sci-fi and fantasy go.

If this is heresy to you, feel free to skip to the comments now and tell me so. My friend Any had no compunctions about telling me how undeserving I was when I told her I was on three panels at Comicpalooza in Houston and got a 3-day pass as a result. She immediately asked me to take pictures of anyone I saw from Firefly. I told her this would be difficult as I’d never seen it. She later texted that I should take photos of actors from BG.

I texted back, What’s BG?

Her response: Sigh. Battlestar Galactica. So unworthy!

Yes, I was unworthy. I know something about writing, which made me useful to the participants interested in the literary track. I spoke with other authors on Good Habits of Good Writers, What Editors Want, and two hours on Prose: Choosing the Right Words. I also signed books and, surprisingly, sold quite a few as well.

But the best part was the people watching. I usually put my phone away during book signings. At this one, I had to keep the camera ready to go.

It's a tough job, being an author.

Love these Elizabethan gowns.

I am told that robot thing is from MineCraft.

Body painting was really popular. If I posted the picture of the girl getting painted, I'd be flagged for nudity o_O

Sci-fi gang signs

Something to do with Game of Thrones.

The highlight of the convention for me was meeting Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies. I got both his autograph and a picture. He seemed like a really nice guy. Now, if I could just meet Harrison Ford…

Chewie!
Whose photo and autograph would you like to get? One person who comments will receive a copy of The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Men I’ve Dated and the follow-up, Reality TV Bites.

27 comments:

  1. WOW! I learn something new each day. Looks like you had a lot of fun and I bet you came away with some story ideas.

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  2. Sounds like you had a great time. Having been to NYC ComicCon a couple of times, I can relate to the interesting sights you see there. :)

    Great pics! Thanks for sharing:)

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  3. I've never been but it sounds like fun. I would love to get Nathan Fillion's autograph - loved Firefly!!

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  4. Sounds fun. Betty White's

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  5. Carolyn, I don't think there were any ideas I could use in an historical romance. Lots of stories to entertain friends at dinner, though.

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  6. CH, I'm sure this was nothing compared to ComicCon. I can only imagine.

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  7. ctaslady, I do know who Nathan Fillion is. I didn't see him when I was there. I did catch a glimpse of Patrick Stewart.

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  8. Really, Betty White? Great choice, bn100.

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  9. LOVE Game of Thrones! That dude was totally going for the Khaleesi look. lol. The Mother of Dragons indeed.

    Glad you had a great time.

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  10. I second the Betty White idea. Love her! She's so funny and spunky, and I admire all the good work she does for animal causes.

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  11. Sounds like everyone is having a lot of fun! I also enjoy StarTrek, but enjoy watching Elementary; which I think would be great in historical romance. Who doesn't like Sherlock Holmes and Watson??

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  12. Nathan Fillion! He is a cutie!

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  13. Oooh. Patrick Stewart!!! Him and Nathan Fillion and Harrison Ford and Jonathan Frakes. Well any Star Trek person. And Betty White would be good too. :)

    Pen

    pmettert@yahoo.com

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  14. What you said, Victoria. I was told it was a brilliant costume. It was a little creepy, but he was nice.

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  15. Kelli, I admire that about her too.

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  16. I love Sherlock Holmes and Watson, Nancy. There were some Sherlock Holmes costumes.

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  17. May, I'm sad I didn't see him.

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  18. Pen, I don't think Harrison Ford does these conventions. Patrick Stewart looks extremely good for his age. Extremely.

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  19. Clearly I need to attend this event!

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  20. Wow it seems you had such an amazing time! I would love to meet James Marsters (Spike in Buffy the vampire slayer)and get his autograph.
    If the competition is international please enter me, thank you :)
    milkristia(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. *palm to head* Oh Shana...you need to brush up on your sci-fi movies and shows!
    Lucky you, really. Lucky you! And even better, you got to reach out to a new group of readers. So really, you were perfect for this con! :)

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  22. Oh Harrison Ford, absolutely *nods*
    Happy Friday!
    //Linda

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  23. Cheryl, I think you would enjoy it.

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  24. Kristia, sure it's international. I think your choice is great!

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  25. I know, Lexi. I am willing, but I have this small child who takes up so many hours of my day. I don't know how other parents stay so cool and up on pop culture.

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  26. Linda, I'll hold a spot in line for you!

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  27. Pen is the winner of the books! I'm emailing you now, Pen! Congrats!

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