Sunday, November 23, 2014

New York Comic Con 2014 - Thoughts and Giveaway 1

I've been attending New York Comic Con (NYCC) for 5 years now and I am happy to report that NYCC 2014 was the best ever. While Thursday seemed as crowded as Saturday for the first time, it never felt too crowded. Of course that observation may be due to my new walking-through-the-crowds mantra - "all these people assure that NYCC will be back next year!" Of course it will, and I hope to be there too.

The literary track was amazing this year as you can see from the photos below (and those are not all of the photos). If you are a fan of any form of speculative fiction, you really should make an effort to go to at least one NYCC if possible. Tickets disappear quickly so follow NYCC on Twitter or subscribe to their email list so you know when sales start. The tickets really go fast.

Even focusing on authors and books I could not see everyone I wanted to see especially since we did a lot of video interviews, which we will be rolling out shortly.  Yes, we do usually wait until November or so to share our NYCC coverage each year. (Everyone else is done with their coverage by now.)  I had a fabulous and exhausting time and have picked up some goodies for giveaways not only to celebrate NYCC, but The Qwillery's 6th Anniversary, and our over 1,000,000 pageviews.

So why are so many of these authors holding a wooden pumpkin? You may click on the images to embiggen.

Amber Benson
Anton Strout
Bishop O'Connell
C.L. Wilson
Caitlin Kittredge
Charles E. Gannon
Chuck Wendig
Colleen Gleason
Dana Cameron
Ellen Datlow & Laird Barron
Eric Smith
Ethan Reid
Gail Z. Martin
Harry Heckel
Jeff Rovin
John Scalzi
Larissa Ione
Larry Correia
Michael J. Martinez
Michael R. Underwood
Peter David
Richard Kadrey
Robin Hobb
Sam Sykes
Steven Gould
Also signing but
not pictured:

Robert Levy

Trey Dowell

This is why: we are giving away the pumpkin (along with copies of the photos in a black scrapbook) and some other items. This is just 1 of 3 giveaways.
Along with this signed pumpkin (and guide to the signatures), the winner of this giveaway will also receive:

Mass Market Paperback copies of
  1.  Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer 1)by Robin Hobb;
  2.  His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire 1) by Naomi Novik;
  3.  The Eflstones of Shannara (First King of Shannara 2) by Terry Brooks;
  4.  The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War 2) by John Scalzi;
  5.  Carnelians (Skolian Empire 14) by Catherine Asaro;
  6.  Pandora's Star (Commonwelath Saga 1) by Peter F. Hamilton;
  7.  Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles 1) by Kevin Hearne;
  8.  The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard 1) by Scott Lynch;

9.  A Trade Paperback copy of  The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 6 (signed by Ellen Datlow);

10.  An Uncorrected Proof of The Clockwork Dagger (Clockwork 1) by Beth Cato;

11.  Uprooted by Naomi Novik - Chapters Pamphlet (Chapters 1 -3);

12.  Don't Look Now Sampler - Suspense, Historical Thrillers and Cozy Mysteries;

13.  2014 Sampler including excerpts from works by Joe Abercrombie, Terry Brooks, Pierce Brown, Diana Gabaldon and more;

14.  Some pins!

(Note that the scrapbook page in the background is just a mock-up and the ones you receive may, and probably in fact, will look different.)

The Giveaway and Rules

What:  One entrant will win the signed wooden pumpkin, the books, the pamphlets, and the pins.

How:   Log into and follow the directions in the Rafflecopter below.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on December 14, 2014. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules and duration are subject to change without notice.*

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  1. That's really a fabulous gift ( like each year^^) thank you for giving us the opportunity to have a bit of NYCC. i would love to get it to have teh signature of some authors i nearly have no chances to meet being international like Gail Z martin or robin Hobb

    Congrtas on reaching 6 years and for the page view and happy early thanksgiving

    1. Thank you! There are going to be at least 2 more NYCC/6th Anniversary giveaways. And a lot of interviews and also wonderful cosplay coverage by TrinityTwo!

      Happy 'Early' T-Day!

  2. Why would I love to win the signed pumpkin? Because holy crap, so many names of so many awesome authors, just about all of whom I suspect I will never ever be fortunate enough to meet, so being able to have something signed by them is the next best thing!

  3. That is a boatload of goodies! Awesome! I'd love to win a signed pumpkin because I was at NYCC and didn't see even half the people who signed it!

  4. Why? Because so many authors signed it! What a great giveaway!

  5. I want to win the signed pumpkins because it contains all of the authors that I reads books from. It is a sentimental thing but since I can't meet them in person, this is the next best thing.

  6. so cool that they are all signed with all of those different authors :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  7. I have just the spot above my reading chair to hang it. Brilliant!!

  8. Can't seem to get the giveaway form to load. I'll try again later.

  9. Ok, got it to load. I'm entering for the pins! Ok, all the other stuff is super cool, especially considering that I'll probably never get to a comic con,but I collect pins so those are extra special.

  10. Thank you for the opportunity. I missed NYCC this year for the first time in five years and didn't have the chance to meet some of these fantastic authors.

  11. All are favorite authors that I adore. Wish I could have made, looks like it was a lot of fun.

  12. Delightful and unique. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. Other than the fact that so many amazing authors signed it, Tara from Buffy[One of my favorite shows] signed that s***!!! Thanks so much for the chance!