Okay, here’s the deal: my SDCC 2012 con report is super late because I picked up a really nasty bug while bopping around the convention center. This bug left me sacked out on the couch for two weeks watching Buffy, Frontline, Nova, and MTV’s Teen Wolf (as the mood took me) while my body did its level best to forcibly evict my lungs and launch them into space. Seeing as it’s pretty difficult — some might say, damn near impossible — to draw while hacking up one’s lungs, I spent the NEXT two weeks playing catch-up between my day job and pencilling Jennifer De Guzman’s Womanthology story, “The Vesta” (she’s posted the first page of pencils on her blog – check it out!).
I expect to spend the remainder of the month painting the pages (XOXOXO Painter 12!), so there won’t be much in the way of a con report until September, when I can take some time to, oh, I dunno, eat and breathe and fun stuff like that. To make it up to everyone, I’m going to start my Sketch a Day personal challenge again, starting tomorrow. Yay, pretty pictures! Sketch a Day was really fun and motivating for me, and I’d like to see if I can keep it going for a full year.
In some additional good news, @LadiesMaknComix has posted a review of the Frostbite graphic novel, and they said they think it’s awesome! Yay, thanks so much, guys!
Here’s my current signing schedule for SDCC 2012. There will be three Fraggle Rock signings and one for the Vampire Academy graphic novels. Here’s the current schedule:
Fraggle Rock signings @ the Archaia booth (#2635)
[Official Archaia schedule]
10:00 am – 11:30 am
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Vampire Academy Graphic Novel Signing @ the Penguin Booth (#1117)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
For the Vampire Academy signing especially – please do come by! I’m a huge VA geek and I would love the chance to yap with other fans about Richelle’s books. I’ll probably drag along my sketchbook and see if I can doodle up a few more VA chibis.
I will update/tweet as I get more information.
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Over on the softcover list, there are two premieres of graphic novels based on prose novels. One is Vampire Academy, at No. 4, which is based on the best-selling series by Richelle Mead about a private school for the undead.
I’ll be over here dying of happy now.
*The geek in me feels the need to point out that the Academy is NOT a school for the undead. The Moroi are LIVING vampires, after all! :) *geek geek*!
The first volume of the Vampire Academy graphic novel is available for pre-order on Amazon. I wrote the script adaptation and Emma Vieceli was selected as the book’s artist. I can’t wait to see her interpretation of all the characters!
I was a bit hesitant when I first heard about the project (vampires? In a school setting? So it’s like Twilight crossed with Harry Potter?) but the book surprised me. The main character, Rose Hathaway, is a rough-around-the-edges bodyguard-in-training who never once devolves into a Sue (she screws up ALL THE TIME and has to face serious consequences for her screw-ups; I’ll also be the first to admit that I have a soft spot for characters with anger-management problems *cough* jo, little women *cough*). The core of the story centers around a strong female friendship, and I found Mead’s treatment of this friendship to be a welcome change of pace from the passive aggressive back-stabbing and bickering over the menz typical to many YA books. Though Rose and Lissa have their disagreements, at the end of the day they ALWAYS have each others’ backs.
I consider myself lucky to have been tapped to handle the script-writing for this project, and I hope fans of the novels are happy with the adaptation. I’ve been given the go-ahead to begin the adaptation for the second novel in the series, and I’m looking forward to the experience.