Favorite Comic-Con Moments #3

A Run-in with Christopher Paolini In late 2003, the biggest story in publishing was the runaway success of Christopher Paolini’s debut fantasy novel, Eragon.  In fact, I feel my own book deal was made possible, at least in part, by Eragon’s enormous popularity.  I say this because, in November of that year,

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Favorite Comic-Con Moments #4

Sneak Preview of 300 In the summer of 2006, hype was already building around the pending spring release of the film version of 300, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel of the same name. Director Zack Snyder was on hand with Miller and actors Gerard Butler and David Wenham to promote the

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Favorite Comic-Con Moments #5

The Ghirardelli “Earthquake” Location, location, location. One of the best aspects of the San Diego Comic-Con is its proximity to the city’s historic Gaslamp District, a downtown area of restaurants, bars, and shopping as entertaining as the Las Vegas strip (minus the slot machines and pornographic flyers). My favorite hangout

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Countdown to Comic-Con

One of the perks of being an author is the opportunity to prostitute—er, I mean, promote—your work at various conferences throughout the world. Over the past five or six years, I’ve attended events as close to home as the L.A. Times Festival of Books on the UCLA campus, and as

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“Deep Thought” – Disney Adventure

Keeping with the theme of summer vacations (and with the economic recession in mind), here’s an idea for those of you considering taking the kids to Disneyland this year… One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but instead

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“Deep Thought” – Summer Vacations

Anyone else doing any traveling this summer? Don’t miss your chance to make some of those lasting family memories… The memories of my family outings are still a source of strength to me. I remember we’d all pile into the car—I forget what kind it was—and drive and drive. I’m not sure where

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