San Diego Comic-Con 2013

By July 4th, 2013

It’s July again, and that means one thing around here at Smart Pop: frantically finishing up packing for San Diego Comic-Con. Click/scroll onward to see where you can find us in the convention center this year, what we’ll be up to, and what we’re giving away.

Jump to: Location, Signings, Panels, Free Stuff (With Bonus Prize Wheel!), Scan and Win


Location (#4300 – Exhibit Hall, Entrance F)

We’re sharing booth space again with Friend of Smart Pop Jamie Chambers and his Signal Fire Studios, which means we’ll be back front and audience-left-of-center in the exhibit hall, right at door F, at Booth #4300.

Once again, we’ll be listed in two places in the exhibit hall guide and you can still pick up a Smart Pop Preview 2013 from our table at #J7. (Mad Monster will be keeping that table space warm and making sure the preview books are kept stocked–you should stop by and say hello to them too!)



Friday, July 19
V. Arrow – The Panem Companion

Smart Pop Booth (#4300): 4:45 p.M.

Saturday, July 20
Ned Vizzini – The Girl Who Was on Fire – Movie Edition, Triumph of The Walking Dead, and Beyond the Wall

Smart Pop Booth (#4300): 11 A.M.


Comic-Con marks the first time Dragonwriter will be available anywhere–we’re having copies shipped to San Diego straight from the printer! (The official pub date is August 6.) We’ll have them available at the table all con, but we highly recommend making the autograph area signing:

Saturday, July 20
Todd McCaffrey (editor); David Brin, David Gerrold, and John Goodwin – Dragonwriter

Autographing Area 02: 4-6 P.M.


Looking forward to reading Fic? Get a taste at the Friday panel (we’ll have a copy of the preview volume and a Fic pen for all attendees):

Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World
Friday, July 19
2-3 P.M.
Room 29A

Fanfiction has recently moved into the spotlight, with fic authors getting impressive book deals and Amazon announcing Kindle Worlds. But there’s a lot more to the story than Fifty Shades of Grey. Panelists Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Christina Lauren (tby789 and LolaShoes, Beautiful Bastard), Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires, Weather Wardens), V. Arrow (aimmyarrowshigh, The Panem Companion), and Heidi Tandy (heidi8, Organization for Transformative Works) discuss how fan writing–from missing scenes to remixes and crossovers–and other fanworks re-imagine the boundaries of everything from sexuality and gender to character and authorship. They’ll discuss the way fan culture is challenging today’s entertainment and publishing industry norms, and consider the value a noncommercial creative space can bring to emerging and even professional writers and artists. Moderated by Anne Jamison (Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World).

Plus, don’t miss Todd McCaffrey’s Delphic Oracle panel on Thursday!

The Delphic Oracle
Thursday, July 18
3:30-4:30 P.M.
Room 24ABC

Todd McCaffrey (Dragonwriter), Kevin J Anderson (Dan Shamble, Zombie PI), Jon Del Arroz (, Dani Kollin (The Unincorporated Man), Craig Miller (The Hunger, Curious George), and Mallory Reaves (The Silver Dream) form the amazing Delphic Oracle and, one word at a time, one person at a time, build answers to your questions about the future (or summer camp).


Scan and Win

We’ve got two big giveaways happening throughout the con:

Win a 24″x30″ art print of Dragonwriter‘s cover art, signed by artist Michael Whelan and editor Todd McCaffrey

Win all five of our 2013 movie tie-in titles

Just stop by the booth, ask us to scan your badge, and get entered to win! We’ll pick the winners after the end of the convention and notify you via email. Then we’ll ship your prize directly to you–no having to worry about carrying it around the convention center or fitting it into your suitcase home.

Free Stuff

2013 Smart Pop Preview

The lines at Comic-Con are notoriously long, and we think that our yearly sampler is a great way to make waiting time fly while also taking in some pop culture goodness. The 2013 preview has 144-pages of reading from:

The Munchkin Book
The Unofficial Girls Guide to New York
And all five of our movie-related titles:
Demigods and Monsters – Expanded Edition
Shadowhunters and Downworlders
Ender’s World
The Panem Companion
The Girl Who Was on Fire

Plus we’ve included a few exclusive pieces of content you won’t find in print anywhere else:

  • Michael Whelan’s sketches of the Dragonwriter cover
  • Orson Scott Card’s answers to reader-submitted questions
  • Some behind-the-scenes details about putting together the e-book only extra movie content for The Girl Who Was on Fire – Movie Edition

For those of you who can’t make it to San Diego, we’ll also have a free e-book download of the preview volume available for the reading platform of your choice. We’ll update this post once it’s available, and if you’re signed up for our mailing list, we’ll also send you an email notification.


Along with the sampler, we’ve giving away so many buttons this year:

  • two 2013 Smart Pop buttons
  • Shadowhunter or Downworlder button (get your badge scanned and pick a side!)
  • The Panem Companion district buttons, set 1 of 3 (this year we’re giving away the Capitol through District 4, one each day of the con)
  • Ender’s World “Dragon Army” and “Third” buttons

Some of them you can win by stopping by the booth, but others are only available when you spin our nifty new prize wheel.

Prize Wheel

What’s this prize wheel, you say? What an excellent question!

If you stop by the booth and give it a spin, you could win any number of awesome prizes, including:

  • a Smart Pop tote bag
  • Michael Whelan art
  • the Ender’s World “Third” button
  • the full set of Panem Companion buttons in a collectible bag
  • a 10 or 15% discount on any Smart Pop title

Come say hello!

We’d really love to meet you all, and have a chance to talk in person about the latest episode of Teen Wolf, or why you can’t wait for Allegiant or the Veronica Mars movie, or what you think of the Superman reboot. (We always enjoy chatting with you all on Twitter, but there’s something great about meeting face-to-face, no?) And if you have any ideas for Smart Pop books, we’d love to hear them!

Leah and/or I will be at the booth from preview night through the end of day Sunday. We can’t wait to see you there!


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