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Me in San Diego (PLUS VOTING!)

July 10th, 2012

Okay, so it’s time to vote for the next Manual of Aeronautics art reveal. But first, my appearances at San Diego Comic Con have been finalized. There will be two signings, one panel, and two Cool Random Things. Keep reading to find out what those are.

Thursday July 12
noon-1PM
Signing at Mysterious Galaxy Booth #1119
I’ll be signing and chatting to anyone who drops by, and there will be plenty of my books for sale. SPECIAL RANDOM THING: Mysterious Galaxy may have secret advanced copies of The Manual of Aeronautics, which you can actually buy! There will be a code word or something. (Check back here to see if this becomes a real thing, rather than a thing that didn’t really happen, because I dreamt it.)

UPDATE: Yeah, this is real. Twelve copies only. First twelve peeps in line for this signing gets to buy one each. (The code word is “WEASEL-FACE”!)

Saturday, July 14
4:00-5:00PM
Me having coffee with you.
That’s right. SPECIAL RANDOM THING 2 is that during Comic Con I will announce a phone number via this blog and my twitter (@scottwesterfeld). Text the name “SCOTT” to this number to be automatically entered into a contest. The winner of this contest will have coffee with me on Saturday at 4PM, at Comic Con. Or maybe instead of coffee we will saunter across the convention floor and pose with Full Metal Alchemist cosplayers. That is the sort of thing that would be fun. (I asked, and you will NOT be signed up for spam by entering this contest. But you will received a text asking you to opt in for more “news and offers.”)

UPDATE: New rules: Just go by the Simon & Schuster booth (#1138) to find out how to enter.

Sunday July 15th
12:00-1:00PM
Room 25ABC
I’m on a panel called: What’s Hot in YA, with Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures series), Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me), Lish McBride (Necromancing The Stone), Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone), Melina Marchetta (The Lumatere Chronicles), Myra McEntire (Hourglass series), James Dashner (The Maze Runner series), and moderator Nathan Bransford (Jacob Wonderbar series). After the panel is another signing:

Sunday July 15th
1:30-2:30PM
Autograph area AA09 in the Sails Pavilion
Signing with me will be all the people above, plus bonus guest Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky). My books will be for sale here too, but I can’t guarantee there will be any Manual of Aeronautics left.

And finally, if you’re in Sydney instead of San Diego, you might want to check out my wife Justine’s book launch for Team Human:

Thursday, July 12
6:30-7:30PM
Kinokuniya Sydney
Lvl 2, The Galeries, 500 George Street
Sydney, Australia 2000

Justine will be in conversation with the lovely and talented Margo Lanagan. Come say hi! It’s free and stuff. Click here for the event details on Facebook.

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AND NOW FOR THE VOTINGS

This will be the all-beastie extravaganza! Would you rather see . . .

1) The mighty Behemoth!

2) The fearsome spike-pooing flechette bat!

3) Or the all-knowing message lizard!?!

How do you even DECIDE such a thing when the choices are so awesomely Thompson-esque?

Oh right. You decide by voting—by number, please. And as always, feel free to use this comment thread to debate and inveigle your co-commenters.

Let the voting begin. See some of you at SDCC.

148 Responses to “Me in San Diego (PLUS VOTING!)”

  1. 1
    Theatricality
    July 10th, 2012 04:53

    2! we never get to see the bats up close in the books!

  2. 2
    Bea
    July 10th, 2012 04:56

    2!!

  3. 3
    DarwinistWitch
    July 10th, 2012 05:00

    2
    Who wouldn’t want to see spike pooping bats!

  4. 4
    Kyle
    July 10th, 2012 05:00

    1 please

  5. 5
    Chev. Duhart
    July 10th, 2012 05:01

    2!!!

  6. 6
    Jacquie-la
    July 10th, 2012 05:13

    2. You never see the flechette bats.

  7. 7
    Luis
    July 10th, 2012 05:14

    2

  8. 8
    Julia
    July 10th, 2012 05:27

    Um,2, fo sho. Still stumping how a tiny mammal can safely squeeze sharp metal through its rectum *dunno*

  9. 9
    Hannah-la
    July 10th, 2012 05:28

    ONE! Behemoth!!! :D

  10. 10
    SteampunkJedi
    July 10th, 2012 05:37

    1! Because biggest beastie is baddest. ;D (The good kind of bad)
    I wish I could go to Comic-Con.

  11. 11
    SteampunkJedi
    July 10th, 2012 05:38

    Emote didn’t work. :( Should have been ;) above.

  12. 12
    Sam
    July 10th, 2012 05:44

    BATS!

  13. 13
    Laya-wa
    July 10th, 2012 05:45

    2.

  14. 14
    FMPower
    July 10th, 2012 05:45

    I vote for 1 the mighty behemoth

  15. 15
    Emmiline
    July 10th, 2012 05:46

    2! I wants the bats! My curiosity is killing me.

  16. 16
    Michelle L.
    July 10th, 2012 05:51

    1!

    I hate getting my picture taken but I would love to take pictures with you and FMA cosplayers. Sounds like so much fun. Why did I have to spend all my money at Anime Expo? Now I’m going to miss Comic Con. :( Are you going to Comic Con again next year?

  17. 17
    yy
    July 10th, 2012 05:59

    2!

    I’ve wanted the spike-pooing bat since the last time it was nominated! Can’t wait to check out that alimentary canal!

  18. 18
    Gladys
    July 10th, 2012 06:17

    THIS IS SO HARD. D: I want to see all beasties up close. :c Hmmm, but I would have to agree with everyone else.

    #2! (Just so we can see those pesky little critters up close. :D

  19. 19
    Liz
    July 10th, 2012 06:19

    2 please. Bats about bats!

  20. 20
    sandy5
    July 10th, 2012 06:30

    Hmm…this is a tough choice…
    But I’ll go with

  21. 21
    sandy5
    July 10th, 2012 06:30

    Hmm…this is a tough choice…
    But I’ll go with #3 because I’ve always wondered how the bats are able to swallow metal spikes.

  22. 22
    sandy5
    July 10th, 2012 06:31

    Sorry, I meant #2.

  23. 23
    Aj
    July 10th, 2012 06:40

    #1!

  24. 24
    Doctor What
    July 10th, 2012 06:53

    1.

  25. 25
    Bramblepool
    July 10th, 2012 07:14

    2. PLEASE. ME WANTS SOME BATS.

  26. 26
    Loki
    July 10th, 2012 07:15

    2.

  27. 27
    Kay101
    July 10th, 2012 07:25

    no one else has chose it, I’m going to say 3

  28. 28
    clankerpower
    July 10th, 2012 07:26

    1 the behemouthis so cool

  29. 29
    Bovril18
    July 10th, 2012 07:34

    #2! Bats please!

  30. 30
    salt
    July 10th, 2012 07:37

    1111111111111111111111111111111111111111

  31. 31
    Roxanne
    July 10th, 2012 07:37

    #2!
    It was a hard decision between 2 and 3 but, although I’m more interested in the message lizards, the flechette bats are harder for me to picture in my mind.

  32. 32
    Alora-chan
    July 10th, 2012 07:44

    BEHEMOTH!!!!!!!!!

  33. 33
    Person with Hat
    July 10th, 2012 07:57

    222 2222 2222
    2222 222!!!!!!

  34. 34
    Chuck Norris
    July 10th, 2012 07:57

    2

  35. 35
    Wudy
    July 10th, 2012 08:21

    2!! i want one of those bats as a pet and then it can protect me

  36. 36
    Moses the Girl
    July 10th, 2012 08:25

    2

  37. 37
    Adam Heine
    July 10th, 2012 09:05

    11111111111111
    1111111111111
    11111111111
    1111
    1
    1
    1
    1111
    11111111111
    1111111111111
    11111111111111

    Yeah, I don’t know what it is either.

  38. 38
    Chi
    July 10th, 2012 09:30

    2~

    Seen pics of the others, can’t wait to see these ‘lil fellas!

  39. 39
    Fedora.Pirate
    July 10th, 2012 09:34

    Three; the lizards.

  40. 40
    Shayne
    July 10th, 2012 09:40

    1. Behemoth!

  41. 41
    gaby
    July 10th, 2012 09:50

    Numbah One!!!!!!!!! Behemoth!

  42. 42
    james
    July 10th, 2012 11:43

    1 please Scott.

  43. 43
    Dr. Darwin
    July 10th, 2012 12:34

    1!!! BEHEMOTH!!!!

  44. 44
    Botanica
    July 10th, 2012 12:42

    2! Bats!

  45. 45
    Scorpio-Ferret
    July 10th, 2012 16:03

    SO TOTALLY 2!!! and do we get to see its metal-proof gutts, too?

  46. 46
    WellBattle6
    July 10th, 2012 16:07

    #1!

  47. 47
    Oraldisaster101
    July 10th, 2012 16:42

    2!
    I might actually get to see the one I voted for, for once.

  48. 48
    Taylor
    July 10th, 2012 17:16

    2) The fearsome spike-pooing flechette bat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. 49
    Death Note i-pad
    July 10th, 2012 17:49

    2!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. 50
    flarglepuf
    July 10th, 2012 19:16

    2 please!
    We already have a colored picture of a messenger lizard in the top right corner of this very page.

  51. 51
    nerezza-la
    July 10th, 2012 20:24

    if i type “2″ a bunch of times, does that count as more than one vote??

    222222222222
    2
    222
    2
    2
    22
    2
    22222222
    2222222222222222222222222222222222
    22222222222222
    222222222222222222222222
    hahaha

  52. 52
    Mr.Baggins
    July 10th, 2012 21:41

    Number 1!

  53. 53
    Savannah
    July 10th, 2012 21:55

    2 FOR SURE!!!!!… You REALLY need to come to GA some time. It’s really unfair.

  54. 54
    Master_MC
    July 10th, 2012 22:07

    22222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222222!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. 55
    Phoebe
    July 10th, 2012 22:36

    2 please :D

  56. 56
    Ch3lsy
    July 10th, 2012 22:46

    #2 Flechette Bats! Who wouldnt want to see these beasties up close….behind a glass wall of course ^_^

  57. 57
    Tomorrow is dead
    July 10th, 2012 23:19

    22222222 222222222 22 222 22 222 222 2 2 2 222 2 22 2 2 2 22!
    In case that wasn’t clear enough I would love to see the bats…

  58. 58
    Cinnamon
    July 10th, 2012 23:42

    2

  59. 59
    M@X
    July 11th, 2012 00:14

    #1 please!

  60. 60
    rughawk
    July 11th, 2012 02:02

    number 2 please!!!

  61. 61
    Lauren
    July 11th, 2012 02:35

    2! And I’m so excited about all the Comic-Con stuff! I’ll see you there!

  62. 62
    Lena
    July 11th, 2012 02:40

    behemoth

  63. 63
    nicole
    July 11th, 2012 03:16

    1 :)

  64. 64
    pink896heart-la
    July 11th, 2012 03:30

    2. the bats. i HAVE to see the bats!

  65. 65
    Katelyn
    July 11th, 2012 03:43

    3!

  66. 66
    Camila
    July 11th, 2012 03:47

    The flechette bats!!!!!!

  67. 67
    Arysthae
    July 11th, 2012 03:57

    Flechette bats please! It’d be fascinating to see them. Or the message lizards!

  68. 68
    SulphurMoxley
    July 11th, 2012 06:03

    Numero 2, por favor.

  69. 69
    Midhshipman K
    July 11th, 2012 06:41

    2! We’ve never REALLY seen them in any illustrations….

  70. 70
    Darbus-la
    July 11th, 2012 07:52

    2

  71. 71
    MisplacedRhombus
    July 11th, 2012 08:21

    #1 For the mighty Behemoth

  72. 72
    Sophie
    July 11th, 2012 09:19

    #1

  73. 73
    Charlie-wa
    July 11th, 2012 09:51

    2 all the way.

  74. 74
    Meagan E. Avni
    July 11th, 2012 10:15

    I VOTE NUMBER 1!! =D

  75. 75
    Julie-wa
    July 11th, 2012 10:29

    Why have so few voted for the lizard? Lizards are cute! Three!!!

  76. 76
    Dana
    July 11th, 2012 11:46

    1! Behemoth!

  77. 77
    hanah
    July 11th, 2012 12:05

    #1 please :)

  78. 78
    Sara
    July 11th, 2012 16:56

    2 please

  79. 79
    Kiera
    July 11th, 2012 18:11

    2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  80. 80
    Lizzy-wa
    July 11th, 2012 18:26

    2 please!!!

  81. 81
    Venus-la
    July 11th, 2012 19:29

    2! I love me some flechette bats

  82. 82
    Gail
    July 11th, 2012 20:00

    2 or 3, please!!

  83. 83
    Quigs
    July 11th, 2012 21:50

    222222222222222222222222222222222

  84. 84
    Meg-la
    July 11th, 2012 22:13

    #2 all the way! Bats are my favorite animals and the fact that you created ones that poop spikes totally made my day when I read Leviathan!

  85. 85
    Libby
    July 12th, 2012 00:15

    Flechette bats!

  86. 86
    Katelyn
    July 12th, 2012 02:59

    DON’T SKIM THIS COMMENT PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    First of all, I vote for 3. And second of all, during you chat, someone asked about you future plans, and upcoming novels. You said “HOVERBOARDS” and the paranormal romance that you already told us (a little) about. (I also am looking forward for that book1) What did you mean when you said HOVERBOARDS? Are you going to write a book about hoverboards, or did you just randomly say that? Thank you!!!! I would REALLY appreciate it if you tell everyone!

  87. 87
    solah
    July 12th, 2012 03:02

    number 2! i want to see a good close up cause they aren’t on the books

  88. 88
    Kate-la (AKA KATELYN)
    July 12th, 2012 03:03

    I didn’t vote one because I haven’t read the second book yet. I requested it from the Library.
    I LOVE THE UGLIES BOOKS! And any books written by you in Generel SCOTT WESTERELD! COME TO Minnesota!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wisconsin people would benefit too! It’s about an hour drive for them to come to the Twin Cities. So come! (Please.)

  89. 89
    Zoe-la
    July 12th, 2012 03:31

    2!!!!!!!!! I just can’t get enough of those little guys.

  90. 90
    mooshrom man
    July 12th, 2012 04:32

    One !!!!!!!!!! Why does evryone want two i mean BEAHEMOTH (sp srry) man

  91. 91
    Ronan
    July 12th, 2012 04:38

    ONE ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE SKY. I agree with mushroom man

  92. 92
    clould pilot
    July 12th, 2012 04:40

    11111111111111111111111111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  93. 93
    jule wa
    July 12th, 2012 04:42

    1 please

  94. 94
    stopthattime_rave
    July 12th, 2012 05:14

    Oh, God, I can’t decide between 2 or 3 because the descriptions are so funny!! Teeheehee~~
    Lizards – 3. :33

  95. 95
    K_Teeps
    July 12th, 2012 05:42

    3) Message Lizard!!

  96. 96
    Dr. Strider
    July 12th, 2012 09:48

    2. I’ve always wanted to see the bats…

  97. 97
    Azulica
    July 13th, 2012 00:39

    2. SPIKE-CRAPPING BATS FTW!

  98. 98
    anna
    July 13th, 2012 01:53

    2

  99. 99
    grace
    July 13th, 2012 05:54

    3

  100. 100
    Helen
    July 13th, 2012 09:03

    2) The fearsome spike-pooing flechette bat!
    SOMETHING THAT AWESOME DESERVES TO BE SEEN!!!

  101. 101
    Kaitlin
    July 13th, 2012 09:15

    1

  102. 102
    Stargirl8
    July 13th, 2012 09:39

    Message Lizard: 111111 11111 1111 111 111 1111111111 111111 11111
    1111111 1111111 111111 1111111 111111 1111 11 1 1
    11111 11 1 1 1 111111111 111111111111 11 1 1 1 1111
    111111 1111111 11 11111111 111111 111 1111 1111 111
    I CAN’T TAKE IT ANY MORE THIS GIRL HAS DROVE ME TO ACTUALLY SPEAK MY MIND!!!
    Me: Oh cool! The lizard can talk! I wonder what else it can do…
    Message Lizard: O.O; *scampers away to hide somewhere else*
    Me: Oh well, its not as obedient as you, aren’t you a sweetie behemoth… *scratches it lovingly*
    Behemoth: *roars something unintelligibly*

    But really, it would be AMAZING to see the behemoth!
    lolz, the message lizard doesn’t stand a chance in these ferocious vote…
    Message Lizard: *blabbers angrily and goes to sulk in the corner*

  103. 103
    Bow ties are Cool
    July 13th, 2012 10:17

    1 & 2 equally need to be published :)

  104. 104
    X
    July 13th, 2012 16:57

    3

  105. 105
    nyssa standish
    July 13th, 2012 21:19

    2

    bats!!!!

  106. 106
    Middy Miles
    July 14th, 2012 00:05

    Oh, goodness. What a hard decision.
    #2, please.
    I do like me some spike-pooing flechette bats.

  107. 107
    Bridget
    July 14th, 2012 01:50

    dos, ni, zeiw, two, deux, duo, due, 2, er, do, ithnan, et cetera, et cetera.
    you know what i mean: poo-attack bats.

  108. 108
    Lauren
    July 14th, 2012 03:44

    The spike-pooing flechettes!!!!!

  109. 109
    Lauren
    July 14th, 2012 03:45

    2

    The spike-pooing flechettes!!!!!

  110. 110
    The Spider Monkey Queen
    July 14th, 2012 09:55

    2 the spike pooping bats have stolen my vote

  111. 111
    YOLO!
    July 14th, 2012 20:46

    Message lizards! YES! YES! Number 1! They are my second favorite beasties cause they can be so funny when their attics are scrambled!

  112. 112
    YOLO!
    July 14th, 2012 20:47

    Oops I meant number 2 not number 1 sorry. 2 is behemoth and it’s only my sixth favorite.

  113. 113
    YOLO!
    July 14th, 2012 20:48

    Now I meant 3 sorry I just woke up so I’m being really daft

  114. 114
    Rue
    July 14th, 2012 21:54

    HI ALL. IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE IVE BEEN HERE ( I’ve been traveling) BUT NOW IM BACK IN LONDON AND VERY SAD! i can’t believe I didn’t get to see Scott westerfeld. I know, I know, he cant be everywhere but it still makes me sad that I won’t get to meet him anytime soon.

    And for the voting
    1.

  115. 115
    Rue
    July 14th, 2012 21:56

    Actually. Scratch that last one
    #2

  116. 116
    Clanker Rose/ Ray
    July 15th, 2012 01:10

    I vote behemoth!!!

  117. 117
    King Tut
    July 15th, 2012 03:34

    I vote #1 please. :]

  118. 118
    Nobody Owens
    July 15th, 2012 08:50

    Numba one pleez!

  119. 119
    YOLO!
    July 15th, 2012 09:12

    @118-HEY I read that book!!!!!!!!!!!
    YAAAAAAAAAY!

  120. 120
    Rue
    July 15th, 2012 09:44

    @ 118 and 119

    SAME!!!

  121. 121
    Emma-chan
    July 15th, 2012 13:20

    1!!!
    the behemoth!!

  122. 122
    Nobody Owens
    July 15th, 2012 20:30

    @119 120-What book? The Graveyard Book? It’s good, huh?
    I <3 Coraline too.

  123. 123
    YOLO!
    July 15th, 2012 21:53

    @122-Yeah! Coraline is good too.

  124. 124
    YOLO!
    July 16th, 2012 00:02

    @45 BLECH

  125. 125
    Alexa
    July 16th, 2012 01:08

    2!

  126. 126
    Esra
    July 16th, 2012 02:51

    #3!

  127. 127
    Fishy
    July 16th, 2012 05:45

    2! I’d love to see the Flechette Bats! The totally awesome spike-pooping bats!!
    By the way, Scott-la, you should come visit Japan sometime :D

  128. 128
    cloud pilot
    July 16th, 2012 07:18

    Can some one do a pole on the numbers so far

  129. 129
    bri!!!!!!!!!
    July 16th, 2012 07:25

    222222222
    22 222
    222
    222
    222
    222
    222
    222
    222222222222

    definately #2! in case someone couldnt tell :)

  130. 130
    bri!!!!!!!!!
    July 16th, 2012 07:26

    what! it looked cool and like a 2 when i typed it!!! awww

  131. 131
    hamaiasa
    July 16th, 2012 07:32

    1~! :)

  132. 132
    YOLO!
    July 16th, 2012 07:45

    @128-I think that there are
    71 Flechette bat votes
    36 Behemoth votes
    I’m not going to really count the lizard votes, because there are so few, but I think there are 5-10 lizard votes.
    The Bats are in the lead.

  133. 133
    Lauren
    July 16th, 2012 08:21

    2 GIMME ZE SPIKE-CRAPPING BATSSSSS PLEAZZZZZ!!!!!

  134. 134
    Jesse
    July 16th, 2012 19:37

    I say all of them, but I favor No. 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  135. 135
    YOLO!
    July 16th, 2012 22:25

    I’m bored. Can the art reveal be today Mr.Westerfeld?

  136. 136
    YOLO!
    July 17th, 2012 01:58

    I just re-watched Max’s videos while sitting in my dad’s office eating cucumber. It took all my willpower to not laugh hysterically and disturb everybody. So I’ll laugh on here instead.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  137. 137
    Ginny-la
    July 17th, 2012 04:19

    Has anybody seen “Alice the Human Sacrifice”? IT IS CREEPY-MAKING!!!!
    Yes, I changed my name back to Ginny-la.
    Also, I think I’m becoming obsessed with Vocaloids, ’cause I just watched about 20 videos in a row on Youtube. HELP MEEEE….

  138. 138
    Ginny-la
    July 17th, 2012 06:50

    I just cut my finger open with a knife…/._.\

  139. 139
    Belle
    July 17th, 2012 09:16

    2

  140. 140
    Perspicacious M
    July 17th, 2012 09:19

    2!

  141. 141
    flashstick
    July 18th, 2012 01:41

    Ginny- go listen to Walt Ribero on youtube. His stuff is awesome.
    Also, don’t but your finger open.

    I want to see the flechette bats, so 2.

  142. 142
    taninsb
    July 20th, 2012 03:21

    2

  143. 143
    GoodBooksandHeels
    July 21st, 2012 07:20

    2.

    the behemoth would remind me too much of the book and although i would love to see a message lizard, spike-pooping bats are the best!
    :P

  144. 144
    Ginny-la
    July 21st, 2012 08:00

    @141-Don’t but my finger? I know that was probably a typo, but I just have to say, that’s what she said.
    Okay Scott, WHERE IS DA ART REVEAL?

  145. 145
    McKenna
    July 22nd, 2012 05:19

    3

  146. 146
    Ivy-la
    July 22nd, 2012 09:10

    I want to see the Behemoth. But I’m probably too late.

  147. 147
    Ivy-la
    July 22nd, 2012 09:11

    It’s been 11 days anyway. So where’s the art?

  148. 148
    Bebe Ogram
    August 14th, 2012 06:03

    Your article is clearly very well-researched and informative. I think your content is useful and valuable information presented in a very unique way

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