This year, I’ll be traveling a lot to talk about Impostors, the first in my new quartet set in the Uglies world. It comes out Sep 11, 2018, and a major US tour will start then. (Maybe also Canada!) I hope to see you all when that happens.
Before then, I’ll be at San Diego Comic Con, for five panels and two signings!
SAN DIEGO COMIC CON
Finding Comfort in the Apocalypse
Convention Center Room 32AB
Finding Comfort in the Apocalypse: some apocalyptic or dystopian novels allow us to explore larger issues (or serve as a reminder of the threats facing our society). Meanwhile others serve up a heavy dose of humor to remind us that surviving the unthinkable is possible and maybe things aren’t as bad in our real lives as we thought. Whether horrifying or humorous, the novels that paint a picture of our grim future can be surprisingly comforting and fun for both author and reader alike.
Shaun Barger (Mage Against the Machine), Cory Doctorow (Walkaway), Elizabeth Hand (Fire), Douglas Holgate (Last Kids on Earth), Rebecca Roanhorse (Trail of Lightning), Andrew Smith (Rabbit & Robot), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone & Impostors)
2:30pm – 3:30pm
YA Comics FTW!
Convention Center Room 4
There’s a teenage comics revolution! Amazing, creative, crazy graphic novels are being written for teenagers today: here’s a chance to hear what inspired the authors of those books to write for young adults, and why young adults can be the absolute coolest.
Tillie Walden (Spinning)
Jen Wang (The Prince and the Dressmaker)
Molly Ostertag (The Hidden Witch)
Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone)
Graphic Novel Adaptations: License to Thrill
San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd
We discuss the expectations, rewards, and challenges of adaptations; how prose and graphic formats can complement each other and change how the story is perceived; and the ways adaptations can be used in libraries and the classroom. Moderated by Alea Perez. Sponsored by the CBC Graphic Novel Committee.
Mariko Tamaki and Brooklyn Allen (Lumberjanes: The Moon is Up), Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), and Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone)
Dinosaurs to Dystopia: Building Worlds in Books
Convention Center Room 29AB
Bestselling middle grade and young adult authors discuss how they create wild worlds in the past, present, and future. What role does setting play in a story, and how does a fictional world become a character of its own?
Daniel José Older (Dactyl Hill squad)
Victoria Schwab (City of Ghosts)
Scott Westerfeld (Impostors)
Moderator: Kelly Chiu
MACMILLAN BOOTH SIGNING
Scott Westerfeld & SZ artist ALEX PUVILLAND
FOR SALE: Spill Zone, books 1 and 2
Come and I’ll sign SZ, SZ2, and whatever other books of mine you bring!
Blurring Subject Matter Line: Teaching Graphic Novels Across the Curriculum
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library
The sequential art storytelling method is a marriage of literature and art, but what other cross curricular opportunities exist when instructing with graphic novels? This panel will explore a number of different approaches and blended models for comics in the classroom by connecting these texts and lessons across subject matter areas (Math, Science, History, English etc…) With input from both educators and creators, we will discuss which titles work well across curricular lines, how can educators collaborate to make them effective learning and teaching tools, and how creators can tailor their works to find audiences that span multiple areas of interest for readers.
That’s it for this year’s SDCC!