More than 130,000 fans assembled for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International, which took place July 18 –22 at the San Diego Convention Center. A number of children’s authors and illustrators were present for the festivities, taking part in panels, signings, and other chances to connect with readers. We’ve gathered a selection of highlights from the events.
M.T. Anderson (l.) and Eugene Yelchin, co-creators of The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, signing an ARC for a masked fan.
Authors (from l.) Livia Blackburne, Laini Taylor, and Maggie Stiefvater after their “Fantasy Literature” panel.
Alexandra Bracken (second from r.), author of The Darkest Minds, with the director of the forthcoming film adaptation, Jennifer Yuh Nelson (l.), and actors Harris Dickinson, Miya Cech, and Skylan Brooks. Photo: Wired magazine.
Neil Gaiman signing copies of Coraline during his Laika Studio event, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the movie adaptation.
YA authors (from l.) Sabaa Tahir, Tomi Adeyemi, and Stephanie Garber.
The Lucasfilm Publishing team gathers for a meal before the Star Wars panel, “Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.”
(From l.): Kiersten White (Bright We Burn) with sibling co-creators Jennifer and Matt Holm (the Babymouse series), after their “It Takes Two: Creative Forces Combine!” panel on the collaborative process.
Kerri Maniscalco, author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, which continues in September with Escaping from Houdini. Maniscalco appeared on the panel “The Thrill of the Chase: Pursuing the Truth.”
Panelists (from l.) Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Hey, Kiddo), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and Raina Telgemeier (Smile) took part in a discussion on graphic memoirs.
Maura Milan, debut author of Ignite the Stars, cosplays as her protagonist, Ia Cōcha, before her space travel-themed panel, “Fly Me to the Moon and Let Me Play Among Those Stars.”
Getting ready for the “Finding Comfort in the Apocalypse” panel (from l.): Douglas Holgate (Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond), Andrew Smith (Rabbit Robot), Emily Suvada (This Mortal Coil), Scott Westerfeld (Impostors; Spill Zone: The Broken Vow), and Cory Doctorow (Walkaway).
Where were Waldo, Wenda, and Odlaw? At the Candlewick booth!
Warcross and Wildcard author Marie Lu chats with readers.
Illustrators (from l.) Brian Selznick, Kazu Kibuishi, and Jim Kay signing an exclusive Harry Potter Comic-Con poster for a Dobby cosplayer.
BuzzFeed producer Kelsey Impicciche, dressed as Supergirl, checks out Abrams’ series of Supergirl and the Flash-inspired middle grade books, by Barry Lyga and Jo Whittemore.
Authors (from l.) Brooklyn Allen, Mariko Tamaki, Leah Thomas, Justina Ireland, C.B. Lee, Sam Maggs, Natalie C. Parker, and Mary E. Pearson discussed friends, foes, and ultimate squad goals during the “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!” panel.