If you haven’t heard the news already, YA Wednesdays is taking the BIGGEST YA road trip of the year. We’re going to SDCC2016! Follow along with by using our handy-dandy SDCC2016 YA guide. We’ve got everything you need to make sure you don’t miss any of the YA events. And of course, there’s a SPREADSHEET.  Away we go!

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We’re packing our bags and heading to SDCC2016!

Day One, Thursday July 21st

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New Authors Making A Splash In The Literary World

Come and meet new authors who are sure to be the next big thing in the literary scene, and you’ll forever have bragging rights that you knew them “before they were cool.” Alwyn Hamilton, Keira Drake, Sylvain Neuvel, Bob Proehl, Todd Lockwood, and K. S. Merbeth discuss with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde the joys, challenges, and insider secrets of being a debut author.

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm – 1:00pm 
Room 32AB

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Spotlight on Sarah J. Maas 

Sarah J. Maas, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series and YouTube star Christine Riccio of PolandBananasBooks discuss the incredible worlds and beloved characters in Maas’s novels that have captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of readers around the world.

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 7AB

Sarah J. Maas Signing 2:30-3:00pm

Limited per Comic Con rules

Autograph Area

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Retelling and Remixes

From Cinderella to the Queen of Hearts, these authors know that “happily ever after” isn’t always the end of the story. Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles, Heartless), Renee Ahdieh (The Rose and the Dagger), Colleen Houck (Recreated), Anna Todd (Imagines), Jodi Meadows (My Lady Jane), and Colleen Oakes (Queen of Hearts) dish about how they put a fresh twist on the classic tales we love. Moderated by Sam Maggs (Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, Wonder Women).

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm – 5:00pm 
Room 32AB

Swipe Right with Simon and Schuster 

Matt Pantaliano (marketing), Jodie Hockensmith (publicity), Nicholas Elliott (marketing), Catherine Hayden (marketing), and Liesa Abrams (marketing) give a sneak peek at the hottest books and properties coming from Simon & Schuster to give readers their perfect match. Their discussion will be moderated by Jon Anderson (executive vice president, publisher), and attendees will take home an exclusive prize.

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 4

Our printable Thursday schedule


Day 2, Friday July 22nd 

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Love in the Time of YA

A lovely discussion of writing romance for teen fiction with a panel of experts including Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds series, The Passenger series), Andrea Cremer (The Nightshade trilogy,Conjurer’s Riddle), Kate Elliot (Court of Fives), Kami Garcia (The Beautiful Creatures series, The Lovely Reckless), Amy Tintera (Ruined), and Brenna Yovanoff (Places No One Knows). Moderated by Mary E. Pearson (The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Remnant Chronicles).

Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am – 11:00am 
Room 32AB

Sarah J. Maas Signing

Limited to 75 people. 1 book per person

Booth #1119 11:30am-12:30pm 


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It’s the End of the….YA Series 

Hear Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds series, Passenger series), Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles, Heartless), and Mary E. Pearson (The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Remnant Chronicles) discuss the perils, promises, and joys of ending a YA series. Moderated by author Kami Garcia (The Beautiful Creatures series, The Lovely Reckless).

Friday July 22, 2016 2:00pm – 3:00pm 
Room 29AB

What’s Up with Penguin

Anne Sowards (Ace/Roc), Jessica Wade (Ace/Roc), and Christina Colangelo (Penguin Young Readers Group) give you the dish on forthcoming books from exciting authors and licensed properties, such as Jim Butcher, Ransom Riggs, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Anthony Ryan, Sabaa Tahir, Marie Lu, Anne Bishop, Taherah Mafi, and many others. You can expect giveaways like finished books or advanced reading copies!

Friday July 22, 2016 7:00pm – 8:00pm 
Room 23ABC

Our printable Friday schedule


Day 3, Saturday July 23rd 

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I Read It Before (and after) It Was A Movie 

Each day, our newsfeeds blow up with items of more amazing sci-fi/fantasy books being optioned for film or TV, and bookstore shelves are filled with cinematic tie-in novels to geeky summer blockbusters. But what does it take to make the jump from page to screen, and back again? Authors explore the journey of stories from page (both prose and comics) to screen (multi-media) and even stage, and vice versa. Maybe this illustrious group will be able to answer the question of whether it really is better to read the book before seeing the movie! Ransom Riggs (Tales of the Peculiar), James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Melissa de la Cruz (The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Prequel), Scott Westerfeld (Uglies, Zeroes), Ben H. Winters (Underground Airlines), and Comic-Con special guest Peter David engage in conversation with moderator Anthony Breznican of Entertainment Weekly.

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am – 11:00am 
Room 7AB

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The Female Geek: Women as Fans and Creators 

There’s more to being a geek girl than meets the eye. From Princess Leia, to Katniss Everdeen, to Hermione Granger, fandom is full of awesome female characters-but what about the women who create these iconic individuals? Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy), Sabaa Tahir (A Torch Against the Night), Kiersten White (And I Darken), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Kathleen Smith (The Fangirl Life), and Margaret Stohl (Black Widow: Forever Red) discuss feminism and fandom in a panel moderated by Madeline Ashby (Company Town).

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:00pm – 1:00pm 
Room 7AB

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A World After Harry: The Changing Genre of the YA Fantasy

Teens and lovers of YA of all ages yearn for escape through other worlds. YA writers Sarah J. Maas (SDCC special guest, author of Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series), Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer), Jessica Cluess (A Shadow Bright and Burning), Gena Showalter (Firstlife), Thomas E. Sniegoski (Savage), and Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil) engage in a rousing discussion of the joys and challenges of crafting fantastical narratives that stand on their own and how the genre has evolved moderated by Tobie Easton (Emerge).

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 28DE

Sarah J. Maas Signing

Limited per Comic Con rules

Saturday, July 23 3:00pm – 4:00pm Autograph Area

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi (final cover)

Capturing the Imagination of the Middle Grade Reader

From a giant chaos-causing bunny to a land where left can be right to the puzzles of a haunted hotel or a rebellion against a powerful reign, from superpowers to super-scientists, middle-grade authors Ned Rust (Patrick Griffin’s Last Breakfast on Earth), Tahereh Mafi (Furthermore), Tania del Rio (Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye), Shannon Messenger (Keeper in the Lost Cities #4: Neverseen), Cece Bell (El Deafo), and Rachel Ignotofsky (Women in Science), along with moderator Sherri L. Smith (The Toymaker’s Apprentice), discuss ways to reach and inspire the imaginations of even the most reluctant young reader.

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

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SyFy’s The Magicians 

The acclaimed breakout hit makes its San Diego Comic-Con debut. The cast and executive producers tease the anticipated second season of the Syfy series based on author Lev Grossman’s bestselling fantasy trilogy.

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:00pm – 5:00pm 
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Stories of Imagination: Harper Voyager and Epic Reads 

Home to some of the industry’s biggest names in fantasy, Harper Voyager is also a breeding ground for new talent. This fall, they will announce such stellar additions to their list as Sarah Beth Durst, Amy S. Foster, and Patrick Hemstreet, as well as publish horrific new tales from the likes of Brom and Richard Kadrey. Experience the latest in teen fiction from the publishers of Red Queen and Divergent. Immerse yourself in everything from epic blood rebellions to teenage clones as HarperCollins presents what’s hot on the forefront of YA. Get ready to grab plenty of Epic Reads giveaways, limited-edition goodies, and advance copies. Panelists include Stephanie Hoover, Shawn Nicholls, David Pomerico, and Gina Rizzo.

Saturday July 23, 2016 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 9

Our printable Saturday schedule


Day 4, Sunday July 24th 


Spotlight on Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles, sits down with NPR’s Petra Mayer to talk everything from the explosive success of The Lunar Chronicles to the power of YA fandoms, her first Lunar Chronicles graphic novel, to what fans can expect from Heartless, this fall’s most-anticipated young adult novel. Arrive early for a front row seat for a Lunar Chronicles Fan Appreciation video.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 24ABC

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Creating Worlds and Cultures

A lot of science fiction/fantasy takes place in worlds inspired by Western and European cultures. How can writers break that trend and create fully developed, unique cultures for their stories? Moderator Michael Spradlin is joined by authors Stacey Lee (Outrun the Moon), Indra Das (The Devourers), Damian Duffy and John Jennings (Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation), Elizabeth Briggs (Future Shock), and Ru Xu (NewsPrints) to talk about how they developed inclusive futures (and presents and pasts).

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 28DE

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Leigh Bardugo and Gene Luen Yang in Conversation

New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows Leigh Bardugo and the acclaimed graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang get together for a one-on-one conversation about diversity in literature and readers, fandom, fantasy, and more.

Sunday July 24, 2016 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 29AB

What’s Hot In Young Adult Fiction

Strong protagonists, engrossing romance, humor, action, and angst! Join us for this popular annual chat about the hottest new titles and trends in YA fiction. Moderated by Nathan Bransford (The Jacob Wonderbar series) and featuring Renee Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn series), Victoria Aveyard (The Red Queen series), Michelle Hodkin (The Mara Dyer Trilogy), Lauren Oliver (Vanishing Girls), Brendan Reichs (Virals series), Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer), and Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not).

Sunday July 24, 2016 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Room 5AB

Our printable Sunday schedule


This guide may not in totally comprehensive, but it’s pretty damn close. Also, times and rooms may change so we suggest you consult with the official SDCC guide before heading out. Feel free to use this guide as a day-by-day way to stalk us. We’ll be following this religiously so if you’re there you’re bound to run into us.


Ann-Eliza & Carmen