If there’s anything you may learn about us on the blog, it’s that we love to travel, especially for book-related purposes.  In fact, we’ve dedicated a portion to our blog to our bookish travels, YA Travelogues.

Last month, we had a chance to travel to San Diego Comic Con with some of our favorite people, so we prepared, packed and made our merry way.  Check out the photo journal of our adventures in San Diego this year after the jump

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We flew from Florida to San Diego on an early morning flight.

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We were greeted in the San Diego airport by some amazing found art.

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Our trusty hotel, located very close to the convention center.
Badges, check.  Spreadsheet, check.

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Our first afternoon out and about 5th Street in the Gaslight District.

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We visited the amazing Bali Hai restaurant and had some of their amazing tiki drinks.
Selfie after the Bali Hai’s famous ‘no juice’ Mai Tais. Thank goodness for Uber.
The Suicide Squad movie had their exhibit catty corner from our hotel.

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A view of the convention center BEFORE throngs of people took over.

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Our first official YA encounter was with none other than Alwyn Hamilton, author of Rebel of the Sands and the upcoming Traitor to the Throne.  We were outside of our first SDCC panel.
Panel:  New Authors Making a Splash In The Literary World included Alwyn Hamilton, Keira Drake, Sylvain Neuvel, Bob Proehl, Todd Lockwood and KS Merbeth with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde

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The size and scale of the con could not be captured by my camera.

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Spotlight on Sarah J. Maas with moderator Christine Riccio

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Fifth Street never stopped being insane

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It was a pleasure to run into Effie

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We went to a lovely cocktail reception sponsored by the CBLDF at the Westgate Hotel resplendant with gorgeous Rococo design

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Afterwards, we stopped to have drinks and made friends with Dom Sherwood
We also happened to meet the extremely talented and sweet Johnnie Christmas who also happens to be the Co-Creator of Angel Catbird (with Margaret Atwood)
All together now!

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The next morning, our darling friend Joanne had Donut Bar doughnuts delivered to us.  Glasses are for scale.

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Love in the Time of YA Panel with Alexandra Bracken, Andrea Cremer, Kate Elliot, Kami Garcia, Amy Tintera, Brenna Yovanoff, moderated by Mary E. Pearson

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We got to meet Mary E. Pearson and she was just as excited as we were for the release of The Beauty of Darkness

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We got to pop by and meet Sarah J. Maas at her signing.  Never forget #hotbodyguard

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Hark, is that Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, creators/writers of Monstress??

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Not only did we get to see Johnnie again, but we were also able to meet Margaret Atwood herself at the Angel Catbird signing.

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Yes, there were Star Wars costumes
Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti spotted at one of their signings

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There were also GIGANTIC Powerpuff Girls

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DC Comics kindly let us crash their green room for a silent respite full of snacks and wonderful friends.

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We even helped injured bird Amanda Conner across the train tracks

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We rarely ate, but when we did, wine was always in our meal plan

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But we mostly checked out books and publishers and their lovely displays

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Even Sharknado was there

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Oh, so this is what Taylor Swift means when we says #SquadGoals

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Tahereh Mafi is EVERYTHING and everyone at PenguinRandomHouse booth was AMAZING. Look at how they pose in pictures!

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The Female Geek:  Women as Fans and Creators was one of the most feminist YA panels we’ve ever attended. There was much cheering for these ladies.

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We crashed Pierce Brown’s signing, he gave us a book, an autograph and a lovely photo to remember him by.

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Kiersten White was amazing…and she working on more in the And I Darken series.  YESSSSSS!

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Sarah Kurn was the only other person in vintage we saw at all of SDCC. You simply must read her Heroine Complex!

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Sabaa Tahir was very sweet, but gave us zero hints about what might come next.
Please don’t tell Sabaa that we took a photo of her dragon.

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Seriously, I want a re-do, but, alas, we met Leigh Bardugo and didn’t faint all over her, although it looks like I’m about to.

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Capturing the Imgination of the Middle Grade Reader panel was amazing. 

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Victoria Aveyard was so sweet.  I wish we hadn’t been so exhausted when we met her, but, alas, next time.

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A night that was supposed to involve a secret silent disco, instead lead us to a Mexican Restaurant where we got to hang out with debut author Patrick Black, of the upcoming Ninth City Burning series.

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We scored some amazing ARC’s at SDCC, such as Goldenhand, The Thousandth Floor, Furthermore and Traitor to the Throne.

As you know, we’re HUGE proponents of adding to our TBR, so here’s a handy lowdown (TLDR) of what we added to our #TBR list from our experiences at SDCC2016:

Angel Catbird Vol #1 by Johnnie Christmas and Margaret Atwood

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Goldenhand by Garth Nix

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

The X-Files: Origins: Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia

Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed Science by Rachel Ignotofsky


See you on the next trip!