Nathan Fillion (Richard Castle) signing at the Golden Apple October 24, 2011

January 28th, 2012

Golden Apple signing

Nathan Fillion at the Golden Apple

Captian Tight Pants? Ah, yes, but it seems Nathan Fillion has an even larger following now as Richard Castle “author”. When we arrived at the Golden Apple, there was a huge crowd of fans lined up waiting for the chance to meet him. So, we’re all standing in a long line, outside, in the cold, waiting, when suddenly we heard a loud whistle… The hell? Who is that loud obnoxious person? We all turned around to see and it was Mr. Fillion himself! He’s all… Hey! Let’s get this going! And OMG all the girls in the line started screaming… I mean, like Beatles concert screaming. It was pretty funny.

Nathan Fillion whistles and calls out to fans in line at Golden Apple

So when Bill and I got inside, I teased him a little, about the whole, “making girls scream” thing. Nathan just grinned at me! It was fun… but we had more stuff than was allowed for a first time through the line, so we immediately hurried back outside and got in line again, and waited, and waited, but finally the Golden Apple staff came out and said sorry folks, we’re cutting it off. We were bumbed, but then they gave us Nathan Fillion photos… SIGNED! Awesome consolation prize!

If you want signed product, just drop Bill an email!

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Click here to see all the photos from the Nathan Fillion signing in 2009.

Until the next time we storm the castle…

Clive Barker at Dark Delicacies
October 23, 2011

January 24th, 2012

Clive Barker signing at Dark Del's

A journey beyond imagination is about to unfold. . .

It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold. When the answer comes, it’s not one she expects…
Welcome to the Abarat.

Clive Barker Baby! Wow what a signing. Many many Barker fans arrived and were lined up along Magnolia Boulevard in front of the Home of Horror – Dark Delicacies to meet him. Mainly, this event was to promote Barker’s latest Abarat book, Absolute Midnight, but (within reason) he was signing anything. Check out these awesome Barker prints they had for sale!

Clive Barker prints for sale

If you can imagine it, Del and Sue had decorated their book store even more than usual… for Halloween of course. There was even a giant candy bowl for Mr. Barker!

Clive Barker into the Halloween candy!

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Fortunately, Bill had purchased his books well in advance which put us near the front of the line. We heard later the signing went on for hours! If you are interested in signed Clive Barker product, drop Bill an email.

Until our next absolute adventure…

Brian Selznick Author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret & Wonderstruck Signing October 19, 2011

January 23rd, 2012

Selzick books Hugo & Wonderstruck

Brian Selznick speaking to fans

It was wonderful to see illustrator and author Brian Selznick again. Bill and I saw him at the now closed Borders in Westwood several years ago when The Invention of Hugo Cabret was first published. Not only did he give us another brilliant presentation on his new book, Wonderstruck, but we got to talk about the upcoming film Hugo, which is based on his book. Ahh-sum!

As you may know, Bill is a magician and he fell in love with The Invention of Hugo Cabret when he discovered it was about a mysterious automaton. Hugo was inspired by a passage in the book Edison’s Eve by Gaby Wood which tells of the collection of automata that belonged to Georges Méliès. After Méliès death, the museum that he donated them to tossed them! Seriously? Brian Selznick wondered what might have happened if an orphan had stolen a mechanical man from the garbage….

Selznick combined his intense illustrations and writing to create this delightful story which is not quite a picture book, nor a graphic novel, but a unique storytelling experience. One inspiration was Where the Wild Things Are, but Hugo takes us far beyond, expanding our entertainment as over 500 pages unfold before the enchanted reader. And thankfully director Martin Scorsese took great efforts to ensure the film stayed true to the book.

Art from Hugo Cabret

In spite of Hugo’s success, Selznick was eager to tell us about his new book, Wonderstruck, which takes this “narrative experiment” one step further. “I had this idea to try to tell two different stories,” he said. “What if I told one story just with pictures, and then told a completely different story that was set 50 years later with words? And then had these two separate stories weave back and forth until they came together at the end?”

Selznick said the idea for the Wonderstruck developed when he watched a documentary about deafness and deaf culture. Ben, a young boy and Rose, a deaf girl, live years and worlds apart. By the end of the story, we learn they have a special connection as Ben loses his hearing when he is struck by lightning. Rose’s story is told almost entirely through silent illustrations, as she experiences the world, while Ben’s story is told in the written word.

Selnick shared some hilarious stories and we know without his editor these books would not exist. He showed us pages of text which were so red lined by her they looked like a murder scene… he confided that she has actually made him cry! But obviously they make an amazing team and created works of storytelling art for us all to enjoy forever.

Brian Selznick

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Until our next autonomic adventure…

F Paul Wilson, Fred Wiehe & Matt Mogk at Dark Delicacies October 15, 2011

January 20th, 2012

Matt Mogk, F Paul Wilson & Fred Wiehe
Matt Mogk, F Paul Wilson and Fred Wiche

Horrific signing at Dark Delicacies! Del and Sue always do an amazing job with their events and make customers feel right at horror home. We had just seen F Paul Wilson a few months prior but Bill had to get the latest book “The Dark at the End” (part 14 of the Repairman Jack series) signed as well.

Fred Wiehe is a member of the Horror Writers Association, plus “he writes dark, speculative fiction that often blurs the lines of genres between horror, sci-fi, fantasy, alternate reality, suspense and thrillers”. Matt Mogk is the Founder and Head of the Zombie Research Society and the leading global authority on all things zombie (what you don’t know CAN eat you). Juss say’n.

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Until our next jacked up adventure…

West Hollywood Book Fair (WeHo)
October 2, 2011

January 18th, 2012

Len Wein signs Swamp Thing action figures

Bill and I have attended WeHo Book Fairs in previous years and were able to spend a lot more time, but this year we just dropped by for a few quick signatures. Most important to Bill, Mr. Wein signed his Swamp Thing action figures that Bernie Wrightson signed recently. This amounts to a very happy Mr. Wu. :)

Also hit Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children…

Ransom Riggs

And Julie Newmar… you might remember her as the first Catwoman… mow!

Julie Newmar - Catwoman

Click here to see all the photos we took at WeHo (not that many!)

And that was all she wrote.
Until our next Hollywood adventure…

Bernie Wrightson & Steve Niles Signing at Dark Delicacies – September 17, 2011

January 18th, 2012

Bernie signs Swamp Thing action figures

Another great signing at Dark Delicacies! Bill was so happy to get his Swamp Thing action figures signed by illustrator Bernie Wrightson. (See our WeHo blog where he also has Len Wein sign them – yay!) But mostly we were there to get the awesome new Frankenstein graphic novels signed.

Wrightson & Niles signing

Writer Steve Niles (X-Files/30 Days of Night) signing Bill’s Comic Con books with Bernie.

Del Howison owner of Dark Del’s, horror writer and actor was busy running the event but always has time for a quick hello. Of course I always have time for some quick Dark Del shopping. :)

Wrightson & Niles signing

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Click here to see the July 2010 Niles & Wrightson signing – awesome!

Until our next Frankenstein adventure…

Comic Con International 2011

January 17th, 2012

Click on Spiderman to see the video!
The Amazing Spiderman

Tak’n it to the streets… Well, that does seem to be the growing trend at Comic Con, and Dude why not? :) San Diego has pretty much perfect weather, the convention center is so overcrowded at times you can barely walk through it let alone see the booths, and (duh) there’s space outside! The SyFy Channel moved outside a couple years ago, within walking distance of course, but this year the surrounding area seemed to explode with food trucks, parades, vendors, exhibits… Right outside our hotel was a huge booth set up with video games with amps set up blasting music. Par-tay!

Comic Con hits the streets
Iron Man exhibit outside the convention center

Bill and I, though, had the same routine, with the help of dear friends we unloaded the van, set up the booth, worked hard on our feet for 5 days, then tore it all down and packed it all up. This year was a little sad in that it was the first time in 47 years Ray Bradbury did not feel well enough to attend. James and Jeremy Owen were missed too, but since they were cranking on some hard book deadlines we were proud of them for restraining themselves! We saw many friends and made new ones. And lucky for us, we had our same wonderful booth neighbors, Things from Another World and Girls Drawing Girls. If you’ve ever worked a trade show, you know it makes a world of difference to have great neighbors. We’ve got each others backs.

William Wu Books booth

It’s difficult to describe Comic Con… you have to experience sensory overload for yourself. Hopefully you’ll at least feel some of that energy in this short video.

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Until our next comic adventure…

Tim Powers, author of On Stranger Tides, signing at Dark Delicacies July 16, 2011

November 24th, 2011

Dark Delicacies signing

Another awesome signing at Dark Delicacies… Welcome to Del and Sue’s Home of Horror!

Tim Powers signs On Stranger Tides pirate movie poster

Tim Powers, author of On Stranger Tides and numerous other fantasy novels, had a blast signing books, posters and just chillaxing. Mr. Powers even signed the side of a book… oooh fancy…

Tim Powers signs the side of On Stranger Tides

Next down the line were: Kirsten Alene, Cameron Pierce, Cody Goodfellow, John Skipp and his daughter Melanie Skipp.

While “the boys” did book stuff, Mrs. Powers (aka, Serena Powers, my BFF) and I understood the real reason for hanging out at Dark Del’s… shopping! This store is amazing, filled with a scary mix of Gothic and horror clothing, accessories, toys, kid’s stuff, DVD’s, kitchen stuff, soaps and scented oils and of course, many many books on spooky black shelves. The decor is so elegant I feel like I’ve been transported to Disney’s Haunted Mansion. And they always have new cool stuff. Most of my socks and t-shirts came from Dark Del’s… Even my yoga pants with little bats all over them!

(Psst! Recognize any shady characters in this portrait? Buh-wha-ha-ha!)
Dark Delicacies

Dark Del product

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Arrr… Until our next pirating adventure…

Trailers from Hell! Signing at Dark Delicacies
June 26, 2011

November 20th, 2011

Trailers from Hell!

Look out it’s Trailers from Hell!

Volume Two…plus the full length feature Little Shop of Horrors, first time on DVD in anamorphic widescreen… oh yeah…

In other words… Another signing at Dark Delicacies, The Home of Horror! Bill and I didn’t run for our lives, exactly, but we did have a great time. Check it out…

MIck Garris

Dick Miller and Jack Hill
Dick Miller and Jack Hill

Joe Dante

Jonathan Haze

Last but not least Josh Olson and Mary Lambert
Josh Olson and Mary Lambert

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Until our next hellish adventure…

Buffy Season 8 Wrap Party at Golden Apple
June 1, 2011

June 26th, 2011

Golden Apple Buffy Season 8 Wrap Party

Buffy Season… 8? Yep. Some of you Buffy fans may not realize that after the awesome TV show wrapped up with Season 7 in 2003, the story continued in comic books which were later collected into graphic novels. (This is, of course, in addition to the numerous Buffy and Angel novels and other comic books). Being a huge Buffy fan, I have all of the Season 8 novels, so Bill and I headed over to Melrose Avenue to the amazing Golden Apple Comics to catch the signing.

After a couple interviews, former Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Jane Espenson and artist Georges Jeanty signed the latest release of Buffy Season 8 Graphic Novel. Jane was thrilled that Bill brought her a Warehouse 13 boxset to sign. Why? She created the show and hardly anyone asks her to sign one. :) And Warehouse 13? Totally. Rocks.

Jane Espenson and Georges Jeanty sign

Check out the bloody vino…

Buffy wine

Buffy graphic novels

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Until our next slayer adventure…