“Empower: Fight Like a Girl” hits Comic-Con

The TV writers of the short story anthology “Empower: Fight Like a Girl” descended on the San Diego International Comic-Con 2014 for not one, but two book signings! It was awesome. We got to hang out with lots of fans. And several industry folks, including stars from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., came out to support our cause. The two-day event was a huge success.

Many of the "Empower: Flight Like a Girl" contributors, including Pang-Ni Landrum, Amy Berg, Akela Cooper, Jennifer Quintenz, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeane Wong, Kira Snyder, Jane Espenson, and Kam Miller. Photo credit Timothy Elliott.

Many of the “Empower: Flight Like a Girl” contributors, including Pang-Ni Landrum, Amy Berg, Akela Cooper, Jennifer Quintenz, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeane Wong, Kira Snyder, Jane Espenson, and Kam Miller strike the empower pose.
Photo by Timothy Elliott.

By now, most of you probably are familiar with our project, “Empower: Fight Like a Girl, ” which benefits the Lupus Foundation of America. I’ve covered it here and here. Of course, the anthology is still available on Amazon.

For those of you who weren’t able to join us in San Diego, I thought you might enjoy some images and highlights from the event. One of the FANtastic things about Comic-Con is seeing Harley Quinn in line.

Akela Cooper signs a poster as fans flock to our "Empower: Fight Like a Girl" booth. Photo credit: Timothy Elliott.

Akela Cooper signs a poster as fans flock to our “Empower: Fight Like a Girl” booth.
Photo by Timothy Elliott.

We had a steady stream of supporters, and we’re grateful for their generosity.

Amy Berg, Akela Cooper, Kam Miller, Kay Reindl, Jeane Wong, Kira Synder, and Jennifer Quintenz greet fans Sarah Rowland, Kirstin Lindsay,  Photo credit: Timothy Elliott.

Amy Berg, Akela Cooper, Kam Miller, Kay Reindl, Jeane Wong, Kira Synder, and Jennifer Quintenz greet fans, including Sarah Rowland and Kirstin Lindsay.
Photo by Timothy Elliott.

Kam Miller, Kay Reindl, Jeane Wong, and Kira Snyder talk with fans.  Photo credit: Timothy Elliott.

Kam Miller, Kay Reindl, Jeane Wong, and Kira Snyder talk with fans.
Photo by Timothy Elliott.

One of our supporters was TV writer VJ Boyd (Justified). VJ also penned the graphic novel “Ghost Cop” for Comixology. VJ came by our booth after hosting a signing for his graphic novel.

Jane Espenson takes "Justified" TV writer VJ Boyd's book to sign. Pang-Ni Landrum and Jennifer Quintenz are busy signing autographs as well. Photo credit: Timothy Elliott.

Jane Espenson signs a book for Justified writer VJ Boyd. Pang-Ni Landrum and Jennifer Quintenz are busy signing autographs as well.
Photo by Timothy Elliott.

I had the pleasure of sitting next to Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Game of Thrones), Amy Berg (Person of Interest, Eureka, Caper), and Kay Reindl (Twisted, Moonlight). I’m not only fans of these fine writers’ work, I’m so fortunate to get to know them personally. Amy Berg and I met through the WGA Showrunners Training Program. Kay (see below) was one of the writers on my first TV show, and we’ve been friends ever since. And I’ve gotten to know Jane through the “Empower: Fight Like a Girl” project.

Jennifer Quintenz, Pang-Ni Landrum, Jane Espenson, and Amy Berg have fun talking with fans and signing books and posters. Photo credit: Timothy Elliott.

Jennifer Quintenz, Pang-Ni Landrum, Jane Espenson, Kam Miller, and Amy Berg enjoy talking with fans and signing books and posters.
Photo by Timothy Elliott.

Tanglewood” author Kay Reindl and I are a bit obsessed with our Fitbits. Kay always beats my Fitbit steps. She’s a machine! Amy Berg has recently joined our Fitbit craze, too.

Kam Miller and Kay Reindl have a blast chatting with fans. Photo credit: Timothy Elliott.

Kam Miller and Kay Reindl have a blast chatting with fans.
Photo by Timothy Elliott.

Hulu’s Caper creator, Amy Berg, had a busy Comic-Con. The day before our first signing she was on a panel called “Behind the Scenes of Science Fiction in Movies and on TV,” which was heavily attended. During the panel, she plugged our book signings and raised awareness for our events. She was on hand for both signing sessions.

Hulu's Caper creator Amy Berg shares a moment with a fan. Photo credit: Timothy Elliott.

Amy Berg shares a moment with Mike Atherton.
Photo by Timothy Elliott.

Jane Espenson is absolutely lovely. She was booked solid for Comic-Con promoting Once Upon a Time as well as her digital series, Husbands. Despite her hectic schedule, she reserved some creativity to autograph of her EmpowerFLAG short story “Int. Wolf – Night.” Yes, that’s a wolf’s snout on a Buffy the Vampire Slayer heart to accentuate the theme of her wonderful story.

Yes, we signed each other's books. Here's Jane Espenson's creative signature.  Photo credit: Timothy Elliott.

Yes, we signed each others’ books. Here’s Jane Espenson’s creative signature.
Photo by Timothy Elliott.

Of course, the fans loved seeing Maurissa Tancheroen, our “Empower: Fight Like a Girl” cover model and inspiration as well as the executive producer of Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Here Maurissa thanks Pang-Ni Landrum (Malcolm in the Middle, Aftermooners) for her work as co-founder of Words Empower Media, the publishing entity that produced our book.

Maurissa Tancheroen and Pang-Ni Landrum share a hug at the Empower: Fight like a Girl autograph booth. Photo credit: Timothy Elliott.

Maurissa Tancheroen and Pang-Ni Landrum share a hug at the “Empower: Fight like a Girl” autograph booth.
Photo by Timothy Elliott.

"Empower: Fight Like a Girl," an anthology of short stories about kick-ass women by kick-ass women is available on Amazon.  Artwork by Jennifer Quintenz.

Maurissa Tancharoen on the cover of “Empower: Fight Like a Girl,” an anthology of short stories about kick-ass women.
Design by Jennifer Quintenz.

 

The other co-founder of Words Empower Media, Jennifer Quintenz (Wicked, Wicked Games, “Daughters of Lilith“), lent her many talents to this project. She is not only an accomplished TV writer, graphic novelist, and the author of an award-winning YA series, she’s also designed our beautiful book covers and posters. She gave our project that iconic appeal.

Jennifer Quintenz poses with Chloe Bennett, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Iain de Caestecker. Maurissa Tancharoen captures a photo. Photo credit: Timothy Elliott.

Jennifer Quintenz poses with MAoS stars Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Iain De Caestecker. Maurissa Tancharoen captures the moment.
Photo by Timothy Elliott.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Iain De Caestecker were such a pleasure to have on hand. One of my favorite moments during our signings involved Iain De Caestecker. Iain portrays Leo Fitz, one half of Fitz-Simmons. Cosplay is a huge part of Comic-Con, and one young lady, Salina Conlan, appeared dressed as Simmons, Iain’s counterpart. Iain fell into character instantly and bantered with this über-fan. I think that made her Comic-Con experience out of this world.

Cosplay Simmons Salina Conlan banters with Fitz actor Iain de Caestecker.  Photo by Tim Elliott. Photo courtesy of Salina Conlan.

Cosplay Simmons Salina Conlan banters with Fitz actor Iain De Caestecker.
Photo by Timothy Elliott, courtesy of Salina Conlan.

 

Simmons actress Elizabeth Henstridge, cosplay Simmons Salina Conlan, Chloe Bennett, and Iain de Caestecker take a moment for a photo.  Photo by Tim Elliott. Photo courtesy of Salina Conlan.

Simmons actress Elizabeth Henstridge, cosplay Simmons Salina Conlan, Chloe Bennet, and Iain De Caestecker take a moment for a photo.
Photo by Timothy Elliott, courtesy of Salina Conlan.

Below you’ll see the stars were very nice to pose with fans and authors alike. Before one of the signings, Chloe Bennet and Iain De Caestecker took a moment with EmpowerFLAG writer Akela Cooper (The 100, Witches of East End).

"Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Chloe Bennett and Iain de Caestecker pose with Akela Cooper. Photo credit: Tim Elliott.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Chloe Bennet and Iain De Caestecker pose with Akela Cooper.
Photo by Timothy Elliott.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans got lots of love. They not only met executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen, but they also met Jed Whedon. Here Jed and Maurissa pose with Kristin Lindsay from Penny Arcade Expo. Penny Arcade Expo, PAX, is a series of gaming festivals held in Seattle, Boston, Melbourne, and San Antonio. Kristin has been a big supporter of “Empower: Fight Like a Girl” in social media. It was so nice to finally meet her in person.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen pose for a photo with Kristin Lindsay from Penny Arcade Expo. Photo credit: Timothy Elliott.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen pose for a photo with Kristin Lindsay from Penny Arcade Expo.
Photo by Timothy Elliott.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. executive producer Jeff Bell also supported our cause. Here Jennifer Quintenz helps him purchase a copy of “Empower: Fight Like a Girl.” After getting his copy signed, he very graciously talked with fans who were angling (unsuccessfully) for season two spoilers. You’re just going to have to watch!

Jennifer Quintenz helps Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeff Bell purchase a book. Photo credit: Timothy Elliott.

Jennifer Quintenz helps “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” executive producer Jeff Bell purchase a book.
Photo by Timothy Elliott.

Our signings were so much fun. It was lovely to meet fans and share some time with them. We appreciate your support for our “Empower: Fight Like a Girl” anthology to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America. We took a lot of photos, including some with fans’ cameras so they would have a memento from the event. One young fan, Beela, was quite excited to have her photo taken with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.

If you have photos from the event, we’d love to see them. Please tweet them to me @kammotion.

Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen hand a happy fan, Beela, her camera back after we took a photo for her. Photo credit: Timothy Elliott.

Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen hand a happy fan, Beela, her camera back after we took a photo for her.
Photo by Timothy Elliott.

Also, if you tweet me (@kammotion) a photo of yourself with “Empower: Fight Like a Girl,” our EmpowerFLAG writers will retweet it! Thank you again for your support. Cheers!

A San Diego Comic-Con commuter reads Empower: Fight Like a Girl on the train to the convention center.  Photo credit: Jeane Wong.

A San Diego Comic-Con commuter reads “Empower: Fight Like a Girl” on the train to the convention center.
Photo by Jeane Wong.

 

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on ““Empower: Fight Like a Girl” hits Comic-Con

  1. Hey! I was the (really happy) Simmons at the signing. That was pretty much the best fan moment ever. I lost the card for the guy who took all the pictures. Do you know where I should send them? Also I wanted to do a fund raiser and sell copies of the book at my local comic shop. Where should I start?

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