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