How Not to Meet a Celebrity. My Exciting Adventures at Phoenix ComiCon.

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Since I started attending and volunteering at science fiction and fantasy conventions, I have been lucky to have coffee, drinks and dinner with a number of authors. It’s those initial meetings back in the fall of 2013 that solidified the idea of that I wanted to start a book blog.

Local authors Dennis W. Green, Jed Quinn, Michael Koogler and my good friend and author, Jade Eby, are directly responsible for Second Run Reviews for even existing. My conversations with them over drinks lead me down the path of connecting with authors and connecting authors with readers.

Yo, Ho, Ho a Convention Life for Me

Terri and Pierce Brown at Phoenix ComiCon

Terri and Pierce Brown at Phoenix ComiCon

Jim C. Hines, author of The Princess Series, and local author Catherine Schaff-Stump are responsible for encouraging me to get involved my local science fiction and fantasy convention, ICON, which has lead me to attend several other similar types of events and has allowed me to have more coffee, more drinks and more dinners with authors and others in the industry.

At the end of May, I traveled to my largest convention experience yet, Phoenix Comicon and had the pleasure of meeting Pierce Brown, V.E. Schwab and Wesley Chu. Apparently, without knowing it, I had met Wesley prior to Drinks with Authors and Creators at Phoenix Comicon on Friday night.

How Not to Meet a Celebrity

On the Wednesday before ComiCon, I flew from Iowa to Chicago and then Chicago to Phoenix. I boarded the plane in Chicago and sat in an aisle seat. There was already a gentleman seated in the window seat, hunkered down in a sweatshirt with the hood pulled over is face asleep. I patiently waited for the third passenger to arrive as we were told it was a full flight. The third person never appeared, the flight took off and I took advantage of the extra seat to stretch my legs a bit, set my purse when I need to pull my iPad out because I started working on book reviews. I also figured out that I could use my miles for Wi-Fi (I never accumulate enough miles for anything beyond an email subscription and now have an Entertainment Weekly subscription that goes until like 2020).

Terri and Wesley Chu at Phoenix ComiCon

Terri and Wesley Chu at Phoenix ComiCon

At some point during the flight, I got up to use the restroom, shortly after that the gentleman sharing my row got up, and used the restroom as well. The flight landed safely in Phoenix three hours later and I was none the wiser, until Friday, that I had shared my space on the airplane with Wesley Chu which he loudly called out when I approached him to introduce myself during Drinks with Authors and Creators.

Needless to say, I was super embarrassed. And told him, in my defense, he was asleep most of the flight and has his hood pulled over his face. He laughed. It was all in good fun. He said he was jealous I had Wi-Fi as he hoards his miles for free airfare and we debated whether cashing in miles for free Wi-Fi was worth it. Before we parted ways, I told him, to enjoy the rest of the convention and that I would see him again at the end of September at ICON.

So have you been lucky enough to meet any authors? Were your meet-ups as embarrassing as mine? Share the juicy details in comments!

 

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17 responses to “How Not to Meet a Celebrity. My Exciting Adventures at Phoenix ComiCon.

  1. Caroline Leavitt is a wonderful best-selling author that I have been lucky enough to become friends with after taking a class with her at UCLA. She lives in New York and I live in Northern Virginia, and while the distance between those two places isn’t great, it’s far enough to prevent a casual drive-by how-do-you-do.

    Fortunately, Caroline’s promotional tour for her new book, Cruel Beautiful World, brought her to Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe in Washington, DC. We made plans to meet up, I took her to Bistrot du Coin for French food and may or may not have got her a little liquored up. We talked about everything and anything, she signed my copy of CBW, and then we walked over to Kramerbooks.

    Writer, author, and journalist (it says so on her website! http://bit.ly/2smjUvl) Bethanne Patrick interviewed Caroline and then a reading from Cruel Beautiful World followed and after all that, Caroline invited me out to dinner and drinks with her, Bethanne, and book agent friend Laura Strachan. It’s not a lot of flash and fury, I know, but for a guy trying to get his toes wet in the writing world, it was an amazing evening!

  2. First all…WELCOME to the Book Blogger Hop. 🙂

    Beautiful blog and post.

    I have met a number of authors at the BEA, but I have never had lunch with them.

    No juicy details…just a few words and a signature in a book.

    Oh….wait I did have a mishap the first time I was the BEA and at a Harper Collins party. Charles Todd was at the party, and I didn’t know authors were going to be there. I actually had no clue what I was doing anywhere the first time I attended the BEA.

    I said: Oh…are you Charles Todd, and he said yes. Want to meet my my mother? LOL!! Meanwhile that is what his name tag said. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your adventures. I hope we see you again on the Blog Hop.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

    • The first time I met Jim C. Hines I barely said a word even though my friend and I chatted with him for like thirty minutes in the lobby of the hotel between panels at the convention we were attending. I’ll be sharing another story soon about another slightly embarrassing celebrity encounter at Phoenix ComiCon so stay tuned!

  3. Oops! haha I have met a few authors, but only during book signings. I once met Chris O’Donnell, the actor, while working a dinner party. He came back into the kitchen and announced that he, “heard I have a mega fan back here!” He came over to me and went to shake my hand, but I was elbow deep in sudsy water and my hair was a mess from the humidity of the kitchen… not a good look.

  4. OMG! How EXCITING that you’ve gotten to meet so many authors up close and personal!! And at conventions, too! I haven’t gone to a convention in a long time…. I used to attend small, local Star Trek conventions. But I never met any authors.

    I have met some YA authors at book signings, which really don’t give you much of a chance to interact with the authors, as there are so many people attending. I would LOVE to meet a couple of my favorite authors for lunch, but I might faint before mustering the courage to speak with them! Lol.

    I enjoyed reading your story of how you “met” Wesley Chu on the plane. Lol. He was super nice about it, too!

    Thanks for sharing!! Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday!! 🙂

    • Thanks, Maria. I’ve had tons of fun a smaller local conventions. You really do get a chance to meet and talk to people there. Maybe look to see if there are smaller fan conventions in your area that invite authors in!

  5. Oh, this is too funny! I love it! I mean, if he was sleeping, totally not your fault! I mean, you don’t want to be “that guy” on a plane who bothers strangers, right? 😉 I have met authors but only VERY briefly, and I am like, 98% sure I make an ass out of myself? I try not to but it’s like I don’t know how to word when I have to talk to famous people? I think if I ever met someone when I had an actual chance to talk to them (ie, without a huge line of people watching me) I would be a bit more normal haha.

    • As the years have gone on, and I’ve seen the same authors over and over again, I don’t act like such a dufus (at least I think I don’t act like a dufus) when I’m around them. And yes, Wes was sleeping most of the flight.

  6. I’m honored (and embarrassed) to be mentioned in the same article with these luminaries, but am happy that getting Terri typsy at ICON 2013 had a role in getting this excellent blog started!

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