PNBA – 3 Days of Books and Awesomeness

I work the PNBA Tradeshow every fall. It is extremely tiring, but in AWESOME ways. I get to meet some awesome people, reconnect with some awesome people –  all in the name of books.

Day one was spent working the show floor and stuffing packets


Day two and three were spent helping authors autograph books and watching workshops


This author is just 22. He has published his 2nd book in a series called The Whatnot! It is a steampunk fairy tale. His name is Stefan Bachmann.


This is Loren Long‘s newest book entitled An Otis Christmas. He had a wonderful presentation which combined his work life and his works of art. There were some people in the audience crying.


I worked with a hilarious author, Roland Smith, who wrote the IQ series and Tentacles. His newest book is Chupacabra. I helped him sign. And he helped us take a few selfless:



I read books 1 and 2 of the IQ series. I’m looking forward to Tentacles and Chupacabra.



Volunteering Season Continues

I like to volunteer as much as I can handle this time of year. There are a number of volunteer opportunities in Portland in October. This weekend, I was supposed to volunteer at Wordstock, but got sick and decided to stay home and recuperate. I’m bummed because Maggie Stiefvater was there at 5:00.


Another favourite of mine, Bruce Hale, was introducing Clark the Shark to youngsters on one of the AM stages.



However, I am saving my energy for the next 3 days of volunteering. I spend about 12-14 hours per day at a book trade show in Portland. It falls on the same weekend as Wordstock and I’ve been doing this one for 4 years now, so it take priority.

I get to meet some great people year after year.


I was SUPER blonde back then. Not so much any more. This is one of the reps from  Scholastic, Kris. She is DIVINE!

A few of the authors I am looking forward to seeing are:

Ivan Doig


Jane Kirkpatrick


Brandon Sanderson


Jeffrey Deaver (of Lincoln Rhyme fame)


Marissa Meyer


Roland Smith


I know there will be some surprises for me regarding authors to see, but these are a few of the authors I want to connect with. Last year, I saw April Henry and (sigh – I forgot to get a photo) Sherman Alexi.

Additionally, I enjoy connecting with bookseller and book buyers each year from all over the Pacific Northwest. I see a lot of the same faces – and we razz each other each year. Good times.

Until later…


Rose City Comic Con 2013

I completed my stint at the 2nd Annual Rose City Comic Con last night! I was in Admissions/Ticket Sales the entire weekend and it was FANTASTIC! I had a blast!

Here I am in my “Henchman” uniform. It served it’s purpose: we stood out! (Check out my earrings – I got so many compliments on those!)


Day One

Arrived at my station:


I was the third seat from the right. GREAT spot! Right there in front! I got to meet some interesting folks – and see some interesting things. My colleague to my left wasn’t so lucky:


Saturday was a little quieter (but not much!) at our station because many of the tickets were pre-sold (and pre-picked up). Apparently that area was SLAMMED!

As a Batman fan, I love the Batmobile – in most renditions. So, I scoped out the Batmobile day one. This is one of my favorites (can you see Batman in one of them?):



A colleague made up a joke: “Where does Batman take a dump? In the batroom.” Ba dum bum!

The crowds were full all day:


I was able to sneak away for about 1/2 hour to get my autographs. My first was Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Spenser: For Hire)


My favourite of the two is Spenser: For Hire, so I chose a Hawk photo. He hasn’t changed much. Just a little thinner – and still awesomely tough! I thanked him for the years of Hawk – and he grinned at me.

Then, I tucked over to meet Christopher Judge (Stargate: SG-1)



He was EXTREMELY cordial and great! He was hugging people left and right! Many people brought him University of Oregon merchandise because he was a Duck once. I am seeing Richard Dean Anderson at Emerald City Comic Con in a few months, so I will get his autograph then.

I went back to my station and found a woman dressed as the Enterprise showed up. Absolutely gorgeous!


At the end of day one, I met one of my favourite Muppets, Beaker:



I heard that he took either 2nd or 3rd place in the costume contest that night! He was AWESOME!

And the cutest Predator came strolling through with his/her parents at the end of the day!



Day Two

Day two was WILD! Lots and lots and lots of ticket sales. We were solidly busy the entire time. But we were able to sneak out and get a few photos:



There is a club in the Pacific Northwest called the Pacific Northwest R2-D2 Builders Group who make these replicas. They are beautiful – and one of them blasts the Star Wars theme song while cruising the show floor.

This woman’s costume was incredible. I was a little freaked out!



I was able to capture this photo near the end of the last day. This photo contains a lot of the Cosplayers at the end of the con.



All in all, it was a fantastic couple of days. I like to participate in these volunteer opportunities because I am rejuvenated hanging around a pile of awesome people!

Thanks for the memories Rose City Comic Con 2013! See you next year!




The Walking Dead…Season 4

Walking Dead Season 4

Walking Dead Season 4

Okay – not that I’m counting (yes, I am), but The Walking Dead starts in 24 nights! I love this show for a variety of reasons:

  • The characters are deep and relatable
  • The zombie piece is that … just a piece. It’s more about how everyday people work through a very bad situation
  • The acting is fantastic
  • The characters are appealing and I root for them
  • The bad guys are not caricatures of villains

I really would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be an extra on this show, but it’s filmed in Atlanta. Not exactly around the corner. But … a girl can dream.

I met two of the actors at one of the comic cons that I volunteered at last year: Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker (whom I have loved as an actor for years). Here’s a picture of me volunteering with Norman Reedus. I was “crowd control” -> I missed taking a picture of the woman who brought her service chicken. Reedus was very kind to her as she asked him to pet her chicken.


This is the autographed photo of Michael Rooker that we got for our friends at Stanfords in Clackamas. They are all big The Walking Dead fans and they treat us very well, so we spoiled them a little bit. Michael Rooker was a very awesome and gracious guest.

Michael Rooker

The next month, we went to Emerald City Comic Con and met Danai Gurira (Michonne):

Danai Gurira

I’m really anxious for 24 days to go by… but they will soon enough.


(Original) Battlestar Galactica Stars at Comic Cons 2012

Last year, my spousal unit and I went to Rose City Comic Con. And like most comic cons – this one was a blast. It was my first Rose City Comic Con and I got to see some great people. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford the autographs and photos, but I got to learn the ropes.

One of my favourite shows growing up was Battlestar Galactica. Yes, I am THAT old! So, I was able to see two of the actors from the original show at two different comic cons.

At Rose City, I saw Richard Hatch (Apollo of original Battlestar Galactica and Tom Zarek of the new rendition). His entire presentation was about how he wants to bring back Battlestar Galactica (particularly his Apollo). He even had a video that he made (which was a little cheesy). And that has been his riff for a number of years. I just have to say, with respect, let it go man!


Last year, at Emerald City  Comic Con – I met Starbuck (Dirk Benedict). THAT was an awesome experience. Very nice man. He commented on my glasses (Dolce and Gabbana) and how much he liked them on me. Sweetie bear. He was my very first MAJOR crush on an actor. I gotta say – I’m not over him. :-)

Funny thing – it was his 68th birthday that day (March 1). If I look that good at 58, I’ll be happy.


This year, I am volunteering at Rose City  Comic Con. And it looks like I was assigned to Admissions. Look out people – I’m gonna see alllll of you!!

Peace out!


Important Stuff – Shoes…

Okay kiddies! I am debating which of my new awesome shoes I should wear this weekend. The Henchmen shirts are long-sleeved red shirts (not brick red or Christmas red, but kinda blue-red, which sounds intriguing). So,

Number One? (bonus: HELLO KITTY!)


Number Two? (bonus: villains on the left shoe, X-Men on the right shoe)






Option three, if you can’t decide:



Rose City ComiCon 2013

I am working the Rose City ComiCon this weekend. I’m not sure what my schedule will be, but I am REALLY excited to be a part of it. There will be photos and blogging A LOT starting Friday (if I’m not too exhausted).


It is being held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. And it’s pretty inexpensive to get in ($30 for both days). Absolutely well worth it! I’ll be one of nearly 300 henchmen in red long-sleeved shirts. Look for me.

I am really excited to meet Avery Brooks


and Christopher Judge


Look for more throughout the week.



2013-2014 OBOB Competition

I am starting my 4th academic year at my job – and will be participating in my 4th OBOB competition. OBOB = Oregon Battle of the Books.

The following 16 books are this year’s selections. I hope to read all 16 by the competition in March 2014. I will post reviews of the books as I read them.

OBOB 6-8 Poster

Grades 6-8 Division
Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder, 2011.
Magyk by Angie Sage, 2005.
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson, 2011.
Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica, 2009.
Milo: Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg, 2011.
The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Regan Barnhill, 2011.
Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury, 2007.
The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin, 2010.
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, 2011.
Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French, 2009.
Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry, 2011.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, 2000.
TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow, 2010.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi, 1990.
Uglies  by Scott Westerfeld, 2005.
Wildwood by Colin Meloy, 2011.

I have the majority of these books in my library. Time for volunteer at the Scholastic Warehouse to get the rest.