Saturday, June 19, 2010

Hey Spencer: Betcha Wish You Had This Book Now! [Saturday Steals] [Giveaway] [Phoenix ComiCon]

Okay.  So remember the last Saturday Steals post I wrote about how I bought used copies of the books for Comicon so that I could have them signed and do a giveaway for you guys because I couldn't afford to buy new copies of all of the books that I wanted to get signed and give away for you?  Yeah.  That totally backfired on me.  Consider my lesson learned.  What lesson?  Read on.  You'll find out.

So The Eclectic I and I were having a grand ol' time at the Saturday session of Phoenix Comicon, when I all of the sudden sent her out to the car (and by sent I mean dispatched, pony express style - apologies, TEI) to get the copies of the books that we wanted signed.  I failed to communicate clearly causing her to have to make two trips out of the convention and across the street to the parking garage in downtown Phoenix. *FAIL*

I was getting Zombies vs. Cheerleaders signed by Ben Glendenning (more on that at a later date, promise), along with 2 copies of Pirate ♥ Ninja (more on that at a later date too, I swear) while TEI was doing all of this running about in 95° weather and I was watching Mr. Glendenning draw some awesome cheerleader/zombie action on the back of the comic book.  When I finally figured out how to communicate what I needed from the car, which was 2 copies of HERE THERE BE DRAGONS by James A. Owen, and zero copies of THE LOOKING GLASS WARS by Frank Beddor 'cause Beddor didn't show, and TEI was able to get them, Glendenning was totally done with his sketch.  Bonus for you.

We sorta beelined it over to where we were hoping James A. Owen would be signing books.  I bought another new copy of the book for Monster (please, don't hate me that you're getting the used one because when you hear the rest of the story, you're gonna want it waaaaay more, promise) because he's on a dragon kick lately, and was like all kinds of thrilled when he saw that James A. Owen was on our ComiCon ConQuest schedule because he'd been secretly (and why secretly? I have no idea!) lusting after The Chronicles of Imaginarium Geographica for a long while.  Or so he says.  Anyway.  So we were kinda excited that we found James without too much trouble.  He was there next to Sam Sykes and Leanna Renee Hieber.

Not knowing which book is which, (and honestly not caring who got the used copy and who got the new copy) I handed the top copy over to James and asked him to make it out to Monster. (well, to Monster's real name)  He masterfully wrote a super cool signing and drew an awesome dragon.  I was so excited for you guys.  SO EXCITED.  So I hand over the next book, and start to tell him not to make it out to anyone specific because I'm gonna give it away on iheartmonster.com.  He opens up the first page, and bam! There in silver sharpie is an inscription to Spencer.  From his parents.  Merry Christmas.  *instant blush* *humiliated* *wanted to crawl under the table skirt and hide from the world while I died of embarassment*

Now I wasn't hiding the fact that the book was used, I just wasn't planning on coming out and telling the author, "Hey, I'm really excited about your work.  So excited I decided to give away a used copy on my blog."  When James opened up the book and saw that it had been previously owned, he generously listened to my frantic explanation and apology and who knows whatever else ran out of my mouth (I'm sure TEI remembers better than I) and didn't let me take the book back and run away and hide under a table skirt and shrivel under there.  Nope. He smiled.  He chuckled.  He thought for a sec.  Then he did the coolest thing ever.  I mean look for yourself! Not to brag or anything, but James is an Arizona author.  Arizona authors rule.
<---Okay, I don't know who Spencer is - but he obviously does not love his mother.  or his dad.  But you do, don't you? So you'll keep this book, right? Right? (Think of your mom.) James A. Owen. 2010.

At this point, he continued by telling us that he didn't care what we brought him to sign, he'd sign it no matter what.  He said that last year at ComiCon, he saw a kid take a comic book author/artist a stack of work from the artist's early career and he said that that author/artist wouldn't sign them.  The kid was crushed.  The author/artist lamewad ended up pushing them off onto the ground and saying, "Next."  He said he doesn't want to be anything like that.  AND HE'S OBVIOUSLY NOT.  Flip the page in the book and you have the inscription, "Remember - Magic is Real... and worth looking for!" and awesome dragon drawing, not to mention James' signature.  

So, how is this a Saturday Steal?  Um... for however much I paid for this book, which wasn't much because it was used, I gained not only the single most embarassing moment for me as a blogger thusfar, but also a rad copy of HERE THERE BE DRAGONS all pimped out and one-of-a-kind-ish signed by the author for you guys.  Not so great for me, but hella great for you and totally a steal if you ask me. Lesson Learned? Check out the books you order before you take them to the author to sign to avoid morification when inscription appears outta nowhere in a Like New condition book.

If you'd like to enter to win the book formerly belonging to Spencer (can we just make a symbol to represent that?), but now totally tricked out by James A. Owen, all you have to do is fill out the form below... and it'd be awesome of you to leave a note with some applause for Mr. Owen in the comments section too if you have the time.  Let him see that we all appreciate his awesome and how very cool he was to shrug it off and make this book into a one-of-a-kind that you get the chance to win.  Ready?  Set.  Enter:
Open worldwide.  Ends 8/1.

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39 comments:

Catherine (On The Nightstand) said...

Hah, that's a really great story. And I agree - I'd much rather be a cool signer than a lamewad like the lamewad in the story. I'd much rather get my stuff signed by awesome signer too. :D

Cool signers will earn even more hearts from fans (who will go on and mention again and again how awesome they are) while lamewads will lose fans (who will go on and mention how much of a lamewad they are). So there we go.

Lenore said...

Awesome story! And kudos to James for being super-cool about it.

sRy_ said...

I love dragons!^_^

Christa said...

I'd love to have Spencer's unloved book. ; )

Kristen said...

James is so very cool! If I didn't already have the first book signed and illustrated by him, I'd put my name in the hat. I met him at a YA conference last September and he had a moving story on how he kept writing even after his accident where he almost lost use of his drawing hand. Such an amazing guy!

Barbara E. said...

This is a fabulous prize and I loved the story about getting the signature. What James A. Owen did was really cool.

Lawral the Librarian said...

This story (and the results of it!) is all kinds of awesome!

Wrighty said...

What a great story about a great guy! He must really appreciate his fans unlike the lamewad. What a jerk to knock the kid's stuff on the ground! James' is very talented and obviously very nice. So glad you had such a good (and funny) experience!

Patsy said...

I'm so sorry you were embarrassed, but James A. Owen smoothed the moment out in such a classy way. What a nice guy!
mom1248(at)att(dot)net

The Eclectic I said...

I so don't remember a lot about it. I was sent on another quest but it was so fun! James A. Owen was really cool about it. He was the one who came up with the idea of coming up with this huge thing about it. He wants to find Spencer. We should totally come up with a website. Find Spencer, he doesn't love his mom and dad! lol! I love this story. I was looking forward to this one. =)

The Bowlers said...

Fantastic story! Will you someday write a book about your great book signing adventures? That would be cool.

The Eclectic I said...

That is a fantastic idea! We had some pretty good adventures at Comicon. lol

The Eclectic I said...

Oh and the pony express thing doesn't bother me. I LOVE the pony express. lol. I saw the two books on the top of the piles of books in her car and just grabbed them. lol. So much fun. I got hit on on the way back inside the first time. =)

Meredith said...

I love how the author played along! Poor Spencer...wonder if he'd cherish that book more NOW?

katsrus said...

I think that is a wonderful story. One you will never forget. What a cool author too. I would love to win this book.
Sue B

misskallie2000 said...

Great story and I agree with James since I believe he did the right thing. Everyone doesn't always have the money to buy a new book and if the author feels it is beneath him to sign, May his work go south, and I don't mean South to the southern states. lol

Way to go James and IHeart..

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Ladytink_534 said...

Oh that is too cool!

Thuy said...

Wow..that's one of the best story I've read. James is such a cool guy!

coppervale said...

we ought to sign a book to Spencer EVERY year... I mean, he got rid of a book inscribed by his MOM, so he won't miss his other copies going to more loving homes, right? ;)

Cruella Collett said...

I think I used up all my words in the spreadsheet form thingie, so I'm just gonna go with "I heart it!" (I really did, though) Great post!

Haku said...

thanks for the chance, I wanna I wanna I wanna!!! I filles out the form, I like the Owen's signature, is great, I know he write great!

Tawnya said...

ok, for some reason all I can think of is Castle looking in the window and saying "wow, I really am ruggedly handsome, aren't I?". Totally a cool guy just like James.

I Heart Monster said...

James A. Owen is definitely on the same coolness level as Richard Castle. Definitely.

dfordarla said...

Really enjoyed the story about how you got it signed. Definitely on same coolness level as Richard Castle. :)

Camille said...

This story is awesome. And it makes me REALLY like the name Spencer. Poor, poor spencer.

Sandy! said...

Thanks!! =D

Nathan said...

Thanxs to made it international ^^

Josette said...

That sketch of the dragon is really nice! And thank you for this giveaway.

Giada M said...

Thank you soooo much for making this awesome giveaway international! :)

"Lucy & Hikari " said...

Thanks!! =D
for the chance, I wanna I wanna I wanna!!! I filles out the form, I like the Owen's signature, is great, I know he write great!

kjovus said...

this is a one of a kind. I would LOVE to have it!
Thanks!

Carmen said...

Just can't believe how rude the lamewad author was. Doesn't he realise wthat without kids like that buying his books he wouldn't even get the chance to be sitting there. Grrrr.

What an amazing bloke James A. Owen sounds ;)

kjovus said...

I would have a hard time letting this one go.

Darlyn said...

Thanks for the giveaway!This is awesome!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the giveaway1

Kristina said...

LOL! I love this story! I'd kill for this (okay, maybe not literally.... maybe). Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Pagecrawler said...

Fantastic story, fantastic author and a fantastic give away Thanks!

Meadow said...

Three huge cheers for Mr. Owen. Wow. I'm so glad people run into authors that have this kind of humor. Bravo!

Cherry said...

I know the feeling girl! I so had this embarassing scene last April at the Eastercon (http://www.cherrymischievous.com/2010/04/eastercon.html). Good thing Stephen Deas was so nice :)

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