Monday, June 30, 2014

Reading Rainbow Is Now An App... And It Needs Your Help.

When I was a little girl, I loved Levar Burton on Reading Rainbow... I remember singing this song in my head all the time...

I'm sure you've heard about the Kickstarter campaign to fund Burton's new tablet app and get it into schools, and that there are only 2 days left (it's over July 2nd!!).  And I'm also sure you've heard that Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Ted and Family Guy, is matching the next $1MM in donations.

This is just a friendly reminder to those who haven't had a chance to donate yet, that you're running out of time.  That your chance to help bring this to children on the web, or in their classroom, is waning.  The goodies are great, and if you donate at a level that includes a membership, and you don't have use for a membership, you will be able to donate it to a child in your life or school in need when you fill out your backer survey.  So, as Levar said,

"Let's do this, y'all...we can genuinely change the world one children's book at a time."

Friday, June 27, 2014

#scandal by Sarah Ockler

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.
When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.
By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.
Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.
There’s just one snag — Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love…

It was one of those days where I just didn't feel like finishing the stuff I was reading.  So, I got on Twitter to see what the buzz was.  The first tweet I clicked linked to Sarah Ockler's #scandal which debuted that day.  So I bought it, then promptly put down my computer and went for a snack.  I was intrigued by the title, so I went back and picked up the reader, neglecting the clean dishes in the dishwasher...

...and I was still neglecting everything every chance I got so that I could finish it.  I even woke up early to finish the book so that Lucy Vacarro wouldn't have to be constantly interrupted by a totally adorbs 15-month-old.  I. Woke. Up. Early.  That's sayin' somethin' folks.

What's so great about #scandal?  Oh, only that there is a definitive Star Wars vs. Star Trek, hyperdrive vs. warp drive debate, MULTIPLE Veronica Mars references, Fruit Ninja, The Dark Crystal references, and a lot of Walking Dead analogies.  A lot.  And a main character whose inner strength and restraint you just want every teen girl to see, and emulate.  I loved that the romance wasn't your typical crush and ohmigoodness-he-likes-me-back-and-he's-a-broody-crazy-dude-but-I-still-love-him-anyway progression we see so often in young adult.  I liked that Lucy and Ellie and Cole had history.  I liked that you didn't see all of the history until the end.  And I liked that the plot unraveled just enough for you to know that there were significant happenings in the past, but that you didn't have to know what they were to be compelled to flip a page.

While the first chapter and a third are kinda rough around the edges, keep reading.  There are some sentences that just don't mesh and you can tell it was heavily edited to the point where they may have just needed to walk away for a month before finalizing that chapter and a third.  But, it gets way better.  And cheesy as heck, but for some reason, all that cheese just worked for me.  And while it didn't make me turn off auto sign-in on my social media on my phone, if I were in high school or especially college, after reading this, I just might.

PARENTS:  There is language.  I think I counted five f-bombs.  They were true-to-character, and weren't for shock value, but they were still there.  There are sexual themes and innuendos, but there isn't any explicit sex that I can recall.  There is character who is called 420, and is constantly high.  The entire plot revolves around risque pictures taken at an after-prom party at one of the supporting characters' cabin in the woods.  So there's definitely debauchery.  And cyber-bullying.  It's a hot mess of hot-button topics.  I'd say if you've got a sophomore or below you'd best read along.  

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Quote Of The Week: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Context: In The Elite, the second of The Selection Trilogy, America's (the main character) little sister asks one of her maids, 

“What’s it like to be in love?” May asked.
Part of me ached. Why hadn’t she ever asked me? Then I remembered, as far as May knew, I’d never been in love.
Lucy’s smile was sad. “It’s the most wonderful and terrible thing that can ever happen to you,” she said simply . “ You know that you’ve found something amazing, and you want to hold on to it forever; and every second after you have it, you fear the moment you might lose it.”
I sighed softly. She was absolutely right.
Love is beautiful fear.
Cass, Kiera (2013-04-23). The Elite (Selection) (pp. 61-62). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition. 


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer Reading Guides 2014: YOUNG ADULT EDITION

Young adult fiction is where I feel comfortable as a reader.  My recent Facebook quiz score guessing my age had me at 18 (almost half my life ago), so it's no wonder this is my sweet spot.  I find the authors more engaging and less snobbish, the plot faster and more engaging, and the characters strangely identifiable.  I don't feel like I need to apologize for loving YA, but sometimes, I feel like I need to explain it.  But, that's a whole other issue, right?

So, as with the Middle Reader Edition of our Summer Reading Guides, this list is heavily influenced by our Phoenix Comicon attendance and the authors we met there.  Two authors on this list are local: Erin Jade Lange and Shonna Slayton.  And the rest just have me intrigued by very fun concepts that stand out in a crowd.

In The Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim DiBartolo

Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch. 
Thomas and Charles are brothers who've been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can't. 
Arthur is also new to the boarding house. His fate is tied to that of Cora, Minnie, Thomas, and Charles. He knows what darkness circles them, but can't say why, and doesn't even know if they can be saved. 
Sinister forces are working in the shadows, manipulating fates and crafting conspiracies. The closer Cora, Minnie, Arthur, Thomas, and Charles get to the truth, the closer they get to harm. But the threat is much bigger than they can see. It is strangling the world.
Until one of the boys decides he wants to save it.

What I'm excited about in this book is the art.  I recommended the hardcover version to everyone on Instagram because the pictures and the text just aren't the same in the e-version.  I am so excited to jump into this literary/art mashup because it's unusual and intriguing.

Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange

A riddle rarely makes sense the first time you hear it. The connection between Dane, a bully, and Billy D, a guy with Down Syndrome, doesn't even make sense the second time you hear it. But it's a collection of riddles that solidify their unlikely friendship. 
Dane doesn't know who his dad is. Billy doesn't know where his dad is. So when Billy asks for Dane's help solving the riddles his dad left in an atlas, Dane can't help but agree. The unmarked towns lead them closer to secrets of the past. But there's one secret Billy isn't sharing. It's a secret Dane might have liked to know before he stole his mom's car and her lottery winnings and set off on a road trip that will put him face to face with Billy's dad.

This is also on the list of books you might like if you liked Butter, but Erin personally assured us that this book is better than Butter, and if that's the case, I'm totally game.

Cinderella's Dress by Shonna Slayton

Being a teen-ager during World War II is tough. Finding out you’re the next keeper of the real Cinderella’s dresses is even tougher. 
Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she's working, trying to help out with the war effort. But when long-lost relatives from Poland arrive with a steamer trunk they claim holds the Cinderella’s dresses, life gets complicated. 
Now, with a father missing in action, her new sweetheart shipped off to boot camp, and her great aunt losing her wits, Kate has to unravel the mystery before it’s too late. 
After all, the descendants of the wicked stepsisters will stop at nothing to get what they think they deserve.
I'm a good ways through this one, and I'm really enjoying the innocence of the time period, along with the novelty of Cinderella's dress being a historical force.  Plus, meeting Shonna at Phoenix Comicon was great, she's super down-to-earth and she's super cute.

The Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined. 
Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity. 
But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader. 
As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.
Danielle had a quote on our Ten Lively Phoenix Comicon Author Quotes post, and I really loved that she just daydreams thinking about random things.  So, I've added her book here, sharing it with you guys and hoping you like.

Captives by Jill Williamson

In a dystopian future, eighteen-year-old Levi returns from Denver City with his latest scavenged treasures and finds his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many--including his fiancée, Jem--taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe. 
Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago ... and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar's dreams. 
Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands' walls. Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands' façade before it's too late?

Also met Jill this year at a fun lunch with Book Sparks PR in Tempe.   After I was done with my fangirl for Lisa T. Bergren, I actually paid attention to Miss Jill Williamson and was very impressed.  I'm very excited to add this sci-fi title to the list!  The second in the Safe Lands series, Outcasts is already on sale at an indie bookstore near you.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

If You Liked Butter by Erin Jade Lange...

Our Young At Heart group had a wonderful time on Thursday talking with the amazing and local Erin Jade Lange about her first novel, Butter.  Butter was honored as a 2013 YALSA Teens' Top Ten Pick and included on several other lists.

What we found most intriguing as a group, was the denial that most of the characters were facing during Butter's journey.  It's a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story with a main character that most of us couldn't relate to, but for some reason we were compelled to keep reading.  Chime in if I'm wrong, YAHers.

After an in-depth discussion and lots of enlightening tidbits from Erin, our group (which I of course forgot to photograph) came up with a list of books you would enjoy if you enjoyed Butter:

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Willow by Julia Hoban
Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange
Cut by Patricia McCormick
Fat Cat by Robin Brande
Fat Kid Rules The World by K. L. Going

Add your suggestions in the comments if you have some!  We would love to hear them.

Our Young At Heart group meets at Bookmans Mesa every third Thursday at 7pm in the comic book section.  We'd love for you to join us if you're local.  If you're not local, and this still sounds like something fun to you, let me know, because we are considering adding a Google Hangout to our discussions.  

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Quote Of The Week: #scandal by Sarah Ockler

#scandal by Sarah Ockler went on sale Tuesday, June 17th, 2014.

The link goes to Amazon where I am an affiliate and get a smidgeon if you buy the book from them.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer Reading Guides 2014: MIDDLE READER EDITION

Welcome to the first in a series of three summer reading guides geared for age groups.  Each Literologie Summer Reading Guide contains 5 books that you may or may not have been introduced to before, but are geared for families to be able to read together this summer.  Read: These are books moms and dads will actually enjoy reading along and discussing with their children because middle readers are hard!  They're often advanced readers who are ready for chapter books and more challenging vocabularies, but aren't emotionally mature enough to deal with themes and events found in much of the Young Adult section.  So, I've compiled a list of some books you should immediately get in line for at the library, or click through to purchase straight away.

In no particular order, and several are influenced by listening to authors at Phoenix Comicon talk about their work.

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

When Alice's father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with her uncle Geryon--an uncle she's never heard of and knows nothing about. He lives in an enormous manor with a massive library that is off-limits to Alice. But then she meets a talking cat. And even for a rule-follower, when a talking cat sneaks you into a forbidden library and introduces you to an arrogant boy who dares you to open a book, it's hard to resist. Especially if you're a reader to begin with. Soon Alice finds herself INSIDE the book, and the only way out is to defeat the creature imprisoned within.
I am intrigued by the concept of course because Alice, a talking cat, and a library?  Sign me up.  Plus, it was delightful talking to Django at the conference.  He isn't the slightest bit haughty and that's always nice when a fantasy writer just looks like he loves what he does.  Plus, he brought plush little members of The Swarm (which he had commissioned by an artisan) to his panels and his booth and that was just great.

Keeper Of The Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks…
But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.
But Sophie still has secrets, and they’re buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death—and time is running out.
Chica was adorable at the Con.  And I love that she consulted real life pre-teens when writing this book.  She's also a super fun panelist who admitted she doesn't want to grow up, and had the stories of looting the VIP lounge for pillowcases full of toys to prove it.

The Journeys Of John And Julia by Aurelia

Meet Julia Livingston-Banes: Her dad's taken off to start a new family, and now her mom's decided to ruin her summer, too. Instead of cheerleader camp, Julia's packed off to her grandmother's in the nowhere town of Cedarwood Ridge. There she finds that her usual ice-queen act won't cut it with her childhood friend John Freeman, who's a lot cuter than Julia remembers and not half the geek she thought he was. Definitely a romance in the making, if it weren't for the visitations from her grandfather's ghost and John's infuriatingly open response to such phenomena. Plus, a group of magical beings called The Twenty-Two are secretly watching over John and Julia and making big summer plans of their own. Including John and Julia's future role in saving the world from their nemesis to be, a beyond-evil corporate overlord named Niem Vidalgo Oten. Not that Julia would believe any of it. John, however, would find it way cool.
 And though I didn't meet Aurelia at Phoenix Comicon, I have been emailing back and forth with her publicist a bit.  Did you know that Janel Parrish of ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars narrates the audiobook?  That's kind of rad.  Plus, I have a copy of it to give away!  Just enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.  Because sometimes in the summertime, reading is more fun with headphones.

Hollow Earth by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman

Lots of twins have a special connection, but twelve-year-old Matt and Emily Calder can do way more than finish each other’s sentences. Together, they are able to bring art to life and enter paintings at will. Their extraordinary abilities are highly sought after, particularly by a secret group who want to access the terrors called Hollow Earth. All the demons, devils, and evil creatures ever imagined are trapped for eternity in the world of Hollow Earth—trapped unless special powers release them.
The twins flee from London to a remote island off the west coast of Scotland in hopes of escaping their pursuers and gaining the protection of their grandfather, who has powers of his own. But the villains will stop at nothing to find Hollow Earth and harness the powers within. With so much at stake, nowhere is safe—and survival might be a fantasy.
I can't even tell you how much I enjoyed Carole on a panel at #phxcc, Constructing A Mystery Plot.  She's a teacher, along with John Barrowman (who you'll know from Arrow and Doctor Who and Torchwood), her brother, writes books.  And they're Scottish.  It was really fun to hear hints of her accent when she got excited.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn't . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.
One of the biggest, most impactful parts of my Phoenix Comicon was listening to Catherynne say on a Middle Grade writing panel that she was appalled when people would tell her that the book was too advanced for their children... in front of their children. "They can hear you!" She is fierce in her belief that children are not stupid and that literature is one of the best places to learn vocabulary.  Side note: It's interesting that this book's main character is a spin-off character from her adult novels, which are for grown-ups only.  Adult in the adult sense of the word.

We hope you enjoy this reading list, and welcome any feedback you have about these titles!  Read, read, READ!!   And don't forget to enter to win the audiobook read by PLL's Janel Parrish, The Journeys Of John & Julia: Genesis:

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ten Lively Phoenix Comicon Author Quotes

Even authors take selfies...The vast majority of my favorite quotes from the conference came from one panel, Magic And Power in Young Adult Fiction.  And while I attended plenty of panels that were profound and helpful, the majority of the panels just weren't as quotable as these 5 YA authors.  Enjoy!

10. "The Name of the Wind is like the fruitcake of books." --John Scalzi

9. "I don't call them beta readers, I call them victims." --Austin Aslan

8. "I write books the way I wish the world was." --Laini Taylor   "You wish the world was that way?" --Heather Brewer  "Yeah!..." --Laini Taylor (who went on to clarify that she would love to fly and do magical things)

7. "I was once on a panel where we concluded that the only things you couldn't have in YA were boring and beastiality.  Now with the introduction of shapeshifters, I'd say just boring." --Janni Lee Simner

6. "I'm always on the bad guy's side." --Heather Brewer

5. "Women and especially teen girls are constantly underestimated by people who create content except for in YA fiction."  --Kiersten White (in reply to a surprised audience member who told the panel that 60% of horror consumers are women)

4. "Teenagers don't talk like adults.  We say "dude" and "awesome" a lot.  We." --Heather Brewer (who maintained that she was either 16 or 12 throughout the whole panel.  All the ages.  She was so cute.)

3. "I wish that everyone would stop worrying about gender." --Heather Brewer  "So what you're saying is 'Stop color-coding everying?'" --Janni Lee Simner  "Yes!"--Heather Brewer

2. "I'm a chronic daydreamer... There's nothing worse than sitting in a meeting with the CFO and being asked a question and not knowing the answer because you were thinking about dragons." --Danielle L. Jensen

1. "Clarity is God." --Tom Leveen

Thursday, June 5, 2014

5 Don't Miss Phoenix Comicon Author Panels 2014

Phoenix Comicon kicks-off tonight!  I know there are many shiny things to draw your attention elsewhere, so I thought I'd share with you our 5 Don't Miss Author panels for the 2014 Con.  I will be live tweeting from the panels that I attend (which sadly, aren't always these Don't Miss ones because there are more people from Literologie going than li'l ol' me!), but if you have to pick five, here they are:


Friday Noon-1pm North 127C

Official Description:  Young adult author Tom Leveen, guides writers through an intensive class on writing  description. What does your villain smell like? What is proprioception and what’s it got to do with kissing? Bring something to take notes.

Why You Shouldn't Miss: If you are the writerly type, this is the perfect (and free with admission) workshop for you.  Tom is a uniquely talented writer and a wonderfully gifted presenter.  This sesh should have any wannabe writer salivating!


Friday 4:30-5:30 North 127C

Official Description: Join some  new authors as they talk about what it's really like to be a debut author and the release of the first book.

Why You Shouldn't Miss: If you are either the writerly or the reader type, this should be an enjoyable session for you to hear how the authors (Amy K. NicholsAustin AslanBeth CatoJamie WymanShonna Slayton) broke into publishing.  There are sure to be fun stories as well as a fun way to get to know the personalities behind some up and coming books.


Saturday 10:30am  Sheraton Valley of the Sun Ballroom

Official Description: Join Jim Butcher as he talks about the new Dresden Files book, Skin Game, upcoming projects, and answers fans' questions.

Why You Shouldn't Miss:  Jim writes The Dresden Files which are an adult urban fantasy series.  Even if you're only a fan of YA, you will probably enjoy his point of view.  Even though I've never read these, several of my friends have and it will be interesting to hear what he has to say about writing, life, and to listen to fan questions.


Saturday, 1:30pm North 132

Official Description: Join Laini Taylor as she talks about wrapping up The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, upcoming projects, and answers fans' questions.

Why You Shouldn't Miss: While unknown on the larger literary circuit, Laini is a superstar to many YA fans and authors.  My opinion?  Her books are very well-written.  And unique, and it will be very interesting to hear what she has to say, even if you haven't read her work.  (It might just inspire you to pick up Daughter of Smoke and Bone!)


Sunday, 3:00pm North 126BC

Official Description: A look at magic as power in YA fantasy, and why it's so popular with teens.

Why You Shouldn't Miss: You will get to listen to Kiersten White, Janni Lee SimnerHeather Brewer, and Laini Taylor.  Together.  These ladies will have unique insight into the topic, and you will come away with some great recommendations!  

I really hope you enjoy all of the programming this year at Phoenix Comicon.  If you missed our guide to decoding authors this year, make sure to check it out.  If you see us with our yellow Literologie geek glasses on our faces or on our heads, make sure you say hello!  We will have stickers and bookmarks on our person if you want them.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Young At Heart 2014-2015 Selections

Young at Heart has a new list and a new look!  The 3rd Thursday of every month, us adults that love to read Young Adult lit gather together to meet and discuss one book.  It's a great space where all opinions are respected and heard and everyone is super friendly and accepting.  

Today, we're announcing our 2014-2015 book list!

June 19: Butter by Erin Jade Lange 
July 17: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
August 21: The Giver by Lois Lowry
September 18: Maze Runner by James Dashner
October 26: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
November 20: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
December: Holiday Break
January 15 (2015): Slayers by C.J. Hill 
February 19: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
March 19: Sick by Tom Leveen
April 16: MIss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
May 21: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
June 18: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
July 16: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Join us on June 19th with Erin Jade Lange's BUTTER because Erin will be there to chat about the book with us!  You can find her on Twitter to tell her how excited you are to chat about Butter with her!  Also, if you're heading to Phoenix Comicon, be on the lookout for bookmarks with the new schedule.  They'll be around.  If you miss them at Comicon, you can definitely pick one up at group.  See you on the 19th!