Comic-Con Recap: Catch up on our book panel, news, and event coverage featuring MASSIVE authors from this year’s convention!


Coming off nearly a week of solid San Diego Comic-Con coverage, the Lytherus staff are now beginning to compile over fourty news and coverage posts made during Comic-Con! For ease of access, we’ve listed and explained each panel and news story made within the realm of fantasy and scifi books at this year’s convention! The list is huge and the content is incredible – we recommend giving it a look-through!

The Lytherus crew had VIP access to many major book panels at this year’s Comic-Con, allowing us the opportunity to offer coverage and panel information not found on any other blogs!


Foes Beyond Fangs and Fur Panel

Comic Con’s book-inspired Foes with Fur and Fangs panel brought together some of paranormal fiction’s big hitters to talk about the genre they’re in and why it’s so huge. The panelists consisted of Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate), Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (The Den of Shadows, Poison Tree), Maggie Stiefvater (Shiver, The Scorpio Races), Tom Sniegoski (The Fallen series), Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires), Kiersten White (Paranormalcy),  and Amber Benson (Calliope Reaper-Jones).


What’s Hot in YA?

One of the biggest book panels at this year’s convention, the What’s Hot in YA panel featured a great spread of popular YA authors set to discuss the biggest sub-genre in fantasy and scifi. Like all of SDCC’s other book-driven panels, What’s Hot in YA brought together many recognizable names in the fantasy and scifi book world. The superstar panelists consisted of Leigh Bardugo (Smoke and Bone), Myra McEntire (Hourglass, Timepiece), Scott Westerfeld (Uglies, Leviathan), Melina Marchetta (Finnikin of the Rock, Jellicoe Road), Lish McBride (Hold me Closer Necromancer, Necromancing the Stone), Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me, Unravel Me), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), and James Dashner (The Maze Runner trilogy).


The Crownless Again Shall Be King Panel

Lytherus was on hand for all of the big book panels at San Diego Comic Con 2012, and none was bigger than The Crownless Shall Be King: Epic Fantasy Wars for Mainstream panel. To have so much fantasy prowess in one room was a sight to behold, and can be called nothing short of epic. The panel consisted of Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind), Christopher Paolini (The Inheritance Cycle), Heather Brewer (Vladimir Tod), Raymond E. Feist (The Magicians), Robin Hobb (The Farseer Trilogy ), Lynn Flewelling (The Nightrunner Series), N. K. Jemisin (The Inheritance Trilogy), Rachel Hartman (Seraphina), and Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn).


Paranormal Love Potion Panel

On the second day of San Diego Comic Con 2012 there were two huge book panels. First up was Paranormal Love Potion: Writing Romance for Non-Human Characters. Like the panels before, there was an all-star line-up of awesome authors: Kelley Armstrong (Thirteen), Aprilynne Pike (Wings), Shawntelle Madison (Coveted), Tessa Gratton (Blood Magic), Sylvia Day (Crossfire), Marjorie Liu (Dirk & Steele), and Andrea Cremer (Nightshade).


Hungry For Dystopia Panel

San Diego Comic Con 2012 has a great spread of interesting and exciting panels, and one of the biggest was Hungry for Dystopia. This was a stellar panel with some kick-butt novelists all set to discuss doom and gloom: Anna North (America Pacifica) led the discussion with panelists Neal Shusterman (Unwind trilogy), Lissa Price (Starters), Paolo Bacigalupi (The Drowned Cities, Ship Breaker, and The Windup Girl), Michael Grant (The Gone series, BZRK), Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse and Amped), Gennifer Albin (Crewel), and Marie Lu (Legend trilogy).


Books and Hollywood Panel

On Thursday we attended the Books and Hollywood: Literary Franchises in Television and Film panel. In a nutshell, this panel was about crossing over from books to movies, or vise-versa. The all-star lineup consisted of Margaret Stohl (co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series whose book has just been turned into a movie, and former video game sound editor), Scott Speer (Music video and commercial director/creator and author of Immortal City), Tony DiTerlizzi (co-writer of The Spiderwick Chronicles and creator of The Search for WondLa series), Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (TV writers and screen writers [X-Men, Thor], and authors of Colin Fischer), Mike Richardson (president of Dark Horse), Rob Reger (author/creator of Emily the Strange, which is being made into a film by Dark Horse Entertainment for Universal) and Mark Frost (Co-writer of TV’s Twin Peaks, screenwriter for The Fantastic Four movies, and author of The Paladin Prophecy).


Remixed Fairy Tale and Superhero Lore Panel

A full panel of talented individuals, including celebrated Irish author Michael Scott, got together to discuss fairy tale and superhero stories and how to put fun new spins on them. The entire panel was chock full of interesting insights from people who transformed classic stories into their own work by changing the rules and altering what we think we know about different characters.



Keep checking back over the next five days as Lytherus reveals an exclusive and exciting spread of author interviews with many of the major names mentioned in panels above, including Gail Carriger, Christopher Paolini, Rachel Hartman, Lissa Price, Mark Frost, James Dashner, Tessa Gratton, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and more!


About Author

Mike Macauley is the founder and editor in chief of He also founded and runs, the official Inheritance Cycle community, and published his book, The Inheritance Almanac, in 2011. Mike can be found on Twitter at @mikemacauley.

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