Today I went to the LA Times Literature Festival being hosted on the USC campus. There were several hundred authors in attendance, such as the guy who is currently writing the Madeline series, RL Stine, Ted Danson and Jamie Lee Curtis to name a few.
She will eat your children.
My main goal was to meet RL Stine, as his writing was one of my primary influences during my middle school years (although our school was enough behind the times it had no middle school, just elementary to jr. high). I had all of the first 50 books of the Goosebumps series, as well as several Fear Street and other such spin off books. Welcome to the Dead House is still a favorite of mine.
It featured a town of zombie like ghosts and a kid all on her own. I blame this book for my early fear and later fascination with the walking dead. Then there was The Dead Next Door (notice a naming trend?) which was another favorite, featuring a nice reversal of expectations.
After an hour in line I got my book signed and shook hands with Mr. Stine. I had to buy one of his newer books since all of my Goosebumps collection is sitting on a shelf back in Missouri, but it featured the evil ventriloquist dummy, Slappy, from the original Goosebumps line so it wasn't a terrible secondary option.
Definitely worth the wait.Lauren K Hamilton print from the comic adaptation of her first Anita Blake novel and several signed Scott Pilgrim books, but the one that got my cash was a Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes graphic novel signed by the great Neil Gaiman.
One day I am gonna shake that mans hand.
In closing, Geek Nation, I give you this glorious window decal sighted outside the Golden Apple comic store.