Books That Caught My Eye at SDCC, Part 2

August 2, 2010 @ 6:07 am | Filed under: Books, Comics, Events, SDCC 2010

Again, these are books I haven’t read yet (except one)—I saw them at the con and they piqued my interest. The TBR pile moans.

Series by James Owen: The Chronicles of Imaginarium Geographica (I saw these last year too. Gorgeously designed fantasy series with an appealing premise, something about a map of all the imaginary worlds ever written about…

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (they had a very cool one-of-a-kind handbound metal edition at the publisher’s table)

Hungry Tiger Press. This is the publisher of Eric Shanower’s beautifully illustrated new editions of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. Eric won two Eisners this year for his edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (a Marvel Comics project). Hungry Tiger publishes reprints of old Oz stories and other Baum work, including two books about The Flying Girl, “intrepid girl aviator Orissa Kane.” Baum was one of my favorite authors as a child—we still have my collection of Oz books—and I couldn’t resist bringing The Flying Girl home with me for a test flight.

Tigerbuttah by Becky and Frank of Tiny Kitten Teeth fame. My friend Sarah showed me a copy, and the art and title made me swoon. I hunted for the booth but this was late in the day on Sunday and we had a curry date with our pal Jock, so I gave up the search. The book was adorable—it’s made after the fashion of a Golden Book with many cunning details.

Buzzboy by John Gallagher. Had the pleasure of meeting John at the kidlit gathering and am looking forward to reading his comic about “what happens when the sidekicks take over.”

Nerds: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley, illustrated by Ethan Beavers. Wonderful art & a fun premise—the nerds are kids who use technology to “upgrade” their weaknesses into superpowers. More about this (and all of the above) after I’ve had a chance to read.

More on SDCC 2010:

A few photos
Photos of supercool steampunk wheelchair
Awesome sketch drawn for me by the incredible Fiona Staples
What I did at SDCC
Rick Riordan panel
LOST Encyclopedia Panel
Epic fantasy panel
Books that caught my eye (part 1)


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  1. I think you’d like the James Owen series. I heard him speak at a TX book conference last year, and I was fascinated to hear him tell the story of how he sort of dropped out of high school 9or was it college?) and devoted himself to his own graphic design studio because it was going so well. Mr. Owne did all the illustrations for the books, and they are quite lovely.

  2. Sorry for the VERY belated post, I usually lurk here, but felt compelled to comment because my family loves this series.

    The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica are wonderful not only to read but to listen to as well. Readers would need basic knowledge of C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Charles Williams (the Inklings essentially) and time travel/science fiction/ possibly steampunk literature.

    My daughters, 8 & 10, have really enjoyed listening to the audio for these books. I like the illustrations and keeping track of all the literary references.

    Highly recommended!

    Kel
    Nappanee, Indiana