YA infiltrates New York Comic Con; Stohl to write Black Widow YA novel

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Ready to play with magic? At this year’s New York Comic Con, young adult literature sparkled – in tiny and niche quantities – as thousands of comic fans flocked to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

With those thousands of fans in mind, the “These Are My People” panel on Saturday focused on building communities in the sci-fi and fantasy worlds. YA authors Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper) and Arwen Elys Dayton (Seeker) spoke with N.K. Kemisin (the Inheritance trilogy), Richard Kadrey (Sandman Slim) and other panelists on the importance of understanding the communities you write for.

“The YA audience is best at not giving spoilers, and Amazon reviews are the worst,” laughed Seeker. With each panelist focusing on their particular niche in the genre, Seeker and Older focused their conversation on young adult literature fans. “[In fandoms,] sci-fi is more about dissecting the book and YA is about feeling the book.”

The love for young adult fantasy continued when young adult authors Cinda Williams Chima (the Heir Chronicles), Seth Fishman (The Well’s End) and Garth Nix (the Old Kingdom) spoke on a panel with David J. Peterson (Living Language: Dothraki), Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind), Robin Hobb (the Farseer trilogy) and Gail Z. Martin (Chronicles of the Necromancer). The panel discussed whether or not Game of Thrones had changed fantasy.

Earlier on Friday, YA fans felt the magic at the “Playing with Magic” panel, were authors discussed how magic affected storytelling. YA author A.M. Dellamonica (Child of a Hidden Sea) spoke enthusiastically with Ilona Andrews (Burn for Me), Gordan Andrews (Burn for Me), Kim Harrison (The Witch with No Name), George Hagel (Gabriel Finlay and The Raven’s Riddle) and Sam Sykes (The City Stained Red) about fantasy and the different ways they built their worlds.

“If you don’t define the laws of magic readers are always pissed,” said Sykes.

And readers don’t just get pissed about bad magic laws – but about their favorite characters not getting what they deserve. Elsewhere on the floor, Black Widow fans quelled their rage at the lack of movie announcement and headed over to the Women of Marvel panel.

Margaret Stohl announced the conclusion to her #MarvelYA hints earlier this year: a Black Widow novel. The first in the new series will release in fall 2015 with Hyperion Teen.

Other signing YA authors included Alex London (Proxy), Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds), Barry Lyga (I Hunt Killers), Ben Tripp (The Accidental Highwayman), Caitlin Kittredge (The Iron Codex), Carol Goodman (Blythewood), Colleen Gleason (Stoker & Holmes), I.W. Gregorio (None of the Above), Jennifer Donnelly (Waterfire) and Rachel Cohn (Emergent), among others.

For more on New York Comic Con, visit their website.

Article written with research and quotes from Shawn Ingram.

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