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Procrastination Pro-Tips July 23-28: MEAN GIRLS MUSICAL Casting, SDCC Author Panels, and more!

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Procrastination Pro-Tips July 23-28: MEAN GIRLS MUSICAL Casting, SDCC Author Panels, and more!

Happy Weekend, y'all! If mine is any good it will look a bit like this:

Let's get to the links!

Book Related Things

EasyJet (I like to refer to them as the Southwest of Europe) now has an in-flight library for kids!

Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity) is writing a Star Wars MG novel:


R.I.P. Flo Steinberg. :(

Old school YA books with photoshopped titles.

GRRM announces more books that are not The Winds of Winter. Dammit GRRM! I mean, I bailed after book four, but still.

Fans waiting for the next book, basically.

"Librarians are not neutral and libraries are not neutral spaces" -  this Twitter thread goes into why BLM displays belong in every library.

Out of Print's new Harry Potter tee is pretty great. 

6 Jane Austen-adjacent titles by authors of color, courtesy of BookRiot.

From SDCC: Here's the complete list of Penguin Random House YA panels and links to their videos!

Genre-Blending: How and Why?
Readers, authors, and curators sometimes struggle to classify a work. Is it fantasy? Science fiction? Paranormal? Maybe all of the above? Authors Charlie Jane Anders (ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY), Daryl Gregory (SPOONBENDERS), Peter Clines (PARADOX BOUND), Sarah Kuhn (HEROINE WORSHIP), Vic James (GILDED CAGE: BOOK 1 OF THE DARK GIFTS TRILOGY), and Pierce Brown (RED RISING SERIES) discuss the benefits and tricks of genre blending with Petra Mayer of NPR.

Resist! Rebellion in Epic Fantasy
Dark conspiracies, forbidden knowledge, secret magic, unknown continents, and rebellious heirs populate these panelists' fantastic worlds, but where do they get the inspiration for these thorny conundrums? Charlie N. Holmberg (THE PAPER MAGICIAN), Robin Hobb (THE FITZ AND THE FOOL TRILOGY), Christopher Paolini (THE ERAGON COLORING BOOK), James A. Owen (STARDRAGONS, DAWN OF THE DRAGONS), Erika Lewis (GAME OF SHADOWS), and Michael Johnston (SOLERI) discuss building fantasy worlds with backstabbing, shadowy plots, shocking secrets, and surprise inheritances with Petra Mayer of NPR.

Diana’s Sister Protagonists
How do fictional feminist narratives inform and inspire? The future is female, as reflected in the Women's March, a new Wonder Woman feature film, and a slew of bestselling authors writing empowering stories of women in charge. Maryelizabeth Yturralde (MYSTERIOUS GALAXY) leads the conversation with Kiersten White (NOW I RISE), Nnedi Okorafor (AKATA WITCH, AKATA WARRIOR), Sarah Tarkoff (SINLESS), Laurie Forest (THE BLACK WITCH), Gregory Scott Katsoulis (ALL RIGHTS RESERVED), and Dana Fredsti (THE SPAWN OF LILITH).

Comics as a Force for Social Change
Panelists discuss the importance of comics in today's turbulent political landscape and how comics authors and illustrators can foster social change both by creating work that gives underrepresented communities a voice and bring new diverse talent into the spotlight as well as by using their influence to shake up the culture and norms of the literary world. Thi Bui (THE BEST WE COULD DO), John Jennings and Damian Duffy (KINDRED: A GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION), Rachel Ignotofsky (WOMEN IN SCIENCE), Kate Schatz (RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE), and Miriam Klein Stahl (RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE) share their ideals with Dr. Travis Langley (WONDER WOMAN PSYCHOLOGY: LASSOING THE TRUTH).

Spotlight on Sonny Liew
Sonny Liew discusses his Eisner-nominated THE ART OF CHAN HOCK CHYE, his three-continent journey to find sources of creativity, the comics culture in Singapore, and his collaborations with Gene Luen Yang (AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, SUPERMAN) and Paul Levitz (former DC publisher), who will moderate the conversation.

It’s a Funny Story… Writing Humor
Everyone's heard the saying, "Dying is easy-it's comedy that's hard." The panelists discuss the challenges of creating humor that reaches an audience and how it can be used to temper serious tomes. Brendan Reichs (NEMISIS) guides the conversation with Brandon Snider (WHAT WOULD CAPTAIN PICARD DO?), Fred Van Lente (TEN DEAD COMEDIANS), Liz Climo (YOU DON'T WANT A UNICORN), Gini Koch (THE ALIEN SERIES), and Gabe Hudson (GORK, THE TEENAGE DRAGON).

Five Worlds: Mark Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Boya Sun, and Matt Rockefeller Unite
Series creator Mark Siegel and illustrators Xanthe Bouma, Boya Sun, and Matt Rockefeller discuss their collaboration on the newly launched graphic novel series FIVE WORLDS. The lushly illustrated middle-grade series tells the sci-fi/fantasy adventure of a defiant young girl and the five worlds facing extinction unless five ancient and mysterious beacons are lit.

Be Your Own Superhero: Intersectional Feminism in Comics
Representation matters, both on and behind the page. Sam Maggs (WONDER WOMAN, STAR TREK: WAYPOINT), Susana Polo (Polygon Blog), Sarah Kuhn (HEROINE COMPLEX), Robbie Thompson (SUPERNATURAL, SILK), Christina "Steenz" Stewart (LION FORGE COMICS), Cait Brennan (DEBUTANTE), and Rose Knight (WOMEN WRITE ABOUT COMICS) chat about the strides made in representation of race, gender, and sexuality in comics-and how everyone can do better.

Lucasfilm Publishing: New Star Wars Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away…
Get ready, rebels! Bestselling, fan-favorite authors Christian Blauvelt (STAR WARS MADE EASY), Cullen Bunn (STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL), Christie Golden (BATTLEFRONT II: INFERNO SQUAD), Claudia Gray (LEIA: PRINCESS OF ALDERAAN), Jarrett J. Krosoczka (STAR WARS JEDI ACADEMY: THE FORCE OVERSLEEPS), Cavan Scott STAR WARS ADVENTURES), Beth Revis (STAR WARS: REBEL RISING), and Landry Walker (STAR WARS ADVENTURES) discuss their latest stories set in a galaxy far, far away. Also featured will be exclusive sneak peeks at upcoming stories, surprise guests, and giveaways exclusive to SDCC. Moderated by Lucasfilm's Michael Siglain.

Space… The Final Escape
What is it about outer space that keeps us coming back to imagine the possibilities? Whether battling alien life forms in a far away galaxy or facing life or death technical dangers aboard a space station, we return to the stories that celebrate space and the triumph of the human spirit to explore and survive in it. Blast off with Claudia Gray (Defy the Stars), Nathan Hale (One Trick Pony), James S. A. Corey (Persepolis Rising), and
Andy Weir (Artemis), led by Captain Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

YA Onscreen Things

ICYMI, this week on YA Onscreen: SO much news from SDCC!

Christmas will arrive early in 2019, because Wonder Woman 2 is slated for December 13th, 2019!

Mean Girls, The Musical has its Plastics!

OMG y'all, look at the trailer for Wonderstruck:

Miscellaneous Things:

Jensen Ackles is opening up a brewery outside of Austin. ATX FYA field trip, yes?

Disney princess dresses and snuggies had a baby, and here's a Disney Princess/Game of Thrones mash-up.

This should be obvious but...don't glitter bomb your vagina

"Celebrities Re-Created Awkward '80s Portraits And It's Hilarious". (It is, although some are better than others. Y'all have to COMMIT, celebs.)

10 Black-owned Businesses you can support during your back to school shopping (that first backpack...!)

This week in Unicorns: Target is now selling Lisa Frank pajamas, and Paper Chase will give you 10% off all unicorn products with the promo code UNICORN10!

But will they be made out of flammable, itchy material?

So what did I miss? Did any of you actually make it to SDCC? Just thinking about those crowds makes me itch. Come chat with me in the comments!

Amanda Reid's photo About the Author: Amanda R. is an East Coast girl living in California who will never stop missing a true autumn. She's a bookseller who specializes in kid and teen lit, the leader of FYA Oakland, and bakes a damn fine pie.