New York Comic Con is only a few days away! And in between seeing your favorite celebrities, attending the amazing panels, marveling at the cosplayers, and meeting fellow con goers, so much time is spent waiting. Make that wait go by so much quicker with these great reads, picked especially for this year’s Comic Con! You can check out other great Comic Con books and Gallery’s entire NYCC schedule at SSComicCon.com!
- THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS written by Frank Miller, illustrated by Klaus Janson
Next year is the 30th anniversary of The Dark Knight Returns, a classic in the history of Batman comics. In a dystopian Gotham, a retired Bruce Wayne takes up the mantle of Batman once more to combat the rising chaos. A panel will be held at NYCC to celebrate the anniversary, and Klaus Janson will be there. You’ll also be able to find Kevin Conroy, iconic voice actor of Batman in Batman: The Animated Series, at Comic Con.
- THE DRAFTER by Kim Harrison
Want more strong female leads in futuristic settings? Try The Drafter. Peri Reed is a drafter: someone who can alter time, but never remember what she has altered. Betrayed by her agency, she fights to survive while trying to uncover what she has done in the past—whichever past that may be. Kim Harrison will be signing books and participating in the panel Chicks Kick Ass, so bring The Drafter to NYCC!
- WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS by Ian Doescher
When classic literature and pop culture collide, fans rejoice! This is exactly what it sounds like: the original Star Wars films rendered as Shakespearian plays. Read your favorite lines delivered in iambic pentameter. R2-D2 literally speaks in variants of beeps! Ian Doescher will be at the NYCC panel “Lucasfilm Presents: Star Wars: A Galactic Reader’s Theatre.”
- THE SWORD OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
Fans of The Lord of the Rings will enjoy the vast fantasy world of Terry Brooks’ Shannara series, which began with The Sword of Shannara in 1977. Follow Shea Ohmsford on his quest for the sword of Shannara, with which he hopes to defeat the Warlock Lord. Shannara has since expanded across thirty or so books and stories. If you find the number intimidating, take heart—each book is written to welcome new readers, so you can start wherever you please. Terry Brooks is among the literary guests at Comic Con this year!
- M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder
Do you like comics? What about a comic with a female protagonist, gods who walk among people, and a dystopian fantasy setting? You should check out M.F.K., a beautifully illustrated indie webcomic, which can be read online at http://www.mfkcomic.com/ You can find Nilah Magruder at the “Indie Authors Creating Brave New Worlds” panel!
- WE DON’T NEED ROADS: THE MAKING OF THE BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY by Caseen Gaines
Practically everyone has seen the time-travelling adventures of Marty McFly and Doc in the DeLorean time machine. If you loved every minute, if you marathon the movies every year, then this book is for you. We Don’t Need Roads maps the inception of the Back to the Future films through interviews with the director, the writer, and many others who contributed to the trilogy. Caseen Gaines will be at the “Geek – Constructing Fandoms” panel if you want to know even more about your favorite film series.
- OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS by Kristi Charish
Alix, better known as Owl, is an antiquities thief for hire. Her latest patron has her after a scroll lost three thousand years ago, and as much as she’d like to decline, Mr. Kurosawa is a dragon, with the power to make her vampire problem go away. An urban fantasy adventure, Owl and the Japanese Circus will take you across the globe and into the supernatural underworld. The sequel, Owl and the City of Angels, comes out a few days before NYCC, where you’ll find Kristi Charish doing autographs!
- HALO: HUNTERS IN THE DARK by Peter David
Fans of the military sci-fi video game series can find an extension of the Halo-verse in fiction. Hunters in the Dark follows a band of tenuously allied humans and Elites on a dangerous mission to the Ark, where they search for answers that may have galactic repercussions. Peter David will have a book signing at Comic Con!
- YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) by Felicia Day
Felicia Day was nerdy before nerdy was cool, and her memoir describes how she grew into that, from childhood leading up to being crowned “queen of the geeks.” Read her book and bring it along when you meet her at Comic Con!