Wires and Nerve Launch Party
Tacoma Public Library
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Hey there Lunar Chronicles Fans! And all you up-and-coming, soon-to-be fans! (Because, really, what are you waiting for???) Last week I was fortunate enough to attend Marissa Meyer’s Launch Party for her new Lunar Chronicles graphic novel, Wires and Nerve, starring everyone’s favorite android 😆 (No, not R2-D2. Or C-3PO. Or BB-8. Those are not the droids you’re looking for. I’m talking about Iko, Cinder’s badass BFF!) But, in my opinion, all those androids would get along GREAT.
Anyway, where was I? Launch Party!
This was my first time at the Tacoma Public Library and I thought it was an excellent venue for this event. There were several areas/activities set up along the walkway as attendees filtered through the library:
- Face Painting: You could get whimsical, starry designs and more! We were, unfortunately, running late (darn that after-work traffic), so I had to pass on this one; but I LOVED seeing what everyone else got (while trying not to be too much of a creeper – just staring at their faces and whatnot 😜).
- Book Purchase: Copies of Wires and Nerve were available for purchase, if you didn’t get a chance to buy it ahead of time (which I did not). Meyer’s other books were also available (I totally got the Lunar Chronicles coloring book 😍).
- Manicure Station: This was one of my favorites! Espionage Cosmetics produced a Wires and Nerve-themed nail wrap and they were giving them out for free AND providing in-person tutorials on how to apply them 🙌 I’ve never tried nail wraps before, but I’ve officially been converted.
- Raffle: Attendees had a chance to win a basket full of graphic novels and two Heartless posters! (i.e. Three winners total, the grand prize being the basket of graphic novels). If you donated $1, you’d get one entry; if you donated $5, you’d get ten entries. And! The donations went to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund – a non-profit organization whose goal is to protect the First Amendment rights of comics and all those involved in the creation, promotion, selling, etc. of this particular art form.
When 7:00 came around, everyone got settled for Meyer’s presentation. Usually, at her signings, she does a reading from whatever book is being released, but this time (since it’s kinda hard to do a reading from a graphic novel) she chose to talk about the process involved in creating a graphic novel instead! She discussed how different it was from her typical novel-writing process, thinking up sound effects, editing, bringing in an artist, reviewing character sketches, etc. And Meyer had a PowerPoint and everything, which allowed us to see some of the earlier artwork drafted for Wires and Nerve 😍 She also showed us a video of the printing process, however, wifi was a little spotty so YouTube wasn’t exactly cooperative. But fear not! The video can also be found on her blog 😊
Above are some examples of an early-to-final version of Thorne and below are sketches from the graphic novel before color was added.
Meyer also dropped some tidbits about her upcoming projects! She worked on a short story starring the Sea Witch from the Little Mermaid for a villainous anthology coming out soon AND she has a new novel coming November 2017 about super heroes! Annnd, here’s some good news and some bad news. The good news is: there will be a second Wires and Nerve graphic novel out next January! Woo-hoo!!! 😆 The bad news is: we’ll have to wait an entire year to find out what ultimately happens to our beloved TLC gang after this first graphic novel 😫
Next up was a costume show and a Q&A (sorry, I can’t actually remember which of those two came before the other).
Those that dressed up got to show off their Lunar Chronicles cosplay and each participant got a super cool Iko-android USB! Bravo, everyone! And yes, I’m super jealous.
Last, but not least, came the book signing! To avoid having people stand up for forever (and also to avoid the inevitable mass rush to join the line), organizers called people in groups of ten to wait to get their books signed. Apparently, upon entry to the main room, we were supposed to grab a little info sheet that had a signing number on it. I didn’t know this until after the presentation, when a reminder announcement was made 😫 By that time, the number I got was in the 100s. However! An adorable little boy and his adult offered me their number instead! They had to leave early and wanted to give someone their spot in line. They were so incredibly nice and kind! I felt like I couldn’t thank them enough. Just like that, I went from 100-something down to 30 ☺️
Btw, how BEAUTIFUL is that wall banner??? 😍😍😍 Gets me every time.
Besides signing books, Meyer took the time to chat with each person, answer more questions, and take pics! I tend to get tongue-tied around authors, but I managed to stammer out that my husband and I had dressed up as Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask one year for Halloween 😅 Awkward fangirl moment achieved! Gain 50 exp pts! (Also, in case you didn’t know, Meyer was/is a big fan of Sailor Moon, hence the Lunar Chronicles. I didn’t just randomly blurt out a completely unrelated personal anecdote lol).
That’s all, folks! Until next time 😊