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San Diego Comic Con – The Return of Gail

Posted by Gail Carriger

The last time I went to San Diego Comic Con was also the first time I went to any Comic Con. Back in 2012 it was utterly overwhelming. It’s gotten even more overwhelming. Nevertheless it was a feast for all things, eyes, nose, ears, and feet.

Memorable moments of the con, L-R, T-B:
1. Tea (a lovely strong unsweetened chai) at BOTH my Mysterious Galaxy signings. (I am SO spoiled.) 2. Vamping it up in leopard print. 3. Showing off my new scarf (thank you Amanda Panda), a delightful gift. 4. Familiar much beloved faces.

I survived by…

  • Leaving at least a half hour to get anywhere.
  • Mostly walking in flats and only donning heels for the actual events & photos.
  • Eating my bodyweight in fro-yo and salt & vinegar crisps, but not a whole lot else.
  • Not doing any parties. I was too exhausted each night (I’m getting old, my darlings), and a good number of my particular friends no longer go to SDCC – it’s a young person’s game.
  • Using my octopus parasol pretty constantly when I was outside, but parasols can be a difficult in that kind of crowd.

(I actually have now ordered this folding umbrella meets parasol as an all occasion steampunk option. I will let you know how it goes.)

Defining moments:

Well I won the 60 Secs with Sci-Fi Authors game. (I generally suck at such things, so I was overly chuffed to win.)

My favorite part of comic con, by far, was seeing my readers both familiar faces and a few new ones. I also met the author of The Paper Magician, Charlie N. Holmberg, who was LOVELY. Have any of you read her book?


Speaking of books:

My most unexpected moment might have been accidentally hand selling multiple copies of Uprooted while hanging out at the Mysterious Galaxy booth, because I couldn’t stop talking about it. (You can take the girl out of the dealer’s room but you can never take the dealer’s room out of the girl.)

Mysterious Galaxy has pretty much everything of mine signed right now, so give them a ring or drop them a line if you want something with the hand scribbled penmanship of yours truly.

The Clothes!

Here is an overview of all my outfits. I’ll be covering each one in detail over on Retro Rack.

Vote for your favorite! 

Which was your favorite of Gail's Outfits at SDCC 2017?

Meanwhile USA and CAN can pick up the ebook of…

Soulless on sale for $2.99!

And that’s all the madness for now!

As ever yours,

Miss Gail

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}


  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.


The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

This Airplane Gadget Makes Flying Long Distances In Coach Almost Bearable

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Food Pyramid for Writers

Book News:

Books Glorious Books says of Crudrat:

“Cravats, humour and kickassery are a given (it is Gail Carrier, after all). This time, Maura isn’t one of the upper crust. She isn’t anyone. It’s an interesting dynamic; the nastier side of human nature and classism are addressed. The world is creative and delightfully ridiculous, and the character dynamics fun.”

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!

Gail Carriger is at San Diego Comic Con International 2017 Launching The Sumage Solution

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Happy bookday to me!

The Sumage Solution hit the world yesterday! I hope you’re enjoying it, Gentle Reader.

Amazon | B&N | Apple | Kobo

Meanwhile, I am off to San Diego for Comic Con International!

You can follow me on Twitter as the event progresses and I’ll be posting where I am and what I’m doing (and what I’m wearing, of course).

Or, if you just want pretty pictures of what I see, where I go, and life inside the madness you can follow me on Instagram. I’ll try to play along with The Nerdy Girlie’s photo challenge.

Will you be at Comic Con?

You can find me (when I’m not otherwise occupied) hanging out with the Mysterious Galaxy peeps in the dealer’s room (far right section).

Booth #1119

They’ll have copies of The Sumage Solution for sale there (as well as my other books) and I will be delighted to sign everything for you. If if it’s not my book.

Also, if you are there for preview night, you might want to swing by Orbit next door in #1116…

Miss Gail’s SDCC Schedule

THURSDAY July 20, 2017

1:30pm -2:30pm Panel: Sixty Seconds with SFF Authors
Horton Hotel Grand Theatre
Paul Cornell moderates this version of the BBC radio game show “Just a Minute.” The object of the game is for panelists to talk for sixty seconds on a given subject, “without hesitation, repetition or deviation.” The comedy comes from attempts to keep within these rules and the banter among the participants. For science fiction and fantasy authors, the possible topics are endless, and no one’s better suited to lead this geeky version of the game than author Cornell.

3:00pm Signing with Mysterious Galaxy
Booth #1119

FRIDAY July 21, 2017

2:00pm – 3:00pm Signing with Badali Jewlery
Booth #532
Free ticket is required. The tickets have an assigned time for the signing. This is to prevent lines from forming and maintain crowd control. The tickets will be available at our booth starting preview night. People can also contact us by email (badalijewelry@badalijewelry.com) to reserve a ticket.

7:30pm – 8:30pm Panel: Alien Civilizations
Room 8
Award winning science fiction authors, a scientist/futurist, screenwriters and actors talk about alien civilizations and how to design alien species, ships and societies for use in storytelling.

SATURDAY July 22, 2017

12:00pm Starburner Awards
Location: North stairs behind the mezzanine

3:00pm Signing with Mysterious Galaxy
Booth #1119

SUNDAY July 23, 2017

10:00am – 11:00am Panel: Spotlight on Gail Carriger (Q&A with Bestselling Author)
Room 4
Come meet New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger and ask her all your burning questions on writing, steampunk, the publication process, film options, tea and so much more.

12:30pm ~ 1:30pm Panel: Fantasy Literature
Room 8
With Robin Hobb, Seanan McGuire, & Mary Pearson

1:45pm ~ 2:45pm Signing

 Your Final San Diego Comic Con Check List!

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Sumage Solution by G. L. Carriger.}


  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.


The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1 by G. L. Carriger
Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage?


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

6 Savory Uses for Marmite, The World’s Most Polarizing Spread

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Really excellent podcast ep from The Allusionist on the nuances of translating into a foreign language.

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? There’s a wiki for that!


Going to San Diego ComicCon? I have a suggestion.

Posted by Gail Carriger


I will not be at San Diego Comic Con this year. Much as I enjoyed my experience in 2012, I feel it was a once in a lifetime thing. I’m not one of those who can go regularly.

However, my publisher is planning on attending. If you are excited about Prudence I highly suggest you swing by the Orbit booth at SDCC and make yourself known to the cool people their as a particular fan. I would do this as soon as you can, as close to the beginning of the event as possible. Because it’s a while supplies last kind of thing.

There is not code word needed.

No, you do not get the book. (How would that be possible while I’m still in revisions?)

Otherwise, oh yes, I am being purposefully obtuse.

What can I say? Doooo eeeetttt.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for July? Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause ~ YA werewolf from before it was a thing}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1897 Day Dress  1897  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

peashooter85-      Rare and unusual “Femme Fatale” ring pistol, originates from France, third quarter of the 19th century.      Sold at Auction- $11,350

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Strawberry ShortcakeKabaob

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Five Communication Mistakes Almost Every Couple Makes
[Very useful drivers for romantic drama, conflict, and subplot.]

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Revising. Release date March 17, 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins soon. Release date November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.

The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming November 4, 2014)
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister’s Song, & Fairy Debt

Book News:

Quote of the Day:

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San Diego Comic Con Schedule

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Gail’s Public Schedule

Thursday, 7/12/12

10:00 ~ 11:00am The Witty Women of Steampunk
Room: 5AB
The Victorian era was one marked by constraints on behavior, morals & bosoms. When you add a bit of scifi to the mix however, those corset laces begin to loosen. The steampunk genre has allowed a new wave of female creators and personalities to explore how liberating, sexy & adventurous the age of steam can be. Join Robin Blackburn (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Anina Bennett (Boilerplate), Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate Series), Kaja Foglio (Girl Genius), Robin Thorsen (The Guild) and moderator Dina “Lady Steam” Kampmeyer (Steampunk LA) as we discuss literature, fashion, romance, adventure & more.

1:00pm The Best Gail Carriger Swag Evah Give Away Begins
Hachette Booth (spaces 1116-1118-1120)
I hope everyone will have emailed me for the secret code word by the end of today, Tuesday. I’ll have limited access to email at the convention, but you can still try. Instructions here.

Friday, 7/13/12

Offsite meetings and interviews all day.

7:00 ~ 10:30pm Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel
VIP seating provided for Comic-Con’s Special Guests.
Celebrity presenters and a number of Comic-Con’s own awards in addition to Eisner Awards. Pan Pacific buffet served at 7:00PM. Ceremony starts at 8. A no-host bar party will follow in the foyer of the Indigo Ballroom, with a live jazz combo.

Saturday, 7/14/12

Steampunk invasion day.
Look for me in a modified version of my spoon corset outfit.

Noon Annual Starburner Galactic Courier Awards
Mezzanine Level, North stairs

1:30 ~ 2:30pm Spotlight on Gail Carriger
Room 5AB
New York Times Best Selling Author Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate Series) and her literary agent Kristin Nelson (President and Senior Literary Agent at Nelson Literary Agency) discuss breaking into publishing, converting a novel into a manga, writing steampunk, drinking tea, and the importance of octopuses. Followed by Q&A. Silly questions welcome. Making a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.

3:00 ~ 4:00pm Gail Carriger Signing
Autographing Area
Next to bathroom, second floor of convention in Sails Pavilion. All signings have a specific time & table.

6:00pm Gail Carriger Fan Tweet Up
Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt (at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel)
If you do not have tickets to attend Comic Con itself but are local to the area, this is your chance to catch me. You do still have to come down into the waterfront madness. Or if you can’t catch any of my signings or panels. I’ll probably hang out for an hour or so eating froyo, come by and say high, get books signed, ask me questions about The Big Announcement, and so forth.

Sunday, 7/15/12

1:45 ~ 2:45pm Panel: Foes with Fur and Fangs
Room: 5AB
Vampires have staked their claim on readers and werewolves have certainly taken a bite out of pop-fiction. But these paranormal creatures aren’t the only ones that run havoc in the pages of science-fiction and fantasy novels. Authors discuss the villains and vixens—from witches to zombies and beyond—in their action-packed adventures. The actual length of a 60-minute panel is really about 50-55 minutes.

3:00 ~ 4:00pm Foes with Fur and Fangs Panel Signing
Autographing Area
Next to bathroom, second floor of convention in Sails Pavilion. All signings have a specific time & table.



So there it is, Gentle Reader. I leave for San Diego Comic Con tomorrow and I will be gone until Monday. I’ll be pretty limited in free time and internet access. Expect a full report, after I get back, here on both on this blog and on Retro Rack about the Comic Con experience and fashion. Sadly, my outfits won’t be quite as natty as I hoped. I have had to switch all my lovely spiked heals for flats, this ankle is still not mended fully. (No I wasn’t going to were stilettos the whole time, just in the hotel bar of an evening.) In typical me fashion ~ overwhelmed, tired, and stressed ~ it was the discovery of this fact that overcame me last night. I might have had a moment of sniffles on the couch. I am a shallow shallow person.

However, I’m back on top of things now. Today is for prepping, working, and packing. Here’s hoping I don’t forget anything. Luckily, I travel so much these days I have it down to an art form and while Comic Con is the Goliath of cons, I keep reminding myself, it is still just another convention. Same packing rules apply only with a few extra outfits. This isn’t an excavation site, I’m not stranded in the middle of nowhere. San Diego is rumored to be civilized, as overrun with nerds, geeks, and dorks as it is soon too be.

I am bring my own tea, though.



Book News:
Biffy by Matt Harrison ‏@matchoo28
Biffy fan art!

Quote of the Day:
“There are some people so curiously constituted as actually to enjoy this ghastly preparation for a journey, but to the general public it is a sort of nightmare, a realisation of those hideous dreams, when one is for ever starting on a journey, and for ever discovering, at the very last available second, that all one’s most cherished possessions have been left out of trunks, which have been carefully locked and strapped, and are ready for instant departure.”
~ Lillias Campbell Davidson, 1889

Gail’s Favorite Comic Book Heroines (Occasional FAQ)

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 Ramping up for Comic Con I thought I’d keep with the theme.

I’m a self-confessed Marvel girl, Gentle Reader. Yes, I read some DC but it was always Marvel that I collected. I like the idea of being a mutant, of being special. I branched out to Dark Horse once or twice, but in the end I prefer to read about teams, superheros working together. Partly because, early on, this was my only chance to see more than one female superhero in action. I mean X-men had, like, three! (God forbid there actually ever be more females than males on a team. Or that the female be in charge of the team on a permanent basis, and not be a bad girl . . . but I digress.) In case you hadn’t guessed from my own writing, friendship is a theme that appeals to me.

I’ve never been one for the Hero’s Journey, one man struggling against the universe blah de blah. I find Batman totally lacking in appeal: rich man with dark past and too many toys all on on his own taking on the bad guys? Yawn fest. Add Robin into the mix and a little homoerotic tension and I perk up, but basically meh to the Batman, Spiderman, and Supermen of the world.

So who are some of my favorite female super heroes?

I may be the only person in existence who actually collected New Warriors comics. But they were my team. I loved them so much. I knew when the next one was due to come out and I would haunt my local comic shop waiting for the shipment.

As the series progressed I became a particular fan of Speedball but it was Angelica Jones who drew me to pick up my very first comic ever. I adored her on the Spider Man and His Amazing Friends cartoon when I was a kid, so I hunted down the comic that featured Firestar as a main character. I loved that the New Warriors were all teens ~ that their concerns felt more personal to me as a result, and that their character arcs were all about learning to work together, building friendships, and relationships, very like my own journey through high school. (Only I couldn’t shoot microwave energy out my hands, sadly. Life would have been so much better if I could.)

Shadow Cat
Kitty Pryde had one of the coolest super powers, phasing through solid matter. She was part of the X-Men but I didn’t start reading her until she’d joined Excalibur. I adored her character and she came complete with pet mini-dragon.

Why do we love Anna Marie so much? The ultimate Romeo and Juliet relationship with Gambit, of course. Gambit, only the hottest X-man ever. No, not Wolverine, Gambit.

French bad boy who can charge and throw deadly playing cards, ex-con and thief, develops a mad passion for the sweet southern belle whom he can never touch. Le sigh. Yeah, Rogue’s powers suck. But unrequited love with a hot snarky bad boy? Mmmm. Plus after sucking Ms Marvel, Rogue can fly.

White Queen
Leaving aside the abysmal portrayal of Emma Frost in recent movies, she’s a wonderful character. She wavers from being an all out bad girl, with her Hellions, to having some good moments, to eventually taking on teaching duties, building Generation X and even joining X-men. I liked that her strength was in her mind, that she was the leader of her group, and that she was a very strong woman. I also loved her costume. What can I say? I’m shallow like that.

Of course, who did I really want to be when I grew up? She Ra, Ceetara, or Xena. I’m not picky. So, what about you? Any comic readers out there? Who’s your favorite comic book heroine?

Best San Diego Comic Con Swag Evah

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Well, OK “best swag, I hope, and only if you are a fan of my books.” Which I suspect you are, otherwise it’s a little odd that you are reading this blog.

So here’s the deal. I am going to San Diego Comic Con 2012 in two weeks! (I hope it isn’t like this. Eeep!) My publishing house and I have been plotting and we will be giving away something very awesome at the convention.

I can’t tell you what it is. Although, trust me, you’ll love it.

I can tell you there’s only going to be 100 there.

So. If you are going to SDCC, here’s what you need to do to get the swag. (You didn’t think I’d make it easy did you? Oh no, I do love a treasure hunt and I’m hoping to make this a reward for my Particular Fans.)

  1. Drop me an email using the Calling Card feature on my website. I will email you back with a secret code word.
  2. Drop by the Hachette Book Publishing Booth (spaces 1116-1118-1120) AFTER 1 pm on Thursday and give them the code word.
  3. You will get awesome-sox swag.

First come first serve basis. Distribution will start 1 PM Thursday and go until they are out.

Please do not email me begging for the swag because you couldn’t get tickets, aren’t going to be there, or might not make it in time. Hachette is bringing said swag and I have no control over distribution.

My schedule for SDCC is still not ironed out. I promise I will post it as soon as may be. I’ve been researching survival tips and getting advice from fellow authors. I’m trying not to book too many things.

I can tell you:

  1.  I will probably have autographing sessions in the Autographing Zone from 3 ~ 4 on both Saturday & Sunday.
  2.  I probably won’t be around Friday.
  3.  I’m considering a tweet-up at a local frozen yoghurt place on Saturday around 6 for an hour or so. If you are local but can’t make the convention itself, that will be your chance to see me.

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.

BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Not yet Released

Book News:
Nicole gives me a fun shout out.

Quote of the Day:
5 funny quotes from SDCC 2011.

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