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There is no doubt in my mind that Comic Con in San Diego is the shiny new conference that all writers want to attend. I get it. It's a blast. Geek Chic. Fandom over great shows like True Blood and Game of Thrones. Honest to goodness movie stars. Fabulous parties (I'm still lamenting that I didn't get to go to the Entertainment Weekly one.)
What's not to like? You can even buy some funny, cool, and geek insider T-Shirts.
But is it necessarily the best promotional venue for a writer?
Jury might still be out on that but here's my thinking. If your book has an obvious connection to the fan base that attends, I'd say yes, it's a worthwhile promotional venue for an author.
Gail Carriger is a great example. She writes steampunk fantasy and also has a graphic novel equivalent of her popular The Parasol Protectorate series.
Her publisher, Orbit, had a full-size paper cut-out of graphic novel
Alexia Tarabotti in their booth. Here I am standing with it.
And fans even come dressed up as Gail's characters for her autograph signings.
I can safely say that her fan base is present at this Con in full force.
Same would hold true for Marie Lu and her Legend Trilogy. Since there is a video game in the works below is a sneak peek), she had lots of fans at this event.
As an author, ask yourself. Do fans who love my books love all things geek that can be found at San Diego Comic Con? If the answer is yes, then this shiny venue is a good fit. If it's not, I wouldn't recommend it even though it's the latest "hot" thing.