Evangeline Lilly greets fans at Comic-Con. (Courtesy of Evangeline Lilly)Link
Evangeline Lilly at an appearance of "What's Trending Now!" (Courtesy of Evangeline Lilly)Link
Evangeline Lilly at a signing with fans at Comic-Con on Thursday. (Courtesy of Evangeline Lilly)Link
Evangeline Lilly huddles with fans at Comic-Con. (Courtesy of Evangeline Lilly)Link
"The Squickerwonkers." (Weta Workshop)Link
As part of our Comic-Con coverage this year, Hero Complex reached out to a select group of actors and writers, asking them to document their experiences in San Diego. First up, Evangeline Lilly, the former “Lost” star and author of a new children’s book who will next be seen on the big screen in December in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
Hi, Comic-Conners! I’m back after nine years and so thrilled to be part of the perfect chaos that is Comic-Con for the next four days. While I know I will encounter many a “Lost” fan, I am excited to be here to meet “The Hobbit” followers and even more thrilled I can be here with WETA to introduce my new children’s book, “The Squickerwonkers.” Comic-Con gathers passionate folks from all over the world, all ages and demographics, and I can’t think of a better place to share the book.
It was a packed Day 1 of the Con and this is basically how it went:
7 a.m. Woke up to give my designer notes on “The Squickerwonkers” Web pages (coming soon to www.evangelinelilly.com). Coordinate with the SquickerTeam for today’s agenda.
9:30 a.m. Start Twitter Live Chat with Vanity Fair’s Krista Smith.
10:15 a.m. I’m supposed to be walking to the convention center for my first book signing. Instead, I am tweeting out the first look of my book cover for “The Squickerwonkers” to my fans … and trying to get dressed at the same time!
11 a.m. Just met up with my illustrator, Johnny Fraser-Allen, and the signing madness begins. Here we go!
12 p.m. I just concluded my first-ever book signing and we managed to sell, sign and photograph about 150 books in an hour! #happylady
12:15 p.m. Hurry! We’re dashing off to Petco Field to Nerd HQ for a live streaming interview with Shira Lazar of “What’s Trending Now!” Somehow, being in the headquarters for nerds makes me feel like the coolest cat in town. I love nerds!
12:45 p.m. I made it! I remember now that navigating your way around downtown San Diego with all these people adds an instant 15-20 minutes onto even a short jaunt across the street. So, I am now onstage doing an interview with “What’s Trending Now!” co-host Tyler Oakley, and in a fun impromptu turn of events, I just did a wonderful little book reading with a very passionate fan.
1 p.m. Heading back to my hotel. Quick break, mow down some lunch … sugar, sugar, sugar … a banana, a muffin and a sickly sweet chai latte.
2 p.m. It’s our Official WETA Workshop “Hobbit” signing with Richard Taylor! (It appears there are already independent “Squickerwonker” fans, as I sold a lot of books during this hour, too.)
3 p.m. I’m hiding backstage, where I just had a wonderful opportunity to talk with Marta Schooler of Harper Collins! Beautiful, graceful, kind woman.
4 p.m. Another hour of “Squicker” signing! Couldn’t have been a better success. All told, I sold and signed about 300 books today and there’s still three more days to go! Six- year-old Amelia Taylor might be right … “These books might be sold out.”
What’s on for tomorrow? Even more than what I did today: Three more signings and about half a dozen interviews including Entertainment Weekly, CNN, Spike TV, “Entertainment Tonight” and an AMA with Reddit. Saturday I’m excited for my panel discussion with Zach Levi and book signing at Nerd HQ.
A clam doesn’t get happier.
— Evangeline Lilly
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