I have a nasty eye infection. My husband is affectionately calling it zombie eyes, how sympathetic. Both are really red from the corners by my nose to the pupil. They keep watering and are sore and sensitive all around. Off to the doctors in an hour.
My last day full in New York I spent mostly reading in Central Park. I broke it up by walking around and just relaxing in the sunshine. In the evening I headed down to Union Square where AS Byatt was giving a book reading from The Children's Book and doing a signing so I got a chance to meet her which was awesome.
A black squirrel in Central Park.
Imagine at Strawberry Fields in Central Park to commemorate late Beatle John Lennon who recently would have had his 70th birthday.
The following day I flew to New Orleans and spent the evening wandering around the French Quarter. This morning I went to a swamp tour and saw lots of wild alligators close up as well as blue herons, a green heron, a woodpecker and a bald eagle. The afternoon was spent cruising the Mississippi on their only remaining steam boat and relaxing.
Preparing for Halloween in the French Quarter.
Brutus the wild alligator with his head out of the water right next to the other boat so you can get an idea of the size of him by looking at his head. He was over 9ft long and they estimate he is between 45-50 years old now.
Two young alligators relaxing before taking to the waters of the swamp.
Turtles sunning themselves on branches all around the swamp.
Another shot of Brutus with a marshmallow in his jaws.
The steam boat Natchez which I took a ride on. You could go into the engine room and there was an option to have lunch. Also on every cruise (which lasts about 2 hours) they have a live jazz band on the middle deck.
A grenade walking around promoting drinks. As you do...
The final day of comicon is now over sadly. The last day was possibly the most fun as it turned out.
Jane Yolen who signed a copy of Foiled for me and was very lovely. She was signing lots of books for kids as the last day was very child friendly.
Dan Abnet on the right whose autograph I got as a present for my husband who is a big fan. I'm such a good wife!
Scott Westerfeld signing my book. His panel was really funny and his new series sounds amazing. Very steam punk inspired with lots of beautiful illustrations.
Hit Girl and Big Daddy hanging around trying not to kill people.
The guy on the right is John Romita Jr (he did the artwork for Kick-Ass and has worked on Uncanny X-Men and Daredevil among other things) and sitting next to him is John Romita Sr. Sr has been in the comics industry since 1949. He did the character design for Wolverine and is probably best known for his work making Spider Man look how he does today.
The Bruce Campbell spotlight where he was very very funny and looked quite dashing.
Pointing out Evil Dead tattoos on a member of the audience.
Some photos form the two hours I spent at comicon in New York on Friday. My flight landed at 3:15am and I went straight there arriving around 5pm. The jet lag didn't kick in until I sat down to eat dinner. Hopefully it isn't going to be too bad today... I have a cold but am taking lots of medication and powering through. Apologies as the next few days will be very image content heavy.
Mini Sora from Kingdom Hearts games series.
Characters from Soul Eater (I am hoping to go as Blair to the MCN Expo at the end of October this year too). Awesome Japanese cop man :)
The Hulk, you wouldn't like him when he's angry...
There is a really large D&D Wizards of the Coast area and I will give it a go if they are letting beginners play and I have time over the weekend.
Funky looking knight type man.
Three sexy ladies. The guy dressed as Chewy must be over 7 feet tall. I was wondering if they were wearing stilts but they walked normally. Hopefully they will be around later today so I can get a better look.
Sexy steampunk lady with lovely purple hair.
Lego man ripping his chest open.
Sexy lady I found in the toilets adjusting her costume (I should have asked the girl in the background if I could borrow her straighteners oops).
Sweetest girl I have met so far. Amazing figure and so friendly :)
Thought it was funny to see a tiger coming out of a suitcase and a giraffe in the background!
I haven't even found the panel or anime sections yet so that will be todays mission and hopefully I will see some more awesome costumes and meet some fun people so I am not on my own all day.
It was my Mum's birthday recently and to celebrate I organised a weekend away for me, Alex, my sister and her boyfriend, my mum and her husband plus my aunt and uncle.
We spent Saturday in the New Forest going for a lovely walk. There were lots of bright toadstools and ponies to spot and I think everyone had fun despite the weather.
We had a lovely pub dinner and drinks and Alex taught us Zombie Dice which was so much fun! I've never driven down so many roads where we had to dodge various animals including ponies, donkeys and a couple of pigs running around...
On Sunday we went to Winchester and had a look around the Great Hall and the Round Table. Winchester is a beautiful town and we had another yummy pub lunch before setting off back for home.