Armchair BEA: Author Interaction & More Than Just Words

Posted 27 May, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 16 Comments

Author Interaction

To be honest, all of my author interaction has been primarily on Twitter; there were a few author events that came to town that I wanted to go to over the years but either the scheduling never worked for me or I just couldn’t bring myself to go (what would I say to the author face-to-face? How do readers interact in such a setting?).

Twitter in a way has been a surprise source of author interaction for. I’m always on to sign up to new social networking websites just to see what they’re all about and initially my Twitter account was mainly used to keep in touch with some online friends and random comments on news items that I’ve stumbled across and ranting about the weather or some other irritation of the moment but I try not to do that very often these days. When I became a more regular book blogger and connecting with other book bloggers, I suddenly found myself even chatting with an author or two as part of a book blog tour or just in general. It’s

My blog has also been a way to interaction with authors on some level. I still find it delightful when an author drops in on one of my book reviews, like Beth Hoffman did when I reviewed Looking for Me or that time when David Anthony Durham dropped by my blog because I was talking about his book Acacia. It’s a surprise but it leaves me feeling rather happy that an author took the time to comment or read something I had written about their work (the same goes for tv shows, but that’s a story for another time =P). Additionally, some of the blogging events had given me the opportunity for authors to write guest posts for my blog (a little more removed but still very cool) or publishers have given me a chance to ask authors questions about their work (which was really cool).

So those are my author interactions that I could think of; I guess with the advent of social media and the continuing changes and developments in the book community, there’s always ways to connect authors and readers over books, which is great 🙂

More Than Just Words

There are so many mediums that feature more than just words and enhance a story in a multitude of ways. Examples may include graphic novels and comics, audiobooks, or even multimedia novels. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just the words and use other ways to experience a story. Which books stand out to you in these different formats?

In the last two years or so I’ve really gotten into comic books. Just to summarise a bit from this post, it was all thanks to a DVD bundle we bought the other year for Marvel’s Avengers. It came with a trade paperback comic book and we (my brother and I) enjoyed it so much that we started venturing out and checking out comic books in earnest. Today, we have a pull list and a small collection of trade paperback titles that we enjoyed. I quickly learned that Thor is my favourite super hero and that I’m more of a Marvel girl but I do read DC comics as well, as my brother likes to keep me up to date with their titles =P

Comic books are pretty awesome. They tell a story involving both the written word and visual art, which is pretty cool; sometimes the visual art aids in bringing an epic action sequence to life or conveys an emotion that may be missed in a prose format. The stories that these comic books tell are also pretty fantastic and exciting; From Marvel Now!’s Thor: God of Thunder to (more recently) the retellings of familiar fairy tales via the popular Fables, there’s a lot of great storytelling out there. It doesn’t have to be superhero comic books or book-to-comic adaptations (Game of Thrones and The Dark Tower comes to mind); there are a lot of other comic books out there that tell their own story, whether it’s literary/drama or humour or slice-of-life vignettes (I’ve been meaning to pick up more titles from the latter as there are some excellent titles out there). I’ve recently posted a bit about my pull list here for more info 🙂

On a related note (since we’re on the subject of other story mediums), before I got into comics, I used to be pretty big on reading manga. Anime made up a good chunk of my high school life (alongside LOTR =P) but it was only in undergrad and my brother was getting into anime that I also started reading a lot of manga. Again, the medium is fantastic–there’s a lot of talented mangaka out there, and plenty of interesting stories. I’m a little more old-school so my favourite titles tend to come from CLAMP’s early years (Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knights Rayearth, Wish) to Sailor Moon (thank goodness they re-issued the series!) to more recent titles like Dogs, xxxHolic, Soul Eater and Happy Cafe (I’m so sore that TokyoPop closed down a few years ago and the rest of Happy Cafe was not issued here in North America–that series made me happy, dammit! < / rant >). I thnik it’s safe to say that I read a bit of everything on the manga front but I stopped collecting just recently (finished my Sailor Moon collection and it’s only Dogs now that I’m following).

And now I turn it over to you: What’s your favourite interaction or meeting or moment with an author? Do you read comics and/or manga? If so, what are some of your favourite titles?

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16 Responses to “Armchair BEA: Author Interaction & More Than Just Words”

  1. Comics are so amazing. I’m glad you’ve become a big fan! The fact that the format is so friendly to serialization, long term storytelling, means that you can have decades worth of world/universe building, and you can truly grow with a series. I love that the X-Men or my childhood can co-exist with the X-Men comics of today.

    Also, some of the most gritty storytelling can be pulled of magnificently in the comic format. I love it!

  2. I do wish I could do more author events, but living in a small city that just do not happen here. And I think that if I did that worry about what to say might slow become less. 🙂

  3. The feeling you get when an author notices you is awesome. It calls for happy dances. I need to try to read a comic. I’ve never really tried before. My son reads those and graphic novels. Maybe I can get him to share one of his. 😀

  4. yes Twitter and Goodreads too are awesome to interact with authors. I should take the plunge and try mangas, but wait, what about my precious time reading all the other “regular” books waiting for me in my TBR?? right there you have my dilemma, lol

  5. Thanks for stopping by my post today! Oooh, I notice from your sidebar that you’re taking part in Mental Health Awareness Month too! Yay!

    Yeah, it’s so lovely when authors drop in on your blog and comment! I’ve only had that happen once so far but it was for a discussion post inspired by Betsy Cornwell’s Tides and Betsy Cornwell herself commented! And Twitter is really amazing.

    Yeah, I would be so nervous to meet my favourite authors IRL, idk what I would say to them apart from “I really love your books”! I keep my cool on Twitter but if I met them IRL I would probably be speechless and awkward.

    When I was really into the MCU at one point, I really wanted to get into the comics (*cough* I read the Civil War arc *cough*) but I guess in the end they’re just not really my kinda thing! It’s nice to know you love them, though! (: Thor is super great in the movies but I don’t know how much he really differs from the Thor in the comics.

    I never read the Soul Eater manga but I watched a lot of the anime! But that was around the point when I stopped being into animanga, so I stopped before the series ended. But I remember that I did really like it. Kidd was my fave.

  6. I really like graphic novels but haven’t gotten into the superhero comics as much. I just checked out Kingdom Come from the library (it’s an older comic) but several of the pages were torn out! Anyway, my 3 year old has recently taken to watching the old spiderman episodes on netflix and watching those with her has me itching to pick up some of the comics. I adore all of the connections between all of the comics!

  7. Author interaction is one of the things I love, too, and like you, I’m finding it sometimes happens on Twitter. I also enjoy interviewing authors… and I’ve had lovely interactions with a few authors via email, as well.

    I don’t seem to have time for comics anymore, but back in the early 80s, I read X-men. That was in the “is she really Jean Gray and if so why and how is she alive” days. To tell the truth, I kind of miss that.

  8. I really need to read more comic books. I’m 99% sure I would love them if I could get my hands on a whole bunch of the same series at once.

  9. I love how easy it is to interact with anyone on twitter. Definitely one of my favorite social media sites! Today I’m sharing some tips on in-person author interactions and I’ve seen some great posts from other bloggers on the topic as well. I also wouldn’t hesitate to call whoever is hosting an event and ask them how it will work. Author events are a ton of fun, so I think if you got brave enough to go, you’d probably really enjoy them 🙂

  10. Kim

    Twitter is a great place to interact with authors, and I find it easier there than in person 🙂 Because I get tongue-tied in person. And I love that you brought up comic books. I think they are a great More Than Words topic 🙂

  11. I love it when authors comment on my reviews! Totally makes my day.

    I’m definitely a Marvel girl and Thor is my favorite too! Probably because I’m such a fantasy and mythology fan. I really enjoy comic book movies and cartoons and the occasional descent into a wiki-hole regarding character biographies, but I haven’t actually tried the comics. It just feels so daunting because there are SO many! Maybe one of these days!

  12. Good morning! First off, if you do get the chance to meet an author at an event you should totally go! Even if you geek out and start drooling all over them they most likely will just love you all the more for it!

    Secondly, I agree completely about how cool it is when an author comments on a review you wrote. I have had that happen a few times and it always makes my day!

    Great post!

  13. I have been to quite a few author events so have been luck to meet some of my favorite authors. I think it really depends where you live. Vancouver has a lot of author events throughout the year and a big festival in the fall. It is so much fun to attend author events.

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