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Lauren Beukes

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Going to San Diego Comic-Con

Longtime dream fulfilled? Check!

I’ll be going to Comic-Con for the first time this year. I’m on two panels, moderating a group of fiercely smart thriller writers on Friday morning and celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of one of my favourite comics of all time, Fables, on Saturday with Bill Willingham who got me into the fine mess of writing for comics in the first place, bringing me in as one of the guest-writers on the Fables spin-off, Fairest. (My six issue arc about Rapunzel with genius artist Inaki Miranda hits stores in October with issue 8).

I’ll also just be hanging out, catching up with friends and taking in the wonderful madness.

Here are the details on my schedule:

Friday, July 13

10:00-11:00am Art of the Thrill Kill
Room 24ABC
From psychokillers and sociopaths to the vast unknowable emptiness of deep space, these authors know that it takes more than just blood and gore to keep their readers awake at night. Their novels are all well crafted, imaginative, and more often than not…downright terrifying. Top horror and thriller novelists discuss how they balance ratcheting suspense with perfectly paced creepiness to create stories that are both psychologically and atmospherically disturbing. Participants Barry Lyga (I Hunt Killers),Michelle Gagnon (Don’t Turn Around), Johan Harstad (172 Hours on the Moon), Dan Wells (I Am Not a Serial Killer), James Rollins (SIGMA Force novels), Mark Z. Danielewski(The Fifty Year Sword, House of Leaves), Jeffrey J. Mariotte (The Devil’s Bait), and Chase Novak (Breed) discuss their delicate art with moderator Lauren Beukes (Zoo City).

Saturday, July 14

Vertigo: Fables
Room 6DE
The annual Fables Comic-Con panel is back and better than ever! With the launch of Vertigo’s critically acclaimed Fairest, there’s no better time to hear what Bill Willingham, creator of the multi-Eisner Award-winning series Fables and Fairest, has to say. Join Bill, artists Mark BuckinghamLauren BeukesAdam HughesSteve Leialoha, group editor Shelly Bond, and others for a panel that is truly legendary.
(Here’s a sneak peek from the artwork of my first issue of Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom)