We all know that anything can happen at the San Diego Comic Con, but at the heart of all of those crazy costumes and glizty panels are the stories that inspired everything. Where would we be if the parents of the creators of all of our beloved comics and games had skipped storytime?
That’s why kid’s lit has a definite place at the SDCC, alongside giant robots and a million TARDIS costumes. Here are just a couple of the highly anticipated pieces of bedtime fodder revealed at the Con this year.
“It’s dark, it’s spooky and it’s a morality tale,” explains Evangeline Lilly of Lost fame about her debut book, The Squickerwonkers. The graphic-novel style storybook will be the first piece in what Lilly hopes will become a hit franchise.
While working on the next installment of the Hobbit films, The Desolation of Smaug, Lilly took full advantage of the notoriously amazing creative talent around her to put her children’s book together.
Evangeline Lilly in the upcoming Hobbit film, “The Desolation of Smaug”
A few cool things about this book:
- Peter Jackson wrote a foreword for it — and was Lilly’s “storytelling mentor.”
- The art in the book is by Johnny Fraser-Allen of Weta Workshop, the design studio behind The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit, among other impressive nerdy things.
- If the project takes off, Weta Workshop is interested in creating an animated series based on the books.
A release date has not yet been announced. Check out Lilly’s Comic Con Storytime:
World of Warcraft Children’s Book
Blizzard Entertainment surprised fans at the 2013 SDCC with the announcement of their children’s book, Snowfight. The all-ages tale will be penned by none other than WoW’s lead story guy Chris Metzen, who also voices Thrall and Varian Wrynn, along with a host of WoW villains in the game. Could Snowfight be an adorable pun on “Blizzard?”
The illustrations by Blizzard artist Wei Wang will keep things all in the production company’s family.
Based on the what we’ve seen, it appears that kid versions of Thrall, King Varian and The Lich King are about to engage in a snowball fight – which in canon lore is quite the improbable event. But who really cares? If there’s anyone who can do what he wants with a WoW story, it’s Metzen.
Wei Weng illustrated this stunning graphic of Illidan the Betrayer for “World of Warcraft”
Blizzard is a veteran in the realm of fantasy books for teens and adults, but this will mark its first venture into the kid’s fantasy bracket. The book is expected to debut at this year’s Blizzcon in November.
Don’t want to wait for con-worthy kid lit to hit the shelves? There’s no better time than the present to pick up the granddaddy of all stories, The Hobbit and read it to the kids while you wait for these books and The Desolation of Smaug to come out.