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Book Pop!: Sam Maggs Q&A + Giveaway

Welcome! I’m so excited to be kicking off Book Pop in celebration of Quirk Book’s 15 year anniversary! Quirk has always been one of my favorite publishers- they invest so much time into publishing the best books with the coolest designs, perfectly fitting the feel of each story.  They’re very innovative and not afraid to take chances so it makes sense that they would create Book Pop!  Book Pop is essentially an online comic con so everyone can participate and experience the fun without paying the price of admission, travel or hotel accommodations!  This online celebration will take place starting today, July 31st and run through August 11th.  There will be giveaways, a cosplay contest, and original programming such as Twitter takeovers, Facebook Live panels, and more!  To see the full list of events (including the most awesome interactive con map I’ve ever laid eyes on), click here.  And best of all, I was able to do a Q&A with Sam Maggs, author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women to start things off!

Kristin: After attending a ton of conventions, it’s clear that each con has its own unique personality and focus.  Of all the conventions you regularly attend, which is your favorite and why?

Sam: This is like Sophie’s Choice! You’re absolutely right in that each convention really does have its own personality, so it depends on my mood. I adore TCAF (the Toronto Comic Arts Festival); run by the folks at Toronto’s premier LCS, The Beguiling, TCAF takes place over a weekend in the Toronto Reference Library, is completely free to attend, and really puts the focus on indie and webcomic artists. (VanCAF is an excellent alternative for any west-coasters out there). PAX is rad if you’re looking for a gaming convention – they have an interesting mix of big publishers and small indie titles to get excited about. Emerald City Comicon is a good example of a larger con that still does a good job of focusing on their incredible Artist Alley. YALLWest, based in Santa Monica High School, is an intense blast of YA lit fun. There are so many fun options out there now that cater to whatever your fandom may be!

Kristin: Nothing is better than the memories we create at conventions- from meeting celebrities, writers and artists to witnessing breaking news live at panels to buying merch and getting collectibles signed and, most importantly, to hanging out with friends from all corners of the world! What’s your fondest convention memory?

Sam: Honestly, I want my answer to be something impressive about a celebrity (I will say that, one time, Stan Lee called me cute and gave me a little hug, so that’s got to be up there). The truth is, though, that my favorite memories are attending my very first cons with my mom when I was in my first year of university! We were both so new to it and everything was so fresh and exciting. We made so many friends from all over the world that we’re still in touch with. There’s really nothing like sharing a con with someone you love, and who shares the same interests as you.

Kristin: It wouldn’t be a convention without cosplay!  What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve ever worn?  Dream cosplay?

Sam: I think it has to be my most recent cosplay: Lup Taaco, from The Adventure Zone podcast! I love those McElboys so much, and it was a delight to bring a fully-audio character to life – I had so much flexibility and choice in putting together her look! A dream cosplay would be Sailor Mercury, but I don’t think my legs will ever be able to pull that one off. Because they are normal human length.

Kristin: It’s no secret that comics are a male dominated industry but thankfully, things have been slowly changing.  Have you personally witnessed a positive shift in cons welcoming female attendees? And how do you think we as a community can continue to welcome new fangirls?

Sam: This is an interesting question because, for as long as I’ve attended them, cons have always been a women-dominated space. My very first cons were all Stargate conventions, and (it may not surprise you to learn that) those were almost entirely attended by women of all different ages from all over the world. The internet has provided such a great space for women to find and form their own fan communities, and those groups all go out to big cons now. With the addition of Cosplay is Not Consent and harassment policies, cons are safer and more welcoming spaces than ever to people of all genders. It’s a place where we can all go to meet folks just like us.

Kristin: What do you consider to be your greatest fandom treasure that you’ve acquired at a con?

Sam: Original artwork. It took me years of attending cons before I realized I should be getting commissions from all the wonderful artists there while I had the chance. If you’re going to start collecting sketches or art, I would recommend choosing a theme – that way, your artist has some direction, but still has some choice in what they draw. I’ve been getting witches, and my Kevin Wada Nico Minoru is like, my ultimate Con Get.

Kristin: Let’s imagine that you were pre-approved to create and moderate any panel of your choosing.  Who would you want on your panel and what would the topic be?

Sam: It would be just a regular “How to Make Amazing Comics” or “How to Break in to Comics” panel, but it would be staffed entirely by people who aren’t straight white men.

Kristin: Cons always involve very long days with minimal sitting and the exertion of your inner extrovert.  Luckily, the excitement of it all usually drives con-goers’ adrenaline levels to an all time high, but what’s your favorite way to decompress after you’ve arrived back home from a long weekend away?

Sam: Self-care is so necessary after a con week! I like to indulge in speaking to literally no one for as long as humanly possible. Seriously though, I try to boost my immune system to keep away that con crud by aiming for food and teas with lots of vitamins C and B6, and I use a hydrogel face mask to repair the damage done to my pores by intense hotel and plane dryness. In terms of my mental health, I don’t make any social plans for the week I’m back, and I do all my unpacking and laundry the second I step through the door when I get home. Not having that hanging over your head for the rest of the week feels amazing, and it means that after work you can indulge in your favorite restful rituals (I like LUSH baths and ASMR hairbrushing).


  • 1 Copy of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs
  • 1 Copy of Wonder Women by Sam Maggs
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16 Responses to “Book Pop!: Sam Maggs Q&A + Giveaway”

  1. I’m excited to read paperbacks from hell!
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  2. Kaitlyn A. says:

    I’m really excited to read Geekerella since I’ve been hearing so many wonderful things about it!

  3. Lysette says:

    I really want to finally read Wonder Women! It looks fantastic and I hear so many great things about it!

  4. danielle hammelef says:

    I’m excited to read Geekerella as i’ve only heard great reviews about this book.

  5. Jamie says:

    Basic Witches looks good but so does Wonder Women. Although the Jane Austen Cover to Cover looks really pretty.

  6. John Smith says:

    “Tell me which Quirk Books title you’re most excited to read!” “Wonder Women” sounds great!

  7. Victoria Garza says:

    I have been wanted to read these books for a long time, but have never had the money to buy them.

  8. Victoria Garza says:

    I have been wanted to read these books for a long time, but have never had the money to buy them. A Fangirl’s guide to the Galaxy sounds amazing and I need to get my hands on it.

  9. Quirk books is such a great publisher. I am definitely getting Wonder Women for my daughter for Christmas! Never to young to learn about amazing women in history. :D
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  10. I’ve really been wanting to read Wonder Women! But I’m also excited for Paperbacks from Hell and Ten Dead Comedians :)
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  11. Ashley R. says:

    I’m jumping with excitement to read Wonder Women that she has written, it sounds spectacular!! I also know that it will be so a fun read to enjoy at home with cookies and cream ice cream and a pack of Oreos!!!

  12. KFH says:

    awesome giveaway. Would like to read The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

  13. Ana says:

    I’m really excited to read The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

  14. Nicole H says:

    Geekerella looks fun and I really want to read Wonder Women with my daughter!

  15. Michael Teague says:

    I’m looking forward to William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken!

  16. Alexa S. says:

    I’ve only recently truly embraced my fangirl side and attended conventions, but it has been a proper delight and I don’t see that ever changing <3
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