RL Stine's Goosebumps & Comic Con 2017 – Apples to Oranges
When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with two book series; the Babysitters Club and RL Stine’s Goosebumps. When I heard that RL Stine was making his first appearance to the San Diego Comic Con, attending his panel became my #1 priority. With fierce determination and the willingness to spend hours waiting in line, I made it to his panel and he was worth the effort.
RL Stine has written over 100 books and sold over 400 million copies. In the panel audience, there were many parents and their children who were equal fans of his work. Most of the adults grew up reading RL’s stories while I’m sure many of the children got introduced to Goosebumps through the 2015 movie starring Jack Black. Everyone in the audience applauded when RL announced that there is another movie in the works and that Jack Black is returning to play the name character.
So which version did I enjoy the most? Drum roll please…. The Movie!
The little girl inside me would have picked the books because I read them all. Since I’m an adult, I selected the movie because it was a pure nostalgic experience. The film was able to combine all my favorite characters; Slappy, the invisible boy, the abominable snowman and the creepy car without a driver. All the things that scared me as a child were put into a movie that had everything work out in the end. I loved the movie and I can’t wait to see the sequel.
R.L. Stine at Comic Con 2017
Being able to attend RL Stine’s panel made me reflect that the majority of the world thinks that attending the San Diego Comic Con is all about the potential of seeing television and movie stars. For me, it’s all about the possibility of seeing my favorite authors:
In 2011, I was lucky enough to be in the Game of Thrones panel where George R.R. Martin was the moderator and everyone in the audience received a copy of the 1st book in the series.
In 2007, I was able to meet one of my favorite romance authors, Sherrilyn Kenyon.
I have been in two Outlander panels with the talented Diana Gabaldon.
This year I was able to actually meet two amazing authors, Rebecca Zanetti and Marjorie Liu.
The San Diego Comic Con has allowed me to thank so many authors for their stories. I can’t wait to see who will be at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con.
Next month, I will continue my SDCC series with another special moment. Stay Tuned.
Columnist: Jessie lives in Oregon and writes to avoid the rain. She only feels compelled to kill her characters when she starts a new diet and if she hates the ending of a TV episode she’ll rewrite it to give everyone a happily ever after. Currently Jessie is an unpublished author but she works tirelessly to removed two letters – un – from that word.
Column book and movie tape drawn by Evangeline Owen