I’ll be at Comic Con this year for both Rebel Genius and Turf Wars! All the info about signings and panels below. Copies of Turf Wars, Part 1 will be available for purchase at the Dark Horse booth. And Rebel Genius will be available at the Macmillan booth #2800. Hope to see some of you there!



4:15pm - 5:00pm

Michael Dante DiMartino, REBEL GENIUS

Macmillan Booth #2800 

SUNDAY, 7/23

PANEL – Fantasy, Diversity, and Inspiring One Another

11:00am - 12:00pm

Room: 32AB

Leigh Bardugo, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Tomi Adeyemi: Fantasy, Diversity, and Inspiring One Another—Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and Wonder Woman: Warbringer), Michael Dante DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and Rebel Genius), and Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone) come together to talk about fantasy across all mediums, diversity in literature and on the screen, and their inspirations for their incredible works. All three creators will discuss their highly anticipated upcoming projects: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, Warrior Genius and The Legend of Korra comics by Michael DiMartino, and Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone (both the trilogy and the forthcoming movie adaptation, which has been optioned by Fox 2000). This panel will be moderated by Kurt Mattila, film director and editor of such films as TRON: The Next Day and Lies & Alibis. Kurt’s love for filmmaking is rivaled only by his passion for comic books, which he channels through his super hero podcast “The Big Pull.”

PANEL – The Comic Book Elements of Avatar and Korra

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Room: 24ABC

Dark Horse and Nickelodeon are excited to treat fans to a panel worthy of Korra herself! Join the creative team behind The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh, and the voice of Korra, Janet Varney, for a further exploration of the world. Fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes!

Confirmed Participants: Janet Varney (The Legend of Korra TV series), Irene Koh (The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars), Michael Dante DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

POST-PANEL SIGNING “The Comic Book Elements of Avatar and Korra”

Sunday, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Dark Horse Comics Booth #2615

*I believe wrist bands/tickets may be required for this signing so check at the booth beforehand.

POST-PANEL SIGNING “Fantasy, Diversity, and Inspiring One Another”

Sunday, 2:45pm - 3:45pm

w/Leigh Bardugo

Autographing Area # AA09

The Peculiar Children as Things That I've Said in the Past 6 Months

Jacob: Nut allergies are only nut allergies because people have them.

Hugh: I have three goldfish named Gordon.

Enoch: How likely would it be that you could just… you know… go away…?

Bronwyn: You don’t need to be strong to protect people, you just need to be small enough to kick them in the nuts.

Millard: Jigglybits is a very scientific term. I should know, I took a biology class for a day.

Horace: Does this sweater make me look like a walking trash bag? Because that’s the look I was going for.

Olive: If people were made to fly, they would have wings. Like flying squirrels; such majestic creatures…

Emma: If I set fire to this piece of paper, how fast would the school burn?

Fiona: When did spring come? I was uninformed about this.

Claire: [when asked for a number between 1 and 10] Triangle.


Miss P: I don’t care if you haven’t come out of my womb; I am your mother and you will listen to me or you will be standing in the rain for the rest of the night. Do you understand me?

Hufflepuff: The First to Request to Stay and Fight

Many people remember the scene in the final book where “the Slytherin table was completely deserted, but a number of older Ravenclaws remained seated while their fellows filed out; even more Hufflepuffs stayed behind and half of Gryffindor remained in their seats.” (Going to do another post on this quote about the breakdown of Houses and some other analysis later)

Though the teachers were willing to let those of age stay and fight, it was not an expectation of anyone. What many people forget is that it was a Hufflepuff student who requested to stay and fight once everyone was together in the Great Hall.

McGonagall: “Prefects, when I give the word, you will organize your House and take your charges, in an orderly fashion, to the evacuation point.”

Ernie Macmillan (prefect of Hufflepuff and DA member): *stands up and shouts* “and what if we want to stay and fight?”

*there was a smattering of applause*

Now we know many of the Gryffindors already intended to stay in fight regardless of what anyone told them. Hufflepuff, though, plays by the rules and if they were told they needed to leave they would have made sure everyone got out safely and left (ensuring they left behind a few surprises for the Death Eaters of course). Up until this point, we have not seen anyone actually tell the students they have the chance to stay and fight. Macmillan stood up and requested for the ability to. They aren’t staying for Harry. They are staying because it is right, just like their head of House.

  • *Enoch gets picked up by a hollowgast*
  • Enoch: Oh! We're going somewhere?
  • *gets thrown across the room*
  • Enoch: I would've packed a bag if I knew we were going somewhere.