Does it makes sense to anybody else when I say that both Alfie Boe and Ramin Karimloo are perfect Valjeans in their own right, but like Alfie seems more like the Toulon era, or at least portrays that part a bit more clearly (not with his physical appearance, mind you) but just the anger, Alfie really plays up on the character’s anger and hatred, while Ramin seems most at home and more real in the Madeleine role, at the points in the show where he adopts Cosette and where he’s dying. A personal opinion of mine is their eyes. Alfie’s eyes in the beginning are just hardcore angry and bright and cold, and Ramin’s eyes (granted, his eyes are warm and wonderful ALL the time) are big and kind and reassuring, as they would need to be for Madeleine and in the final scenes. 

They’re both amazing throughout, and they’re both amazing in the part, it was just a thought I had. 

New Leaf Clients at SDCC

July 9-12, 2015


1:30 PM

Authors of Epic Fantasy

How do you best describe stories of epic fantasy? Expansive worlds with long histories, huge casts of characters, political intrigue, massive battles, magic, legend, and much more–they are indeed epic! Authors Susan Dennard (Witchlands), Kate Elliott (Court of Fives), Raymond E. Feist (Magician’s End), Peter Orullian (Vault of Heaven), Jenna Rhodes (King of Assassins), and Marie Rutkoski (The Winner’s Curse) discuss their own works, as well as other popular series that have made epic fantasy one of pop culture’s most successful genres, with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde.

3:00 PM


Worlds are important; but how are they made? Top authors Peter Clines (The Fold), Richard Kadrey (Killing Pretty), Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes), Josephine Angelini (The Wordwalker Trilogy), Brandon Mull (Five Kingdoms series), and Virginia Boecker (The Witch Hunter) along with moderator Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky) describe how they set the stage for their stories and create a living universe for their characters.

4:00 PM

Spotlight on Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell (New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Landline) sits down with Leigh Bardugo (New York Times bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy) to talk about books, fantasy, “the last three words,” and what Rainbow has planned for this year's Carry On, her much-awaited return to young adult fiction.



Liz Climo signing RORY prints at the Hachette booth


Creative Storytelling: Choose Your Own Adventure

With the help of awesome kids writers and artists Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White (Shivers!: The Pirate Who’s Afraid of Everything), Liz Climo (Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad), Aron Steinke (The Zoo Box), Dan Santat (The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend), Kirk Scroggs (Snoop Troop: Attack of the Ninja Potato Clones), and Henrik Tamm (Ninja Timmy), and the leadership of Brandon Mull (Fablehaven series), you can create a collaborative story. Right in front of your eyes (and with your contributions), watch a story unfold in words and pictures.

5-6 PM

Liz Climo signing at autographing area Table 9


10:00 AM

My Book Is a Movie/TV Show: Now What?

Authors discuss the process of having their book made into another medium, their involvement and/or lack thereof, and how they feel now toward the project. Do they wish they could have done something differently? Do they feel the TV/movie has benefited or hurt their book? Lauren Kate (Unforgiven), Jeff Jensen (Before Tomorrowland), Arwen Elys Dayton (Seeker), Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen), and Daniel H. Wilson (Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown and Robopocalypse) join in conversation with Ava Dellaira (Love Letters to the Dead).

12:00 PM

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Family Feud

Who is the most popular Doctor Who companion? How about the worst place to Hulk out in? Authors Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive series), Patrick Rothfuss (the Kingkiller Chronicles series), Ernie Cline (Armada), Naomi Novik (Uprooted),Chuck Wending (Zer0es), Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy), and Austin Grossman (Crooked) square off in an epic game of Family Feud, answering questions posed by Heath Corson (Nerdist) about the hottest topics in geek culture.

6:00 PM

Choosing the Right Publishing Path for Your Manuscript: Traditional, Small Press or Self-Publishing

Authors Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass series), Seanan McGuire (October Daye series), and Cora Carmack (Losing It), along with editor Adam Wilson (Simon & Schuster) and literary agent Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency), discuss the various options for publishing fiction and how to determine what works for different genres. Moderated by author, former literary agent, and all-around publishing guruNathan Bransford.


3:45 PM

What’s Hot in Young Adult Fiction

Strong protagonists, engrossing romance, humor, action, and angst! Join panelists for this popular annual Q&A session and chat about the hottest new titles and trends in YA fiction. Moderated by Nathan Bransford (The Jacob Wonderbar series) and featuring Alexandra Bracken (Darkest Minds series), Rae Carson (Girl of Fire and Thorns series), Susan Dennard (Something Strange and Deadly trilogy), Alan Gratz (The League of Seven), Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass series), Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me series), Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), and Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes).

*List may be updated before SDCC.


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