SDCC 2014 -Lexx Rudd and Ivonne Escoto from Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge - Photo by Alicia Glass

SDCC 2014 -Lexx Rudd and Ivonne Escoto from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge – Photo by Alicia Glass

by Zoe de Lellis, contributing writer

Wow, that went fast! The crazy, crowded, fun San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 weekend is a wrap! The booths in the exhibitor’s hall are all packed up, panelists are back to their day jobs, and the costumes are hung back up in closets.

Today, the-big ticket events included a Supernatural Q&A panel that featured the cast of the hit CW TV series and also treated fans to a special video presentation of season highlights and previews, a panel for the TV show The Following, a Sons of Anarchy panel featuring the cast, and a sneak peek and exclusive on Guillermo Del Toro’s new series Strain. Events ended early for the big halls, with the last panel ending at 3:45 pm and the whole convention ending at 5pm. This didn’t stop con-goers from crowding the exhibitor’s hall and snatching up some awesome freebies and exclusive merchandise. Some booths, like Simon & Schuster, weren’t bringing any of their merchandise back with them and held a giveaway of everything at the booth! People got a little crazy over that because … free books! Sundays always herald the best deals, but also a big risk. Exhibitors lower their prices and offer great deals like “buy one, get one free” and “half off,” but you run the risk of them selling out before you even get there!

Aside from the shopping deals, I got to see some pretty awesome panels. The first, Women of Marvel, showcased some of the heavy hitters in the Marvel Comics industry and allowed attendees insights into the business of comics and how women are becoming more and more involved. They talked about some new and upcoming comics including She-Hulk, Elektra, and (of course) Thor. The other panel I attended, and the one I was most excited about overall, was the What’s Hot In Young Adult Fiction. This panel featured prominent YA authors including Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures series), Kresley Cole (The Arcana Chronicles), Tessa Gratton (The United States of Asgard), Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me series), Natalie Parker (Beware the Wild), C.J. Redwine (Defiance series), Brendan Reichs (The Virals series), and Scott Westerfeld (Uglies series). The panelists talked about the pressures of being a YA author, the origins of their novels, and tips for budding YA authors. I definitely took away a lot of good info from hearing them speak.

Although Comic-Con is officially at a close, the spirit of the convention is far from over! Hotels have already started booking reservations for next year’s convention! There are thousands of brand-new superhero t-shirts that are begging to be worn, and a ton of Comic-Con exclusive figurines and toys that are going to be placed lovingly on display shelves. Here’s hoping next year’s Comic-Con is even better than this year’s!

If you’d like to see more from San Diego Comic-Con International 2014, we’ve got even more photos for you on Instagram and Tumblr (kryptonradio). DJ Gary daBaum is hosting a SDCC Radio Round-Up tonight, Monday July 28, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Pacific If you missed any of Willow Leafstorm’s live interviews from the con floor, Gary will be replaying them all during the show, and the coverage team will be calling in to chat abou tthe con live on the air with Gary. We’ll also be posting in-depth articles about various events at the con throughout the week on our website, so stay tuned; the con may be over, but our exclusive coverage isn’t!