Wendy Elliott, the author of Sid the Sasquatch, is excited to announce that she will be joining the fun at Kansas City's Planet Comicon 2017 in 3 days! Planet Comicon is Kansas City's largest annual comic book and pop culture convention! Come out and say hello to Wendy at booth 2341 on your way to meet the number of exciting celebrities lined up for appearances this year:
Summer Glau - Firefly/Arrow
Ron Perlman - Hellboy/Sons of Anarchy
Jason Isaacs - Harry Potter/Peter Pan
Wil Wheaton - Star Trek: The Next Generation
Stephan Amell - Arrow
John Barrowman - Arrow/Doctor Who
Jim Beaver - Supernatural/Deadwood/Breaking Bad
Billie Piper - Doctor Who/Penny Dreadful
Maggie Geha - Gotham
Teddy Sears - The Flash/24:Legacy
Felicia Day - Buffy/ Dr. Horrible
Shannon Elizabeth - American Pie/Scary Movie
Tara Reid - American Pie/Sharknado
Ric Flair - Wrestling Legend
Jessica Nigri - Cosplay Superstar
And many, many more talented writers and entertainers!
Get your tickets early and save!
I don't fangirl often. I've met too many celebrities to think much about it. I lived in Los Angeles for six years and worked for Warner Bros. Celebrities were everywhere. There was never any grand moment, they weren't superhuman in any way... in fact a lot of them were disappointing in that regard. You get to know these people as characters, and you nearly always forget they are not the characters they play until you are standing a foot away from them and you see just how normal they are, some of whom may even be jerks in real life. Then again, to be fair, most of the time they're not jerks. Sometimes they are incredibly charming and you can completely understand why they lead the life they do. You can tell why they were chosen out of the vast sea of those who flocked to Hollywood auditioning for fame. So, like I said, I don't fangirl often. However, yesterday was one of those rare occasions.
Yesterday I had the privilege of going to a speaking engagement at the beautiful Woodneath Library to listen to Andrew McCarthy, best known for his roles in Mannequin, Pretty and Pink, St. Elmo's Fire, Less than Zero, Weekend at Bernies and known in the eighties as a member of the Brat Pack. Andrew is the author of a new book titled "Just Fly Away." He is currently travelling to promote this book. When I saw the event listed at my local library, I jumped at the opportunity to go and listen to him speak. I have a speaking engagement myself tomorrow that I am incredibly nervous about, so I had hoped it would be a learning experience for me. I for one, HATE speaking in public. Something I assume is far easier for him given his history in entertainment. He was very eloquent and appeared to love talking about his book and his experiences. Frankly, seeing him knock it out of the park like that just made me more nervous about my speaking event. Ah well, I will get through it. I haven't had enough opportunities to embarrass myself yet this year, so I'm long overdue! haha
After the speaking event, the crowd lined up to meet Andrew and get their books autographed. I lined up as well and watched the bizarre assembly line function its way towards me. I've never done this sort of thing before, so I found it to be very amusing. When it was my turn, I handed off my book to one woman and my phone to another (to snap a picture) and then walked up next to him for a quick awkward chat. I know that he has a small child at home, so I wanted to give him my book, and I did (I hope his little boy likes reading about Sid!). Then he asked me if I was a Royals fan (as I was wearing a Royals jersey), to which I let him know that everyone here are Royals fans. I'm sure he doesn't know just how blue our blood runs in Kansas City. That's ok though. I found him to be charming and personable, and I think he even got my sense of humor when I told him I was sorry he was a Yankees fan. Although it's entirely possible I offended him. If I did, he didn't show it. He laughed and jabbed me back about the Royals.
But I digress; I have not followed Andrew's career, I don't really know what he's been doing the last 25+ years, I know nothing of him at all except that he has written a book and acted in some movies I watched when I was a teenager. So why, you ask, was I a fangirl today? Well, I think it's a mix of things. I think there is this nostalgia to it all, when I think back at the dozens of times I watched Mannequin (I mean, I couldn't get enough of that movie)-- and how I had such a school girl crush on him-- I think back to that and how if I could tell that 12 year old girl that in 25+ years you will get to meet him and give him your book, how that 12 year old girl would probably faint. She wouldn't know what to do with herself knowing two things; she actually published a book; and she is going to meet Jonathan Switcher (his character in Mannequin - who actually shares her love for writing)! I'm honestly not sure which she would be more thrilled to hear... because I've loved writing all my life and frankly crushes are fleeting. Nevertheless, she would be thrilled... so I did this for my 12 year old self. She's pretty happy with me for getting out of the house last night! ;)
Here you will see our photo, I felt terrible for not holding his book facing the camera (things moved very fast), so I worked a little photoshop magic and made sure it's there. I've only read the first few pages so far, but I'm already hooked. Looks to be a fantastic read! Click on the picture below for a link to get a copy for yourself!
Thank you to Brandon Henderson with That Matters for including Sid the Sasquatch in your article "Books for a Cause." Wendy Elliott was honored to be a part of such a great list of authors giving back.
Please check out the article below, then browse their website for other articles about some of the good going on in this world!
In 2016, Sid raised over $1,100 for charities! Thank you to everyone who purchased a Sid the Sasquatch book this year. YOU are the reason Sid was able to help these great causes!
Sid's donations did not end in 2016. Sid has pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds from
EVERY BOOK SOLD FOREVER to Children's Mercy and JDRF.
An update from Macy on Sid's sponsored gofundme campaign this quarter. When deciding what charities to give to this holiday season, please consider giving to young Olivia. Medical expenses do not come cheap. Please help them reach their goal!
"When cancer comes, it comes full force. It doesn't pick or choose who it's next victim is. It doesn't care whether you're a day old or 100 years old. It makes you put up a fight like you would never imagine. Think of being a child and having to fight that fight."
Just in time for the holidays...
Mid-Continent Public Library's Woodneath Library Center is hosting it's Local Author Fair!
Join us for a book lover's delight as more than 30 Kansas City authors gather to share their experiences and sell and sign copies of their works! No matter what your family members' or friends' tastes are in books, you'll find something for everyone on your holiday gift list and yourself!
Be sure to say hello to Wendy Elliott while you're there!
Looking for a fun night out with friends? How about a convenient and fun way to get your holiday shopping out of the way? Please join us on Thursday, November 17th at the historic Longview Mansion in Lee's Summit, MO for the spectacular "Lee's Summit Ladies Retail Therapy" event! It's FREE to get in! You can tour the beautiful 22,000 sq ft mansion, lounge with friends, enjoy a beverage, and shop all you want while you're there! Wendy Elliott will be there signing books!
Give the gift of reading this holiday season!
I want to thank Katy and the rest of the staff at ABC Preschool for allowing me the pleasure of reading to these wonderful children on Tuesday. I knew it was going to be a good day when one sweet little girl started the visit out by raising her hand to tell me she loved me. haha Thankfully, she still loved me after I read Sid the Sasquatch too. ;) Such a sweetheart!
As you all know, Sid loves to give back! Last month, Wendy Elliott was contacted by Trish Carcopa about sponsoring Planet D diabetic camp experiences. The idea of helping kids with juvenile diabetes go to camp and enjoy the same camp experiences as their peers really got her excited. So, along with Children's Mercy Cancer Center and JDRF, Wendy will now be donating a portion of proceeds from book sales to the American Diabetes Association to help send kids with juvenile diabetes to the Planet D Camp in 2017. To find out more about Planet D you can click on the picture below. To help, simply order a book and you will provide donations to all three great organizations.
A message from the author:
"I had a wonderful time at the USL Western Conference Finals on Saturday! The icing on the cake was watching the Swope Park Rangers
(https://www.facebook.com/SwopeParkRangers) defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 and advance to the Finals!
Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hi and to those of you who took Sid home with you. I met some wonderful people from the JDRF family as well... another bonus! I love meeting the families of the people Sid helps with his donations. A big thank you to the Swope Park Rangers for having me out and for the great pictures they took of me and Sid at the game."