Tomorrow is going to be a very special day in the world of literature, because a book is being published which I have a feeling is going to be one of the most touching, heart warming and inspirational books of the year.
In 2010, this world lost a very special, lovable and inspiring girl to cancer, and 4 years later, the story of her life is going to be told. Esther Grace Earl was only 16 years old when she died from thyroid cancer, 4 years after she had been diagnosed, and instead of spending those 4 years in despair, she spent them making memories and building a legacy which would live on long after she is gone. This Star Won’t Go Outis a foundation which was established in memory of Esther, dedicated to supporting families with children who have been diagnosed with terminal or life threatening cancers by offering them financial assistance. It is a non-profit foundation, which means that every single donation goes directly towards those who need it.
“This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl” is a collection of Esther’s writings, as well as essays and letters written by her friends and family in order to provide a well rounded picture of her life. John Green, internet vlogger and author of The Fault in Our Stars, wrote the introduction for this book, for it was Esther who had inspired him to write TFIOS, which is currently a #1 bestseller. Esther was also an active member of the Nerdfighter internet community, which was started by John Green and his brother Hank (link).
Esther’s book hits bookstores tomorrow – Tuesday January 28th – and is also available to order online.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m getting pretty excited. Why, you ask? Well, it’s not every day you get to be in the same room as, oh, I don’t know …. FELICIA DAY, SUMMER GLAU, KEVIN SORBO, and more of the most amazing celebrities who ever lived!
I mentioned this before, but this years Comiccon is being held in Ottawa at the Ernst and Young Centre, from May 10th-12th, and will be featuring a wide range of guests from TV actors to comic book writers & artists. Unfortunately, for the past few weeks, there have been a lot of cancellations due to conflicting schedules, but that hasn’t stopped them from locating others who were equally as eager to make an appearance. Here is the updated guest list as of today:
Gillian Anderson (X-Files – Agent Scully)
Manu Bennett (Spartacus – Crixus)
Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1 – Dr. Daniel Jackson)
Laurie Holden (Walking Dead – Andrea)
James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Spike)
Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog – Penny)
Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: Next Generation – Wesley Crusher)
Burt Ward (Batman, 1960’s – Robin)
Julie Newmar (Catwoman)
Levar Burton (Star Trek: Next Generation – Geordi La Forge)
Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars – Lando)
Dave Prowse (Star Wars – Darth Vader)
Summer Glau (Firefly – River)
Jewel Staite (Firefly – Kaylee)
Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Xander)
Kevin Sorbo (Andromeda – Captain Dylan Hunt)
Ross Mullan (Game of Thrones – White Walker)
Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist – Edward Elric)
Comic Book Artists/Writers:
George Perez (Marvel – The Avengers, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, etc)
Steve Niles (30 Days of Night & Batman: Gotham County Line)
Dave Ross (Spiderman, Daredevil, Aliens, etc.)
Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men)
Yanick Paquette (Avengers, Gambit, Adventures of Superman, etc.)
Kelly Tindall (Machine of Death, Zombie Bomb, Bedlam, etc.)
Ty Templeton (Mad Magazine, The Simpsons, Justice League, etc.)
Richard Starkings (Elephantmen)
Mike Rooth (Ottawa Comiccon Artist)
Ronn Sutton (1000 Ways to Die)
Janet Hetherington (Eternal Romance)
Geof Isherwood (Silver Surfer, Conan the Barbarian, Lincoln-16, etc.)
Marco Rudy (The Shield, Superboy, Superman/Batman)
Leonard Kirk (New Mutants, JSA, Dark X-Man, etc.)
More Or Les
Capital City Garrison (Star Wars)
Dr. Who Society of Canada
Ottawa Browncoats (Firefly/Serenity)
Marie-Claude Bourbonnais (Cosplayer)
Liana K (Videogame journalist)
Shawn Baichoo (Assassin’s Creed)
Jason Ambrus (Independent Filmmaker)
Chris Alexander (Fangoria – Editor-In-Chief)
To check out the complete guest list, for there are just too many talents to fit into one post, visit the officialComiccon website. You can also check out event dates, times and pick and choose which exhibits you want to check out while you’re there.
That’s all for today. I’ll be sure to post another guest update at the beginning of the week leading up to Comiccon, and be sure to let me know how excited you are in the poll below. Until tomorrow, happy reading!