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EL James Hits Comic-Con with '50 Shades of Grey' Book-Signing

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 27, 2012 at 9:33AM

Forget the Twihards, who were always an irritant to the male-dominated geek population at San Diego's annual Comic-Con. More women will turn up to see EL James, who is continuing her non-stop promo efforts on behalf of her bestselling '50 Shades of Grey' trilogy, which has already sold 16 million copies in multiple formats.
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EL James
EL James

Forget the Twihards, who were always an irritant to the male-dominated geek population at San Diego's annual Comic-Con. Women with Comic-Con badges in hand (they are sold out) will turn up in droves to see EL James, who is continuing her non-stop promo efforts on behalf of her bestselling '50 Shades of Grey' trilogy, which has already sold 16 million copies in multiple formats. The Brit ex-TV exec will hit Comic-Con this July for her first west coast signing appearance.

James will sign her torrid erotic books July 12 from 4-5:30 at the San Diego Convention Center. The ticketed afternoon event is free. The first novel introduces young lovers Christian Grey, a billionaire with a taste for S & M, and virginal college student Anastasia Steele. 'Fifty Shades Darker' and 'Fifty Shades Freed' further explore the couple's complex relationship. 

Universal and Focus Features are developing a movie version of the novels.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.