So for the past 2 years, it's become a little tradition of mine and my mom's to go to BookCon. It's something I look forward to every year, but I have to admit, this year was a little underwhelming. There didn't seem to be as many vendors or even that much variety this year. I saw a few booths that were even shut down which surprised me.
I also felt some of the organization this year, especially in respect to the author signings, were incredibly poorly laid out. Last year, they had all the author signings in their own space, while this year it was at the back of the show floor, so all the lines were meshing into the vendor booths. I had a signing at 11am that didn't even start until 11:30 because they were still setting up. So it just seemed everything was a little bit of a mess this year.
Aside from that, I did still enjoy myself this. I got pretty much everything I set out for: I met Frank Miller (one of my favorite comic book artists) and Thomas Wheeler; got a chapter sampler for the last book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series; listened to a panel with Leigh Bardugo; and met Sarah Dessen. Even though this year didn't blow me away like all the others, I'm still excited to attend next year.
Here are some pictures!
|Meeting Frank Miller and Thomas Wheeler at their|
signing for their new book Cursed
|Leigh Bardugo and Jeff VanderMeer panel. She's so charming and hilarious!|
|Meeting Sarah Dessen. She was my favorite when I was younger, so I couldn't miss this!|
|Meeting Kerri Maniscalco and Natasha Ngan|
Now onto the fun stuff I picked up!
|Can't have enough tote bags|
|The original print of Frank Miller's artwork for Cursed|
|All the books I picked up|