So, I went to Book Con last year with my daddy instead of senior prom. Yes, that is book nerd commitment!! Last year was no fun, as it was the first year and organization was absolutely atrocious. Let's be fair, there was no organization it seemed because staff was not ready for the amount of crazy book lovers who attended. I went to one panel in the very beginning and one autograph session because the lines were nuts. I only got autographs because Libba Bray was nice enough to sign even after her session ended.
This year was different. My friend Danielle and I were determined to see Johnny Green at the Paper Towns panel! And we did:)
Preparation for the big day began the night before in Danielle's kitchen. Yes, we typed up a legitimate itinerary starting with a 3:50 AM alarm.
4:20 AM and we had already had a quick breakfast and were out the door!
4:40 something AM and we made a wrong turn and ended up taking a detour in a sketchy neighborhood with a lot of cats hanging out in the street. No, we didn't run over any kitties!!!
4:50 something AM- We made it early to the train!
5:03- 6:35 AM- Making jokes and talking on the train while everyone else was sleepy and frowning
6:50 AM- Javits Center, Whoa there is a line!
7:00 AM- Why isn't will call open when Book Con said it would be?!
8:10 AM- Danielle goes to get our tickets and begs the staff to let her get mine
"Do you have her [my] photo ID?"
"No, but please let me get hers!"
"What does she look like?"
"She's Asian and she's really sweet."
I think the part about me being Asian is what convinced them to hand over the ticket. You can always trust Asians.
9:00 AM-Make a mad dash to the wristband line to get in line for John Green.
If we didn't run, crazy teenage John Green fans would have trampled us.
9:01 AM-Out of breath, but we're near the front of the line!
9:30 ish AM- Something gets in my eye, and my contact bothers me all day. My left eye looks like this plus swollen, and I'm tearing.
The joke of the day is that if I don't get into panel or autograph session, I don't even have to act sad. My eye is already producing tears.(Don't worry, I'm ok now. Two days of red eyes was worth the pain.)
10:30 ish- Got our bands!
10:40- Visit the restroom and take creeper shots of the line from one floor above and revel in the fact that I am no longer in line which had severely died down but still was by no means short.
11:00-11:45 AM- SUNSHINE, BADASS AND LIFE ON WHEELS: Three Breakout Authors Share Their Stories of Getting Published (Jen Sincero, Paige McKenziw, Tessa Elwood)
I enjoyed this panel because Jen (You are a Badass) was funny and had good writing advice. Tessa seemed really nervous and shy but nice (Inherit the Stars). Paige (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl) was an arrogant, rude girl who got really lucky to have gotten a book deal. I don't like that her book is co-authored either.
12:30 PM- In Booth Signing of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon
Signed ARCS. The book comes out on 9/1/15. I just finished it and I really liked it. It's a YA about a girl who is allergic to everything and can't leave her house but falls in love with her neighbor. Pretty cute illustrations in it from Nicola's husband.
12:45-1:45 PM- ROOM panel with Emma Donoghue and the cast of the film (Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay)
This was my favorite thing of the day. Yes, more than Paper Towns panel. By a lot. The author and Brie Larson were very well spoken, and Jacob was the cutest little boy. His answers were hysterical, and I wish that I could find a video of the panel. He had the whole room laughing. I'm excited to see the film now and read the book.
1:50 PM-Uh oh, Maggie Stiefvater signing is full
Uh, let's go to Star Wars
Awkward encounter with a security guard who why trying to hook us up and get us into Taye Diggs panel, but we have no idea who that is
2:00- 3:00 PM NEW ADAPTATIONS OF THE STAR WARS SAGA (Adam Gidwitz, Alexandra Bracken, Tom Angleberger, Tony DiTerlizzi)
I'm not a Star Wars fan. I don't know a whole lot about the saga, but I quite enjoyed the panel. These guys were crazy Star Wars fans. and their nerdiness was super cute. They all had the challenge of taking a part of the movies and adding something new to it without changing what was already there. I'm pretty sure these books are for elementary/middle school kids, but the whole audience was adults. I wasn't surprised.
3:00-3:45 PM WANDS NOT REQUIRED! AN EXPLORATION OF EPIC FANTASY FOR READERS AGES 10 THROUGH 110 (David Baldacci, Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce, Kevin Sands, and David Levithan)
If David Levithan is moderating, it is a good panel. All of these authors talked about their middle grade fantasy books and on writing advice. It turns out that Maggie Stiefvater attempted to major in music, art, and writing but got rejected from all of the programs. Instead, she majored in history. Now, she is a bestselling author, so never give up if you want to be a writer.
Until the 6:00 Paper Towns panel started- Waiting in line for the panel to start
Everyone in line reads a book :)
Again with the running when the doors are open. I can't keep up with these girls.
6:05 PM? Panel begins
Worst moderator ever. She read off an iPad the whole time and spoke when people were clapping so you couldn't hear. She also assumed that everyone was there because they thought the cast and crew were cute, according to Danielle.
Overall, I don't think the Paper Towns panel was worth getting up that early for. Yes, Nat, Justice, and John were cute and funny, but I didn't feel as though I would have missed anything if I hadn't seen the panel. Well, at least I can cross off seeing John Green on my bucket list though he was nowhere near me. Perhaps, though, my eyeball pain was interfering with my ability to enjoy the show.
7:00 PM Paper Towns panel ends
8:03 PM Train home
10:00/10:30 PM I'm home and rip out that dastardly contact.
11 something PM- I crash into bed
Overall, it was a good day. Quite a crazy day. I've never woken up that early for anything in my life. Organization improved from last year and I got to do a lot more, but the organization still lacked. Also, the Javits Center is a bad location to hold Book Con. Way too small. I guess that's why it's being held in Chicago next year.
Wanna see my swag? I only spent money on the Book Con ticket, train, and parking. Not even food.
Got posters, bags, and a couple of samplers