The first ever BookCon was… all right. The swag was plentiful, but the amount of space and its arrangement, the competence of the security team, and the scheduling of the panels left much to be desired. Maybe this was to be expected—this being the first BookCon and all—but considering that the people in charge were the same ones who have been planning New York ComicCon for years, I expected less pandemonium.
My Piano Man and I still had a blast. We (and a few hundred others) missed the first panel we had in our schedule, My First Novel: Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me about Writing, Publishing and Promoting a Book. There was not enough of space. But we got lucky with the alternative. We made it to Stan Lee’s Zodiac: Comic Book Legend to Children’s Book Author, and got two signed pre-view copies of Zodiac. My Piano Man also got me an autographed copy of File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents, by Lemony Snicket. My third treasure is a copy of Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi. I can’t wait to read her awesome retelling of the Snow White fairy tale.
We only attended three panels: Multicultural Publishers in Conversation, The Evolution of a Book Cover and as mentioned above, Stan Lee’s Zodiac: Comic Book Legend to Children’s Book Author. I’ll tell you about the multicultural panel in a future post.
The cover panel was formed by Helen Yentus and Oliver Munday, the creators of the covers for Boy, Snow, Bird and Without Their Permission, respectively. The two artists were brilliant. Stan Lee’s panel was hilarious, informative and touching. The 91-year-old co-creator of Spider-Man confessed that he no longer hears or sees well, but asked everyone not to pity him for the fact that he can’t read much. “I’ve read many books,” he said, listing Alan Poe, Shakespeare and a few others as his favorite authors.
For me, reading is like exhaling—writing is the inhaling part of the breathing process. I’ve always being afraid of not being able to do it. If the time comes when I can no longer experience stories, I hope to show Stan Lee’s fortitude towards the topic.
Now to the loved by my Piano Man at BookCon bit… How many of you thought something sexy after reading the title? Come on, be honest *Rhissanna, cough*. Of course his sexy bits always make me feel loved, but it was something he said that left me brimming with the joy that can only be evoked by the knowledge that someone loves you completely. I was waiting to get a free book, and told my Piano Man that he didn’t have to wait in line with me. He could go browse for things he wanted. He told me, “No, I’ll wait in line. The second book will make a good giveaway.”
I kissed him hard, and stood in line grinning like a lunatic in love
and occasionally groping his
backside inappropriately. This might not sound like much to some—not the
groping but the bit about my Piano Man standing in line to get a book for one
of my Wicked Darlings—nevertheless, it means the world to me. I’m marrying this
man in 28 days, and knowing that he keeps in mind the simple things that matter
to me makes me happy beyond believe. I’m a happy Witch, and my Lover is perfect
Here is some of the loot we got at BookCon 2014. I want to share the fun. If you want one of the books (except the first three), add the title to the end of your comment about this post. I will pick a winner, using Random.Org, on Wednesday, June 4th.
This is the rest of the swag. I love the Nightmares! sleep mask. ;-)
And the winner is…
Congrats, Petoskystone! Please message me with your mailing information, and I’ll drop Without Their Permission in the mail. (Yes, I know how wicked hilarious that sounds *hehehe*)