Comic-Con - a gigantic 4 day nerd fest filled with a plethora of comic books, games, arts, and movies. They happen all over the US. The two biggest ComicCons are the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and the New York City Comic Con (NYCCC). I am one of the many individuals who make their way to the Big Apple for the busy weekend. Okay - but this article is not about Comic Con...
In the same place that holds NYCCC, there is another Con that needs to get some love... bookcon! Bookcon is held and run by the same people who run New York's Comic-Con, it takes place in the summer and it's a lot of fun. I just went!
Much like Comic-Con, people cosplay as some of their favorite characters from their favorite books. Bookcon like Comic-Con, stands behind their men and women who dress up. If you can dress up without being grabbed and while getting a fellow Con-goer to take your picture, kudos to you! At this event, it is vital to respect one another over everything.
This year at bookcon was a real treat for me! I got to see lots of my favorite authors....
The highlight of my year is I got to hear Bill Nye speak in the flesh. Of course this being bookcon, he talked about his book, Jack and the Geniuses. You can read about the book here. This was one of the best things that has ever happen to me. He talked about his new book of course and other things like his new show on Netflix, Bill Nye Saves The World. If you haven't watched it, I highly recommend you do. It is all about social issues happening in the world today. He answered a lot of questions and told us the real secret to doing well in the world is to,
"Learn algebra. The idea of letters equaling numbers at a early age needs to be introduced. This helps children think out of the box during vital moments of brain development."
Bill Nye is known for his side jokes. While most Bill Nye fans may know this, I won't put the jokes in here because they might hurt someone's feelings. He was everything I thought he would be at bookcon. I would travel to see him speak again - even if it wasn't about a book!
Kwame Alexander, Jeff Kinney, Daniel Handler, and Mary Pope Osbourne are the people who gave me a childhood of books including Lemony Snicket, The Series of Unfortunate Events, and The Magic Tree House. Listening to the individuals who made my childhood great was an experience of a life time. Mary Pope Osborne is still putting out Magic Tree House books - giving even more kids the opportunity of a quality childhood. Daniel Handler is very much like his character Lemony Snicket in just about every way. I don't think I've ever laughed so much in my life. If you have ever seen the show or movie based on his books, then you know the voice that tells the story and what this man sounds like.
My last favorite thing about Bookcon is all the free stuff you accumulate and the neat merchandise you can buy. I also got a sneak peek at things that are getting ready to come out this year and even next year.
I can't wait for next year's bookcon. If you are a lover of books, fun times, and getting to meet people just like you, I highly suggest grabbing tickets to bookcon next year. I hope to see you there!