Last year, my brother and his girlfriend went to BookCon. He was so excited – he kept texting me while he was there, and at the time, he wasn’t even a reader. This wonderful girl, a handful of proper books, and BookCon converted him.
When tickets went on sale, I received a series of text messages which, in summary went like this:
HIM: ARE YOU GOING TO BOOKCON.
HIM: BOOKCON TICKETS ARE ON SALE.
HIM: YOU SHOULD GO.
HIM: YOU SHOULD GOOOOOOOOOOOOO
ME: Um, that’s really close to the time we’re probably moving.
ME: Matt’s going to be so bored.
HIM: HE CAN HANG OUT WITH ME. GOOOOOOOOOO
ME: We’ll see. *buys tickets*
So now, I am going to BookCon. I may have been in the bloggish community on-and-off for a while now, but I’ve never been to something quite like this.
Okay, I went to Rhode Island Comic Con twice. It was very crowded and stressful. But fun. I bought too many Pops. But that’s not a book convention. This is new territory for me, and I get social anxiety which makes stuff like this super awesome.
So, dear readers, I’m reaching out to you:
- Have you been to YALC, BookCon, or something similar?
- What was your experience?
- What should I bring?
- What’s the food situation?
- How early do I need to arrive to panels to get in?
- How early do I need to plan to buy autograph tickets?
And, really, anything else you can think of.
I’ve run across a few blog posts in Google searching that suggest things like comfy shoes and a big backpack, but otherwise, I’m a bit lost. And my darling brother is not the most helpful soul. I want to know all about your experiences!