One of my favorite conventions happened this past weekend, and most of you probably haven’t heard of it. Book Riot Live is a rather small reader convention held annually in New York City. It’s run by the people behind Book Riot—a website for book reviews, podcasts, and online community. Despite its small size and lack of superstar authors, Book Riot Live really impressed me with its welcoming environment, smooth organization, and thoughtful panels.
This was a year of major firsts for New York Comic Con. This year, the convention featured three offsite venues, including Madison Square Garden. While con attendance reached record numbers, the offsite spaces meant that the main show floor, hallways, and Artists Alley didn’t often feel overcrowded (the exception being a few peak times each day). Continue reading New York Comic Con 2016 in a Nutshell
September 24th was a big day in the book world. At the same time some of my Daily Geekette colleagues were exploring Boston Teen Author Festival, I attended the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival in D.C. While there, I got to meet the new history-making Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, just ten days after she was sworn in! I also met children’s author Shannon Hale (again) and attended some interesting panels, learning such things as Lois Lowry’s preferred brand of toothpaste and the difficulties of literary translation. Read on to hear about my experience! Continue reading A Peek at the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival
A few weeks ago, I got to attend ConnectiCon 2016 – a convention that I hold really close to my heart. I love the unique mixture of nerdy guests they get, along with having a big con feel with (currently) enough space to explore and not get those tight and smelly issues that most popular cons suffer from. ConnectiCon is also an event that seems to pride itself on diversity, whether it be within the content it offers, or the incredible amounts of different people that are drawn to attend year after year. These things, and more, keep me coming back to this Connecticut homegrown convention without fail, and this year had some fantastic highlights that need to be celebrated.
ConnectiCon was the first convention I ever went to, back in 2007. I’ve been going sporadically since then and it’s interesting to see how the con evolves from year to year. There were some major organizational changes this year, some for the better and some for the worse. If you’re considering going to CTCon next year take a look at the way things were run, though keep in mind it could be completely different next time, as the organizers see what worked and what didn’t. Continue reading Pros and Cons of ConnectiCon 2016–On How the Con was Run This Year
Didn’t get a chance to go to Connecticon this past weekend and want to know what you missed? Or were you there and just want to know what I think? I’ll tell you about my favorite costumes, panels, and shows, close encounters with special guests, activities to do in between events, and more. I even got to ask Sean Astin (actor of Sam Gamgee and voice of Raphael in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles) about feminism in TMNT! Read on if you want to know what he said… Continue reading Carly’s CTCon Highlights
Each year I try to go to at least one convention. While I’d like to go to more, some have proven to be more hassle than they are worth. One thing that always seems to be an issue and a big complaint amongst other convention-goers is the etiquette that we see from our fellows.
Here’s my top tips to be a mindful and polite con-goer. Continue reading Convention Etiquette from a Con-Goer
Wicked Faire, for those who don’t know, is a winter Renaissance Faire for adults (and older teens). It’s one part Ren fair, one part concert festival, and one part kink. Over the years, Wicked Faire has had some awesome themes like Wonderland, Halloween, fairy tales, and Wonka. The con has celebrated subcultures from goth to steampunk and everything in between. Wicked Faire is special. It’s the kind of place where anyone can be themselves. Sadly, this past weekend was the last Wicked Faire.
Daily Geekette has only been represented at Wicked Faire for the last two years. However, I have been to five, and some of our staff have attended more. Wicked Faire holds a special place in plenty of hearts, and some con regulars, including several Geekettes, have shared why this is and some favorite memories.
Rhode Island Comic Con took place this past weekend in Providence. After a debacle last year involving oversold tickets and locked-out attendees, many were ready to write off “The Biggest Show in the Smallest State.” Even in my dedication to covering the con, I had a few reservations. I’m happy to report that Altered Reality Entertainment pulled off a more successful convention this year, but there is definite room for improvement. Miscommunication and layout issues were the root of much frustration, but the celebrity guests made it worthwhile.
Book Expo America 2015, a convention for members of the publishing industry, took place on Wednesday, May 27 through Friday, May 29. Authors, booksellers, bloggers, educators, and more gather to network, attend panels and signings, and pick up lots and lots of free books. BookCon was started last year as a continuation of the event but open to the public and more geared to the interests of non-professionals in the world of books. This year’s BEA event was very special for us, since it was the largest gathering of DG writers to date! Here are some of our impressions of the event: Continue reading An Overview of BEA and BookCon 2015