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Book Con, Comic Con for Literary Lovers

You may have heard of New York Comic Con, but have you heard of the literary version- Book Con? Book Con is a “literary fanfest” created by ReedPOP. ReedPOP organized the first ever New York Comic Con and have continued to create a long list of “killer events”, including comic conventions worldwide.  For those unfamiliar, Comic Con consists of wild costumes, highly entertaining panels (usually with celebrity speakers), and meet-the-author events.

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After three events, one in Chicago and two in New York, BookCon has been a proven success with fans. It will be added on to New York Comic Con (NYCC), but will focus on book content. This Fall, BookCon@NYCC will take place during New York Comic Con, from October 6th to 9th at New York’s Hudson Mercantile. The Hudson Mercantile is an event space located near New York’s Javits Center, where Comic Con traditionally takes place.

Lance Festerman, the global senior VP of ReedPOP and BookCon organizer commented on the expansion of NYCC through BookCon. “BookCon@NYCC allows us to bring our fan base more of the high profile book related content they love,” he said. Sounds good to me!

Book Expo America at New York’s Javits Center (to give us an idea of what BookCon might look like). Image courtesy of Modern Mrs Darcy.

Fall 2016’s BookCon will include panels, autograph sessions, and meet and greets with such authors as R.L. Stine, Chuck Wendig, and Danielle Paige (and more, of course). Fensterman emphasized that “traditional comics publishers aren’t part of the Hudson Mercantile. The Hudson Mercantile space will focus on books (genre, novels, memoir, humor, etc.) and authors. It’s an opportunity to spotlight book content.” 

Due to the ever-increasing popularity of Comic Con and the annoyance of ticket scalping, those intent on attending BookCon@NYCC must compete NYCC”s Fan Verification Profile. For us book lovers, Fan Verification should be no problem. Should we dress up like our favorite Jane Austen characters for this event?

Image courtesy of  NY Daily News.