Top Ten Tuesday is on hiatus until mid-August so Jamie @TheBrokeandTheBookish kindly said we could create our own topics in the mean time. Last week I did 10 books with amazing international editions, but this week, since YALC is in four days’ time, I’ve decided to look at 10 book conventions I’d love to visit!
Since I’m a big fan of graphic novels and manga, as well as fiction, this list will contain conventions related to both. So let’s jump straight in!
1. BookExpo America (BEA)
When: 30th May-1st June 2018
Where: New York City, USA
One of the big hitters in the book convention world, BEA began in 1947 as the American Booksellers Association Convention and Trade Show. It now plays host to come of the biggest publishing houses in the US and sees thousands of visitors attend every year. BEA is the place to be for advanced copies and author signings, and I’d really love to go in the next few years.
When: 11th-13th August 2017
Where: Tokyo, Japan
Comiket is the world’s largest comic and doujinshi (self-published works) fair, held twice a year (summer and winter) in Toyko. Cosplay is a big part of the convention and attendance was as large as half a million people in the winter of 2016. Since this is in Japan and focuses on independent artists’ comics, it’s exactly the kind of convention I’d love to visit.
When: 2nd & 3rd June 2018
Where: New York City, USA
Similar to BEA, Bookcon is one of America’s biggest literature conventions, but unlike BEA, it was only founded in 2014. The convention came under fire in its inaugural year for the lack of diversity in its author lineup, but thankfully, seems to have improved its prospects since then.
4. Edinburgh International Book Festival
When: 12th-28th August 2017
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities to visit regardless of the time of year or event, but visiting for a literature festival with author talks and workshops? Yes please.
5. UK Indie Literary Festival
When: 26th August 2017
Where: Bradford, UK
This is a brand new literature festival, taking place in the UK and celebrating indie authors and publishing houses. There will be talks by authors and opportunities to learn more about the publishing industry.
6. Asia Pop Comic Convention
When: 25th-27th August 2017
Where: Manila, Philippines
Asia Pop Comicon is another huge comic book convention, celebrating graphic novels, manga, and anime at its finest.
7. Cheltenham Literature Festival
When: 6th-15th October 2017
Where: Cheltenham, UK
A well known event, in the UK literary sphere, Cheltenham lit fest has some wonderful author talks and workshops on offer, and it takes place outside of the usual summer months, making for a good autumnal event.
8. Chicago Book Expo
When: 1st October 2017
Where: Chicago, USA
Chicago Book expo is a free event, celebrating up to 100 local publishers and nonprofit organisations selling books. I’d love to go to some of the workshops and just generally wander through the book-loving crowds.
9. San Diego Comic Con
When: 18th – 22nd July 2018
Where: San Diego, USA
SDCC is a convention I’ve dreamed about going to for years. Ever since I visited America six years ago, and missed it by two days, I’ve longed to go and attend one of the most exciting fan conventions the US has to offer. Manga and graphic novels, as well as films, anime, and TV shows bring the convention centre to life for four days.
10. Armageddon Expo
When: 20th 23rd October 2017
Where: Various cities, New Zealand
Armageddon is New Zealand’s primary convention, holding multiple events in different cities, including Auckland, Wellington, and Dunedin. It showcases manga, animation, film and TV, comics, cosplay, and pop culture, and hosts celebrity guests from Youtube, films, TV shows, and gaming. Dubbed NZ’s largest fantasy event, it sound like something I’d love to attend.
Have you ever been to any of these conventions? Which cons would you like to attend in future? I’ve been to YALC and London’s MCM Expo, so I’d love to know which events you’ve been to!