Young Adult Literature Convention/London Film and Comic Con
Saturday 28th July 2018
Although, the first day was pretty hectic, it was nothing compared to Saturday. It was incredibly busy, which I think affected my mental health quite a lot. I tried my hardest to persevere, not wanting to ruin the event with my own problems and took breaks regularly to ensure my anxiety wouldn’t cause any long-term damage. Thankfully, I think I managed to keep it relatively under control.
Friday’s purchases was fairly controlled, only spending small amounts and picking up quite a lot for the amount spent. However, that went completely out the window on Saturday, it being the most I’ve spent throughout the weekend and the pile of books shows it clearly. This may have been because I spent all day at the convention, from the timing it opened to the time it ended, and there wasn’t much entertainment aside from the odd celebrity sighting and competition between signings and panels… so shopping was basically what I did most.
Due to my anxiety mentioned earlier, I missed out on a few panels and signings, not feeling comfortable being in a crowd during peak times, so I only managed to meet one author out of the three I initially planned for. However, it was definitely one that mattered a lot to me.
Simon James Green
Simon James Green’s signing was in the morning of the convention, meaning after around an hour of wandering around the stands I got in the queue early to ensure I wouldn’t need one of the dreaded virtual queue tickets. I met him quite quickly, which was great, and he was a delight to speak to. After thanking him for creating such positive LGBT content, something that he stated he was trying to accomplish, we spoke a little about Noah’s angst in his second novel before grabbing a photo. He was so welcoming to speak to, signing both books for me and the bonus short story, which was incredibly kind of him!
On Saturday, I also gathered the confidence to enter a few competitions, grabbing a raffle ticket to win a copy of the upcoming Dear Evan Hansen novel, which I unfortunately didn’t win, and some goodies from the Hodder & Stoughton stand. All I had to do was write the name of my favourite fantasy character on the wall of their stand to enter, and although, I didn’t win, it was fun to read other people’s favourites! However, the only competition I won this weekend was over at the Electric Monkey stand. To have the chance to win an upcoming proof copy of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, I had to find the author wandering around YALC and ask for a ticket, which I had to take back to the stand and see if it matched any of the proof copies. Surprisingly, I won on my first try! I can’t wait to delve into the story.
I also managed to catch the ‘Loud and Proud’ panel hosted by Simon James Green, Keris Stainton and Josh Martin as they spoke about LGBT characters within their own works and throughout YA Literature. It was incredible to hear authors speak about their own ideas and approaches to LGBT content shown within the genre, and lack thereof, and how they handled rejections and unhappy parents of those a fan of their works. Although, they appeared a little flustered when Jason Momoa and Iwan Rheon wandered past, which was as hilarious as it sounds, they were brilliant to listen to. It was by far one of the highlights of my weekend. Also, Josh Martin would invite Dumbledore to a dinner party, while Keris Stainston would invite Simon and Baz (Carry On) and Simon James Green would invite Jimmy of The Ark (I Was Born For This)… which I didn’t know I desperately wanted to know until I heard it.
1. An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare (Hardcover. Simon and Schuster UK)
Featuring characters from The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices amount others, this very special illustrated collection showcases beautiful portraits alongside never-before-known details about all your favourite characters from Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters’ world.
2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Paperback. BKMRK)
Kaz Brekker and his crew pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a far reward, they’re fighting for their lives. Double crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies and hope…
3. Jinxed by Amy McCulloch (Paperback. Simon and Schuster UK)
Lacey Chu has big dreams of working for MONCHA – the tech firm behind the baku phenomenon – but first she needs to get into the exclusive Profectus Academy and there’s no way she can afford to do that.
Then Lacey meets Jinx…
4. Renegades by Marissa Meyer (Paperback. Pan Macmillan)
Nova is an anarchist. A girl on a mission for vengeance after the heroes sworn to protect her family failed her.
Adrian is a renegade. A boy with extraordinary abilities who believes in justice, and in Nova.
They should be sworn enemies, but Nova finds herself torn between Adrian and the Renegades, and a villain that could destroy them both.
5. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (Signed paperback. BKMRK)
A mysterious disease has killed most of America’s children. Ruby might have survived, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse than a virus: frightening abilities they cannot control. Pressured by the government, Ruby’s parents send her to Thurmond, a brutal state rehabilitation camp, where she has learned to suppress her new power. But what if mastering it is a whole generation’s only chance for survival?
6. Spellslinger and Charmcaster by Sebastien De Castell (Hardcovers. Hot Key Books)
Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone…
7. I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter. (Paperback. Simon and Schuster UK)
Ellie Frias has never wanted to be popular; she just want to blend in, to be accepted. Bu then Caleb Breward tells her she’s beautiful and makes her believe it…
8. Love Letter To The Dead by Ava Dellaira (Paperback. Hot Key Books)
It begins as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain – he died young, and so did Laurel’s sister May – so maybe he’ll understand what Laurel is going through…
9. I am Still Alive by Kate Marshall (Paperback ARC. Usborne Publishing/Faber and Faber – Stand Unknown)
There are two beginnings to this story. One of them is on a tarmac in Alaska. The other’s standing on a lakeshore with rain falling on me like mist, the cabin’s timbers smoldering, sullen and red. I’ll tell you both stories, what happened before my father died and what happened after. And when I’m done or when I’m too weak to write anymore, I’ll leave this notebook where the cabin was. If someone comes looking for us, for me, maybe they’ll find it.
So if you’re reading this, I’m probably dead. But for a while, I survived.
10. Ariadnis and Anassa by Josh Martin (Signed Paperbacks. Waterstones)
Aula and Joomia have been chosen to decide the fate of their people. On their eighteenth birthdays, the girls will compete in a mysterious and dangerous trial to prevent a war between their two nations.
Now, with just a year left, Aula and Joomia must prepare. There’s no time for friendship, no space for love. But how can you train for a deadly challenge you know nothing about?
Only one girl will claim Ariandnis’s final prize. Only one will survive.
11. My Heart Goes Bang by Keris Stainton (Signed Paperback. Waterstones)
It’s the second year of uni for Ella, Lous, Issey, Liane and Paige. And they are determined to make the most of it. That means working hard, and playing hard. Definitely no serious relationships. And when they find a list of guys they should date before they’re twenty-one, well that’s their year sorted… But will anyone’s heart by in one piece at the end of it all?
12. When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter (Hardcover. Usborne Publishing/Faber and Faber – Stand Unknown)
Dashiell Bohnacker was hell on his family while he was alive. But it’s even worse now that he’s dead…
13. A Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (Physical ARC. Electric Monkey)
A murdered girl. A closed case. An A-grade student who won’t let it go…
14. A Selection of postcards (Various stands)
Renegades by Marissa Meyer postcard.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake postcard.
Six of Crows Special Edition by Leigh Bardugo postcard.
Soulbinder by Sebastien De Castell postcard.
Proud composed by Juno Dawson pamphlet.
15. Inside the Magic: The Making of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Hardcover. Harper Collins Children’s Books)
Return to the wizarding world…
16. A selection of badges (Various Stands)
‘Rouge Book Nerd’ badge.
‘Proud’ by Juno Dawson badge.
‘I Was Born For This’ by Alice Oseman badge.
17. A Selection of samplers and bookmarks (Various stands)
Christina Henry bookmark.
Skulduggery Pleasant ‘Dead Cool’ by Derek Landy bookmark.
Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green bookmark.
I am Thunder by Muhammad Khan sampler.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo sampler.
BKMRK Stand Tote Bag.
Penguin Stand Tote Bag.
18. Overwatch’s Mercy Funko Pop (Stand Unknown)
I’ve recently been playing as this character more on Overwatch and she is by far the cutest Pop available, so I had no choice! Plus, she was the cheapest I’d seen her since her release.
19. Ouran High School Host Club’s Tamaki Funko Pop (Stand Unknown)
I adored this series when I was younger, and hadn’t seen a single thing about Funko releasing an Ouran line before spotting him on a stand. So, of course, I fell in love and bought him immediately.