A few days ago, the Jacob Javits Center hosted not one but two consecutive events that I attended as a member of the Press with the first being Book Expo America and the second, The Book Con which I am presenting to you in this narrative. Initially I was going to post this on the PiercingMetal website but since none of the items that I would focus on were discovered at this event I opted to post it here. This is mostly a photographic presentation but I’ll chime in as needed. The official press badge will let me get the most out of this event in the business sense. Enjoy.
This is only the second year for the Book Con and its an offshoot from the BEA event. Now BEA is only for the working publishing professionals and educators along with press while the Book Con is totally focused on the consumer. When Press signed up for BEA we had the option to attend the Book Con as well which I wanted to do this year since I had an open day in my schedule.
Garfield was meeting young fans and posing for photos with them. They were also handing out the first collection of his cartoon strips in a larger sized volume for free if you got on the line. Sadly I didn’t get the photo op but I did get the book.
Here’s the Image Comics table that I showed you in the Book Expo America coverage but this time all the volumes were for sale to customers at the Book Con. There was some discounted pricing so a great place to get those “Walking Dead” collections if there were any left.
Here’s a photo of publicist Monica Crowe who was repping one of the authors. I loved her Ramones shirt and it found us conversing for a few minutes.
The folks from Galactic Hot Dogs had an actual hot dog cart there for folks to get a tasty treat from but the line was super duper long so I passed on it. Of course I did try to lessen the line by saying very loud “what, VEGAN hot dogs, its an outrage!!!” but sadly my ruse didn’t fool anyone. Drats.
The Book Con was smaller than the previous few days Book Expo America event and that meant space was cut off from the rest of Javits and as you can see in the photo they put up some walls which were not there the following day. This place always amazes me with its constant configurations and reconfigurations to the needs of the specific function.
This was a solid event for those fans of meeting various authors and perhaps coming back with a special signed edition but there was not a whole lot that was in my own wheelhouse as I’ve said so I didn’t come back with all that much. I did get a few more signed tomes for my cousin’s little one which was a plus for sure. The Book Con joins the Book Expo America in its move to Chicago for next year’s event. I’m not sure if it will be there for good or if this is only a trial thing. I guess time will tell. I only know that I will not be heading to Chicago to attend the event.
Official Website: http://www.thebookcon.com