I am a geek.
I love comics, movies, books and more. I’m sure many of you can understand the pleasure of a new book or the way movies take you from reality. And with these hobbies you can go to one place in Orlando each year….GeekyCon! But wait…there’s something special about GeekyCon. BOOKS!
We LOVE books as you know and GeekyCon has GeekyCon Lit! This is where YA authors come and speak on panels and sign their books!
The celebration of YA Lit has been a major facet of GeekyCon since 2011. Each year they assemble some of YA’s best and brightest authors to discuss their work and the industry, give advice to aspiring writers, and generally geek out in hilarious and memorable ways you just won’t see at any other convention.
Our blogger Alysha went to GeekyCon Lit last year and loved it! Here is her review.
After the “Great-Ticket-Disaster” of 2014 (Don’t ask, you really, don’t want to know), I was able to go to GeekyCon for the first time last year. I was beyond excited, other than BEA and Yallfast, there’s not really many conventions or festivals that I would’ve been able to see so many of my favorite authors at once: Veronica Roth. Leigh Bardugo (who I nominate as one of the funniest humans to ever exist). Holly Black. Jenny Han. Tehereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs. Marie Lu. Stephani Perkins. Sabaa Tahir. Just to name a few.
These are some of the biggest names in YA today. With the added bonus that I could actually go to one of these things and actually enjoy it in real time. The lines weren’t abhorrent and I could actually sit and listen in on the panels. Although there were some shenanigans (that we’re just not going to mention), it was still an amazing experience. And it wasn’t just the chance to get my books signed, which was really amazing. The panels were insightful but also very hilarious. Especially the panel, aptly named, The Plot Hospital, where best selling authors lent a friendly ear to aspiring writing and help solve plot issues and made them assess their work honestly and help at least diagnosis technical issues with their works-in-progresses.
GeekyCon was beyond amazing, it’ doesn’t have that professional vibe like BEA but it’s not agoraphobia-inducing like Yallfest. I only attended the LitTrack events, but it felt like this big party for people who loved to fangirl about YA lit. It was a no-brainer that I wanted to go again this year and I had to tell all my friends about it, so they could come too.
Here is some information from the GeekyCon website.
WHAT IS GEEKYCON?
GeekyCon is a fan convention rooted in the community that has arisen from Harry Potter devotees. It blends the nerdy fun of a Comic-Con with the community and excitement of South by Southwest. We’re all about creating real-world connections between stories, those who create them, and those who love them.
WHAT DO YOU DO AT GEEKYCON?
Everything! In the past, we’ve had programming ranging from discussions about similarities between Buffy and Harry Potter, to Disney sing-alongs with actors from Glee. We host performances, panel discussions, roundtables, and more with our Special Guests. In the evenings, we continue the party with concerts and the Esther Earl Rocking Charity Ball!
WHEN AND WHERE IS GEEKYCON?
GeekyCon is returning to Orlando, FL, in 2016. The convention will be held at the Orange County Convention Center from July 29–31.
Tickets on sale here!