On Saturday 12th of July, I hitched a ride with media and film students from my college and made my way to London for YALC at London Film and Comic Con.
IT WAS AWESOME.
Seriously, I had so much fun. Here’s a rundown:
Surprisingly, I managed to sleep the night before and didn’t wake up ridiculously early in anticipation like I usually do for exciting things. Then it was off to meet the others at college to get on the coach, and off we went.
It took 5 hours to get there. (Worst 5 hours ever)
In the end, traffic was so bad we got out and walked the rest of the way.(we were walking for about 20-30 minutes, which isn’t too bad. I was just moody because we had been sitting in traffic for 40 minutes prior to that) Then, once we were finally there, I saw the queues for tickets. It was the biggest, most monstrous queue I have ever seen in my life. Luckily, we already had our tickets and were able to walk straight past the huge queue and go straight in.
Inside was incredibly overwhelming. I didn’t get any photos because I was too afraid of dropping my phone etc but other bloggers have HUNDREDS of photos of cosplayers and other bloggers. My favourite cosplayer was probably Slenderman. I love creepypasta and it was great to see such a good cosplay! I liked that when people tried to take photos, he would move and scare the crap out of everybody. Hahaha.
When I actually found my way to YALC, the first thing I did was head over to the Dystopia stand and buy a copy of Dystopia by Anthony Ergo, which I’m really excited to read! For £5, I got the book, soundtrack, signed bookmark and a wristband! So cool. I then met up with Lucy (Queen of Contemporary) which was amazing because her blog is one of the very first blogs I ever actually started following! I gave her a friendship bracelet as a little present (sad, I know, but it was cute!) and then wandered around the publishers stalls.
I also met up with these bloggers, which was amazing. I was so excited to be able to speak to them in person and meet them for the first time, ever! I loved how it wasn’t even an awkward meeting – since we had already spoken before, we had plenty to talk about! My only regret was that I didn’t get to spend longer with them.
Sabrina @ The Delirious Reader
Sally @ The Dark Dictator
Emily @ The Book Bubble
Bella @ Cheezy Feet Books
I returned home with 8 more books than I left with, which I have to say, is a record for me. I also got plenty of bookmarks, postcards and other swag which was really cool! I wish I had picked up some of the badges, though. They would look awesome on my Books With Bite Bag!
Here’s the books I bought:
I was so pleased to get Chobits, since it the first manga I ever read! I was only able to read one volume though, which I borrowed from a friend. Now I have the first four volumes!
Soulmates was already signed when I bought it, as was Slated! Slated wasn’t marked as signed though, so when I opened it up once I was home and found it was signed, I squealed! I also had a chat with Natasha Ngan and she signed the copy of The Elites that I had just bought. I’m so excited to read all of these!
I also got my copy of The Knife Of Never Letting Go signed – Which was amazing because Patrick Ness was the main reason I was so excited to go on Saturday.
I was so sad that I wasn’t able to go on the Sunday, but I had no money left after Saturday! (and I now owe Alex £14, so yeah…)
I hope everyone who went had an amazing time, and I hope those that weren’t able to go will be able to come to the next one!