This Friday I will be travelling alllll the way from London to Sunderland for the first ever Wonderlands graphic novel expo! It's totally free, so pop along if you're in the area and you're looking for something fun to do on Saturday.
I'll be there with fellow Improper Books gang members Matt Gibbs and Sara Dunkerton. We'll have copies of our books, plus a colouring table! I fully expect to see as many adults as children doing some colouring in.
Sadly, King of Improper (the lovely Benjamin Read) will no longer be able to make it, so Matt and I will be attempting to fill his boots on the YA discussion panel at 10.20am. I must admit i'm slightly anxious about this as, despite the fact that I have a comic in print, I'm still feeling incredibly new to comics. I'm hoping that my almost 10 years experience as a bookseller will support my knowledge of YA, even if that knowledge perhaps leans more towards novels than graphic novels. Hopefully i'll have something useful to contribute! If not, feel free to come along and watch me glub wordlessly like a goldfish for 50 minutes. That should be fun?
There'll be a full day of panels, presentations and workshops, which you can check out on the website.
If you're going to be there, I look forward to meeting you! :D
PS. If you're reading this and thinking 'what on earth does YA mean?' here you go:
It stands for Young Adult and it can be applied to anything, but is mainly used when referring to the readership of books or graphic novels. Obviously it's a bit of a grey area as to who actually IS a young adult as far as specific ages go, but it's often used to describe material aimed at teenagers. However, many YA books are appealing to younger and/or older readers too, hence the rather vague title.
Some of my favourite books and comics can be classed as YA, for example the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness or Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen.