January 22, 2018

BLOG TOUR| The Fandom

The Fandom
Anna Day

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Release Date: 4th January, 2018

UK Publisher: Chicken House


Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands ...

I am honoured to have Anna on my blog today, talking about one of my favourite events in my annual calendar, YALC!

Over to ANNA DAY, author of THE FANDOM:

      I went to YALC/Comic-Con for the first time last July to promote my debut novel The Fandom. What better place, as part of the book is set at Comic-Con in the very same building, Olympian National Hall. I’d done loads of research online, read blogs and watched YouTube videos, and got a taste of the vivid world of cosplay. So I was very excited, and a bit nervous, to finally go there in person. Excited to be part of something I’d only imagined, and nervous I’d imagined it all wrong.

      Well I was not disappointed. And I like to think, for a moment, I felt just like the protagonist, Violet. Completely awestruck and overwhelmed by it all. Olympia was every bit as vast and stunning as I’d hoped, and the cosplayers were even more convincing and colourful than I’d envisioned.

        The above photo shows the first group of cosplayers I approached. I’m a Lord of the Rings fan, and was instantly struck by how realistic their costumes were. I was a little anxious, introducing myself in a slightly hesitant voice, asking if I could chat to them about their costumes and have a couple of photos. Honestly, I felt like the little nerd trying to get in with the cool gang! But my concerns were completely unfounded. They were such a lovely bunch of people, so welcoming and happy to talk. They told me about their costumes, which were all hand made by the lady dressed as a hobbit. She was such a talented seamstress, the detail in the costumes was astounding. They totally gave me the confidence to approach other cosplayers, who were all equally as nice. Below you can see me posing with some more amazing cosplayers (next year I am totally going in costume … it’s in print, no take backsies!)

      I think this is what stayed with me the most from visiting Comic-Con; the sense of comradery amongst cosplayers, bound together by their passion for creativity, stories and all things geektastic. My research had served me well in terms of writing about the venue and the costumes, but I think it was only then, that moment at Comic-Con, I realised what an honour it was to have written a book dedicated to all things fandom.


    Anna Day is the debut author of THE FANDOM, out now, priced £7.99. Get your copy here and follow the conversation online using the tag #jointhefandom!   

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