Event Recap: Love YA Fest & Oz Comic Con September 2014

September 20, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Event Recaps, Features

OMG I AM STILL REELING FROM THE BEST WEEKEND EVERR. It’s taken me this long to recover and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Be prepared for LOTS OF FANGIRLING, excitement, declarations of love, SQUEEING and PHOTOS. LOTS OF THEM.

Brisbane Writer’s Festival – 6 Sept

Chiara and I went to the Laini Taylor Panel in the morning to listen to her and other authors talk about Unnatural Creatures. It was quite interesting exploring the weird and wonderful creatures of the world and fiction. The best part about it is that we got to meet her afterwards for a book signing of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy. I was totally fangirling and in awe, it was slightly embarrassing.


Laini Taylor and I – she remembered me from Twitter which was super exciting! 

Love YA Festival 

Then we headed over to the Love YA Festival at the Brisbane Library, where heaps of author panels were being held! The event was awesome, so many YA authors with books I had read and loved.

First up was a panel with Sean Williams (author of Jump), Kirilee Barker (author of The Book of Days), and Gary Crew on the topic of Heroines and Heroes in YA Fiction. In the panel, the authors said they write YA because of the passion of the characters in fiction, and that adults can relate to the important coming of age journey that a lot of YA characters experience, which makes them reflect upon themselves. It was interesting seeing how YA has changed since Gary Crew’s days and what it is now, because of the topics and themes that are explored (eg. sci-fi and steampunk).


Sean Williams and I – He follows me on Twitter and recognised me! 


Kirilee Barker and I – so excited talking about Pottermore XD She came to my blogging panel afterwards too, which was amazing!  

Signed books from Sean & Kirilee:


Afterwards, I had to get ready for my blogging panel with Steph Bowe (author of Girl Saves Boy and All This Could End).

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Steph Bowe at her panel & my signed Girl Saves Boy

Steph spoke on how she got started at 14 as a blogger and how it’s really set a difference when pursuing publishing contacts, because she networked with other authors and was able to demonstrate her passion and commitment when it came to her readers. For bloggers, she gave us the advice not to respond to any drama or negative feedback online because we are out in the public eye and it’s filled with internet trolls who love that stuff, and also said how ‘internet people’ can be perceived as separate from ‘real life people’ but this is not always the case. For the budding author – her advice was to ‘be creepy on the bus’ and think of everyone’s stories.


My blogging panel consisted of Steph Bowe, Eat Drink & Be Kerry, Pepper Passport, myself and Aisha from Brisbane Libraries. She asked us some pretty tough questions about advertising on our site, becoming self hosted and why we started blogging. I did get some videos of me speaking, and I’ll share ir/when I get the confidence haha. I talked about how my blog was created to share my passion with others and to make friends with those, negative reviews being important for readers as I write them for readers and not for authors/publishers, and how for advertising, it is improtant not to plaster your site with dodgy ads but to make sure it is relevant to your audience.

Thank you so much to Chiara, Bec, Kirilee, Angelya, Kate for attending – I appreciated the support, despite another panel being on with A.J. Betts and Diana Sweeney being on at the same time.

Signed books from A.J. Betts & Diana Sweeney:


Then we rushed off to the Laini Taylor and Amie Kaufman panel, who talked about Love in YA fiction and it was awesome! They shared with us their book boyfriends (Tarver was a popular one for Laini and Amie Kaufman gave us a whole list, including Levi from Fangirl!). For her upcoming work, Laini Taylor is working on a sci-fi novel set in New York (HOW EXCITING) and a short story anthology with some other authors. I was SQUEEING at a Tarver point of view short story coming out later in the year – sign up to her mailing list to get firsthand information. Amie is currently working on the 3rd book in the Starbound trilogy where the character is an arrogant man with a swagger – should be interesting! She also said Tarver is based off her ideal guy (we can see why).



Amie Kaufman and I – she recalled me fangirling on Twitter over meeting her and Laini and replied by saying she was living the glamorous life of eating a chocolate honeycomb biscuit LOL 

My signed books from Laini & Amie (the sequels of DOSAB aren’t pictured)


Had the best time ever with Chiara from Books for a Delicate Eternity!


Oz Comic Con – 7 Sept

Oz Comic Con is the BEST ORGANISED CONVENTION I’ve ever been to, and that’s saying something being a con addict. I’ve been to enough Supanova’s to know that you’ll be in a line for half of the day waiting for photos and your chance to see the stars! But this wasn’t the case at all, I had a pretty full schedule with my friend Leasha and my nephew, and we managed to do it all!

I went straight in and I was at the front of the line to see JASON DOHRING, and I was freaking out. Veronica Mars is one of my favourite shows ever, and oh my gosh he is swoon worthy. When I finally went in to see him, I was like totally starstruck but he said he loved my shirt, which was the Veronica Mars Kickstarter shirt and thanked me for supporting the movie. He was just so gracious and lovely! Then I managed to splutter “I liked your navy uniform” (from the Veronica Mars movie) and he said “yeah, a few people have asked why I’m not wearing it but I don’t own one unfortunately”. THEN I GOT THE BEST HUG EVER. I am still swooning, I mean Logan is a bad boy on the show but he’s like totally sweet and shy and focused in real life!

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We watched the Jason Mamoa panel which was HILARIOUS. He swears a lot and he’s just really quick witted and cracking jokes the whole time. He has a horse phobia, and was asked at his panel “Would you rather fight a 100 horse sized ducks or 1 duck sized horse?” It was SOO funny, he was just like WTF, weirdest question ever but I’d like to see both!

We went back to check out the exhibition and I bought some mermaid leggings, a mermaid dress and a chibi moon skater dress from Living Dead Clothing. Then it was time to get my photo taken with Orlando Bloom! I was SO EXCITED and going into a meltdown (after seeing all these famous people and stars I could barely keep it together) and while in line, when he arrived he stuck his head out and said Hi to us and smiled! Ahhhh I was right in front too! Meeting him was super quick because he had so many people, I did manage to get a hug from him though 🙂 (He is super hot in real life as well).

Also watched the Veronica Mars panel with Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring and Michael Muhney. They had a really good thing going, telling us funny stories from the set and how they had so much fun making the Veronica Mars movie. Can’t wait to see these guys again in the spin-off web series, Play It Again Dick. 


Stayed for the Orlando Bloom panel, he was tired at the start but perked up halfway through and was really entertaining, telling us his thoughts on being on the ‘sexiest man ever’ lists and the variety of characters he’s played which has been a lot of fun. He didn’t pick a favourite role, but he did hint that he may jump at the opportunity for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and to work with Johnny Depp again.

The day after Comic Con, Jason Dohring actually posted on Twitter that he would take all fans in my city to see a movie with him – but I didn’t go, because there was only 30 minutes notice and I was TOO SHY. Haha I’m totally regretting it now, though!


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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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48 responses to “Event Recap: Love YA Fest & Oz Comic Con September 2014

  1. Oh it was freaking amazing, we don't get many author events in our city so they really went big! Oh my gosh you are so lucky for going to Film and Comic con, that would have been super amazing. I can't believe I met Orlando Bloom.

  2. OMG! You meet so many wonderful YA authors that I would LOVE to meet. It would have been so good to get all those books signed. I would have died if I met Jason Dohring, I just love him and Veronica Mars, you are super lucky! You have to share the videos, I am sure they are awesome.
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  3. Um yeah! Talk about the greatest weekend ever! I'm exhausted just READING about it all, so I can't imagine how exhausted you were after DOING it all. haha. But wow, it had to be worth it. So many great authors, great actors, AND CHIARA!!! You know, I have to be honest, if I had to choose between meeting the authors and actors or meeting Chiara, I would choose her. She's such a sweetheart and I love her. I'm more jealous of your time with her more than anything else.

    Though Orlando Bloom. I wouldn't mind a picture with him. I find it interesting he would do a PotC 5. I am a HUGE Johnny Depp fan (HUGE!) but even I sort of felt like they should have stopped with all the sequels. I guess if they chose to make a fifth one I'd go see it though. Why not? There's worse things I could do with that money. haha.

    Anyways, great recap and I'm so happy you got to experience all of this! Cherish the memories forever!
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    • Oh my gosh it was so amazing Asti, I'm still reeling from it. It was just so freaking amazing, and I'm so glad I got to experience it with Chiara. Glad to hear you found the little tidbit about PoTC5 interesting, I haven't been following the franchise for a while, so it will be interesting seeing him in it again. I definitely will and I'm so glad I took so many photos!

  4. WOW! I am a little beyond jealous right now. That is one amazing weekend! You got to meet so many amazing authors, and get all your books signed. I definitely need to hunt down more author events near me . Oz Con looks amazing. I recently went to the London Film and Comic Con and loved it. I didn't get to meet Orlando Bloom though 🙁 Glad you had such an amazing weekend.
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    I am so, so jealous of you! You met awesome authors and Jason Dohring.

    You were hugging Jason Dohring! And why didn't you see the movie!?

    Haha, but I can understand though! I get really shy with celebrities I love too. You looked liked you had the best time Jeann and I love how you got really involved in panels and the event. You and Chiara…so adorable 🙂
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    Laini Taylor and Amie Kaufman!!! Aaaaaahhhhh, I'd so love to meet them both!!!

    AND ORLANDO BLOOM!! I'm having some serious fangirling moments here lady!! So happy for you!!

    JASON MOMOA IS SCARED OF HORSES?!? o_O Woah, who would have thought!

    I'd love to see some of the videos of your panel, Jeann, I'm sure you did an amazing job lady!
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  7. I am so jealous! Everything seems to happen on the East coast (of course!) and my travelling on a whim days are over (sadly) so I'm just going to live vicariously through this post 😛

    It's unfortunate Jason Dohring doesn't own a navy uniform, that would have been a sight to see lol and *sigh* Orlando Bloom is so swoon worthy.

    It sounds like you've had a wonderful time!
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    • I know, we're just going to have to watch the VM movie and the spin off to see more navy goodness. I was totally swooning.

      That's a shame wattle, hopefully something comes to your area soon.

  8. Amie Kaufman!!!!!! I love her. She's so funny and just seems so incredibly lovely.

    How long have you and Orlando been an item? 😀 It sounds like it was a brilliant event and looking forward to seeing you in action. I'm lost for words, so many incredible authors, honestly, how did you not pee with excitement? I would have been like an untrained little yap yap dog peeing on everyone's rugs 😀
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    • Amie was so awesome and down to earth, I loved her! Haha if only I could dream lol. Oh trust me I was a big ball of Omg speechless squealing fangirling. I was so embarrassed, my nephew was probably judging me.

  9. OH MY GOSH YOU LUCKY THING! This sounds like an amazing event and I can't believe you got your own panel. Were you nervous? I know I would be! The fact that you got to meet all these authors and you got so many books signed!!! And don't even get me started about how you got to meet Orlando Bloom! Gah! You're so lucky. Oooh I'm excited to see what Laini's new book will be like, I love sci fi and I recon she'd be good at writing one. I met her at my last blogger event and she's so cool! C'mon the pink hair says it all. I also love the way how she signs the book. Great recap, you succeeded in making me jealous 😉
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    • Oh my gosh it was amazing Francoise, I was nervous at the start but got used to it later on. It was such an amazing weekend, I am definitely lucky. Laini is so lovely as well she was so lovely to talk to and down to earth, and here I was freaking out lol.

  10. Oh, ORLANDO BLOOM! You lucky ducky you! That man is so amazing and swoon-worthy! *____*

    I'm glad you had lots of fun at those events, and got to meet such awesome people. I also checked out the Living Dead site, and I am totally in love with their skater dresses! *_* They have a LoZ one! Amazing. 😀
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    • I know, I was swooning the whole week afterwards! I can't believe I got to meet him in person! YAY I have converted someone! YESSS I have one of the sailor scout skater dresses and a mermaid one, they are really gorgeous.

  11. I AM SO GLAD YOU HAD SO MUCH FUN, LOVELY!!!! Look at you and your cute smile and you being all happy next to this gorgeous pink-haired woman 🙂 Idk anyone from the first panel, but I'm glad to hear this explanation to reasons for writing YA fiction 😉 Haaa! POTTERMORE 🙂 Oh!!! I'm so glad you got to be a part of that panel. If anyone deserves it, you do! This communtiy wouldn't be half as much fun if it wasn't for you and your skills and experiences are worth sharing for sure. (whispers: I agree with you on negative reviews :)) WHAAAT? I just got around reading These Broken Stars and quite loved it! The chemistry between Tarver and Lilac was off the charts and I'm definitely signing up for this newsletter lol. JASON DOHRING AND ORLANDO BLOOM *FAINTS* I HAVE SEEN THESE PHOTOS BEFORE BUT STILL. I AM JEALOUS AND HAPPY FOR YOU AND STILL JEALOUS. I'm glad you had fun 🙂
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    • Thank you Siiri, it was so much fun, I just loved it so much! Thank you lovely, I was totally honoured to be invited. Awww, thank you so much Siiri you are super sweet and I appreciate it!

      Glad to hear you loved These Broken Stars, I just loved the slow burn romance and I'm so glad I got to let Aimee know.


  12. Aaah, you met Orlando Bloom.

    Aaah, you MET ORLANDO BLOOM.

    Omg, he is some god. How did you not faint? I totally would have, ahhaha. You must've had such an awesome time; wow! And you also met Laini Taylor. That's amazing. I'm not jealous like lovely Kat above but I definitely would have loved to get my picture taken with Orlando Bloom.


    Happy for you though, Jeann. You know that. 😉
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  13. OH MY! ORLANDO FREAKIN' BLOOM! YOU'VE MET LEGOLAS! My gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad! I admire you girl, as I would melt there right in front of him! I'd be gone in a second as *drool* Okay I need to keep it together, by Orlando! *_* I'm cool. I mean Laini is also someone I'd love to meet and she seems amazing. Goodness I'm just going to stare at there pictures for a while! Thanks for sharing, Jeann! :))
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    • A panel is definitely more like a Q&A session, where people from the audience or the chair will ask the panel specific questions and you have to answer. It was a lot of fun and I could talk about blogging for hours <3

  14. WOOO! Jeann, you looked like you had such a fabulous time!

    I loved Veronica Mars so much (& the OC. HAHAHA) and…AAAAH Jason Dohring!! Sorry, now I'm just lost for words xD

    Seeing this just reminds me that perhaps I should start on These Broken Stars…I mean, if that beautiful cover isn't a great reason, then I don't know what is.
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  15. LAINI TAYLOR! Oh I'm so jealous right now.

    Oh and you met Jason Dohring?!? THAT'S SO COOL. I love Veronica Mars so much .

    Be thankful I'm not a shapeshifter or I would so steal your life right now *bwahahhaha*
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  16. THIS IS THE BEST. And you look so so happy. 😉 EEEEEK!!! OH and I completely agree with this: "negative reviews being important for readers as I write them for readers and not for authors/publishers" Yes yes yes. I think that is the best fact in the world for negative reviews. So cool you got to go! ^-^ I think I would've been absolutely useless I'd be so so excited. XD
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  17. Yeah… I think that this post was written to get me jealous, but oh well, your reasoning has made its point! Although you are totally a major social butterfly, that weekend was crazy, but in a good way, hmm? For the millionth time that I am saying this, you're sooooooo lucky to meet Laini and Amie! Ugh I loved These Broken Stars SO MUCH and I really need to get up and go for Daughter of Smoke & Bone! EEEEE ORLANDOOOOOOOO. If I were you, girl, I'd frame that pic! xD You had an amazing experience (TWO, actually!) and it's amazing to see how it all came to be! <3

    • Hehe oh hun I can't wait to hear when you go to your book expos and stuff! It was a crazy weekend and pretty much the best weekend ever. I'd definitely frame the pic of Orlando and Jason! <33

  18. OMG! Thanks for sharing this with us, Jeann! I am so envious. I have to admit that most of the authors that you've mentioned are unfamiliar to me. But yes to Laini Taylor and Amie Kaufman! I still need to read Days of Blood and Starlight and definitely looking forward to This Shattered World. Laini's pink hair looks so cool. I remember her sporting blue once. And yay, it's so heartwarming to know that an author remembers you. Way to go, Laini!

    And another OMG to Orlando Bloom. You actually met him and have a picture with him. Yes, I've already read in the news that he and the Pirates team are already talking of getting him back for movie 5. And I've heard that the film will be filmed in Aus. Wow!

    Oh Jeann, I am so happy that your weekend was magnificent. 😀
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    • Hehe no problems, it literally was the BEST WEEKEND EVER so I'm happy to share! YES it was amazing meeting both of these authors and hearing them talk, I was in awe of both of them hehe. Her hair was beautiful in real life as well, and they were so lovely to meet!

      OMG I just can't believe I met and hugged Orlando Bloom, I need to stare at my picture to realise it was true. Thank you Charlotte! <3

  19. OMG. You got a photo with Orlando Bloom!!! That is beyond awesome. Looks like the other events were great too! It's always nice to meet fellow Aussie bloggers, and seeing so many different authors in the one place at a writer's festival is such a great opportunity. Good to see you had a fantastic time Jeann 🙂
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