SheVaCon 2011on March 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm
I know it’s late but I wanted to take some time and thank SheVaCon for having me this year as a guest.I hope to be there again next year as well.I was in Artist’s Alley friday along with Becky Seashols ,Denise Parrish , Nicole Goff and Kristy “Illusioner” Gilbert .Friday was my busiest day at the con, since my wife couldn’t get off work to accompany me, I had to set up,moderate 2 panels,and then tear down for the night.This was because Artist’s Alley was in the dining area of the hotel restaurant and they needed the space for breakfast saturday morning.The first panel was Webcomics…Past,Present,and Future with me ,and, No one else.Honestly this turned into a Q&A with the audience,which I loved.We discussed what makes a webcomic,the difficulties inherent in making one,digital vs paper,and many other topics.After grabbing dinner with some friends I returned for There Is A Line:Handling Potentially Offensive Topics in Creative Pursuits.Besides myself there was David Forbes author of The Osserian Saga, Betty Cross ,author of Discarded Faces, and Pete Prellwitz ,author of the Shards series.This remains one of my favorite panels to moderate.We discussed the role of the creator,and his/her responsabilities to the story,characters,and audience.Then we covered having characters who expressed a point of view that the author or cartoonist doesn’t share,as well as the neccessity of pushing the line or tackling uncomfortable subjects.The audience was responsive and opinionated as well,which I love,and kept the discussion flowing.In short a great panel.
Saturday my wife and I arrived early to walk around and check out the Dealer’s Room.Spotting an empty table we checked with the staff and,after paying the difference,claimed it for Hainted Holler.While setting up I knocked over my bag,into Peter S. Beagle’s banner,knocking it over onto his head.I apologized and set it upright again.Our location was great,across the aisle from Virginia Hey (Farscape),Behind Peter S.Beagle(The Last Unicorn) and beside Jim O’Rear (Thong Girl 3&4). We settled in and began people watching,taking pictures of the cosplayers that wandered by.I had no panels I was a member of so I wandered into World Building in a Fantasy Genre withLeona Wisoker (Secrets of the Sands) and David Forbes.Wonderful panel that helped me wrap my head around an idea I’ve had for several years,and I want to thank Leona for the worksheet she gave the attendees.On the way back to the Dealers Room,where my friend Mike was pretending to be me,I got to talk with Matt Busch who’s Zombie movie posters were incredible.(Later he came by my table to offer some advice and used my sharpie to sign a fan’s autograph.This Sharpie is available for only $129.99 with all proceeds going to me.)
After the Dealer’s room closed My wife and I,along with David Forbes, Nancy Brauer (Strandline), and Elaine Corvidae and her husband, went to dinner. I felt a little bad for my wife and Elaine’s husband trapped at a table with the four of us geeking out over various things,and discussing books and writing.Sunday was slow with us doing a walkaround and getting e-mails,and promising to meet up at other cons.The big highlight was Peter Beagle coming to my table and sharing stories of his life,and writing tips and even a couple of embarrassing con stories of his own.After a lunch with some out-of-town friends we headed home,and spent the next few days acclimating to “normal” life,battling colds and discovering our first child will arrive in the fall.Thanks to SheVaCon for a great weekend,to the fans both old and new we met,and all the new friends we met.