Sounds good. Make sure you get the timetable before arriving there, just in case ^^ The Marvel vs DC jeopardy sounds like good fun. May be we should try to come up with questions here and see who prepares the hardest one (and its answer )
Post by Van Plexico on Oct 1, 2006 17:48:50 GMT -5
Here's my just-received Archon schedule for October 5-8 in St. Louis. Comics-related panels in bold.
Looks like fun. Not sure how I ended up on two Tolkien panels, but I'm not complaining. But I probably won't be there for the one at 9 pm Thursday, due to job conflicts.
Dunno what the Dogma/Karma one is, either, but we'll see!
Thu, 5:00pm GC - Marquette A SF/Fantasy Jeopardy Thu, 9:00pm GC - Ballroom D6 The Tolkien Primer - Written and visual masterpieces? Thu, 10:00pm GC - Ballroom D5 Telling a Story with Pictures as Well as Words - Comics and Graphic Novels Fri, 5:00pm GC - Illini At Least Starbuck Still Smokes Cigars Fri, 6:00pm GC - Mississippian SF & Fantasy Literature Jeopardy Fri, 9:00pm GC - Mississippian The State of Comics Today Sat, 1:00pm GC - Ballroom A Comicbook Jeopardy - Marvel vs DC Sat, 8:00pm GC - Marquette A Oooh, You Hit my Dogma with Your Karma Sun, Noon GC - LaSalle Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" - The Best Buddy Story Ever Written?
Post by Van Plexico on Oct 8, 2006 17:39:30 GMT -5
Not a blow-by-blow, but some quick highlights of the ARCHON 30 convention, here in St. Louis this past weekend, for any who might be interested.
And what a fine convention it was. Maybe 3000+ attendees, lots of pros, and me placed on ten (!!) panels (not to mention being asked to jump aboard another, from out of the audience). They even put my name on the back of the con T-shirt (along with a whole bunch of other guests, including George R. R. Martin, Elizabeth Moon, Tom Shippey, Laurel K. Hamilton, etc.). Holy cow, that was new. Yes, I bought one. Two, actually. ;D
Some may ask (and rightly so), how does Van end up as an invited "Pro guest" of cons now? Four things do it, each minor but together adding up to guest invites, apparently: The Avengers site (and the associated traveling Jeopardy tourney) is pretty well known by now, and gives me a little comics credibility. I'm a "professor" now, which seems to help. The SENTINELS book www.whiterocketbooks.com makes me at least semi-published (so my Guest ribbon said "AUTHOR" on it-- cool!). And the Rittenhouse thing gives me somewhat of a genuine "published" credit. I doubt any one of those alone would do it, but somehow I have achieved critical mass of "little things!"
Unfortunately, I started coming down with bronchitis a couple of days before the show got started on Thursday, and consequently I had very little voice (and was coughing) the entire time. Not very easy to be emcee of Jeopardy, or even contribute on a panel, when sounding like that. But I did the best I could.
Friday was my much-self-lampooned "autograph session" in the lobby, but several folks actually did stop by and check things out and a few did purchase copies of SENTINELS. And one guy had me sign his program book (making a total of two times I've done that at cons, now. Crazy.) The way things were looking, I could have moved a few more copies if the half hour hadn't ended so quickly.
Afterward I met George R. R. Martin and got him to sign my two hardbacks of ICE AND FIRE. Very friendly guy. Also met Glen Cook (of "Black Company" fame) and found out that his early work, the STARFISHERS TRILOGY, will be reprinted soon, for the first time in a quarter-century. I read them in high school but my copies wore out and fell apart long ago, so that's good news.
I met manga artist Gary Bedell and commissioned a sketch of Pulsar from him. My goal is to have a nice collection of convention sketches of Lyn by the time we put out the omnibus SENTINELS edition later next year. He produced a really nifty, highly kinetic sketch of Lyn, with big manga feet, and with lightning whirling around her. I'm enjoying all these different takes on her appearance.
Then I saw artist Mitch Foust at a table nearby, and commissioned a Lyn sketch from him, too. More on that in a bit, but his work is gorgeous and Lyn looks just stunning in it.
On Friday night I was on a very large comics-related panel with some great conversation about the current state of comics. I railed against decompressed storytelling, "Writing for the trades," and CIVIL WAR in general. Mitch Foust, at the other end of the table, slumped forward in horror as I summarized some of the CIVIL WAR events. Heh.
On Saturday I competed in and actually won Archon's "World Famous" general SF/fantasy/horror/comics Jeopardy tournament. I didn't expect to win, and had to come from behind in the semis, but was very lucky in that several questions in a row in the final two rounds were right in my wheelhouse. I chose as prizes a set of vintage CONAN novels (in the handy pocket size).
Just prior to that, I conducted MARVEL VS DC JEOPARDY, (for the fourth time this year!), and discovered past uber-champion Rob Clough's St. Louis counterpart, "Brad." He dominated the match in true Clough-ian fashion, crushing his rivals beneath his comics knowledge. Oh, man, we need to get the two of them together for a tournament of champions at some point. Dunno who the third contestant would be, but I wouldn't want to go up against those two.
Other stuff happened in between all this, involving Tolkien and Galactica and generally of no interest to folks here, so I move ahead.
Finally, I picked up the Pulsar sketch done for me by Mitch Foust. Mitch's work is incredible-- mostly gorgeous portraits of gorgeous women, and his rendition of Lyn is right up there with his best work I saw. It'll be included in the oversized omnibus of SENTINELS coming out next year, sometime, and I'll try to post it on the Web site soon. The more I look at this beautiful portrait, the more I want it fully colored so that I can hang it on my living room wall! (Right alongside the "Cherry Blossoms" painting of his I also bought, depicting a female samurai in front of a cherry tree.)
You can see his work at www.mitchfoust.com, though it looks much nicer full-sized, on the page.
So that was it. While not the circus that, say, DragonCon is, Archon was a tremendous amount of fun. I was approached more than once by people telling me how glad they were that I had come, thanking me for my contributions to the con, and welcoming me to the area, etc. Wow! Nice. And I sold another batch of books (and two more sign-and-ship requests).
Next year the con will be very different, as it will host NASFiC (WorldCon when WorldCon is overseas). In some ways, that's disappointing, as I expect a lot of its friendly local flavor will be lost. But by 2008 it should be back to normal, and I look forward to that.
And with that, Con Season for 2006 comes to a close. Four conventions in five months-- expensive, but more fun than I've had in possibly forever.
Oh, I had missed this post. The con sounds like good fun, and it would have been nice to be in the audience for the friday night panel I had never heard of Mitch Foust before, but his website looks cool and I like his style (except that every female character seems to have a huge... ehm, "chest", but I guess that's the way in these days). I'd also like to here the Tolkien part, but it's probably off topic for an avengers' forum.
PS, the four things that make you a regular guest at many of these conferences are quite interesting. Which one of the four gave the final push then ?