Classic CCPPE (Con Crud Personal Protection Equipment)
Had a blast at Chattacon 44. The convention returned to its home hotel, the historic Read House. The hotel has undergone renovations in the past year.
Personally, this was my first time in the place since my senior prom in 1984. I took probably as many photos of the hotel as I did of con-goers.
Didn’t sell any books, but I will have a table in the dealer room next year. I plan to have physical copies of the season 1 omnibus of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe as well as what print copies of any Waves of Darkness titles I have left.
Star Wars was the convention theme this year in honor of the guest of honor, Timothy Zahn. He was more than happy to talk all things Star Wars and Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Charles Urbach, the Artist Guest of Honor, does things with PrismaColor pencils I never dreamed possible. Even though he only had an hour for his workshop Saturday morning, he gave LOTS of advice on type of paper, tools, and techniques which can help make a colored pencil illustration look as fabulous as a traditional painting …and SCAN well. Where was this information when I was creating the art for Silent Fathoms?
Anywho, as predicted, I did not stick to my original plan on which panels to attend. I missed one entirely because of Facebook’s silly algorithms and my inattention. Stephanie Osborn’s panel, Kiss Your Ash Goodbye: The Yellowstone Super Volcano got missed because I didn’t catch that the date on her FB post about cancelling because of flu was from LAST YEAR. (Seriously, why that showed in my feed when it was not prefaced as a “shared memory” is beyond me.)
I did attend Writing Horror: The Long and Short of It, featuring Special Guest Tim Waggoner, Terry Maggert, Gregory Nicoll, Stephen L. Antczak, and Dr. Ethan Mills.
Also attended over the course of the weekend: The Book Was Better, with Rob Howell and D. Alan Lewis. (There are 2 websites linked to Alan’s name.) Benefits and Drawbacks of Traditional versus Independent Publishing, with Nancy Northcott, Toni Weisskopf, MJ Kobernus, and Rob Howell. Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Stuff:Time Travel in the Real World, with Stephanie Osborn. (All sorts of quantum physics, string theory, and M theory …I took notes.) Tudors and Machine Guns, with Louise Herring-Jones, Rob Howell, and Nancy Northcott. (Learned about the differences between academic history, alternate history, and historical fantasy, how to pull it off well, and what pitfalls to avoid.) Why We Write, with Terry Maggert, Wendy Webb, Toni Weisskopf, MJ Kobernus, and Scott Baker. How to Build a Book, with Rob Sommers. (Picked up a few pointers on fonts, formatting, and book design.)
I bought stuff. I went to the “socials” (room parties are not permitted, and you have to have a room key card to access those floors anyway), I took pictures, I visited the con suite (only finger foods since the hotel doesn’t permit hot food, either …LibertyCon goers keep this in mind …at least City Cafe is just across the street), and I visited with friends I only get to see at cons or online.