Monday, October 01, 2007

Context 20 Recap

As usual, Context was full of wonderful experiences and more importantly, wonderful people.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketContext 20 in Columbus, OH

Below you can see who was there, view lots of photos, and learn about each of these convention moments:
1. Raffling off dragons, pirates, and wookies
2. "You're the gloom cookie I was looking for!"
3. Installing LINUX on a Dead Badger
4. Driving a Sick Elephant - Braunbeck interviews Arnzen
5. Naked women on the ceiling
6. "By the way, your dog is going to die, too."

The Seton Hill contingency was out in full force with Horror Guest of Honor Michael Arnzen, Albert Wendland, Jason Jack Miller, Timons Esaias, Chun Lee, Anne Harris, Donna Munro, Jason Schmetzer, Tobias Buckell, Tim Waggoner, Diana Botsford, Gary Braunbeck, Mike Brendan, and me.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketMike Brendan, Chun Lee, Diana Botsford, and Al Wendland

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketJason Jack Miller and Donna Munro

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketTim Esaias, Jason Jack Miller, Jason Schmetzer, and Mike Arnzen

I saw old friends like Liz Coley, Mike Resnick, Lucy Snyder, Paul Melko, Shawn Sines, Dave Creek, David Wyatt, and Dan Young.

Met some LJ friends IRL - Rae Dawn Carson, Jim Hines, Nayad Monroe, Matt Betts, and Steve Nagy.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketSteve Nagy and Rae Dawn Carson

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketJim Hines

Made some new friends in Ferrett Steinmetz, D. Harlan Wilson, Matt Cook, Tim Powers, Jason Sizemore, John Dalmas, James Daniel Ross, Fran Friel, and Travis.

And somehow never managed to run into Sandy Lender, Sue Kehner, and Geoffrey Girard (though it should be noted that Geoffrey and I did make eye contact several times and exchanged that "I think I know you" look.)

1. Raffling off dragons, pirates, and wookies
I donated a copy of Sails and Sorcery:Tales of Nautical Fantasy signed by me and Chun Lee for the First Book charity raffle. Other guests donated items, including a dragon by artist Laura Reynolds, a Star Wars grouping, A Star Trek grouping, and an anime grouping. Alas, I didn't win anything, but the money is going to a good cause.

2. "You're the gloom cookie I was looking for!"
During the Science Fiction in Comics panel, Ferrett Steinmetz yelled this at a girl in the audience. I laughed so hard I almost pushed flaggerx out of his chair. By the way, Ferrett, I snatched one of your Home on the Strange comics out of the elevator. Next time I see you, I want you to sign it.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketD. Harlan Wilson, Chun Lee, Ferrett Steinmetz, and Matt Cook

I headed to Mike Resnick's reading next. Completely captivating. I love to hear authors read their own work. I wish I had had more time to hit more of them during this convention.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketMike Resnick

Other wonderful readings I attended throughout the weekend were from:
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketFran Friel

and

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketMike Arnzen

3. Installing LINUX on a Dead Badger
Now that's a title! And it's the title of Lucy Snyder's latest collection from Creative Guy Publishing, who threw the first party at the convention.

Then later I was able to read poetry with the LINUX installer herself.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketHeidi Ruby Miller and Lucy Snyder

4. Driving the Sick Elephant - Braunbeck interviews Arnzen
As part of Gary's intervew with Mike, the audience listened to Driving the Sick Elephant, a track Mike's latest CD Audiovile. My personal favorite is Dreamachinery (with guest musician Jason Jack Miller). Also, we watched a movie by each of the horror guys; Mike's Exquisite Corpse and Gary's One of those Faces.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketMichael Arnzen

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketGary Braunbeck


5. Naked women on the ceiling
APEX Publications held a great party Saturday night complete with DJ and pictures projected onto the ceiling. Too bad I didn't have my camera there. I spent a great deal of time talking with Tim Waggoner, but there is absolutely no photographic evidence to prove it.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketAPEX table at Context

6. "By the way, your dog is going to die, too."
What Geoffrey Girard is planning to tell his students today after the How to Kill Off a Character panel. You may have had to be there to appreciate this.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketMatt Cook, Chun Lee, Jim Hines, Geoffrey Girard, and Steve Nagy

Nothing quite so graphic went on at the Types of Writing panel, but it was one of the most informative for me nevertheless.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketFran Friel, Anne Harris, Diana Dru Botsford, and Timons Esaias

Here are some of other people's thoughts on Context 20:
Anne Harris at Mangaloid

Jason Schmetzer at Sometimes the only way you can survive...

Shawn Sines at The Hazardous Precept

Jim Hines at Jim C. Hines

Rae Dawn Carson at Rae's Place


Matt Betts at Matt Betts tries to explain himself
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