Monday, August 29, 2011

Bubonicon 43

Back home from Bubonicon 43 in Albuquerque, NM. Was Artist Guest of Honor there along with Stephen Leigh and Ian Tregillis. Bigtime regional sf/f literary con with as much major-league talent as any, including George R. R. Martin, Paul Cornell, Mario Acevedo, Connie Willis, Melinda Snodgrass, Daniel Abraham, Sam Sykes, Diana Gaboldon, Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams, Ty Franck, Steven Gould, Jane Lindskold, Suzy Mckee Charnas, S.M. Stirling, and more. Had quality time with friends Stephen Boucher, Janice Gelb, Parris McBride, Vincent Docherty, Anne Grey, Caroline Symcox, Harry O. Morris, and Derek Paret. Got to visit three Albuquerque eateries -- the Flying Star Cafe, Los Equipales, and the Pope Room at Buca di Beppo, where GRRM traditionally brings Bubonicon guests for a big Saturday night Italian feast. That was a great evening, and a lot of laughs.

Terrific weekend all around -- had big audiences for the 2012 A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar panel conducted by GRRM and me; for the State of the Art panel conducted by Tregillis, Abraham, Snodgrass, Acevedo, Sykes, and me; and for my Artist GoH slideshow. Bubonicon fans go all out on costumes and with Steampunk as the theme this year, there was a lot of quality in the house.

Attendance this year topped last year’s. The t-shirts featuring my artwork of their Perry Rodent mascot sold out. All of the 2012 AsoIaF Calendars in the Dealers Room sold out. Well done, Bubonicon. :)

Craig Chrissinger and Kristen Dorland were the co-chairs and they ran a terrific con. All of the pros I know have always spoken well of it. I now understand why. Was it a perfect con? No con ever is. But the measure of a good one is the energy and buzz during the events and after. This show had it in spades. Bubonicon is vibrant, vital and full of passionate people who care about sf/f books and arts. Hats off to the entire con com for a job very well done, and thanks to everyone who was there! :)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your State of the Art discussion was my favorite at the con. I really like your art work. Thanks for coming out!

Melinda Moore

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks a ton for the kind words for our "little" con. I was so impressed with you and George's presentation that I ran out to get a calendar at another bookstore so that I could get your signature on some of that beautiful art. I was really blown away by your friendliness and interactions with the fans. Thanks making us feel like we were all superstar artists! :)

And, by the way, when I came home and showed the calendar and the signatures on the Bran page to my wife, she was blown away, too...her favorite's the Jon Snow page, so I'm kicking myself for not getting that one signed. Hopefully we can have you back again soon!


11:35 PM  
Anonymous tattoo flash said...

Sounds like you had a great time. Ya- it is a great little show, but then I am partial to the regional ones, just seem to have more heart. Hope to catch you at another show soon.

2:57 AM  

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