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You Can Fly (World Fantasy 2017)

Last week I traveled to San Antonio, Texas to attend my very first World Fantasy Convention. It’s a huge gathering of writers, editors, artists, publishers, and fans of all things fantasy. This convention has been on my wish list for years, and with San Antonio being relatively close to Los Angeles, I finally decided to take the plunge. And boy, did I. This con left me gasping for air but wanting to continuously dive deeper into the fantasy genre and all its iterations at every opportunity. It was an overwhelming, enchanting, intriguing, and overall, fantastic (see what I did there?) experience. Let me attempt to summarize all the cool things during my three days at the convention. (more…)

Let’s Break It Down (Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con 2017)

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The banner hanging over the main entrance of the LA Convention Center

On Saturday, I attended Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con for the first time. The con is still relatively new, this being their fifth show, but it’s been steadily growing in attendance and popularity. I normally check out a con’s programming and special guests a few days prior to going, but I’ve been so busy the past couple of weeks (prepping for conferences, editing, writing, etc.) that I showed up essentially unprepared and didn’t realize I’d be in for a couple of fun surprises. I’m currently obsessed with the video game “Overwatch” and discovered that there would be a panel dedicated to it and featuring some of the voice cast. Additionally, I saw that actor/pro-wrestler/future president Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was one of the big names appearing on that day, too. I was pretty stoked.  (more…)

Last Year’s Words

The end of 2016 is just a few days away. I think many people will be happy to have this year over and done with. For me, 2016 has been like skipping through a wooded meadow, bending over to pick some wild blueberries, then being cracked across the skull by an angry Sasquatch who happened to be doing his business behind those bushes. We’ve lost some incredible people whose contributions to society will always be remembered: Prince, Carrie Fisher, David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, John Glenn, and Harper Lee, just to name a few. We’ve also witnessed some of the most shocking votes throughout the world: the passing of Brexit in the United Kingdom; the voter rejection of a peace deal between FARC and the Colombian government; and Duterte and Trump’s election victories in the Philippines and the U.S., respectively. There are problems at home (gun violence; Standing Rock; Flint, MI; hate crimes) and all around the globe, such as terrorist attacks and the refugee crisis, which will carry into the new year and beyond. (more…)

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction (AWP Conference Report)

Last weekend, I attended the AWP Conference.  It was my first time going to a writer centric convention.  I had some odd run-ins at the end of the day (more on that later), but the conference itself was a fantastic experience.  The event ran from Thursday to Saturday, but I was only able to attend the final day’s festivities.  I have to save my vacation time for two more future trips to Maine.  At the very least.  🙂

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Excelsior! (A Review of the Long Beach Comic Con)

I’ll just say it up front: I’ve been to San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) multiple times, the most recent being in 2013.  Without a doubt, that con is the biggest and baddest one in terms of famous guests, exclusive swag, exciting announcements, and amazing booths.  Because of the magic of SDCC, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of my heroes in the field of entertainment, such as Kevin Eastman (Ninja Turtles co-creator), Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko (creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra), and Sean Astin (Mikey from The Goonies, Samwise from LOTR, and Raphael in the current TMNT cartoon).  A large con like that, however, has many downfalls.  There are lines that stretch on forever, hot bodies squished into narrow passageways, limited places to sit and rest, no guarantees on attending that dream panel, and the prices for food, hotel rooms, and other necessities will make any grown Jedi weep for those long-lost days as a padawan frolicking amongst the Ewoks.

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