As usual, there was much more on the programming than I had time to attend. I didn’t make it to either slide show by the artist guests, Vincent DiFate or Stephan Martiniere. Not because I don’t like those artists. I do. It was just that there were other things conflicting with their slideshows.
Rather than try to sum up the whole convention, I’ll hit some of the high points of the events I attended, then post some pictures.
My favorite panel was the one Saturday afternoon devoted to Phineas and Ferb. Yes, yes it was. It was the most fun I’ve had at a panel in years. I hadn’t had a chance to check the schedule in detail before I left, so it was only coincidence when I put on my Perry the Platypus T-shirt that morning. Really.
I met Phillipa Ballantine (see my review of Geist) and Tee Morris. They were a lot of fun. I hope the convention brings them back. In addition to being two of the nicest people, they were also funny, high energy, and more approachable than many professionals I’ve encountered.
Other good panels include remembrances of the Shuttle, discussions of near space exploration (more than I was able to attend), and a panel on publishing scams that could have been twice as long and still not exhausted the subject.
There were plenty of room parties, although I found it offensive that the hotel posted a uniformed security guard in the hall near where the parties were being held.
Finally, one of the things I like most about Fencon is there is an entire track of programming devoted to music. This, I’ve discovered, is a great way to keep me
financially solvent out of the dealer’s room occupied when there’s not a panel or reading I want to attend. I just read and listen to the music.
I had a good time and came back much more relaxed than when I went. (I really, really, really needed the break)
|Phineas and Ferb Panel|
|Toastmaster Brad Denton signs for a fan.|
|Tee Morris and Phillipa Ballantine|
|Lou Antonelli channels Harlan Ellison by writing in public.|
|Attendees came from the North, South, East, and West|
|Publishing scams panel|
Who’s Who in the pictures, if not identified in the captions:
1. l. to r. : Gloria Oliver, Shanna Swendson, Perry the Platypus, Cathy Clamp, Todd Caldwell, Rhonda Eudaly
2. Brad Denton and Steven Silver
6. L. to r.: A. Lee Martinez, Rachel Caine, Tee Morris, Cathy Clamp, Selina Rosen, Amy Sisson