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World Fantasy 2010 Convention Update

I will probably wait and post most of the pictures in an album at the end, but I did want to post this one of bogwitch64 on her first WFC panel, "Fairy Tales as a Specific Form of Fantasy." I missed most of it because I had to go to a reading, but I wanted to post the picture.

The con got off to a bit of a rocky start when registration was not open at the advertised time, and when it did open, they didn't seem entirely ready for the hordes. However, they seem to have figured things out and it's running well so far. The con suite, in particular, has put out a stellar spread.

Readings
A highlight of WFC is always author readings. So far I have been to one by Brad Beaulieu (he did something interesting and had friends read parts of the story with him, almost like a dramatic reading of a play) and Bud Sparhawk (who cheated and read a hard science fiction story, but a least it was a good, interesting story). I will also go to Tom Doyle's reading this evening.

Panels
Fantasy & Puppetry was fascinating mostly because Mary Robinette Kowal and Kathe Koja taught us a lot about puppets.

The Explosion of Funny Fantasy Series started about with the panelists contradicting the title. Lucienne Diver, Laura Resnick, and Steven Silver all consider that there is no explosion, but there are plenty of stories that include humor as a sideline rather than a primary plot mover. They all used the mic, which was a relief as the room is large, and they repeated the questions from the audience, which helped, too!

The Tension Between Art & Commerce was a lot funnier than I expected. Nancy Kress was the only writer; Tom Doherty, Gordon Van Gelder, and Ginjer Buchanan represented the editorial side of the question. Tom Doherty's opening statement was that good art always sells well; Nancy Kress rebutted this with the example of Danielle Steele as a writer whose work sells a lot but whose prose does not hold up to scrutiny. It was both entertaining and illuminating to hear them discuss specific examples of sales versus quality, everything from Dickens to Delaney.

That's it for now! More to follow!





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tracy_d74
Oct. 29th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you are having a good time! I hope it continues to go great. (Just FYI, Terrie HATES having her picture taken.)

Edited at 2010-10-29 10:54 pm (UTC)
mtlawson
Oct. 29th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
She wasn't looking, it seems.
tracy_d74
Oct. 30th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
No, but when she sees the post...and she probably won't because she is busy...she will groan. Oh well. It's the price of fame. :)
mtlawson
Oct. 30th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
Oh well. It's the price of fame. :)

I'll say. How convenient to have to work tonight and tomorrow night. (And if I keep saying that, I'll believe it.)
tracy_d74
Oct. 30th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
:(
karen_w_newton
Oct. 30th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
She wasn't actually looking at me when I took it. I told her about it at the mass autographing session. She didn't seem to terribly annoyed, but then I WAS buying a copy of FINDER at the time. -)
bogwitch64
Oct. 30th, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC)
I do!!! :)
tracy_d74
Oct. 30th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
You're supposed to be out painting the town, not looking at LJ. :)
bogwitch64
Oct. 30th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm painting it, baby! ;)
tracy_d74
Oct. 30th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Good! I'm counting on you do to us proud. I am living vicariously through you, you know? I have good news to report when you return home. Continue enjoying yourself.
mtlawson
Oct. 29th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Hope you continue to have a good time!
bogwitch64
Oct. 30th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
I don't look drunk or angry, so I'm good. I hate having my pic taken because I inevitably look like either of those lovely things. :)

I don't mind at all!
peadarog
Oct. 30th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Enjoy all the way to the dregs...
karen_w_newton
Oct. 30th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
We'll do our best!
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