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.
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.
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!