-Comic Con Writer’s Retreat Part 2: Writing Your Novel
-How to Write Great Science Fiction and Fantasy
-Building a Move-In Ready World
But really, I’d done this type of thing before at writer’s conferences, and it was no different here. The moderator asked questions, and we jumped in to answer. Simple as that. Sometimes it was hard to get a word in, though. I was pretty overwhelmed in a couple panels, as the other panelists were, well, famous. I was on a panel with Larry Correia and Kevin J. Anderson. And in that same panel I sat next to Eric James Stone, who, before the panel began, pulled his newly won Nebula Award out of his bag and set it on the table beside his name tag. I didn’t take a picture, but he did let me touch it, so that was cool.
My favorite panel was the Comic Con Writer’s Retreat Part 2. John and I were both on that panel. Lisa Magnum did an excellent job as moderator and the crowd seemed really excited to be there. (Check out the size of that crowd in the picture!) There were people waiting at our booth for us after that panel, which was awesome.
Being a New Yorker, I’ve grown to dislike cons in general. I’ve been to numerous comic cons over many years, and even a coffee/tea con, and here in the city they tend to be extremely overcrowded, and as a result, not very enjoyable.
But recently, while visiting friends in Utah, my family and I went to the fantasy con in Salt Lake. Wow… what a completely different atmosphere. I was healthily attended, and not at all overcrowded, and everyone was nice, respectful, and even more rather modestly dressed. (One of my beefs about NY cons is the amount of skin shown. It’s just inappropriate at times.)
I’d totally dig a comic con in the Salt Lake area. Who knows? Maybe someday.
I heard that the Salt Lake Comic Con had a family friendly rating. They made sure exhibitors kept things clean. I suspect that helps some. This was my first and only con, so I didn’t have anything to compare it to.