This past Saturday I attended my first WorldCon! I feel like such a big girl now, though to be honest, after hiking all over the humongous San Antonio Convention Center, I kind of prefer the quaintness of ArmadilloCon. However, I loved my little pocket program guide, so well organized! I only got to attend two panels, one on a printing press and the other on genetic modifications, both were pretty interesting as far as panels go. I also read an except of “The Atmosphere Man” at the Rayguns Over Texas anthology reading, and apparently several people thought I did a swell job, though they may have been just pulling my chain. (I still have some hangups about reading in front of people, stemming from an incident in the fourth grade.)
I did a quick walk through the Art Show, saw a few pieces I liked, but nothing that made me feel like I needed to part with my little monies. There were even a couple of pieces featuring people of color, which is always nice. It’s sad that I get so excited even to see a little hint of pigment in someone’s skin. And I loved that there weren’t nearly as many cat pieces as there are at ArmadilloCon! Seriously, there are other animals out there! I was a little disappointed not to see more people in costume. But there were a few, and I’m sure it was fun for the normals to see a green ogre walking down the Riverwalk.
Other than that, I just had a great time hanging out on the Riverwalk, spending some quality time with my Bestie, and eating mediocre Tex-Mex. I also got to meet my boss, the illustrious Norm Sherman, and do a Drabblecastian reading with him and Matthew Bey in front of a live audience. That was fun, and I only messed up a few times. Really great story. I’ll let you know when it’s up. I also dabbled some in the domestic arts and made cupcakes for the Drabblecast party. I meant for them to have a tentacle theme, but that was a bit of a miss, I think. Hey, at least I tried. My partying skills are rather lame, so even though I managed to do a bit of party-hopping, I didn’t even make it to 11:00pm before I decided to turn in. A great time was had, however. Can’t wait until the next Con!
My favorite picture from WorldCon, because 1. It looks like my head is coming out of a water jug, and 2. Well… First rule of Rayguns Panel: Don’t talk about Rayguns Panel.
Me, nervous about inking the press after getting “yelled at” for doing it wrong. I should have paid more attention while waiting in line. (The presenters were very nice, just startled me a bit.)
Taadaaa! No mini-printing presses were harmed in the making of this photo.