I spent most of the convention sitting a table in the Dealers’ Room, because I was in charge of the Charity Auction on site. Â It wasn’t a terrible duty, and we made some great sales. Also got some good donations.
I had two programming items: first, I ran a really exciting Artist Trading Card Make-and-Take workshop. Â Everybody who attended seemed to have a good time. Â I want to get the word out earlier next time, so folks who are in the know can bring their own materials if they want. Â It was really a great way to spend a couple of hours. Â Second, I sat in on a panel about the use of language, language learning, and foreign language translation in fiction. Â Also a bit of conlang, since sometimes the foreign language in question is Klingon or Elvish or whatever. Â That was really fun. Â We had a few enthusiastic audience members and discussed some interesting shows, books, and movies that used language to propel the plot.
My big feature was the Art Show, though. Â I had one panel, and although I felt unprepared for the event, I feel like I put together a pretty good presentation nonetheless. Â Here’s a photo of my board:
I did not get to attend much of the con itself, although I did see the entirety of the Masquerade this time since I helped set it up and then served as one of the catchers from the stage. Â I had a lot of jobs going on, but we were short a lot of concom this year. ApolloCon – always looking for new fans to help us run a great show. Â It takes a lot of dedicated hands.
Our new hotel appeared to work out, so there’s some hope that we’ll be able to get the con in there again. Â I think that would be pretty cool, personally.