Hey there hi there ho there!
As some of you may know, I'm a guest every year at the oldest Science Fiction and Fantasy convention in the world, Philcon. It's held in Cherry Hill, a suburb just across the Delaware river from Philadelphia.
This year, I actually had another set of duties on top of my panel appearances. After three years of working toward it, the Woodrow Wilson High School Anime and Science Fiction Club finally got approved and funded to go to the convention. Nine students, two alumni chaperones, and two faculty chaperones, all led to the con by yours truly.
On the con-guest side, I sat in on some fabulous panels, including the one where I wound up as the mod and only panelist; an adults-only panel about Art, Erotica and Pornography. The audience didn't lynch me, so I'll consider it a success.
Saturday I unveiled my first costume / cosplay which *wasn't* put together by Steph Burke. I know I've got a pic or two around here somewhere...
At any rate, on the chaperone side, my kids did me proud. Not only were they instrumental in being a go-to support group for a young lady who was being harassed, they comported them selves so well they were not only invited to a con later in the year, and invited back to Philcon next year, but the program director actually invited a couple of the more erudite ones to come back and speak on panels.
Hope for the future, this is!
Overall, a really fun three days. Unfortunately, I got the con-crud in spades, and I'm still not over it ten days later. Hence the lateness of this post.
So... were any of you at PhilCon, or any other cons recently? Share!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I'm a storyteller, a father, a husband, and a master of many trades. Of dubious quality in all of the above. The photo is not of me; it's art I bought at a convention, I subsequently commisioned the remaining pair of the trio. Lest it be misunderstood, the byline is from a long time friend who made the following comment: "Once in a while you've got to get into Bob's Head. After which you must get back out as fast as humanly possible." He stands by that assessment to this day. Then again, in answer to the question "which is more dangerous, an assault rifle or a hamster?", he answered "Depends, does Bob have the hamster?". Much later in life, a friend from college was doing impromptu Tarot readings, and before each one was choosing what card most accurately represented each person in the room. On being asked what card repped me, he replied "the six of spades". On seeing the inhabitants of the room go into thought trying to figure out what card that might equate to in the Tarot he said "No, don't convert it. In the great Tarot game of life, Bob is playing poker." I don't know WHY people say these things. They just do.