DragonCon in Atlanta, Georgia: Your Survival Guide

June 30, 2015 | Posted in CONVENTIONS | By

DragonCon Klingon

Dragon*Con is a media fandom convention held annually over the Labor Day weekend in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Dragon*Con is the largest such event on the East Coast, celebrating science fiction, fantasy, anime, comics, gaming…

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10 Tips For Surviving Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia

June 29, 2015 | Posted in CONVENTIONS | By

Enjoy the costuming - but be polite.

Dragon*Con, held in Atlanta, Georgia over the Labor Day weekend, draws over thirty thousand attendees and is only getting bigger by the year. Fans of science-fiction, fantasy, film, comics, anime and music convene annually on downtown Atlanta to shop, attend

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The Rudest Thing that I Have Ever Experienced as an Artist

June 19, 2015 | Posted in ART BUSINESS, CONVENTIONS | By

Portrait of Jack and Daniel from Stargate SG-1.

Artists quickly learn that they need to develop a thick skin in order to make it in their chosen field. Teachers and mentors—at least the good ones—will give their students honest, if sometimes brutal, feedback on their artwork. Critics can be merciless…and the general public even more so…

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Women Rocking Cosplay Scene at Phoenix Comicon 2015

May 31, 2015 | Posted in CONVENTIONS, COSTUMING & COSPLAY | By

If you live in Phoenix and see Wonder Woman crossing the street, don’t be alarmed, she’d not chasing down a bad guy. Chances are, she’s headed to Phoenix Comicon. Every comic book lover, steampunk junkie and people who just love

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Phoenix Comicon 2015 is days away. Is your cosplay costume ready?

May 27, 2015 | Posted in CONVENTIONS, COSTUMING & COSPLAY | By

Surely you have more than one costume for the 4-day event? No? Don’t worry, there will be many vendors there, ready to get you suited up in no time. Okay, maybe not for this con, but if you start now

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Etiquette for Shopping at and Browsing Craft Fairs and Dealers Halls

April 11, 2015 | Posted in CONVENTIONS, CRAFTING BUSINESS | By

It can be a lot of work setting up this display. Please let me do so in peace.

I have been a vendor at craft fairs and in the dealers’ halls at various conventions and events for over fifteen years. Overall, being a vendor has been a great experience…

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Diary Entries 2nd To 8th April 2015


Mystery Writers by Nana B Agyei on Flickr

Diary – Easter Monday 6th April 2015 – The main Easter Bank Holiday though being unemployed left it feeling like just another Monday for me. My Mum did us a special Easter lunch which was almost a Christmas Dinner and very nice.

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Diary Thursday 26th March 2015


Mystery Writers by Nana B Agyei on Flickr

I spent the remaining afternoon and early evening in the public library, reading through plays, including Antigone, and D H Lawrence’s The Widowing Of Mrs Holroyd (to each be reviewed on these pages). I am always happy to pass time reading good quality literature.

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Science Fiction/Fantasy Convention Art Shows: A Guide for Artists

November 3, 2014 | Posted in ART, CONVENTIONS, CRAFTING BUSINESS | By

Star Wars Celebration V - the ACME Art Show area

Visual artists and crafters are always on the lookout for new markets for their work. One type of market which many may not have considered are science fiction and fantasy convention art shows. A long-standing part of many science-fiction conventions is the art show, where artists display their work for either direct sale or auction-style bidding…

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CON.TXT 2014 Convention Report

June 28, 2014 | Posted in CONVENTIONS | By

A CON.TXT tradition: panel notes posted along the hotel corridor.

Two weekends ago (June 13-15, 2014) I attended the CON.TXT fan convention, which is held biannually in Silver Spring, Maryland. CON.TXT is a slash-focused, multi fandom convention, so it is always interesting to see…

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