Yesterday I had two panels, Webcomics and The End of Enterprise.
The Webcomic panel was typical for this year's show, the panelists outnumbered the audience. (ouch) It was much more of a conversation rather than an actual panel, but we had fun and discussed a lot of new strips I hadn't heard of as well as finding the panels split on the "Ocean's Unmoving" arc in Sluggy Freelance. We also were in agreement in our amazement at Bill Hollbrook. How he manages to turn out three daily strips (2 in print and 1 on-line) is incredible, considering he's been doing Kevin and Kell for at least 12 years now.
The Star Trek panel was good, with a lot of good anecdotes and such from the panelists. I think I said about four things the entire panel, but I had a great time listening to everyone.
Had a nice dinner out with kradical and terri_osborne, and then we came back to the hotel, listened to a concert down in the bar and then caught up with some friends. Talked to a couple of people about doing some freelance work for them. Stay tuned for further developments.
Today, dzeytoun and I caught up with Danielle Ackley-McPhail at breakfast. We were discussing a new anthology she's putting together and he bounced an idea off of her for a story and she asked him to send it to her as soon as possible. Nice going, Dzeytoun.
My Collecting Anime Cels coffeehouse went pretty well. I had three people show up, which unfortunately, considering how the hotel has stuff arranged was probably optimal, and they were pretty interested in the talk as well as looking at my cel collection. A couple of them already collected cels, but the third was an anime fan, but not a collector, so we had a lot of fun discussing how cels were made, how to track them down, what were the pitfalls, etc. and the other two guys helped me out, so it was a very interactive session.
After that, I went to the Jujitsu for Writers and Artists panel. The speaker was not only a martial artist, but he had worked as a bodyguard, a bouncer and had a lot of practical "war stories" about fighting in general and a lot of good ideas on how to write more convincing fights. I got a lot of very useful ideas out of his panel.
Following that, I went to the Publishing Contracts panel. I was the only published author in the audience (at least at first), so a lot of the stuff they covered wasn't new to me, but dang if I didn't learn a few new things to look over the next contract I get. I guess getting a refresher now and then is not a bad thing.
I had to miss the Goth panel to attend my signing. I wasn't counting on a very exciting session, but Bob Greenberger and I wound up getting interviewed by three UConn students who were taking a class from Lee Greenberg on publishing. They were specifically asking about doing signings (the pros, the cons, the neutrals), but we wound up talking about the difference between signings at a convention vs. a book store, signings at a comic convention vs. a SF/F convention, and a lot about writing in general. Very nice discussion and they even wound up buying a couple of copies of my comic.
Made it to the A Look at Sword and Sorcery panel. Dzeytoun and I agree that what the panelists were discussing at S&S is probably more Pulp style fiction (aka Space Opera). Unfortunately, the writing world seems to be focusing more on Epic Fantasy. The S&S genre has been absorbed by the gaming and animation industries (think World of Warcraft). Part of the problem with S&S is that it's a victim of its own successes. How do you write NEW S&S without being compared to Conan or Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Plus, with the demise of the pulp magazines, where do you get the new S&S, since it really seems to lend itself more to the short story and not the novel.
After this, I did my reading from S.C.E. "Echoes of Coventry". I had a small crowd (no surprise there) but it was well-received, so I can't complain. Given large crowds or enthusiastic crowds, I'll take enthusiasm every time.
My last panel was Writing in Someone Else's Universe. We actually had more attendees than panelists on this one (yeah!) but we kept it very light, took lots of questions from the audience and I pontificated with the best of them.
Now, I'm enjoying a pizza and going to try and track down some friends. More tomorrow.