Worldcon (reprise)

Mr. dreameling generously shared his Worldcon pictures with me a while ago and I threw them into my WordPress archive for a later date.

And here they are.

I was particularly pleased to see some pictures of the panel I moderated on Independent vs. Dependent (Traditional) Publishing, since Mr. dreameling was kind enough to show up to watch (and was even kinder to not walk out halfway through like a few people did … but all in all it was a success, we two-thirds-filled a 100+ seat conference room and I didn’t completely die of public-speaking anxiety. And I wasn’t even drunk!). Since I was busy struggling to look like I knew what I was doing, and Mrs. Hatboy had been lining up to get Scott Lynch’s autograph at the time, we’d missed out on seeing any pics.

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It’s hard to see from the above snap, but I had misplaced my Worldcon-provided name tag before even showing up (my panel-buddy and fellow author Tom had also forgotten his, and maybe Raita had too), so I’d drawn myself a new one that said ANDREW: MODERATOR / FORGETFUL.

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The room filled up alarmingly. J.S. arrived and we waited nervously for our final panelist.

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And we were off!

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Irene, fortunately, was a genuine veteran of Worldcons and had a lot of good ideas about how to discuss the issues. All in all, the panel went well and I hope once my panel-buddies all become big names and get to leave the world of Independent publishing and become Dependently published authors and no longer have to pretend they don’t want to be offered a contract from a big publishing house … they remember our Worldcon panel and agree to keep doing them with me for old times’ sake. I believe that’s how you make Connections.

Mr. dreameling also got some great shots of our costumes. Wump and Toop were in full fairy masquerade, this was a nice one of Wump. She picked the mask herswelf and looked super cool.

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He also got some better shots of me as Tabo Norid than I managed to get of myself (and no other Worldcon snaps have shown up yet, I got a bunch of pictures taken of me but I assume they’re just floating around in the ether).

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“Who’s got two thumbs and is steaming like a goddamn lobster in this trenchcoat? THIS GUY.”

He also got a nice snap of my collection of tourist stickers, although they’re a bit difficult to make out in this shot. I posted them here anyway.

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Classic. Thanks Mr. dreameling.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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3 Responses to Worldcon (reprise)

  1. dreameling says:

    You (all) seemed relaxed and professional. You (Andy) played it so cool and smooth — and came prepared (name tag not withstanding) — it was hard to imagine this was your first panel.

    I should’ve cropped and color-corrected those photos. (Not my best work. But happened, since pics, so there’s that.)

    You’re kinda weirding me out with the “Mr.” again.

  2. aaronthepatriot says:

    Awesome! Thanks, “Mister” dreameling indeed!
    Wump is so cute, and your getup is great too. Also,
    “Who’s got two thumbs and is steaming like a goddamn lobster in this trenchcoat? THIS GUY.”

    I’m a Hufflepuff!

    I just showed that to Madison this weekend because on Friday she said she was doing some Harry Potter school-classification thingie and is “definitely a Hufflepuff”.

    The video gave her serious reservations. LOL

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