But this single-minded focus on top of holiday hoopla and other family things means that I have been a bad blogger and have not told you about Comic Con Austin, which occurred the weekend before Thanksgiving and at which I and the other Writing Ninjas of Texas hung out in costume, ate copious amounts of chocolate and fan-girled William Shatner, Norman Reedus and James Marsters and also met amazing fans and readers and other stellar humans. And supported a fabulous local Austin indie bookstore-- The Book Spot-- owned and run by Danny and Julie Woodfill, who sell books for us all weekend each year and who support books and literacy and local Texas authors in their wonderful shop in Round Rock. I can't thank them enough!
I love Comic Con! I really, really do. I know there are some who mock the fan experience, but I have to tell you that when Cory Putnam Oakes and I stood in line so she could get an autographed pic of William Shatner for her mother, who was/is a huge Trek fan, we were rather blasé at first. We were deep into publishing gossip and catching up and casting our eye rolls at the 60 something guy in full Enterprise regalia… UNTIL WE GOT UP CLOSE. Close enough to snap this contraband pic since technically you're not supposed to take pics if you're only paying for an autograph. (their rules, not mine)
(in full disclosure, so did a lot of random guys in costume who asked us to pose for pics while we walked the convention floor. But whatever)
Here is what CAPTAIN KIRK said looked good:
And here are a few other pics from the weekend. You should go next year. You really should!
|Zombie Kari Anne Holt|
|Mari Mancusi and friend|
|Me, my SWEET DEAD LIFE costume and TARDIS|
|This Ain't My First Rodeo, Predator|
|And it's Dread Pirate Roberts...|
|The Fates: PJ Hoover, Jessica Lee Anderson|
|Julie of Book Spot, Jessica Lee Anderson, Cory Oakes and friend|
|PJ Hoover and Mari Mancusi channeling her Mother of Dragons|
|The lovely Jo Whittemore and guess who|