30 December 2011

2012: The Year of the Con

2012 is going to be a kick-ass year. I'm excited! I have so much planned for this year and I can't wait to hit every goal on my list!

Notice these are not resolutions, but goals. My mentor Scott A. Johnson wisely wrote in his blog that resolutions beg to be broken, so it's better to call them what they really are: goals. Goals are solid and unbending. and life-changing. So here's what's brewing for 2012...

2012 is the Year of the Con!

Conventions are a big deal. It's not just for fans to attend, but for artists and authors as well. My mentor Tim Waggoner told me in one of our very first meetings that conventions are a way of life for published authors, and that I need to go to them to see what it's all about. Of course, there's exciting programming and the potential to meet some very talented and famous people there (you can also make big strides for your career like fellow author John Dixon did at Thrillerfest), but it's also a learning experience...who knows, someday I may have fans, or may host a panel, or be invited as a pro/guest of honor. Right now I'm happy to call myself a fan/student in the convention world until I make a name for myself as a writer/artist.

The convention world indeed was a shadow-world to me until 2010, when The World Fantasy Convention was held in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Me and my friend Drew Brigner attended--both our first conventions, I think (it was mine, anyway). I attended a few panels, was gobsmacked by all the authors who attended, and delighted by all the books and swag we got. And Drew and I spent a good deal eating good food and talking good storytelling--it was a nice intro to the convention world.

And then I didn't attend any after that. What's wrong with me? Nothing in 2011? Whaaaaat?

So...to make up for that dry spell, I'm going to four conventions this year (Ohio has waaaaaay more cons than I expected, and they attract some pretty big names). Here they are:

OHAYOCON January 27-29, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.

TYPE OF CON: Anime, Manga, Japanese Art and Culture

I have never been to a convention like this before...and I still consider myself a newbie to anime and manga, so I will either love this convention or feel totally out of place here. Likely a mixture of both. Since this is my first anime convention this is a 100% learning experience...and that also means I'm not cosplaying at this one. Instead I'm probably gonna walk around with my mouth hanging open, snap pictures of bad-ass costumers, and attend a bunch of how-to panels. Still on the fence about whether or not to stand in line for autographs and/or photos, 'cause I only recognize two names on the guest list and that's only because of FMA Brotherhood. Hmmm....

Anyway, this con is just around the corner! Expect some reportage on this event soon!

MARCON April 6-8, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.

TYPE OF CON: Fantasy and Science Fiction

This isn't just sci-fi and fantasy fiction...more like sci-fi and fantasy everything. Film, music, television, fiction, gaming, anime, manga...everything. I'm really excited about author Tamora Pierce being one of the guests of honor. Since this con is less specialized, I'm sure if I feel out of place and inexperienced in one field (like gaming), I can just hop over to something familiar (like literature). Should be good.

COLOSSAL CON June 7-10, 2012 in Sandusky, Ohio.

TYPE OF CON: Anime, Manga, Japanese Art and Culture

Um....uh.....heh heh.....I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I mainly want to go to this 'cause of this actor. *blush* Actually, there's a decent chance I may not be able to attend this convention at all if it conflicts with my summer residency at Seton Hill University. I won't know my June residency dates until a week or so after this January's residency ends. So I'll keep you posted.

CONTEXT September 28-30, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.

TYPE OF CON: Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction

This convention is a bit more literary, but there's still room for games, anime, manga, comics and graphic novels,  films and more. One thing I'm looking forward to are the writing workshops...always room to keep on learning, that's for certain!

 These are my convention goals for 2012. Of course this is contingent on the following:

1) The world cannot end

2) I have to have money

Barring the above, it looks like nothing's standing in my way. I'm looking forward to attending these cons, learning as much as possible from them, making beneficial and fun connections, and getting my geek on a bit.

Maybe I'll be brave enough to cosplay at one of these...gotta be fit and fabulous for it, though.  If I do get brave enough to cosplay (and hopefully with a group of friends; I won't do it by myself 'cause I'm a wuss) I may consider this character, seeing how we're both  monochromatic, with long, wavy hair, and, yup, I'm saying it, a bit on the busty side.

But she's a babe, and uh....I haven't been close to being a babe for a while. I think any potential babeness I had went into retirement around the year 2005 or 2006.

But that's another goal I'm looking forward to writing about in an upcoming post: the return of good health in 2012!


  1. "Fresh Starts and Modest Changes." My internet hero Merlin Mann comments on New Years Resolutions.


  2. Man, Cons! I've been so wrapped up in just being able to pay the bills, I haven't even seen what's available in my area! I love a good Con, though...

    I like the ones in September; I always seem more able to afford those.


  3. Collar bones are overrated. To me, they read "Not having enough fun."

    Cons sound fun, btw!

  4. Kole: Bookmarked that site. Will download and listen to his podcast, thanks!

    Sami: Hmm...September ones tend to be cheaper? I hope so. So far all the cons seem to be very consistently $55-$50...at least for Ohio, anyway.

    Anita: Thanks! My lack of collarbones definitely means that I like to have fun ALLTHETIME!


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