LIVE UPDATE #3:Well, live updates were a good idea, but in the end, the con didn’t really lend itself to them, at least not form my view. Not that there wasn’t a lot going on, but I spent most of Saturday in long conversations rather than panel hopping. And frankly, I preferred that…but it doesn’t make for very exciting updates. I was on one panel, moderated by Will Murray and including myself and Kelly Young of Strange Aeons magazine. Jason Thompson, where the heck were you?! You were on the list of People I Had to Meet! I did however give out your website, with a plug for your comics.
I spent the morning gabbing first with Sam Gafford and his lovely wife. Sam has been doing his best for years to bring the same kind of critical attention to the works of William Hope Hodgson as others have brought to HPL. He has a new magazine, Sargasso, dedicated to such.
Then i went upstairs to finally connect with fellow web horror comic author Sam Costello, who gets the LIM prize for Most Pleasant Personality on the Planet. I gather he gets most of his sick and twisted inner demons out onto paper. Although his website, Split Lip, isn’t currently updating, there are still a ton of short stories, written by Sam and drawn by a variety of artists from around the world.
After the panel, I spent the rest of the day catching up with Will Murray until fairly late in the evening (and it wouldn’t have stopped when it did if he hadn’t had to catch the last train back to Boston.
LIM promo materials were picked up pretty fast, which is good (and may I welcome all new readers!) So while I had a great time, it didn’t exactly warrant the Breaking News treatment.
LIVE UPDATE #2: Uh, not much to update at the moment. I missed a large part of the con yesterday afternoon playing email tag with someone at RISD, trying to work out a meeting time. I did, however, get to meet Sam Gafford face to face for the first time, and pick up the first issue of his new magazine devoted to William Hope Hodgson research and criticism, Sargasso. And I picked up (but have not yet had a chance to see) an old animated version of Jason Thompson’s The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. I’ve read the comic–you should check out his newer ones, like The Strange High House in the Mist–butI’m really looking forward to this one.
LIVE UPDATE: Necronomicon is underway. About 1200 attendees have signed up, and that’s not counting any walk-ins. I’ve made the rounds of the dealer’s rooms, made a few purchases, but will have to wait and assess all the various books on display.
Providence is such a beautiful city, even without the Lovecraft connection, that it is just refreshing to be here. Tonight I’m going to take my lovely wife on her own personal Lovecraft walking tour, which I’ve made plenty of times myself (back when the idea of a paid, organized tour was not even a consideration.)
Big negative, though. The con promoters didn’t provide name tags, so it’s hard to zero in on anyone unless you already know them. I put one on anyway.
I’m not quite finished with it, but I’m so happy with how this 3D model of Father Jackey is coming along that I had to share it. I’ve got the whole figure done, but there are lots of refinements. This is the first original character I’ve done in ZBrush (with an assist from Maya.) I also have one of Win started, and will do one of Nan. When I get them all painted, I’ll put up a turntable view.
As you read this, I’m at Necronomicon, in Providence. As I write this, though, I haven’t left yet, so I can’t regale you with any tidbits of fun and fashion just yet. Next week, I’ll give a full report, unless an opportunity to do an update presents itself before then.
LIM has yet to break into the top 100 over at Top Webcomics. Just sayin’.
Have a good weekend.