Monday, June 17, 2019

Forks RainCon 2 - 2019

The Forks RainCon - The Sequel - was bigger and better. Sorry I didn't get more photos! There was just so much going on.

First of all, I was the first person to attend a comicon from a campsite. Forks Highway 101 RV park was lovely. Inexpensive, friendly, full restrooms and showers. And all excited about being part of RainCon next year. It's right across the street from the Thriftway, that opens early for coffee and breakfast snacks.

Turns out other folks were staying at campsites around the area, too! We truly are a rural comicon.

Because I'd been building a fan base in Forks by leaving dinged backstock in the dollar box at Jiggerbugs Comics - the store that runs RainCon - I had plenty of sales for Print On Demand Collections.

Beautiful Books -
the only printer I use for floppies,  now.
I advise anybody who has dinged backstock or goodies to get some to Jitterbug. Go to or Facebook Fans of RainCon to connect with owner Evan Sveum.

The convention is still small, but this year it was looking more like the first San Diego Comicon. Much higher attendance, with folks from as far away as Portland, Oregon.

Clallam Bay Comicon vet Jake Richmond was there, running one of the games. He and his family fell in love with Clallam Bay, especially the Winter Summer's Inn, the river and the beach, and he still wants to vacation there. Clallam Bay would very much like to see any of the comics world come up to visit and enjoy the area.

RainCon and the Sequim Opttacon are unusual in that comics and gaming are going on in the same floor space. Doesn't seem to cause a bit of trouble. Just adds to the atmosphere and fun!

RainCon will make fewer amateur mistakes because I've been in comics and conventions for 30 years, and can help the crew and attendees not reinvent the wheel. I'm happy to do it - I want RainCon to be my convention headquarters from now on.

Rain of Terror's fun gang was there, selling hotdogs, hamburgers, and Italian sodas and spritzers, to raise funds for the very scary LaPush Hallowe'en haunted house. Yes, Forks will use the word "rain" wherever it can, for whatever it can. 

Of course, LaPush is werewolf central in Twilight, so our Quileute friends have the scary for the West End covered!

I've already told Evan I want a table for next year. I'm not missing a single RainCon.

Rain Of Terror
And I'll be reserving my camping spot. This year, the archaeology lecturer brought beer to my campsite Friday night, and we sat around the fire, talking and laughing and having a cool one, until nearly midnight. Camping at a convention is a great idea!

With Comics Swap Meet in Chimikum in July, and Opttacon in August in Sequim, we have nerd representation going east. 

My ideal: a comicon at Kalaloch beach hotel, one at Hoquium, a gaming convention at Amanda Park and Joyce, and a big multipurpose convention in Port Angeles. Inching closer to getting tribal artists and comics folks to come share their wares.

With conventions in Tacoma and Olympia, we've got the Olympic Peninsula surrounded. With all the Hawaiians we have moving into the area, if I can't get to the Hawaii Comicon - I can bring it to me! 

I'm a Leo. We're always on the hunt.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

"Hold My Bear." Norwescon 2019

Guest of Honor Nancy Pearl and Bluebear
Bluebear was found in the mouth of the Clallam River, torn and dirty and stuffed with chopped Chinese newspapers. One look at that little face, and we couldn't treat him as mere beach garbage. We could do better than that.

I skinned him out on the spot, dumping his guts into the beach garbage, and washing him as best I could in the river. He went home with us as a blue bear pelt.

Roo meets Bluebear.
Once at the house, he was washed and re-stuffed, and dubbed Bluebear, as a holding name until we could think of something better. But it turned out to be like Brad Bird's turn as Edna Mode - it stuck because it was right.

Bluebear has since traveled with me to Emerald City, and now - Norwescon. At Emerald City, he only came out for the fun stuff, the travel and parties. Norwescon is more of a fan convention, so I got shots of him with just about everybody.

Everybody was delighted to pose with him, when I asked them to "Hold my bear." 
Bluebear, Rudy and Kiki

We end the first photos with a shot of Bluebear back home, with fellow plushie Rudy, and real cat Kiki. And then we throw in all the rest of the fun.

Bluebear joins the musketeers.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Stolen Artwork - "You Shouldn't Have."

"You Shouldn't Have!"
I did this colored pencil drawing for a series of Christmas cards for Piers Anthony, featuring his characters. I had an especially fun time doing this one.

He kindly bought only the publishing rights to the artwork, and allowed me to sell the originals.

The drawing was displayed in a small art gallery in Bremerton. When the gallery closed, the artwork was not returned to me, despite my repeated attempts to have the owner do so. Nor did the owner ever contact me about the artwork.

If you were sold it, you bought stolen artwork.

This is not your fault, and I'm not going to ask for it back. But this was bad business, for both of us. Sci-fi fantasy is better than this.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Norwescon 2019 Author Readings

This flyer says it all. Roberta Gregory, Bruce Taylor and I are giving a room party, reading session and costume giveaway. 

It's Friday night, only three hours, so stop by our little relaxicon before the convention's heavy lifting starts! 

Not only are we great fun to listen to read and talk to, you might need something extra sparkly to wear around the parties and dances.