Doing Cons

Shatner: Get a Life


Until last year, I hadn’t been to a science fiction convention in about 20 years. I’d done Bouchercon during the mid-2000s as a crime fic author, but for all Bcon’s pretensions of being a fan event, they’re really author hangouts. And awesome ones at that. But I hadn’t been to an SF con since the mid-1990s. That was a Dover Peace Conference, a Klingon-themed event that was mainly an excuse to get drunk and dress up in costumes. The problem was every time I put on the full Klingon getup, I would get sick for days afterward. Hence my exit from cosplay before cosplay became cool.

However, I find I sell more books if I talk them up in person. Word of mouth is better than all the social media BS foisted on for a “reasonable cost.” People can see you get excited about your work. When people here someone get excited about a book, a movie, a video game, they want to check it out.

So I will be attending NeoComic Con in Cleveland in August. Stop by and say hello. For once, I’m going as an author. I’ll be there looking like Mr. Suburbia, but it’ll be fun. I went last year as a guest of the con organizer. I scored an awesome Harley Quinn poster in which she was sketched as a Playboy cover model. The costumes were more varied, everything from classic Trek and Star Wars to the Marvel movies of today. When you’re on the outside looking in, you’re there having a good time. Which is not to say the cosplayers aren’t doing the same. But it was fresh for me, not an obligation but something different and interesting.

And of course, I’m hoping to make some fans of my own. That gets easier when your all there for the same reason.

1 Comment to "Doing Cons"

  1. June 15, 2017 - 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Never did SF conventions, but did gaming conventions with some high school buddies you knew in the 80s. They overlapped, probably because of the vendors more than anything. The local cons were cheesy, low-budget, but cool to be among fellow dateless geeks with dice bags. We eventually stopped going as they started getting more commercial, and we had a couple too many encounters with people who were taking things a little too seriously. In retrospect, these were probably people with mental health issues who could function marginally well as the “more intently focused” members in a moderately obsessed geeky community. The very numeric aspects of some of the early games attracted certain people, and the Gothic and theatrical aspects of some later games attracted different people.

    As for meeting authors (and musicians) in the flesh, I tend to buy their wares when I can, probably because of a sensed connection and (probably false) insight into their art. Enjoy, but keep you paws off the hired cosplay girls.

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