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Poet At Large Reviews, Convention, WesterCon 67/CONDuit 24/FantasyCon 2014   Leave a comment

The night before a convention I am always filled with excitement and anticipation that makes it hard to sleep. Imagine when three different conventions converge on your currant home city over one holiday weekend. They may be separate events but they all blur together in one wonderful collage of color light and information overload. I spent July 3rd through 6th in such an overwhelming situation and I will try to review it for you as best I can.

I spent the morning of the 3rd in the Salt Lake City, City Creek, Marriott Hotel at WesterCon looking at art and talking with friends. Also passing out my card to venders and authors.  At lunch time I attended the book launch party for the Authors from “Writing Excuses” the pod cast series. For those who have never listened to Writing Excuses they are Epic Fantasy Writer Brandon Sanderson, Horror writer Dan Wells, Web Cartoonist Howard Tayler and Puppet Mistress Mary Robinette Kowal. There anthology “Shadows Beneath” is one I would very much like to review. I did manage to have brief conversation with Guest of Honor Larry Correia on Saturday but it was mostly about finding food and other needs before the mass book signing.

After lunch I had seen what was at the Marriott and went across the street to the Salt Palace to see what was at FantasyCon.  They would not let me in the main entrance of the building even though I was using a walker. Instead they sent me a block in the heat to the South end of the building This means that once I got in I was suffering heat cramps and my back was already starting to hurt. We complained to security and were informed that the hired security had not been informed that they would have people crossing the street to the main entrance from WesterCon until after both Conventions were opened and they had not hired enough security to man both doors. This problem was made worse on the second day when they started insisting that people enter only from the main South entrance. It was not fixed until Saturday which was too little too late for me because I ended up on the floor in back spasms for at least half an hour at the mercy of two nice EMTs while my daughter held the hem of my dress in place to cover my dignity. This does get ahead of my story but needs to be said because the situation effected everyone who was disabled not just me. I saw one woman wheel in the South Entrance in a manual wheelchair with sweat beading down her face and could not help but think if I feel this bad she looks worse and she had no companion to help her like I had my dear husband.

At the entrance of FantasyCon.

At the entrance of FantasyCon.

What went on inside the Salt palace was wonderful but in the air conditioned building walking was not so bad. The first think that greeted you on entering the main entrance were two giant Sentinel Statues made of foam and painted to look like stone. There were many great marvels on your journey between booths. Which I got pictures of on Saturday when I was with my daughter the camera did not work the first day and the second day I spent most of my time preparing for the Masquerade competition at WeasterCon. I did not go near the celebrity guest tables at FantasyCon because times being what they are I did not have Money to spend on getting in line to talk to any of them. Yes folks these days you have to buy a ticket for an autograph just to speak to most actors. Authors on the other hand you can get up close to so I did speak to Kevin J. Anderson briefly. Mostly about how big my daughter had gotten since he had first met me but also about crossing each others paths in a cross walk.

As the gentelman in the booth with him said. “Why did Kevin J. Anderson cross the road? Because there was a book signing on the other side.”

I am told that most people entered the Cosplay Competition at FantasyCon on Saturday Night and were unaware that there was a competition on Friday because the local CONDuit Masquerade which was joined with the WesterCon Masquerade is usually held on Saturday but was moved so people could enter events at both Conventions. A few such Snafus were inevitable.

Front View

Front View

Rear View

Rear View

The only thing I have to report from the Masquerade is a special prize for the Jewelery I made as part of my costume. I am use to a Masquerade that goes on for at least an hour but due to the circumstances this left us with 7 entries in total. this did however allow them to hold the Belly Dancing recital at an earlier hour than usual. The dancers were all very good and I finally understand why Charles Galway has such defined leg muscles. Yes a man can be a belly dancer too and you can enjoy it no matter whether you are attracted to men or not. It’s about artistry and skill no matter who is dancing.

After the Masquerade I had to be unpinned from my costume I had a zipper bust on me at the last minute. so I went from party to party in a Klingon forehead and half my Steam punk costume from the morning. This was the night of July 4th and fireworks could be seen all over the valley from the balconies of the Marriott. We enjoyed food at parties for upcoming conventions and Filk singing. Filk is a type of Folk music with Fantasy, Science and Science Fiction themes.  We were suppose to leave for the night at 11:00 but my oldest son who I use the nickename Drake for online decided to step out of the hotel without telling anyone while his phone was not working. This mean they spent half an hour on a Code Adam looking for him all over the hotel.  If you were there and heard about the Code Adam search for a 16 year old boy he is home safe and sound. For the record my sons call me Matoo (our Family word for step mother).

On Satuday I spent my time during the day devoted to time with my daughter who we shall call Roo. I do not post her given name online just like I don’t post my sons’ names. She is 11 and loves Fantasy and Sci-Fi on a level that I think drives my Ex-Mother-In-Law nuts. This was her first time at a convention but she enjoyed it very much. On Friday she went around with her Patoo (our family term for stepfather) at FantasyCon and Saturday with me at both conventions.

This picture was taken with Patoo's cell phone. I made the ears and tail to match her natural hair color.

This picture was taken with Patoo’s cell phone. I made the ears and tail to match her natural hair color.

The Cat Maiden's Beheading.

The Cat Maiden’s Beheading

On our way to FantasyCon Saturday we stopped and rode a peddle cab that was done up as a Dragon’s head.

Inside the Mouth of Bathshiba

Inside the Mouth of Bathsheba

The Peddlecab Driver

The Peddle Cab Driver

Inside the Salt Palace we had much fun with the our working camera and not only got people for my top ten costumes but also got pictures with the backdrops and props for our keepsakes. I will share a few of them with you.

The Mage battles The Rock Monster

The Mage battles The Rock Monster

The Mage Goes Steam Punk

The Mage Goes Steam Punk

The mage vs The Dragon

The Mage vs The Dragon

The Princess Dances For Jabba The Hutt

The Princess Dances For Jabba The Hutt

Thr Princess The Mage and The Elder Dragon

Thr Princess The Mage and The Elder Dragon

On our way out of the convention we came across something that had to be shared.

I'm not sure how to spell what this is but and Dr. Who fan will know what it is.

Steam Punk Dalek

After my Sweet Roo had collected a drawing of herself as a Zombie from the WesterCon dealers room she went back to her grandmother’s house and we continued the convention as a foursome with my Dear husband Floyd and my sons Drake and BedBug wandering about. because of what had happened on the night of the 4th my sons were told they had to stick together all day. This means that by days end they were both sick of each other but I was trying to teach them both a lesson about responsibility anyway.

I went to the mass book signing which gave me a chance to talk to friends and meet new authors as I pass out more cards and got more books to add to my stack of review submissions. At this point I have a stack that is fairly deep, so It will take me a while to reach the last books submitted. I got to talk to Paul Genesse who started me on this whole review blog notion. I have had to thank him for that more than once because I love to read and to blog.

At 9:30 there was a Filk Concert by Mark Osier dedicated to the members of the Writing Excuses cast with a set inspired by each of the four writers. Mary Robinette Kowal got up and sang “Rubber Ducky” as part of the set dedicated to her and Mark’s rendition of “A Boy and His Frog” left many in tears. For those who don’t know “A Boy and His Frog” is dedicated to the memory of Jim Henson and is sung from the point of view of Kermit The Frog. Mark’s Kermit voice is very good, so it was easy to believe Kermit was singing. His encore was “I want to be Han to your Leia” which is a great piece of New found Filk. After this we left for the night.

On Sunday the 6th only WesterCon was still going with FantasyCon having closed the night of the 5th. This was the only day I was able to sit in on any panels. These panels left me with a need to finish some original projects I have been working on. The results of these projects will spill into this blog as I read some books for research and hopefully enter some of my art in a few art shows.

Some special events I missed include a screening of the film “The Last Unicorn” which I have on DVD anyway. This screening did have the Author of the book it is based on present but I did not have a copy of his book for him to sign. all the Cosplay events at FantasyCon because I was just not able to be in two places at once. All panels held on the first 3 days because I had so much to do those days.

I had a wonderful time but I spent the week after in much pain and even had a migraine so bad that the air conditioning was too loud. The migraine is why this is posted a day later than I had hoped.

Now I give you my top costume picks. One thing to note is that in order to be considered for top costumes I have to catch you in a picture so if you feel your costume was better but you never had me take your picture I am sorry. There were a few people who missed out because they did not stop for me and being in need of the walker or a cane I can’t move fast. I am also obligated by law to ask permission to use your picture.

Honorable Mention "Dead Pool in a cute hat" I know that I got you without the hat too but that one just did not make top ten even though you made a wonderful replica costume.

Honorable Mention “Dead Pool in a cute hat”
I know that I got you without the hat too but that one just did not make top ten even though you made a wonderful replica costume.

Honorable Mention "The Last Unicorn" I really loved your lights in the horn.

Honorable Mention “The Last Unicorn” I really loved your lights in the horn.

costume number 10 "The Muse"

costume number 10 “The Muse”

Costume Number 9 "Let Them Eat Cake" I know that line is a misquote but it is what I think of.

Costume Number 9 “Let Them Eat Cake” I know that line is a misquote but it is what I think of.

Costume Number 8 "Pirate In Red" Love the atittude.

Costume Number 8 “Pirate In Red” Love the attitude.

Costume Number 7 "Dead Mouse" I told you, 'You are a contender".

Costume Number 7 “Dead Mouse” I told you, ‘You are a contender”.

Costume Number 6 "Masked Lady in Blue" Love the glitter.

Costume Number 6 “Masked Lady in Blue” Love the glitter.

Costume Number 5 "Crossplay Thor and Loki" I love when women make a part their own.

Costume Number 5 “Crossplay Thor and Loki” I love when women make a part their own.

Costume Number 4 "Steam Punk Lady" There is something about this costume that just says I am a lady but I will work had too.

Costume Number 4 “Steam Punk Lady” There is something about this costume that just says I am a lady but I will work had too.

Costume Number 3 "Lethal Elf Lady" I would not cross a lady carrying a dagger so openly.

Costume Number 3 “Lethal Elf Lady” I would not cross a lady carrying a dagger so openly.

Costume Number 2 "Creatures of The Forest" these ladies are from an acting troupe and look just lovely.

Costume Number 2 “Creatures of The Forest” these ladies are from an acting troupe and look just lovely.

Costume Number 1 "Hocus Pocus" Replicas of the 3 Withches from the Disney Movie "Hocus pocus and a Cross play of the zombie from the same movie. Sorry that it's a little blurry.

Costume Number 1 “Hocus Pocus” Replicas of the 3 Witches from the Disney Movie “Hocus Pocus” and a Cross play of the zombie from the same movie. Sorry that it’s a little blurry.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and that you will read more of my blog in the future.

From The Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

You may contact The Poet and her friends by e-mailing (ravendove922@yahoo.com)

 

Poet At Large Reviews: Convention: Salt Lake Comic Con 2013   1 comment

I would have had this post out sooner but it has taken me longer than usual to recover from the convention and to go through the costume pictures. I will also state that due to my good camera failing all of these pictures are taken with cell phones.  Some of them are blurry.  Also many of them were taken by my niece so I may not have gotten permission from everyone to post their picture.  If you see your picture in this entry and wish it to be removed please contact me by the e-mail at the bottom of the article.

On September 5th, 6th, and 7th the Salt Palace in down town Salt Lake City, Utah was filled beyond capacity with all members of Utah fan-dom that could find their way in the door.  They were there to meet legends Stan Lee, William Shatner, Adam West, Burt Ward, Kevin Sorbo, Peter Mayhew, Lou Ferrigno and many others.  I managed to get short interviews with Writer Kevin J. Anderson and Actor Dwight Shultz.  Most of the really big name celebrities were not giving interviews and you could not get within 20 yards without paying for a ticket.  I understand why, but it makes it hard for a blogger on a vendor’s pass to get what she wants.

I was there with ‘The Seventh Fleet Star Trek Fan Clubs’ and the ‘Artemis Bridge Simulator’.  The simulator was run by the Tooele chapter of the Seventh Fleet, or U.S.S. White Buffalo.  Once people learned that it was free to have a go at the Artemis it was hard to get everyone who wanted to play a slot.  By the evening of Saturday every slot was taken and if you were not there to take your slot someone else would get it.

One of the fun things about a multi day convention is the opportunity to ware more than one costume.  On Thursday I was a Neko or Japanese cat person, on Friday I was a Ninja and on Saturday I was a Steam Punk.  Here is one woman that my niece caught on camera two different days as two different My Little Ponies.

Here is Pinkie Pie.

Here is Pinkie Pie.

Not sure which pony this is but she has an atitude.

Not sure which pony this is but she has an attitude.

On the first day I saw something big and scary roaming between booths and just had to get a picture.  In the process I was knocked down and slightly trampled.  This was only my first trampling over the course of the convention.  I suffered a spine injury in 2007 and must use a cane to walk.  My cane got kicked out from under me by crowds that were over the capacity of the building.  A friend of mine who needs a cane and leg braces was also knocked over and trampled more than once as well.  Fire Marshals made the convention stop selling tickets and kick 3,000 people out of the building on Friday and on Saturday they made them kick out 7,000. Hopefully next year they will run everything through the Fire Marshal before hand so that no one gets seriously injured.

This animatronic dinosaur was cool to watch but dangerous to some crowd members.

This animatronic dinosaur was cool to watch but dangerous to some crowd members.

Contributing to the danger of the situation was a  company handing out free energy shots.  Many members of the crowd were hyper from excitement already, the addition of caffeine and crowding  can cause a frenzy in a person with anxiety issues.  I did not accept any energy shots myself as I have a heart condition and caffeine makes me dreadfully ill.  Sadly not everyone is willing take responsibility for themselves.

The raptor was not the only thing roaming the isles.

The raptor was not the only thing roaming the isles.

On Friday morning my Niece and I got to speak with Actor John de Lancie.  He was a very nice person and he complimented Tatiana on her fake teeth.  Which she had made with a bobby pin and some fake finger nails that she had filed to points then hot glued to the bobby pin.  Mr. de Lancie also stopped by the Artemis to have his picture taken with the group running it.  I do not have permission to post the picture so I will not out of respect.

Look Closly at the girl's teeth...

Look Closely at the girl’s teeth…

The Mandelorian Mercs  were having a jail and bail to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation.  The whole point of Make a Wish is to give children who are very sick one Wish while they have the time to enjoy it.  I didn’t have much cash on me as most of the time I only use a debit card but it was worth a few dollars to put my niece and nephew in position for this photo.

Partners in crime.

Partners in crime.

It is a poets nature to share profound parts of them self with total strangers.  When Two poets cross paths and each recites one of their best works it can be a very special moment.  They are kindred souls even if they will never meet again.  They will remember each other and be glad for a rare moment when they know someone understood.  Someone saw a piece of their soul laid bare and knew the emotion that had caused inspiration.  This Gentlemen and I shared one of those moments.  May he always be inspired.

I am the Ninja in this photo. I don't know Tony Stark's real name but I know he is a fellow poet.

I am the Ninja in this photo. I don’t know Tony Stark’s real name but I know he is a fellow poet.

On Saturday Tatiana and I both dressed as Steam Punks.  Steam Punk is a genera of Sci-Fi that involves modern inventions that are steam powered and Victorian dress with gears or machine parts as accents. We tried on some very lovely corsets from Damsel in this Dress.  Too bad they were almost $300 a piece.  I have since looked at their web site and found a slightly cheaper corset style that they make to the measurements you give them.  I’m hoping that I can buy it for future use with the idea that I might wear it over jeans on a regular day just to feel pretty as well as part of a costume or two.

My Niece and I trying on corsets from Damsel in this Dress.  www.damseldress.com

My Niece and I trying on corsets from Damsel in this Dress. http://www.damseldress.com

If you look closely at the photo you will notice a Star Trek com-badge with a black ribbon on it.  The ribbon is because the Seventh Fleet lost one of her ship Captains on the morning of Monday Sept. 2nd.  Captain K’Ruth Burns of the Ursa Major suffered heart failure on Memorial day morning and she will be missed by many local Sci-Fi and fantasy fans.   Myself among them.

The interviews I got were a pleasure even if they were short.  It is with great joy that I share them with you now.

Kevin J. Anderson is one of the most prolific writers of Science fiction.  We first met at Life The Universe and Everything in 2006 and I have reviewed some of his more recent novels for this blog.

Q: What age did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

A: I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was five years old.  I saw a science fiction movie, ‘War of the Worlds’ and I knew from that point on I wanted to create stories like that.

Q: How did your collaboration with Frank Herbert’s son Brian come about?

A: I was always a big Dune fan, read all of Frank Herbert’s books.  I loved them and wished somebody would finish the story Frank left incomplete at his death.  When Brian and I discussed completing the story, we brainstormed and came up with so many ideas we have now done more than a dozen novels.

Q: Where did Dan Shamble Zombie P.I. come from?

A: I have written so many big sf epics and major serious novels that I Wanted to do something all out FUN.  I love the humor and lighthearted spirit in this series. and Dan shamble is a lovable and hilarious guy.  I have several more adventures in mind.

Just for the record I look forward to those adventures.  While reading the first two Dan Shamble novels I laughed so hard I needed my Asthma inhaler.

Upon seeing that Actor Dwight Shultz was at the con I must admit to suffering a Fan Girl Squee moment.  It was very hard to maintain my professionalism long enough to ask for a few short questions and I am glad that we agreed to do the interview the next day since this gave me time to compose myself.

Q: What age did you decide you wanted to be and actor?

A: Since the age of six.

Q: Your two most beloved roles are Murdok from ‘The A-Team’ and Reginald Barkley from ‘Star Trek’  How much of yourself is in each character?

A: Murdock is more of a fantasy but there is a great deal of the real me in Barkley.

Q: We talked about ‘The Long Walk Home’ is there anything you would like to say for the record about your role in that very powerful film?

A: The important thing about the movie was showing that ordinary people harbored racist feelings, not just the KKK. That is what allowed racism to thrive.

Now we come to my top costume pics of the Con.  There were so many good costumes that it was hard to pic and I had to add a group or couple category just to be fair.  First Honorable Mentions.

This gentleman looked so much like Thor from the movies that many young boys demanded his autograph.

This gentleman looked so much like Thor from the movies that many young boys demanded his autograph.

Now that Ferengi woman may travel and wear cloths one actually traveled all the way from her home planet to seek profit on ours.

Now that Ferengi woman may travel and wear cloths one actually traveled all the way from her home planet to seek profit on ours.

At least this Wookie was not sweating gallons under his costume like the more realistic Wookies at the Con.

At least this Wookie was not sweating gallons under his costume like the more realistic Wookies at the Con.

In the Single Cosplayer catagory I will start with number 10.

This Kagamine Rin is well detailed but I real don't blame the girl for making the shorts longer.

This Kagamine Rin is well detailed but I really don’t blame the girl for making the shorts longer.

Single Cosplayer Number 9.

This Hatsune Miku was just lovely.  Her only problem was she asked a male friend to come out her wig and he was making it worse till I took the comb away and did the combing myself.

This Hatsune Miku was just lovely. Her only problem was she asked a male friend to comb out her wig and he was making it worse till I took the comb away and did the combing myself.

Single Cosplayer Number 8.

Doctor Strange is one of the more interesting Marvel characters.

Doctor Strange is one of the more interesting Marvel characters.

Single Cosplayer Number 7.

There is a wrong way for a woman to do Steam Punk, making the woman look like the town whore.  This lady on the other hand does Steam Punk proud.

There is a wrong way for a woman to do Steam Punk, making herself look like the town whore. This lady on the other hand does Steam Punk proud with a certain level of modesty.

Single Cosplayer Number 6.

This Sith Lord is so believable that you quake in fear.

This Sith Lord is so believable that you quake in fear.

Single Cosplayer Number 5.

This is a very Classic and Classy Wonder Woman.

This is a very Classic and Classy Wonder Woman.

Single Cosplayer Number 4.

This Captain Jack Sparrow was such a good Johnny Depp Impersonator that he had the character down pat.

This Captain Jack Sparrow was such a good Johnny Depp Impersonator that he had the character down pat.

Single Cosplayer Number 3.

I have seen this lady dress as Chi from 'Chobits' before.  She really does look much like the character.

I have seen this lady dress as Chi from ‘Chobits’ before. She really does look very much like the character.

Single Casplay Number 2.

Beware the Silence...  The Silence come from "Doctor Who" and if you notice them they will get you.

Beware the Silence… The Silence come from “Doctor Who” and if you notice them they will get you.

Single Cosplayer Number 1.

This Scout Walker from 'Star Wars' had to be difficult to wear.  It was also unexpected. So give props when they are due.

This Scout Walker from ‘Star Wars’ had to be difficult to wear. It was also unexpected and most likely home made. So give props where they are due.

Now we come to the point where I Share my pics for group costume.  I love some of the winners so much that it was hard to limit myself to ten.

Group Cosplay Number 10.

The Enderman and the Creeper.  both monsters from the video game 'Minecraft"

The Enderman and the Creeper. both monsters from the video game ‘Minecraft.’

Group Cosplay Number 9.

Asoka and Kiyoshi from 'Avatar: The Last Air Bender'

Katara and Avatar Kiyoshi from ‘Avatar: The Last Air Bender’

Group Cosplay Number 8.

Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash from 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'.  This show has brought up controversy as boys have began liking what was at first a girls cartoon.

Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash from ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’. This show has brought up controversy as boys have began liking what was at first a girls cartoon. Yet all my life it has been just fine for a girl to like boy cartoons.

Group Cosplay Number 7.

Leia and the Wookie.  I guess this could also be called Beauty and the Beast, but that would really be a different story.

Leia and the Wookie. I guess this could also be called Beauty and the Beast, but that would really be a different story.

Group Cosplay Number 6.

Lelu and Lelu.  each wearing a costume from a different part of the movie 'The Fifth Element'.

Leeloo and Leeloo. each wearing a costume from a different part of the movie ‘The Fifth Element’.

Group Cosplay Number 5.

The Mad Hatter and his Alice.  This married couple know what cosplay is about.

The Mad Hatter and his Alice. This married couple know what cosplay is about.

Group Cosplay Number 4.

this Lynk and Zelda make a fine couple.  maybe one day Nintendo will let the characters marry.

This Lynk and Zelda make a fine couple. Maybe one day Nintendo will let the characters marry.

Group Cosplay Number 3.

The Salt Lake Ghostbusters  were trying to raise money for the Utah food bank by trading pictures for donations.  I don't know how much money they got but I hope it was enough to keep a few people from starving.

The Salt Lake Ghostbusters were trying to raise money for the Utah food bank by trading pictures for donations. I don’t know how much money they got but I hope it was enough to keep a few people from starving.

Group Cosplay Number 2.

Jareth and Sara from Jim Hanson's 'Labrynth'.  I watched the movie recently and the costumes are very good.

Jareth and Sara from Jim Hanson’s ‘Labyrinth’. I watched the movie recently and the costumes are very good.

Group Cosplay Number 1.

Oogie and Sally from 'Nightmare Before Christmas.'  This one wins because little Sally is too cute and Oogie is so well done.

Oogie Boogie and Sally from ‘Nightmare Before Christmas.’ This one wins because little Sally is too cute and Oogie Boogie is so well done.

In spite of the tramplings and the fact that the concession stands were not compatible with my allergy to capsaicin I had a very wonderful time.  I would go to Comic Con 2014 so long as they don’t oversell the building again.

From The Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

You can contact The Poet and her friends by e-mailing (ravendove922@yahoo.com)

Poet At Large Reviews, Convention, CONduit 23   2 comments

This review is posted at this late date due to computer problems and health issues on the part of the writer. Sorry but lack of a five dollar piece of plastic can halt a multi-million dollar machine (let alone a typical home computer) and having injections in your spine will make you sick for up to a week after.

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This last Memorial Day Weekend saw The Dark Guilds of Conduit 23 descend on the Raddisson  Hotel in down town Salt Lake City, Utah. Geeks of all types come out to conventions to play and be themselves for a few days out of the year.  Costumes were of high caliber both in the hall and in the Masquerade Competition.  Gaming rooms saw play at all hours as everything from Dungeons and Dragons was played to The Artimis Bridge Simulator.  Which invited Trekkies to face the test of the Kobiyashi Maru, with video clips from a local Star Trek fan club to help set the stage.  Paul Genesse hosted a round of Mystwalker for a lucky few. Guests of Honor Larry Correia, Alexis Cruz, Heather Joseph-Witham and Paul Genesse all gave their fans great reasons to smile.  Panels ranging from robotics to writing and art to running a better Role Playing Game kept people busy and entertained. The art show was filled with breath-taking peaces of fine art. The crowd easy going and happy to make friends.

Sadly there were fewer attendees than last year and next year will see the convention joining with WesterCon 67 to be held on the Fourth of July weekend of 2014.  This change will not stop those dedicated to sci-fi  and fantasy from having their time to play. Hopefully the joining of conventions will bring local Geekdom closer together.

During my time at the convention I was able to get short interviews with Alexis Cruz and Heather Joseph-Witham.

DSCN0859This is a picture of me with Alexis Cruz.  Who is best known for his roles as Scarra in The “Star Gate” Movie and in the “Star Gate:SG1” TV show and for the role of Raphael in the series “Touched by an Angel”.  We briefly spoke of my time as an extra in an episode of “Touched by an Angel” and our shared memories of a certain mutual friend from the show’s crew. Then I asked him three questions for this blog.

Q: “What is the favorite roll you have ever played?”

A: “I Can’t choose a favorite because it would be like choosing between your own children, each one is special in it’s own way.”

Q: “I hear you are a gamer, which game is your favorite?”

A: “Anything by White Wolf”

Q: “Do you read Sci-Fi or Fantasy and if so who is your favorite author?”

A: “Yes, it’s a toss up between Ray Bradbury and Roger Zelazny.”

DSCN0860This is me with Folklorist Prof. Heather Joseph-Witham of “Mythbusters” fame after our quick three questions.  After her main address Where she related a stirring rendition of “Hans my Hedgehog” we talked more about my own experience with something called Hagging where a person is trapped in a dream state and feels as if something is attacking them in their sleep. This was used in the times of witch trials as spectral evidence but is actually what scientists today would diagnose as Night Terrors which have a legitimate medical cause.

Q: “What Got you interested in Folklore?”

A: “I was raised with magical influences in the home. The stories that I read and saw made me interested to know more.”

Q: “How did you get involved with the Mythbusters?”

A: “They contacted me and asked for clips and then they came to my house and started filming.”

Q: “Who is your favorite author?”

A: “Issac Asimov is a close tie with Tolkien.”

SAMSUNGPicture from the masquerade Contest.  Now it’s time for the top ten costumes I managed to catch on film.

SAMSUNGSAMSUNGSAMSUNGThese three get honorable mention.

SAMSUNGThis young Lady gets number 10.

SAMSUNGThen we have a very sparkly number 9.

SAMSUNGWe get a little Steem Punk’d for number 8.

SAMSUNGThe patchwork of Number 7 will leave us all in stitches.

SAMSUNGHoly Legos it’s Batman at Number 6.

SAMSUNGThis Weeping Angel Time Warps us to Number 5.

SAMSUNGWe Crossplay into the space core at Number 4.

SAMSUNG SAMSUNGA Magical lady takes us to Number 3.

SAMSUNGA Bajoran Maquis takes the number 2 slot.

And of course…………….

Front

Front

Back

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These two two life size paper dolls take us by surprise for Number 1.

My own part in the convention as a presenter and panelist aside I walked away with 3rd place as mascot loosing to Anastasia Green who is a young lady with a beaming personality and infectious smile. I took honorable mention in the adult Costume in the Hall for my Trill Ambassador from Star Trek Costume and I got a first place for the inanimate in the hall for my Sock Monkey in an original series Star Trek Ladies Uniform. I made both Monkey and uniform by hand, no sewing machine involved. My husband Floyd Dameron got first place for peoples choice in the art show with “Furry Ice Spider” and Iron Figure Painter.  I also got to take part in the monster games at Paul Genesse’s release party for “A Walk In The Abyss.”   The Anthology that finally tells the story of “No Tusk The Orc” in print for fans who have seen in read over the years.  (More on that in a later post.)

All in all one of my best conventions ever.

From The Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

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Poet at Large Reviews, Convention, CONduit 22, Article Part 1   Leave a comment

Kermit the Frog as The Fourth Doctor

Even Kermit Got into the act at CONduit 22 Timelords of CONduit. 

For those that are not in the know CONduit is a Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention held each May in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The usual location for this Convention is the Salt Lake City, Downtown, Radisson Hotel.  This last May 25th through 27th The hotel paid host to many who willingly dub themselves Geeks.  Many of them sporting costumes from Popular BBC series Doctor Who as the theme of this year’s convention (The Time Lords of CONduit) centers around the Main character of that series and his many incarnations over the last 50 years.  There were so many costumes of Varying types that I will have to take a few days to go through the 200 plus pictures I have before I can make my top ten costume list.  The panels available on writing and art were very helpful. There were also panels on every sort of fandom one can think of from Harry Potter to Stargate and more.

Game rooms were packed to late at night as player sought to play out an RPG round with friends or try out the latest offered by companies that manufacture the books, cards and miniatures that players so love to use.  One popular experience this year was the Artemis Bridge simulator witch allows a group of Local Area Network Computers to become the stations of a Star Trek style Starship Bridge.  Groups of seven or eight people are allowed to take on the roles of a captain and crew to run a mission controlled from from a Game Master’s computer.   Some time early Sunday morning Guest of Honor Tim Russ who is best known for his role as Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager spent two hours playing the simulator with convention goers  I will Tell you more on Mr. Russ and his wowing of fans in a future part of this Article.

On Friday Night they had the Ice Cream social with Mascot contest where attendees voted by placing pennies in tubs and the contestant with the heaviest tub won.   Following the mascot contest there was a Wookie calling contest.  I unfortunately I fell off the stage during the contest and ended up with a really nice wound on my shin.

Wound received during the Wookie Calling contest.

Many Authors were present at the convention to offer readers the chance to buy a book they may not have heard about.  Some authors such as Paul Gennesse, Dan Wells and David Farland even gave readings and Paul Genesse had a release part for his book The Secret Empire which I have previously reviewed for this Blog.  During the release party while fans enjoyed Pizza there was a exhibition fight between Mugo the Giant and No Tusks The Orc.  Both characters from one of Mr. Genesse’s stories.

Mungo the Giant and NoTusk the Orc from “The Secret Empire” Release party.

One other thing to note about this year’s CONduit was the rise in attendance by members of the 7th fleet Star Trek Fan club chapters and several other fan organizations.  Several years back these organizations were alienated by CONduit’s former chair committee  Though I have never been able to get a full answer as to why.  This year the convention went out of their way to invite the 7th Fleet and other Science Fiction fan clubs back to the convention.  We can only hope that this effort to reach out leads to better things for CONduit in the future.

From Left to Right, Commadore Richard Henline of the 7th Fleet, Admiral Dennis Hollinger of the 7th Fleet.

Saturday Night also played host the annual CONduit Masquerade.  This costume and performance contest brings out some of the best costume workmanship in the state.  The prize winners are things to really be in awe of.

Draculaura from “Monster High”

This Lovely Morticia Adams was well executed.

Both of these versions of Lynk from “The Legend of Zelda” video games took prizes.

These are but a few of the entries.  The most popular winner from the Masquerade was of course this pair.

“Professor you have a screw Loose.”

Steam Punk Wings at a full Stretch.

There is much more to be said about this year’s CONduit.  I will tell you more in my next entry.

From the Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron