I-Con This Weekend

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I-Con is always another signal that spring is upon us.I’ve been attending I-Con since the very first one. While I have missed one here or there, it’s always a highlight for the entire family.Today, the schedule for I-Con 26 went live and I combed through it carefully and was shocked to see that my popular Trailer Park program was missing. Most years, I had 90 minutes to show movie trailers and do Q&A with the audience. They, and I, looked forward to the experience. It has proven popular enough that it sometimes gets a Sunday repeat performance (and some years when I’m double booked, Glenn Hauman was kind enough to fill in for me).Appalled, I dropped a note to the committee and received an apology from Prof. Kinema, the guy running this particular track. Jim, the kindly ol’ Prof, replied that he never received my e-mails or that from the Comics Track organizer and my “host.” He said things this year were more chaotic than usual and he didn’t necessarily have the time and space he wanted for his planned schedule of stuff.So, it appears, barring an Act of God, there won’t be movie previews this weekend.However, I will be doing the following:Saturday4pm: “The Business of Publishing Part 2: The Authors Perspective”(SAC 302). With Terry McGarry (moderator), Robert Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg, and Terri Osborne.7pm: “Greenberger and Rozakis Explain it All” (SAC 305). Two generations of Greenbergers (me and Robbie) and Rozakis (Bob and Chuck) find a way to fill an hour and hopefully stay on topic.Sunday10am: “Exclusivity: The Growing Trend and What it Means for the Industry” (SAC 305). Marc Andreyko, Chuck Rozakis, Peter David and me. If I have to be up early, at least I get to meet Marc who’s doing a terrific job on Manhunter.1pm: “How Comics Make Money: Web and Print” (SAC 305). Chuck Rozakis, J. Rosenberg, and me. Nice topic, damned if any of us have an answer.2pm: “What’s New at DC: One Year Later One Year Later” (SAC 308). I seem to be the only one listed when Comics GOH Jimmy Palmiotti and Marc Andreyko are the ones who should really be doing this.Beyond that, I want to recommend one and all catch the Brobdingnagian Bards when they perform on Saturday and Sunday. They’re a delightful duo that deserves more recognition than they currently receive. You won’t be sorry.

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  1. I’ve never seen the Brobdignagian Bards, though I do have almost all of their CDs. I even received a thank-you credit in the booklet for Memories of Middle-Earth, though I’m not sure why. Maybe it was because I pre-ordered the CD from them directly, eliminating the middleman? I don’t know. :)Back when mp3.com was a marketplace and sold some interesting stuff, the Bards had all sorts of odd little things for sale through them. One of my favorites is the CD of about eight different versions of “If I Had a Million Ducats,” their mock-version of the Barenaked Ladies song, “If I Had a Million Dollars.”If I knew what I’d done with their CDs since the move, I’d have probably listened to the Bards while drinking Guinness on Saturday. Instead I had to settle for the Tossers and the Pogues. Nothing wrong with either, mind you. :)Have a great time at the con, Bob!

  2. Thanks for the pointer, Bob, being able to download the long-awaited programming schedule really helped with my planning, since now I can figure out when I can work the Lulu booth. I’m looking forward to seeing you again this weekend!

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