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Imaginarium, the recap

imageImaginarium was probably my last big convention of the year. Probably. There’s a slim chance I’ll show up in New Orleans in November, which would be stellar because I’ve never been and the wife really wants to go. But we’ll have to see how that all pans out.

I’ve often said that the point of a convention is to sell books, and that’s quite true, but every so often there’s an event where the business of writing is more important. Imaginarium is one of those (much like Context in Columbus used to be), and so I wasn’t nearly as worried about selling as I normally am. That said, I still think I managed to sell 6 of my books to the unsuspecting masses (or what I like to call really cool fucking people).

This was Imaginarium’s 2nd year. There were more people, more events, and more panels than last year. The first two are good things, the third might have been a detriment. I know some panels were really well attended, some were dead zones, so hopefully Year 3 can continue to improve on its draw and keep on with the stellar events, but streamline the panels and tracks so that each panel is well attended. That may entail cutting a few of the duds out, offering just a few less, or more creative time-scheduling… not too sure, since all of the above were issues with the panels.

Authors Gina Morales and Jessica McHugh

Authors Gina Morales and Jessica McHugh

The highlight of Imaginarium is the people, the panels, and the camraderie. I was able to hang out with the incomparable Kerry Lipp (look for new work from him real soon!), the always nice James O. Barnes from Loconeal, Violet Patterson, and Tim McWhorter, also met Rob Boley and Amanda Hard. Plus, it’s never dull hanging with my fellow Post Mortem Pressers, Jessica McHugh, Gina Morales, and the always-awesome KT Jayne. Not to mention my hometown writers: Mike, Carma, William Rayst, Nikki, and Jamie. It’s almost like we’re invading shit and what not. Maybe we are?

My panels were awesome, and the panelsts were outstanding on them all. I moderated the Q&A with Imaginarium Toastmaster Tony Acree, which was a blast. Tony’s a fun guy to talk to, with a great wit, and just an easy-going way about him. Any time you get the chance to chat with him, do so. Highly recommended for the conversation and the energy, despite him being a die-hard Marvel fan. (Ugh, I just can’t…)

That’s really all I have to say. I didn’t get out to anything but my panels this year. I skipped the concert and the masquerade ball, feeling that my time was better spent in my room writing and getting shit done. But I imagine they were both entertaining, if that’s your sort of thing. All in all, Imaginarium met the expectations I had for it.

 

I’ll be Entering the Imaginarium this weekend

imaglogoImaginarium is my last big convention of the year. And I use the term “big” loosely here, as this is mostly a peer-driven conference encapsulating all things writing: novels, comics, movies, plays, role-playing games, etc. There’s not an overly large buying crowd present (at least, not last year and this year remains up in the air for that) and so it’s relaxing to not have to be on all the time, selling.

If you’re any sort of writer, then this should probably be the convention you want to attend at some point. In a lot of ways, I feel like it’s replacing Context as the regional writing conventions, as it offers a lot of the same stuff, but with a much wider array guests overall. It may not draw the high profile authors you’d see at Context as a Guest of Honor, but I don’t doubt that next year or the year after, that happens.

You can check out Imaginarium’s extensive (holy shit, do I mean extensive) programming list here. Lots and lots of panels to fill the days. Not only are there panels, but there are workshops, filk and rock music concerts, a film festival, and an entire room devoted to gaming of all types,… so much so that I may try to find my way into a few games of Catan or Cards Against Humanity or something this year, instead of flailing around the dance floor at the Masquerade Ball.

Here’s a list of the panels I’ll be on throughout the weekend:

Friday: 4pm Publishing 101 (Madison)
Friday: 8pm Beyond the Dice: RPG as role-playing, not dungeon crawling (Hancock)
Friday: 9pm Horror is Love (Oldham)
Saturday:  10am Outside Influences (Shelby)
Saturday:  6pm Pen Name, Yes or No (Shelby)
Sunday: 12pm Moderating Q&A w/Tony Acree
Sunday: 1pm BLOCKED! (Shelby)

If I’m not in a panel, look for me at the Post Mortem Press table with awesome authors Jessica McHugh, KT Jayne, and Gina Morales. Or I’ll be floating around with the likes of Tim McWhorter or Violet Patterson. Or I’ll be alone, in my room, writing, and then you’re screwed, eh?

See you then.