|Guilia de Cesare the compere for the Dysprosium Masquerade.|
It's Wednesday so it must be time to put up my Sunday post. As my partner didn't take any pictures of the panels we went to see on Sunday at Dysprosium, you will all have to make do with the pictures she took at the Masquerade, which are probably more interesting, in that they show the hard work and creativity of the fans who go to all the effort to make costumes depicting their favourite characters.
I awoke Sunday full of good intentions, but lacking the energy to get-up and go, as in go to the morning Tai-chi practice. Therefore we ambled around, got up late, had breakfast late, and so missed another chance to be virtuous. It's a hard life being a fan at a convention.
So looking at our schedule I see that the first panel we went to was Truth, Justice and the Home Office, which can be best be described as a gag fest where Sabine Furlong, the moderator, joshed Jim Butcher and Charlie Stross about the awful truth that underlies hierarchical bureaucracies, by turn enthralling, thrilling and funny.
If I remember correctly, which I probably don't, I was also handed a fanzine by Joseph Nicholas, who was sitting in front of us with Judith Hanna called The Night is so Black that the Darkness Cooks (However, memory aside, this is as good as point as anywhere in the narrative to insert a mention of the event). I read it after the convention was over, and have to say I'm impressed on two counts: first the fact I was given a copy, and second the fact that I was given an old school printed and staple fanzine. I felt honoured.
|Oustanding costume inspired by Jaine Fenn's Principle of Angels.|
After grabbing a light bite for lunch, all part of Plan B (don't flake out), we went to see Seanan McGuire Guest of Honour Q&A session. She started by saying she would answer any question, with the caveat that a stupid or sexist question would get a lecture on how stupid and sexist the question was. She was very witty and entertaining, and we loved her cat stories.
We also sat off to one side of the hall, rather than sitting in the centre as we had been doing on Saturday, and found that being able to stretch out in the chairs, resting on each other, was a far more comfortable way of sitting. At least it meant I was able to keep on top of stuff, and not be wracked with pain, which when all things are said and done, can rather spoil one's enjoyment.
|Steampunk mad scientist.|
A very interesting talk by people who work in the field. After the talk we went and grabbed a burger from the fan bar area, all part of the eat little and often plan, and bumped into Rob Hanson, where inevitably the conversation turned to the Hugo fracas. My position on this is that you read the books, vote for what you like, and if there is anything that you feel is utter dreck, then vote no award above it. No need to panic – we have rules, follow them.
|Gary Stratmann with a steampunk adventurer that reminded me of Lord Flashheart from Black Adder.|
However, I really appreciate seeing other fans who have made the effort to dress up, and applaud them for doing so. Cosplay has been a tradition of SF conventions from the very beginning when Forrest J. Ackerman attended the first Worldcon in 1939. So colour me supportive. My kind of fans.
|I really like these two. The costumes were gorgeous to look at.|
My reminder to all con-committees to be inclusive of costume fans.
|A group shot of all the participants in the masquerade. The woman dressed as Cally was very good.|
Thirty years is a long time, and several of the cast have died since the performance, which is still being talked about today. I understand that only four fans at Beccon didn't attend the performance of Spock in Manacles, preferring to stay in the bar. Well bah yoo sucks to them. I suppose this only goes to show that miserable old gits who don't like fun existed back then, much as they exist today.
After the days fun it was time to go to bed, for tomorrow is Monday and I'm on another panel.