The Sunday Salon – Awesome Con

TSSbadge1Awesome Con happened this weekend in Washington, DC. Since it was in walking distance of our house, we decided to stroll over and see what it had to offer. It’s a small con, and the first in DC actually, but over 3,000 came out for it, which was, well, awesome. (Oh, like you wouldn’t have gone there!) I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to, but there were some great moments and great costumes.

We couldn’t get into the costume judging but there was a small parade after.

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We found this in the exhibit hall. The husband went back and bought it for me. 🙂

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One day two, I ran over early to stand in line to see Phil LaMarr and Billy West discuss Futurama. It was like listening in on a conversation and so funny. If you’re fan of the show, (Hi, me!) it was a fantastically entertaining. The line for this one was huge, and for a few minutes, I cursed my need for coffee hoping it wouldn’t mean I would be standing outside the door while it was going on. I lucked out, making it in the room to one of the few seats left in the back.

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I also dropped in on a session on writing fantasy novels and comics featuring: Justin Jordan, Allison Pang, Diana Peterfreund, Meagan Spooner, Tom King, and Alma Katsu. It was interesting to hear their take on the genre and how the publishing industry views it. Also, Katsu said her final book in The Taker trilogy is coming out soon. Yay!

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A few more random pics.

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Yes, I know I take truly awful photos but there you have it. I may write more about it in the next few days when I don’t have deadlines looming over my head.

Were you at Awesome Con? Questions? Let me know and I’ll answer as best I can.

I’m off to read a bit more of The Shadow of the Sun and questions will be answered tomorrow since that’s read along Q&A day. Be prepared, there are some sexytimes happening.

Today’s Book – Graphic Novels

Graphic novels, while I enjoy them, unfortunately don’t make up a large part of my reading. There’s no particular reason for this other than I just don’t read many. And the ones I do read tend to be by authors I’m familiar with or characters and subject matters I know. For example, The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman or Hellboy by Mike Mignola and John Byrne.

There are others sitting on my shelf but I don’t seem to have any interest in them:

Sin City: The Big Fat Kill by Frank Miller

The League of Extraordinary Gentleman by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (volumes 1 and 2)

The Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland

100 Bullets series by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso

Looking over the list, most of these have been made into movies at some point and I’ve seen them all. Weird that I haven’t read any of them though… That’s so backward for me.

And a question – I tend to think of Batman as a comic. When does a comic become a graphic novel? I feel I should know this and feel there’s a distinction I’m not aware of here because this is a genre (not sure what else to call it) I’m not entirely familiar with. There’s a good chance this may come down to marketing and if that’s the answer, I’m OK with it. I’m curious and counting on someone out there to have an answer for me. And thanks in advance if you do.

Do you read graphic novels? Are there any you would recommend?