June 30, 2010

Mythcon 41 in Dallas weekend of July 9th - 11th

Be sure and check out Mythcon this weekend at the Crown Plaza Suites in Dallas. The theme to this years meet is “Their main guests-of-honor will be Tim Powers and Janet Brennan Croft.

Mythcon is usually held in different locales from year to year and is a production of the Mythopoeic Society.
The Mythopoeic Society is an international literary and educational
organization devoted to the study, discussion, and enjoyment of the works of
J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and mythopoeic literature. We
believe the study of these writers can lead to greater understanding and
appreciation of the literary, philosophical, and spiritual traditions which
underlie their works, and can engender an interest in the study of myth,
legend, and the genre of fantasy. Find out about the Society’s activities at:
This year’s theme is “War in Heaven” and will center around topics dealing with such and also falls on the 80th anniversary of the publication of Charles Williams’ book, ‘War in Heaven.’

As for the folks that will be guests, I’ve read Tim Powers’ novel, The Anubis Gates, and loved it. I was also excited to find that the new ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie will be an adaptation of his ‘On Stranger Tides.’ Mrs. Croft I’m not familiar with but may have to search out some of her articles. Their is also a list of others attending, one of which is local A. Lee Martinez. His novel, ‘Gil’s All-Fright Diner is in works with Dreamworks. Author Michelle Weston and Denise Roper will be there also speaking on panels and signing books.

If you get a chance to go (I’m working) let me know what you thought about it.

Mythcon 41
Tim Powers
Janet Brennan Croft
A. Lee Martinez
Michelle Weston
Denise Roper

June 21, 2010

“Twilight Night” June 26th in Dallas

Eclipse Movie Poster To celebrate the release of Eclipse on June 30th, Summit Entertainment and MovieFone.com are getting together and hosting a “Twilight Night” on the evening of June 26th which just happens to be the same night as a real lunar eclipse. Unfortunately, it will only be a partial eclipse to us and it won’t happen until about 3am, but hey, what marketing! Right?!

Found this out through Red Carpet Crash, so check out the post here.


Event is to be held at:

AT&T Plaza at the American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Avenue

MovieFone article

June 10, 2010

Denton Graphic Novel Book Club

Got the info below from David Doub, author of Dusk. Check out his links at the end of the post.

Do you enjoy a good Graphic Novel?  Then come out and have a lively discussion about your favorite books.

The Club will meet every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 4pm at Madness Comics.

The upcoming meetings are -

June 12th -- DC Elseworlds

DC's Elseworld takes existing heroes and stories and twist them through all sort of possibilities.  Imagine if Batman was involved in the original Dracula story.  What would happen if Superman crashed landed in the USSR instead of the US?

June 26th - Jonah Hex

Jonah Hex is a cynical scarred cowboy that has been published by DC since the 70's.  Hex has been everything from a post-apocalyptic warrior to a master of the supernatural.  And now there's a major motion picture based on Jonah Hex.

Madness Comics is located at -

111 E. University Dr. Suite 112
Denton, Texas 76209
phone 940.591.9771
e-mail madnesscomics@gmail.com

David Doub’s Dusk Website

David Doub at ComicSpace

June 7, 2010

A-Kon 21 Photos from around the Net

Nicholas Pluim sent me these links to his facebook page where he has uploaded photos from the first two days at A-Kon. Thanks, Nicholas!

Nicholas Pluim at A-Kon 21 Day 1
Nicholas Pluim at A-Kon 21 Day 2

The A-Kon site as also been nice enough to post links to galleries from attendees. As I browsed I was amazed at the creativity that these folks showed and made me hate the fact that I missed out on such a cool showing. Not as much skin at this one as I’ve seen at others, though there were a few costumes that made me wonder how they got by their parents!

Offer is still open if you’ve got pics that you would like to let everyone know about.
Some favorites:
AKon 21 - Photo by Ed Martinez Photos by Ed Martinez Dahlia - Ashley Johnson - AKon 21 Dahlia by Ashley Johnson
Sesame Street Creatures Photo by Brendan Patrick Burns Sesame Street Creatures by Brendan Patrick Burns SpeedRacer and Trixie at AKon 21 Photo by Ed Martinez Trixie and Speed Racer – Photo by Ed Martinez

June 10, 2010
Got these links from David Doub. They are from the local Dallas paper, Dallas Observer.
Dallas Observer links to A-Kon Photos Pt. 1

Dallas Observer links to A-Kon Photos Pt. 2

June 4, 2010

A-Kon and Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games

Busy weekend out there for a lot of folks and neither event is a youngster!

a-kon_21_banner~s600x600A-Kon is legally able to drink now and I have a feeling it’s gonna tie one on this time around. If I were going, I would have to say that I would be looking forward to the costumes. I’m not much of an anime guy, though I loved Robotech back in the day. Of course, Robotech is celebrating 25 years this year so it’s still out there and going strong. I’ve always liked watching how people really get into their characters and take fandom to that next level. If you get any good photos, shoot me links or send me a few and I’ll post here.

I would also like to see Abney Park on Saturday night. I love the steampunk genre and love their music. They’ve been to Dallas before so I may just have to make plans to catch them on their next tour.

It was brought to my attention that local artist James Valle and Annette Vu will have a table showcasing some of their artwork. Check out his link below and tell them hi!

Another great event this week is the Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Got a chance to go last year and enjoyed it very much. Lots of vendors and if you’re old enough they have a really cool whiskey tasting. I’m not big into whiskeys, but found a few that were palatable (big word for taste good).

So, there isn’t any reason to not get out and have a good time this weekend, if you can stand the heat.


Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games

Abney Park

James Valle