Thanks to everyone that stopped by and picked up a book, business card, or just said ‘hi.’ It’s always great to get to see everyone.
This year was a fantastic year. I was able to meet John G. Hartness, a writer that you should definitely check out if you haven’t already. His works include Bubba the Monster Hunter (a personal favorite), the Black Knight Chronicles, and Quincy Harker Demon Hunter, check out his fun works.
I also got to spend some time talking with Disney great Tad Stones, creator of Darkwing Duck, whose other credits include, Chip n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, the Aladdin tv show, and the animated Hellboy feature films. Not only was he a lot of fun to talk to and get some background information, when I bumped into him at his table, he was drawing Darkwing himself. Now, I have this original piece in my collection.
I am the terror that flaps in the night.
And as always there was a lot of jaw-dropping costumes. Since I spent most of my time in the art show, I wasn’t able to take pictures of them as they walked through, but just google Dragoncon 2017, and you’ll find a lot of pictures I’m sure. To all my con buddies that I didn’t get to see this year, there will be other cons and there is always next year.
Thanks for reading, and keep checking back for other places where I’ll be.
First, I want to say a big thanks to everyone that came out this past Saturday to Hiram Books. I saw some familiar faces and a lot of new ones. Thanks to each and every one of you who came out.
Now, on to what you really wanted to know. I will be at my wife/cover artist’s table in the Dragoncon Art Show in the Hyatt if you want to swing by and pick up a book or art, or if you just want to drop by and say hi. Below is a map of the Art Show showing where you can find me.
Hope to see you there, but if you can’t find time to swing by (which I totally understand, Dragoncon is huge), I hope you have a great con and a safe Labor Day.
Recently, I spent a Saturday afternoon in Oakland Cemetery, located in Atlanta. Not just because I’m weird and morbid, shut up! I’m basing a decent section of an upcoming novel in Oakland. So this counts as research. Also you should try visiting the necropolis in the heart of the metropolis.
This is your greeter.
Oakland Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Atlanta and is the home of Margaret Mitchell, former mayors, governors, and senators. The six acres that were set aside in 1850 for the Atlanta Cemetery have indeed blossomed. Not only is it a large plot of land, some of the monuments and tombstones are absolutely beautiful. A lot of amazing architecture can be found within the brick walls. While strolling through the grounds, one will also find landscaping that is not traditional for a cemetery. For Doctor Who fans believe you will find plenty of reason to not Blink.
Another reason that I visited Oakland is that I like cemeteries. The Ancient Egyptians believed that in order to have an afterlife your name had to be remembered. So they built great monuments to themselves. In some cases, they scratched out names and put their names over their predecessors. The first great female Pharaoh Hatsheput’s proceeding pharaohs tried to remove her name from all the great monuments that she erected, thus ensuring she would not receive an afterlife. So by visiting and reading these names, we remember those who we would have never known otherwise.
Our monuments are not quite as grand as the Egyptians.
Finally, as a closing statement let me add that burying the dead and providing a marker for a body is the last dignity that we show to a person. It is a sign that someone cared and respected a person enough to want them remembered. By reading these monuments, I am continuing that show of respect. So yes, I’m weird and morbid, but don’t the dead deserve a little respect for they have solved the mystery that we have yet to face.
Me totally not looking for vampires or zombies
Thanks for reading and keep checking back to find out what I’m currently working on.