February 19th, 2009

Mask

Farpoint 2009

Tribal Shadow

These are the kinds of stories that can only come out of a convention.

I'm walking down a hallway at Farpoint and I see a blind woman sitting in a chair, her white and red stick leaning against her legs. Standing in front of her in full white armor is a Stormtrooper. She is holding his armored arm between her hands, running her fingers over the contours of the plastic. She looks up at him and smiles. "Star Wars?" she asks.

For me, conventions are broken up into moments like this, surreal and beautiful. When I look back on a convention, what I see are these small and special scenes. A Klingon hits on me and gives me a story to tell for years, I take a photo of a laughing baby, I get a bruise on my hip that I come to love, Earl Newton and I play with our cameras to take dramatic pictures of Evo Terra, I hold hands with a boy in the dark, Mur Lafferty closes her eyes against white sheets, the Joker threatens me, we misuse the handicapped shower, Scott whispers in my ear, I am measured for my wedding dress, Jamal Igle drives me around New York, Josie spanks me in the hallway, I lay at Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins feet, my camera pointing upwards and Jerry says "You don't waste any time, do you?"

I really don't.

I could write ten thousand words about these moments.

One thing I like about Farpoint, as a convention, is how open they are to different ideas. The art show coordinator was pleased to work with me for my promotion, and enlisted her staff to help out. When I asked if Farpoint had considered a writing track, they asked me if I would be willing to organize it. They are a small convention that is getting larger, that is still defining itself, and I like how open and flexible it is. Right now the attendees seem to be very celebrity focuses, signing and merchandise seem to be the biggest deal, but it's still open to different ideas about what a con is and what it could be. That openness is refreshing and fun.

Thank you to Steve Wilson for inviting me and for the staff of the art show for being so helpful and kind. It's the people that draw me to these things, and the people who keep me going back.