This year I-Con (http://www.iconsf.org) was a heck of a lot of fun! I got to hang out for most of the con with the delightful Heather Bruton, which made me cool! I happened to bump into her in the hotel registration line on Friday and offered to give her a lift to the consite, which is about 20 minutes away by car. I wound up serving as her dealer minion and spent much of the con behind her table either chatting or helping to sell her incredible artwork. Woohoo! I also got to hang out and share some panel-time with Jim Groat, Fossil, Scullyraptor, and some other very kickass folks. Immense kudos to John Cornetto, JBadger, Chillymouse, Gushi, and everyone else who worked extra hard to make the I-Con furry track work so well.
Some memorable things for me:
1) Getting to share an evening drink with Heather, who is so much fun it's hard to imagine. Heather got a lovely plaque for being the Anthro Guest of Honor. I like I-con, but someone really needs to tell them that the aware ceremony is simpyl too long.
2) I got to meet Claudia Christian, who played Lt. Commander Ivanova on Babylon 5. She is a wonderful lady and very friendly with her fans. Since I caught her at a slow moment I had the opportunity to kiss her hand (a long-standing dream of mine) and thank her for helping to tell such a remarkable story. Then I asked if she would be kind enough to say hello to my dear friend Decker on the telephone. Decker used to be a soldier in the Singaporean army and was quite a B5 fan. As he is now on the West Coast of the USA I thought I would wake him up and let her say "hi." She proved herself to be a lady quite after my own heart by saying, "No, let me wake him up!" I do believe that he was rather surprised.
3) Uncle Kage's Story Hour went quite well, although I suspect that many of the people in there were just waiting for the next film feature to start in the same room.
4) John C. gave me a bottle of wine -- thank you! Also, I-Con had the most unbelievable hospitality room for their guests right at the consite. I was able to eat quite well.
5) A group of fellows had been asked to deliver a panel about Anthropomorphics in Egyptian Mythology. Now, Heather is a devotee of Egyptian culture, as those who enjoy her artwork well know. I suggested that she should sit in on the panel and dragged her over to where it was being held. It turned out to be a fortuitous move. The folks who were supposed to deliver the panel inexplicably abanoned it in favor of showing some homemade video in another room, leaving behind an audience who wanted to talk about Egypt. Heather just picked up the panel and ran with it, so it all worked out quite nicely for all parties.
6) I got to see and hang out with the Long Island area furries, which I don't usually get to do under such relaxing conditions. (Hi, Amy and Toolfox!)
7) Talked with John Coker, a science fiction historian who is a fascinating conversationalist and just bursting with interesting facts.
8) Larry Storch was there. Remember F-Troop and Corporal Agarn, all you old folks? I shook his hand and thanked him for the laughs. He's showing his age, but appeared to be having fun nonetheless.
9) I did not see any of the anti-furry sentiment that I saw a few years ago. I am realizing now that such a thing was a passing mood on the part of a very few impolite individuals who have perhaps learned some manners in the interim.
10) I learned that anime fans, for some reason, are a lot louder than any others. I don't know why. They just were.
Time for bed, as I am weary. I learned that at no time of day is it convenient to drive across Staten Island.