Thursday, November 3, 2011

World Fantasy Con, Late Late Show & the Neil Gaiman/AFP tour...

I am sitting in a hotel room in Omaha, Nebraska, wishing that there was a bit more snow falling, but so far only blue skies.
Visiting the rehearsals of TSO, where Drew is doing lasers.
Finally have a minute to catch up with some of last week, so many things happened--photos galore.


As Neil was coming in, I decided to rent a car, instead of stuffing him into Ghosty, which, while amusing to watch him unfold himself in and out of, thought I'd drive him in some style:


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A sparklepaint gun-metal gray Dodge Challenger, which I nicknamed Dodgey. On the way to LAX, i got that baby up to 100 mph without even a look back. I was in love...


our first stop was a mini-speaking engagement hosted by James Blaylock for his students (him what is said to be a founding father of steampunk movement...)


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Neil did a reading of SAUCERS which knocked me off my chair, and then he read ORANGE, which, all i can say, I hope someone got on video.


(read SAUCERS here for yourself.)
here is Neil with lovely Serena & Tim Powers & James and miss Vicky:


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We leave there and head down to San Diego, where Neil is guest of honor at World Fantasy Con.
The ride down was especially memorable, as Neil practiced some of his tour song numbers, and damn, he can actually sing.
We rolled up on Tom Galloway in the parking lot, and this was the nighttime view of the pool outside my hotel...




Lions greeted me in the morning as I went to get our credentials:


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After the opening ceremonies, the San Diego Zoo did a terrific presentation, this isn't a great shot of the regal owl but the movie i took is not uploading...



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everyone gears up for the big author group signing...


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I spot Patrick Rothfuss in the corner, and that's it for that guy. I am attached like a moray eel! He was fascinating conversationalist, we talked of many things, including a Neverwear team up for his charity, Worldbuilders.
stay tuned for more on that!


Patrick shown to the right of Mr. Gregory Noveck of SyFy Channel, (wish you could read Gregory's badge, do ask him about it!):


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why yes, i Did have Patrick sign my badge:


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The ever-patient Les Klinger then helped me find Charlaine Harris (she of True Blood fame) and I made her sign Neil's nameplate, because while I had nothing else, these authors are my rockstars. She kept saying, but this is...Neil's sign...and I said, well no, now it is mine mine mine--she was so sweet, but she kept one eye out for any sudden movements by yours truly.


here, people are polite as they wait in a Very Long Line that goes Far Out The Door for Neil to sign their books:


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We pull the plug exactly at 11 to take Neil to his wife's show down the road, leaving a few sad waiting book-holders, so he promises to do ANOTHER signing,
and when he does, I can't help but corrrect the signage with my handy sharpie (was that wrong?)
click here to see the photo, Neil pointed people to my Twitter post of it, 5000+ views!





Les takes us off to see the close of Amanda's show, where I get to meet mister Rothfuss' assistant, Valerie. Somehow I didn't get a photo of the lovely girl...but here's the marquee:


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Merrilee, Neil's superagent, stands out on our balcony.


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We drove to Ocean Beach very early to have breakfast and watch the surfers from the pier. Dolphins, seals and several pelicans greeted us. It was such a beautiful morning.


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Every con I go to, my first stop is to see the art exhibit, and get in on the auctioning. It inspires me and reminds me to keep doing my own exhibitions, that art is alive, trying to set one up now. This sign was the best:


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and this is the haunting mermaid I won:
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When I went to pick it up, things were already down, so I sadly have no clue on the artist's name except a signature of Lee, can anyone put me in touch with this artist? write me: neverwear@gaiman.net as I would love to do some work with this wonderkind.


Miss West McDonough and Mr. Jonathan Pendragon were in attendance, and Jonathan did many card tricks in the hotel bar, we had a great time watching his cards.


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here with Sally, our New Zealand friend:


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West invited me to the Castle for the Edgar Allan Poe event this Sunday night, amen't i the luckiest Baltimore girl in the world?


Let's have one more look at that delicious pool, I couldn't stay away from it:


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Dodgey under the big con sign, what you can't see is the scratch i put on him, more than sad, I may need to do a Kitty benefit auction, as they are taking me to the cleaners on the repair...insert female driver joke here, but I was truly gutted to hurt such a gorgeous vehicle.


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The con ended and we had to jam back up to LA, Neil played several songs for me on the drive up and each one that I made him stop and tell me who it was, the answer was always Stephin Merritt in some form/band or another. The new soundtrack to my life, his voice is can easily cure the sick. go here for more on Stephin, i am truly smitten.


We picked up Amanda at #Occupy LA and I dropped them at their hotel to have some time together before the tour kicked off..
Neil signs all the very rare LAST ANGEL hand silkscreened art-by-Craig Thompson prints, blog on them coming soon...


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The next day Neil, Amanda, Moby and Mr. Merritt were to appear on the Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson.
Neil's mug from Craig, i believe he needs a new Sharpie...


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I have long been a Moby fan, so of course I only died four deaths when after shaking my hand, he peers closely into my face and says, "you have...something spinachy...in your teeth...just there..." pointing, while Neil says "oh yes...i saw that too.." Lovely! But Moby was just a doll, we talked about the ups and downs of the touring life. (and it was cupcake, not spinach)
I thought miss SuperKate, Amanda's assistant would die her own four deaths when we met our host, who in his brilliant Scottish burr stated, "But these are not assistants, they are superheroes!" referring to us.
Here is SuperKate fanging the glitter devil horns that Neil would wear for his costume:


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Neil goes on and we all go wild in the greenroom over the Simpsons clip they show:


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The supergroup as they perform a song from Rocky Horror Picture show, my childhood refuge.


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I went to pick up the flawless Allan Amato portraits that are being sold on the tour, lookit:


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The Ebell Theater on Halloween was full of costumes, sadly mine, complete with glowy green contacts and superball wish-granter sequin cape stayed at home, too much running around to get it.
Drew sent me this of his contacts, man, i need a Halloween re-do!


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look at Rod as Hunter S. Thompson:


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Allan and his new bride, bookended by Belinda and Chuck:


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Our dynamic duo on stage:


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after the show, a crowd gathers:


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the next morning, i see them before they drive up the coast to do their tour, Neil & AFP fanning his Craig winnings...
the last image i have:
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16 comments:

Marjorie said...

Great pics, and it looks as though you had a ball!

Pat Rothfuss is lovely, isn't he ? I got to drive him to a signing when he was over here a couple of years ago.

spacedlaw said...

I watched the Late late show with Lorraine and it was fabulous, haggis and all!

Great painting you got yourself.

Dragonsally said...

I was so happy that some kind person put a clip up of the gang doing Science Fiction. Man, AFP can sing. Now I clearly need to find the rest of the show!
I love your sharpie addition to the sign.

(I am also in love with that pool. Wish I was right by it now)

Tom Galloway said...

Dunno for sure, but the only "Lee" listed as in the Art Show on the con's website is Lee Moyer, www.leemoyer.com

Kitty Cat said...

hi Tom, yeah, Lee Moyer is a different artist, he is the one doing those great literary pinups, that I couldn't quite afford. I will find out, someone must know!!
I think our mystery Lee was a female to boot.
thanks for everything over the weekend, sadly the photo of you and Neil, your eyes are closed, so i didn't post--

vampi said...

<3 the sign.

i am soo excited about those posters, i want one! they are gorgeous

how long were you guys there signing after the show? i wish i could have stayed, bu jon had been up for over 24 hours and was falling on his face.

vampi said...

tick, google is not playing nice

L. D. Robwell said...

I don't know who lee is but that painting is so pretty! I hope you find the artist!

lomara said...

There were TWO Hunter S. Thompsons that I saw in the theatre that night! I had such fun. My first ever Amanda gig. She was wonderful

KathMuse said...

Looks like fun. Why are you in Omaha again? It's my hometown and I'm not sure I understand what you're doing there. Go to the Zoo; it's kinda fun.

Erin Underwood said...

Great write up! I can't believe I missed seeing Pat Rothfuss... Ugh! There were just too many people at WFC to keep straight....and that Neil line was HUGELY long! It took me 2 hours of standing there to give him my book. I think my feet went numb.

Charlaine is such a doll! I can imagine that exchange perfectly.

Sounds like you had a lovely time. It really was a great con. I wish I had gotten the chance to meet you in person. Thank you so much for posting the awesome photos. The one of the "modified" sign was hilarious. :-) You rock.

Anonymous said...

I believe the Lee you want is April Lee. Her website is aprillee.com according to the wfc2011 site.

Cecily said...

Great write up Cat! (As usual) It is very sad about Dodgy, but I'm sure it was fun to drive! I have a Charger and LOVE IT.

BPerry said...

Have you identified your mystery artist? Did some looking, it might be by Lauren K. Cannon of navate.com? (ref: http://www.navate.com/gallery/isskataa)

The signature doesn't look quite the same, but the style is pretty consistent with the other work published there.

BPerry said...

Just thought to check the con site, good thought Mr. Galloway - Lauren Cannon was featured in the art show, so this is almost certainly her work. Cheers!

Kitty Cat said...

thanks to all my detectives--
you found her,
i hope she can see this post someday--
this is what was written under the painting, i wonder if it is her title for the piece:

It is she who gives dreams to men.
Lauren K. Cannon
and the Lee is not actually Lee, but i read it as such...