AnthroCon Day 3 : Finishing out the weekend

Today started out kinda rough, mostly from the room party we were at last night. We needed breakfast. On our way to the Steel City Diner, we ran into Maggock (another artist) and her Mom. So we invited them along.

While in line to get in, I talked my media handler at church through the diagnostics. Then, once that was up and running, it was time for an egg and steak sandwich with coffee before heading behind the table for the day. As the day wore on we were all a tad punchy, but it was all good.

Ursula and I had a chance to wander around the dealers room, we managed to win some art in the auction (including a present for and a nice matching set of cephalopods by Meg Lyman) and did some art trades with .

After teardown, it was off to the SofaWolf dinner (something they do for their artists and a guest every year) where we were all very silly and a little punchy. I have sketches from the place mats. A table of artists after a con is a very interesting place to be.

Back at the main hotel, we made good on our invitation to the Security Briefing – an interesting affair, since it’s the end-of-con party for the Dorsai Irregulars. Any party where you immediately get handed a shot of 25-year MacAllen for the toast is fine by me. And then there was Absinthe, and then it was time to *GO* because otherwise we’d have been there all night and in no shape to drive home. (And thanks for the invite, guys *wave*)

All-in-all, a good weekend. Best explanation of the fandom came from dinner : ‘OK, you know the Star Trek conventions? You’ve got some people who just like the show, and some who recite their wedding vows in Klingon. Same with the furry cons – some are just normal people who like the art, and some go a little…further.” And to be honest, the fans are all in all, good people – some are just a lot more into it than others. And some are just…yeah. But you have people like that in every fandom.

And they like Ursula’s art and spend some BANK on it.

Tomorrow we drive back home, and we can’t wait to get back to normality. I miss my dogs and cats and kids, Ursula misses her cats, and there is much to do once we get there.

And there will be more stories, I’m sure, but now it’s time to pack and watch Venture Brothers.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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10 Responses to AnthroCon Day 3 : Finishing out the weekend

  1. tresch says:

    Heyo! It was good to meet you and to hang out for a bit at the con! (I was the guy with the laser tie who walked back to the Westin with you after the ladies got a cab on Saturday night)

    Glad to hear you enjoyed the convention. I’ve been going since 2003 and am definitely one of those who “just like the art.” Mostly I go for the people. I’ve found that, whenever you have a massive congregation of freaks, there’s always a subset of the croud that is extremely nice, open minded, and overall very awesome. Every year I meet more people which I’m proud to know, which far outweighs the uncomfortable moments from meeting people I’d rather not.

    And uhh, yeah. Dorsai after-con party? I almost cried when I saw the bottle of Remey Martin XO. Those guys are my heros :)

  2. doodlesthegreat says:

    some are just normal people who like the art, and some go a little…further

    It goes beyond geekish fandoms, as well. There’s folks who enjoy watching a NASCAR race, then there’s the ones who shave Dale Earnhardt’s number into their back hair…

  3. maggock says:

    Thanks for having me and mom along for breakfast! It was fun to have a chat with both of you – if we do it again, next time it’s on me.

    And I absolutely love how furries won’t hesitate to drop a mint on art.

  4. alchemist says:

    Sounds like a plan to me!

    I’m drafting a “Guide to care and feeding of your artist at a con” in my head – something for people like me and your mom and first-time or solo artists. Any suggestions? *grin*

  5. alchemist says:

    Actually, NASCAR fandom is so prevalent down here (I prefer Hockey, myself) that sort of behavior is practically normal.

    Making me abnormal in the land of College Basketball and NASCAR *grin*

  6. alchemist says:

    Between that and the two Absinthes they had (one French, one Spanish) we were feeling all warm and happy.

    That and the 16-year Lagavulin the night before…

  7. maggock says:

    Oh gosh, I would say definitely put something in there about forcing us to eat a little something around midday – I always forget and by the end of the day I’m generally ravenous. And something about keeping a bottle of water at the table too! My mom was extremely good about being a water fetcher.

  8. meglyman says:

    I’m glad you survived with flying colors. Sounds like you might even go to another one someday.

    It was great to meet you, and thank you two for buying art! <3

  9. tresch says:


    I just finished my bottle of Lagavulin 16.

    Now I’m out of scotch.


  10. alchemist says:

    I have a good/evil problem when it comes to art. And when it’s squids…well, we had to have them.

    Very cool meeting you. We will be seeing you at more cons in the future, I’m sure.

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