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Foolscap 12 - A very productive three days

clock September 28, 2010 13:57 by author Amber

Here I am on the back side of a convention that has just wrapped up. Perhaps I should mention that this is my first Foolscap (http://www.foolscapcon.org/) and really kind of snuck up on me. It's a small convention down in the Redmond Town Center Marriot with a focus on writing and the visual arts.

"Her Return" (C) 2008 Stopped Motion Photography
"Her Return" for the "Reunions"
by James A. Sullivan.

Friday's first panel, "New Types of Artwork", put me into an interesting position. Especially when you consider this was my first time being a panelist. Out of the three other people who were panelists with me, I was the only one there. On the bright side, I only had one attendee, so it was all good. ;) We actually had a really good conversation about the creative process I utilize and how I've built some of the more complex images, such as "Her Return". For being a two woman show, so to speak, it went well.

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Friday night, Becca, a fabulous cook, friend, and owner of the Night Kitchen in Seattle, introduced me to Emma telling her that I was the one who took all of those photos in her restaurant. That lead to a find meeting of collaboration after the panel about collaboration. I'm actually very excited about this project and have already started laying the ground work for it.

"On Edge" (C) 2008 Stopped Motion Photography
"On Edge"

The second Friday panel, "Biology of the Undead", was much better attended. In addition to all of the panelists showing up, we had 10 attendees and the discussion was lively. We established the different kinds of zombies we seen in zombie fiction. Romero zombies, named after George Romero, are slow and shambling and first showed up in Night of the Living Dead, while Boyle zombies, named for director Danny Boyle, are fast moving, chaos and destruction on two legs. We even had the discussion of whether or not Boyle zombies counted as zombies, as they weren't dead, though the type still stands as other directors, most notable Zach Snyder used the fast moving zombies in his Dawn of the Dead remake. Of course, we gave some love to the classic voodoo zombie. Mention of a new type of zombie even came up: the Grant Zombie, named for author Mira Grant. Grant Zombies start off fast when they're freshly dead and get slower as their bodies begin to break down. Of course, we also talked about where zombies come from.

Saturday's panel, Collaborating for Fun and Profit, was a lot of fun actually. Cory and Catska Ench provided a great deal of feedback about how they work together. Nate Crowder spoke to his efforts to collaborate, including work he's done with editors putting together anthologies. Will Shetterly and Emma Bull talked about what it was like to work together as husband and wife on a project and then Emma regaled us with stories of her work on Shadow Unit as executive producer of the series. We talked tools and methods, from wikis to hand delivering fictional letters to your collaborator.

Saturday was a day of discussion and debates, some good and some that I'll just say happened if you get my meaning. This isn't to say it was a bad thing, but it was a bit intense at times for a two hour chat in con suite. But I can't complain too much as I had an invite to a scotch and chocolate tasting party with pushed friendly conversation for the next couple hours. I discovered that I don't really car for scotch (not a big surprise) but I do love my dark chocolate (you can at least act surprised, right?). In spite of my whiskey revelations, I had fun and I'm glad I went to the tasting.

"Emma Bull at Foolscap 12" (C) 2008 Stopped Motion Photography
"Emma Bull Hiding Behind David Howe" Shot with my sketchpad.

Because life is cruel sometimes, I was awake by 6:00 am on a Sunday and up getting ready to go by 6:30 am. This was not a bad thing in its entirety; I did get a nice piece of street parking right next to the hotel. This also afforded me time to sit in on other panels and network. The panel was "What Do Editors Do", which was some invaluable insight into the publishing industry. With both Tribal Markings in the beginning stages and Over the Edge, Year One mostly in a finished state, I feel a little more knowledgeable in what I'm going to have to do to see these forward.

My last official panel was Packing Your Sketchbook. I presented my iPhone and said, "This my sketchpad." This was the panel that I contributed the least to. I think I was one of the few if not only professional photographers there, but I got a lot out of the panel and had a lot of fun with the conversation.

After Nanobites, the traditional brunch at Foolscap, I hung out in the common area, chatting with Kat Richardson about many and sundry things. She had some excellent practical advice for Tribal Markings which made we really happy. (And I acted on that advice last night.)

I had a wonderful time and would certainly go back again in the future if they'd have me. I got to meet a lot of cool people like Kat, Emma, Sue, Sara, David, Nick, Jana, Eleanor, and many more who I cannot remember right now.

Edit: David Howe's name is actually Dave Howell. I've fixed that.



Foolscap 2010 Schedule

clock September 17, 2010 08:04 by author Amber

I will be at Foolscap, September 24th-26th, and here is the schedule of panels I will be on.

  • Friday, 4pm (Alder) - New Types of Artwork – New media, new materials for creating art, etc.
  • Friday 10pm (Alder) - Biology of the Undead – Theories on the mysterious inner workings of the zombic community. Where do zombies come from? In most works of SF, it's not a mommy and a daddy zombie. Sometimes it's occult powers, but sometimes it's a virus, or radiation. Prepare for the uprising now!
  • Saturday 10am (Alder) - Collaborating for Fun and Profit – In the age of the Internet, collaboration is easier than ever. Should you collaborate on a project? What tools should you use? What are some of the common pitfalls and benefits?
  • Sunday, 11am (Alder) - Pack Your Sketchpad – Drawing anywhere and other means of refreshing your art.

I'm really excited and looking forward to it. Will I see you there?



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