ChiCon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, is this week. In fact, my plane for the Windy City leaves Wednesday afternoon and I land just before midnight. 

Hmmm. I seem to remember doing this recently when I went to the Steampunk World's Fair in New Jersey. I mean, really, why I do fly out so late? Because I like the night life? Well, there are lots of photography subjects.

Digital Narratives: What Are They, Where Are They, and How the Heck Do I Write Them?
Thursday from 12:00 pm to 13:00 pm
Buckingham : Bronze West
This panel discusses how digital technologies have changed the way we tell stories and explores what the future holds.
Christopher Kastensmidt, Amber Clark, Tom Dowd, Nancy Fulda, Daniel Levin
LARPing: Make-Believe for Adults
Thursday from 16:30 pm to 18:00 pm
Field : Silver West
Do you long for the days when you were a child and you could be a superhero one day and a cowboy the next? Well, you can go back and do it all again with live-action roleplaying. The panel discusses different kinds of LARPS and how you can get started playing in them.
Amber Clark, Norman Cates, Ann Morris, Kevin Riggle
The Ghosts Talisman: A Fumetti in Four Parts
Friday from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Buckingham : Bronze West
Author Jennifer Brozek and photographer Amber talk about the creation of the photographic novel from script and casting to shooting and layout.
Amber Clark, Jennifer Brozek
100 Aspects of a Pith Helmet
Friday from 13:30 pm to 15:00 pm
Wrigley: Bronze West
How the symbols of colonialism inform and undermine steampunk.
Eightball, Amber Clark, Roland Green, Gregory Rihn
Nerdlesque: Filking for Burlesque?
Friday from 16:30 pm to 18:00 pm
Comiskey: Bronze West
The neo burlesque movement seems to be full of nerds and geeks in troupes such from New York's Epic Win Burlesque to Portland's Critical Hit, even individual shows like NERDZ in Seattle and the Hitchhiker's Guide to Burlesque in Los Angeles. Some acts are fun and campy tributes to fan favorites while other numbers offer a serious contemplations. Either way, it's a love letter.
Amber Clark
Firefly Ten Years Later
Friday from 18:00 pm to 19:30 pm
Gold Coast: Bronze West
Browncoats are still flying ten years after the series aired half a season. What's the lasting appeal of this short-lived series?
Bob Devney, Amber Clark, Janice M. Eisen, Lee Martindale, Ann Morris
Digital vs. Traditional
Saturday from 13:30 pm to 15:00 pm
San Francisco : Gold West
Is the new digital process ruining the arts? Panelists will talk about the pros and cons of using digital media and how it effects productivity, creativity and the market.
James Stanley Daugherty, Amber Clark, Kurt Erichsen, Mark J. Ferrari, Jane Frank
Artists Round Table Part One
Saturday from 16:30 pm to 18:00 pm
San Francisco : Gold West
A venue for fans to ask questions of the artists.
Amber Clark, James Stanley Daugherty, Rowena Morrill, Maurine Starkey

If you're at the convention or you are in Chicago feel free to look me up. I'll even have my camera gear with me and 30 Second Portraits will happen.