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Got back from MystiCon on Monday. It was a fun weekend, and did much to restore my spirits. After all the internet rancor that has dominated on-line discussion of late, it was good to be reminded of what cons are all about... and how warm, welcoming, and open fandom can be. The Roanoke crowd seemed like good folks. And it was great to see how many young people and first-timers were at the con (I asked for a show of hands on several occasions). All the alarums about the demise of traditional SF fandom may be somewhat premature, I'm thinking.

Back home, of course, I had the usual thousand new emails waiting in my inbox. But among them, at long long last, was my Hugo PIN from MidAmericon II. I can finally begin nominating for this year's awards. I urge all of you to do the same. (And will have a few more Hugo thoughts and recommendations in subsequent posts).

We had a great event at the JCC with Tony DiTerlizzi of THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES. And one last week, before I left, with Joe Lansdale and HAP & LEONARD. Plenty of signed books from Tony and Joe both are now available in the Cocteau bookstore. If you're an autograph hunter, strike now while the supply lasts.

We have more fun events coming up in the next few months as well. Magician Francis Menotti will be making a return appearance, with the trick that fooled Penn & Teller, and we have booksignings scheduled with Darynda Jones, Joe Hill, and Stephen Graham Jones. And a little further out, Neil Gaiman will be appearing with some gigantic Tasmanian cave spiders. Go to the JCC website and sign up for our email newsletter if you'd like more details on forthcoming events at the theatre.

Meow Wolf's opening comes closer every day. The gang down at Silva Lanes is working overtime right now, getting a little frantic as they labor to make sure everything is ready for opening weekend.

Oh, and GAME OF THRONES season six is drawing nigh as well. You may have heard. Before the season six debut on April 24, the JCC will be running a season five marathon. Weekly screenings, two hours per week, of the S5 episodes on our big medium-sized screen. And admission is FREE. First come, first seated.

I am sure there's more. Life is busy. Hope yours is too.


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Fernando Castro Bonamaison
Mar. 6th, 2016 04:25 pm (UTC)
Hey George have a great weekend salutes from santiago de Chile ;)
A Dyer
Mar. 6th, 2016 07:25 pm (UTC)
Reading your comment about the screen size of the JCC, set my mind to wondering about the projector technology of the theater. Has JCC updated to digital or does it still use carbon arc projectors? I grew up around theaters and still have that romantic fascination with the older technology.
Peter Leed
Mar. 6th, 2016 09:43 pm (UTC)
Hot pie

Will we ever see Hot Pie again? His complete innocence and stupidity was a breath of fresh air in the Arya chapters when everything else was going pretty shitty.
Rob Ronci
Mar. 7th, 2016 12:39 pm (UTC)
speaking of odds and ends...
An odd question (which I hope does not start an ugly conversation) : but do you ever think about modern events from the lens of your characters?

Sometimes I like to imagine things like if Littlefinger ran the US, what would he be trying to do in Syria. Or what instead would Dany do? That's a basic example, but essentially fitting those dynamic perspectives into news headlines.

It's kind of comforting to imagine that Trump is a Littlefinger/Varys style plot to hurt a political party instead of... what it looks like.
Rasmus B Wayne
Mar. 7th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
Just a quick question
Before the show, did you have melodies in mind for 'The Rains of Castamere' and 'The Bear and the Maiden Fair', or just the lyrics?
Mar. 7th, 2016 05:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Just a quick question
Just lyrics. I am a word guy, not a melody guy.
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