Over Easter weekend, I took ClayQuarry to WonderCon. Being in the Artist Alley for three days was exhausting but fun. I met loads of cool people and got to share (and sell!) my little clay items. I wish I’d been able to take pictures of all of the awesome cosplays! And, because I took turns manning the booth with my partner and had some lovely friends help me out, too, I even got to attend some of the events!
Here I am at my booth! Photo compliments of @beccaquibbles. And below, a most adorable mochi dog (strawberry, of course) by my booth partner, Gojowind Plush. So thrilled I got to do an art trade with her and take this little guy home! Soooo cute!!
The “Gotham” panel was my favorite (if you like Batman, mysteries/crime-solving, the wacky and weird, or all of the above, this show is worth watching!). Delving into all that unexplored territory of the Batman universe is so fun, and I really enjoyed seeing the actors as people talking about their characters.
My other favorite panel was the one called “End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty.” This one featured a selection of calm, intelligent, forward-thinking people who all had brilliant things to say about what causes bullying and what we can do to stop it. They addressed common situations from conflicts between young kids to online harassment. Being in dialogue about bullying is the first step, of course. Another main takeaway was the concept of reaching out. Often outsiders may not be able to stop bullies from picking on a kid, but you can go to the kid and let him/her know that they’re not alone. Even one short moment or a few kind words can help that kid survive the bullying, can be the difference between life and suicide.
There were also several writing panels. The main thing I learned at these was WonderCon panels like this are wonderful for beginning writers, but if you already know a bit about the writing/publishing world, you’re better off at a writing conference. However, there were some enjoyable nuggets. Here are a few of my favorite quotations:
In response to the question “Why write fantasy?” author Greg Van Eekhout said, “It’s not an escape. I’d call it reverie. It’s enjoying a world that is, if not better, more interesting, and getting lost in it.”
“It’s very easy to turn on ‘creative,’ and you should do it more often.” -Todd McCaffrey
“The only dream agent there is, is the one that’s right for your work.” -Literary Agent Holly Root
One thing I’m looking forward to is checking out all of the various titles and authors the panelists mentioned. Between that, books I did art trades for, upcoming book groups I’m facilitating, and the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend, I’ll have enough to keep me busy for a good long while!
Supercute hybrid plush animals are apparently the in thing. Can you guess what these are?
Made by Hello Cavities, these little guys are… ice cream cones crossed with… deep sea anglerfish! I always found those creatures fascinating. I wouldn’t have thought to cross them with ice cream, but these plushies turned out pretty cute.