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Worldcon Day 2

My first full day at Worldcon and the day of my trial by fire - would I be forged by the experience or would I run screaming around the halls smelling unsettlingly of bacon?

We found our way easily to the con, now that we knew the right tram stop. Knowing the right tram stop is like supporting the right AFL team in Melbourne - it can add immeasurably to your experience of the city. At first the stop was not prepossessing . It was outside the World Trade Centre and police station, with suits and uniforms but nary a fannish cladding in sight. But LO! - just behind the police station was a footbridge that lead us straight to our destination!

The first panel of the day was Shaun Tan's presentation of The Lost Thing the computer animated adaptation of his book. The Lost Thing is absolutely, mind bogglingly magnificent - I was so glad to finally see it after missing it at the Sydney Film Festival. It's due out on DVD from Madman in November and I can't wait to get my own copy. It goes without saying that Shaun is an artistic visionary and it's wonderful to have a film that captures his elusive aesthetic so perfectly. Definitely the highlight of the con so far.

kaaronwarren and Angela Slatter's book launch was great (with additional FREE! HAIGHS! CHOCOLATE!.) I have to pick up Angela's book as soon as she read out her Selkie story. punkrocker1991 is a publishing (and launching) dynamo. I have to stock up on some Ticonderoga Press books before the con's over.

Launching Dead Sea Fruit and The Girl with No Hands

Kaaron and Angela

Then it came to my baptism of fire - The Lovecraft Dilemma panel with Rob Hood and Paul Poulton. I'd met Paul the day before and caught up with Rob at the book launch, only to find myself thrust into the moderator's role - so it went from being my first time on a con panel to my first time moderating a panel at Worlcon. My jeans are being washed even as I type this. I spent far too much of the panel wrestling with the technology then effectively moderating it - and once the clips were actually visible in the correct aspect ratio, they were too reminiscent of the stygian depths of the Lovecraftian viewpoint to be clearly visible to the audience. Paul and Rob both got some interesting points in (especially as radio being a more effective adapter of Lovecraft than cinema) and I was able to show the Night Stalker clip I wanted. And I got some kind of achievement ribbon for relying on tech too much - so the panel kind of shambled into success.

The Lovecraft Dilemma

(the inevitable fate of all those who immerse themselves in Lovecraft's legacy)

We had an hour before Shaun Tan's Guest of Honour speech, so murasaki_1966 , ferkster and I trekked over to the "near by" food court in the basement of Crown Casino.

Shaun Tan's speech was excellent, no surprises there, and he gave a wonderful overview of his artistic progression, from drawing dinosaurs at the age of 6 to the magic and wonder of "The Lost Thing". I found out I might still have the Aurealis that was his first published work.

I hopped next door to George RR Martin's talk on the production of HBO's Game of Thrones. He was unable to show clips (which I kind of expected) but went into some detail about the difficulty of writing for television (after the failure of The Armageddon Rag, he laboured in the tv script mines for a decade) and the specific issues about adapting Game of Thrones. I really can't wait till the HBO series starts - Martin appears to be very happy with it so far.

The last panel of the day was Rob Hood and Robin Pen's Evil Robots panel. Rob was much more dextrous with the av then I was and chose a good selection of clips. Robin added colour commentary and I think the audience would have happily sat through more of it, but it had to be drawn to a close.

Then it was off to dinner with my gaming friends, Melissa and Fraser. Stewart and Warren from Perth came along, and we interrupted dinner to check the Ditmar results, as Stewart's partner, Helen Merrick was nominated for the William Atheling Jr award.

So (belated) congratulations to Helen, but especially catsparx , Rob Hood , kaaronwarren and gillpolack for winning their categories!

And now - off to day 3 of Worldcon

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heheh. great pix. bacon... yum!

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