One of the strongest draws for the public is always that they get to garner autographs and take photos with various famous actors. Across from our table was Mark Sheppard, of Dr. Who and Warehouse 13 fame, along with other shows, and we were just down the way from Bruce Campbell of Burn Notice. Nathan Fillian, Stephen Amell, John Rhys-Davies, Julie Newmar, Adam West, and so many others also put in appearances.
The best part for me is that I get to see good friends, some of which I only see at PCC. It’s always great spending time with my regular table-mate, Chantelle Aimee Osman, as well as our Authors Alley neighbor and good friend, NYT Bestselling science fiction author Mike Stackpole, author of I, Jedi and too many other great novels to name.
The panel programming is always first-rate. This year I appeared on the Crafting the Mystery panel, with Sister Femmes, Charlaine Harris. I also appeared on the Crossing the Streams panel, which dealt with those authors who write cross-genre works. And I did a little speed critiquing for a talented group of aspiring authors.
The vendors in the Exhibition Hall aren’t what you find at other trade shows. One of my favorite booths were the one selling Super Hero Stuff because what super hero doesn’t need...well, stuff? Since one Dr. Who briefly thought fezzes were cool, there’s always a good selection of fez dealers.
The parade of costumes at fantasy cons always dazzles. Everyone pays the most attention to the elaborate, custom-crafted costumes, and naturally, I marvel at those as much as anyone, though my favorites are usually the ones people make themselves. They might not be as showy, but they’re always imaginative.
The organizers of this event deserve huge applause. If any problems do pop up, they must deal with them instantly, because I never hear of them. And that the attendance has spiked so dramatically every year has to have made organization a challenge, but they consistently handle it with aplumb. The Guest Services staff especially always takes such good care of us authors.
The absolute best part? Where else can I see 77,000+ people having more fun than should be legal without going too far from home?