Boskone42, Boston Sheraton, MA
Dates: February 18-20, 2005
Guest of Honor: Orson Scott Card
Other Guests: Alan Pollack, Mike Glyer,
(note: There were a lot more guests
that those listed, but these are the major players.)
Boskone42 was quite the interesting
experience.† Having never been to a sci-fi / fantasy convention, but having read about badly
dressed Klingons or Borg / Seven-of-Nine wannabes
wandering around mixed with Imperial Stormtroopers
and Stargate personnel a few Darth Mauls and Obi-Wans
thrown in, I was fully prepared to confront them head on.
Me, Shadow Chaser, with one of my most favorite
authors Orson Scott Card. The guy is wicked tall ...
With my camera of course.
But Boskone42 was not what I had
expected.† It was more of a laid-back,
enjoyable, almost too quite convention.†
It was a convention where sci-fi and fantasy lovers mingled and talked
about the different aspects of roleplaying,
characters.† No egos wandering around
here, it was just quite, plain, niceÖand though there was at least one Jedi
wannabe wandering around no horribly dressed Klingons.† It was more quite fashionably dressed
vampires and nymphs wandering around.
Of course, the sci-fi aspect of
Boskone42 was quite dimmed over itís sister Fantasy
department, but nonetheless I enjoyed my three days at the Boston Sheraton.
Silly me didnít think to buy an advance
pass and instead shelled out $50 at the door, but there was one reason I
went.† It was to see my all-time favorite
author, Orson Scott Card (both Card and Mike Stackpole
rank high on my list and occasionally vye against
each other for the position of number one in my head).† So I went in there, dragging my ever faithful
roommate and best friend along (though she only went for Friday).
And so starts my con report:
* * * * *
I was jumpy all day, because I
wanted to go to the con really badly.†
Except the con didnít officially open until 4 p.m.† Thatís one
thing that made me happy.† AnimeBoston 2004 opened early Friday morning so I missed a
few classes to go to it.† Boskone42
opened right after my classes were over.
Unfortunately, my roomie was also doing a FilmI project over the weekend so
delayed me getting to the con by having me go with her to grab her film
equipment from the school.† Grrr ...† Aside from that, we went to the con and the
first thing we did was go into the incredibly small dealerís room they had
Steph, Me, and Scott Card. He's such a
loveable guy, very friendly and appreciative of his readers!
I was hoping to find some Babylon 5 or Stargate SG-1 stuff there, but all I found were jewelry, stones, wiccan things (pendants and potions), and a lot of old and
used sci-fi / fantasy books for sale.† The books I didnít mind as I set myself to
explore the books for a rare first edition or something I was missing from my
collection.† There was also one stand
full of Japanese Animation stuff so Steph naturally
headed there, followed by me.† I avoided
the wiccan crafts knowing my
mother would kill me, and checked out the jewelry.
After wandering around for about 2½ hours in the dealerís room, Steph and I decided to
check out the Artistís Gallery.† To our
surprise, we ran into a Star Wars artist (besides Alan Pollack), by the name
of Alan Seeley.† You might recognize his
work if youíve read Aaron Allstonís NJO books, Rebel Dream and Rebel
Stand.† We chatted about lots of
things and found out that his studio was located right near our school in Boston.† So since I forgot to bring the said Star Wars
novels, I decided that I would go home for spring break, bring those novels
back, and have him sign it.† ^_^
Anyone wanting to contact him his
address will be put below!
We also found out that there was
going to be an official ceremony in the Artistís Gallery at 10 that night so Steph and I hastily decided to come back, after getting
dinner of course.
We wandered the Artistís Gallery a
bit more, and I spotted a beautiful Alan Pollack illustration called ďPath of
FateĒ and decided I wanted a print of it.†
Now that print is sitting at homeÖall pretty.† For those fans of the X-box game, Halo, we found a Halo street
sign being auctioned off.† I was debating
whether or not to get it, but finally decided against it, as what would I do
with a street sign?
One of the most interesting artwork that was up
for bid in the Artist's Gallery, this lucky guy was the winner. I wanted
that Halo street sign, but where do I hang it?
We got dinner and came back, hoping
to catch a glimpse of Mr. Card, but sadly, after 45 minutes, no sign of him and
so we decided to go home.†† I went home
with a lot more stuff and a lot less cash.†
But, needless to say, I was quite happy.
* * * * *
only paid for one day so she stayed home and did her Film I project while I
ventured out to Boskone42 again.† This
time, I went to almost all of the panels Mr. Card was holding.† He was a great speaker, so easy to talk to,
and I could see why he was a university professor too.† He had a natural gift for inserting humor and
getting his crowd to respond.† The panels
I went to, he talked about mostly his novel Enderís Game and how it was
trying to be made into a movie (the legality problems), and why children in sci-fi / fantasy novels were protagonists who seemed more
adult than children usually are.
After one of his panels, I managed
to wait in a small line of fans to meet Card (he had an official signing time
on Sunday), and talked with him briefly.†
He personalized the 2 books I brought and unfortunately, stupid me did
not have my digital camera with me at that time.† I told him that I would see him tomorrow to
have 2 other books personalized, one for my dad, and the other for my twin
There was a vampire-like ball that
night and some of the guests were going to emcee it, but I decided that I was
too tired from running around the con to try to go to it so I went home and
passed out on my bed, very happy.
* * * * *
Sunday, February 20,
The last day of cons is always sad,
but for me, I knew that I would try to see Mr. Card again.† It was because I found out that he was going
on a promotional tour the week of Spring Break and would be stopping by a town
about an hour away from me.† So ... call me
stalking, but I need him to sign the rest of my books in his Enderverse series.
Scott Card's wife, she's aways by his
side. I asked her how she felt about her husband traveling all over and she
said she loves it; she gets to meet new people all the time.
Sunday was the day for me to wander
around and check out the dealerís room one last time so I did that before
placing myself in line for his official signing.† There I talked to a few fans and found out
that two fans had two boxes of books by him that they wanted signed and he did
sign all two boxesÖin one fell swoop.† No
one famous that I knew ever did that to his or her fans.† I realized with certain clarity that Card was
one of the few rare authors that appreciated his fans completely, and gave himself over to them to see to their needs.† I realized that Orson Scott Card was truly
generous, not stuffy like a few famous people from AniméBoston
So waiting in line, I was sure he
was going to be a bit early and he was.†
Except he didnít wait around to sit down at the signing table, he just
approached us in line and started to sign away.†
Luckily, my roomie decided to come with me
again and brought me a throw-away camera (I had forgotten my digital camera
again), and so I was able to snap a few shots of the two of us with Scott Card
and his lovely wife Katherine.
* * * * *
So ends my con report. A short one, but a most memorable one.
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