Tuesday, July 31, 2007


ArmadilloCon Redux

Well, no sooner did I post my tentative schedule than the final comes along, with one or two minor changes. Here it is...

Fr2300Dz Why are most comic books that are made into
movies so friggin' bad?
Fri 11:00 PM-Midnight de Zavala
Roberson*, Nakashima-Brown, Porter, Wilson, Miles,
Every once in awhile, a comic book movie will be
great, but for the most part, they are terrible. Is
it the screenplay? The director? The acting? The
comic book? Or something else?

Sa1300R Reading
Sat 1:00 PM-1:30 PM Robertson
Chris Roberson

Sa2000De Hypotheticals
Sat 8:00 PM-9:00 PM DeWitt
Porter*, Roberson, Sturges, Wilson, Blaschke, Benjamin
A role playing panel wherein comics professionals take
a set of interlinked and developing hypothetical
scenarios regarding the comic book industry and play
them out. There's no audience participation, other
than the audience getting a lot of enjoyment out of

Sa2200PN Will the best Doctor Who please stand up?
Sat 10:00 PM-11:00 PM Phoenix North
Bey*, JMann, LMann, Osborne, Roberson, Sullivan
Which one was the smartest? Best looking? Most
useless? Worst of all time? Audience participation is
welcome in this light-hearted look at the beloved
British show.

Su1100Dz The Small Press Boom
Sun 11:00 AM-Noon de Zavala
Cupp*, Person, Klaw, Roberson, Waldrop, Burton,
Small press has never been more popular than it is

I am punch-drunk-tiredly amused that you, Mr. Roberson, will be speaking in a room called "Robertson".

It's almost as funny as my "How Science Fiction Saved My Life" panel at Philcon last year, held in a room called Logans One.
Patty, that room name had confused me every year that ArmadilloCon's been held at this hotel. I like the hotel just fine, but every time I scan the program listings, I *invariably* think that some instance of conference room Robertson is some panel item for Roberson that I've failed to notice until the last minute, and have a minor moment of panic for at least four or five seconds until I figure it out.

I'm a sad, simple creature...
Actually, when FACT signed the hotel contract, we asked them to name the room "Roberson" in homage to one of our favorite Austin writers/editors/publishers. But the hotel got it wrong and called it "Robertson". Since everything was already printed and there was a famous person in Texas history called Robertson, we decided not to say anything.
Yeah, I figured it was something like that...
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