Following up directly after Can-Con 2016 over the past weekend (Sept.9-11 at Novotel in downtown Ottawa ON), – the Con was great as always!
At Registration, everyone’s badge was an RPG sheet you had to fill out, and there were weapons to be collected from vendors and guests. I was awarded a +2 battle axe for purchasing a copy of Clockwork Canada a Steampunk anthology edited by Dominik Parisien. I didn’t partake in the RP but there were some mysterious formidable Secret Monsters to be found and battled who were busy on twitter. They may be back again next year.
Books I picked up over the weekend: Ninja versus Pirate featuring Zombies by James Marshall, Angel of Death by Karen Dales , Revelations by Jennifer Carole Lewis and as mentioned before, the Clockwork Canada Anthology.
Some of the historically themed panels I attended were: Archeology with Heritage Coordinator Katrina Guy and S.M Carriere, Medievalisms with K.V. Johansen and David Szarzynski, and Local History Sourcing with Amal El-Mohtar and Kate Heartfield. Of course there were many other authors sitting in on each panel.
My daughter particularly liked the Saturday panels on Animal Senses with Nina Munteanu and Julie Czerneda, and Fairy Tale retelling with Charles de Lint and Melissa Yuan-Innes. She wasn’t able to see the Comic Creation panel with Dominic Bercier and Jay Odjick (who had prints of his CAN-CON 2016 Program cover art for sale in the dealer room) because it was scheduled for Sunday. She was also very pleased to have found some Harry Potter jewelry and magnets in the Dealer’s Room.
This year, the best Business panel was Laurie Stewart ‘s talk on Authorpreneurship about writing and taxes. I took sooo many notes and am very thankful she provided attendees with printouts!
My favourite philosophical panels were about the domesticity of Horror with Sandra Kasturi, Brett Savory and Matt Moore, Antagonists with Erik Scott de Bie and Gregory A Wilson, and Witchcraft & Druids with Can-Con Co-Founder Farrell McGovern, Mary Pletsch and Prof. Brendan Myers.
And of course, the timeslots devoted to TEGG Project. Over the course of the last year or so, I’ve heard Ed Greenwood talking about Onder Librum on PlanetXPodcast with Marie Bilodeau, Jay Odjick and Ken Bonnie , and also on The RoundTable Podcast with Dave Robison. The first open panel was about the business of the TEGG project with some discussion on the already launched Hellmaw world. Most of the authors were on hand for the published books to date – Ed Greenwood, Erik Scott di Bie, Suzanne Church, Marie Bilodeau, and Gabrielle Harbowy. The second panel was devoted to the Storm Talons world, for which Gregory A Wilson was also on hand. The last public timeslot was a small discussion about the TEGG project with Deputy Lore Guardian Marie Bilodeau for more information and Q&A.
Can-Con 2016 was another success and I’m looking forward to what Co-Chairs Derek Kunsken and Marie Bilodeau and the wonderful network of hardworking Volunteers produce next year.