The theme for SoonerCon
26 (Oklahoma City’s Pop Culture Con) was “Under the Big Top” with Timothy Zahn as the Literary GoH, Peri Charlifu as the AGoH, Jody Lynn Nye as the Writer’s Workshop Clinician, Selina Rosen as the Toastmaster, and Peter Pixe as the Master of Ceremonies. This year was my very first paid position as a Featured Guest, a second tier lineup of guests normally only found at large Media and Pop Culture conventions. There were several notable in the lineup: yours truly, Matt Frank (“Kaiju King” and artist),
Todd Haberkorn (LA actor director, producer),
Larry Nemecek (Author, actor, host, archivist… all things Star Trek, etc!),
and Victoria Price (Vincent Price’s daughter, interior designer).
Whew! What a line-up, eh? I am amazed and honored to be included in this group!
I was kept quite busy with a full schedule of panels and so forth… and I even painted a bit for the first time in over a decade. Nonetheless, I also found time to spend with my daughter, Tegan Crum, who was kind enough to come visit for most of the day on Sunday. I had great fun showing her around my world, and introducing her to some of my publishers, such as Yard Dog Press.
This was also kind of a home comming for me, since I was raised in Tulsa, and the original SoonerCon was my second ever convention, back in 1992.
I cannot thank the Committee who invited me enough! I had such a fabulous time, and I wish to especially thank my close friend Lenard Bishop, who served as the committee chair this last year. Thank you all, and all of my fans who came by to visit and pick up a few prints and such. THANK YOU ALL!!