So I went to CthulhuCon PDX over the weekend and was, to say the least, mind blown.
While waiting in the lobby for registration, I encountered Sean Hoade, Leeman Kessler, David Heath and Michael Carlyle. We take an awesome pic together. Great start I would say. But wait...there's more. It gets even better.
Panels: The first panel was Neo-Paganism and Lovecraft. Had no idea there was some correlation so I got educated on the subjects. Next up I sat in on Dracula vs. Cthulhu. Now Dracula does have a large fan base but Cthulhu worshipers are on the outside fringe. During External Monsters, the panel dove into the human condition and our need for fear. Lastly, I attended the panel about the Lost Worlds of Lovecraft. It was so eye opening that I have a need to research Lovecraft's Mythos.
In between all the panels, I was bale to catch an awesome short film that used puppets called Mill at Calder's End by Kevin McTurk. Very compelling and reminiscent of The Lady in Black. Had a blast laughing during Ask Lovecraft performed by Leeman Kessler and stood watching in awe as artists competed against each other in themed drawings. In 90 minutes, pieces of original artwork was created.
Word Horde Press was present listening to pitches and I decided to throw one of my projects in the ring. Never know unless you try, right? By the end of the first day, it was time to wind down with Liquor with Les (Leslie Klinger, that is). Afterwards, I ended up at the Lovecraft bar in NE Portland for Firbolg Publishing's Anthology release. Tried Absinthe for the first time. Whoo Hoo!!
Day Two: It was an easy day with more panels, amazing artwork, great company and a power lunch with said company.
I met some of the best people on the planet and found my geekdom was still intact. I would name drop all the people I connected with but it would take up an entire paragraph. Needless to say I gained more friends and insight into the world of Lovecraft.