Off to Loncon

Last-minute stuff done. I think. And I thought I’d left plenty of time…

This winsome little guy or gal jumped out of my water lily pot the other day:







Today I checked the patina for the sculptures I’m taking to Loncon. This is what they did for little Mino, now known as ‘Under Construction’. Only a phone pic (and head ballooned as per usual), but I’m pleased:




Loncon schedule

Here’s what I’ll be doing at Loncon (other than catching up with friends!) :


Gala Art Show Opening and Book Launch
16:30 – 18:00, Art show (ExCeL)

The gala opening of the Art Show is sponsored by Titan Books and features the launch of Jim Burns’ Hyperluminal as well as a joint signing by all of Titan’s attending artists and a chance to meet many of the other artists whose work is on show.

Chris Achilleos, Jim Burns, Chris Foss, Fred Gambino, John Harris, Ian Miller



Meet the Artists
12:00 – 13:30, Art show (ExCeL)

Visit the Art Show and meet our attending artists – who will be available by their work to talk, explain and answer questions.

What is Art in the 21st Century?
15:00 – 16:30, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL)

How do the Internet, social media, and proliferation and sharing of visual art online affect artists today?

Are the old distinctions in art – between ‘high’ and ‘low’ – still relevant in a multi-media/multi-discipline world, or are they only kept alive by moribund institutions? And where are the new artforms emerging in the 21st century?¬†What inspires and frustrates the modern artist today?

Jane Frank (M), K. J. (Kirsten) Bishop, James Stanley Daugherty, Amy Worthen, Jeremy Zerfoss, Sarah McIntyre

Signing session for Richard Calder’s Dead Girls: The Graphic Novel
16:30 – 18:00, Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1)
I’m not officially listed for this, but I’ll be there in my capacity as afterword writer. (Please note that pre-launch copies are available at the link.)



The Art of Sculpture
11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL)

Sculpture is one of the oldest classical art forms, and today’s sculptors bring those same techniques to bear, whether working in clay or bronze. Hear about the attraction of modelling by hand, and about what happens when science fiction – the most modern of arts – meets one of the oldest.

Jane Frank (M), Chris Baker, K. J. (Kirsten) Bishop, Keith Scaife, Vincent Villafranca

Meet the Artists
12:00 – 13:30, Art show (ExCeL)

Visit the Art Show and meet our attending artists – who will be available by their work to talk, explain and answer questions.

Who misplaced the Monster Compendium?
13:30 – 15:00, Capital Suite 2 (ExCeL)

When was the last time a fantasy novel had a golem or a cockatrice? How long is it since someone fought a giant, flesh-eating beast instead of another dude with a sword? Where did all the monsters go? With quest plots out of fashion, deus ex machina ditched, treasure-hunting too economically simplistic, and stories more likely to lavish pages on their heroes’ motivations for fighting than on blow-by-blow battles with deadly creatures, is the monster still relevant in today’s fantasy?

Julie Crisp (M), Tom Pollock, Adrian Tchaikovsky, K. J. (Kirsten) Bishop, Rjurik Davidson

Clay Sculpture Open Demonstration
15:00 – 17:00, Flexible Exhibits Space (ExCeL)

Work alongside our professional artists – or just come to watch, learn and enjoy – in this open clay modelling session.

Vincent Villafranca (M), Keith Scaife, K. J. (Kirsten) Bishop

Dead Girls Graphic Novel Launch/Signing
16:30-17:30, Book Launch section of Library (located in Fan Village)
I’ll hopefully be at this after 17:00.



11:00 – 12:00, Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1)