EasterCon – The George Effect

You know how it is – when you’re at a Con, you do kind-of concoct the blog post in your head as you’re going along. (Or maybe that’s just a side-effect of being behind a table in the Dealers’ Room?) Either way, this one was going to be all about The George Effect. How GRRM was an absolutely lovely man – and about the effect that having Game of Thrones on prime-time TV, and then at the Con itself, had opened the doors to a whole new range of fans… fantasy becoming mainstream, new credibility and community, we know how it goes…

But hey, looks like David Barnett in the Guardian has done it for me.

Instead, there was a second thread to EasterCon, woven in with the first – and one that’s becoming more predominant with every event we’ve attended…

Costume.

Championed by the wondrously tea-making Doctor Geof, Steampunk, specifically, is becoming more than a thread, it’s becoming a full-on machine. Costuming has been loitering at Cons for decades, but it’s not about Trekkies any more – it has a new glamour and elegance, a full-on social involvement brought in precisely by the media that’s now representing our genre/s. Not only is George bringing in new fans, but the new expansion of the literary into the visual is opening events like EasterCon to a different swathe of people.

Rita’s absolutely right when she uses the word ‘inclusivity’ – this was an event that was all about the welcome. After the SFX Weekender, we were thinking about book conventions and how they’d have to adapt – and lo, here is EasterCon doing exactly that. The changes were obvious, even among the traders. More people, younger people, are attending and reading and and becoming involved.

I’ll talk about Ecko (you know I will!) but not here – this is the place for the ‘thank you’. This EasterCon was about the opening out of traditional social cliches and barriers…

George, genre, glamour and garment, I think we’ll look back at Olympus 2012 as a new beginning for us all.

 

 

 

Acquisition Announcement!

Titan Books to Publish Genre-Bending Debut Novel by Respected UK Science-Fiction and Fantasy Professional

Titan Books are delighted to announce the acquisition of worldwide rights to the extraordinary novel Ecko: Rising and its sequel by first time writer, Danie Ware.

Ware is the publicist and event organiser for cult entertainment retailer Forbidden Planet. She has been immersed in the science-fiction and fantasy community for the past decade, and has worked closely with a wide-range of genre authors. An early adopter of blogging, social media and a familiar face at conventions, she appears on panels as an expert on genre marketing and retailing.

Ecko: Rising is a unique genre-bending fantasy–sci-fi epic following a savage, gleefully cynical anti-hero. After awakening in a dimension-jumping inn to find himself immersed in his own sardonic fantasy world, Ecko joins a misfit cast of characters and strives to conquer his deepest fears and save the world from extinction. Danie Ware says, “I’ve been writing fantasy since my twenties, and Ecko has been a new set of eyes with which to see the traditional genre. Working with Titan has been fantastic as they have really come on board with both the concept and the project, and have brought an original idea to life.”

Ecko: Rising is scheduled for publication in the UK in autumn 2012, and the US in 2013. Fiction editor Cath Trechman bought the rights from The Cooke Agency. She says, “Danie has created an extraordinary fantasy world, filled with rich, vibrant characters, and a story that is thrilling, compelling and wonderfully unpredictable. We at Titan feel very lucky to have found such a remarkable talent.”

Ecko: Rising will be launched at the Olympus EasterCon 2012 with an exclusive sampler and a reading from Danie Ware at 1pm on Friday April 6th in room 12 (Tetworth). She will also be on a panel discussing promoting yourself online on Sunday at 10am.

For press please contact: Sophie Calder – sophie.calder@titanemail.com / 020 7803 1906

(I love the phrase genre-bending. Just saying!)

Reading? At EasterCon?

Yes, I will be reading at EasterCon!

It’s at 1:00pm on the Friday, so will be unfortified by alcohol (though possibly not by cake). Please come along, listen, point and laugh, and throw things.

I figure, after Rock Band…

I’ll be sharing the hour with Emma Newman, reading from 20 Years Later – so please bring enough ammunition for both of us!

There will also be panelling, a little later on during the weekend – this one equally unfortified by booze (unless you count the glasses guzzled on the previous evening)…

If you’re awake, I will be moderating the ‘promoting yourself online’ panel with Elspeth Cooper, Paul Cornell, Tom Hunter and Simon Spanton – all of us bright-eyed and busy-tailed at 10am on Sunday morning.

Otherwise, you will find me tied to the Forbidden Planet dealers’ table, as usual, or in the bar!

Oh – and don’t forget to ask us for a Bingo card. Convention Bingo – we’ve been threatening this for at least a year and now we’re committed…