Shamrokon Day 1

Yesterday I finished one of the most amazing weekends of my life. The weekend was filled with so much awesome that I’m going to have to do 3 posts to get through it all. Shamrokon was the 2014 Eurocon as hosted by Ireland. Eurocon is a Europe wide Sci-fi, Fantasy and Horror convention that is held in a different country each year. This year it was held in the Double Tree Hotel in Dublin.

Words cannot describe the amount of work that was put in by Irish fans to both win their bid to host the convention, and to pull of what was, without a doubt, one of the best conventions I’ve ever been to.

I arrived at the convention just before 1 on Friday afternoon. I’m not feeling very well at the moment, and it was difficult for me to summon the enthusiasm I would normally expect for a con. It wasn’t long however, before I was very glad I’d come. The first panel I attended was “Cartoons in Common” which was a cheerful and comical walk down memory lane, with the moderator occasionally breaking out into the cartoon theme tunes.

I followed that up with “Filk warmup for the terrified”, where Tim Griffin, Seanan McGuire and Bill Sutton talked us through Filk circles and how they worked and the different ways filking was done. This was a very entertaining and informative panel, and foreshadowed the second evening of the Con.

For the third panel, we went to ‘Cover Art, Writer Input or Lack Thereof’, where we got to see how little input the Author sometimes has into what appears on their book covers. It was a spirited discussion with many a funny tale, and as it ended, my wife got to ask Carrie Vaughan, who was on the panel and is one of our favourite authors, to sign the first Kitty Norville book, Kitty and the Midnight Hour. Carrie was happy to sign it and is generally just a lovely person.

That was all I was able for on the Friday, so we headed home early. It was a good thing too, considering what was to come. Tomorrow, I’ll tell you about sitting on a panel in Larp gear, running a 3 hour sci-fi Larp, how Larp players will always surprise you, the Doctor Who episode (Whoooo!!), and my first ever filk circle.

Until tomorrow…

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