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    So i was looking at a few books in the store that would be classified as fantasy. My thought and subsequent question..why are all the characters names have to be tongue twisters? Can we just have a John, Joe, Mary, Sue?

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    My Deena Warner Halloween Card just arrived! Even got a signed one!

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    But then they wouldn't sound fantastic or otherworldly. Of course that shouldn't rule out single syllable names.

    I don't remember what the book was, but a friend of mine read a fantasy parody novel back in the 80s and the main character had one of those super special swords like Excalibur. He named it Joe the sword. I thought that was hilarious.
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    I find it funny when an author tries so hard to sound exotic and just end up making their character names sound like Lovecraftian gods. Steven Erikson is sometimes guilty of this.

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    Sometimes keeping it simple works best, and this is one instance where I would agree. Too much fancy lingo doesn't always cut it.

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    I'm pretty excited for the Comic Con here this weekend. I never care too mnuch about the actors who come, but I always look forward to the artists. This year didn't look to good until they revealed that Neal Adams will be coming. I am huge fan of his Batman art, and Deadman stories (as well as art).

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    The World Fantasy convention 2013 is being held in a few days time (31st October - 3rd November) in Brighton, England. There are some really big names attending along with some well known publishers:

    PS Publishing
    Subterranean Press
    Centipede Press
    Titan Books
    etc....

    Over 50 publishers in total are booked to attend. I just wish I managed to get tickets to this, as I am sure it's going to be awesome!!!

    http://www.wfc2013.org/
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    I had really planned on going to Toronto this summer for FanExpo Canada - 2nd biggest after the the big one in San Diego I believe - anyway..... things just didn't work out, and I never did make it.

    There is a BookFest this weekend here in Windsor, the biggest author scheduled is Margaret Atwood (I think). Not sure if I will make it or not.

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    I've never seen a book convention here. I always thought it would be sweet to have a horror convention, include authors, actors, directors artists, whatever. Unfortunately I'd be the only one there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theli View Post
    I've never seen a book convention here. I always thought it would be sweet to have a horror convention, include authors, actors, directors artists, whatever. Unfortunately I'd be the only one there.
    The last 2 years near Christmas they've had a ComiCon in Windsor, it started small year one (a small legion hall outside the city I think), last year they had to move it to the downtown area in one of the convention halls that is part of one of the local colleges (St. Clair). I haven't checked into how things are progressing this year, but hopefully I may be able to check it out. It's mostly comics and sci-fi I think, and nothing large scale.....yet. I hope they add a horror aspect and maybe be able to build on it. Windsor has lots of spaces available for something like this to be successful - plus we are across the river from Detroit, MI - so lots of people to draw interest from too. I may contact them and suggest some stuff, as it would be awesome for them to get some big names in - as I am sure that can pretty hard to do though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theli View Post
    I'm pretty excited for the Comic Con here this weekend. I never care too mnuch about the actors who come, but I always look forward to the artists. This year didn't look to good until they revealed that Neal Adams will be coming. I am huge fan of his Batman art, and Deadman stories (as well as art).
    Neal was at Baltimore again this year too. He's a really nice guy, but one of the very few artists who would charge for an autograph. Last year I had him sign my Megalith #1 and he commented on the beautiful condition of the book and suggested I get it graded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJCams View Post
    The last 2 years near Christmas they've had a ComiCon in Windsor, it started small year one (a small legion hall outside the city I think), last year they had to move it to the downtown area in one of the convention halls that is part of one of the local colleges (St. Clair). I haven't checked into how things are progressing this year, but hopefully I may be able to check it out. It's mostly comics and sci-fi I think, and nothing large scale.....yet. I hope they add a horror aspect and maybe be able to build on it. Windsor has lots of spaces available for something like this to be successful - plus we are across the river from Detroit, MI - so lots of people to draw interest from too. I may contact them and suggest some stuff, as it would be awesome for them to get some big names in - as I am sure that can pretty hard to do though.
    I don't know how hard that might be. A local comic shop is doing a small show next month here in the Baltimore area. It's mixed comic, sci-fi, horror, collectibles, but the organizer has booked Jim Steranko. Granted, he said that it ate up most of his budget, but that's a pretty significant talent for a small show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJCams View Post
    There is a BookFest this weekend here in Windsor, the biggest author scheduled is Margaret Atwood (I think). Not sure if I will make it or not.
    Not a bad list of authors, Eleanor Catton will be there which is a treat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highbury View Post
    So i was looking at a few books in the store that would be classified as fantasy. My thought and subsequent question..why are all the characters names have to be tongue twisters? Can we just have a John, Joe, Mary, Sue?
    That has definitely put me off some books. I'm not much into fantasy to begin with, but when they start throwing around all the unpronounceable names of both people and places, it annoys me. I can't even keep the characters straight because they all sound pretty much the same.

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    So, was just checking out patterns, etc. for jack o' lanterns...stumbled upon this creepy little turnip jack o' lantern, which of course, were what the first ones were made of.....

    Traditional_Irish_halloween_Jack-o'-lantern.jpg

    Pretty cool!

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    ^Pretty damn creepy.

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    And for the record, I went to the store last night to try to make my own turnip head - apparently this is actually a rutabaga. Which, according to the internet, is actually a cross between a cabbage and a turnip - I guess people in N America call rutabagas turnips, even though they aren't technically turnips. Turnips are more white/purple. Now that we are all educated on our root vegetables....... Let me tell you - they are bitch to carve! They also do have a cabbage type smell to them too, almost spicy aroma.... and are very waxy too.

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    But how did it turn out?
    Quote Originally Posted by TJCams View Post
    And for the record, I went to the store last night to try to make my own turnip head - apparently this is actually a rutabaga. Which, according to the internet, is actually a cross between a cabbage and a turnip - I guess people in N America call rutabagas turnips, even though they aren't technically turnips. Turnips are more white/purple. Now that we are all educated on our root vegetables....... Let me tell you - they are bitch to carve! They also do have a cabbage type smell to them too, almost spicy aroma.... and are very waxy too.

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    Happy Halloween, everyone! A little comic strip I did up for the occasion in the link.

    http://kennethwcain.wordpress.com/20...ppy-halloween/

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    Happy Halloween everyone!

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