26 Aug

AnimeKon 2013 is over! Shout outs! Happiness!

Exhausted. But happy. Lightning has struck twice. AnimeKon Expo was the most amazing experience of support and the most I’ve ever been embraced by readers at a single event before, and now it has happened again. I think we sold 50% more books this year than 2011. But that isn’t the only measure of success. It was fulfilling to meet so many readers coming up for more books who were first time buyers last time. Fantastic to meet so many Bajan creators (comic book artists, writers, dreamers, poets, etc etc) and share experiences. Late night conversations about the nature of art. Arguments over comic book characters. Delving into the nature of our feelings about shows. Sharing our favorite SF novels.

When I opted out of parties to stay back and write, when I sacrificed so much to throw myself down on the page every night, night after night, it was for the hope that I would have moments like the ones I had the last few days. Getting a firehose of it over three days is stunningly overwhelming.

I’ve had only one hour of down time in the last 3 days, I think, where I snuck onto the beach. Now I’m packing tamarind balls and sugar cakes and Mt. Gay rum into my suitcases and girding myself for my 4am taxi ride to the airport to head for San Antonio…

Here, have a photo montage:

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Shout outs:

Thanks to Omar Kennedy and Mel Young for making AnimeKon happen, and inviting me back down as a guest for a second time. Thanks for everything, guys, and for taking such amazing care of us.

Thanks to my fellow guests, YaYa Han and Brian Boling, JayEm, Yale Stewart, Brandon Easton and Shawn Alleyne, it was great to make a batch of new friends and share the experience.

My thanks to Christine for helping guide me where I needed to be when I needed to be there at the LESC, and Erika Hinkson at Book Source Barbados for being my book selling frontline soldier and liaison, as well as Beverly, the owner of Book Source.

My thanks to Book Source for helping sponsor and feature me, this wouldn’t have happened without them. Thanks to the staff for handling the book sales; it was complicated and we sold a lot of books (two suitcases yo!), it all went smoothly!

As always, much love to Karen Lord and Robert Sandiford, two close friends and amazing writers down here. They’ve been an amazing help on this trip, helping me research some aspects of Barbados for Hurricane Fever. I hope I get this all right, if I don’t, it’s my fault, because they went above and beyond in setting up an excursion (that I’ll talk about later) to help me research the end of Hurricane Fever up close and personal!

Also, shout outs to the other writers in the Book Source area: Omar Gill (who I remember from back two years ago when he introduced himself and told me about the ideas he was working on), Jerry and Roger Reece, Matthew Clark and Nigel Lynch, Corey Springer, Rivenis, Russell Brooks.

Extra huge shout out to our interviewer, Justin Taylor (aka Sunrokk), who had a lot of interesting questions. I later got to see him as Sunrokk performing at D Arts Lime and was blown away.

If you’re going to Worldcon… see you in San Antonio soon:

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