Getting Ready for Space City Con!

Michael O. Varhola

Just one week until I head out for Space City Con ! For anyone who has not yet heard of this great event Houston-based event founded in 2012 that is being held this coming weekend, August 2-4, it is the Gulf Coast’s newest fan culture convention and offers a robust mix of authors, artists, sci-fi, fantasy, comics, gaming, fan group networking, literature, writing workshops and more.

Skirmisher Publishing LLC, d-Infinity, and I all had a fairly large presence at Space City Con last year, to include a running an epic "Little Orc Wars" miniatures battle that used live catapult fire to resolve combat, having a retail booth, and putting on a number of seminars as an author guest. An overseas gig that took me across the Atlantic via ship to England, however, and a number of other professional commitments this year unfortunately kept me from lining things up with the convention as early as I should have and our presence will be a bit more modest this year and be limited to some demo games, networking, and covering the event for d-Infinity. But I would not miss it altogether for anything and would encourage anyone who is in the Houston area or who can make it there the first weekend of August to attend this worthwhile event. It has got a fantastic lineup of celebrities, authors, and artists, and anyone who thinks they may be able to make it should check out the lineup on the convention website. 

According to its founder, my friend George Comits, Space City Con was envisioned "as a geek festival with free parking" and with the goal of putting on the best event possible for current generations of fans and instilling a love of comics, Sci-fi and fantasy in the next generation. It is conveniently located this year at the Westchase Marriott conference hotel, located in an area that has a great selection of restaurants and other amenities. Pulled together in 2012 in just five months, Space City Con attracted about 2,000 attendees and is expecting considerably more this year. 

And, if you can be one of them, you should be! I will be there all weekend running demo games, meeting with friends and colleagues, and walking the convention floor, so be sure to say hello and visit with me awhile if you are.