I’ll be getting Outlaw in the Land of Perfection back from my editor in less than a week… It’s happening. The book will be available towards the end of the month, eep!
This is going to be the summer and fall of conventions for me. It’ll be the first time I’ve ever attend so many conventions in one year. All the passes have been obtained, hotel rooms booked, and in one case, plane tickets bought.
In August, I’ll be headed for Flashback Weekend in Chicago. I can’t wait to see horror films at the magnificent Mulvico Rosemont theater, meet more indie writers and artists, make more new friends, and say hello to Mr. Englund again… I’m planning to wear a nice suit at the VIP cocktail party! For a little Krueger flavor, I’ll have a green tie, a red shirt, and Freddy cufflinks 😉 I’ll also be bringing copies of Outlaw with me.
In September, it’ll be Montreal Comic Con, or Montreal HorrorFest to be more precise. Once again, I’ll be most eager to meet independent creators (especially Sv Bell, whom I was unable to find at Ottawa Comic Con due to the immense crowds and confusing booth locations). And I’ll have not one, but three gloves for Mr. Englund to sign…
The Rubie’s Deluxe version, which I added to my Englund collection only last week:
I’m amusing myself with it here… My hand is a bit too small for it!
It’s currently resting on top of my Freddy sweater. That’s how I’ll be displaying it. You might say it’s guarding the sweater.
Then, I’ll have the highly detailed NECA 1984 replica:
And lastly, the NECA Dream Warriors glove, which will be available in July:
So, it took me 30 years to acquire a glove, but soon I’ll have three! It’s an excellent way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Nightmare film, not to mention meeting this gracious man after having dreamed of doing so for such a long time.
I’d thought I’d only do the autograph line once in Montreal, but now, seeing as I’ll have three gloves, I’m prepared to wait more and stand in line three times (it’s only fair… I don’t wait to make other people wait too long! More things: more waiting. Not that I mind!).
In October, I’ll be heading for Monster-Mania in Maryland. Hopefully, I’ll have copies of Specimen ready by then. Not only will I have the chance to take part in yet more horror shenanigans, but I’ll be having lunch and dinner with friends who live in the area, and I’m very happy about this.
During Flashback and Monster-Mania, I’ll be pestering Mr. Englund for his autograph on the following medium-sized posters:
Thank goodness he’s so patient and generous!
All of these will be hanging in a corner of my office, an area I’m calling the Robert Englund Museum 😉
Here are two pieces I’m very fond of:
I’ll also definitely be getting photo ops at each of these conventions, meaning, of course, more signatures… The poor man *laughs* I will be giving him a set of those Freddy Krueger cufflinks, that’s for sure. In Montreal, I’ll sneak some ChocoMotive chocolate mice to him too (ChocoMotive, an incredible chocolate shop in Montebello, recently won an award at the 28th Grand Prix du tourisme Québécois; their chocolate is exquisite).
As I wrote on my other blog, we’re so fortunate that he has such appreciation, respect and affection for fandom culture and fans in general, and his fans in particular.
And he’s just plain adorable. A heart of gold.
This summer, apart from writing like a maniac, I do plan on wandering around the market on a regular basis. Like I did last year, I’ll be filling my basket there with fresh fruit and vegetables, and I’ll be consuming many plates of one of my favorite dishes, the curried chickpeas at Shafali.
Look at the deliciousness… Look at it!
I’m always happy after I’ve had this dish.
Also, I’ll be having plenty of these… Lovingly made coconut bubble tea with chocolate bubbles at Sérénithé. I tell you, it’s so fabulous, I simply can’t get enough of it.
Next week, I’ll be going to the National Arts Center where I’ll have the opportunity to listen to Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 being performed by a live orchestra. I doubt I’ll be able to hold back my tears during the 4th movement, a piece of music I’ve adored ever since I saw A Death in Venice at the ByTowne many moons ago. It’s going to be an incredible experience.
And I’m very much looking forward to the first issue of The Dying Breed, a comic created by my friend E.J. Cedric! It looks like it’s going to be phenomenal.
So, all in all, it’s a wonderful start to the summer season 🙂
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor