Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending ArmadilloCon 34 in Austin, Texas. I’ve been to this convention several times and I enjoy it more and more every year.
- It’s focused on books – Books are my preferred medium of genre consumption and it’s reflected in ArmadilloCon’s guests and panels.
- There’s more stuff to do if you want – Besides book panels, there are also other fun events. My favorite: the screening of the film adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s zombie story Christmas with the Dead. (Even Derek, the Mikey of movie reviewers, liked it!)
- Great people – A great part about ArmadilloCon is the chance to see old friends and make new ones — all of whom are fellow book lovers. Every conversation inevitably leads to more book recommendations. Favorite memory (of many!): shooting goldfish snacks from Elizabeth Moon’s crossbow. (You read that right.)
- Awesome dealer room – The ArmadilloCon convention room never fails to extract money from my wallet. And there were lots, lots, LOTS more cool things that I wanted to include in my take-home bundle of goodies. (Favorite score: The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Fifth Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois. That leaves only one hole in the collection: Volume 3.)
Yes, these are the routine answers I give every year, and with good reason: ArmadilloCon is consistently a fun place to be.
My regrets are routine, too: There simply wasn’t enough time to meet even more new folks, see and chat even more with old friends, nor and attend all the events on their jam-packed schedule. Will someone invent cloning already?
I’m already looking forward to next year. For me and my clone.