Another year, another Philcon. Some of the panels went swimmingly while others sank beneath our wisdom like a stone. But I took photos of many good people, some of which are presented here.
The dapper Tom Purdom
Book dealers, Art and Becky Henderson, Lorna Carlson, and Chris Edwards
Writer Fran Wilde
Gardner Dozois in a subdued mood
Oz Drummond, overcome with joy
Genius comic artist Phil Foglio
And for those who require literary substance . . .
I recently read a very thoughtful essay on creator rights by Scott R. Kurtz, creator of the PVP cartoon. Oversimplifying wildly, I can sum up what he has to say as: Evil corporations don't steal creator rights; creators give away those rights and complain about it afterward. He also explains how you and I can prevent that happening.
You can read the essay here.
And, sadly . . .
T. S. Eliot's widow, Valerie Eliot died the other day. She had a reputation as a dragon because she was very protective of her late husband's reputation. But when I asked her permission to quote one of his unpublished letters for my biography of Hope Mirrlees, she very kindly granted it. I got one heck of a kick out of that.
Top: Editor, scholar, book dealer and bon vivant David Hartwell. With, oddly enough, snickerdoodles.