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They Didn't Ask Me

Proof of Life in Detroit

Yup. We really were at the Ren Center in Detroit this weekend.

It's Dr. and Mrs. Dr. Phil on Friday outside Program Ops just before my reading. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Everyone gets a badge and a program book. We also snagged three free books -- by picking the numbers 13, 17, and 7-no-3! at panels. Merrie Haskell won the inaugural YA novel award, but for another book. Got 'em signed, too. The Dove chocolates were for my Sunday morning panels. (Click on photo for larger.)
©2014 Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon (All Rights Reserved)

Some of the smart kids publish pictures out of their hotel rooms. Well, 38th floor and a helluva view.

First country south of Detroit? It's Canada, across the St. Mary's River. (Click on photo for larger.)
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The Detroit side of the shore. The privately-owned-by-wolves Ambassador Bridge is in the distance. (Click on photo for larger.)
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The view west, or rather a bit northwest. Comerica Park, home of the Tigers, is somewhere beyond the building on the left -- actually, if you click on the full 6MP image, you can see a bit of the park and a picture of a giant baseball mitt next to a blue Comerica Park sign -- very small.. We couldn't see them, but Friday and Saturday nights we heard the fireworks after the game and could just make out the flash reflecting off the buildings. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Al Bogdan, friend since the Clarion 2004 workshop and roommates at the 2008 Writers of the Future XIV workshop, took the picture of us at the top of the page. Having long been a yearbook photographer junior high to post-college, I am well familiar with the concepts of, you never see the photographer and if do, their face is blocked by a camera.

Thursday night at the Opening Ceremonies, the obligatory picture of Al Bogdan behind his camera. He was all over the place working for Detcon. I'm shooting the Nikon D1H in black & white mode at ISO 1600 and 6400 (in this case), due to poor lighting. (Click on photo for larger.)
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And at that very moment...

And the obligatory duel off of Dr. Phil, which amused Mrs. Dr. Phil. (Click on photo for larger.)
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So It's A NASFiC, What's The Big Deal With Detcon1?

In my "vast" congoing experience, yes you're allowed to eyeroll, I've been to one WorldCon, Chicon 7 in Chicago 2012, and now one NASFiC in Detroit 2014. And I have to say, there is a different vibe. Maybe it's the size -- venue space plus numbers -- though this is by no means Dragon*Con or Comicon size numbers.

And like Chicon, there were people I knew were at Detcon that I never saw: Dave Klecha and fellow UCFer Kate Baker come to mind. Also never saw friend Amy Ranger, though we did see her friend Tullio in a white lab coat carrying an unmarked Ehlenmeyer flask with a cork. Nor did I get to any panels with Canadian writer Suzanne Church -- we shared a table of contents in the Northwest Passages anthology for Cascadia Con, the 2005 NASFiC in Seattle. Didn't see Larc Bogdan, who still hasn't met Mrs. Dr. Phil, or Coral for that matter. Doselle Young was listed on a minorities in comics panel, but didn't show. I suppose it shows that I have been doing this for a while when I can easily up with half a dozen names I didn't see. (grin)

But I got no complaints. Next up: Detcon 1 begins.

Dr. Phil
Tags: detcon, photos

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