FaerieCon

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Introduction

This is a fantasy convention originally held annually on the east coast. It features a exhibitor booths, artist table, presentations and panels, along with music performances, and the "Good Faerie" and "Bad Faerie" Balls, and many artists in attendance.

History

2009 Guests of Honor

CHARLES DE LINT

Charles de Lint is credited as having pioneered the contemporary fantasy genre. His ground-breaking 1984 urban fantasy novel, Moonheart, remains in print to this day, and enjoys the privilege of being Tor's best-selling trade paperback for their Orb line. With 65 books published to date (not including foreign editions and reprints), he has gained a reputation as a master in his field. Charles de Lint has been aptly described as a romantic, a believer in human potential. De Lint says he hopes his stories will encourage people to "pay attention to how many special things there are in the real world." He regards his greatest artistic achievement as "the moment when a reader tells me that something I've written has inspired them to go out and create something of their own.Or that the story has helped them through a difficult time or prompted them to help others." De Lint's dedicated readership gave him the singular honor of having eight books chosen for the reader-selected Modern Library Top 100 Books of the Twentieth Century poll, conducted online by Random House. His latest novel, Widdershins, placed first on Amazon.com's Editors' Picks—Top 10 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2006. He's been a finalist 17 times over for the World Fantasy Award, and won in October 2000 for his short story collection Moonlight and Vines. These stories (and most of his recent novels) are set in de Lint's acclaimed fictional city Newford.

CHARLES VESS

The renown mythic artwork of Charles Vess has been featured in gallery and museum exhibitions across the nation, including the first major exhibition of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art. His award-winning work has also graced the pages of numerous comic books, with publishers such as Marvel, DC, Darkhorse and Epic. In 1991, Charles shared the prestigious World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story with Neil Gaiman for their collaboration on Sandman #19 - the first and only time a comic book has held this honor. Over the last 15 years Charles has continued to produce evocative works that have earned him various awards and his work has graced numerous books. In 2007, Stardust, the bestselling book created by Charles Vess and Neil Gaiman will be released worldwide as a feature film starring Robert Deniro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Claire Danes. Charles was born in 1951 in Lynchburg, Virginia and has been drawing since he could hold a crayon. He drew his first full-length comic when he was 10 and called it "Atomic Man." Minimalist in nature, it required no drawing of hands, feet or heads ("they just glowed"). Since then, he has painstakingly drawn thousands of hands, feet, and heads in great detail. Charles graduated with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and worked in commercial animation for Candy Apple Productions in Richmond, Va., before moving to New York City in 1976. It was there that he became a freelance illustrator, working for many publications including Heavy Metal, Klutz Press, and National Lampoon. His award-winning work has graced the pages of numerous comic book, publishers such as Marvel, DC, Darkhorse and Epic. He has been featured in several gallery and museum exhibitions across the nation, including the first major exhibition of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art (New Britain Museum of American Art, 1980) and "Dreamweavers" (William King Regional Arts Center, 1994-95). In 1991, Charles shared the prestigious World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story with Neil Gaiman for their collaboration on Sandman #19 (DC Comics) --- the first and only time a comic book has held this honor. In the summer of 1997, Charles won the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Penciler/Inker for his work on The Book of Ballads and Sagas (which he self-publishes through his own Green Man Press) as well as Sandman #75. Soon after Charles finished the last of 175 paintings for Stardust, a novel written by Neil Gaiman, for which he was given the 1999 World Fantasy Award as Best Artist. In 2002 Charles won a second Will Eisner award, this time as Best Painter for his work on Rose, a 130-page epic fantasy saga written by Cartoon Books' Jeff Smith. The year continued to be busy for Charles with the publication of Seven Wild Sisters (Subterranean Press) and The Green Man, Tales from the Mythic Forest (Viking), both utilizing cover art and interior b/w illustrations by the artist, and both making the 2003 American Library Association's list for Best Books for Young Adults! By the end of the year he had completed 28 paintings for his first children's picture book, A Circle of Cats, done in collaboration with writer Charles de Lint (Viking). This cover art won the Gold Award for Best Book Art in the 10th annual "Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art" even before it was officially published. A new edition of Peter Pan (Tor/Starscape) featuringa cover as well as over 30 b/w interior illustrations by Vess was released this past Fall. Another collaboration with de Lint, Medicine Road (Subterranean Press) and the YA anthology,The Faery Reel (Viking ) will be arriving this Spring and he is currently hard at work producing drawings for several new books, including, A Storm of Swords (MeishaMerlin), the 25th anniversary edition of Moonheart (Subterranean Press) and a graphic novel collection of his ballads material for Tor.


2009 Music

  • Faun - medieval pagan folk band from germany
  • Priscilla Hernandez - ethereal/gothic singer from Spain
  • Woodland - mythic band from Oregon
  • Telesma- rock band from Baltimore area
  • Gypsy Nomads - tribal gypsy musicians from New York
  • SJ Tucker - singer songwriter from Tricky Pixie


2009: The New Venue

The move the the 2009 FaerieCon venue was partly chosen due to many problems with the Philadelphia location. The new venue offered such improvements as:

  • All in one location where balls, events, and exhibits could all be held in conducive spaces with proper sound and lights
  • Free Parking onsite
  • Discounted room rates at 1/2 the costs of many Philadelphia hotels
  • Safer non-downtown area in Hunt Valley north of Baltimore
  • Non-union space which allows vendors to setup their own booth and move materials freely
  • 30% reduction in overall booths
  • Wall to wall carpeting
  • Improved vendor services package

The move to the new location was partly inspired by vendor response to the Philadelphia location and to some discussion on online forums such as Live Journal[1], Facebook and Tribe.net, where numerous issues were raised by those who had attended including:

  • The downtown concrete venue of the convention not being condusive to creating a "fae" environment
  • With all events except the balls taking place, at the same time, in the convention center, hearing the panel discussions were difficult, especially when music was being performed on the other stage
  • High price of food provided by the convention center catering service
  • Confusing layout of the convention setup
  • Whether some of the costuming, in particular during the "Fashion Show", was appropriate for an advertised all-ages/family-friendly event

2009 Programming

The Realm

Programming Area 1 - Hunt Ballroom


Friday November 6th

1:30-1:45 Opening Welcome

1:45-2:15 Music - cellist Adam Hurst

2:30-3:15 Collecting Faerie: DZ

3:30-4:15 Time of the Faeries: JC

4:30-5:00 Music - Gypsy Nomads


Saturday November 7th

11:00-11:45 Faerie Fashion

12:00-12:45 History of Fantasy Art: CV

1:00-1:45 Art of Iain McCaig

2:00-2:45 Guests of Honor

4:15-5:00 Music - Charles DeLint & MaryAnn Harris


Sunday November 8th

11:00-11:45 Music - SJ Tucker

12:00-12:45 Art of Linda Ravenscroft

1:00 – 2:00 Art of Charles Vess

2:15 – 3:15 Costume Contest

3:30 – 4:30 Music - Priscilla Hernandez and Woodland

4:45 - 5:00 - Closing


The Gathering Place

Programming Area 2 - Salon A


Friday November 6th

2:00-2:45 Art of Reading Tea Leaves

3:00-3:45 Steampunk Faeries

4:00 – 5:15 The Green Man through the Ages


Saturday November 7th

11:30-12:15 Robin of Sherwood

12:30-1:15 A Writer’s life

1:30-2:15 Faerie Tarots and Herbals

3:30-4:15 Living Your Legend: Iain McCaig

4:30 – 5:15 Fantasy Artists in the Marketplace


Sunday November 8th

11:30-12:15 An Artist’s Life

12:30-1:15 Faerie Tales for Modern Times

1:30-2:15 Making Modern Faerie Music

3:30-4:15 Faerie in Movies

2009 Dealers

A list of exhibitors and dealers in attendance at FaerieCon 2009 includes:

  • Alchemy
  • Art of Jasmine Becket-Griffith
  • Artist for Hire
  • Avalon, The Art of Sherrie Spencer
  • Basement Books
  • Brute Force Leather
  • CEK Custom Designs
  • Charm City Inc.
  • Chimera Publishing
  • Chrysalis, The Faerie Salon / Earwraps
  • Coriale Enterprises
  • Corsets By Casta Diva
  • Cucina Aurora Kitchen Witchery
  • Custom Fairy Wings
  • Delicious Boutique & Corseterie
  • Dolls Gone Wrong
  • Dragonmaker
  • Dryad Designs
  • Ember Heart
  • Enchanted Glen
  • Faerie Magazine
  • Faerie Wind Studios
  • Faite avec Amour
  • Fantasiation
  • Father Dunn's Jewelry
  • Folklore Leather
  • Fool Moon Treasures
  • Future Relics
  • Games and Stuff
  • Gary Lippincott Arts
  • Goblin Road
  • Granny Witch's Faerie Cottage
  • Green Man Press / De Lint
  • Gypsy Eyes Jewelry
  • Gypsy Nomads
  • Helena Nelson Reed
  • I believe in Faeries
  • Inner Fae Creations
  • Lennon Studios
  • Linda Biggs Art
  • Little Wing Faerie Art
  • Lost art Chains & Potted Fox
  • Luna Rana
  • Madd Hatter's Treasure Chest
  • Magic Happens
  • Magical Fashions
  • Magickal Art: The Art of Jennifer Galasso
  • Mcaslan - Steampunk Fairies
  • Moonlight Diva Emporium
  • Morseca Clothing
  • Munro Enterprises
  • Mystwood
  • Mythical Masks
  • Mythwood - The Art of Larry MacDougall
  • Parrish Relics
  • Patrick Thomas (Author)
  • Purple Tophat, The Art of Celine Chapus
  • Realms of Legend
  • Red Wyvern Studio
  • Renae Taylor Arts
  • Reyen Design Studios
  • Russ McIntosh - Mindscape
  • Sacred Rose Organic Herbal Tea
  • Sidhe na Daire
  • SJ Tucker Music
  • Solomon's mine
  • Spoutwood Fairy Festival
  • Steamgoggles
  • Sunshine Consulting
  • Susan Shroder Arts
  • Tate & Co
  • Telesma Music
  • The Art of Giovanna
  • The Art of Jennifer Davies-Reazor
  • The Art of Kathryn Elizabeth Noska
  • The Enchanted Loft
  • The Faerie Gathering
  • The Fantasy Art of Ash Evans LLC
  • The Filigree
  • The Goblin Bazaar
  • The Leather Lair
  • The Witches Almanac
  • Through Faery Halls & Guinevere
  • Time of the Faeries
  • Toadstools N Treestump
  • Ursula's Alcove
  • White Horse Studio / Longefellowes Designs
  • Wing and Talon Leatherworks
  • Xylem Clothing

Kerfluffles

Venue change

Screencap of the FaerieCon change of venue announcement, 2009.
  • On February 18, 2009, a newsletter announcement was made regarding the change in venue from the Pennsylvania Convention Center to the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn. Some were upset over the announcement's categorization of Baltimore (although the announcement specifies that the convention would take place in just north of Baltimore in Hunt Valley, approx. 20 miles away) as a "safer and more hospitable city" than Philadelphia. Hunt Valley is a posh area of the northern Baltimore metro region, which is a very different atmosphere than downtown Philadelphia, where many dangerous situations with guests were reported to the producers in 2008. [2],[3] Some vendors also raised objections to the exhibit pricing, as the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn is a much smaller venue than the PACC, although the producers pointed out that the new venue was to feature 30% less vendors and booths only went up 10% in price.[4] An apology for the statement about Baltimore being safer was made on February 19, 2009 on the event forum.[5]
  • On May 7, 2009, Emilio Miller-Lopez, one of the co-founders of FaerieWorlds, engaged in communication with Nicole Pellegrini, a former FaerieCon vendor, asking for the removal of a "negative (discussion board) posting" she'd made about the 2009 changes to the convention from a fan created Facebook page devoted to the convention.
  • Response to the new venue has turned out to be very positive overall, with all of the event booths selling out a month in advance. The Marriott has also reported a total room sellout three weeks before the doors of the event are to open, and the Bad Faeries Masquerade has sold out in advance for the first time. FaerieCon 2010 is already scheduled at the Baltimore Hunt Valley Marriott on November 12-14, 2010.

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