Wednesday, August 09, 2006

MeCon 9 Report

Last weekend we traveled over to Belfast for the ninth annual MeCon Science fiction and fantasy convention and we had a brilliant time.

After getting settled in to our B&B we spent a very enjoyable evening in the venue bar taking part in the pub quiz (our team came dead middle, thus proving that we were intelligent but not geeky).

Leah's first panel was "Fantasy, the Modern Mythology?" at 11am. The attendance wasn't brilliant (it was a bit early after the night a lot of people had had before) but with people like Ken Macleod and Catie Murphy participating it went very well.

C. E. Murphy/Cate Demody

Our next panel wasn't until 2pm ("Comic Adaptations") so we went and hung about with the likes of Paul J. Holden, Darrk, Michael Carroll and the lovely Leonia (as you do).
Paul interviewed us for his "Notes From The Drawing Board" section on his website (see previous post) and Michael gave us a copy of his latest book The Quantum Prophecy - The New Heroes which we were chuffed to bits with. I can't remember if Bryan Coyle and his minder turned up on the Saturday or the Sunday now but, whenever it was, Paul Holden forced us all to do this...

To the EXTREME!!!

The comics panel went pretty well but we missed the "Physics of Sci-Fi Battles" panel (which was, apparently very good) because we were too busy sat gabbing with Darrk and drinking whilst struggling to repel wasps.

Started off with the charity coffee morning attended by ourselves and Pádraig and Deirdre (who had arrived late the previous night) amongst others.

At 1pm, after a few pints, we went off to watch the very interesting "Alien Aliens" panel featuring Ken Macleod, Hal Duncan and Ian McDonald.

Ken, Hal and Ian.

At 2pm we did a panel called "The Origins of the Species" which was essentially all about re-booting characters and fictional universes. We were up against a Doctor Who panel in the next room though...

3pm was "Bring them back Alive" which saw me desperatley trying to turn the ultra literate and intelligent musings of Ken Macleod and Ian McDonald round to the subject of zombie films. Luckily, someone in the audience asked a question about Robocop, so it was all alright in the end.

Thinks: "When are they going to ask me about zombie flesh eaters?"

4pm was "Comics Across the Atlantic" with us and PJ.

5pm was the closing ceremony which was invaded by drunk people (many of whom were, in fact, guests admittedly) and thus went brilliantly.

Pádraig, Leah and Deirdre sitting outside the bar just before the ceremony.

Later that evening all us remaining guests were treated to a slap up Indian meal with the convention staff, all of whom are (as corny as it sounds) truly wonderful, wonderful people.

"But, we've put our coats on now..." Just smile!

MeCon 9 was a really cool convention which we enjoyed wholeheartedly; if you can get up/down/accross to Belfast this time next year then we recommend you attend. We certainly will be.


PS if you attended the con, or if you know of someone else who did, please alert us to any other reports or photo galleries from the event by leaving a comment below. Ta.

1 comment:

CE Murphy said...


I can't believe I'd forgotten about that already. Now I shall never forget. My husband thinks we're all crazy. :)