ComiCon 2003 A Stunning Success
2003 was held July 17-20 in San Diego, California. Special guests at the world's
number one comic event included Neil Gaiman, Stan Goldberg, Carla Speed McNeil,
and many other greats. From a relatively low key event not quite a decade ago,
attended by 600 fans, this has become the superbowl of comic arts attended by
over 40,000 persons from around the world. Attendees reputedly included all
sorts of lookie-loo scouts from the film and book industries. In fact, given
that this was the summer of X-Men 2 and other comic-derivative big ticket
motion pictures, it's easy to see the wheels of hype and big biz at work. Nothing,
though, can take away from the excitement naturally generated among fans, some
of whom showed up as cartoon characters and superheroes at the massive new Convention
Center at the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter on the harbor's edge. Check out this
Web link and this
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L. Ron Hubbard's
Writers of the Future Contest Deadline: Every quarter; next is September
30, 2003. Entry fee: Zero. See this website.
Seeks short science fiction, fantasy and horror with fantastic elements. Open
to writers who have not had professionally published a novel or short novel,
or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium.
Professional publication is deemed to be payment, and at least 5,000 copies,
or 5,000 hits.
The Light of Eidon Christian allegory/fantasy by Karen Hancock (Bethany
House 2003, 312 pp, ISBN 0-7642-2794-7, $12.99). Abramm has dedicated the last
eight years of his life to becoming worthy to touch and tend the Sacred Flames
of Eidon, and he expects to be blessed for his devotion and sacrifice. Then
he is betrayed by his spiritual mentor and sold into slavery by his brothers.
Info: Bethany House.