This was the first convention I attended as a participant after I moved out to Colorado. It was also the first one I decided to attend as an author (though Covid hit and kind of kiboshed that whole thing). But it finally happened, and sadly this was the last Starfest to be.
I have many fond memories of being at the con dressed as one character or another from a TV show and movies, checking out the panels, and listening to the special guests tell anecdotes from their various projects. It was always fun to wander the Dealer’s room, the Art Show, and good ole Author’s Alley.
And I got to be a part of that Author’s Alley this year! And it was packed! There was some great cosplay, R2-D2’s, and amazing horror and comic art. It was a blast talking to different people about books, art, new movies, and old TV shows.
On top of all that, I met a bunch of great authors like Chris Mandeville, John Wilker, Robert G. Williscroft, Allyn Riggs, Todd Fahnestock, and Kendra Merritt! It was fun talking shop, trading stories, and ideas. I feel revitalized!
So, was it worth it?
Why yes, it was! I had a great time and ran into some friends I hadn’t seen since, um… pre-Covid, and I almost sold out of every copy of The Matilda I brought with me!
Aah, Starfest, I am sad to see you go, but I’m glad I was able to be a part of the last one.