Pictures from the 2013 Rhode Island Comic Con

By Jason Harris

The second Rhode Island Comic Con held at the Rhode Island Convention Center was a big success. The attendance for this year was around 33,000, which was close to 11,000 more than last year’s convention. There were some issues with pre-sale tickets and a few celebrities such as Anthony Michael Hall, Jett Lucas, and Nichelle Nichols weren’t able to make it because of the gunman who shot up Terminal 3 at the Los Angeles International Airport Friday morning. Nichols felt so bad about missing the convention that she has already signed on for next year’s convention.

Comic Con had the entire convention center this year so the organizers were able to make more room in the aisles so there was plenty of room to browse the vendor tables and get pictures of the cosplay that were on display around the entire convention. There were people dressed as characters from movies, television, comic books, video games and books.2013-11-01 23.29.47

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C. Thomas Howell

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J. Jonah Jameson

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Julie Newmar

Julie Newmar

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Author Rob Watts with some Visitiors.

Author Rob Watts with some Visitiors.

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 Abby Sciuto of NCIS.

Abby Sciuto of NCIS.

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Burt Ward and Adam West at the Batman panel.

Burt Ward and Adam West on the Batman panel.

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Author Eric Dimbleby

Author Eric Dimbleby

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WWE wrestler and author Kenny Dykstra (Billy's Bully)

WWE wrestler and author Kenny Dykstra (Billy’s Bully)

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The Connecticut Visitiors (www.facebook.com/CTVisitors)

The Connecticut Visitors (www.facebook.com/CTVisitors)

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Jonathan Silverman

Jonathan Silverman

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Authors Erin Thorne, Stacey Longo, and Rob Watts at the Books and Boos booth.

Authors Erin Thorne, Stacey Longo, and Rob Watts at the Books and Boos booth.

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Danny Glover

Danny Glover

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Sarah Douglas

Sarah Douglas

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A member of the Connecticut Visitors

A member of the Connecticut Visitors

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WWE wrestler Kevin Nash.

WWE wrestler Kevin Nash.

The Dome of Sci-fi Saturday Night talking with Nicholas Brendon.

The Dome of Sci-fi Saturday Night talking with Nicholas Brendon.

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James Tolkan from the Back to the Future movies.

James Tolkan from the Back to the Future movies.

Jim Dyer of Fenham Publishing.

Jim Dyer of Fenham Publishing.

SWF wrestler Yukon Jack

SWF wrestler Yukon Jack

Nikki Clyne with some fans

Nikki Clyne with some fans

Survivor's Richard Hatch talking with author Stacey Longo.

Survivor’s Richard Hatch talking with author Stacey Longo.

Barf with author Rob Watts

Barf with author Rob Watts

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Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

WWE wrestler Danny Davis

WWE wrestler Danny Davis

Author Stacey Longo with Sloth.

Author Stacey Longo with Sloth.

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Author Erin Thorne with some Steampunk characters.

Author Erin Thorne with some Steampunk characters.

WWE announcer/referee Howard Finkle

WWE announcer/referee Howard Finkle

Artist Seth McCombs.

Artist Seth McCombs.

Authors Rob Watts and Stacey Longo

Authors Rob Watts and Stacey Longo

Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams

Me with Leslie Easterbrook.

Me with Leslie Easterbrook. Photo by Stacey Longo.

I hope everyone enjoyed the pictures.

An Author’s First Publicity Event

An Author’s First Publicity Event

by G. Elmer Munson

G. Elmer Munson signing a book for a fan. Photo by Stacey Longo.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending my first event with the New England Horror Writers.  It all started out like a dream I’d once had: The lights came on as we all gathered backstage in anticipation.  The crowd chanted “N-E-H-W! N-E-H-W!” as they stomped their feet in the soft grass of the Wadsworth Mansion.  Out of nowhere, someone screamed “Let’s get ready to rumble” and the crowd went wild.  We all ran out to the sound of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” and Apollo Creed gave us all high fives.

Okay, I may have embellished a bit there.  What actually happened was no less awesome but much more low-key.  I simply walked up to the booth full of people I’d never actually met and said, “hi,” and it was all cool.  I met Robert J. Dupree, Jason Harris, Alan Kessler, Stacey Longo, David Price, and Rob Watts and immediately felt welcome.  I was glad I’d decided against wearing my werewolf costume, and not just because it would have been life-threateningly hot.

After finding a home for my books, I sat down and we talked about movies and stories and other normal things that people discuss.  It was very relaxed and very cool. The day was perfect (a bit of sun never did any harm … well, not much) and the place was pretty well packed.  We spoke with a lot of different people and everyone sold some books.  Quite a few people stood in the sun for a while just to talk to us about books, their favorite authors, and dark fiction in general. It was a great day to hang out, talk to people, and share our work with the world.

I left feeling great.  I left looking forward to Hebron and events beyond.  I also left inspired.  On the drive home, I thought of the greatest story in the world.  Unfortunately, I had forgotten it by the time I got home.

I couldn’t remember the greatest song in the world, so this blog is just a tribute.

Yes, I stole that from the D.