ConDFW 2/16-2/18/18

The final programming for ConDFW 2018 is up!





This year the convention is being held on February 16 to the 18th!

Author Guest of Honor
Charlaine Harris

Artist Guest of Honor
John Picacio

They’ve changed locations this year. The convention is being held at the:

Radisson Hotel Fort Worth Fossil Creek
2540 Meacham Blvd.
Ft Worth, TX 76106

I will be a guest panelist and also be sharing a Dealer’s Room table with Chibi Chains.  Below is my panel schedule.


Gloria Oliver


Friday, 4 pm: History in a Nutshell: How to Pick Change Points
Panelists: Melanie Fletcher (M), Bradley H. Sinor, Julie Barrett, Gloria Oliver
There are common times in history to pick where it changes – usually just before or during wars.
However, what other important events can be used to change history? How far back do you want to go? Our authors talk about times in history that are ripe for the picking.

Friday, 5 pm: Interstellar Archaeology: Part One – Initial Findings
Panelists: Mel White (M), Dusty Rainbolt, Teresa Patterson, Gloria Oliver, Robert W. Pietzsch, K. B. Bogen
Welcome to the 173rd Annual Interstellar Archaeology Symposium! We have mysterious alien artifacts in need of identification and a team of highly-trained egos xenoarchaeologists standing by! Watch the academic fur fly as they compete to give us the correct (or perhaps just the funniest) explanation of
each artifact. Stay tuned for Part 2 on Sunday, when our backup team overturns their findings!


Saturday, 10 am: Time to Hit the Blender! How to Blend Genres Together
Panelists: Tex Thompson (M), Carole Nelson Douglas, K. B. Bogen, Gloria Oliver, Patricia Burroughs
Some of the neatest stories are created when you take elements of two (or more) genres and use them together. After all, this is how Urban Fantasy was created! So, how does this work? Our authors compare and contrast ways to fit the puzzle pieces together to create something nature never intended.


Sunday, 2 pm: The Elemental Steampunk: Gadgets and Gizmos
Panelists: Larry Atchley Jr. (M), Julie Barrett, Charlayne Elizabeth Denney, Gloria Oliver
Steampunk is famous for its airships and for its steam-powered gadgets. We’ve looked at airships in the past, so it’s time to look at the gadgets. Our steampunk experts go over typical widgets used in steampunk so you can recognize them at a distance.

Sunday, 3 pm: Fantasy Engineering: Building Mordor
Panelists: Tex Thompson (M), Larry Atchley Jr., Teresa Patterson, Gloria Oliver
Ever wonder how Mordor was made? Or Minas Tirith? Pick your epic fantasy of choice, and there will always be towns, castles, buildings with grandeur. Building those places takes engineering: planning rooms where events take place, escape tunnels and even secret hiding places for when the forces of darkness overwhelm you. But how detailed do you need to get? Our authors debate this and other topics.


Hope to see you all there! Should be a ton of fun!

Picture Kaleidoscope – A-kon 2017


I haven’t done one of these in ages! Not that I haven’t been taking pictures, but with the madness that has been the day job for the last couple of years, I’ve not been able to keep up and repost them.

If you want to make sure not to miss any of my con pics, be sure to follow my Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+ accounts as I do post them there as I take them. 🙂

A-kon 2017

The obligatory booth pic! A-kon moved to the Fort Worth Convention Center for 2017. So we were trying some new stuff to make the best use of the space as possible. 🙂

From Black Butler! Lord Phantomhive and Sebastian.

From Zelda Breath of the Wild. The bow looked awesome!

Had to take a pic of this. One of the dealers we see a lot came up with this creation! A Castiel Corset combo! Fab! (Can’t believe I don’t remember the shop name. *cry*)

Star from Star vs. The Force of Evil. Nice!

Black Cat and Lady Bug!

Koro Sensei! The costume was awesome! (His eyes lit up too!

One of the bad guys from My Hero Academia. Great job!

Gorgeous costume! So detailed!

He looked fantastic! Loved the bad attitude! lol.

Vulture Girl? She looked fab!

From the game Bloodborne! So many awesome costumes this year!

Could not get a pic of him from the front, but isn’t this fabulous?!?!

View from the back. Rocket propulsion and everything! Sweet!

And a blast from the past! Sho’nuff – Shogun of Harlem! So freaking awesome!

Can’t wait for next year! 🙂




ConDFW Panel Schedule 2/10-2/12/17


Here’s my schedule for ConDFW that’s coming up this weekend! If you’re in town, interested in writing, or just talking to other fans about books, science, and more, come on down!

ConDFW 2017


PROGRAMMING 2 Friday, 3 pm: Brass Technology and Steam Power

Panelists: Julie Barrett, Rie Sheridan Rose, Gloria Oliver, Julia S. Mandala

The genre of Steampunk has always featured unlikely brass gadgets and powered by steam. Whether realistic or fanciful, these gadgets define a look which is unique for both costumers and writers. We gather our panelists to talk about how to bring these gadgets to life – and what lies in the future for Steampunk.

PROGRAMMING 2 Friday, 5 pm: Interstellar Archaeology: Part One – Initial Findings

Panelists: Mel White (M), K. B. Bogen, Scott Cupp, Ethan Nahté, Gloria Oliver, S. Boyd Taylor

The first of two panels where we inflict (discover) startling artifacts of OBVIOUS alien origin and our esteemed (and indeed, TRAINED) archeologists, in turn, tell us what the artifacts are. Light hearted fun, and bring ear plugs! This year we will take a mystery slant and see what story they come up with!


MAIN PROGRAMMING Saturday, 10 am: Unlikely Sources of Inspiration

Panelists: A. Lee Martinez (M), Gloria Oliver, Lillian Stewart Carl, Rhonda Eudaly, Patricia Burroughs, William Ledbetter

In this day and age of the Internet and wide exposure to many cultures, there are plenty of strange and unlikely sources to inspire you to write, draw, costume or even perform. From anime to webcomics to taking bus trips to strange locations, the human condition can express itself in many ways. Our panelists relate some of the more unlikely ways they get inspiration.

MAIN PROGRAMMING Saturday, 3 pm: 2017 Movie Forecast For the Geek Nation

Panelists: Mark Finn (M), Michael Ashleigh Finn, Ethan Nahté, David Doub, Gloria Oliver

Our panelists talk about upcoming films for the coming year – what is coming, what looks to be exciting and what moviegoers should watch out for.

PROGRAMMING 2 Saturday, 6 pm: The Survivor’s Guide to the Supernatural

Panelists: Melanie Fletcher (M), Sue Sinor, Gloria Oliver, Marshall Ryan Maresca, David Doub, Michelle Muenzler

If you were ever concerned about living in a world with supernatural heroes and villains, this is the panel for you! How can you survive in a world with mutants? Our survival experts try to guide you through the chaos. [Note: Survival is not guaranteed by attending this panel]

PROGRAMMING 3 Saturday, 8 pm: Yard Dog Road Show!

Panelists: Christopher Donahue, Linda Donahue, Rhonda Eudaly, Melanie Fletcher, K. Hutson, William Ledbetter, Julia Mandala, Tracy Morris, Ethan Nahte, Gloria Oliver, Teresa Patterson, Dusty Rainbolt, Rie Sheridan Rose, Bradley Sinor, Sue Sinor, Mel White

The fantastic authors of the Yard Dog Press put on their always entertaining Road Show! Make sure not to miss this.


MAIN PROGRAMMING Sunday, 1 pm: The Science of Space Flight

Panelists: William Ledbetter (M), Karl K. Gallagher, William C. Seigler, Frances A. May, Gloria Oliver

What is the state of flight these days? Pictures of possible space ships notwithstanding lets get down to brass tacks on what can and can not be done right now. Our scientists will mull over these issues and answer questions.

PROGRAMMING 2 Sunday, 3 pm: Worlds of Imagination

Panelists: A. Lee Martinez (M), Tex Thompson, Teresa Patterson, Heather Schwartz, Gloria Oliver

In “A Monster Calls,” a world out of a boy’s head comforts him as he deals with his mother’s cancer. The movie’s imagery is what calls you – seeing the gravestones, feeling the parsonage smash, it is very visceral imagery. Our panelists talk about worlds of fantasy that are in our heads – and how to bring them out.


Should be a blast! 🙂

2017 Appearance Schedule

Greetings, all!

Figured I would share my tentative 2017 Attendance Schedule with you. 🙂

October 20-22, 2017 DallasComic Con Fan Days in Irving, TX

Sep 22-24, 2017 FenCon in Irving, TX

Aug 17-20, 2017 Animefest in Dallas, TX

July 28-30, 2017 ArmadilloCon in Austin, TX

June 23-25, 2017 SoonerCon in Midwest City, OK

June 8-11, 2017 A-kon in Fort Worth, TX

May 5-7, 2017 WHOFest in Dallas, TX

March 31 – Apr 2, 2017 Fan Expo Dallas in Dallas, TX

March 16-19, 2017 All-Con 2016 in Dallas, TX

February 10-12, 2017 ConDFW in Fort Worth, TX

Hope to see you there!

P.S. All but ArmadilloCon will also include ChibiChains! Hoping she’ll do her new logo reveal soon!

Picture Kaleidoscope – Animefest 2016

Yes, still running behind on all things despite my best efforts. Boo!

Lots happening in the next few weeks so posts may be spotty for a little while longer. Wish me luck!

Animefest 2016

Cool new creation from ChibiChains that debuted at the con. 😛

Isn’t he the cutest thing ever? 🙂

Pic of one of our neighbors. She always has the coolest yukatas.

Our next door neighbors. Lovely miniature painting work.

A close look at some of their awesome work.

Love the robot lady on the left!

Don’t mess with the armored fish ladies!

The dress is super adorable! The ponytail clip was the clincher though. LOL!

Rough crowd. Best steer clear. 😛

Funky group! They look awesome! (Ack, there’s so many games and anime I do not know!)

Death by cuteness? Heh heh.

That is one sweet ride! 🙂

Don’t make her angry now!

They look rather dapper, don’t they? Nice!

A gaggle of Mario princesses. Hmmm.

The Monkey King! He looked fabulous!

And look at that hat!

The StarFox Crew!


The Gravity Falls crew! Sweet!

That ax is gorgeous!

And look at those ears!

They came out fantastic! Just recently saw the video they are based on. Amazing!

The Full Metal Alchemist crew! Nice!

People and their creativity are just amazing!

Picture Kaleidoscope – SoonerCon 2016

2016 is for some reason just a hard year. Simple things have become difficult – especially software. It is very odd.

Anyway, finally getting the pics uploaded for SoonerCon 2016!

SoonerCon 2016 Costume pics

From the world of Pokemon!

SoonerCon 2016 Costume pics

Even dead girls come to cons! 😛

SoonerCon 2016 Costume pics

So cute!

SoonerCon 2016 Costume pics

He’s here to Punish you! 😛

SoonerCon 2016 Costume pics

Princess Deadpool and Friends!

SoonerCon 2016 Costume pics

Not something you’ll want to grow in your garden! Eek!

SoonerCon 2016 Costume pics

Ye old fashioned tea vendor. Hot water, cups, and everything! 🙂

Hope the rest of your week is fabulous!

Picture Kaleidoscope – Fan Expo Dallas 6/15/16

Had meant to share these last week, but life has been mighty “interesting” so had to change plans.

Have to do this quickly as I am drowning in work. 😛

Deadpool Chimichanga truck – the menu is a hoot!

Geredos from Pokemon as a Chinese dragon! How cool!

So Cute!

A lot more pics at the Piwigo site. You can see them here.

Out of time!

Picture Kaleidoscope – WHOFest 2016

This past weekend ChibiChains and I had a dealers table at WHOFest!

A gaggle of Doctors and hammy companions? 😛

A Doctor WHO themed belt Drew created while at WHOFest. 🙂

The Sisters are here to help.

K-9 the Doctor’s dog. And one of my favorite characters! 🙂

Even Daleks like to come to WHOFest! Heh heh. (Old and new versions too!)

Vastra from Vicotrian England. And quite a detective in her own right. 🙂

The newest Dalek type rolling through the Dealers’ Room! Wished I’d caught him talking. Dang it! 🙂

Have a great one!

Picture Kaleidoscope – AllCon 2016

This past weekend we were at ALLCon 2016!

Energizer bunny!

New setup we tried out for AllCon. Have an extra side table to give us more room. 🙂

Not your typical caped crusaders. 😛

Umbrella Corp Security – Japan branch. They mean business! 😛

Who said skeletons can’t be cool? 🙂

Clockwork woman! You can see her gears! Eek!

Steampunk Scottish Soldier. He looks swank!

They look serious! (Can’t for the life of me remember the character’s name. Wah!)

The Light and Dark sides of the Force.

She is so CUTE!

Daughter came up with this during the con. Came out Fab! Deadpool Chainmail Dice Bag. 🙂

Xavier and Cerebro – sweet!

Mrs. Frizzle and friend! From the Magic School Bus!

We finally remembered the pixie lights to add to the chainmail sphere. I think it looks like the Deathstar now. 🙂

A gaggle of Disney Villains! No one is safe!

Have a great one!


AllCon Dallas 3/17-3/20/16

This upcoming Thursday through Sunday ChibiChains and I will be at AllCon!

AllCon Dallas

Here’s a little info on what AllCon is about:

Imagine a 4-day festival where a person could sample and participate in the finest content that many different communities and conventions have to offer. All-Con fills the entire venue with exhibits, workshops, discussions, game shows, performances, and competitions. The selection of activities changes every hour from the start of the day until 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

All-Con offers the core structure expected of most conventions. The vendor room and exhibit halls have 80 booths and tables.

With over 300 different choices to offer in one weekend, All-Con has a set of headlining features around which the convention is constructed each year. Thursday is our free day, open to the public. The traditional Cosplay competition and Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow casting performance are Friday. Saturday has a ball jointed doll mini-con, Ms. Star Wars pageant, Maid contest, Texas Hold’em poker tournament, Costume contest, professional burlesque performance, and a themed dance. Sunday’s signature is an overall super hero theme, ending with the Super Hero Sunday competition.

The rest of the two hundred and ninety-plus events are a combination of All-Con supplied content (like our many game shows throughout the weekend), performances hired by the convention, and a recipe of the best community run features that change year-to-year.

Featured guests this year are:

Brian Muir (created Darth Vader’s original armor from Ralph McQuarrie’s concept sketches)
Gigi Edgley (Chiana from Farscape)
Paul Blake (Greedo from Star Wars: A New Hope)
Chuck Huber (Dr. McCoy on Star Trek Continues and voice actor for SyFy and Cartoon Network)
Tim Lawrence (Ghostbusters I & II; puppeteer and modeler; Academy Awarded team member)
Russ Adams (Jim Henson’s Creature Shop)
Neil Kaplan (Optimus Prime and hundreds more animated characters)
Michael H. Price (Founding President of Fort Worth Film Festival and owner and lead author of the longest-running film-study franchise in commercial publishing)
Marshall Barnes (global leader in time transverse technology application and currently speaking on real world mechanics for a functioning warp drive)
Payton Schmall (Cosplay Guest of honor)
Jessica Van Braun (Artist Guest of Honor)
Damsels of Dorkington (Performance Guests celebrating their 2016 reunion!)

You can get the full scoop at

Hope to see you all there!