Virtual fantasy: Online Bubonicon features talent from Southwest, both coasts - Albuquerque Journal

Virtual fantasy: Online Bubonicon features talent from Southwest, both coasts

“Perry and Terri Rodent 2020 COVID.” (Courtesy of Melody Rondeau)

Bubonicon.

It’s the place to be for science fiction and fantasy lovers.

For more than 50 years, Albuquerque has been home to the convention, which takes place on the last weekend in August. This year, organizers are taking it virtual for one day.

“Since we can’t do a physical convention and gathering sizes and hotel occupancy is limited, we’re doing 9.5 hours of programming,” says Craig Chrissinger, Bubonicon co-manager. “When we officially canceled in March, I had to send out emails. There was a lot of interest in doing something virtual.”

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, on Bubonicon’s Facebook page. It will also be posted to Bubonicon’s YouTube channel later.

Chrissinger says Buboni-Virtual Con 2020 will offer panel discussions, author readings, a science talk, an art demonstration, a comics workshop, an awards ceremony, and opening and closing greetings.

“We’re trying to do something for everyone stuck at home who can’t get together at Bubonicon this year,” he says. “2020 has been a rough year with the pandemic, social and political injustice, and economic and food insecurity. So, maybe this one-day virtual event can give people just a little taste of the convention this year, and give them some joy and entertainment.”

The virtual convention features talent from the Southwest and both coasts, including special guests from New York, California and Colorado – 2020 Writer Co-Guests of Honor are Becky Chambers and Keith R.A. DeCandido and 2020 Guest Artist is Chaz Kemp.

Chambers is the author of books such as “The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet” and she won a Hugo Award in 2019 for best book series for her “Wayfarers” trilogy. She lives in northern California.

DeCandido is a writer and musician who works on comic books, novels, role-playing games and video games, including numerous media tie-in books. He lives in the New York City area.

Kemp is a fantasy artist of book covers, posters, tarot cards, and oracle decks. He describes his artwork as “culturally diverse characters in the SteamPunk/Art Nouveau style.” He lives in Denver.

Other participants for Buboni-Virtual Con 2020 include artist Jeff Benham, artist Peri Charlifu, Reese Hogan, Betsy James, Dr. Kathleen Kitts, artist Elizabeth Leggett, Jane Lindskold, Susan R. Matthews, Dr. C.S. Plesko, Rebecca Roanhorse, S.M. Stirling, astronomer/author David Lee Summers, Lauren C. Teffeau, scientist and author Ian Tregillis, Walter Jon Williams, Connie Willis and scientist Courtney Willis.

As with previous years, Bubonicon continues to donate to local organizations.

“We’ve given away $500 to pandemic relief organizations so far, and hope to give away some more. As a non-profit, we just want to break even,” Chrissinger says. “We support Feeding America and the local Roadrunner Food Bank. We encourage everyone to donate financially or volunteer their time to Roadrunner. It’s really important right now.”


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