Friday, October 2, 2009

Infiltrating the ICon

Posted by Simcha 7:19 AM, under | 5 comments

The ICon is Israel's big science fiction and fantasy festival, which takes place each year in early October. In past years the ICon has hosted some pretty big names, including Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman and Guy Gavriel Kay. This year someone name Bill Willingham will be the Guest of Honor. I've never heard of him. I think he draws comics.

In order to learn more about the inner workings of the Israeli SFF community I've decided to infiltrate the ICon as a "volunteer" which will put me in a position to meet some of the active member of the SFF community who I will discreetly observe. Hopefully this should help me determine what I need to do to get these people to buy books from me. It should be a great learning experience.

I have attended one meeting so far during which I understood nothing of what was said (my Hebrew just wasn't up to task) so I actually have no idea what I am volunteering for. But I'm sure I'll figure it out as I go along. I'm hoping I get to wear a cool headset, or maybe I'll even get a walkie-talkie (even cooler then a headset).

I've never actually been to a SFF festival, even when I lived in America, so I'm really eager to see what they are like. Though I'm sure this one will be a lot more modest in scale then the ones in the US. I expect a lot of craziness and people making fools of themselves in strange costumes. Should be fun.

This coming Sunday is the first day of the ICon, which runs thru Thursday, though the film festival part ends Saturday night.

I'll try to take some pictures of the ICon to post here so that those of you not attending can see what you are missing out one. I'll also be selling books on Tuesday and Wednesday so if you do come, make sure to stop by (and maybe buy a book or two....) .

Tonight also begins one of my favorite holidays, Succot, which runs until Thursday.

The husband and kids are all busy decorating our awesome succah. I'll try to post a picture of the completed results.

5 comments:

Hi - I like your blog. I was looking for a way to follow it but don't see a follow button. Sincerely, SB Frank "www.urbanfantasyfan.com"

Good luck with the ICon and keep us posted.
I have one question: I've read your interview with Nir Yaniv and his book "The TA Dossier" kindled my imagination! is there any possibility to buy the book here in Israel, as I saw that is available only on Amazon and on-line.
Happy Sukkot!
Ramona

Hi S.B. Thanks for visiting.

When I want to join a blog I just click the little "Follow Blog" button at the top. I should have that button as well. If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them, as I'm fairly new to blogging

Hi Ramona,

I just left a lengthy post on your blog. I can't resist talking about books.
Nir will probably be attending the ICon. If you want I can ask him about getting a book. I'll email him now and let you know.
Chag Sameyach

Thank you Simcha. I really wantto read Nir's book, it sounds so intriguing!

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