November 1, 2013 marked the first day of Convolution 2013, a three-day science fiction and fantasy convention featuring special guests Brian Froud, Tricky Pixie, Wendy and Richard Pini, Richard Kadrey, and Ivan Van Norman. Crowds began lining up on the lower level of the San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency, just below the lobby, and around noon, and were soon winding down the halls, waiting to pick up their guest passes and enter the realm of dreams.
Guest speakers Wendy and Richard Pini, who are currently working on the Final Quest of their beloved ElfQuest series, were spotted in the Marketplace area browsing the wares of the visual artists, authors, jewelers and clothiers at the event. The creative couple reported that they are happy to be back in the Bay Area for Convolution.
“I grew up in Gilroy, so the Bay Area is my old stomping grounds,” said Wendy Pini.
Wendy Pini illustrates the ElfQuest series, a fantasy in graphic novel form, which is penned by her husband Richard. She also wrote and illustrated a dystopic science-fiction take on the Edgar Allen Poe classic horror story Masque of the Red Death.
The newly-established Publisher’s Alley is an area outside of the two ballrooms that host visual arts and offers small and indie press publishers the opportunity to get exposure with a premium placing right next to the registration desk. While it was too early to tell whether this placement is more beneficial for the writers than the previous years’ placement alongside artisans and crafts persons, it was clear that the tabling authors were enjoying the opportunity to see some of the authors that inspired them present.
“It’s a beautiful convention, very well decorated, and as the chaos of conventions goes, it is much less chaotic than other conventions,” said author Jennifer Brozek. “I love the theme, and I am really excited about Richard Kadrey, an author who will be speaking here.”
The convention continues through Sunday, November 3, and offers a number of activities for guests to enjoy together, including creative workshops such as mask making, fan gatherings for popular sci-fi television programs like Supernatural, and even karaoke. A space is set aside for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) participants to work on their novels.
Convolution is family-friendly, and many attendees arrived with their children.