Fracked Monday Update, the Detroit FanFare, Bruce Campbell and Peter Weller
Posted on September 26, 2011
It’s Monday! I know. It just means the day is totally fracked up, right? Well, I’ve got some pretty cool stuff to share with you today and some not-so-cool stuff. It always seems to be a balance and it kind of puts a damper on things when you’re just not in the mood for moody crap.
Let’s start with the shit end of things and get it out of the way, shall we?
First, do you remember when folks–I was one of them–were called un-American if they said they were against the war in Iraq? Why? Because if you were against the war, you were automatically said to be against the soldiers fighting there. It was a bunch of horse shit, but that’s how they scared most folks into keeping their mouths shut. The cool thing is that I never heard anything uncomplimentary about the soldiers there. And even flying anywhere today, the airlines always announce when military personnel are on board and thank them while the passengers clap for them. It’s a little thing, but it shows some appreciation.
Well, during the GOP debate last Thursday, a gay soldier currently serving in Iraq asked if the candidates would reinstate DADT if given the opportunity. Not only was he booed for his question, but his service for what he’s done for this country wasn’t even acknowledged. I think this is the tip of the iceberg for what we have coming our way in the next election.
Second, an acquaintance on Facebook who I chatted with here and there over the past year and who lives in Dubai was murdered over the weekend. Arve Olandez Mayake was 25 years old. He lived with someone (I believe) he’d dated, but the relationship was over and he was on the cusp of moving out within a day or two. Rather than allow this to happen, his ex-partner did the unthinkable. You hear about this sort of thing all the time regardless of one’s sexuality, but it stabs you in the heart just a little bit harder when you’ve had interaction with this person knowing you’ll never have interaction with them again until the next life.
I don’t get it. I don’t understand how a light like this can be darkened. And I don’t envy all the pain and suffering those much closer to him than I was will go through in the coming days. It’s unthinkable and the only solace we have is that Arve is no longer in pain, no longer afraid, and that he’s back home where we all hope to be again one day.
That’s the shit and it was one hell of a downer, so let’s bring things up a little and talk about the 2nd annual Detroit FanFare Convention held at Cobo Hall in Detroit this past Saturday and Sunday.
Yes, I bought a VIP ticket and not because my Ralph considers me a Very Important Bottom…wait…Person. Very Important Person. It’s because at my age, goddammit, I can afford it and I could use a little spoiling once in a while! This also means I wound up in the front row for a few Q&A sessions.
That’s right. Mr. Bruce Campbell from the Evil Dead films and Burn Notice. How was he? Sarcastic and biting as hell. The scary thing is that I’m honestly not sure if his disdain for some of the folks was real or if it’s part of his shtick. No clue.
Next up is the man I came there to see, a gentleman I’d been hoping to meet since I started attending conventions a decade ago. Some folks think of him as Buckaroo Banzai and other folks remember him as RoboCop. Yes, Peter Weller.
Now, a word about the Detroit FanFare for those wanting to know if it’s worth attending. The short answer is a resounding YES. You want to catch conventions when they’re starting off. Why? Because attendance is smaller and when it comes to the media guests, nobody is pushing and shoving to get the line of you through so they can make as much money as humanly possible (the convention heads, not the guests). The set-up was thought out well, there were plenty of volunteers to assist and I have to say that this was the politest group of folks running a convention that I’ve ever come across. I say that in all sincerity. I expected to be met with indifference and, instead, they were fantastic. My hats off to your staff.
I only have three suggestions for you. First, have a visible schedule or sign up near where the media guests were having their Q&A sessions that clearly states the times they’ll be on stage. Also, when that changes, write it on there. Second, work on your sound system. Work on it A LOT. The folks up front couldn’t understand crap the guests were saying. Finally, space the Q&A sessions out a little more. Folks who had photos ops with one guest were in that line and missing the next Q&A for someone else they wanted to see.
Other than that, I look forward to seeing who you folks come up with next year as guests. And for the rest of you, I’ll leave you with this little souvenir I took back home with me…a picture I’ve been wanting to take for many years. Remember, wherever you go, there you are!
Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the recently re-published novella Falling Awake, its sequel, Falling Awake II: Revenant and Falling Awake III: Requiem.
2 Responses to “Fracked Monday Update, the Detroit FanFare, Bruce Campbell and Peter Weller”
Dorien Grey says:
September 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm
A busy weekend indeed. But I was so disturbed by your report of the death of Arve that I couldn’t fully enjoy the rest of what is always an interesting blog. I have never understood people or their motives. I never will, and I’ll be thinking of Arve all day.
John Bidwell says:
September 26, 2011 at 11:06 pm
I’m with Dorien on this- hard to get back up after the death. How can life be for real this bad?
Peter Weller- that is cool.
But hey- last year I met Dorien Grey.