Octocon was 21 years old this year so there was balloons, sweets, cakes with candles, singing, speeches and all traditional birthday goodness. Above is this years Octocon committee chair and organising all-overseeing-person Gareth who kept things running slickly with his charming Octocon minions.
John Higgins, Sally Hurst & Leonia Carroll get creative on the party table.
Leonia & Patricia light the birthday cake candles while Micheal supervises.
The irrepressible John Vaughan demonstrates a kick boxing anecdote on reluctant victim James Brophy.
" Pitches that failed " with Ruth F Long, Richmond, Derek Gunn, John Higgins. Some stories about pitches that shouldn't have failed, those that should never have been pitched, and the joy of rejecting the rejectors.
12noon, " the exquisite corpse" after the horror of last year, yes they wanted us back again, Myself, Richmond, Alan Nolan, James Brophy, with musical accompaniment from Danielle Lavigne . Its basically a comic jam, where you can't see what was drawn or written before, in front of an audience. difficult!
brilliant artist Alan Nolan and his very polite rude gesture.
Richmond 'I've never drawn a cartoon in my life' Clements supplies the cruel plot twist.
and this is the sort of bleak tragedy that unfolded. The art work is all up here.
Excuse the blurry picture, this is the panel introducing the new Irish full colour comic anthology 'Lightning strike' Rich is writing a story about Brian Boru for it, I'll be colouring it. lots of other rising comic stars are will be involved. on the panel, Ciaran Marcantonio, Eoin McAuley, Richmond and Daryl Cox. The enthusiasm of these guys is very impressive, its going to be a cracking publication!
" Comic book creation for beginners " Eoin McAuley, Barry Keegan, Richmond ( were there any panels he wasn't on ?? ) and Ciaran Marcantonio discuss the basics of how to get into comics and how comics get made.
Guest of Honour John B Higgins, rounds up the closing ceremony with a heartfelt speech about what a brilliant convention Octocon is.
If you want to be part of the action fr next years Octocon buy your membership early to get the best deal !
But never fear we will be poaching some of these good people for Hi-Ex 2012 !