Starfest is come and gone, gee that was quick!
They held it at the Crown Plaza Hotel near DIA this year, which was a new venue. The new location was sort of a mixed bag, while I felt there was plenty more room for vendors, artists, and media, there was a bit less room for panels (which is a big part of why I attend!)
That said, it was a fun convention. I was supposed to have three panels: Ow! My Spleen, Where Did This Chocolate Come From?, and Combat in SF and Fantasy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to the panel on Chocolate, though I heard it went well.
The Ow! My Spleen panel discussed injuries of characters, always a fun topic. While I didn’t get everyone’s name from the panel, I was moderating, also participating was Sam Knight and Chaz Kemp. Both of them had some great contributions about what horrible things to inflict upon characters (all in the name of plot, story, and character growth, of course).
The Combat in SF and Fantasy panel went excellent as well. We had Johnny Woodard, Betsy Dornbush, Chaz Kemp, and Courtney Farrel and one other author whose name I couldn’t remember (I think I have his business card, he had great things to say). We had a very full room, with great discussions and I really want to thank Johnny Woodard and Courtney Farrel for their excellent expertise that they brought to the subject and it was awesome to have Chaz Kemp with an artist’s perspective.
All in all, I really enjoyed Starfest and I hope to be back next year!