UPDATE – JUNE 28, 2021.
After a long absence, Wendy and Richard are slowly getting back on the convention trail. They look forward to seeing old friends and new faces. And because certain questions arise over and over, Team Warp has made some policy decisions for these new, post-COVID times.
• “Can I give them a hug?” Even though they’re both fully vaccinated, they’re playing it super safe. Masks at the ready. No handshakes or hugging. But they’ve come up with their version of an air high-five. From a scene in “Siege at Blue Mountain,” Wendy has devised the Big W – which can stand for Wolfriders or Warp or simply “welcome.” Cover 4 fingers on one hand with 3 fingers on the other (hide the pinky), and there you have it.
• “Does Wendy do convention sketches?” No. Wendy stopped doing these a few years ago, for a number of reasons. No exceptions.
• “Will they bring comics/books/stuff to sell?” Possible but unlikely. They will generally have signing cards for sale, but shipping bulky cartons long distance is an expensive pain. If a show is within driving distance (see the New Hampshire and Rochester conventions below) they may bring books and other goodies. FYI, cash is preferred; we can take plastic but the card companies take a slice.
• “Will they be autographing comics? Is there a fee?” Yes, and yes. Here’s how it works:
-For most “everyday” ElfQuest comics and books, the first one is free and then $5 each after that.
-For rare or “collector” or oddball items (unboxed figures, t-shirts, obscure publications, complete title runs, portfolio sets, etc.) – $20 each.
-For CGC (or similar) witnessed signature on “Fantasy Quarterly” – $100.
• “Why are they charging for signatures? They didn’t used to.” Yes, actually they have before. And the reason is simple: Conventions don’t pay them to be there, so the time spent traveling to, being at, and getting back from a show, adds up to days of work time (and income) lost. It’s just math.
Here’s a listing of the shows, conventions, bookstores, and other appearances Wendy and Richard have planned for 2021 … so far. For more information on a given show, click the show’s photo or logo. Keep checking back, as listings may be added, changed, or deleted at any moment without notice.
August 21, 2021 – Old School Comic Book Show – Everett Arena, Concord, New Hampshire
“Do you remember COMIC BOOK shows from back in the day? With nothing but COMIC BOOKS and COMIC BOOK ARTISTS as far as the eye could see? Nothing to get in the way of the thrill of the hunt? I think it’s high time that the COMIC ARTIST gets top billing. They’re the ones who created this culture we love so much! This show is about them and the magic they create!”
Wendy and Richard will be there all day. This is their first appearance at the Old School Comic Book show and they’re looking forward to the cozy scale and the emphasis on comics, and just comics. They will have a table/booth, so come on by and say hello!
August 28-29, 2021 – Silicon with Adam Savage – San Jose McEnery Center, San Jose, California
“Founded in 2014, SiliCon Valley Comic Con was the vision of Rick White and Steve Wozniak as they sought to bring together the best of technology and pop culture. Adam Savage joined in 2019 to bring a new dimension to the event which embraced the maker ethos and community. Adam has been an integral part of the show since its inception. As a true fan of all things science and pop culture, he has shown up each year bringing his enthusiasm and love for the maker and cosplay community.”
Wendy and Richard will attend both days. They will have a table/booth, and will almost certainly be involved in programming events, so check back here from time to time for more information as we learn it.
September 10-12, 2021 – Rose City Comic Con – Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon
“Portland’s premier pop culture event, Rose City Comic Con is produced locally with a focus on creating a fun and friendly event for everyone! While our primary focus is that of comics, comic creators, and the creative process, Rose City Comic Con also provides its attendees with access to gaming, sci-fi, cosplay, anime, fantasy, and everything in between. Our goal is to provide you with a rewarding, fun, and family-friendly event experience.”
Wendy and Richard will attend all days. They will have a table/booth, and will almost certainly be involved in programming events, so check back here from time to time for more information as we learn it.
October 29-31, 2021 – Astronomicon 13 – RIT Inn and Conference Center, Rochester, New York
“We are planning a program with 200+ hours of content, including fantasy & science fiction literature, gaming, science, filk, new media, and much more. We will have dealers selling comics, jewelry, fantasy weapons, new books, used books, toys, posters, t-shirts, models, and fannish items too numerous to mention. So bring your want lists, and go to town. ”
Wendy and Richard will attend all days. They will have a table/booth, and as Guests of Honor will almost certainly be involved in programming events, so check back here from time to time for more information as we learn it.