Notes from the Underground

June 2008

Table of Contents

Meeting Announcements

The June meeting will be held at Carolyn O'Neal's house (Map of 114 Beverly ). The Video Party will be held at ApolloCon on June 27.

June Birthdays

Club News

Prez Mez June 2008 - Dee Beetem


What’s new?

Boy, it’s really getting hot! This will be a great summer for Several special events, because if I don’t have a specific schedule I’ll just wilt under the air conditioner.

Already Scheduled:

Summer Chills play: The Unexpected Visitor

"The Unexpected Guest" is playing at the Alley Theatre from Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, August 3. There is 1 performance each Tuesday through Friday and 2 performances each Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices are $21, $25, $29, and $39.

Contact Steve Dial immediately if you want to go with us.

Apollocon 2008

Will anybody have a room at the con this year? Our Video Party will be held informally at Apollocon this year. If nobody has a room, let’s all meet up at the Apollocon video room. Any further announcements will be sent through the Several Yahoo group.

The (Long Expected) Several Summer Party and Book Swap!!!

The Summer Party will be on July 26, from 11am to 2pm, at Pappas Restaurant, Southwest Freeway just south of Hillcroft. Our intrepid Veep Margaret McNickle has reserved the upper room at Pappas Restaurant!

What’s planned should be easy and fun: Consuming barbecue, talking to friends, and swapping books. (Just trading, not flea market.) If you have any ideas for enhancements, bring them up ASAP.

We’ll put out Summer Party/Several Unlimited flyers at Apollocon and send emails through the Several group, Hou-SF group, ILSBook, and the Revelcon group. Who else?

Not Yet Planned…

Movies and Museums

This should be a great summer for popcorn movies and there are some good exhibits at the museums, including a comic book exhibit at the Museum of Printing History.

Reading, Writing, and Video

As a change of pace, how about a meeting devoted to book reviews, a songvid how-to, or even a writer’s workshop?

Don’t forget the Yahoo Group for Several Unlimited!

If you find something interesting to do or talk about, you don’t have to wait for the newsletter or a meeting. Post it on the Several Unlimited Yahoo Group at

If you’re not a member of the group, it’s free to join, and you get to select how you want the messages delivered to you!

Comic Books: a Visual Journey , until Aug 16, 2008

Museum of Printing History, Houston

Comic Book Fun Fest, Friday, June 20, 2008 from 6-8pm
Gallery Tour with Richard Evans at 6:30pm

Comic Books: a Visual Journey presents an illustrated excursion through the development of a uniquely American art form. From their inception during the Great Depression, comic books have been a source of entertainment, wonder, derision, and controversy. What started out as a low cost experiment has grown into a huge, multi-media cultural mainstay. See the transformation of comic books, from their humble beginnings, World War II patriotism, '50s horror and violence, and the return of the superhero, through today's wonders of art and packaging.

Comic books in the show represent seminal works in the medium. Examples include early appearances of Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Iron Man, and X-Men. This show has been organized by Richard Evans of Bedrock City Comic Company.

ApolloCon 2008, June 27-29, 2008

Houston's Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Conference

DoubleTree Hotel Houston Intercontinental Airport, 5747 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

Additional guests: David Lee Anderson, Jayme Blaschke, Steven Brust, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Bill Crider, Scott Cupp, Gail Dayton, Bradley Denton, Linda Donahue, Marianne Dyson, Rhonda Eudaly, Melanie Miller Fletcher, Larry Friesen, Bennie Grezlik, Beverly Hale, K. Hutson Price, Kandy Jarvis, Rocky Kelley, Alexis Glynn Latner, Julia S. Mandala, A. Lee Martinez, Maureen McHugh, C. J. Mills, John Moore, Cat Osborne, Lawrence Person, John Picacio, Derly Ramirez, II & Kathy Thornton, Jessica Reisman, Chris Roberson, Selina Rosen, Caroline Spector, Rie Sheridan, Shanna Swendson, Mikal Trimm, Victory, Martha Wells, Mel. White

A single event for fans of speculative and imaginative fiction of all kinds, including literary, media, and interactive.

Lazy Dragon Con, July 18-20, 2008

A Science Fiction / Fantasy Themed Party Con

Quality Inn, 1300 N. Central Expressway, McKinney, TX 75070
(Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Area)

There will be Guests, Merchants, Artists, Gaming, Parties, Socializing, Contests, Women's Fun Jell Wrestling, a Video Room and Much More!

Babelcon 2008, July 19-20, 2008

General science fiction, fantasy, & horror con

Holiday Inn Select, 4728 Constitution Ave., Baton Rouge, LA

Panels, gaming, live rocket demonstrations, belly dancing, SCA demos, a costume contest, Pirates of the Caribbean interactive show, a medieval Knighting Ceremony, and LARP games. Evening events: Costume Ball featuring music by the Star Wars Cantina band, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show as performed by the Transylvanian Electric Company, and more!

Conestoga 12, July 25-27, 2008

Oklahoma's largest literary science fiction & fantasy con

Radisson Tulsa, 10918 E. 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74146

Featuring: Art Show, Panel Discussions, Writers Conference, Dealers Room, Short Film Contest, Gaming, Fangs Fur & Fey Mini-Con, Friday night concert, Gala Dinner with Diana Gabaldon, Filksinging, Author Readings, Masquerade, Charity Auction, Panels, Podcasts, and the inexplicably popular Penguin Playhouse Theatre! Of course, this is only some of the many activities and events we have planned.

Denvention 3, August 6-10, 2008
66th World Science Fiction Convention, Denver CO

Five days of programming on hundreds of topics from books to media, from art to costuming, from movies to television to anime, from science fiction to science fact, as well as an art show, masquerades, the Hugo Awards ceremony, dealer's rooms, and much more!

News and Reviews

Media West 2008

Media West is always a fun trip; I don’t even want to remember how many times I’ve gone! This year a lot of Houston fans had to give it a miss, but Erika and I did run into Jamie, Jan Meek, Carol Schorn, Bonita Crider, and Sue Wells.

The big fandoms were definitely Supernatural and Torchwood, although there was finally an upswing of LOTR zines. (My new LOTR novel Misfit in Middle-earth debuted at Mysti’s table and is now available from agent with style, thanks for asking.)

Some of the panels:

Afterwards a group went out on Monday afternoon to see Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. It was a sweet (if implausible) farewell to a nostalgic fave, and tied up some threads the way we always wanted them tied. It made me feel a little old to discover that the girl selling tickets had never seen the first three movies—in fact, had probably not even been born when they were released.

Websites of the Month


MediaWest*Con 28

From the manager of Hummingbird’s:

(Richard) I put this together as a way to thank you all!

MediaWest*Con 2008 Art Auction

What happens when artists get silly....

Fan History Wiki

Fan History is fan run project established by fans for fans dedicated to preserving, documenting and writing fandom history. Fan History is includes also a directory of people in fandom. With all the changes going on and the continued fragmentation in fandom, the time to do this is now. Please contribute your knowledge, experience and time to helping with this project.

Fan History has pictures from MediaWest*Con:

Coco Wang: China 5.12 Earthquake

Coco Wang is a manga artist from China. He has been collecting stories that are coming out of the earthquake-hit regions, and creating manga strips from them. These strips are absolutely heart-rending and powerful.

Warning: not safe for work if you have the slightest inclination to tears.



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