MisCon: The Con That Can

MISCONBANNER1Wow, Missoula. I expected good things when George R. R. Martin said you were a great little con, but now that MisCon 29 is over, I can definitely say that you delivered. Back home in SA and catching up on a ton of work, so I’m just now getting to post about you.

Justin Barba and Cthulhu Bob Lovely pursued me for three years to be a MisCon Artist Guest of Honor, and 2015 was the year stars aligned. Terry Brooks and editor extraordinaire Anne Groell were my fellow GoHs, with authors and artists such as Todd Lockwood, Steven Erikson, Mark Teppo, Patrick Swenson, Shawn Speakman, David Keck, J.A. Pitts, Jeff Sturgeon, Peter Orullian, and more amongst an impressive guest lineup.

Missoula, you packed the Thunderdome for Loteria. You had one of my favorite scotch tastings of recent years, thanks to Tim Martin. You ran a small but finely tuned art show, thanks to the expertise of Bill ‘Jester’ Singletary (hooray for art show directors that pay their artists before they exit the show)!! You had filet mignon and prime rib in the Green Room. You served some of the best Old Fashioneds I’ve ever consumed (shoutout to Josh). You were one of the most hospitable cons I’ve ever witnessed, with the help of Tim Giesler, Vicki Voegelin and all of the staff at Ruby’s Inn.

Going out to eat with friends at a con is commonplace. Having the con provide a tableclothed banquet table stacked high with BBQ, sides, and dessert — in the crisp outdoors, along a magical creek, with privacy for GoHs and friends to visit each other after a long day of programming — that’s amazing. That’s MisCon at Ruby’s Inn.

Thanks to Amy, Justin F., Keith, Henry, Amber, Clay, Jon, Rob and Jean Carlos, Mariah, Stewart, the great John Barba, and all who I’m forgetting that made this con a terrific weekend.

Fistbump to Todd Lockwood, friend and legendary artist, for making the time to be there.

Again — muchas gracias, Justin and Bob, for bringing me out for my first appearance in Montana. Here’s hoping we can do it again someday, down the road!

Journey To The Wasteland

Heads up, Missoula, Montana — I’ll be Artist Guest of Honor at this year’s MisCon from May 22-25. The con’s theme is ‘The Wasteland’ (you didn’t think I was calling your town a ‘wasteland’, did you? ;)), and I’ll be there with Terry Brooks, Anne Groell, Steve Diamond, Todd Lockwood, Steven Erikson, C.J. Cherryh, Mark Teppo, and many more.

Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire, and George R. R. Martin fans — some good news for you.


I’ll have a limited supply of my official A Song of Ice and Fire art prints for sale in the Art Show. These are printed on archival paper, and they’re signed and numbered (edition of 100). Each measures 17″ x 22″. These prints retail for $125 each, but at MisCon, they’ll be on sale for only $100 each — AND each print will be sleeved for free with an archival bag and board. You won’t get this sales price if you buy them online, so get them before they’re gone at the con! (Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow & Ghost, Eddard Stark, Melisandre.)

* THE ART OF JOHN PICACIO — Don’t miss my Saturday Guest of Honor slideshow and Q&A featuring highlights and process from my cover illustration career, and behind-the-scenes process and anecdotes about the making of my George R. R. Martin / A Song of Ice and Fire artwork.

* LOTERIA!! — Come play Mexican Bingo on Sunday and win signed posters featuring my new Loteria artwork! This is going to be one of the best MisCon events this year. BE THERE. 🙂


For those of you that haven’t scored some of my limited-run Loteria Grande Cards — you’re in luck as they’ll be available for sale, while supplies last, during and after selected MisCon events. I’ve marked these events in my schedule below with a **.

Here’s where you can find me!

** 3:00-3:50PM: MEET THE ARTISTS / Great Hall (Upstairs)
** 4:00-4:50PM: CREATING THE BRANDS OF TOMORROW / Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
7:00-7:50PM: OPENING CEREMONIES / Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)

10:00-10:50AM: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY / Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
** Noon-12:50AM: THE ART OF JOHN PICACIO / Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)

** 10:00-10:50AM: AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING / Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
** 11:00-11:50AM: LOTERIA!! / Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
** 3:00-4:50PM: ARTISTS’ CORNER / Hotel Lobby of Doom

** Noon-12:50PM: ARTISTS’ CORNER / Hotel Lobby of Doom
2:00-2:50PM: CLOSING CEREMONIES / Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)