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The World Science Fiction Convention is upon us.

I’ll have a display of works hanging in the Art Show, including a print of the new Loteria art for ‘El Arbol’, dedicated to Jay Lake. I’ll also be bringing limited supplies of Loteria Grande cards and posters AND 11″ x 14″ George R. R. Martin / A Song of Ice and Fire prints. However, these will NOT be available in the Art Show, as you can purchase them directly from me, while supplies last, at my appearances marked with an (**).

And here’s a special offer just for you, Sasquan — you can reserve and pre-purchase any 17″ x 22″ print from my body of work — including George R. R. Martin / A Song of Ice and Fire worksfor only $75 each! This is marked down from the usual $125 for the GRRM works, and $90 for all others. How do you get yours? Email me at john (at) johnpicacio (dot) com, with the subject heading: “Sasquan Special”. Let me know the prints you want and I’ll send you my Paypal details OR we can arrange for you to just pay at the con. Pick up your merchandise from me during my Autographing or during the Saturday Artist Alley hours, and you’ll be set. These prints are archival inks on archival Hahnemuhle paper. You’ll need to bring your own protective tube or carrying method, as these will be unbagged and unboarded. Reservation deadline is Monday, August 17th at 12noon CST, and this offer only applies to prints ordered via this offer, for pickup at Sasquan. Why am I doing this? Because I love you, people, but also because I’m not bringing a giant stack of bagged and boarded archival prints on this trip, as it’s too costly. So this is THE ONLY WAY to get big prints at bargain prices from me if you’re coming to Worldcon. Don’t wait to see what I have once you arrive because there won’t be a stack to flip through this time. Reserve your prints today, everyone. 🙂

Here’s where and when you can find me at Sasquan.

THURSDAY

** The Art of John Picacio • 11am-11:45am • Bays 111A (CC)
Slideshow + Q&A. I’ll be sneak-peeking and unveiling new work here. If you’ve got questions about my work — past, present, or future — bring ’em!

** Kaffee Klatche • 2pm-2:45pm • 202A-KK2 (CC)
Come one, come all. Bring your questions, and I’ll bring some Loteria Grande cards and posters and talk about what I’m working on + what’s coming.

Chesley Awards Ceremony + Reception • 7pm • 300D (CC)

FRIDAY

Tomorrow Stories: Successful Creators and Their Work • 10am-10:45am • Conference Theater 110 (CC)
Panelists: John Picacio, Craig Engler, Jeff Sturgeon, Kevin J. Anderson, Kurt Busiek
This will be fun. We’ll be talking about our creator-owned works in print, TV, and film. Learn how and why these projects came to be, and where they’re headed, in a world where more and more pro creators are owning their creative destinies.

** Autographing • 12noon-12:45pm • Exhibit Hall (CC)
Neil Clarke, William Dietz, Rhiannon Held, Mary Soon Lee, John Picacio, Charles Stross, Jo Walton

SATURDAY

** Artist & Author Alley • 10am-1:45pm • Between Art Show and Dealer’s Room
I’ll have a spread of original art and merchandise here at great prices. First come, first serve! 🙂

SUNDAY

** Loteria • 12noon-12:45pm • Exhibit Hall C / Guinan’s Cabaret (CC)
This is gonna be a blast. Wanna win prizes playing Mexican Bingo? Be here. Easy to learn and so much fun!

After Worldcon is over?

I’ll be coming your way, Santa Fe. Be at George R. R. Martin’s Jean Cocteau Cinema on Thursday, August 27th at 7pm. LOTERIA FEST!!

And then it’s your turn, Bubonicon. 🙂

See you soon, West Coast.

In Loteria We Trust.

Karen Jones

A great person died last week. Her name was Karen Jones and she was my friend.
I heard the news Saturday night when I was heading out to the World Fantasy Convention Art Show Reception. Jennifer Heddle phoned me and let me know. It was a shock, to say the least. She introduced me to Karen at the World Science Fiction Convention in 2002, and they were very good friends for the better part of two decades.
Rather than dwell on Karen’s death, I want her to be remembered for the good that she brought. She had an infectious smile and laugh, and for several years, a group of us including Chris Roberson, Allison Baker, Lou Anders, Paul Cornell, Jen Heddle, Alan Beatts, Jude Feldman, and Karen were a rolling ‘rat pack’ of sorts that banded together at more conventions than I can count (shoutout to Joe McCabe and Jess Nevins, as well). We were all building pro careers in various publishing capacities, whether it be as editors, illustrators, writers, retailers, or publishers — all of us it seemed, except Karen.
She was a voracious reader and connoisseur of film, TV and video games, and she wasn’t chasing a career in publishing. She was simply one of us. She was strong, quietly confident and true to herself. I think it was Chris that once said Karen was the smartest one amongst all of us, and it was true. I don’t know what Karen’s IQ was, but if one of us was officially ‘genius’, it was her, without a doubt. She never flaunted. She was unabashedly geek-proud, passionate about the things and people she loved. She brought joy wherever she went, and I’ll always remember her for that.
She may not have been chasing a career in the arts or publishing back then, but lo and behold, in recent years, she ended up becoming the art director for Lightspeed Magazine, once again proving how diverse her talents were.
She was funny. She was brilliant. She was luminous.
You will not be forgotten, Karen.
(pictured above: (l to r) Jennifer Heddle, Karen Jones at the 2002 World Fantasy Convention)

Loncon Schedule + Loteria Posters In London

Here’s where you can find me at the World Science Fiction Convention in London.

Also — for all in attendance that are trying to score Loteria posters for yourselves, here’s what you need to know:

1) I’ll have a limited number of ‘La Luna’ and ‘El Corazon’ posters available directly from me, at selected signing appearances at this event. See below for those times (i.e., the events denoted, “LOTERIA POSTER SIGNING”). Posters will be first come, first serve.

2) Each poster’s edition is limited to 500 and they’re printed on thick cardstock.

3) Posters will be £12 for one, and £20 for both. Cash only, please. US Currency accepted too.
4) And this might be the most important note: these are not available via mail order. They’re exclusive to my road appearances. So basically, London — this is the only event where these will be available in Europe. If you’re not attending Dragon Con or Alamo City Comic Con later this year in the US, then Loncon3 is your lone opportunity because these posters may be sold out once those two cons are done. Good luck, all!
On to the schedule!
FRIDAY
The Art of John Picacio
(FREE GIANT MEXICAN TAROT CARD
TO ALL IN ATTENDANCE!)
Capital Suite 4
12pm to 1:30pm
Artist in Residence Table (LOTERIA POSTER SIGNING)
Art Show (see programme for exact table location)
3pm to 4:30pm
Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5
5pm to 6pm
Chesley Awards + Reception
Capital Suite 9
7pm to 9:30pm
SATURDAY
Artist in Residence Table (LOTERIA POSTER SIGNING)
Art Show (see programme for exact table location)
10am to 12noon
An Interview with Chris Foss
Second Stage
1:30pm to 3pm
Autographing (LOTERIA POSTER SIGNING)
Autographing Space
4:30pm to 6pm
The Art of Westeros
Capital Suite 7 + 12
6pm to 7pm
SUNDAY
LOTERIA! (PLAY MEXICAN BINGO!
HAVE FUN! WIN ART PRIZES!)
Art Demo Space
10am to 11:30am
Book Covers: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
w/ Joe Abercrombie, Irene Gallo, Gregory Manchess, Maurizio Manzieri & John Picacio
Capital Suite 4
4:30pm to 5:15pm
(FYI: This item is being shortened to 45 minutes at the suggestion of the moderator, so that panelists and audience may have time to prep for the pre-Hugo Ceremony festivities, as needed)
Pre-Hugo Gathering and Photo Call
Quayside Bar and Cafe
6pm to 8pm
The Hugo Awards
8pm to 11pm