Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention

IMG_1779From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

(Yes, I know, I look like I have resting grouchy face in that picture. I’m actually a lot more friendly in person than what that looks like.)

Last weekend was the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention. It was my very first con and my first major venue displaying Hadley’s new book, Beckman’s Folly: Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price. And I have to say it was a lot of fun, but definately sensory overload- in a very fun sense of that. There was so much cool Sci-fi/Fantasy merch and cosplay and Stream Punk, on a massive scale. I’ve never been surrounded by so many like-minded people, all of whom were civil, friendly and open to conversation.

This introvert needed some down-time to recover from such a enjoyable weekend. Which may explain why it’s taken me so long to post about this. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

My thanks to Allan Gilbreath and his staff for a well-run convention. A true gentlemen in person and great conversationalist. Elvis and John in security. (There were others in Security but those two were the ones I interacted with most.) Brian, the on-site medic and his “little sister”, Laura. Brian was pro-active in introducing himself when he noticed that one of the people on my Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price team has mobility challenges. And member of his team- Laura, Edward, Ian -made sure that person in my crew was hydrated by periodically delivering bottled water to our vendor table. Then there was Charlie, the friendly gal who was the door guard closest to our table. To all of you, we say, good work and thank you.

I had the pleasure of meeting artist Mitch Foust and novelist James Crawford and The Simpsons animator Chance Raspberry and Make Up artist A. G. Howard and Writer/Editor Alex Brown (-who invited me to participate in my first pannel. Thanks!) and artist Samatha Hughes.

I also enjoyed meeting Marc Meeker from Red Skull Alliance Cosplay. The first time I met Marc was in the hall way. He was decked out as Dr. Doom. As an old Fantastic Four fan, he indulged me to have pic taken with him. The next day Marc was strolling the vendor room and came to my table. He was dresses as some other character. (Forgive my bad memory. I don’t recall, specifically which character.) I asked him if he was Marc, because I couldn’t see his face. He said yes. So Marc was one of the people who made this con so much fun for me. But the truth is- I never saw his face. I don’t know what the guy looks like.

I was there primarily as a vendor to promote and sell Hadley’s first book. But I will say I did have bouts of fanboy nerdgasm. One- of many -was when I spoke with Chip at his vendor table, Famous Collectables. Escape from New York is may favorite movie off all time. I was looking for a Snake Pliskin action figure. Chip didn’t have one, but made some calls and got me one by the next day. Thank you, Chip! Yes, I’m a grown-ass man and I purchased a doll.

It was fun to meet people who have been my Facebook friends, but I’ve never actually met in-person. I got that in-person opertunity with Mitch and Allen.

And then there’s Tammy.

Tammy Westphal and I have a mutual friend in Kelly LePlante from Gemini Dreams Designs. Kelly and I go way back and Kelly and Tammy are tight buds. As such, Tammy and I became Facebook friends. I’ve seen Tammy’s image on Facebook for a while and instantly recognized her when she first came into my line of sight. The reality of Tammy is that she’s a total sweetheart, a very friendly woman. But the truth is, Tammy lives there in Memphis. In my Massachusetts, Northener bias, it never occared to me what her voice would sound like. Tammy and Kelly and Keith and Grace and I had dinner at a Panera the night before the Con’s first day. For the first hour or so of conversing with Tammy, I was taken aback by the fact that she spoke with a charming Southern accent. It never occured to me that the image of Tammy on Facebook would speak that way. Yes, Northern bias. Like being with anyone with an accent (Ros), that accent disappeared (subjectively) the longer I talked with Tammy. In either case, this wasn’t Tammy’s first con, so she was very helpful to Grace and me for our first time out. Thank you Tammy!

Oh- and I forgot to mention Lake, who, along with Tammy, is one of Kelly’s helpers and Katy, one of Keith’s helpers. Nice folks.

And then there were the fans, people who weren’t involved with the Con or vendors. People who attended this event. Now I’m going throw out some some names. If I met you at my table, if you bought Hadley’s book or not, please forgive me if I don’t mention you. Feel free to email me at: hadleyred@yhoo.com to remind me who you are. There was: Tom, Brenna, Merlin and Tracy, Gwen, Jasper, Steele, Tabitha, Tom and many more. At my table, I’ve also met Charlene and Veronica from WDNG radio out of Anniston, AL. Again, if I spoke with you at my table and I didn’t mention you here, please email me at hadleyred@yahoo.com .

I may or may not get this wordy when I post about the next con I go to. But this was first time. I can’t tell you how many times I was called a virgin over that weekend. But the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention was a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone who made it a great experience.

(For more pix we took of this event go to: Tales of the Vampire Hadley on Facebook.)

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Welcome New Visitors!

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Welcome new visitors to the land of Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price here at hadleyprice.com! And a welcome back to you who have been with us from the start.

Hadley reminded me to tell you that not all the content here is redundant from my Facebook page and her Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Facebook page. We’re just really jazzed that her new book, Beckman’s Folly: Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price is out now and available online, as a paperbook or an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBook and Kobo.

That, and you can get the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Official Bookmark by emailing us at hadleyred@yahoo.com.

So, for a while here, there may seem to be some redundancy. We can assure you, that’s only temporary. Hadley and I are always coming up with new content found nowhere else but here. That little Vampire gal is always having adventures and, luck me, I get dragged along. And luck you, you can read about it here.

So welcome. Look around. Subscribe by clicking the tab at the lower right. Come back and see us often.

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A little Friendly Rivalry

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

A little friendly rivalry…

Hadley has been looking over my shoulder as I prepare for my trip down south to Tennessee in two weeks to show off her new book at the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention, November 20th-22nd and my book signing at Ricks Comics in Clarksville on Wednesday, November 25th.

Within that, she has challenged me on something. A little friendly rivalry. Now understand, she’s a tiny bad-ass Vampire girl and I’m just a big schlep of a Human. I would never challenge her on anything. What chance would I have of besting her at any game? But since she challenged me, I figure she’s humoring me by implying that there’s the slightest possibility that I could win.

So, what is that challenge?

Both of us are relatively new to Facebook. Me, with my Warren Onufer page and she, with her Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price page. We’re both a little over one year into it. And we both thank you for joining us in the insanity of this whole Vampire book thing.

Since the release of Hadley’s first book, Beckman’s Folly: Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price a couple of months ago, there’s been a spike in the Likes on her Facebook page and also a marked increase on the Friends on my Facebook page. Both of us are right around 60 on those.

Her challenge to me is this: which one of us can reach 100 first? Can I get 100 Friends before she gets 100 Likes?

Hadley and I are tight buds. We do everything together. So it’s kind of strange that I’m not working with her on this, but as a rival against her. She has a sense of humor about it all so she’ll probably not kill me or turn me into a zombie if I win. Broken bones, however, are a possibility.

So cast your vote-

Team Warren- Friend me on Warren Onufer on Facebook

Team Hadley- Like her on the Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Facebook page.

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