Monday, December 6, 2010

FaerieCon 2010! (and winners)

Every year I go to FaerieCon. It is my favorite event of the year. Between the costumes, the shopping, the music, and everything else, it is amazing. If you ever get the chance to go, take it. It's every November in Baltimore, MD.

One of the first things we saw, after we got our passes, was this guy. Mr. Troll. He was wearing about one foot stilts, so when he passed by everyone felt short. He played the part well. He was wonderful, though, stopping for pictures for anyone who asked. I even witnessed his action shot where he pretended to kidnap a helpless maiden.

This is the front hallway. There's probably 40 vendors down this way. But this is nothing, really... downstairs there is an entire hall filled with vendors, at least ten times what you see here.

So... after taking a picture of Mr. Troll, the first place I go to look is Wendy Froud's table. She's there every year with handmade dolls. For those who don't know Wendy Froud is the wife of faery artist Brian Froud. If you've seen The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, then you've seen their work. Brian does the concept art, while Wendy creates the puppets. In fact, their son Toby was baby Toby in Labyrinth. If you aren't familiar with those movies, 1. Go check them out ASAP and 2. You still probably know Wendy's work. She created Yoda for the original Star Wars movies.

I have two wonderful Wendy Froud dolls at home from FaerieCon 1 and 2. Sadly, she missed 3, so... no doll for me. But I did snag a new one this time around. I was really torn between the two smaller guys on the left and the set of green-haired faeries. If I'd had the money, the troll would've been mine. He almost the exact figure as a troll in one of my favorite Brian Froud paintings from the late 70's. In the end...

He's related to Sneezle. Don't know who Sneezle is? He's a character in a trilogy of books that Wendy co-wrote with Terri Windling. They're out of print, so if you get a chance to pick them up, do it. In the end, the green-haired faeries did not go together. I specifically asked. And when I said I was sad they didn't go together, Wendy said "Oh, don't say that. It'll make me even more sad." :(

On day one, FAE Magazine had one of their people dressed as a silver faery. Unfortunately, I was unable to pick up copies of this wonderful magazine. They're out of the UK and their stuff was held up in customs.

Some fun little hats is just one type of item that was sold at FaerieCon. The past two years there have been an overabundance of steampunk wares.

And as always, there were plenty of amazing masks. I picked up a mask a few years back, and while I love it, I just can't wear it for long periods of time. But it makes a fabulous wall-hanging.

These adorable little nose goblins come out every year in the hopes of being adopted by a loving home. One that could use a little extra mischief.

It just wouldn't be FaerieCon without the Greenmen. They march throughout the convention, chanting and blessing shops that they bring in the green and sell all of their wares.

Despite this being my fourth year (it was the fourth annual event) attending, this was my first year attending the Balls. The Gypsy Nomads normally kick off The Bad Faeries Ball, but this year they were bad at The Good Faeries Ball. "Dark Carnivale" is my favorite song of theirs. Unfortunately, the sound quality isn't so great.

Another band I love, Woodland, closed the show. Emilio and Kelly Miller-Lopez, the leads in this group are the people who head up this event and their even larger event, Faerieworlds, on the west coast. Emilio is on the left with the guitar and Kelly is beside the harp, playing the drums. They played Will O' The Wisp and Rose Red, my two favorites.

Another amazing performer, that has not been before is Adam Hurst. He was incredible.

This next picture is one of our greenmen. He is not the head of the group, but if you go you'll see him around the most. And pictured with him is The Master of Ceremonies...

On evening two, The Bad Faeries Ball was held. It was an even bigger event than the night before.

Cecile Corbel was a new artist to me as well. I looked up her when I heard she'd be attending. She is phenomenal. She didn't play any of my three favorite songs, but she was still fabulous. She kicked off The Bad Faeries Ball. It was kind of a last minute change, but she and The Gypsy Nomads switched nights.

And probably the best performance of the weekend was Faun. The floor was shaking as we danced. The clip is of "Satyros", my favorite Faun song, which they did not perform, but there were plenty of other wonderful tunes.

Faun and The Gypsy Nomads are good on CD, but amazing in person. Their stage presence if phenomenal.

Below is pictured an adorable faun. He was advertising Chela's Body paint and, like the troll, was happy to post for pictures.

And he wanted to make sure I got his backside to. Note: I did not request this picture. Apparently, he likes showing off his tail.

So, the lovely Marina (sweet 10-year-old daughter of a friend) whom I kidnapped fr Sunday's event got her arm painted. Chela painted this faery on her arm in less than two minutes. Amazing, right?

Closing the show was Kelly, Emilio, and Adam. All-in-all, it was an fantastic event. I'll definitely be going back next year. And I hope many of you can make it, too. You won't regret it.

Oh, and I suppose you want me to announce the winners of the FaerieCon giveaway!

Cynthia M won a copy of BALLAD and THE IRON KING.
Orchid F won a copy of TROLL BRIDGE and FRAGILE ETERNITY
Raelena P won a copy of FABLEHAVEN and BLACKBRINGER

In addition to the books, you'll find a small prize coming straight to you from FaerieCon. Congrats!


Sandy said...

It sounds like so much fun! Great pictures ^_^. Congratulations to all the winners!

Dusty said...

Thanks for the detailed account and all the pics! I really love seeing all the stuff they have going on there =) I love love love the masks! And the faun's tail is adorable =P

Tanya1224 said...

Oh how fun! Congrats to the winners :)

CiNdY said...

Thank you so0o much, Aine!! This is the most excited I have been to win a giveaway. I have been wanting to read both of these series!! And the pictures are awesome!! :D
Cynthia M

Midnyte Reader said...

Thank you for posting pictures. I really wished I could have gone. I would really like to try to go next year.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

wow, this looks so fun!! congrats to the winners!

Candace said...

Oh wow!!!! Now that is my kind of event! It looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing the pics and videos!

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