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Saturday, March 12, 2011
The Upcoming 2011 Winkie Con
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Other Cons


Michael D Hamersky On Comics:

The Upcoming 2011 Winkie Con

Friday, July 8 at 3:30pm - July 10 at 1:00pm

Asilomar Conference Center
800 Asilomar Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA

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Above Photo: Michael D Hamersky with David Maxine at ConDor XVIII. David was holding a copy of the 2009 Winkie Con Program Book he edited and designed.
Top Left Photo: The 2011 Winkie Con will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of L. Frank Baum's "The Sea Fairies"!



TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3364:

I'm sure several readers of this blog are wondering... "What is Winkie Con?".
Heck, I wasn't even aware of it, until running into David Maxine at the recent ConDor XVIII, where he had a dealer's booth!
I was referred to his booth by Eric Shanower, who I met at an earlier panel during the first day of the three day convention.
Eric Shanower, who is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator, and writer, has been writing "adaptations of L. Frank Baum's original Oz novels for Marvel Comics, illustrated by artist Skottie Young. The first, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was released in a hardcover collection on September 2, 2009. The follow-up, The Marvelous Land of Oz began in November 2009 as an 8 issue monthly comic series, while the third mini i.e. Ozma of Oz began in November 2010".
So when I stopped in at the booth, David and I talked about his 'Hungry Tiger Press' publications, which included quite a few OZ related items.
When I stated I had read several of the OZ books when I was a child, he mentioned the Winkie Con, which is now in its 47th year!
David presented me with a copy of his edited and designed program book for the 2009 Winkie Con, which I just finished reading.
I was impressed with the great layout of the program book and the fine illustrations that were included.  Plus being someone who enjoys reading history, I also read with interest the history of the Winkie Con.
Enough that I wanted to mention this upcoming convention!  
Plus the fact that I've recently reviewed blogged several comics based on the OZ books by L. Frank Baum, including: 'Woe Is Oz' by Ethan Tarshish & Kelly Brown, 'OZopolis' - Written by: Kirk Kushin and Illustrated by: Gonzalo Martinez, and ECB / Emerald City Blues #2 by Karl Altstaetter, just to name a few. 

Here is more on the upcoming event:

"Please keep in mind that the full-registration price for the weekend includes ALL con activities, your hotel room for two nights, six meals, coffee breaks, and all tips and gratuity. It's a GREAT deal! And a LOT of fun! Join us for the 47th annual Winkie Convention as we journey Under the Sea to celebrate all th...ings oceanic in and around L. Frank Baum’s Land of Oz. This year’s programming chairman, David Maxine, invites you to come and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Baum’s underwater fairytale The Sea Fairies and the 80th anniversary of Ruth Plumly Thompson’s Pirates in Oz. What could be better than pirates and mermaids in Oz?

Our guests of honor will be Tommy Kovac, writer of the acclaimed new comic book series The Royal Historian of Oz, and Kirk Kushin, writer of the new comic book series Ozopolis. Oz writer and artist Eric Shanower will take you on a visual tour of the deep as we explore our theme of Oz Under the Sea. Other convention highlights include a terrific new documentary on Fred Stone, who played the Scarecrow in the 1903 Broadway Wizard of Oz musical, featuring rare film footage of Stone in action. You’ll see a presentation on W. W. Denslow's many rare and elegant book cover designs. You’ll discover the brand new phenomenon of making your own replica Ruby Slippers! This is becoming a very high-end art and the quality, detail, and research that go into these amazing shoes is not to be believed! On Saturday night you’ll be treated to a full evening of Ozzy song starring Joe Cascone and David Haines from the Toronto Civic Light Opera Company. This program will feature a hundred years of Oz music from stage, film, and pop music, and a few surprises, too! It will be a night to remember!

And don’t miss our traditional Winkie Costume Contest, Treasure Hunt, and Winkie Quiz—not to mention the fabulous Winkie Auction of rare Baum and Oz material!"

I've never been to a Winkie Con before, but this sure sounds like fun to me! For those of YOU that have a fondness for the OZ series of books by L. Frank Baum and others, (see this link for the books!), here are links that you should look at now to see if you can make this convention this year!

The Facebook Event Page for this event is: 2011 Winkie Con

I do not see a Facebook Fan Page for Winkie Con, although two Facebookers 'created' this upcoming event on facebook, (David Maxine & Peter Hanff).

The Winkie Newsletter Website can be found here.

The Hungry Tiger Talk blog post on the Winkie Con can be found here.

The History of the Winkies can be found here.

The above links appear to be just a few of the links that mention the upcoming Winkie Con this July.  Again, if YOU have a fondness or interest in the OZ boooks or film(s), now is the time to check this event out!

My thanks to Eric Shanower for mentioning the booth at the panel he was on at ConDor XVIII, and to David Maxine for taking the time to share this World of Oz with me!

~Michael D Hamersky

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