Okay, so technically it’s not called Salt Lake Comic Con, because trademark, but telling people outside of Utah that I’m going to FanX just generally gets me stares of confusion, so I inevitably explain what it is by saying Salt Lake Comic Con. (Maybe they could change the name to “The Convention Formerly Known as Salt Lake Comic Con.)
And I suppose I’ve already let the cat out of the bag during my explanation up in the first paragraph, but . . . I’m going to FanX this year! I’ll be attending as an Author Special Guest, which means I’ll be speaking on panels, having some book signings, and generally just enjoying the con. Look! They’ve got my picture up with lasers even, which makes it very official (and makes me feel very self conscious, because I don’t really feel like I’ve reached the point where I’ve earned those lasers, if you know what I mean.)
Of course, going anywhere in the time of COVID isn’t a hop, skip, and a jump, and I’ve debated no end about whether or not I wanted to go to a convention while the pandemic is still raging all over the place. In the end, I decided to go forward with it for a few basic reasons. First, I’m vaccinated, and from everything I’ve seen, the pandemic is raging for the unvaccinated. For the vaccinated, it’s much less severe. In Maine, 95% of the cases have been in the unvaccinated population since vaccines were available. So while Maine had 665 cases today (which is right about where we were at Peak COVID, if 95% of those are unvaccinated people, then that means we had only 35 or so cases among the vaccinated. (I realize that’s a very rough estimate, and likely lower than it really is, but it’s for illustration purposes only.)
Take that into account, and add me wearing a mask the whole time and staying socially distant, and the risk level dropped to a point where I feel comfortable enough to go. (Personally, I feel that if you can’t do anything even once you’re vaccinated and masked, then . . . things just get too depressing.)
In any case, I’ll be out in Utah the 16-18th of September. If you’re in the area and want to swing by the con to hear me pontificate on writing, horror, YA, and publishing, come on by! I hope to see some of you there.
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