With all of the madness in Ferguson, Missouri, I just need to cleanse my palate for a moment...
If one does not ask he or she most certainly will not receive.
Two years ago, the good friends of We Are Respectable Negroes threw monies into the donation bucket so that I could attend the World Science Fiction Convention here in Chicago. I greatly appreciated the gesture. It was good fun. I showed the flag for WARN, networked, attended some panels, and offered up some disruptive and challenging interventions against those who thought that "sci-fi" was/is synonymous with white and male.
Chicago Comic Con 2014 is taking place next week from August 21st to the 24th. I would very much like to attend the event. I had actually put the money aside to go. Alas, the universe had other plans.
Many of you can likely relate to the following experience.
As the only child of a parent who is getting older, I have learned that calls in the middle of the night are rarely good; a series of voice mails left minutes apart from the same number labeled "mom" in the cell phone are assuredly never good; and when the timbre of my mother's voice begins to change over the course of several days (especially at the end of the month) I know that money will be leaving my wallet and going somewhere else.
So between having to pay for her car to get fixed and the other related expenses from that accident, as well as her most recent crisis (of which there seem to be more of as time goes on), the money I had allotted for a nice and fun few days at Chicago Comic Con 2014 has gone to take care of my "adult responsibilities".
I will always help her out of love, and would thus never deny my mother anything--even if I could not reasonably provide it. But, said responsibilities are still demanding, stressful, and require that resources be reallocated from one ledger column to another from time to time.
We have many kind donors who support my work here and elsewhere. I do not want them to feel a sense of obligation. The other friends and supporters of WARN should also not feel any pressure to contribute to my informal "send Chauncey DeVega to Chicago Comic Con 2014" effort.
There are enough folks who read, enjoy, and find my work useful on a daily and/or weekly basis, that hopefully, their contributions will likely be sufficient for my trip.
1. As I did with Worldcon, I will post some photos of Chicago Comic Con 2014, Tweet if I can, and share my experiences there with all of you as is my habit.
2. If I can conduct some interviews with interesting folks while at Chicago Comic Con 2014, I will do that too.
3. There are some great guests and panels scheduled for Chicago Comic Con 2014. I will be checking out the Star Trek: TNG reunion (fingers crossed I will still be able to get tickets), the various TNG panels, and the discussions on race and gender in comics, graphic novels, and other genre entertainment. I will also try to get a ticket for the Guardians of the Galaxy panel discussion.
4. Plus, Chicago Comic Con 2014 is my several weeks early birthday gift to myself, and also a moment to recharge my batteries before the school year begins. Who wouldn't want to give Chauncey DeVega a birthday gift? I am so cuddly and sweet! Plus, Virgos are the nicest and coolest Zodiac signs. We give nice hugs...or so I have been told.
5. Let's be real. Chicago Comic Con 2014 will be lots of fun. How can I not make my best effort to attend it?
6. Any monies above what I need to go to Chicago Comic Con 2014 will be donated to some of the homeless brothers and sisters who I try to say "hello" to during my daily walks around Chicago. I will be especially generous to those folks who have pets.
If you can, and are able, do please throw some centavos into the donation bucket via the Paypal link on the right hand sidebar. Alternatively, you should be able to click here and access it as well--Paypal can be fickle, but it should ultimately work.
Again, and as always, thanks for the kindness and support.