Does anyone recognize what movie this blog’s title is from? A+ to you if you do!
You guys all know about the cross-country screening tour that Peter S. Beagle, his publisher Connor Cochran and a beautifully new, restored version of the 1982 animated classic The Last Unicorn have been on, right? Where you can see the film huge, in movie theater, which, if you’re like me, you’d previously never had the chance to do before. And it’s not merely a screening of the movie, although that would be wonderful enough. The whole evening is an event, with Q&A sessions with Peter, prizes, costume contests, and Peter stays for hours and hours after each show to sign books and take photos with every single person who would like to do so. You may remember that I was at their screening in Long Beach last August, when Connor introduced me and my work to Peter’s fans. I also had the chance, while they were in town, to “borrow” Peter for a couple hours and turn him into DreamWorld’s King; an incredible honor, and something that I will remember for the entire rest of my life.
And you guys also remember how I’m now contracted with Connor’s publishing company, Conlan Press, right? There’s a ton of stuff in the works with them that I don’t want to talk about quite yet, except to say that it will be very exciting 🙂 What is very safe to say for now is that the owners of the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Peter was going to be screening on January 25th decided to really up the ante at this show. Not only will you get all the amazing things that happen at every event, but George R.R. Martin, author of the Game of Thrones books, will be there as well. George R.R. Martin and Peter will be interviewing each other live on stage! It will be spectacular.
And, as if that weren’t enough, the Jean Cocteau Cinema people decided they needed to have a unicorn fine art show as well 🙂
A few days ago, I got a call from Connor asking how quickly I could get prints made from some of my The Last Unicorn-inspired pieces. Thanks to Lauren, my go-to girl at POV Printing, I was able to get a rush order in and she printed off five huge, gorgeous pieces of my work. They’re traveling with Peter, Connor and their assistant/wrangler Cat through Arizona and into New Mexico and will be beautifully displayed and for sale at the show!
I really have to take just a moment to say what amazing work POV does. Every single thing I’ve ever had them print has turned out unbelievably gorgeously. They use archival inks and thick, museum-quality paper, almost like a watercolor paper. These are not flimsy, cheap prints. The work they put into each and every print they make elevates it to another level. I am so glad to have found them!
So if you are at all in the area, I would strongly recommend getting tickets for the Modern Fantasy Summit! The tickets will get you in to see The Last Unicorn movie, experience two of the greatest fantasy writers interview each other, all the usual perks of a screening, as well as getting to see the art show, featuring my work along with other artists’… which you can also purchase and take home with you 🙂
I wish I were a little closer myself so I could go to this once-in-a-lifetime event! Traveling with ME is always a challenge, and I’m still recovering a little from traveling over Christmas, otherwise I’d drop everything and chase after Peter and Connor like Molly Grue after Robin Hood. If you go, please take some photos and let me know what you thought! And to satisfy my vanity, I would love it if someone could snap a few photos of my pieces up in the gallery 🙂
I hope you guys can go and let me live vicariously through you! Thanks to all who turn out!