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Sad news for LibertyCon 27

This just in from Brandy:

Happy holidays everyone! I am sad to say that Ms. C.J. Cherryh will not be able to attend LibertyCon as one of our Special Guests. However, her brother, David Cherry, will still be filling that role. David is an amazing artist and will be showcasing some of his art as well as participating on various panels. We will be miss Ms. C.J. this year, but luckily still have an amazing lineup of both featured and attending guests!

Believe me, we hate to hear this as much as you guys...  but hopefully we'll be able to get her back in town in the future.  Ms. Cherryh is a wonderful lady, and we'll definitely miss seeing her this year.

Art Show for LC27 is accepting reservations!

A quick note from our Art Director, Shannon:

Dear Artists and Agents,

Welcome to the 2014 LibertyCon Art Show! We have amazing guests of honor this year! These guests include: Jody Lynn Nye, Kurt Miller, Dr. Travis Taylor, David Cherry and Jim Minz. You can find out more about each one at www.libertycon.org.

This is to let you know that the Art Show is now accepting space reservations. These are on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have already sent a request, please do so again to ensure I have your reservation. We do have some changes this year, so please plan accordingly!

Panel Space: We have 4’ x 4’ panels for $12 each. We have 2’ x 4’ panels for $6 each. Due to our increased space, we have changed the per artist panel limit to 6 panels. This equals 2 full bays! Thank you, Uncle Timmy, for our fabulous space and layout!

Table Space: We sell our table space in 4’ x 30” sections. Two sections equal one full table. Each section is $8, the full table would be $16. Due to the high demand and small number of tables (compared to panels), we are limiting each artist to 2 sections/1 full table.

Mixed Space: If you get two full bays of panels (6) and want to put a table in there, we can do that.

Charity Auction: Please remember the annual charity auction. We sincerely appreciate your participation in this event, on both the donating and purchasing sides! The 2014 charity will be the Chattanooga AIM Center.

Exciting News: Derek is building us a better database and website, so the 2014 Art Show should run much smoother on all fronts: artist check-in, artist check-out and buyer check-out. More details will be forthcoming in the spring.

If you want to make reservations or have questions about the art show or the charity auction, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thank you!

We were on Channel 3 the other day

A few days ago LibertyCon presented the Chattanooga Area Food Bank with a check for $6,000, all of which was raised from LibertyCon 26 earlier this year.  The Food Bank wanted us to come down to their annual "Share Your Christmas" fund raiser event to do the presentation, and we were briefly interviewed by local anchor Cindy Sexton.

It was completely thanks to our attendees that we were able to make such a large donation to the Food Bank, and because of that thousands of meals will be distributed to the local needy.

You can see the clip here (please ignore the snippet of commercial at the end) Smile



Remember the Christmas Party!

You guys remember that we have a Christmas party in just over a month, right?

From last week's Revenge:


Mark your calendars for December 14th at 5 p.m! This is when LibertyCon, HallowCon/FantaSciCon and Chattacon will be hosting a festive combined Christmas party. While the final details are yet to be ironed out, I can tell you a few things. LibertyCon has contracted the Chattanooga Choo-Choo for the event and this year, KC Charland of Chattacon will be in charge of the meats. From our correspondence, she has a wonderful spread coming. Vonn Gants of LibertyCon will be the overall coordinator of the food for the event. As usual we will be having a potluck dinner and all of the attendees will be bringing something for the tables. I would expect that SWMBO will be bringing her World Famous Sweet Potato Casserole for the dinner table. So, if you plan on attending the event, please contact Vonn Gants to let her know what you will be bringing for the feast.

This years’ auction is ramping up and looking good.Yes, we will have an auction to help fund the event. (cost of the room rental and the meats). Any excess funds from the auction will be used to benefit the AIM Center in memory ofAndrew Martin. So bring your donations for the fun auction and pull out your pocketbook and your inner elf to help a great party and a worthy charity.

If you will be dreaming of sugar plums at the Choo Choo, make sure to mention that you are with the LibertyCon Christmas Party. This will get you the discounted price of $91.00 per night.

To make confirmed reservations for the Christmas Party, please contact:
Chattanooga Choo-Choo
1400 Market Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
or call them at 423-266-5000 or 1-800-TRACK-29 (872-2529)

Again, please mention that you are with LibertyCon Christmas Party to insure your discounted room rate!


LibertyCon 27 News Update from Brandy!

We have so much good news I hardly know where to begin! First of all, the amazing Jody Lynn Nye will be gracing us with her presence as our Literary Guest of Honor for LibertyCon 27!! For those of you who might not know her, Jody is a premier American science fiction writer who has authored or co-authored approximately forty published novels and over one hundred short stories. She specializes in writing science fiction or fantasy action novels and humor. Her humorous series range from contemporary to military science fiction. She is a truly wonderful lady and we feel honored to have her as our LGoH.

If that isn’t enough, at our October financials meeting we confirmed that we raised $3852 during the charity auction and then received another $336.93 from the Baen Barflies to add to that. We did the ‘Bolgeo’ math and came up with $6000 for the Chattanooga Food Bank! Our sincerest thanks go out to each and every one of you for your donations and purchases that have allowed us to donate this much to a great cause.

Speaking of charities... we also voted on the LibertyCon 27 charity. This one is quite special to us because it is in memory of a child of one of our own. Andrew Martin, son of David Martin and DeeDee Lessinger, passed away this year. He received services from the AIM Center, including housing, so this year our donation will be in memory of him. If you are not familiar with this wonderful charity, please take a few moments to look it up.

New LibertyCon 26 Photos!

Just wanted everyone to know that I finally got a few (as in 244) new photos from LibertyCon 26 that Leon Jester sent me a few weeks ago.

You can take a look at them in the LibertyCon 26 Photo Gallery.

Thanks again, Leon!

LibertyCon 26 Wrap Up

So LibertyCon 26 is over, and now that we've slept a solid twelve hours or so things seems to be returning to normal. But boy, I can tell you that we had a great time this weekend!

In a nutshell: the convention went pretty darned smoothly. The entire volunteer staff did a wonderful job! We had a mind boggling number of great pros in attendance, and one of the best groups of 'Headliner Guests' that we could possibly have hoped for. There were quite a number of new faces in the attendee crowd this year, and hopefully we picked up quite a few new family members for future years.

All in all, it was a great time!

Now that's out of the way, I'm going to go into a bit more depth. And as a warning, I tend to get wordy. Because of that if you're planning on reading any further you might want to stretch your legs, get a drink or whatever you might like to do.

Don't worry, we'll wait.

(la dee dee dum... dum, de dum...)

Ok, so you're back... and you didn't really go get that drink, did you? Oh well, I warned you.

LibertyCon 26 was held this past weekend (June 28-30, 2013) at the 'world famous' Chattanooga Choo-Choo. Our Headliners this year were Kevin J. Anderson as Literary Guest, Vincent Di Fate as Artist Guest, Catherine Asaro as Science Guest, Michael & Paul Bielaczyc as our Special Guests, and lastly Larry Correia as Master of Ceremonies. Apart from those guys we had over fifty other pros and panelists of all kinds come in: authors, artists, scientists... and even a couple of professional musicians and comedians.

Our Programming Director, Rich Groller, managed to shoehorn more than one hundred hours of programming into forty eight hours of convention (and that's even allowing time for people to actually sleep!) covering all sorts of categories: Performances, readings, publishing, art... heck just about everything you can think of, including what's coming to be one of the most popular panels we have, "The Messiest Ways to Kill a Zombie". You know you're doing something right when at the Closing Ceremonies (AKA: 'The Bitch at Brandy Session'. Really, it's in the Schedule like that) the harshest complaints against your department can mostly be funneled down to the same sentiment, "You're putting too many good panels against what I want to see, and I can only be in one at a time!" Perfectly understandable, I have to admit, considering some of the phenomenal panels on that same Schedule.

But when you consider the guests we had, you're really going to have a hard time finding a lousy panel. I want to start talking about our guests by telling you how horrible it was for some of them to get to us. Kevin J. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta sat on a runway in Denver for close to four hours while a fuel problem was resolved (how in the world do you load an extra five thousand pounds of fuel onto a plane anyway?!), after which they had to sit in Atlanta (I believe) for more equipment problems. An extra five or so hours sitting on a plane is enough to fray anyone’s nerves. Larry Correia and his wife Bridget had more 'run of the mill' delays and ended up running about three hours late, as did Catherine Asaro. But they all pale in comparison to poor Vincent DiFate and his wife. Through a series of airline errors and pure misfortune they ended up routed across a good chunk of the United States, and even had to stay the night at one of the layovers. They weren't able to get to LibertyCon until late Saturday night, a full two days after starting their trip.

Michael and Paul Bielaczyc just drove down. Really, that's all. If any of the other guests would like, we can dunk them for you in retribution later. Smile

But regardless of all of the problems, all of the guests were incredibly friendly and upbeat. I honestly couldn't believe it, but once you spend some time with these guys, you can see why. I've met Kevin J. Anderson and his lovely wife Rebecca a couple of times before, and had been struck by how open they were to just engage with their fans. As a matter of fact, when my (then ten year old) son Alex met them at MidSouthCon a few years ago they ended up pointing him to their Crystal Doors series. They didn't just suggest it, but they actually took quite a while to chat with him about what he liked and to explain what the series was about... all the while treating this pre-teen to just as much attention as they might an adult fan looking to buy their entire Dune lineup. That really stuck with me, and I'm glad to say that impression was only reinforced by speaking with them during Liberty. These guys were incredibly generous with their time, as well as being incredibly charming and entertaining as heck to listen to. And come on, how many times do you get to talk to a Science Fiction writer about everything from Superman to genetic breeding camps to "What's it like being friends with Neil Peart of Rush?"?!

Speaking of charming, I have to hop over to Catherine Asaro. Before this weekend I had never met her. In all honesty, I've never read one of her books. (but boy, Brandy sure has!) This woman is one heck of a class act! I'm not going to go into all of her different facets, you can read about those in her Bio... but I'm going to say that I can't imagine meeting any singular woman (apart from my wife) that combines beauty, intelligence and sheer raw talent like she does. And when you top that off with an incredibly engaging personality, it's one heck of a winning combination. My one really quick example is actually a bit embarrassing, but here you go. After flying in and being delayed by several hours, Brandy and I picked her up at the airport. No problem there. However I completely forgot about some road construction on the freeway, and didn't realize it until just AFTER the last off-ramp to avoid the traffic. Needless to say I felt absolutely horrible for making her even more late, but instead of being irritated she spent a good chunk of the hour or so of bumper to bumper traffic in trying to make _ME_ feel better about the situation. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a class act.

But that's nothing compared to how frustrated and downright angry Vincent Di Fate would have been totally justified in feeling. Error after error hit him and his wife as they slowly made their way to the convention. It was so bad that we even told them to turn around and go
back home, we felt so incredibly bad for them. After all we really wanted them there, but felt horribly guilty about the utter Hades that they were going through. And you know, they would have been completely justified in doing just that. But they didn't. They dealt with one airline disaster after another, not only because they had agreed to come to the convention... but because these guys are family. They went through all of this to be at our convention for the simple reason that they wanted to be there, and I would personally like to let them know how amazingly honored we are.

Luckily other members of our 'Family' had it easier. Michael & Paul Bielaczyc came down from Nashville to act as our Special Guests. It's really hard to say something about these two guys, because... well, it's freaking Michael & Paul! These are the guys that Brandy and Shannon refer to as "Our Boys"! These are also two incredibly talented artists who have come full tilt into the LibertyCon Family, and made themselves right at home in a way that few others have. They aren't 'Guests'... these are the cousins that you're incredibly fond of, but live out of town so you only get together a few times a year. And all I can say is that we were incredibly happy to have them as our 'Special Guests' this year, even if the power of the white ribbon did go to Paul's head. Wink

Our final guest was someone that I can't say enough good things about. Larry Correia attended LibertyCon in 2010, but at the time I never really got a chance to meet him. (I know, it's a smaller convention... I should meet everyone. But honestly I tend to run around so much 'gophering' that I never seem to get a chance to). Anyway, when he stepped off the plane all I could think of was, "Holy crap! He really is Owen Pitt!" Then he started chatting with us, and between him and his wife Bridget we were just absolutely blown away. This guy writes about guns, monsters and blowing things up in innovative and incredibly messy ways... and he is just so incredibly NICE. That might sound like a platitude, and he might honestly get tired of hearing it, but I swear that both he and Bridget were two of the nicest people that I have ever met! We southerners tend to have a reputation for being easy going and hospitable, but these guys would definitely give us a run for our money. Also one thing you realize when you talk to them is that the conventions aren't just a 'gig' for Larry... he's a fan. He told me about trying his best not to go all 'fanboy' when he first met Tracey Hickman, which is when I found out that his wife is the same... only for her it was Eric Flint. It's always great to find out so directly that the people behind the books really are 'one of us'.

These were only our main guests... I could fill pages by talking about our other guests. Some are 'Family', like John Ringo, Toni Wiesskopf, Michael Z. Williamson, Tedd Roberts, Jason Cordova, and etc (Whom if the Bielaczycs are those cousins you like, these guys are the aunts & uncles that you try to sneak out to hang with)... man, I want to list everyone, but can't... Les Johnson, Stephanie Osborn, the ENTIRE FREAKING HOYT CLAN (Seriously, three writers in one family! How do you even do that?!), Chuck Gannon, Sara Harvey, Mark Fults, Stephen Cobb, Anita Moore, James Ward... ok, I have to stop! The 'Hellions' were in full attendance and even had a book launch for the new 'Dreamers in Hell'!

There were performances by Catherine Asaro, Chris Morris, and some 'new guys': The Painfully Funny Troupe. And of course when you talk about performances, you have to mention ARTC. Those guys have been performing at LibertyCon for almost a decade now, and I honestly can't imagine having a convention without them there. We are so incredibly fortunate that they have chosen us as one of their regular conventions, and in all seriousness would like to thank them from the bottom of our collective hearts. You guys never fail to put on a great show, and it's something that all of us look forward to every year. (Even if we do get your performance information wrong in the Program Book. /ack!)

And all that is just our guests! If you weren't there this year, you can't imagine how much fun it was with all of these people floating around the convention. Remember, we are a small Con... intentionally. Our attendance was capped at 550 paid members, after which Brandy would have been forced to turn people away at the door. We have a Programming Schedule that can rival WorldCon, but we purposely will never have that many people. After all unless you 'know someone' at a convention of thousands, how often do you get to just sit down with one of the guests and chat about whatever strikes you?

That being said, we were actually worried about just that. We missed hitting our cap by six people, and you can't imagine how relieved Brandy was that she didn't have to tell someone from Ohio, "Thanks for your interest, but I'm afraid that we're sold out." And all I can tell you is that it felt like the perfect size for our convention.


I'm going to start talking about things other than the guests now, so if you didn't listen to me earlier about that drink you might want to do it now. Or possibly go to the bathroom. Don't worry... like I said before, we'll be right here when you get back. Wink


There were tons of things going on at the convention, but the first one that I want to mention was something that Brandy and I were extremely honored to be witness to: Patrick Vanner and his wife Heather recently had their first child, Corbin Thomas Vanner. They decided to use LibertyCon 26 as the location to have him christened. John & Miriam Ringo were the Godparents, and the service was performed by Miriam's brother (whom I unfortunately didn't get his name). It was a beautiful ceremony in the central garden, and incredibly touching that they would have it at our convention. We've had weddings at Liberty before, but this was the first Baptism that I've ever heard of! Congrats to the entire Vanner clan, and especially to little Corbin!

There were also several humorous things that happened, but one of the best involved Jason Cordova. You may have heard that he is currently engaged to (the really too good for him) Melanie Boyd… and… well, some people had decided to turn the last part of one of his panels into a 'Roast/Beat on the Bachelor' session to celebrate. Unfortunately no one told him, and he missed the panel. He still got the wine later, but missed out on the party. Not to worry though, they still had a good time roasting him (just without the chance to defend himself) Wink

One particular department of note was the Art Show. It was expanded again to an even larger space than last year, and was an absolutely great setup. As sometimes happens at conventions, the Art Show got off to a rocky start during check in, but Shannon and her staff were able to streamline checkout by Sunday to get everyone home on time. We will be working on this during the year and have a different process that will allow the artists more flexibility in how they check in. The Iron Artist 'panel' was one of the best art events I have ever seen at any convention. Eight separate artists created unique pieces for the Charity Auction as we watched, all the while just chatting away with the people watching over their shoulders. Which leads me straight to the Art & Charity Auction. As of this writing I don't have exact numbers (and I probably won't until our business meeting in September) but I know that the Charity Auction _ALONE_ brought in more than thirty five hundred dollars for the Chattanooga Area food Bank! That's easily the most we have ever gotten for charity from the Auction. The Baen Barflies contributed over $300, and Joe McKeel chipped in a chunk of change from running the Patriot Games... when all is said and done we should have raised a little under four thousand dollars, and that's before any of our notorious 'bad math' while writing the check to charity!

Speaking of the Barflies, a really huge 'Thank you!' goes out to all of them for helping out in the ConSuite. Between the normal staff and those guys, Michael ended up running a Hospitality Department that has gotten nothing but raves and kudos from everyone in attendance. There was always something to nosh on, which I know _I_ was really thankful for considering that we had five kids with us. Wink If you ever want to have the chance to meet everyone at a con, work a few shifts in the ConSuite! After all, at some point everyone passes through for a soda, beer or something to eat.

Also, I want to give a huge thanks to our Security staff. What, you didn’t know that we had security teams roaming the buildings at all hours of the day and night?? Well, that just shows that they are great at their job! Andy and crew, always consummate professionals, make a big job look easy.

Ironically, the last area in here is Registration… you know that area that most attendees see first? This is one area where no news is good news. Making sure that registrations for 544 paid attendees and over 50 professional guest passes are done in a speedy (and accurate) manner is not a trivial task. But Matt and his team are always up to the task! Even at our busiest times the line was pretty short, and most people were through it in just a few minutes.

Hopefully all of that can give you a sense of what we saw at the convention this year. It was an absolutely wonderful time, even though I kept telling people how much I was looking forward to getting back to work so I could rest up from the weekend!

But I would like to point out something to you guys, and if you’re on staff at a convention you probably already know this… we don’t see the same things that the attendees see. If I might be allowed a really clumsy metaphor: We’re constantly on the move trying to make sure the trains are running on time, and sometimes we don’t notice that the actual seats _IN_ the train might be a bit dirty. For example, my main problem with what I said earlier about the panels is that it's all second hand. That comes from the feedback we got from attendees (through our App, through feedback on the webpage, and from comments in the Bitch Session). I personally didn't attend a single panel, and I'm pretty sure that most of the staff is in the same boat. We admittedly had several issues that came up over the weekend, like there will be at any convention, and probably quite a few that we don’t know anything about.

That's why it's really so important for you guys to let us know what you did and didn't like, what worked and worked a little less… without those comments (good or bad) we honestly might not have any idea of things that we can do to keep tweaking the convention in a positive way. Your feedback is VERY important to us, so please take a minute to tell us what you liked, and what we can do better. (We already have a laundry list of changes you can expect to see, in everything from the website on down!)

Again, thank you to all of the people who spent their time and energy putting on the convention. As Brandy likes to remind people, all of the staff members are volunteers. We don’t give price breaks to our staff because we are a small convention and a 501(c) non-profit, and instead try to give every penny that we can to our yearly charity.

We can’t wait to see you next year!

PS. Ok, since you ignored me before… NOW go take that bathroom break! Wink

PPS. If there are any of the Science Panels that you missed and have an interest in, keep an eye out for upcoming episodes of Stephen Cobb's 'The Future & You' podcast. He recorded quite a few of them over the convention, and I imagine they'll be popping up in the coming weeks.

LibertyCon 26 Android App is available!

We're halfway there! Just so everyone knows, the LibertyCon 26 Android app is now available in the Google Play store! Ben submitted the iPhone/iPad version last week, but with Apple's approval process we're not sure when it will be up. But if you have an Android phone or tablet, you can get the app here:  LibertyCon 26 on Google Play

Edit: The IOS version of the LC26 App is now available as well and up in the Apple Store! Feel free to grab it for your iPhone/iPad/etc!

Also as a quick note, both versions (IOS/Android) have the map from last year. However he's working on getting a quick update pushed out with the new map for this year. (The only real changes of note are the removal of Town Hall and the addition of the Roosevelt Room)

And lastly, for the people having problems installing the Android version of their Nexus tablets (and others) he's also looking into that to try to get it fixed for you guys. I'll let you know if he gets a fix in place.


ConSuite Menu & Sign Up

The ConSuite menu for next week is up for you guys to take a look at...  I think everyone should find something in there to be pretty excited about, though Timmy has been bemoaning having to make all of the gravy for the pasta on Saturday night.  I think he was pretty much told flat out, 'Too bad!  If you don't, we hunt you down!'  

Also in the PDF there are slots for sign-up, which obviously won't work here online...  but you can always go to our Join Staff page and sign up there.  Believe me, ConSuite needs all the help it can get!

A huge thanks to all of our current volunteers, and here's to hoping for more to join up.  Without the staff we obviously couldn't keep this thing going!

Last Minute Update from Programming

Late breaking news!  With Liberty a little more than a week away, there are always last minute changes to the lineup.  Late in the game cancellations include authors Gerald W. Page, Christal Mosley, Walt Boyes and Leo Champion. Last minute additions include Steampunk author Louise Herring-Jones and YA author Anna Kathryn Davis. With nearly 80 pros in attendance, there will be something for everyone!

All the Best, Rich


Room Parties!

Pre-Registration might be done, but you can still sign up for something on our webpage... Room Parties!

We have a spot for you to give us the information about your room party, and if you want us to we'll put it into all of our Programming Schedules (Website, Pocket Program, IOS/Android App, etc) so everyone knows when, where, and who.

So far not everyone has actually filled out the form (JordanCon, I'm looking at you) :P But here's the ones who have:

Rocky Perry's Arg! Vs. Yarl! Book Tour Party
Rosswyvern Press' party
Spokes of the Wheel's 'Luke Banderloft: Pirates Vs. Vikings' Party
The KC In 2016 Bid Speakeasy
Oh yeah... and JordanCon. Wink

If you're planning on having a party next weekend, please let us know. You can put up signs and flyers around the hotel and hope everyone sees them if you really want, but we'd love to help you promote the parties to everyone!

LibertyCon 26 Room Party Signup

Two Week update!

Wow... the convention is only two weeks from today, and we're all busy trying to get everything finalized.  There are a couple of things I need to let everyone know:

1) Pre-Registration will end Sunday night (6/15) to allow for us to get the names to the printer in time.  If you haven't pre-registered, do it now!

2) There are still banquet tickets, but you might want to go ahead and get them as well instead of waiting.  They're going fast and if you wait until the convention you might not get a spot.


I got this in from Elayna last night about the 'Big Ticket' items for the Charity Auction. I don't know if she's posted it elsewhere already, but you can't promote charity too much! 

Charity Auction Items for LC26

  • Tuckerization from Chuck Gannon.
  • Tuckerization from Catherine Asaro.
  • Tuckerization from Kevin J. Anderson.
  • Art from Dan Cortopassi and Mark Paulk.
  • Pottery from Stacey Morgan.
  • Tarot cards from Melissa Gay.
  • We also have confirmation of items from Bryan Jones, Melissa Gay, Vincent diFate, and Sara M. Harvey!

Want to donate items to the charity auction? E-mail Elayna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and don’t forget that all donations are tax deductible! 

*In the off chance that you don't know what a 'Tuckerization' is, it's where an author gives you the chance to have a character in an upcoming book named for you. They might die tragically in one paragraph without ever having dialogue, or they might become integral to a series, but either way they'll be in the book. 

Shirt pre-orders are over

Just wanted to let everyone know that we cut off pre-ordering shirts so we can get the order to the printers in time for the convention.


If you didn't get a shirt, we will have a few at the convention but be warned that it will be VERY few and they'll go quick.


LibertyCon 26 Art Show Pieces

Mark Paulk isn't able to attend LibertyCon this year due to his move, and apparently also doesn't have the room for all of his artwork in the new place. Because of that he was generous enough to donate some pieces that he's collected over the years to our Charity Auction. Thanks for the donation Mark, and remember that it's tax deductible for you! (And that goes to anyone else who is running out of room and would like to help the Chattanooga Food Bank out by donating some of their possibly lesser appreciated artwork they have tucked into closets)


Kevin Ward, Circa 1981-1982


An original Kevin Ward, Circa '81-'82.  Donated by Mark Paulk


Jim Burns, Circa 1983 




 Jim Burns, circa 1983. At least we THINK it's a Jim Burns, however we didn't want to take the backing off of the frame to check. This is an original, and was donated by Mark Paulk (If this isn't a Burns, please let me know so I can correct this. Whoever the artist is, it's a phenomenal piece!) 


Dell Harris, circa 1981  



Dell Harris, circa 1981. An original, framed and in great shape... donated by Mark Paulk. (I didn't measure before it got packed back up, but that's the back of my recliner it's resting onto give a sense of scale)





Author G.K. Hayes passed away recently

With the new website redesign I keep having to modify existing section and add new ones...  I've just added a new section that I really hated doing.

G.K. Hayes was an author who was planning on attending LibertyCon this year, but unfortunately we received word yesterday that he had passed away due to a heart attack.  You can read more about it in the "In Memoriam" section...  the one I wish I'd never had to put in.


Another Update from the Art Show

Hi All. The art show now has three guest artists and 16 additional artists participating! Space is going quickly as we get closer to the convention. If you want art show panel space, please contact Shannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your space.

Yes, I said panel space because the tables are already sold out!

ARTC presentation for LibertyCon 26

New for LibertyCon 2013:  The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company presents the world premiere of “Lone Star Planet” written in 1958 by H. Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire and adapted for audio by Ron N Butler.

“Lone Star Planet” is, in a nutshell, “the story ofa junior diplomat and his first posting to a planet of Texans whose dinosaur-sized cattle have to be herded with tanks, and whose
system of government derives its character from Mencken's 1924 essay "The Malevolent Jobholder," -- a system under which the killing of a practicing (STUPID/GREEDY) politician  is considered justifiable homicide!” (http://manybooks.net/titles/piperh2012120121-8.html#) A space opera on steroids isn’t something you want to miss. So mark your calendars and set your alarms:


H. Beam Piper’s “LONE STAR PLANET”

performed by The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company

Saturday, June 29 at 9 p.m. in the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Theater


We have T-Shirt artwork!

While it's still officially 'concept' art, this is probably the design that we're going with for the shirts this year.

We absolutely loved Vincent di Fate's artwork from last year that we used on the Program Book, and so we really wanted to have it be on the shirts this year.  We try to stay away from the 'picture block on your chest' effect that you see with a lot of convention shirts, and we think this works pretty well!

Let us know what you think, and here's to seeing you guys at the Con!

LibertyCon 26 T-Shirt Art


And if you'd like, you can also see it with Grey, Green, Navy, Red, and Brown backgrounds.  And remember that you can order them on the Online Registration / Order page regardless of whether you've already pre-registered or not.


[Edit 4/29]

Just a quick update, Brandy just sent this over for me to post real quick:

Hey all!  I have just spoken with the t-shirt printer and they need the LibertyCon t-shirt order no later than June 1st.  This means that all t-shirt orders must be in by May 31st so that I can get all of the information together and send it on.  This is earlier than normal, however we wanted to use the best t-shirt printer that we could find (and June is apparently a VERY busy month).  We will not be ordering many extras, so PLEASE get your t-shirt order in either by PayPal or snail mail.  If you cannot pay now, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and tell me your name, the type of t-shirt, the color and the size and I will add it to the reserved list.  You can get all of the t-shirt information on the Online Store page.

Rich dishing on Programming at LibertyCon!

LibertyCon 26 will have an incredible lineup of talent once again this year.  Just go to the new website and see for yourself!  We have 50 Authors so far, as well as a host of artists, scientists, fan guests and performers who will tickle your fancy and inspire your imagination. Over a dozen pros are new to LibertyCon this year, so y'all give them a great LibertyCon welcome!  Highlights this year include our outstanding GOH lineup; a return to the old Liberty tradition of the GOH banquet; some of the best kids programming in the South; the Catherine Asaro show; the Painfully Funny comedy troupe out of Atlanta; 20 "Mad Scientists"; many authors will have books available for sales during their autograph sessions, while the 15 authors from the "Heroes in Hell" series will be available for autographs throughout the con at the Perseid table (Note: other authors with tables available for signings throughout the con include Kevin Anderson, Stephanie Osborn and Mike Williamson); 3 book launch parties in the Con Suite on Saturday night; and TWO performances by ARTC. Having been some days in preparation a splendid time is guaranteed for all!