Monday, November 16, 2009

Tus-Con 36

The Best Little Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Convention in Arizona

Nov 6th, 7th & 8th
InnSuites Hotel Tucson, AZ

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Wow, never been to anything like this before and didn't know what to expect! The dealers were all put in a hotel meeting room so we didn't get to enjoy all of the activities, but I can assure you there were some interesting things going on.
Wish I could have attended the Ghost Hunting Techniques and Equipment discussion - could come in handy some day. You never know. The discussion on Star Trek: Heresy or new revolution wouldn't really be my thing, but apparently it was a lively banter. What I would have loved to hear was the talk on time travel. Where would you travel back or forward to? I think I'd like to visit Victorian times, but just for a day and only if I were a wealthy princess!
The guest speaker was Weston Ochse ( who won the Bram Stoker Award which is equivalent to the Oscars, but for horror writers. I purchased his book Scarecrow Gods and got him to sign it! My first ever autographed book by an author.

Weston Ochse

Another really cool thing was meeting Noel Neil who was the second Lois Lane. She graciously agreed to take a pic with me. What a classy lady. Here's more info on her

Jon and I took a trip into the unknown and had our Tarot cards read by Lady Marretta. Watch out world! Looks like we're in for some good stuff comin' our way, so keep your eyes on WATT0!

Noel Neil and Mary

There was a small but fun costume contest. Check out some of the images. Sorry, they were moving around too fast for my amateur photographerness (is that a word?)

These were our neighbor dealers- they are true Renaissance folks
Bear the guy in the middle makes keltic armoty & forged items. You can reach him at

Button man

Author Todd VanHooser of The Barren 12 with his goddess groupies

Professor Chedwick Cornelius Atlerbury

Finally there were my neighbor vendors. I've included a few images, but check out the video of all of them.

Liz of Bad Moon Books & sis Jen
you can buy their books on ebay

My new author friend Richard R Draude
He's not only an author but a computer guru and helped me with my computer.
I bought his book The Adam Eradication and now I have 2 books signed by their authors.

This convention was probably not the best venue for us as it was more of a sci-fi gaming crowd, but we had a lot of fun. We're looking into doing the big Fangoria Horror convention in CA, Will keep you posted...

For a mini convention experience check out the slideshow below!

Kevin McLeod - Music- "Dark World" found on
Bad Moon Books also found on ebay
Richard Draude- author of  The Adam Eradication-
Silver Sea Jewelry- Elizabeth Mead- 330 N. 4th Ave Tucson, AZ 85705  520-624-9954
Bruce Davis-author of sci-fi e-books-
Lady Marretta- tarot readings- 602-354-8585
Bear- - keltic armory, forge & the Fraisian Marketeers
Hadrosaur Productions- David Summers- publisher-
Sherrie Holbrook- tupperware & vintage toys and trading cards-
ProfessorChedwick Cornelius Atlerbury-Gary Hayes- graphic design - -
Astarte Imports & Gifts- Rhonda Staggs-
Massoglia Books- Marty & Alice Massoglia- used books-
Ruth Bollerud- jewelry designer
Nora Rankin- head of dealer's room
T-shirt Dealer-Scott & Jane Dennis-Fo' Paws Productions

Southwest Flair A-Fair

Oct 30- Nov 1

Fine Art & Unique Crafts from over 170 Artisans
Benefiting Big Brothers Big Sister of Tucson

Friday was freezing! Started off at 32 degrees which is pretty darn cold for Tucson! But, as the day went on the weather turned beautiful. There were over 170 artisans and food vendors. Lots of great artwork.
Sat was much busier and the weather warmed up to the proper Tucson temperature. Our neighbor artists were so wonderful and gave us lots of tips for showing. We were considered the “newbies” so they all took care of us.

2009 Rips’s BAD Ride

Oct 25, 2009

Pinal Fairgrounds Casa Grande, Arizona

The day started out cooooooooold, but ended up beautiful! We woke up EARLY (5am) and drove an hour and a half to get to the fairgrounds then set up.

The event benefited Diabetes which is an issue that affects so many adults and children in the US.
At about 9:30 the bikers came rollin’ in and the festivities began. Great music and a rockin’ bike show which Jon helped to judge. They also had all you can eat Mexican, burgers and Corona. AHHHHH a relaxing day in the sun with a full tummy and sold some buckles to boot!
Day ended early around 3 and we were back home and unpacked by 5. All in all a nice day for a great cause! Here’s a few pics.

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Bike show winners- Jon was a judge

Jon made the awards- sorry about the low res pic

biker doggie

Jon at WATTO booth

Steph's photos

Some rockin' shots from our friend Steph of wearing WATTO Distinctive Metal Wear buckles.

WATTO & Crue Fest NY 2009

Sept 1 NY 2009

WATTO Distinctive Metal Wear recentely participated as a sponsor for the Crue Fest NY 2009 tour through our partnership with The Backstage Artist Lounge

As quoted on their website “Created by Christina Martin, The Backstage Artist Lounge is a private lounge installed backstage at major music festivals where sponsors connect with talented bands for product sampling and relationship building opportunities. ”
They have all sorts of great pics of band members with different companies products. Check out their gallery section

They are a terrific group to work with and got us some fabulous shots of WATTO buckles with Motley Crue, Godsmack, Drowning Pool, Theory of a Deadman and Charm City Devils. To see which band members chose which buckle, check out our facebook page.
The band members were so awesome to take such rockin photos with our product.

Bevin Hamilton,one of Motley Crue’s dancers loved the buckles and ordered several more from us. We are waiting for pics from her. She was quoted as saying, “What I love about WATTO buckles is that they have taken creative metal work and made them so each one is unique. They are so rock and roll and I can’t wait to wear one at my next gig!” She’s such a doll!

Crue Fest 2 was a big success for everyone. We look forward to sponsoring one of the shows of Crue Fest 3 in 2010.

Arts Fest La Encantada 2009

Nov 7 & 8 2009

The Event was held at the lucious La Encantada Shopping venue at Skyline Dr & Campbell Ave in Tucson, AZ. (520) 615-2561. We were surrounded by beautiful architecture and landscaping and high end stores such as Coach, Bebe, Tiffany, Lucky Brand Jeans and Anthropologie to name a few. A great canvas for any artist to exhibit at.
We’re totally bored with talking only about us, so we’re going to try to highlight some of the artists and other vendors at the festivals we attend so you can feel like you were actually there. Plus, the other artists are just so cool they deserve a shout out!
Check out the slide show of the La Encantada show held on Nov 7th & 8th. The show included over 60 artists and craftsmen, plus entertainment.

WATTO Distinctive Metal Wear- Jon with display

Shining Two Stars

Roberta Lewis

Ron Nelson
Paper Casting

Coyote Country

Designs by Vivian

Diane Hodiak

Su Zee Designs

Jodi Bombardier

Something Schocking
 Laurie Schock

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