From the Orac list (and please pass it along):
To All You Book-loving Atlanta Locals:
I just got a note from Sean Wallace, Publisher/Editor with Prime
Books/Wildside Press. It seems that SF/F publisher Meisha Merlin,
which declared it was shutting down in November, has a rather large
amount of stock (tens of thousands of books) in its Stone Mountain
warehouse (1440 Kelton Drive, Stone Mountain) that needs to be rescued
or it will all be destroyed/recycled.
Sean is renting a truck which can fit fifteen pallets, single-stacked,
or thirty double-stacked, but there's no forklift available, only a
pallet jack. So he has to fill the truck by hand. He'll be in town
Tuesday and Wednesday (4/22 and 4/23) to load up, and he's asked me to
spread the word that he's desperate for volunteers to help him. Anyone
who volunteers can cart off any books they want that don't fit into
If you can help out or know of folks who might be able to, email Sean
at: seanwallace at comcast.net
I'm passing this on to all Tolkien fans, esp. those who attend Dragoncon in Atlanta and know Melissa. But even if you don't, won't you please consider signing the petition? It would mean a lot to her and her husband Chris.
Greetings, it's Chris Kern (aka Bill the Pony)
As most of you know, Melissa "Fiver" Kern has been diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. In September, she marched with fellow Lord of the Rings fans in the annual DragonCon parade, but six months later, she needs help walking, dressing and using stairs.
I wanted to do something for Melissa, to show her the impact that she's had on people, in the Lord of the Rings communities and beyond. To that end, I have put together a petition online. I call it "Project FIVER" (after her name on the community websites), and it is a petition to have New Line cast her as a Hobbit extra in THE HOBBIT. We don't know the course her disease will take, so she worries that she won't be around to see the movies in theaters, so this was the next best thing.
If you wouldn't mind, please sign the petition. Feel free to share the link with others.
Thanks for being a good friend to her.
Want - Is there a dance song you would like made into a video for the Young Adult Lit Track's Yule Ball? <a href="http://community.livejournal.com/dragonconyalit/47068.html">GO HERE</a> to request it. There's more information there about the rules and what's going to happen.
Take - If you're a vidder who would like to make a video to be shown at Yule Ball, keep an eye on this space for the song list we're going to be putting up soon. You can claim a song and make your very own video to be shown up on the big screen at Con.
Have - If you've already made a fan video that's to dance music, feel free to submit them as well. Go to the YA Lit post to check out our rules and submission criteria.
Any questions? Email countessmary at gmail dot com
I will be adding photos from previous years as well. This is for the Tolkien Track website so if you have any photos you'd like to share, please, forward them to myself or deathkiss1 @ yahoo.com
Tolkien Track Shirts Available!
The 2007 shirts, bags, and mugs are available now!
Three different image styles: heroes, villains, and track logo.
Check them out! Info and images are at:
This is the last week for parade registration. I'm the coordinator for the LOTR section, so its my job to gather numbers from the various groups that march with us. In past parades, TheOneRing.net, AlleyCat Scratch, West of the Moon, Ohio Ring Council, and Arms of Middle Earth have all marched under one banner. The only requirements to march with us are a con badge and be a LOTR fan. I have a main banner for the group that is green with "Arms of Middle Earth" on it(yes, there is a fan group with this name, but this has been the title of the parade portion since 2003. You do NOT have to be a member of AOME or any specific LOTR group in order to march), but feel free to bring any flags/posters/signs from your group to wave in the parade. We are also allowed to throw candy to the crowds(a lot of kids watch the parade).
In order to register you can respond to this post, or register at the yahoo group(http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dc_parade/). We will meet on Sat. morning at 9:15am at the OneRing.net fan table in the Marriott to walk down to Woodruff Park. If you choose, you can just meet at the park at 10am. I will have everyone's ribbons, and I'll be in my Frodo Costume. If you have any questions, just post here or find me(Fiver) at www.armsofmiddleearth.com.
On the Saturday evening of DragonCon, the Tolkien Track is pleased to present the first Tolkien's Middle-earth Fan Film Festival. The highlights of our evening will be the screening of 'Middle-earth Idol'
by MARS Productions and the video documentary 'Ringers: Lord of the Fans'. We are looking for short fan produced films to show leading up to our featured presentation.
That is where you come in! Maybe you have a movie camera and a backyard with lots of trees, perfect for hunting Elves. Perhaps your artistic skills in drawing Hobbits and animating them are finely tuned, and you have been itching for the chance to show off your skills. Some of you might already have a film that you just want to show off to everyone at the track. Here's your chance!
For additional information, please go to the Tolkien Track site
(http://tolkientrack.queencheetah.com) and click on the fan film link, or contact Zhie ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here’s an eye-opener, and no mistake! Guess who’s coming to Dragon*Con?
“I wonder if people will ever say, 'Let's hear about Frodo and the Ring.' And they'll say 'Yes, that's one of my favorite stories. Frodo was really courageous, wasn't he, Dad?' 'Yes, my boy, the most famousest of hobbits. And that's saying a lot.'”
---Samwise, Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers
But wait – let’s hear about Sam! The staff of the Dragon*Con Tolkien Track is pleased to announce the addition of Sean Astin to the list of guests at the 2007 Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia. Sean Astin is well-known to fans of Peter Jackson’s film version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy as Samwise, the brave Hobbit who goes from gardener to unexpected adventurer and hero.
It’s not too late to plan to attend Dragon*Con! For more information in the convention, head on over to their official website at http://www.dragoncon.org and for more information about the Tolkien Track, check out http://tolkientrack.queencheetah.com Stay tuned for future guest announcements!
Dynamic Program Specialist
Dragon*Con Tolkien Track
We are being asked to justify guests for the Dragon*Con this year. Basically, that means, they want a head count. If they’re going to shell out the dough for some guests for us (read: actors, movie peoples, etc), they want to be sure that there are fans that are coming.
Mir and I are gathering numbers right now. I’ve gotten a good preliminary count from the Arms of Middle-earth group, and we’re going to check at onering.net to see about what the count is over there.
That being said, if you’re planning to attend Dragon*Con, and have not posted that on the AOME group, and are not an active member of the TORN community, please send me a message as soon as you possibly can to zhiester @ gmail . com with the words DRAGONCON COUNT in the subject, and practically anything else in the body text. Actually, if you want to use the extra space to state which guests you’d like to see there, that might help a bit. If you’re seeing this on Live Journal, you can just post a reply to this message and I will find it that way. I would like to get the counts in by Tuesday if possible. We have to work fast in order to secure some guests.
If you could repost this on any groups you own that might have Tolkien fans at them, it would really, really help us out. Same with Live Journal, though posting a link from your LJ to this message might be better so that I can find the responses. Thank you very much for reading this, and to those going to Dragon*Con, I look forward to seeing you there!
Dragon*Con Tolkien Track Dynamic Program Specialist
Confirmed!! Sean Astin will be at Dragon*Con 2007!!
Read all about it at the following post:
However, we still need that head count if we want to try for other guests! Please let us know if you're coming! Thanks! -Zhie
Hi, all! *waves* Zhie here, the Tolkien Track... whatever I am. I'm a program something-or-other, but the position changes daily as needed...
Anyhow, I thought I'd take a moment and go through a list of people you won't see at the convention, just to clear a few things up, since we've had a lot of questions emailed to us lately.
First off, you will not - that would be 'won't' (also acceptable - woll not, an older variation on that theme, guess that explains how will not contracts to won't) - see Craig Parker there. This is due to the fact he has some prior committments elsewhere. Our people were in contact with his people from the start (like, waaaaaaay back in 2006 land), but before the guest application even went online, he already knew he couldn't attend. We have forwarded the dates for next year to him, so, cross your fingers, and better luck next year hopefully.
Second on the list of people you won't see is my dad. Now, my dad, he's a pretty cool guy. He got me watching Star Trek: The Next Generation and would sing the Flash Gordon theme song to us in the car on short road trips. However, he doesn't do travel. I can count the times he left the state on one hand, without using my thumb. He even had a chance at a free trip to Disney World once, and decided in less than two minutes it wasn't his thing. It's part of why there's a video camera in the track room taping all the stuff I'm doing. So that I can bombard him with it when I get back up north.
Thirdly, we will not find J.R.R. Tolkien at the convention. Maybe a look-alike. Maybe some people smoking pipes. Maybe some people smoking pipeweed. But no Professor Tolkien. If you don't know why that would be, we'll have a chat later.
Next on the list of people you won't find, is my cat, Harley. It's gone to his head that he's had a major role in a LOTR fanfic, and now, he's got such an ego. I told him, hey, buddy, not a good idea to come -- haven't you heard about Anne McCaffery's scooter of doom? Think of what that would do to your tail. (Now I just have to hope he's not keeping up with the Dragon*Con livejournal and doesn't know she's not coming this year...)
Last but not least, Sir Ian McKellen is unable to attend. I asked Jean why that was, and she said it was 'because he's doing Shakespeare'. I'm going to take that to mean that he's in a Shakespeare play, and not that he's actually... well, maybe he...
And this concludes the current List of People You Won't See at Dragon*Con.
But don't fret, dear readers, for I will be attending. Wait... why are you all running away...?