Well, 221B Con ended about five today in Atlanta.
And guess what? I left some of the best parts out of the blogs thus far.
Costume contest? Yes, there was one of those. Sherlocks. Johns. A glowing blue bunny and her scientist pal. Mycrofts. Molly. A mind palace. Joan. Things I recognized and things I didn't. And all those Irenes. All those gorgeous Irenes. Pictures will turn up at some point, I'm sure, and you'll see things my fried brain can't pull up at this point. But creativity and craftsmanship rules and Wear Sherlock did a beautiful job of introducing the sixty contestants.
The Baker Street Babes live podcast? Everything a BSB podcast should be -- an interview with Cara McGee, creator of Adagio's Sherlock-based tea blends, full of fun, insight, laughter, and just the right amount of timely profanity. Five Babes live and present for the event, and since you'll soon be able to find it online, I won't spend too much time on it here. I'll be giving the Babes their due later in the week.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Yes, he was there, big as life, in two dimensional black and white, and enjoying the attentions of a great many women. Poking his head out of the Tardis. Someone tweeted that he looked a bit miffed, but that big moustache makes him very had to read.
The new Fanon. Sherlock Holmes fans have always had Fanon -- those accepted facts created by the fans themselves, like Holmes's January birthday. BBC Sherlock fans have their own Fanon, as well as memes that kept showing up in costumes wandering about the con. Winglock. Red underpants. And as much as the concept of radio cosplay still boggles my brain, a crew of Cabin Pressure folk. At times it was like walking into a new dimension of Sherlockiana. Quite refreshing.
Howard Ostrom. Okay, this place was full of Babes, girls, women, ladies, Adventuresses, and young men with oddly painted-on whiskers. But it also had Howard, who was a treat to serve on a Rathbone panel with. This was my first time getting to spend time with the WelcomeHolmes favorite, and it was always good to compare notes with him as we passed on our way to the various sessions.
The wrap-up panel of the con organizers is a really brave concept. After a long, tiring weekend, they invite everyone to come in and tell them what they did wrong, which is a risk I sure wouldn't take. They got some good constructive comments, and the accepted fact that the con ran "smooth as butter." For a first time con, it was an amazing thing. But that might have been a part of it -- it was a first time con for a great many attendees as well, no one with expectations from past glories, just enthusiastic people happy to be there and willing to go with the flow.
After the reputation this year's 221B Con is getting, next year might be a tall order to live up to, but they're going to try. And the good Carter and I have signed up for it already.