With the Alabama Phoenix Festival in town, I knew I’d be spending more time there than at the club this weekend. And it’s an absolute blast.
The event celebrates creativity and imagination, and whether your interests are anime, comic books, costuming, gaming, science fiction, or just experiencing something you won’t see every day, it offers plenty for you to do and see.
It’s underway until 11 p.m. tonight and from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. If you missed opening day, here are some thing you still have opportunity to experience in person.
A highlight for me was getting to meet and interview Allen Bellman, one of the last remaining artists from the Golden Age of comics. He worked for Timely (which later became Marvel) during the 1940s and 1950s, drawing such iconic characters as Captain America, the Human Torch, and the Sub-Mariner.
Huntsville’s Stephanie Osborn, author of The Displaced Detective sci fi/mystery series was on hand to sign copies of her novels. She also presented two fascinating seminars about historical research yesterday and will be taking part in panel discussions about independent publishing and the psychology of fiction later this weekend.