Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
SPECIAL AUSDWCON 2009 EDITION
IT'S AUSDWCON TIME!
1) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
2) AUSDWCON 2009 WANTS *YOU*! A LETTER FROM THE COMMITTEE
3) THE WAY IT WAS: AUSDWCON 2007
4) BOOKS FOR THE BUSHFIRE SURVIVORS?
1) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Once upon a time, "fan convention" was a hopeful phrase that meant
"several dozen or so lonely fans gathered in the back room of a pub
to share their love for their favourite books, films or television
series". And then the Rise of Fandom came and changed that beyond
recognition, so that nowadays there are vast, glittering events at
huge venues, all chock-a-block with famous names and queues around
Nullas Anxietas, the Australian Discworld convention, is somewhere
between those two. Australia is -- for those of you who might not
have noticed -- far, far away from everywhere else; nonetheless,
this vast and not-glittering Last Continent boasts one of the
strongest, most significant Pratchett and Discworld fan populations
to be found anywhere in Roundworld.
Two years ago, fans in south-eastern Australia organised the first-
ever AusDWcon. The organisers put their hearts and souls into it and
managed to convince the Author himself to attend as Guest of Honour,
and by all accounts the event was a triumph. More importantly, it
was fun for the fans.
This time around there are no famous guests, but apart from that
AusDWcon 2 offers the same fun, excitement, and Rincewind. So if
you're in Melbourne, or anywhere nearby, of planning to visit
Australia at the back end of this month, join the convention and
show your support!
-- Annie Mac, Editor
2) A MESSAGE FROM THE AUSDWCON COMMITTEE
Heya! My name's Nathan and I'm one of the organisers of the
Australian Discworld Convention, which we'll be running from
February 27th to March 1st in Melbourne, Victoria. It's now close to
two weeks to go to the big day, and we hope to see as many of you
there as possible to help us kick off the second edition of this
To celebrate the upcoming convention, our friends at Snowgum Films
have released a sequel to the brilliant Run Rincewind Run, which
they produced to commemorate the first convention. It's only short,
and it's quite... Australian in its humour, but we think you'll
enjoy their work. You can check it out on our website located at
Our programme is now starting to really come together and will soon
be updated on our website. We have a lot of exciting events on
offer, starting with the big ticket items such as the always
entertaining Opening Ceremony, Trivia Night, Great Debate and of
course the Gala Dinner, over to a variety of interesting panels and
performances. These include a collection of one-person performances
of Terry's short stories, tidbits of footage produced by Snowgum
Films, and a brand-new show by Martin Pearson.
We'd also like to remind you of the Gala Dinner, which we are close
to finalising. We have already taken a lot of bookings for this
event, which previous attendees will confirm as one of the
highlights of the convention. We have a new venue this year, the
Ibis Hotel, and all reports from our Gala Dinner organisers are that
attendees are in for one exciting evening.
If any of the the above has taken your fancy and you wish to sign
up, or if you've already signed up and wish to upgrade your
membership, please head over to our website at www.ausdwcon.org, or
stay abreast of new announcements by signing up to our mailing list
3) THE WAY IT WAS: A RECAP OF THE FIRST AUSDWCON
3.1) A report, as previously published in WOSSNAME two years ago:
HANIA OGG IN PTERRYLAND
I, Hania, attended the main day of this month's AusDWcon in
Melbourne, Fourecks, as a roving reporter for WOSSNAME. Here
are some of my observations:
Terry was fully afraid of me in the morning when I was chatting to
him in the lobby...(tehehehe) - and remembers me well...*lol*...
(mostly for my lost wallet last time....he didn't recognise the tits
The con itself was very fun.
He signed the tits. One pair for us all (will get pictures) and
another that I brought along for the breast cancer foundation (which
he signed "feel a right tit" and drew an arrow pointing to the right
The plays were excellent - especially Wyrd Sisters - very well done.
Magrat was gorgeous! And very believable, same as Duke Felmet .The
performance of Mort wasn't as professional, but there was plenty of
enthusiasm so I enjoyed it anyway.
The Young Readers panel was excellent! Some of those kids are bloody
smart!! Especially the one who was, like, eleven. Most of the kids
on the panel understood all the punes, jokes and culture references
in the Discworld books - though one boy of about 17 talked about how
he didn't get some of the double and single entendres when he was
younger, and had even more fun when he re-read them pretty recently
(now that he's a young man of the world, hehehehe).
I got to go to the ball. I was accosted, like, by a Casanunda, and a
doctor. An elderly man next to me kept pouring me single malt
whiskey, and I got to dance all sexy like with the lovely Tania to a
rendition of "Rubber Ducky". I had a number of people tell me I made
a great young Ogg!!!!!
There was a door in one room that had a sign on it. It read, "This
is not a door"!
I was seedy by 2.30am and got a taxi home and unbridled my passion.
Well...undid my corsets, like, sighed with relief, and fell asleep
with my signed copy of Wintersmith in my hands. What a day it was!
3.2) A memorable moment Pterry would possibly like to forget:
The Signing of the Ogg Parts:
The real Ogg Parts:
3.3) PAUL and LIBWOLF Go To AusDWCon
Q: How was the turnout for the convention - as eyeballed by
yourself, erm, selves?
Paul: Let's see - two, three hundred on Saturday for The Master's
Speech. All shapes and sizes. Youngest was Bub in Arms, eldest A
Crone on Broomstick. Possibly more on Sunday, going from other
Libwolf: But Only One Wolf!
Q: Can you tell me about the events? - the ones you attended (or
Paul: Friday night and most of Saturday (missing The Dinner) -
Pratchett V's Rowling, Wyrd Sisters (most of it), Mort (Magrat!
*droool*) Umm...Terry's Speech, Guide to Newbies. And Thud Training,
but that went straight over my head.
Wolf: We went to everything, of course! The Ceremonial Rowling BBQ,
the Break into Terry's Rooms to Try to Steal his PDA to Get the New
Stuff (Bastard keeps it on him!), stealing staircases from the hotel
- the usual.
Q: What were your overall impressions of AusDWcon - how well/poorly
it ran, how well/poorly it seemed to be organised, whether there was
enough/too much time between events, etc...?
Paul: Did very well for a first time con - they had a great
committee & some help from the UK girls & guys. A different site may
have improved things - layout was odd and was impersonal. Dealers
were a bit thin on the ground, but that's to be expected the first
Q: What were your favourite moments?
Paul: Toss-up between Pterry jumping in on the Pratchett V's Rowling
debate and Rincewind's "YOU BASTARD!" to Terry.
Wolf: Heh heh heh - that's between me and the three young...- heh
Q: Now, about that ol' 'Discworld-y spirit' - was there any? - if
so, how much?
Paul: Well, lots of Discworld Fans, admiration of T-shirts (if I
remember, I'll send a pic of my OOK! shirt). Discworld flavour to
Wolf: Spirits? Spirits? There was wine and beer, but I didn't see
Q: People in costume - any good 'uns?
Paul: Two duck girls, a few Susans, a couple of great Grannys. And
Young Nanny Ogg of course. I'll sort though my pics and post a few
of the goodies. There is always
Wolf: There were people in costume? That's not how they normally
dress!?! Could have fooled me...
Q: What were your impressions of Pterry himself (and his reaction to
Hania, if witnessed)? I know you've met him before at signings.
Paul: He did seem very tired - maybe next time The Con could fly him
and her out a week early, give him a chance to relax. He did really
spark up during the Pratchett vs Rowling debate - was sitting up the
back at the start and just couldn't keep out of it - ended up on the
panel. And hearing him talking about gold and silversmithing was
great. Little silver beees! As for Hania - "You again!"
Wolf: He was so tired I got away with one of his teeth!
Q: Did you see both plays, Wyrd Sisters and Mort? - and if so, your
verdict(s) on them?
Paul: Loved both of them - didn't get to see the end of Mort (Let's
see - watch rest of this play...Listen to The Master...no contest
...). Would cheerfully have sat and watched them again.
Wolf: All they needed (apart from starting on time!) was an
orangutan in the front row with a bag of peanuts! No Lords or Ladies
Q: Was there karaoke as threatened or did they ~cough cough~
Wolf: Just myself on the golf course, singing at the top of my
Paul & Wolf: Bring on the next one! We'll both be there!
4) BOOKS ARE NOT FOR BURNING...
...but, as we've suggested to the AusDWcon organisers, it would be a
lovely gesture to donate some Pratchett books to the bushfire
appeal. As the whole world knows, Australia is reeling in the wake
of the deadliest bushfire in its history. Some 7,500 survivors have
lost their homes to the fires and have nothing -- no possessions, no
clothing, nothing -- and now have to rebuild their lives. For the
children of the dispossessed families, toys and books are perhaps as
important as clothing and shelter. And what better story to give
hope for the future than, for instance, Nation -- a tale of a young
person who has to rebuild his life and community after losing
More on this in the main issue. Have a happy AusDWcon!
-- Annie Mac
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