April conventions

Hello friends. How has your April been?

I know I missed a week this month, a week where I would normally post my bi-monthly musings, but I had just gotten back from a convention. It was the first convention out of state I’ve attended since 2019 so it was an exciting time.

221B Con, a convention dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and all the media surrounding it has been going on for 9 years now. 2023 will be the 10th anniversary and it is promising to be an exciting time!

Where conventions for Sherlock Holmes would be better described as symposiums or the literal sense of what a convention is normally thought to be, 221B Con is a bit of convention, media con and gathering for all lovers of Sherlock Holmes. Panels discussing all manner of topics from Victorian poisons and medication to discussing the women of Sherlock to talking about the canon characters in all their media forms. There are gatherings, karaoke, and a dealer and artists’ room.

In these rooms there are all sorts of items. Stickers, artwork, clothing, and books! This is where I found my newest acquisitions.

Author Liese Sherwood-Fabre was there selling her newest series of books based on the early case files of Sherlock Holmes.

The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife is the first book in a series of four books chronically telling the story of Sherlock Holmes before he became the Great Detective. I’m excited to read this because Liese Sherwood-Fabre authored a compelling essay in a book called Villains, Victims, and Violets, a collection of essays discussing the women in the Holmes’ canon. I own this book and if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, it is such a compelling and intellectual examination.

The second is a group of four comic books called Major Holmes and Captain Watson. This began as a Kickstarter and chronicles Major Sheffield Holmes and Captain Imogen Watson at the beginning of the Great War investigating a shadowy cabal that threatens England and the world. I’m excited to read this as well, not only because they are comics and the artwork is amazing on them, but Holmes and Watson are both women in this story with Holmes being a niece of the Great Detective.

Three days of fun, friendship, and Sherlock Holmes. I love this convention and I always come back a little sad it’s over and start the wait for the next year.

That’s my little plug for this convention and a look into what I do in my limited spare time. I’ll be back next week with my usual reviews. Until next Friday, remember to get comfortable and relax with a good book.

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