Countdown to Howard Days Essay

With Howard Days just 49 days away, it is shaping up to be an exciting two day event for Howard fans.

The full schedule is up over at the REHupa website, and a couple of familiar faces have been added.Paul Sammon, author of Conan the Phenomenon, is going to be one of the panelists.  Paul is a pretty interesting guy to talk with, having kicked around Hollywood and filmmaking for over 30 years.  In addition to his Conan book, Paul wrote what many people consider to be the definitive volume on Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner.Tom Foster is another interesting guy who will attend Howard days and participate on at least one panel. Over his long career, Tom has worn many hats: Howard artist, cartoonist, art director, portrait painter, sculptor, set designer and publisher.

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 He has worked in all areas of media, from the record industry to television and moviemaking.   Tom is also one of the founding members (along with Dennis McHaney) of the legendary “Blufftown Barbarians.” I’ve been a fan of his work since 1974 when I bought my very first Howard hardcover, The Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan, which was illustrated by Tom.This year’s theme is “The Illustrators of Robert E. Howard,” with Jim and Ruth Keegan as Guests of Honor. So don’t procrastinate, make your reservations now and come visit Howard’s home, meet the Keegans and other Howard fans while you support Project Pride, the keeper of the Howard flame in Cross Plains.


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