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  • Aug 24, 2013 - added a new page with maps and navigation information for the convention site.
  • Aug 23, 2013 - expanded the travel and parking pages.
  • Aug 22, 2013 - you can now access program and other convention information from our mobile applications.
  • Aug 21, 2013 - Press Release #32: LoneStarCon 3 Thanks Publishers for Supporting Public Libraries in San Antonio.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - our interactive program guide is now online, with details of all 945 program items!
  • Aug 20, 2013 - the Pocket Program can now be downloaded in PDF format from the publications page.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - Press Release #31: LoneStarCon 3 Partners with Ustream to Broadcast 2013 Hugo Award Ceremony.
  • Aug 19, 2013 - our Restaurant Guide can now be downloaded from the publications page.
  • Aug 13, 2013 - the overall convention schedule is now available including service hours and program highlights.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - Progress Report 5 is now available.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - there will be a ghost walking tour of San Antonio on the evening of Thursday, August 29.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - our animation program will be showing a wide range of anime and cartoons.
  • Aug 8, 2013 - published initial agenda and materials for the WSFS Business Meeting.
  • Aug 7, 2013 - Press Release #29: LoneStarCon 3 to Feature Author Jay Lake with Film Premiere and Special Exhibit.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - every day is special with our Theme Days in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - John Hertz will be leading book discussion groups on The Glass Bead Game, Vintage Season, and The Dying Earth. Read them, and then join in!
Artist Showcase - Valerie Purcell


Art - I've been an artist my whole life (born with a crayon). I tend to see the world a tad differently than most people: through irony-colored glasses with a pile of sarcasm. I have spent half of a century trying every kind of arts and crafts technique that interests me and only have another 50 or so years left to get to the rest I want to try!

Medium - I'm rather old school, I don't use computers or software, I actually still draw, paint (acrylics and alcohol inks), sculpt/cast, design & sew, make jewelry, and many other crafts (everything from needle tatting to paper making). But collages - or '3D paintings' - have always been a favorite! To me, collages fit naturally into the world of Steampunk (a sub-genre of science fiction)! As a history minor, I really enjoy the fantastical aspects combined with the historical aesthetics, and am a huge fan of the music, the writing, and costuming for Steamy events!

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Artwork: Multi-media collage