Local author escapes reality at Pensacon 2017

About 30,0000 people are expected to attend Pensacon 2017 at the Pensacola Bay Center. Aside from comic book enthusiasts, cosplayers and celebrities, there will also be more than 100 vendors.

Vendors selling everything from comics to costumes. Most are from out of town, but some, like S. Usher Evans are local.

"This is my town," said Evans. "I am just pleased as punch to be home."

Evans is a Pensacola native and she's turned her writing hobby into a career.

"All of my books are science fiction, fantasy," said Evans. "They range from super fantastical like Empath is in a complete fantasy world and The Madion War Trilogy is a little light fantasy, so there's no magic, but it's a completely different world, completely made up."

Make believe aside, Pensacon organizer Kat Bishop says when it comes to local talent, the reality is that people get excited.

"We are also extremely pleased to have some really quality authors from the area," said Bishop. "She's one of them, she's been a big supporter of Pensacon and we're big fans of hers."

This is the third year Evans will be selling and signing copies of her novels at Pensacon.

"If something stands still long enough, I'll sign it," joked Evans.

Although she writes fantasies, she's serious about her work. Since 2015, Evans has attended 30 different conventions across the united states, but she told us her favorite is always coming home to Pensacon.

"I love seeing all my friends, high school friends, all my elementary school friends, teachers," said evans. "it's just wonderful to come home and be home to do this stuff."

Evans will be at Pensacon all three days of the convention. She will also be involved in a writing advice panel at the Saenger Theatre at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

For the full weekend line up, you can download the Pensacon 2017 mobile application; it's free on iTunes and Google Play.

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