Saturday, July 25, 2009


NoirCon is based on Raphael's famous masterpiece, The School of Athens [Scuola di Atene (1509-1510)]. NoirCon is an opportunity for members of the Noir World to join together and discuss ideas, laugh and celebrate their art.

Like the "Salon" [An annual exhibition of works of art by living (and in the case of NoirCon, both living and dead) artists, originally held at the Salon d'Apollon.] NoirCon is meant to be a gathering of stimulating people of quality under one roof, partly to amuse one another and partly to refine their taste and increase their knowledge through conversation and readings, often consciously following Horace's definition of the aims of poetry, "either to please or to educate" ("aut delectare aut prodesse est").

Lest us not forget the "symposium" [Latin, drinking party, from Greek symposium : sun-, syn- + posis, drinking] of the ancient Greeks as well. NoirCon is a convivial meeting for drinking, music, and intellectual discussion among the ancient Greeks and not so ancient and new NoirCon devoutees.


  1. Let's see: Reed Farrel Coleman is bald and sort of has a beard, so he's Plato in The School of Athens. That means Ken Bruen is Aristotle.
    Here's another Italian Renaissance painting that looks like the Noircon I remember from 2008.
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    "Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

  2. Thanks! I think this may also be NoirCon. I see Dennis McMillan playing his beloved Flamenco guitar in the foreground. Who else do you see?

  3. One disadvantage to NoirCon is that the late afternoon behavior is rather dispersed need help with my essay and no transportation is making available.