The Rob Cerio at CONtraflow 2019: It’s About the Authors

In a large room of the Hilton New Orleans Airport, vendors have set up their tables to sell their goods and creations at the CONtraflow Sci-Fi and Fantasy Literature Convention of 2019. The hotel is filled with cosplayers dressed as “Star Wars” stormtroopers and bounty hunters and there’s even a T.A.R.D.I.S. in the lobby. Among the sights are rows of tables filled with books, and behind them sit their authors. While many conventions focus on gaming and pop culture, according to local author the Rob Cerio, “it’s definitely more about the authors. The people that run it, they’re not as interested in meeting the actor that played so-and-so; they want to meet the person that actually made that character interesting through the story.”