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VCON is the oldest general-interest science fiction, fantasy, and games convention in Canada and the Pacific Northwest. This 100% volunteer fan-organized convention has promoted the interests of science fiction and fantasy culture in Vancouver BC and its environs since 1971, offering events and exhibits focused on a variety of Science Fiction and Fantasy fandom interest areas such as literature, art, media, music, costumes, comics, tabletop games, electronic games, etc. For more detailed information visit our website: www.vcon.ca.

VCON 41 will be held Sep 30 - Oct 2, 2016, at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford hotel. The convention’s main theme is "Muppets, Puppets & Marionettes" with a secondary theme of "The Small Press Cabal".

Please take a moment to check out the "Sponsor" tab to see who has helped support this year’s event.
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SESSIONS ARE ALWAYS SUBJECT TO CHANGE 

SEPTEMBER 17, 2016: The schedule is now as "final" as it ever gets! Which means that, yes, there will probably still be changes here and there, but generally only to resolve when we’ve accidentally placed one panelist on two panels at the same time, or if a panelist has to cancel.)

-Jenni Merrifield, VCON 41 Programming Coordinator
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Friday, September 30
 

12:00 PDT

Nonverbal
Do we include the nonverbal language of aliens and humans in our writing, shows, movies, and games? "Power poses... fake it until you become it." Panelists discuss the value of nonverbal language in storytelling.

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Johanson

Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of HonourStephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine?The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Aviva Bel'Harold

Aviva Bel'Harold

Dyslexic author Aviva Bel'Harold has written several YA books, 3 self published, 1 hybrid and the latest fully published through Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. She does several signing a month as well as speaking in schools and other events.
avatar for Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of HonourKarl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects.During the 1990s, Karl co-edited... Read More →
avatar for Claire McCague

Claire McCague

Simon Fraser University
Claire McCague is a research scientist, musician and writer. She performs regularly with the Sybaritic String Band and her other worldly plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. Her humorous first contact novel, The Rosetta Man, published by EDGE, is her first novel.


Friday September 30, 2016 12:00 - 12:50 PDT
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

13:00 PDT

Broken Rules and the Elusive Element
There are so many rules to art and writing. Rules of light and dark and colour and balance can help to make a captivating painting. Rules of description and action can help to make a great story. But good writers and good artists always seem to break all the rules and still have a great work of art or fiction. What is the missing element? Why does it work when the rules say it shouldn't?

Moderators
avatar for Brenda Carre

Brenda Carre

Brenda Carre writes in a variety of genres. Her short fiction can be found in the Magazine of F&Sf, Fiction River Anthologies and in many other venues. Brenda's WIP is a Dark Fantasy paralleling Canada's mythic West Coast during the age of sail.

Panelists
avatar for Aviva Bel'Harold

Aviva Bel'Harold

Dyslexic author Aviva Bel'Harold has written several YA books, 3 self published, 1 hybrid and the latest fully published through Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. She does several signing a month as well as speaking in schools and other events.
avatar for Eric Chu

Eric Chu

VCON 41 Film Design Guest of HonorBorn in Hong Kong at a very early age, Eric quickly exhibited an interest in design and film. Even as a young child, directing seemed to be in his blood, but an uncooperative cast of plastic farm animals would prove to be an endless source of frustration... Read More →
avatar for Carlos Lozano-Gilabert

Carlos Lozano-Gilabert

Carlos Lozano is a writer of flash-fiction and screenplays. He has a solid a solid background in science and psychology. His flash-fiction revolves around horror and love stories. His screenplays reflect his love of adventure. He writes both in English and in Spanish.
avatar for Joseph Picard

Joseph Picard

Ozero, Joseph Picard
Author of the Lifehack series, the new Rubberman series, as well as short contributions to various anthologies. Joseph leans toward science fiction, slightly 'hard', but generally fairly character driven as well.


Friday September 30, 2016 13:00 - 13:50 PDT
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

14:00 PDT

Mecha, Real Robots, and Super Robots
Join us for a short examination of the lore, and the model kits, giant robots and anthropomorphic machines. Originating with Robert Heinlein, spreading to Japan, and then returning to invade the world, ‘Mecha’ have become staples of science fiction. This is their story.

Panelists
avatar for Stan Hyde

Stan Hyde

Stan is a model builder and artist, retired English literature, film and drama teacher, and a bona fide Godzilla expert (he has more than 200 models of Godzilla, each one different and can look at a photo of Godzilla and identify the movie the still came from by the shape of the ear... Read More →
MA

Monster Attack Team

Monster Attack Team Canada is an extraordinary club, started in 1989, consisting mostly of professional film designers and prop makers who work in “Hollywood North” as the local Vancouver film industry is called. (Stan Hyde, our Godzilla Fan GoH started M.A.T.C and Eric Chu... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 14:00 - 14:50 PDT
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

14:00 PDT

Dispelling Martial Arts Myths
How much does a two handed sword really way? Could a knight get up in his armour? How hard can you hit something with a stick? Can you really knock someone out with a punch? In this interactive workshop participants get to handle different types of weapons and armour, strike targets to understand how punching and striking mechanics work, and ask all their this versus that fighting questions.

Panelists
avatar for Eric Chu

Eric Chu

VCON 41 Film Design Guest of HonorBorn in Hong Kong at a very early age, Eric quickly exhibited an interest in design and film. Even as a young child, directing seemed to be in his blood, but an uncooperative cast of plastic farm animals would prove to be an endless source of frustration... Read More →
avatar for Kalelin Kirk

Kalelin Kirk

Kalelin Kirk has a diverse background in many fields, including filmmaking, acting, writing, sword-fighting, live theatre, archery, and a hodgepodge of assorted creative endeavours. She worked for many years in the comic book industry, though she is currently an educator (both at... Read More →
avatar for JM Landels

JM Landels

Writer, Artist, Editor, Pulp Literature Press
Jennifer Landels is a founding editor at Pulp Literature magazine, a multi-genre fiction quarterly. As JM Landels she writes fantasy and historical fiction, and is the author of Allaigna's Song: Overture, due out in 2017. When she's not busy with words she plays with horses and... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 14:00 - 14:50 PDT
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (2nd Floor)

15:00 PDT

Are Games Art?
Roger Ebert set off an internet storm when he suggested that, unlike movies, video games were not art, and never would be. Are video games art? If not, will they ever be?

Panelists
avatar for Eric Chu

Eric Chu

VCON 41 Film Design Guest of HonorBorn in Hong Kong at a very early age, Eric quickly exhibited an interest in design and film. Even as a young child, directing seemed to be in his blood, but an uncooperative cast of plastic farm animals would prove to be an endless source of frustration... Read More →
avatar for Joe Fulgham

Joe Fulgham

Host/Producer, Mote of Dust / The Dreaming / Caustic Soda
Joe makes podcasts about things he loves. For six years he hosted, produced, and edited "Caustic Soda", the podcast of the weird, gross, and disturbing. His latest project is "The Dreaming", a Read-Along podcast for Neil Gaiman's comic book treasure "The Sandman", hosted by the Mote... Read More →
avatar for Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of HonourKarl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects.During the 1990s, Karl co-edited... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Johanson

Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of HonourStephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine?The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in... Read More →
avatar for Carlos Lozano-Gilabert

Carlos Lozano-Gilabert

Carlos Lozano is a writer of flash-fiction and screenplays. He has a solid a solid background in science and psychology. His flash-fiction revolves around horror and love stories. His screenplays reflect his love of adventure. He writes both in English and in Spanish.
avatar for Isaiah Sweigard

Isaiah Sweigard

I am a young aspiring filmmaker who went to film school, graduating with an expertise in Producing and Directing. After film school I then worked in the Vancouver film industry for 2 years, before quitting and pursuing my own creative outlets.
avatar for Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel ten-novel saga and the owner of Reality Skimming Press. Lynda works within the realms of optimistic sci-fi and new era publishing for her own works and the press. The press is releasing reboots of the saga and original anthologies. Lynda... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 15:00 - 15:50 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

15:00 PDT

Wonderfest Japan: Summer 2015/2016
Fan G.O.H. and Godzilla fanatic Stan Hyde has been lucky enough to attend WonderFest in Japan for the last two summers. A twice yearly event featuring both major companies and home-based sculptors numbering in the thousands, kaiju, mecha, and spacecraft are just the tip of the iceberg. Join Stan for an exploration of an amazing artistic and cultural event.

Panelists
avatar for Stan Hyde

Stan Hyde

Stan is a model builder and artist, retired English literature, film and drama teacher, and a bona fide Godzilla expert (he has more than 200 models of Godzilla, each one different and can look at a photo of Godzilla and identify the movie the still came from by the shape of the ear... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 15:00 - 16:50 PDT
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

16:00 PDT

How Did *THAT* Get On My Book Cover?!?

Join the Art Show Director and several Authors, Editors and Publishers (including the Author, Editor, and Art Director GoHs) as they discuss how cover art is chosen, what the artists are told, and which parts of the book are used for inspiration (if any). 


Moderators
RW

Rose Wilson

Art Show Director, VCON ConCom

Panelists
avatar for Russ Crossley

Russ Crossley

President, 53rd Street Publishing
International selling author, Russ Crossley writes science fiction and fantasy, and mystery/suspense. Over his more than 15 year career he has published 14 novels and over 100 short stories. With his wife, writer/artist Rita Schulz, he co-owns 53rd Street Publishing a multi-genre... Read More →
avatar for Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of HonourKarl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects.During the 1990s, Karl co-edited... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Johanson

Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of HonourStephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine?The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in... Read More →
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

VCON 41 Author Guest of HonorBorn in Ottawa in 1960, in his youth Robert dreamed of becoming a paleontologist specializing in dinosaurs, but upon discovering only about a dozen people worldwide made a living doing that, he decided to become one of the several hundred people making... Read More →
RS

Rita Schulz

International selling author, Rita Schulz writes science fiction, fantasy, and mystery/suspense. She is also an artist. Over her more than 15 year career in writing she has published 1 novel and over 30 short stories. With her husband, writer/artist Russ Crossley, she co-owns 53rd... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 16:00 - 16:50 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

16:00 PDT

Communication Through Puppetry
Do puppets have a unique advantage when getting a message across? Can they be used to communicate some messages better, using ways a human can't?

Panelists
avatar for Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson

VCON 41 Supermarionation Guest of HonorJamie Anderson is the younger son of the late Gerry Anderson – the man behind cult TV shows like Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999, and of course Thunderbirds.Jamie had always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps... Read More →
DH

Dusty Hagerud

Creative Director and founder of Color Sound Lab, Dusty has been performing and designing in Puppetry for 17 years across Western Canada working with a multitude of puppet theatre troupes. Dusty was a recipient of a 2009 Leo Award for Anachronism Pictures’ “The Anachronism... Read More →
avatar for Isaiah Sweigard

Isaiah Sweigard

I am a young aspiring filmmaker who went to film school, graduating with an expertise in Producing and Directing. After film school I then worked in the Vancouver film industry for 2 years, before quitting and pursuing my own creative outlets.


Friday September 30, 2016 16:00 - 16:50 PDT
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

17:00 PDT

Opening Ceremonies
Welcome!  Come be introduced to all our Guests of Honor and learn a little bit about what the rest of the convention has in store for everyone.

Moderators
avatar for Spider Robinson

Spider Robinson

Cheap Executive Offficer, Tottering-on-the-Brink
Spider Robinson is renowned as one of Canada's most popular science fiction writers. Born in New York, NY, he has lived in Canada for nearly 40 years, mostly in Halifax and Vancouver. He wrote his first SF short story, "The Guy with the Eyes" (published in 1971) to escape the boredom... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson

VCON 41 Supermarionation Guest of HonorJamie Anderson is the younger son of the late Gerry Anderson – the man behind cult TV shows like Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999, and of course Thunderbirds.Jamie had always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps... Read More →
avatar for R. Graeme Cameron

R. Graeme Cameron

Publisher / Editor, Polar Borealis Magazine
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories (currently on hiatus).
avatar for Eric Chu

Eric Chu

VCON 41 Film Design Guest of HonorBorn in Hong Kong at a very early age, Eric quickly exhibited an interest in design and film. Even as a young child, directing seemed to be in his blood, but an uncooperative cast of plastic farm animals would prove to be an endless source of frustration... Read More →
avatar for Stan Hyde

Stan Hyde

Stan is a model builder and artist, retired English literature, film and drama teacher, and a bona fide Godzilla expert (he has more than 200 models of Godzilla, each one different and can look at a photo of Godzilla and identify the movie the still came from by the shape of the ear... Read More →
avatar for Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of HonourKarl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects.During the 1990s, Karl co-edited... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Johanson

Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of HonourStephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine?The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in... Read More →
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

VCON 41 Author Guest of HonorBorn in Ottawa in 1960, in his youth Robert dreamed of becoming a paleontologist specializing in dinosaurs, but upon discovering only about a dozen people worldwide made a living doing that, he decided to become one of the several hundred people making... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 17:00 - 17:50 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

18:00 PDT

Our Favourite Puppets
When you start to think about it, puppets are everywhere in popular media - from Casey and Finnegan, Lamb Chop, Daniel Tiger and Kermit to Alf, the Sinclair Dinosaur family, the Thunderbirds, Yoda, and more! So we want to know which one is YOUR favourite puppet? Bring an answer, bring an argument and convince us why your favorite puppet is all that.

Panelists
avatar for Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson

VCON 41 Supermarionation Guest of HonorJamie Anderson is the younger son of the late Gerry Anderson – the man behind cult TV shows like Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999, and of course Thunderbirds.Jamie had always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps... Read More →
avatar for Kalelin Kirk

Kalelin Kirk

Kalelin Kirk has a diverse background in many fields, including filmmaking, acting, writing, sword-fighting, live theatre, archery, and a hodgepodge of assorted creative endeavours. She worked for many years in the comic book industry, though she is currently an educator (both at... Read More →
avatar for Dara Korra'ti

Dara Korra'ti

Crime and the Forces of Evil
Being a supervillain means being able to do a bit of everything, because, gods know, you can't trust anyone _else_ to do it. So after learning propaganda in professional radio and publishing, creating new techniques in genetics manipulation, getting _pretty good_ at DIY electronics... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 18:00 - 18:50 PDT
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

18:00 PDT

British and Japanese Men in Rubber Suits
Okay, maybe that sounds bad. Still, Doctor Who, Ultraman, Godzilla, and many other television shows featured, and continue to feature, ‘practical’ aliens and monsters created through make-up and rubber suits. And you know . . . we often prefer it to CGI. Join us for a trip behind the scenes of ‘sense of wonder.’

Panelists
avatar for Stan Hyde

Stan Hyde

Stan is a model builder and artist, retired English literature, film and drama teacher, and a bona fide Godzilla expert (he has more than 200 models of Godzilla, each one different and can look at a photo of Godzilla and identify the movie the still came from by the shape of the ear... Read More →
MA

Monster Attack Team

Monster Attack Team Canada is an extraordinary club, started in 1989, consisting mostly of professional film designers and prop makers who work in “Hollywood North” as the local Vancouver film industry is called. (Stan Hyde, our Godzilla Fan GoH started M.A.T.C and Eric Chu... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 18:00 - 19:20 PDT
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

19:30 PDT

Monster Kid Fandom IRL and Online: The Panel
Are you a Monster Kid? Do you like monsters? The generation from the late 1950’s until the late 1970’s grew up when Universal Pictures put together the famous ‘Shock Theatre’ tv film package, and suddenly monster movies, monster magazines, monster themed rockabilly, monster model kits . . . well, you get the idea. Monsters were everywhere. And what did the Monster Kids do when that era was over? Well, they moved online of course. Discover Monster Fandom in the digital age? Come and discover monsters haunting Facebook.

Panelists
avatar for R. Graeme Cameron

R. Graeme Cameron

Publisher / Editor, Polar Borealis Magazine
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories (currently on hiatus).
avatar for Stan Hyde

Stan Hyde

Stan is a model builder and artist, retired English literature, film and drama teacher, and a bona fide Godzilla expert (he has more than 200 models of Godzilla, each one different and can look at a photo of Godzilla and identify the movie the still came from by the shape of the ear... Read More →
MA

Monster Attack Team

Monster Attack Team Canada is an extraordinary club, started in 1989, consisting mostly of professional film designers and prop makers who work in “Hollywood North” as the local Vancouver film industry is called. (Stan Hyde, our Godzilla Fan GoH started M.A.T.C and Eric Chu... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 19:30 - 20:50 PDT
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

20:00 PDT

Future of Gaming
With the explosion of social games for mobile and Facebook, what is in store for console and PC games? Is there a future for big budget SF and Fantasy games? Is the boom in casual games a fad or here to stay?

Panelists
avatar for James Berg

James Berg

Games User Researcher, Electronic Arts
I'm a Games User Researcher at Electronic Arts Vancouver, providing player research to our game development teams. My role is to help developers ensure their design implementation meets their design goals, and to identify things like usability issues, difficulty/progression blockers... Read More →
avatar for Eric Chu

Eric Chu

VCON 41 Film Design Guest of HonorBorn in Hong Kong at a very early age, Eric quickly exhibited an interest in design and film. Even as a young child, directing seemed to be in his blood, but an uncooperative cast of plastic farm animals would prove to be an endless source of frustration... Read More →
avatar for Joe Fulgham

Joe Fulgham

Host/Producer, Mote of Dust / The Dreaming / Caustic Soda
Joe makes podcasts about things he loves. For six years he hosted, produced, and edited "Caustic Soda", the podcast of the weird, gross, and disturbing. His latest project is "The Dreaming", a Read-Along podcast for Neil Gaiman's comic book treasure "The Sandman", hosted by the Mote... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Picard

Joseph Picard

Ozero, Joseph Picard
Author of the Lifehack series, the new Rubberman series, as well as short contributions to various anthologies. Joseph leans toward science fiction, slightly 'hard', but generally fairly character driven as well.


Friday September 30, 2016 20:00 - 20:50 PDT
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

20:00 PDT

Minions
Why follow the villain? Good wages? Benefits? Early retirement? A quick death? Panelists talk about the advantages and disadvantages of being a minion, and how important minions are to a villain and a storyline. Are minions just puppets, background, or is their role actually important to the plot?

Moderators
avatar for Rick Sutcliffe

Rick Sutcliffe

Professor, Trinity Western University
Author of 10 Alternate History Christian Science Fiction novels, including the 2003 EPPIE winner for SF. He has been a literary contest judge, textbook author, conference speaker, VCON panelist, and is Professor of Math and Computing at TWU.

Panelists
avatar for BJ Allan

BJ Allan

Bored with circus life BJ (adopted as a nom de lab) ran away with a group of itinerant biologists, lured by the smell of phenol and the roar of the centrifuge. Today he seeks to share the wonder and weirdness of the natural world with ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages.
avatar for Stephanie Johanson

Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of HonourStephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine?The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in... Read More →
avatar for Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles

Author
RANDY MCCHARLES is a full-time author of humorous speculative and mystery fiction. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards. His recent novel, Much Ado about Macbeth from Tyche Books was shortlisted for the 2016 Aurora Awards. In addition to writing, Randy organizes various events... Read More →
avatar for Donna McMahon

Donna McMahon

Donna McMahon started publishing SF with her novel Dance of Knives (Tor 2001) set in future Vancouver. Lately she's turned from future to past history, with her murder mystery Death Fully Justified set in Vancouver in 1920. She lives in Gibsons, BC.


Friday September 30, 2016 20:00 - 20:50 PDT
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

23:00 PDT

Scary Puppets
Whether demonically possessed, haunted, or just plain evil, TV, film and literature have often painted puppets with a very dark brush. Why?

Panelists
avatar for Eric Chu

Eric Chu

VCON 41 Film Design Guest of HonorBorn in Hong Kong at a very early age, Eric quickly exhibited an interest in design and film. Even as a young child, directing seemed to be in his blood, but an uncooperative cast of plastic farm animals would prove to be an endless source of frustration... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Stephens

Danielle Stephens

Manager, Colourist, Goblins
Danielle is the flats colourist and manager for the Goblins webcomic. She also writes the Hyper Halfling line of roleplaying game supplements. This means she plays colouring books and make-believe as a living, and giggles about it daily. She is often mistaken for Pauline Walsh.
PW

Pauline Walsh

A second-generation nerd, Pauline grew up at conventions and SCA events. She's been part of geek culture all her life, and one day hopes to pay the bills with her writing, her art, or both. She has been a member of several VCON convention committees over the years. She is often mistaken... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 23:00 - 23:50 PDT
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)
 
Saturday, October 1
 

10:00 PDT

Creating Critters and Aliens
What makes a really great critter or alien to people your worlds with? We'll discuss the ecological and biological issues to consider and give examples of the most successful critters and aliens in SF&F.

Moderators
avatar for Wolf Read

Wolf Read

Dr. Wolf Read is currently working as a Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in forest science at the University of British Columbia. He has many interests but is often found studying wind-tree interactions, storms and associated power outages. Lately he has been delving into... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for BJ Allan

BJ Allan

Bored with circus life BJ (adopted as a nom de lab) ran away with a group of itinerant biologists, lured by the smell of phenol and the roar of the centrifuge. Today he seeks to share the wonder and weirdness of the natural world with ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages.
RB

Rob Boffard

Rob Boffard is a South African author, journalist and rapper. His Outer Earth scifi trilogy is published worldwide by Orbit Books, and he writes about music and tech for The Guardian, Wired Magazine and more.
avatar for Eric Chu

Eric Chu

VCON 41 Film Design Guest of HonorBorn in Hong Kong at a very early age, Eric quickly exhibited an interest in design and film. Even as a young child, directing seemed to be in his blood, but an uncooperative cast of plastic farm animals would prove to be an endless source of frustration... Read More →
avatar for Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews is a UBC astrophysics professor who searches for planets beyond the Solar System and probes the hidden interiors of distant stars, using space telescopes as large as minivans and as small as car batteries. Jaymie is heavily involved in astronomy education and outreach... Read More →
avatar for Claire McCague

Claire McCague

Simon Fraser University
Claire McCague is a research scientist, musician and writer. She performs regularly with the Sybaritic String Band and her other worldly plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. Her humorous first contact novel, The Rosetta Man, published by EDGE, is her first novel.


Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00 - 10:50 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

11:00 PDT

Interview with Jamie Anderson, by Robert J. Sawyer
A one-on-one interview of Supermarionation GoH Jamie Anderson by Author GoH Robert J. Sawyer. Who knows exactly where the conversation will go, but you'll probably learn about Jamie's current projects; what it took to get where he is today; and his thoughts about the life and legacy of his father, Gerry Anderson.

Moderators
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

VCON 41 Author Guest of HonorBorn in Ottawa in 1960, in his youth Robert dreamed of becoming a paleontologist specializing in dinosaurs, but upon discovering only about a dozen people worldwide made a living doing that, he decided to become one of the several hundred people making... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson

VCON 41 Supermarionation Guest of HonorJamie Anderson is the younger son of the late Gerry Anderson – the man behind cult TV shows like Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999, and of course Thunderbirds.Jamie had always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 11:00 - 11:50 PDT
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

12:00 PDT

Pencils at High Noon
VCON's traditional quick draw artists showdown where professional and amateur artists vie for the top spot by illustrating randomly selected geeky concepts.

May the best artist win!

Moderators
avatar for Chilam

Chilam

Creative Producer, Cerebrospace
Artist, Author, Astro-guy (B.Sc. Astrophysics, UBC '09) & creator of the fantastic world of Varzuun. His new novel PALADIN is now available. Member / Principal Cast: Times Paste Entertainment, BC Renaissance Festival & Jade Dragon Pirates.

Panelists
avatar for Eric Chu

Eric Chu

VCON 41 Film Design Guest of HonorBorn in Hong Kong at a very early age, Eric quickly exhibited an interest in design and film. Even as a young child, directing seemed to be in his blood, but an uncooperative cast of plastic farm animals would prove to be an endless source of frustration... Read More →
avatar for Roberta Gregory

Roberta Gregory

I have been published in indy/underground comics for many decades, beginning in the 1970s. 40 issue Naughty Bits series published by Fantagraphics in the 1990s to early 2000s. Currently working on all sorts of projects. Mother Mountain is my (not yet published) fantasy trilogy. My... Read More →
avatar for Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.
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Christine Vivier

Manager/Owner, Silver Anchor Bookkeeping
I'm a comic book maker (sometimes), a writer (more often) and someone who likes drawing.I do math for a living, which might be weird if you think people who like math don't like art. I like meditation, and ukuleles, and any video game that lets you check out cupboards and shit. I... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 12:00 - 12:50 PDT
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (2nd Floor)

12:30 PDT

Reading: Stan Hyde
A reading by our Godzilla Fan Guest of Honor

Panelists
avatar for Stan Hyde

Stan Hyde

Stan is a model builder and artist, retired English literature, film and drama teacher, and a bona fide Godzilla expert (he has more than 200 models of Godzilla, each one different and can look at a photo of Godzilla and identify the movie the still came from by the shape of the ear... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 12:30 - 12:55 PDT
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

14:00 PDT

Talking Film, Art & Animation with Jamie, Eric and Stan
Come and listen to Jamie Anderson, Eric Chu and Stan Hyde while they hang out together and reminisce about their experiences, both good and bad, working with art and animation in the film industry.

Panelists
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Jamie Anderson

VCON 41 Supermarionation Guest of HonorJamie Anderson is the younger son of the late Gerry Anderson – the man behind cult TV shows like Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999, and of course Thunderbirds.Jamie had always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps... Read More →
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Eric Chu

VCON 41 Film Design Guest of HonorBorn in Hong Kong at a very early age, Eric quickly exhibited an interest in design and film. Even as a young child, directing seemed to be in his blood, but an uncooperative cast of plastic farm animals would prove to be an endless source of frustration... Read More →
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Frank Garcia

Frank Garcia was a SF media magazine journalist for 20 years and is the co-author of two books on science fiction television series for McFarland & Company. Currently he works as a freelance video editor.
avatar for Stan Hyde

Stan Hyde

Stan is a model builder and artist, retired English literature, film and drama teacher, and a bona fide Godzilla expert (he has more than 200 models of Godzilla, each one different and can look at a photo of Godzilla and identify the movie the still came from by the shape of the ear... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 14:00 - 14:50 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

14:00 PDT

Justify the Science Flaw
The panelists and audience note science or technical flaws from stories, film and games, and the panelists try to get others to accept their plausible-sounding justifications for the flaws.

Moderators
avatar for Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of HonourKarl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects.During the 1990s, Karl co-edited... Read More →

Panelists
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BJ Allan

Bored with circus life BJ (adopted as a nom de lab) ran away with a group of itinerant biologists, lured by the smell of phenol and the roar of the centrifuge. Today he seeks to share the wonder and weirdness of the natural world with ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages.
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Joe Fulgham

Host/Producer, Mote of Dust / The Dreaming / Caustic Soda
Joe makes podcasts about things he loves. For six years he hosted, produced, and edited "Caustic Soda", the podcast of the weird, gross, and disturbing. His latest project is "The Dreaming", a Read-Along podcast for Neil Gaiman's comic book treasure "The Sandman", hosted by the Mote... Read More →
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Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews is a UBC astrophysics professor who searches for planets beyond the Solar System and probes the hidden interiors of distant stars, using space telescopes as large as minivans and as small as car batteries. Jaymie is heavily involved in astronomy education and outreach... Read More →
avatar for Judy McCrosky

Judy McCrosky

I'm the author of several books, with two new ones due out this year. I'm an experienced speaker and teacher of writing in a variety of genres. I love to talk to people about any and all aspects of writing and the writing life.
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Robert J. Sawyer

VCON 41 Author Guest of HonorBorn in Ottawa in 1960, in his youth Robert dreamed of becoming a paleontologist specializing in dinosaurs, but upon discovering only about a dozen people worldwide made a living doing that, he decided to become one of the several hundred people making... Read More →
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Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel ten-novel saga and the owner of Reality Skimming Press. Lynda works within the realms of optimistic sci-fi and new era publishing for her own works and the press. The press is releasing reboots of the saga and original anthologies. Lynda... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 14:00 - 14:50 PDT
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

14:30 PDT

Blue Pencil Café
The Blue Pencil Café is an opportunity for you to have your work reviewed by a professional writer.

When you arrive at the convention you may choose among available presenters for a brief critique of your work. There is no additional charge for this service, and sessions, while held in a shared space, will be one-on-one.

On Saturday morning sign up sheets will be made available at the Registration Desk to book these appointments. Note that these appointments are based first come, first served basis, so register early for best choice. You should arrive five minutes before for your appointment start time.

Bring a maximum of three pages of your best work (double-spaced). You will have fifteen minutes to chat about your work, or to ask questions about the knottiest problems you're facing.

Your Blue Pencil appointment is a wonderful opportunity to have a writing professional look at your work and give unbiased feedback.

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REVIEWER SCHEDULE:
  • Brenda Carre: 3:15 PM, 3:30 PM, 3:45 PM
  • Kevin Harkness: 2:30 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:15 PM
  • Karl Johanson: 2:30 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:00 PM
  • JM Landels: 2:30 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:30 PM, 3:45 PM
  • Ellen Michelle Koehler: 2:30 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:15 PM, 3:30 PM
  • Claire McCague: 2:30 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:15 PM
    Willing to review scripts
  • Judy McCrosky: 3:00 PM, 3:15 PM, 3:30 PM, 3:45 PM
  • Trevor Melanson: 2:30 PM, 2:45 PM
  • Holly Schofield: 2:30 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:00 PM
  • Isaiah Sweigard: 3:15 PM, 3:30 PM, 3:45 PM
    Will ONLY review scripts
  • Marcie Lynn Tentchoff: 2:30 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:15PM, 3:30 PM, 3:45 PM 
  • Lisa Voisin: 3:00 PM, 3:15 PM, 3:30 PM, 3:45 PM
  • Lynda Williams: 3:00 PM, 3:15 PM, 3:30 PM, 3:45 PM


Panelists
avatar for Brenda Carre

Brenda Carre

Brenda Carre writes in a variety of genres. Her short fiction can be found in the Magazine of F&Sf, Fiction River Anthologies and in many other venues. Brenda's WIP is a Dark Fantasy paralleling Canada's mythic West Coast during the age of sail.
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Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness is a writer of YA Fantasy novels and short stories in a number of genres. His City of Demons series is published by Tyche Books.
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Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of HonourKarl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects.During the 1990s, Karl co-edited... Read More →
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JM Landels

Writer, Artist, Editor, Pulp Literature Press
Jennifer Landels is a founding editor at Pulp Literature magazine, a multi-genre fiction quarterly. As JM Landels she writes fantasy and historical fiction, and is the author of Allaigna's Song: Overture, due out in 2017. When she's not busy with words she plays with horses and... Read More →
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Claire McCague

Simon Fraser University
Claire McCague is a research scientist, musician and writer. She performs regularly with the Sybaritic String Band and her other worldly plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. Her humorous first contact novel, The Rosetta Man, published by EDGE, is her first novel.
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Judy McCrosky

I'm the author of several books, with two new ones due out this year. I'm an experienced speaker and teacher of writing in a variety of genres. I love to talk to people about any and all aspects of writing and the writing life.
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Trevor Melanson

Trevor Melanson is the author of Terminal City, a new dark fantasy novel published by EDGE. He's also the senior editor of Vancouver Magazine and has edited and written for many major national magazines and newspapers (occasionally, on geeky topics).
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Ellen Michelle

Ellen is the Managing Editor for Reality Skimming Press, a small optimistic sci-fi publisher, and a technical writer. She has a degree in English & Publishing from SFU, and loves fawning over the lesser-loved characters of various popular franchises.
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Holly Schofield

Holly Schofield's short stories have been published in Analog, Lightspeed, Tesseracts, and many other publications throughout the world. Recent works appear in the Aurora-nominated Clockwork Canada, Lazarus Risen, and the Aurora-winning Second Contacts. Find her at hollyschofield.wordpress.com... Read More →
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Isaiah Sweigard

I am a young aspiring filmmaker who went to film school, graduating with an expertise in Producing and Directing. After film school I then worked in the Vancouver film industry for 2 years, before quitting and pursuing my own creative outlets.
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Marcie Tentchoff

Marcie Lynn Tentchoff is an Aurora award winning writer/poet/editor from Gibsons, BC. Her work has appeared in such publications as Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, and On Spec.
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Lisa Voisin

Owner / Technical Writer, Self
A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction. She is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher, and leads a local writing group for teens... Read More →
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Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel ten-novel saga and the owner of Reality Skimming Press. Lynda works within the realms of optimistic sci-fi and new era publishing for her own works and the press. The press is releasing reboots of the saga and original anthologies. Lynda... Read More →



Saturday October 1, 2016 14:30 - 16:00 PDT
07 - Large Workshops Green Timber 4 (2nd Floor)

15:00 PDT

Reading: Robert J. Sawyer
1-Hour reading by our Author Guest of Honor, Robert J. Sawyer

Panelists
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

VCON 41 Author Guest of HonorBorn in Ottawa in 1960, in his youth Robert dreamed of becoming a paleontologist specializing in dinosaurs, but upon discovering only about a dozen people worldwide made a living doing that, he decided to become one of the several hundred people making... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 15:00 - 15:50 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

15:00 PDT

Creating Amazing Science Fiction and Fantasy Props for Film
A number of guests of the convention (who also mostly happen to be members of Monster Attack Team) have worked on many different films and television shows creating out-of-this-world props. Join us as we explore how props are conceived and built in order to make the unreal real.

Panelists
avatar for Eric Chu

Eric Chu

VCON 41 Film Design Guest of HonorBorn in Hong Kong at a very early age, Eric quickly exhibited an interest in design and film. Even as a young child, directing seemed to be in his blood, but an uncooperative cast of plastic farm animals would prove to be an endless source of frustration... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 15:00 - 16:20 PDT
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

16:00 PDT

New Era Publishing
How does a new era publisher make money, engage readers, and reward creatives? How is 'new era publishing' defined? This session will invite attendees to gather into groups to share and imagine new era publishing ideas.

Moderators
avatar for Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams

Publisher, Reality Skimming Press
Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel ten-novel saga and the owner of Reality Skimming Press. Lynda works within the realms of optimistic sci-fi and new era publishing for her own works and the press. The press is releasing reboots of the saga and original anthologies. Lynda... Read More →

Panelists
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Brian Hades

Brian Hades is the founder of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing - Canada's largest publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Now celebrating 16 year of publishing SF/F/H books.
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Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of HonourKarl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects.During the 1990s, Karl co-edited... Read More →
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Ellen Michelle

Ellen is the Managing Editor for Reality Skimming Press, a small optimistic sci-fi publisher, and a technical writer. She has a degree in English & Publishing from SFU, and loves fawning over the lesser-loved characters of various popular franchises.


Saturday October 1, 2016 16:00 - 16:50 PDT
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

16:30 PDT

Dinosaur Comes to Town: Shooting Godzilla in Vancouver
GODZILLA 2014 was mostly shot here in Vancouver. Of course, knowing that, Godzilla fan GOH has to get on set somehow. Here’s the story of becoming an extra and surviving Godzilla attacks in three different cities. Join Stan Hyde, Godzilla Fan G.O.H. for the true story of confronting Godzilla and living to talk about it.

Panelists
avatar for Stan Hyde

Stan Hyde

Stan is a model builder and artist, retired English literature, film and drama teacher, and a bona fide Godzilla expert (he has more than 200 models of Godzilla, each one different and can look at a photo of Godzilla and identify the movie the still came from by the shape of the ear... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 16:30 - 17:20 PDT
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

17:30 PDT

The Magazine Editor & Art Director GoHs: View and Opinion - NEO-OPSIS Science Fiction Magazine
Join Stephanie and Karl Johanson as they discuss how they started, grew and developed their science fiction publication "NEO-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine", from its first printing on October 10, 2003, to the issues out in 2016 and everything in between.

Panelists
avatar for Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of HonourKarl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects.During the 1990s, Karl co-edited... Read More →
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Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of HonourStephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine?The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 17:30 - 18:20 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

18:00 PDT

Kaiju Art, Sonograms, and Kama Shibai
Kamashibai is traditional Japanese outdoor storytelling. Sonograms are vinyl records placed inside a picture book. Kaiju art is, well Kaiju art . . . the art of giant monsters! Join Stan Hyde to explore the wonders of the shared Kaiju universe, the joys of collecting children’s monster art, the secrets of Kaiju anatomy, a storytelling session, and more!

Panelists
avatar for Stan Hyde

Stan Hyde

Stan is a model builder and artist, retired English literature, film and drama teacher, and a bona fide Godzilla expert (he has more than 200 models of Godzilla, each one different and can look at a photo of Godzilla and identify the movie the still came from by the shape of the ear... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 18:00 - 19:20 PDT
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

19:00 PDT

How to Start Your Own Pro Fiction Zine
You like to read SF&F fiction magazines. Ever wonder what it would be like to publish your own paying market fiction zine? Want to learn how to start one up? Come discover what's involved!

Join the editors of NEO-OPSIS, Pulp Literature, and Polar Borealis magazines to hear about their journeys and ask them questions.

Moderators
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R. Graeme Cameron

Publisher / Editor, Polar Borealis Magazine
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories (currently on hiatus).

Panelists
avatar for Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of HonourKarl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects.During the 1990s, Karl co-edited... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Johanson

Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of HonourStephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine?The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in... Read More →
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JM Landels

Writer, Artist, Editor, Pulp Literature Press
Jennifer Landels is a founding editor at Pulp Literature magazine, a multi-genre fiction quarterly. As JM Landels she writes fantasy and historical fiction, and is the author of Allaigna's Song: Overture, due out in 2017. When she's not busy with words she plays with horses and... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 19:00 - 19:50 PDT
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

19:30 PDT

Kaiju Konfessions
It’s time to get down with your bad Kaiju self! Traditional kaiju movies all have musical numbers, songs, and dances . . . and nothing is more fun than singing and dancing together. So let’s show everyone that we’ve got the moves like Zilla! Monsters let’s sing and dance the classics! From “Save the Earth,” to “The Words Get Stuck in My Throat” to Blue Oyster Cult’s “Godzilla,” we’ll make some noise. (May go to 9:30 PM if everyone is having a good time!)

Panelists
avatar for Stan Hyde

Stan Hyde

Stan is a model builder and artist, retired English literature, film and drama teacher, and a bona fide Godzilla expert (he has more than 200 models of Godzilla, each one different and can look at a photo of Godzilla and identify the movie the still came from by the shape of the ear... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 19:30 - 20:50 PDT
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)
 
Sunday, October 2
 

10:00 PDT

Kaiju Crazy 2016
There are a lot of kaiju events this year which have produced even more toys and model kits. Join Stan Hyde for an update on what to look forward to if you’re a collector, and some predictions about the future of the hobby. (If you’re just starting, we’ll also share some insight into how to get started with the model and toy collecting hobby.)

Panelists
avatar for Stan Hyde

Stan Hyde

Stan is a model builder and artist, retired English literature, film and drama teacher, and a bona fide Godzilla expert (he has more than 200 models of Godzilla, each one different and can look at a photo of Godzilla and identify the movie the still came from by the shape of the ear... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00 - 10:50 PDT
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

10:00 PDT

The Art of Finishing
One of the biggest challenges as a creator is taking something out of the sexy early development stages and into being a finished product. Members of this panel will share their experience, tools, and advice on getting things done.

Moderators
DB

Devon Boorman

Devon Boorman is the Director and Master Instructor for Academie Duello, the world's largest centre for the study of European Swordplay and Martial Arts, based in downtown Vancouver.

Panelists
avatar for Katrina Archer

Katrina Archer

Author & Editor, Ganache Media
Katrina Archer is the author of dark fantasy The Tree of Souls and YA fantasy Untalented. A professional engineer, she lives on her sailboat in Vancouver, BC, and has worked in aerospace, video games and film.
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Brenda Carre

Brenda Carre writes in a variety of genres. Her short fiction can be found in the Magazine of F&Sf, Fiction River Anthologies and in many other venues. Brenda's WIP is a Dark Fantasy paralleling Canada's mythic West Coast during the age of sail.
avatar for Stephanie Johanson

Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of HonourStephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine?The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in... Read More →
avatar for Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of HonourKarl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects.During the 1990s, Karl co-edited... Read More →
avatar for Isaiah Sweigard

Isaiah Sweigard

I am a young aspiring filmmaker who went to film school, graduating with an expertise in Producing and Directing. After film school I then worked in the Vancouver film industry for 2 years, before quitting and pursuing my own creative outlets.


Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00 - 10:50 PDT
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

10:00 PDT

The Supermarionation GoH: Sounds Like Doctor Who - Keeping Classic Doctors Alive via Audio Drama (Big Finish Productions)
From the wilderness years through the reboot, for the last 16 years, Big Finish has kept Doctor Who alive for fans all over the world by producing new audio drama stories using classic Doctors (Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Backer, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann). But how do you translate a highly visual show to audio? What is it like working with the actors? How about the studio lunches? All will be revealed in this highly Whovian panel.

Panelists
avatar for Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson

VCON 41 Supermarionation Guest of HonorJamie Anderson is the younger son of the late Gerry Anderson – the man behind cult TV shows like Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999, and of course Thunderbirds.Jamie had always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00 - 10:50 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

11:00 PDT

The Author GoH: Consciousness and Science Fiction
The science of consciousness is highly interdisciplinary -- combining neurosciences, AI, evolution, quantum physics, and philosophy. Robert J. Sawyer uses the debates in this field as fodder for much of his science fiction. Join him for a thought-provoking discussion of the science of mind.

Panelists
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

VCON 41 Author Guest of HonorBorn in Ottawa in 1960, in his youth Robert dreamed of becoming a paleontologist specializing in dinosaurs, but upon discovering only about a dozen people worldwide made a living doing that, he decided to become one of the several hundred people making... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 11:00 - 11:50 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

12:00 PDT

The Film Design GoH: Designing for Global Annihilation
Join Concept Illustrator Eric Chu as he recounts his experiences working on SyFy’s Battlestar Galactica and the design challenges he went through bringing the world of evil murderous robots and explosive space battles to life. In addition to behind-the-scenes insights, he will also touch on his views on art and design and expose just how little he knows on the subject.

Panelists
avatar for Eric Chu

Eric Chu

VCON 41 Film Design Guest of HonorBorn in Hong Kong at a very early age, Eric quickly exhibited an interest in design and film. Even as a young child, directing seemed to be in his blood, but an uncooperative cast of plastic farm animals would prove to be an endless source of frustration... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 12:00 - 12:50 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

13:00 PDT

The Godzilla GoH: What's Up With Godzilla
Stan Hyde is the Chief Examiner for International Baccalaureate film in his professional life. As a fan he has been involved in fandom since the Torcon 2 Worldcon in 1973.  He also travels the world in search of Giant Monsters.  Besides writing articles on film (and also a published comic story and some short fiction), Stan has been a part of Godzilla fandom for years and is one of the planning members of G-FEST convention.  This annual celebration of Godzilla and Japanese science-fiction films in general has been held in Chicago every summer, for the past 23 years. Last summer he planned a tour for North American fans to go to Tokyo to see SHIN GODZILLA, the newest Japanese Godzilla film.

 Join Stan for a reflection on fandom in general, Godzilla fandom in particular, and for some updates on his favourite international star . . . now the subject of two franchises, in both North American and Japan.

Panelists
avatar for Stan Hyde

Stan Hyde

Stan is a model builder and artist, retired English literature, film and drama teacher, and a bona fide Godzilla expert (he has more than 200 models of Godzilla, each one different and can look at a photo of Godzilla and identify the movie the still came from by the shape of the ear... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 13:00 - 13:50 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

13:00 PDT

Future of Puppets in Film
Now that we can create such sophisticated CG characters are puppets becoming obsolete? What potential do puppets continue to have in the film industry.

Panelists
avatar for Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson

VCON 41 Supermarionation Guest of HonorJamie Anderson is the younger son of the late Gerry Anderson – the man behind cult TV shows like Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999, and of course Thunderbirds.Jamie had always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps... Read More →
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Jeny Cassady

Puppet creator, performer, teacher, director. BFA-UVic.Trained in marionette, bunraku, hand and rod, animatronics.Her puppets feature on stage, web, & indie film.Performed in many film & tv prods, recently Avenue Q & this fall- Henson’s Turkey Hollow.
avatar for Eric Chu

Eric Chu

VCON 41 Film Design Guest of HonorBorn in Hong Kong at a very early age, Eric quickly exhibited an interest in design and film. Even as a young child, directing seemed to be in his blood, but an uncooperative cast of plastic farm animals would prove to be an endless source of frustration... Read More →
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Frank Garcia

Frank Garcia was a SF media magazine journalist for 20 years and is the co-author of two books on science fiction television series for McFarland & Company. Currently he works as a freelance video editor.
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Joseph Picard

Ozero, Joseph Picard
Author of the Lifehack series, the new Rubberman series, as well as short contributions to various anthologies. Joseph leans toward science fiction, slightly 'hard', but generally fairly character driven as well.


Sunday October 2, 2016 13:00 - 13:50 PDT
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

14:00 PDT

Beyond Punch, Judy, and Kermit: Puppetry Through Time and Around the World
Puppetry techniques and forms have not only changed drastically over time but are vastly different across different cultures. Panelists discuss historic forms and cultural traditions that will amaze you.

Moderators
FS

Fran Skene

Fran Skene is a member of the Puppetry Renaissance Troupe and has extensive experience in scripting, producing, and performing in puppet shows. In fandom, Fran's credits include chairing/working on a number of conventions, plus she edited the local clubzine, helped to start two apazines... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Eric Chu

Eric Chu

VCON 41 Film Design Guest of HonorBorn in Hong Kong at a very early age, Eric quickly exhibited an interest in design and film. Even as a young child, directing seemed to be in his blood, but an uncooperative cast of plastic farm animals would prove to be an endless source of frustration... Read More →
avatar for Joe Fulgham

Joe Fulgham

Host/Producer, Mote of Dust / The Dreaming / Caustic Soda
Joe makes podcasts about things he loves. For six years he hosted, produced, and edited "Caustic Soda", the podcast of the weird, gross, and disturbing. His latest project is "The Dreaming", a Read-Along podcast for Neil Gaiman's comic book treasure "The Sandman", hosted by the Mote... Read More →
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Dusty Hagerud

Creative Director and founder of Color Sound Lab, Dusty has been performing and designing in Puppetry for 17 years across Western Canada working with a multitude of puppet theatre troupes. Dusty was a recipient of a 2009 Leo Award for Anachronism Pictures’ “The Anachronism... Read More →
avatar for Judy McCrosky

Judy McCrosky

I'm the author of several books, with two new ones due out this year. I'm an experienced speaker and teacher of writing in a variety of genres. I love to talk to people about any and all aspects of writing and the writing life.
avatar for Danielle Stephens

Danielle Stephens

Manager, Colourist, Goblins
Danielle is the flats colourist and manager for the Goblins webcomic. She also writes the Hyper Halfling line of roleplaying game supplements. This means she plays colouring books and make-believe as a living, and giggles about it daily. She is often mistaken for Pauline Walsh.


Sunday October 2, 2016 14:00 - 14:50 PDT
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

14:00 PDT

The Science Fiction Tourist in Japan!
Japan mixes the traditional and the spiritual with the most modern of technological worlds. Join Stan Hyde on a tour of a few of the locations that a science fiction fan will want to visit, and we might just spend some time with some friendly apparitions as well. It’s a full body immersion in the incredible from giant robots to giant monsters to giant superheroes from the ‘Land of Light.’
Planning on visiting Japan soon! The time to start planning is now!

Panelists
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Stan Hyde

Stan is a model builder and artist, retired English literature, film and drama teacher, and a bona fide Godzilla expert (he has more than 200 models of Godzilla, each one different and can look at a photo of Godzilla and identify the movie the still came from by the shape of the ear... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 14:00 - 15:50 PDT
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

17:00 PDT

Closing Ceremonies
Come and join us to say goodbye to VCON for another year!  We hope you all had fun!
 

Moderators
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Spider Robinson

Cheap Executive Offficer, Tottering-on-the-Brink
Spider Robinson is renowned as one of Canada's most popular science fiction writers. Born in New York, NY, he has lived in Canada for nearly 40 years, mostly in Halifax and Vancouver. He wrote his first SF short story, "The Guy with the Eyes" (published in 1971) to escape the boredom... Read More →

Panelists
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Jamie Anderson

VCON 41 Supermarionation Guest of HonorJamie Anderson is the younger son of the late Gerry Anderson – the man behind cult TV shows like Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999, and of course Thunderbirds.Jamie had always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps... Read More →
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R. Graeme Cameron

Publisher / Editor, Polar Borealis Magazine
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories (currently on hiatus).
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Eric Chu

VCON 41 Film Design Guest of HonorBorn in Hong Kong at a very early age, Eric quickly exhibited an interest in design and film. Even as a young child, directing seemed to be in his blood, but an uncooperative cast of plastic farm animals would prove to be an endless source of frustration... Read More →
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Stan Hyde

Stan is a model builder and artist, retired English literature, film and drama teacher, and a bona fide Godzilla expert (he has more than 200 models of Godzilla, each one different and can look at a photo of Godzilla and identify the movie the still came from by the shape of the ear... Read More →
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Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of HonourKarl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects.During the 1990s, Karl co-edited... Read More →
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Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of HonourStephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine?The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in... Read More →
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Robert J. Sawyer

VCON 41 Author Guest of HonorBorn in Ottawa in 1960, in his youth Robert dreamed of becoming a paleontologist specializing in dinosaurs, but upon discovering only about a dozen people worldwide made a living doing that, he decided to become one of the several hundred people making... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 17:00 - 17:50 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)