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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

Rubber Duck Painting Party
Registration: Drop-in
Materials fee
: $4 per duck painted (paid at the workshop)
Workshop duration:  Until 5pm on Friday

Workshop description:  Before the Convention really gets into the swing come chill and paint some cute rubber ducks. Create the rubber duck you always wanted or a troupe of them. Create your favorite superhero, pony, wizard, abstract design or some other flavour of crazy.
 
Then take them home with you. Where they can be your friends forever.

Who doesn’t love a rubber ducky?

Quack!

Friday September 30, 2016 12:00 - 17:00 PDT
07 - Large Workshops Green Timber 4 (2nd Floor)

12:00 PDT

KidCon, FRI
Arts, crafts and edutainment for the kids so parents can tackle panels distraction-free. Run by first-aid-trained staff with a comprehensive knowledge of Pokemon and anime, we're here to help keep you sane.

Friday September 30, 2016 12:00 - 17:00 PDT
09 - KidCon Hotel Suite (# TBA)
  Kid Stuff

12:00 PDT

Console Gaming: FRI
24 Hour Console Gaming (Room remains open beyond 2am)

Friday September 30, 2016 12:00 - Saturday October 1, 2016 02:00 PDT
11b - Console Gaming Barnston B (1st Floor)

12:00 PDT

Table Top Gaming: FRI
24 Hour Table Top Gaming (Room remains open beyond 2am)

Friday September 30, 2016 12:00 - Saturday October 1, 2016 02:00 PDT
11a - Tabletop Gaming Fraser (1st Floor)

13:00 PDT

We Build Anything, So Long As It Isn't Real
Time to open up the boxes, get out the paint, and start building aliens, spacecraft, monsters, robots, or anything that isn’t real. If you would like to spend some time relaxing and building at the show, please bring a kit along and join in the fun. If not, please don’t be afraid to look at the work going on at the tables and talk to us about the hobby. (“Join us!”)

Panelists
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 13:00 - 13:50 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)

17:00 PDT

Short Supper Break with Cartoons, FRI
We probably won’t actually stop building while we eat, so please feel free to come in to watch and ask questions. As well, we’ll show some of the anime and cartoons from which some of our model kits originate. Film program will be posted in the room, or just ask.

Panelists
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 17:00 - 17:50 PDT
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

18:00 PDT

Whose Line Is It Fandom?
Based on the improv show "Whose Line is it Anyway?", this is the nerdy improv show where everyone can laugh, dance, and boldly go where no nerd has gone before.  

Panelists
avatar for Philip

Philip

Mr Phil Guy
Philip and Colin Amor are brothers born and raised in beautiful Vancouver. In 2007, they began visiting different conventions in Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle, experiencing all kinds of communities and fandoms. In 2012, Phil inherited a panel from a friend and was hooked. Now... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 18:00 - 19:20 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

18:30 PDT

Match Game
The object of the game is to match as many of the ‘celebrities’ as you can.

At the beginning of each round, one contestant has a choice of two questions (A or B) leaving the other one for the other contestant. Each contestant is read a statement with a blank at the end or near the end. Then the six ‘celebrities’ write down their answers to fill in the blank. When finished, the contestant in control gives an answer of his/her own after which the stars reveal their answers. Each time the contestant matches, he/she scores a point.

The game will be played in two rounds and the player who has matched the most at the end of round two wins the game.

Panelists
RA

Rick Arino

Big on gaming, love hosting the Interactive gaming. Live for Halloween and scaring people. More than a little crazy. Also an AFOL.


Friday September 30, 2016 18:30 - 20:30 PDT
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (2nd Floor)

21:00 PDT

Kill Doctor Lucky - In The Flesh!
It’s not that you dislike the Doctor. It’s more of a seething hatred. He wronged you and we’ll leave it at that. Tonight you will attend a dinner party which will prove to be the perfect opportunity to take your revenge. Unfortunately, there are others attending who have the same idea....

Join us for a rousing, live action version, of the James Ernest board game "Kill Doctor Lucky". (1.5 hr)

• • • • 
For those familiar with the original board game, imagine the mansion from the game board laid out on an open floor, scaled up to support humans traipsing through them. And then imagine yourself acting as one of the pawns, creeping through the mansion rooms, keeping an eye out for that annoying doctor ... so you can kill him ... just as long as no one else can "see" you. 

For those who are NOT familiar with the game, well aren't you in for a treat! Whether you want to try your hand at playing or just want to watch the antics of those that do, it's sure to be a great time. Check out the following review of the board game from The Game Grumps Wiki:

"In this notorious game, which is an inversion of Clue, you hate Doctor Lucky. Maybe he left you out of his will. Maybe he killed your pet rock. Whatever the reason, you want him dead. Unfortunately, so do the other players. Since you don't want to go to jail, you need to make your attempt in secret; if anybody can see you, whistle nonchalantly, and let the Doctor live ... until next time. "

"Players move around the mansion, collecting murder weapons (to make the murder attempt stronger - doubly so if the weapon is used in an appropriate location); failure cards (to thwart opponents' plans); and movement cards (to try to get together with Doctor Lucky in a secluded location for his inevitable demise.)"


Panelists
avatar for Chris Sturges

Chris Sturges

President, Fired Up Events
Chris Sturges is Special Effects technician, Business owner, event manager, social engineer, long time VCON supporter and volunteer and a bunch of other things as well...



Friday September 30, 2016 21:00 - 23:30 PDT
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (2nd Floor)

21:00 PDT

Poker Chip Bardic Filk with Dara
It's a song circle! Come perform fan music (filk), or request fan songs from people who have come to play.

Friday night’s circle is Poker Chip Bardic style. This means we'll take turns, except when the chips are down - then we _don't_. 

What does that mean? Not enough space to tell you here, come out to find out!

Panelists
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 21:00 - Saturday October 1, 2016 00:00 PDT
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

21:30 PDT

(Not So) Family (Friendly) Feud
NOT SO FAMILY FRIENDLY FEUD...

Vancouver's SEXIEST game show is back for our 3rd year running!!

It's just like regular family feud, except all the regular wholesome "normal" questions have been replaced with something just a little more fun. 

That's right, the questions are kinkier, the prizes are smuttier, and your knowledge of popular-kink will be tested in front of a live audience. And if you'd like to help set the top answers for the questions, you can fill in the official game survey!

Of course, this show is strictly 18+[*]  

A Note from Fandom Feud, the hosting organization:
We'd like to offer special thanks to VCON for continuing to let us get away with this amazing show, year after year!

[*] Well, okay, not strictly 18+... those under 18 may be allowed to attend if we receive explicit permission from a parent or guardian.

Panelists
GN

Greg Neher

Conrunner, Nerd Game Host


Friday September 30, 2016 21:30 - 23:50 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)
 
Saturday, October 1
 

07:00 PDT

Console Gaming: SAT
24 Hour Console Gaming (Room remains open beyond 2am)

Saturday October 1, 2016 07:00 - Sunday October 2, 2016 02:00 PDT
11b - Console Gaming Barnston B (1st Floor)

07:00 PDT

Table Top Gaming: SAT
24 Hour Table Top Gaming (Room remains open beyond 2am)

Saturday October 1, 2016 07:00 - Sunday October 2, 2016 02:00 PDT
11a - Tabletop Gaming Fraser (1st Floor)

10:00 PDT

KidCon, SAT
Arts, crafts and edutainment for the kids so parents can tackle panels distraction-free. Run by first-aid-trained staff with a comprehensive knowledge of Pokemon and anime, we're here to help keep you sane. Early start on Saturday - 7:30am for jammies & cartoons!

Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00 - 17:00 PDT
09 - KidCon Hotel Suite (# TBA)
  Kid Stuff

12:00 PDT

Short Lunch Break With Cartoons, SAT
We probably won’t actually stop building while we eat, so please feel free to come in to watch and ask questions. As well, we’ll show some of the anime and cartoons from which some of our model kits originate. Film program will be posted in the room, or just ask.

Panelists
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 →


Saturday October 1, 2016 12:00 - 12:50 PDT
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

12:00 PDT

National Novel Writing Month – A Pre-November Write-in
Every year nearly half a million novels are written in November, including bestsellers.
Today you can start yours. Join NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison Dave Levine in a writing event based on NaNo principles.

Bring writing material and any outline or idea you may have.

No idea? No problem!

Panelists
avatar for Dave Levine

Dave Levine

EAP/IELTS Instructor, VanWest College
IELTS/EAP 300 Instructor at VanWest College.


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

13:00 PDT

Kinderfilk
Everybody is welcome to come listen to songs geared toward younger fans. We'll see if we can't find a few muppet, puppet and marionette songs to throw into the mix.

Panelists
CL

Creede Lambard

Creede Lambard first encountered filk in 1981. He learned to play the banjo in 2003. He started combining the two in 2005 and things haven't been the same since.


Saturday October 1, 2016 13:00 - 13:50 PDT
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

13:00 PDT

VCON Idol
Authors! Want to prove you are a Writing Star at VCON?

COME TO VCON IDOL!

Bring in the first page of a current manuscript (one sheet, double-spaced) and, if you are chosen from the audience, do a rapid-fire reading in front of our panel of expert judges (editors and publishers) and the audience. The judges will then demonstrate how the opening sentences of your submission would be judged if it had shown up in their slush pile.

Then take their feedback - positive or negative - and use it to make your work even better!

Panelists
BH

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.
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 →
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 →
TM

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).
avatar for Rhea Rose

Rhea Rose

Rhea's first story was selected by Judith Merril for the very first Tesseracts anthology and nominated for an Aurora Award. Her latest works appear in Clockwork Canada and Pulp Literature. She has her MFA in creative writing from UBC.



Saturday October 1, 2016 13:00 - 13:50 PDT
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

13:30 PDT

World Building Through Map-Making with Brenda Carre
Registration: Drop-in
Recommended minimum age: 6+ or adult supervision
Workshop duration:  1-hour
Other requirements: Bring a clipboard and notebook

Workshop description: Those who controlled the maps controlled the power. Learn how to take the power of map-making into your own hands and build worlds, cultures, and quests around the stories you discover. Brenda Carre will lead you on a voyage of discovering story through a map you will draw, possibly for a new story or one already in progress, and sharing what you discovered from doing so.

• • • • •

Brenda Carre writes in a variety of genres and has 34 years as an artist in the field of Education and 25 years building stories through maps. 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.

(Photo borrowed from "Fantasy Map Drawing" YouTube page)

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.


Saturday October 1, 2016 13:30 - 14:20 PDT
07 - Large Workshops Green Timber 4 (2nd Floor)

14:00 PDT

Match Game, Take 2
We apologize, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the game originally scheduled in this time block - VCON's Family Feud - has had to be cancelled. But all is not lost! Instead, we'll just play a few more rounds of MATCH GAME...

The object of the game is to match as many of the ‘celebrities’ as you can.

At the beginning of each round, one contestant has a choice of two questions (A or B) leaving the other one for the other contestant. Each contestant is read a statement with a blank at the end or near the end. Then the six ‘celebrities’ write down their answers to fill in the blank. When finished, the contestant in control gives an answer of his/her own after which the stars reveal their answers. Each time the contestant matches, he/she scores a point.

The game will be played in two rounds and the player who has matched the most at the end of round two wins the game.

Panelists
RA

Rick Arino

Big on gaming, love hosting the Interactive gaming. Live for Halloween and scaring people. More than a little crazy. Also an AFOL.


Saturday October 1, 2016 14:00 - 16:30 PDT
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (2nd Floor)

15:00 PDT

Beatles Sing-Along
A VCON tradition for many years, Spider Robinson, TAM Gordy and Steve Fahnestalk bring back their Beatles singalong. If you like singing and/or playing Beatles tunes, please join us!
(1.5 hrs) 

Panelists
avatar for Steve Fahnestalk

Steve Fahnestalk

President and CEO, Retired
Steve Fahnestalk's been in fandom for more than 40 years. That somehow qualifies him to spout off about SF/F subjects. Which he does regularly in his Amazing® Stories Online column (www.amazingstoriesmag.com). He's also known for singing Beatles with Spider Robinson, T*A*M* Gordy... Read More →
TG

TAM Gordy

Old enough to remember when Michael Jackson was black. Saw the first show with the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, when it happened. Loves music, writing and when the Boss cooks for me. Takes everything seriously, except myself. Peace. Out.
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 →


Saturday October 1, 2016 15:00 - 16:20 PDT
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (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
BH

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.
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 →
EM

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)

16:00 PDT

Frankenstuffies
Registration: Drop-in
Recommended minimum age: 10+ or adult supervision
Materials fee: $5 per Frankenstuffie made (paid at the workshop)
Workshop duration:  1.5 hours

Workshop description:

Mwa-ha-ha-ha-haaa!

{thunder cracks overhead}

A carebear tummy + the voice box from a Tickle-Me Elmo + a stuffed lemon with googly eyes + half a blue lion + three spare feet from you’re-not-sure-where = the greatest mad plan known to STUFFIE SCIENCE! (Doctor Frankenstein would be so proud.)

Come join this hands-on crafting session and create your very own Frankenstein’s monster inspired stuffie toy by snipping off and sewing together parts from multiple stuffies donated to STUFFIE SCIENCE!

Children under 10 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult who can manage pins, needles, scissors and other such things.

Panelists
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 →



Saturday October 1, 2016 16:00 - 17:30 PDT
07 - Large Workshops Green Timber 4 (2nd Floor)

17:00 PDT

Costume Contest Pre-Judging
Time for those who have registered for the Costume Contest to have their costumes examined by the judges up close and personal.

Moderators
avatar for Donna Duvall

Donna Duvall

Costume Contest Director/Artist, Donnas Creative Haven
I am an artist and avid reader of the fantasy genre, I have been organizing the costume contest for three years, all though new to the VCON community, I have enjoyed getting to know all the members.

Panelists
KA

Kathleen Andersen

Costume Contest Assitant, VCON ConCom
Owner of Little Shop of Movies in Maple Ridge BC.
JC

James Charlton

Costume contest Cat Herder, VCON ConCom
Disco, lets get greasy


Saturday October 1, 2016 17:00 - 18:30 PDT
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

17:00 PDT

Belly Dance 101 with Varvara
Registration: Drop-in
Recommended minimum age: All ages welcome
Materials Fee: NONE
Workshop Duration
: 1.5 hrs

Workshop description:  Learn an ancient dance with a geeky twist as the beautiful Varvara, belly dancer extraordinaire, demonstrates and then teaches you the graceful movements and steps used in traditional belly dance. By the time your session with her is done, you'll be able to dance your belly and shimmy your hips to any middle eastern dance beat you encounter.

• • • • •
Varvara (aka Barbara Hanson) has been cosplaying for over 10 years, having played with many different costumes, both hero's and villains. She loves to see and work on different costumes and see what others also can create, spreading the joy of costuming whether at cons or dance. She has also been dancing for 15 years, teaching for 5.

(Image borrowed from Limber Tree Studios website)

Panelists
BH

Barbara Hanson

Barbara has been cosplaying for over 10 years, having played with many different costumes, both hero's and villains. She loves to see and work on different costumes and see what others also can create, spreading the joy of costuming whether at cons or dance. She has also been dancing... Read More →



Saturday October 1, 2016 17:00 - 18:30 PDT
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (2nd Floor)

17:30 PDT

Short Supper Break with Cartoons, SAT
We probably won’t actually stop building while we eat, so please feel free to come in to watch and ask questions. As well, we’ll show some of the anime and cartoons from which some of our model kits originate. Film program will be posted in the room, or just ask.

Panelists
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 →


Saturday October 1, 2016 17:30 - 17:50 PDT
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

18:30 PDT

Monster Stomp
First, come help to design and build a town using recycled cardboard, paper and plastic to design fantastic buildings and vehicles.

Then, once the walls are standing and your imaginary town folk are peacefully going about their day, channel your inner Giant Monster to grab, stomp and destroy them all!

All ages are welcome, but very young monsters might want to bring helpers. Costumes are encouraged, and solid shoes are recommended.

Panelists
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.


Saturday October 1, 2016 18:30 - 19:30 PDT
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (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)

19:30 PDT

Costume Contest
Judges: TBA
Master of Ceremonies: Spider Robinson

You can pre-register on-site at the Convention Registration Desk. Identify whether you would like to enter the Advanced, Beginner, Junior or Non-Competitor class in either Solo or Group categories.

For full details about the different categories and general rules of the event please visit the Costume Contest page on our website: http://vcon.ca/events-main-programming/costume-contest/

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
KA

Kathleen Andersen

Costume Contest Assitant, VCON ConCom
Owner of Little Shop of Movies in Maple Ridge BC.
JC

James Charlton

Costume contest Cat Herder, VCON ConCom
Disco, lets get greasy
TG

TAM Gordy

Old enough to remember when Michael Jackson was black. Saw the first show with the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, when it happened. Loves music, writing and when the Boss cooks for me. Takes everything seriously, except myself. Peace. Out.


Saturday October 1, 2016 19:30 - 21:30 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

20:00 PDT

Swordplay Demo & Workshop presented by Academy Duello
Registration: Drop In
Recommended minimum age: All ages welcome
Workshop Duration: 1.5 hrs

A demonstration of swordplay and martial arts from Europe's middle ages and renaissance periods followed by a hands-on lesson in swordplay.

• • • • •

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. 

• • • • • 

Academy Duello is a school of Swordplay and Western Martial Arts devoted to teaching the traditional martial practices of Europe, based on the content of authentic combat manuals produced during the Middle Ages, Renaissance and beyond. Their system includes diverse weapon arts, including the use of Rapier, Longsword, Sword and Shield, Polearms, Mounted Combat, Archery, Walking Stick and Umbrella self-defense and Wrestling. They also have a Stage Combat program. They offer youth and adult programs focused on fitness, martial arts mastery, theatrical presentation, self-defence, and more.  

www.academieduello.com

Panelists
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.


Saturday October 1, 2016 20:00 - 21:30 PDT
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (2nd Floor)

21:00 PDT

Poker Chip Chaos Filk with Dara
It's a song circle! Come perform fan music (filk), or request fan songs from people who have come to play.

Saturday night's circle is Poker Chip Chaos style, which means anything can happen when the chips are down!

And what does that mean? Not enough space to tell you here, come out to find out!

Panelists
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 →


Saturday October 1, 2016 21:00 - Sunday October 2, 2016 00:00 PDT
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

21:30 PDT

(Not So) Family (Friendly) FOOD
If you're looking for a G-Rated baking competition with Martha Stewart and Betty Crocker, YOU HAVE COME TO THE WRONG PLACE!

 (Go to Hospitality for that)



Welcome to (Not So) Family (Friendly) FOOD... the competition where we won't tell you to bake penis cookies... but we WILL tell you that you can! The goal is to create delicious and naughty treats which will be judged in front of a live studio audience, with the hope of winning one of our saucy categories.

Judging Categories include...

Most Titillating Baked Good: You will be judged based on how visually appealing the baked good appears. Be warned, if you completely ignore the taste element it may come back to haunt you!

Most Seducing of Taste Buds: It's not enough for us to like your baked good's flavour... it needs to seduce us. It needs to drive our salivary glands to the point of exhaustion and leave us begging for more.

The SchWINger: To win this best in show prize, your baked good must make our judges stand rigid, at attention. Only the perfect combination of flavour and presentation will win over our masters of mastication.

The "no kink-shaming" Award: We're not sure why you did it... but you sure did! This prize is for the most creative and out-there baked good. Don't worry, we won't judge you for it. Ok, we will, but it won't change what we think about you. Honest.

Rules:


  • LABEL ALL INGREDIENTS (this is for people's safety more than anything)

  • No baking or cooking on site, dishes must be brought ready to eat

  • No fire. Just no.

  • This event is supposed to be light-hearted and fun, please keep your entries in this same spirit

  • No minors - This event is 18+

  • No Entries that will get you drunk

  • If you are unsure... Ask!




Panelists
GN

Greg Neher

Conrunner, Nerd Game Host


Saturday October 1, 2016 21:30 - 22:20 PDT
12b - Hospitality Tap Room Dogwood (2nd Floor)

21:30 PDT

Speculative Fictionary
Draw pictures representing the titles of Science Fiction and Fantasy books, movies, and games and win fame, fortune, and chocolate!

(Well, you'll really only win chocolate, but who wouldn't want to win chocolate?)

Panelists
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.
SW

Susan Walsh

A fan from the day she discovered books in the public library with rocket ships on the spine, since the first VCON she's been on panels, impersonated dead authors, taught origami, proofread, and (mostly) fed people.


Saturday October 1, 2016 21:30 - 22:20 PDT
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

22:30 PDT

Whose Sassy Line Is It Fandom?
This is the adult-oriented version of "Whose Line Is It Fandom" based on the improv show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" and there is only one thing to remember: There are no dirty minds, just sexy imaginations. And if you have a silly, sexy, nerdy imagination, then come laugh and play at this improv show!

As adult themes will be front and center, this is officially an 18+ event. However, those under 18 may be allowed to attend if we receive explicit permission from a parent or guardian. 

Panelists
avatar for Philip

Philip

Mr Phil Guy
Philip and Colin Amor are brothers born and raised in beautiful Vancouver. In 2007, they began visiting different conventions in Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle, experiencing all kinds of communities and fandoms. In 2012, Phil inherited a panel from a friend and was hooked. Now... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 22:30 - 23:50 PDT
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)
 
Sunday, October 2
 

07:00 PDT

Console Gaming: SUN
24 Hour Console Gaming (Sorry, but the convention ends at 6pm!)

Sunday October 2, 2016 07:00 - 18:00 PDT
11b - Console Gaming Barnston B (1st Floor)

07:00 PDT

Table Top Gaming: SUN
24 Hour Table Top Gaming (Sorry! But the convention ends at 6pm!)

Sunday October 2, 2016 07:00 - 18:00 PDT
11a - Tabletop Gaming Fraser (1st Floor)

10:00 PDT

Basic Puppet Manipulation for Beginners with Jeny Cassady
Registration: REGISTER HERE
Maximum participants: 15
Recommended minimum age: 14+
Materials fee: $3 (paid at the workshop)
Materials fee covers: Craft supplies to make "simple eye puppets" hand puppet
Workshop duration:  3 hours

Workshop description: In this introductory class on manipulation have fun forming new connections between hand and mouth- exercise muscles in your hands and body like no yoga class can!  Learn some of the tricks of the trade when it comes to hand puppetry, and gain a new appreciation for puppeteering!  If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to be a puppeteer, this class will give you peek into that world.   No experience necessary!

• • • • •
Jeny Cassady is a professional puppeteer who has been getting friendly with puppets since 1991 –  puppet designing, building, performing, on-set coaching, educating, and directing.  She has a BFA with distinction in acting from the University of Victoria, and has trained with respected professionals from around the world in mask performance, acting, clowning, marionette, hand and rod puppeteering, and animatronics.

She is also one of the founders of the Vancouver International Puppet festival which will be happening later in October.

www.jenycassady.com
www.vipuppetfest.com


Panelists
JC

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.



Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00 - 13:00 PDT
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (2nd Floor)

10:00 PDT

KidCon, SUN
Arts, crafts and edutainment for the kids so parents can tackle panels distraction-free. Run by first-aid-trained staff with a comprehensive knowledge of Pokemon and anime, we're here to help keep you sane. Early start on Sunday - 7:30am for jammies & cartoons!

Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00 - 14:00 PDT
09 - KidCon Hotel Suite (# TBA)
  Kid Stuff

13:30 PDT

Human Battleship
Would you like to whack someone over the head with a giant inflatable hammer? Stab someone with an inflatable sword? Throw a Styrofoam ball at someone across the room?

Of course you would!

Buy could you do it by following someone else’s instructions? While blindfolded? Now that changes things!

Human Battleship is a large-scale game where two teams battle it out to sink each other. Each participant represents a “warship” with a harmless, inflatable weapon and a blindfold. You’ll receive battle commands from your team’s designated Admiral (the only one who isn’t blindfolded). With any luck, he will guide you to victory.

Hilarity abounds as blindfolded people fail about in the desperate hope of hitting their target. Be a part of the crowd or be a part of the game! Join the fleet! Play Human Battleship!

Panelists
RA

Rick Arino

Big on gaming, love hosting the Interactive gaming. Live for Halloween and scaring people. More than a little crazy. Also an AFOL.


Sunday October 2, 2016 13:30 - 15:00 PDT
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (2nd Floor)

15:30 PDT

Turkey Readings
Bring your spare change to bid for or against the reading of truly terrible but professionally published science fiction and fantasy. The audience pays the panel to stop reading. Occasionally, passages are acted out. If you have something terrible in your collection, you're welcome to come and play. 

Proceeds from this event benefit CUFF, the Canadian Unity Fan Fund.

(1.5 hr)

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 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 Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan lives in New Westminster. Her nine historical fantasy novels reflect her fascination with other times and places, from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Her most recent YA/teen novel, Sophie, in Shadow, shortlisted for a Sunburst Award for literature... Read More →
MT

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.
avatar for Casey J. Wolf

Casey J. Wolf

Casey June Wolf is a writer of occasional poems and speculative fiction stories that range from moody slipstream to hard science fiction. Upcoming publications include “Fog” in The Nettle Tree: Strangely Different Western Stories and several poems in Your Death Full of Flowers... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 15:30 - 16:50 PDT
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (2nd Floor)