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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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Open Discussion [clear filter]
Friday, September 30
 

13:00 PDT

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Sagas
Discussion of how best to go about creating, maintaining, and expanding on a fictional universe - specifically through sagas or long-term projects.

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.
avatar for Kevin Harkness

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.
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 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 13:00 - 13:50 PDT
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (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)

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 →
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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 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

How to Plan your Novel's Plot (or Should You?)
How should novels be planned, or should they? The common analogy given is that there are gardeners (writers who let the story unfold organically) and architects (who plan it carefully). And, of course, everyone in the middle. What are the pros and cons of each style?

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.
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 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 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.
avatar for Robert Luis Rabello

Robert Luis Rabello

Robert Luis Rabello is the author of the Deveran Conflict Series, a unique human wave science fiction series.
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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 17:00 - 17:50 PDT
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 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)

19:00 PDT

Sci-Fi Television Fall 2016
A look at the state of the art of science fiction on television this fall 2016. At least 9 sci-fi TV series are filmed right here in Vancouver, notably 4 super-hero television series on The CW network.

Panelists
avatar for Jason Bourget

Jason Bourget

Instructor, Douglas College
Currently I'm an instructor in the English Department at Douglas College, where I teach courses on science fiction, horror and weird fiction. My research focuses specifically on how political beliefs inform representations of masculinity in late twentieth-century science fiction (especially... 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 Catherine Girczyc

Catherine Girczyc

writer
Catherine is a television writer with 15 credited scripts, plus published short stories + poems. Upcoming: two poems in Tesseracts 20 plus a story in Polar Borealis. Awards: 3 WOTF Honorable Mentions, 2 Auroras (fan) for Ether Patrol + Neology.
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 Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh

Retired newspaperman MICHAEL WALSH has lived long enough for somebody to detail his sins in a Wikipedia entry . He'd prefer that you read his version, set out on his own website, Reeling Back .


Friday September 30, 2016 19:00 - 19:50 PDT
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

19:00 PDT

So You Want To Sell a Story - The Teen Version
A panel aimed at kids 10- 17ish, focusing on how to start on the writer’s path, where to find and how to read guidelines, what markets want work from kids, and what pitfalls to avoid. If there is time and interest, young writers can bring very short works or excerpts for gentle critique.

Panelists
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 Holly Schofield

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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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 Lisa Voisin

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 →


Friday September 30, 2016 19:00 - 19:50 PDT
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (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)

22:00 PDT

Puppet Government
It has, at times, been suggested that we would be better off with Elmo in charge than certain professional politicians. The panel will attempt to build the ideal puppet government. Would Miss Piggy make a good PM? Would Oscar's obsession with trash be an asset or a detriment to the Department of the Interior? Where does Smile Time Angel fit in? The Thunderbirds? King Friday? Punch and Judy? Yoda? Panel and audience will discuss the relative merits of each before holding an election.

Panelists
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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.
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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 22:00 - 22:50 PDT
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

23:00 PDT

Dark Side of Fairy Tales
Before fairy tales were sanitized they used to be - well, grim. Now there's a resurgence in these stories. Violence and debauchery have returned. Should it?

Panelists
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Linda DeMeulemeester

Linda’s speculative short fiction has been published in zines, magazines and anthologies, most recently: Edge Press’ Compostela -Tesseracts Twenty); Exile’s Dead North and Playground of Lost Toys. Her spooky children’s series, Grim Hill, has been translated into French, Spanish... 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 Kevin Harkness

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.
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.


Friday September 30, 2016 23:00 - 23:50 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.
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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
 

13:00 PDT

The Royal Manticoran Navy Wants YOU!
Join members from the 10th fleet of TRMN - The Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association - as they present information about and discuss the Honorverse book series (written by David Weber) and its spin-offs (written by Weber and others), which are the inspiration behind their organization. You will also learn a little about the history of the TRMN, their BC-based chapters and how you can join in too.

Panelists
avatar for TRMN BatCruDiv 963

TRMN BatCruDiv 963

The Royal Manticoran Navy (TRMN) is the Official Honor Harrington Fan Association, an organization dedicated to celebrating the work of David Weber and the universe he has created in his Honor Harrington series and spin-offs. Most chapters are considered ships in the space navy and... Read More →
avatar for Cary Conder

Cary Conder

Born to British parents in Colombia, Cary immigrated to Canada as a child. Her alma mater is in Whitehorse, YT, served 27 years in the Canadian military, is a life member of the ASFA, and a self-published author. She resides in Victoria, BC.
avatar for Jenni Merrifield

Jenni Merrifield

UX/UI Design Specialist, Jenni Merrifield
Jenni is a UX designer by trade and an SF&F geek by choice. Her favourite fandoms include Star Wars (Han shot first!), Harry Potter (she's a Ravenclaw), Firefly/Serenity (Browncoats unite!) & the Honorverse (Let's be about it!)


Saturday October 1, 2016 13:00 - 13:50 PDT
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (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
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 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.
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)

15:00 PDT

50 Years of Star Trek
2016 is the 50th anniversary of the famed Star Trek (The Original Series)! It's endurance and popularity appears to have no end. Plus, there's a new Star Trek series to be filmed in Toronto called Star Trek Discovery to premiere in Spring 2017. Come share your thoughts and opinions on everything from the original pilot to the latest "reboot" movie "Star Trek Beyond"

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 Jason Bourget

Jason Bourget

Instructor, Douglas College
Currently I'm an instructor in the English Department at Douglas College, where I teach courses on science fiction, horror and weird fiction. My research focuses specifically on how political beliefs inform representations of masculinity in late twentieth-century science fiction (especially... Read More →
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 →
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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 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 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 →
avatar for GregRobin Smith

GregRobin Smith

Managing Director, Washington Shakespeare Festival
Poet, Playwright, Historical 1st person presenter, Musician, Shakespearean, Educator & Fundraiser, GregRobin keeps many irons glowing in the fires of creativity from his Seattle home. where he plots world dominance through the works and thought processes of William Shakespeare & Dr... Read More →
avatar for Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh

Retired newspaperman MICHAEL WALSH has lived long enough for somebody to detail his sins in a Wikipedia entry . He'd prefer that you read his version, set out on his own website, Reeling Back .


Saturday October 1, 2016 15:00 - 15:50 PDT
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

18:30 PDT

Fans We Have Lost
A number of fans over the years have had a big impact on VCON, other conventions in Canada and the Pacific Northwest such as Al Betz (Mr Science), Ed Hutchings (Mr. Low Fog), Hen Flanders (dancing at VCONS etc.), and Susan Wood (famous Canadian fan). Come join our panelists to tell stories about and recognize the important contribution of these and others to VCON and other fan convention scenes.

Panelists
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Steve Forty

I chaired VCON 20, Edited Bcsfazine for 35 issues, various VCON positions over the years, pre-registraar at Banff 89 international, Fan Guest 7 times (Noncon 8 and 16, Moscon 4, Vikingcon, Radcon, Orycon, and VCON 40), held many BCSFA meetings at my house over the years (as well as... Read More →
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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.
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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 →


Saturday October 1, 2016 18:30 - 19:20 PDT
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

20:30 PDT

Cats, Cats Cats!
Cats are all over pop culture! When did the cat craze begin? Why are we crazy about cats? Do we all have toxoplasmosis (crazy cat lady disease), or are we and our kitties all members of one big happy cat family? Is it simply a case of diminished expectations while trying to please selfish little four footed jerks? Are SF/F folk "cattier" than average? Bring your favorite scientific and off the wall theories and personal expertise and we'll have a meowing good time.

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 Jason Bourget

Jason Bourget

Instructor, Douglas College
Currently I'm an instructor in the English Department at Douglas College, where I teach courses on science fiction, horror and weird fiction. My research focuses specifically on how political beliefs inform representations of masculinity in late twentieth-century science fiction (especially... 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 Rissa Johnson

Rissa Johnson

Rissa Johnson is a left-handed, Jewish, dyslexic, insomniac who stays up all night wrestling with Dog. A creative writer and technical editor, her poetry and flash fiction have won awards, including the City of Surrey Youth Recognition Award in Creative Contributions. She has been... Read More →
avatar for Vik K. Walker

Vik K. Walker

KatvikBooks
Award winning author of paranormal romance, and fantasy fiction.


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

11:00 PDT

Optimistic SF
What is it, and why it is time to get positive again. In a world where dark fiction is popular, how do you overcome the darkness and see the positives that are possible in all worlds?

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 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 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.
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.
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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.
avatar for Robert Luis Rabello

Robert Luis Rabello

Robert Luis Rabello is the author of the Deveran Conflict Series, a unique human wave science fiction series.
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 →


Sunday October 2, 2016 11:00 - 11:50 PDT
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (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.
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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.
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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)

16:00 PDT

Bricks & Roses
The convention is almost over and so here's your chance to tell us what you think about how things went.

Please stop in to let us know if you had any problems and what you'd like to see done about them, to tell us about anything new you'd like to suggest we try or old things we might do differently or if something (or someone) blew yours socks off and deserves some positive recognition. 

Panelists
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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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Jenni Merrifield

UX/UI Design Specialist, Jenni Merrifield
Jenni is a UX designer by trade and an SF&F geek by choice. Her favourite fandoms include Star Wars (Han shot first!), Harry Potter (she's a Ravenclaw), Firefly/Serenity (Browncoats unite!) & the Honorverse (Let's be about it!)
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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...
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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.
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Rose Wilson

Art Show Director, VCON ConCom


Sunday October 2, 2016 16:00 - 16:50 PDT
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)