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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
 

14:00

Reading: Aviva Bel'Harold
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.


Friday September 30, 2016 14:00 - 14:25
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

14:00

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 →
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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
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

14:30

Reading: Brenda Carre
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.


Friday September 30, 2016 14:30 - 14:55
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

15:00

Reading: Joseph Picard
Panelists
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 15:00 - 15:25
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

15:00

Nature and History of Witchcraft
Witchcraft (as the English for Latin's "Maleficia") has historically been defined as the art or ability to harm others by occult means. My talk will examine this alleged phenomenon, its scope, possible origins and social impact across a range of cultures and eras.

Panelists
avatar for Graham J. Darling

Graham J. Darling

Author, Scientist & Medievalist, Active Materials Inc.
Dr Graham D Darling designs new molecules with weird properties. As Graham J Darling (from another middle name), he writes as fiction what the world isn't ready for as fact. As Doctor Carus, he demonstrates medieval sci/tech to scholars of all ages.


Friday September 30, 2016 15:00 - 15:50
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

15:00

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
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

15:30

Reading: Donna McMahon
Panelists
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 15:30 - 15:55
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

17:00

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
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

18:00

Women Veterans of Vancouver Fanzine Fandom
Come learn about the women who are or have been fixtures in the local fanzine writing community. This panel will highlight the participation of local female fans in the writing of fanzines, past and present. Participants are female fans who have produced zines and other fans with knowledge of one who can't herself be present or simply have a general knowledge of the topic.

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).
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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 →


Friday September 30, 2016 18:00 - 18:50
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

18:00

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
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

19:30

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
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

19:30

Man of Steel: Truth, Justice, and the Moral Way
Come listen to Kalelin Kirk present her thoughts on the cardinal virtue of justice from a theological and comic book perspective, by considering the morality of the killing in the film "Man of Steel" and how the ramifications are then dealt with in the sequel film, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". (1.5 hr)

Kalelin Kirk is a grad student at the University of British Columbia studying for her M.A. in Theological and Philosophical Studies and a life-long fan of SF, fantasy, comics, anime, and popular culture. 

Panelists
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 →


Friday September 30, 2016 19:30 - 20:50
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)
 
Saturday, October 1
 

10:30

Reading: Chilam
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.


Saturday October 1, 2016 10:30 - 10:55
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

11:00

Reading: Graham J. Darling
Panelists
avatar for Graham J. Darling

Graham J. Darling

Author, Scientist & Medievalist, Active Materials Inc.
Dr Graham D Darling designs new molecules with weird properties. As Graham J Darling (from another middle name), he writes as fiction what the world isn't ready for as fact. As Doctor Carus, he demonstrates medieval sci/tech to scholars of all ages.


Saturday October 1, 2016 11:00 - 11:25
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

11:00

NaNoWriMo – So you want to write a novel
National Novel Writing Month is an intense novel-writing event that goes on every November, worldwide. Join local Municipal Liaisons Dave Levine and Christine Vivier of the Vancouver chapter of National Novel Writing Month for a discussion on what NaNoWriMo is and how it can get you started on your journey to becoming an author.

Panelists
avatar for Dave Levine

Dave Levine

EAP/IELTS Instructor, VanWest College
IELTS/EAP 300 Instructor at VanWest College.
avatar for Christine Vivier

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 11:00 - 11:50
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

11:30

Reading: Claire McCague
Panelists
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 11:30 - 11:55
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

12:00

Reading: Robert Luis Rabello
Panelists
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.


Saturday October 1, 2016 12:00 - 12:25
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

12:00

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
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

12:30

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
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

13:00

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
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

13:00

Reading: Spider Robinson
1-Hour reading by our Toastmaster, Author Spider Robinson

Panelists
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 13:00 - 13:50
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

14:00

Reading: Casey June Wolf & Eileen Kernaghan
Panelists
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 →
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 →


Saturday October 1, 2016 14:00 - 14:25
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

14:30

Reading: Rhea Rose
Panelists
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 14:30 - 14:55
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

15:00

Reading: Alyx J. Shaw
Panelists
AJ

Alyx J. Shaw

Alyx J Shaw is an irritable rantaholic who enjoys writing, making medieval honey wine, smoking, tarantulas, and raising strange and toxic plants. She shares her seedy apartment with a cat, tarantula, dog, and pet dove named Cupid. She's pretty sure there is a husband in there somewhere... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 15:00 - 15:25
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

15:00

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
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

15:00

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
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

15:30

Reading: Julie McGalliard
Panelists
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.


Saturday October 1, 2016 15:30 - 15:55
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

16:00

Men of Steel and Messiah Figures: Religious Currents in Various Mediums of Popular Culture
After a brief presentation by Kaelin Kirk (Film Maker, Sword Fighter, Popular Culture Theorist and Analyst) our panel will discuss the various "Messiah Figures" that populate the various mediums and fandoms of pop culture, including specific examples from literature, film, comic books, anime, and manga.  Discover how characters as diverse as Superman, Harry Potter, and Vash the Stampede fulfill a more than simply heroic role.  Do these literary or cinematic Judaeo-Christian archetypes play a role in how young people perceive religion and entertainment in contemporary secular culture?  (1.5 hrs)

Moderators
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 →

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 →
avatar for Graham J. Darling

Graham J. Darling

Author, Scientist & Medievalist, Active Materials Inc.
Dr Graham D Darling designs new molecules with weird properties. As Graham J Darling (from another middle name), he writes as fiction what the world isn't ready for as fact. As Doctor Carus, he demonstrates medieval sci/tech to scholars of all ages.
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 →
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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).
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 16:00 - 17:20
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

16:30

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
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

16:30

The World of YouTube. How Channels Become Hits.
Whether you make videos, want to start a channel, or just want to learn about one of the biggest trends on the web - introducing: YouTube! Learn how to start a channel, get popular on the website, and how the biggest YouTubers get their fame and make millions of dollars a year. Discover all this and more with YouTuber Reith Humphreys from TeamRFX and his father C. C. Humphreys!

Panelists
avatar for Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Arthur Ellis winning Author of 'Plague', Chris is an actor, novelist and swordsman. He has written the fantasy 'The Hunt of the Unicorn' and its sequel, out this Fall, 'The Hunt of the Dragon.'
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Reith Humphreys

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 16:30 - 17:20
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

17:00

Reading: Kieth Merrill
Panelists
KM

Kieth Merrill

Kieth Merrill is an author, producer, and director. His new novel, The Immortal Crown, the first in the epic fantasy series Saga of Kings, combines his love of world building with his cinematic writing style. Kieth is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 17:00 - 17:25
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

17:30

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
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

17:30

Reading: Vik K. Walker
Panelists
avatar for Vik K. Walker

Vik K. Walker

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


Saturday October 1, 2016 17:30 - 17:55
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

17:30

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 →
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 →


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

18:00

Reading: Chris (C.C.) Humphreys
Panelists
avatar for Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Arthur Ellis winning Author of 'Plague', Chris is an actor, novelist and swordsman. He has written the fantasy 'The Hunt of the Unicorn' and its sequel, out this Fall, 'The Hunt of the Dragon.'


Saturday October 1, 2016 18:00 - 18:25
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

18:00

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
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

18:30

Reading: Trevor Melanson
Panelists
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).


Saturday October 1, 2016 18:30 - 18:55
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

20:00

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. 

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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
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (2nd Floor)

22:30

What are TED and TEDx about
TED now owns the largest library of ideas that the world has ever known. How did this happen and why should you join the TED movement?
 

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Roger Killen

Roger Killen is the producer of one of the largest TEDx conferences in the world. He will share with you what he has learnt about the TED and TEDx movements over the last four years and offer you reasons for producing your own TEDx conference.


Saturday October 1, 2016 22:30 - 23:20
07 - Large Workshops Green Timber 4 (2nd Floor)
 
Sunday, October 2
 

10:00

Reading: Catherine Girczyc
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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.


Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00 - 10:25
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

10:00

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.)

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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 10:00 - 10:50
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

10:00

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.

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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 →


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

10:30

Reading: JM Landels
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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 →


Sunday October 2, 2016 10:30 - 10:55
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

11:00

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.

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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 11:00 - 11:50
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

11:00

That Old-Timey Science
Phrenology, spiritualism, mesmerism, eugenics. These were once cutting edge scientific ideas of the 19th century. I discuss some of the most outrageous and popular scientific notions of the era which may be useful if you are crafting steampunk, historical or alternative history fiction and art.

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia's debut novel, Signal to Noise, was a British Fantasy, Locus, Sunburst and Aurora Award finalist. She has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award for her work as an editor. Her novel about Mexican vampires, Certain Dark Things, is out this October. http... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 11:00 - 11:50
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

12:00

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.

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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 →


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

13:00

Reading: Katrina Archer
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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.


Sunday October 2, 2016 13:00 - 13:25
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

13:00

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.

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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 13:00 - 13:50
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

13:30

Reading: Lynda Williams
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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 →


Sunday October 2, 2016 13:30 - 13:55
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

14:00

Reading: GregRobin Smith
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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 →


Sunday October 2, 2016 14:00 - 14:25
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

14:00

Extreme Weather
Every year lately, there are record-breaking weather events. This talk will look at if there really are 'extreme' weather events or if it is merely observer bias, and also look at the physics behind normal and extreme weather events and discuss what changes we can expect in the future.

Richard Smith has given numerous science talks at previous VCON's and at the Mars Society Conventions.  His other talks include future warfare, molten salt thorium reactions, radioactive wolves, colonizing mars, peak oil, and low-cost methods to reach space.

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Richard Smith

Richard Smith has been a teacher, professional game designer and programmer. He is a serious science geek and facinated by terraforming Mars. He has given numerous talks at V-Con on subjects of science and the future.


Sunday October 2, 2016 14:00 - 14:50
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

14:00

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!

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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
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

14:30

Behind the Scenes with VFX Supervisor Glenn Campbell
VFX Supervisor Glenn Campbell recalls his experiences working on Blade Runner, Star Trek The Motion Picture, Tron, Spaceballs, X-Files, and more!

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Glen Campbell

Glenn Campbell is a VFX Supervisor who has worked on Blade Runner, Star Trek The Motion Picture, Tron, Spaceballs, X-Files, and more!


Sunday October 2, 2016 14:30 - 15:30
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

15:30

Reading: Rob Boffard
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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.


Sunday October 2, 2016 15:30 - 15:55
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

16:00

Reading: Alisha Knaff
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Alisha A. Knaff

Editor in Chief, Razorgirl Press
I am a writer and editor of genre fiction. My own work is mostly urban fantasy, but Razorgirl publishes all manner of genre fiction. Come and see us in the dealers room!


Sunday October 2, 2016 16:00 - 16:25
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

16:00

Model Building Demonstrations - The Final Touches
Yes, the convention is winding down, but there's still a little time to visit with Monster attack and see what has been built over the weekend.
Come join us and ask those nagging questions that you've wondered about all weekend.

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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 →


Sunday October 2, 2016 16:00 - 16:50
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

16:30

Reading: Judy McCrosky
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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.


Sunday October 2, 2016 16:30 - 16:55
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)