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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

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
07 - Large Workshops Green Timber 4 (2nd Floor)

13:00

Novel Writers' Workshop (Closed Session)
Closed Novel Workshop for pre-registered applicants.

Moderators
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).

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 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 →
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 →


Friday September 30, 2016 13:00 - 16:00
08 - Small Workshops Boardroom (1st Floor)

19:00

Foamsmithing: An EVA Armor Workshop with Loushy
Registration: REGISTER HERE
Maximum participants:
 10
Recommended minimum age: 16+ or adult supervision
Materials fee: $9
Materials fee covers: EVA, Glue, Fresh Knife, Buckles, Snaps, Elastic, PVA and Paint
Workshop duration: 3 hours

Workshop description: Ever wondered how to get started on a costume armour build? Wonder no longer, Loushy of Six AM cosplay is here to walk you through the basics of armour. She'll show you all the steps of building an armour piece, from scouting out resources to actually attaching the armour to your costume. In this workshop, you'll be working with EVA floor matting-- the same type of matting you can buy at any hardware or dollar store. EVA armour building is simple and cost-effective, so come on by if you want to learn how to take your armour skills to the next level.

If possible it would be helpful if participants could bring heat guns, not necessary, but helpful.

• • • • •
Loushy has been casually cosplaying since 2007 but got serious about armour crafting just over a year ago. Since launching headfirst into armour she's made half a dozen sets of armour for herself, her friends, and a few wonderful clients. Get her talking about Mass Effect and strap yourself in for the rest of the night.

(Image borrowed from PunishedProps "Mass Effect - N7 Armor" web page) 

Panelists
LL

Loushawna (loushy) Haselhan

Loushy has been casually cosplaying since 2007 but got serious about armor crafting just over two years ago. Since launching headfirst into armor she's made half a dozen sets of armor for herself, her friends, and a few wonderful clients. Get her talking about Mass Effect and strap... Read More →



Friday September 30, 2016 19:00 - 22:00
07 - Large Workshops Green Timber 4 (2nd Floor)
 
Saturday, October 1
 

10:00

The 3 Hour Monster Puppet Head with Dusty Hagerud #2
Registration: REGISTER HERE
Maximum participants: 16
Recommended minimum age: 13+ or adult supervision if hand sewing, hot glue, and Exacto blades are not an issue.
Materials fee: $40
Materials fee covers: Multiple fun fur colours, eye balls, eye iris felt, foam strips, misc. craft supplies 
Other requirements:  A notepad and pen are recommended as a lot of puppet building tricks and tips may come up in conversation.
Workshop duration:  3 hours

Workshop description:  Ever wanted to learn how to make your very own muppe... err... monster puppet ? Well, this is the workshop for you! Spend three hours with a professional puppeteer to learn the techniques and build a simple hand operated monster puppet head.

In 3 hours you will build a simple hand operated monster puppet head. First, you will construct a felt a mouth plate. Then you'll choose from a few head shape patterns and cut and stitch (with the Henson stitch!) a fun fur head and then attach the mouth plate into it. From that point, it’s all decoration with eyes, tongue and whichever other adornments you would like to add to make it your very own, personalized, monster puppet!

• • • • •

Dusty Hagerud is the Creative Director and founder of Color Sound Lab and has been performing and designing in Puppetry for 17 years across Western Canada.

colorsoundlab.com



Panelists
DH

Dusty Hagerud

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



Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00 - 13:00
07 - Large Workshops Green Timber 4 (2nd Floor)

10:00

Saturday Short Story Writers' Workshop (Closed Session)
Closed Short Story Workshop for pre-registered applicants.

Moderators
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).

Panelists
avatar for Russ Crossley

Russ Crossley

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

Rita Schulz

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


Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00 - 13:00
08 - Small Workshops Boardroom (1st Floor)

12:00

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

13:30

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.

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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
07 - Large Workshops Green Timber 4 (2nd Floor)

16:00

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
07 - Large Workshops Green Timber 4 (2nd Floor)

17:00

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
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (2nd Floor)

18:00

Make Miniature Aliens and Robots with Thyrza #1
Registration: REGISTER HERE
Maximum participants: 10
Recommended minimum age: 12+ or adult supervision
Materials fee: $10
Workshop duration:  3 hours

Workshop description: We are going to be making miniature aliens from polymer clay and photographing them in dioramas in to illustrate scenes from a story created by the participants.

You will walk away with your amazing little alien a set of tutorials and photographs of your little monster.

• • • •
Thyrza Segal is a VCON Guest of Honour Emeritus. She graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and then went on to work in theatre and TV and film (including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis). But she quit film work 10 years ago to do her own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.

www.thyrza.ca

Panelists
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting... Read More →



Saturday October 1, 2016 18:00 - 21:00
07 - Large Workshops Green Timber 4 (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. 

• • • • • 

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)
 
Sunday, October 2
 

10:00

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
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (2nd Floor)

10:00

Sunday Short Story Writers' Workshop A (Closed Session)
Closed Short Story Workshop for pre-registered applicants.

Moderators
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).

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.
LD

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 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 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.
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 →


Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00 - 13:00
08 - Small Workshops Boardroom (1st Floor)

13:30

Sunday Short Story Writers' Workshop B (Closed Session)
Closed Short Story Workshop for pre-registered applicants.

Panelists
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.
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 13:30 - 15:00
08 - Small Workshops Boardroom (1st Floor)

13:30

Make Miniature Aliens and Robots with Thyrza #2
Registration: REGISTER HERE
Maximum participants: 10
Recommended minimum age: 12+ or adult supervision
Materials fee: $10
Workshop duration:  3 hours

Workshop description: We are going to be making miniature aliens from polymer clay and photographing them in dioramas in to illustrate scenes from a story created by the participants.

You will walk away with your amazing little alien a set of tutorials and photographs of your little monster.

• • • •
Thyrza Segal is a VCON Guest of Honour Emeritus. She graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and then went on to work in theatre and TV and film (including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis). But she quit film work 10 years ago to do her own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.

www.thyrza.ca

Panelists
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting... Read More →



Sunday October 2, 2016 13:30 - 16:30
07 - Large Workshops Green Timber 4 (2nd Floor)