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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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Art Craft & Making [clear filter]
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

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

Panelists
MA

Monster Attack Team

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


Friday September 30, 2016 13:00 - 13:50
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

13:00

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

Moderators
avatar for Brenda Carre

Brenda Carre

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

Panelists
avatar for Aviva Bel'Harold

Aviva Bel'Harold

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

Eric Chu

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

Carlos Lozano-Gilabert

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

Joseph Picard

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


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

Monster Attack Team

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


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

15:00

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

16:00

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

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


Moderators
RW

Rose Wilson

Art Show Director, VCON ConCom

Panelists
avatar for Russ Crossley

Russ Crossley

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

Karl Johanson

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

Stephanie Johanson

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

Robert J. Sawyer

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

Rose Wilson

Art Show Director, VCON ConCom


Friday September 30, 2016 16:00 - 16:50
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 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

Artists' Reception
A chance for members to mingle with the artists exhibiting in the Art Show gallery, look at the art that is being exhibited, and maybe eat some homemade cookies.

Moderators
RW

Rose Wilson

Art Show Director, VCON ConCom

Friday September 30, 2016 18:00 - 20:00
10 - Art Show Guildford A (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

How to Build Styrene, Resin and Vinyl Models and Incidentally Fill Your House with Aliens, Spaceships, Kaiju, Giant Robots, and Monsters!
Join MONSTER ATTACK TEAM for a two hour live demo focused on how to build science fiction and fantasy model kits in different mediums. Building kits is often cheaper (and much more fun) than simply plopping a pre-painted figure on the shelf. However, it can be daunting if you’re just beginning. Join us for an overview of skills, and an introduction to the incredible world of garage kit modelling - where just about any subject you’ve ever dreamed of exists as a model kit.

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 10:00 - 11:50
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

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)

12:00

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

May the best artist win!

Moderators
avatar for Chilam

Chilam

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

Panelists
avatar for 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.
avatar for Eric Chu

Eric Chu

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

Roberta Gregory

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

Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.
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 12:00 - 12:50
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (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)

13:00

How to Paint Styrene, Resin, and Vinyl Models: No One Will Have Toys As Cool As You!
Join MONSTER ATTACK TEAM for a two hour live demo focused on how to paint kits produced in various mediums (styrene, vinyl, resin, et cetera). With some basic understanding you should be able to create some awesome three dimensional art. We’ll share techniques that make painting easy and allow you to create the effects you imagine!

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 13:00 - 14:50
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (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.

• • • • •

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)

14:00

What is ASFA?
What is the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists and why should artists join?

Panelists
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 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.


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

14:00

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
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)

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.
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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 →



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

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)

18:00

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)

18:30

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

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

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

Panelists
avatar for Danielle Stephens

Danielle Stephens

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


Saturday October 1, 2016 18:30 - 19:30
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 1 (2nd Floor)

21:30

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

 (Go to Hospitality for that)



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

Judging Categories include...

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

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

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

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

Rules:


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

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

  • No fire. Just no.

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

  • No minors - This event is 18+

  • No Entries that will get you drunk

  • If you are unsure... Ask!




Panelists
GN

Greg Neher

Conrunner, Nerd Game Host


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

22:30

Lights, Camera, Fiction! (Short Film Showcase)

VCON is holding a Contest and Showcase for short films made about or using puppets in one form or another (note that our definition of what constitutes a “puppet” is very loose) and this is when we're going to show whatever films are submitted.

If you might be interested in submitting something to the contest you can find all the details here:

VCON Short Film Contest & Showcase 


Panelists
RQ

Russ Quick

Russ is an amateur filmmaker with a knack for brand development & collaboration. He also dabbles in writing, acting & sculpting in his spare time.


Saturday October 1, 2016 22:30 - 23:20
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)
 
Sunday, October 2
 

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.)

Panelists
avatar for Stan Hyde

Stan Hyde

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


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

10:00

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

Moderators
DB

Devon Boorman

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

Panelists
avatar for Katrina Archer

Katrina Archer

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

Stephanie Johanson

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

Karl Johanson

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

Isaiah Sweigard

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


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

11:00

Diorama Creation Demo - With Some Notes on Costumes and Models
Join MONSTER ATTACK TEAM for a two hour live demo focused on how to build science fiction and fantasy dioramas in different mediums. You’ve seen our “puppet” display in the art show - now go over the basics of creating dioramas so that your models and toys can really look their best. We’ve brought aliens, monsters, and robots to life . . . now let’s build world’s for them!

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 →


Sunday October 2, 2016 11:00 - 12:50
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (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.

Panelists
avatar for Eric Chu

Eric Chu

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


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

13:00

Short Lunch Break With Cartoons, SUN
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 →


Sunday October 2, 2016 13:00 - 13:50
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd 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)

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.

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 →


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