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Welcome to the VCON 41 Online Schedule!

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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Costuming & Cosplay [clear filter]
Friday, September 30
 

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.

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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

Practical Considerations for Costume Makers
Our panel of costume makers talk about everything from pockets, to footwear, to how to wear your badge in character. They'll address costume and prop transport and storage, ways to increase your own personal comfort in costume, safety tips for costuming in crowds, and more.

Moderators
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.

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 →
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 →


Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00 - 10:50
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

17:00

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

Moderators
avatar for Donna Duvall

Donna Duvall

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

Panelists
KA

Kathleen Andersen

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

James Charlton

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


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

19:30

Costume Contest
Judges: TBA
Master of Ceremonies: Spider Robinson

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

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

Moderators
avatar for Spider Robinson

Spider Robinson

Cheap Executive Offficer, Tottering-on-the-Brink
Spider Robinson is renowned as one of Canada's most popular science fiction writers. Born in New York, NY, he has lived in Canada for nearly 40 years, mostly in Halifax and Vancouver. He wrote his first SF short story, "The Guy with the Eyes" (published in 1971) to escape the boredom... Read More →

Panelists
KA

Kathleen Andersen

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

James Charlton

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

TAM Gordy

Old enough to remember when Michael Jackson was black. Saw the first show with the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, when it happened. Loves music, writing and when the Boss cooks for me. Takes everything seriously, except myself. Peace. Out.
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 19:30 - 21:30
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

19:30

Costume Contest (room 2)
Second half of the room for the Costume Contest.

For detailed information, please go to the main Costume Contest schedule item: http://sched.co/844v

Saturday October 1, 2016 19:30 - 21:30
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (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.

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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)
 
Sunday, October 2
 

10:00

Costume Creation Tips and Tricks
Come listen to our panel of costume makers discussing their best tips for turning the vision in your head into a 3D creation you can wear. For costume makers of all levels, the discussion will include useful techniques for beginners, inexpensive solutions for tricky design problems, with a few expert tricks rolled in.

Moderators
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.

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 →
avatar for Judy McCrosky

Judy McCrosky

I'm the author of several books, with two new ones due out this year. I'm an experienced speaker and teacher of writing in a variety of genres. I love to talk to people about any and all aspects of writing and the writing life.


Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00 - 10:50
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

12:00

Deportment: How to Move In Your Costume
You have the costume finished. It is gorgeous, so why is no one believing you are a pretty princess or handsome prince? Tips and examples of how to embody your costume like your character would.

Moderators
avatar for GregRobin Smith

GregRobin Smith

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

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.
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 →
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.


Sunday October 2, 2016 12:00 - 12:50
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)