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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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Exhibits [clear filter]
Friday, September 30
 

12:00

Art Show Judging
Several of our GoH's and the other judges will be in the Art Gallery to review the show and choose the individual piece of art or the artist's body of work to which they will award their ribbons. 

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 →
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 →
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 →


Friday September 30, 2016 12:00 - 13:00
10 - Art Show Guildford A (1st Floor)

12:00

Art Show, FRI
VCON’s annual art show features the work of local artists. Works on display include paintings, sculpture, cartoons, and other objets d’art with some relationship to science fiction, fantasy, gaming, horror, and related themes. As much as we appreciate still life studies, for example, the still life must be within the genre.

COME TO THE ART GALLERY DURING CONVENTION. CHAT WITH THE ARTISTS. CHECK OUT OUR SHOW-AND-TELL AREA. ATTEND THE RECEPTION FRIDAY NIGHT AND MEET ART DIRECTOR GOH STEPHANIE JOHANSON AND MANY OF THE OTHER ARTISTS. WATCH FOR DEMONSTRATIONS AND TOURS. TIMES WILL BE POSTED AT THE DOOR.

And always remember that at VCON, we FEAR NO ART!

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Art Show Bidding Rules
Please remember, when you place a bid, you are making a non-rescindable purchase contract with the artist. It cannot be rescinded.

To bid on a piece, fill in the bid sheet attached or adjacent to the piece in which you are interested. Required information consists of the bidder’s name (real or badge name), badge number and bid amount. Bids will be accepted in increments of $1 only. Highest bid wins.

Any single-bid pieces may be picked up and paid for when the art show closes on Sunday. The Art Show staff reserve the right to void any bid they deem not legitimate.

Direct Sales
Some pieces will have direct sales prices as well as minimum bid prices. If a piece has not yet been bid on, it can be purchased for the direct sale price.

Artists’ Reception
VCON’s ‘Newest tradition’ allows members to meet and mingle with the exhibiting artists in a relaxed and informal setting. Join us to enjoy the art and the artists.

Print Shop
Here you can purchase prints of some of the work on display, as well as prints of other works by the artists. Please take every precaution to ensure prints are not damaged in any way. You are handling works of art!

Special Saturday Programming
A detailed schedule of programmed events within the gallery will be posted at the door.

General Notes
When entering the Art Gallery, please check all bags with the art show volunteer at the door. No photography. No food or drink allowed. Please do not touch.

Friday September 30, 2016 12:00 - 17:30
10 - Art Show Guildford A (1st Floor)

12:00

Clubs & Organizations, FRI
Friday September 30, 2016 12:00 - 19:00
14 - Club Tables Tynehead Foyer (2nd Floor)

12:00

Artists' Alley, FRI
Friday September 30, 2016 12:00 - 20:00
13b - Vendor Hall: Artists' Alley Guildford Foyer (1st Floor)

12:00

Dealers' Room, FRI
Friday September 30, 2016 12:00 - 20:00
13a - Vender Hall: Dealers' Room Guildford B&C (1st Floor)
 
Saturday, October 1
 

09:00

Art Show, SAT
VCON’s annual art show features the work of local artists. Works on display include paintings, sculpture, cartoons, and other objets d’art with some relationship to science fiction, fantasy, gaming, horror, and related themes. As much as we appreciate still life studies, for example, the still life must be within the genre.

COME TO THE ART GALLERY DURING CONVENTION. CHAT WITH THE ARTISTS. CHECK OUT OUR SHOW-AND-TELL AREA. ATTEND THE RECEPTION FRIDAY NIGHT AND MEET ART DIRECTOR GOH STEPHANIE JOHANSON AND MANY OF THE OTHER ARTISTS. WATCH FOR DEMONSTRATIONS AND TOURS. TIMES WILL BE POSTED AT THE DOOR.

And always remember that at VCON, we FEAR NO ART!

• • • • • • 
Art Show Bidding Rules
Please remember, when you place a bid, you are making a non-rescindable purchase contract with the artist. It cannot be rescinded.

To bid on a piece, fill in the bid sheet attached or adjacent to the piece in which you are interested. Required information consists of the bidder’s name (real or badge name), badge number and bid amount. Bids will be accepted in increments of $1 only. Highest bid wins.

Any single-bid pieces may be picked up and paid for when the art show closes on Sunday. The Art Show staff reserve the right to void any bid they deem not legitimate.

Direct Sales
Some pieces will have direct sales prices as well as minimum bid prices. If a piece has not yet been bid on, it can be purchased for the direct sale price.

Artists’ Reception
VCON’s ‘Newest tradition’ allows members to meet and mingle with the exhibiting artists in a relaxed and informal setting. Join us to enjoy the art and the artists.

Print Shop
Here you can purchase prints of some of the work on display, as well as prints of other works by the artists. Please take every precaution to ensure prints are not damaged in any way. You are handling works of art!

Special Saturday Programming
A detailed schedule of programmed events within the gallery will be posted at the door.

General Notes
When entering the Art Gallery, please check all bags with the art show volunteer at the door. No photography. No food or drink allowed. Please do not touch.

Saturday October 1, 2016 09:00 - 20:00
10 - Art Show Guildford A (1st Floor)

10:00

Clubs & Organizations, SAT
Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00 - 19:00
14 - Club Tables Tynehead Foyer (2nd Floor)

10:00

Artists' Alley, SAT
Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00 - 20:00
13b - Vendor Hall: Artists' Alley Guildford Foyer (1st Floor)

10:00

Dealers' Room, SAT
Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00 - 20:00
13a - Vender Hall: Dealers' Room Guildford B&C (1st 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)

23:30

Short Film Screening: The Recursion Theorem
Do you love Sci-Fi film? What about classics like Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles or Stanley Kubrick? Or the original Twilight Zone series? We do! And we bet many of you do too!

The Recursion Theorem is a short, black and white sci-fi film noir told in these traditions. It's a little bit old, a little bit new, and a little bit rock'n'roll. It premiered at the Columbia Film Festival in June 2016 and took home a Best Actor award and an Audience Choice Award. They've also been invited to show their film at the 2017 BaltiCon in Baltimore, MD. 

Saturday October 1, 2016 23:30 - Sunday October 2, 2016 00:10
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)
 
Sunday, October 2
 

09:00

Art Show, SUN
VCON’s annual art show features the work of local artists. Works on display include paintings, sculpture, cartoons, and other objets d’art with some relationship to science fiction, fantasy, gaming, horror, and related themes. As much as we appreciate still life studies, for example, the still life must be within the genre.

COME TO THE ART GALLERY DURING CONVENTION. CHAT WITH THE ARTISTS. CHECK OUT OUR SHOW-AND-TELL AREA. ATTEND THE RECEPTION FRIDAY NIGHT AND MEET ART DIRECTOR GOH STEPHANIE JOHANSON AND MANY OF THE OTHER ARTISTS. WATCH FOR DEMONSTRATIONS AND TOURS. TIMES WILL BE POSTED AT THE DOOR.

And always remember that at VCON, we FEAR NO ART!

• • • • • • 
Art Show Bidding Rules
Please remember, when you place a bid, you are making a non-rescindable purchase contract with the artist. It cannot be rescinded.

To bid on a piece, fill in the bid sheet attached or adjacent to the piece in which you are interested. Required information consists of the bidder’s name (real or badge name), badge number and bid amount. Bids will be accepted in increments of $1 only. Highest bid wins.

Any single-bid pieces may be picked up and paid for when the art show closes on Sunday. The Art Show staff reserve the right to void any bid they deem not legitimate.

Direct Sales
Some pieces will have direct sales prices as well as minimum bid prices. If a piece has not yet been bid on, it can be purchased for the direct sale price.

Artists’ Reception
VCON’s ‘Newest tradition’ allows members to meet and mingle with the exhibiting artists in a relaxed and informal setting. Join us to enjoy the art and the artists.

Print Shop
Here you can purchase prints of some of the work on display, as well as prints of other works by the artists. Please take every precaution to ensure prints are not damaged in any way. You are handling works of art!

Special Saturday Programming
A detailed schedule of programmed events within the gallery will be posted at the door.

General Notes
When entering the Art Gallery, please check all bags with the art show volunteer at the door. No photography. No food or drink allowed. Please do not touch.

Sunday October 2, 2016 09:00 - 17:00
10 - Art Show Guildford A (1st Floor)

10:00

Artists' Alley, SUN
Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00 - 17:00
13b - Vendor Hall: Artists' Alley Guildford Foyer (1st Floor)

10:00

Dealers' Room, SUN
Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00 - 17:00
13a - Vender Hall: Dealers' Room Guildford B&C (1st Floor)

12:00

Clubs & Organizations, SUN
Sunday October 2, 2016 12:00 - 15:00
14 - Club Tables Tynehead Foyer (2nd Floor)