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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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Kid Stuff [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)

12:00

KidCon, FRI
Arts, crafts and edutainment for the kids so parents can tackle panels distraction-free. Run by first-aid-trained staff with a comprehensive knowledge of Pokemon and anime, we're here to help keep you sane.

Friday September 30, 2016 12:00 - 17:00
09 - KidCon Hotel Suite (# TBA)
 
Saturday, October 1
 

07:30

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Best of the 80's (With Cereal!)
Everyone welcome! Don’t take off your Jammies, don’t get ready for the day.  

Come join us for some good old Saturday morning cartoons get your caffeine and sugar here too. Saturday we are doing the best of the 80s for Kids - from Flintstones to Transformers, Come watch Cartoons and eat cereal provided by VCON's Hospitality Suite.

Come enjoy Saturday morning, for the kids (and the not kids too)!

A wonderful start to the morning.

Panelists
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Geoff Cleeve

Geoff Cleeve is a geeky bookworm whose love of si-fy has grown with every X-Wing taking out a Tie Fighter. He has been helping run fandom events, mostly Cons, for the last 8 years and his enthusiasm for cartoons in every form know no bounds. Outside of fandom he spends much of his... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 07:30 - 10:30
09 - KidCon Hotel Suite (# TBA)

10:00

KidCon, SAT
Arts, crafts and edutainment for the kids so parents can tackle panels distraction-free. Run by first-aid-trained staff with a comprehensive knowledge of Pokemon and anime, we're here to help keep you sane. Early start on Saturday - 7:30am for jammies & cartoons!

Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00 - 17:00
09 - KidCon Hotel Suite (# TBA)

13:00

Kinderfilk
Everybody is welcome to come listen to songs geared toward younger fans. We'll see if we can't find a few muppet, puppet and marionette songs to throw into the mix.

Panelists
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Creede Lambard

Creede Lambard first encountered filk in 1981. He learned to play the banjo in 2003. He started combining the two in 2005 and things haven't been the same since.


Saturday October 1, 2016 13:00 - 13:50
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 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
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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
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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)

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)
 
Sunday, October 2
 

07:30

Sunday Morning Cartoons: Puppets, Claymation and Power Rangers (With Cereal!)
This is your Sunday morning Puppets based TV shows for Kids.

Bring the kids, your blankets, pillows and enjoy puppets on TV, claymation and the best of Power Rangers. VCON’s Hospitality Suite will provide cereal for munching and that, together with cartoons, is a wonderful start to the morning (or continuation of the night).

Everyone welcome! Kids and those who reminisce of days watching Sunday morning cartoons in their PJ’s.

Panelists
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Geoff Cleeve

Geoff Cleeve is a geeky bookworm whose love of si-fy has grown with every X-Wing taking out a Tie Fighter. He has been helping run fandom events, mostly Cons, for the last 8 years and his enthusiasm for cartoons in every form know no bounds. Outside of fandom he spends much of his... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 07:30 - 10:30
09 - KidCon Hotel Suite (# TBA)

10:00

KidCon, SUN
Arts, crafts and edutainment for the kids so parents can tackle panels distraction-free. Run by first-aid-trained staff with a comprehensive knowledge of Pokemon and anime, we're here to help keep you sane. Early start on Sunday - 7:30am for jammies & cartoons!

Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00 - 14:00
09 - KidCon Hotel Suite (# TBA)