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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
 

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)

15:00

Wonderfest Japan: Summer 2015/2016
Fan G.O.H. and Godzilla fanatic Stan Hyde has been lucky enough to attend WonderFest in Japan for the last two summers. A twice yearly event featuring both major companies and home-based sculptors numbering in the thousands, kaiju, mecha, and spacecraft are just the tip of the iceberg. Join Stan for an exploration of an amazing artistic and cultural event.

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 →


Friday September 30, 2016 15:00 - 16:50
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (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)

17:00

World Building, from Page to Screen
Constructing a fictional universe can be a daunting task for even the most experienced writer. From technology, to climate, to transportation, to history, we'll discuss the best methods to build a world that is both believable for your reader, and translatable to screen.

Moderators
avatar for Rick Sutcliffe

Rick Sutcliffe

Professor, Trinity Western University
Author of 10 Alternate History Christian Science Fiction novels, including the 2003 EPPIE winner for SF. He has been a literary contest judge, textbook author, conference speaker, VCON panelist, and is Professor of Math and Computing at TWU.

Panelists
avatar for Jason Bourget

Jason Bourget

Instructor, Douglas College
Currently I'm an instructor in the English Department at Douglas College, where I teach courses on science fiction, horror and weird fiction. My research focuses specifically on how political beliefs inform representations of masculinity in late twentieth-century science fiction (especially... Read More →
avatar for Claire McCague

Claire McCague

Simon Fraser University
Claire McCague is a research scientist, musician and writer. She performs regularly with the Sybaritic String Band and her other worldly plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. Her humorous first contact novel, The Rosetta Man, published by EDGE, is her first novel.
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Kieth Merrill

Kieth Merrill is an author, producer, and director. His new novel, The Immortal Crown, the first in the epic fantasy series Saga of Kings, combines his love of world building with his cinematic writing style. Kieth is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as... 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.


Friday September 30, 2016 17:00 - 17:50
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

18:00

Our Favourite Puppets
When you start to think about it, puppets are everywhere in popular media - from Casey and Finnegan, Lamb Chop, Daniel Tiger and Kermit to Alf, the Sinclair Dinosaur family, the Thunderbirds, Yoda, and more! So we want to know which one is YOUR favourite puppet? Bring an answer, bring an argument and convince us why your favorite puppet is all that.

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 Kalelin Kirk

Kalelin Kirk

Kalelin Kirk has a diverse background in many fields, including filmmaking, acting, writing, sword-fighting, live theatre, archery, and a hodgepodge of assorted creative endeavours. She worked for many years in the comic book industry, though she is currently an educator (both at... Read More →
avatar for Dara Korra'ti

Dara Korra'ti

Crime and the Forces of Evil
Being a supervillain means being able to do a bit of everything, because, gods know, you can't trust anyone _else_ to do it. So after learning propaganda in professional radio and publishing, creating new techniques in genetics manipulation, getting _pretty good_ at DIY electronics... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 18:00 - 18:50
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

18:00

British and Japanese Men in Rubber Suits
Okay, maybe that sounds bad. Still, Doctor Who, Ultraman, Godzilla, and many other television shows featured, and continue to feature, ‘practical’ aliens and monsters created through make-up and rubber suits. And you know . . . we often prefer it to CGI. Join us for a trip behind the scenes of ‘sense of wonder.’

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 18:00 - 19:20
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

18:00

Whose Line Is It Fandom?
Based on the improv show "Whose Line is it Anyway?", this is the nerdy improv show where everyone can laugh, dance, and boldly go where no nerd has gone before.  

Panelists
avatar for MrPhilGuy

MrPhilGuy

Mr Phil Guy
Philip and Colin Amor are brothers born and raised in beautiful Vancouver. In 2007, they began visiting different conventions in Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle, experiencing all kinds of communities and fandoms. In 2012, Phil inherited a panel from a friend and was hooked. Now... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 18:00 - 19:20
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

19:00

Sci-Fi Television Fall 2016
A look at the state of the art of science fiction on television this fall 2016. At least 9 sci-fi TV series are filmed right here in Vancouver, notably 4 super-hero television series on The CW network.

Panelists
avatar for Jason Bourget

Jason Bourget

Instructor, Douglas College
Currently I'm an instructor in the English Department at Douglas College, where I teach courses on science fiction, horror and weird fiction. My research focuses specifically on how political beliefs inform representations of masculinity in late twentieth-century science fiction (especially... 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 Catherine Girczyc

Catherine Girczyc

writer
Catherine is a television writer with 15 credited scripts, plus published short stories + poems. Upcoming: two poems in Tesseracts 20 plus a story in Polar Borealis. Awards: 3 WOTF Honorable Mentions, 2 Auroras (fan) for Ether Patrol + Neology.
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 Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh

Retired newspaperman MICHAEL WALSH has lived long enough for somebody to detail his sins in a Wikipedia entry . He'd prefer that you read his version, set out on his own website, Reeling Back .


Friday September 30, 2016 19:00 - 19:50
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

19:30

Monster Kid Fandom IRL and Online: The Panel
Are you a Monster Kid? Do you like monsters? The generation from the late 1950’s until the late 1970’s grew up when Universal Pictures put together the famous ‘Shock Theatre’ tv film package, and suddenly monster movies, monster magazines, monster themed rockabilly, monster model kits . . . well, you get the idea. Monsters were everywhere. And what did the Monster Kids do when that era was over? Well, they moved online of course. Discover Monster Fandom in the digital age? Come and discover monsters haunting Facebook.

Panelists
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).
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 19:30 - 20:50
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

19:30

Man of Steel: Truth, Justice, and the Moral Way
Come listen to Kalelin Kirk present her thoughts on the cardinal virtue of justice from a theological and comic book perspective, by considering the morality of the killing in the film "Man of Steel" and how the ramifications are then dealt with in the sequel film, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". (1.5 hr)

Kalelin Kirk is a grad student at the University of British Columbia studying for her M.A. in Theological and Philosophical Studies and a life-long fan of SF, fantasy, comics, anime, and popular culture. 

Panelists
avatar for Kalelin Kirk

Kalelin Kirk

Kalelin Kirk has a diverse background in many fields, including filmmaking, acting, writing, sword-fighting, live theatre, archery, and a hodgepodge of assorted creative endeavours. She worked for many years in the comic book industry, though she is currently an educator (both at... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 19:30 - 20:50
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

20:00

Minions
Why follow the villain? Good wages? Benefits? Early retirement? A quick death? Panelists talk about the advantages and disadvantages of being a minion, and how important minions are to a villain and a storyline. Are minions just puppets, background, or is their role actually important to the plot?

Moderators
avatar for Rick Sutcliffe

Rick Sutcliffe

Professor, Trinity Western University
Author of 10 Alternate History Christian Science Fiction novels, including the 2003 EPPIE winner for SF. He has been a literary contest judge, textbook author, conference speaker, VCON panelist, and is Professor of Math and Computing at TWU.

Panelists
avatar for BJ Allan

BJ Allan

Bored with circus life BJ (adopted as a nom de lab) ran away with a group of itinerant biologists, lured by the smell of phenol and the roar of the centrifuge. Today he seeks to share the wonder and weirdness of the natural world with ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages.
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 Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles

Author
RANDY MCCHARLES is a full-time author of humorous speculative and mystery fiction. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards. His recent novel, Much Ado about Macbeth from Tyche Books was shortlisted for the 2016 Aurora Awards. In addition to writing, Randy organizes various events... Read More →
avatar for Donna McMahon

Donna McMahon

Donna McMahon started publishing SF with her novel Dance of Knives (Tor 2001) set in future Vancouver. Lately she's turned from future to past history, with her murder mystery Death Fully Justified set in Vancouver in 1920. She lives in Gibsons, BC.


Friday September 30, 2016 20:00 - 20:50
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

21:00

Creating For the Middle Grade/YA Market
A panel about the differences (and similarities) of creating for the Middle Grade and YA market, rather than for adults. Whether the work in question is a game, or a story, or a TV show, how does a creator interest young people in sf, fantasy and horror... and why is it important to do so?

Moderators
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.

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.
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 Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness is a writer of YA Fantasy novels and short stories in a number of genres. His City of Demons series is published by Tyche Books.
avatar for Lisa Voisin

Lisa Voisin

Owner / Technical Writer, Self
A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction. She is also a technical writer, a meditation teacher, and leads a local writing group for teens... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 21:00 - 21:50
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

21:00

The REALLY WEIRD Monster, Alien, Kaiju, Giant Robot Film Show
It’ll be weird. We promise. 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 21:00 - Saturday October 1, 2016 01:00
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

23:00

Dark Side of Fairy Tales
Before fairy tales were sanitized they used to be - well, grim. Now there's a resurgence in these stories. Violence and debauchery have returned. Should it?

Panelists
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 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 Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness

Kevin Harkness is a writer of YA Fantasy novels and short stories in a number of genres. His City of Demons series is published by Tyche Books.
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.


Friday September 30, 2016 23:00 - 23:50
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)
 
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
GC

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

Creating Critters and Aliens
What makes a really great critter or alien to people your worlds with? We'll discuss the ecological and biological issues to consider and give examples of the most successful critters and aliens in SF&F.

Moderators
avatar for Wolf Read

Wolf Read

Dr. Wolf Read is currently working as a Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in forest science at the University of British Columbia. He has many interests but is often found studying wind-tree interactions, storms and associated power outages. Lately he has been delving into... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for BJ Allan

BJ Allan

Bored with circus life BJ (adopted as a nom de lab) ran away with a group of itinerant biologists, lured by the smell of phenol and the roar of the centrifuge. Today he seeks to share the wonder and weirdness of the natural world with ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages.
RB

Rob Boffard

Rob Boffard is a South African author, journalist and rapper. His Outer Earth scifi trilogy is published worldwide by Orbit Books, and he writes about music and tech for The Guardian, Wired Magazine and 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 Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews is a UBC astrophysics professor who searches for planets beyond the Solar System and probes the hidden interiors of distant stars, using space telescopes as large as minivans and as small as car batteries. Jaymie is heavily involved in astronomy education and outreach... Read More →
avatar for Claire McCague

Claire McCague

Simon Fraser University
Claire McCague is a research scientist, musician and writer. She performs regularly with the Sybaritic String Band and her other worldly plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. Her humorous first contact novel, The Rosetta Man, published by EDGE, is her first novel.


Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00 - 10:50
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

10:00

Filmed In Supermarionation (documentary film)
"Filmed In Supermarionation" is the definitive documentary about the iconic puppetry technique developed by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Supermarionation was used in all their programmes throughout the 1960s including Stingray, Captain Scarlet and Thunderbirds.
1h 59m

Permission to show this film has come directly from the source, our Supermarionation GoH, Jamie Anderson, son of Gerry and Sylvia.

(Although the documentary is only two hours long, Jamie has said he might be able to bring us some other shows as well. If he does, we will use what we can to fill up the remaining hour.)


Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00 - 12:50
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (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)

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 →
FG

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)

14:00

Justify the Science Flaw
The panelists and audience note science or technical flaws from stories, film and games, and the panelists try to get others to accept their plausible-sounding justifications for the flaws.

Moderators
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 →

Panelists
avatar for BJ Allan

BJ Allan

Bored with circus life BJ (adopted as a nom de lab) ran away with a group of itinerant biologists, lured by the smell of phenol and the roar of the centrifuge. Today he seeks to share the wonder and weirdness of the natural world with ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages.
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 Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews is a UBC astrophysics professor who searches for planets beyond the Solar System and probes the hidden interiors of distant stars, using space telescopes as large as minivans and as small as car batteries. Jaymie is heavily involved in astronomy education and outreach... 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.
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 →
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 →


Saturday October 1, 2016 14:00 - 14:50
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

15:00

50 Years of Star Trek
2016 is the 50th anniversary of the famed Star Trek (The Original Series)! It's endurance and popularity appears to have no end. Plus, there's a new Star Trek series to be filmed in Toronto called Star Trek Discovery to premiere in Spring 2017. Come share your thoughts and opinions on everything from the original pilot to the latest "reboot" movie "Star Trek Beyond"

Panelists
avatar for BJ Allan

BJ Allan

Bored with circus life BJ (adopted as a nom de lab) ran away with a group of itinerant biologists, lured by the smell of phenol and the roar of the centrifuge. Today he seeks to share the wonder and weirdness of the natural world with ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages.
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Jason Bourget

Instructor, Douglas College
Currently I'm an instructor in the English Department at Douglas College, where I teach courses on science fiction, horror and weird fiction. My research focuses specifically on how political beliefs inform representations of masculinity in late twentieth-century science fiction (especially... Read More →
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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 →
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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.
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Jaymie Matthews

Jaymie Matthews is a UBC astrophysics professor who searches for planets beyond the Solar System and probes the hidden interiors of distant stars, using space telescopes as large as minivans and as small as car batteries. Jaymie is heavily involved in astronomy education and outreach... Read More →
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Wolf Read

Dr. Wolf Read is currently working as a Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in forest science at the University of British Columbia. He has many interests but is often found studying wind-tree interactions, storms and associated power outages. Lately he has been delving into... Read More →
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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 →
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Michael Walsh

Retired newspaperman MICHAEL WALSH has lived long enough for somebody to detail his sins in a Wikipedia entry . He'd prefer that you read his version, set out on his own website, Reeling Back .


Saturday October 1, 2016 15:00 - 15:50
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (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
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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

Toxic Hostility Versus Women in Gaming
What is the cause of the hostility of the, mainly male, vocal minority in the gaming community towards the women in their midst? Why are so many women game designers, game reviewers, and game players regularly harassed - both online and in real life - sometimes in the vilest and most disturbing ways? What can be done by everyone, especially by other male gamers, to flush this toxicity out of the system?

Moderators
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Claire McCague

Simon Fraser University
Claire McCague is a research scientist, musician and writer. She performs regularly with the Sybaritic String Band and her other worldly plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. Her humorous first contact novel, The Rosetta Man, published by EDGE, is her first novel.

Panelists
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James Berg

Games User Researcher, Electronic Arts
I'm a Games User Researcher at Electronic Arts Vancouver, providing player research to our game development teams. My role is to help developers ensure their design implementation meets their design goals, and to identify things like usability issues, difficulty/progression blockers... Read More →
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Rob Boffard

Rob Boffard is a South African author, journalist and rapper. His Outer Earth scifi trilogy is published worldwide by Orbit Books, and he writes about music and tech for The Guardian, Wired Magazine and more.
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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 →
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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.
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Jenni Merrifield

UX/UI Design Specialist, Jenni Merrifield
Jenni is a UX designer by trade and an SF&F geek by choice. Her favourite fandoms include Star Wars (Han shot first!), Harry Potter (she's a Ravenclaw), Firefly/Serenity (Browncoats unite!) & the Honorverse (Let's be about it!)
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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 16:00 - 16:50
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

16:00

Men of Steel and Messiah Figures: Religious Currents in Various Mediums of Popular Culture
After a brief presentation by Kaelin Kirk (Film Maker, Sword Fighter, Popular Culture Theorist and Analyst) our panel will discuss the various "Messiah Figures" that populate the various mediums and fandoms of pop culture, including specific examples from literature, film, comic books, anime, and manga.  Discover how characters as diverse as Superman, Harry Potter, and Vash the Stampede fulfill a more than simply heroic role.  Do these literary or cinematic Judaeo-Christian archetypes play a role in how young people perceive religion and entertainment in contemporary secular culture?  (1.5 hrs)

Moderators
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Kalelin Kirk

Kalelin Kirk has a diverse background in many fields, including filmmaking, acting, writing, sword-fighting, live theatre, archery, and a hodgepodge of assorted creative endeavours. She worked for many years in the comic book industry, though she is currently an educator (both at... Read More →

Panelists
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Jason Bourget

Instructor, Douglas College
Currently I'm an instructor in the English Department at Douglas College, where I teach courses on science fiction, horror and weird fiction. My research focuses specifically on how political beliefs inform representations of masculinity in late twentieth-century science fiction (especially... Read More →
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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.
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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 →
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Kalelin Kirk

Kalelin Kirk has a diverse background in many fields, including filmmaking, acting, writing, sword-fighting, live theatre, archery, and a hodgepodge of assorted creative endeavours. She worked for many years in the comic book industry, though she is currently an educator (both at... Read More →
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Trevor Melanson

Trevor Melanson is the author of Terminal City, a new dark fantasy novel published by EDGE. He's also the senior editor of Vancouver Magazine and has edited and written for many major national magazines and newspapers (occasionally, on geeky topics).
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Michael Walsh

Retired newspaperman MICHAEL WALSH has lived long enough for somebody to detail his sins in a Wikipedia entry . He'd prefer that you read his version, set out on his own website, Reeling Back .


Saturday October 1, 2016 16:00 - 17:20
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

16:30

Dinosaur Comes to Town: Shooting Godzilla in Vancouver
GODZILLA 2014 was mostly shot here in Vancouver. Of course, knowing that, Godzilla fan GOH has to get on set somehow. Here’s the story of becoming an extra and surviving Godzilla attacks in three different cities. Join Stan Hyde, Godzilla Fan G.O.H. for the true story of confronting Godzilla and living to talk about it.

Panelists
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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 16:30 - 17:20
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

16:30

The World of YouTube. How Channels Become Hits.
Whether you make videos, want to start a channel, or just want to learn about one of the biggest trends on the web - introducing: YouTube! Learn how to start a channel, get popular on the website, and how the biggest YouTubers get their fame and make millions of dollars a year. Discover all this and more with YouTuber Reith Humphreys from TeamRFX and his father C. C. Humphreys!

Panelists
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Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Arthur Ellis winning Author of 'Plague', Chris is an actor, novelist and swordsman. He has written the fantasy 'The Hunt of the Unicorn' and its sequel, out this Fall, 'The Hunt of the Dragon.'
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Reith Humphreys

Big on gaming, love hosting the Interactive gaming. Live for Halloween and scaring people. More than a little crazy. Also an AFOL.


Saturday October 1, 2016 16:30 - 17:20
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

16:30

Scriptwriter Pitch Sessions: Isaiah Sweigard
A Screenwriting Pitch Session is similar to a regular Pitch Session in that gives you a chance to pitch your work to an experienced filmmaker. Getting your work seen is one of the great challenges for any scriptwriter and pitch sessions are an easy way to get your work in front of an acquiring professional. It's an opportunity to gain valuable feedback — and who knows, you might even get the opportunity to have your script filmed! There is no additional charge for this service and sessions will be one-on-one in a private space.

Starting Saturday morning, you may sign up for an appointment from among the available presenters. Sign up sheets will be available at the Registration Desk to book these appointments. Note that these appointments are very limited and are based on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to register early. Please make sure to arrive five minutes before your appointment start time.

This is a ten-minute opportunity to sell your work (and yourself). Don't bring your entire manuscript, as it will not be required. The focus in this very brief ten-minute time slot is to verbally pitch your story/piece. If you have questions, be ready to ask them. This is your chance to learn. Listen carefully — it doesn't hurt to take notes. Seize the opportunity to get someone else as enthusiastic about your work as you are!

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Isaiah Sweigard
is a young but experienced local filmmaker who is willing to listen to your pitch and offer suggestions for improving it. While, in this case, he may not actually be able to offer you the chance to produce your work (well, not without some serious financial commitments from both you and him!), this is an opportunity for you to get solid feedback on your pitch so that when you do have a chance to present your work to someone looking for a script to film you can knock it out of the park!

Panelists
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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 16:30 - 17:30
08 - Small Workshops Boardroom (1st 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
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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
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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)

19:30

Kaiju Konfessions
It’s time to get down with your bad Kaiju self! Traditional kaiju movies all have musical numbers, songs, and dances . . . and nothing is more fun than singing and dancing together. So let’s show everyone that we’ve got the moves like Zilla! Monsters let’s sing and dance the classics! From “Save the Earth,” to “The Words Get Stuck in My Throat” to Blue Oyster Cult’s “Godzilla,” we’ll make some noise. (May go to 9:30 PM if everyone is having a good time!)

Panelists
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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 19:30 - 20:50
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (2nd Floor)

20:30

Cats, Cats Cats!
Cats are all over pop culture! When did the cat craze begin? Why are we crazy about cats? Do we all have toxoplasmosis (crazy cat lady disease), or are we and our kitties all members of one big happy cat family? Is it simply a case of diminished expectations while trying to please selfish little four footed jerks? Are SF/F folk "cattier" than average? Bring your favorite scientific and off the wall theories and personal expertise and we'll have a meowing good time.

Panelists
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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.
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Jason Bourget

Instructor, Douglas College
Currently I'm an instructor in the English Department at Douglas College, where I teach courses on science fiction, horror and weird fiction. My research focuses specifically on how political beliefs inform representations of masculinity in late twentieth-century science fiction (especially... Read More →
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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 →
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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 →
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Vik K. Walker

KatvikBooks
Award winning author of paranormal romance, and fantasy fiction.


Saturday October 1, 2016 20:30 - 21:20
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

21:00

The REALLY WEIRD Film Show 2
Start time is approximate. Will start after "Kaiju Confessions" wraps up.


It’ll be weird. We promise. Join us! Even weirder than last night because, after all, we’ve been singing monster songs for the last couple of hours and we have to top that!

Panelists
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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 21:00 - Sunday October 2, 2016 01:00
04 - MAT Programming Green Timber 1 (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
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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)

22:30

What is it about Dragons (and Other Fabulous Beasts)?
What is about Dragons? Is there something in our collective unconscious that makes us respond to the joy and the terror of them? Join our panelists to explore this fabulous beast - and other fabulous beasts too!

Moderators
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Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

Arthur Ellis winning Author of 'Plague', Chris is an actor, novelist and swordsman. He has written the fantasy 'The Hunt of the Unicorn' and its sequel, out this Fall, 'The Hunt of the Dragon.'

Panelists
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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.
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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.
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Catherine Girczyc

writer
Catherine is a television writer with 15 credited scripts, plus published short stories + poems. Upcoming: two poems in Tesseracts 20 plus a story in Polar Borealis. Awards: 3 WOTF Honorable Mentions, 2 Auroras (fan) for Ether Patrol + Neology.
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Donna McMahon

Donna McMahon started publishing SF with her novel Dance of Knives (Tor 2001) set in future Vancouver. Lately she's turned from future to past history, with her murder mystery Death Fully Justified set in Vancouver in 1920. She lives in Gibsons, BC.
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Vik K. Walker

KatvikBooks
Award winning author of paranormal romance, and fantasy fiction.


Saturday October 1, 2016 22:30 - 23:20
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

22:30

Whose Sassy Line Is It Fandom?
This is the adult-oriented version of "Whose Line Is It Fandom" based on the improv show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" and there is only one thing to remember: There are no dirty minds, just sexy imaginations. And if you have a silly, sexy, nerdy imagination, then come laugh and play at this improv show!

As adult themes will be front and center, this is officially an 18+ event. However, those under 18 may be allowed to attend if we receive explicit permission from a parent or guardian. 

Panelists
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MrPhilGuy

Mr Phil Guy
Philip and Colin Amor are brothers born and raised in beautiful Vancouver. In 2007, they began visiting different conventions in Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle, experiencing all kinds of communities and fandoms. In 2012, Phil inherited a panel from a friend and was hooked. Now... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 22:30 - 23:50
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (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
 

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

The Supermarionation GoH: Sounds Like Doctor Who - Keeping Classic Doctors Alive via Audio Drama (Big Finish Productions)
From the wilderness years through the reboot, for the last 16 years, Big Finish has kept Doctor Who alive for fans all over the world by producing new audio drama stories using classic Doctors (Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Backer, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann). But how do you translate a highly visual show to audio? What is it like working with the actors? How about the studio lunches? All will be revealed in this highly Whovian panel.

Panelists
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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 →


Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00 - 10:50
01 - Large Programming 1 (with AV) Tynehead 3 (2nd Floor)

11:00

Skewed & Reviewed: Movies of 2017-2019 (Video Presentation)
Here is a fast paced and lively look at what Hollywood has in store for you over the next three years. The panel is Presented by Gareth Von Kallenbach of Skewed and Reviewed and has been a very popular panel over the past 20 years playing for capacity audiences as Gareth brings you the latest news and information on genre films.

(Gareth used to live in the Pacific Northwest, attended VCON regularly, and regularly presented his panel to a packed room. He lives in Phoenix, AZ now, unable to attend VCON, but was kind enough to make an exclusive recording of his talk for us!) 

Panelists
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Gareth Von Kallenbach

Gareth Von Kallenbach is a syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author, and frequent radio guest. He is the creator of the entertainment site “Skewed and Reviewed” as well as Skewed and Reviewed: The Magazine. Gareth has worked in the video game industry and has written three... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 11:00 - 11:50
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

11:00

Optimistic SF
What is it, and why it is time to get positive again. In a world where dark fiction is popular, how do you overcome the darkness and see the positives that are possible in all worlds?

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.
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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 →
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Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.
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Donna McMahon

Donna McMahon started publishing SF with her novel Dance of Knives (Tor 2001) set in future Vancouver. Lately she's turned from future to past history, with her murder mystery Death Fully Justified set in Vancouver in 1920. She lives in Gibsons, BC.
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Trevor Melanson

Trevor Melanson is the author of Terminal City, a new dark fantasy novel published by EDGE. He's also the senior editor of Vancouver Magazine and has edited and written for many major national magazines and newspapers (occasionally, on geeky topics).
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Ellen Michelle

Ellen is the Managing Editor for Reality Skimming Press, a small optimistic sci-fi publisher, and a technical writer. She has a degree in English & Publishing from SFU, and loves fawning over the lesser-loved characters of various popular franchises.
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Robert Luis Rabello

Robert Luis Rabello is the author of the Deveran Conflict Series, a unique human wave science fiction series.
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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 →


Sunday October 2, 2016 11:00 - 11:50
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (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
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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)

12:00

Whedon's Worlds. A VCON tradition since 1999.
The annual celebration of Joss Whedon, moderated by VCON Guest of Honour Emeritus Michael Walsh, where enthusiastic panelists and the audience discuss recent and upcoming projects from the mind of Joss Whedon 

Moderators
avatar for Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh

Retired newspaperman MICHAEL WALSH has lived long enough for somebody to detail his sins in a Wikipedia entry . He'd prefer that you read his version, set out on his own website, Reeling Back .

Panelists
avatar for Kalelin Kirk

Kalelin Kirk

Kalelin Kirk has a diverse background in many fields, including filmmaking, acting, writing, sword-fighting, live theatre, archery, and a hodgepodge of assorted creative endeavours. She worked for many years in the comic book industry, though she is currently an educator (both at... Read More →
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Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.
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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.
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Susan Walsh

A fan from the day she discovered books in the public library with rocket ships on the spine, since the first VCON she's been on panels, impersonated dead authors, taught origami, proofread, and (mostly) fed people.
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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 →


Sunday October 2, 2016 12:00 - 12:50
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

13:00

The Godzilla GoH: What's Up With Godzilla
Stan Hyde is the Chief Examiner for International Baccalaureate film in his professional life. As a fan he has been involved in fandom since the Torcon 2 Worldcon in 1973.  He also travels the world in search of Giant Monsters.  Besides writing articles on film (and also a published comic story and some short fiction), Stan has been a part of Godzilla fandom for years and is one of the planning members of G-FEST convention.  This annual celebration of Godzilla and Japanese science-fiction films in general has been held in Chicago every summer, for the past 23 years. Last summer he planned a tour for North American fans to go to Tokyo to see SHIN GODZILLA, the newest Japanese Godzilla film.

 Join Stan for a reflection on fandom in general, Godzilla fandom in particular, and for some updates on his favourite international star . . . now the subject of two franchises, in both North American and Japan.

Panelists
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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 13:00 - 13:50
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)

13:00

Future of Puppets in Film
Now that we can create such sophisticated CG characters are puppets becoming obsolete? What potential do puppets continue to have in the film industry.

Panelists
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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 →
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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.
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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.
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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.


Sunday October 2, 2016 13:00 - 13:50
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

14:30

Behind the Scenes with VFX Supervisor Glenn Campbell
VFX Supervisor Glenn Campbell recalls his experiences working on Blade Runner, Star Trek The Motion Picture, Tron, Spaceballs, X-Files, and more!

Panelists
GC

Glen Campbell

Glenn Campbell is a VFX Supervisor who has worked on Blade Runner, Star Trek The Motion Picture, Tron, Spaceballs, X-Files, and more!


Sunday October 2, 2016 14:30 - 15:30
06 - Medium Programming 2 (Readings) Green Timber 3 (2nd Floor)

16:00

Beyond Lovecraft
Lovecraft is synonymous with Weird Horror fiction, sometimes even with the whole field of horror fiction. But who are the contemporary writers making a splash in this field? And what of the other, older writers of the Weird that time has forgotten?

Moderators
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Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist. Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015.

Panelists
RB

Rob Boffard

Rob Boffard is a South African author, journalist and rapper. His Outer Earth scifi trilogy is published worldwide by Orbit Books, and he writes about music and tech for The Guardian, Wired Magazine and more.
PD

Peter Darbyshire

Peter Darbyshire is the author of five novels, including the Cross series of supernatural thrillers written under the pen name Peter Roman. He also writes for the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers.
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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.
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia's debut novel, Signal to Noise, was a British Fantasy, Locus, Sunburst and Aurora Award finalist. She has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award for her work as an editor. Her novel about Mexican vampires, Certain Dark Things, is out this October. http... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2016 16:00 - 16:50
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)