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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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Muppets Puppets & Marionettes [clear filter]
Friday, September 30
 

16:00

Communication Through Puppetry
Do puppets have a unique advantage when getting a message across? Can they be used to communicate some messages better, using ways a human can't?

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 →
DH

Dusty Hagerud

Creative Director and founder of Color Sound Lab, Dusty has been performing and designing in Puppetry for 17 years across Western Canada working with a multitude of puppet theatre troupes. Dusty was a recipient of a 2009 Leo Award for Anachronism Pictures’ “The Anachronism... Read More →
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 16:00 - 16:50
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)

22:00

Puppet Government
It has, at times, been suggested that we would be better off with Elmo in charge than certain professional politicians. The panel will attempt to build the ideal puppet government. Would Miss Piggy make a good PM? Would Oscar's obsession with trash be an asset or a detriment to the Department of the Interior? Where does Smile Time Angel fit in? The Thunderbirds? King Friday? Punch and Judy? Yoda? Panel and audience will discuss the relative merits of each before holding an election.

Panelists
CL

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.
PW

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 →


Friday September 30, 2016 22:00 - 22:50
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)

23:00

Scary Puppets
Whether demonically possessed, haunted, or just plain evil, TV, film and literature have often painted puppets with a very dark brush. Why?

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 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.
PW

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 →


Friday September 30, 2016 23:00 - 23:50
02 - Large Programming 2 Tynehead 2 (2nd Floor)
 
Saturday, October 1
 

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)

10:00

The 3 Hour Monster Puppet Head with Dusty Hagerud #2
Registration: REGISTER HERE
Maximum participants: 16
Recommended minimum age: 13+ or adult supervision if hand sewing, hot glue, and Exacto blades are not an issue.
Materials fee: $40
Materials fee covers: Multiple fun fur colours, eye balls, eye iris felt, foam strips, misc. craft supplies 
Other requirements:  A notepad and pen are recommended as a lot of puppet building tricks and tips may come up in conversation.
Workshop duration:  3 hours

Workshop description:  Ever wanted to learn how to make your very own muppe... err... monster puppet ? Well, this is the workshop for you! Spend three hours with a professional puppeteer to learn the techniques and build a simple hand operated monster puppet head.

In 3 hours you will build a simple hand operated monster puppet head. First, you will construct a felt a mouth plate. Then you'll choose from a few head shape patterns and cut and stitch (with the Henson stitch!) a fun fur head and then attach the mouth plate into it. From that point, it’s all decoration with eyes, tongue and whichever other adornments you would like to add to make it your very own, personalized, monster puppet!

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Dusty Hagerud is the Creative Director and founder of Color Sound Lab and has been performing and designing in Puppetry for 17 years across Western Canada.

colorsoundlab.com



Panelists
DH

Dusty Hagerud

Creative Director and founder of Color Sound Lab, Dusty has been performing and designing in Puppetry for 17 years across Western Canada working with a multitude of puppet theatre troupes. Dusty was a recipient of a 2009 Leo Award for Anachronism Pictures’ “The Anachronism... Read More →



Saturday October 1, 2016 10:00 - 13:00
07 - Large Workshops Green Timber 4 (2nd Floor)

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
CL

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)

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)

22:30

Lights, Camera, Fiction! (Short Film Showcase)

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

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

VCON Short Film Contest & Showcase 


Panelists
RQ

Russ Quick

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


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

10:00

Basic Puppet Manipulation for Beginners with Jeny Cassady
Registration: REGISTER HERE
Maximum participants: 15
Recommended minimum age: 14+
Materials fee: $3 (paid at the workshop)
Materials fee covers: Craft supplies to make "simple eye puppets" hand puppet
Workshop duration:  3 hours

Workshop description: In this introductory class on manipulation have fun forming new connections between hand and mouth- exercise muscles in your hands and body like no yoga class can!  Learn some of the tricks of the trade when it comes to hand puppetry, and gain a new appreciation for puppeteering!  If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to be a puppeteer, this class will give you peek into that world.   No experience necessary!

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Jeny Cassady is a professional puppeteer who has been getting friendly with puppets since 1991 –  puppet designing, building, performing, on-set coaching, educating, and directing.  She has a BFA with distinction in acting from the University of Victoria, and has trained with respected professionals from around the world in mask performance, acting, clowning, marionette, hand and rod puppeteering, and animatronics.

She is also one of the founders of the Vancouver International Puppet festival which will be happening later in October.

www.jenycassady.com
www.vipuppetfest.com


Panelists
JC

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.



Sunday October 2, 2016 10:00 - 13:00
03 - Interactive Programming Tynehead 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
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 →
JC

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.
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 Joseph Picard

Joseph Picard

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


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

14:00

Beyond Punch, Judy, and Kermit: Puppetry Through Time and Around the World
Puppetry techniques and forms have not only changed drastically over time but are vastly different across different cultures. Panelists discuss historic forms and cultural traditions that will amaze you.

Moderators
FS

Fran Skene

Fran Skene is a member of the Puppetry Renaissance Troupe and has extensive experience in scripting, producing, and performing in puppet shows. In fandom, Fran's credits include chairing/working on a number of conventions, plus she edited the local clubzine, helped to start two apazines... Read More →

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 →
DH

Dusty Hagerud

Creative Director and founder of Color Sound Lab, Dusty has been performing and designing in Puppetry for 17 years across Western Canada working with a multitude of puppet theatre troupes. Dusty was a recipient of a 2009 Leo Award for Anachronism Pictures’ “The Anachronism... Read More →
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 Danielle Stephens

Danielle Stephens

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


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