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Welcome to the VCON 38 Programming Schedule.

Every year, VCON’s crack Programming team assembles three days jam-packed with the best in panels, workshops, and events to keep you in geek nirvana. We hope that you are as excited by the panels, discussions, workshops and presentations we have on offer this year as we are!

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Friday, October 4
 

9:30am

Workshop Setup
Room closed for Workshop Setup

Guests
AP

Andrea Painter

Corsetry has long been a passion of Andrea's. She loves accentuating curves to create an irresistible vision. Andrea adores blending modern with historical techniques and whimsical inspirations, using vintage notions with unique and beautiful textiles in her sewing. Her garments meander through the realms of fetish, masquerade, burlesque, historical recreation, steampunk, pirate and faerie faire. She enjoys sharing heirloom techniques, to... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 9:30am - 10:00am
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

9:30am

Workshop Setup
Room closed for Workshop Setup

Guests
SH

Stan Hyde

By day Stan teaches film students both locally and international. By night, Stan is a Nightmare, and gives people evil dreams. He has been a past VCON Artist Guest of Honor because he builds and paints models of monsters (and other SF subjects). He has been paid as a writer of a comic book, for magazines about Japanese fantasy films, and dinosaurs, and he helped write one of the first online film courses.


Friday October 4, 2013 9:30am - 10:00am
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

10:00am

Building the Surreal Workshop 101: Space Pirates, Monsters, and Anything that isn’t real

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum participants: 10
Recommended minimum age: 16 years
Workshop duration: 3 hrs


Have you ever wanted to build model kits of your favorite vehicles or characters? Have you ever wanted to create unique works of art?

Join Stan Hyde and Monster Attack Team for a hands-on demonstration of how to build a model from the ground up! Whether it’s resin, styrene, or vinyl, we’ll give you the tools you need to create your own unique work of art!

Participants are encouraged (but NOT required) to purchase and bring "any science fiction or fantasy" model kit to the workshop. If you're a beginner and not quite sure where to get such a model, just send an email to programming@vcon.ca and we'll forward you some suggestions for places to look.

Some visual examples of typical "garage kits" can be found (via Google Image search) at the following links:


Guests
SH

Stan Hyde

By day Stan teaches film students both locally and international. By night, Stan is a Nightmare, and gives people evil dreams. He has been a past VCON Artist Guest of Honor because he builds and paints models of monsters (and other SF subjects). He has been paid as a writer of a comic book, for magazines about Japanese fantasy films, and dinosaurs, and he helped write one of the first online film courses.


Friday October 4, 2013 10:00am - 1:00pm
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

10:00am

Corsetry Pattern Drafting
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum Participants: 10
Recommended Minimum Age: 13
Materials fee: $20
Workshop Duration: 3 hours

Corsetry expert Andrea Painter will direct and assist you in the construction of a custom corset pattern designed to your personal measurements. 

Participants will receive an instruction booklet and a quality set of french curves to take home with them.

Participants are encouraged to bring the following items if they have them available:

  • Sewing measuring tape
  • Ruler or quilting ruler
  • CALCULATOR
  • Thin Sharpie pen

Please ensure that everything is labelled with your name!

Guests
AP

Andrea Painter

Corsetry has long been a passion of Andrea's. She loves accentuating curves to create an irresistible vision. Andrea adores blending modern with historical techniques and whimsical inspirations, using vintage notions with unique and beautiful textiles in her sewing. Her garments meander through the realms of fetish, masquerade, burlesque, historical recreation, steampunk, pirate and faerie faire. She enjoys sharing heirloom techniques, to... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 10:00am - 1:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

12:00pm

Copyleft and Copyright: Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Age.
What is the future of intellectual property rights in our globally connected world. Are the digital pirates downloading music, film and software really as criminal as the corporations would have us believe? Are the corporations concerns about the impact of piracy on their industries as unfounded as sites like the Pirate Bay or IsoHunt might suggest? (After all, how many people under the age of 25 have NEVER watched, read, listened to or run media or software that was "pirated"?)

Moderators
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.

Guests
avatar for Grá Linnaea

Grá Linnaea

Editor, Shimmer Magazine
Grá Linnaea is an editor for Shimmer Magazine and is an active member of the Science Fiction Writers Association. He is also a past winner of Writers of the Future, attended the 2008 Clarion Workshop and facilitated the long-running Wordos critique group. His story "Messages From Valerie Polichar", a Stoker Award nominee, was featured in Shock Totem magazine. More of his fiction can be most recently found in Apex Magazine and Daily Science... Read More →
GS

Garth Spencer

underemployed freelance secretary, Art of Garthness
Most of my activities in fandom were inspired by a fanzine library, and the vision of a witty, creative fan community, with clubs titled "The Beaker People's Libation Front" and "The Elves', Gnomes' and Little Men's Science Fiction, Chowder and Marching Society". I was just as enchanted by the titles of fanzines like /Spanish Inquisition/, /Small Friendly Dog/, /The Monthly Monthly/ and /You Can't Get to Heaven on Roller Skates Infrequently/ as I... Read More →
avatar for Steve Wieck

Steve Wieck

President, DriveThru
I love publishing. I love the tools that are freeing more creators up to do more and better self-publishing. I was a publisher (a founder of White Wolf, a tabletop roleplaying and fiction publisher) and then helped found and now work at OneBookShelf which runs marketplaces like DriveThru Comics/RPG/Fiction that empower creators to self-publish their work.


Friday October 4, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

12:00pm

Meet You at the Air Ship Terminal
Alternate histories make for fascinating reading, but they are not all equally plausible. Join our panel of authors to hear their thoughts on questions such as "What guidelines should writers follow when creating alternate history?" and "Can plausibility get in the way of a good story? Should it?"

Moderators
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.

Guests
SH

Steven Hoffart

Producer, Link 45 Productions
Steven Hoffart was born in Nanaimo Bc, graduated from Belmont Senior Secondary, and later Vancouver film school. Steven specializes in the Art Department, and has worked as a Set Dresser for near a year in Vancouver. Space Nazis Must Die was his final film at Vancouver Film School, made with love for a genre long forgotten. He plans to take Space Nazis Must Die to the next level and develop it as a web-series and is currently working on... Read More →
LW

Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga and editor of the legacies series set in the Okal Rel Universe.


Friday October 4, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

12:00pm

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum - Lost @ Sea (Class 1)
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum Attendees: 10
Minimum Age: 19 years (must be of legal drinking age)
Materials Fee: $5
Workshop Duration: 1.5 hrs

Pirate's Grog, Brews and Island Libations are discussed, created and tasted in this space limited workshop.

Dave Mott of Brandywine Bartending School bring the history of Tiki drinks to you with a swashbuckling array of rum based cocktails that even the hardest Pirate King could appreciate.

The following rum drinks will be demonstrated:
  • Captain's Blood
  • Drowned In Search of Mermaids
  • Painkiller
  • The 70's Mai Tai
  • Lost at Sea


Guests
DM

Dave Mott

Owner/Instructor, Brandywine Bartending School
Dave Mott is one half of the two man owner/operator team at Vancouver's Brandywine Bartending School. He has over 20 years experience as a professional bartender in British Columbia; working as a fine dining waiter, pub manager, barman, buffet and catering event producer, nightclub owner, and wine and cocktail menu consultant in The Lower mainland, Vancouver Island and Whistler. Dave is a competitive mixologist appearing in the finals for... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Room 10: Hospitality (8th Floor Suite) 8th Floor

12:45pm

Workshop Setup
Room closed for Workshop Setup

Guests
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.


Friday October 4, 2013 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

1:00pm

Workshop Clean Up
Room Closed for post workshop clean up

Guests
AP

Andrea Painter

Corsetry has long been a passion of Andrea's. She loves accentuating curves to create an irresistible vision. Andrea adores blending modern with historical techniques and whimsical inspirations, using vintage notions with unique and beautiful textiles in her sewing. Her garments meander through the realms of fetish, masquerade, burlesque, historical recreation, steampunk, pirate and faerie faire. She enjoys sharing heirloom techniques, to... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

1:00pm

Romance or Porn?
At what point does romantic fiction become pornography? The number of sex scenes? The emphasis? The detail? The tastefulness of the writing? ... But then, how do you define "taste?" Join the discussion and help our panellists tussle with this tumultuous topic without getting all hot and bothered.

Moderators
avatar for JP McLean

JP McLean

Fabricator of Lies and Tall Tales, JP McLean's Books
Jo-Anne moved to B.C. from Ontario in 1988 and completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1993 at the University of British Columbia. She began writing contemporary fantasy fiction in the fall of 2010 and has published the first two books of a trilogy. The third book is currently going through the standard editorial hoops in anticipation of a Christmas release. She says, "The entire process has been interesting, to say the least. I feel like... Read More →

Guests
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.
LW

Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga and editor of the legacies series set in the Okal Rel Universe.


Friday October 4, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

1:00pm

The Best Writing Advice I Ever Received ...
...and am now passing on to you.

Moderators
avatar for Russ Crossley

Russ Crossley

International selling author, Russ Crossley writes romance under the name R.G. Hart, mystery/suspense under the name R.G. Crossley, and science fiction and fantasy under his own. This year there will be re-issues the romantic comedies, My Zombie Prince and Antique Virgin by 53rd Street Publishing, paranormal romantic comedy, Zomopolis, and a new western romance entitled, The Fire In Their Hearts co-authored with R.S. Meger will be published in... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Flick Harrison

Flick Harrison

Media Artist, Independent
Flick Harrison has been making independent media for over 20 years, including SF films, interactive media and writing. He's appeared as Lucy Lawless' sidekick on Battlestar Galactica, worked with bands like R.E.M. and July 4th Toilet, and has a finicky drone. His novel Home is in the Hard Drive is currently making the slushpiles heavier, and his writing can currently be found in World Film Locations: Vancouver from Intellect Press, or on his... Read More →
RS

Rita Schulz

International selling author, Rita Schulz writes science fiction, fantasy, and mystery/suspense. She is also an artist. Over her more than 15 year career in writing she has published 1 novel and over 30 short stories. With her husband, writer/artist Russ Crossley, she co-owns 53rd Street Publishing a multi-genre publisher.


Friday October 4, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

1:00pm

Construct Your Own Dress Form or Male Torso Form
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Maximum Participants: 16
Minimum Age: 16
Materials Fee: $25
Workshop Duration: 3 hrs

Special Art Guest Thyrza Segal will instruct and guide you in the creation of a personalized dress form or male torso form using nothing more than plastic wrap and tape!

If you like to make costumes or clothing for yourself, this will be an invaluable part of your tool kit. It is also a very good technique to learn if you need to ever make costumes or clothing for kids or someone with an unusual body type.

Working in teams of two, participants will wrap each other in plastic wrap and then proceed to apply layers of tape to their partner's torso to create a shape that is true to their body. The form will be cut off using scissors and will be malleable enough to put into luggage at that point. Thyrza will then demonstrate how to make a body form stand so that you can finish your dress form at home.

Thyrza ;worked as a professional cutter (costume pattern maker, fitter and sewing supervisor) for many years and is able to help with any costume questions you may have.

 

Participants must bring an old, tight fitting T-shirt to wear underneath the wrappings. The tighter it is, the better and be aware that the T-Shirt may get a hole snipped in it when the form is cut off your body.

Note that tank tops are not advised as they will be uncomfortable because the plastic wrap would be directly on your skin. 

 

Women should wear their best support brassieres (if they need support). This will ensure that you are not disappointed when the mold is not as "perky" as you would like it to be. 

 

We recommend that you sign up with a partner. This way you can both have your body's taped up by someone you know. If you don't have a partner but are still interested in participating, please contact the Program Director (programming@vcon.ca) and efforts will be made to team people up.

 

Children are welcome to be used as models only. If you have a child model, please make sure they have suitable entertainment with headphones because it is very dull for active kids to stand in one place for a lengthy period of time while someone tapes them up.

Guests
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.


Friday October 4, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

1:00pm

Writers Workshop (Group 1)
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum Atendees: 4
Workshop Duration: 3 hrs.

Attention beginning writers! Have a sample of your writing critiqued by professional authors in a Clarion-style workshop at VCON 38!

Participants submit an original, unpublished, short science fiction or fantasy story 5,000 words or less in length, or the first 5,000 words of the opening chapter of a science fiction or fantasy novel prior to the workshop and then, during the workshop, their writing is critiqued by the participating professional authors.

Potential participants must contact the coordinator prior to submitting their work. Full details about the event and how to reserve your space are available at the Writers' Workshop page on the VCON website.

Moderators
RG

R. Graeme Cameron

Archivist; Writers Workshop Coordinator, VCON ConCom
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories.

Guests
DF

Donna Farley

Donna Farley's short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Weird Tales, On Spec, Realms of Fantasy and Cicada as well as several anthologies. She has taught fiction workshops with Surrey Continuing Education and is the author of a Viking Age historical novel for young adults, Bearing the Saint as well as a picture book, The Ravens of Farne.  
avatar for Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Mur is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. In addition to writing she is a podcaster and voice actor. She is the recipient of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.
DW

Dan Wells

Dan Wells is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. He has written the young adult horror "John Cleaver" trilogy (I Am Not A Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, & I Don't Want to Kill You) and is currently writing the young adult science fiction "Partials" series (Partials, & Fragments)


Friday October 4, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 08: Small Workshops (Cessna) 11th Floor

2:00pm

Arrrrr!
Pirates. Buccaneers. Privateers. Corsairs. Freebooters. Roguish charmers. Sassy wenches. Salty old sailors. Crazy captains. Villainous murderers. Who doesn't love a great pirate story?

But what is it that makes a great pirate story great and how much changes when the ship sails the stars instead of the seas? Why do we love the Dread Pirate Roberts, and Captain Jack Sparrow? And what makes us love to hate Captain Hector Barbossa and Captain Nemo?

Moderators
avatar for Gunpowder Gertie

Gunpowder Gertie

Captain, Buccaneers of the Black Fleet
Gunpowder Gertie has been immersed in the pirate community for the past 5 years, attending events from New Orleans to Portland to Washington state, and Northern California. The official  pirate of Britannia Heritage Shipyards, in Steveston, she is responsible for their children's Buccaneer birthday and summer camp program. | | Inductee  to the Order of Leviathan. Contributor to Mutiny magazine online. Purveyor of fyne rumcakes... Read More →

Guests
SH

Steven Hoffart

Producer, Link 45 Productions
Steven Hoffart was born in Nanaimo Bc, graduated from Belmont Senior Secondary, and later Vancouver film school. Steven specializes in the Art Department, and has worked as a Set Dresser for near a year in Vancouver. Space Nazis Must Die was his final film at Vancouver Film School, made with love for a genre long forgotten. He plans to take Space Nazis Must Die to the next level and develop it as a web-series and is currently working on... 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 October 4, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

2:00pm

Okal Rel - Participate
Brain storm with author Lynda about models for Reality Skimming Press, ETA Fall 2015, to be founded on the intellectual property of the Okal Rel Universe and develop into publishing other works of Optimistic SF, here in Vancouver.

Earn a book by reading half a page aloud. Learn a little about the 10-novel Okal Rel saga and associated works set in the Okal Rel Universe. If you already know the ORU, jot down some advice for a character to appear on Reality Skimming. Pitch your own ideas for writing articles or providing art for the Reality Skimming blog. Pick up a card for dropping into the facebook page to see the evolving collection of art works, particpants and pictures of events attended. Get the scoop on "honor bond" arrangements for derivative works by artists, adaptors and artisans. Teachers (late high school) may also be interested in the lesson plan for students contributing to Reality Skimming blog forthcoming from "Writing and Technology" source book with Kent University.

Guests
LW

Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga and editor of the legacies series set in the Okal Rel Universe.


Friday October 4, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

2:00pm

Marketing Short Fiction and Poetry
A how to, from the point where the first draft is completed, through to dealing with rejection (or acceptance!), with stops at workshopping, rewriting, market lists, and guideline adherence.

Moderators
ML

Marcie Lynn 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.

Guests
BH

Brian Hades

Brian Hades is the founder of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing - Canada's largest publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Now celebrating 16 year of publishing SF/F/H books.
avatar for Grá Linnaea

Grá Linnaea

Editor, Shimmer Magazine
Grá Linnaea is an editor for Shimmer Magazine and is an active member of the Science Fiction Writers Association. He is also a past winner of Writers of the Future, attended the 2008 Clarion Workshop and facilitated the long-running Wordos critique group. His story "Messages From Valerie Polichar", a Stoker Award nominee, was featured in Shock Totem magazine. More of his fiction can be most recently found in Apex Magazine and Daily Science... Read More →
RS

Rita Schulz

International selling author, Rita Schulz writes science fiction, fantasy, and mystery/suspense. She is also an artist. Over her more than 15 year career in writing she has published 1 novel and over 30 short stories. With her husband, writer/artist Russ Crossley, she co-owns 53rd Street Publishing a multi-genre publisher.
avatar for Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.


Friday October 4, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

2:00pm

How to Create Striking Book Covers
So you want to publish an ebook or print book. How do you create a book cover that will entice a reader to pick up the book or make them interested in click on the title?

In this session Russ Crossley will demonstrate how to create covers and will display examples of his work.

Guests
avatar for Russ Crossley

Russ Crossley

International selling author, Russ Crossley writes romance under the name R.G. Hart, mystery/suspense under the name R.G. Crossley, and science fiction and fantasy under his own. This year there will be re-issues the romantic comedies, My Zombie Prince and Antique Virgin by 53rd Street Publishing, paranormal romantic comedy, Zomopolis, and a new western romance entitled, The Fire In Their Hearts co-authored with R.S. Meger will be published in... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum - Lost @ Sea (Class 2)
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum Attendees: 10
Minimum Age: 19 years (must be of legal drinking age)
Materials Fee: $5
Workshop Duration: 1.5 hrs

Pirate's Grog, Brews and Island Libations are discussed, created and tasted in this space limited workshop.

Dave Mott of Brandywine Bartending School bring the history of Tiki drinks to you with a swashbuckling array of rum based cocktails that even the hardest Pirate King could appreciate.

The following rum drinks will be demonstrated:
  • Captain's Blood
  • Drowned In Search of Mermaids
  • Painkiller
  • The 70's Mai Tai
  • Lost at Sea

Guests
DM

Dave Mott

Owner/Instructor, Brandywine Bartending School
Dave Mott is one half of the two man owner/operator team at Vancouver's Brandywine Bartending School. He has over 20 years experience as a professional bartender in British Columbia; working as a fine dining waiter, pub manager, barman, buffet and catering event producer, nightclub owner, and wine and cocktail menu consultant in The Lower mainland, Vancouver Island and Whistler. Dave is a competitive mixologist appearing in the finals for... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 10: Hospitality (8th Floor Suite) 8th Floor

2:00pm

Painting the Surreal Workshop 102: More Space Pirates, Monsters, and Unreal worlds
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum participants: 15
Workshop duration: 3 hrs


Does the paint matter - yes it does. Some model materials, such as vinyl, require special paints.

Join Stan Hyde and Monster Attack Team for a hands-on demonstration of all the techniques and tricks that allow your work to shine.  Whether it’s how to prime your kit (and why) or how to paint eyes that come to life, the monster-makers will show you the ins and outs of bringing your kits to life.

Guests
SH

Stan Hyde

By day Stan teaches film students both locally and international. By night, Stan is a Nightmare, and gives people evil dreams. He has been a past VCON Artist Guest of Honor because he builds and paints models of monsters (and other SF subjects). He has been paid as a writer of a comic book, for magazines about Japanese fantasy films, and dinosaurs, and he helped write one of the first online film courses.


Friday October 4, 2013 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

3:00pm

Many or One Interpretation?
What's visual canon? What's visual fanon (fan canon)?

The enriching potential of valuing the softening of lines between, while still maintaining professional standards of, multiple visual interpretations of the same subject.

Moderators
LW

Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga and editor of the legacies series set in the Okal Rel Universe.

Guests
avatar for Chilam

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.
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.


Friday October 4, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

3:00pm

Publicity: The Good, The Bad and the Bonkers
What are the best and worst ways to promote yourself and your work? How do you wade through the social media ocean to find what will best reach your target audience? What other tools are at your disposal?

Moderators
avatar for Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.

Guests
BH

Brian Hades

Brian Hades is the founder of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing - Canada's largest publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Now celebrating 16 year of publishing SF/F/H books.
avatar for Flick Harrison

Flick Harrison

Media Artist, Independent
Flick Harrison has been making independent media for over 20 years, including SF films, interactive media and writing. He's appeared as Lucy Lawless' sidekick on Battlestar Galactica, worked with bands like R.E.M. and July 4th Toilet, and has a finicky drone. His novel Home is in the Hard Drive is currently making the slushpiles heavier, and his writing can currently be found in World Film Locations: Vancouver from Intellect Press, or on his... Read More →
JK

John Kovalic

John is the VCON 38 Artist Guest of Honour. Well known for his web comic Dork Tower, his art is also prominantly found gracing the boxes, cards and game pieces of many games produced by Steve Jackson Games.  
avatar for JP McLean

JP McLean

Fabricator of Lies and Tall Tales, JP McLean's Books
Jo-Anne moved to B.C. from Ontario in 1988 and completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1993 at the University of British Columbia. She began writing contemporary fantasy fiction in the fall of 2010 and has published the first two books of a trilogy. The third book is currently going through the standard editorial hoops in anticipation of a Christmas release. She says, "The entire process has been interesting, to say the least. I feel like... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

3:00pm

Q&A with The Adrian Empire Medieval Reenactment Society
Come out to meet members of the Arch Duchy of Connacht - a local chapter of the Adrian Empire medieval reenactment society - and find out who they are, what they do and how you might be able to get involved.

Guests

Friday October 4, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Workshop Clean Up
Guests
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.


Friday October 4, 2013 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

4:00pm

TAURINE : Legacy of Jolt
With great beverages come great responsibility.

Join Joseph Picard & Sandra Wickham for a quasi-casual discussion about energy drinks, from "What's your fav?" to "We know these will kill us, but..."

Moderators
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.

Guests
avatar for Kristi Charish

Kristi Charish

Kristi is a Vancouver based urban fantasy author and cell biologist who writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in. She is also a co-host on the popular Sci-Fi/Fantasy writing podcast, Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing. Her first series, OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (S&S/Pocket US), is about ex-archaeology grad student turned international... Read More →
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Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.


Friday October 4, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

4:00pm

How Do You Make an eBook?
What does it take to put together an ebook? How many programs do I need on my computer? Is it complicated? What do I do with it after I make it? These and other questions will be answered in the panel.

Moderators
avatar for Tod McCoy

Tod McCoy

Overlord, Hydra House
Tod McCoy moved to Seattle from Phoenix in 1994 and never looked back except to make sure it wasn't following him. He is a Clarion West alumni and his work has appeared in the anthologies The People's Apocalypse and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. He runs Hydra House, a small press dedicated to publishing West Coast science fiction and fantasy, which currently includes the Faerie... Read More →

Guests
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Russ Crossley

International selling author, Russ Crossley writes romance under the name R.G. Hart, mystery/suspense under the name R.G. Crossley, and science fiction and fantasy under his own. This year there will be re-issues the romantic comedies, My Zombie Prince and Antique Virgin by 53rd Street Publishing, paranormal romantic comedy, Zomopolis, and a new western romance entitled, The Fire In Their Hearts co-authored with R.S. Meger will be published in... Read More →
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Steve Wieck

President, DriveThru
I love publishing. I love the tools that are freeing more creators up to do more and better self-publishing. I was a publisher (a founder of White Wolf, a tabletop roleplaying and fiction publisher) and then helped found and now work at OneBookShelf which runs marketplaces like DriveThru Comics/RPG/Fiction that empower creators to self-publish their work.


Friday October 4, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

4:00pm

Replicating Props and Accessories on a Budget

With over 30 years experience working with his wife Christina Carr, let Martin introduce you to their ideas, shortcuts, and concepts for replicating props and costumes, as well as provide inspiration to create your own. He brings samples of both home created items and off-set production items to give you an idea of what it takes to build and create characters and their corresponding props.


Guests
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Martin Hunger

Co Producer, BC Renaissance Festival
Martin has over 30 years experience building props and making costumes, and has been a professional prop builder in the Film Industry for 20 years. Having worked on countless films and TV series, he has built props from every period from ancient Egypt to the far future. As Co Producer and Construction Co-ordinator for the BC Renaissance Festival, he has created the look of the Faire, and continues to build and improve it. With his wife... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

4:00pm

Vancouver Convention Industry Q&A
An insiders look on how the Vancouver Convention Industry is doing, and what you have to look forward to in 2014. Join IRL Events and a panel of event organizers as we answer your questions about the How and Why of local conventions.

Guests
GN

Greg Neher

Conrunner, Nerd Game Host


Friday October 4, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

5:00pm

Opening Ceremonies
Welcome to VCON 38!

Guests
JK

John Kovalic

John is the VCON 38 Artist Guest of Honour. Well known for his web comic Dork Tower, his art is also prominantly found gracing the boxes, cards and game pieces of many games produced by Steve Jackson Games.  
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Mur Lafferty

Mur is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. In addition to writing she is a podcaster and voice actor. She is the recipient of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.
DW

Dan Wells

Dan Wells is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. He has written the young adult horror "John Cleaver" trilogy (I Am Not A Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, & I Don't Want to Kill You) and is currently writing the young adult science fiction "Partials" series (Partials, & Fragments)

ConCom
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 for Danielle Stephens.

Friday October 4, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

6:00pm

Screening: Space Nazis Must Die!
Screening duration: 10 min

Nazis invade the Moon! The year is 1942; an Allied force of Space Commandos must go to the Moon to liberate the Moon Men from the Nazi oppression.

A student project for Vancouver Film School finals, "Space Nazis Must Die" is a campy science fiction short film set in the time period of World War 2. Made in the older style of Science fiction, the film is a nostalgic take on a classic genre with fun and quirky aspects all throughout.
(10 min)

Creator's suggested ratingPG-13 for mild language and mild violence

Moderators
SH

Steven Hoffart

Producer, Link 45 Productions
Steven Hoffart was born in Nanaimo Bc, graduated from Belmont Senior Secondary, and later Vancouver film school. Steven specializes in the Art Department, and has worked as a Set Dresser for near a year in Vancouver. Space Nazis Must Die was his final film at Vancouver Film School, made with love for a genre long forgotten. He plans to take Space Nazis Must Die to the next level and develop it as a web-series and is currently working on... Read More →

Guests
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 October 4, 2013 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

6:00pm

Book Launch Setup
Room closed for Book Launch set up

ConCom
AJ

Alyx J. Shaw

Alyx J Shaw is an irritable rantaholic who enjoys writing, making medieval honey wine, smoking, tarantulas, and raising strange and toxic plants. She shares her seedy apartment with a cat, tarantula, dog, and pet dove named Cupid. She's pretty sure there is a husband in there somewhere as well, and expects she will find him buried under the laundry the next time she feels like doing a washing. Her trilogy "A Strange Place in Time" is available... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

6:00pm

Finding Your Inner Pirate with the Buccaneers of the Black Fleet
History, costuming, props,  lingo...mermaids!!! All of this  will help create a character from the Golden Age of Pyracy.

So dust off yer bumbags and ease yer hindshifters, flap yer tail, and we'll  have a chinwag that'll soon have ye ship shape and Bristol fashion! ! Exude Piratitude!


Guests
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Gunpowder Gertie

Captain, Buccaneers of the Black Fleet
Gunpowder Gertie has been immersed in the pirate community for the past 5 years, attending events from New Orleans to Portland to Washington state, and Northern California. The official  pirate of Britannia Heritage Shipyards, in Steveston, she is responsible for their children's Buccaneer birthday and summer camp program. | | Inductee  to the Order of Leviathan. Contributor to Mutiny magazine online. Purveyor of fyne rumcakes... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

6:00pm

Kitting Out Cheap: Building Audio Toolkits on a Budget
So you want to record something - interviews for a podcast, sound for video; maybe it's your own music. Or maybe you want to build live performance gear. But, sadly, you have a budget of couch-cushion change and dreams. Given that: what do you need, and how _little_ can you spend to make a kit that's worth having?

Musician Dara Kora'ti will go over the technologies that exist and discuss how you can leverage them to sound like a pro on a pauper's budget.

Guests
avatar for Dara Korra'ti

Dara Korra'ti

Supervillain, Crime and the Forces of Evil
Dara Korra'ti, a.k.a. Solarbird the Lightbringer of Crime and the Forces of Evil, is a former superhero turned supervillain musician. She's into rage-driven acoustic elfmetal, DIY/maker culture, heat rays, studio recording, kilotesla magnetic fields, gaming, zero-day exploits, and teleoperating sapients. Basically, the usual sort for any supervillain with a science/tech background. You've probably run her code... whether you knew it at the time... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

6:00pm

For Love of Japanese Space Pirates

Session duration: 2 hrs

Join Monster Attack Team for a celebration of Space Piracy!

Arguably the most famous Space Pirate in the world is Leiji Matsumoto’s SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK, but Harlock is only the tip of the iceberg. While of course Captain Harlock sums up everything cool about being a space pirate, his show lead directly to two more series that featured space pirates, GALAXY EXPRESS 999 and QUEEN OF A THOUSAND YEARS. As well, Harlock was the spiritual ancestor of later shows such as Butch Terasawa’s Cobra and even last year’s BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES in which a group of high school girls fly the jolly roger and terrorize the space ways. 



Guests
SH

Stan Hyde

By day Stan teaches film students both locally and international. By night, Stan is a Nightmare, and gives people evil dreams. He has been a past VCON Artist Guest of Honor because he builds and paints models of monsters (and other SF subjects). He has been paid as a writer of a comic book, for magazines about Japanese fantasy films, and dinosaurs, and he helped write one of the first online film courses.


Friday October 4, 2013 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

6:00pm

Artists Reception
Reception duration: 2 hrs

A chance for members to mingle with the artists exhibiting in the Art Show gallery, look at the art being exhibited, and eat homemade cookies.

Moderators
RW

Rose Wilson

Art Show Director, VCON ConCom

Guests
avatar for Chilam

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.
JK

John Kovalic

John is the VCON 38 Artist Guest of Honour. Well known for his web comic Dork Tower, his art is also prominantly found gracing the boxes, cards and game pieces of many games produced by Steve Jackson Games.  
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.


Friday October 4, 2013 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 09: Art Gallery (Viscount Ballroom) Viscount Ballroom

6:30pm

Workshop Setup
Room closed for Workshop Setup

Guests
AP

Andrea Painter

Corsetry has long been a passion of Andrea's. She loves accentuating curves to create an irresistible vision. Andrea adores blending modern with historical techniques and whimsical inspirations, using vintage notions with unique and beautiful textiles in her sewing. Her garments meander through the realms of fetish, masquerade, burlesque, historical recreation, steampunk, pirate and faerie faire. She enjoys sharing heirloom techniques, to... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

6:30pm

Playing in Genre - A Presentation by Space Nazis Must Die
After a showing of the short film "Space Nazis Must Die" the Producer, Steven Hoffart, Director, Isaiah Swiegard, and lead actor, Arpad Bulogh, will discuss the importance of Genre to film and art in general. How genres should be used, why it's important, and Genres that sadly are dying out.

Guests
SH

Steven Hoffart

Producer, Link 45 Productions
Steven Hoffart was born in Nanaimo Bc, graduated from Belmont Senior Secondary, and later Vancouver film school. Steven specializes in the Art Department, and has worked as a Set Dresser for near a year in Vancouver. Space Nazis Must Die was his final film at Vancouver Film School, made with love for a genre long forgotten. He plans to take Space Nazis Must Die to the next level and develop it as a web-series and is currently working on... 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 October 4, 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

7:00pm

Home Recording 101: Using the Kit You Built
You've put together a recording kit - you have a couple of good microphones, a sound interface, and some sort of digital audio workstation software. Now, what do you _do_ with them? Our panel of musicians and recording engineers talk about the very basics of recording and mixing for both music and podcasts: room conditioning, setting up microphones, and levels, equalisation, compression, and sound "placement" for effect. We'll talk about some common pitfalls, and hopefully give you avoid some common initial mistakes.

Moderators
avatar for Dara Korra'ti

Dara Korra'ti

Supervillain, Crime and the Forces of Evil
Dara Korra'ti, a.k.a. Solarbird the Lightbringer of Crime and the Forces of Evil, is a former superhero turned supervillain musician. She's into rage-driven acoustic elfmetal, DIY/maker culture, heat rays, studio recording, kilotesla magnetic fields, gaming, zero-day exploits, and teleoperating sapients. Basically, the usual sort for any supervillain with a science/tech background. You've probably run her code... whether you knew it at the time... Read More →

Guests
JF

Joe Fulgham

Joe Fulgham is a 12th level Skeptic/8th Level Rogue, and a host of the Caustic Soda podcast where he discusses the science, history, and pop culture of weird and gross topics. He steganographically encodes a complete personality backup in every podcast, assuring his eternal life. Joe is an active member of the Vancouver Skeptic community and enjoys making fun of people who believe improbable things, such as people being able to steganographically... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

7:00pm

Frankenstuffies
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum participants: 15
Materials Fee: $5 per frankenstuffie.
Workshops Duration
: 2 hrs

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 hand-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.

Moderators
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 for Danielle Stephens.

ConCom

Friday October 4, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

7:00pm

Book Launch
Reception duration: 3 hrs.

Authors with new releases in 2013 will be showcasing their works. Come visit your favourites and meet new gems! Books will be available for purchase onsite. Bring a pen for autographs!

Moderators
AJ

Alyx J. Shaw

Alyx J Shaw is an irritable rantaholic who enjoys writing, making medieval honey wine, smoking, tarantulas, and raising strange and toxic plants. She shares her seedy apartment with a cat, tarantula, dog, and pet dove named Cupid. She's pretty sure there is a husband in there somewhere as well, and expects she will find him buried under the laundry the next time she feels like doing a washing. Her trilogy "A Strange Place in Time" is available... Read More →

Guests
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Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo's writing has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies and electronic media.  She is a two-time Aurora finalist and has been on the preliminary ballots of the Nebula and Bram Stoker awards – the latter for poetry.  Her short story “That Brightness,” is published in the dark fantasy anthology Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.
avatar for Russ Crossley

Russ Crossley

International selling author, Russ Crossley writes romance under the name R.G. Hart, mystery/suspense under the name R.G. Crossley, and science fiction and fantasy under his own. This year there will be re-issues the romantic comedies, My Zombie Prince and Antique Virgin by 53rd Street Publishing, paranormal romantic comedy, Zomopolis, and a new western romance entitled, The Fire In Their Hearts co-authored with R.S. Meger will be published in... Read More →
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Danika Dinsmore

Author / Spokenword Artist / Educator
Danika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Utilizing her background in performing arts and education, she developed her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours Events, which she often takes on the road, entertaining children and leading creative writing and world building workshops for writers of all ages. | | She is author of children’s fantasy series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE... Read More →
DD

Dave Duncan

Dave Duncan is a prolific writer of Fantasy and SF, twice winner of the Aurora Award. He lives in Victoria, BC.
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Melissa Mary Duncan

Artist
Melissa Mary Duncan is the mother of two, plus a globe-shaped feline named Mozart, and the wife of author, dvsduncan. VCON 38 heralded the release of her art book, "FAYE ~ The Art of Melissa Mary Duncan", written by her eldest daughter, TobyAnne Stanley, and she is the Canvention Artist GOH for VCON 39. A self-proclaimed Neo-Edwardian with a slight hat addiction, she likes to read in the bath, watch British mysteries, and drink lemonade... Read More →
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Mur Lafferty

Mur is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. In addition to writing she is a podcaster and voice actor. She is the recipient of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.
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Rhea Rose

Rhea's first story was selected by Judith Merril for the very first Tesseracts anthology and nominated for an Aurora Award. Her latest works appear in Clockwork Canada and Pulp Literature. She has her MFA in creative writing from UBC.
RS

Rita Schulz

International selling author, Rita Schulz writes science fiction, fantasy, and mystery/suspense. She is also an artist. Over her more than 15 year career in writing she has published 1 novel and over 30 short stories. With her husband, writer/artist Russ Crossley, she co-owns 53rd Street Publishing a multi-genre publisher.
TS

TobyAnne Stanley

VCON Vice Chair, Book Launch Coordinator, Social Media Liaison, Aurora Afternoon Tea Coordinator
Proprietor of Old World Artists & Events, and author of "FAYE ~ The Art of Melissa Mary Duncan", TobyAnne has a brood of three with her loving cohort, William T. Stanley. They can often be found gallivanting in all manner of costumes, fleshing out unusual projects, having fun with their wee folk or beautifying the otherworld that is their home.
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Lisa Voisin

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. More about Lisa can be found on her web site: http://www.lisavoisin.com.
DW

Dan Wells

Dan Wells is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. He has written the young adult horror "John Cleaver" trilogy (I Am Not A Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, & I Don't Want to Kill You) and is currently writing the young adult science fiction "Partials" series (Partials, & Fragments)
avatar for Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.
LW

Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga and editor of the legacies series set in the Okal Rel Universe.


Friday October 4, 2013 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

7:00pm

Corsetry Construction
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum Participants: 12
Recommended Minimum Age: 13
Materials fee: $20
Workshop Duration: 3 hrs

Corsetry expert Andrea Painter will instruct and assist participants in a variety of useful sewing techniques for corset construction. Participants will get hands-on practice and will take home a "sampler" of techniques that they can then apply to the construction of their very own corset.

Fabric and notions will be supplied, but participants are expected to bring their own sewing machines, some minor notions and should have at least basic sewing experience.

Each participant must bring:


  • A sewing machine that works (that you know how to work!), with standard and zipper foot.

  • Straight pins

  • Sewing snips/sheers

  • Basic thread and full bobbin


(If you would like to participate but do not have access to a portable sewing machine please contact the VCON programming director - programming@vcon.ca - to discuss options.)

Participants are also encouraged to bring the following items if they have them available:



  • Tailoring ham

  • Iron & small ironing board

  • Small extension cord.


Please ensure that everything is labelled with your name!

Guests
AP

Andrea Painter

Corsetry has long been a passion of Andrea's. She loves accentuating curves to create an irresistible vision. Andrea adores blending modern with historical techniques and whimsical inspirations, using vintage notions with unique and beautiful textiles in her sewing. Her garments meander through the realms of fetish, masquerade, burlesque, historical recreation, steampunk, pirate and faerie faire. She enjoys sharing heirloom techniques, to... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

8:00pm

Writing Girly Women
Can a female heroine scream and fuss a bit in "girly" ways without running afoul of modern ass-kicking expectations? What's too "girly" to be cool? 

Moderators
avatar for Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Mur is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. In addition to writing she is a podcaster and voice actor. She is the recipient of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.

Guests
avatar for Flick Harrison

Flick Harrison

Media Artist, Independent
Flick Harrison has been making independent media for over 20 years, including SF films, interactive media and writing. He's appeared as Lucy Lawless' sidekick on Battlestar Galactica, worked with bands like R.E.M. and July 4th Toilet, and has a finicky drone. His novel Home is in the Hard Drive is currently making the slushpiles heavier, and his writing can currently be found in World Film Locations: Vancouver from Intellect Press, or on his... 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.
avatar for Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.


Friday October 4, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

8:00pm

Post Apocalyptic Art Supplies, by Special Art Guest Thyrza Segal
What if Michael's and Joanne's suddenly disappeared into a giant time abyss?

Special Art Guest Thyrza Segal will discuss her approach to creating art using nature, thrift stores or discard bins as primary art supply shops. Making art does not have to be expensive to do and being creative about your supplies may help you to be more creative with your art piece.

The slideshow presentation will be 20 minutes long followed by a Q&A period.

Guests
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.


Friday October 4, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

8:00pm

Kaiju Konfessions Monster Movie Sing-A-Long
Session duration: 2 hrs

Okay, the convention is winding down for the evening but the celebration certainly isn't over! You know what this means! It's time for KAIJU KONFESSIONS . . .

Japanese monster movies all had songs and dances, if you didn't know that, it's time to learn.Join Stan Hyde of the Monster Attack Team to sing and dance like its 1966, we're surrounded by fish-headed people and Hedorah is creeping down the stairs.

Guests
SH

Stan Hyde

By day Stan teaches film students both locally and international. By night, Stan is a Nightmare, and gives people evil dreams. He has been a past VCON Artist Guest of Honor because he builds and paints models of monsters (and other SF subjects). He has been paid as a writer of a comic book, for magazines about Japanese fantasy films, and dinosaurs, and he helped write one of the first online film courses.


Friday October 4, 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

9:00pm

Workshop Clean Up
Room closed for post workshop clean up

ConCom
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 for Danielle Stephens.

Friday October 4, 2013 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

9:00pm

Speculative Fictionary
Draw pictures representing the titles of Science Fiction and Fantasy books, movies and games and win fame, fortune and chocolate!

(Well, you'll really only win chocolate, but who wouldn't want to win chocolate?)

Moderators
SW

Susan Walsh

Vice President, WCSFA BoD
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.

Guests
avatar for Chilam

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.
MW

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has been there, seen that, and written about it when it comes to the movies. Born the year they finally released Arch Oboler's "Strange Holiday", he became a fan on "The Day The Earth Stood Still". His first published review of "The Last Man On Earth", was in a Toronto college newspaper. He turned pro in time to catch the New York premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Moving to Vancouver, he found work at The Province the year of... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

9:00pm

How to Scare People: Writing Presentation by Author GoH Dan Wells
A presentation about the writing process and how best to scare people when you do it by VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour Dan Wells (I Am Not a Serial Killer; Partials).

Guests
DW

Dan Wells

Dan Wells is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. He has written the young adult horror "John Cleaver" trilogy (I Am Not A Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, & I Don't Want to Kill You) and is currently writing the young adult science fiction "Partials" series (Partials, & Fragments)


Friday October 4, 2013 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

10:00pm

Post-Book Launch Clean Up
Room closed for post-book launch clean up.

Friday October 4, 2013 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

10:00pm

Workshop Clean Up
Room closed for post workshop clean up

Guests
AP

Andrea Painter

Corsetry has long been a passion of Andrea's. She loves accentuating curves to create an irresistible vision. Andrea adores blending modern with historical techniques and whimsical inspirations, using vintage notions with unique and beautiful textiles in her sewing. Her garments meander through the realms of fetish, masquerade, burlesque, historical recreation, steampunk, pirate and faerie faire. She enjoys sharing heirloom techniques, to... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

10:00pm

DIY Bio
The modern pirates are the digital hackers of the Information Age. That spirit is now informing the biohackers and makers of the 21st century. Join our panel of scientists as they address questions about the impact of do-it-yourself biological science. What are the potential breakthroughs and pitfalls of self-replicating tech and hacks that can infect? What is going on in today's garages? Is the future squishy?

Moderators
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.

Guests
avatar for Kristi Charish

Kristi Charish

Kristi is a Vancouver based urban fantasy author and cell biologist who writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in. She is also a co-host on the popular Sci-Fi/Fantasy writing podcast, Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing. Her first series, OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (S&S/Pocket US), is about ex-archaeology grad student turned international... Read More →
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Layne Myhre

Layne Myhre has a Ph.D. in molecular genetics.
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Jaimmie Que

Jaimmie has been involved in the biological sciences for over 10 years, working in various fields from biomarker research to COPD, with her expertise being protein biochemistry. In addition to her professional life, she has also been an avid costumer for the past 10 years.


Friday October 4, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

10:00pm

Screening: Project London
Screening duration: 85 min.

PROJECT LONDON is a special effects-rich science fiction action movie about a grief stricken young man who joins a ragtag resistance force and engages in epic battles against a global police force to avenge his father and save the planet.

This is a full length independent, almost no-budget, feature-length, live action movie with vivid visual effects and animations created with the open source software Blender (and other traditional software) and 250 (or so) worldwide volunteers. It's the first independent movie from writer director, Ian Hubert and features a story set in Seattle, Washington.

For more information, see the official PROJECT LONDON web site.

Friday October 4, 2013 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

10:30pm

Glamourati Burlesque (Show 1)
Glamourati presents an introduction to Silhouesque style. Inspired by the daring and seductive classic Burlesque, the sassy style of Tango, the sexy hips of Salsa, and the showy tricks of Broadway Jazz and Cabaret, Silhouesque melds these beautiful forms together creating a fusion of moves to hone the beauty within each performer. Come and dance and get your sexy on.
 
For more information about Glamourati, visit http://silhouesque.ca/glamourati/

Friday October 4, 2013 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

11:00pm

Supernatural Horror and the Influence of Lovecraft
How has the writing of H.P. Lovecraft influenced contemporary horror fiction and film? What makes the "cosmic horrors" of Lovecraft so much more frightening, at least for some, than the ghosts, vampires, and zombies that dominate contemporary horror? What constitutes genuinely Lovecraftian horror? Why are so many direct film adaptations of Lovecraft's work so awful (in more ways than one)?

Moderators
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 in the work of Heinlein, Dick and Le Guin). I'm also a horror fan more generally, with a particular interest in the supernatural horror of writers such as... Read More →

Guests
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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.


Friday October 4, 2013 11:00pm - Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00am
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

11:00pm

Collaborative Filk Creation
Come join in while our panelists create new filk songs based on input from the audience.

Guests
avatar for Chilam

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.
avatar for Dara Korra'ti

Dara Korra'ti

Supervillain, Crime and the Forces of Evil
Dara Korra'ti, a.k.a. Solarbird the Lightbringer of Crime and the Forces of Evil, is a former superhero turned supervillain musician. She's into rage-driven acoustic elfmetal, DIY/maker culture, heat rays, studio recording, kilotesla magnetic fields, gaming, zero-day exploits, and teleoperating sapients. Basically, the usual sort for any supervillain with a science/tech background. You've probably run her code... whether you knew it at the time... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 11:00pm - Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00am
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor
 
Saturday, October 5
 

10:00am

Others Among Us
Harry Potter and Hunger Games sell like tribbles reproduce. Woody Allen's most successful film in years deals with time travel. Game of Thrones has attracted an enthusiastic audience among people who have never expressed interest in fantasy. Superhero movies make millions, and ComicCon has become a hip destination.

Have SF and Fantasy become cool? Or does the new audience remain hostile to the hardcore fans? Does the mainstreaming of SF and fantasy mean that the geeks and nerds no longer need to feel like outsiders?

Moderators
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Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has been there, seen that, and written about it when it comes to the movies. Born the year they finally released Arch Oboler's "Strange Holiday", he became a fan on "The Day The Earth Stood Still". His first published review of "The Last Man On Earth", was in a Toronto college newspaper. He turned pro in time to catch the New York premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Moving to Vancouver, he found work at The Province the year of... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Julie McGalliard

Julie McGalliard

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

Donna Prior

Sparkly Princess of Social Media and Community Management. Gamer, Geek, Future wife of Wedge Antilles. Community Coordinator for ArenaNet. Events Mgr @GreenRoninPub. Social Events Mgr @GeekGirlCon. Games Director @Steamcon BUSY BUSY GIRL.
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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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Lisa Voisin

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. More about Lisa can be found on her web site: http://www.lisavoisin.com.


Saturday October 5, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

10:00am

Saturday Colouring Hour
Crayons! Yaaay crayons! An hour of colouring time for kids of all ages. Line-drawing pages will be provided, and free-form crayon art is also encouraged. Blank paper tablecloths are also fair game.

Moderators
avatar for Jenni Merrifield

Jenni Merrifield

Senior User Experience Designer, Vaisala Canada
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!)

Saturday October 5, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

10:00am

An Hour with John Kovalic
Munchkin, Dork Tower and John Kovalic - the gaming and comic book worlds of our Art Guest of Honour John Kovalic (illustrator for Munchkin game cards, writer/illustrator of Dork Tower web comic). Come out to listen as he discusses "how he got to this odd career, and where it could be going". Expect live drawing, Q&A and the possibility of getting an autograph.


Guests
JK

John Kovalic

John is the VCON 38 Artist Guest of Honour. Well known for his web comic Dork Tower, his art is also prominantly found gracing the boxes, cards and game pieces of many games produced by Steve Jackson Games.  


Saturday October 5, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

10:00am

British and Japanese Men In Rubber Suits
Session duration: 1.5 hrs

The artistry of DR. WHO and TOKUSATSU (JAPANESE LIVE ACTION SPECIAL EFFECTS).

Join Stan Hyde to take a close-up look at the costumes created for the newest incarnation of Dr. Who, and the newest incarnations of Japanese Superheroes, like ULTRAMAN, and kaiju (Japanese giant monsters) like Godzilla

Guests
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Stan Hyde

By day Stan teaches film students both locally and international. By night, Stan is a Nightmare, and gives people evil dreams. He has been a past VCON Artist Guest of Honor because he builds and paints models of monsters (and other SF subjects). He has been paid as a writer of a comic book, for magazines about Japanese fantasy films, and dinosaurs, and he helped write one of the first online film courses.


Saturday October 5, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

10:00am

'Bot Building
Come and watch Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk surprise the life out of some upcycled bits and bobs of metal. Using only her exacting imagination and a screwdriver she will bring to life a bug, or a fairy or an unusual looking dwarf.  Help her choose which head to use, and which arms – or was that a leg?

Guests
LF

Lynne Fahnestalk

Lynne has been a professional illustrator and cartoonist for over 30 years, and her artwork has appeared in numerous publications across North America. Lynne is a two-time recipient of the Canadian Aurora Award for Artistic Achievement. She has served as Art Director for a printing firm and various national magazines in the U.S. and Canada, and was co-owner of Northwest Fine Art Press for five years, a company which specialized in printing... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 10:00am - 12:00pm
Room 09: Art Gallery (Viscount Ballroom) Viscount Ballroom

10:00am

Academie Duello Swordplay Demonstration
Session duration: 2 hrs

A demonstration of swordplay and martial art from Europe's middle ages and renaissance presented by Academie Duello followed by a lesson in swordplay open to all comers.

Guests
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Devon Boorman

Devon Boorman is the Director and Master Instructor for Academie Duello, the world's largest centre for the study of European Swordplay and Martial Arts, based in downtown Vancouver.


Saturday October 5, 2013 10:00am - 12:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

10:00am

Bellydance 101
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum Attendees: 15
Workshop Duration
: 3 hrs

The beautiful Varvara (also known as Barbara Klinger), bellydancer extraordinair, will demonstrate and then teach you the graceful movements and steps used in traditional bellydance.

By the time your session with her is done, you'll be able to dance your belly and shimmy your hips to any middle eastern dance beat you encounter.

Guests
BH

Barbara Hanson

Barbara has been cosplaying for over 10 years, having played with many different costumes, both hero's and villains. She loves to see and work on different costumes and see what others also can create, spreading the joy of costuming whether at cons or dance. She has also been dancing for 15 years, teaching for 5.


Saturday October 5, 2013 10:00am - 1:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

10:00am

Writers Workshop (Group 2)
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum Atendees: 4
Workshop Duration: 3 hrs.

Attention beginning writers! Have a sample of your writing critiqued by professional authors in a Clarion-style workshop at VCON 38!

Participants submit an original, unpublished, short science fiction or fantasy story 5,000 words or less in length, or the first 5,000 words of the opening chapter of a science fiction or fantasy novel prior to the workshop and then, during the workshop, their writing is critiqued by the participating professional authors.

Potential participants must contact the coordinator prior to submitting their work. Full details about the event and how to reserve your space are available at the Writers' Workshop page on the VCON website.

Moderators
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R. Graeme Cameron

Archivist; Writers Workshop Coordinator, VCON ConCom
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories.

Guests
avatar for Russ Crossley

Russ Crossley

International selling author, Russ Crossley writes romance under the name R.G. Hart, mystery/suspense under the name R.G. Crossley, and science fiction and fantasy under his own. This year there will be re-issues the romantic comedies, My Zombie Prince and Antique Virgin by 53rd Street Publishing, paranormal romantic comedy, Zomopolis, and a new western romance entitled, The Fire In Their Hearts co-authored with R.S. Meger will be published in... Read More →
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Rita Schulz

International selling author, Rita Schulz writes science fiction, fantasy, and mystery/suspense. She is also an artist. Over her more than 15 year career in writing she has published 1 novel and over 30 short stories. With her husband, writer/artist Russ Crossley, she co-owns 53rd Street Publishing a multi-genre publisher.
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Marcie Lynn 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 5, 2013 10:00am - 1:00pm
Room 08: Small Workshops (Cessna) 11th Floor

11:00am

Hands-On Session Setup
Room Closed for pre hands on session setup

Guests
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

11:00am

Author Reading: Mary E. Choo
A 20 minute live reading by author Mary E. Choo

Guests
avatar for Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo's writing has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies and electronic media.  She is a two-time Aurora finalist and has been on the preliminary ballots of the Nebula and Bram Stoker awards – the latter for poetry.  Her short story “That Brightness,” is published in the dark fantasy anthology Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

11:00am

Interview with Dan Wells
Sit in and listen to Sandra Wickham while she picks the brain of our Author GoH Dan Wells.

Moderators
avatar for Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.

Guests
DW

Dan Wells

Dan Wells is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. He has written the young adult horror "John Cleaver" trilogy (I Am Not A Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, & I Don't Want to Kill You) and is currently writing the young adult science fiction "Partials" series (Partials, & Fragments)


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

11:00am

Defining Pop Culture, One Debate at a Time: A Presentation by West Coast Geeks vs. Nerds
West Coast Geeks versus Nerds hosts a retrospective panel looking back at the first season of the live comedy debate show that pits pop-culture icons against one another in a battle for the audience-awarded 'Chalice of Victory'. (Past debates include Boba Fett vs Batman, Tintin vs Indiana Jones, Hermione vs Willow, and many more!)

Also examined, the show's East Coast roots and it's transition to the West Coast. Production Crew (including Co-Producers MooMan and Number7) and Debaters recount how they got involved and what the behind-the-scenes process is like getting cast and preparing for a show. Highlights from Season One and a look into Season Two (and the future beyond!)

Guests
CN

Chris Nyarady

Chris is a member of West Coast Geeks vs. Nerds.


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

11:30am

Author Reading: Rhea Rose
A 20 minute live reading by author Rhea Rose

Guests
avatar for Rhea Rose

Rhea Rose

Rhea's first story was selected by Judith Merril for the very first Tesseracts anthology and nominated for an Aurora Award. Her latest works appear in Clockwork Canada and Pulp Literature. She has her MFA in creative writing from UBC.


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:30am - 12:00pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

11:30am

Monster Anatomy and Kaiju Alternate Worlds
Session duration: 30 min

In the 1960s, pioneering Japanese artists created the first in-depth look at 'Kaiju,' the 'strange beasts' of the Kaiju Eiga (Giant Monster Films). Join Stan Hyde to explore what they discovered, and how they actually plunged into the very internal workings of these great beasts, and in doing so, extended the worlds created in films into new creative realms. 

Guests
SH

Stan Hyde

By day Stan teaches film students both locally and international. By night, Stan is a Nightmare, and gives people evil dreams. He has been a past VCON Artist Guest of Honor because he builds and paints models of monsters (and other SF subjects). He has been paid as a writer of a comic book, for magazines about Japanese fantasy films, and dinosaurs, and he helped write one of the first online film courses.


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

11:30am

Create a Space Pirate Eye Patch
Materials Fee: $2 per eye patch
Session Duration: 2 hrs

Arrrr! Special Art Guest Thyrza Segal will have a table full of craft supplies and decor to help you become the unique one eyed space pirate you have always wanted to be.

Plain eye patches will be provided as well as materials to make a custom one if you so desire. A wide variety of decor will also be provided to enable you to design your eye patch into a steampunk-horror-Barbie-princess-alien-TMNT-vintage style of your own devising.

Sample eye patches will be on display at the table.

All are welcome but children should be accompanied by an adult unless they are comfortable and competent using hot melt glue guns, scissors, needles and other sharp things.

Children under 10& must be accompanied by an adult.

Guests
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:30am - 1:30pm
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

12:00pm

Author Reading: Virginia Carraway
A 20 minute live reading by author Virginia Carraway.



Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

12:00pm

Podcast Setup
Room closed for Podcast equipment setup

Guests
TA

Toren Atkinson

Lead singer for the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired rock band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, co-author and illustrator for the award-winning roleplaying game Spaceship Zero, illustrator for games like Call of Cthulhu and Dungeons & Dragons and has published comics in various anthologies. As an actor he's appeared in Stargate: Atlantis and provided voices for video games like Sword of the Stars and Fort Zombie. He worked on Teletoon's Rocket... Read More →
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Joe Fulgham

Joe Fulgham is a 12th level Skeptic/8th Level Rogue, and a host of the Caustic Soda podcast where he discusses the science, history, and pop culture of weird and gross topics. He steganographically encodes a complete personality backup in every podcast, assuring his eternal life. Joe is an active member of the Vancouver Skeptic community and enjoys making fun of people who believe improbable things, such as people being able to steganographically... Read More →
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Kevin Leeson

Kevin Leeson is a Producer, Screenwriter, and Story Editor in the film and television industry. As well, he co-hosts the comedy-science podcast CAUSTIC SODA (www.causticsodapodcast.com).
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Mike Leeson

Web Producer and audio engineer of the Caustic Soda Podcast.


Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

12:00pm

Pencils at High Noon
VCON's traditional quick draw artists showdown! Professional artists vie for top spot with help from the audience. Silly hats will be worn.

Moderators
avatar for Chilam

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.

Guests
TH

Tarol Hunt

Tarol is the inventor of the spork, fuzzy dice and the laser pointer. He also claims to be the creator, writer and artist of the webcomic Goblins, but many believe that to be a flimsy lie.
JK

John Kovalic

John is the VCON 38 Artist Guest of Honour. Well known for his web comic Dork Tower, his art is also prominantly found gracing the boxes, cards and game pieces of many games produced by Steve Jackson Games.  


Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

12:00pm

Screening: Life Tracker
Screening duration: 108 minutes

If DNA could predict your future... would you want to know?

When documentary filmmaker Dillon Smith decides to follow a news story about a company called LIFE TRACKER, which claims it can predict a human's future by analyzing DNA, he has no idea how much it will damage his life and the world around him.

For additional information, see the LIFE TRACKER web site

Creator's suggested rating: PG-13 for mild language and mild violence

Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

1:00pm

Author Reading: Tod McCoy
A 20 minute live reading by author Tod McCoy

Guests
avatar for Tod McCoy

Tod McCoy

Overlord, Hydra House
Tod McCoy moved to Seattle from Phoenix in 1994 and never looked back except to make sure it wasn't following him. He is a Clarion West alumni and his work has appeared in the anthologies The People's Apocalypse and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. He runs Hydra House, a small press dedicated to publishing West Coast science fiction and fantasy, which currently includes the Faerie... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

1:00pm

Finding Inspiration
The creative process can often be a tricky one, and it is easy to fall into ruts or hit a blank wall. Our panelists will discuss how to develop ideas, create compelling subject matter, and what do next when you find yourself stuck, not knowing what to do for your next piece of art, writing or other creative project.

Moderators
avatar for Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of Honour | | Karl 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 the Canadian SF newsletter, Under the Ozone Hole with John Herbert. The UTOH team, which included Stephanie Johanson as illustrator and Monica... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo's writing has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies and electronic media.  She is a two-time Aurora finalist and has been on the preliminary ballots of the Nebula and Bram Stoker awards – the latter for poetry.  Her short story “That Brightness,” is published in the dark fantasy anthology Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.
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Don DeBrandt

Don DeBrandt is a Canadian author who also writes under the pen-names Donn Cortez , DD Barant and Dixie Lyle. His books have been published in North America, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia. As DeBrandt, he writes science fiction, essays, plays, and comics; as Cortez, he writes mysteries; as Barant, he writes the urban fantasy series The Bloodhound Files; and as Dixie Lyle he writes the paranormal mystery series the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot... Read More →
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Dave Duncan

Dave Duncan is a prolific writer of Fantasy and SF, twice winner of the Aurora Award. He lives in Victoria, BC.
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Nick McLean

Nick McLean is a Vancouver-based artist and graphic designer and a member of the Monster Attack Team.


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

1:00pm

Live Podcast: Caustic Soda; with John Kovalic & Mur Lafferty
Caustic Soda is a weekly podcast about science, horrible news and humor hosted by Toren Atkinson, Kevin Leeson and Joe Fulgham. Each episode of Caustic Soda takes a gruesome, gory or otherwise horrible topic, such as shark attacks, parasites and radiation, and breaks it down into an easily-digestible bubbling paste of funny! The hosts discuss the topic's origins, recent news and pop culture.

It's hard science by soft people!

Guests
TA

Toren Atkinson

Lead singer for the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired rock band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, co-author and illustrator for the award-winning roleplaying game Spaceship Zero, illustrator for games like Call of Cthulhu and Dungeons & Dragons and has published comics in various anthologies. As an actor he's appeared in Stargate: Atlantis and provided voices for video games like Sword of the Stars and Fort Zombie. He worked on Teletoon's Rocket... Read More →
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Joe Fulgham

Joe Fulgham is a 12th level Skeptic/8th Level Rogue, and a host of the Caustic Soda podcast where he discusses the science, history, and pop culture of weird and gross topics. He steganographically encodes a complete personality backup in every podcast, assuring his eternal life. Joe is an active member of the Vancouver Skeptic community and enjoys making fun of people who believe improbable things, such as people being able to steganographically... Read More →
JK

John Kovalic

John is the VCON 38 Artist Guest of Honour. Well known for his web comic Dork Tower, his art is also prominantly found gracing the boxes, cards and game pieces of many games produced by Steve Jackson Games.  
avatar for Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Mur is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. In addition to writing she is a podcaster and voice actor. She is the recipient of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.
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Kevin Leeson

Kevin Leeson is a Producer, Screenwriter, and Story Editor in the film and television industry. As well, he co-hosts the comedy-science podcast CAUSTIC SODA (www.causticsodapodcast.com).
ML

Mike Leeson

Web Producer and audio engineer of the Caustic Soda Podcast.


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

1:00pm

Pen & Sword in Accord: Fighting Techniques for Writers
Session duration: 2 hrs

The old adage "write what you know" can be a definite challenge if one has little or no experience in the warrior arts other than what is portrayed on the big screen. In reality, a fight can be over in seconds and a battle can be won in minutes.

Join fantasy author/martial arts instructor Lorna Suzuki for an informative, fun-filled session on how to write gripping fight scenes that will draw the readers into the action.

Designed for those with little or no experience with weapons or unarmed combat, the author will help aspiring writers struggling to recreate these scenes on paper with a martial arts demo that will allow them to see firsthand how size and strength can have very little to do with taking down an opponent as well as how some traditional and non-traditional weapons work. They will also learn about body dynamics and movement to better understand how easy it is to take an opponent down using minimal effort.

Guests
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Lorna Suzuki

After multiple, failed bids at world domination, Lorna Suzuki was forced to create a fantasy world where she reigns supreme! She is a martial arts instructor with 30+ years experience in this field and the author behind the epic adult fantasy series, the Imago Chronicles as well as the YA fantasy series, The Dream Merchant Saga that she co-writes with her teenaged daughter, Nia. The first three novels of the Imago Chronicles have been optioned... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

1:30pm

Hands On Session Clean Up
Room closed for hands on session clean up

Guests
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

1:30pm

Author Reading: Sandra Wickham
A 20 minute live reading by author Sandra Wickham

Guests
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Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Author Reading: Claire Eamer
A 20 minute live reading by author Claire Eamer.

Guests

Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Speculative Poetry
What is speculative poetry? How does one write it? Is there a market for it? Bring along your own spec poetry to share and listen to selections from the panelists.

Moderators
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Marcie Lynn 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.

Guests
avatar for Danika Dinsmore

Danika Dinsmore

Author / Spokenword Artist / Educator
Danika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Utilizing her background in performing arts and education, she developed her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours Events, which she often takes on the road, entertaining children and leading creative writing and world building workshops for writers of all ages. | | She is author of children’s fantasy series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE... Read More →
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Rhea Rose

Rhea's first story was selected by Judith Merril for the very first Tesseracts anthology and nominated for an Aurora Award. Her latest works appear in Clockwork Canada and Pulp Literature. She has her MFA in creative writing from UBC.
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Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga and editor of the legacies series set in the Okal Rel Universe.


Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

2:00pm

When Biodiversity Goes Up Against Pokemon: Lessons Learnt in Crowdsourcing a Trading Card Game.
David Ng (@ng_dave), a geneticist and science literacy academic at the University of British Columbia, will share his lab's experience in crowd sourcing a new card game called Phylo (http://phylogame.org).

Beginning as a challenge for various internet communities to react to the following piece of information - children know more about Pokemon creatures than they do about real creatures -Dave will explore how the project has provided insights into effective crowdsourcing, as well as the interesting, funny, and sometimes feisty nature of interdisciplinary collaborations (as in, what happens when you need artists, scientists, gamers, computer programmers, educators, openness advocates, environmentalists, intellectual property lawyers, digital influencers, and various host organizations to work together). He'll also bring a few of the currently available decks along, and will invite folks to play a few rounds of the game, as well as suggest possible new VCON flavoured card decks.

Guests
avatar for David Ng

David Ng

Faculty Member, University of British Columbia
Molecular Geneticist who fancies himself a science literacy advocate. Happy as a faculty member at the University of British Columbia, with a soft spot for science humour and Chewbacca (though not necessarily at the same time). Looking after a science education lab (http://bioteach.ubc.ca), managing a few unconventional science literacy projects (http://phylogame.org), and doing a little writing here and there (http://popperfont.net).


Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Song Writers' Workshop
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum participants: 4
Workshop duration: 2 hr

Singer songwriter Dara Korra'ti will meet with workshop participants for a collaborative review of songs-in-progress. The focus will be on general feedback and constructive criticisms for improvement from both her and other participants.

Participants must submit the work-in-progress they wish to have workshopped no later than September 30. To submit, send the lyrics you have written so far and a recording (or a link to a recording) of the song or the music your lyrics are for via email to programming@vcon.ca.

Any quality recording is fine - even a phone recording - though obviously higher quality is better within the constraints of sending a file by email. If your lyrics are written to go with an existing, popular song you can just provide the title name of the artist. If you have written your own music, you may also submit the score but, at Dara's request, the deadline for a submission with a musical score is a week earlier (September 23) to give her more time to review it.

While not required, participants are encouraged to bring their favourite, portable musical instrument to the workshop.

Guests
avatar for Dara Korra'ti

Dara Korra'ti

Supervillain, Crime and the Forces of Evil
Dara Korra'ti, a.k.a. Solarbird the Lightbringer of Crime and the Forces of Evil, is a former superhero turned supervillain musician. She's into rage-driven acoustic elfmetal, DIY/maker culture, heat rays, studio recording, kilotesla magnetic fields, gaming, zero-day exploits, and teleoperating sapients. Basically, the usual sort for any supervillain with a science/tech background. You've probably run her code... whether you knew it at the time... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 08: Small Workshops (Cessna) 11th Floor

2:00pm

Board Game Kit Bash
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum attendees
: 20
Workshop duration
: 3 hrs

Host Lisa Smedman (who teaches game design at the Art Institute of Vancouver) will offer tips on how to design games to make them replayable, interactive and fun.

Participants will be grouped into teams and each team will be given bits and pieces from various board games and asked to create the rules for a game that can be played with those pieces. Teams will then then play the games, and the winner of each game will be allowed to take the finished product home.

Guests
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Lisa Smedman

Lisa Smedman is an editor and a science fiction and fantasy novelist. Her most well-known work is Extinction, a novel set in the Forgotten Realms universe. Lisa is also one of the founders of Adventures Unlimited, a magazine providing scenarios and tips for role-playing games. She has also designed a number of adventures and gaming products for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Cyberpunk, Immortal, Shatterzone, Millennium's End, and Deadlands. Her... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

2:00pm

Gundam Mecha-Robot Model Kit Construction & Painting
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum Participants
: 10
Recommended Minimum Age: 12 years
Materials Fee: $15 ($10 for kit, $5 for paint supplies)
Duration: 3 hrs

Nick McLean, a Vancouver based artist and graphic designer and a member of the Monster Attack Team Canada, will help you select, prepare, construct and paint your very own model Gundam Mecha-Robot model kit.

For those unfamiliar with Gundam Mecha-Robot model kits, these are plastic, snap together, models of Mecha-Robots (they look like transformers, but they don’t change into vehicles) that are about 6" to 8" tall. Out of the box the model has a basic colour scheme created by the colours of plastic each piece is molded in, but through the use of simple painting techniques one can either enhance their “native” colours or apply a totally unique paint scheme.

For a few visual examples, see the attached image below or click the following link for a full size version: http://bit.ly/18WVd2V

This workshop is ideal for tweens and teens as well as adults as the paints are all water soluble acrylics and the size of the models make it easy to see, and thus paint, the details.

Guests
NM

Nick McLean

Nick McLean is a Vancouver-based artist and graphic designer and a member of the Monster Attack Team.



Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

2:30pm

Podcast Teardown
Room closed for Podcast equipment teardown

Guests
TA

Toren Atkinson

Lead singer for the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired rock band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, co-author and illustrator for the award-winning roleplaying game Spaceship Zero, illustrator for games like Call of Cthulhu and Dungeons & Dragons and has published comics in various anthologies. As an actor he's appeared in Stargate: Atlantis and provided voices for video games like Sword of the Stars and Fort Zombie. He worked on Teletoon's Rocket... Read More →
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Joe Fulgham

Joe Fulgham is a 12th level Skeptic/8th Level Rogue, and a host of the Caustic Soda podcast where he discusses the science, history, and pop culture of weird and gross topics. He steganographically encodes a complete personality backup in every podcast, assuring his eternal life. Joe is an active member of the Vancouver Skeptic community and enjoys making fun of people who believe improbable things, such as people being able to steganographically... Read More →
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Kevin Leeson

Kevin Leeson is a Producer, Screenwriter, and Story Editor in the film and television industry. As well, he co-hosts the comedy-science podcast CAUSTIC SODA (www.causticsodapodcast.com).
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Mike Leeson

Web Producer and audio engineer of the Caustic Soda Podcast.


Saturday October 5, 2013 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

2:30pm

Author Reading: Joseph Picard
A 20 minute live reading by author Joseph Picard

Guests
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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.


Saturday October 5, 2013 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

3:00pm

Author Reading: Dave Duncan
A 20 minute live reading by author Dave Duncan

Guests
DD

Dave Duncan

Dave Duncan is a prolific writer of Fantasy and SF, twice winner of the Aurora Award. He lives in Victoria, BC.


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

3:00pm

Sea Monster Stomp!
First, come help to design and build a fleet of cardboard and paper pirate ships that will set sail across the VCON Sea.

Then, once the armada is built and is preparing to sail away, channel your inner Sea Monster and grab, stomp and destroy them all.

All ages are welcome, but very young slithery slimy denizens of the deep might want to bring helpers. Costumes are encouraged, and solid shoes are recommended.

ConCom

Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

3:00pm

How Did *That* Get On My Book Cover?
Authors, artists and publishers discuss how cover art is chosen, what the artists are told, and which parts of the book are used for inspiration (if any).

Moderators
RW

Rose Wilson

Art Show Director, VCON ConCom

Guests
BH

Brian Hades

Brian Hades is the founder of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing - Canada's largest publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Now celebrating 16 year of publishing SF/F/H books.
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John Kovalic

John is the VCON 38 Artist Guest of Honour. Well known for his web comic Dork Tower, his art is also prominantly found gracing the boxes, cards and game pieces of many games produced by Steve Jackson Games.  
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Mur Lafferty

Mur is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. In addition to writing she is a podcaster and voice actor. She is the recipient of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.
DW

Dan Wells

Dan Wells is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. He has written the young adult horror "John Cleaver" trilogy (I Am Not A Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, & I Don't Want to Kill You) and is currently writing the young adult science fiction "Partials" series (Partials, & Fragments)


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

3:00pm

Justify the Science Flaws
The panelists and audience note science or technical flaws from books, movies and games and the panelists try to get others to accept their plausible sounding justifications for said flaws.

Moderators
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Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of Honour | | Karl 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 the Canadian SF newsletter, Under the Ozone Hole with John Herbert. The UTOH team, which included Stephanie Johanson as illustrator and Monica... Read More →

Guests
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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Kristi Charish

Kristi is a Vancouver based urban fantasy author and cell biologist who writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in. She is also a co-host on the popular Sci-Fi/Fantasy writing podcast, Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing. Her first series, OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (S&S/Pocket US), is about ex-archaeology grad student turned international... 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, winning the 2016 Qilak Award for those efforts. (Qilak is the Inuit word for the sky overhead.) In a parallel universe, Jaymie would be a filmmaker, and he does a... Read More →
avatar for David Ng

David Ng

Faculty Member, University of British Columbia
Molecular Geneticist who fancies himself a science literacy advocate. Happy as a faculty member at the University of British Columbia, with a soft spot for science humour and Chewbacca (though not necessarily at the same time). Looking after a science education lab (http://bioteach.ubc.ca), managing a few unconventional science literacy projects (http://phylogame.org), and doing a little writing here and there (http://popperfont.net).
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Jaimmie Que

Jaimmie has been involved in the biological sciences for over 10 years, working in various fields from biomarker research to COPD, with her expertise being protein biochemistry. In addition to her professional life, she has also been an avid costumer for the past 10 years.


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

3:00pm

Screening: Indie Science Fiction Videos
Flick Harrison, Vancouver actor, artist and writer brings you an hour of SF art videos and b-movie treats, focussed mainly on current or former Vancouverites. Some of these are world premieres, others are hard to find, all are intriguing and odd.

  • Chase, by Stuart Pound - 9:26 min
  • Overhead - Music video for The Floodgates, by Flick Harrison - 4:00 min
  • Spacemare, by Jessica Slavik (excerpt) - 10:00
  • Video Art Therapy #1: Journey To A Distant Planet, by Brian MacDonald - 16:32 min
  • The Moons of Uranus (work in progress), by Clark Nikolai - 10:00 min
  • ...All That Passed, by Stuart Pound - 0:55 min
  • Black Moon, by Brandon Blommaert - 1:15 min
  • Quintipus, by Victoria Angel - 8:48 min (more info: Quintipus facebook page)
Flick's suggested rating: PG to PG-13 

Guests
avatar for Flick Harrison

Flick Harrison

Media Artist, Independent
Flick Harrison has been making independent media for over 20 years, including SF films, interactive media and writing. He's appeared as Lucy Lawless' sidekick on Battlestar Galactica, worked with bands like R.E.M. and July 4th Toilet, and has a finicky drone. His novel Home is in the Hard Drive is currently making the slushpiles heavier, and his writing can currently be found in World Film Locations: Vancouver from Intellect Press, or on his... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

3:00pm

Adding Monsters to Thrift Store Paintings
Special Art Guest Thyrza Segal will be at VCON demonstrating her art renovation techniques and displaying original works from her series entitled "Alien Vacation".

The series answers the question: "What activities would aliens get up to if they came to Earth on holidays?".. She will be completing a new work which will be available for auction to benefit Aunt Leah's.  Her work has been in demand and she has sold many prints but has not put originals up for sale before now. Bid often and bid high for a good cause!

There will not be a formal presentation but you are free to ask questions at any time and samples of her preliminary work will be on display as well.

Guests
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 09: Art Gallery (Viscount Ballroom) Viscount Ballroom

3:30pm

Author Reading: Don DeBrandt
A 20 minute live reading by author Don DeBrandt

Guests
DD

Don DeBrandt

Don DeBrandt is a Canadian author who also writes under the pen-names Donn Cortez , DD Barant and Dixie Lyle. His books have been published in North America, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia. As DeBrandt, he writes science fiction, essays, plays, and comics; as Cortez, he writes mysteries; as Barant, he writes the urban fantasy series The Bloodhound Files; and as Dixie Lyle he writes the paranormal mystery series the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Podcast Setup
Room closed for Live Podcast Setup

Guests
avatar for Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Mur is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. In addition to writing she is a podcaster and voice actor. She is the recipient of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

4:00pm

Everybody's a Critic: How the Ubiquitous 'Review' Has Changed Writing and Publishing
Everywhere you go on the 'net, there's a space for reviews, feedback, or comments. We have grown used to this feature and many of us have come to depend on it. Do public reviews impact the way writers writer, or publishers publish? Let's discuss.

Moderators
avatar for Tod McCoy

Tod McCoy

Overlord, Hydra House
Tod McCoy moved to Seattle from Phoenix in 1994 and never looked back except to make sure it wasn't following him. He is a Clarion West alumni and his work has appeared in the anthologies The People's Apocalypse and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. He runs Hydra House, a small press dedicated to publishing West Coast science fiction and fantasy, which currently includes the Faerie... Read More →

Guests
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Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo's writing has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies and electronic media.  She is a two-time Aurora finalist and has been on the preliminary ballots of the Nebula and Bram Stoker awards – the latter for poetry.  Her short story “That Brightness,” is published in the dark fantasy anthology Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.
BH

Brian Hades

Brian Hades is the founder of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing - Canada's largest publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Now celebrating 16 year of publishing SF/F/H books.
avatar for Flick Harrison

Flick Harrison

Media Artist, Independent
Flick Harrison has been making independent media for over 20 years, including SF films, interactive media and writing. He's appeared as Lucy Lawless' sidekick on Battlestar Galactica, worked with bands like R.E.M. and July 4th Toilet, and has a finicky drone. His novel Home is in the Hard Drive is currently making the slushpiles heavier, and his writing can currently be found in World Film Locations: Vancouver from Intellect Press, or on his... Read More →
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Lorna Suzuki

After multiple, failed bids at world domination, Lorna Suzuki was forced to create a fantasy world where she reigns supreme! She is a martial arts instructor with 30+ years experience in this field and the author behind the epic adult fantasy series, the Imago Chronicles as well as the YA fantasy series, The Dream Merchant Saga that she co-writes with her teenaged daughter, Nia. The first three novels of the Imago Chronicles have been optioned... Read More →
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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 5, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Elron Awards & FaanEds Awards
Come help celebrate the worst in SF & science (Elron Awards), and the best in Canadian SF Zines (FanEd Awards).

The Elron Awards (‘Elrons’ for short) are fandom’s oldest ‘spoof’ awards. The emphasis is on humour; the intent being gentle japes designed to raise chuckles, not hackles. Previous winners of the coveted ‘bronzed lemons’ include authors, organizations, TV shows, films, well-known fans and, most infamous of all, John Norman, author of the ‘Gor’ novels, who has won over thirty times since the Elrons were first awarded at VCON 1 in 1971’

The ‘Faneds,’ or the CFF Awards (Canadian Fanzine Fanac Awards), celebrate traditional Canadian fanzines (printed on paper and/or available online in pdf form identical to the paper issue). There are five categories of awards: Best Fan Artist, Best Fan Writer, Best Letter Writer, Best Fanzine & Hall of Fame. Winners receive a certificate (designed by Taral Wayne) detailing his or her particular achievement.

To check on your Canadian SF Fanzine heritage, go to www.cdnsfzinearchive.org

Note: ‘Fanac’ is a fannish slang term for ‘fannish activity.’ 

Guests
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R. Graeme Cameron

Archivist; Writers Workshop Coordinator, VCON ConCom
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories.


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

4:30pm

Author Reading: Chilam
A 20 minute live reading by author and artist Chilam

Guests
avatar for Chilam

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.


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

4:30pm

Live Podcast: I Should Be Writing; by Mur Lafferty
A live podcast recording by Guest of Honour Mur Lafferty

"I Should be Writing", winner of the Podcast Peer Award and the Parsec Award, is a show about a writer going from wanna-be to pro. Focusing on the emotional road blocks one finds in a writing career, this show speaks to over 8000 listeners every week.

Guests
avatar for Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Mur is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. In addition to writing she is a podcaster and voice actor. She is the recipient of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

5:00pm

Author Reading: Kevin Harkness
A 20 minute live reading by author Kevin Harkness.

Guests
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.


Saturday October 5, 2013 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

5:00pm

Walking Poll
Come out and be counted with your people.

Moderator Jonathan Tweet describes his "Walking Poll" session thus: "I run this event regularly at Burning Man, and I'd like to run it at a science fiction con. VCon would be my first. Everyone stands in a group. The leader presents the group with either-or questions such as, "If you like pirates better than ninjas, move left. If you like ninjas better than pirates, move right." Everybody gets to see how everyone else in the group answers the question. Periodically we break into a discussion, and then move onto new questions. The topics would be related to the theme of the con, to science fiction and fantasy in general, to current geeky events, fan politics, that sort of thing."


Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Tweet

Jonathan Tweet

game designer, Fire Opal Media
Jonathan Tweet designed or co-designed the role-playing games Ars Magica, Everway, Over the Edge, Talislanta (3rd Ed), Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Ed), and 13th Age, as well as the miniatures games D&D Chainmail and Dreamblade.

Saturday October 5, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

5:00pm

Drawing Out the Dark Side: Tapping Into Your Inner Villain
Some of fantasy's greatest works have been defined by villains we truly love (or love to hate). But how do authors tap into that dark side to write such compelling villains?

Join a panel of authors as they address their evil twins from the Phantom Dimension, a world of unending horror and misshapen abominations of flesh, to compare their writing styles and techniques. (Audience members are advised to be prepared to foil the plans of any evil twin that is tempted to kill his light side doppelganger and take his place in the world of the living.)

Moderators
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Tarol Hunt

Tarol is the inventor of the spork, fuzzy dice and the laser pointer. He also claims to be the creator, writer and artist of the webcomic Goblins, but many believe that to be a flimsy lie.

Guests
DD

Don DeBrandt

Don DeBrandt is a Canadian author who also writes under the pen-names Donn Cortez , DD Barant and Dixie Lyle. His books have been published in North America, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia. As DeBrandt, he writes science fiction, essays, plays, and comics; as Cortez, he writes mysteries; as Barant, he writes the urban fantasy series The Bloodhound Files; and as Dixie Lyle he writes the paranormal mystery series the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot... Read More →
AJ

Alyx J. Shaw

Alyx J Shaw is an irritable rantaholic who enjoys writing, making medieval honey wine, smoking, tarantulas, and raising strange and toxic plants. She shares her seedy apartment with a cat, tarantula, dog, and pet dove named Cupid. She's pretty sure there is a husband in there somewhere as well, and expects she will find him buried under the laundry the next time she feels like doing a washing. Her trilogy "A Strange Place in Time" is available... Read More →
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Lisa Voisin

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. More about Lisa can be found on her web site: http://www.lisavoisin.com.
DW

Dan Wells

Dan Wells is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. He has written the young adult horror "John Cleaver" trilogy (I Am Not A Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, & I Don't Want to Kill You) and is currently writing the young adult science fiction "Partials" series (Partials, & Fragments)
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Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.


Saturday October 5, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

5:00pm

Peak Oil and the Future of SF
Oil is absolutely critical to our society.  Most SF dreams are based on a future of cheap or cheaper energy.  However, fossil fuels will soon become much more expensive and this will have vast effects on society.

This talk will discuss:


  • what Peak Oil is and isn't,

  • the science behind Peak Oil,

  • when Peak Oil will happen,

  • what oil does for you,

  • the effects on society from Peak Oil,

  • renewable power - hope for the future,

  • how Peak Oil will affect Science Fiction.


The "Hydrogen Economy" will be briefly discussed and it will be used as an example to demonstrate the difference between energy and fuel.

Guests
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Richard Smith

Richard Smith has been a teacher, professional game designer and programmer. He is a serious science geek and facinated by terraforming Mars. He has given numerous talks at V-Con on subjects of science and the future.


Saturday October 5, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

5:15pm

Hands-On Session Setup
Room closed for hands-on session set up

Guests
EG

Erin Green

Erin Green is a graduate from Emily Carr University and has been teaching art and science through private classes and the public domain for the past five years. Erin's passion for astronomy and illustration has culminated in a variety of ways including a specially designed art curriculum that aims to ignite people's imagination and extend scientific knowledge through visual learning. 


Saturday October 5, 2013 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

5:30pm

Author Reading: Lorna Suzuki
A 20 minute live reading by author Lorna Suzuki

Guests
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Lorna Suzuki

After multiple, failed bids at world domination, Lorna Suzuki was forced to create a fantasy world where she reigns supreme! She is a martial arts instructor with 30+ years experience in this field and the author behind the epic adult fantasy series, the Imago Chronicles as well as the YA fantasy series, The Dream Merchant Saga that she co-writes with her teenaged daughter, Nia. The first three novels of the Imago Chronicles have been optioned... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

5:30pm

Author Reading: Mur Lafferty
A 20 minute live reading performed by VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour Mur Lafferty.

Guests
avatar for Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Mur is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. In addition to writing she is a podcaster and voice actor. She is the recipient of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.


Saturday October 5, 2013 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

5:30pm

Collaborative Galaxy Creation
Session duration: 1.5 hrs

Come out and help us collaboratively create a new galaxy on a sheet of black paper using nothing but some art supplies and your imagination.

Art instructor Erin Green will introduce you to different techniques for creating art on a dark background including the use of chalk, powders, silver & gold paint, and more. Individual pieces of black paper will also be available allowing all participants to make a smaller, more personal galaxy to take home with them.

Guests
EG

Erin Green

Erin Green is a graduate from Emily Carr University and has been teaching art and science through private classes and the public domain for the past five years. Erin's passion for astronomy and illustration has culminated in a variety of ways including a specially designed art curriculum that aims to ignite people's imagination and extend scientific knowledge through visual learning. 


Saturday October 5, 2013 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

6:00pm

Author Reading: Lisa Smedman
A 20 minute live reading by author Lisa Smedman

Guests
LS

Lisa Smedman

Lisa Smedman is an editor and a science fiction and fantasy novelist. Her most well-known work is Extinction, a novel set in the Forgotten Realms universe. Lisa is also one of the founders of Adventures Unlimited, a magazine providing scenarios and tips for role-playing games. She has also designed a number of adventures and gaming products for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Cyberpunk, Immortal, Shatterzone, Millennium's End, and Deadlands. Her... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

6:00pm

Costume Contest Run-Through
Room closed except to registered costume contest participants who will meet with the Contest Coordinator and/or Master of Ceremonies to go over details of the costume presentation event.

Saturday October 5, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

6:00pm

Human Battleship
Human Battleship is a large-scale game where two teams of human ‘warships’ rain blows on their enemies in order to ‘sink’ them. Each participant ‘warship’ has an inflatable weapon and a blindfold. Hence they are forced to blindly follow instructions from their allegedly competent Admiral who will attempt to guide them to victory.

Hilarity abounds as desperate ‘warships’ flail about in all directions in the frantic hope of ‘sinking’ their opponent. Join the fun… be a part of the crowd or be a part of the game! Come join… Human Battleship!

Moderators
AK

Amanda Kuehl

Firefighter's Public House

Saturday October 5, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

6:00pm

VCON'S Movie Music Challenge - The Buccaneer Edition
Join the crews competing to identify soundtrack snippets we've selected as clues to the identity of some great, not so great and downright awful feature films that may have fallen prey to those dreaded video pirates. Or just listen - that's OK too.

Moderators
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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 for Danielle Stephens.
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Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has been there, seen that, and written about it when it comes to the movies. Born the year they finally released Arch Oboler's "Strange Holiday", he became a fan on "The Day The Earth Stood Still". His first published review of "The Last Man On Earth", was in a Toronto college newspaper. He turned pro in time to catch the New York premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Moving to Vancouver, he found work at The Province the year of... Read More →

Saturday October 5, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

6:00pm

Why So Serious?
Current science fiction is dark. Bleak. Pessimistic about the future. Not, oftentimes, fun to read. How did this happen? The science fiction of the 1960s and 1970s was generally much brighter, much more optimistic about the future, more playful and more fun to read.

Seriously, what happened? And, is there anything that can be done about it? Our panelists will share their insights and opinions with you.

Moderators
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 in the work of Heinlein, Dick and Le Guin). I'm also a horror fan more generally, with a particular interest in the supernatural horror of writers such as... Read More →

Guests
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Mary E. Choo

Mary E. Choo's writing has appeared in a wide variety of magazines, anthologies and electronic media.  She is a two-time Aurora finalist and has been on the preliminary ballots of the Nebula and Bram Stoker awards – the latter for poetry.  Her short story “That Brightness,” is published in the dark fantasy anthology Expiration Date, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.
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Steven Hoffart

Producer, Link 45 Productions
Steven Hoffart was born in Nanaimo Bc, graduated from Belmont Senior Secondary, and later Vancouver film school. Steven specializes in the Art Department, and has worked as a Set Dresser for near a year in Vancouver. Space Nazis Must Die was his final film at Vancouver Film School, made with love for a genre long forgotten. He plans to take Space Nazis Must Die to the next level and develop it as a web-series and is currently working on... 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.
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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 rocket science, planetary atmospheres and WWII naval history for science fiction board game development and some new stories he is working on. He is the published... Read More →
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Richard Smith

Richard Smith has been a teacher, professional game designer and programmer. He is a serious science geek and facinated by terraforming Mars. He has given numerous talks at V-Con on subjects of science and the future.


Saturday October 5, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

6:00pm

Godzilla: The Deeper Meaning
Session duration: 1.5 hrs

With a new, multi-million dollar re-make of GODZILLA coming from the people who rebooted BATMAN isn't it time to consider the archetype and why he has survived for the last 60 years.

Join Stan Hyde, who has travelled the world looking for stories of the giant reptile, to investigate the deeper meaning of 'GODZILLA!'


Saturday October 5, 2013 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

6:30pm

Author Reading: Flick Harrison
A 20 minute live reading by author Flick Harrison

Guests
avatar for Flick Harrison

Flick Harrison

Media Artist, Independent
Flick Harrison has been making independent media for over 20 years, including SF films, interactive media and writing. He's appeared as Lucy Lawless' sidekick on Battlestar Galactica, worked with bands like R.E.M. and July 4th Toilet, and has a finicky drone. His novel Home is in the Hard Drive is currently making the slushpiles heavier, and his writing can currently be found in World Film Locations: Vancouver from Intellect Press, or on his... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

7:00pm

Author Reading: Jo-Anne McLean
A 20 minute live reading by author Jo-Anne McLean

Guests
avatar for JP McLean

JP McLean

Fabricator of Lies and Tall Tales, JP McLean's Books
Jo-Anne moved to B.C. from Ontario in 1988 and completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1993 at the University of British Columbia. She began writing contemporary fantasy fiction in the fall of 2010 and has published the first two books of a trilogy. The third book is currently going through the standard editorial hoops in anticipation of a Christmas release. She says, "The entire process has been interesting, to say the least. I feel like... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

7:00pm

Dance Party Setup
Room closed for dance setup

Saturday October 5, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

7:00pm

Women & Tabletop Gaming
Let's move beyond gamer culture. Women are amazing roleplayers, strategists, creators, and game designers. Join us for a lively panel to discuss issues and excellence in tabletop gaming, with forays into miniatures wargaming, LARPing, board/card game culture, and creating your own inclusive game groups!

Moderators
avatar for Donna Prior

Donna Prior

Sparkly Princess of Social Media and Community Management. Gamer, Geek, Future wife of Wedge Antilles. Community Coordinator for ArenaNet. Events Mgr @GreenRoninPub. Social Events Mgr @GeekGirlCon. Games Director @Steamcon BUSY BUSY GIRL.

Guests
avatar for Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Mur is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. In addition to writing she is a podcaster and voice actor. She is the recipient of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.
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Lisa Smedman

Lisa Smedman is an editor and a science fiction and fantasy novelist. Her most well-known work is Extinction, a novel set in the Forgotten Realms universe. Lisa is also one of the founders of Adventures Unlimited, a magazine providing scenarios and tips for role-playing games. She has also designed a number of adventures and gaming products for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Cyberpunk, Immortal, Shatterzone, Millennium's End, and Deadlands. Her... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Tweet

Jonathan Tweet

game designer, Fire Opal Media
Jonathan Tweet designed or co-designed the role-playing games Ars Magica, Everway, Over the Edge, Talislanta (3rd Ed), Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Ed), and 13th Age, as well as the miniatures games D&D Chainmail and Dreamblade.


Saturday October 5, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

7:00pm

A Brief History of Video Games
Ryan Cousineau, the guest curator for the "From Pong to Pokemon" exhibition at the Surrey and New Westminster Museums, will presents a survey of the Video Game genre from the first examples to the present day, with an eye to the trends, tendencies, and technology along the way.

Guests
avatar for Ryan Cousineau

Ryan Cousineau

I like to play video games, collect video games, take photos, and ride bicycles really fast. I have a small collection of Golden Age sf books. I have a tendency to reconfigure technical things.


Saturday October 5, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

7:00pm

Costume Contest
Cos & Effect will be hosting the costume contest! So expect the same quality of contest and judging that you would at Cos & Effect!

Confirmed judges: Special Guest Artist Thyrza Segal (also a Costumer), Barbara Klinger, & Colleen Jabeem.

Master of Ceremonies: James Charlton

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

For full details about the different categories and general rules of the event please visit the Costume Contest page on our web site: http://www.vcon.ca/vcon-38/special-events/costume-contest

Moderators
Guests
BH

Barbara Hanson

Barbara has been cosplaying for over 10 years, having played with many different costumes, both hero's and villains. She loves to see and work on different costumes and see what others also can create, spreading the joy of costuming whether at cons or dance. She has also been dancing for 15 years, teaching for 5.
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Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.


Saturday October 5, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

7:00pm

Fantasy Origami Workshop (Class 1)
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum Participants: 15
Recommended Minimum Age: 12
Workshop Duration: 1.5 to 2 hrs.

Origami master Joseph Wu will instruct participants in how to make a selection of fantasy themed origami.

Examples of Joseph's origami art can be found in his online gallery.

Guests
JW

Joseph Wu

Like many people, Joseph Wu encountered origami as a child, folding paper since the age of three. Unlike most people, he continued practising his craft, and began creating original designs at the age of eleven. Joseph continues to be an active participant in the international origami community. He has been invited to attend conferences, teach classes, give lectures, and exhibit works in many parts of the world. In May 2012, he was invited as... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

7:00pm

Lost @ Sea Cocktails by Brandywine Bartending
Geoff Mott of Brandywine Bartending School will be in VCON's hospitality suite serving up two of the rum cocktails demonstrated by his brother and partner, Dave Mott, in the Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum - Lost @ Sea workshops on Friday afternoon:

Captain's Blood 
  • 1.5 Sailor Jerry's Rum
  • .5 oz Brandywine Falernum
  • .5 oz Lime Juice
  • .5 tsp Simple Syrup
  • 1 Dash Angostura Bitters
  • Lime Zest

The 70's Mai Tai
  • 1 oz Anjeo
  • 3 yr Havana Club Rum
  • 2 Tsp House Made Orgeat
  • 4 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz Float of Dark Rum
  • Mint Garnish


Guests
GM

Geoff Mott

Owner/Instructor, Brandywine Bartending School
Geoff Mott is one half of the two man owner/operator team at Vancouver's Brandywine Bartending School. Prior to opening Brandywine with his brother Dave Mott, Geoff was the weekend class instructor at Metropolitan Bartending School 2008-2011. During that time he was responsible for certifying new bartenders, developing course curriculum, part time registrar enrollment and created relationships within the hospitality industry. Geoff's... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 10: Hospitality (8th Floor Suite) 8th Floor

7:30pm

Author Reading: Lynda Williams
A 20 minute live reading by author Lynda Williams

Guests
LW

Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga and editor of the legacies series set in the Okal Rel Universe.


Saturday October 5, 2013 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

7:30pm

Our Hero From Nebula M-78
Session duration: 1.5 hrs

Just who is “Ultraman?”  Join Monster Attack Team for an exploration of a hero who is probably more famous than Superman . . . everywhere except North America! 

Saturday October 5, 2013 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

8:00pm

Are we Your Bitches? Questions of Fan Entitlement
Neil Gaiman was the first to say to George R.R. Martin's fans that that author was "Not [Their] Bitch" on his blog back in 2009 (http://bit.ly/10hDvI6), but many fans, of him and other writers, have failed to accept this as a true fact. So, the question remains, what responsibilities, if any, do creators have to their fans? Are fans entitled to anything? Let's discuss.

Moderators
AJ

Alyx J. Shaw

Alyx J Shaw is an irritable rantaholic who enjoys writing, making medieval honey wine, smoking, tarantulas, and raising strange and toxic plants. She shares her seedy apartment with a cat, tarantula, dog, and pet dove named Cupid. She's pretty sure there is a husband in there somewhere as well, and expects she will find him buried under the laundry the next time she feels like doing a washing. Her trilogy "A Strange Place in Time" is available... Read More →

Guests
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.
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Tarol Hunt

Tarol is the inventor of the spork, fuzzy dice and the laser pointer. He also claims to be the creator, writer and artist of the webcomic Goblins, but many believe that to be a flimsy lie.
JK

John Kovalic

John is the VCON 38 Artist Guest of Honour. Well known for his web comic Dork Tower, his art is also prominantly found gracing the boxes, cards and game pieces of many games produced by Steve Jackson Games.  
avatar for Donna Prior

Donna Prior

Sparkly Princess of Social Media and Community Management. Gamer, Geek, Future wife of Wedge Antilles. Community Coordinator for ArenaNet. Events Mgr @GreenRoninPub. Social Events Mgr @GeekGirlCon. Games Director @Steamcon BUSY BUSY GIRL.


Saturday October 5, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

8:00pm

Screening: Justice Is Mind
Screening duration: 153 min.

VCON's screening will be the Canadian premiere of Justice is Mind!

In a future where MRI technology can read your mind, the trial of the century soon begins when a defendant faces his own memory for a double murder he doesn't remember committing.

JUSTICE IS MIND is an independent film that envelopes the genres of sci-fi, drama, crime and mystery. It had its world premiere on August 18, 2013 at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY. VCON is the first science-fiction convention to screen the film and is also honoured to be the host of its Canadian premiere.

For more information, see the official JUSTICE IS MIND web site.


Saturday October 5, 2013 8:00pm - 10:45pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

8:00pm

Pirate Booty Boogie Dance
DJ Akonite be yon Captain of this evening’s affair. He’ll have ye scurvy scum jumping and dancing a squiffy jig. We dare ye invent a dance to the theme of ‘Walk the Plank! (Feet be Hobbled? Hands bound behind ye? Avast ye be hopping, hopping, hopping into the briny deep?)

Costumes encouraged but optional.

Saturday October 5, 2013 8:00pm - Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00am
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

8:30pm

Intermission: T*A*M Gordy Performs
The musical stylings of John "T*A*M" Gordy will entertain while the judges deliberate over the costumes presented in the first half of the Costume Contest.

Guests
JT

John T. (TAM) Gordy

Old enough to remember when Michael Jackson was black. Saw the first show with the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, when it happened. Loves music, writing and when the Boss cooks for me. Takes everything seriously, except myself. Peace. Out.


Saturday October 5, 2013 8:30pm - 8:45pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

8:30pm

Author Reading: Danika Dinsmore
A 20 minute live reading by author Danika Dinsmore.

Guests
avatar for Danika Dinsmore

Danika Dinsmore

Author / Spokenword Artist / Educator
Danika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Utilizing her background in performing arts and education, she developed her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours Events, which she often takes on the road, entertaining children and leading creative writing and world building workshops for writers of all ages. | | She is author of children’s fantasy series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

9:00pm

Glamourati Burlesque (Show 2)
Glamourati presents an introduction to Silhouesque style. Inspired by the daring and seductive classic Burlesque, the sassy style of Tango, the sexy hips of Salsa, and the showy tricks of Broadway Jazz and Cabaret, Silhouesque melds these beautiful forms together creating a fusion of moves to hone the beauty within each performer. Come and dance and get your sexy on.
 
For more information about Glamourati, visit http://silhouesque.ca/glamourati/

Saturday October 5, 2013 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

9:00pm

Creating & Managing Inclusive Gaming Groups
Many say that tabletop and other forms of non-electronic games are dying. But it isn't true!

How do we, as gamers, create vibrant and welcoming communities? Always wanted to play board games? Love the idea of painting miniatures? How do you even FIND people to play with? How do I create my own gaming meetups?

Our panelists will give you tips on creating game groups, finding public game meetups, and enjoying gaming conventions as a newbie. Want to be a better organizer? We'll work with you to build positiveness to your current groups, how to find new players, and how to encourage their participation.

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Tweet

Jonathan Tweet

game designer, Fire Opal Media
Jonathan Tweet designed or co-designed the role-playing games Ars Magica, Everway, Over the Edge, Talislanta (3rd Ed), Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Ed), and 13th Age, as well as the miniatures games D&D Chainmail and Dreamblade.

Guests
avatar for Donna Prior

Donna Prior

Sparkly Princess of Social Media and Community Management. Gamer, Geek, Future wife of Wedge Antilles. Community Coordinator for ArenaNet. Events Mgr @GreenRoninPub. Social Events Mgr @GeekGirlCon. Games Director @Steamcon BUSY BUSY GIRL.


Saturday October 5, 2013 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

9:00pm

Introduction to the BC Renaissance Festival

Having just finished their 7th year the BC Renfest is still continuing on. A historically inspired event, the BC Renfest is based and formatted on its counterparts across North America. It is a one weekend event that dreams of being a permanent site one day and turning volunteers into summer jobs. Volunteer spend 4 days on site acting, playing games, performing and doing general tasks. We are always ready and willing to introduce you to this exciting project and answer any questions you may have.


Guests
avatar for Chilam

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.
avatar for Martin Hunger

Martin Hunger

Co Producer, BC Renaissance Festival
Martin has over 30 years experience building props and making costumes, and has been a professional prop builder in the Film Industry for 20 years. Having worked on countless films and TV series, he has built props from every period from ancient Egypt to the far future. As Co Producer and Construction Co-ordinator for the BC Renaissance Festival, he has created the look of the Faire, and continues to build and improve it. With his wife... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

9:00pm

The Really Weird Saturday Night Monster Attack Creatures Sampler

Join Monster Attack Team for three hours of really unusual video that you have probably never seen before.  Superheroes, monsters, science fiction . . . alternate worlds to be wondered at!


Saturday October 5, 2013 9:00pm - Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00am
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

9:30pm

Music Set Setup
Room closed for music set setup

Guests
avatar for Dara Korra'ti

Dara Korra'ti

Supervillain, Crime and the Forces of Evil
Dara Korra'ti, a.k.a. Solarbird the Lightbringer of Crime and the Forces of Evil, is a former superhero turned supervillain musician. She's into rage-driven acoustic elfmetal, DIY/maker culture, heat rays, studio recording, kilotesla magnetic fields, gaming, zero-day exploits, and teleoperating sapients. Basically, the usual sort for any supervillain with a science/tech background. You've probably run her code... whether you knew it at the time... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

10:00pm

Pirates as Cultural Constructs
Pirates exist wherever the rules of society are broken. So pirates depend, for their very identity, on a cultural context. Panelists explore what makes pirates in fictional settings a step or two away from the traditional sea-faring stereotype.

Guests
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 in the work of Heinlein, Dick and Le Guin). I'm also a horror fan more generally, with a particular interest in the supernatural horror of writers such as... Read More →
LW

Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga and editor of the legacies series set in the Okal Rel Universe.


Saturday October 5, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

10:00pm

Music: Dara Korra'ti
Dara Korra'ti performs music of piracy and supervillainy, because really, what are pirates but 17th century supervillains?

Guests
avatar for Dara Korra'ti

Dara Korra'ti

Supervillain, Crime and the Forces of Evil
Dara Korra'ti, a.k.a. Solarbird the Lightbringer of Crime and the Forces of Evil, is a former superhero turned supervillain musician. She's into rage-driven acoustic elfmetal, DIY/maker culture, heat rays, studio recording, kilotesla magnetic fields, gaming, zero-day exploits, and teleoperating sapients. Basically, the usual sort for any supervillain with a science/tech background. You've probably run her code... whether you knew it at the time... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

11:00pm

Randomness with Professor Whovianart
Join the Professor while he talks on different subjects, sometimes inspired by suggestions in the audience. Once a subject is started it may go straight or wind along among one or many other (sometimes very non-related) subjects.

The name of this panel is always the same, the content almost always different.

Guests
avatar for Professor Whovianart

Professor Whovianart

creative artist, Professor Whovianart Creations
Creator and maker of and on a great many levels inc. Steampunk, Sci. fi., surreal abstract, lego, jewelery, props and sets, comic book writer and creator, etc... | | The exciting project for 2016 is the first introduction comic book issue of an upcoming series to be called, 'The adventures of Professor Whovianart' an alternate biography of a real person


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:00pm - Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00am
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor
 
Sunday, October 6
 

9:00am

Board Game Blitz
The inaugural year of the VCON Board Game Blitz! A multi-round tournament in which players are pitted against one another in a variety of games. Your placement in each round will determine your choice of games in the next. Top three point totals will receive a prize! Games will be revealed when VCON kicks off on Friday, October 4.

There will be a break for lunch from 1 PM to 2 PM 

Moderators
CF

Colin Fraser

Games Coordinator, VCON ConCom

Sunday October 6, 2013 9:00am - 6:00pm
Room 11: Tabletop Gaming (The Boeing, The Douglas & The Bristol) Main Floor

10:00am

Pirates vs. Ninjas
Join us while we try to settle one of the greatest debates in all of geekdom! Bring yourself and any evidence you might have to support your personal opinion in the matter and get ready to rumble!

Moderators
avatar for Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Mur is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. In addition to writing she is a podcaster and voice actor. She is the recipient of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.

Guests
SH

Steven Hoffart

Producer, Link 45 Productions
Steven Hoffart was born in Nanaimo Bc, graduated from Belmont Senior Secondary, and later Vancouver film school. Steven specializes in the Art Department, and has worked as a Set Dresser for near a year in Vancouver. Space Nazis Must Die was his final film at Vancouver Film School, made with love for a genre long forgotten. He plans to take Space Nazis Must Die to the next level and develop it as a web-series and is currently working on... Read More →
LS

Lorna Suzuki

After multiple, failed bids at world domination, Lorna Suzuki was forced to create a fantasy world where she reigns supreme! She is a martial arts instructor with 30+ years experience in this field and the author behind the epic adult fantasy series, the Imago Chronicles as well as the YA fantasy series, The Dream Merchant Saga that she co-writes with her teenaged daughter, Nia. The first three novels of the Imago Chronicles have been optioned... Read More →
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Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.


Sunday October 6, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

10:00am

Workshopping Workshops
Are writing workshops worthwhile? Discussing the pros and cons of taking writers' workshops.

Moderators
ML

Marcie Lynn 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.

Guests
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Danika Dinsmore

Author / Spokenword Artist / Educator
Danika Dinsmore works in speculative fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. Utilizing her background in performing arts and education, she developed her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours Events, which she often takes on the road, entertaining children and leading creative writing and world building workshops for writers of all ages. | | She is author of children’s fantasy series FAERIE TALES FROM THE WHITE... Read More →
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Tod McCoy

Overlord, Hydra House
Tod McCoy moved to Seattle from Phoenix in 1994 and never looked back except to make sure it wasn't following him. He is a Clarion West alumni and his work has appeared in the anthologies The People's Apocalypse and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies, as well as on AntipodeanSF.com, Qarrtsiluni.com, and The Gloaming. He runs Hydra House, a small press dedicated to publishing West Coast science fiction and fantasy, which currently includes the Faerie... Read More →
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Lisa Voisin

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. More about Lisa can be found on her web site: http://www.lisavoisin.com.


Sunday October 6, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

10:00am

Sunday Colouring Hour
Crayons! Yaaay crayons! An hour of colouring time for kids of all ages. Line-drawing pages will be provided, and free-form crayon art is also encouraged. Blank paper tablecloths are also fair game.

Moderators
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Jenni Merrifield

Senior User Experience Designer, Vaisala Canada
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!)

Sunday October 6, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

10:00am

Fighting Ships
What was naval combat like? From ship to ship volleys to boarding parties. Join our panel for a discussion that will separate the historical from the fantastical.

Moderators
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Gunpowder Gertie

Captain, Buccaneers of the Black Fleet
Gunpowder Gertie has been immersed in the pirate community for the past 5 years, attending events from New Orleans to Portland to Washington state, and Northern California. The official  pirate of Britannia Heritage Shipyards, in Steveston, she is responsible for their children's Buccaneer birthday and summer camp program. | | Inductee  to the Order of Leviathan. Contributor to Mutiny magazine online. Purveyor of fyne rumcakes... Read More →

Guests
DB

Devon Boorman

Devon Boorman is the Director and Master Instructor for Academie Duello, the world's largest centre for the study of European Swordplay and Martial Arts, based in downtown Vancouver.
DD

Dave Duncan

Dave Duncan is a prolific writer of Fantasy and SF, twice winner of the Aurora Award. He lives in Victoria, BC.
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Donna Prior

Sparkly Princess of Social Media and Community Management. Gamer, Geek, Future wife of Wedge Antilles. Community Coordinator for ArenaNet. Events Mgr @GreenRoninPub. Social Events Mgr @GeekGirlCon. Games Director @Steamcon BUSY BUSY GIRL.


Sunday October 6, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

10:00am

Screening: Radioactive Wolves - Wildlife in the Dead Zone Around the Chernobyl Disaster
Session Duration: 1.5 hrs

There have been reports of wolves in the dead zone around Chernobyl. Are the wolves moving in from elsewhere and dying, or are they reproducing in this environment?

This documentary, which was made for the Nature TV series, follows scientists and naturalists who enter the dead zone and observe the effects of radiation on the wildlife.  It includes rare footage of the modern 'red forest' and the abandoned villages & cities near the reactor.

The movie is under an hour and the remaining time will be spent in an open discussion about the movie with lecturer Richard W. Smith.

Moderators
RS

Richard Smith

Richard Smith has been a teacher, professional game designer and programmer. He is a serious science geek and facinated by terraforming Mars. He has given numerous talks at V-Con on subjects of science and the future.

Sunday October 6, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

10:00am

Writers Workshop (Group 3)
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum Atendees: 4
Workshop Duration: 3 hrs.

Attention beginning writers! Have a sample of your writing critiqued by professional authors in a Clarion-style workshop at VCON 38!

Participants submit an original, unpublished, short science fiction or fantasy story 5,000 words or less in length, or the first 5,000 words of the opening chapter of a science fiction or fantasy novel prior to the workshop and then, during the workshop, their writing is critiqued by the participating professional authors.

Potential participants must contact the coordinator prior to submitting their work. Full details about the event and how to reserve your space are available at the Writers' Workshop page on the VCON website.

Moderators
RG

R. Graeme Cameron

Archivist; Writers Workshop Coordinator, VCON ConCom
Fanzine Editor 30+ years, publishes semi-pro SF fiction zine Polar Borealis, won two Aurora Awards, and writes fanzine review column for Amazing Stories.

Guests
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Rhea Rose

Rhea's first story was selected by Judith Merril for the very first Tesseracts anthology and nominated for an Aurora Award. Her latest works appear in Clockwork Canada and Pulp Literature. She has her MFA in creative writing from UBC.
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Casey June Wolf

Casey June Wolf is a writer of occasional poems and speculative fiction stories that range from moody slipstream to hard science fiction. Upcoming publications include “Fog” in The Nettle Tree: Strangely Different Western Stories and several poems in Your Death Full of Flowers (both due out Fall 2016). Casey lives in East Van, BC. Read her musings and find links to her work at Another Fine Day in the Scriptorium... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 10:00am - 1:00pm
Room 08: Small Workshops (Cessna) 11th Floor

11:00am

Author Reading: Grá Linnaea
A 20 minute live reading by author Grá Linnaea

Guests
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Grá Linnaea

Editor, Shimmer Magazine
Grá Linnaea is an editor for Shimmer Magazine and is an active member of the Science Fiction Writers Association. He is also a past winner of Writers of the Future, attended the 2008 Clarion Workshop and facilitated the long-running Wordos critique group. His story "Messages From Valerie Polichar", a Stoker Award nominee, was featured in Shock Totem magazine. More of his fiction can be most recently found in Apex Magazine and Daily Science... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

11:00am

Young Adult and Middle Grade Spec Fic
Why are the YA and children's sections of bookstores and libraries so full of speculative fiction? Why is speculative work for these age ranges selling so well? Are YA/Middle Grade works really aimed at young people? Where and what is the future of YA/Middle Grade speculative fiction?

Moderators
ML

Marcie Lynn 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.

Guests
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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.
AJ

Alyx J. Shaw

Alyx J Shaw is an irritable rantaholic who enjoys writing, making medieval honey wine, smoking, tarantulas, and raising strange and toxic plants. She shares her seedy apartment with a cat, tarantula, dog, and pet dove named Cupid. She's pretty sure there is a husband in there somewhere as well, and expects she will find him buried under the laundry the next time she feels like doing a washing. Her trilogy "A Strange Place in Time" is available... Read More →
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Lisa Voisin

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. More about Lisa can be found on her web site: http://www.lisavoisin.com.
LW

Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga and editor of the legacies series set in the Okal Rel Universe.


Sunday October 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

11:00am

Science Adventures
The Age of Pirates was part of the Age of Exploration. Ships set sail across the globe seeking wealth, land, .... and knowledge. Who were the swashbuckling figures of this quest to know? What were their goals? And how did their discoveries change their ideas and their societies?

Moderators
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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.

Guests
LM

Layne Myhre

Layne Myhre has a Ph.D. in molecular genetics.


Sunday October 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

11:00am

Writing for Fighting
The old adage "write what you know" can be a definite challenge if one has little or no experience in the warrior arts other than what is portrayed on the big screen. In reality, a fight can be over in seconds and a battle can be won in minutes. Come join the panel of authors at our traditional panel about kicking butt and writing it down. (Perhaps even with a Nautical bent this year.)

Moderators
DB

Devon Boorman

Devon Boorman is the Director and Master Instructor for Academie Duello, the world's largest centre for the study of European Swordplay and Martial Arts, based in downtown Vancouver.

Guests
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Flick Harrison

Media Artist, Independent
Flick Harrison has been making independent media for over 20 years, including SF films, interactive media and writing. He's appeared as Lucy Lawless' sidekick on Battlestar Galactica, worked with bands like R.E.M. and July 4th Toilet, and has a finicky drone. His novel Home is in the Hard Drive is currently making the slushpiles heavier, and his writing can currently be found in World Film Locations: Vancouver from Intellect Press, or on his... Read More →
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Mur Lafferty

Mur is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. In addition to writing she is a podcaster and voice actor. She is the recipient of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.
LS

Lorna Suzuki

After multiple, failed bids at world domination, Lorna Suzuki was forced to create a fantasy world where she reigns supreme! She is a martial arts instructor with 30+ years experience in this field and the author behind the epic adult fantasy series, the Imago Chronicles as well as the YA fantasy series, The Dream Merchant Saga that she co-writes with her teenaged daughter, Nia. The first three novels of the Imago Chronicles have been optioned... Read More →
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Sandra Wickham

Sandra Wickham lives in Burnaby, BC, with her husband, two cats and toddler son. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja in training. Her short fiction has appeared in Evolve, Evolve Two, Crossed Genres, The Urban Green Man, Sirens and more. You can visit her website at www.sandrawickham.com. She enjoys visitors.


Sunday October 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

11:00am

Author Reading: Dan Wells
A 20 to 30 minute live reading performed by VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour Dan Wells followed by a period of Q&A and the possibility of Autographs.

Guests
DW

Dan Wells

Dan Wells is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. He has written the young adult horror "John Cleaver" trilogy (I Am Not A Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, & I Don't Want to Kill You) and is currently writing the young adult science fiction "Partials" series (Partials, & Fragments)


Sunday October 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

11:00am

Fantasy Origami Workshop (Class 2)
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum Participants: 15
Recommended Minimum Age: 12
Workshop Duration: 1.5 to 2 hrs.

Origami master Joseph Wu will instruct participants in how to make a selection of fantasy themed origami.

Examples of Joseph's origami art can be found in his online gallery.

Guests
JW

Joseph Wu

Like many people, Joseph Wu encountered origami as a child, folding paper since the age of three. Unlike most people, he continued practising his craft, and began creating original designs at the age of eleven. Joseph continues to be an active participant in the international origami community. He has been invited to attend conferences, teach classes, give lectures, and exhibit works in many parts of the world. In May 2012, he was invited as... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 11:00am - 1:00pm
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

11:30am

Author Reading: Russ Crossley
A 20 minute live reading by author Russ Crossley

Guests
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Russ Crossley

International selling author, Russ Crossley writes romance under the name R.G. Hart, mystery/suspense under the name R.G. Crossley, and science fiction and fantasy under his own. This year there will be re-issues the romantic comedies, My Zombie Prince and Antique Virgin by 53rd Street Publishing, paranormal romantic comedy, Zomopolis, and a new western romance entitled, The Fire In Their Hearts co-authored with R.S. Meger will be published in... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 11:30am - 12:00pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

12:00pm

Author Reading: Alyxandra Shaw
A 20 minute live reading by author Alyx Shaw

Guests
AJ

Alyx J. Shaw

Alyx J Shaw is an irritable rantaholic who enjoys writing, making medieval honey wine, smoking, tarantulas, and raising strange and toxic plants. She shares her seedy apartment with a cat, tarantula, dog, and pet dove named Cupid. She's pretty sure there is a husband in there somewhere as well, and expects she will find him buried under the laundry the next time she feels like doing a washing. Her trilogy "A Strange Place in Time" is available... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

12:00pm

Fractured Fairy Tales
Recently, Hollywood has been all about re-imagining the stories of the Brothers Grimm, Mother Goose and the like. TV shows like "Once Upon a Time" and "Grimm" and films like "Jack the Giant Killer", "Snow White and the Huntsman", "Red Riding Hood" and "Hansel and Gretel" are examples of these "updated fairy tales".

Come out to discuss what it is that suddenly made the fairy tales of old a source worth revisiting and re-imagining, what we think about the directions the authors are morphing and adapting these age old tales and whether these newer, often dark, versions better or worse than their "Disneyized" counterparts.

Moderators
MW

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has been there, seen that, and written about it when it comes to the movies. Born the year they finally released Arch Oboler's "Strange Holiday", he became a fan on "The Day The Earth Stood Still". His first published review of "The Last Man On Earth", was in a Toronto college newspaper. He turned pro in time to catch the New York premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Moving to Vancouver, he found work at The Province the year of... Read More →

Guests
TH

Tarol Hunt

Tarol is the inventor of the spork, fuzzy dice and the laser pointer. He also claims to be the creator, writer and artist of the webcomic Goblins, but many believe that to be a flimsy lie.
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Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.
LS

Lorna Suzuki

After multiple, failed bids at world domination, Lorna Suzuki was forced to create a fantasy world where she reigns supreme! She is a martial arts instructor with 30+ years experience in this field and the author behind the epic adult fantasy series, the Imago Chronicles as well as the YA fantasy series, The Dream Merchant Saga that she co-writes with her teenaged daughter, Nia. The first three novels of the Imago Chronicles have been optioned... Read More →
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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.


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

12:00pm

Writing Fiction in Today's Changeable Market
Discussion of writing in today's rapidly changing publishing industry, and of opportunities for new and established writers to showcase their work.

Moderators
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JP McLean

Fabricator of Lies and Tall Tales, JP McLean's Books
Jo-Anne moved to B.C. from Ontario in 1988 and completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1993 at the University of British Columbia. She began writing contemporary fantasy fiction in the fall of 2010 and has published the first two books of a trilogy. The third book is currently going through the standard editorial hoops in anticipation of a Christmas release. She says, "The entire process has been interesting, to say the least. I feel like... Read More →

Guests
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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.
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Mur Lafferty

Mur is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. In addition to writing she is a podcaster and voice actor. She is the recipient of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.
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Lisa Voisin

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. More about Lisa can be found on her web site: http://www.lisavoisin.com.
DW

Dan Wells

Dan Wells is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. He has written the young adult horror "John Cleaver" trilogy (I Am Not A Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, & I Don't Want to Kill You) and is currently writing the young adult science fiction "Partials" series (Partials, & Fragments)


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

12:00pm

Swash or Buckle?
Eye patches, peg legs, black beards, tricorn hats? Are these all Hollywood charades or did pirates really dress this way? Our panelists will discuss the realities of historical pirate clothing and accessories versus the dashing and charismatic fashion plates we see in film and illustrations.

Moderators
DB

Devon Boorman

Devon Boorman is the Director and Master Instructor for Academie Duello, the world's largest centre for the study of European Swordplay and Martial Arts, based in downtown Vancouver.

Guests
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Gunpowder Gertie

Captain, Buccaneers of the Black Fleet
Gunpowder Gertie has been immersed in the pirate community for the past 5 years, attending events from New Orleans to Portland to Washington state, and Northern California. The official  pirate of Britannia Heritage Shipyards, in Steveston, she is responsible for their children's Buccaneer birthday and summer camp program. | | Inductee  to the Order of Leviathan. Contributor to Mutiny magazine online. Purveyor of fyne rumcakes... Read More →
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Donna Prior

Sparkly Princess of Social Media and Community Management. Gamer, Geek, Future wife of Wedge Antilles. Community Coordinator for ArenaNet. Events Mgr @GreenRoninPub. Social Events Mgr @GeekGirlCon. Games Director @Steamcon BUSY BUSY GIRL.


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

12:00pm

What is Filk?
It has been said that nothing can start an argument faster than trying to answer the question "What is Filk". Some even say that if you ask five filkers you'll come away with six different answers. Come out to hear our panelists try to define this tricky topic.

Moderators
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Dara Korra'ti

Supervillain, Crime and the Forces of Evil
Dara Korra'ti, a.k.a. Solarbird the Lightbringer of Crime and the Forces of Evil, is a former superhero turned supervillain musician. She's into rage-driven acoustic elfmetal, DIY/maker culture, heat rays, studio recording, kilotesla magnetic fields, gaming, zero-day exploits, and teleoperating sapients. Basically, the usual sort for any supervillain with a science/tech background. You've probably run her code... whether you knew it at the time... Read More →

Guests
JT

John T. (TAM) Gordy

Old enough to remember when Michael Jackson was black. Saw the first show with the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, when it happened. Loves music, writing and when the Boss cooks for me. Takes everything seriously, except myself. Peace. Out.
LW

Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga and editor of the legacies series set in the Okal Rel Universe.


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

12:00pm

Exploring Worlds Far, Far Away - Without Hyperdrive
When "Star Wars" filled cinemas around the world in 1977, the sky was empty of known planets outside the Solar System. Today, there are nearly a thousand confirmed exoplanets, including worlds with twin sunrises like Anakin and Luke witnessed on their home planet of Tatooine.

There are also worlds whose environments are so extreme that even George Lucas might have rejected them as too weird for science fiction. Many of these exoplanets were discovered by using the force; in this case, the subtle effects of the force of gravity as a planet orbits its parent star. More and more are revealed by the tiny dips in starlight as some planets pass in front of their stars, when we see only the dark side of these mysterious worlds.

Learn how astronomers make these measurements, and how the first world beyond the Solar System was actually found by Canadians in 1988, but remained the planetary equivalent of "The Phantom Tennis Ball" in space until confirmed in 2002.

The "Star Wars" movies would be pretty dull if worlds like Dagobah and Coruscant were not teeming with life. What about the worlds we are finding today? Can any support life? Join me to find out if the planned "Star Wars: Episode 7" might be set a short time from now, in a galaxy very, very close... our own Milky Way.

Guests
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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, winning the 2016 Qilak Award for those efforts. (Qilak is the Inuit word for the sky overhead.) In a parallel universe, Jaymie would be a filmmaker, and he does a... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

12:30pm

Author Reading: Marcie Lynn Tentchoff
A 20 minute live reading by author Marcie Lynn Tentchoff

Guests
ML

Marcie Lynn 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.


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

1:00pm

Author Reading: Rita Crossley
A 20 minute live reading by author Rita Crossley who's sf&f work is written under the pen name Rita Schulz

Guests
RS

Rita Schulz

International selling author, Rita Schulz writes science fiction, fantasy, and mystery/suspense. She is also an artist. Over her more than 15 year career in writing she has published 1 novel and over 30 short stories. With her husband, writer/artist Russ Crossley, she co-owns 53rd Street Publishing a multi-genre publisher.


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

1:00pm

Art Auction Setup
Room closed for Art Auction setup

Moderators
RW

Rose Wilson

Art Show Director, VCON ConCom

Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

1:00pm

Alternate Canada, eh?
What if the Vikings did successfully settle Atlantic Canada? What if Louis XV had kept Quebec in the Treaty of Paris 1763? What if the Americans or the British were more successful in the War of 1812? What if the 1837-38 Rebellions had been a success? What if the Red River Rebellion had resulted in an independent Republic of Assiniboia? And other potential adventures in pre-20th century Canadian alternate history.

Moderators
Guests
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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 rocket science, planetary atmospheres and WWII naval history for science fiction board game development and some new stories he is working on. He is the published... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

1:00pm

Much Ado About Whedon
The annual celebration of all things Joss Whedon. Let's all get together to discuss his recent and upcoming films, whether big budget (Avengers 2) or small ("Much Ado About Nothing" and "In Your Eyes"), his comics, and whatever else he's up to these days.

Moderators
MW

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh has been there, seen that, and written about it when it comes to the movies. Born the year they finally released Arch Oboler's "Strange Holiday", he became a fan on "The Day The Earth Stood Still". His first published review of "The Last Man On Earth", was in a Toronto college newspaper. He turned pro in time to catch the New York premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey". Moving to Vancouver, he found work at The Province the year of... Read More →

Guests
DD

Don DeBrandt

Don DeBrandt is a Canadian author who also writes under the pen-names Donn Cortez , DD Barant and Dixie Lyle. His books have been published in North America, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia. As DeBrandt, he writes science fiction, essays, plays, and comics; as Cortez, he writes mysteries; as Barant, he writes the urban fantasy series The Bloodhound Files; and as Dixie Lyle he writes the paranormal mystery series the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot... 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.

ConCom
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 for Danielle Stephens.
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Susan Walsh

Vice President, WCSFA BoD
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.

Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

1:00pm

Music: T*A*M Gordy
Live music set by musician John "T*A*M" Gordy.

"Much of my material is Celtic folk style, from the Clancy Brothers, to Great Big Sea, the Dubliners, Stan Rogers. I might also include some stuff from Harry Chapin, Crosby Stills and Nash, Jimmy Buffett, John Prine and John Denver, the Beatles, Gordon Lightfoot...you might say a touch eclectic...whatever works with voice and guitar. " - T*A*M

Guests
JT

John T. (TAM) Gordy

Old enough to remember when Michael Jackson was black. Saw the first show with the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, when it happened. Loves music, writing and when the Boss cooks for me. Takes everything seriously, except myself. Peace. Out.


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

1:00pm

The Camera Lies! Costuming Tips and Tricks, and How to Optimize your Work on Camera.
Are you a novice costumer? Perhaps you have been in costuming for a while and want to see if there are ways to improve your costume presentation. Perhaps you have always wanted to get into costume but not sure how well you could pull it off. Are you body conscious and too nervous to step into a costume?

Then this is your panel!

Cosplayer Jaimmie Que will present information on how to pose for photos, makeup tricks and tips, wig care and styling, and plus sized costuming (yes, you can look good even if you're not a size 4).

Costume construction is not the main focus for this panel (though it will certainly be covered).

Moderators
BH

Barbara Hanson

Barbara has been cosplaying for over 10 years, having played with many different costumes, both hero's and villains. She loves to see and work on different costumes and see what others also can create, spreading the joy of costuming whether at cons or dance. She has also been dancing for 15 years, teaching for 5.
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Jaimmie Que

Jaimmie has been involved in the biological sciences for over 10 years, working in various fields from biomarker research to COPD, with her expertise being protein biochemistry. In addition to her professional life, she has also been an avid costumer for the past 10 years.

Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

1:15pm

Workshop Setup
Room closed for pre-workshop setup

Guests
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:15pm - 1:30pm
Room 08: Small Workshops (Cessna) 11th Floor

1:30pm

Author Reading: Lisa Voisin
A 20 minute live reading by author Lisa Voisin

Guests
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Lisa Voisin

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. More about Lisa can be found on her web site: http://www.lisavoisin.com.


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Room 07: Author Readings (The Anson) 2nd Floor

1:30pm

Make Miniature Aliens & Robots (Class 1)
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum Participants: 6
Minimum age: 10 years.
Materials fee: $2 per robot/alien/plant
Workshop Duration: 1 hr

Special Art Guest Thyrza Segal will walk you through the steps to make small polymer clay aliens and robots that can be used as terrarium decor or placed in any houseplant pot to create a miniature alien diorama.

Here are a few examples of easy figurines but if you want to make anything more advanced, Thyrza will help out.


You can also see quite a few more examples of her figurines on her art terrarium site: www.thyrza.ca.

Guests
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 08: Small Workshops (Cessna) 11th Floor

2:00pm

Weed Whackers
When they legalize pot, what will organized crime do to turn a profit? (see books by Charles Stross, in particular; also Neal Stephenson)

Moderators
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.

Guests
DD

Don DeBrandt

Don DeBrandt is a Canadian author who also writes under the pen-names Donn Cortez , DD Barant and Dixie Lyle. His books have been published in North America, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia. As DeBrandt, he writes science fiction, essays, plays, and comics; as Cortez, he writes mysteries; as Barant, he writes the urban fantasy series The Bloodhound Files; and as Dixie Lyle he writes the paranormal mystery series the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot... Read More →
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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 6, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Science, Religion & Policy
Join our panel as they discuss the scientific and political issues regarding attempts to have religious conjectures, such as creationism and intelligent design, taught alongside the science of evolutionary biology.

Moderators
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, winning the 2016 Qilak Award for those efforts. (Qilak is the Inuit word for the sky overhead.) In a parallel universe, Jaymie would be a filmmaker, and he does a... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Kristi Charish

Kristi Charish

Kristi is a Vancouver based urban fantasy author and cell biologist who writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in. She is also a co-host on the popular Sci-Fi/Fantasy writing podcast, Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing. Her first series, OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (S&S/Pocket US), is about ex-archaeology grad student turned international... Read More →
JF

Joe Fulgham

Joe Fulgham is a 12th level Skeptic/8th Level Rogue, and a host of the Caustic Soda podcast where he discusses the science, history, and pop culture of weird and gross topics. He steganographically encodes a complete personality backup in every podcast, assuring his eternal life. Joe is an active member of the Vancouver Skeptic community and enjoys making fun of people who believe improbable things, such as people being able to steganographically... Read More →
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Tarol Hunt

Tarol is the inventor of the spork, fuzzy dice and the laser pointer. He also claims to be the creator, writer and artist of the webcomic Goblins, but many believe that to be a flimsy lie.
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Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of Honour | | Karl 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 the Canadian SF newsletter, Under the Ozone Hole with John Herbert. The UTOH team, which included Stephanie Johanson as illustrator and Monica... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Writing Nonfiction for Young Readers
Nonfiction publishers need hundreds of new books every year to meet the needs of schools and libraries. Join our panelists who harness inspiration to meet contract deadlines, producing books that teens and kids want to read.

Guests

Sunday October 6, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

2:00pm

How to Be Badass and Social But Stay True to Your Geeky Roots, a Crash-Course with Geekenders
Join Geekenders Trixie Hobbitses (Fairlith Harvey) and Vicki Valkyrie (Katrina Jessen) in a journey through social anxiety, dating, making friends, dancing(!), partying, adventuring, and generally having a full and happy life while staying true to your introverted, Earthworm Jim-playing, hiding-in-your-pillow-fort side. Presented by two cool chicks who took control of their own social lives and invented 'nerdy nightlife', so they could be outgoing on their own terms.


Sunday October 6, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 06: Arts & Crafts (Concord) 11th Floor

2:00pm

Cosplay Photography: Both Sides of the Lens
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum participants: 20
Workshop duration: 2 hrs

How should one pose in front of so many camera's? What are the rules between the photographer and the cosplayer? Who does the image belong to? Jessie Pozzolo of Undiscovered Phototraphy will be giving advice for both photographers and cosplayers alike how to work with one another for the best results. Live mini sessions with experienced cosplayers from varying styles will demonstrate and reinforce the content presented followed by an opportunity to try it yourself! 


Sunday October 6, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 05: Monster Attack Team (de Havilland) 11th Floor

2:00pm

Art Auction
Live auction of artwork from among items exhibited in our Art Show gallery.

Moderators
avatar for Steve Fahnestalk

Steve Fahnestalk

Retired
Steve Fahnestalk's been in fandom for more than 40 years. That somehow qualifies him to spout off about SF/F subjects. Which he does with regularity in his Amazing® Stories Online column (www.amazingstoriesmag.com). He's also known for singing Beatles with Spider Robinson and T*A*M* Gordy. He's chaired and run a number of conventions, too. And he's written a couple of books and a number of stories.
RW

Rose Wilson

Art Show Director, VCON ConCom

Sunday October 6, 2013 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 02: Workshops & Demonstrations (The Lockheed) Main Floor

2:30pm

Make Miniature Aliens & Robots (Class 2)
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum Participants: 6
Minimum age: 10 years.
Materials fee: $2 per robot/alien/plant
Workshop Duration: 1 hr

Special Art Guest Thyrza Segal will walk you through the steps to make small polymer clay aliens and robots that can be used as terrarium decor or placed in any houseplant pot to create a miniature alien diorama.

Here are a few examples of easy figurines but if you want to make anything more advanced, Thyrza will help out.


You can also see quite a few more examples of her figurines on her art terrarium site: www.thyrza.ca.

Guests
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.


Sunday October 6, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 08: Small Workshops (Cessna) 11th Floor

3:00pm

Evolution vs. Pastafarianism
His Noodly Appendage vs. Natural Selection. Discuss.

Moderators
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.

Guests
avatar for Kristi Charish

Kristi Charish

Kristi is a Vancouver based urban fantasy author and cell biologist who writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in. She is also a co-host on the popular Sci-Fi/Fantasy writing podcast, Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing. Her first series, OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (S&S/Pocket US), is about ex-archaeology grad student turned international... Read More →
JF

Joe Fulgham

Joe Fulgham is a 12th level Skeptic/8th Level Rogue, and a host of the Caustic Soda podcast where he discusses the science, history, and pop culture of weird and gross topics. He steganographically encodes a complete personality backup in every podcast, assuring his eternal life. Joe is an active member of the Vancouver Skeptic community and enjoys making fun of people who believe improbable things, such as people being able to steganographically... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

3:00pm

Trapped by the Taliban (or: Who are you to tell me where to be on my own planet?)
Borders between countries are imaginary lines drawn by men quibbling over who got to drink from that stream or cultivate crops on that piece of land. With the increased globalization of everything, you'd think these imaginary lines might fade but, instead, they've evolved, in far too many places, as a way to control where people can go, what they can think and how they can behave. Much science fiction has been written that describes a world that has no official political or cultural borders, but is that at all realistic? Why can't we visit and explore our planet wherever we want whenever we want? Is freedom from borders a dream that might come true? And would it be a good thing if it did?

Moderators
avatar for Flick Harrison

Flick Harrison

Media Artist, Independent
Flick Harrison has been making independent media for over 20 years, including SF films, interactive media and writing. He's appeared as Lucy Lawless' sidekick on Battlestar Galactica, worked with bands like R.E.M. and July 4th Toilet, and has a finicky drone. His novel Home is in the Hard Drive is currently making the slushpiles heavier, and his writing can currently be found in World Film Locations: Vancouver from Intellect Press, or on his... Read More →

Guests
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, winning the 2016 Qilak Award for those efforts. (Qilak is the Inuit word for the sky overhead.) In a parallel universe, Jaymie would be a filmmaker, and he does a... 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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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 rocket science, planetary atmospheres and WWII naval history for science fiction board game development and some new stories he is working on. He is the published... Read More →
DW

Dan Wells

Dan Wells is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. He has written the young adult horror "John Cleaver" trilogy (I Am Not A Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, & I Don't Want to Kill You) and is currently writing the young adult science fiction "Partials" series (Partials, & Fragments)


Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 03: Medium Programming (The Armstrong) 2nd Floor

3:00pm

Turkey Readings
Bring your spare change to bid for or against the reading of truly terrible but professionally published science fiction and fantasy. Proceeds from this event benefit CUFF, the Canadian Unity Fan Fund.

Moderators
FS

Frances 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 - BCAPA and VANAPA - and produced a perzine, Love makes the world go awry, that she's now embarrassed about... She's a member of the writing group that the... Read More →
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Casey June Wolf

Casey June Wolf is a writer of occasional poems and speculative fiction stories that range from moody slipstream to hard science fiction. Upcoming publications include “Fog” in The Nettle Tree: Strangely Different Western Stories and several poems in Your Death Full of Flowers (both due out Fall 2016). Casey lives in East Van, BC. Read her musings and find links to her work at Another Fine Day in the Scriptorium... Read More →

Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

3:30pm

Make Miniature Aliens & Robots (Class 3)
PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Maximum Participants: 6
Minimum age: 10 years.
Materials fee: $2 per robot/alien/plant
Workshop Duration: 1 hr

Special Art Guest Thyrza Segal will walk you through the steps to make small polymer clay aliens and robots that can be used as terrarium decor or placed in any houseplant pot to create a miniature alien diorama.

Here are a few examples of easy figurines but if you want to make anything more advanced, Thyrza will help out.


You can also see quite a few more examples of her figurines on her art terrarium site: www.thyrza.ca.

Guests
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.


Sunday October 6, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 08: Small Workshops (Cessna) 11th Floor

4:00pm

Raise the Jolly Roger or Walk the Plank: Member Feedback
Come chat with members of the ConCom to discuss what went right and what went wrong this year. Your feedback helps us make the convention better and better, year after year.

ConCom
avatar for Jenni Merrifield

Jenni Merrifield

Senior User Experience Designer, Vaisala Canada
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!)
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 for Danielle Stephens.

Sunday October 6, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 04: Screenings & Presentations (The Harvard) 2nd Floor

4:30pm

Workshop Clean Up
Room closed for post-workshop clean up

Guests
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.


Sunday October 6, 2013 4:30pm - 4:45pm
Room 08: Small Workshops (Cessna) 11th Floor

4:30pm

Setup for Closing Ceremonies
Room closed to set up for Closing Ceremonies

Sunday October 6, 2013 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor

5:00pm

Closing Ceremonies
It's time to go! We hope you all had fun!

Guests
JK

John Kovalic

John is the VCON 38 Artist Guest of Honour. Well known for his web comic Dork Tower, his art is also prominantly found gracing the boxes, cards and game pieces of many games produced by Steve Jackson Games.  
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Mur Lafferty

Mur is a VCON 38 Author Guest of Honour. In addition to writing she is a podcaster and voice actor. She is the recipient of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.
TS

Thyrza Segal

Thyrza graduated from the set and costume design program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and went on to work in theatre and TV and film - including as assistant costume designer on Stargate Atlantis. But she quit film work 10 years ago to do my own art and has been painting, making lamps, terrariums, photography , sculpting, assembling and Photoshopping since then.

ConCom
avatar for Jenni Merrifield

Jenni Merrifield

Senior User Experience Designer, Vaisala Canada
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!)
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 for Danielle Stephens.

Sunday October 6, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 01: Large Programming (Sea Island Ballroom A) Main Floor