Having just been granted access to this new version of the VCON 41 web site, I am putting in a short first Blog to see where it winds up and what the result looks like. Bear in mind I am something of a Luddite, a twentieth century kinda guy, but once I figure the site out I will be contributing new material on a frequent basis, as will others.
The goal is to create a lively, active site that will offer something of interest every time you check it out.
If the result seems excessively fannish in nature, bear in mind VCON is a fan-run general interest convention devoted to offering fans, no matter what niche-fandom they belong to within the SF&F genre, the opportunity to have fun across multiple sub-fandoms in celebration of how wonderful SF&F is as a hobby and a passion. It’s all about having fun.
For example, we don’t sell tickets to an event, we sell memberships to a “happening” as they used to say back when I was a teenager (circa mid 1960s). The idea is to get involved in what’s going on. This can mean participating in Q&A sessions at panels, volunteering to help keep the con running smoothly, and even meeting and talking with Guests of Honour relaxing in the Hospitality room.
Another example will be one of the Green Timber rooms (800+ square feet) devoted entirely to interactive fan events. So anytime you feel like actually “doing” something, as opposed to watching, drop by the room to check out what’s going on. Items happening will include SF versions of game shows (be a participant!), Human Battleship (be a warship armed with a soft plastic tube!), and even the famous “Monster Stomp” for kids where you help them build cardboard buildings and then watch them play Godzilla as they trample them down. There may be a contest to see who can best walk and manoeuvre like the puppets in the old Supermarionation shows like Thunderbird and Captain Scarlet. Perhaps a puppet master competition. We’re planning all kinds of nifty things where you volunteer to actually DO something. The emphasis will be on humour and enjoying intriguing challenges. Going to be loads of fun. Nonstop action.
This has been my initial blog post. Now to post it and see what it looks like.