Steve Fahnestalk @ Amazing Stories
If you’re looking for Graeme Cameron’s VCON 39/Canvention report, this isn’t it. I don’t plan to do a traditional con report, with accounts of lots of panels, and talking about the masquerade (Costume Contest), the dance and so on; I didn’t do all that. I went to two panels, both of which I will talk about, but didn’t attend the masquerade, the dance or any gaming or room parties. Because I was busy (I was the Guest Liaison for the Mattinglys), and tired… both Lynne (the Beautiful and Talented) and I—as well as, coincidentally, David and Cathleen Mattingly—skipped the Dead Dog Party in order to get some rest! For those of you unfamiliar with conventions, the Dead Dog is a way for survivors of the con to reaffirm that they are still alive. They all gather in the Hospitality Room cum Con Suite, drink and talk and generally bitch about what went wrong and congratulate themselves and each other over what went right. (This is separate from the Convention Committee’s “bitch session,” often called something like “Bouquets and Brickbats,” where everyone officially talks about the good and the bad of the con from a professional standpoint. And how, given this knowledge, they can improve next year’s con.) The Dead Dog is just generally about letting it all go. So on with the conrep (that’s fanspeak for Convention Report).
Ultra Nerdy @ Vancouver Sun
Veteran sci fi fantasy and games convention VCON is a cozy convention held in Surrey. I had the pleasure of attending the convention this past weekend at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford hotel and was impressed by the warm and welcoming close-knit environment, my favourite event was the costume contest which included costumes from science fiction to anime – it was truly unique. Here are some highlights from the costume contest of VCON 39
I’m not sure how to start this post about my experience at VCON 39–partly because I’m still buzzing from the fun of the con and partly because I’m still buzzing from the root canal I underwent as soon as I returned home. (Mostly the former, I think). I was a bit concerned that after the WOW factor of my first SF/F con, last year, that little old VCON would seem kind of meh. It was not meh. It was the opposite of meh. It was totally anti-meh.
What a wonderful, magical, personal way to connect with the authors of some of Canada’s most innovative and imaginative fiction! Before a live audience, Canadian authors sit in an accessible, comfortable chair and share a passage from their new releases. Steampunk-inspired Harry Houdini fiction to dystopian futures to magical forest fables to cthonic sagas were just a few of the many varied tales orated at the Book Launch.
R. Graeme Cameron @ Amazing Stories
The Book of VCON is where attendees of VCON—Vancouver’s annual SF&F convention begun in 1971—record their impressions of the convention. Originally a scrapbook, at some point Clint Budd had the 284 pages properly bound in textured black hardcover complete with a red ribbon to mark pages and the words “The Book of VCON” embossed in gold.on the cover. Measuring 11 inches by 14 inches and weighing 4 lbs., it is a very impressive fannish object! As VCON Archivist I carry it about VCON bringing it to people’s attention. Hospitality is a particularly good venue where people can relax, take the time to look through previous comments, then thoughtfully add their own.