Four Weeks to VCON 42!

Four weeks to VCON 42!

We have so much going on that we’re going to recap just some of them as a list.

Here are 42 things about VCON 42:

  1. VCON 42, Vancouver’s science fiction & Fantasy Convention, is happening on 5 to 7 October 2018 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.
  2. This year’s theme is The British Invasion: A Tribute to Douglas Adams and the British Influences on Science Fiction and Fantasy.
  3. VCON 42 is also hosting Canvention 38, the Canadian national science fiction & fantasy convention.
  4. Charles Stross, author of The Merchant Princes series and The Laundry Files series is our Author Guest of Honour.
  5. Ashley Mackenzie, Winner of the OCADU Program Medal for Illustration in 2013, is the Artist Guest of Honour.
  6. Amal El-Mohtar, Author of The Honey Month and Editor of the fantastic poetry quarterly Goblin Fruit, is the Canvention Guest of Honour.
  7. A number of areas and events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. (See down this list for the details. Tell and invite your friends!)
  8. Canvention has the Aurora Awards Ceremony recognizing the best in Canadian science fiction and fantasy literary works. *FREE, PUBLIC*
  9. The Aurora Awards Dinner Theatre features “Distractingly Sexy” by scientist and Artistic Director Milly Mumford. *PUBLIC with ticket*
  10. The Art Show exhibits talented artists’ 2D and 3D work, with demonstrations and workshops. 20+ artists and counting. *FREE, PUBLIC*
  11. Art Show’s having a 4-Panel Comic Contest! Entries will be posted for all to see. No limit to entries per person! *FREE, PUBLIC*
  12. The multi-author Book Launch is an evening of food, drink, music, readings, and signings from local spec-fic authors. *FREE, PUBLIC*
  13. The Exhibit Hall has Dealers’ Room, Artists’ Alley, and Cyberspace areas all together for your shopping convenience. *FREE, PUBLIC*
  14. Dealers’ Room features local merchants who sell or make the finest in sci-fi and fantasy related goods. *FREE, PUBLIC*
  15. Artists’ Alley is a great place to meet artists creating work before your eyes and giving you a peek at their process. *FREE, PUBLIC*
  16. CyberSpace is the place to surf and network with the creators of online games, webcomics, podcasts, and more. *FREE, PUBLIC*
  17. Tabletop Games–free-play tables for board, card, roleplaying, miniature games; hosted tables with demos or roundtable discussions.
  18. Console Gaming offers a variety of console systems for classic and contemporary electronic games, with drop-in play & tournaments.
  19. Want to borrow & try a game? VCON Game Library is open during core gaming hours. Both familiar classics and newer games to chose from.
  20. Panel Discussions are VCON’s bread and butter, with pros, experts, and fans discussion and debating among themselves and the audience.
  21. Interactive activities and hands-on making workshops are happening for crafters. Frankenstuffies and Monster Stomp are among them.
  22. There’s no science fiction without science. This year our Science Track comes with a Science of Hitchhikers’ Guide academic sub-track.
  23. See Live Shows happening at the con–theatre, comedy, game shows, music, lightning talks, and who knows what else?
  24. Costume Contest is the place for costumers and cosplayers and their fans–every year always high-quality costumes and performances.
  25. The Hospitality Room is a place to relax, unwind, meet and mingle with guests and fellow fans. Cold food by donation, hot food concession and a cash bar.
  26. Saturday Night Dance is the place to move your feet to favourite tunes, in between a variety of performances throughout the evening.
  27. 3 Writers’ Workshops, 1 each day, for members to get feedback on their work in progress from pro writers and editors. *PRE-REG REQ.*
  28. Kidcon Programming–programming aimed at children throughout each day is included throughout each day within the general tracks.
  29. Attend with friends and save with early group registration: only $55 per person group rate (group of 4 or more) ($75 regular).
  30. Lower rates for youth (7-12), teens (13-18), adult students, seniors (65+) and individuals with special needs. Children < 7 free.
  31. VCON 42 is highly transit-accessible, just a couple of blocks from No. 3 Road where the Skytrain stations and buses are.
  32. Highly-discounted hotel convention group rate available for several days before & after VCON dates. SEP 13 IS LAST DAY TO BOOK!
  33. Reserve a room and save on registration with our “Special Venue General Membership” of $55 (regular $75). Up to 4 people per room.
  34. If you reserve a room at the venue hotel, you can stay and play as late as you want without worrying about transit or driving home.
  35. Even for locals, book a room for a private place to nap, shower, change clothes or costumes, store your stuff, and stash your loot.
  36. Advertising Opportunities–have a business with goods or services that appeal to fans? We have Program Book Ads and Swag Bag Inserts.
  37. An ad in our Program Book or items in our registration Swag Bags puts your information in front of hundreds of highly receptive eyes.
  38. Our Program Book is distributed to 800+ convention members during the convention. Both b&w and colour ad options are available.
  39. Our Swag Bags are distributed to our attendees when they pick up their badges. Have your fliers or promotional items in the bags.
  40. VCON is the oldest (since 1971) 100% fan-oriented and fan-run general-interest science fiction and fantasy convention in Canada!
  41. VCON is 100% volunteer-run. Volunteer and get your membership at a super-highly-discounted rate!
  42. There’s much more info on our website than fits on this list. For complete information about VCON 42, please explore our website!
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