. . . of VCON!
What’s my vision for VCON?
New people that are discovering VCON for the first time, maybe half? lots of new, interesting, creative people, a mix of artists, burners, film crew, new writers, cosplayers… a melting pot of creatives and technicians that can’t help but have projects spontaneously start… programming should have more interesting events than you could possibly attend, so you HAVE to watch the panels online and revisit the excitement of creative flow of VCON over and over throughout the year. VCON should be a place where you go every year to charge your creative batteries, and meet new collaborators and ‘partners in crime’. A pilgrimage to your roots, and a reunion with your friends you haven’t seen in too long. That bedroom you always wanted, with all your favourite cool stuff, and where you play games with your friends, and where you feel safe.
What is happening this year? This year is a celebration of survival, surviving COVID, surviving as an organisation in the ever-changing environment that is Vancouver, and surviving for 50 YEARS! We want to look back at what we have accomplished, and how VCON has changed over the last 50 years. We want to look forward to the next 50 years, and see if we can’t chart a path forward, building long term relationships intentionally, and anticipating how society might change as we move forward. More immediately, we want to celebrate and explore ‘The doing of Science Fiction and Fantasy”. We all have ideas, many of them exist only as fun conversations, but how do we share those ideas with a wider audience? In the past, we have celebrated literature as the primary way for stories to be shared, but society and technology have changed that. Now, most people consider TV and Movies as the primary way to share ideas, but they are still only one medium. An idea can be shared with a simple picture or image, or with many images, like Webcomics or graphic novels. It can be written, like conventional short stories, novellas, etc, or as a blog online. They can be expressed in a game setting, or a board game, or even as the art on a CCG. What if you don’t have a story in mind, but you have a great eye for details? Stories can be told (and are!) in background details in movies and TV shows. There are hundreds of ways to tell stories and share ideas, and at VCON, we want to celebrate and support as many of those as we can.