An event billed as “the oldest general-interest science fiction, fantasy and games convention in Canada” is coming to Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. The two-day VCON gathering, dubbed “Relaxicon” and hosted by West Coast Science Fiction Association, takes place on the weekend of Oct. 28 and 29.
SoapBox Radio (Vancouver Co-Op Radio, 100.5 FM)
A discussion of science fiction and the SF convention VCON (vcon.ca), on SoapBox Radio (with pictures). Hosted by Victor Schwartzman (June 1st, 2016), with Robert J. Sawyer (VCON Author GoH), Richard Graeme Cameron (VCON Chair), Stan Hyde (VCON Fan GoH), Eric Chu (VCON Film Design GoH), Karl Johanson (VCON Editor GoH), and Laurie Smith. Co-op Radio 100.5 FM. Topics covered include Fan-run VS. Business-run SF&F conventions, Jamie Anderson’s “Firestorm,” VCON history, Hospitality, Gaming rooms, Dealers room, Art Show, Fandom today and Godzilla’s future. Thanks to Karl Johanson for creating this youtube video version of the radio broadcast, complete with images depicting the speakers.
Brad Finlayson @ Game Point
Game Point had a great weekend at VCON 2015 this year! Almost every tabletop player and gaming group demoed Symetra and/or Wizard’s WARdrobe. The reception was amazing and some players even had gaming-bliss freakouts, which is always awesome for a designer to witness.
Robert J. Sawyer
I realized today that I hadn’t noted yet here in my blog one of the biggest honours of my career: On Saturday, October 5, 2014, I was one of the initial inductees into The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, administered by The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association — the same people responsible for Canada’s venerable Aurora Awards.
Mackensie Baker @ Lifted Geek
This year's theme for this convention combination was Military Might, or as their slogan says, "From Swords & Sorcery to Phasers & Grasers". As someone who has been a proud bookworm since kindergarten, I admit that I g33ked out to the nth degree this weekend. There were so many Canadian authors and artists that I struggled to choose whose panels to attend to! I first went to VCON two years ago, and I actually did have the misfortune to miss some prime panel action, so I was, naturally, quite determined not to make the same mistake this time around.