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“Um…’Blarg’” A @FenCon Report (*)

X-post to the_snowgoose, con_report , and Twitter re fencon 7



“HELLO! MY NAME IS…blarg”
(*) =Running gag at FenCon from Last Years’ Radio Play

If you ventured to Dallas to fencon 7 , you would have had a great time with the virtual Spider Robinson, you would have not really noticed anything unusual - just great conversation and a couple of changes, you would have seen a hard working and calm ConCom with a great sense of E’Spirit de Corp, and you would have had an overall positive experience with the hotel (whose business was begged and appreciated).

That’s the short version!


“DON’T WORRY…IT’S SCIENCE!!!”
Hopeful running gag for Next Year’s FenCon

Due to the GoH, Spider Robinson last minute issues barring his physical attendance, not to mention Jeanne‘s untimely passing, the ConCom worked to bring Spider ‘virtually’ via Skype into the main programming and into smaller quarters. They reconfigured networks, equipment, and panels to accommodate. And did it quite well. The meet the author and virtual autographing was fantastic, and quite ingenious. It gave Fen the opportunity to have an in-depth question posed and responded to while allowing both Spider and “Jeanne” to attend. The shot on his end also included Jeanne’s ashes which allowed us all to pay respects. The picture now is included in my fav omnibus of his work.



“DON’T WORRY…IT’S JUST RADIO”
Hopeful running gag #2 for Next Year’s FenCon

Literally, apt for a Literary Convention, you will find two striking facts at fencon: 1) You will find the ConCom calmly working with an incredible sense of ownership and duty an E’Spirit de Corp. 2) You will find dozens of cloistered conversations all over the hotel.
This is the legacy of fencon. I chatted with authors like Robert Zaney, and Fen from Worlds away on deep and important issues and just interpersonally sharing. The ConCom seems to not only encourage but welcomes this. Something which is desperately needed in our electronic and frenzied lives.




“THE FIREHOSE OF SCIENCE!!!”
Hopeful running gag #3 for Next Year’s FenCon

Granted, there is no such thing as a perfect hotel. But, overall, the Fen had positive responses to the hotel and, in kind, the hotel really wanted the Fen Business! That’s rare. A hotel that will allow the con to use their systems and respond quickly to their needs. Plus I did like the Free Shuttle to the local restaurants. Definitely want to stay there again.

In short, you must go!!!
Cat

CopperCon 30 - Press Release #4 - Cool Fun For Everyone

PHOENIX, ARIZONA 8/10/2010 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
COPPERCON FEATURES COOL FUN FOR EVERYONE

Phoenix's premiere SCIENCE FICTION convention, COPPERCON (SEPTEMBER 3-6, 2010) is featuring a wide variety of fun things to see and do.

COPPERCON’s 30th anniversary event headlines WORLD FANTASY AWARD winning author STEPHEN R. DONALDSON (Chronicles of Thomas Covenant). Other guests include BRAM STOKER AWARD winning authors WESTON OCHSE (Scarecrow Gods) and YVONNE NAVARRO (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and author/astronomer DAVID LEE SUMMERS in addition to over 50 other authors, media experts, artists, musicians, scientists, and costumers. CopperCon's programming will engage everyone interested in seeing and talking with the pros of SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, HORROR, and HARD SCIENCE.

Our great variety of activities are focused on providing an EXPANDED THREE FULL DAYS of enjoyment. Just a few examples include:

ROBOTS, ROBOTS, ROBOTS – The R2-D2 Builders Club will have your favorite droid and his buddies at CopperCon! Talk to the people that built them. Learn how you too, could become an Astromech builder! Also, the award-winning Robot club from Cortez High will be on hand with some of their robots to demonstrate how they work and talk about how they are made.

WATER GUN FIGHT – Bring your water pistol, and take out your aggressions on your (similarly equipped) friends! Don’t forget your bathing suit!

MOVIE PREVIEW EVENT – Hosted by Movie Man, the movie preview event is known far and wide for its fantastic giveaways of movie-related posters, T-shirts, Hats and other items.

ROCKETS – Bring your favorite flying model rockets! We’ve got a huge back lot to launch them in. Or just watch. Will you bring the “best” rocket?

MASQUERADE - Calling all Costumers and Costume aficionados! Show off your hard work! Didn’t make it yourself? That’s O.K. Beautiful costumes to be seen and wonderful prizes to be won Saturday evening!

UFP 35th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – The United Federation of Phoenix is a social group that embraces all aspects of Science Fiction. The UFP will be sponsoring a Trek exhibit in the Dealer’s room, and a party Saturday night. See what they do, and meet current and past members from the last 35 years.

FIGHTER DEMOS – Several groups will demonstrate both Medieval and Japanese-style fighting. This exciting combat will take place both Saturday and Sunday.

DRUM & DANCE - Hear the call of the beat, feel the allure of the dance! Give in to your desires and attend the Middle Eastern Drum and Dance Sunday evening! Don’t know how to drum? We’ll teach you. Don’t know how to dance? We’ll show you. Just feel like watching? That’s O.K. too!

Other activities include guest panels, presentations and workshops; charity benefit auction; costuming demonstrations; LARP, console, and tabletop gaming; guest readings and concerts; Robotics and Art exhibitions; modern dancing; and, of course, the WORLD CLASS DEALER’S ROOM and FULL HOSPITALITY SUITE.

MEMBERSHIP rates: $40 until August 15, 2010, $45 at the door; Special rates for kids. Memberships may be purchased by mail or on the website (below) via PayPal.

COPPERCON will take place at the beautiful Windemere Hotel in Mesa, AZ. Should attendees wish to stay at the hotel, the low-low special room rate of only $59/night (S/D/T/Q) will minimize damage to the pocketbook, so RESERVE YOUR ROOM(S) NOW!

The Windemere Hotel is located at: 5750 East Main St. Mesa, Arizona 85205 - Phone: (480)985-3600 - Toll Free: (800) 888-3561 -Reservations by phone ONLY- Rooms include: FREE Deluxe Continental Breakfast, 24 hour pool, Ample FREE parking, and FREE wireless internet.

CONTACT CopperCon 30, PO Box 62613, Phoenix AZ 85082

e-mail: info@coppercon.org, website: http://www.coppercon.org
Cat

CopperCon 30 - Press Release #3 - Friday Events!

PHOENIX, ARIZONA 6/20/2010 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

COPPERCON OPENING NIGHT ROCKS

Phoenix's premiere SCIENCE FICTION convention, COPPERCON (SEPTEMBER 3-6, 2010) is doing a special Friday Night program for pre-registered members ONLY. This action-packed evening will include our MOVIE PREVIEW EVENT that is known for its FANTASTIC GIVEAWAYS of movie-related POSTERS, T-SHIRTS, CAPS, and other items. Also included will be the BODY PAINTING demonstration with Mark Greenawalt, the MEET THE PROS EVENT, the Variant Universe MODERN DANCE and discussion panels featuring favorite topics such as ROBOTS, STARGATE, GHOST HUNTING, and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.

Come to COPPERCON, and return to our roots in a fun social environment focused on providing an EXPANDED THREE FULL DAYS of enjoyment. Our NEW VENUE has 114 rooms, and FANTASTIC AMENITIES. We have a good chance of having the place to ourselves, so RESERVE YOUR ROOM(S) NOW!

COPPERCON’s 30th anniversary event headlines WORLD FANTASY AWARD winning author STEPHEN R. DONALDSON (Chronicles of Thomas Covenant). Other guests include BRAM STOKER AWARD winning authors WESTON OCHSE (Scarecrow Gods) and YVONNE NAVARRO (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and author/astronomer DAVID LEE SUMMERS in addition to over 50 other authors, media experts, artists, musicians, scientists, and costumers. CopperCon's programming will engage everyone interested in seeing and talking with the pros of SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, HORROR, and HARD SCIENCE.

Other activities include guest panels, presentations and workshops; charity benefit auction; masquerade; art, costuming and fighting demonstrations; LARP, console and other gaming; author readings and concerts; water pistol war; Robotics and Trek exhibitions; model rocketry; dancing; and, of course, the WORLD CLASS DEALER’S ROOM and FULL HOSPITALITY SUITE.

MEMBERSHIP rates: $40 until August 15, 2010, $45 at the door; Special rates for kids. Memberships may be purchased by mail or on the website (below) via PayPal.

COPPERCON will take place at the beautiful Windemere Hotel in Mesa, AZ. Should attendees wish to stay at the hotel, the low-low special room rate of only $59/night (S/D/T/Q) will minimize damage to the pocketbook.

The Windemere Hotel is located at: 5750 East Main St. Mesa, Arizona 85205 - Phone: (480)985-3600 - Toll Free: (800) 888-3561 -Reservations by phone ONLY- Rooms include: FREE Deluxe Continental Breakfast, 24 hour pool, Ample FREE parking, and FREE wireless internet.

CONTACT CopperCon 30, PO Box 62613, Phoenix AZ 86082
e-mail: info@coppercon.org, website: http://www.coppercon.org
Cat

CopperCon 30 - Press Release #2 - Contest

PHOENIX, ARIZONA 4/11/2010 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

COPPERCON MAKES “STELLAR” OFFER

Phoenix's premiere SCIENCE FICTION convention, COPPERCON (SEPTEMBER 3-6, 2010) is making a FANTASTIC offer in celebration of its NEW VENUE. Anyone purchasing a membership, and reserving a Hotel room for two nights, from now until MAY 31st will be entered into a CONTEST DRAWING for TWO FREE MEMBERSHIPS and THREE FREE HOTEL NIGHTS! (Hotel nights to be used by winner during run of convention)

Come to COPPERCON, and return to our roots in a fun social environment focused on providing an EXPANDED THREE FULL DAYS of enjoyment. Our NEW VENUE has 114 rooms, and FANTASTIC AMENITIES. We have a good chance of having the place to ourselves, so RESERVE YOUR ROOM(S) NOW!

COPPERCON’s 30th anniversary event headlines WORLD FANTASY AWARD winning author STEPHEN R. DONALDSON (Chronicles of Thomas Covenant). Other guests include BRAM STOKER AWARD winning authors WESTON OCHSE (Scarecrow Gods) and YVONNE NAVARRO (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and author/astronomer DAVID LEE SUMMERS in addition to over 50 other authors, media experts, artists, musicians, scientists, and costumers. CopperCon's programming will engage everyone interested in seeing and talking with the pros of SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, HORROR, and HARD SCIENCE.

Other activities include guest panels, presentations and workshops; charity benefit auction; masquerade; art, costuming and fighting demonstrations; LARP, console and other gaming; author readings and concerts; water pistol war; Robotics and Star Trek exhibitions; model rocketry; dancing; and, of course, the WORLD CLASS DEALER’S ROOM and FULL HOSPITALITY SUITE.

MEMBERSHIP rates: $35 until April 30, 2010, $45 at the door; Special rates for kids. Memberships may be purchased by mail or on the website (below) via PayPal.

COPPERCON will take place at the beautiful Windemere Hotel in Mesa, AZ. Should attendees wish to stay at the hotel, the low-low special room rate of only $59/night (S/D/T/Q) will minimize damage to the pocketbook.

The Windemere Hotel is located at: 5750 East Main St. Mesa, Arizona 85205 - Phone: (480)985-3600 - Toll Free: (800) 888-3561 -Reservations by phone ONLY- Rooms include: FREE Deluxe Continental Breakfast, 24 hour pool, Ample FREE parking, and FREE wireless internet.

CONTACT CopperCon 30, PO Box 62613, Phoenix AZ 86082
e-mail: info@coppercon.org, website: www.coppercon.org
Cat

Stephen R Donaldson to appear at CopperCon 30

PHOENIX, ARIZONA 03/01/2010 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

COPPERCON blazes new trail for Phoenix Science Fiction Conventions

Phoenix's premiere SCIENCE FICTION convention, COPPERCON (SEPTEMBER 3-6, 2010) celebrates its 30th anniversary with a show-stopping combination of fantastic guests, great programming, and a new venue that will knock everyone's socks off!

CopperCon is proud to feature WORLD FANTASY AWARD winning author STEPHEN R. DONALDSON (Chronicles of Thomas Covenant), BRAM STOKER AWARD winning author WESTON OCHSE (Scarecrow Gods), BRAM STOKER AWARD winning author YVONNE NAVARRO (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and author, editor & astronomer DAVID LEE SUMMERS. Also featuring over 50 other authors, media experts, artists, musicians, scientists, and costumers, CopperCon's programming provides something for everyone interested in seeing and talking with the pros of SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, HORROR, and HARD SCIENCE.

Focused on providing an EXPANDED THREE FULL DAYS of fun, CopperCon activities will include: the World Famous Dealers room, full Hospitality Suite, Guest Panels/Presentations/Workshops, Charity Benefit Auction, Masquerade, Art/Costuming/Fighting Demonstrations, LARP/Console/Other Gaming, Author Readings, Concerts, Water Pistol War, Robotics Exhibition, Model Rockets, Dancing, Star Trek Exhibit, and more.

Featuring an ATTRACTIVE NEW VENUE with outstanding amenities, CopperCon will take place at the Windemere Resort in Mesa. Should attendees wish to stay at the hotel, the low-low special room rate of only $59/night (S/D/T/Q) will minimize damage to the pocketbook.

MEMBERSHIP rates: $35 until April 30, 2010, $45 at the door; Special rates for kids. Memberships may be purchased on the website (below) via PayPal.

The Windemere Resort Hotel and Conference center is located at: 5750 East Main St. Mesa, Arizona 85205 - Phone: (480)985-3600 - Toll Free: (800) 888-3561 -Reservations by phone ONLY - Rooms include: FREE Deluxe Continental Breakfast & Daily freshly baked cookies, 24 hour pool, Convenient FREE parking, and FREE wireless internet.

CONTACT CopperCon 30, PO Box 62613, Phoenix AZ 86082
e-mail: info@coppercon.org, website: www.coppercon.org
Consonance 2007
  • johno

CONSONANCE IS COMING on March 5th-7th -- Just a month away!

CONSONANCE IS COMING on March 5th-7th -- Just a month away!

Here are three reminders...

1. We have a new hotel, the Hilton Newark/Fremont in Newark, CA. Room rates are only $75/night, so make your reservations soon! You may not be able to get the convention rate after February 20th. Just go to the Consonance website -- http://www.consonance.org -- or call the hotel directly at (510)490-8390 and mention the name and date of the convention.

2. And while you're at it, why not preregister? It's only $45 until February 20. Just send a check to:
Fanfare Music c/o James D. Robinson 1448 Carlson Blvd. Richmond CA 94804

3. We still have lots of concert slots available, so if you'd like to perform or lead a theme circle on the topic of *your choice*, contact Seanan McGuire: delirium@xocolatl.com

Now for the Progress!

Our guests -- Tricky Pixie, Judi Miller, Ju & Katy and Chris O'Shea -- are busy preparing their concerts. In addition, we have confirmed concert appearances for Mary Crowell, Sibylle Machat, Brooke Lunderville, Tim Griffin, Steve MacDonald, Stone Dragon (Tom & Sue Jeffers) and Dave Clement!

Don't miss the fun and glorious music! We'll see you at Consonance 2010!

--James Robinson, Chair

Hallowhedon - 3 day UK Event For Fans of Joss Whedon's Work

Want to Meet the Stars from Joss Whedon's TV Series?



Hallowhedon is a 3-day unofficial convention to celebrate the Halloween weekend in style, and the various hit television series created by Joss Whedon. This event will feature guests from Joss Whedon's series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel", "Firefly" (and the movie continuation "Serenity") as well as his latest venture "Dollhouse".

This event will be held from Friday 30th October - Sunday 1st of November 2009 at The Thistle Hotel, Heathrow.

Current Guests include: James Marsters 'Spike' in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel", Nicholas Brendon 'Xander' in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", further guests to be announced soon!


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For more information on these, check out the official website: HALLOWHEDON!