Posted by: J. Thomas Ross | November 12, 2013

Philcon 76 – 2013

02 - Panel - The 21st Century Disease with John Monahan, J. J. Brannon, Dr. James Prego, Andrew Breslin & Jay Wile, Sept 9

Panel: The 21st Century Disease with John Monahan, J. J. Brannon, Dr. James Prego, Andrew Breslin & Jay Wile (Sept 9)

Panel: The Summer of Science Fiction with Tony Finian, Orenthal Hawkins, Mark Leper & Elektra Hammond (Sept 10)

Panel: The Summer of Science Fiction with Tony Finian, Orenthal Hawkins, Mark Leper & Elektra Hammond (Sept 10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philcon 2013, the convention sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, took place November 8 – 10 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. This convention is local for us, and both Matt McGovern and I attended. I’m going to give you an overview of the convention in today’s post, and tomorrow Matt will give you more specific information he gleaned from some of the panels.

Panel: Death from Beyond -Extraterrestrial Threats to the Earth with Tom Purdom, Ed Bishop, Walter F. Cuirle & Mark Wolverton (Sept 9)

Panel: Death from Beyond -Extraterrestrial Threats to the Earth with Tom Purdom, Ed Bishop, Walter F. Cuirle & Mark Wolverton (Sept 9)

Panel: Expanding a Short Story into a Novel with Lawrence M. Schoen, Mike McPhail, Steve Miller & Sharon Lee (Sept 9)

Panel: Expanding a Short Story into a Novel with Lawrence M. Schoen, Mike McPhail, Steve Miller & Sharon Lee (Sept 9) – That’s Matt in the audience!

 

Philcon is a well-organized convention. When you pick up your convention badge, you can get the program book, a pocket program, and/or a program grid. The program book outlines rules of the convention and provides information about the guests of honor, about the convention and the people running it, about all the participating writers, artists, musicians, and others, and about the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society. The program grid makes it easy to see at a glance everything that’s going on at a particular time, and the pocket program gives details about what each program includes and lists the presenters or panelists.

Principal Speaker Allen Steele (Sept 9)

Principal Speaker Allen Steele (Sept 9)

The Invisiblity Cloak with John Ashmead (Sept 9)

The Invisiblity Cloak with John Ashmead (Sept 9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year Philcon featured science fiction author Allen Steele as the principal speaker, Charles Vess (whose program cover artwork is awesome) as the artist guest of honor, Robert Madle as fan guest of honor, and The Heather Dale Band with SJ Tucker as musical guests of honor. Activities at the convention included the costume ball; the masquerade; the art show; the dealers’ room; the con suite, where attendees can relax and enjoy light food and beverages; the autograph table; author readings; concerts; fan tables; family activities; anime screenings; the gaming promenade and suite; media; and numerous panels and workshops on a variety of topics.

Panel: Writing Science Fiction for Young Adults with Thomas Willeford, Ty Drago, Bill Spangler, Michael J. Friedman & E. C. Myers (Sept 9)

Panel: Writing Science Fiction for Young Adults with Thomas Willeford, Ty Drago, Bill Spangler, Michael J. Friedman & E. C. Myers (Sept 9)

Panel: Pirates of the 25th Century with Matt Black, Maureen Betita, Oz Drummond & Walter F. Cuirle (Sept 10)

Panel: Pirates of the 25th Century with Matt Black, Maureen Betita, Oz Drummond & Walter F. Cuirle (Sept 10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a sampling of the offerings:

  • Anime: Anime for the Non-Expert; Vampires in Anime; Anime Armaments and ‘Toon Tactics; Science in Anime
  • Art:  Art Collection in the Digital Age; Copyright and the Aspiring Artist; Fantasy Drawing Workshop; Composition Techniques
  • Comics:  The Marvel Ladies Bringing the Hammer Down; 25 Years of the Sandman/Sandman Returns; Graphic Novels; Web Comics for Everyone!
  • Costuming:  Costuming for NonCostumers; Beading for Beginners; Working with Patterns
  • Family Programs:  Fantasy Mask Making; Hogwarts Knitting Club; Jedi Training Hour; Jellyfish in a Jar
  • Fandom:  Appreciating Diversity in Cosplay; Practical Self-Defense Workshop; Fandom’s Encyclopedia; Family: Our New Definition
  • Filk:  Introduction to Filk; Filk Songwriting Panel; Filk Songwriting Contest
  • Gaming:  Game Designing for Fun (and probably not a lot of) Profit; How is Gaming Important to Fandom?; Classic Games Reborn; Role Playing Games from East to West
  • Libraries: Tomorrow’s Library; The War Over E-Books: Libraries vs. Publishers
  • Literary:  The Effect of Mass Media Science Fiction on Literature; Science Fiction Novels Which Have Had Major Social Impact; New Myths for Our Times; Great Science Fiction about “Regular Guys”
  • Media:  Did You Watch?; Headless Horseman Returns; On the Doorstep of Smaug; Address: 221 Baker Street, London and New York
  • Science:  The Science of Steampunk; Good Science Fiction Spoiled by Bad Science; Who Will Survive the Commercial Space Shakeout?; Super Physics: Supersymmetry and More
  • Writing: Writers Workshop; The Young Writers’ Contest; The State of Short Fiction; Planning to Write a Series; Characters You Can Not Stop Writing About; Using Social Media to Promote Your Career
Panel: Becoming a Full Time Writer with Thomas Willeford, D. L. Carter, Alyce Wilson, David Sklar & Alex Shvartsman (Sept 9)

Panel: Becoming a Full Time Writer with Thomas Willeford, D. L. Carter, Alyce Wilson, David Sklar & Alex Shvartsman (Sept 9)

Panel: Rude Astronauts and Junkie Cosmonauts with Tom Purdom, Barbara Krasnoff, Walter F. Cuirle & Ian Randal Strock (Sept 10)

Panel: Rude Astronauts and Junkie Cosmonauts with Tom Purdom, Barbara Krasnoff, Walter F. Cuirle & Ian Randal Strock (Sept 10)

 

Philcon always has a good array of science panels, and I especially enjoy those as well as the panels about writing, science fiction, and other timely topics. I attend as many as I can and always wish I could attend more, even though I come home exhausted. I also come home eager to get back to writing and looking forward to next year’s convention!

Panel: Balonium, Unobtainium and Upsidasium with Darrell Schweitzer, John Monahan, John Ashmead & Sharon Lee (Sept 9)

Panel: Balonium, Unobtainium and Upsidasium with Darrell Schweitzer, John Monahan, John Ashmead & Sharon Lee (Sept 9)

The Dealers' Room (Sept 10)

The Dealers’ Room (Sept 10)

 

 

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