From February 27th through March 1st 2015, people of all ages with an interest in science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, gaming, costuming, horror, robots, writing, film and more gathered at the Tanglewood Holiday Inn in Roanoke, Virginia, for Mysticon 2015. Activities began at 3:00 pm Friday and concluded at 4:00 pm Sunday. The convention was sold out before the opening day again this year. Next year’s author guest of honor will be George R. R. Martin, so if you are interested in attending, register early – early registration also saves you money. [If cost is a concern for you, this convention is a bargain, with both registration fee and hotel rates lower than most.]
The convention offered panels on a wide variety of topics and workshops for arts and crafts – the Casting Workshop; the Prolong Knot Bracelet Workshop; the Turk’s-head Ring Workshop; the Celtic Earrings Workshop; the Sculpting Workshop; the Henna Workshop; and the Art Workshop (drawing a human figure) – and for writing – the Writing Workshop; the Plot Workshop; the Worldbuilding Workshop; and the Indie Publishing Workshop.
Other activities included musical performances, a belly dancing performance, author readings and signings, open gaming, video gaming, the Dealers’ Room, the Art Show, the Drum Circle, the Baen Traveling Road Show & Podcast, the Ghost Hunt, Comedy Magic for the Whole Family, the Match Game, the Roanoke Robotics & Makers Club Workshop and Demonstration, the Astronomy Presentation, a Wrestling Q & A, the Scholarship Auction, and the Costume Masquerade.
Available to hungry attendees were the Hospitality Suite (for drinks and light snacks throughout the day), 10 Forward Food Concessions (for quick hot food along with snacks and drinks at mealtimes), and the Elephant Walk Lounge, the hotel’s bar and restaurant. For those who wished to dine outside the hotel, a shuttle was available to local stores and restaurants.
Also featured in the Hospitality Suite at the convention was the Mysticon Theme Cake – with both chocolate and vanilla portions – which was cut for all to enjoy Saturday evening. On a more somber note, the “Leaves on the Wind” memorial panel – in memory of authors CJ Henderson and Leonard Nimoy and John Jones and other members of fandom – was held on Sunday afternoon. They will all be missed.
Special guests at this year’s convention included Media Guest of Honor Sean Maher, Author Guest of Honor Peter David, Industry Guest of Honor Kevin McKeever, Artist Guest of Honor Scott Rorie, Gaming Guest of Honor Christina Stiles, Musical Guest of Honor Bella Morte, Fan Guest of Honor James “Butch” Allen, Master of Ceremonies Rich Sigfrit, and Mysticon 2015 Scholarship Winner Cody Prater.
Programs and panels included:
Writing: Creating Ongoing Characters; Fantasy World Building; Fire the Canon; Exposition in Science Fiction and Fantasy; Putting the Science in Science Fiction; Ending Stories with a Bang or a Whimper; Aliens in SF; Script to Page; Wear This, Not That; Making Politics Work in Fiction; What Are We Ignoring? The Tech that SF Overlooks; Writing 21st-Century Sequels to 19th-Century (and Earlier) Novels
Congratulations to the Mysticon staff and volunteers for pulling off another special convention!