GEAR Con 2016

Westercon 69 is proud to include GEAR Con 2016 our programming schedule.

In the words of Stephen Couchman, GEAR Con Admin since it was born: 

"GEAR Con is Portland, Oregon's annual festival of steampunk literature, art, music, and culture, orchestrated by the Steampunk Film Festival and Portland's steampunk communities. Since 2011 we have delivered a packed weekend of programming on history, technology, combatives, costume & fashion, writing/publishing, craftsmanship, and more for the enjoyment & improvement of fans and creatives alike. As a music & performing arts festival, GEAR Con's stages have hosted leading lights in steampunk music, vintage jazz, neo-cabaret, vaudeville revival, electro-swing, and chap hop, plus lavish entertainment showcases from circus arts and burlesque to story-rich steampunk stage magic and original live audio drama. GEAR Con 2016 at Westercon 69 offers Portland's steampunks a unique challenge: to integrate our traditions and specialties with one of the longest-running SF/F conventions in a seamless and complementary fashion. To this end, we are ever at your service,

Team GEAR Con"

Preregistration is open, so go buy a membership, and come see the Steampunky goodness to be found at Westercon 69!

Posted April 26, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 69

GEAR Con 2016

Westercon 69 is proud to include GEAR Con 2016 our programming schedule.

In the words of Stephen Couchman, GEAR Con Admin since it was born: 

"GEAR Con is Portland, Oregon's annual festival of steampunk literature, art, music, and culture, orchestrated by the Steampunk Film Festival and Portland's steampunk communities. Since 2011 we have delivered a packed weekend of programming on history, technology, combatives, costume & fashion, writing/publishing, craftsmanship, and more for the enjoyment & improvement of fans and creatives alike. As a music & performing arts festival, GEAR Con's stages have hosted leading lights in steampunk music, vintage jazz, neo-cabaret, vaudeville revival, electro-swing, and chap hop, plus lavish entertainment showcases from circus arts and burlesque to story-rich steampunk stage magic and original live audio drama. GEAR Con 2016 at Westercon 69 offers Portland's steampunks a unique challenge: to integrate our traditions and specialties with one of the longest-running SF/F conventions in a seamless and complementary fashion. To this end, we are ever at your service,

Team GEAR Con"

Preregistration is open, so go buy a membership, and come see the Steampunky goodness to be found at Westercon 69!

Posted April 26, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 69

William F. Nolan Horror Writers Society Grand Master

Another bit of news slipped passed us this last month:

Westercon 68 Special Guest, William F. Nolan was named A Grand Master of the World Horror Society last month, and will accept his award at this year’s World Horror Convention in Atlanta Georgia, May 7 through May 10.

We extend our (belated) congratulations to William F. Nolan.

Posted March 2, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

More Help Wanted

Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 is a fan run convention, and relies on volunteer labor.

There are other openings for staff and volunteers. Contact our volunteers coordinator Sarah DeMont at volunteers@conjecture.org or Ron Oakes at chair@westercon68.org.  If you are interested in assisting with the convention you may also show up at one of our planning meetings to get more information.

  • Site Selection Administrator – this position has been filled by Deirdre Saoirse Moen
  • Party Coordinator – this position has been filled by Chris Weber and Karen Willson
  • Fan Table Coordinator – this position have been filled by Eylat Poliner

 

Posted January 17, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

Announcing our Artist GoH

Westercon 69 is pleased to announce Theresa Mather as our Artist Guest of Honor. A professional artist since 1989, Theresa Mather creates fantasy works featuring a variety of unusual creatures. Best known for her pieces painted on feathers and stone, Theresa draws much of her inspiration from the world around her. Westercon 69 will be held at the Lloyd Center Doubletree on July 1-4, 2016. Ms. Mather joins a distinguished line-up of honored guests, including John Scalzi, Charlie Stross, and David D. Levine. Further information on Ms. Mather can be found at http://rockfeatherscissors.com/.

Posted January 9, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 69

Announcing our Artist GoH

Westercon 69 is pleased to announce Theresa Mather as our Artist Guest of Honor. A professional artist since 1989, Theresa Mather creates fantasy works featuring a variety of unusual creatures. Best known for her pieces painted on feathers and stone, Theresa draws much of her inspiration from the world around her. Westercon 69 will be held at the Lloyd Center Doubletree on July 1-4, 2016. Ms. Mather joins a distinguished line-up of honored guests, including John Scalzi, Charlie Stross, and David D. Levine. Further information on Ms. Mather can be found at http://rockfeatherscissors.com/.

Posted January 9, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 69

Updated Membership Rates

As of January 1, 2015, an attending membership in Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 has gone up to $65.00. The rate to upgrade from a supporting to an attending membership has gone up accordingly from $40.00 to $50.00. Supporting memberships remain $15.00.

These membership rates are good through March 31, 2015.

Posted January 1, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

Condolences to Spider Robinson

The staff and volunteers of Westercon 68 extend their deepest condolences to our Guest of Honor Spider Robinson upon the passing of his daughter, Terri Luanna daSilva. Shared joy is multiplied, shared pain is lessened.

In addition to her father, Terri is survived by her husband and five-year-old daughter.

Unfortunately, her illness created significant debt.  A site has been set up on YouCaring.com where contributions can be made.

 

Posted December 5, 2014 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

Website Updates and Upcoming Deadlines

We have made a couple of updates to the website:

There are also a couple of important upcoming deadlines as well:

  • Dealers Room applications are due by March 1.
  • The first of two submission deadlines for sites wishing to run for Westercon 70 in 2017 is on January 1, 2015.  If no site in the northern, central, or other zones files by this date, any site may file before April 15, 2015 and be eligible.  More information on site selection may be found in the Westercon Bylaws page at westercon.org

Posted October 22, 2014 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

Upcoming Appearences

Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 will be at the following, for sure, before the end of 2014:

At these events we will have an on site only discount of $5.00 on Attending memberships only. Supporting, youth, and membership upgrades will be at their normal price.

We will also be holding a drawing for one attending membership at both events.

Representatives will be at SMOFCon 32 as well.

Posted October 12, 2014 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68