CanSMOF Scholarships Awarded

CanSMOF has announced the recipients of three scholarships for use in attending SMOFcon 33. The scholarships allow conrunners to attend SMOFCon, which will be held this year in Dallas/Fort Worth TX, December 4-6, 2015.

  • Canadian Citizen/Resident Scholarship: Lisa Macklem (London, Ontario)
  • Non-North American Resident Scholarship: Maree Pavletich (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Unrestricted Scholarship: Split between Keri O’Brien (Overland Park, KS) and Deanna Sjolander (Kansas City, MO)

Very Wrong Role Play

Jonathon Wall, a 29 year old refrigerator mechanic in the Air Force was arrested at Salt Lake Comic Con in Salt Lake City after he claimed to be part of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations to obtain access to the Green Room. An off duty police officer working con security grew suspicious and questioned him, calling the real OSI. Wall explained that he had been given a VIP pass from a friend but wanted better access. He has been indicted for impersonating a federal officer and making false statements to a federal officer. If found guilty, he can receive a sentence of up to five years in prison.
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Lunacon is Crowdsourcing

Luncacon, which was founded in 1957, went on hiatus after the 2014 event. Following a restructuring, Luncacon is now trying to raise $8,000 to ensure that they can hold the convention in 2016. The cash is needed in order to pay for storage rental, make deposits on facilities, and ensure that they can bring their guests, Robert J. Sawyer, Naomi Novik, and Rick Sternbach, to the convention.

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Wiscon 40 Co-Chairs Resign

Wiscon 40 Co-Chairs Andrea Horbinski and s.e. smith have announced their resignation. Horbinski explained that they decided they were not a good fit for the current culture at Wiscon and were leaving now to give the Motherboard a chance to find a replacement. The Motherboard has announced SF3 Board President Jackie Lee as an interim Chair. Wiscon 40 is scheduled to take place in Madison, WI the weekend of May 27-30, 2016. Sofia Samatar, Justine Larbalestier, and Nalo Hopkinson are the Guests of Honor.

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Southern Fandom Awards

The Rebel Award, Phoenix Award, the Rubble Award, and a new Fleur de Fan Award were all presented at DeepSouthCon 53/ContraFlow V in New Orleans, LA. The Rebel and Phoenix Awards are official awards, while the Rubble is an unofficial, but traditional award. The Rebel Award is presented for service to Southern fandom by a fan. the Phoenix is given for support by a pro of Southern fandom and/or professional work reflecting positively on the South, and the Rubble is given for the fan who’s done the most to Southern Fandom. The new Fleur de Fan Award is presented by Contraflow.

  • Rebel Award: Frank Sciotta, for being an instrumental volunteer at many conventions and Michael Scott, founder of CoastCon
  • Phoenix Award: Diana Rowland and Robert Asprin
  • Rubble Award: The Force of Gravity for taking away Ned Brooks so recently

Fleur de Fan Awards

  • Pro Fleur de Fan Award: Toni Weisskopf, for her support of ContraFlow
  • Fan Fleur de Fan Award: Area 51 for amazing room parties
  • Fan Fleur de Fan Award: Walter M. Scott, local fan and volunteer

ETA: Addition Fleur de Fan winners.

DeepSouthCon 55 to North Carolina

DeepSouthCon 55, to be held in 2017, was awarded to High Point, North Carolina in a competitive race with Bowling Green, Kentucky. The event will be held in conjunction with High Point’s Congregate convention. Congregate is generally held in July.

DeepSouthCon Awarded to JordanCon

Following the cancellation of next year’s DeepSouthCon, JordanCon proposed a bid to host the long-running traveling convention. Originally scheduled to be a stand-alone convention in Atlanta in May, DeepSouthCon will not take place as part of JordanCon, also in Atlanta, the weekend of April 22-24. The Guests of Honor will be Catherine Asaro and John Picacio.
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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Moves Towns, Dates

After originating in Kansas City, MO, Spectrum Fantastic Art Live has announced that they will move to San Francisco, CA for their 2016 show. Furthermore, rather than hold the show in May, the event will now be held in October. At its new location, SFAL will partner with the Academy of Art University.
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SMOFCon Scholarships Available

CanSMOF has announced a call for applicants for this year’s scholarships to SMOFCon 33, to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, December 4-6, 2015. This year, CanSMOF has added a third scholarship for non-North American residents. One scholarship is available to a Canadian citizen interested in learning more about con-running, a second scholarship is being offered to any non-North American con-runner, with a third scholarship available to any fan. The deadline for applications is October 9th 2014.

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JordonCon Bids DSC

Following the cancellation of DeepSouthCon 54, JordanCon has announced that it will bid to host the annual traveling regional convention in conjunction with JordanCon 8, scheduled to be held April 22-24, 2016. JordanCon previously hosted DeepSouthCon in 2013. This year’s DeepSouthCon will take place the weekend of October 24-6 in conjunction with Contraflow V.