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Philcon, December 10-12, 2004

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2004 3:03 pm    Post subject: Philcon, December 10-12, 2004 Reply with quote

For those of you interested in the literary side of SciFi/Fantasy
it's nearly time for PhilCon held at the Philadelphia Marriott at
10th and Market in the city. Full details can be found here:

This year's Guest of Honor is Brian Aldiss: British novelist,
critic, essayist, poet, and short story writer, including both SF
and mainstream themes. Following his World War 2 service in the
Royal Signal Corps in Burma and Sumatra he took a position as an
assistant in an Oxford bookshop. His first writings were for a
booksellers trade publication and his first SF sale came in 1954
with "Criminal Record" in Science Fantasy.

This year's Artist Guest of Honor is Joe DeVito: Joe DeVito has
worked professionally for over twenty years as both a painter and a
sculptor. Joe's first published work as both author and illustrator,
KONG: King of Skull Island, is due out this October from DH Press.
Joe has drawn on a life-long love of storytelling, King Kong,
dinosaurs, and adventure to create this prequel/sequel to the
original 1932 novel, King Kong. Fully authorized by the estate of
Kong's creator, Merian C. Cooper, it is the first of several visual
novels Joe has planned. As a painter, his credits include: Covers
for Piers Anthony, Terry Bisson, Robert Bloch, Jonathan Carroll,
Robert Heinlein, and Katherine Kurtz; memorable covers, posters and
trading cards of Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Doc Savage, and Wonder
Woman for DC Comics and Fleer; several covers for MAD Magazine;
movie posters, concept art for TV shows, toys and more.

Other guests include local and regional Science Fiction, Fantasy,
and Horror professionals. Editors, Authors, Writers, Illustrators,
Artists, Film-makers, Game Designers, and many many more.

There will be a Costume Guild sanctioned Masquerade Saturday night.
Philcon encourages the wearing of hall costumes (street legal and
conforming to weapons policy, please!) and will have several roaming
judges handing out award ribbons in the public areas of the
conference. The con will also feature costuming programming
covering topics of interest for all levels of costumers, from Novice
to Master, including a special Makeup Workshop by Special Effects
makeup professional Rich Williamson, owner of Pierre's Costumes of
Philadelphia, a member of the National Costumers Association.

Finally, track programming has expanded this year to include Anime,
Film, Gaming and other media besides literature.

Three day registration is available for $45/ticket until 11/15/04.

The SciFi Syndicate will be in attendance with a fan table and also
running their annual Toys for Tots drive. Saturday night there will
be an open room party after the masquerade has concluded. Everyone
is cordially invited to attend.

The BIG day for the SFS is Saturday. Friday night most of us are
attending a gig for a friend's band in the local area. If you are
planning to arrive on Friday night and wish to attend the concert
with us (at an Irish pub outside the city) please feel free to
contact me via private email and we'll be happy to make arrangements
to help you join the party.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Hope to see
some of you there on Saturday. We completely understand that this is
a busy time of year for everyone given the Christmas holiday, but we
wanted to put out this announcement just in case some of you were
interested. Good news is that next year Philcon is moving their
location to Valley Forge with a much more accessible space, free
parking, bars and clubs in the hotel/con center facilities, AND the
con will be held in late November rather than right before



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