Marcon (convention)

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For the comune in the province of Venice, see Marcon. For the town in France, see Marçon. For the sportswear manufacturer, see Macron (sportswear).
Not to be confused with MarsCon.
Marcon
Status Active
Genre Fantasy, Science fiction
Location(s) Columbus, Ohio
Country United States
Inaugurated 1966
Website
http://www.marcon.org/

Marcon is a full-spectrum fantasy and science fiction convention based in Columbus, Ohio, and is on Easter weekend in 2013 but is moving to Mother's Day weekend starting in 2014 where it should stay.[1] It is now operated by the Columbus-based Science Oriented Literature, Art, and Education Foundation, a non-profit educational corporation.[2]

Marcon offers a dozen tracks of programming in art, costuming, fan, filk, literary, media, and science, as well as events and displays including a masquerade, art show, dealers room, multiple 24-hour video tracks, 7,000 square feet (650 m2) of gaming space, and at least one dance. Marcon runs a children's track of programming that has included independent filmmakers helping the kids create their own movies (The Curse of Monster X, Return of the Red Shirts) and many hands-on art, costuming, and science programs. It is the oldest and largest sci-fi convention in the state of Ohio.[3]

"Marcon Ballroom", a filk song by Anne Passovoy about an incident with hotel management failing to adjust to the needs of fandom, was awarded a Pegasus Award as "Best Classic Filk Song" in 2005.[4]

History[edit]

2010s[edit]

Marcon 48[edit]

March 29–31, 2013[5]

Marcon 47[edit]

April 6–8, 2012[5]

  • Tamora Pierce – Author Guest of Honor
  • Sarah Clemens – Artist Guest of Honor
  • Paula Guran – Editor Guest of Honor
  • Dr. Bradley Lepper – Science Guest of Honor
  • Erica Neely – Filk Guest of Honor
  • Manu Intiraymi – Media Guest of Honor

Marcon 46[edit]

May 27–29, 2011[5]

  • F. Paul Wilson – Author Guest of Honor
  • Eric Flint – Author Guest of Honor
  • Harry Turtledove – Theme Guest of Honor
  • John Palencar – Artist Guest of Honor
  • Leslie Fish – Filk Guest of Honor
  • Brent Keith – Gaming Guest of Honor
  • The Extraordinary Contraptions – Special SteamPunk Music Guest
  • Marc G. Millis – Special Science Guest

Marcon 45[edit]

May 28–30, 2010[5]

  • Wen Spencer – Author Guest of Honor
  • Billy Tackett – Artist Guest of Honor
  • Seanan McGuire – Filk Guest of Honor
  • Central Ohio Paranormal Society – Special Theme Guest
  • Twilight Creations – Gaming Guest of Honor
  • Richard Hatch – Media Guest of Honor
  • Casey Daniels, Shane Moore, Donnie Dunagan – Special Guests

2000s[edit]

Marcon 44[edit]

May 22–24, 2009[5]

  • Simon R. Green – Author Guest of Honor
  • Jordin Kare – Science Guest of Honor
  • Patricia McCracken – Artist Guest of Honor
  • Chris Conway – Filk Guest of Honor
  • David H. Lawrence XVII – Media Guest of Honor
  • Samuel Travis Clemmons – Full Spectrum Featured Guest [1]
  • Arnold Blumberg – Featured Guest

Marcon 43[edit]

May 23–25, 2008[5]

Marcon 42[edit]

May 25–27, 2007

Marcon 41[edit]

May 26–28, 2006 – approximately 2100 attendees[6]

Guests:

Marcon 40[edit]

May 27–29, 2005 approximately 2100 attendees

Marcon 39[edit]

May 28–30, 2004 – approximately 2000 attendees

Marcon 38[edit]

May 23–25, 2003 – approximately 1800 attendees

Marcon 37[edit]

May 24–26, 2002 – approximately 2000 attendees

  • Catherine Asaro – Science Guest of Honor
  • Zander Nyrond – Filk Guest of Honor

Marcon 36[edit]

May 25–27, 2001 – approximately 3600 attendees

  • Hosted 2001 Prometheus Award presentations and LFSCon
  • Bob and Ann Passavoy – Filk Guests of Honor
  • Karen Anderson – Featured Filker

Marcon 35[edit]

2000 – Approximately 2400 attendees

  • Steve MacDonald – Filk Guest of Honor

1990s[edit]

Marcon 34[edit]

1999 – Approximately 2800 attendees

  • Syntax – Filk Guest of Honor

Marcon 33[edit]

1998 – Approximately 2200 attendees

Marcon 32[edit]

May 9–11, 1997 – approximately 2800 attendees

Marcon 31[edit]

1996

  • Joey Shoji – Filk Guest of Honor

Marcon 30[edit]

1995

Marcon 29[edit]

1994

Marcon 28[edit]

1993

Marcon 27[edit]

May 22–25, 1992

Marcon 26[edit]

1991

Marcon XXV[edit]

1990

1980s[edit]

Marcon XXIV[edit]

1989 – 1244 attendees

Marcon XXIII[edit]

1988 – 1050 attendees

Marcon XXII[edit]

1987 – 960 attendees

Marcon XXI[edit]

1986 – 1056 attendees

Marcon XX[edit]

1985 – 723 attendees

Marcon XIX[edit]

1984 – 592 attendees

Marcon XVIII[edit]

1983 – 440 attendees

Marcon XVII[edit]

1982 – 379 attendees

Marcon XVI[edit]

1981 – 426 attendees

Marcon XV[edit]

1980 – 383 attendees

1970s[edit]

Marcon XIV[edit]

1979 – 372 attendees

Marcon XIII[edit]

1978 – 264 attendees

Marcon XII[edit]

1977 – 222 attendees

Marcon XI[edit]

1976 – 212 attendees

Marcon X[edit]

1975 – Approximately 185 attendees

Marcon IX[edit]

1974 – Approximately 170 attendees

Marcon VIII[edit]

1973 – Approximately 100 attendees

Marcon VII[edit]

1972 – Approximately 150 attendees

Marcon VI[edit]

1971 – Approximately 120 attendees

Marcon V[edit]

1970 – Approximately 105 attendees

1960s[edit]

Marcon IV[edit]

1969 – Approximately 100 attendees

Marcon III[edit]

1968 (First time in Columbus) – Approximately 85 attendees

Marcon II[edit]

1967 (Toledo) – Approximately 60 attendees

Marcon I[edit]

1966 (Toledo) – Approximately 20 attendees

References[edit]

  1. ^ About Marcon Retrieved January 21, 2013
  2. ^ SOLAE website
  3. ^ Grossberg, Michael (May 26, 2010). "Sci-fi convention to explore horror". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved April 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ Marcon Ballroom page at ovff.org
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Official website". Marcon. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ Is Marcon getting smaller? Retrieved December 17, 2006[dead link]

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