Marcon (convention)

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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 was on Easter weekend in 2013 but moved to Mother's Day weekend starting in 2014.[1] It is now operated by the Columbus-based Science Oriented Literature, Art, and Education Foundation, a non-profit educational corporation.[2] The name is derived from "Multiple Alternative Realities Convention".

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 51[edit]

May 6–8, 2016

  • Seanan McGuire - Author Guest of Honor
  • Mogchelle Cosplay - Cosplay Guest of Honor
  • S. J. Tucker - Guest Singer

Marcon 50[edit]

Marcon 49[edit]

Marcon 48[edit]

March 29–31, 2013 .[5]

Marcon 47[edit]

April 6–8, 2012[6]

  • 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[6]

  • 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[6]

  • 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[6]

  • 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[6]

Marcon 42[edit]

May 25–27, 2007

Marcon 41[edit]

May 26–28, 2006 – approximately 2100 attendees[7]

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

  • Kathy Mar – Filk Guest of Honor
  • Many of the cast of Babylon 5 and J. Michael Straczynski

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. ^ "Official website". Marcon. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Official website". Marcon. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ Is Marcon getting smaller? Retrieved December 17, 2006 Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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