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Status Active
Genre Multi-genre,Scifi/Fantasy
Venue Doubletree Hotel
Location(s) Washington (state) Spokane, Washington
Country  United States
Inaugurated 2008. Actually first was 1984.
Attendance 1109 in 2011
Filing status Non-profit

SpoCon is a full-spectrum science fiction and fantasy convention held annually in Spokane, Washington, USA. SpoCon is a non-profit organization that supports literacy and the public schools through annual events and donations. SpoCon is a sister convention[clarification needed] to GameCon Spokane, MisCon (Missoula, Mont.), RadCon (Tri-Cities, Wash.) and Tactical Solutions[who?] (Spokane).


The first SpoCon was held in 2008 at Gonzaga University. Attendance was far more than anticipated, in large part because the Guest of Honor was Timothy Zahn.

The second SpoCon, with the theme "Are You Fan Enough?", was held July 31 - August 2, 2009 at Gonzaga.

The third SpoCon, with the theme of "The Year Fans Make Contact," ( From 2001: A Space Odyssey ) was held July 30 to August 1, 2010.[1] The Guest of Honor was artist Michael Whelan.

The 2011 convention had "The Power of Fandom" as the theme and featured best-selling author Patricia Briggs as Guest of Honor. This was the first SpoCon to leave the college campus and make a new home in the Spokane Doubletree Hotel. It was held August 12 - 14, 2011 and drew record numbers of attendees.[2]

In 2012, SpoCon changed from the traditional convention-committee style of leadership and operation to a business model, with the aim of creating a more efficient, forward-thinking and productive organization.

In 2016 SpoCon changed back from a business model to a 501c3 non profit organization and the convention-committee style of leadership was reinstated.

Location and dates[edit]

Dates Location Attendees Notable guests Notes
August 1–3, 2008 Gonzaga University; Spokane, WA 700 Timothy Zahn, Mark Ferrari, Steve Perrin, Vixy & Tony,
July 31-August 2, 2009 Gonzaga University; Spokane, WA 730 L. E. Modesitt, Jr.,[3] Steve Long, Alan Boyle,[4] John Picacio,[5] Kathy Mar
July 30-August 1, 2010 Gonzaga University; Spokane, WA 874 Michael Whelan,[6] Tanya Huff,[7] Dead Gentlemen Productions, Seanan McGuire [8]
August 12–14, 2011 Doubletree Hotel; Spokane, WA 109 Patricia Briggs, Dragon Dronet, Dead Gentlemen Productions, Dan Dos Santos
August 10–12, 2012 Doubletree Hotel; Spokane, WA 900 Peter S. Beagle, Mira Grant, Rob Alexander, Dead Gentlemen Productions
August 9-11, 2013 Doubletree Hotel; Spokane, WA 500 Brandon Sanderson, Mark Osier, Chub Chub Maximus
August 11-13, 2017 Doubletree Hotel; Spokane, WA Kat Richardson, Betsy Mott, Chris Organ and Kent Davis of Dark Matter Studios


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