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Happy 2015!

Hello all,

We have a Literary Guest of Honor: Robert J. Sawyer.

From his website: http://sfwriter.com/bio.htm

Robert J. Sawyer — called “the dean of Canadian science fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen and “just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days” by The Denver Rocky Mountain News — is one of only eight writers in history (and the only Canadian) to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top honors for best novel of the year:

According to the US trade journal Locus, Rob is the #1 all-time worldwide leader in number of award wins as a science fiction or fantasy novelist.

Rob is also a big Star Trek fan and collector of Sci-fi toys mainly from the 1960’s era shows and movies.

In other news, Gail Z Martin is returning to have a book launch of her second book in the Deadly Curiosities series which takes place here in Charleston.   Please visit our website http://atomacon.org    to see all of our guests so far.

This year in addition to our Literary, Fringe Sciences,Science and Technology, Fandom, and Costuming Tracks, we are adding an Art and Music Track.  We’ll have workshops and demos,fan ink , film making, special effects, etc.  This track will have all the hands on interactive events like puppet making and make and takes.   We may also add a Steampunk track if we have enough interest and someone willing to run it.   Hopefully the folks at SCARAB will return and we will have table top gaming.

Please remember our convention is for fans by fans.   We accept all ideas.  Just a few things to keep in mind when making a suggestion: Be specific on what you want to see or do, time and resources needed to do it, contact information on experts willing to help.  Can we get a sponsor to make it happen?   For example: Suggesting an Anime voice actor would be cool does not help us.  I’m not into Anime and wouldn’t have a clue where to start.  However, if you said: A group of us would really like to see_________________ you can contact them here___________.  You may be able to get this business or Anime Club to help with X amount of the expenses.     This gives us something to work with.   Another example: We want an art show.  Ok, how much room do we need? How are we going to hang the art? Do we have X amount of volunteers willing to stay in the room to guard the art? Who will receive the art from the artists and take care of sales, returning unsold art back to the artists?  I did this one year for ConCarolinas.  It’s a bunch of work!  But if you are passionate about having one and have a plan, we certainly are game to help make it work. Please email at info@atomacon.org with suggestions.

 

Family Friendly vs Family Oriented

There have been a great deal questions and confusion among con-goers and con-newbies as far as the difference between the terms Family-friendly and Family-oriented.   AtomaCon is a Family-friendly convention.   What does that mean?  Well, it means we have tried to price our memberships so it is affordable for the whole family to attend.  Programming, Dealer’s room , and Costuming guidelines reflect a PG nature with some of the more adult subject matter being held later in the evening.

In short, what you see during the day should be suitable for most families.  However, it is up to each family to decide what that is.  There will be Costumed folks dressed from all genres.  If your kid is scared of Storm Troopers or R2D2 or Zombies, you might have a problem.  (My daughter was afraid of anything with white faces for a while).  Everyone has their own opinion especially in the costuming area.   Is someone dressed as Tarzan or one of the Greeks from 300 or Slave Leia from Star Wars or Wonder Woman inappropriate for children?  Sure they are skimpy outfits but in the context where they are from, most would say no.  Rule of thumb, if you can’t wear it on the beach legally, then it doesn’t belong at this type of convention.  That means tops and bottoms for the ladies and bottoms for the men—no thongs. Body paint is not clothes—even though I’ve seen this tastefully done!   Most Cosplayers know what is appropriate when small children are present.

Family-friendly does not mean it is safe to just drop off your minor children and let them go.  This is a public event and there will NO adult supervision provided.  Kids 15 and younger must have an adult who can take responsibility for their actions attend with them.  This is for a couple of reasons.  If no one is watching your kid and they damage hotel property or fall and hurt themselves, who is going to be responsible for it?  What if your kid leaves the hotel and they get assaulted in the parking lot?  We as a convention can’t possibly provide enough people to babysit your children nor do we want to take on the liability to do so either!  We want young people at our convention, but we want them to be safe.   We will have kid-oriented events especially in the gaming room and a few special discussion panels but most of our programming will be suitable for everyone to attend.

Family-oriented is basically an event that is geared toward kids.  Most of the events are suitable for kids and the parents pretty much have to tag along.  Sometimes it is called kid-friendly.  Most of the times these events have folks who can help supervise and watch your kids.  AtomaCon is not that kind of event.

I hope this helps explain a little bit about the convention and please comment if you have questions.