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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.

New guests this year!

Today we will feature some of our guests who are making their first appearance at our convention. Please visit their sites to learn more about them!

Stephen Euin Cobb
http://www.stevecobb.com/

Currently a contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine, Stephen was a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen’s Universe Magazine for three years (2006-2010), a contributing editor for Robot Magazine for one year (2009-2010), and has written for H+ Magazine, Grim Couture Magazine, Port Iris Magazine and Digit Magazine. Stephen also has a popular award winning weekly interview-based podcast in which he and his guests discuss all the ways our lives are going to be different in the future.

Heather E. Hutsell
http://www.heatherehutsell.com/
Heather is a self published author of (currently) 9 books. Genres range from absurdist fiction to Steampunk mystery, vampyre and werewolf romantic horror and other surrealist and otherworldly tales. Heather is also an artist and costumer.

Chris Kennedy
http://chriskennedypublishing.com/
Chris Kennedy is a Carolina native (NC), who has been ranked as high as #30 on Amazon’s Top 100 Science Fiction Authors List. His works include: When the Gods Aren’t Gods, Janissaries, Red Tide: The Chinese Invasion of Seattle, Occupied Seattle. Chris is a 20-year Navy veteran and educator.

Gail Z Martin
http://www.ascendantkingdoms.com/
Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series (Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of Ice Forged in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, Reign of Ash and War of Shadows (Orbit Books, 2015), plus The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven & Dark Lady’s Chosen ) from Solaris Books and The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn and The Dread) from Orbit Books. She writes two series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures and the Deadly Curiosities Adventures. Gail will be having a book launch party on Saturday from 9 pm- 11 pm at the convention. Look for signs at the convention for the room number!

James Daniel Ross
http://www.darkquestbooks.com/store/product-list.php?pg1-cid56.html
The Radiation Angels: The Chimerium Gambit is his first novel and is followed by The Radiation Angels: The Key to Damocles. James shares a Dream Realm Award with the other others in Breach the Hull, and an EPPIE award with the others appearing in Bad Ass Faeries 2.
Josh Strnad
http://www.joshstrnad.com/
Josh Strnad has possessed a deep love of books since he was just a wee lad. When not guzzling down hot tea and typing stories on his old computer, he also dabbles in film making, writing music, and drawing cartoons. A few of his favorite authors include Mark Twain, HG Wells, Edgar Allen Poe, and CS Lewis. Josh’s first novel Pantheon is now available from Urania Speculative Fiction. Josh lives in small-town North Carolina with his family and two incorrigibly goofy golden retrievers.

Ashley Field-Pamela Nance
http://spirithunter.us/
Since forming Spirit Hunters of the South in 2008, Ashley Field & Pamela Nance have conducted field-work at approximately 70 historic sites & properties throughout the mid-Atlantic & southern United States. Over time, they developed a paranormal investigative model based on research methodologies from anthropology, archaeology, history & quantum physics.

Gregory French
http://gregoryfrench.weebly.com/
Gregory French is a New York native who currently lives in South Carolina. He got his start in professional acting when a friend asked him to be in a commercial he was shooting. He has appeared on the tv shows “Under the Dome” and “Revolution”, but is best known for his many appearances on “The Walking Dead”, where he has played over 15 different walkers in seasons 3 and 4 including the Barbed Wire Face Walker, one of the Gas Mask Walkers, and several Prison Walkers. His movie credits include “Iron Man 3″, “Parental Guidance”, and “We’re the Millers”.

Michael Mundy
http://www.noboundariesmediaentertainment.com/#!michael-mundy/c1okl
Mike lives in Atlanta where he works, as an actor whenever possible! His most recent notable appearance includes the television show The Walking Dead, where his eyeball was showcased in the opening shot of the season 3 premiere. The shot pulled out to reveal “Grandpa Walker,” who soon succumbed to a fire poker in the head gifted by T-Dog. Spends time in the recording studio working with many bands. When not acting or working mike enjoys hiking and fishing.