Swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au Get ready to party like it's Easter 2011 Thu, 05 May 2011 07:14:06 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.6 en hourly 1 Swancon 2012: Doom Con http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/05/swancon-2012-doom-con/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/05/swancon-2012-doom-con/#comments Thu, 05 May 2011 06:43:11 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=1162 Doom Con logo

Swancon 2012: Doom Con is an apocalypse-themed Swancon occurring 5th to 9th of April 2012. The end of the world is coming; let’s go out with a bang!

Guests include: Brandon Sanderson, Marianne de Pierres and Chris Creagh.

And remember:
The Apocalypse: it’s just a big con.

For all your Doom Con information, visit the website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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Pancakes and photos http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/pancakes-and-photos/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/pancakes-and-photos/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2011 12:00:27 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=1150 Jonathan and friends

Thanks all for a wonderful convention! We will put up some more detailed links and reports over the next few days and weeks, but if you’re missing everyone, make sure to join us for pancakes at 5 o’clock Wednesday 27 April.

And have a look at some of Cat Sparks’ photos here.

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Future Imperfect Art Show Launch http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/future-imperfect-art-show-launch/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/future-imperfect-art-show-launch/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2011 04:33:25 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=1104

Official opening at 8:00pm, Thursday 21 April at the Hyatt Regency Perth, by Eric Ripper, Leader of the Opposition and SF Geek. Open all Easter weekend, from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Natcon Fifty will host ʻFuture Imperfect: Exploring the future from the pastʼ, a semi-professional art show to be held over the Easter weekend in 2011 in Perth, Western Australia.

ʻFuture Imperfect: Exploring the future from the pastʼ will explore the way people have historically imagined our present, bringing the past and the future together in new and interesting ways.

Download the catalogue (pdf)

Participating artists

Sandy Gaskett

Gas Bomb Girl | Facebook page

Jenna Downing

Evil Genius in Residence

Kathleen Jennings


Christopher Phillips


Lisa Rye

Lisa Rye

Pia Van Ravestein

Ravenari | Gallery

Gaston Locanto


Kathryn Linge


Christina Lorenz


Nancy Lorenz


Please direct any enquiries about the show to Amanda

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Not long now! http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/not-long-now/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/not-long-now/#comments Sun, 17 Apr 2011 04:56:01 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=1075 It was almost thirteen months ago that we launched Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty, and now we have less than a week to go! Here are a few last minute announcements, reminders and links!

Firstly, we are very sad to announce that Lyn McConchie and Mary Victoria are no longer able to attend due to unforseen events. We were so pleased when they said yes to being invited guests of the convention and they will be missed.

However (look away, Lyn and Mary!), we have so much for you to do and see that you should really start sleeping all day and night to prepare. If you haven’t already, take a look at our mintox program, and see more details of the Academic Stream and the WriterStream.

Thursday night is free, and you’ll be able to bring your friends to sample the Swancon experience. The hilariously geeky BRENT! will launch the convention with some end-of-week LOLs, followed by a debate over the assertion that “We are Living in a Computer Simulation”. Then join Eric Ripper, SF fan and Leader of the Opposition, who will be launching the Future Imperfect Art Show. There will also be gaming and various panels, plus the Hyatt bar will be open for business if you just want to catch up with everyone.

Before the convention opens, you are invited to Meet Our Guests over lunch at Mai’s Vietnamese Restaurant East Perth. Places are limited, but there’s still some seats available if you get in quick!

If there’s one thing that fans love most of all, it’s Having Opinions. If that describes you, make sure you get your votes in for the Tin Duck and Ditmar Awards. There will be printed ballots available at the door so you can vote once you arrive. Check the links for eligibility criteria. Then join us for cocktails at the Orbit | Gollancz Natcon Fifty Awards Ceremony, for the presentation of these awards and more!

Saturday night is Masquerade night! Airbrush Tattoos WA are trading in the Dealer Room all weekend. They specialise in full colour and glow in the dark, waterproof airbrush tattoos small and large! They are also available for full costume tattooing – if you want something a little special for the Masquerade or any other program item, you are welcome to book ahead by email to make your appointment.

Lastly: Swancon only survives on the kindness of volunteers. If you have a strong attention to detail and a few hours to spare over the convention weekend we would love to hear from you.

]]> http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/not-long-now/feed/ 0 MEET OUR GUESTS! Guest fundraising luncheon http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/meet-our-guests-guest-fundraising-luncheon/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/meet-our-guests-guest-fundraising-luncheon/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2011 01:28:32 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=1043

MEET OUR GUESTS! Guest fundraising luncheon
Midday, Thursday 21 April
Mai’s Vietnamese Restaurant East Perth
(Meet in foyer of Hyatt at 11.45am to walk together)

Luncheon (inc. small fundraising levy) $35.00

Numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Bookings and payment must be received by 5pm (WST) Monday 18 April.

Pay now with Paypal, or contact us for direct deposit info.

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Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty Membership http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/swancon-thirty-six-natcon-fifty-membership/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/swancon-thirty-six-natcon-fifty-membership/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 07:37:38 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=1041 Get ready to party like it’s Easter 2011

Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty: it’s quite a mouthful and a lot of history. We’re so glad that we have the opportunity to host the fiftieth Australian Natcon at this year’s Swancon. Perth has hosted nine of them already, and we’re ready to make this one the best so far.

Take a look at our program, and I think you’ll agree it’s pretty awesome! There will be lots to do, see, hear and say. Whether you’re in the mood to listen to presentations from writers, editors, artists and academics; debate ideas with other fans of speculative fiction; network and socialise with guests and members in one of the Hyatt’s many bars and cafes; or just spend time in our fabulous dealers room and fan lounge; there will always be something for you to do.

Remember that Thursday night is free! So bring a friend or two and see what Swancon has to offer.

Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty is all about fandom, and the fans. We’re holding a party in your honour – all you have to do is show up and have fun. We’ve compiled a short summary of what’s on offer. There will be more announcements as we go, so be sure to keep an eye on our rss feed, or our Twitter feed (@natcon50) for more exciting updates and news throughout the year.

But first, the basics:

21-25 April 2011
Hyatt Hotel, Adelaide Tce, Perth

From the moment you receive your membership card, the kind folks at Planet Books and Fantastic Planet have offered to give you 10% off all the books you buy – valid until 25 April 2011. You really can’t afford not to sign up!

Until 20 April 2011, membership of Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty will be $210, or $155 for students and concession card holders. On Thursday 21 April prices will be $250 / $185. You can buy day memberships for $70 per day, or $50 student/concession. Supporting memberships are $20.

You can purchase memberships online, at Planet Books, Fantastic Planet, White Dwarf, Empire Toys, Quality Comics, Tactics and Tokyo Underground, or in person from Swancon Thirty Six committee members.

Become a member of Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty today!

See our program here.

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Swancon Family Programming http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/swancon-family-programming/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/swancon-family-programming/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:19:25 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=1022 Are you bringing your children to Swancon? The family program is now online!

Children over 12 will need to purchase their membership and must have a parent or guardian on the premises at all time.

Children under 12 may attend for free, and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. We’d like them to pre-register so that we can have name-tags waiting for them on arrival (they will need to be wearing a discreetly-labelled name-tag during the con).

Could you please email Fe with the names of your children and a parent/guardian contact mobile number (for someone who will be at the con), for their name-tags. Could you also include their ages and which days they will be attending (this will not appear on their name-tag, but will assist our planning).

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WASFF AGM http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/wasff-agm/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/wasff-agm/#comments Sun, 10 Apr 2011 08:42:59 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=995 NOTICE OF 2011 WASFF AGM

Swancon, in the Freshwater Bay room on Sunday the 24th of April, 9:30am.

0A. Last call for nominations for the Board of WASFF
0B. Last call for bids for the WARSFC (i.e. Swancon) for 2013

Meeting opens.

1. Apologies
2. Consideration of Minutes of the previous AGM
3. Matters arising from the previous AGM
4. Reports
Convention Steering Committee Co-ordinator
SwanCon 35 2010
SwanCon 36 2011
Swancon 37 2012
5. Appointment of Auditor
6. Appointment of a Returning Officer
7. Election of Organising Committee of the Western Australian Science
Fiction Convention (SwanCon 38 2013)
8. Election of Members of the board of WASFF (3 elected positions)
9. Motions on Notice
9.1. That the following regulation be added:
11 Board members
11.1 Candidates for board positions shall disclose to the AGM whether they have any criminal convictions and whether they have been bankrupt.
9.2. That clauses 6.11 – 6.11.3 inclusive of the constitution be repealed as no longer applicable.
9.3. That the following be adopted as regulations: Appointment of and Replacement of Convention Organising Committee Members — see attachment for full wording.
10. General Business

Bids for Swancon 2013 must received by the WASFF chair (me) before the start of the meeting. Guidelines and a bid form are available.

Nominations for the 3 elected positions on the WASFF board must be received by the WASFF chair (me) before the start of the meeting.

If you’d like to see the existing constitution, regulations and by-laws, they’re at http://wasff.sf.org.au/constitution

When looking up numbers, remember that numbering restarts for each of the three sections, so be sure to look at the correct 6.11 (or whatever).

– Doug Burbidge http://dougburbidge.com/ ph. 04 2293 7176

Appointment of and Replacement of Convention Organising Committee Members

WASFF AGM minutes 2010-04-05

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Paul, the movie http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/paul-the-movie/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/paul-the-movie/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:59:04 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=952 This is a very fun movie that comes out before Swancon so it’s something great to do while you’re waiting for the con to start! It opens April 14, 2011. If you were at the comedy fundraiser you may have been one of the lucky ones to get free passes to this. If not, you’ll want to be getting yourself a ticket. Check out the trailer here:


Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever.

For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town—a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Collings (Frost).

Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

Paul is directed by Superbad’s Greg Mottola, from a story by Pegg & Frost. Joining the comedy’s cast are Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Joe Lo Truglio, John Carroll Lynch, David Koechner and Sigourney Weaver.

MA 15 + Consumer advice : Strong coarse language and violence

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Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty Program http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/swancon-thirty-six-natcon-fifty-program-2/ http://2011.swancon.com.au/2011/04/swancon-thirty-six-natcon-fifty-program-2/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2011 07:40:20 +0000 swancon36 http://2011.swancon.com.au/?p=940 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SociologicalImagesSeeingIsBelieving/~3/A8H313e0Nbg/

The draft Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty program is now online. While we are making every effort to make sure all details are correct, we cannot guarantee that items won’t change. We also have plenty of space for last minute program ideas, so if the mood strikes and you want to organise something, we’ll help provide you with space to do it.

Contact us any time in the lead-up to the convention, or speak to a committee member once you arrive.

View the full program, or see each day individually: Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Monday

Image from here

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