Westercon 64 on-site registration is open this morning. The Dealers’ Room and Art Show open to the members at Noon. Anime Programming started last night and continues through Monday. The Hospitality Suite in 1905 will be open daily from 10 AM.
The first program item of the convention is the Opening Ceremonies at Noon in the California Room. Main Programming then begins and runs throughout the day and into the night through Monday.
This evening’s major events include the Meet the Guests Reception in Regency Ballroom I at 7:30 PM and the first of two Regency Dances in Regency Ballrooom II, also at 7:30 PM.
Things are under way here at the Fairmont San José We hope you’ll join us! There are still hotel rooms available at the convention rate, so it’s not even too late to come and spend a night or three in the hotel.
Westercon 64 issued the following press release this morning discussing the convention’s major special events.
2011 West Coast Science Fantasy Conference
PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale CA 94088-1363 USA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 20, 2011
Westercon 64 Announces Special Events
This Fourth of July weekend sees Westercon 64, the 2011 West Coast Science Fantasy Conference, coming to downtown San Jose. Westercon 64 will include several special events in its schedule in addition to traditional SF/F convention programming. Among the special events planned is a performance of a radio-style play written by artist guests of honor Phil and Kaja Foglio, a themed Saturday afternoon tea with writer guest of honor Patricia McKillip, a focus event on the guests moderated by Terry Bisson from the SF in SF reading series, and an SF/F-themed game show. The convention will also include two Regency Dances and the Westercon Masquerade costume contest.
The highlight of Sunday evening’s programming at Westercon 64 will be a performance of Girl Genius Radio Theatre, a live performance of a radio-style play based on the Girl Genius graphic novels. Featured in the cast will be Westercon 64’s guests of honor Kaja and Phil Foglio and the Girl Genius Radio Players. The Players are recruited from among the convention members during the convention, so persons interested in performing in the cast can stop by the Studio Foglio table in the Dealers’ Room and talk to the Foglios about the play.
The Girl Genius Radio Theatre performance is scheduled for Sunday evening at 8 PM in the Club Regent Room on the ground floor of the Fairmont Hotel. (Note that this is the only convention program space on the ground floor. All other functions will be on the second floor.)
Westercon 64’s Guests of Honor Kaja & Phil Foglio have declared January 12 to be Girl Genius Day (it’s also Kaja’s birthday), and they’ll be celebrating with signings and public appearances being chronicled on the event’s Facebook page. We hope you’ll celebrate by joining Westercon 64 if you haven’t already done so.
Cheyenne Wright, colorist for Westercon 64 Guests of Honor Phil and Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius series, was recently released from what Kaja described as “an alarming stay in the hospital.” As he was uninsured, the Foglios are running a fundraiser to help pay the medical bills. If you are interested in helping, you can donate money in return for one of a number of wonderful Girl Genius desktop wallpapers on the Girl Genius web site.
Westercon 64’s co-Artist Guest of Honor Phil Foglio is the subject of an interview posted today in which he talks about the MythAdventures comics (now being re-released online and in new collections), and how he and Kaja Foglio work together on Girl Genius.
Westercon 64 Guest of Honor, Patricia A. McKillip won the first ever World Fantasy Award for Best Novel with her book, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. Today that book is reviewed in The Guardian as part of a series looking at award winning fantasy novels. We are pleased to see that the reviewer was impressed.
Our congratulations to Westercon 64 Guests of Honor, Phil and Kaja Foglio, whose Girl Genius, Vol 8 won the first ever Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story in Montreal at the weekend. The only previous work of sequential art to win a Hugo was Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ legendary Watchmen, which won in a one-off category of “Other Forms” in 1988. This year’s Best Graphic Story category was a special creation of the Montreal Worldcon, but a vote of the Business Meeting of the World Science Fiction Society at that convention has confirmed the category as a permanent part of the Hugo Awards until at least 2012. Girl Genius topped the nominating ballots and emerged the winner in the Final Ballot after a hard-fought battle with Joss Whedon’s Serenity: Better Days.
Update: Although Phil & Kaja were unable to attend Anticipation, they posted their acceptance speech on the Girl Genius web site.