Capricon 35 Program is done!

We are delighted to announce that the Capricon 35 Program is done! We’re going to hit the ground running on Thursday afternoon! You can see the full program here and see a list of participants here.

We also have several special events in the works – as always our entertaining Opening Ceremonies and Midwinter Faire on Thursday, SpaceTime Theater on Friday, concerts by Cheshire Moon and our Music Guest of Honor Alexander James Adams on Saturday, a staged reading from OtherWorld Theater on Saturday, and of course Closing Ceremonies on Sunday – complete with awards and a sneak peak at Capricon 36!

Registration Resolution (R&R) – Do it now!

Looking for that perfect New Year’s resolution? Make a Recreational Resolution and register for Capricon 35. You’re Rolling in Reasons to attend. And at the stroke of Midnight New Year’s Eve, the cost increases to $55, so why wait?

Here’s the inside scoop on what’s in the works…

Programming is hard at work on scheduling, and is aiming to get the first draft out to participants by the end of this week! We have some great participants confirmed already:

  • Award winning authors, including Mary Robinette Kowal, Phyllis Eisenstein, Jody Lynn Nye, and Eric Flint;
  • Artists and Musicians, including Hugo Award base designer Deb Kosiba, video game designer Brian Babendererde, and musicians Eric Coleman and Susan Weiner;
  • Scientists, including Bill Higgins, John Vittallo, and Henry Spencer;
  • Costumers, including Wendy Zdrodowski, Linda Wenzelberger, and Melissa Huston;
  • Fans, including Hugo Award winning Fanzine Editor James Bacon, Chicago Nerd Social Club organizer Michi Trota, Just Write Chicago’s coordinator Jennifer Cross, #INeedDiverseGames creator Tanya DePass, and Hugo Award Fan Writer nominee Mark Oshiro;
  • And many, many more!

It’s shaping up to be a fantastic program and we’re going to hit the ground running on Thursday afternoon! We also have several special events in the works – as always our entertaining Opening Ceremonies and Midwinter More >

Join Capricon 35 now and save!

Membership rates increase in 2015. Join by December 31, 2014 and insure 4 days of fun for only $50. R&R stands for Rush to Registration!

What Does R & R Mean to You?

Don’t forget, on January 1, 2015 the cost for four fun-filled days at Capricon goes up to $55. You can secure your all-inclusive four-day badge for $50 if you’re Responsive and Responsible and sign up before the end of the year.

In addition to our guests of honor, we have SpaceTime Theater, an Art Show and Auction which includes emerging artists, tons of gaming in honor of several of our GOHs, an R & R dance, free snacks and so many panels you’ll need to Rewind Reality to attend them all.

For more information and to Rapidly Register online, click here. We look forward to seeing you at Capricon 35 on February 12-15, 2015 at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling. Resistance is Ridiculous (and futile).

Phandemonium Book Club Elgin – “A Canticle for Leibowitz”

Has holiday shopping left you feeling like you need to sharpen your skills for the coming Apocolypse? Then you should read our next book club selection, “A Canticle for Leibowitz” by Walter M. Miller Jr. This post-apocolyptic saga won the Hugo award for Best Novel in 1961.

We’ll be meeting on December 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm at our normal location…

Blue Box Cafe 176 E Chicago St Elgin, IL 60120

Join us for some holiday fun!

Capricon 35 Programming Participant Questionnaire Deadline

The deadline for the Capricon 35 programming participant questionnaire is rapidly approaching. Your suggestions and participation make our programming exciting.

You’ll find the link on our programming page.

The deadline is Friday, November 21, at 11:59 pm CT.

Margaret Weis added as Gaming GoH at Capricon 35

Capricon is pleased to announce the addition of Margaret Weis as our Gaming Guest of Honor for Capricon 35.

Margaret Weis is a science fiction and fantasy writer who has penned dozens of novels and short stories; along with Tracy Hickman, Margaret is one of the original creators of the Dragonlance world. In addition to her writing career, Margaret serves as the owner and chief officer of two publishing companies: Sovereign Press, Inc., a game publisher based in Lake Geneva, WI, which now produces the Dragonlance line of game products; and Margaret Weis Productions Ltd., which publishes RPG lines based on several licenses including Firefly, Serenity, and Battlestar Galactica, as well as Ed Greenwood’s new solo venture into roleplaying games, Castlemourn.

Why not buy your registration today?

Brother Guy Consolmagno receives the Carl Sagan Medal

Congratulations to Brother Guy Consolmagno on receiving the prestigious Carl Sagan Medal. He’s the first clergyman to do so. Well done, Brother Guy!

You can read more about this well deserved honor here.

Capricon 35 GoH announcement

Due to unavoidable circumstances, Steve Jackson will not be able to join us at Capricon 35. Mr. Jackson is as sad as we are, as he was looking forward to being a Guest of Honor alongside his friend and fellow gamer Matt Forbeck.

As the fates are wont to do, they taketh with one hand and giveth with the other. Capricon 35 is pleased to announce that we have added a guest to our roster of luminaries.

John Bivens, whose work has appeared in the Eisner and Harvey award winning Comic Book “Tatoo”, the DC comic’s ZUDA initiative, and the upcoming Image Comics SF/Fantasy epic “Dark Engine”, will be joining us as our Artist Guest of Honor.

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John Scalzi at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore

Friend of Phandemonium, John Scalzi, will be at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Chicago on Tuesday, 10/21/2014 at 6:00 pm. Here’s the flier with more details.