Archive for December, 2012

Capricon 33 After Christmas Sale!


Capricon 33 is having an After Christmas Sale! From 12/26/2012 to 12/31/2012 all memberships purchased online will receive a $5 discount. Use the promo code XMAS when registering to get $5 off.

Click here to register! (Look for “To register online:“.)

Goat Droppings – Winter 2012 Edition


The Winter 2012 edition of Goat Droppings is here!

All the latest news about Capricon 33: Artificial Intelligence, plus the other great Phandemonium activities. Take a look, before you miss out on the fun.

Highlights include:

  • The Capricon 33 Geek Prom
  • The Midwinter Faire
  • Catan North American Championships 2013 Qualifier

… plus much, much more!

Click here to download you copy.

Register for Capricon 33 now and save!


You have until December 15 to register for Capricon 33 for $50. Why wait and pay more? Our theme is Artificial Intelligence, but it doesn’t take A.I. to know that cheaper is better!

Click here and register now!

Capricon 33 Programming Survey is LIVE!


Are you interested in being part of Capricon 33 programming? If so, fill out our programming survey.

Capricon is a 900 member science fiction literature convention held annually in Wheeling, IL (a suburb of Chicago). Capricon 33 will be held February 7-10, 2013. We are proud to say that we are Chicago’s only four day science fiction convention, and have had a tradition for many years of choosing a theme for each convention; in 2013, our theme will be “Artificial Intelligence.” Our Guests of Honor include Daniel H. Wilson (Author Guest of Honor), Karen Ann Hollingsworth (Artist Guest of Honor), and Helen Montgomery (Fan Guest of Honor).

We have some great programming panels planned – all they need are great participants! This is where we hope you come in – it’s not too late to sign up.

Our programming questionnaire is up on the Capricon 33 website, ready and waiting for your input. There is a list of general topics that we have come up with, and all you have to do is fill out the questionnaire and press the Submit button. Next thing you know, you’ll be receiving an email later in December letting you know what panels you will be on. You will have time to review it and let us know if there are any questions or concerns or problems, and a final schedule based upon your feedback will be sent out in January.

Please also feel free to suggest panels you would like to be on, or just ones you would like to see. If enough people suggest similar topics, we’ll do our best to make it happen. You can email ideas directly to or add them in the appropriate box in the online questionnaire.

Anyone who participates in a minimum of three (3) programming items is eligible to earn back their membership fee. We do require that you *pre-register* for the convention. Reimbursement checks are then written after the convention has ended and are mailed to you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact us at

If possible, please complete the questionnaire by 11:59pm (CT) on Sunday, December 9, 2012.

Thanks, and we hope see you at Capricon 33: Artificial Intelligence in February!

Sondra de Jong
Programming Department Head, Capricon 33

Ides of Phandemonium – Brixie’s


Ides of Phandemonium starts out 2013 at Brixie’s. We’ll be getting together on Tuesday, 1/15. That’s long enough after New Year’s that you should be recovered, but long enough before Capricon 33 that you’ll probably need some fannish fun. And it’s Captain Beefheart’s birthday, so there’s that. We’ll meet at 7:00pm.

Brixie’s Saloon
9526 Ogden Ave
Brookfield, Illinois

Join the Phandemonium Board


Each year Capricon’s parent organization, Phandemonium, elects two new members to its Board of Directors. The board not only appoints the Con Chair for each Capricon, but looks for different ways to serve our fannish community. We’ve held a bi-monthly book club since 2004, along with Euchre Club, and dinner outings called F.E.A.S.T. (Fans Eating All Sorts of Things). But we’re always looking for new ideas.

That’s where you come in. Contributions from fans like you are what make Phandemonium better, stronger, faster. So why not take an active part and become a board member? As such you can help make a good organization even better.

If you’d like to be considered for the Phandemonium Board of Directors or if you’d like more information, contact me at The submission deadline is 1/15/2013. The election will be held at Capricon 33.

To be eligible for election to the Board a candidate must meet the following

  • Be a member of Capricon 33.
  • Served as a member of a Convention Committee or have provided significant
    service to Capricon or Phandemonium.
  • May not concurrently hold a position equivalent to Board Member or Con Chair
    of a similar Science Fiction Corporation or Convention.
  • May not have served in an elected or appointed capacity on the Phandemonium Board of Directors
    during the current Con Year.
  • Have their candidacy ratified by a majority vote of the current Board of Directors.

For further information, you can find the Phandemonium Bylaws and Policies and Procedures here.

Jerry Gilio
Board President, Phandemonium Inc.

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