Westercon 72 - Gaming Guest of Honor

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Professional Game Master (GM), author and podcaster Tim M. aka The GM Tim hails from Vancouver Canada. As a contributor to the podcast network “The Commentist”, Tim participates in two of their podcasts, Loose Endz (Live play Dungeons & Dragons) and Skyfire Comics (Live play ICONs), and starting with season 4 the network’s flagship podcast Roll to Hit as the GM. He can also be seen bringing his own brand of Theater of the Mind gaming to “The Dice Guys” on Twitch in their Star Wars Edge of the Empire Game, Bacta the Future. When not streaming he runs games locally for hire with programs like DM & Dine, where a group can hire out a DM for the night and enjoy the local fare during a game and maintains his site http://thegmtim.ca/

 

As a professional GM, The GM Tim has become a go to panelist and RPG Judge at GenCon, Winter Fantasy, and Goblins II Golems. He is an advocate for breaking down the aged beliefs and stereotypes associated with RPGs. As the Tabletop/RPG Coordinator for GaymerX West, and organizer of Quests & Queers (an LGBTQA2+ Game Night) Tim champions the belief that gaming should bring everyone together regardless of race, gender identification, and political views.

Along with our Gaming Department Head, Derek Gray, Tim helped grow the Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers League as a Regional Coordinator. This year The GM Tim will be spending time in France for D&D in a Castle (http://dndinacastle.com) among other great Game Masters such as Jeremy Crawford, Elisa Teague, and Ruty Rutenberg.

At Westercon 72 Tim will be bringing all his experience and passion to every table. You can find him on his website, http://thegmtim.ca or @thegmtim on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook Page.

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Westercon 72 - Special Guest Eric Flint 

 

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Eric Flint's writing career began with the novel Mother of Demons, published in 1997. With David Drake, he has collaborated on the six novels in the Belisarius series (An Oblique Approach, In the Heart of Darkness, Destiny's Shield, Fortune's Stroke, The Tide of Victory and The Dance of Time), as well as a novel entitled The Tyrant. His alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, followed by many sequels, several of which made the New York Times bestselling list. In addition to the twenty novels he has written in the 1632 series, he has edited twelve anthologies of short fiction set in that universe. He also publishes the Grantville Gazette, a bi-monthly electronic magazine devoted to the series which has now produced over seventy issues.

 

Flint has co-authored SF adventure novels with the South African writer Dave Freer: Rats, Bats & Vats, The Rats, the Bats, and the Ugly, and Pyramid Scheme. His comic fantasy novels The Philosophical Strangler and Forward the Mage came out in May of 2001 and March of 2002. He is also working on a major fantasy series with Mercedes Lackey and Dave Freer, the first four volumes of which are The Shadow of the Lion, This Rough Magic, Much Fall of Blood and Burdens of the Dead.

Eric Flint is also working on several other ongoing projects:

With David Weber on a series of novels set in Weber's Honor Harrington universe. The first three of these, Crown of Slaves, Torch of Freedom and Cauldron of Ghosts, have already appeared.

—A new alternate history series taking place in Jacksonian America, the first two volumes of which have already appeared: 1812: The Rivers of War and 1824: The Arkansas War.

—Further volumes in the Joe’s World series, which began with The Philosophical Strangler and Forward the Mage.

—Hard SF adventure novels with Ryk Spoor, set in the universe they created in the Bemmie trilogy (Boundary, Threshold and Portal), which include Castaway Planet and Castaway Odyssey.

Two SF adventure volumes with K.D. Wentworth, The Course of Empire and The Crucible of Empire. He has now finished the third volume in the series, The Span of Empire, with David Carrico, which was published in September of 2016.

In addition to his own writing, Flint is the editor of several series reissuing the works of past SF authors. These include James H. Schmitz, Keith Laumer, Christopher Anvil, Murray Leinster, Randall Garrett, Tom Godwin and Howard L. Myers. He was also the editor of the online science fiction and fantasy magazine, Jim Baen’s Universe.

Flint graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1968, and later received a masters degree in history from the same university. Despite his academic credentials, Flint spent the next quarter of a century as an activist in the American trade union movement, working as a longshoreman, truck driver, auto worker, steelworker, oil worker, meatpacker, glassblower and machinist. He has lived at various times in California, Michigan, West Virginia, Alabama, Ohio, and Illinois. He now lives in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.

 

Westercon 72's Fan Guests of Honor - Kevin Standlee, Lisa Hayes & Kuma Bear

 

 

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Kevin Standlee is one of SF Fandom’s compulsive organizers. His first SF convention was the 1984 Anaheim Worldcon. He first attended Westercon in 1985 and almost immediately caught the bug for bidding and helping run conventions, clubs, and other fannish activities.
     He was involved in the San Francisco in 1993 Worldcon bid, and met his future wife, Lisa, while putting up flyers for an SF in ’93 bid party at the 1990 Westercon in Portland. Kevin later went on to co-Chair the 2002 Worldcon in San Jose.
     Kevin is a director of SFSFC, Inc. (1993, 2002, and 2018 Worldcons, 2000, 2011, and 2013 Westercons) and of CanSMOF (2009 Worldcon), and he is currently Chair of the WSFS Mark Protection Committee. Kevin is an expert on the rules of Worldcon and Westercon.
     His other hobbies include trains and rail transit. In recent years, he has hosted the SF-themed game show Match Game SF, with Lisa making the magic happen while he serves as 'straight' man.
 
Lisa Hayes first attended Westercon in 1990 as part of a local Portland fan group. There she met Kevin under amusing circumstances (ask her to tell you the story). While they were planning their wedding at Eclecticon in Sacramento, they were stymied when the convention suddenly folded. Lisa stepped in to chair on short notice a small one-day substitute convention called Micro-Eclecticon. She has organized parties at and for Westercon and Worldcon at many conventions.
    Lisa shares Kevin’s love of trains and rail transit, so she and Kevin married on board a Portland Vintage Trolley somewhere along Portland’s light rail system. Lisa’s hobbies include video production. She has acquired extensive professional recording equipment, which she uses to record the Worldcon and Westercon Business Meetings and other fannish events. She makes Kevin sound good while running the tech at Match Game SF.
 
Kuma Bear found Lisa in 1990 while Lisa was working as a “booth babe” at an amateur radio convention. He has been Lisa’s constant companion ever since, traveling around the world but also to the grocery store with her. Kuma chaired the Tonopah in 2012 Westercon bid, and still doesn’t understand why Kevin was so relieved that Seattle won the election.
     Kuma’s hobbies include sleeping, thinking about fish, and helping at fannish events. He’s a good bear.
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 Westercon 72's Cosplay Guest of Honor - Kitty Krell 

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Kitty Krell

Kitty Krell is a cosplayer from Denver, Colorado.  Upon entering her first convention in 2000, the heavens opened up and a choir of angels rejoiced, for she had found a place she actually fit in. 

 

Since then, she's concentrated her energy on improving her craft, focusing on high-end construction, extravagant details, and corsetry. She owns a masquerade boutique in Denver.

 

Westercon 72's Artist Guest of Honor - Vinncent Villafranca

 

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Vincent Villafranca has been sculpting and making things since he was a kid in the early 1970’s. While working on a History degree in the late 1980’s, he took a sculpture course as an elective and was introduced to the art of bronze-casting and became hooked. He spent most of the 1990’s making wildlife and Western art.
     Vincent attended his first convention in the summer of 2004, ArmadilloCon in Austin, Texas. After seeing that there was an art exhibit at the convention, he began focusing on making fantastic and otherworldly imagery. He started exhibiting his bronze sculptures at conventions in Texas, and eventually at World Fantasy and WorldCon.
     In 2009 SFWA (Science fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) commissioned Vincent to design the Ray Bradbury Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. In 2013 he designed the base for the Hugo Award. And most recently, his design won as the new World Fantasy Award.
     Vincent has won numerous Chesley Awards for his sculptures. He regularly attends IlluXCon, World Fantasy, WorldCon and several Texas conventions. 
 
 
Some of the beautiful craftmanship and artwork on the Villafranca Sculpture Webpage. 
 
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What is a Westercon?
In 1948, Walter J. “Doc” Daugherty of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society proposed that an annual West Coast convention be started for West Coast fans who couldn’t afford to travel east each year. The first Westercon was held in September, 1948. It was a one-day event with an attendance of 77. It wasn’t until 1951 that the Westercon became a weekend-long event, settled into the July 4th holiday and began traveling to different cities. For a full history and traditions of this regional event, please visit Westercon.org

In the Works...

Committee Gallery
Images of our committee to show how we are tackling the job and how crazy we can be!

Which Convention is Next?

Find out where our flyers will be, tables, parties or us! February 2018 is so busy we crammed our flyers in 5 different places over Valentines Day Weekend!
Farpoint

Farpoint MD Hunt Valley, MD

February 9 - 11th, 2018

Location: Delta Hotel by Marriott

Our flyers are reaching further than ever, and thanks to Keith DeCandido, they are going to Farpoint! Have fun Maryland!

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Capricon

Capricon Wheeling, Il

Dates: February 15 - 18th, 2018

Location: The Westin Chicago North Shore

All hail fan GOH Dave McCarty for Capricon, but also find our flyers thanks to Bill Thomasson who is going to hold a "TrainCon" to Westercon 72 in 2019!

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LTUE

LTUE 36 Provo, Utah

Dates: February 15 - 17th, 2018

Location: Provo Marriott & UVCC

Our Programming Dept. Head - Elizabeth Vann-Clark hopes to say hello, dazzle you with everything we have planned and ply you with ribbons or artwork. Our chair, treasurer, artists and social media will also be there reminding you to get your membership early and presupport our NASFiC bid.

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Gallifrey One

Gallifrey One Los Angeles, CA

February 16 - 18th, 2018

Location: The Marriott LAX

A what? not what, Doctor Who! thank you to some of our committee including Chris Marble and David Gallaher for spreading our flyer love through space and time

Gallifrey One

Boskone

Boskone 55 Boston, MA

Dates: February 16 - 18th, 2018

Location: Westin Waterfront Hotel, Boston Mass.

Congrats to Mary Robinette Kowal on GOH, and find a table much like this one with everything you need to presupport the NASFiC Bid, dang Train Gang hijacking us again! Thank you Steve Davidson!

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Radcon

Radcon Pasco, WA

Dates: February 16 - 18th, 2018

Location: Red Lion Hotel

Yes we crammed flyers at yet another convention! Although we spirited away our Program chair Liz to help with LTUE, Her faithful team is still taking flyers to Radcon and spreading the word!

Radcon