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Costume Contest Winners

1st place- Paul Bielczyc & Leslie Annis, Mirror World Rand & Min
2nd place- Serafina Vicciglio, Dragon Highlord
3rd place- Ava & Cannah, Vin & Elend Venture

Judge's Choice Awards:
Jason Denzel- Heather Nathanson, Captain Kaladin Stormblessed
Chuck Gannon- Ross Newberry, Brandi al'Thor
Harriet McDougal- Jordan Smith, Robert Jordan
Marissa Grooms/Melanie Murray, Damselle & Biddy

JordanCon Award Winners 2017

JordanCon Hero of the Horn Awards for 2017 have been awarded.

The award for Volunteers was given to Rachel Little for all her hard work over the past 8 years.
The award for Fan Group was given to Theoryland, and accepted by Matt Hatch.
The award for a Professional who has supported JordanCon was given to Maria Simons.

This year's Con Game was the Darkfriend Hunt. We had a tie, so awards were given to:
Isaac Hardy and Zack Stevens.

Charity Events

Exciting events happening all weekend to raise money for Charity!

On Friday we’ll be accepting donations for the charity auction in the Grand Ballroom from 2:30 PM until 7 PM. Even if you are not donating anything you can stop by & preview some of the items that will be in the Auction on Saturday.

Charity Auction Announcement - Changes

It may be of interest that there are a couple of significant changes this year to the Charity Auction. Here is a breakdown of our changes.

• We’re going to have a better display space this year. We’re still in the Art Show/Director’s Hall, but won’t be hiding in the corner. We’ll be out in the middle of everything. We should not be hard to find. We’ll be the second best looking group in the room. We’re almost as good looking as the Art Show crew.

Is your room a Party Room?

The hotel has an 11:00 PM quiet time. To avoid noise complaints last year, we designated a party floor. That worked out well, so we will be doing this again.

If you know you are going to have people in your room for a small party, or you want to avoid having to be quiet after 11, please email us at jordancon@jordancon.org with your confirmation number so we can put you on the party floor so you won't have to deal with hotel security about the noise complaints.

Main Hotel Sold Out

JordanCon 9 has sold out the Marriott!!!! We just got word this morning that our block is full and so is the hotel.
Our Con Chairs will be working on identifying an overflow hotel over the next week and will hopefully have an update soon. Last year we used the Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites which is a 9 minute walk away from the main hotel.
Please stay tuned here for information on the overflow hotel once those arrangements have been completed.

Inaugural Annual JordanCon Awards

The first Annual JordanCon Awards have been awarded!

Called the Hero of the Horn award, it is given out in three categories- the volunteers, professionals and organizations that have supported JordanCon.

This year, the Hero of the Horn was awarded to April Moore for all of her hard work as a volunteer, TarValon.net for its long-standing support and Brandon Sanderson as a professional for his dedication and support.

Congratulations to everyone, and thank you all!!!

DeepSouthCon Awards 2016

The DeepSouthCon Awards have been awarded!

The Phoenix is given to the professional (writer, editor or artist) who has done the most for southern fandom. Today, it was awarded posthumously to to Eugie Foster, and to Jana Oliver. Both are authors local to Atlanta who have a considerable body of work and are frequent supporters of local conventions.

JordanCon Book Release!!!

One of our very own guests, A.R. Cook, will be releasing her next book this very weekend at JordanCon! It's an extra special release because it's the first in her new series! Be sure to pick up a copy at the con and get it signed!

"The Secrets of the Moonstone Heir: Book One of The Scale Seekers"

by A.R. Cook

Coloring Contest

Prove your artistic superiority!

For a $1 minimum donation to Mayo Clinic Amyloidosis Research, receive a fabulous coloring sheet donated by Amy Romanczuk at the Registration table. Use saidin, saidar, or whatever art supplies you’d like (some are available in the Perimeter Pavilion to borrow) to color it your own style of amazing.

Post it in the display area in the Perimeter Pavilion with the blue tape to share with the world. Post it by 7PM Saturday for judging - Prizes may be distributed!

The Countdown Has Begun!

With only a week left to go until JordanCon 8 officially kicks off, we have a special treat planned. In honor of the WoT Companion release, Team Jordan was kind enough to answer some questions for us. That's right, we have a brand new interview with Harriet McDougal, Maria Simons, and Alan Romanczuk!

Join us all week as we count down to JordanCon with a new question every day. Questions begin tomorrow and don't stop until we reach the Con!!!

The Fandom Smackdown 2016

Star Trek vs. Star Wars!
“Who said that?”

So you think you know the movies, shows, and characters that make up your favorite Science Fiction property? You think you know what each character in each iteration said and how he or she said it? Want to prove how good you are? Want to show everyone why your fan favorites are better than every other property out there? Well, this is your chance to do it, chummer.

Feature: Writer's Track

Are you a writer? We have a lot of great panels that can help you with your writing.

Worldbuilding with History
Self Publishing
Magic Systems
Writer's workshop
How to write humorously
Manuscript to bookshelf
How to write an opening
Making a real future
PItch Crtiqiue
Writing with all 5 senses

Come pick up some tips from our guest authors!

Construction near the Marriott

If you attended last year's JordanCon, you may remember the construction that was going on outside the hotel. That construction is unfortunately still in progress (though it should be finished up before next year's Con).


This construction zone makes the sidewalk between the Marriott and MARTA pretty inaccessible. For those of you who do not want to try to walk through the construction zone, please remember that the hotel shuttle WILL transport you back and forth to the MARTA station, so don't forget to utilize that service!

JordanCon/DSC has donated 2 memberships to Con or Bust

JordanCon, host of DeepSouthCon 54, has donated two 2016 memberships to Con or Bust, a not-for-profit organization whose mission it is to increase diversity at Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions by helping non-white individuals obtain memberships and funds to attend. Since 2009, they have raised over $54,000 through donations and auctions, allowing nearly 200 people to attend dozens of different conventions.

JordanCon 8 to host DeepSouthCon 54

We are pleased to announce that JordanCon 8 has won the bid to host DeepSouthCon 54! JordanCon will also be administering the site selection for DSC 56.

In addition to JordanCon programming, the convention will feature a DeepSouthCon track, a Hearts tournament, the annual meeting of the Southern Fandom Confederation, and presentation of the Rebel & Phoenix awards for 2016.

Help for our Volunteers

As you may have heard, two of our volunteers, Jim and Julia Moore had their car stolen over the weekend. Leia Barrett Durham Powell has started a collection to help them out. If you would like to chip in a couple bucks, here's the link. http://www.gofundme.com/sggrn8g

We were told there was a group vandalizing vehicles in that neighborhood on the Sunday of the convention. A couple more con-goers' cars were broken into with items taken.

Announcing the Guest of Honor Book Club!

JordanCon is trying something new this year. We've got a really great Author Guest of Honor, Saladin Ahmed, with a really great book that we love. So we're going to host a book club style read of Throne of the Crescent Moon, the Hugo nominated first novel in the Crescent Moon Kingdoms trilogy. Each week, Tiffany Franklin, the director of our Fantasy literature track will read two chapters of the book and post her thoughts in a dedicated blog on this site. We've set up a Facebook Group for comments and discussion.

Eugie Foster Update

It is with a heavy heart we announce that frequent JordanCon guest speaker Eugie Foster has passed away after a long fight with cancer. Eugie was the beneficiary of JordanCon's 2014 Charity Auction. Best known for her short fiction, Eugie was a Nebula winner and Hugo nominee. She was a staple at JordanCon, even speaking on panels this year after being released from the hospital earlier that day. Like many of our Guests and Attendees, she was more than just a Guest, she was family. She will be missed by all of us at JordanCon.

Hotel Block Open!

As always, JordanCon has a discounted room block available for your convenience. All rooms are $92 a night, plus relevant taxes. You can reserve your room by clicking here. JordanCon's room block is 100 rooms for Thursday, 150 rooms for Friday, 150 rooms for Saturday, and 80 rooms for Sunday.

JordanCon 6 - 2014 Wrap-up

First off, thanks to all our guests and attendees for once again making JordanCon such a special event! We couldn't make this event so much fun without you. A special thanks to all our volunteers! Without you the Directors would go insane, not sleep, not eat, and generally be much more ragged than we already are, at the end of the convention.

There were 633 of you. Wow, we so missed our projections of around 500, but we're so happy you all came and loved it!

JordanCon attendee release first novel

JordanCon is happy to announce that Wendy McCall Beck, an attendee at JordanCon, has release her first novel, 9th Life on April 13th, 2014.

So what’s 9th Life about?

Zookeeper Skyler Ashcraft prefers scorpions to skirts, but flirting with the feral gains new meaning when she unwittingly drugs a feline shapeshifter. The same rules should have applied: Approach with caution and the near-impossible keep your hands to yourself.

JordanCon 6 Game - Asha'man Catch and Release

The Red Ajah is pleased to have your assistance in our yearly registration and monitoring of wild Asha'man! Below, please find details of your objectives.

  1. Asha'man are known to be tricksy and use the Mask of Mirrors to hide their identity! Be on the lookout for Asha'man not wearing their signature black coats. (Anyone, male or female, may sign up at the Red Ajah table starting at 11:00 AM on Saturday to be one of our Asha'man volunteers.)
  2. Asha'man may be identified by their black badge ribbon that helpfully says "Asha'man."

Charity Auction to aid Eugie Foster

Once again JordanCon has decided to use our Charity Auction proceeds to aid one of our guests. JordanCon will be donating the entire proceeds of our annual charity auction on Saturday night to a great cause in the Genre. Eugie Foster, author of “Returning My Sisters Face And Other Far Eastern Tales Of Whimsy and Malice” and Nebula winner, has supported us since the beginning of JordanCon. Recently Eugie has been going through a rough patch and has been battling Large B-Cell Lymphoma. The JordanCon Board of Directors felt this is the least we could do to show our support and appreciation.

Writers' Workshop "Pre-reg"

Are you a writer looking for constructive feedback on something you've written? Are you planning on attending the Writer's Workshop panel on Friday night @ JordanCon? We're doing this a bit differently this year to ensure everyone gets the most out of their experience (and I'm sure everyone who attended this last year will tell you it was fantastic!). As such, I'd like to give our authors the opportunity to read your submissions prior to the convention to maximize their feedback for you!

Doubletree Sold Out!

We sold out the hotel again!

We have an overflow hotel! We've secured a discounted rate of $53.10, plus tax, a night at the LaQuinta Inn a quarter mile from the Doubletree. It should be walkable for some of you, despite the very steep hill. The LaQuinta cannot do airport transportation, but there is a MARTA bus stop nearby. You can book at the LaQuinta by calling (770)552-0200 and asking for the JordanCon block. If you already have a reservation at the LaQuinta, you can call to be added to the JordanCon block. Unfortunately, they do not have the ability to make a reservation page for us.

Ghost Tour Details

Our Guest of Honor for JordanCon V is Seanan McGuire, who writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance. We thought it might be fun if we organized a group to take advantage of the Roswell Ghost Tour. The last day to register for this is April 2nd, 2013. (Registration for this is closed)

Update for Charity Events

Charity Auction

It’s that time of the Con again to open your hearts and wallets to give to a very worthy cause and get some cool stuff in the process. This year, the Board of Directors at JordanCon has agreed that all proceeds from our Charity Auction will be donated to the family of David Farland to assist with the medical bills for his son Ben. Procedures for this year’s auction will be the same as last year. If you missed it or need a refresher, here they are:

Wolverton Cause

JordanCon believes in supporting good causes. Over the past 4 years of our existence, and going into our fifth active year we’ve supported the Mayo Clinic by helping them raise funds. With events like our Silent Auctions, Poker Tournaments, and Art Shows we’ve done our absolute best to try and do more.

Silent Auction proceeds to go to Wolverton family

JordanCon was very sad to learn that David Farland (AKA David Wolverton) would no longer be appearing at JordanCon this year and even sadder to learn that it was because his son, Ben, was in a life threatening accident. The JordanCon board of directors met this evening and all members present voted unanimously to donate the entire proceeds of our annual charity auction on Saturday night to the Wolverton family to offset Ben's astronomical medical bills.

The Hugo Nominations

Did ya'll see the Hugo nominations earlier today? Our Guest of Honor Seanan McGuire was nominated for FIVE Hugos this year! And two of our Program Participants, Brandon Sanderson and Toni Weisskopf were nominated as well! We're so excited to have so many talented authors and editors with us at JordanCon this year.

Seanan now holds the record for the most appearances on the Hugo ballot in a single year and the first person to be nominated for a self published work.

Overflow Room Block Sold Out!

The La Quinta Inn JordanCon room block is full.

Unfortunately they will not add any more rooms to our block, BUT they still have hotel rooms available at the following rates: $62, $52, and $55 for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

This is still cheaper than us getting the Holiday Inn as an overflow as their rate is $79 per night.

I apologize that I could not do more. I will see if I can find more accommodations but distance is going to be a factor.

-Jimmy Liang

Who got in A Memory of Light?

Did you miss the notification, or think you know who someone is? The Thirteenth Depository has updated their list of names derived from community members(originating from a WoT Charity drive for Towers of Midnight) to include the names of those of you who participated in our fundraiser for JordanCon to get your name in A Memory of Light. You can search the page to find out if your guess is right, or if you got in.

Automated Email Issue

We are experiencing difficulties with our automated emails currently. There is a ticket in with our host and we will hopefully have it resolved within the next few days. Until then, password resets, new account emails, and signup confirmation emails for JordanCon will not be sent.

I will post again when the issue is resolved.

If you need your password or a password reset, please email webmaster@jordancon.org

Art Show Registration Open

We're pleased to announce that the Art Show Registration Form for JordanCon V is now live. If you wish to participate in the 2013 Art Show, we recommend you reserve your space as quickly as possible using our online Registration Form, since we anticipate that the show will sell out this year. You can find all the details about the Art Show in the Art Show menu. Please contact artshow@jordancon.org if you have any questions. See you at the show!

JordanCon 4 Contest Winners

Volunteers

Most Hours
Joe Campbell - over 16 hours in the Con Suite
Adam Goetz - over 9 hours

Cage-match

Sci-fi

Art Show Awards

Judges' Choice Award: Joe O'Hara for his entire display of Wheel of Time art work
People's Choice Award for Best Wheel of Time art: Paul Bielaczyc for "Prince of Ravens"
People's Choice Award for Best Non-Wheel-of-Time Art: Sam Weber for "Mistborn"
People's Choice Award for Most Unique: Dim Horizon Studio for "Blood River"

Thank You

From Jennifer Liang (Con Chair):

"Thanks again to everyone who made another amazing JordanCon possible! From our guests, staff, vendors, artists and numerous volunteers, everyone helped make this one of our best and most successful conventions yet. We had 284 badges in circulation, raised over $7000 for the Mayo Clinic's Amyloidosis research fund and introduced a whole bunch of new folks to what's been described as 'the best kept secret in Atlanta'. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you again for JordanCon 5/ DeepSouthCon 51. Bring a friend."

Exclusive Reading and Art Display!

ROSWELL, GA-- JordanCon, a literary fantasy convention held near Atlanta, GA will host an exclusive viewing of the art of legendary science fiction and fantasy artist Darrell K. Sweet as well as a preview of the forthcoming final novel in the Wheel of Time series, A Memory of Light. Reading a selection from this highly anticipated conclusion to the series is Harriet McDougal, editor of the series and widow of its creator and author, Robert Jordan.

JordanCon welcomes Penny Dreadful Productions

Penny Dreadful Productions is an Atlanta based conceptual design and physical production company bringing the world's creative needs to life. PDP encompasses many disciplines of art all under one roof- including Conceptual Design, Special Makeup and Prosthetics, Specialty Props, Costumes and Specialty Costuming, Public Art and Display, and much more.

Visit our guest page for more information.

JordanCon welcomes Toni Weisskopf

Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, John Ringo, Sarah A. Hoyt, Larry Corriea, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive children’s folklore, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts, published by August House.

JordanCon welcomes Emilie P. Bush

Journalist and writer Emilie P. Bush has written two Steampunk novels. Her first, Chenda and the Airship Brofman, was a "ripping good yarn!" and the tale was a 2010 Semi-finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. New this year, The Gospel According to Verdu picks up the epic tale where Chenda left off - high in the skies. Coming in Spring of 2012, Emilie P. Bush teams up with illustrator William Kevin Petty for the first ever children's Steampunk picture book : Her Majesty's Explorer: a Steampunk bedtime story.

JordanCon welcomes Doctor Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston holds degrees in History, Medieval Studies, and English. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of English at The Citadel. In his academic life, he has published articles on Tolkien and Joyce, investigated European maps of America that pre-date Columbus, found unrecorded Anasazi ruins and artifacts, and has edited a number of Middle English texts: Siege of Jerusalem, The Middle English Metrical Paraphrase of the Old Testament, and John Gower’s In Praise of Peace.

JordanCon welcomes back Eugie Foster

JordanCon is proud to welcome back Eugie Foster as an Author Guest.

Eugie Foster calls home a mildly haunted, fey-infested house in metro Atlanta that she shares with her husband, Matthew. After receiving her master's degree in psychology, she retired from academia to pen flights of fancy. She also edits legislation for the Georgia General Assembly, which from time to time she suspects is another venture into flights of fancy.

Toastmaster, Announced

JordanCon Toastmaster Melissa S. Craib Dombrowski founded http://www.tarvalon.net - a social organization dedicated to realizing the idea of "Aes Sedai" in real life through service and fundraising - and has served as its CEO for over a decade. This international fellowship holds several functions and fundraisers throughout the year for non-profit organizations (including Heifer International and Doctors Without Borders) and is the home of Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship for College undergraduates.

Author Guest of Honor, Announced

JordanCon Author Guest of Honor Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010). In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2011, her short story “For Want of a Nail” won the Hugo Award for Short Story. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s , and several Year’s Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories from Subterranean.