Kidz Corner

Kidz Corner

The annual Art Show is one of the highlights of our convention, and this year we’re adding something for our younger attendees! Last year we had a spare panel in the show and decided to offer it as a place for kids to show off their art skills. It was such a success that we decided to include it as an official part of the Art Show moving forward. So if you’re between the ages of 0-18, the Kidz Corner is just for you!

As long as you fall within the age range above, you can submit anything you want to show off at JordanCon 2024. Whether you practice a traditional art (drawing, painting, etc.), a fiber art (knitting, crocheting, weaving, etc.), or something less traditional (painting miniatures, lego builds, etc.), there is a place for you in the Kidz Corner. Once you drop off your art with us, we will make each project its own display card. Aradani has also donated some mats and backboards that fit 8.5″ x 11″ pictures, so we will add those to any projects that will fit.

Please keep in mind that art in the Kidz Corner will not be for sale and it will not be stored after the convention ends. That means you need to be sure to pick your art up before the convention is over to be sure it makes it back home with you.

If you don’t have any art prepared, that’s no reason to miss out on participating in the Kidz Corner. We will have crayons and colored pencils next to the Aradani booth, so feel free to stop by and make something new!

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Art Show director at artshow@jordancon.org for help.

The Schedule is Live, and It Has a New Look!

The Schedule is Live, and It Has a New Look!

As you look through this year’s schedule, I’m sure you’ll notice it looks different from previous years. That’s because this year we’re using a nifty piece of scheduling software called Sched.

 

Sched has a lot of cool features, but we know it’s something many of you have never used, and you might like some help getting started. No worries, we’ve got your back!

 

In this blog, you will find instructions on how to register for Sched, how to use it to add events to your own personal schedule, and how to view your schedule. We’ll also include some links at the very end to some helpful resources from Sched on the rest of their nifty features, including in-depth video walkthroughs on both the web application and the mobile app. (That’s right, they have an awesome mobile app!)

 

One thing I’ll call out is that you can view the schedule without registering or taking any other action. It’s available right here.

 

That said, if you’re interested in creating your own schedule of only the events you want to attend, you’ll need to start by registering for an account.

 

Registering

 

There are a couple ways to register. You can do it by viewing the schedule either in your browser or within the mobile app. Registering on the web is straightforward: just find and click the green ‘Sign Up’ button on the schedule.

From there, follow the prompts to register using either your email address or your Facebook account.

 

If you want to register using the mobile app, there are a couple more steps involved. First, you’ll need to download the app. You can either search for it on the Apple or Android App Store or you can view the schedule on our website and click on the Apple App Store or Android App Store link.

 

Once you’ve downloaded the app, the first thing you’ll need to do is search for ‘JordanCon 2023’ in the search bar and tap on our event when the search results come up.

This will load the JordanCon schedule, and you’ll now be able to see an icon in the bottom right corner of your screen that says ‘My Account.’ Tap on it. It will give you the option to log in to an existing account or sign up for a new one. Tap on ‘Sign Up’ and follow the prompts to create an account using your email address.

 

Adding Events

 

Once you’re all registered and signed in to Sched, you can now start adding events to your personal schedule! 

 

On the web, all you need to do is click the white circle to the left of the name of the event you want to add:

And that’s it! You’ll see a checkmark instead of an empty circle, and that’s how you’ll know the event was added to your schedule.

 

On the mobile app, you’ll need to tap on the event you’re interested in adding. 

This will bring up the event’s details in addition to an ‘Add to Sched’ button in the bottom left corner of the screen. Just tap on it to add the event to your schedule!

 

Viewing Your Schedule

 

Now that you’ve added a few events, you’ll probably want to view your schedule.

 

To view it on the web, hover over your profile picture and click on the ‘My Schedule’ option on the dropdown menu that appears while hovering:

To view it via the mobile app, go to the JordanCon 2023 schedule in the app and tap on the ‘My Sched’ tab on the top center of the screen:

 

Wrap-up

 

Now that you know the basics, you can go ahead and use Sched to create a personalized schedule for JordanCon 2023! Sched also has a lot of other features (too many for us to go over them all), so if you want to know more about what it can do, Sched had a number of support guides that can help.

 

They also have video walkthroughs that cover all of what we’ve covered and more.  

Web video walkthrough

Mobile app video walkthrough 

 

Have fun choosing your panels and activities! We can’t wait to see you all in April!

Meet Our 2023 Toastmaster!

Meet Our 2023 Toastmaster!

Halito! Hello! When Jennifer Liang asked me to be Toastmaster for 2023 I said yes almost instantly. Attending JordanCon caused many new beginnings for me. I can’t imagine the last decade of my life without the connections and opportunities stirred by the winds in Dunwoody, GA.

 

This will be the 15th year for JordanCon. The 10th anniversary of A Memory of Light and the first season of the Wheel of Time show were two pivotal moments in the WoT fandom. How will the next few turnings of the wheel change the fandom and JordanCon?

 

JordanCon’s 5th year was a turning point for many fans and attendees, including myself. A Memory of Light was newly published. An ending had occurred. All of Team Jordan and Brandon Sanderson were attending. Leigh Butler, leader of the Tor Wheel of Time Reread, was the Toastmaster. A large number of the Leigh’s Loonies, my online fandom group, were attending for the first time. I told my spouse I had to go, for “It might be my only chance to ever meet them all!” 

 

How I laugh at my “only chance” comment now. JordanCon friends became a new family. Since 2013, I’ve attended all but one year. The weekend energizes me in ways hard to put into words. The friends I have online every other week are next to me and we can just talk, or hug, or chill together in person. This joy is shared by all who post using #IsItAprilYet. 

 

Since the 5th year of JordanCon, the community has grown in multiple ways. I thank the community for enabling my growth as well. The confidence I gained in becoming the (former) Workshop Director and a panelist filtered into other aspects of my life. From sharing my fan art food creations, to sharing my opinions and writings. I went from reading Tor.com blog posts to writing articles for them. I went from entering the costume contest to judging the contest. I went from a book lover to a beta reader for multiple best-selling authors. My younger shy dyslexic self could never have imagined being an active part of creating a novel, let alone over a dozen. Parts of the last ten years boggle my mind, while also bringing me great joy.  

Deana wearing her Veil cosplay.

Now I get to share a part of this joy as Toastmaster of JordanCon. The Toastmaster is the master of ceremonies. They help kick off the fun and welcome everyone to the convention. I remember feeling thrilled while watching Leigh Butler give her welcoming speech. It was the start of an amazing weekend. I hope to start the 15th JordanCon on a similar entertaining footing. JordanCon has found a wonderful recipe for success, and I plan to highlight several flavor notes as Toastmaster. 

 

JordanCon is about welcoming people to the buffet table. This includes our amazing Guests of Honor. As this year’s Toastmaster, I consider it an honor and privilege to be able to interview this year’s author Guest of Honor, Wesley Chu. I’ve been a fan of his for years, since reading his Tao novels and his season 12 co-host role on Writing Excuses. His newest novel, The Art of Prophecy, is his “love letter to the wuxia genera.” It is the start of a very promising journey. 

 

Equally impressive is our artist Guest of Honor Omar Ryyan. His art is full of whimsy, grace, and fantasy creatures. His work reminds me of the best of Romantic era paintings. My costumer’s heart delights in the fine detail he pours into clothing, accessories, and finer details. What a delightful addition his work will be to the Art Show! 

 

Welcome home to JordanCon everyone. I look forward to sharing the community table and ribbons with everyone in 2023. Come talk to me about your favorite flavors, cuisine or literature, your choice. 

 

By Deana Whitney

The Charity Auction Website is Live!

The Charity Auction Website is Live!

JordanConners!

It is my pleasure to announce that the 2023 JordanCon Charity Auction is live online. As we have in years before, we’re using 32Auction.com. The direct link is here.  We will be adding additional items to the Auction as we receive donation submissions. 

If you were already curious and went looking at the Auction page, you might notice we already have a number of items there for you to check out. Not a lot, but we’re hoping that will change in the very near future. “But Hopper,” you ask, “if I want to donate something to the Auction to help out, how would I go about doing that?” Well, my dear friends, we have a Google Form all set up so that you can tell us all about yourself and the items you’d like for us to have. For anyone who has donated in the past, you might notice the form only allows one item per submission. We had to do that to cut down on the back-of-house processing that was required to bring items from our submissions spreadsheet to the online auction.

I know there are a number of you who have already indicated you have some amazing items you’re planning to donate. If you’re ready to submit them, I’m sure we have people out there who are ready to start dreaming about budgeting and outbidding their best friends to own them.

If you do have something you’re donating that you’d rather not have to deal with packing in your luggage, please let me know and I’ll share a shipping address so that it gets here on time.

You may have also heard the Charities Division of JordanCon has been boosted to the Officer Level and now reports directly to our amazing Chair, Jennifer Liang. This is true, and as part of that change we’ve hired a new Charity Auctions Director, Larry Daniels. I am NOT just walking away from the Charity Auction. Larry, however, will give me the time and space to work on other events too.

I can’t wait to see you all in April.

-Hopper

The Schedule is Live, and It Has a New Look!

JordanCon 2023 Memberships and More Are Coming Soon!

Hello, JordanCon family!

April may still be months away, but the time to start preparing for JordanCon 2023 is quickly approaching. In fact, you’re going to want to set aside some time at noon (Eastern Standard Time) on October 15th. Why?

Memberships

Memberships will become available on our website at noon on October 15th. To prepare, go ahead and make yourself an account so you’ll be ready to log in and buy your membership as soon as they are up for grabs. Keep in mind that you won’t get a physical ticket in the mail, and don’t stress when you see that your purchase says “pending.” It will say that until the event is over in April.

JordanCon Hotel Room Block

Hotel reservations for the JordanCon room block will open at the same time (noon on October 15th), and the link including our group discount will be available here on our website. With everything we’re planning, you’re going to want to be on-site as much as possible, so go ahead and grab your room as soon as you can!

T-shirts and Anthologies

Not only are we releasing the information for memberships and the hotel, but we’re also going to make the JordanCon 2023 T-shirt and anthology available at the exact same time. This year you’ll be able to go ahead and purchase your membership, shirt, and anthology together in one order. It will save you all some time, and it will also ensure you have everything locked in early. Please remember that both of these items will need to be picked up at JordanCon 2023.

#IsItAprilYet?

It’s not quite time to start packing your bags, but set a reminder for noon on October 15th. You’re not going to want to miss a minute of this year’s con, so pick up everything you need to be ready for April.

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