Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

Like the science fiction and fantasy works that inspire our members each year, JordanCon is a proud champion of diversity and equality.

JordanCon is, first and foremost, a family. Like most families, we have our differences. And we believe those differences are what make us stronger.

We are dedicated to providing an inclusive experience and community to all of our members.

That includes fostering diversity in our programming and vendor hall, as well as creating a safe space for attendees online and in person.

We do not tolerate racist, sexist, or otherwise discriminatory behavior.

JordanCon stands in solidarity with people of all nationalities, backgrounds, and sexual orientations, and denounces bigotry of all kinds.

The science fiction and fantasy genres are home to an ever-expanding collection of books, games, movies, lore, and fandoms, where the only limit is our imaginations. Diversity is our heritage and our future.

Please direct questions to JordanCon@JordanCon.org.

Honoring Jim: JordanCon and the Mayo Clinic

Honoring Jim: JordanCon and the Mayo Clinic

Did you know?
JordanCon, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that supports Amyloidosis research at the Mayo Clinic.

Why Amyloidosis?

In 2006, James Rigney, best known to his fans around the world as “Robert Jordan,” was diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, a rare blood disease where abnormal proteins form in the bone marrow and are deposited in the patient’s heart. After a long and difficult struggle, Rigney passed away in 2007, leaving behind his family, friends, and an unfinished literary legacy. 

During his illness, Rigney received treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and encouraged his fans to donate in support of the clinic. We proudly continue to honor that request each year at JordanCon.

Charity Events 

Under normal circumstances, JordanCon hosts the popular Seanchan Hold’Em Poker Tournament, all proceeds going to the charity. We also hold a silent auction for attendees to bid on some truly spectacular items: our amazing donors (attendees, vendors, staff, even Jim’s family and friends) from all over the world have donated art, handmade crafts, and even items from Jim’s personal collections.  

Clearly, this year is different. We won’t be together physically for poker or live auctions.

Celebrity D&D 

We don’t consider this year’s barrier a good enough reason not to raise money for Amyloidosis research, so we put our heads together. We’ve talked about a Celebrity D&D game at JordanCon for some time, and this year we finally managed to get it off the ground! We had planned to hold it live, but were, thankfully, able to push it to JordanCONline. We are excited that this experience will lead to exposure for other similar events going forward.

The players are four JordanCon guest authors. They are bringing in characters from or related to their own writings. The characters are being sucked into the world of the Wheel of Time to find the Bowl of Winds. It is a fun little adventure that we hope the audience will enjoy.

How Can I Support Amyloidosis Research by Watching an Online Celebrity D&D Game?

 YOU impact the game. You can purchase “votes” for items; the top vote-getter for each character will determine the item with which they begin their journey. Then, while watching the live game, we’ll have special items for purchase at different points and send them to the player to use!  Every single purchase will be donated to the Mayo Clinic.

Visit the Page Here

Because JordanCon, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) nonprofit, contributions or gifts to JordanCon Inc. are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. However, they may be tax deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

 

JordanCon 2020 Cancellation FAQ

JordanCon 2020 Cancellation FAQ

Letter from the Chair

Friends, it’s with great sadness that I announce the cancellation of JordanCon 2020. This is not a decision we make lightly. However, in light of the current state of emergency in Georgia it became clear that hosting JordanCon would be irresponsible of us. We initially tried to work with our host hotel, the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, to find alternative dates this year. However, nothing suitable was available. We understand that this comes as a disappointment to many of you and some of you will have financial concerns. We want this situation to be as seamless as possible for you, so we’ve prepared a FAQ that hopefully answers your questions. We will also continue to update our website and social media channels with information on how you can help members of our community affected by the coronavirus outbreak. We thank you for your patience and support during these trying times. 

Jennifer Liang

–Jennifer Liang, JordanCon Chair

 

FAQ

Q: When and where will JordanCon be held in 2021?
A: JordanCon 2021 will be hosted by the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 23-25, 2021.

Q: What will happen to my membership? Can I get a refund?
A: You’ll be able to use it to come to JordanCon 2021, as all memberships have been deferred to next year! If you already know you cannot attend JordanCon in 2021, we will facilitate transfers by creating a closed JordanCon Transfers Facebook group. This will allow people who need to transfer their membership and people looking to purchase a membership to connect more easily without flooding our main JordanCon Facebook page. You’ll also still be able to purchase a membership from now until we close our membership purchases closer to our 2021 event.

Q: I have pre-ordered a t-shirt/anthology. What will happen to my pre-order?
A: You’ll still get the item, you’ll just get it at JordanCon 2021. If you pre-ordered these items and know you cannot attend next year, you may have someone else pick up your order for you. We will also extend out the pre-order time until closer to our 2021 convention.

Q: What about the money I paid for my workshop or the items I pre-ordered from vendors/artists?
A: Refunds and fulfillment for these are up to the individual vendor/artist. Reach out to the vendor/artist to find out how they are handling these, but please remember to be patient with them as they have many conventions canceling on them and many people to update.

Q: I spent so much time and money on my costume for this year; can we do the Age of Legends/Roaring 20s theme next year so it’s not wasted?
A: We don’t want to waste our time and money, and we most certainly don’t want to waste yours, so yes. I mean, technically 2021 is the start of the new decade anyway!

Q: What’s going to happen to my room reservation?
A: The hotel cannot book rooms that far in advance, so you will need to cancel your reservation and reserve again for 2021. Please note that some rooms have been automatically cancelled by the hotel.

Q: I’ve already paid for my spot in the Dealers Hall/Art Show/Authors Alley. What will happen to that?
A: As with everything else, your payment will reserve your spot for JordanCon 2021. If you know you absolutely cannot attend in 2021, please contact the following by April 30th for additional guidance:

Dealers Hall: Dealers@JordanCon.Org
Artist and Art Show: ArtShow@JordanCon.Org
Authors Alley: Guests@JordanCon.Org

We also plan on having a page with advertisements to all vendors, artists, and authors who were planning on attending JordanCon 2020. In this time of economic instability, almost all of our vendors, artists, and authors will be financially impacted by their inability to attend conventions such as ours. As such, we want to support those who have supported us for so many years by having active advertisements up, pointing our potential attendees to their websites, both as a page on our website and via our social media communications. Keep an eye out for those posts in the coming months, and check our website for full lists!

Q: I’ve already paid for ad space in the convention booklet for 2020. What will happen to that ad space?
A: You will be able to use that payment for ad space in our 2021 booklet. You have the option of keeping your same ad or changing to a different one, free of charge. We will contact you with our updated due dates closer to our 2021 event so that you can let us know what you want to do. We will also create a page and display those ads with links as appropriate. If you have any questions, please email Communications@JordanCon.Org.

Q: I booked a flight for JordanCon. What should I do now?
A: Reach out to your airline or booking agent to see what your options are for a refund, credit, or rebooking for a future flight. Many airlines are offering very forgiving refund/rebooking policies right now.

Q: I’ve already paid for a Sponsorship for JordanCon 2020. What will happen to my Sponsorship?
A: Your sponsorship will roll into JordanCon 2021 with no changes. We will also create a page and display your sponsorship with links as appropriate.

Q: I still have my flight/ hotel room. Is it cool if I just come to hang out with my friends in the hotel?
A: Please…please don’t. Even if you are not at risk you can still be a carrier for coronavirus and infect those around you. Please stay home and help us reduce the spread of disease.

Please visit the CDC website for information about COVID-19

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Tam Joins the Two Rivers

Tam Joins the Two Rivers

This month’s Wheel of Time Wednesday was an official announcement (or for some, a confirmation) that Michael McElhatton has joined the cast of the Wheel of Time TV show! If you find yourself thinking he looks familiar, you may recognize him as Roose Bolton from Game of Thrones (or any of his other projects on his impressively long resume).

He’s definitely got the acting experience needed, and he even played a dad on Game of Thrones! But let’s all hope Rand turns out better than Ramsey…

Be sure to join us over on our Twitter and Facebook pages to discuss the news with your fellow fans!

It Was AN Ending

It Was AN Ending

Today JordanCon shares the news that April Moore and Leslie Annis have stepped down from their roles leading the Art Show. JordanCon thanks them for their contribution to the convention.

For the past 8 years, JordanCon’s Art Show has brought joy to many attendees. We have brought in some of the best artists in the industry to JordanCon to share their works with others. We have created lifelong friends with new artists, working in the Art Show, or just simple admirers of fine art. Comments from artists at other conventions tell tales of how well run our Art Show is and how they enjoy coming to JordanCon.

April and Leslie has brought tremendous energy to the Art Show. Their leadership has made JordanCon’s Art Show one of the best in the Southeast. April helped build the Art Show back in 2012.  Soon Leslie joined the Art Show as a volunteer and worked her way up to become April’s right hand. Together they were instrumental in creating the expanding the Art Show to what you see today, creating a Print Shop so we can buy that piece of art we would win in the Art Auction, and worked with our Programming team in developing an Art Track, where we enjoy panels like Win, Lose, and Draw, and the Charity Art Jam.  

The Art Show will remain an integral part of JordanCon, and we will be looking to find a new Art Show Director and Manager in the coming days. Until then, please join us in thanking them for their hard work and dedication. If you see them at JordanCon, be sure to thank them and maybe buy them a drink (Leslie likes bourbon and April likes wine).

Until next time,

Jennifer and Jimmy Liang
Co-Chairs
JordanCon