Garrison Tyranus is formally invites you to the Shevacon Convention in Roanoke, Virginia on February 26th, 27th, 28th 2010.
SheVaCon retained its name from its origins as the Shenandoah Valley Convention in Staunton, VA. They've since moved to Roanoke because of larger space requirements, and we're hoping to help them further outgrow their current location. Coming up in 2010 is SheVaCon XVIII, so they're a well-established convention.
SheVaCon is a Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Costuming and Gaming Convention. SheVaCon is a Not For Profit organization so all the work you see by the time you arrive at the convention has been done by the volunteering efforts of the Board of Directors and everyone they have been able to talk into donating their time, money or supplies.
WHY IS SHEVACON HERE? For most, SheVaCon is here as a small inexpensive vacation from the real world for 3 fun filled days. Getting together with friends and family to enjoy the genre they love. For others SheVaCon is a educational outlet for the aspiring Artists or Writers. Here we give the Artists and Writers a chance to talk to each other offering workshops and panels on "How to Get Published" or "Tools the Professionals Use". Amateurs can take advantage of a chance to talk to the Pro's, get their feed back and learn some new tricks of the trade. SheVaCon has 2 Scholarships 1 in art and 1 in writing that are awarded each year to qualified applicants. For entering into the Scholarship please view: http://shevacon.org/scholarships.php#Scholarships_Info
Garrison Tyranus will be returning for our fourth year's tour of duty after three successful years, and this one will be much bigger than before. The first year we operated a fan table and put on an armor panel. Two years ago we did a litany of events and activities including the first ever Children Droid Scavenger Hunt and our very own 501st party featuring Scare-e-oke MCed by the Master of Ceremonies Spat. The Ohio Garrison graced us with their presence in not only helping us with every event we put on but in doing their very own The Masters of the Force lightsaber duelists. Their involvement was sincerely appreciated. Since the first year we have hosted the Photos for Charity donations event and helped the con with the costume contest guarding the doors and backrooms costume preparation. Last year we had the honor of hosting two 501st parties and having our brothers join us from Old Line Garrison, Ohio Garrison, Carolina Garrison and the Northeast Remnant Garrison. We also inducted Jeremy Bulloch and Joe Corroney as Garrison Tyranus Honorary members. This year we are focusing our time and energy on 7 specific functions including our grandiose fan table set up, armor panel, Charity photos and two 501st parties. Read on to learn about the rest of the events. 501st EVENTS
To begin, we will be operating a fan table throughout the main operating hours of the con. Be sure to stop by to check the fan table for the latest photos of Garrison Tyranus' past events and information on other 501st events. This is your stopping point for all questions 501st and just to hang out with really cool 501st members! This year we will be taking Photos for Charity benefit to help raise money for the Shevacon Scholarship Fund and Make-A-Wish. We already have 6 fan groups on board to help us make it a success. So be sure to check it out, as you may just see another cool costumed genre character that you will want to have a picture with. The money will be presented during the Shevacon Scholarship Chairty Fundraiser. So be sure to stop by the table in your 501st costume and take pictures with donating fans!
We will be hosting the third year Children Droid Scavenger Hunt or Children "Build a Droid" Hunt game. Shevacon and Garrison Tyranus have been hard at work on the details of the game, altering it again this year to for a smoother operating game to keep up with the changing times of the Star Wars universe. So bring your children and sign up to participate in the game. If you would like to help, please inquire. This event will take place on Saturday.
Saturday features the Meet the 501st Panel!
After the 501st introduction will be the 501st Armor Panel - everything you wanted to know in detail on all armor types 501st!
Friday night after the VaShe Cafe (see below) will be the official 501st party! there will be Karaoke again so bring your singing voice. Need courage to sing? Saddle up to the cash bar and purchase your favorite drink. Garrison Tyranus has invited the Shevacon Staff and all fan groups to join us. You may also invite a non-501st guest. 21 or older please as we will have a Cash bar set up exclusively for us. This means alcohol! Can't find the drink you like at the cash bar. Order it from the operating staff. 18-20 years old can join us as we will all be banded and IDed to enter. So be sure to bring your official ID. You will require your Shevacon Fan Groups badge to enter. The party starts at 11PM and runs until 1:45AM.
Did I mention Costume Contest? Well, I might have mentioned it. Well…maybe twice. That’s because it is an interesting time to show off your costume or acting skills. Have a favorite costume you want to enter? Do a little skit? Be sure to enter the Shevacon Costume Contest! http://shevacon.org/costuming.php#costume_rules_regs
And don't forget to be in the 501st group photo on Saturday late afternoon.
Did I also mention a 2nd 501st party? Didn’t get enough fun on Friday night or missed the party? Come back again on Saturday night and hang out with all of your friends. Party starts at 11pm. Same rules as the Friday night party apply. The entertainment is going to be changed up so be sure to come by and find out.
Get your game on for the 501st Rockband party.
See something strange in the hallway? Something going bump? Listen…did you smell that? Well, better call the GHOSTBUSTERS! Charge up your PKE meters and strap on your proton packs and throw a stream as you encounter the GBFANS fan table. Then chase a specter into their panel presentation and learn how to bust ghosts!
G.I.Joe knocking you down to size? Can’t get your HISS tank out of the ditch? Terror Dome taking too many flak holes? Better sneak on over to Springfield’s deadliest subvert organization : Cobra and learn how to get outfitted. COBRA'S FINEST will be setting up shop in the fan table area and putting on a panel presentation. COBRA!!!
Be sure to look out for the R2 DC Builders Club. Are you missing an R2 unit? Is your R2 unit on the fritz? Want to learn how to build one or repair the malfunctioning unit you got? Bad Motivator? Come and check out these droids and their builders!
See a Xenomorph? What? Bughunt! Call the bad asses to handle the infestation! Colonial Marines – Bravo Company – their an express elevator to heck wiping out xenomorphs in time to rescue some juicy colonists' daughters from their virginity. Just another glorious day in the Corps! A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm. Every meal's a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade! I LOVE the Corps! So will you!
Feel the urge to take out some Romulans and Kinshaya or even the Federation? Join the IKV – Batleth aboard the IKV Devastator, a K't'inga Class Battlecruiser, commissioned in the Year of Kahless 905 and placed under the command of Captain Kragtowl sutai-Trekkan and perform glorious service to the Empire! So be sure to drop by the Devastor as it is ready to embark once again, its honored crew chomping at the bit for the next opportunity to fight and die in the name of the glorious Klingon Empire!
Need to take out a rival? A ship’s captain dumping spice at the first sign of an Imperial Cruiser and is not paying up? The Empire calling for the best and the brightest? Look no further than the Mandalorain Mercs. Armed to the teeth, outfitted with the best, accessorized to the fullest, and catching their bounties before the galaxy was wiping the nose of a human Pod Racer pilot. Got Bounty? Be sure to check out the Mandalorian Mercs.
On the run and hiding? Sith got you down? Hark back to the days of the Jedi Guardians when the galaxy was safe and secure from the dark side. Grab your lightsaber and stop by their fan table.
Chevron seven encoded! Step through the Chapa’eye and across the galaxy in two blinks of the eye. Join the Stargate Command's finest outfit SG-9 on the Beta Site as they train the finest recruits against the evils of the galaxy!
Hotshot pilot? Smuggler? Jedi on the run? Empire too rigid for you? Join the Rebel Legion and take down the Empire one T.I.E. Fighter at a time. Stop on by Freedom Base’s headquarters and sign up. You’ll learn the intricacies of wearing an orange jumpsuit right before they put you up against a space station.
This year will see the return of some familiar fan groups and the addition of many more. 501st
– Garrison Tyranus http://www.va501st.com Rebel Legion
– Freedom Base http://www.freedombase.org/ Mandolorian Mercs http://mercs.firespray.net/ R2-DC Buildershttp://www.r2dc.net/R2DC/Welcome.html Jedi Guardians http://www.jediguardians.com Stargate SG-9 http://members.cox.net/sg9/ Colonial Marines
– Bravo Companyhttp://uscmc-md.therastudios.com/phpBB2/index.php
Colonial Marines - Bravo Company donating their time in helping Photos for Charity. Ghostbusters http://www.gbfans.com/ Cobra's Finest http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=113482346535&ref=share Klingons IKV
– Batleth http://members.cox.net/ikvdevastator/
Each Fan Group will be operating a fan table and putting on a panel presentation. Some groups have even volunteered to help with the Photos for Charity. If you would like to help, please inquire. SHEVACON EVENTS
On Friday night there will be a VäShè Cafè for you thirsty costumers to kick back and relax, buy your favorite drink (non-alcoholic), buy some food, listen to music, and play some Video Games! A Special SURPRISE video game tournament to be announced for Friday evening at the VäShè Cafè! and the ultimate video game winner will be presented a trophy. So get your game on or just route for your favorite game performers! So show up and find out the what the surprise game is!
Later, be sure to tune up your singing voice and join in on Dr Horrible’s sing along.
Come learn from SPAT at his panels, Spat’s Zombie Challenge and making Fangs.
Fan Group Costume Contest Category for the above mentioned Costume Contest.
With the addition of so many Fan Groups from different genres of the science fiction and fantasy realms to the convention, Shevacon has added a new section to the Costume Contest to highlight their specific skills in the trade. The Fan Group costumes will be judged in most of the same categories as the non-Fan Groups, although held to a higher standard.
• Best In Show - The 'Standout' of all of the Fan Group Costumes
• Best Craftsmanship - This will be a tough one to judge - but we'll be looking at the costume's every detail.
• Best Presentation - Judged on stage of course.
• Best Recreation - Oh we'll be able to tell... it might be difficult given the level of skill and detail - but I'm sure we'll manage.
• Best Skit - Get up there and do your best to entertain us!
• Best Group - 2 or more contestants... let us see what ya got!
• Viewers Choice - voted on by applause from the audience- so strut your stuff!
And yes, there will be awards!
Reintroducing the Best Costume Event of all, The Hall Costume Competition! That's right, just wearing a costume at the con can get you a nifty "Hey that's an awesome costume you got there," nod from our roving secret judges.
This competition runs from the start of SheVaCon on Friday, and goes until 6pm on Saturday of the convention. So throw on your favorite costume, walk around, have a good time, and you just might get a pleasant surprise.
Hall costumes are any costume worn during the con that are not specifically entered into the Masquerade contest. These costumes are judged by roving secret judges and are awarded on the spot by those judges. These awards are a nod to all of the hard work that goes into a costume that is just being worn for fun by a fan. Recipients of the Hall Costume awards are asked to display their costumes during the Masquerade for all to see.
There will be a 'Best Hall Costume' Award that is awarded at the Masquerade. Hall costumes are not subject to the close scrutiny of those entered in the Masquerade, as this is a 'just for fun' segment. Best Hall Costume award is by popular vote. Hall costumes are not required to produce any documentation or reference material at all for their pieces.
Saturday night SheVaCon is proud to present The SheVa Con Throw Down Dance Party . Your badge gets you in. The beats get you down. Because no matter whether you spent your day at panels, looking at animated girls in short skirts, guys in traditional kilts, gaming, LARPing, drinking, shopping, costuming, drumming or simply experiencing life outside of a darkened basement, it's time to celebrate. To clear up any confusion from previous years: The hotel staff requires all guests to remain fully clothed at all times.
All weapons and/or large props are not allowed in the dance…please make arrangements to leave in your room / car ..etc…. Costumes and stationary glow sticks encouraged. Event is 17+. Proof of age must be given if requested at the door.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed inside the event. At any time Shevacon staff or hotel staff have the option of ejecting any one who is in violation of the rules of the dance. We are Saturday night life.
Also a personal favorite game of Spat’s is Kill Dr Lucky. A very interesting and fun live action role playing game that plays like a live action Clue except the players work towards killing Dr Lucky instead of solving who killed him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kill_Doctor_Lucky
Want to sing your favorite song? Bring your favorite Karaoke CD to the Karaoke Contest and sing your heart out. You might just win!
On Sunday be sure to check out the art sale and auction. SHEVACON GUESTS The WRITER GUEST OF HONOR is Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J. Anderson is the author of more than one hundred novels, 47 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists. He has over 20 million books in print in thirty languages. He has won or been nominated for numerous prestigious awards, including the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, the SFX Reader's Choice Award, the American Physics Society's Forum Award, and New York Times Notable Book. By any measure, he is one of the most popular writers currently working in the science fiction genre. http://www.wordfire.com
Anderson has coauthored ten books in Frank Herbert's classic DUNE universe with Herbert's son Brian. The initial deal with Bantam Books was the largest single science fiction contract in publishing history.
The first novel, DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES became a #1 international bestseller and was voted "Book of the Year" by the members of the Science Fiction Book Club by the largest margin in the history of the award. All of the subsequent DUNE novels have also been bestsellers, each one peaking even higher on the lists; the most recent volume is PAUL OF DUNE, a direct sequel to the original classic DUNE; the authors will release JESSICA OF DUNE in August 2009. For further information, see the official "Dune" site, http://www.dunenovels.com.
Herbert and Anderson are also co-producers on a major new film of DUNE from Paramount Pictures.
Anderson's highly popular epic science fiction series, "The Saga of Seven Suns," is his most ambitious work, comprised of HIDDEN EMPIRE, A FOREST OF STARS, HORIZON STORMS, SCATTERED SUNS, OF FIRE AND NIGHT, METAL SWARM, and the grand finale, THE ASHES OF WORLDS, as well as the graphic novel prequel, VEILED ALLIANCES. Practically unheard-of in the field, Anderson released all seven large volumes on time, year after year, and he completed the series with Book #7. On his book-signing tour of New Zealand and Australia, METAL SWARM became the #1 best-selling science fiction novel on the continent. The final volume hit general fiction bestseller lists in the UK.
Now that "Seven Suns" is complete -- after eight years of effort -- Anderson is working on an epic nautical fantasy trilogy, "Terra Incognita," about sailing ships, sea monsters, and the crusades. The first volume, THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, will be released internationally by Orbit in June 2009. He has begun work on the second volume, THE MAP OF ALL THINGS, for summer 2010 publication.
Anderson's STAR WARS "Jedi Academy" books were the three top-selling SF novels of 1994. His three original STAR WARS anthologies -- TALES FROM THE MOS EISLEY CANTINA, TALES FROM JABBA'S PALACE, and TALES OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS are the best-selling science fiction anthologies of all time. He has also completed numerous other projects for Lucasfilm, including the 14-volumes in the bestselling and award-winning YOUNG JEDI KNIGHTS series (cowritten with his wife Rebecca Moesta). Anderson is the author of three hardcover novels based on the X-FILES; all became international bestsellers, the first of which reached #1 on the London Sunday Times.
He has also coauthored a major bestseller with Dean Koontz, PRODIGAL SON, which sold more than a million copies in a single year. He has written original novels SLAN HUNTER (a completion of SF grand-master A.E. van Vogt's last novel), HOPSCOTCH, CAPTAIN NEMO, THE MARTIAN WAR, BLINDFOLD, RESURRECTION, INC., and the thrillers ILL WIND and IGNITION (both with Doug Beason). In 1997, during a promotional tour for his comedy/adventure novel AI! PEDRITO!, Anderson set the Guinness World Record for "Largest Single-Author Book Signing." For the Horror Writers Association, he edited the bestselling anthology of humorous horror stories, BLOOD LITE (Pocket Books), containing new works by Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Joe Lansdale, Kelley Armstrong, and many others.
Anderson recently worked with DC Comics to publish THE LAST DAYS OF KRYPTON, an epic science fiction novel that reveals the never-before-told story of the end of Superman's planet. His next novel for DC, due in May 2009, is ENEMIES & ALLIES, telling the first encounter of Superman and Batman in the 1950s during the Cold War.
Anderson has scripted numerous bestselling comics and graphic novels, including Justice Society of America for DC, Star-Jammers for Marvel, Star Wars and Predator for Dark Horse, X-Files for Topps, and Star Trek for Wildstorm. He and his wife Rebecca Moesta also wrote the original comic series and graphic novel, GRUMPY OLD MONSTERS for IDW.
Anderson's research has taken him to the top of Mount Whitney and the bottom of the Grand Canyon, inside the Cheyenne Mountain NORAD complex, into the Andes Mountains and the Amazon River, inside a Minuteman III missile silo and its underground control bunker, onto the deck of the aircraft carrier Nimitz, to Maya and Inca temple ruins in South and Central America, inside NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral, onto the floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange, inside a plutonium plant at Los Alamos, and behind the scenes at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC. He has climbed all 54 mountain peaks in the Colorado Rockies higher than 14,000 ft elevation, and he has completed more than 300 miles of the Colorado Trail. He also, occasionally, stays home and writes. The ARTIST GUEST OF HONOR is Stephen Hickman
Stephen Hickman has been illustrating science fiction and fantasy for three decades. His work is inspired by the masters of fantasy and science fiction writing — J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, A. Merritt, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Clark Ashton Smith. http://www.stephenhickman.com
His illustrations have been used as cover work for many contemporary writers: Stephen Brust, Hal Colbatch, Tom Cool, Gordon Dickson, David Drake, Harlan Ellison, Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, Jerry Pournelle, and Steve Stirling among others. Hickman’s work has earned him critical acclaim, including a World Science Fiction Convention's Hugo Award and 5 Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.
Since 1976 Hickman has illustrated over 400 covers for Ace, Baen, Ballantine, Bantam, Berkeley, Dell, Del Rey, Doubleday, Phage Press, Tor, Warren Publications and others.
In 1988 Hickman wrote The Lemurian Stone (Ace Books), which formed the basis for his Pharazar Mythos illustrations, The Lion Pavillion, is one example, and is also reproduced along with The Archers, in the 1994 edition of Spectrum.
In 1994 he was awarded a Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Convention for the United States Postal Service’s Space Fantasy Commemorative Booklet of stamps, the first official recognition by the government of the SF genre.
In 1996, Hickman created the Cthulhu statuette inspired by an earlier cover illustration done for H.P. Lovecraft’s story The Call of Cthulhu (Baen Books). The statuette was produced and distributed by Bowen Designs. A second edition is now available, as well as a bust of H.P. Lovecraft himself. The MEDIA GUEST OF HONOR is Peter Mayhew
An English hospital worker who inadvertently found himself catapulted into films, was the towering gentle giant responsible for bringing Chewbacca to life. Mayhew, who stands 7'3", was born in Barnes, England. The son of a policeman, he spent a short time in the field of engineering before discovering that he felt more fulfilled by hospital service. In the mid-1970s, he was working as a hospital orderly at London's King's College Hospital when he was featured in a newspaper article about men with large feet. http://www.petermayhew.com The MASTER OF CEREMONIES is SPAT.
Spat and his company, SpatCave Studios, have been supplying the NY Indie Film scene with high quality costumes, props and FX make-up for their films for almost 8 years now. http://www.spatcave.com
In addition to his film work, both in front of and behind the camera, he has become a staple of Convention Fandom with his very popular website, (http://www.spatcave.com) and his series of "Spat Gone Wild" DVDs which document his adventures at various conventions around the country.
In what little spare time he has, Spat also makes costumes and props for sale to fans.
He and his work have appeared in many magazines, on many TV shows and films, and, most recently in Hardrock, Jedi House and The Creek.
He and his work will soon be appearing in the upcoming films: Last Day Of Summer, Cross the Line, Bullets Over Brownsville, and Trenches (a new Sci-Fi series for Disney).
Currently, Spat and his team of miscreants are producing a series of Sci-Fi Spoofs called, "The Adventures of Captain Bucky and His Space Marshals in Outer Space".
Be sure to check out Spat’s Captain Bucky at http://www.captainbucky.com
If you have been to Dragon Con you know SPAT. For those that don't, you need to have your horizons expanded! Or just visit http://www.spatcave.com
Tell Spat, Garrison Tyranus sent you! The SPECIAL GUEST is Rebecca Moesta
Rebecca Moesta (pronounced MESS-tuh) wanted to be an author since her early teens, but it wasn't until 1991 that she began writing in earnest. Her most recent solo novel, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: LITTLE THINGS, debuted in August 2002. http://www.wordfire.com
In addition to the Guests of Honors, there are more writers and artists and costuming guests, including our very own 501st member: Cheralyn Lambeth, so please come visit their works.
For the list of attending writers please view here: http://shevacon.org/guests.php#Guests_Writers
For the list of attending artists please view here: http://shevacon.org/guests.php#Guests_Artists
For the list of attending costuming guests please view here: http://shevacon.org/guests.php#Costuming_Guests
MORE FROM SHEVACON
There is a 24 hour Con suite. Food and Drink is available throughout the con. It is free but donations are always gladly accepted!
Please view the SheVaCon website for more information http://www.shevacon.org
At the end of the CON is the DEAD DOG party. It is Sunday evening after the Con shuts down and packs up. All 501st members and guests sticking around are invited to join.
If you have multiple 501st costumes, please bring what you can. Clones and snowtroopers are a big theme this year. For one shot characters such as Darth Vader and Boba Fett, we will be needing more than one so as not to overwhelm any one member in costume. If you are a Vader, you know how hot it gets. We would like to rotate out different 501st members as Darth Vader or Boba Fett throughout the con, especially for fan Photo for Charity pictures. And there may be times we need Vader in 2 places at once.
MEMBERSHIPS AND CONFIRMATION
501st Membership and guests are $20 each. Please be sure to get your name on the CONFIRMATION list and PAID IN FULL to us no later than December 30, 2009.
If paying with Paypal, the Paypal fees of 3% plus $0.35 or $20.98 are already included for each membership.
Please go to the 501st Group Rate Membership page here: http://shevacon.org/membership_fangroups.php
1. Fill in all the appropriate info into the fields on the registration form
2. Indicate which Fan Group from the drop down box : 501st
3. Enter the Discount Code: executersheva
4. Check the membership purchase option box (required)
5. Enter Captcha
6. Click Submit
Or send money order to:
Matthew “Mattax” Nargi
219 Wyndham Hill Drive
Fishersville, VA 22939
Please allow ample time for the mail delivery system.
No checks are accepted. So please don’t send one.
To get on the CONFIRMATION List please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Include your full name, Legion ID, 501st costumes you will be bringing and dates attending. We will be comparing your Fan Group Membership to the confirmation list to ensure you are a 501st member or supporting member.
If you miss the December 31st, 2009 deadline, you can still pay at the door. Pre-registration cost for non group rate is $40 for adults 13 and older and $20 for children 8 to 12 year old. 7 and under are free. At the door is $45 for adults 13 and older. $20 for Children 8-12. You may use Shevacon's registration page for non 501st guests. http://shevacon.org/memberships.php#RegularMemberships
Please view the SheVaCon website for more information http://www.shevacon.org
HOTEL AND LOCATION
For hotel rooms please visit: http://shevacon.org/location.php#Location_HostHotel
The host hotel is the Holiday Inn but if full we have overflow hotels.
Holidy Inn website: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/advancedsearch?roomResult=none&hotelCode=ROATW&rateCode=SVC&quickRes=city&_requestid=875111
Once on the Holiday Inn website, view all available rooms, then call the hotel directly and talk to the hotel staff. Tell them you are booking a room for the Shevacon Convention and want the Shevacon rate. If they tell you a room that is shown on the website is not available, tell them it is on the website as “available”. The "SHE" code does not always work and in this manner you get the room you want that is listed on the website.
Location and hotel phone number: http://shevacon.org/location.php#Location_HostHotel
Garrison Tyranus looks forward to trooping with you.
Thank you for coming to Shevacon!