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A Year in #ConLife, Part 1

We often get asked what happens between conventions, as we close out the previous year and plan for the next. You can follow along with us courtesy of our blog as we get ready for #FarpointCon2018, our 25th anniversary.

The first 2 months after the convention see quite a bit of activity. First there is the “mandatory” one week of “do not mention the convention to me in any way shape or form”. After, we make certain all final bills are paid, borrowed equipment and supplies are returned to their owners and hold a post-con meeting to review things that went right and things that can be improved upon for the next year. The first major decision for the next convention is the date and venue. We contact multiple local venues requesting cost proposals for our established date of President’s Day weekend and the weekends surrounding.

Evaluating the proposals requires several steps. First is establishing the initial budget for the next convention. Being an established event gives us a leg up on budgeting; we have good historical data on our attendance numbers and regular expenses and as such can establish upfront the affordable range for our venue costs. The second step is taking the proposed costs submitted by each venue and calculating out the expected total cost for using that venue. This means we can’t just take their numbers at face value. We take the venue’s space rental fee, hotel room rates and catering menus to develop an estimate of what our final bill would be at the venue, making sure to properly apply applicable taxes and service charges. Each venue is also evaluated on multiple other factors including whether they can give us our traditional President’s Day weekend, whether the venue can provide sufficient tables, chairs and staging, ease of access and parking, and if the venue has sufficient space and sleeping rooms for us. All of these factors combined point us to the specific venue for our event.

As previously announced, our 25th anniversary convention will be at the Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, MD on February 9-11, 2018. You may notice this is not President’s Day weekend. After evaluating the 6 proposals we received for #FarpointCon2018, HVI made the best overall offer; the only big “hit” on their offer was the fact that we couldn’t have President’s Day weekend but the weekend before. After deliberation, our group consensus was that HVI was the best choice despite not being on President’s Day. In every other factor, HVI beat out every other venue by a substantial margin and will give us and our attendees the best value.

With our date and venue chosen our next steps will be to begin identifying celebrity guests and set up our #FarpointCon2018 “publicity tour” – the other events and conventions we will participate in to advertise our convention. Our next #ConLife report will look at choosing celebrity guests and report on life from the road.

 

Convention Pre-Registration is Complete!

WOW! Our convention pre-registration period closed on 1/31/17 and our advance sales are 30% higher compared to last year. We are thrilled and amazed with the love and support from all of our attendees.

Now that we’re down to a handful of days, here’s the at-the-door information for you:

Weekend ticket, adults (3 days)                           $85.00

Weekend ticket, child 6-12 (3 days)                  $25.00

Weekend ticket, child 0-5 (3 days)                     Free with paying adult

Friday single day ticket                                              $15.00

Saturday single day ticket                                        $60.00

Saturday evening after 6PM ticket                     $10.00

Sunday single day ticket                                             $40.00

Cocktail party food add-on (Friday evening) $25.00

Weekend, Saturday and Sunday tickets include one signature from the celebrity of your choice each day at no additional charge on an item from your personal collection you present to be signed. Weekend attendees get 1 signature each day (Saturday and Sunday).

Everyone, please travel safely and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

Farpoint 2017 Progress Update

Farpoint 2017 Autograph Information

Here is the information on obtaining guest autographs for your reference as you prepare to join us at Farpoint 2017! Email us at contact@FarpointCon.com if you have any additional questions.

Celebrity Autographs – Sam Witwer, Enver Gjokaj, Nicholas Meyer

Weekend, Saturday and Sunday attendees will receive ONE signature at no additional charge from the celebrity of their choice on an item they bring to be signed from their personal collection OR the convention program book. Weekend attendees can get one signature on Saturday and one on Sunday for a total of two no charge signatures for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday attendees will receive one signature on the day they attend the convention.

Costs for additional signatures/items from the guest’s table are as follows:

Sam Witwer

$40 – signed photo purchase from the table/additional items to be signed from personal collection

$30 – at the table picture with Sam

$60 – signed photo and at the table picture combination

Enver Gjokaj

$40 – signed photo purchase from the table/additional items to be signed from personal collection

$30 – at the table picture with Enver

$60 – signed photo and at the table picture combination

Nicholas Meyer

Items from attendee’s personal collection will be signed at no charge.

At the table photos with Nicholas will be at no charge.

Signed books, videos and items for sale at the table will be at the prices set by the guest.

 

Authors, Performers, Scientists and Other Guests

Our author, performer, scientist and other guests will sign items from attendee’s personal collection or the convention program book at no charge. Guests may also have books, videos and items for sale at prices they set. They will take photos with the attendee at no charge.

Our celebrity guests for 2017 will be Sam Witwer from the Star Wars universe, Once Upon A Time and Being Human; Academy Award-nominated director Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek II, Star Trek IV and Star Trek VI, Seven-Per-Cent Solution and Time After Time); and Enver Gjokaj from Marvel’s Agent Carter and Dollhouse. All 3 will be arriving in time to attend our Friday evening Opening Ceremony and we hope to see you there too! The Opening Ceremony starts with a Cocktail Hour at 7:00 pm, with cash bar and food buffet available if you wish to eat and drink with us. Food buffet tickets can be added on to your ticket for $25; the buffet is all you can eat.

Other new additions to our guest list include authors Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris, Michael Ventrella, artist Heidi Hooper and geek comedian/musician Mikey Mason. Unfortunately authors Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Mike McPhail and Mary Fan and musician Insane Ian have had to cancel their appearances at Farpoint Convention 2017 due to schedule conflicts.

You can purchase your tickets for Farpoint in advance at www.FarpointCon.com/register from now until January 31, 2017. Ticket prices will be higher at the door. You can also print out the registration form online at www.FarpointCon.com/flier and mail it in with your payment.

Our hotel room block at the Radisson Hotel North Baltimore is selling quickly as well. Book your room online at https://www.radisson.com/timonium-hotel-md-21093/usatmmd using code FARPOI, or call the hotel directly at 410-252-7373. Thank you in advance for booking your room under our block. The more rooms we sell, the more our hotel likes us and gives us excellent pricing for our use of the meeting rooms. We’ve been able to keep our ticket price the same for the last SIX YEARS because of your loyalty to us and our hotel.

Our 2017 charities are the Julien Fleming Memorial Fund (www.jfmf.org) and Art Way Alliance (www.artwayalliance.org). We will be having two live auctions (Friday and Saturday evening) and a silent auction from Friday through Sunday morning to benefit our charities. Art Way Alliance, which provides instruction in drawing and animation techniques to young fans, will be participating in programs throughout the weekend as well.

We’re excited to announce a new showcase for this year: Fandom Central! Located in Dulaney Valley 1, Fandom Central is where you will find the displays and information tables for our fandom partners – other local conventions, fan clubs, charities and independent film production companies. Please make sure to visit Fandom Central and thank our friends for their support.

Congratulations to John Norton, winner of the 2017 Volker/McChesney Award for Service to Fandom. John was nominated in recognition of his hands on support of our continuing charity activities. You may recognize John as “that guy” who aced you out of that prime collectible during one of our live auctions. He has participated in the Washington/Baltimore convention scene for many years and can always be counted on to lend a helping hand or a smile whenever needed.

Schedule development is well underway! If you are interested in participating on any panels, please send us an email at Programs@FarpointCon.com to request a copy of the list of proposed panels for the convention. We are also bringing back several of our most popular live events, including the Wizard Dueling League and Cosmic Game Show. A new live event is the Button Down Pinback Party, which is an all age event looking at the history of using buttons in advertising and political campaigns and providing all participants the chance to create their own button during the party. More information on all our panels, shows and activities will be forthcoming as plans continue to develop. Make sure you follow us on Facebook (Farpoint Convention) and Twitter (@FarpointCon) and check our website www.FarpointCon.com to keep up with the latest news. The convention schedule is scheduled to be finalized February 2, 2017 and will be published online at that time.

We look forward to seeing you in February at Farpoint Convention 24!

Confirmed Guests for Farpoint 2017

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Nicholas Meyer

We are thrilled to announce Star Trek legend NICHOLAS MEYER will be making a rare appearance at Farpoint Convention 2017!

Mr. Meyer established his legendary status in the world of Star Trek through his work as director/writer on Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan, writer on Star Trek IV The Voyage Home, and director/writer on Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country. Mr. Meyer has returned to the Star Trek universe as writer and consulting producer on the upcoming Star Trek Discovery television series. Other films by Mr. Meyer include his Academy Award nominated work as director on The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, the Saturn award winning Time After Time, and the Emmy nominated limited series The Day After. He has written several novels including The Seven-Per-Cen Solution and The Canary Trainer and his memoir The View From The Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood. Mr. Meyer will be participating in question and answer sessions and panels, and signing autographs during the convention. We look forward to welcoming Nicholas Meyer to Maryland and hearing all the latest news from the set of Star Trek Discovery!

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“Mr. Hyde,” Once Upon a Time; “Aidan,” Being Human

SAM WITWER

We are very excited to share with you that Sam Witwer, “Mr. Hyde” from the new season of ONCE UPON A TIME will be joining us at Farpoint 2017 this February!

Sam’s many other genre credits include being the voice of “Emperor Palpatine”, “Darth Maul” and “Starkiller” in the STAR WARS animated universe. He starred as “Aiden Waite” in BEING HUMAN on the SyFy Channel and played “Davis Bloome/Doomsday” in SMALLVILLE. Sam has appeared on DEXTER, GRIMM, THE WALKING DEAD, BONES and many other popular shows during his career and first came to many people’s attention a s “Crashdown” in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. A Chicago native and a Juilliard-trained actor, Sam is also an accomplished musician who performed in the LA music scene with his band, THE CRASHTONES.

Sam previously joined us at Farpoint Convention in 2010. We hope you’ll join us in welcoming him back to Baltimore at Farpoint Convention this February

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‘Agent Daniel Sousa,’ Agent Carter; ‘Victor,’ Dollhouse

ENVER GJOKAJ

We are very excited to share with you that Enver Gjokaj, “Agent Daniel Sousa” from Marvel’s AGENT CARTER television series, will be making his 1st ever area convention appearance at Farpoint Convention in February 2017!

Before taking on his role in AGENT CARTER for ABC, Enver came to prominence with his transformational work as “Victor” on Joss Whedon’s science fiction fantasy series DOLLHOUSE for FOX. Gjokaj’s recent television work has included two pilots (ABC’s MURDER IN MANHATTAN and USA’s EDEN), the recurring roles of “Sean Glass” on CBS’ EXTANT and “Jack Armstrong” on USA’S RIZZOLI & ISLES, and guest roles on VEGAS, DEXTER, THE WALKING DEAD, WITCHES OF EAST END and COMMUNITY. This past summer he played “Sergius” in George Bernard Shaw’s ARMS AND THE MAN to critical acclaim at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, CA.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Enver to Baltimore this February! Maybe we’ll get news on the revival of AGENT CARTER?

Confirmed Guests for 2016!

Sean Maher – “Simon Tam” – Firefly, “Shrapnel” – Arrow

Actor, Firefly "Simon Tam", Arrow "Shrapnel"
Actor, Firefly “Simon Tam”, Arrow “Shrapnel”

David Gerrold, Hugo and Nebula Award Winning Author and Star Trek Legend, will join us to celebrate Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary!

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David Gerrold, Award Winning Author and Star Trek Legend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Morton, ‘Dak’ Empire Strikes Back

John Morton, “Dak,” Empire Strikes Back

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see a Complete List of our Confirmed Guests, click here.

 

Captain Kyle’s Cosplay Spotlight to shoot episode at Farpoint 2016

Captain Kyle’s Cosplay Spotlight is honored to shoot a special episode at Farpoint! This show interviews cosplayers twice… first as the character the cosplayer is portraying, then again as the cosplayer behind the costume. Who will be interviewed? It could be you! Captain Kyle will be auditioning cosplayers who really know and portray their characters well and will choose one cosplayer to interview on camera. The taping will be held on stage in front of a live audience of convention attendees. Plus the episode will be released as part of Season Two of this unique talk show!

Captain Kyle and his co-host, Constance, have been cosplayers and performers for many years. The goal of the show is to show the fun of cosplay in a positive manner and to introduce those who might not be familiar with cosplay to the culture. The only requirements to be part of this fun experience are a strong knowledge of the character, a costume, and the ability to take on the role for less than 10 minutes. Plus during the weekend there will be other opportunities to be part of the show, with cosplayers featured in trivia games, impromptu performances and even young cosplayer interviews (parental/guardian consent required). Get ready to be part of the fun!

For more information about the show, visit www.cosplayspotlight.com

Farpoint 2016 Volker/McChesney Award Winner

ToddCongratulations to Todd Brugmans, winner of the 2016 Volker/McChesney Award for Service to Fandom. Todd is a talented artist and his talent is exceeded only by his generosity in sharing his talents and his friendliness to all. He has created original art for Firebringer Press, many Starfleet and Colonial Defense Force chapters, and Farpoint Convention as the creator of our beloved FARP. Todd not only donated all rights to the FARP character to the convention, he is our volunteer “FARP Artist In Residence”, creating whimsical covers depicting FARP’s continuing adventures in fandom.

Todd’s support of local conventions and fan groups through his art is an example of the sharing spirit of fandom. He will be presented with the Volker/McChesney award on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Farpoint Convention Opening Ceremonies beginning at 8:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend and shout “Huzzah” in his honor.