Through discussion panels, hangouts, games, readings, craft demos, and workshops, we bring fans together with authors, artists, game designers, actors, costumers, and other professionals in the world of speculative fiction.
View and buy art from our Art Show, watch our film festival submissions, participate in our Costume Pageant, play RPGs, board games, and Magic the Gathering, and check out Merchants' Row. Whatever your interests, MisCon has something to fascinate, educate and entertain you.
MisCon 32 Guests of Honor
- Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel, Science Guest of Honor
Dr. Jones-Engel likes to think of herself as a macaque—the consummate generalist! Her primate research career has straddled the field, the natural habitat for nonhuman primates, and the research laboratory. For 30 years she has worked at the human-primate interface in Asia, characterizing the way that humans and macaques interact and developing strategies to detect the infectious agents that are transmitted at this porous boundary. Her research continues to illustrate the concept that both historically, as well as contemporarily, humans and nonhuman primates often constitute a single reservoir in which pathogens can evolve and emerge. She began her exposure to primates at the age of 17
- Lee Moyer, Artist Guest of Honor
Specializing in Illustrations and posters for national and regional clients in nearly every conceivable style and medium.
His award-winning illustrations were featured in Communication Arts, The Society of Illustrators Annual, D'Artiste, Design Graphics Magazine and many Spectrums. The New York Times nominated Lee for a Webby in 1999.
Clients include: Paramount, Sony, Fox, Smithsonian, Discovery, National Zoo, Domaine Ste Michelle, McGraw Hill, BET, The Alliance Theatre, CareerBuilder, Electronic Arts, IDW, and Hasbro. Recently worked as a design lead on 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons and created posters for world premieres by Stephen Sondheim, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen King,
- Brandon Sanderson, Author Guest of Honor
Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.
Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s
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Our theme changes every year. The yearly theme influences panel topics, invited guests, decoration, and sometimes convention-wide events. We encourage guests, members, and attendees to take each year's theme to heart, and let it influence your thoughts of, and preparation for, MisCon each year.
Our cities grow tall and glitzy, and cars take to the smoky skies. The post-apocalyptic era of mobsters and airships gives way to generations of scientists and solarpunks determined to advance the technology of their ancestors.
Pretty soon, we take to the stars again and rebuild New Hong Kong Orbital University, teaching about replicants, the Three Laws of Robotics, and all five elements.
Is this the Jetson's-style utopian dream we've always yearned for, or is it a dystopian nightmare we'd all rather awaken from? Should we pack up and colonize space or return to a simpler time without robot servants? Is our bright future another wasteland waiting to happen? Does Kuato still live? Will the Nostromo make it home safe? What's a Cylon, anyway?
While you're working on costumes, panel ideas, and game scenarios, think about cyberpunks, space colonies, robot uprisings, flying taxis, and the future of humanity. To get in the mood, play some Shadowrun or Final Fantasy, and watch Blade Runner, the Fifth Element, District 9, iRobot, Alien, Total Recall, Battlestar Galactica and Firefly. Join us at MisCon 31 and help explore the convention's bright future. We promise not to hire any robot police like RoboCop or Chappie. Oh, and it might be wise to brush up on your Chinese before you hop aboard the Serenity and leave Earth behind.