Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 38: the Dark Forest, May 24 - 27, 2024 Missoula, Montana

MisCon Convention Staff

MisCon 38

Convention Committee
Convention Chair (CEO)
Justin Barba
Executive Assistant
Nicole Edington
Secretary
Amber Edwards
Vice Chair
Becky Cass

Convention Committee Duties

The ConCom reports to the Executive Committee. It consists of all Department Heads and their Team Members.

Department Heads run a MisCon Department. They are responsible for running their department both throughout the year and during the convention, as well as managing anyone assigned to their team.

Team Members work under Department Heads. They may or may not be comped into MisCon, based on the work they do both throughout the year and during MisCon. If they come to meetings and do everything expected of them, they are comped into MisCon.

Departments

Operations
Lee Stahl
Director
Lee (Dark Lord of the East) Stahl

Operations is a lot of work, and we do need volunteers to help us out. This can involve some rapid and heavy labor, or may just be monitoring a line for some autograph sessions to make sure people are mobbing a Guest of Honor. If you're up for the challenge, sign up with Volunteers and let them know you want to help in Operations.

Team
Kimberly Arends, Amber Edwards, Henry Edwards, David Gianforte, Willow (Willow) Marmin, Lee (Dark Lord of the East) Stahl, Corwin (Fish) Sturgeon

Operations Duties

MisCon Operations is responsible for the smooth running of the convention. This includes such diverse items as confirming that all printing is on schedule and verified correct (at least as of the deadline to have it to the printer) to verifying that the hotel's "banquet order" synchronizes with the conventions schedule for programming and services. Operations is also the liaison with the hotel staff to provide a single point of contact with the hotel for change orders or last-minute alterations.
Throughout the convention, operations monitors all programming and events, endeavors to (within reason) provide for the needs of attending professionals, featured professionals, Guests of Honor (especially), and even panel volunteers, merchants, and GMs to make sure programming can run smoothly and that attendees, pros, and guests all have the best convention we can provide.
And we try to do all of this with the least visibility possible.

Sub-Departments

Logistics
Keith Seyffarth
Logistics Director
Keith Seyffarth
Team
Amber Edwards, Henry Edwards, David Gianforte, Willow (Willow) Marmin, Lee (Dark Lord of the East) Stahl, Corwin (Fish) Sturgeon

Logistics Duties

Logistics handles all equipment during MisCon, making sure panels have projectors and the PAs are in place. They also move chairs and other heavy things.

Sub-Departments

Setup/Teardown
Setup/Teardown Director
Corwyn Blazer
Team
Henry Edwards, Phil Mascia, Frank Pruett, Keith Seyffarth, Corwin (Fish) Sturgeon
Green Room
Nicole Edington
Green Room Director
Nicole Edington
Team
Kay Pruett

Green Room Duties

MisCon's Green Room is an invitation only guest room that provides food and drinks throughout the convention weekend, as well as an area to relax.

Sub-Departments

Room Parties
Karl Mitchell
Room Parties Director
Karl Mitchell
Team
Nicole Edington, Stewart (AoF) Fleming
Security
Security Director
Corwyn Blazer
Team
Henry Edwards, HeatherLynn Meeks

Security Duties

MisCon Security keeps the convention safe and fun in a friendly, approachable way.

Volunteers
Court Cathers
Volunteers Director
Court (Quart) Cathers
Team
Mary Beth Barba

Volunteers Duties

Recruits and manages all non-ConCom volunteers who help make MisCon happen.

Guest of Honor Services
Keith Seyffarth
Director
Keith Seyffarth
Team
Clay (Ol Scratch) Cooper, Josh Eamon, Henry Edwards

Guest of Honor Services Duties

Guest of Honor services assists MisCon's Guests of Honor get to their panels and programs on time and make sure they have break times to decompress between the demands of a Guest of Honor at a convention.

Theme
Justin Barba
Theme Director
Justin Barba

Theme Duties

The theme department comes up with a new and interesting theme for the convention each year. They provide a description of the theme and endeavor to provide resources for panelists, costume designers, GMs and others to use for inspiration. The theme influences, but does not dictate, programming and decoration topics and direction each year to make the convention come to life in a dynamic way.

Sub-Departments

Decorations
Decorations Director
Kimberly Arends
Team
Corwyn Blazer, Becky Cass, Court (Quart) Cathers, Jeff Roper, Keith Seyffarth, Lee (Dark Lord of the East) Stahl

Decorations Duties

This department decorates the hotel and grounds and makes each year's theme come to life. The decorations team works with the restrictions and requirements of the hotel, safety and accessibility concerns, ordinances regarding use of city parks and public ways, and the requirements of the Operations department as well as copyright and fair use laws to keep decorations in order.

Financial Logistics
Jeff Roper
Treasurer (CFO)
Jeff Roper
Bookkeeper
Kimberly Arends
Team
Kimberly Arends

Financial Logistics Duties

Oversees all money-generating departments of MisCon during the convention.

Sub-Departments

Registration
Jeff Arends
Registration Director
Jeff Arends
Team
Jessica Brannum, Jennifer Keith

Registration Duties

Registration handles your payments and lets you into MisCon.

Merchandise
Amanda Smith
Merchandise Director
Amanda Smith
Merch Minion
Bridger (kingbadger) Nichols
Team
Corwyn Blazer, Andrea BoguschPerkins, Bridger (kingbadger) Nichols, Jeff Roper

Merchandise Duties

Operation of the MisCon Merchants Room, from soliciting merchant applications to approval to table assignments is the core duty of the Merchants/Merchandise (or Merch) department. Merch works with the hotel on getting booth spaces set up properly. Merch is also responsible for the MisCon Merchandise table in the Merchants Room - from staffing the table to selecting and ordering MisCon branded merchandise and getting each year's theme-specific shirts to sell.

Art
Art Director
Andrea BoguschPerkins
Auctioneer
Keith Seyffarth
Run the MisCon Art Auction, sell Art, Entertain People.
Team
Keith Seyffarth

Art Duties

Handles MisCon's Art Show and Art Auction.

Marketing
Becky Cass
Marketing Director
Becky Cass
Photographer
Camaryn Anderson
Photographer
Jason (Farstrider) Tupeck
Social Media
Amber Edwards
Team
Camaryn Anderson, Amber Edwards, Jason (Farstrider) Tupeck

Sub-Departments

Design
Court Cathers
Design Director
Court (Quart) Cathers
Team
Kimberly Arends, Becky Cass

Design Duties

MisCon's Design Team takes pictures at MisCon-related events, and creates our signs, posters, and other theme-related graphics. They work hard to make MisCon look good.

Programming
Justin Barba
Programming Director
Justin Barba
Pro/Panelist Liason
Mary Beth Barba
Team
Lynn (LilSnikSnak) Bailey, Mary Beth Barba, Patty (Azzarinne) Mascia

Programming Duties

This department coordinates all non-gaming events that happen at MisCon: fight demos, the Film Festival, the Writers' Workshop, the Costume Contest, and panels on everything from writing to art to Kids' Activities.

Sub-Departments

Kids' Activities
Kids' Activities Director
Abbigail Quinlan
Team
Patty (Azzarinne) Mascia, Phil Mascia
Writers' Workshop
Nicole Edington
Writers' Workshop Director
Nicole Edington
Team
Lynn (LilSnikSnak) Bailey

Writers' Workshop Duties

Managing the Writers' Workshop at MisCon each year is a significant endeavor. We collect the manuscripts submitted by participants and break those participants into groups. We also assign the critiquing authors and editors to each group. We distribute the manuscripts to each critiquing author or editor based on the group they are assigned to, and compile the manuscripts together and get them printed and bound for distribution to participants.

Film Festival
Film Festival Director
Shane Edington
Team
Nicole Edington, Meagan Scruggs

Film Festival Duties

The MisCon International Short Film Festival is a festival celebrating short films in the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror. The Film Festival crew are responsible for putting on the festival during the convention.

Costuming
Lynn Bailey
Costuming Director
Lynn (LilSnikSnak) Bailey
Team
Jessica Brannum
Gaming
Gaming Director
Stewart (AoF) Fleming
Team
Frank Pruett

Gaming Duties

The Gaming department puts together the schedule of games each year for MisCon, figuring out times and which room and table the game is scheduled for. Gaming also reaches out to the GMs we know to see if they are interested in running games again, and communicates with game publishers and distributors to see about getting prize support. During the convention Gaming makes sure that sign up sheets are ready in Gaming Headquarters, insures that the game schedules are posted, and sees where additional games can be fit into the schedule for those who didn't get their games submitted before the convention. Gaming also checks out games from MisCon's game library, and reminds GMs when their time is up and another group is in need of their assigned gaming space.

Sub-Departments

Game Day
Nicole Edington
Game Day Director
Nicole Edington
Team
Lynn (LilSnikSnak) Bailey, Corwyn Blazer, Becky Cass

Game Day Duties

In charge of setting up, tearing down, and managing MisCon's game library in addition to providing support for the seasonal Game Days.

Electronic Gaming
Electronic Gaming Director
Cale Patenaude
Team
Jared Brannum

Electronic Gaming Duties

Handles electronic gaming, events, and contests.

Website
Jeff Arends
Webmaster
Jeff Arends
Android App
Jeff Arends
Develop and maintain the MisCon app for Android devices.
Database Development
Keith Seyffarth
Build and maintain the dataset for the web site and apps.
iOS App
Paul Anguiano
Develop and maintain the MisCon app for iOS devices.
Team
Paul Anguiano, Jeff Arends

Website Duties

The website team manages the web site and builds web-based tools for MisCon.


Join ConCom

MisCon is always looking for help. We're looking for interested, dedicated people who want to work with our team to make MisCon better year after year.

If you are interested in joining ConCom, or just helping at MisCon this year, start by looking over the ConCom structure above and reviewing the Volunteer information on our site. Then complete the volunteer application to let us know you're interested. And if you're interested in dedicating time throughout the year, come to our next ConCom meeting. Meetings are held at the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown in Missoula, MT on the first and third Wednesday of the month June through January, then every Wednesday February through May.

While we are looking for all kinds of help on ConCom, here are some dedicated positions we are most interested in filling:

Marketing and Publicity

MisCon is looking for additional graphic designers to help the design team with items from web site graphics, to game day posters, to decorations to be used on site at MisCon. We are also looking for an individual to work on production of video clips and promotional material for MisCon. Miscon is also in need of writers and editors for promotional materials.