Sci-Fi/Fantasy Cons of the Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Northwest supports a large variety of science fiction and fantasy conventions. The Seattle Times published an article reflecting on how northwest fans seek out and build new communities:
“One of the keys to happiness is finding something that speaks to you and immersing yourself in it. Another is having strong connections to a community of people. Around here, a lot of people find those two joys in science-fiction fandom.”
Portlanders certainly have an eclectic taste in fandom -- ranging from comics, costuming, anime, writing, filk, and gaming -- and we’ve build a number of long running conventions to support our interests. The members of the Portland in 2016 Bid Committee have all been an integral part of building these communities. Here are just a few of the events and organizations we support in the Pacific Northwest:
OryCon - Oregon’s premiere science fiction convention hosts some of the major names in science fiction and fantasy, as well as offer many events for convention-goers – including panels, gaming, a vendors room, and special activities for children. “OryCon celebrates the joy we take in sharing our favorite books, movies and songs of speculative fiction,” says Westercon 69 (and former Orycon) chair Lea Rush. “We emphasize the art and business of the written word, but we have panels on movies, digital media and costuming as well.” OryCon has several guests – representing all forms of media – in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Featured panels include discussion for the business of writing and publishing, costuming, comics, media, writing, art/artists, computers, technology, SF/Fantasy/Horror, and more. Additional entertainment includes the annual costume contest, various dances and get-togethers, and multiple musical performances.
Gamestorm - Over 1,000 game enthusiasts attend GameStorm each year to play games, attend panel sessions, visit the dealers hall, and have fun. A major feature of GameStorm is the “Game Lab,” a special programming track for game designers, prototype builders, and people who enjoy playtesting brand new, unpublished games.
Kumoricon - Gaining its namesake (kumori) from the Japanese word "cloudy", we embody everything it means to live in the Northwest and love the Anime fandom. Stretching across generations, anime fans have gathered together for an amazing Labor Day weekend event, rain or shine.
World Horror Convention 2014 - Sponsored by OSFCI in 2014, Portland hosted the annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry; publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider's networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary.
RadCon - The mission of RadCon Guild is to be an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion of Art, Literature, Science, Gaming and Imagination especially in the Science Fiction/Fantasy genres. We support education of the general public in these areas by hosting the RadCon Science Fiction Convention. We will assist individuals and fan-based groups or charities in furtherance of these goals.
Norwescon - The Pacific Northwest’s Premiere Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention and one of the largest regional Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions in the United States. While maintaining a primarily literary focus, Norwescon is large enough to provide a venue for many of the other aspects of Science Fiction and Fantasy and the interests of its fans such as anime, costuming, art, gaming, and much, much more.
RustyCon - An annual science fiction and fantasy convention, held locally in the greater Seattle Area, with approximately 500 – 700 people in attendance. We have multi–track programming, a dealer’s room, an art show, and a hospitality room for the general membership. As a focal point for Northwest Science Fiction/Fantasy fandom, we try to provide something of interest for everyone.
Foolscap - A small weekend conference where readers, writers, visual artists, and other people who love science fiction and fantasy meet, learn, talk to each other, and have a great time together.
Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI) is a group of fans in Portland, Oregon that sponsors science fiction conventions and related events. OSFCI and all OSFCI events are entirely volunteer-run, and any surpluses are donated to recognized non-profit organizations. OSFCI itself is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation.
Northwest Science Fiction Society (NWSFS) - The Seattle-based Northwest Science Fiction Society is one of the largest science fiction groups of its kind in the world Our members can be found in numerous states plus Canada. Though oriented towards literary forms of science fiction, the interests of our members cover all aspects of the field and we reflect their diversity. Whether you are a reader, dreamer, media fan, professional or just like science fiction in all its forms, there is something for you.