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MarsCon 2013

Programming Challenge

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Here is a small sample of the amazing programming featured in MarsCons past:

1999 Fans shared insights, news, and anxieties regarding then upcoming Lucas Masterpiece: Star Wars/Episode One: The Phantom Menace. This panel was alternatively titled, “I have a very bad feeling about this.”
2000 Fan Guest of Honor Jack Borkowski helped create an entire Klingon track of programming for the weekend including discussions about Klingon Sex, Advanced Costuming and a Cold Terror Fleet Assembly.
2001 Make-up Artist Carl Taliaferro transformed “Alien Actor” (and recent Guinness Book of World Records holder) Bill Blair into a Minbari in time for Masquerade.
2002 Author Lyda Morehouse participated in a marathon thirteen programming events including readings from Archangel Protocol and her memorable Closing Ceremonies appearance as a diva equipped with feather boa.
2003 Writing team Sharon Lee and Steve Miller of the Liaden novels schooled everyone on the finer points of cat whisker collecting.
2004 We experienced synergy as Dr. Demento, John M. Ford, Richard Biggs and Baron Dave Romm performed in a live radio show to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Shockwave Radio.
2005 Stephanie Gannaway-Osborn gave a riveting presentation highlighting her years working on the Space Shuttle program and the International Space Station.
2006 Despite a two-hour delay on main stage which bumped Chicago’s Buffy the Musical (Once More, With Feeling) Shadowcast Performance to 2:00 a.m., cast and crew performed in front of a packed audience. Carrie Dahlby portrayed Buffy to Luke Ski’s Spike.
2007 Local Dalek fans showed us what goes into building a Dalek, where to get started with your Dalek plans, and how not to get exterminated by your own Dalek.
2008 Master costumers combined forces for a wig/make-up/costume demo to create a geisha while prop masters hosted a Prop-a-Torium Tour with everything from Fan Made Props, “Officially Licensed” props, and a few actual (a.k.a real) items from a few movies!
2009 The Mad Science Fire and Ice show stole the show as one of the mad scientists demonstrated scientific principles and used dry ice to shower volunteers with clouds, bubbles and spooky fog.
2010 Fans paid homage to Gwynyth Walsh (B’Etor of Star Trek’s Duras sisters) by performing “Sisters” from White Christmas while dressed as the Klingon sisters.
2011 Members of Steam Century Kaposia hosted a semi-informal Steampunk Fashion Show & Tell as well as a Steam Century Mystery game and pre-mystery tea with cookies and conversation.
2012 Apocalypse Disco Bunker: Music & Dance Party made its debut in a hard-to-find-but-well-worth-the-effort 3rd floor room where hip hopping, dubstepping, jive talking and astounding decorations could be found.
2013 What have you got?

Please think about what you’ve seen and liked in past years or at past cons…or maybe what you’ve never seen yet that would be wonderful. Write it down and share it with us by posting your idea for an event to our programming ideas form.

MarsCon depends on you, the attendees, for much of our programming. The best ideas always come from attendees, so please share your ideas with us. As always, MarsCon is immensely grateful for the incredible programming we receive each year from artists, authors, guests, musicians, singers, actors, fan groups, clubs and individuals. Warmest thanks.

MarsCon 2013
March 1-3, 2013

Crowne Plaza Hotel and Suites

3 Appletree Square
Bloomington, MN 55425

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