Fans have been holding their own conventions, on an amateur basis, since
at least the 1940s. These events have grown in size, complexity, and diversity,
especially since the early 1970s, and some fans have seen the need to set
on paper some notes about the convention-runners' art, particularly as science
fiction conventions are rather different than mundane conventions.
One of the best sources of hard information and good ideas is SMOFCon,
the annual December convention for conrunners, held in a different city
each year. There are informative proceedings for several past SMOFCons,
each available from a different source. Some regular fanzines have been
good sources for conrunning information, such as Con-TRACT. A few
Web pages offer useful resources, such as the SF-Lovers site (where you
can see the "Baycon Bible" text) and especially Chaz Baden's
at his Web site. A few articles on convention departments are offered here,
plus an annotated bibliography of references and conrunning resources
Web links*), with the hope of meeting your needs.
Please bear in mind that this offering is a sort of smorgasbord; the
only assumption is that you will pick and choose what you need, and adapt
any recommended guidelines or procedures to your convention's circumstances.
Also this is by no means complete, and is being modified and extended all
the time. If you care to contribute. Hint, hint.
References on Convention-Running (A
with Web links). See my welcome page or my list of Web links for Web pages
with more conrunning resources and links.
* Plus Selected Articles: *
-- "Care and Feeding of Media Flacks" by Richard Brandt
-- "Convention Chair's Checklist" by Bruce Farr
-- Fitch on Conventions (Don Fitch)
-- Thoughts On Cincinnati Game Cons (Al Macintyre)
-- On Convention Coordination Committees (in the U.S., Britain, and Canada)
* This article is a DRAFT and I would like your comments and corrections to it.
-- On Convention Publications (GS)
-- A Preliminary V-Con Planning Timetable (GS)
-- On Fanzine Rooms (GS)
-- Thoughts On Conventions (GS), from Scavenger's Newsletter (1987)
-- Readings #1: Constellation Con '83
-- Readings #2: Westercon 44
-- Readings #3: Pinekone II
-- Readings #4: The Northwest Convention League (this is now a link to their Web site, not to my outdated opinions.)
-- Readings #5: The Intersmof E-Mail List
-- Readings #6: Northstar 1 (GS)
-- Runte on Conventions (Robert Runte)
-- Stinson on Conventions (David Stinson)
NOTE: The Smofs e-mail list (not to be confused with Intersmof -GS) have
been discussing the advisability of archiving many materials useful to
committees. My hope is to represent many more materials on the improved
bibliography, about December 1996. In the meantime you may wish to join
the discussion group: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
and include the word "subscribe" in your message.
If you have any comments or corrections to articles I have written and
posted here, or additional entries to submit to my partial bibliography
of resources, please e-mail me at email@example.com.
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