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October 31 - November 2, 2014      Cedar Rapids Marriott

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Coming back in Fall 2014, ICON, Iowa's longest-running science fiction and fantasy convention,
is returning to the Cedar Rapids Marriott on October 31 – November 2, 2014!

The Marriott Hotel room block is now full however...

Jori has arranged for a small block of rooms (10 rooms for each night) at the Baymont on 1220 Park Place in Cedar Rapids, IA. This hotel is walking distance from the Marriott. There are rooms for Thursday through Sunday of ICON 39.
The room rate at the Baymont is $79 (plus taxes) for 1-2 people per room.
To reserve a room at the Baymont: call phone number 877-361-2496 and provide the confirmation number 74616445 to book your room. Note - you must call the 877-361-2496 number and not the hotel's local number!
The cut-off date for getting a hotel reservation is October 12, 2014 so don't wait!

Another possible option

As of Sept 19, there are a few rooms available at Residence Inn by Marriott Cedar Rapids hotel, located off of I-380 and Collins Road NE. They are more expensive. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cidri-residence-inn-cedar-rapids/

Check-list for ICON 39!

  1. Register for ICON 39
  2. Register for ICON 39 membership - register here!

  3. Reserve your Hotel Rooms - they are still available
  4. A few rooms are available at the nearly Baymont so get your hotel room early. The cut-off date for getting a hotel reservation is October 12, 2014 so don't wait!

  5. Tshirts are available for pre-order
  6. T-shirts with a selection of styles, sizes and colors are now available for pre-order until October 1, 2014 for pickup at ICON. While we will have T-shirts available for purchase at ICON there will be only one choice for color and two for styles - order one (or more) now!

Do you have everything checked off this list yet?

Our Wonderful Guests of Honor

Check out our Guests page for more information on them
Hugo and Campbell winning author Elizabeth Bear
World Fantasy finalist author Scott Lynch
Artist Lar deSouza
Artist Megan Lara
Toastmaster Jim C. Hines

Dealers so far - more to come!

Hell on Wheels Gregg Parmentier Mohr Creations Fyne Hats by Felicity King Zombie John Soukup - Kettleart.deviantart.com Glen Cook Jayne Danger Harlan's Emporium of the Curious and Bizarre

9th Annual Iowa City Zombie March 9/27/2014

ICON and Mindbridge (the parent organization of ICON, Gamicon and AnimeIowa) are proud to once again support the Iowa City Zombie March. This year the march's charities include Waypoint, Iowa City Humane Society and Table to Table.
This year's theme is Broadway Musicals! See Zombiemarch.org for more information on this fun event.
Click here to see photos from a few of previous year's Zombie Marches,

Fundraiser for kids sponsored by our sister convention Gamicon

Extra Life 24 hour gaming event at The Hobby Corner 8 AM Saturday, October 25, 2014 through 8 AM Sunday - co sponsored by The Hobby Corner and Gamicon. This is a charity fund-raiser for The UIHC Children's Hospital. Team Gamicon is trying to raise $1,000. Please go to http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=14884 and donate now. Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.

Student Art Show forms are available

Student Art Show forms are available on the Art Show page

Calling all Costumers

Calling all Costumers....This year we will have two opportunities for costumers to show off their best alter-ego(s) to be judged by others.

Friday night (you know... Halloween (10/31/2014) at the dance in the Rosewood room, costumers will be able to sign in and get a number...then they can go show off their handiwork to other ICON attendees. It will then be up to the individual ICON attendees to decide their favorite costume/costumer and vote. Voting will also take place in or near the Rosewood room during the dance. We will announce the winner of the ICON 39 attendee voted costume contest during the Masquerade on Saturday evening.

Saturday (11/1/2014) at 5PM (this is earlier than normal due to Wylde Nept playing on Saturday night this year at ICON 39) we will have the traditional ICON Masquerade Contest. Contestants will have a chance to step on stage and show off their costume to a panel of esteemed judges. ICON 39 encourages individuals of all ages, genders and skill sets to join in on costuming fever. Costumes can be entered into both contests or costumers can create two costumes and show off one each at both contests.
(please note this is a different time than in previous years)

More details to come, but the big thing is you can enter the same costume into both contests or you can make two costumes and enter a new creation each contest. This is the basic summary of these two events, but hopefully it gets the point across.... start planning and sewing now... so you are ready to rock the dance and then the stage with your best costume at ICON 39!

Room Parties and the Room Party Contest

Yes, ICON will be having room parties! The Garner's Karaoke party will be there as well as parties sponsored by other conventions and several just for fun! If you want to host a room party, PLEASE contact us below to make sure we get your room assigned to the second floor! More information is on the Room Party page!

Gaming? Yes, ICON has GAMING

The Cedar Rapids Room is dedicated to gaming starting Friday afternoon and running through Sunday afternoon

And of course the Mindbridge Game Library with it's hundreds of games will be available for free use by our attendees!

Looking for LARP

The ICON 39 concom is looking for input about Live Action Roleplaying (LARPing) at ICON 39. Do attendees want a LARP? Anyone have "running a weekend LARP at an ICON" as a line-item on their bucket list? Let us know if you want to see a LARP run at ICON 39...if you have suggestions on someone to run a LARP at ICON 39....or if you want to step up and run a LARP at ICON 39. Email suggestions, options, etc to info @ iowa-icon.com

Wylde Nept is playing Saturday evening!

See our Programming page for more information.

2DKits will be at ICON 39!

2DKits.com is a creation of Dwayne and Dale. Playing with simple electronic circuits (in this case, blinkies),
they found it was unpleasantly expensive to create a handful of boards, as the price breaks don't kick in
until several hundred boards. And don't even get them started on the individual components...

2DKits is their way to do heavy electronic geeking, and allow other people to have fun at a reasonable cost and keep them from going broke in the process.

Currently Dale and Dwayne have several "blinkie" kits for sale. They are small boards running various PIC processors (16F688 and 12F683) to drive flashing patterns on various arrangements of LEDs, some with a push buttons, with communication via the RC-5 IR protocol. Without sounding too gushy, they are probably near the top in terms of expertise regarding these PICs. Well, that's what you get when you cross years of software engineering design experience, PICs, LEDs, and fun.

Art & Benefit Auction

Bid on the hottest artwork from our art show, or raise some money for our Charity. This year, our Charity is the Rusty Hevelin Collection at the Special Collections at the University of Iowa Library! For more information on the Rusty Hevelin Collection, check out the collection at blog.lib.uiowa.edu and the collection progress on tumblr.com.


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