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!
Register for ICON 39 membership - register here!
ICON 39 is the same weekend as a home game for the Hawkeyes (and family weekend for the University of Iowa). We have been reassured by the hotel that this will not impact our sleeping room situation for the con, but we expect the hotel will fill quickly when the room block ends with non-congoers, so get your hotel room early. The cut-off date for getting a hotel reservation is October 12, 2014 so don't wait!
T-shirts with a selection of styles, sizes and colors are now available for pre-order 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!
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
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!
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!
And of course the Mindbridge Game Library with it's hundreds of games will be available for free use by our attendees!
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
See our Programming page for more information.
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.
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.
You can also find us on Google+ and on Facebook.
ICON is the original Convention from Mindbridge Foundation