By this time, you may have seen a stray Tweet or Facebook post that suggested that Shroud is hosting a con in 2011. The fact is, Mark Wholley, Danny Evarts, and John Morse and I had been discussing the possibility since returning from Context in Ohio earlier this year. We realized that with all of the expense, effort, and stress that went into attending cons, Shroud could quite reasonably host one and achieve many of the same goals.
Mark came up with the name, "Anthology." It is a word that we are all very familiar with. A collection of stories from different authors, and sometimes expanded to include other forms of art as well.
Anthology 2011 (or "AnthoCon") will showcase the creative brilliance of authors and artists within imaginative genres including (but not limited to) Horror, Mystery, Noir, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical, Steampunk, Bizzaro, and the convergence of art and literature within these genres in graphic novels, comics, and games.
Here are some of the details:
WHEN IS IT?
November 11-13, 2011 (Veteran's Day weekend)
WHERE IS IT?
Best Western Wynwood Hotel & Suites
580 US Route 1, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
The Roundabout Diner and Lounge (adjacent to the hotel)
WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
In our planning discussion, we quickly agreed on a few key principles:
1. The conference would encompass a variety of genres;
2. It would provide an enriching experience for writers, artists and the fans of both;
3. We would provide a comprehensive schedule of panels, workshops, and activities, but would not overburden or overwhelm our guests and attendees;
4. We would create excellent commercial and networking opportunities for visiting authors, publishers, and vendors by maximizing our substantial contacts within the local community, media, art and literary scene, and universities;
5. Finally, as it is now a Shroud tradition, there would be opportunities for fun, frivolity and friendship.
WHAT WILL THE SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?
Simple, functional, uncluttered. It is our goal that each workshop, reading and panel be well-designed and well-attended. Fewer workshops translate into greater attendance for each. Furthermore, we want to continually drive traffic to the dealer room. We have found that an overburdened workshop schedule inhibits the ability of attendees to browse at their own relaxed pace. As a result, we have decided on a TWO track workshop/panel discussion format. This means that workshops will occur in two conference rooms, instead of six or eight.
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
2PM: Arrival, check in, registration
5PM: Dealer Room Opens
7PM: Welcome reception (passed appetizers, cash bar)
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011
9AM: Dealer Room Opens
9AM to 5PM: Workshops, panel discussions
7PM to 1AM: Shroud Party, Awards, Open Mic, Dancing (passed appetizers and cash bar)
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011
9AM: Dealer Room Opens
9AM to 12PM: Panels, reading, signings
3PM: Dealer room closes
6PM: Dead Dog Party in the Roundabout Lounge
While this is subject to change, we feel that the schedule is loose enough for attendees to network, visit Portsmouth's historical and cultural attractions, and visit the dealer room. We are also working on additional content and activities including:
A juried art exhibit
A field trip to downtown Portsmouth
WHO'S GOING TO BE THERE?
The list is growing so quickly I'll need a whole new post to tell you! Coming up soon.
Contact Tim for more information.