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A.J. Norfield (ajnorfield) | 17 comments Virtual FantasyCon 2016

Hi everyone,

As an experiment I decided to join the Virtual FantasyCon 2016 this year, which is taking place through Facebook, blogs and other websites; starting today: Sunday the 9th of October.

This is an 8-days long event, where each day is focused on a different genre. The organization has been busy for months to put things together and make it a fun experience for those that attend. Though I am not actively involved in the organization (apart from trying out my own booth here: https://www.facebook.com/ajnorfield/ ), I thought I would put the links here, so that those people interested can check in and join the event online:

Epic/Sword & Sorcery Sunday 9th October
https://www.facebook.com/events/518395788285240/
Sci-Fi/Sci-Fantasy/Time-Travel Monday 10th October
https://www.facebook.com/events/670735369748702/
Fairytale/Punk Tuesday 11th October
https://www.facebook.com/events/1046069432177902/
Paranormal/Urban Wednesday 12th October
https://www.facebook.com/events/179836215756673/
Series/Short Stories Thursday 13th October
https://www.facebook.com/events/334550126881544/
Dystopian/Apocalyptic Friday 14th October
https://www.facebook.com/events/1797329573843473/
Dark/GrimDark/Horror Saturday 15th October
https://www.facebook.com/events/699136023567922/
Children/YA Fantasy Sunday 16th October
https://www.facebook.com/events/1112524472168749/

What is Virtual FantasyCon?

In visiting a physical convention each guest would come across author booths, with an author sitting on the other side. Guests would be wandering about the event in costume, celebrating their favourite characters. Perhaps giveaways would take place and panel discussions up on a stage.

Virtual FantasyCon has all of these features, but it is unique in the following ways:
- You don't have leave home to attend.
- Distance is no longer an issue.
- Waiting in line no longer exists.
- It offers an opportunity to connect with participants and find new books and authors.
- To discover new blogs to read or sign up for.
- Artists will share artwork for books as well as original pieces. There will be Panel Discussions via Youtube.
- Fun features, such as Cosplay, the Scavenger Hunt and Giveaways will leave you smiling.

Virtual FantasyCon features:
- Author / Artist / Blogger / Book Service / Publisher Booths
- Scavenger Hunt Booth
- Cosplay Booth
- Vendor Booth (booths relating to craft, book related items, jewellery - limited spots)
- Giveaways
- The Author's Cache Booth
- Panel Discussions and Meet your Author via our Youtube Channel.
- A Keynote Speaker as an introduction.
- Mini Interviews and a chance for each participant to promote and share their creative work or service.


message 2: by S.E., Gray Mouser (new)

S.E. Lindberg (selindberg) | 2183 comments Mod
A.J. wrote: "Virtual FantasyCon 2016

Hi everyone,

As an experiment I decided to join the Virtual FantasyCon 2016 this year, which is taking place through Facebook, blogs and other websites; starting today: Su..."



AJ, this seems very interesting. Please report back on how the format worked. I'm sure there may be some initial issues, but it will likely evolve into something useful.


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