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2004

  The hall costume contest winners are listed on my website in the Sci-Fi Summer 2004 review. http://www.darkfirewolfe.com/cons/SFSummer/2004/sfs04gallery.htm The first place winner has recieved his certificate and I am contacting the 2nd & 3rd place winners to see where to mail their certicates to.

The winners of the 2004 SciFi Sexy Actors are :
male - Hugh Jackman for his role as Wolverine in Xmen1 & 2
female - Alyson Hannigan for her role as Willow on Buffy

Descripton = The Sexy Sci-Fi Actor/tresses panel. As a group, the participants brainstormed about 20 male & female actors in Sci-Fi that were still living that we considered sexy. Then, we narrowed it down to 4 each. The females were Alyson Hannigan (willow), Natalie Portman (star wars), Amy Ackers (on Angel), and Lexa Doig (Andromeda). The males were Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Bruce Cambell (Evil Dead), Sean Connery (highlander movie), and Alan Rickman (Snape in Harry Potter). Then I put up a voting station by registration for the rest of the convention for the crowd to pick their favorites.

here's the details on CBR - we had about 20 people in the audience - we had about 8-10 people to be auctioned off - we raised about $170. You and two girls went for the most money, but I can not recall the amounts. I think you went around 20 and the girls went for about 40 to 60 each.




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2003

GAMING

  Gaming at SciFi Summer Con reached an all time high this year with the games room being near capacity the whole weekend. Everybody had a great time with interesting games mixing old friends with brand new friends for unpredictable play.
  Friday night began the con with a Frag-A-Thon. Steve Jackson's evil little game started slowly with a handful of people, but quickly blossomed into two tables of eight players each. For an added twist of evil, limited teleportation between the tables was available! Open gaming took the rest of the room, and to put it simply, the crowd was loud and happy voices everywhere.
  Saturday found the game room split three ways: One more game of Frag, Chez Geek open gaming and tournament, and a Hero Clix booster draft. Human sized 'Devil Bunny Needs a Ham' was scratched due to the heat of the parking lot, but the crowd in the game room never stopped circulating.
  CheapAss / Open Gaming Sunday was a bigger crowd and success than we anticipated, and actually lasted longer than any other event at the con. In fact, gamers continued to come through, producing OOP games even after the con actually closed!
  We are amazed to say that gaming went from a sideshow distraction for guests waiting for some other event to start, into a full blown con-within-a-con! My thanks to everyone who participated in the games, as the crowd was always pleasant and the games always fun and interesting. I am certain that with next year's expanded facilities (hint, hint Mr. Jones), gaming can expand for even more fun for everyone.

SFSC Game Runner

As assistant head of gaming staff on Sunday, the last day of the con, and I can say that the gaming room was filled with between ten to twenty people playing board and card games all day until we had to kick them out at the end of the con. Overall I believe that it was a very successful gaming con with little problems and very satisfied gamers.

SFSC Game Runner



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MOVIES

On the film/video room itself, everything went smoothly, no major problems arose. I noticed that people read the posted film schedule. I heard people saying, "I want to come back and see this, I want to come back and see that, etc." So a posted schedule helped.
  The room was always well attended, the audiences generally quiet and respectful toward whatever was playing. No Mystery Science Theatre treatment, even though some of the shows deserved it. I got some thanks for showing a LOST IN SPACE because apparently Sci-Fi Channel quit showing that a few years ago.
  Many people walking into the room did a double take when they saw the 16mm projectors, as they are used to the video projectors we see nowadays. Older fans remember the days when a 16mm projector was the only alternative. David Winning was fascinated and tried to catch the first few minutes of most films, he said he wanted to see how "red" the films were. :-)
  Some fans expressed surprise at the number of different shows running on 16mm. Most 16mm material at sci-fi cons of the past tended to be all Star Trek episodes, except for the occasional rented movie. A few noted that many of my films were lowfade with good color.
There was a notable audience change from the VOYAGE episode to TIME TUNNEL. When VOYAGE ran, the audience was mainly male. When TUNNEL started, the guys tended to leave, and were replaced mainly by women. I asked about this on one of the Irwin Allen lists and apparently there is a difference in appeal between the two shows.
  All in all, everyone had a good time in the film room. At times the room was full, such as during MAN FROM UNCLE and SPECTRE. Despite the fact that TJ told me that "nobody will watch any of that old stuff." Well, it's not that old, and it's not stuff. And I try to get newer things all the time, which is not easy. Just about any sci-fi show or movie of any vintage has a cult following.

SFSC Movies Director



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RETROCADE


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ARTSHOW

The Sci-Fi Summer 2003 Art Show Report
  It was very nice to be back at Sci Fi Summer (www.sfscon.net). The con has a new management team which put together the most successful Sci-Fi Summer to date. The con had almost 500 people which is more than the first two Sci-Fi Summers combined! On Saturday the con had to use two hotels.
  The Art Show actually sold out about two weeks before the con. Before the show we had many, many artists inquire how to get space in the show but unfortunately we couldn’t get all the artists in that wanted to be in the show. We had much more space than last year. This year we had our first Artist Guest of Honor in Michael Weaver. Mike also made some killer cover art for the con program book.
  The show did about $2600 which was much better than last year. 25 people signed up for bid numbers. Almost every artist sold something. Ruth and Nene were the big sellers. We sold 70 pieces which was ten more than last year. We only had 1 piece go to auction (we raised the number of bids to go to voice auction to 3) and we had a lot of pieces with single bids which were quickly bought up when the bidding was stopped at 12:00 pm on Sunday. The auction was at 1:00.
  There was always a good stream of traffic. We had a large variety of all types of work from 3D paintings, jewelry, mirrors, and many other types of work. Once again our RetailEdge network worked perfect and we can now take credit cards! See you in 2004!

SFSC Art Show Director



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REGISTRATION




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EVENTS


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PARTIES


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OVERALL / ATTENDEE


Just a quick note to let you know that I had a blast at Sci Fi Summer. Both my wife and I enjoyed ourselves a lot. It's good to see a new con coming about. Hopefully next year we can get more together for a Star Wars Trivia contest from the Hothlanta Rebels. Though I can say that the SW panel we ran went over really well. The room was full at least.
As for the bad...
* Have more day activities and don't have so many of the evening ones conflicting on the schedule.
* Choose a more cooperative and enthusiastic hotel. The location was great, the hotel staff wasn't.
* Put dealers in an air conditioned hotel area. The heat was hard to deal with when trying to shop.
* Registration was really bad. There was no organization in getting badges. No line for pre-reg vs. buy at the door.

Hothlanta Rebels leader

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Overall, this show ran pretty well, considering that we put it together in only 3 months! Despite some coordination difficulties, SFSC staff worked together well, this even considering that the staff had many new members this year! I am proud of what the SFSC staff pulled together. Noteably, we could have used at least 10 more staff, and that is the goal for SFSC 2004.
  We had a few schedule conflicts this time around, unfortunately.
  Fans stepped up to play the CD Discus, but most decided instead that they just wanted to fling the CDs at the storage container to smash them. Very fun for all participants, except the folks attending the ARTC performance nearby! The ARTC show leaderstepped out to complain, and before I could respond the Discus participants complained back that it was a scheduled event, not to be interfered with!
  I received a few unhappy remarks pushed into my ears Saturday night from fans that we should not have forced them to choose between the Mystery Men Costume contest and the CBR. I totally agree, and the next goal is not to slot 2 major events against each other if at all possible. We are not a big enough show (yet) where we do not have room to maneuver with these events.
  As to complaints about the hotel interfering with parties, conduct of hotel staff, the pavillion tent, etc, apologies on that. The answer is simple - we will Not be at this hotel in 2004.
  Come Sunday of the con, when I had only a few brain cells left to rub together, I was pleased to hear many fans saying how much fun they had. At that time, I was not sure if they felt sorry for my worn condition and were saying what I wanted to hear, or if they really meant it, or both. But thanks to all those attendees, either way! That was the encouragement I needed to get remotivated to start planning for 2004. And, I hope that all attendees and staff had at least some good fun during the show.
  To overall content, I was blown away by the fact that for a show our size, we had 25 discussion panels, and almost that many events, as well as the standard activities such as the artshow, retrocade, gaming, and movies! Thanks to all who attended, and hope to see you back again in 2004.

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  SFSC 2003 looked to me to be a great success. The Mystery Men costume contest was a big hit, and I think having Mr. Burden as a judge made more people go to it that normal. outside, the 'boffer battles' seemed to be a sort of 'remember when' for sci-fi and fantasy geeks alike. I never saw more than maybe 5 people out at a time, but whenever people walked by, they'd get an adrenaline rush and ask for a weapon, almost like fight club.
  I'd have to say the thing I remember the best was the con suite- the suite-masters did an outstanding job, and the whole room had a sort of Cheers bar feel to it. Aside from a few random problems, I think it was the best SFSC yet.

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  I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed the Con. Small "personable" cons are so much more important than the big ones.<
There was a definite wave of "family and friendship" throughput the whole weekend, which was very refreshing.
The only negatives I saw were the rough opening Friday night and the lack of people at the discussions. I know how tough the traffic was Friday night but you need to be ready to go when you say you will be.
The panels were not supported by the attendees and I know that is not your fault but it was still rough to see 1 or 2 people in the rooms...
Lets face it, Emerald Rose rocked, your staff was great, the atmosphere throughout was relaxed and fun...
Great Time, can't wait until next year...

Bill - Attendee

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  Just a quick note to let you know I had a great time this past weekend. I did not see Sandy Lynne anywhere. Did she cancel? The only real problem I saw was that you need to streamline the registration process a little bit. All in all it was great.

Morgan - Attendee

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  The slave auction and the costume contest were going on at the same time. Perhaps you should have the auction on friday to avoid this.
I heard a lot of complaints about the hotel. Have you thought about the downtown Raddison Inn in Atlanta? The rooms are about the same price but the pool and hottub are indoors and on the partyroom floor. You wouldnt have to worry about the pool being closed down before the dive in movie was over.
I think you did a excellent job this year. Hopefully, you'll have anoter 300+ spurt in memberships next year so you can go to a better time and venue.

Roger - Attendee, Dead Pirates

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