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Minneapolis October 7-9

The annual international science fiction, fantasy, gaming, and comics convention for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people and their friends!


CONVENTION NEWS


REGISTRATION

CONVENTION MEMBERSHIP RATES

You can pre-register for a con membership for $65. The offer is good until September 12, 2016 when online registation closes.
Click here to register online!
At-the-door registration is $80.

A new membership option for 2016 is a Sponsor ticket. Sponsors of Gaylaxicon receive a full membership, banquet ticket, promotional materials, and invitations to pre-con events. Sponsor Gaylaxicon 2016 now for $150.

You can also purchase a $40 Supporting membership to Gaylaxicon 2016 if you can't commit right now. This will lock you into the $65 pre-reg rate--simply upgrade to a full membership at the convention for only $25. If you can't make it, you'll still be supporting the con and we really appreciate it!

If you are under the age of 18, please review our Young Adults Policy. Email for any membership questions.

Gaylaxicon 2016 is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible and do not count towards a convention membership.


CONVENTION HOURS

Gaylaxicon 2016 begins Friday October 7th, 2016 around Noon and ends Sunday October 9th, 2016 around Midnight.

Some events – such as the gaming area – run 24 hours. Other events – such as Registration, the Con Suite and the Dealer's Room – operate only at specified hours. We'll post a schedule of times for our major events on our web site when they become available. The schedule will also be available in the program book at the convention.


HOTEL

Reservations

Reserve your hotel room for Gaylaxicon 2016! Use the link to get a low $99 per night rate, which includes guest wi-fi.

Gaylaxicon 2016 will take place at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place. Located on the border between Minneapolis and St. Louis Park, the Doubletree is well placed for freeway access and local food, shopping and entertainment. You can view additional information about the Doubletree via their website.

Help us make a better convention (and meet our hotel room contract) and book through our room block.

ADDRESS

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Minneapolis-Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416

(952) 542-8600


GUESTS

Guests of Honor:

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Eleanor Arnason

Eleanor Arnason published her first story in 1973. Since then, she has published six novels and almost fifty works of shorter fiction. Her novel A Woman of the Iron People won the Tiptree and Mythopoeic Society Awards. Her novel Ring of Swords won a Minnesota Book Award. Her story "Dapple" won the Spectrum Award, and other stories have been finalists for the Nebula, Hugo, Sturgeon, Sidewise, and Kindred Awards. She lives in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Her current goals are to finish the long-past-due sequel to Ring of Swords and to get back to Iceland.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

NOVELS:

  • The Sword Smith (New York, Condor Press, 1978).
  • To the Resurrection Station (New York, Avon Books, 1986).
  • Daughter of the Bear King (New York, Avon Books, 1987).
  • A Woman of the Iron People (New York, William Morrow, 1993).
  • Ring of Swords (New York, Tor Books, 1993).
  • Tomb of the Fathers (Seattle, Aqueduct Press, 2010).
  • Hidden Folk: Icelandic Fantasies (Many Worlds Press, 2014).

COLLECTIONS:

  • Ordinary People (Seattle, Aqueduct Press, 2005).
  • Mammoths of the Great Plains (Oakland, PM Press, 2010).
  • Big Mama Stories (Seattle, Aqueduct Press, 2013)

MISCELLANEOUS SHORT FICTION:

  • "A Clear Day in the Motor City," New Worlds 5 (New York. Avon Books, 1973).
  • "The Warlord of Saturn's Moons," New Worlds 6 (New York. Avon Books, 1974).
  • "Ace 167," Orbit 15 (New York, Harper & Row, 1974).
  • "The House by the Sea," Orbit 16 (New York, Harper & Row, 1974).
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Gordon Bellamy

Gordon Bellamy is proud to be a Visiting Scholar at the USC Games program, helping to cultivate the next generation of leaders in our craft.

Bellamy has played key business and product leadership roles at Tencent, Electronic Arts, as a designer on Madden NFL Football, and MTV, and consulted for numerous companies in the industry.

Previously, Gordon has served as Executive Director of both of the game industry's trade organizations: the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences; and the developers membership organization, the International Game Developers Association. Gordon has also participated in the judging committee for the Game Marketing Summit Awards, which celebrate the best in marketing, advertising and design within interactive and game entertainment. Gordon is a graduate of Harvard College, and resides with his husband Joe Heally, and 3 dogs, Cyber, Cooper, and Colby in North Hills, California.

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Zack Karlsson

Zack is currently CEO & Co-Founder of Change My Path, Inc., an Education Technology startup that is using his background in games to make education a little more accessible and compelling. Previously, he was the Vice President of Business Development and Digital Platforms at Capcom U.S.A., a leading publisher of video games. At Capcom, Zack's responsibilities included the Mobile, Social, and Digital Formats business units where he had general P&L responsibility, managed all staff and reporting, and oversaw all Pan-Western business development activities across all platforms.

Prior, as the Vice President of Business Development at Double Fine Productions, Inc., Zack managed all non-production related activities at Tim Schafer's award winning development studio, including Operations, Finance, Marketing, and Business Development and Strategy. Prior to that, he was the Senior Director of Business Development at NAMCO BANDAI Games America, Inc., where he was integral to the projection acquisition strategy and implementation, and day-to-day operation of managing the top-tier portfolio of this leading interactive entertainment software publisher.

Before his time at NBGA, Zack held various positions throughout the industry, primarily in the MMO space. As the Director of Business Development for Sigil Games Online, he was additionally responsible for Community Development, Marketing, and Public Relations. He has also held a variety of positions at Sony Online Entertainment where he was instrumental in their global strategies on EverQuest, EverQuest 2, Planetside, and Star Wars Galaxies.

In addition to his professional commitment to the video games industry, Zack is an avid gamer. He travels more often than he would like, and spends every free moment he can blowing bubbles underwater in Monterey Bay, California.

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David Maxine

Owner and co-founder of HUNGRY TIGER PRESS

Hungry Tiger Press was founded in 1994 and is owned and operated by David Maxine. They publish books, comics, and compct discs with a special focus on the works of L. Frank Baum and the Land of Oz.

David Maxine was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and he grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he was introduced to the Land of Oz by his second grade teacher, Mrs. Lena Strong, at Monte Vista Elementary School. He received his BFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 1990, and he received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama in 1993. In addition to running his publishing company he has also been a Scenic Designer serving as Resident Designer at Bard College for several years. He has designed many productions inlcuding Sweeney Todd for Skylight Opera in Milwaukee.

He received a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Historical Album" as Producer of the 2 CD set Vintage Recordings from the 1903 Broadway Musical The Wizard of Oz which was also nominated for "Best Research in Recorded Popular Music" in the ARSC Awards for Excellence sponsored by the Association of Recorded Sound Collections.

In 2005 David Maxine was presented with the L. Frank Baum Memorial Award by the International Wizard of Oz Club.

David Maxine lives in San Diego, California, with his partner Eric Shanower (creator of Age of Bronze) and their dog, a Boston Terrier named The Road to Oz.

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F. Wesley Schneider

Editor-in-chief at Paizo Inc. and co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, F. Wesley Schneider is the author of dozens of Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons products. Aside from having passionate opinions about horror, world-building, and storytelling, he's spoken at length on inclusivity and GLBTQ topics in gaming. His first novel, Bloodbound, was recently released from Tor, while his next major gaming works, The Hellfire Compact and In Search of Sanity, debut in 2016. You can follow Wes on Twitter at @FWesSchneider.

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Eric Shanower

Eric Shanower is the award-winning cartoonist of the graphic novel series Age of Bronze (Image Comics), which retells the story of the Trojan War. He wrote the graphic novel Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW). With Skottie Young, he adapted L. Frank Baum's Oz books to award-winning, New York Times best selling graphic novels (Marvel Comics). Shanower's past comics work includes his own Oz graphic novel series, currently available as Adventures in Oz (IDW), and art for An Accidental Death by Ed Brubaker (Fantagraphics), The Elsewhere Prince by Moebius and R-JM Lofficier (Marvel/Epic/Les Humanoides), and Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor (Dark Horse Comics). He has illustrated for television, magazines, and children's books. He lives in San Diego.

Visit the website of his award-winning graphic novel series Age of Bronze, or find him at ericshanower.com, on Facebook, and Goodreads.

Attending Professionals:

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Jeff Butler

Jeff Butler entered in the computer gaming industry in 1999 as the Customer Service Manager at Verant Interactive, where he built the CS team for the MMORPG EverQuest. He became the Producer of EverQuest during its heyday and managed ongoing live operations and the first three expansions of the game.

He left to co-found Sigil Games Online and worked on Vanguard: Saga of Heroes as Executive Producer and company President throughout development of the game. Jeff is now planning to launch another company dedicated to what he believes will be the next leap forward in entertainment technology: Augmented Reality.

Jeff's experience in MMORPG development and executive management throughout the years is coupled with a fanatic pursuit of games going back to the earliest pen-and-paper RPGs, boardgames, and miniatures. His passion for the games he plays is poured into the games he makes.

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Kyell Gold

Kyell Gold has won twelve Ursa Major awards and two Coyotl Awards for his stories and novels, and his acclaimed novel Out of Position won the Rainbow Award for Best Gay Novel of 2009. His novel Green Fairy was nominated for inclusion in the ALA's "Over the Rainbow" list for 2012.

He was not born in California, but now considers it his home. He loves to travel and dine out with his husband Kit Silver, and can be seen at furry conventions around the world. More information about him and his books is available at http://www.kyellgold.com.

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Ginn Hale

Ginn Hale lives with her lovely wife and two indolent cats in the Pacific Northwest. She spends the many rainy days tinkering with devices and words. Her first novel, Wicked Gentlemen, won the Spectrum Award for best novel. Her publications include the Lord of the White Hell, Champion of the Scarlet Wolf, and the Rifter trilogy: The Shattered Gates, The Holy Road and His Sacred Bones. Her most recent novellas include Things Unseen and Deadly, from the Irregulars Anthology and Swift and the Black Dog from Charmed and Dangerous.

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Catherine Lundoff

Catherine Lundoff is the award-winning author of Night's Kiss (Lethe Press, 2009) and Crave (Lethe Press, 2007) as well as A Day at the Inn, A Night at the Palace and Other Stories (Lethe Press, 2011) and Silver Moon: A Wolves of Wolf's Point Novel (Lethe Press, 2012). She is the editor of Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades: Lesbian Ghost Stories (Lethe Press, 2008) and the co-editor, with JoSelle Vanderhooft, of the Rainbow Award-winning anthology Hellebore and Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic (Lethe Press, 2011). Visit http://catherinelundoff.com.

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Lyda Morehouse

A local Twin Cities writer, Lyda is well known for her LINK Angel series, a blend of cyberpunk and the heavenly host. Her characters transcend the gender spectrum, and explore cross cultural religious themes. When she isn't pitting AIs against angels, she also writes supernatural romance novels under the nom de plume Tate Hallaway.

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Barbara Schulz

Comic Artist, Printmaker and Associate Professor, Barbara Schulz has worked in numerous fields in the comic industry, from editor, mainstream comic inker to Mini-comic artist and publisher. She just completed an artist residency at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium where she silkscreen a limited edition book of her current project Hitchhiker Vinegarettes, a comic memoir of growing up, and coming out in a broken home during 1960's.

Her inking has been credited in DC, Dark Horse, Image Comics and Devils Due Comics on such titles as Books of Magic, G.I. Joe and Micronauts. When Barbara is not putting pen to paper, she teaches Comic Art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Her work can be seen at barbaraschulzink.com.

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Briana Lawrence and Jessica Walsh

Thirteen years ago, Briana Lawrence (Brichibi Cosplays) and Jessica Walsh (Snow Tigra/SnowCosplays) were two fanfiction-writing ladies who geeked out over Gundam Wing boys and Resident Evil. Now? They're still geeks and still have their fandoms, but they're also a cosplaying couple who write books, make crafts, and are generally nerdy women. Snow is the sewer of the couple, and meanwhile, Brichibi talks about issues in the cosplay community and how the most important thing about cosplay is to love yourself and have fun. She talks about these issues both on her page and at conventions where she gives a panel encouraging positivity in the community. With this positive message in mind, the two have begun to offer geeky fashions for people of all sizes, their work being featured on websites like "Fashionably Geek," "The Curvy Fashionista," and "The Mary Sue."

When they're not sewing or crafting, the two women are writing. Together, they have started a book series — Seeking the Storyteller, and each woman has individual works that range from published books, anthologies, and freelance writing for places like Apex Magazine, xoJane, WatchMojo.com, and more.

When going to conventions they always bring their best so that they can promote their work. You can enjoy their crafts, get lost in their urban fantasy series, or heck, you can come by for a hug and fun conversations about cosplay, anime, or video games. Always promoting positivity and always supporting one another, Brichibi and Snow are smiling their way through the geek scene.

Check out their websites here:
Main site: www.sewntogetherreflections.com
Brichibi Cosplays on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/brichibicosplays
Snow Tigra on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/snowcosplays

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Warren Rochelle

Warren Rochelle has taught English at the University of Mary Washington since 2000. Rochelle's short fiction and poetry have appeared in various journals, including the North Carolina Literary Review, Forbidden Lines, Aboriginal Science Fiction, Colonnades, Graffiti, Collective Fallout, Queer Fish 2, Jaelle Her Book, and Icarus, as well as the Asheville Poetry Review, GW Magazine, Crucible, The Charlotte Poetry Review, Quantum Fairy Tales, and Romance and Beyond. His short story, "The Golden Boy (published in The Silver Gryphon) was a Finalist for the 2004 Gaylactic Spectrum Award for Best Short Story.

Most recently, his short story, "Finroc macFinniel Silmaire," was published in the inaugural Summer 2015 issue of Empty Oaks.

Rochelle is the author of three novels: The Wild Boy (2001), Harvest of Changelings (2007), and The Called (2010), all published by Golden Gryphon Press. He also published a critical work on Le Guin and academic articles in various journals and essay collections.

He is at work on a collection of gay-themed retellings of traditional fairy tales and has just finished a novel about a gay werewolf and his godling-boyfriend.

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Ellen Kuhfeld

I was born in 1941 as Albert Kuhfeld. There was a library near my home, and in first grade I was reading Doctor Dolittle, Mary Poppins, and the science fiction of John W. Campbell. Somebody put them all together in a kids' bookshelf just inside the door. For sixty years now, I've wondered if they did that on purpose.

Around the age of fifty I decided half a century as a man was more than enough, and began switching over to the female side of the fence. By Bastille Day of 1997 I was all the way over the fence and applied for citizenship in Women's Country. It wasn't a whim, it was simply Time.

I'd had a historical novel in process for years. After I retired, I finished it. I can't tell much difference between the pages written on testosterone, and the pages written on estrogen. It's out on Amazon as Secret Murder. The old Norse laws required you to claim your killings. If you didn't, it was secret murder, a much worse crime.

I've also been writing fan-fiction, available on Fanfiction.net. Just search for the only author named Kuhfeld. Different Colors mixes up Ranma ½ and Sailor Moon, with a few other series lightly mixed in. If you are at all familiar with Ranma ½, you know what is going on; but to quote from one chapter, "...these days, I'm not even sure what species I am. Not bein' sure what sex I am ain't as big a deal as that."

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Marc DeBauch

Marc DeBauch has been creating homoerotic fantasy and science fiction art for over 30 years. Raised by a conservative family, and forced to go to Catholic grade school, Marc only rebelled against the repressive nature of the church. (This is still evident in some of his religious art.) At the age of 23 he joined the sex cult of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, changed his name to Satyarthi, wore only red clothing, sold all of his worldly possessions, (except his paint brushes), and moved to India. When he returned to the USA in 1980, Marc began to paint turbulent landscapes and fantasy art, including homoerotic subjects. In 1993 his art was the subject of censorship by the Hennepin County Health Department, when copies of his graphic safe sex manual Yeah, But is it Safe Sex? were destroyed by county officials. In 1995 Marc won first place in the Tom of Finland Foundation's Emerging Erotic Artists Contest. Since then, his art has been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, erotic art festivals, gay pride festivals, Gaylaxicon (2009) and BentCon (2014). His paintings have been published in books as well as numerous new age and adult magazines. In recent years… his art was published by Kennedy Publishing in Capolavoro di Uomo: Masterpiece of Man (2013). In 2014 the French magazine Character and the German gay art and literature anthology Mein Schwule Auge 11, both did multipage features on Marc's art.

Most recently (2015) Bruno Gmüender published STROKE: From Under the Mattress to Out the Open. The book is an anthology of historic homoerotic artists that illustrated for the gay porn magazines between 1950-1999.

Marc's comic art has also been published by Class Comics in Class Comics Heroes in Peril Meaty (2014) and Class Comics Hookups Meaty (2015).

Marc has a website of his art and a Tumblr blog devoted to exposing hundreds of international erotic artists to the rest of the world.

Marc's interests include archeology, zoology, astrology, mythology, botany, art history and dog obedience training. Marc currently lives in Minneapolis with Eduardo, his husband of 25 years, their Boxer dog, Fausto and angel fish, Angela Merkel.

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Terrance Griep

Professional wrestler Tommy "The SpiderBaby" Saturday began his writing career after he lost a specially-stipulated match. (Had he won, a coal miner's glove would have been surgically grafted onto his opponent's nose.) To minimize the obvious damage this development would do to his athletic calling, and because the name Neil Gaiman was already taken, Tommy adopted the pen name Terrance Griep which loosely translates to "the smooth, tender, febrile, Roman clan member from the knolls who faintly resembles Thor." Tommy has worked in multiple literary fields, including comic books, fiction, and nonfiction.

Within the field of funnybooks, Tommy has published stories featuring DC Comics' Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Lobo, the Question, and the Riddler, but he's best known as a frequent contributor to Scooby-Doo! and Scooby-Doo, Where Are you? He's also written for Image's Big Bang Comics and Savage Dragon, along with dozens of independent publishers.

Within the realm of fiction, Tommy has contributed short stories to anthologies Dark Spectrum, Savorosity, Speculative Valentine Drabbles, and Spooky Halloween Drabbles. Subjects include Necro Americans, black-eyed children, one-eyed martyrs, green-eyed vampires, two-headed turtle boys, and a super-villain who knows just where to the ottoman goes.

Within the arena of nonfiction, Tommy has sold hundreds of articles to publications as varied as The Advocate, Instinct Magazine, and Star Trek Monthly. Some of these entailed interviews with Clive Barker, John Waters, and Esera Tuaolo, along with lots of people whose names he has since forgotten.

Despite the above setbacks, Tommy has continued to wrestle professionally. Recognized by Out Magazine as America's first openly gay grappler, The SpiderBaby has earned twelve championships and was twice featured in the documentary film Dropkick Minnesota. He has also been a guest on Coast To Coast AM, a radio program heard in over 600 markets. The International Gay Outdoors Organization recognized him as one of the Nine Toughest Gays in America. He also served as Crunch, the Minnesota Timberwolves mascot, for exactly one game. And he has no idea where the ottoman goes.

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Karen Shoffner and Victoria Stagg Elliott

Karen and Victoria self-publish LGBT science fiction and fantasy through Tulabella Ruby Press under the pen names Elizabeth Andre and Danielle Summers. Elizabeth Andre is the author of The Time Slip Girl, an interracial lesbian time travel romance. Danielle Summers is the author of The Prince's Assassin, a gay erotic action/adventure fantasy set on the planet of Oranto.

Victoria is a long time science fiction fan who has been attending conventions since she was a kid. Karen is a more recent science fiction fan, former band nerd and current accomplished amateur jazz and classical pianist. They have been legally married to each other since 2008.

They think self-publishing is like crack. Once you try it, you'll never go back.

The website of Tulabella Ruby Press
Elizabeth Andre's blog
Danielle Summer's website

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Melissa Scott

Melissa Scott was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and studied history at Harvard College. She earned her PhD from Brandeis University in the comparative history program with a dissertation titled "The Victory of the Ancients: Tactics, Technology, and the Use of Classical Precedent in Early Modern Warfare." She has published more than thirty original novels and a handful of short stories, most with queer themes and characters, as well as authorized tie-ins for Star Trek: DS9, Star Trek: Voyager, Stargate SG-1, and Stargate Atlantis, the last being the eight-book "virtual season" Legacy series. Most recently she was commissioned to do a story in the Star Wars collection Rise of the Empire, featuring Hera Syndulla of Star Wars Rebels.

She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1986, and Lambda Literary Awards for Trouble and Her Friends, Shadow Man, Point of Dreams (written with long-time partner and collaborator, the late Lisa A. Barnett), and Death By Silver, written with Amy Griswold. She has also been shortlisted for the Tiptree Award. She has won Spectrum Awards for Shadow Man, for the short story "The Rocky Side of the Sky," Death by Silver, and Fairs' Point.

Most recently, she has collaborated with Jo Graham on the Order of the Air, a series of occult adventure novels set in the 1930s; the fifth book, Oath Bound, was published at the end of 2015. She has also continued the acclaimed Points series, fantasy mysteries set in the imaginary city of Astreiant, most recently with Fairs' Point. In addition, she and Amy Griswold have begun a series of gay Victorian fantasies with murder, starting with Death By Silver, and continued in A Death at the Dionysus Club. Her short story, "Finders," can be found in Year's Best SF: 2013, and her most recent short story, "Firstborn, Lastborn," is in the Athena Andreadis-edited anthology To Shape the Dark. She can be found on LiveJournal at mescott.livejournal.com and is @blueterraplane on Twitter.


CONVENTION EVENTS

Gaylaxicon 2016 has a wide variety of events including:

Panels where people discuss topics of mutual interest
Dealer's Room where attendees may purchase various merchandise
Art show where attendees may view, bid on, and purchase original artworks
Guests of Honor from Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comics, Horror and other speculative fiction
Convention Events such as a Film program, Banquet, and Meet the Pros Reception
Con Suite hospitality room where attendees can catch a quick snack
Gaming, Gaming, and more Gaming (board games, interactive games, role-playing games)
Plus much, much more!

SATURDAY BANQUET DINNER

We will host a Saturday evening banquet dinner. The $25 ticket includes a buffet-style dinner with water, coffee, tea and iced tea. A cash bar will be available. This is an great way to have dinner with guests and fans at the convention. Buy a ticket for the dinner at our registration page. A Sponsor membership includes 1 dinner ticket.

CHOCOLATE SYMPOSIUM

On Saturday afternoon, we'll be having a Chocolate Symposium. We're bringing back this time honored tradition whereby convention attendees gather together, bringing and sharing chocolate with other attendees. You can bring specialties from your region, or something you picked up at the nearby grocery store, or for those of you who are truly talented, bring your homemade delectables. This event is open to every attendee of Gaylaxicon. You do not need to bring chocolate to attend, but we wanted to give you a heads up that the Chocolate Symposium is back.

MAJOR EVENTS

We are already planning for the following major events on our schedule:

Opening Ceremonies - Friday night
Meet and Greet with our Guest of Honor and other attending professionals - Friday night
Saturday buffet dinner and TBA entertainment - Saturday night
Closing Ceremonies - Sunday afternoon
Movies Spectacular - Sunday night

We will also try to schedule local activities or gathering prior to and after the weekend for attendees visiting the Twin Cities


ACTIVITIES

ART SHOW

Gaylaxicon 2016 will again be running a weekend-long art show showcasing works in a variety of mediums to be displayed and/or sold. This is a Science Fiction / Fantasy oriented convention, so please keep this in mind when bringing your work.

Click here for a downloadable Art Show registration form and instructions or sign up online and send us your art! Contact the Art Show coordinator at with any questions.

DEALERS ROOM

The Dealers Room will feature a number of friendly purveyors of all things sci-fi, comic-based, gaming, other-worldly and otherwise, and you are going to love spending time with them.

In our Dealer's Room you'll get to browse through our fabulous vendors' wares and services, and enhance your Gaylaxicon 2016 experience. If you are interested in being a dealer or in volunteering in our dealer's room, please contact .

Shopping - it's not just for malls anymore!

PROGRAMMING

The programming schedule will be posted ahead of the con.
To volunteer for a panel, to submit panel ideas, or to ask questions about panels, please contact .

THINGS TO DO IN THE TWIN CITIES

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will be hosting Gaylaxicon 2016. Our hotel is located in St. Louis Park, a western suburb of Minneapolis. The following are nearby hotspots that you may want to check out during your stay for Gaylaxicon 2016. Come early, stay longer - you'll find the Twin Cities a very friendly place to take in some spectacular fall sights, culture and fun.

Guthrie Theatre
Three theaters run simultaneously in this jewel on the Mississippi River. Even if you can't make a play, be sure to go up to the cantelevered outdoor balcony that looks out over the Mighty Miss. There you'll take in the remnants of our past as a mill town while enjoying the cool river breezes. guthrietheater.org

Hennepin History Museum
This small museum has funky exhibits that highlight our history in unusual ways - within a few blocks of the Art Institute. hennepinhistory.org

IMAX Theaters
We have 3 IMAX theatres - at ValleyFair, the Minnesota Zoo and the Science Museum of Minnesota.valleyfair.com mnzoo.com and smm.org

Mall of America
What visit to the Twin Cities would be complete without a visit to our very own "Sprawl of America", as the locals like to call it. Underwater World, lots of movie theaters and restaurants, Legoland and an amusement park are additional draws if you're not the shopping type. mallofamerica.com

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Take in some classical art or check out the latest photography exhibit.artsmia.org

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
The Arboretum features more than 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants. Take a tour of the beautiful fall colors on the trees and late blooming flowers. arboretum.umn.edu

Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota, located in downtown St. Paul, is known for its interactive exhibits, dynamic traveling exhibitions, and OmniTheater planetarium and iMax theater. The current "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" has detailed room recreations, over 200 artifacts from the Titanic, and tells the story of the great doomed ship (advanced tickets are recommended). smm.org

Three Rivers Park District
Hundreds of miles of biking, hiking and horseback riding trails be-ribbon Hennepin County. threeriversparkdistrict.org

Twins Baseball
Maybe we'll be in the play-offs this year. Catch a game at the new outdoor stadium. twins.mlb.com

Walker Art Center
Contemporary galleries and a breath-taking outdoor sculpture garden will provide an afternoon of art to feed your culture gene. walkerart.org

In future posts, we'll highlight all the great SF bookstores and outlets that dot the cities

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The above list is by no means exhaustive. Google us and you'll find thousands of fun things to do before and after the Gaylaxicon convention.

There are over 150 attractions near St. Louis Park - and gives distances to the attractions. While the hotel is not on the light rail line, there is nearby bus service as well as taxi and easy freeway access if you're driving. Check out metrotransit.org for bus and light rail service.

If you are up to venturing outside of the Twin Cities, visit exploreminnesota.com, the state's official tourism website.

The Minneapolis and St. Paul Chamber of Commerce websites provide even more resources on what to see and do

minneapolischamber.org
minneapolis.org
stpaulcvb.org

Our two major dailies have a constantly updated list of what's going on when you're here:

startribune.com
twincities.com.


HOSTS

CONVENTION CHAIR: DON KAISER

Don first became a fan when he took a Science Fiction course in high school English and read Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (among other books) in 1972. Throughout high school and college he continued to read science fiction and fantasy books nearly exclusively. He continues to read science fiction and fantasy books and is especially fond of short fiction, and has been an active participant in the North Country Gaylaxians monthly book discussions for many years.

Don started being active in fandom in the mid 1980s attending his first convention "Minicon 18" in 1984. Since then he has attended numerous conventions in the Twin Cities. He sponsored Gaylaxian room parties at Minicon for several years in the early and mid 1990s and helped organize (and moderate) panels of GLBT interest at that same time. He attended his first WorldCon (NoLaCon II) in 1988 and has attended 5 others since, volunteering at all them.

Don started playing D&D in college soon after the game was released and has been an avid gamer ever since, both role-playing and board games. In the late 1980s Don ran Tékumel games, which published ancillary materials from Professor M.A.R. Barker's Tékumel role-playing world. During that time Don attended many large game conventions (including GenCon as both a dealer and a judge). Don is still an avid gamer, both role playing (D&D, Gamma World and Tékumel) and board games (he hosts a monthly game night for the North Country Gaylaxians and other friends).

In 2001, Don started volunteering on the con committee of Diversicon. In 2002, Don was deputy-programming head and in 2003 & 2004, Don headed programming. Although a small con in numbers, Diversicon has three tracks of programming for an entire weekend (typically running between 65 and 75 programming items in the weekend) and is known for its high participation rate (usually 30 -35% of attendees on one or more panels). Don also regularly attends CONvergence and volunteers in the Masquerade and as a panel moderator.

In 2004, Don attended his first Gaylaxicon in San Diego and also attended in Boston in 2005, Washington DC in 2008, and Atlanta in 2011, volunteering significant hours at each convention. He also volunteered to be a reader/judge for the short fiction category of the Spectrum Awards in 2004 and 2005. He was the Con Chair at the first (and highly successful) Minneapolis Gaylaxicon in 2009, which had 278 people in attendance.

Professionally Don has worked with small start up companies for over 20 years and is highly experienced in organization, running meetings and keeping projects on track.

NORTH COUNTRY GAYLAXIANS

The North Country Gaylaxians are the sponsors of Gaylaxicon 2016.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Currently, our only regular activities is our monthly book discussion group which meet the second Tuesday of each month at Quatrefoil Library.

Book recommendation list

This is a short list of excellent books that the North Country Gaylaxians book discussion group has read and decided to recommend. There are many wonderful books that we haven't read yet, and as such isn't on this list. Feel free to join us and expand our list.

Subscribe to ncgaylaxians groups.yahoo.com

You can also join our Facebook Group.

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PUBLICATIONS

Artwork

We are open to submissions for artwork to include in our program book. Because the program book will be printed in color, both color and grayscale artwork are welcome. All artwork should have "PG" content only. No adult content. We are not able to pay for artwork, but artists will receive appropriate credit in the program book. Do not send original artwork because we will be unable to return it to you. Please send a scan or digital file to .

Advertising

The Gaylaxicon 2016 program book will have space for advertising. The deadline to reserve ad space is September 1st, 2016 and all ad files (PDF, EPS, TIFF) are due along with payment by September 10th, 2016. With approximately 300 attendees from all over the world, this is a great opportunity for your company or organization with a target market of LGBT and science fiction.

Rates

Check back later for submission and rate information!

Downloads

Flyers are available to save, share, print and post:

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Progress Report #1


YOUNG ADULTS POLICY

GUIDE FOR YOUNG ADULTS ATTENDING GAYLAXICON 2016

This guide is to give you an understanding about Gaylaxicon and how we function as a convention. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail General Information (). Gaylaxicon is the annual international Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comics and Horror Convention that focuses on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender topics and themes. The convention is held annually at various cities around the US and Canada, and in 2016 it will be hosted in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Gaylaxicon 2016 welcomes people of all ages and persuasions. We encourage parental supervision for younger attendees, and we require that anyone under the age of 16 be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the convention. Please understand it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian adult (18+) to be aware of where anyone under 16 years of age is and what they are doing

Young adults, 16 and 17 years of age, may attend Gaylaxicon 2016 unaccompanied, but a valid emergency contact for a parent or guardian and a legitimate proof of age (such as a driver's license or school photo ID with your birthdate) will be required at registration. Anyone providing false documentation of identity or age will be denied membership.

Disclaimer of Convention Content

Gaylaxicon 2016 is open to people of all ages. However, some of our events may not be appropriate for minors or young adults. For example, a sectioned off area of the art show will be for adults only, and adult oriented materials may be available for sale in the Dealer's Room (retailers will be required to card people for identification when selling adult oriented materials).

Also, while we don't anticipate any panels specifically targeted to adult themes or topics to be presented, be aware that such themes or topics may arise during the general course of discussion.

EXPECTATION OF BEHAVIOR

All of our attendees come to have a good time at the convention. We are privileged to have a community that is respectful of each other, and all attendees are encouraged to have the utmost of respect toward other convention attendees. However, if an attendee shows extremely bad judgment, causes undue stress on the staff, or is causing trouble, please inform the staff so we may take care of the situation immediately. Individuals violating the public respect and expectation of behavior will be warned once. A second offense will result in the confiscation of their convention badge and revocation of their membership privileges.

Unaccompanied young adults of 16 and 17 years of age will have their parent or guardian notified in the event that their convention membership is revoked.

With the help of all attendees, we wish to promote a fun atmosphere where people may share their interests. Please help us maintain this respectful and fun atmosphere.

THE INFORMED PARENT/GUARDIAN
As a parent or guardian, if you have questions about the appropriateness of a specific program event for your minor or young adult, please feel free to talk with our staff or contact us by e-mail ahead of time. We are all fans and can help you make an informed decision. Gaylaxicon 2016 encourages parents to be informed regarding the events that their minor or young adults are attending.

Thank you for your interest in our convention!
Sincerely,
Gaylaxicon 2016 Convention Committee


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