I am not sure when I heard about Fan Funds for the first time. Maybe it was at Eurocon in Zagreb (2012) where I met Kylie Ding who was a GUFF delegate that year. Or maybe I have seen the information earlier? Anyways, I started to seriously think about GUFF for the first time during Pyrkon 2015, when I had a fantable just next to Mihaela-Marija Perković, who was both representing Sferakon and administering GUFF at that time.
I started my convention year 2018 with ZjAva – a relatively big gaming convention in Warsaw. It is completely different than Lajconik I was describing last year, but at the same time both events have things in common. And those are games, of course.
It is hard to believe that 2017 has passed so fast. It was quite an active year for me although relatively calm when it comes to conrunning (but not congoing!). So what did I do? How it went and what are my plans for the future?
Since several years Nordcon is my last convention of a year. It allows me to relax and spend time socializing instead of taking part in programme items or running a con. This year the situation was the same as usual and I travelled to Nordcon to get some rest after a very intensive year.
Smofcon 35 was an important experience for me. It was the first time that I was able to attend a convention in the USA. The nature of the con was, however, not typical for US, as Smofcon is a convention dedicated to conrunners and the programme is circling around conrunning and not any SF/F issues. Still, it was a great opportunity for me and I am really, really happy I was able to attend it.
The 18th Falkon took place this year. It belongs to the biggest conventions in Poland and although it cannot be compared with Pyrkon, it is still huge. Unfortunately, almost every year I am at Falkon, there are some issues. Still, I really like this convention and I am always eager to visit Lublin in November.
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Imladris has a special place in my heart. It was not the first convention I was a member of (this title belongs to DOJIcon 2), but it was the first SF convention I had the pleasure to attend. A few years ago I was very disappointed to learn that the con would be discontinued. To my delight, the convention was revived in 2013 after several years on hiatus. I suppose it is not a big surprise that I’ve been doing my best to visit Imladris every year since then. This year was no exception.
I wanted to go to Octocon for a few years, but it was usually held on the same weekend as Imladris in my home city and therefore I didn’t have the chance to visit the Irish national convention until now. Fortunately, this year Octocon and Imladris were not held at the same time so I finally was able to visit the Dublin-based convention.
The weekend of 8-10 September was quite busy for me. There were two conventions happening nearby. The first was Lemcon – a one-day event devoted to Stanisław Lem (part of the writer’s birth anniversary celebration). It was held in Kraków and my friends were organizing it. Therefore I helped a little bit the day before and on Saturday morning. Then I travelled to a nearby city of Tarnów for Tarcon – an old convention that was reactivated this year.
I promised a post about the Hugo ceremony (and my involvement in it) and here it is. Being able to participate in the ceremony was really a great experience and an honour. I knew before that it would be awesome, but I didn’t realize how much joy it will bring. This post is probably a little bit more emotional than the previous ones, but I hope you won’t mind and will still find it interesting.