Philcon 2008
PHILCON 2008 - The Philadelphia Conference on Science Fiction & Fantasy
November 21-23, 2008 • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill NJ



Con Info


Exhibitor Info

Philcons Past & Future

Philcons Past & Future



*** Tim Powers, Principal Speaker***

*** John Picacio, Artist Guest of Honor ***

*** Scott Christian Sava, Special Guest ***

*** The Chromatics, Musical Guest ***


Thanks & See You Next Year!

Thank you to all who worked hard to make Philcon a success, from the guests and participants to the committee, staff and volunteers and the fans who came out to enjoy it. Be sure to save the dates – November 20-22, 2009 – as Philcon 2009 returns to The Crown Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill. We look forward to seeing you then.

Masquerade Results

Congratulations to all of the winners in the Philcon 2009 Masquerade:

Klutzy Peasant Rayanne Silverman Junior Pres: Best Presentation
Kikiyo Athena Gregory (made by Linda Ester) Junior Pres: Best in Class
Angel Meets Devil Ruth Ferree & Hanna Edwards Junior Pres: Best Design/Wkmn: For Costume Embellishment
Vogue Kim Kindya Craftsman Pres: Best performance Craftsman/Wkmn: For Historical Research
The Humans Are Dead Alex Nackid (mad by) Emma Nackid Novice Pres: Best in Class Novice/Wkmn: Best Recreation Novice
It Jingles Stephanie Burke Journeyman Wkmn: Most Creative Use of Found Materials
Poinsettia Sara Woods Novice Wkmn: For Pattern Drafting
Silk Moth Carole Parker Novice Pres: Best Novice Fantasy/Wkmn: For Fabric Dyeing
The Elder Days Lisa Ashton (made by), Ming Diaz, Vicki Warren Master Pres: Best in Show/Wkmn: Best in Show Workmanship, For Obsessive Attention to Detail

Art Show Award Results

Congratulations to all artists who participated in the Art Show, and particularly to our award winners:

Best Professional Artist John Picacio    
Best Aspiring Artist Burt Aulisio    
Best Three-Dimensional Artist Heidi Hooper for “King Oberon”  
Best Humor Alan Beck for “Mouseopolitan Museum of Art”  
Best Science Fiction Burt Aulisio for “Desolation Ridge”  
Best Fantasy Lynn Perkins for “Miranda”  
Best Black & White John Picacio for “Muses of Fire”  
Best Craft Loren Damewood for “Halter Top” (chainmail)  
Best Art Based on Philcon Principal Speaker Heidi Hooper for “Tim Powers” (lint)  
Best In Show – Popular Choice First Choice John Picacio for “Adventure, Vol. I”
  Second Choice Mark Rogers for “The Sentinels”

Student Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to all student writers who participated in the 2008 Young Writers Contest. The winners were announced at Philcon’s Opening Ceremonies, where each received a cash prize, two Philcon memberships for next year, and “a truly gaudy ribbon”!

Middle School First Place Lilianna Maxwell “The Dragon Master’s Curse”
  Second Place Isabella Penola “Port”
High School First Place Jennie Dubin-Rhodin

“Happily Never After”

  Second Place Penny Weber “The Long Road”

Ozzie Train Memorial Milton Service Award

The Ozzie Train Memorial Milton Service Award for Lifetime Achievement was presented to Gary Keith Feldbaum at Opening Ceremonies. Our thanks to Gary for his hard work over the years.

Gaming at Philcon

There will be open gaming at Philcon and people are bringing games. More details at the con. Please join us.

Hotel Reservation Concerns

If you made your hotel reservation by 11/10 but did not receive the Philcon rate, if you have any special room needs (quiet floor, accessible room, lower floor, etc.), if you are willing or prefer to be on the Hospitality Floor (7th floor), please contact our Hotel Liaison ( Be sure to include the name in which you made your reservation as well as your confirmation number.

The Philcon 2008 Program Is Available

The Philcon 2008 program is now “set” and available in a variety of formats. Set is an approximate term because program events remain fluid until held to accommodate changes in plans of the participants.

Philcon Social and Dance

After the Meet the Pros reception, join us for the Philcon Social and Dance. The Social features a Meet-and-Greet with local-area fan groups. Come schmooze with fan groups from the tri-state area as our DJs spin their tunes. Even if you don’t feel like joining any groups, come dance and socialize with other con-goers.

Learn about the groups, enjoy the company of your fellow fans in a party setting, and dance the night away.

Register for Philcon 2009 at Philcon 2008

Plan ahead and save when you make register for Philcon 2009 while at Philcon 2008.

The Chromatics to Perform Twice at Philcon!

The Chromatics will be performing two concerts for Philcon attendees: the half-time show for the Masquerade on Saturday evening and a Childrens’s Concert on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Register at Philcon

Advanced registration is now closed. You can register at Philcon for a full weekend membership or for individual day memberships.

Are You A Writer? Join the Philcon Writers’ Workshop!

The Philcon Writers’ Workshop is an annual event, which has been featured at Philcon for decades. Any member of the convention may submit a Science Fiction or Fantasy story, which will be critiqued by professional writers, and, as time permits, by everyone present. The actual criticism session will be Saturday afternoon. Send ten paper copies of the story, in proper manuscript format, to Darrell Schweitzer, 6644 Rutland St., Philadelphia PA 19149-2128 and email an electronic copy – in MS Word (.doc) or .rtf format – as well, to The deadline for receipt is November 15th.

Volunteers Welcome!

Philcon runs on volunteers. It’s fun and you get to see how the convention works behind the scenes. Be a part of what makes Philcon flow smoothly. Meet people and share the experience.

For details, including how to earn extra hours for any hour you work, see our Volunteer page. We can use people with all kinds of talents, so don’t be shy – join us and volunteer!

Special Program Note - See The Farnsworth Fusor Demo

Philcon 2008 has an extensive array of programs and participants, including some notable unusal options. One such program will be a panel featuring a demonstration of the Farnsworth Fusor, brought by Tom Ligon, writer and home fusion hobbyist. The fusor causes hydrogen atoms to collide and form helium (see for more information). Check your pocket program for time and location.

Philcon Has Moved!

Honoring Your Special Hotel Room Requests

Whether you’ve made your reservation through the web site or by phone, you may have special requests. You may prefer to be on a quiet floor or the hospitality floor. You may need your room to be adjacent to another person’s. Maybe you need to be near an elevator or not on a high floor. Whatever your request, even if you have already made it directly to the hotel as you reserved, please notify our Hotel Liaison ( so that we can make sure your requests are honored, as possible.

New Philcon Hotel Features Free Parking, Easy Access, Free Internet & More

Come join us as we explore our new hotel and meeting facility, the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill NJ. Just 5 miles from Downtown Philadelphia and 20 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport, is near virtually everything and offers many conveniences we don’t always find at con hotels.

Parking is free. The 406 NJ Transit bus stops immediately in front of the hotel. Hotel rooms and suites provide complimentary high-speed Internet access.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel features views of the Philadelphia skyline as well as nearby Cooper River Park. The hotel has 43,000 square feet of recently renvoated meeting space.

Don't forget to check the directions page for the most convenient way for you to reach the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Philcon 2008.

Come to Philcon 2008!

Meet our guests. Enjoy the panels, the Art Show, and the opportunity to meet authors, artists and editors. Watch or participate in the masquerade and cosplay, the gaming, the filking and more. Shop the Dealers' Room with vendors selling new and used books and so much more. Watch movies or the latest anime imports. Relax in our hospitality suite, and meet other fans there or at our parties and dances. Be sure to watch for the surprises throughout the con. And at Philcon, everything is included in our membership price.

Of course the very best way to enjoy the con and meet people is to volunteer and help make Philcon 2008 great! Stop by the Volunteer Desk or sign up on your registration form!

So come for the day or for the entire weekend. We look forward to seeing you in Cherry Hill NJ in November!

The Basics:

November 21-23, 2008
Friday 5:00 p.m. — Sunday 4:00 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
2349 W. Marlton Pike (Route 70)
Cherry Hill NJ 08002
Tim Powers — Principal Speaker
John Picacio — Artist Guest of Honor
Scott Christian Sava — Webcomic Creator Special Guest


More information is coming as we have it. Please check back in the near future for more details.

Updated NOV 24, 2008

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