Join the crew of the USS ConGlomeration

Platykirk and Spoctypus by Erik AppelhofHave you ever wanted to take command of your own science fiction & fantasy convention? Now is your chance, cadet, as we have open positions amongst the senior officers of ConGlomeration!

The ConGlomeration Convention Organizing Committee (The “ConComm”) is the command staff for our beloved geek family reunion. At present, we have several new and open positions on the ConComm, and we’re interviewing for volunteers who would like to take a more active role in helming the USS ConGlomeration.

Like many geeks, we have organized our ConComm based on the most successful team of professionals we know: the crew of the starship Enterprise.

The Management Division (based on Capt. Kirk’s Command Division) handles the financial and operational aspects of ConGlomeration, the Programming Division (Based on Mr. Spock’s Science Division) arranges all the fun stuff there is to do and see at ConGlomeration, and the Marketing Division (based on Scotty’s Operations Division) gets the word out about ConGlomeration via our website, social media, newsletters, flyers, and so on. We have openings in every area, some more pressing than others.

Beyond the duties listed below, all ConComm members help nominate and select our Guests of Honor, and weigh in on major issues and decisions affecting the convention. If you want ConGlomeration to grow or change in a particular way, joining the ConComm is how you can bring those dreams to life. ConGlomeration is committed to staging two more conventions between now and Easter 2020, so you’ll have plenty of chances to leave your mark.

Below the level of Commander, ConGlomeration works to ensure that two (or more) people share any Director or Coordinator spot, both to spread the workload and to avoid single points of failure. Thus, even if there is someone in a ConComm position today, that doesn’t mean we don’t want another person in that same spot to split the work and bring in fresh ideas.

Below are our positions of need.

Volunteers Director
A non-trivial portion of ConGlomeration is run by Volunteers who simply show up during the convention and offer to help out. The Volunteers Coordinator helps recruit and direct these saintly assistants to the various areas of the con they are most needed at any given time (usually to the Con Suite or Reg Desk). We have one Volunteers Director today, but he needs backup.

Programming Director(s)
Every panel, workshop, activity or guest you see at ConGlomeration was arranged or invited by our Programming Directors. If they don’t create the panels directly, they recruit the track coordinators (for example, our Gaming Track coordinator or our Anime track coordinator) and manage their work and resources. Programming Directors create the Program Grid, and ride herd on guests and panelists during the con. We have no PDs; we need two. This is arguably the most exciting and influential job on the entire ConComm, and we could use all the new ideas and energy we can get.

Advertising Director(s)
We need individuals ready and willing to manage paid social media and email newsletter campaigns, and to investigate branching out into slightly more expensive media. Experience is not a requisite, as our Vice-Chair of Marketing (who does all this, alone, today) is ready and willing to exhaustively train you. (Yes, you can learn a marketable job skill on the ConComm.)

Publications Coordinator(s)
We need someone(s) with decent desktop publishing and/or graphic design experience to take over management of our Pocket Guides, Ad Media, and Posters (so our Art Show staff can stop pulling double- and triple-duty).

Sponsorship Coordinator(s)
Believe it or not, ConGlomeration has over two dozen available sponsorships we just don’t have time to go out and sell. We need personable and outgoing sales-types to go get folks interested in sponsoring programs at the convention, and buying advertisements in our Program Book. Literally no one is doing this today, so you have a chance to break new ground for the convention.

Technology Coordinator(s)
We had one brave soul who kept our website and email systems up and running before the convention, and troubleshot our registration systems during the con, but she (escaped) needed more reliable help than the Vice-Chair of Marketing can offer. Come be a tech nerd amongst sci-fi and fantasy nerds, and use your geek powers for (mostly) good.

Cosplay Masquerade Coordinator
Our lone Cosplay Masquerade-wrangler needs some backup, especially since she also spearheads our Cosplay program track. if you want to enhance the cosplay content and activities of ConGlomeration, this is the spot for you.

If you’re interested in applying to fill any of these ConComm slots, or any of our leadership positions, please contact our Chairman.

Announcing the 2019 ConGlomeration Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn

Thrawn by Timothy ZahnConGlomeration is thrilled to announce that legendary Star Wars novelist Timothy Zahn will be our 2019 Author Guest of Honor.

Tim is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, with his Thrawn Trilogy — which introduced the infamous villain Grand Admiral Thrawn to Star Wars canon, as well the Imperial capital planet of Coruscant, and the assassin-turned-hero Mara Jade — kickstarting widespread interest in the SWEU in 1991.

Even as these works have been relegated to “Legends” status, Tim’s creations proved so popular and so compelling that they have since been reintroduced to canon, with Tim himself writing the new authorized backstory of his most famous creation in the novel Thrawn.


Want to meet the creator of Grand Admiral Thrawn? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


In some circles Timothy Zahn is known as “the man who saved Star Wars.” Difficult as it may be for younger fans to imagine, after the release of Return of the Jedi in 1983, interest in Star Wars began to wane. Follow-up releases in the franchise, including two made-for-television Ewok Adventure films and a children’s animated series (notably missing any of the movies’ protagonists or villains), threatened to relegate Star Wars to mere kiddie fare, abandoned by the rest of pop culture.

Tim’s novel Heir to the Empire, which set out to depict the fate of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, the Rebellion, and the Empire after the events of Return of the Jedi, treated the Star Wars universe as serious science fantasy and revived interest in the franchise at just the right time.

Timothy Zahn Star Wars novels

Still, despite being the hero that saved Luke Skywalker, there’s more to Timothy Zahn than just Star Wars.


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Timothy ZahnBut for a twist of fate, Tim would have been a doctoral physicist. Tim attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and achieved an M.S. degree in physics in 1975. While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics, his adviser became ill and died, and Tim never completed his PhD.

Fortunately, in 1975, he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby, and his work was good enough that Tim became a professional writer. His fallback career seems to have worked out alright.

Over the past four decades, Tim has become one of science fiction’s most popular voices, known for pitting realistic human characters against a well-researched background of future science and technology. He has published over forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novelettes, and four collections of short fiction.

Best known for his many Star Wars novels, Tim is also the author of the Blackcollar series, the Cobra series, the Conquerors series, the young-adult Dragonback series, and the Quadrail/Frank Compton series. He has also contributed to the Honor Harrington, Terminator, and Starcraft universes of science fiction. Along the way, Tim won the Hugo Award for his novella Cascade Point.

Today, Tim continues to write science fiction, including Star Wars tie-ins, because why stop doing what you’re good at? Tim and his wife Anna live in Bandon, Oregon. They have a son, Corwin Zahn.

You can learn more about Timothy Zahn on his Facebook page, Wikipedia entry, Wookieepedia entry, Goodreads listing, or Amazon Author page.


Want to spend Easter Weekend with Timothy Zahn? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Guests of Honor questions?
Contact our Programming Directors [programming@conglomeration.info]

$35 ConGlomeration Memberships END FRIDAY!!!

Keep Calm and Register for ConGlomeration

When the clock strikes midnight on March 16, the price of ConGlomeration goes up by $10!

From that moment on, all registrations will be sold for the at-the-door rate of $45. If you want to get in for a mere $35, use the promo code LASTCHANCE18.

Moreover, online registrations will END MARCH 23, so if you want to avoid human contact waiting in line to register at the door, buy your ConGlomeration 2018 memberships TODAY.


Eventbrite - ConGlomeration 2018


Volunteer at Registration

Reytypus and Kylo Plat by Erik AppelhofThe Reg Desk needs you! We need volunteers to assist members in filling out registration forms and paying for memberships (by processing credit cards and taking cash; there are no free lunches here). Reg staff also enter membership data in our database and generate badges. Reg volunteers should be comfortable handling money, answering questions, and making small talk. Fast typists will be worshipped like unto gods.

Volunteer for six hours and you get an exclusive, not-for-sale platypus parody t-shirt.

You can see all our Volunteer opportunities here.


Registration questions?
Contact Kae Thompson & Christi Jones-Graziano, Registration Co-chairs [registration@conglomeration.info]

ConGlomeration 2018 KidCON Program

Kid Bat-TrooperConGlomeration’s 2018 KidCON lineup includes:

    • Magic wands
    • Tabletop gaming for the under-12 demographic
    • Cookies
    • Miniature painting
    • A court jester

The programs listed below will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, KY during Easter weekend — Mar. 30 to Apr. 1 — as part of ConGlomeration 2018. These programs are designed specifically for members age 12 and under (who get in for $10 off, or — if you’re five and under — FREE).

If you want a family-friendly fandom experience for your younglings and padawans — ConGlomeration 2018 is the place to be.

Interested in more than just kid stuff? You can view our full program lineup here.


Want to spend Easter Weekend surrounded by family-friendly fandom? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!


FRIDAY, MARCH 30

Magic wand5pm “Games hosted by LEGENDS”
The merry crew from LEGENDS Comics & Game shop will be demonstrating and running games designed to capture the imagination of kids of all ages, but especially those under 12. No console (or batteries) required.

7pm “Wands!!!”
ConGlomeration’s Masquerade director will help you create and paint your own magic wand! Make it look like the Elder Wand, or make it a completely unique creation! Wands come with a certificate detailing your chosen wood and core. 

8pm “Opening Ceremonies”
Join us in welcoming the 2018 Guests of Honor, Featured Guests, Returning Guests … Oh Heck, it’s just a big Fandom Family Reunion. Come see who’s here this year!


Want to spend Easter Weekend surrounded by family-friendly fandom? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!


SATURDAY, MARCH 31

Pokémon GO map11am “Miniature Painting by LEGENDS”
The merry crew from LEGENDS Comics & Game shop will be painting game miniatures with kids of all ages, but especially those under 12. No console (or batteries) required.

1pm “Pokemon GO”
Louisville’s Anime Community invites you to come catch them all as they host ConGlomeration’s very own Pokemon gym for play.

2pm “Pocket the Fool”
Join John “Pocket the Fool” Cowgell for fun and hijinks.

3pm “Cookie Decorating”
Time for a snack break, and a chance to decorate your very own themed cookie with the help of our world famous Hospitality crew in the Con Suite.

4pm “Art Break with the Guest of Honor”
Join our 2018 Artist Guest of Honor Stephen Hickman for some creative fun

5pm “Rattlesnake Tails”
Join Ms. Dee and learn to craft “rattlesnake” or “alien” tails from cardboard tubes

7pm “Games hosted by LEGENDS”
The merry crew from LEGENDS Comics & Game shop will be demonstrating and running games designed to capture the imagination of kids of all ages, but especially those under 12. No console (or batteries) required.

8pm “2018 Cosplay Masquerade
This year’s Masquerade will be epic. Always River, Chris Stark, and last year’s Best of Show winner Kathleen Wright serve as judges. John “Pocket the Fool” Cowgell is performing the half-time show. Bring on your best act and Cosplay to win the day…er, Night!


Want to spend Easter Weekend surrounded by family-friendly fandom? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!


SUNDAY, APRIL 1

11am “Guests of Honor Last Call”
A final chance for you to ask that one other question of any of our 2018 guests from the previous programs, take that last selfie, get that last autograph. Or maybe, just say thanks…until we meet again.


Want to spend Easter Weekend surrounded by family-friendly fandom? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!


Programming questions?
Contact John Hickman & Lexi Taylor, Programming Directors [programming@conglomeration.info]

Discount ConGlomeration Memberships END MARCH 16th!

Keep Calm and Register for ConGlomeration
When the clock strikes midnight on March 16, the price of ConGlomeration goes up by $10!

From that moment on, all registrations will be sold for the at-the-door rate of $45. If you want to get in for a mere $35, use the promo code LASTCHANCE18.

Moreover, online registrations will END MARCH 23, so if you want to avoid human contact waiting in line to register at the door, buy your ConGlomeration 2018 memberships TODAY.


Eventbrite - ConGlomeration 2018


Registration questions?
Contact Kae Thompson & Christi Jones-Graziano, Registration Co-chairs [registration@conglomeration.info]

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