In less than a month, it will be time for JordanCon, a convention dedicated to The Wheel of Time series, and Robert Jordan's memory. The Con will take place April 17-19, 2015, at the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center, in Atlanta, Georgia. This year's Toastmaster will be Peter B. Slayer—find out more about him, here.
This year's Guests of Honor are Saladin Ahmed, author of Throne of the Crescent Moon, as well as Todd Lockwood, esteemed illustrator of The Gathering Storm eBook cover, and with other works appearing in many mediums.
Dragonmount was able to host Mr. Ahmed for an author Q&A session a few years ago, where he spoke about his love for The Wheel of Time.
Other guests include:
Doctor Michael Livingston
James A Moore
Diana M. Pho
Charles R. Rutledge
As well as Team Jordan—Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons—and other well-known guest, like Joe O'Hara and Jono Coulborn of tWoTcast, Isaac Stewart and Ben McSweeney, and author Todd McCaffrey, son of Anne McCaffrey.
You can get a complete, up-to-date list here.
Besides focusing on only The Wheel of Time, JordanCon has many other tracks, including Gaming, Writing, Workshops, Works of Brandon Sanderson, Swords and Sorcery, and Rivets and Robots. The schedule has already been announced, so you can look here for more details about the tracks and panels.
There will also be a dealer's hall and JordanCon's yearly Art Show. This is a great place to get tons of merchandise, or take home one-of-a-kind artwork. Ta'veren Tees will have a booth, with this year's "Con of the Red Hand" shirt.
Another focus of JordanCon is charity events. There will be a silent Charity Auction and a Seanchan Hold 'Em Poker Tournament, with proceeds going to the Mayo Clinic to help fund the study of amyloidosis.
And don't forget that there's a Costume Contest! Each year, the audience is wowed by costumes within the Wheel of Time world, as well as other novels by Mr. Sanderson—perhaps there'll be some from Mr. Ahmed's novel this year. Participation is free, but click here for more information on the rules of entry. Even if you don't participate, it's a wonderful time to see creative costumes from our beloved series.
(2014's Winner: Catherine Turley dressed as Syl from The Stormlight Archives series)
Pre-registration for JordanCon is still going on. You can purchase tickets for $55, up to April 1st, when pre-registration closes. If you don't make it in time, tickets can still be purchased the day of. Prices at the door will be $65 for all three days; or you can select days ala carte for:
Saturday & Sunday: $50
I'm personally looking forward to this year's Con very much, and I hope to see all of you there, as well!