OryCon Is one of Oregon’s premier science fiction festivals that draws a big crowd every January, and likely earned that title easily by being the only one. Everyone is very nice, matched only by how nerdy they are, and there isn’t a person out of place if you’re into anything even remotely scientific or fantastic. Run entirely by fans, it feels a lot more festive than the more commercial conventions like Comic Con, and tends to be a favorite of those looking for something a little more intimate. This past con featured artist Jeff Sturgeon, whose work you’ve likely seen if you’ve been into the scene over the past 30 years. Known for his metal paintings and fantastic style, he’s a multimedia guru that’s work on many a thing in the gaming industry as well as outside of that for helpful patrons. Author Seanan McGuire also made an appearance, author of Rosemary and Rue. Quickly growing prolific since 2009, and playing enough Overwatch to beat almost anyone, she’s sometimes known as Mira Grant. She’s won many an award, including the Campbell Award, Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Pegasus, and the Alex, which is an impressive pedigree for anyone! To round out the musical front, Mary Crowell showed up from Alabama, knowing for her recent work Scattering Seeds on the Pomegranate Tour. Her work focused on things like mortality and works in mythological themes, being among the nerdiest of artist when it comes to anything. She also teaches music theory, and appreciation for all things lyrical. She’s always up for teaching others and helping them grow, making her appearance a welcome one that always helps those around here at events like these.
Summing Up How This Year’s Con WentLike all years, some of the best in the industry show up to help and present to others and revel in all things nerdy. This year’s panels were full of theme, and some award winning presences were made just like they always are. If you missed last year’s, there’s always next January, but we recommend registering as soon as you can! Things get filled up pretty quickly, and you don’t want to be left out! Everyone and everything having to do with sci fi and fantasy is here, and smiling all along the way when they attend each and every year.
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