Chattacon XXVI

January 21-23, 2011
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Chattanooga, TN

Chattacon 36 Featured Guests

Chattacon XXXVI was held at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo on January 21-23, 2011 in Chattanooga Tn, and was well attended boasting over 1,000 participants. Here is the archive of information for Chattacon 36. For changes or additions to this archive, contact the Chattacon Historian.

Chattacon 36 Guests

Guest of Honor
K. K. Rusch

Guest of Honor
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Artist Guest of Honor
Ruth Thompson

Special Guests
Bill and Brenda Sutton

Toastmaster
Toni Weisskopf

Chattacon returns to the Chattanooga Choo Choo for another year.

The World Famous Choo Choo is a historic hotel in Chattanooga that can trace its history back to The Terminal Station erected in 1908 by the Southern Railway.  The station began operation in December of 1909 and for the next 61 years it served as a railway hub of transportation in Chattanooga. Southern Railway closed the terminal in 1970 due the decrease in rail traffic in the south. On April 11, 1973 the Terminal Station reopened as the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Chattacon 36 ART Show

Every year Chattacon has some of science fiction and fantasy’s best artists on display. National and local artists bring hundreds of their finest artwork to our Artshow.  In past years we have had some great artwork, but each year brings us wonderful surprises.

 

If you have an interest in displaying your artwork, Chattacon will give you a large number of potential buyers. If you are interested in purchasing artwork, Chattacon’s Artshow wil have something for you.

 

This year we are lucky to have artist Ruth Thompson as our featured Artist Guest of Honor.  Ruth has won the Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Award as well as many other awards.  Her artwork has been used by TSR, Wizards of the Coast and Steve Jackson games.

 

Ruth says that while in high school she was introduced to Dungeons and Dragons by her Knight in bright white Nikes.  Later while at the University of Alabama, she made her first sale at Continuity in Birmingham, Alabama.  Fortunately for us, she sold 7 of the 12 pieces she took, prompting her make more for us to buy.

 

If you would like to check out Ruth’s website: http://www.tarnishedimages.com

 

If you would like to join Ruth in displaying at this year’s Artshow or just have a question about the show, email us here.

Chattacon 36 Consuite

Chattacon’s Consuite is well known throughout Southern Fandom. The hardworking staff labor to bring the fans consumables of all types 24 hours a day. From early morning donuts to late night Iron Chef Creations and of course the infamous Little Debbies, there is always something interesting in the Consuite! The Consuite is also the place to meet and greet other fans and catch up with friends both new and old.  We hope to bring you the best year yet in Hospitality. As always, we welcome suggestions and volunteers. 

Chattacon 36 Gaming

Chattacon will be holding gaming tournaments in a number of popular role-playing, board and miniature games from a variety of sources.
Chattacon will also offer its annual fare of computer-based and home arcade style games in the computer room. If you are interested in being a referee or gamemaster for a tournament, please send email to gaming@chattacon.org or computergaming@chattacon.org .

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Literary Guest of Honor

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Literary Guest of Honor

    Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Artist Guest of Honor

     Ruth Thompson

Special Guests

    Bill and Brenda Sutton

 Toastmaster

    Toni Weisskopf

  

 

Also Attending:

Allan Gilbreath

ArcAttack

Bob Buettner

Christopher Barrett PhD

Coal City Steam

Cutthroat FreakShow

Darrell “Doc” Osborne

David Coe

Emilie Bush

Gail Z. Martin

GREGORY NICOL

Hunter Cressall

Ian Bellis

Jeff Harris

Katherine Lashe from Syrens of the South

Kenneth Waters

Kim Richardson

Melissa Cowan

Michael Bielaczyc

Moss Bliss

Paul Bielaczyc

Phillip Sacco

Reinhardt Legacy Fight Team

Robert Buettner

Robert Sommers

S.E.P.S.

Scott Baker

Sean Patrick Fannon

Stephanie Osborne

Stephen Antczak

Subterranean Cirqus

Tennessee Valley Browncoats

Tymbral

Chattacon is  proud to present a wide variety of panels and activites from singing Tesla Coils (Arc Attack is back!),  to ballon twisting, to filk, to Zombies (Melissa Cowan of The Walking Dead) to a Sunday morning Christian worship service lead by Tymbral who is also doing a concert.  Arc Attack is not the only the contestant from America’s Got Talent.  Jeremy Kineson will be here also.  For the youngsers The Young Jedi Academy will be back  Saturday morning with snacks, krafts and cartoons.  There will be panels on getting into the writing biz.  Did I mention steampunk? Coal City Steam will be here.  The Chattacon Revue is back!  For the Firefly fans (yeah!) please look up the Tennessee Brown Coats.  For a complete listing of Also Attending please visit the website.

For the gaming enthusiasts a variety of role playing, board and minature games will be offered as will as computer based games. For the robot builder, test the might of your robot against all comers in Robot Battles.  This will be a MicroBattle, featuring Ant and Beetle Weight classes.  For more details check out www.robotbattles.com.

Do you have a book you would like to pass on to someone else and maybe find a new author?  The Book Swap is just the thing.  Bring a book and swap it for a new, to you, book.  This is a great way to share old favorites and find new favorites.

The consuite is a great place to grab a drink, a bite to eat, and visit with friends from near and far.

Check out the Dealers Room to acquire those necessary items to fill out a book collection, complete your costume, or decorate your home with.  The Art Show and Print Shop will feature a variety of 2D and 3D art.  For a list of participating dealers and artists please check out their pages on the website.

 

Chattacon 36 Registration Information

Prices will be $40 until December 31, 2010, and $50 at the door. Registrations received after January 15, 2011 will not be processed. Please mail early! Make your checks payable to Chattacon 35. Your cancelled check will serve as your receipt. If a separate receipt is desired, please include a SASE. Forms received without payment or incomplete forms will not be processed. Returned checks will be charged a $15 service charge. Please have appropriate legal identification available when you arrive to pick up your badge.

Registrations cannot be refunded but can be transferred. You can transfer your registration by either sending a letter to us before January 11, 2010 or having it presented at the convention. Please note that we do not refund because of weather.

Additional information may be obtained on our web page. You can also contact us by email via internet at info@chattacon.org or on our web page at www.chattacon.org. Mail these forms to:

Chattacon 36 Registration
P.O. Box 23908
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37422-3908

Registration Form PDF

Registration Form DOC

Why Preregister?

This is one of the most asked questions at any con.  There are many reason why you should preregister. It helps us have an idea how many people are coming to the con.  Ever go to a barbecue and have them run out of hot dogs or sodas.  That’s not something we want to have happen at Chattacon. 

Having most of our people preregistered helps us to know how much to buy.  Sure we could just get 12 boxes of everything, a keg of beverage & a couple of cans of cola and call it done. Of course, that is not going to feed very many people, but we could say we tried and be done. 

On the other hand, we could buy 200,000 hot dogs and when the con was over we could feed the homeless for a month. We would have enough food, but we would waste so much money we wouldn’t be able to do a Chattacon 37. 

By preregistering, we get a ballpark figure of the number of people interested in coming to the con and we can make smarter purchasing decisions. It also helps us pay our bills before the con instead of having to ask for credit from the hotel and our other suppliers.  This helps us hold down costs as people generally charge you money to borrow their money or extend you credit. 

As my father was often heard to mutter, “Cash is King.”  And we can generally get a better deals for services.

Chattacon 36 Hotel Information

The World Famous Choo Choo is a historic hotel in Chattanooga that can trace its history back to The Terminal Station erected in 1908 by the Southern Railway.  The station began operation in December of 1909 and for the next 61 years it served as a railway hub of transportation in Chattanooga. Southern Railway closed the terminal in 1970 due the decrease in rail traffic in the south. On April 11, 1973 the Terminal Station reopened as the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Chattacon’s special room rate is $85 if you book before January 1st. Make sure you mention Chattacon when registering to get the correct rate!

To book your room, please call 1-800-TRACK-29.

Check-in time: 3:00 PM
Check-out time: 11:00 AM

Amenities include:

  • Indoor Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Horse and Carriage Rides (extra charge)
  • Business Center
  • Shuttles (both downtown and around the hotel property)

Dining Onsite:

  • Silver Diner
  • Dinner in the Diner
  • Gardens Restaurant
  • Station House

Dining Offsite:

Downtown Chattanooga has many eating establishments within walking distance of the hotel or a quick ride down the street on the free downtown shuttle. Some suggestions can be found here.

Chattacon 36 Art Show

Every year Chattacon has some of science fiction and fantasy’s best artists on display. National and local artists bring hundreds of their finest artwork to our Artshow.  In past years we have had some great artwork, but each year brings us wonderful surprises.

If you have an interest in displaying your artwork, Chattacon will give you a large number of potential buyers. If you are interested in purchasing artwork, Chattacon’s Artshow wil have something for you.

This year we are lucky to have artist Ruth Thompson as our featured Artist Guest of Honor.  Ruth has won the Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Award as well as many other awards.  Her artwork has been used by TSR, Wizards of the Coast and Steve Jackson games.

Ruth says that while in high school she was introduced to Dungeons and Dragons by her Knight in bright white Nike’s.  Later while at the University of Alabama, she made her first sale at Continuity in Birmingham, Alabama.  Fortunately for us, she sold 7 of the 12 pieces she took, prompting her make more for us to buy.

If you would like to check out Ruth’s website: http://www.tarnishedimages.com

If you would like to join Ruth in displaying at this year’s Artshow or just have a question about the show, email us here.

Chatacon 36 Dealers’ Room

Dealer’s Room Hours:

Friday: 4pm to 8pm
Saturday: 10am to 7pm
Sunday: 10am to 2pm

Further dealer information may be obtained by contacting the Head Dealer via email or the Chattacon P.O. Box. Please send us your table requirements with your request. 

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Chattacon 36 Consuite

Chattacon’s Consuite is well known throughout Southern Fandom. The hardworking staff labor to bring the fans consumables of all types 24 hours a day. From early morning donuts to late night Iron Chef Creations and of course the infamous Little Debbies, there is always something interesting in the Consuite! The Consuite is also the place to meet and greet other fans and catch up with friends both new and old.  We hope to bring you the best year yet in Hospitality. As always, we welcome suggestions and volunteers. 

You can reach the head of hospitality at consuite@chattacon.org . 

Consuite hours will be:
Friday – opens at 3pm
Sunday – Closes at 3pm

Remember, you will be required to present an ID for some service in the Consuite, so be sure to bring a legal ID to Chattacon. Come have fun with us.

Chattacon 36 Gaming

Chattacon will be holding gaming tournaments in a number of popular role-playing, board and miniature games from a variety of sources. Chattacon will also offer its annual fare of computer-based and home arcade style games in the computer room. If you are interested in being a referee or gamemaster for a tournament, please send email to gaming@chattacon.org.

Chattacon 36 Volunteer Information

Volunteers are the backbone of Chattacon.  Without the help of all the volunteers, we would not be able to host the convention each year. Many talented people spend their weekend insuring that we have a good time.   Volunteering is a great way for you to see the con, and interact with other members.  If you would like to help us this year, please contact one of the people below or here.

Ann Robards – Marketing and Publications:Publicity, Media Relations, Editor, Historian, Web Services.

Michael Green – Registrar: Onsite Registration, Pre-con Records

Andy Hendee :- Convention Services: Operations, Security, Hospitality, General Services

Michael ‘Tiny’ Daniell – Vendor Sales:Dealer’s Room, Art Show

Cyndi Holtsclaw – Events:Chattacon TV, Computer and Video Gaming, Gaming, Programming.

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