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Duckon is an annual science fiction convention held every June in the Chicago area. The name is a reflection of the convention organizer's suburban roots, a shortening of DUpage County KONvention (DuPage County being located just west of Chicago).

Duckon is a fundraiser for Super-Con-Duck-Tivity, an organization that has Golden Duck Awards for excellence in children's science fiction literature.

[edit] History

The first Duckon was held in 1991. The first three Duckons were chaired by Candis King, wife of Robert King. Duckon 3 was the first year that the convention had a furry track of programming; that furry track grew over the years and eventually split off in 2000 to become its own convention: Midwest FurFest. Since 2003, various people including Chouette, Barbarian, and Robert King have put together a small slate of of furry-related panels at Duckon each year.

  • The 16th Duckon, themed "The Duck Side of the Force", was held on June 8-10, 2007. The guests of honor included author Alan Dean Foster and Laura MacLeod of World Bird Sanctuary.
  • The 17th Duckon, themed "The Maltese Duckon", was held on June 13-15, 2008. The guests of honor were author Elizabeth Bear, musicians Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff, and "mad scientist" GoH Dr. Samuel "Uncle Kage" Conway.
  • The 18th Duckon, themed "A Duck Oddity", was held on June 12-14, 2009. The guests of honor were author Jim Butcher, Loren Damewood, Michael Harrington, writer and musician Seanan McGuire, Sue Blom and Diana Fox.
  • The 19th Duckon, themed "Plan B", was held June 18-20, 2010. The guests of honor were Scott Raun, husband and wife authors Steve Miller and Sharon Lee; and Filk musician Talis Kimberley.
  • The 20th Duckon was held over June 17-19, 2011.
  • Duckon 21 was scheduled for June 1-3, 2012. Being Duckon's 21st year, the theme of the convention was "Finally Legal".
Duckcon 22 banner
  • Duckon 22 "Fantasies of the Future" was held over June 28-30, 2013.[1]
  • DucKon 23 "What if?" is scheduled for June 6-8th, 2014. [2]

[edit] References

  1. http://www.duckon.org/pages/ Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  2. http://www.duckon.org/pages/ Retrieved August 28, 2013.

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