I-CON was the Northeast's largest annual convention of science fiction, fact, and fantasy, held at State University of New York at Stony Brook on Long Island, in Suffolk County, New York. I-CON is jointly held by ICON Science Fiction, Inc., a tax-exempt educational foundation, and the I-CON Campus Chapter of Stony Brook.
I-CON was last held in 2012. An Indiegogo campaign to resurrect the event in June 2014 raised only 10% of its $120,000 goal. A smaller relaxacon, LI-CON, has been formed by ICON Science Fiction, in part to raise funds for I-CON. Furries do not appear to have featured in the relaunch; the Indigogo campaign mentioned "topics and interests including science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics, anime, medieval reenactment, science and technology."
Programming and anthropomorphic fandom
Since its founding in 1982, I-CON was a very eclectic fan convention. The programming included subjects normally found at a variety of other conventions, ranging from speeches by science fiction authors to anime to film to gaming to medieval reenactment to furry fandom.
The Anthropomorphics Track at I-Con was organized by co-track-leaders Jon Cornetto and JBadger. Dr. Samuel Conway (aka. Uncle Kage) was a regular centerpiece of I-CON's anthropomorphic programming from 2003 to 2009.
- Timeline with anthropomorphic guests
- I-CON 16 (1997) was held April 4 to 6. The guests included Jose Calderon, Paul Castiglia, Daphne Lage, Brigitte Sleiertin and Mercy Van Vlack.
- I-CON 17 (1998) was held March 27 to 29. The guests included Jose Calderon, Paul Castiglia, Daphne Lage, Brigitte Sleiertin, Mercy Van Vlack, and Brian Yelverton.
- I-CON 18 (1999) featured Jose Calderon, Daphne Lage, Pete "Speet" Stoller, Mercy Van Vlack, and Brian Yelverton.
- I-CON 21 (2002) featured Daphne Lage and Brian Yelverton.
- I-CON 22 (2003) featured Dr. Samuel Conway and his story hour.
- I-CON 23 (2004) featured Dr. Samuel Conway along with John Barrett, Michelle Latta, Emilie Pellenz, Susan Rankin, and Zigzag.
- I-CON 24 (2005) featured Dr. Samuel Conway, Malcolm Earle, Michelle Latta, Aura Moser, Emilie Pellenz, Leonard Provansano, Mark Rogers, and Zigzag.
- I-CON 25 (2006) featured Dr. Samuel Conway, Bill Holbrook and Stan Sakai on March 23-25. Film screenings include the shocking mockumentary OMGWTF! Furries and a reading of the sci-fantasy comedy The Red Raven Legends.
- I-CON 26 (2007) featured Dr. Samuel Conway, Heather Bruton, Jim Groat, Fossil, Emilie Pellenz, Michelle Latta, and a screening of OMGWTF! Furries as well as a preview of its coming sequel, The Wrath of Con.
- I-CON 27 (2008) was held April 4 to 6. The guest list included Mitsu, Crowchild, Alan Beck, John Sheehan, Fossil, and three members of Umgotts Studios: The Kemeeleon, Amadeus, and DS.
- I-CON 28 (2009) was held April 3 to 5. The guest list included Roxikat, Bill Holbrook, Dr. Samuel Conway, John Sheehan, LadyMage, and Pete Stoller. This instance was held at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, New York due to construction at the Stony Brook's indoor sports complex.
- I-CON 29 (2010) was held March 26 to 28. The guest list included Egypt Urnash, Joe Strike, Max "Skyfire" West, and Pete Stoller.
- I-CON 30 (2011) was held over April 15 to 17.
- I-CON 31 (2012) was held from March 30 to April 1.
I-CON 32, "planned for March 21st, 22nd and 23rd of 2013" was announced in December 2012 as postponed.
- I-CON on Wikipedia
- ↑ I-CON Returns - Indiegogo. Retrieved February 16, 2014.
- ↑ ICON Indiegogo campaign over: LI-CON Store now open - Carl Fink, LI-CON (December 28, 2013)
- ↑ Update to Indiegogo campaign (January 2014). Retrieved February 16, 2014.
- ↑ I-CON XVI Comics Guests (including furry guests). Archived from the original on 1997 June 7. Retrieved 2010 February 7.
- ↑ ICON GUEST INFORMATION (for I-CON 17). Archived from the original on 1998 February 12. Retrieved 2010 February 7.
- ↑ ICON 17 Events. Archived from the original on 1998 February 12. Retrieved 2010 February 7.
- ↑ I-CON's Hudson: "We've Always Wanted to Come Back" - Scott Moore, Stony Brook Independent (November 22, 2009)
- ↑ December 21, 2012 I-CON 32 Postponed at http://www.iconsf.org/ Retrieved April 7, 2013.
- I-CON and LI-CON - official websites
- I-CON website - Anthropomorphics guests (archive from May 2009)
- Anthropomorphic programming at I-CON: 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 18, 17, 16
- Furries - March 24, 2007 blog entry by GAgathos about an I-CON panel
- Furry CONSPIRACY? - March 27, 2007 follow-up blog entry by GAgathos about furries at I-CON, with responses by The Kemeeleon and Floe (archived)
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