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Odyssey Con 17 Program Schedule

Odyssey Con 17 Program Schedule is now available!  Thanks to everyone who made suggestions and volunteered as panelists.

To see this year's planned programming, click the link here to see the 2017 Program Schedule.

The Spontaneous Writing Contest Returns for 2017

The Spontaneous Writing Contest is back for 2017. This contest is open to any and all ticketed attendees of Odyssey Con 17. You must provide your own computer, tablet, etc. There are no additional requirements. There are no age limits. There is no entrance fee.

For more information about this contest and to see our past winners, go out our Contests Page by clicking here.

Announcing a Confirmed Guest of Honor - Michael Butt

Photo of Michael Butts

Media Guest of Honor

"I thought long and hard about joining Odyssey Con. I learned that one of the Members had made choices that upset people in the past, and how it was handled was not the best. I believe that the damage that was done has been contained and separated from the convention. I understand many people are still upset by this, and some would like to see Odyssey Con fail. I do not believe that is right. Because of the actions of a few, is all of the labor and love so many fans have put into this event to be discarded? Should the whole barrel of apples be discarded because some were bad? I say no. What happened is horrible but it is not beyond repair. And I want to see this convention raised up to become a shining beacon of decency. I am giving them a second chance, will you? And remember, before you judge all on the actions of a few, I would like to remind you that 'Only a Sith Deals in Absolutes' (Obi Wan Kenobi)."

To read more about him, check out our Guests page by clicking here.


Announcing a Confirmed Guest of Honor - Brent Chumley

Photo of Brent Chumley

Artist Guest of Honor

Brent has produced art for a multitude of media including cover paintings, interior illustrations, collectible card art, comic book illustration, cartography (maps), graphic design, page layout, t-shirt designs, miniatures paintings, concept art, and commercial photography for a plethora of clients including: Wizards of the Coast, AEG, Catalyst Labs (Shadowrun), Dave Arneson's Blackmoor, 5th Epoch Publishing, Mongoose Publishing, Steve Jackson Games, and many others. Brent lives in southern mid-Illinois and is available for commissions.

To read more about him, check out our Guests page by clicking here.

Guest of Honor Cancellations

Odyssey Con regrets to announce that Christopher Mihm, Tad Williams, and Monica Valentinelli have decided that they are unable to attend Odyssey Con 17. We respect their decisions, and wish them all the best. James Frenkel will not be attending Odyssey Con 2017. Mr. Frenkel is no longer associated with Odyssey Con in any way. At this time, it is planned that Odyssey Con 2017 will go on as scheduled. We will continue to offer the stimulating discussions, anime and movie programs, karaoke and live music, LAN and face-to-face gaming, poetry, cash-prize writing contests, masquerade, our famous real-food Con Suite, the notorious (and often humorous) Opening Ceremonies, and the camaraderie and good fellowship for which OddCon has become well known. We realize some may be disappointed in this change, and those wishing a refund for pre-registrations may do so before 4/21/17


Pre-registration Deadline Extended!

Because we are hosting our event later in the month this year, we realize not everyone has adjusted for the change.  So we've extended the pre-registration deadline until April 10th, so people have a chance to advantage of the savings vs at the door prices.

To get in your pre-registration, go to our Registration Page!

Announcing this year's Charity ...

Literacy Network

Every year Odyssey Con selects a non-profit charity, chosen by the Odyssey Con committee, in order to help raise awareness and funds..

For 2017 charity we’ve selected Literacy Network to help bring the joy of reading to even more people. But there’s more to it than that. Literacy is a basic life skill, and the need for it is shockingly high, even if largely invisible.

For more information, check out our Charity page.

Panelist Applications Are Now Open!

Have some knowledge you'd like to share? Want to join us and be a panelist for one or more of our suggested topics? Click here to see our list of panel suggestions and volunteer to become a panelist: Panel Volunteer Page!

OddContest Winners Announced!

The judging for Odyssey Con's OddContest, the Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry Contest, has finished and we are pleased to announce our winners for 2017.  Turn out was great for the contest this year, with 57 adult entries and an amazing 153 youth entries!

For a list of the winners and their submissions, go out our Contest Page by clicking here.

Lead Judge Announced for Costume Contest!

Stace Feldmann

The lead judge for this year's Costume Contest for Odyssey Con 17 will be Stace Feldmann.  Award-winning cosplayer and owner of Strange Land Costuming, she will be a welcome addition to the convention's list of guests. 

Two other judges will be joining her to judge this year's contest.

Learn more about her, and the contest, on our Contest Page by clicking here.


Pre-registration special at Capricon!

Weekend special for Odyssey Con pre-reg. Come find us at Capricon to sign up for Odyssey Con and get a special discount. Or go to our website, www.odysseycon.org, and get our special rather there. This is probably the last chance to get the special rate before Odyssey Con!!

For more information about registration and to sign up, click here.

OddContest Deadline Extended

The deadline for entries for the OddContest writing contest for flash fiction/poetry prose has been extended to January 31st, 2017.  Get your entries in now!

For more information about her and our contest, go to our OddContest page by clicking here.

Odyssey Con Room Reservations are now Open - Book Your Room at the Radisson!

You can now book your room at the Radisson for Odyssey Con!  This year's rates are $106/night. Space is limited so get your room now!  Check out our Venue page for more information here.



Who Do You Know Wants to Have a Room Party?

Interested in promoting your group, club, or organization?  Want to meet new and interesting people, and have exciting times?  Why not host a party at Odyssey Con?  For more information, click here.

Suggestions for Panels are now being accepted!

Have an idea of programming or a panel?  Submit your idea to us for Odyssey Con 17.  Programming time and space is limited, so we're encouraging you to send us your ideas now so we can work them into our 2017 convention year. 

To submit your suggestion click here.  For more information about our programming or to contact our Programming Head, click here.

Mary Soon Lee

Mary Soon Lee


2017 Odd ConContest Judge Announced!

Mary Soon Lee will be out judge for this year's OddContest for speculative (science fiction, fantasy, or horror) stories or prose poems.

For more information about her and our contest, go to our OddContest page by clicking here.

Applications for Dealer's Tables are now being accepted!

Applications for vendor tables are now being accepted for Odyssey Con 17.  Vending space is limited, so if you are interested in becoming a vendor apply now now!  To apply or for more information click here.

This Year's Artwork is Revealed!

Forbidden Pasture

Odyssey Con 17: Forbidden Pasture will be this year's theme, and we can now show off the new artwork.  Bossy the Cowbot is the main character with the "MOOnster from the UD(der)" creeping up in the background.

We thank our in-house artist, Georgie Schnobrich, for providing a masterful piece to go with our theme.  She has been creating the theme art for Odyssey Con each year, giving us a wonderful visual to go along with our themes.  This year is no exception.

The logo will be available in t-shirt form later this year and at our registration table at the convention.

To see some of our past years' themes and art, visit our History page.


Odyssey Con Society Inc Annual Meeting ...

Odyssey Con Society Inc. (OCSI), a Wisconsin not-for-profit corporation, is the parent organization of Odyssey Con. It exists in corporate form to (a) provide legal recognition, (b) protect individuals from financial liability, and (c) exempt us from taxation under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All the actual work of putting on the convention is performed by the concom, but we still have to observe all the legal niceties with regard to OCSI, including holding an annual membership meeting. Accordingly …

The 2016 Annual Meeting of
Odyssey Con Society Inc.
will be held
Saturday July 9 from 10 AM to noon
in Meeting Room A of the
Sequoya Branch Library
4340 Tokay Blvd. (just off Midvale Blvd.)
Map: http://tinyurl.com/5ze6u6

All are welcome to attend, but only OCSI members may participate. To become a member, you must pay $10 in annual dues. You may do so by sending a check to OCSI, PO Box 7114, Madison, WI, 53707-7114, or by paying in person at the annual meeting using either cash or check (no credit cards, PayPal, etc.).

The members present will elect officers (president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and ombudsperson), review the finances for Fiscal 2016 (which will end on June 30), adopt a budget for Fiscal 2017, and consider any business introduced from the floor by any member.

If you are unable to attend the annual meeting in person, you may authorize a proxy to vote on your behalf.

For more information, please visit our OCSI Page.


Odyssey Con 16 has passed ...

The convention is over for this year, but check back here for photos, contest winners, and more from 2016.  Also announcements for Odyssey Con 17 will be coming soon.

Early bird registration for Odyssey Con 17 has opened.  For more details, check out the Registration Page by clicking here.

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