What is the World Fantasy Convention?
The World Fantasy Convention is an annual gathering of professionals, collectors, and others interested in the field of Light and Dark Fantasy art and literature. The main features of the convention are the World Fantasy Awards, presented at a banquet on Sunday afternoon of each convention, and the large Friday-evening autograph reception called the Mass Signing.
An area of the convention that helps define its character is the Dealers Room. Usually there are about fifty tables of merchandise (limited to art and literature), almost all of which are collectible and new publications. There is also a very high quality Art Show, which includes some works for sale as well as displays of art from the top published artists in the field. Entry into both the Dealers Room and Art Show is juried.
What will the Program Schedule be like?
Program items will run from about 10 a.m. until midnight, with a two hour break from 5 to 7 p.m. for dinner In the evenings there will be activities such as an Ice Cream Social, the Mass Signing, and the Art Show Reception. The Art Show and Dealers Room will be open during posted hours.
How can I meet Authors?
You can find authors by going to program items or the Mass Signing. Otherwise, they are likely to be hanging out at the bar or in the Presidential Suite, our hospitality location. A large amount of business is done between authors, editors, and publishers, so please be respectful if authors say they are in another discussion.
I want to see my Favorite Author. How can I do that?
Check the program as soon as possible to make sure you don't miss the item with your favorite author. Each person will probably be on only one program item, such as a panel, a reading, or a kaffeeklatsche. You must sign up for kaffeeklatsches, and all kaffeeklatches are BYOD (Bring Your Own Drink). You can also talk to your favorite authors during the Mass Signing on Friday night.
What is the Mass Signing?
A mass autograph session will be held on Friday evening, November 7, starting at 9 p.m. in the Independence Center of the Hyatt Regency. Each member of WFC 2014 will be provided a name tent so that those who wish to may sign autographs at the event. The Mass Signing will continue until midnight, or until the signers and seekers of autographs are content, whichever comes first. Seating is not generally assigned.
I hear that there are activities outside the Program. How do I learn about them?
A few publishers, authors, and other groups host book launches, parties, or other activities. These activities are generally noted in the program and/or advertised by flyers posted around the convention, or on social media or the Convention web site. A closed door generally means that the event is by invitation only.
I heard that people dress up at these conventions.
As a professional convention, World Fantasy attendees usually dress in office or casual attire. More formal attire is not uncommon at the Banquet and evening parties.
Is there a Masquerade?
World Fantasy Conventions have no Masquerade or hall costume tradition.