Con-Volution is an annual 3-day science fiction, fantasy, and media convention featuring guests, performers and vendors from a wide spectrum of the speculative fiction industry and community. Each year’s event is presented within the framework of a different central theme from which most of its programming items evolve.

ConvolutionCon-Volution provides a forum for creative professionals – writers, producers, artists, costumers, performers, game designers and editors – to network, entertain, educate, market their creations, and enjoy the company of people who love their works. For amateur creators and everyday fans, the event presents an opportunity to develop new skills, mingle with and listen to many of the professionals they admire, and to revel in the fellowship of the speculative fiction community.

A variety of games and tournaments are open to attendees, including collectible card games, live-action roleplaying and video games. The Gallery and Marketplace provide original themed artwork and a wide array of shopping items. Fan groups and other events similar to Con-Volution are represented at information tables and themed parties.

ConvolutionCon-Volution’s staff is comprised of everyday members of the community, who volunteer their time to present an event where fellow fans can gather to enjoy, discover, discuss and debate all aspects of speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comics, etc.). Con-Volution also performs outreach to those who enjoy speculative fiction films, television, literature and games but don’t think of themselves as “sci-fi fans,” or who are unaware that a fellowship of people like them exists.

This year, I am a Guest of Honor.

Below is my schedule. If you’re in Northern Cali October 2-4, stop by and say “hello.”

Dork Forest Podcast – Balogun Interview – Toastmistress Jackie Kashian’s “The Dork Forest” interviews Guest of Honor Balogun Ojetade.

Friday October 2nd 2015 @ 6:30 PM – Harbor A: 75 mins

Cultural Appreciation or Appropriation – Where is the line between enjoyment of other cultures being respectful and being detrimental? Gregg Castro, Moderator with panelists, Thaddeus Howze, Rob Miles, Balogun Ojetade and Heidi Stauffer

Friday October 2nd 2015 @ 11:00 PM – Sumac: 75 mins

Diversity in Speculative Fiction – Beyond the strapping nordic hero in his American flag draped spaceship lies a world of other cultures and other visions of the future. Come find out what they are. Gregg Castro, Moderator, with panelists, Jaymee Goh, Thaddeus Howze, Bradford Lyau, Balogun Ojetade, Sumiko Saulson

Saturday October 3rd 2015 @ 5:30 PM – SandPebble B: 75 mins

Writing for and with minority groups in mind – Every audience has a different focus. What are the best methods of reaching minority groups with your work?

Thaddeus Howze, Moderator with panelists, Marisa Garcia, Kyle Aisteach, Balogun Ojetade, Bryan Thao Worra

Sunday October 4th 2015 @ 2:30 PM – SandPebble B : 75 mins

Mythologies: The World Outside of Olympus and Asgard – There’s a great big world of mythology out there. Come find out what you might be missing!

Bret Sweet, Moderator with panelists, Emily Jiang, Balogun Ojetade, Jason Malcolm Stewart

Sunday October 4th 2015 @ 4:00 PM – SandPebble B: 75 mins

Writers Workshop: Writing Fight Scenes That Aren’t Wack – A Master Class with Guest of Honor Balogun Ojetade. *Limited to 6 participants.

Register at: http://con-volution.com/2015/convention-registration/ 

Sunday October 4th 2015 @ 5:30 PM – Oak : 75 mins

 

About Balogun

Balogun is the author of the bestselling Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and screenwriter / producer / director of the films, A Single Link, Rite of Passage: Initiation and Rite of Passage: The Dentist of Westminster. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at https://chroniclesofharriet.com/. He is author of eight novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika; a Fight Fiction, New Pulp novella, Fist of Afrika; the gritty, Urban Superhero series, A Single Link and Wrath of the Siafu; the two-fisted Dieselfunk tale, The Scythe and the “Choose-Your-Own-Destiny”-style Young Adult novel, The Keys. Balogun is also contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk. Finally, Balogun is the Director and Fight Choreographer of the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis and co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo. You can reach him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Afrikan.Martial.Arts; on Twitter @Baba_Balogun and on Tumblr at www.tumblr.com/blog/blackspeculativefiction.

2 responses »

  1. […] “Con-Volution is an annual 3-day science fiction, fantasy, and media convention featuring guests, performers and vendors from a wide spectrum of the speculative fiction industry and community.”  […]

  2. Fujimoto says:

    That sounds like a lot of fun. All those panels sound amazing and I wish I could attend. A workshop on writing good fight scenes sounds like it could make a career in itself.

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