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Sophia Brueckner

Sophia Brueckner, Guest of Honor 2019 Sophia Brueckner, born in Detroit, MI, is a futurist artist/designer/engineer. Inseparable from computers since the age of two, she believes she is a cyborg. As a software engineer at Google, she built products used by tens of millions. She received her MFA from RISD and MS from the MIT Media Lab where she investigated the simultaneously empowering and controlling aspects of technology with a focus on wearables. At the University of Michigan, she teaches…

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Daniel Hansen of Crafty Celts

Daniel Hanson of Crafty Celts, Guest of Honor 2019 Daniel Hansen discovered metal working as a teenager, learning everything he could about making weapons, armor, and other items for historical re-enactment. He took his first jewelry making class in 1988 as a college student, setting out to make a brooch for the cloak he wore to re-enactment events. He developed a true passion for metal-work, continued studying jewelry-making, and created his business, Crafty Celts, to sell his work to other…

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Confusion Room Party

Tell Tale Penguin Party at Confusion Join us this weekend at Confusion for our literary inspired party. We will be raffling off books from our Guest of Honor, inspiring you with a mix of funky tunes, and tempting your taste buds with yummy snacks and fun drinks. We will also be offering a weekend only promo code for $10 off of registration. So stop by on Saturday night to find out what is happening this year at Penguicon.

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Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason, Guest of Honor 2019 Mikey Mason spent more than a decade as a full-time standup comedian. He headlined on all four coasts, performed multiple times each on NBC, at the legendary House of Blues, and the Hard Rock Casino. He even headlined the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas. But it wasn’t enough.In 2011, he released a song expressing his geekier side (She Don’t Like Firefly) that went viral on YouTube and got him featured on Nerdist.com,…

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Ribbon Orders

Ribbon Ordering Now Open It is the moment that everyone anxiously waits for each year: The ribbon ordering form. We have been hard at work finding a new vendor for our ribbons this year in order to provide everyone with high quality and lowest cost ribbons. We believe we have found a great vendor and look forward to ribbon success this year. We will be using Hodges Badge Company Inc. to create the ribbons and paypal to process the payments.…

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Zed Shaw

Zed Shaw, 2019 Penguicon Guest of Honor I’m excited to announce our second GoH for 2019, Zed Shaw. Zed A. Shaw is a programmer and artist who loves teaching people how to code and painting. He is frequently a critic of technology, technologists, and their impact on society, despite being an old school hacker and avid technologist himself.  His books (Learn Python The Hard Way, Learn Ruby The Hard Way, Learn JavaScript The Hard Way) have been read by millions…

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Needed: Candidates for 2020 Penguicon Convention Chair

  Everyone, The Penguicon Board is currently looking for people interested in being the 2020 Penguicon Convention Chair.  Yes, this is the person “in charge”, the one that organizes running the whole event for that year.  If you’ve been involved with Penguicon (or even if you haven’t, but know about us and think you would make a good candidate) please e-mail me and put your name in for our consideration.  We will ask candidates to come to the January Penguicon Board meeting to talk to…

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Programming Submissions and Suggestions

It is finally time!  Time to submit your ideas to help bring all of the things to Penguicon 2019.  This year we have streamlined things a bit by putting everything in one form. So whether you want to suggest programming, run a panel yourself, or have ideas for a special event this document will be a one stop spot for you.   Each event, panel, or suggestion will need a separate submission. So, if you have a lot of ideas you may…

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Welcome to 2019!

Once in a while you stumble through the doors of a magical place and realize just what you have been missing in your life up to that point.  That is how it felt for me seven years ago when I attended my first Penguicon and every year since. I have enjoyed working to bring this awesome Con into existence and this year it is my honor to be the 2019 ConChair. Each year the ConChair gets to bring their own…

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Saladin Ahmed, 2019 Penguicon Guest of Honor!

I am so pleased to announce our first featured guest for 2019, Saladin Ahmed! Saladin Ahmed’s first novel, Throne Of The Crescent Moon, was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards, praised by George RR Martin as “a rollicking swashbuckler,” and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Saladin’s short fiction, essays, and poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Slate, Salon, and BuzzFeed. Currently he is writing MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN and THE MAGNIFICENT MS. MARVEL. More recently…

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