OryCon 43

Phoenix Rising

November 10 - 12, 2023

Holiday Inn Portland – Columbia Riverfront
909 North Hayden Island Dr. Portland, OR 97217

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About Orycon

OryCon: Oregon Convention for Creators features scifi and fantasy writing, comics, illustration, crafting, and multimedia content creation, as well as tracks for creative workshops, portfolio reviews, art lessons, author readings, autographs, fanfic, fanfilk, concerts, video, dance, live action roleplay, tabletop and board gaming, and more. This November 10-12, 2023, OryCon will be back for our 43rd year in Portland, Oregon at the Holiday Inn Portland-Columbia Riverfront Hotel.

Our community of fellow fans and professional creators will offer you opportunities to network with those who share your interests and dreams. Whether you're here to socialize, learn, create, support local creators, or explore, there's something to entertain you or spark your creativity. We offer an expansive Merchants Market, consisting of Dealers Den with a variety of merchandise, an Artists Alley with human created art and handcrafts from local artists, and its Writers Block subsection featuring local authors happy to sign your new book. Find plenty of potential holiday gifts and browse like you're 10 at a book fair!

OryCon is a vibrant piece of Oregon history, with emotional and occupational connections from fans and creators nurtured over decades, and now we turn toward the next generation for the future of our creative community. During the struggle of Covid-19, and its consequential tragic effects, we've lost many of our long loyal, older attendees and staff. To stabilize our currently precarious longevity, and stay relevant with changing cultural atmospheres of younger generations, we're expanding our content, working to ensure a more healthy, creative, and safe environment, and rebranding as OryCon: Oregon Convention for Creators.

With our reincarnation, we hope to bring the curiosity and energy of creators from Gen X through Gen Z, or even younger, to keep OryCon thriving for future generations. Appropriately, our theme this year is Phoenix Rising, with content geared toward returning from creative hiatus, overcoming creative blocks, reviving abandoned projects, emotional and creative recovery after illness and tragedy, and renewal of aspirations.

Our Guests of Honor are Janny Wurts (author of The Wars of Light and Shadow, Master of Whitestorm, Sorcerer's Legacy, and The Cycle of Fire), Jennifer Brozek (editor, publisher, podcaster, and author of Never Let Me Sleep, and tie ins novels for BattleTech and Shadowrun), Christopher Sebela (comics writer for Crowded, Test, Heartthrob, Dirtbag Rapture, Foulbrood, and Shanghai Red), Steve Lieber (Eisner award winning comics illustrator for Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, Whiteout, and The Fix), Chuck Lukacs (Magic: the Gathering trading card game illustrator and author of Fantasy Genesis), Don Maitz, (Hugo award winning artist of covers for Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Isaac Asimov), and Eric and Jen Distad (performers behind The Faithful Sidekicks band, featured live in concert).

Preregistration for weekend passes is open at orycon.regfox.com/prereg until November 5 at the rates of $60 for adults, $30 for youth ages 13-17, and free to children 12 and under. At the door prices will change to $75 for weekend adult passes, while youth rates remain the same as we encourage the interest of budding creators.

OryCon 43 is a production of Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI), a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation.