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History

LepreCon, Inc. has been sponsoring events since 1975 and has been online since the late nineties.

Here are the events we've sponsored thus far:

  1. LepreCon, a local science fiction/fantasy convention (1975-present)
  2. World Horror Convention, a global horror convention (2004)
  3. World Fantasy Convention, a global fantasy convention (2004)
  4. Nebula Award Weekend, a science fiction/fantasy awards event (2006)
  5. Westercon, a regional science fiction/fantasy convention (2009, 2017)
  6. North American Discworld Convention, a Discworld convention (2009)
  7. Conflagration, a gaming convention (2012)

Program books, where scanned, are linked below in PDF form. Other program book covers, progress reports, pocket programs, gaming grids, flyers and other printed ephemera can be found at the LepreCon page at Arizona Fandom (azfandom.org).

Conflagration

# Date Location Chair Guests Book Web Notes
1 2012
25 Jun
26 Jun
Tempe Mission Palms
Tempe
Mark Boniece John Wick
Ken St. Andre
Dennis Kauffman
Todd VanHooser
Boyan Radakovich

28 MB


LepreCon

# Date Location Chair Guests Book Web Notes
1 1975
14 Mar
16 Mar
Quality Inn
Phoenix
Greg Brown Author: Larry Niven
2 1976
19 Mar
21 Mar
Ramada Inn
Phoenix
Greg Brown Author: Roger Zelazny
Toastmaster: F. M. Busby
3 1977
11 Mar
13 Mar
Kachina & Thunderbird Lodges
Grand Canyon
Barry Bard Author: Robert Silverberg
Toastmistress: Marion Zimmer Bradley
4 1978
17 Mar
19 Mar
Los Olivos Hotel
Phoenix
M. R. Hildebrand Pro: Poul Anderson
Fan: Fred Haskell
Toastmistress: Carolyn Thompson

19 MB
5 1979
4 May
6 May
Quality Inn
Phoenix
Ken St. Andre Pro: Ian Ballantine
Fan: Skip Olson
6 1980
2 May
4 May
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix
Randy Rau Pro: Gordon R. Dickson
Fan: Milt Stevens
Toastmaster: Terry Carr
1
7 1981
Apr
Caravan Inn
Phoenix
Barry Bard Artist: Alicia Austin
Fan: Bruce Miller
8 1982
14 Apr
16 Apr
Caravan Inn
Phoenix
Zetta Dillie Artist: George Barr
Fan: Jan Howard Finder
Toastmaster: Bill Rotsler

25 MB
9 1983
20 May
22 May
Ramada TowneHouse
Phoenix
Terry Gish Artist: Frank Kelly Freas
Author: Jack Williamson
Fan: Elayne Pelz
Toastmaster: Bill Rotsler

44 MB
10 1984
20 Apr
22 Apr
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix
Pati Cook Artist: Real Musgrave
Special: C. J. Cherryh
Fan: Sleepyhawk Simila

32 MB
11 1985
5 Apr
7 Apr
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix
Clif Baird Artist: Lela Dowling
Author: G. Harry Stine
Author: Lee Correy
Fan: Roy Tackett

53 MB
12 1986
29 May
1 Jun
Ramada Inn East
Phoenix
Terry Gish Artist: Kim Poor
Author: Jo Clayton
Fan: Peggy Crawford
Special: Jennifer Roberson

67 MB
2
13 1987
5 Jun
7 Jun
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix
Eric Hanson Artist: Phil Foglio
Author: Raymond Feist
Fan: Susan Potter

50 MB
14 1988
1 Apr
3 Apr
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix
Ray Gish Artist: Alan Gutierrez
Author: Steven Barnes
Fan: Richard Wright

42 MB
15 1989
14 Apr
16 Apr
Hyatt Regency
Phoenix
Sam Stubbs Artist: Richard Hescox
Author: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Fan: Sue Thing
16 1990
13 Apr
16 Apr
Phoenix Sheraton
Phoenix
Eric Hanson Artist: Jim Fitzpatrick
Author: Rick Cook
Fan: Cristi Simila

40 MB
17 1991
3 May
5 May
Safari Resort
Scottsdale
Dave & Kim Hiatt Artist: Rowena Morrill
Author: Carole Nelson Douglas
Author: Melinda Snodgrass
Local Artist: Deb Dedon
Local Artist: Earl Billick

59 MB
18 1992
27 Mar
29 Mar
Celebrity Hotel
Phoenix
Eric Hanson Artist: Liz Danforth
Author: Michael A. Stackpole
19 1993
4 Jun
6 Jun
Camelview Resort
Scottsdale
Doug Cosper Artist: Sue Dawe
Author: S. P. Somtow
Local Artist: Katrine Cady

26 MB
20 1994
May
Pati Cook 3
21 1995
26 May
29 May
Francisco Grande Hotel
Casa Grande
Dave & Kim Hiatt Artist: Laura Brodian Freas
Author: D. C. Fontana
Special Spouse: Frank Kelly Freas
Special Artist: Nancy Strowger
Science: Charles 'Les' Johnson
Filk: Barry & Sally Childs-Helton

42 MB
22 1996
17 May
19 May
Francisco Grande Hotel
Casa Grande
Jay Patton Artist: Bob Eggleton
Author: Tracy Hickman
Local Artist: Liz Danforth
Media: Mojo
Toastmaster: Michael A. Stackpole
Filk: Mitchell & T. J. Burnside Clapp

33 MB
23 1997
16 May
18 May
Francisco Grande Hotel
Casa Grande
Charles Jarvis Artist: Kevin Ward
Author: Dave Wolverton
Local Artist: Leslie D'Allesandro Hill
Media: George Johnsen

5 MB
24 1998
15 May
17 May
Francisco Grande Hotel
Casa Grande
Ray Gish Artist: Janny Wurts
Author: Tim Powers
Local Artist: Cathie Yankovich
Media: Marc Scott Zicree
Filk: Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff
Special: Don Maitz

24 MB
25 1999
14 May
16 May
Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort
Scottsdale
Pat Connors Artist: Michael Whelan
Author: Larry Niven
Local Artist: Robert Peacock
Filk: Lynn Gold

57 MB
26 2000
22 May
24 May
Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort
Scottsdale
Dave Hungerford Artist: Lubov
Author: John DeChancie
Local Artist: Larry Vela
Filk: Marilyn Miller

44 MB
27 2001
18 May
20 May
Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort
Scottsdale
Mark Boniece Artist: Stephen Hickman
Author: Michael A. Stackpole
Local Artist: Robert Ross
Music: Echo's Children
28 2002
17 May
19 May
Embassy Suites Phoenix North
Phoenix
Lee Whiteside Artist: Monte M. Moore
Author: Peter David
Local Artist: James G. Reade
Music: Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff
29 2003
16 May
18 May
Embassy Suites Phoenix North
Phoenix
Shahn Cornell Artist: Larry Elmore
Author: Charles de Lint
Local Artist: Madame M
Media Technical: Richard Coyle
Music: Karen Willson
30 2004
7 May
9 May
Sheraton Crescent Hotel
Phoenix
Mark Boniece Artist: Donato Giancola
Author: David Drake
Special Artist: John Eaves
Local Artist: Sylvana Anderson-Gish
Music: Mara Brener
31 2005
6 May
8 May
Carefree Resort
Carefree
Larry Vela Artist: Dave Dorman
Author: Kevin J. Anderson
Local Artist: Sarah Clemens
Special Artist: Bear Burge
Music: Mitchell Burnside Clapp
32 2006
5 May
7 May
Embassy Suites Phoenix North
Phoenix
Larry Vela Artist: Alan M. Clark
Author: John Vornholt
Special Media: Bill Blair
Local Artist: Gilead
Music: Bill Laubenheimer
33 2007
11 May
13 May
Phoenix Marriott Mesa
Mesa
Shahn Cornell Artist: Jael
Author: Karen Traviss
Local Artist: Nola Yergen-Jennings
Music: Emma Bull
34 2008
9 May
11 May
Francisco Grande Hotel
Casa Grande
Liz Hanson Artist: Howard Tayler
Authors: Emily & Ernest Hogan
SPFX Makeup: David Ayers
Local Artist: Liz Danforth
Special Media: Chase Masterson

8 MB
35 2009
2 Oct
4 Oct
Phoenix Marriott Mesa
Mesa
Ethan Moe 4
36 2010
14 May
16 May
Phoenix Marriott Mesa
Mesa
Lee Whiteside Artist: Charles Vess
Author: George R. R. Martin
Local Artist/Author: James A. Owen
Music: Emma Bull

18 MB
37 2011
6 May
8 May
Tempe Mission Palms
Tempe
Lee Whiteside Artist: John Picacio
Author: Elizabeth Bear
Author: Sarah Monette
Music: Seanan McGuire

17 MB
38 2012
6 Apr
8 Apr
Tempe Mission Palms
Tempe
Mark Boniece Artist: Franchesco
Author: Joe Haldeman
Local Artist: Mark Greenawalt
Special Media: Stephen Furst
Music: Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff
Gaming: Todd VanHooser

15 MB
39 2013
9 May
12 May
Phoenix Marriott Mesa
Mesa
Donald Jacques
Patti Hultstrand
Artist: Raymond Swanland
Author: Jack McDevitt
Art Industry: Jon Schindehette
Virtual: Michael Moorcock
Music: Nancy Freeman
Ghost: Ray Bradbury

3 MB
40 2014
8 May
11 May
Phoenix Marriott Mesa
Mesa
Donald Jacques Artist: Steam Crow
Author: Gail Carriger
Local Art Industry: Krysta Crawford
41 2015
25 Jun
28 Jun
Embassy Suites Phoenix North
Phoenix
Paul Tanton Artist: Ken Kelly
Music: The Harp Twins
Special Artist: Larry Hama
Gaming: Jennifer Brozek
Local Artist: Victor Moreno
Author: Dayton Ward
Author: David Gerrold

7 MB
42 2016
23 Jun
26 Jun
Park Terrace Suites
Phoenix
Amanda Parker Sequential Artist: Jennie Breeden
Writer: D. C. Fontana
Game Designer: Shanna Germain
Local Artist: Dain Q. Gore
Local Game Designer: Ben Woerner
Fan: Gary Swaty

2 MB
43 2017
1 Jul
4 Jul
Tempe Mission Palms
Tempe
Dee Astell Artist: Julie Dillon
Local Artist: Tom Deadstuff
Author: Connie Willis
Local Author: Gini Koch
Fans: Val & Ron Ontell
Filk: Tim Griffin
Science: Henry Vanderbilt
Special Artist: Larry Elmore
Special Media: John & Bjo Trimble
Toastmaster: Weston Ochse

87 MB
5
44 2018
22 Jun
24 Jun
DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix North
Phoenix
Woody Bernardi Artist: Lubov
Local Artist: Jon Santaanta Proudstar
Writer: Maxwell Alexander Drake
Gaming: Eric Wile
Filk: Open Beta
Comic Book Writer: Alex Pescador
Comic Book Artist: Shea 'Bird' Robinson
Science: James C. Glass

15 MB
6
45 2019
18 Apr
21 Apr
DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix North
Phoenix
Dee Astell Local Artist: Baron Dixon
Author: Maya Bohnhoff
Costuming: Madame Askew
Filk: Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff

34 MB
46 2020
10 Apr
12 Apr
Crowne Plaza Phoenix Chandler Golf Resort
Chandler
Mark Boniece Artist: James A. Owen
Author: Robert McCammon
Local Artist: David Ayres
Filk: Margaret & Kristoph
Science: Dr. David A. Williams
Toastmaster/Author: Weston Ochse
7
47 2021
23 Jul
25 Jul
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix-Tempe University Research Park
Tempe
Woody Bernardi
48 2022

Dee Astell
49 2023

Kathy Richardson


Nebula Awards Weekend

# Date Location Chair Guests Book Web Notes
41 2006
6 May
Tempe Mission Palms
Tempe
Lee Whiteside Grand Master: Harlan Ellison
Toastmaster: Connie Willis
Author Emeritus: William F. Nolan

22 MB


North American Discworld Convention

# Date Location Chair Guests Book Web Notes
1 2009
4 Sep
7 Sep
Tempe Mission Palms
Tempe
Lee Whiteside Sir Terry Pratchett
Jennifer Brehl
Diane Duane
Esther Friesner
Anne Hoppe
Peter Morwood
Bernard & Isobel Pearson
Colin Smythe
Rob


Westercon

# Date Location Chair GoHs Book Web Notes
62 2009
2 Jul
5 Jul
Tempe Mission Palms
Tempe
Mike Willmoth Artist: Todd Lockwood
Writer: Alan Dean Foster
Editor: Stanley Schmidt
Fans: Jim & Doreen Webbert
Toastmasters: Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden

6 MB
8
70 2017
1 Jul
4 Jul
Tempe Mission Palms
Tempe
Dee Astell Artist: Julie Dillon
Local Artist: Tom Deadstuff
Author: Connie Willis
Local Author: Gini Koch
Fans: Val & Ron Ontell
Filk: Tim Griffin
Science: Henry Vanderbilt
Special Artist: Larry Elmore
Special Media: John & Bjo Trimble
Toastmaster: Weston Ochse

87 MB
5


World Fantasy Convention

# Date Location Chair GoHs Book Web
30 2004
28 Oct
31 Oct
Tempe Mission Palms
Tempe
Mike Willmoth Author: Gwyneth Jones
Artist: Janny Wurts
Editor: Ellen Datlow
Publisher: Betty Ballantine
Toastmistress: Jennifer Roberson


World Horror Convention

# Date Location Chair GoHs Book Web
14 2004
8 Apr
11 Apr
Embassy Suites Phoenix North
Phoenix
Mike Willmoth Author: Douglas Clegg
Artist: Jeremy Caniglia
Editor: Stephen Jones
Media: Dee Snider
Special: Adam Niswander
Grand Master: Jack Williamson


Notes

  1. LepreCon 6 was cancelled three weeks out because of hotel problems. A 'hastily organized relaxicon', AlterCon, replaced it.
  2. Donald A. Wollheim cancelled for health reasons.
  3. LepreCon 20 was cancelled, again because of hotel problems. AlterCon replaced it for a second time.
  4. LepreCon 35 was a fan gathering only as LepreCon, Inc. had already sponsored two regional conventions in 2009, the first North American Discworld Convention and Westercon 62. Folks were tired.
  5. LepreCon 43 and Westercon 70 were the same event, which was branded as ConAlope.
  6. Michael Fett, the original chair of LepreCon 44, planned a radically different event at the Unexpected Art Gallery in March 2018, under the brand of Phoenix Sci-Fi & Fantasy Art Expo. He cancelled this in November 2017 and his resignation from the organisation prompted the election of Woody Bernardi, who moved the event back to June to allow time to build it.
  7. LepreCon 46 was cancelled because of ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 crisis and recommendations from the CDC and ADHS that gatherings should not exceed ten people.
  8. Westercon 62 was branded as FiestaCon.




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Last update: 2nd August, 2020