Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SoonerCon 4 Is Coming!

Here is a flyer for SoonerCon 4, held in October, 1988.

Surely this nifty art is by Angela?  There's an "A.F.B." on the front of the space suit.

For the ConComm, each year was a panorama of things-to-do.  We had a schedule of when we were supposed to have things accomplished.

What a lovely idea, to plan ahead!

See you next time ...


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

1987 - SoonerCon 3 - Attendance Survey, Press Release, etc

The above is a tabulation of a survey of SoonerCon 3 attendees.  Who our number cruncher was, I don't know.  But it sure looks demographic!

The above is a press release by publicity maven Larry Nemecek, then of the Norman Transcript,  later known as ThunderChief through his helming of ThunderCon (of which more anent).

 Here's the programming grid.  Note the straight lines!  I suspect somebody pretty smart did this. These pages were the result of dozens, possibly hundreds, of hours of planning.

Con Chairs asked for each department head to write up a brief job description/how-to-do-it guide for any successor.  The above is notable in its explanation of VCR chaining and other hi-tech procedures.

Nowadays we have computers to do everything, right?

See you at SoonerCon 24!

Monday, January 19, 2015

More from SoonerCon 3 - 1987

 A scan of the "badge of honor" worn by then-STAR OKC Prez Mike Hodge.  As you can see, his area of high responsibility was the Con Suite.

Back in the pre-internet days, publicity was handled by mail-out.   Much effort was expended to acquire a possibly overlapping group of addresses, such as the mailing list for another SF con a few states away, or a local comic-book store.  The kind of one-sheet above would also be sent to local newspapers and even social clubs.

 Here's an update from Dealers' Room chair David Means letting them know that a Thursday set-up is no longer in the works.  Note the statement towards the end that SoonerCon might "make the Central Plaza our home in perpetuity."  We are all lamenting that this did not come to pass.  Maybe not all are lamenting.
Great art from Dell Harris for SoonerCon 3!  It should be on a hundred dozen T-shirts!  (This is a high-res scan from a photo print of the art.)

This is a version of the "Deadline Schedule" that supposedly guided the departments.  If it was "X" months away from the Con, then x-y-z should have been completed by your department.

Happy New Year, see you soon I hope!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SoonerCon 3 -- October 16-18, 1987 -- Program Book

 Cover art is by David Cherry, our artist GOH.  Thanks to Mike Hodge & Leonard Bishop for the info.

 Our charity was the Oklahoma Pediatric Cancer Association, which does not seem to exist any more under that name.  Does anybody know if it changed names, or went dormant?

 Con Chair was Casey Means (nee Hamilton); Mike Hodge was STAR OKC President.

 Art by David Lee Anderson.

Conquest  is still alive and kicking!
 Art by Dell Harris.
 Note the page header, "SoonerKin."  This was an appellation coined to refer to main guests from previous SoonerCons.  This status enabled them to get in free to future SoonerCons (free admission only).  Some STAR members thought this was giving away future possible revenue, others thought it was a nice gesture.

 Who was the artist for the bottom of this page?  Was it Angela (Bostick) Lowry?
 Now we have bios for "Programming Speakers."  Also note the ad for "Southside Comics" in Norman, later Planet Comics.

  Art by Dell Harris.
As was SoonerCon tradition, the outside cover of the Program Book was an ad for next year's show.  We already had our all-female line-up lined up!

More items to come from SoonerCon 3 include badges, flyers, attendee surveys, and others.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

SoonerCon 2 Pocket Program, Flyer, Questionnaire

Here are the last of the items from SoonerCon 2, held in October, 1986.

SoonerCon 2 was held only a few months after SoonerCon 1 so that a "standard" date for the Con could be established.  We wanted to have a late fall/early winter con, and it just wouldn't do to go a year until the following fall. 

So people dashed around like mad to have  a SECOND SoonerCon about four months after the first.  This was the main reason for only having two "official" days -- Saturday and Sunday.  Also why this con was promoted as "Pure Con Extract" by Con Chair David Means.

I really don't know the source for the lab-rat-in-spacesuit concept for the badges.

Even though the "Friday" schedule -- nothing but video -- begins with "10AM," I am pretty sure that this room started at  10PM, and then ran 24 hours until Sunday afternoon.

Here's the questionnaire distributed to con attendees in the hopes of defining our demographics/audience.  Maybe someday we will run across the findings from these.

Next time, in a month or so ... SoonerCon 3.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SoonerCon 2 ConComm & Badge

 A ConComm list from July, three months before the con.

A Dealer badge.

More on the way from SoonerCon 2 in a week or two.