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WSC Science Fiction and Fantasy Club to Host WillyCon XV April 5-7

Published: 3-5-2013 3:30 pm

WillyCon, the annual convention sponsored by the Wayne State Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, will be held April 5-7. This will mark the fifteenth year that WillyCon has been held at Wayne State College.

Anne Bishop, the New York Times best-selling author of 16 novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy and Written in Red, the first book in a new urban fantasy series, will be the guest author. Her stories have been embraced by readers around the world and have been translated into several languages including Czech, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, and Russian.  

Peri Charlifu will be the guest artist for WillyCon XV. He grew up in Denver and Aurora, Colo., and attended Metropolitan State College, studying art and psychology, which he combines to use art as therapy. Charlifu has been selling his work for 28 years, almost exclusively in the science fiction convention market for about five years. He is guild master for Art and Artisans of Colorado and a founding member of the Stoneleaf potters guild. Although an accomplished and proficient graphic artist, Charlifu's first love is pottery. He is highly skilled in wheel-thrown and hand-built work. He mixes all his own stains and glazes, and has developed an underglaze technique that he uses in 90 percent of the items he produces. He has produced more than 30,000 pieces of pottery.

The fan Guest of Honor is Jeff Schipman, a 1997 graduate of Wayne State College. He hails from one of Nebraska's smallest towns, Worms (population 19!), but currently resides in the largest, Omaha, with his wife, Dawn. He has a wide variety of sci-fi interests and is a die-hard Star Wars fan. He serves on the Board of Directors for Midwest Robots and Infected Entertainment, LLC. He was also a founding member of the Omaha Science Fiction Education Society. Schipman is an avid costumer and serves as the Base commander of the Central Base of the Rebel Legion as well as a member of the 501st Legion and R2-D2 Builders Club.

WillyCon XV will include a variety of activities for science fiction and fantasy fans. There will be an art show and auction displaying/selling science fiction and fantasy art, and a vendors' room with gaming supplies and miscellaneous items. WSC art students and local artists are encouraged to submit their art. The art show, art auction, and vendors' area at WillyCon are open to the public.

Presentations and panels by students, faculty, and fans will be held to talk about such things as gaming, the possibility of time travel and society's fascination with immortality. There will also be a workshop on creating using burlap and yarn, and much more. There will be fun activities such as board games, card games, role playing games, a masquerade show, Halo, Rock Band, Game of Thrones and Star Trek tournaments, etc.

Budding writers and artists will not want to miss the author's workshop with a successful author to gather information about the craft of writing, or the artist's workshop with a talented artist on illustrative drawing, pottery, and painting techniques.

WillyCon is an inexpensive, fun-filled weekend suitable for all ages. Registration for the convention is $20 for the weekend. WSC students can attend at no cost.

For information: Ron Vick at (please include “WillyCon” in the subject line) or visit


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