Welcome to the first progress report for AgamemCon III! We've been hard at work with this year's convention and have lots of information and news to cover in this issue.
This year's AgamemCon will be returning to the fine Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center in the city of Burbank, California from June 11-13, 1999.
We've got an ever growing number of guests for this year's convention. Below you will find information on this year's guests to date, with more on the way!
This year's Writer Guest of Honor is J. Gregory Keyes. Mr. Keyes is familiar to the Babylon 5 fans out there for his new Babylon 5 Psi-Corps series. Mr. Keyes has also written The Waterborn and its sequel The Blackgod. We are happy Mr. Keyes has come south from rainy Seattle to join us here in sunny Burbank, California.
AgamemCon 3 welcomes back David Eagle this year as our Production Guest of Honor. Mr. Eagle has been with us all three years for AgamemCon, and has been a favorite of our attendees each year. Mr. Eagle has directed many episodes of Babylon 5 including the Hugo award winning 'Severed Dreams'. Mr. Eagle's recent directorial efforts have been on the Sci-Fi Channel's Sliders.
Our Special Guest really needs no introduction or brief bio. He is Wayne Alexander, also returning for his third time. Mr. Alexander has played numerous characters on Babylon 5; so many it would take half this progress report to name them all. He has also appeared in the season opener of The X-Files and I noticed him in the commercial for Mr. Wrong, just recently shown on ABC.
AgamemCon 3 is extremely excited to announce that Bruce Boxleitner is a confirmed guest for this year's convention. As a member of the Board of Governors for the National Space Society, Mr. Boxleitner will be speaking on panels with other noted professionals in the field of space sciences. OASIS, the Southern California chapter of the N.S.S. will be running a track of programming throughout the convention. This is a unique opportunity to see and hear Mr. Boxleitner speak about space exploration and the International Space Station.
Stephen Furst returns for his second appearance at AgamemCon. Mr. Furst has directed episodes of Babylon 5 and Crusade, and we look forward to hearing him speak about his experience behind the camera, as well as in front.
Tim Choate is a newcomer to AgamemCon and a relative newcomer to convention appearances in general. Mr. Choate appeared on Babylon 5 as Zathras. Please do not accost Mr. Choate and demand he say "Not the one."
Bill Mumy returns for his second appearance at AgamemCon, but with a twist. Rather than have Mr. Mumy appear on stage and do a tedious Q and A session, we have Mr. Mumy doing what he loves to do: jam with the band. Join us for a special musical performance by Bill Mumy and band on Friday night, featuring music from Bill Mumy, The Jenerators, and the Be-Five. This special Friday night musical extravaganza will be hosted by Jack Stauffer, Bojay from Battlestar Galactica.
Also staring in our convention production throughout the weekend will be: Maggie Egan, Jesus Trevino, Kim Holly (also returning for her third time), Jeffery Willerth, Mark Altman, Robert Meyer Burnett, Jack Stauffer, Alan Kobayashi, Katie Waitman, Arthur L. Holcomb, Daryl F. Mallet, Bill Blair, Dr. Franklin Ruehl, PhD, Francine York, Booth Coleman, Brinke Stevens, and Lance O'Toole (special fan guest of honor), and many more. Our guest relations staff is constantly working to bring you more guests. Further guest additions will be listed on our web site as they are confirmed and will also be included in Progress Report #2, due out in April.
While many of our guests will be willing to sign autographs, there are some important safety tips to keep in mind. AgamemCon does not set the fee structure for those guests who are selling their photos and other collectable items. Some guests of AgamemCon will be selling their photos for various charities and others may limit the number of items they will sign. Remember there are other fans standing in line with you. Be kind and do not thrust 30 Drazi trading cards into Wayne Alexander's hands and say "I'm your biggest fan!" We ask that you remember all guests of AgamemCon are attending barring any professional commitments.
This year AgamemCon will be returning to the Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center. We have arranged for special room rates, parking discounts, food (more on that later), and other incentives.
Staying at the hotel will help the convention in a big way. Rather then going out and beating people over the head with this point, we have decided to put in a special flyer for the hotel giving you all the needed details.
But just to be sure, room rates are $89.00 for a single or double and $119.00 for a junior suite. Rates do not, of course, include tax. You can make your reservations (rates are good for the entire weekend as well as three days before and three days after the con) by calling the Hilton's toll-free number: 1 (800) HILTONS. That's 1-800-445-8667. Please remember to mention AgamemCon when making your reservations so that you get the special rates. Remember, staying at the hotel not only helps the con and increases the possibilities for future years, but it's also a good way to ensure not missing any of the fun and interesting events and activities that happen around the clock during the weekend!
If you have any questions or problems in
regard to making your hotel reservations, please feel free to contact us
at the convention mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, or web
site and we will be happy to help you.
We have arranged to have Capo Valley Travel
as AgamemCon's official travel agent. Should you need to make airline or
other transportation reservations (rental car, train, bus, large cross-country
elephant) or any other travel needs, please call them (and mention you
are with AgamemCon :) at 1-888-625-8686 (toll-free) or 1-949-493-7104 (inside
When you think conventions, you automatically think food. Everyone needs to eat, right? We all know if there is a bright center to the food court, the Hilton Burbank is the place farthest from. AgamemCon is trying to make it easier for all fans to forage for food this year. Once again AgamemCon will have a con suite, which will be open to all convention members throughout the weekend. The con suite will be a place to catch a few munchies (not full meals!), grab a diet Coke or other soda-like product, and sit and socialize.
The hotel also has food, believe it or not. Who would have thought to look in a hotel for food? They will be setting up a coffee cart in the morning hours as well as lunch cart throughout the afternoon hours.
This will be an opportunity to grab a sandwich, a hot dog, chips, etc. Remember that they will gladly stay open while there is a need, but will pack things in if it gets slow. You can get a decent normal sized lunch (sandwich or hot dog, chips, drink) and be able to skate out for around $5.
The hotel also has a brand-new restaurant called The Daily Grill, which is a full service restaurant and bar. AgamemCon is also investigating three services that bring food to you (you buy, they fetch) called Cuisine to You, Courier and Chives, and Take-Out Taxi. Several local area restaurants provide delivery services if you are stranded without transportation, and we will be providing a local area restaurant guide to help you in your food quest. We have requests in to all the local area restaurants asking them to provide us with menus and we will have appropriate links to local restaurants on our web site as they return our requests.
Room parties are your friends. You can do all kinds of cool things with room parties. Plug your con, club, or group. Or maybe just have a party for the fun of it.
We've arranged with the hotel to have a special party floor (this year in the tower closest to the convention center and with the majority of the suites!). For those people who want to host a party, please be sure and not only mention AgamemCon when making your room reservations with the Hilton Burbank Airport (see the Hotel Info. section or the flyer insert), but also make sure to mention that you would like to be booked on the party floor. It is of course a good idea to make those reservations as soon as possible in order to get the room you want.
Also, if you are planning on hosting a room party at AgamemCon, let us know about it in advance! Not only will we be happy to list your party in PR#2 (due out in April) but we will also put a listing on our web site with a link to your site! So let us know your plans as soon as possible.
We'll have three tracks of programming this year, including a special track sponsored by OASIS, the local area chapter of the National Space Society. We have a lot of cool and interesting panel topics ranging from various technical and production related panels to author discussions and writers workshops. We've got panels, demonstrations, and special events as well as our video and film room, 24-hour gaming, and the return of our masquerade on Saturday night!
Sponsoring our space sciences programming track this year will be OASIS, a chapter of the National Space Society. Topics will range from planetary exploration to space development to human space flight and will feature space industry processionals from various fields, as well as special guest Bruce Boxleitner who will be speaking on such topics as the International Space Station.
Last year's Masquerade was a big success. So big, we have decided to do it one more time. Looking for a stage to show off your costume you've slaved over for the last 6 months? AgamemCon 3 will be the place on Saturday night. We have all the basics to show your costume off in its best light; stage, lighting and sound. Hall costumes worn throughout the day may also be entered in the evening's competition. The contest will be judged on the division system of Novice, Journeyman, and Master. There will be an optional competition to recognize your workmanship skills, so everyone can appreciate your straight seams, leatherwork, and craftsmanship. Costumes can be original, re-creation, science fiction, serious or humorous and everything in between. Just remember, naked is considered "no costume". You can sign up in advance or at the convention anytime until early Saturday afternoon. Time limits are basically one minute per four people. For special exceptions, or for further information, please contact our masquerade director through the convention address or e-mail Cat Devereaux at:
PARTIES & DANCE:
Join us on Friday night starting at 8pm for our Guest Reception hosted by Jack Stauffer as we welcome our guests to this years convention. We will also be featuring a very special musical performance by Bill Mumy and band live on stage! This will unquestionably be a night that should not be missed by anyone! "How do we top ourselves?" - Wayne Alexander.
On Saturday night after our second annual masquerade contest, we will be hosting our first dance! Be sure to stop by and check it out!
Lastly, on Sunday, we are continuing with our annual tradition (okay, so we only started last year with this! :-) after the "official" end of the convention for our Last Gasp Party! Last year's party lasted well into the night as we shared stories of the weekend with friends, both new and old. Be sure to stay on Sunday night for AgamemCon's version of the dead-dog party! You never know who might show up........
This year's gaming room will be open 24 hours and will feature various different games ranging from CCG's to role playing to board games. We are working on setting up some special events for this years gaming room, so watch for news in the next progress report as well as on our web site.
Stop by and check out some of the strange and interesting things that will be on the schedule!
If your club, convention, or other fan
group is interested in signing up for a table at this years convention,
please let us know as soon as possible. These tables are available free
of charge to clubs, conventions, and other fan related groups who are interested
in promoting themselves at AgamemCon. Tables are available only on a first
come, first served basis. Once they are gone, that's it. So let us know
if you would like to have one of these tables as soon as possible. This
is a good opportunity to promote your club or con (Hey! Why not host a
room party as well!? See the Hotel and Party sections for more info. <shameless
plug here by con staff>) to others. Contact us for more information or
This year's Dealers Room will have all kinds of interesting items available for sale. As new dealers sign up, we will be updating our web site with a list indicating what types of items they will have as well as contact information (where available) so that you may request any special items you are looking for. Dealers: for more information on table availability and pricing, contact us for an information pack.
The Dealers room will be open all three days of the convention.
Friday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
"So where and when do I get my badge and program book?" A good question indeed! Registration will be located in the lobby area of the convention center, right outside the entrance to the dealers room. When you arrive (after checking into the hotel the night before :) go there to get your preprinted badge (if you preregistered!) or to buy your membership on site.
Registration will be open all three days from:
Friday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
If you are going to any conventions, stores, or club meetings any time before June and would like to help by putting out flyers for AgamemCon, just let us know at least a couple weeks in advance, and we will make arrangements to have copies of the latest flyer out to you. Contact us at the convention address, e-mail, or web site. Thanks!
We can also be reached by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or by phone at: (949) 643-8352. Or fax at: (949) 863-9021. Or by mail at: 92 Corporate Park, Suite C-330, Irvine, CA 92606.
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