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Need some questions answered about Con 70? Hopefully this Frequently Asked Questions section will help

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  • What exactly is Con 70?

  • What do you mean when you say "non-profit"?

  • Why would anyone run a convention that makes no money?

  • What is the stance regarding special guests?

  • Will horror be included?

  • What do people do at a convention?

  • If traditional fan based conventions like Con 9 and Con 70 are so great then why aren't there more of them?

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What exactly is Con 70?

Con 70 - A Retro Sci-Fi Adventure is an Australian convention that will run for three days (the Labour Day long weekend) based around science fiction TV shows and movies from 1970-1979. Unlike modern day conventions, Con 70 will follow the "traditional" fan run format where the focus of the event will be on panels, discussions, presentations and atmosphere.

What do you mean when you say "non-profit"?

Unlike modern commercial conventions (known as ProCons) who operate like a business, Con 70 is a self funded event where the financial profits - if any - won't go into the pockets of the organisers. Our aim is only to cover costs.

Traditionally non-profit conventions would hand over any excess monies to a nominated charity or use it as a rollover fund for another convention. Either way none of the organisers profit financially from the event.

Why would anyone run a convention that makes no money?

The answer to this is simple ... "for the sheer enjoyment of it."

Fan run media conventions like Con 70 (and Con 9 From Outer Space before it) no longer exist in this modern era, so unfortunately many people have never actually experienced a traditional science fiction convention before. This is why Con 9 was regarded so highly by those who attended, including those who heard about it afterwards, and why people were still speaking about the event a year after it was held.

From our perspective we just want to enjoy classic media conventions the way they used to be with panels, discussions and with genuine passion for the subject matter. This is why we like to say Con 70 is "by the fans for the fans" because everyone can enjoy the convention on the same equal level.

What is the stance regarding special guests?

Over 20 years ago conventions in Melbourne were lucky to have 3 or 4 actors appear in a year (back then they were known as Guests of Honour or GoH) and getting them to attend at all was a very special privilege. These days that number has swelled to 30-40+ so the market is now diluted with celebrities, as a consequence a single actor may not necessarily have the same "crowd pulling" power they once did.

As a non-profit event we simply can't compete against the Pop Culture Expos or the ProCons so our preference is to focus our energy squarely on our unique and varied programming/atmosphere which you don't find at the commercial events.

Having said that, if a suitable guest happens to come our way then we would certainly look at including them, but it's not something we plan to actively pursue. Plus as we proved with Con 9, you don't always need the appearance of an TV or movie actor to run a successful event.

Will horror be included?

No. We believe horror is a specific genre unto itself which doesn't fit into the theme of our convention, however, sci-fi programmes that have horror elements in them are included, eg. Alien and Beware! The Blob.

What do people do at a convention?

With Con 70 taking place over a long weekend you make ask yourself "what will I do in those three days?" As organisers our task is to provide the entertainment but what you do with your time and how you enjoy it is entirely up to you.

Historically conventions were a fantastic place to meet new people, make new friends and be the only place where you could immerse yourself in the realm of science fiction for a couple of days and leave the real world and its troubles behind.

On Day 1 you'll probably spend your time just working out what's what and who's who. By Day 2 and 3 faces will become familiar, conversations will start up and before you know it new friendships will begin to form.

Finally at the end of the convention you'll understand why these events are so special and why some people are prepared to travel interstate or overseas just to attend them. You'll also get to appreciate why conventions of this nature are remembered decades after they were held.

If traditional fan based conventions like Con 9 and Con 70 are so wonderful then why aren't there more of them?

Despite the fun and entertainment they bring to fans, traditional conventions aren't always guaranteed to be successful - which for a non-profit, all volunteer event is a critical requirement. In the case of Con 70, we are staffed by a team of a dozen passionate volunteers who will remain a part of the organising team for a year and a half just planning and getting things ready.

Also with so many Pop Culture Expos and ProCons operating today, it's a lot harder to find a place in the market especially when so much focus is given to the appearance of celebrities and actors. This is particularly relevant when you consider just how small Con 70 is compared to these large high budget events.

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If you have any other questions you'd like to see added to this FAQ, just email them to Con 70 and we'll look at including them

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