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Title: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Del Lakin-Smith on October 28, 2015, 11:36:08 am
(http://fantasyconbythesea.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/fcon2016logo.png)
Hi guys,

It gives me great pleasure to announce Fantasycon By The Sea, the official Fantasycon 2016.

You can get loads of details from our website http://fantasyconbythesea.com/ (http://fantasyconbythesea.com/) but here is the summary.

Save the date: 23rd to 25th September 2016
Location: Grand Hotel, St Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough, YO11 2ET and The Royal, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HE.
The hotels are right next to each other, and events will be split between the two.
Tickets: £50/£40 BFS member (buy them here http://fantasyconbythesea.com/membership/ (http://fantasyconbythesea.com/membership/))
Dealers room: £25 per table (with one free ticket to the con, tickets will be available by the end of the week)

We are negotiating the best rate possible with the hotel at the moment, so please bear with us.

The Team:
Chair: Alex Davis
Publicity/Hotel Liaison: Emma Davis
Programme: Brian Marshal
Membership: Mia (Pixie)
All things tech and digital - Me (Del Lakin-Smith)

So these are still pretty early days, and we are working on a lot of details, but please pass us on an suggestions that you might have to help us make this the best Fantasycon ever.

Any questions or concerns please post on this thread or email us at enquiries@fantasyconbythesea.com

Del.
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Dave Brzeski on October 28, 2015, 11:50:29 am
OK, here's a small point that has been mentioned after previous Fantasycons...

The badge & lanyard - great idea, but only if people can read them. If you print them up, make them a little bigger for us old folks with bad eyesight. It's embarrassing to have to put on one's reading glasses & stare at people's chests from a couple of feet away! Don't print them in thin black text on a largely grey background. Print them both sides, as they always get turned around! Some years they don't get printed & we're provided markers to do it ourselves. In these cases, please tell everyone to write their name clearly on both sides.
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Del Lakin-Smith on October 28, 2015, 12:29:51 pm
Totally agree. Will add it to the list :-)
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Neil C Ford - BFS Web Admin on October 28, 2015, 05:21:26 pm
Del

You are going to hate me, but the website doesn't render at all well on Forefox or Safari for iOS. Please see attached screenshot. Sorry it's so small, file size restrictions on the forum.

- Neil.


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Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Del Lakin-Smith on October 28, 2015, 07:49:06 pm
Thanks Neil.

Unfortunately I don't have any iOS devices. Is it just the top slider that messes up or the rest of the site? How is the booking form?

cheers,

Del.
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Neil C Ford - BFS Web Admin on October 29, 2015, 12:00:55 am
It appears to be the front page only. Not just on iOS though, the screen shot is from Firefox on my laptop.

- Neil.
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Del Lakin-Smith on October 29, 2015, 01:29:08 am
Well I can certainly fix this on iOS, but I am seeing good results on all platforms on all browsers. FF, Chrome, IE & Safari on Windows, Android and OSX. I will keep monitoring. The main thing is that customers can but tickets easily and the information is available, but many thanks for your input.

Del.
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: DarkFlights on December 23, 2015, 02:57:36 pm
So sorry it's been ages since I posted anything anywhere here, but will there be an art display for all us budding artists?
Interested in getting a dealer's table for my pewter jewellery.
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Del Lakin-Smith on January 07, 2016, 02:05:28 pm
We are so delighted to announce the second Guest of Honour for Fantasycon by the sea.

Nice and topical as she has been in the news recently as the Costa award winner for The Lie Tree, and also won last years BFS Fantasy novel for Cuckoo Song.

Yes, the amazing and uber talented Frances Hardinge

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Don't forget tickets are still available and can be bought here http://fantasyconbythesea.com/membership/ (http://fantasyconbythesea.com/membership/)
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Graeme on January 23, 2016, 11:35:00 pm
I've been trying to get on the Fanasyconbythesea.com website all today to book accomodation but the whole site seems beyond reach.
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Del Lakin-Smith on January 25, 2016, 04:44:03 pm
Sorry I missed this. The site is available. Can you try this again?
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Billy on January 31, 2016, 11:16:09 am
Both links not working using the forum. using IE11

This page can’t be displayed

•Make sure the web address http://fantasyconbythesea.com is correct.
•Look for the page with your search engine.
•Refresh the page in a few minutes.





Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Dave Brzeski on January 31, 2016, 01:37:36 pm
The subject of an art display has already been brought up here & I'd like to add my push.
Last year, we were told there wasn't going to be an actual art display, as there was no demand, but artists could buy a table in the dealers room & use white tack to display their work. Our friend Morgan Fitzsimons did so & specifically asked for a wall table, as she needed the wall display space, plus she wanted to be able to sit & paint while she was in there, so people could see her work. What she got was a table in the middle, with no display space, as all the wall tables were reserved for the mass signing, which was only on on the Sunday & even then nowhere near all the tables were filled. In fact it only took up the back row & half of the side, with Ramsey Campbell left on his own at a table at the opposite end. Denying space to people who needed it, on the basis that it may be needed for a signing for an hour, or so on the last day is ridiculous. We were asked on several occasion why there wasn't a proper art display at the convention, which somewhat goes against the claim that there is no interest. I know Jim Pitts brought his portfolio with him, but had nowhere to display it, so it stayed in his car.
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Peter Coleborn on February 01, 2016, 11:25:20 am
I support the call for an art show. One of the delights of a convention is to see original art, both 2D and 3D
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: David A. Riley on February 05, 2016, 02:17:53 pm
I support the call for an art show. One of the delights of a convention is to see original art, both 2D and 3D

I couldn't agree with you more. Fantasycon provides ample opportunity for writers, etc, but the lack of an art show is nothing short of scandalous. It really is an insult to all the artists involved with the BFS and the horror/fantasy/SF genres in general!
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: DavidJHowe on February 07, 2016, 10:42:28 am
Re the Art Show.  When I was organising F/Cons back in the day, the biggest issues were: Where to actually put it? You need a nice large, airy room, with good light. Many venues have no such thing. And there's no point in putting it in a dark and dingy hallway, or rooms with poor lighting ... Then there's who will organise it - which is the major stumbling block. Someone needs to arrange all the display stands/pegboards and so on to hang the art (which are not cheap to hire, and if you provide them yourself, then you need to be able to store and transport them before and after the event, so van hire, storage etc), tables to place 3D objects on, cards to say what each is and whether it's for sale or not ... then the room needs constant monitoring, and is lockable when no-one can mind it. Then you also need insurance to be arranged for everything (which is not cheap), plus an effective system to monitor and track registrations of interest and sales over the weekend ...

So all in all, putting on an art show is like organising a whole convention in miniature ... and someone needs to organise, arrange and pay for all that out of whatever money is available - and often there is no money available ... which is why, I suspect, that there isn't an art show.

Back in the day, as I understand, sterling folk like Sylvia Starshine and Val Edwards would do all the hard work around it. I think Robbie Bourget sorts out the art show for EasterCon each year ... you need someone trustworthy with the time and knowledge to arrange and sort it all for you ...

David
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Paul Campbell on February 19, 2016, 07:57:43 am
Directly via the Fantasycon by the Sea website I emailed del[at]fantasyconbythesea at the very start of the month to point out that my name was on the list of members, but my wife Audrey's was not, despite paying for 2 memberships at the beginning of December last year, order #1262.

I did not receive a reply.

I then, via my yahoo account, emailed enquiries[at]fantasyconbythesea on the 9th of this month to point out the ommission of my wife's name.

I have not received a reply.

I'm now posting on this forum.

So that's 3 times I've reached out.

If I've to make it a 4th time it'll be to request a full refund of the £100 we gave the society 2 months ago.
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Paul Campbell on March 01, 2016, 08:35:09 am
... and I'm still waiting.

That's a month, 3 different points of contact and not a single reply to any of them.

Is this at all symptomatic of anyone making any kind of enquiry of the convention?!

So who is it I see about demanding a full refund?

I'm not paying £100 for one membership...
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: AlexDavis1981 on March 02, 2016, 11:59:44 am
Hi Paul,

I've just been pointed to your forum post - we've had a few technical problems that have been causing troubles with our email, which this has brought to light for us! I've emailled a reply anyway - we'll get Audrey's name added to the list ASAP or, if you would still prefer a refund, we'll be happy to sort that for you. Apologies for the issues at our end, and we hope to see you there in Scarborough!

Thanks a lot

Alex
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Dave Brzeski on March 03, 2016, 12:40:50 pm
Re the Art Show.  When I was organising F/Cons back in the day, the biggest issues were: Where to actually put it? You need a nice large, airy room, with good light. Many venues have no such thing.

Which, frankly, should be a major consideration when selecting a venue. Last year, in Nottingham, was the first in recent memory where the dealers room was adequately lit, let alone an art room.

We were told last year, though, that artists could put up samples in the dealers room, using white-tack. In the event, Morgan Fitzsimons was give a table in the centre of the room, with no wall space whatsoever. In fact, all the wall space was taken up by the tables that were reserved for the mass signing, which only ran for a short while on the Sunday, around half of which weren't even used on the day.
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Del Lakin-Smith on March 03, 2016, 01:30:30 pm
Directly via the Fantasycon by the Sea website I emailed del[at]fantasyconbythesea at the very start of the month to point out that my name was on the list of members, but my wife Audrey's was not, despite paying for 2 memberships at the beginning of December last year, order #1262.

I did not receive a reply.

I then, via my yahoo account, emailed enquiries[at]fantasyconbythesea on the 9th of this month to point out the ommission of my wife's name.

I have not received a reply.

I'm now posting on this forum.

So that's 3 times I've reached out.

If I've to make it a 4th time it'll be to request a full refund of the £100 we gave the society 2 months ago.
Hi Paul,

Sorry about the delay in responding to the forum. I don't get to spend much time on here these days.

I replied to your email on 31st January 2016 at 10:59am, 2 1/2 hours after your email arrived at 08:19.

I added Audrey then, but messed up and did not approve the new user. I also emailed you yesterday, letting you know I had rectified the error and also requesting an email address for Audrey. So I apologise unreservedly for messing that up.

Further to your email to Alex, I have issued your refund, and I am sorry we will not be seeing you at Fantasycon By The Sea.

Best,

Del.
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Paul Campbell on March 05, 2016, 07:13:55 am

Hi Paul,

Sorry about the delay in responding to the forum. I don't get to spend much time on here these days.

I replied to your email on 31st January 2016 at 10:59am, 2 1/2 hours after your email arrived at 08:19.

I added Audrey then, but messed up and did not approve the new user. I also emailed you yesterday, letting you know I had rectified the error and also requesting an email address for Audrey. So I apologise unreservedly for messing that up.

Further to your email to Alex, I have issued your refund, and I am sorry we will not be seeing you at Fantasycon By The Sea.

Best,

Del.

I have not received any email on the 31st of January, and I clearly gave the same email address on the registration form for the both of us. There have been no refunds yet credited to my PayPal account.
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Morgan Fitzsimons on March 07, 2016, 09:43:21 am
Continuing discussion on art show, I do see organisation of a separate Art Display room might be difficult and I was quite happy to be in the same hall as the authors and publishers at the last Fantasy Con, but I would have preferred some of that space against a wall. It did seem to be a waste as much of it was not used at all. It was difficult to display art work on a flat table. It is impossible to be in two places at once, so on reflection, I think I would settle for a table with wall space for displaying both my art and books next time, so perhaps the organisers of Fantasy Con would bear that in mind when allocating tables. Artists with 3D items such as models etc should be able to show on a more central table. I loved every minute of the event despite the lack of wall space.
Morgan Fitzsimons

Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Blackfinger on March 14, 2016, 09:28:09 am
Hi all,

I've booked tickets to the Fantasycon 2016 and am looking forward to it. About a month ago I sent a couple of queries via the Fantasycon website, asking for some help and basic orientation because this would be my first convention. I haven't had any sort of acknowledgment or reply, and the website itself looks like its not being regularly updated/checked.

Does anyone know whether the convention is still going ahead and whether the contact form on the website works?

Perhaps this is always the case with these conventions, but the handling seems a little rough and untended to me...

thanks for any help,
James
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Phil Lunt on March 14, 2016, 10:22:42 am
Hi all,

I've booked tickets to the Fantasycon 2016 and am looking forward to it. About a month ago I sent a couple of queries via the Fantasycon website, asking for some help and basic orientation because this would be my first convention. I haven't had any sort of acknowledgment or reply, and the website itself looks like its not being regularly updated/checked.

Does anyone know whether the convention is still going ahead and whether the contact form on the website works?

Perhaps this is always the case with these conventions, but the handling seems a little rough and untended to me...

thanks for any help,
James

Yes, FantasyCon 'is' still going ahead. More info will become available the nearer we get to the actual Con dates and is fairly normal in my experience.
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Blackfinger on March 16, 2016, 01:45:47 pm
Yes, FantasyCon 'is' still going ahead. More info will become available the nearer we get to the actual Con dates and is fairly normal in my experience.

Thanks Phil :)
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: jim mcleod on March 21, 2016, 05:35:00 pm
Hey Del, can you do me a favour, I'm down as an attendee but I can't for the life of me remember paying for my tickets.  I probably have, can you check that I did pay for it, I'd hate to turnm up and find out I was
n't registered.  I remember I had problems with paypal at the start. 
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: CarolineC on June 07, 2016, 01:49:39 pm
Hi everyone!
Can anyone help me here? I've been trying to book the hotel for FCon today - but the website is sending me round and round in circles. I abandoned it at the point where it was asking me to reset my password and said that a link would be sent to my email address. Nothing has arrived in my inbox.

So, who am I supposed to contact about this? I can't find a contact email on the website and no phone no. for the hotel.  :(
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: Phil Lunt on June 21, 2016, 03:39:28 pm
Hi everyone!
Can anyone help me here? I've been trying to book the hotel for FCon today - but the website is sending me round and round in circles. I abandoned it at the point where it was asking me to reset my password and said that a link would be sent to my email address. Nothing has arrived in my inbox.

So, who am I supposed to contact about this? I can't find a contact email on the website and no phone no. for the hotel.  :(

If in doubt, give me a shout! ;) Anyway, contact form for FCon is here: http://fantasyconbythesea.com/contact/

However, I'll also give the guys a poke regarding your issue here.
Title: Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
Post by: CarolineC on June 23, 2016, 09:14:38 pm
Hi everyone!
Can anyone help me here? I've been trying to book the hotel for FCon today - but the website is sending me round and round in circles. I abandoned it at the point where it was asking me to reset my password and said that a link would be sent to my email address. Nothing has arrived in my inbox.

So, who am I supposed to contact about this? I can't find a contact email on the website and no phone no. for the hotel.  :(

If in doubt, give me a shout! ;) Anyway, contact form for FCon is here: http://fantasyconbythesea.com/contact/

However, I'll also give the guys a poke regarding your issue here.

Hi Phil - it's sorted, thanks. Del contacted me about it and I've got it booked now. Cheers!  :)