HOWL CON Returns for 2016

HOWLCON.com has confirmed the return of the werewolf-themed convention, HOWL CON II for February 6-7, 2016 at the Red Lion Inn at the Quay in Vancouver, Washington.

HOWL CON II also falls on the 75th anniversary of the classic werewolf movie, “The Wolfman.”

Online registration is open for the 2016 event at HOWLCON.com with two level of passes available.

Patron level pass includes website and program book recognition, expedited check-in, early dealers den access, VIP reception with guests.

Weekend passes are available at a discounted prices for the first 20 registrants.

HOWL CON will continue their support for Wolf Haven International, a wolf sanctuary located in Tenino, Washington.

HOWL CON “Year Zero” started in October 2012 and was held in Clackamas, Oregon.

Attendees and guests from local and afar attended HOWL CON 2015 in Vancouver, Washington earlier this month.

Twitter followers can follow HOWL CON’s official Twitter account @howlconpdx.

Based on my fun, exciting, and educational experience a over a week ago, I will be returning to HOWL CON for 2016.

Update Aug. 29, 2015: The hotel where HOWL CON 2016 is to be hosted is closing Oct. 31. We will update when more information becomes available.

Supernatural Registration Authority

The Supernatural Registration Authority (SRA) has been around for four and half years. I had the chance to learn more about the SRA and the background from its creator at HOWL CON last week.

SRA’s creator, Andrew Quinton, hosted a panel at “World Building Code: Creating the Supernatural Registration Authority.” The SRA is a government bureaucracy created in late 2010 that oversees supernatural beings. As stated on the SRA’s website, “the Supernatural Registration Authority is responsible for tracking the birth / creation, movement, employment and death / transubstantiation of the world’s supernatural entities.”

Okay, if you are taking all this seriously, what is the SRA really? Stated on SRA’s website, “the SRA is an exercise in world-building, programming and fun by three people who think monsters are cool.”

It’s a website having some fun with the fictional supernatural.

The SRA certificate you see in the image above was my personal copy I ordered (for a small fee) issued in November 2010. The SRA, as Andrew explained in the panel, no longer mails certificates because of labor and expenses. Registrants can apply and self-print the certificate online at the website, www.supernaturalregistration.org.

If you should pursue a similar project, Andrew has some caveat, especially in projects that requires fulfilling orders. He explained to be prepared should your site becomes popular. Remember the “mail your enemies glitter” online ordering site where it became overwhelmed with too many order that it couldn’t keep up with the demands and cancelled all the orders.

The SRA is a neat concept and I like it. It would not be feasible for me to take on similar side projects with three websites, full-time job, and a community volunteer. I’m maxed out. However, in the free and fully automated approach is something that I could look into as a side project to learn some additional website development, time permitting of course.

‘Be Mine’ Valentine Werewolf

Valentine’s Day is this upcoming Saturday. Don’t know what to give to your Valentine? How about a little something werewolfy.

Last summer at TikiKon at the Red Lion Inn at the Quay (the same place where HOWL CON 2015 was held at), I discovered in the dealer’s room a romantic werewolf art that really tugged at my heart. Portland artist Devon Devereaux created this heartwarming illustration of a wolfman werewolf wearing a plaid flannel shirt, holding a “Be Mine” heart on a stick, and framed by a light pink heart with solid red background. The version I have is printed on canvas and framed, and it cost $40.

Happy Valentine’s Day and/or Lupercalia. Awroo!

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HOWL CON 2015: The Pack Grows

HOWL CON, a werewolf horror-fantasy convention, finally howled over the weekend. Starting from Friday night with a badass werewolf movie, to informative and amusing panels, to networking with other werewolf fans and meeting new friends, this was certainly the best convention for the werewolfy types. After a two-year gap and the HOWL CON 2013 cancellation, I am glad HOWL CON’s director Stephen Couchman brought it back. It is what we werewolf fans needed.

Friday night started with the Werewolf Movie Night at Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. There’s Teen Wolf showing first at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. then WolfCop at 8:30 p.m. Showing a few werewolf short films, The Furred Man, Living with Lycanthropy, Red Moon, and an animated short before WolfCop was enjoyable. I have more about those short films are in this post, “HOWL CON Werewolf Movie Night at Kiggins Theatre.”

HOWL CON is on its second year and I feel that it is still warming up. My thoughts are mostly positive, but this is still a new con at a new venue. It’s a great con, but there some brushing out fur matting needed for it to grow.

Costumes, wearable accessories, videos, books and comics, shirts, buttons, art, fur and skulls, and make-up were all for sale or on display in the dealer’s area. There was plenty of room to move about in the dealer den. I ran into two different problems with Square when making a payment. One had a technical problem with the network. Another, a Canadian vendor, found out he could not accept U.S. credit/debit cards with a Canadian Square. Luckily, there is an ATM in the hotel lobby. I ended up purchasing and walking out with three books.

The initial program this year offered a diverse topic. Each one-hour block has three programs plus a gaming event. The programming this year was good, despite the few guests that had to back out of HOWL CON. I liked the fact that many of the programs I attended had audience interaction. I learned some neat stuff, took some useful notes and using what I have gained from HOWL CON and put it to good use for PDXWerewolf.com. Much of what I am talking about right now might seem vague, but independent posts on the individual topic from this convention may happen later on down the road.

The costume parade featured six contestants, some wearing practical costumes and some wearing realistic or therian fursuits. HOWL CON is a werewolf convention that is deep into werewolf, but some have shown up in fursuits. HOWL CON is cool with this and so am I.

Grimwolf, the “Pure American Werewolf Metal” literally howled and growled with their beasty metal. After a few songs, my sensitive werewolf ears were hearing would become no more. I had to step out. The band was fine, but the audio volume was a little too much for my sensitive ears.

Attendees entered a raffle drawing for prizes. The funds for the raffle tickets (and the proceeds for the Werewolf Movie Night) went to Wolfhaven International, a wolf sanctuary near Tenino, Washington. It is certainly a worthy cause (go visit them sometime and say hi to the wolves).

Any convention that I go to and can take home some knowledge and ideas is a good con. As one who directs and posts a werewolf website, HOWL CON has been extremely beneficial. I also have the pure joy of promoting werewolf stuff when time permits on PDXWerewolf.com and on Twitter @PDX_WerewolfUS. I do believe my shutdown in July 2014 and rebooting in November might have had an effect.

Anyway, news is HOWL CON 2016 will happen at the same venue, Red Lion Inn at the Quay in Vancouver, Washington. I hope that next year there are more attendees. Stay tuned for the details and registration. From what Steve Couchman said at the closing ceremony, it will be soon (pending agreement).

With that, I want to thank HOWL CON director Steve Couchman and his staff and team of volunteers for an excellent year and for bringing back HOWL CON. A thank you to all the dealers for coming out.

I also have to personally thank these fine people that made HOWL CON and hanging out fun during this whirlwind weekend: Andrew, Tandye, Carlos, and Hornet.

AWROO!

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HOWL CON Werewolf Movie Night at Kiggins Theatre

Once again, I took a trip to Vancouver to watch WolfCop in a theater again. This time WolfCop screened in Vancouver, Washington at the historic Kiggins Theatre alongside with Teen Wolf as part of the Werewolf Movie Night partnered with HOWL CON. I already reviewed WolfCop previously at BJDorr.com which you can go check out.

Just before WolfCop, several short werewolf films were presented.

Our first feature is a campy fun short “The Furred Man.” This was about a man dressed in a werewolf suit and terrorizes campers at his camping resort. He is questioned by authorities for the death of the campers. He encounters a real werewolf.

The second feature was an adorable animation short. Forgive me, but I completely didn’t catch the title. It was about a little baby in a crib that transforms into a werewolf. The ending was just heart melting.

“Living with Lycanthropy” was one of my favorites. In a black-and-white format, a werewolf tells the tale of a day in his life with lycanthropy. It’s quite amusing, because it goes to show how Hollywood portrays werewolves versus “real life.” Brilliantly done. Be sure to check out the epilogue at the end.

“Red Moon” finishes off the series with downright cheap and cheesy props. Forget the cardboard submarine, the cheeseball moon, and a $10 fursuit, I found the story of a Soviet Russian submarine crew dealing with their captain who is also a werewolf quite entertaining. The story was quite good.

On a side note, I caught this juxtaposition on the WolfCop and Science on Tap “An Animals Guide to Dating Successposter. Given both seem to deal with animals, beer, and dating, I have to say well-played.