Final Word on HOWL CON

As you may already know, HOWL CON 2017 cancelled. I have already withdrawn my attendance and support for future HOWL CON events. HOWL CON posted an official statement on January 22, 2017, regarding the convention’s cancellation. This is HOWL CON’s fourth cancellation, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017. Only HOWL CON 2012 and 2015 were successful events.

HOWL CON chairman Steve Couchman’s statement seems to place the blame for the convention cancellation on the supporters. In some way, he is right. It may be that his supporters were left in the dark and had a sense of abandonment since there was no updates from HOWL CON in the month and a half leading up to the convention and bailed.

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PDXWerewolf at HOWL CON is Now Tentative

For those who are interested in if I will be attending HOWL CON 2017, I am changing my attendance status to tentative. It is unfortunate that HOWL CON has poorly marketed the convention, lacking information on convention programming, special guests attending, and vendors for the second year in the row, following the same lack of communication prior to cancelling in 2016. Their website, HOWLCON.com, has been reinstated, however it lacks any program information. I will have a final decision by Friday, January 20, 2017, unless HOWL CON has a change of status beforehand.

AWIL Still Picked as Best Practical Transformation Effect

It’s no surprise that John Landis’s “An American Werewolf In London” was picked for the best movie transformation effect in the non-scientific PDXWerewolf.com Twitter poll.

The poll posted on Wednesday and over the course of 24 hours, 48 voters have made their picks.

The pack leader comes to as no surprise. 69 percent chose the 1981 Academy Award winning comedy-horror for the Makeup category, An American Werewolf In London.

Coming in second is the 1981 horror-thriller The Howling, which received 17 percent of the votes.

The vaguely “other” category received 10 percent of the votes. On Twitter, @Lord_Stabdagger suggested the 1984 fantasy-horror Company of Wolves. The BBC version of television series “Being Human” werewolf transformation scene involving George was another selection, but the poll asked for movie practical transformation effects.

Coming in last at 4 percent was the 2014 independent Canadian film about a drunken sheriff deputy who becomes a drunken werewolf, WolfCop.

The original poll Tweet is posted here. Some of the comments in the thread may be omitted due to user’s Twitter protection settings.

I’m Not Giving Up on HOWLCON

It is official now that HOWLCON II has cancelled or postponed for now. The werewolf convention on February 6-7, 2016, that was to be held in Kelso, Washington, about an hour north of Portland, Oregon, is not happening this year. In a way, I am a bit sad and devastated that it is not happening. I am also a bit relieved that it has been cancelled.

HOWLCON seems to have a run of bad luck every other year. The HOWLCON “Year Zero” in 2012 and HOWLCON 2015 turned out to be successful events, however HOWLCON 2013 and HOWLCON II (2016) have cancelled. The success rate has been 50-50.

If it were not for HOWCON’s chairman Stephen Couchman, there would be no werewolf convention in the Portland area. Stephen’s hard work and efforts have made HOWLCON something for me to enjoy. I am sad to see HOWLCON II has cancelled, because I was looking forward to meeting with other werewolf fans.

Then, I felt disappointed. I learned about HOWLCON II’s cancellation from A. Quinton of Werewolf-News. The disappointing part is that the cancellation word was going out through third party information than from the event organizer. @HOWLCONPDX on Twitter was silent since November 2015. Howlcon.com has not been updated since September 2015 until today with the cancellation explanation and apology, and on short notice.

I am feeling a little glad that HOWLCON did cancel. Kelso was just not the right location. HOWLCON needs to be centered in a major area like Portland where it is close to rail and air transportation. Kelso was too far out of the way for many. Adding to that, 2015 was not a great year for my PDXWerewolf.com, so I am using 2016 to build this site back up.

What do I hope for in 2017? For HOWLCON to become successful, it will need to be back in the Portland area. HOWLCON will need better outreach and communication. It may also face some challenges with trust from attendees, panelists, and vendors after two cancellations, and the poor communication. I hope to see HOWLCON learns from its challenges and work it for the better at HOWLCON 2017.

What about a refund? I purchased a Patron pass in February 2015 for HOWLCON II. I chose to have my pass rolled over to 2017 in anticipation for HOWLCON 2017. I’m not giving up.

See you at HOWLCON 2017.

A Look Back on 2015

2015 came and went. It was a quiet year for me. I haven’t done much posting or tweeting for PDXWerewolf.com.

The greatest highlight had to be HOWLCON 2015. Held in Vancouver, Washington, this werewolf convention was a success with events, costumes, and attendance. The bonus double feature Teen Wolf and WolfCop at Kiggins Theater in downtown Vancouver was a real hit (this makes it that I saw WolfCop in a theater in Vancouver, BC and Washington).

So, what is in store for PDXWerewolf goals in 2016? I hope to do more posting about werewolf books and movies. I’m somewhat hindered with works on three other websites. I’ll have to make time and trim some fat.

Happy New Year and AWROO!