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Welcome to the future: Arisia 2011 has gone mobile using The Conventionist!

We strongly encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at Arisia. You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info.

The guide is compatible for iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices.

To get the guide, choose one of the methods below:

  • Download 'The Conventionist' from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace
  • Visit from your phone’s browser
  • There will be a barcode image for you to scan at the con if you want to do that.

The guide will be listed under the "download guides" section of the application.

I saw this at PaxEast and thought it was really nifty and helpful.

See you guys soon!
Asst Conchair, 2011

Hotel waiting list mostly cleared

At this point, all but 4 waiting list requests (out of about 250) have been dealt with. The 4 remaining requests were for Doubles and made on or after 12/28/2010.

If you are in doubt about the status of your request, if the request was for a King or "Either King or Double," or was made prior to 12/28, we've accommodated it.

The remaining 4 people will be dealt with if/as we get last-minute cancellations.

If you have any questions, please direct them to [email protected] .

-Arisia Innkeeper

Online Pre-Registration Closing!

Online Registration closes TOMORROW, Tuesday, January 11th at 7pm EST. After that time you will have to register at the door, no exceptions!

For those of you who are only planning on coming to the convention for one day (especially later in the day Saturday and Sunday) it does look like we will be close to hitting our (expanded) membership cap, so please check the website to confirm that we haven't already sold out before heading down.

If you are traveling from far away (like New Hampshire or Vermont) just for the day, and you check the website before you leave home, and it doesn't say that we have reached our membership cap, we will still let you into the convention even if that has changed by the time you arrive.

At-Con Registration hours are:

Friday: 3pm - 11pm
Saturday: 9am - 8pm
Sunday: 9am - 8pm
Monday: 9:30am - 2pm

For More information (like the at-con registration rates) please check out

-Kris "Nchanter" Snyder
Arisia Registration

Breakfast Banquet with Guests of Honor & Special Guests

As you've hopefully heard, we're having a breakfast banquet on Sunday of the con with the guests of honor and some other special guests. They're all awesome folks to chat with, so we hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity.

Sales of tickets to the banquet [edit: have ended]. There will be no sales of tickets at the con.

Tickets are $35. The banquet will be on Sunday at 11am.

Michael Anderson – Art/Entertainment
Kelley Armstrong - Writer GOH, Literature SOLD OUT
Bob Eggleton – Art, Media
Eric in the Elevator – Fan, Art/Entertainment, Gaming SOLD OUT
Shaenon K. Garrity - Webcomics GOH, Art SOLD OUT
Seanan McGuire – Music/Filk, Literature
Hildy Silverman – Literature, Fandom
Josh Simpson - Artist GOH SOLD OUT
Cecilia Tan - Literature
Catherynne M. Valente - Literature
Rene Walling - Fan GOH
Frank Wu - Art

We have biographies of all the guests, too, if there are some you don't know - maybe you want to meet them!

Buy your ticket here!

Signup for the Masquerade!

The Masquerade is a costume contest and display of creativity by your fellow convention members. Entrants may dress in anything interesting and fun so long as they can motor themselves across the stage and back. You'll find a variety of BEMs (Bug Eyed Monsters!), Transformers, faeries, royals, dragons, cosplayers (anime-inspired costumes), movie and TV characters, and just plain silly people in costume. This is a judged event and is a highlight of Arisia. If you're not competing, come see the fabulous display of creativity by your fellow fen. All entries are judged in three separate categories (Novice, Journeyman, and Craftsman/ Master) to give everyone a fair chance.

Online Masquerade signup is now open!

Full rules and details here (including our Young Fans at the Masquerade AKA Kamikaze Kids segment)

Arisia congratulates the winners of the 2008 and 2009 Carl Brandon Awards.

Arisia congratulates the winners of the 2008 and 2009 Carl Brandon Awards.

2008 Parallax - Distances, by Vandana Singh
2008 Kindred - "Ghost Summer", by Tananarive Due
2009 Parallax - Half World, by Hiromi Goto
2009 Kindred - Liar, by Justine Larbalestier

The Carl Brandon Society will be presenting these awards at Arisia 2011 to the winners or their representatives. These awards are sponsored by a grant from Arisia, Inc. We invite everyone to join our gala celebration on Sunday January 16th at 3:30pm in Commonwealth C.

Ruth Kyle passes away ...

The Arisia community mourns with Arisia '94 Guest of Honor Dave Kyle and family on the loss of his wife, Ruth Kyle, beloved in fandom (

The Biggest Arisia Ever

Dear Arisia community,

Although we increased our membership cap this year due to the new hotel's size and space considerations, there is still a cap in effect. Current registration projections suggest that we may actually hit that cap this year. Please check the Arisia website before heading to the convention if you intend only to be here for a day, and please preregister if you intend to be here for the weekend. The main page of our website,, will be updated as appropriate.

We look forward to seeing you at con! Thanks!

Crystal Huff
Arisia 2011 Conchair

Fast Track Lego Tournament

Fast Track, our con within a con for children ages 6-12, is hosting a Lego Tournament this year. Bring your creativity!

The theme is the same as that for this year's Arisia: Mad Science.

There will be two different age brackets for the tournament: ages 6-8 and ages 9-12.

To participate, your child just needs to signup at con in Fast Track. Slots will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Access Services

Here is our updated accessibility accommodations information including the panels we will have ASL or CART services for. If you have ideas about how we might improve Access Services in 2011, or would like to volunteer to help, we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected]

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