MidsouthCon 36 to storm the Memphis Hilton with a weekend of SciFi, Fantasy, Film and Fun


MEMPHIS: If you love comics, sci-fi, fantasy Memphis is the place to be this weekend. Peri Charlifu is this year’s guest of honor with a slightly different twist: pottery. It’s not often that you’ll find ceramic dragons at a sci-fi con.

Peri Charlifu

Of course, the usual suspects — superheroes, monsters, anime, film, starships, legos,books, gaming and art will be there in force (and may the force be with you) at the 36th annual Midsouth Comic and Fantasy Convention, coming to the Hilton Hotel , 939 Ridge lake Boulevard Friday through Sunday.

MidSouthCon’s guest include:

  • Mike Carlin (1993’s headline-making “Death of Superman” storyline)
  • Keri Bean (science guest of honor and droid builder from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labboratory inPasadena CA)
  • Ellen Datlow, (Editor, anthologist andmultiple winner of the Hugo Award
  • Mike Resnick (Toastmaster and 37-time Hugo nominee — he won five)
  • Mike Carlin, (former executive editor for DC Comics and now Creative Director/Animation for DC Entertainment.
  • Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (authors of 25 books)

Mitch Foust’s Morgan Le Faye

The staff and volunteers at MidSouthCon take great pride in our programming, of which there are 200 hours of scheduled panels, presentations and workshops including:

  • Science,
  • Gaming,
  • Fandom,
  • Comics,
  • Anime,
  • Costuming,
  • Media,
  • Art,
  • Speculative Fiction
  • SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism),

Weekend events include the annual art show and auction and a full line of authors and artists will to sell and autograph there latest work. MidSouthCon’s Art Show displays the the works from artists from around the country. See the Art Show Page for more information.

The Darrell Awards are presented by the Darrell Awards Jury in association with Memphis Science and Fiction Conventions, Inc. to promote literacy in the Mid-South by recognizing the best published local science fiction, fantasy, and horror. For more information check out the Darrell Awards home site.


Some 2300 people are expected to attend the event, which will also featured a hefty amount of costumes (sci-fi, steampunk and more) worn by fans.

A weekend pass to MidSouthCon is $55. Daily admission is $25 (Friday), $35 (Saturday) or $20 (Sunday). For more information, visit midsouthcon.org.

MidSouthCon is presented by Mid-South Science and Fictions Conventions, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation who uses the convention to promote education and raise money for charities like Literacy Mid-South and the Science Fiction Writers of America Emergency Medical Fund. Over the years we have raised over $65,000 for our charities.

MidSouthCon is the longest-running annual fan-run multi-genre Science Fiction Convention in the Mid-South.  It covers a diverse section of fannish culture that includes Science Fiction, Fantasy, Science, Comics, Horror, Education, Costuming, Anime, and Gaming. MidSouthCon has an average of 2200 attendees, including over 100 authors, editors, publishers, scientists, artists and other guests and panelists. It features  more then 200 hours of programing, including panels, our annual Art and and Charity Auctions, Masquerade costume contest, and more. There is also hundreds of hours of gaming running non-stop throughout the weekend.

In addition to all the programing and gaming, MidSouthCon has all the staples of traditional science fiction conventions, including a first class Art Show featuring art for sale by artists from across the country,  a well-stocked Dealer’s Room with venders selling a wide variety of genre items, and a Con-Suite with free sodas and munchies where you can quench your thirst, sate your appetite, and schmooze with other fen.


About Author

Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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