ConComCon, also known as "C-Cubed" (C3 for short) is a convention for organizers of conventions across the Northwest. held anually since 1994, Past C-Cubeds have gathered fans from across Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and other areas to learn from each other and plan on working together on science fiction, media, gaming, anime, furry,and related events in the region. We talk about program scheduling, operations, publications, registration, events, hotels, publicity, ando ther aspects of convention organizing. C-Cubed is conducted in the tradition of Smofcon, an annual gathering of the global conrunning community. One of the most important features of C-Cubed is in-person networking, where we talk about experiences with past events and recruit and offer to help with each others' events, so C-Cubed always features a great hospitality suite where people can talk and share ideas. Many years we also have a "Horror Stories in the Hot Tub" where we talk about how conventions should not have been run.
This year's theme is "Building Bridges". We are bringing the convention back to Portland and we look forward to bringing Wasington and Oregon fandom into closer contact. We are also working with the organizers of Westercon 69, being held in Portland in July; we will have some planning and information sessions for the Westercon.
Portland has a diverse culture, colorful history, and quirky reputation. Built on the Willamette River near the end of the Oregon Trail, it has always been a haven for exiles and misfits. The name was chosen by the flip of a coin, called in 1889 the "most filthy city in the United States" and at the dawn of the 20th century known as a center of organized crime. Attracting a population of nonconformists, it has become a center for creative, cultural, and technology sectors.
The area is said to be home to many groups of Wesen. Although Wesen have a questionable reputation in some places for alleged incidents of crime and violence, in Portland the Wesen are known as working in the building trades, as restauranteurs, and in many other aspects of the city's cultural and economic life. Within fandom, the Pelzträger are active in conrunning circles, and the event Furlandia is an important gathering of Pelzträger in the region.
Portland has also become known as a center of learning and lore. The Annex of the Great Library is now in Portland, with an entrance at the base of the St. John's Bridge across the Willamette northwest of the city center; after unfortunate events in New York, the Annex has become the only consistent point of entry to the Library. Portland is the location of Powell's Book, said to be the largest independent bookstore in the world with nearly two acres of retail space. Powell's has five locations, one of them in Portland airport, but is best known for their downtown headquarters, "Powell's City of Books" at Burnside and 10th.
Food carts are a distinguishing aspect of Portland's culinary culture, with over 800 food carts serving tens of thousands of meals daily across the city. Choices range from Moroccan to Malaysian, Turkish to Tibetan, from the humble hot dog to grilled PB&J's, Voodoo Doughnuts, Good and Evil Wraps, and other unexpected options. In some areas the food carts are gathered in "pods", for example Cartlandia on 82nd and the Latin American-themed Mercado, though the largest concentration of food carts can be found along 10th, 9th, Alder, and Washington (near Powell's main location). Tours are offered of the city's food carts starting at noon daily.
Westercon 69 has compiled a list of other unusual attractions in and around Portland and we recommend people to visit their Keep Portland Weird page.
Portland is a major West Coast destination with air and ground connections to many cities. From Seattle, the drive down mostly I-5 is just under three hours. Alaska Airlines flies almost 30 times a day between the two cities for about $150 return; United, Delta, and Virgin also fly this route. Greyhound runs buses three times a day from Seattle to Portland and back for $30-$50, depending on how you buy and when you depart.
It is easy to get downtown from the airpor on Portland's MAX light rail transit system. The nearest station is at Mt. Hood, 0.6 miles southeast of the Sheraton. The fare is $2.50 one way or $5.00 for a day pass. The airport area is about twelve miles from downtown, about 40 minutes away, not close enough to go for lunch during the convention, but a very easy day trip before or after.
The Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel is a comfortable hotel less than a mile from the airport. A shuttle is available to and from the airport (if you don't feel like the walk), and the shuttle also takes guests to restaurants and shopping nearby, depending on availability. Complimentary WiFi is offered to guests in rooms and lobby areas. This pet-friendly hotel welcomes dogs up to 40 lbs. (call about other pets). Roim rates are good from June 7 to 15; please reserve by May 10 to ensure availability. When reserving a room, please give the reservation desk the name of the event, "ConComCon", and confirm the rate with them when you reserve. All areas of the hotel are wheelchair-accessible and there are rooms with accessible bathrooms. The Columbia Grill restaurant opens for breakfast at 5:30 AM (6:00 AM on Sunday) and is open until 1:00 AM.
Membership is $30 until May 31.
When you complete payment, your payment receipt from PayPal is confirmation of your registration. Our registrar will also send an email confirmation, though we will have a few days' delay before the payment confirmation is forwarded to us.
Please direct questions to ConComCon Registration.
We expect a few of our regulars to help out, but we would be happy to have new people help us out. ConComCon is a small, friendly event and it's fun to lend a hand. At this early stage, we could use help with putting together the program, we'd like someone to handle registration badges at the con, and a couple folks to help with the hospitality suite would be great. Send us an email if you'd like to join our crew.
ConComCon has been held annually since 1994 across the Northwest, often in Seattle but also in Vaf ncouver, Spokane, Portland, Snoqualmie Pass, and other locations. Please see thopast ConComCons (and other past SWOC events).
SWOC, founded as the "Seattle Westercon Organizing Committee", was established in 1990 to organize Westercon 46 in Seattle (hence the name). Since then it has run three more Westercons, the 2005 NASFiC "Cascadia Con", and the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention "Sasquan" held in 2015 in Spokane with the largest total membership in Worldcon's history.
SWOC holds its annual general meeting e list at ConComCon, where the board of directors and corporate officers are elected. Members of ConComCon can become voting members of SWOC.