One day in early 1992 Rob Furr, Tina Lewis and Jason Brannen scheduled a meeting with Connie in the University Scheduling department. You see, Rob was from Blacksburg and had been weaned on Technicon and had finally gotten the gumption to do something about it by his junior year. Jason starting his second semester at JMU as a freshman. He had attended several cons in the Virginia Beach area and was very interested being on the staff of a con. He was quite surprised that JMU did not already have a con up and running because of the active and enthusiastic nature of SFFG. Tina was the SFFG treasurer and could write checks. : )
The three of them walked into Connie’s office prepared to fall flat on their faces but walked out singing like warriors from Valhalla. Having secured rooms, times and a spiffy conjunction of events with UPB Madicon was on it’s way. Rob used his vast artistic skills to design a flyer, Jason got it copied and approved, and proceeded to hang it up around campus anywhere there was room. Jason also posted to all the list serves he was on at the time in hopes of attracting people from outside JMU.
Madicon went well. It was a one day event with just under 50 members. It featured heavy gaming, active computer rooms, and a nifty movie room. It concluded at midnight when everyone who had a membership was granted admission to Grafton-Stoval theater to see the 2nd annual Animation Festival.
Jason took over the reigns for Madicon 2 and used the same design on the first flyer but added a second sword to the first. It was still a one day event, but much better attended with about 100 members. Highlights included gaming, computers, movies, anime, art, and clay-o-rama.
Jason passed off the reigns of conchair to Dave Seletyn who had served as his director of advertising. He elevated to expand the convention to three days and as President of SFFG, appointed Jen Grob (the SFFG treasurer) as his second in command. Fully using and abusing SFFG’s resources he paid for SFFG members to go to cons and recruit more con-type people to JMU. It worked. This three day con attracted more people than ever before and had an awesome art show, dance and as usual great gaming and computers. Clay-O-Rama! Always a favorite!
In the great tradition of passing things on, Jen Grob became the ConChair for Madicon 4. She was ably assisted by Brian Glass who did an outstanding job coordinating the gaming.
Brian Glass took over the reigns for Madicon 5. This con will be remembered for the outstanding party of Saturday night that took place off premises of the university. It inspired the White Wolf guys to introduce “Beer Pong” to the staff of WW and also the “Zlogar the Unrepentant” Wyrm Rage card named for the host/location/reputation of the party in the Swamp. Needless to say, a good time was had by all. : ) Madicon 5 also saw the birth of Pimp: the Backhanding, now a popular card game published by Arthaus Games
Madicon 5 has been the most successful Madicon, though Madicon 9 did come close. Madicon 6 was run by CC Bidwell, No. 7 by Nicole Fauquet, and No. 8 by Joshua Leake. The aforementioned Madicon 9 was jointly run by Michael Morrison and Sally Pritchett.
Madicons 10 and 11 were very successful under the direction of Mike and Lora Timonin, marking the first time since Madicon 2 that someone has been crazy enough to head up this convention twice.
With Madicon 12 came the reign of the ConMistresses: Sarah Pantke, Chris Rogers, Lucy Street, and Verity Caron who also ran Madicon 13.
For Madicon 14 we left Taylor Hall and moved across I81 to the new College Center. The conmistresses that year were Verity Caron, Lucy Street, Emi Qualls, and Christine Neidley. By Madicon 15, changes in the convention and JMU’s dark inner workings made it necessary to remain in the College Center. Christine Neidley and Graham Beaber marked the return of the ConChairs.
Madicon 16, 2007, Christine Neidley and Graham Beaber were again ConChairs, joined by Nicole Reeve. The College Center was been renamed the “Festival” Center for reasons only known to the Dark Lord himself.
Madicon 17 was led successfully by Suzanne Tice as ConMistress, again in the Festival Center. She taught an inexperienced ConApprentice, Lauren Avjean, the ins and outs of convention running to prep for Madicon 18.
For Madicon 18 the Co-ConChairs were Lauren Avjean and Ryan Patterson. It was once again held in the Festival Center, which steadily became Madicon’s annual location.
Madicons 19-26 have unfortunately been lost to history, waiting to be discovered again.
Things pick back up with Madicon 26 with the reigns of ConChair haveing fallen upon Max Beller. Madicon had remained relatively the same since Madicon 18, with Festival remaining Madicon’s annual location.
Now for Madicon 27, Jackie, a previous conchair, takes up the task of being conchair again with the added challenge of being in graduate school at the same time. Along with Jackie is the apperentice conchair, Bradley Sampson, who is in the running to become conchair for Madicon 28.
This year Madicon 28 was initially chaired by Bradley after having been apprentice chair the previous year. Unfortunately due to time constraints, Bradley had to step so he could focus on other things. In his place, Madicon once again has Co-Conchairs in the form of Zach and Charlie with Bradley serving in an advisory role.