SwanCon 17 Progress Report July 1991

Rambled by Doug

A progress report. Well.

I see this was a StudlyCaps SwanCon. (I think the Singlecap Swancon is slightly more common, but I haven’t done a study. And at least one year ALLCAPSed to avoid the decision.)

This PR is 24 A4 pages, including covers, being 6 A3 sheets folded and stapled on the spine. The internal pages are numbered 3 through 19. This is perplexing, as you’d expect the inside back cover to be page 23, not page 19, but after repeated counting to ensure that there really really were 6 A3 sheets and not 5, it emerged that the A3 sheet between pages 8 and 9 and between 11 and 12 is four A4 pages of advertising, and is unnumbered. The full-page ad on page 18, however, does consume a page number, to avoid throwing off the even/odd left/right rhythm.

This is a Festival of the Imagination convention, so the production quality is as high as it can be in a photocopied and staple-stitched PR, with elegant font choices and layout, but contains the odd idiosyncrasy (such as the page numbering).

The Table of Contents declares:

Page   Content
2         Convention Details Summary
3         Table of Contents
4         Programme
6         Social Programme
8         Video Programme
10       Hotel Feature
12       Gaming Programme
16       Writers’ Workshop
19       Education Seminar
19       Short Story Competition
20       Afterword & Committee

Except that of course the page numbers column is right-aligned in their version, whereas I am too lazy to do that in this transcription.

“Hotel Feature”, in case you’re wondering, is a one-page description of the venue, and a map.

I declare this to be enough of a summary of this PR. Perhaps we will delve into more detail on it in future articles.

About australian sf-history

ASFDAP was set up in 2011 after the rediscovery by the wider SF community of an impressive hoard of Australian SF community related ephemera, fanzines and other materials in the Murdoch University basement.

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