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NonCon 10, the annual comics and gaming convention at Vassar, February 19-21, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—This year will mark the tenth year of NonCon, a three day comics and gaming convention that is presented February 19 – 21, 2010, by the NSO (No Such Organization), a student group at Vassar College.
 
There will be presentations by guest speakers and performers, including Ken Levine ’88, developer of the award-winning game BioShock; New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce; webcomic author Danielle Corsetto; fantasy author and graphic novelist Alisa Kwitney; comic artist and author Lucy Knisley; hip-hop artist Random a.k.a. Mega Ran.
 
In addition, NonCon 10 will feature a wide variety of artists and vendors, student panels and workshops, karaoke, video game tournaments, tabletop games, Magic: The Gathering, and role-playing games. Registration is available at the door for $15 per person, which includes complete access to NonCon events all weekend. For more information, please visit the website, at http://noncon.vassar.edu/.
 
About the Guest Speakers
 
Danielle Corsetto is the creator of the hit webcomic Girls With Slingshots, a dramedy which updates 5 times a week and features the shenanigans of two girls, a bar, and a talking cactus. Specially handcrafted for those who enjoy booze and/or boobs (http://www.daniellecorsetto.com/).
 
Alisa Kwitney is a former Vertigo editor and teaches a graphic novel writing course at Fordham University. She is also the author of numerous novels and graphic novels, including the Eisner award winning series Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold and Token (a Young Adult graphic novel). As Alisa Sheckley, she has written two werewolf novels, The Better to Hold You and Moonburn (http://www.alisakwitney.com/).
 
Lucy Knisley is the artist and author of the graphic novel travelogue, French Milk. She's also self-published a number of collections, such as Radiator Days, Pretty Little Book, and Heart Seed Snow Circuit. She works as a comic artist and educator in Chicago. A graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies, she is hard at work on her next book, and working in the Chicago schools to develop an after-school comics workshop for children aged 8 through 12. She's from upstate New York, and said that she “used to hang around Vassar College during free periods from high school, because they have great climbing trees” (http://www.lucyknisley.com/).
 
Vassar alumnus Ken Levine ’88 is the co-founder, president, and creative director of 2K Boston. He led the creation of the multi-million selling, multiple game-of-the year award winning title BioShock. He was named 2007 Person of the Year by the One Up Network and was named the number one game developer of the 2007 by Next-Gen.Biz (http://irrationalgames.com/).
 
Tamora Pierce is a New York Times bestselling author and has written 26 books. She has just completed Bloodhound, the second Beka Cooper book set in Tortall. Pierce lives in upstate New York with her husband Tim Liebe and their numerous cats, two parakeets, and whatever freeloading wildlife resides in their back yard (http://www.tamora-pierce.com/).
 
Part-teacher, part-rapper, all hero. Random a.k.a. Mega Ran is a video game music enthusiast who made waves with his "Mega Ran" albums, sampling tunes from the 8-bit classic Mega Man series and adding humorous, intelligent and nerdy lyrics. Capcom themselves heard the tunes and offered Random an exclusive licensing agreement, pushing Mega Ran into the stratosphere, with stops at Comic-Con, Wired magazine, and G4TV along the way (http://megaran.com/).
 
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at http://www.vassar.edu/directions.
 
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.
 

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, February 12, 2010