Chambanacon banana artwork by Matt Hawk


Chambanacon 49 logo, Artwork by Ray Vantilberg
Logo by Ray Van Tilberg



Friends, 2019 has been a very sad year for the Chambanacon family. Our beloved perennial Golden Guest of Honor, Gene Wolfe, died in April, and our writer GoH, Jim C. Hines, lost his wife to leukemia at the end of August.  We are hoping to arrange a blood drive in Amy Hines’ memory.

Jim will not be attending this year, but has agreed to return in 2020. He suggested we contact Kelly McCullough, who graciously (and on waaaaay too short a notice) stepped in to be our Guest of Honor.

Photograph of Chambanacon 49 Guest of Honor, Kelly McCullough Kelly writes science fiction and fantasy. He has more than a dozen in print or forthcoming, including eleven ACE/PRH fantasy releases in the WebMage and Fallen Blade series and his middle grade work from Macmillan’s Feiwel and Friends, including School for Sidekicks, and the forthcoming Magic, Madness and Mischief, and its sequel Spirits, Spells, and Snark. His microfiction series DragonDiaries and Badnoir can be found on his webpage. or by following him on Twitter or Facebook. He also does a fair bit of Tor, Weird Tales, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, and Writers of the Future. His educational work includes The Chronicles of the Wandering Star (an illustrated collection of short stories written as part of a middle school physical science curriculum funded by the National Science Foundation), and Hanny and the Mystery of the Voorwerp (a science comic that he co-wrote and co-edited as part of a project funded by NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope.)

Kelly lives in the midwest with his physics professor wife and a small herd of cats. (Not kidding about the cats. Lots of cats.)

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Photograph of Chambanacon 49 Fan Guests of Honor, Barry and Sally Childs-Helton
Our Fan Guests of Honor, Barry and Sally Childs-Helton, ethnomusicologists and filk legends from Indianapolis, Indiana, have been stalwarts in the fannish community for decades. They are amazing musicians (Barry on guitar and Sally on anything that can be smacked). They are founding members of the infamous Black Book Band, and regularly appear at venues around the country independently or with the band Wild Mercy. They are wise, witty, wonderful people who promote the fannish experience. They have won numerous Pegasus Awards, and were inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2003. Hear Barry's most recent Bandcamp release here.


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Toastmasters Eric and Jen Distad from Andover, Minnesota, make up the award winning acoustic geek comedy rock duo The Faithful Sidekicks. You're going to love their humorous (and sometimes not) original songs about sf, board and video games, geek life, coffee, cats, computers, Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate and other things with "Star" in the name (except maybe Star Search). They've also been nominated for several Pegasus Awards, and Eric helped create FAWM February Album Writing Month. You can hear their music and learn more about them at thefaithfulsidekicks.com.
Photograph of Chambanacon 49 Toastmasters, Eric and Jen Distad


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