Happy Easter

We’re sad not to be at Eastercon this year, but Octo would like to wish all who celebrate a Happy Easter, and offer chocolate* to everyone!

Octo cosplaying as the Easter bunny, holding out a chocolate egg

* Offer of chocolate can be redeemed from the Easter bunny.

Octocon and Covid-19

Octocon has no current plans to change or cancel this year’s event (9th-11th October) as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We will of course continue to monitor the situation and heed all appropriate guidance from the relevant public bodies, and will review our position closer to the event if necessary.

~ The Octocon 2020 committee

Michael Carroll: Double Winner at the Irish Comic News Awards

Octocon’s 2020 Guest of Honour, Michael Carroll, is one of this year’s big winners at the Irish Comic News Awards!

BEST IRISH WRITER (MAJOR PUBLISHER):
Michael Carroll (2000AD)

BEST IRISH WRITER (NON-FICTION):
Michael Carroll (Rusty Staples)

Congratulations to Mike and to all the other winners and nominees – it’s wonderful to see such talent and creativity across the Irish comics scene.

Octo is a BIG fan of 2000AD, particularly Judge Dredd: Every Empire Falls written by our Guest of Honour, Michael Carroll.

Contribute to our programme

Octocon’s programme typically includes panel discussions, workshops, presentations, and chats with guests and other fans (on specific topics), as well as special events such as book launches and demonstrations.

Our surveys are now open for you to:

Apply to be a programme participant for Octocon 2020 (Google form) – this also includes an area for suggestions

Suggest programme items you’d like to see at Octocon 2020 (Google form)

If you apply to be a participant, you probably won’t hear back from us until mid to late April at the earliest. If you don’t hear back by the end of May, please do nudge us at programming@octocon.com.

Suggestions for programme items are added to our large pot of ideas, and we’ll be in touch if there’s anything further we like to know (for example, if you offer to run a workshop).

Help wanted: Programme team

Octocon strives to have a varied and lively programme of events, panels, workshops, talks and chats, centred around our guests and programme participants, with typically between 50 and 60 hours of items over the weekend.

Putting together the programme requires a team of enthusiastic, creative people, who are willing to contribute ideas and energy and a couple of hours a week. For 2020, we want to expand our team to make our programme better than ever!

If you:

  • Know anything about science fiction, fantasy, horror, anime, comics, costuming and cosplay, science and technology, or literature, TV, film and random stuff on the internet related to SFF;
  • Can commit to at least an hour a week – starting with fortnightly meetings, but potentially increasing as October gets closer, depending on how much time you can give;
  • Have access to the internet;
  • Want to help Octocon

Then email programming@octocon.com and let us know you’re ready, willing and able!

2020 Membership Rates

The Octocon 2020 membership prices have been fixed for online registration:

  • Adult Attending (18+) – €60
  • Concession – €40
  • Teen (aged 13-17) – €35 
  • Child (under 13, accompanied by an adult) – free
  • Supporting Membership – €20
  • Friend of the Convention (includes attending membership and a thank-you in the programme booklet) – €100

REGISTER NOW

Buy FIVE memberships at the same time and pay NOTHING for the cheapest!

Supporting memberships can be upgraded to Adult Attending, Concession, Teen or Friend at any time in advance of the convention weekend. Email members@octocon.com.

NOTE: If you have already purchased a membership and are due a refund (either as a Teen or because the Concession rate was higher for a short time), we will be getting in touch shortly. If you haven’t heard from us by the end of the year, please email members@octocon.com.

Membership prices at the door will be higher. Details will be published closer to the convention.