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|JordanCon 2013 - TarVaCon|
|Location||Roswell, Georgia, USA|
|Date||April 19-21, 2013|
JordanCon 5 was held in Roswell, Georgia on April 19-21, 2013. The theme was TarVaCon, the Author Guest of Honor was Seanan McGuire, the Artist Guest of Honor was Michael Whalen, and the Toastmaster was Leigh Butler.
The residents of the quiet, leafy suburb had no idea what was right under their noses. Another Roswell in the United States was synonymous with aliens, but this Roswell had become synonymous with Aes Sedai, Gaidin, ta'veren, authors, artists, a few Darkfriends, and even a Forsaken or two. Yes, it was that time of year again: JordanCon 5 had descended upon Atlanta once more.
This JordanCon was special as it was celebrating the release of A Memory of Light, the final book in the epic series that we all love. To help make this year's con even more special, both Brandon Sanderson and Harriet McDougal, Jordan's widow, were on hand the whole weekend, speaking about the series, answering questions, signing books and even serving as judges for the excellent costume contest. We were also blessed with authors Seanan McGuire, Stuart Jaffe, Delilah S. Dawson, Michael Whelan, and James R. Tuck. There were artists, editors and publishers on hand also for those who were interested in the writing track, supporting any budding authors out there. Displaying their wares in the dealer's room and art room were many fine artisans and crafters.
Friday night began with the welcoming ceremonies, with Leigh Butler of the WOT-reread blog serving as the toastmaster for the weekend. For the members of Tar Valon, though, Friday night brought us our traditional toast. The Goldschlager flowed freely (and melted a few paper cups before we were through.) A true treat for us this year was the fact that Brandon Sanderson joined us, making our gathering even more special. Shendare Doanshar was raised to Gaidin of Val'Cueran while Lok Sionn was brofisted by Yelenia, making him an official Recruit of the Tower, and we congratulate them both.
Something for everyone to look forward to was the costume contest, presented on Saturday night and entries included a female Matrim Cauthon, female versions of Rand, Perrin and Mat, the Creator (aka Bela), a damane, an Eelfin and Shadar Haran. Later, at the awards ceremony, Robert Jordan was presented the Phoenix award posthumously for his contributions to Southern writing. When the award was presented to Harriet, a handsome, round, wood-paneled clock, she gleefully exclaimed, “It is a Wheel of Time!”
Whether you enjoyed JordanCon through the panels, the art and dealer's room, the gaming room, the endless rounds of toasts, the copious amounts of alcohol or simply crashed on a couch amongst friends, chilling happily with pizza, there was something at JordanCon for everyone. And while the leafy suburb of Atlanta has returned to normal for now, make no mistake, this is not the ending, it is only an ending, for JordanCon 6 will be on us before we know it. Hope to see you all there!
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- Main article: JordanCon 2013 Attendance List
- Main article: JordanCon 2013 Picture Gallery