What is BizarroCon Barcelona?
BizarroCon Barcelona is a sister convention to the original BizarroCon, which takes place once a year in Portland (USA).
Just imagine a whole weekend around the funniest speculative fiction: Bizarro and the weirdest fantasy/horror genres.
It’s an opportunity to gather readers, writers, artists, editors and other writing professionals with a shared interest in these genres and to keep building our community.
What do we do there?
It consists of two days and a half around literature in which a series of activities take place:
Workshops, talks and panels:
You’ll find literary workshops to develop your most unconventional literary habilities, talks and panels in which we’ll provide a space for discussion around the themes that we’re interested on and that will help us expand our conception of everything fantastic and speculative. There will also be a space for professionals for them to share experiences and suggest new projects.
Examples of activities from previous years: «Bizarro against fascism», «Humor is serious business», «Everything you always wanted to know about bizarro fiction but never dared to ask», «Writing in the language of dreams», «How to write inclusive characters», «Introduction to the theory of hyperstition», «Fags, galaxies and witchcraft: tips for (non)queer writing», «Don’t shout at me through the ansible, I can’t see you in my hologram: How do geek products depict disabilities»…
Of course, this is no regular convention and we want to have fun, because there’s nothing better than having a drink with people you share interests with… and probably new projects.
Connect with others:
We’re not going to be a big bunch of people, so most probably you’ll end up getting to know everybody. We break the fourth wall between writers and artists and their public. We’re all the same here and we want everybody to generate new projects. Our aim is to build a community where everybody is equal.
Readings and performances:
Because writing is something more than sitting down and writing and then reading. We strongly believe that the one who writes must be able to defend their work in front of an audience, whether it is potential or already convinced. Let’s put som fun and rock ‘n’ roll in literature.
Yes, this is all about books, so we’ll have some. Bring your books if you are a writer or an editor so that readers can bring them home with your signature. You can also bring the ones you own to get your signature.
Accomodation and food at the bes youth hostel possible:
The INOUT Hostel is a peculiar place, 15 minutes away from Barcelona by train but settled in the middle of the mountain, welcoming and caring. And the bar is open 24/7. Accomidation is comfortable and you’ll find menus according to your dietary needs (vegan/vegetarian and allergen-free) if you tell us in advance. Oh! And there’s a swimming pool.
We expect people who talk Spanish, Catalan and English, so we consider those 3 languages as official. And we allways figure out communication.
Who are we?
This initiative revolves around Orciny Press and a bunch of its authors and collaborators, in accordance to the organizing commitee of the original Portland BizarroCon.