Join Us at ICON 43 Eruption!

art by artist guest of honor, Daniel Mohr

October 5 to 7, 2018

the Marriott, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Guests of Honor
Mike Mullin, author
Daniel Mohr, artist
Mike Miller, fan
Wolfie B. Bad, actor
Jim C. Hines, author and toastmaster
Joe and Gay Haldeman, ICON founders
View Guest Bios and the ICON 43 staff listing

Register Today!

Online registration is available now!

Adults (13 & up) Children (12 & Under)
Early Bird rate (Weekend Pass) $45.00 Free with paid adult
Benefactor $100.00
At-the-Door Weekend Pass $65.00 Free with paid adult
At-the-Door Friday Pass $40.00 Free with paid adult
At-the-Door Saturday Pass $50.00 Free with paid adult
At-the-Door Sunday Pass $30.00 Free with paid adult

Start Planning Your Weekend!


  • Opening Ceremonies
  • The Kirkwood Eagle Bots are setting up a game of Radiation.
  • ConSuite Cake Reveals
  • Melty Beads Workshops
  • DAGOBAH Readers Group
  • Wylde Nept
  • Wolfie Answers All and Tell More


  • Lanterns with Obon Craft
  • Saving Brinton Movie Screening
  • First Time Attendees Breakfast
  • Author Readings
  • Art & Charity Auction
  • Masquerade
  • Chocolate Ceremony


  • Peter Balesteri from the University of Iowa will be collecting oral histories of Rusty Hevelin.
  • Make Your Own Sketchbook
  • Bulwer-Lytton and Vogon Poetry Contests
  • SF/F What to watch on TV Panel
  • Closing Ceremonies

Plus more!

We still need volunteers for many of our panels. Give and hour of your time to help make ICON a success.

Be a Panelist at ICON 43

All programming is subject to change.

We Want Your Blood!

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will once again be at ICON to give people the opportunity to help save lives by being a blood doner! The drive will run 11-2 on Saturday, October 5 in the Donor Bus in the parking lot.

Sign up today!

If you have questions about the process of donating blood or if you are eligible to donate you can email Megan Dee at the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Early. Volunteer Often!

Right now we need panelists and volunteers. Check out our list of panels that need your expertise!

  • September 9, 10:00 AM: Locker audit at Quality Care
  • September 9, 1:30 PM: ICON staff meeting at Coralville Public Library
  • September 22, 1:30 PM: ICON staff meeting at Coralville Public Library
  • Thursday, October 4, afternoon: Help with ConSuite setup
  • Thursday, October 4, 4:00 PM: Storage Locker run to load truck for ICON
  • Thursday, October 4, 5:30-6:30 PM: Meet at hotel for unloading
  • October 5- 7, 2018: Various volunteer opportunities all weekend long!

Volunteer today!

Quick Announcements

Be a Panelist at ICON 43

We have a number of panels for which we need panelists or moderators. Volunteer today and earn ConBucks good toward your next ICON membership.

Be a Panelist at ICON 43

Register for ICON

Early Bird Registration is open. Register online now!

Book Your Hotel Room

We have a block of hotel rooms ($109 USD/per night) available at the Marriott. Book your room now!

Get Your ICON 43 T-Shirt!

You have until September 15, 2018 to order your EXCLUSIVE ICON 43 t-shirt (or sweatshirt) featuring artwork by guest Daniel Mohr.

Order your shirt now!

Shirts will be available for pickup at the Mindbridge table starting on Friday, October 5 when the Dealers' Room opens.

Our charity this year is the Rusty Hevelin Collection at the Special Collections at the University of Iowa Library.

Play the ICON 43 Interactive Adventure, "Max Automaton and the Island of Doom"!

Coming soon.

Paradise ICON is full.

Our Dealers' Room is full.

Wylde Nept will be playing Friday, October 5 at 9 PM.

Countdown to ICON

ICON 43October 5, 2018
48 days to go.

About ICON

ICON, a 501(c)7 not-for-profit organization, is Iowa’s longest-running, fan organized science fiction and fantasy convention held in the fall of each year. Each convention features authors, artists, panels and workshops, gaming, parties, an art show, music, a dealers room and more.

Coming Soon!

Mark your calendars for ICON 44!
November 1-3, 2019
the Marriott, Cedar Rapids