ICON, Iowa's longest-running science fiction and fantasy convention, was at the Cedar Rapids Marriott on October 28–30, 2016!

But never fear - ICON is coming back in 2017, check back in a few days for more information!

Some of Our Wonderful Guests of Honor

Writer Guest Seanan McGuire
Artist Guest Arden Ellen Nixon
Fan Guest - Inger Myers
Special Guests - Laura Mixon and Steven Gould
Toastmaster and Author Jim C. Hines
and many more!

Food options near the hotel

For a list of 44 food options near the hotel, click on this link to a google map.

ICON will have T-shirts at the con

It's too late to pre-Order your shirt but a few limited sizes in lime green will be available for sale at the convention.

ICON Art Show

Confirmed artists so far for the ICON 41 Art Show include:

John Garner, Denise Garner, Susan Leabhart, Kim and Aric Stewart, Brian Goudie, Maia Sanders, Arden Nixon, April Robinson,Jessica Whitlatch, Ralph Ryan, Karen and Catherine Roop, Lubov, Sara Clemens, Christine Mitzuk, Patrick Kennedy, and Teresa Mather.
And we should still have room for walk-ins on Friday, plus student art will arrive Friday to be hung!
Come and look at their art, place a bid or buy on quick sale if you're the first.
In addition, there will be a selection of items in the Print Shop!

Can't wait until ICON for some quick gaming?

Check out Marv Howard's Saucer Attack free online game!
Saucer Attack free online game

The dealers room is full, no more tables are available. These dealers will be at ICON

  • Echo Jewelry + Gifts
  • Lauren Jankowski
  • Harlan's Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre
  • Unnecessary Apostrophe Studios
  • Oak Leaf Collectibles
  • Glen Cook
  • Hobby Corner
  • Broken Typewriter Press
  • The Radioactive Alchemist
  • Mohr Creations
  • ANRIAS, Games
  • Total Party Kill Games
  • Alleged Animals and other stories
  • Destined Productions
  • M.L. Williams Books
  • Craig Martelle, Author
  • Mystik Waboose
  • Hell on Wheels Traveling Hobby Shop
  • House of DT, Inc.
  • Obsolete Press
  • Celtic Creations
  • Wylde Nept is coming back

    An Icon Tradition, Wylde Nept will return to perform their original music at 9 PM Friday evening, along with some English versions of Irish versions of some old Scottish songs. For more information on Wylde Nept, see our Programming page.


    DreamCon is a wonderful opportunity for high school and college students interested in writing. Registration for Dreamcon is NOW open! See DreamCon Workshop for information on DreamCon IV which will be on Friday October 28, 2016 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott!

    Pre-ICON Author Signing at Barnes and Nobel Cedar Rapids

    We expect there will again be a free Pre-Icon Barnes & Noble Signing again this year on Thursday October 27 from 6:30PM to 8:00PM at the Cedar Rapids Barnes & Noble, 333 Collins Rd NE Bldg 1, Northland Square SC, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. Check back in September for more information!

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    Registration for ICON 41 is online

    ICON Registration is online

    Art & Benefit Auction

    Bid on the hottest artwork from our art show, or raise some money for our Charities. This year, our Charities are the Rusty Hevelin Collection at the Special Collections at the University of Iowa Library and the Iowa Raptor Project at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area.

    For more information on the Rusty Hevelin Collection, check out the collection at blog.lib.uiowa.edu and the collection progress on tumblr.com.

    For more information on the Iowa Raptor Project check out http://recserv.uiowa.edu/iowaraptorproject. and for more information on the Macbride Nature Recreation Area check out http://recserv.uiowa.edu/mnra.

    Note: On June 1, 2016, the Macbride Raptor Project changed its name to the Iowa Raptor Project to better represent the scope of their work and their new vision to focus on research and education.

    Children's Programming track

    This year we have a special programming track for children. More information will be coming soon. Important: Anyone under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Our children's programming track is not day care.

    ICON is the original Convention from Mindbridge Foundation