FantaSTikon is the first and only convention of fantasy, social games and science fiction in Split and its surroundings.
For 2018, the F & ST Association is preparing the fourth edition of FantaSTikon with an excellent program that will surely attract even more visitors than previous years. This year’s edition will focus on local authors and the development of the local scene, as well as providing visitors with the “taste” of international creativity, reports Split.com.hr on February 20, 2018.
The FantaSTikon invitation was followed by Hrvoje Prćić, author and editor of the Croatian edition of National Geographic magazine, and editor of the former science fiction magazine Sirius. From Zadar, the well-known and multidisciplinary university professor Josip Ćirić, whose lectures have always been exceptionally attended, will also be present. This year’s FantaSTikon will be visited for the first time by Irena Rašeta, a young writer and literary editor, part of the SferaKona organization, as well as Sandro Blašić, the Croatian representative of the world’s biggest social games publisher from the Czech Republic – Czech Games Edition.
From Split’s young forces who are looking to host a better quality environment, FantaSTikon has invited Kristina Bilota Toxicpanda, an employee of CroTeam that as a candidate of F & ST in 2016 won the European Society of science fiction for the best artists at Eurocon, known for its graphics works, including the visuals for the past, as well as this year’s FantaSTikon posters. This year’s lectures will be held by Ivan Benutić and Barbara Jelić, Split graduates who launched the portal and FindRead service through which they have collaborated with Amazon.
This year’s conference will also host the author Tanja Radman who wrote the novel “The Stone Republic” with two sold-out releases, which is expected to be released in early 2018, and Aleksandar Žiljak, who besides being a regular guest of the first three FantaSTikon conventions, is an illustrator in Croatia and abroad and was an honorary guest at the Eurocon 2017 European Convention.
Also worth mentioning is Ljubica Dolašević , a cosplay artist who has participated in the costume design for Game of Thrones as a professional costume designer, Machina Academi, the youth training center for computer games in Zagreb, Nikola Kojić, who under the pseudonym Argent Helion writes books and creates social games, Kendo club Marja, LibriMagica, a literary fan club known as the ‘Girls who read’ who will hold a literary tea, and Valery Strutinsky, who will also hold a children’s workshop for making toys from recycled materials this year.
In addition to lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions and workshops that will cover a wide range of topics, there will be the always popular cosplay contest (costume role-playing), a rewarding Geek Trivia Quiz, and to round it off, a three-day playroom of modern and classic social games with over a hundred titles. For those who like computer games, the Level Up and Clan Gaming Association will take care of the equipment and software of computer games (equipped with popular consoles and related games).
More about the 4th FantaSTikon can be found here.