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Sue Burke
HispaCon '76 badge 
19th-Aug-2009 09:56 pm

Look what my friend Arturo gave me: a badge from Spain's fourth national science fiction convention. It's hand-painted wood. Note the little aliens in the flying saucer. The convention was held in Madrid, organized by the recently founded Sociedad Española de Ciencia Ficción. Arturo remembers about 30 people coming.

The first HispaCon was held in 1969 in Barcelona. The second was supposed to be held in Madrid in 1970, but due to the Franco dictatorship's state of emergency, no public meetings could be held. In spite of that, some fans and writers met "by accident" in Barcelona and managed to hold a small convention.

The next four, 1975-1979, were held in Madrid, another in Granada in 1980, and then there was a break until 1991, when annual conventions resumed.

This year's will be held in Huesca from on November 6, 7, and 8. I hope to go.

— Sue Burke

20th-Aug-2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Wow, I love the painting! Both symbolic image and the colors are lovely.

there was a break until 1991 -- do you know, why? Curious.

Good luck with your trip!
20th-Aug-2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Spanish fandom has always had a small base, and it just wasn't big enough to pull of a national convention during those years. In fact, there are still problems, and the HispaCon in 2006 almost fell through.

Huesca, which is close to Zaragoza, has a strong committee and should be great.

Edited at 2009-08-20 06:45 pm (UTC)
23rd-Aug-2009 12:02 am (UTC)
Nice souvenir! I like the art. Do they put any of their art on tee shirts?
23rd-Aug-2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
No. At that time they didn't because Spain didn't "do" tee shirts. People dressed more formally then.

These days, the level of organization of each HispaCon varies a lot, but no one has yet gotten to the level of tee shirts. There's only been posters and folders and badges of the year's artwork.

Spain still dresses fairly formally, but the favored outfit at a HispaCon is now a black tee shirt with some sort of fannish or tangentally fannish message.
23rd-Aug-2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I wondered because I have a collection of Oasis SF con tee shirts, along with a variety of other tees, and I'm expecting a couple Star Trek tees from the Kellogg's Mini-Wheats offer. (The art on the Oasis tees is done by the artist guest of honor.)
24th-Aug-2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
The tee shirt I wish I could have bought was one I saw on a young man in a small town in Galicia, western Spain, for the previous year's wine festival. It had the four boys from South Park on it (I'm sure not licensed), and Kenny is lying passed out on the ground. The text, in the local language of Galego, says: "You bastards! You got Kenny drunk!"
24th-Aug-2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
Now that's an interesting tee shirt to have at a wine festival! I guess they don't take themselves too seriously.
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