(For other Octocons, see Octocon (Disambiguation).)
Octocon was a semi-invitational relaxacon held in October in Ohio from 1957 to 2002, for many years during the off-season in the summer-resort town of Sandusky, OH, but in later years near Cincinnati. Sandusky’s Greentree Motor Inn, a frequent venue, was notable for featuring a bowling alley, which fans took advantage of.
The con originated as a collaboration among fans in Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland and Cincinnati, but ultimately came under the auspices of the CFG. It was founded by Lou Tabakow, among others. Attendance was small, under 100 members most years, and this was by design.
The club described Octocon as:
The second of the Cincinnati Fantasy Group's two annual relaxacons, Octocon is held in late (you guessed it) October. Our first -- and the first ever, anywhere, relaxacon -- is Midwestcon, which has a simple motto: "No boring panels, and no long-winded speakers." Octocon has an even simpler one: "Midwestcon is overprogrammed!"
With 38 cons in 45 years, the numbering is screwy.
|Octocon 1||October 1957|
|Octocon 2||October 1958|
|Octocon||October 19–20, 1968||The number is unclear; held at the Greentree Inn in Sandusky, OH|
|Octocon 8||November 5–7, 1971||Sandusky, OH|
|Octocon 12||October 29-31, 1976||Greentree Motor Inn in Sandusky, OH|
|Octocon 13||October 21-23, 1977||Greentree Motor Inn in Sandusky, OH|
|Octocon 16||Fall, 1979||Sandusky, OH|
|Octocon 19||1982||Sandusky Sheraton|
|Octocon 29||October 23-24, 1992||Held in Cincinnati in conjunction with Ditto V|
|Octocon 30||October 1993||Held in Harley Hotel, Cincinnati, OH|
|Octocon 34||October 24-26, 1997||Held in conjunction with Ditto 10 at the Blue Ash Hotel and Conference Center, in Cincinnati, OH|
|Octocon 35||October 23-25, 1998|
|Octocon 36||October 22-24, 1999|
|Octocon 37||October 27-29, 2000|
|Octocon 38||October 25-27, 2002|
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