Imagicon Foundation: Board

Chairwoman, Webmaster & Head of Program: Diana van der Pluijm As long as I can remember I’ve been crazy about Science Fiction, Comics, Fantasy and Horror. I think I’ve read almost all the books they had in these genres in the library in Nieuwerkerk, the place where I grew up (it wasn’t a well-stocked part of the library, but still!). I’ve been to all sorts of Dutch events, know quite a few people in the Dutch Fantasy-world (mainly the book-side, I was even a judge for the Paul Harland-writing competition) and after the umpteenth gathering about how we could get all the different clubs/fandoms/groups together, I had an idea: We had to organize a new convention that would cater to a broader audience than just one subject/genre. As it turns out I wasn’t the only one with such a cunning plan. Thus Imagicon was born. Secretary: Patrick Cooijman I’ve been a true SF fan since my teenage years. Books, TV series and movies, it didn’t matter to me as long as it was SF. Star Trek (the original series!) is the first SF series that I saw on television, quickly followed by series like Doctor Who, The Six Million Dollar Man, Space 1999, and so on. And that’s not even counting the many movies I've seen like Demon Seed, Star Wars and the Alien movies (yes, I even like the fourth one), that are still big favorites of mine. I'm also a fan of supernatural horror movies, like the amazing Nightmare on Elm Street and Evil Dead. I’ve actually only started attending conventions where everything revolves around these specific forms of entertainment with Diana a couple of years ago. What I find really remarkable is how such events can bring so many people together. Since 2010 (or even before that) Diana’s been walking around with ideas for a convention and together with like-minded people she made these ideas come true in 2014 with the first Imagicon. I’ve been able to experience how all this came about and how successful it turned out to be for both management and employees and visitors. I joined Imagicon in May 2014 as their new secretary. This way I hope to contribute to the organization of a convention where fans of Horror, SciFi, Comics and Fantasy come first. Treasurer & Head of Video Programme & Head Exhibitors: Erwin van Ballegoij I’ve been an avid reader of SF ever since I was young. During my time in college I got to know Fantasy and Horror through a friend of mine. At the end of my study I kind of ‘rolled’ into organized fandom. These last few years I’ve been a part of organizing small-sized SF&F- conventions. All in good fun, but you kept seeing the same faces year after year. The many clubs that focus on Science Fiction, Fantasy Horror and mediafandom are too small to organize anything larger than a convention for at most a hundred people. When the need for something more, something bigger arose from the various fandoms I joined the initiative immediately. It is going to happen and if the many positive responses are anything to go by, it will be a success! PR and press: John van Duin From the moment I could read I’ve been reading, watching and listening to SF and Fantasy. My heart lies with these two genres. My first acquaintance with the fandom was in 1981, Beneluxcon Hillcon in Rottterdam. When I arrived there I didn’t know what happened to me, it felt as if the entirety of SF had descended in Rotterdam. I was amazed that you could just sit down and have a coffee with my favorite writer! When ‘Holland’ came around a few years later,  in 1990, I became agent liaison and later press liaison of ConFiction 1990 in The Hague. After ConFiction I also visited other cons in the Netherlands and Belgium, but for quite a long time after that I wasn’t active in the fandom. Until I started as editor-in-chief of ncsf.nl and Holland SF in 2018 (I have a whole story about a member of the editorial staff, but that’s for another time). After that I became extremely enthusiastic about doing PR for Imagicon. Furthermore, when I was still young and innocent, I wrote short SF stories and poems, of which a few appeared in Dutch and Belgian magazines. I once participated in the King Kong Award with a story that, when I look back now, was really, really bad (I was 15 at the time). Later, as a journalist, I began to write professionally and in a completely different way. I’ve been working in the fields of communication, PR, press, recruitment and fundraising for many years now. I also organized public fairs and conferences for specific target groups. I’m also still responsible for the fundraising and communication for the Dutch Eye Fund for more than eleven years. Volunteer Coordinator: Ada Meijering I grew up with Science Fiction thanks to my mother, who’s an avid Doctor Who fan. I always sat in front of the television to watch Doctor Who, Logan's Run, Space 1999, Blake's 7 and The Bionic Woman. When it comes to films I especially loved the SF movie Soylent Green, which had a storyline that always stuck with me. Later, I became a fan of Fantasy and Horror. Over the years I’ve visited many conventions, both at home and abroad, which for me was a beautiful experience. Especially since I got to work at conventions as a PA for different actors and actresses. As such I’ve had a lot of sneak peeks behind the scenes regarding how to organize a convention. I was very happy with the initiative of Imagicon because they organize not only SF and Fantasy, but for Horror and Comics as well, so across-the-board. A club that really listens to what fans say. I was happy to contribute to something like that, so I started last year as a volunteer coordinator and recently became a board member of Imagicon.

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Board Chairwoman, Webmaster & Head of Program: Diana van der Pluijm As long as I can remember I’ve been crazy about Science Fiction, Comics, Fantasy and Horror. I think I’ve read almost all the books they had in these genres in the library in Nieuwerkerk, the place where I grew up (it wasn’t a well-stocked part of the library, but still!). I’ve been to all sorts of Dutch events, know quite a few people in the Dutch Fantasy-world (mainly the book-side, I was even a judge for the Paul Harland-writing competition) and after the umpteenth gathering about how we could get all the different clubs/fandoms/groups together, I had an idea: We had to organize a new convention that would cater to a broader audience than just one subject/genre. As it turns out I wasn’t the only one with such a cunning plan. Thus Imagicon was born. Secretary: Patrick Cooijman I’ve been a true SF fan since my teenage years. Books, TV series and movies, it didn’t matter to me as long as it was SF. Star Trek (the original series!) is the first SF series that I saw on television, quickly followed by series like Doctor Who, The Six Million Dollar Man, Space 1999, and so on. And that’s not even counting the many movies I've seen like Demon Seed, Star Wars and the Alien movies (yes, I even like the fourth one), that are still big favorites of mine. I'm also a fan of supernatural horror movies, like the amazing Nightmare on Elm Street and Evil Dead. I’ve actually only started attending conventions where everything revolves around these specific forms of entertainment with Diana a couple of years ago. What I find really remarkable is how such events can bring so many people together. Since 2010 (or even before that) Diana’s been walking around with ideas for a convention and together with like-minded people she made these ideas come true in 2014 with the first Imagicon. I’ve been able to experience how all this came about and how successful it turned out to be for both management and employees and visitors. I joined Imagicon in May 2014 as their new secretary. This way I hope to contribute to the organization of a convention where fans of Horror, SciFi, Comics and Fantasy come first. Treasurer & Head of Video Programme & Head Exhibitors: Erwin van Ballegoij I’ve been an avid reader of SF ever since I was young. During my time in college I got to know Fantasy and Horror through a friend of mine. At the end of my study I kind of ‘rolled’ into organized fandom. These last few years I’ve been a part of organizing small-sized SF&F-conventions. All in good fun, but you kept seeing the same faces year after year. The many clubs that focus on Science Fiction, Fantasy Horror and mediafandom are too small to organize anything larger than a convention for at most a hundred people. When the need for something more, something bigger arose from the various fandoms I joined the initiative immediately. It is going to happen and if the many positive responses are anything to go by, it will be a success! PR and press: John van Duin From the moment I could read I’ve been reading, watching and listening to SF and Fantasy. My heart lies with these two genres. My first acquaintance with the fandom was in 1981, Beneluxcon Hillcon in Rottterdam. When I arrived there I didn’t know what happened to me, it felt as if the entirety of SF had descended in Rotterdam. I was amazed that you could just sit down and have a coffee with my favorite writer! When ‘Holland’ came around a few years later,  in 1990, I became agent liaison and later press liaison of ConFiction 1990 in The Hague. After ConFiction I also visited other cons in the Netherlands and Belgium, but for quite a long time after that I wasn’t active in the fandom. Until I started as editor-in-chief of ncsf.nl and Holland SF in 2018 (I have a whole story about a member of the editorial staff, but that’s for another time). After that I became extremely enthusiastic about doing PR for Imagicon. Furthermore, when I was still young and innocent, I wrote short SF stories and poems, of which a few appeared in Dutch and Belgian magazines. I once participated in the King Kong Award with a story that, when I look back now, was really, really bad (I was 15 at the time). Later, as a journalist, I began to write professionally and in a completely different way. I’ve been working in the fields of communication, PR, press, recruitment and fundraising for many years now. I also organized public fairs and conferences for specific target groups. I’m also still responsible for the fundraising and communication for the Dutch Eye Fund for more than eleven years. Volunteer Coordinator: Ada Meijering I grew up with Science Fiction thanks to my mother, who’s an avid Doctor Who fan. I always sat in front of the television to watch Doctor Who, Logan's Run, Space 1999, Blake's 7 and The Bionic Woman. When it comes to films I especially loved the SF movie Soylent Green, which had a storyline that always stuck with me. Later, I became a fan of Fantasy and Horror. Over the years I’ve visited many conventions, both at home and abroad, which for me was a beautiful experience. Especially since I got to work at conventions as a PA for different actors and actresses. As such I’ve had a lot of sneak peeks behind the scenes regarding how to organize a convention. I was very happy with the initiative of Imagicon because they organize not only SF and Fantasy, but for Horror and Comics as well, so across-the-board. A club that really listens to what fans say. I was happy to contribute to something like that, so I started last year as a volunteer coordinator and recently became a board member of Imagicon.
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