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5 Cons documentary funded

The previously announced 5 Cons documentary has just hit its minimum funding goal, meaning it will be filming at Worldcon, Westercon, World Fantasy, ConQuesT, and Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition. Nova Albion is first up, and in the meantime, the Indiegogo campaign has 31 days to meet its stretch goals.


Convention documentary seeks crowd funding

5 Cons is a planned documentary series on convention culture spanning 5 conventions across the US and UK. It’s looking for $3500 in funding via Indiegogo, of which it has already raised $1200. The 5 conventions to be included are: LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio 2013 World Fantasy Convention […]


The Con That Never Was: Westercon in Tonopah

This year’s Westercon included time and alternate realities in its theme. So although the (not very serious) Tonopah bid for 2012 lost out to Seattle, its party at Westercon provided an alternate-timeline program book and daily zine sample from a theoretical reality where it did win. And where, apparently, Australia has just been added to […]


Westercon goes to Salt Lake City in 2014

Salt Lake City was the only bidder for the 2014 Westercon, but after last year’s drama, nothing could be certain. However, a solid majority voted for it, and Westercon 67 is planned for July 3-6, 2014. The official site is not up yet, but the bid site has some basic info to get you started. […]


Westercon 66 announces Guests of Honor

The Guests of Honor for Westercon 66 have been announced, and they are: Authors: Nicola Griffith and Kelley Eskridge Artist: Eric Shanower Small Press: David Maxine Fan: “The Three Who Rule” from Radio Free Skaro Read more about all of them here.


Westercon 66 announces hotel and dates

As some of you recall, Westercon 66 was awarded to a surprise bid which had started as a joke and so did not have a proper hotel lined up. Now it has: the Hilton Arden West in Sacramento, with dates confirmed as July 4th-7th, 2013. For more details, see the announcement here.


Salt Lake City files Westercon bid

A bid to hold the 67th Westercon in Salt Lake City has been officially filed. The dates would be Thursday, July 3rd to Sunday, July 6th, 2014 and the venue would be the Little America Hotel. Site selection for 2014 will be administered by this year’s Westercon. The Utah bid site is here.


Westercon 66 site and origin story online

Westercon 66 now has an official Web site, where the main news is that since Granzella’s is really not sufficient for a full convention, the committee is searching for a suitable place somewhere in the Sacramento area. Meanwhile, for those who have the stamina, the video of the epic Business Meeting that selected the winning […]


Westercon 66 goes to Olive Country

Westercon 66, to be held on 4th of July weekend, 2013, has been awarded to a bid for Granzella’s Inn in Williams, CA. The only bid to actually file papers for Westercon site selection was the one for Portland, Oregon, so how did this happen? The Granzella bid began as a traditional hoax bid, but […]


Portland bids for 66th Westercon

A bid has been announced to hold Westercon 66, which would be July 4th weekend, 2013, in Portland, OR. The bid is being chaired by Gene Armstrong, under the auspices of OSFCI, which runs two yearly local conventions, plus occasional travelling ones (including a few past Westercons). The bid site has all the basic information […]


Westercon 64 Announces Special Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 20, 2011  This Fourth of July weekend sees Westercon 64, the 2011 West Coast Science Fantasy Conference, coming to downtown San Jose. Westercon 64 will include several special events in its schedule in addition to traditional SF/F convention programming. Among the special events planned is a performance of a radio-style play […]


How fan funds began

TAFF, the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund, is the oldest of the various exchange programs which send fans from continent to continent to experience foreign conventions. An ongoing effort to digitize old UK fanzines has turned up this article from 1953 describing the founding of TAFF. Coroncon, where the meeting described took place, was the 1953 Eastercon […]


Westercon 65 goes to Seattle

Seattle has won the bidding for the 2012 Westercon. Westercon 65 will be named ConClusion and held July 5-8, 2012. Initial guests are Robin Hobb (author), Frank Wu and Brianna “SpaceKat” Wu (artists), Art Bozlee (science), and Chaz Boston Baden (fan). Honoring the alleged end of the world, the convention will begin with closing ceremonies […]


Conventions this Weekend July 1st-4th, 2010

A lighter week that includes my favorite convention of them all Convergence. I’m gonna be going through some serious mourning this holiday weekend because I won’t be there. Also Westercon, and huge Anime Expo going on. Anyone attending any of these? July 1st-4th, 2010 CONvergence Bloomington, MN Westercon 63/ConChord 23, Pasadena, CA Inconjunction Indianapolis, IN […]


25 conventions added to the calendar.

Our database continues to grow. As always let us know what we need to add to the list. June 25th-27th, 2010 Yaoifest Calgary, AB July 9th-12th, 2010 Mythcon Dallas, TX July 15th-18th, 2010 Slapsticon Arlington, VA Otakucon Spokane, WA July 30th-Aug 1st, 2010 Spocon Spokane, WA Aug 13th-15th, 2010 Onyxcon Atlanta, GA Guns Of August […]


Seattle in 2012 Westercon bid news

Bobbie DuFault, chair of the Seattle in 2012 Westercon bid, says: I wanted to formally announce that our dates are firm for Thursday, July 5 through Sunday, July 8 and that we will have days available on both sides so travelers can enjoy our lovely state. There are some plans at this time to provide […]


Potlatch and Corflu both go to Sunnyvale

While neither site has been updated yet, reports from various directions say that both Potlatch and Corflu will have their 2011 conventions at the Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale, CA. Potlatch will be March 4-6; Corflu is reported as “early February”. With next year’s Westercon in San Jose, World Fantasy Convention in San Diego, and Worldcon […]


Speaking of schedules

Having accepted that I’m not making it to Australia for Worldcon (sobs), and with fingers crossed that the economy doesn’t get any worse, here’s where I’m hoping to be this year: March 25-28: Game Storm 12, Vancouver, WA July 1-4: Westercon 63/ConChord 23, Pasadena, CA August 5-8: ReConStruction, Raleigh, NC September 4-6: Kumoricon 2010, Portland, […]

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