Con or Bust runs an annual online auction to raise money to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons. Last year’s auction raised enough money that, together with donations from cons, Con or Bust was able to help 25 fans attend cons 28 times (three people received assistance twice) over the last twelve months. That was Con or Bust’s first full year of helping people go to any SFF con of their choosing (Con or Bust started as WisCon-only), and it was more successful than I’d hoped.
Bidding on this year’s auction starts this Saturday, February 9, but we need many more auction items! The new website makes it super-easy to offer: all you need is an email address, which will not be posted publicly; no more LiveJournal logins required. Please consider offering something, or letting people know that auction items are wanted! Common offers are books, baked goods, character naming rights, jewelry, care packages, knitted goods, blog posts, and critiques, but those aren’t the only possibilities. Art prints? Lunch at a con? Volumes of a comic or manga series that you’re never going to re-read? Audio recordings of a short story or fanfic? Anything that’s legal, practical, and morally and ethically appropriate is welcome.