Archive for June, 2014

Reminder: Geek Chic Fashion Show on 6/21

chicquarter Reminder: on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., Fantom Comics and PollySue’s Vintage Shop will be hosting a Geek Chic Fashion show at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington, DC! The organizers of the show are generously donating a portion of the event tickets to Con or Bust.

According to the organizers, expect “nerdy street style, casual cosplay, steampunk couture, Hogwarts riot grrls, high-fashion superheroes, tiny princess supervillains, Carol and Kamala Corps, and more!”

Tickets are $5. Check out the event’s Facebook page for more information. If you’d like to participate as a model (all shapes, creeds, sizes, ages, and ethnicities sought), stylist, makeup artist, costume designer, seamstress, or vendor, please contact

Free con memberships available immediately!

Con or Bust currently has available free memberships to five SFF cons, first-come first-served, for fans of color/non-white fans.

  • (new) Readercon, July 10-13, 2014, Burlington, MA, USA. Readercon is an annual conference or convention devoted to “imaginative literature” — literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the unclassifiable works often called “slipstream.” Its Guests of Honor are Andrea Hairston & Kit Reed and its Memorial Guest of Honor is Mary Shelley.

    Readercon has donated three memberships to Con or Bust, of which two remain. These must be claimed by July 1, 2014.

  • ConGregate, July 11-13, 2014, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. ConGregate is a new general SF convention being organized by a group of highly experienced convention runners. The featured guests are Larry Correia (Writer GoH), Mark Poole (Artist GoH), Toni Weisskopf (Special Literary Guest), and Jennifer McCollom (Special Media Arts Guest).

    ConGregate has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

  • Detcon1, July 17-20, 2014, Detroit, MI, USA. Detcon1 is the 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), which is held in years when the Worldcon is held outside of North America. Detcon1’s Guests of Honor are Steven Barnes (Author), John Picacio (Artist), Bernadette Bosky (Fan), Arthur D. Hlavaty (Fan), Kevin J. Maroney (Fan), Helen Greiner (Scientist), Bill Sutton (Musician), and Brenda Sutton (Musician). (Updated:) Its Special Guests are Nnedi Okorafor (YA Author) and Jon Davis (Video Games Developer).

    Detcon1 has donated three memberships to Con or Bust, which have all been claimed; BUT interested fans should check out its FANtastic Detroit Fund, which provides free memberships to individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend Detcon1, with priority given to Detroit and Wayne County residents.

  • (new) Nine Worlds Convention, 8-10 August 2014, London, England, UK. It’s about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party.

    Nine Worlds has donated ten memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by August 1, 2014, of which nine remain.

  • Loncon 3, August 14-18, 2014, London, England, UK. Loncon is the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). Its Guests of Honor are Iain M Banks (in Memoriam), John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb, and Bryan Talbot.

    At present, between donated memberships and matched donations by Loncon, there are (edit) twenty-three attending memberships available.

If you’re interested, see the Request Assistance page for the request form, and please spread the word!

In addition, a number of other cons have donated assistance that will be available during the next request period (August 15-25, and thereafter if not claimed). So people can make plans, those are listed behind the cut (and a full list is always at the Upcoming Cons page):

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