Category: 2013 Auction

Auction final report

Hi everyone,

Thanks for all your help and enthusiasm with the auction. The total pledged bids stand at $8,078.32; additional donations bring the total for the coming twelve months to about $10,000. This is a bit less than last year, but I’m pleased with it considering that the auction was at a new site and I didn’t contact as many past donors as I should have. In any event, I’m working on ideas for additional fundraising during the year and will keep you all posted. (Of course, you can support Con or Bust at any time with T-shirt purchases or simple donations!)

More than half of the items have already been paid for, which is wonderful, thank you so much. If you haven’t paid yet, please see my previous post, “The auction’s over, now what?” for instructions. (In a day or two I will start emailing winners who haven’t paid yet, but it would be a tremendous help if I didn’t have to do that, frankly, because matching up sellers and buyers for 160 auction items is already enough email to be going on with.)

Once again, thank you for your participation and interest. I hope to have some announcements soon about upcoming cool things.

Edit: and if anyone has unused memberships to WisCon, I’m looking for two to be transferred to Con or Bust. Email me at

The auction’s over, now what?

Bidding is now CLOSED on Con or Bust’s auction! (This is set to auto-publish at 12:00 a.m. on February 25.) The high bid that shows as posted on February 24 wins; if there are two bids for the same amount, the first that was posted will win. If there’s any doubt as to who the winner was (or winners were), please leave a comment and I will respond.

(Edit: a provision from prior years that I forgot to mention: a seller may, where practical and in their sole discretion, offer multiple copies of an item to higher bids that were technically late (or to losing bids, for that matter). This would be an act of extreme generosity on their part and is, again, entirely optional; don’t make me frown disapprovingly at anyone over the Internet.)

If you’ve won, congratulations and thank you! You can pay with either a credit card or a PayPal account by clicking on this button:

On the “review your donation” screen, please click “Add special instructions to the seller,” indicate that this is payment for an auction item or items, and specify which. (It’s fine to lump things together.) When I receive notification of your payment, I will email your seller and tell them you’ve paid, with a cc to you.

Important: if your item needs to be shipped and you do NOT want the seller to use the address that PayPal has for you, please say so! Otherwise I will simply forward the address in the PayPal email to the seller.

(Edit: in response to a question: if your PayPal email address is different from the one you used to comment, it would make my life easier if you’d also include that in the “special instructions”; if you run out of room, just tell me you’re going to email me with the details.)

If you don’t quite remember what you bid on, you can use the search field over in the sidebar to search the comments for your name, which will return all the posts you commented on. If that doesn’t work, you can leave a comment here, using the same email address that you bid with, and I will email you once I’ve got my spreadsheet sorted out.

Eventually I will be closing comments on the old posts to deter spammers and avoid confusion in future auctions, but you can always leave comments here or email with questions or problems.

Thank you all again!


Under thirty-six hours to go, here are some awesome things for auction!

There’s less than thirty-six hours to go in Con or Bust’s annual auction to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons (more about Con or Bust). Bidding ends Sunday, February 24th, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern (GMT -5).

Here are just some of the cool things that are still bargains (a.k.a., how many things I can type up before this toddler sleeping on my left arm wakes up)! You can always check the Google Docs index to see everything quickly, show only things with a low number of bids, sort by price, etc. Do check the “up-to-date as of” in the top corner, please, as I manually update it.



There’s more, but unfortunately this toddler is waking up. Post your own favorite overlooked items in the comments, or on Twitter/Tumblr/Facebook, and tell people to come bid!

Gearhearts Steampunk Glamour Revue, Issue # 6

Autographed Issue #6 Gearhearts Steampunk Mag Item Name & Description: Bountiful bouquets and boxes of bon-bons, all that is sweet and lovely is yours in the first-ever Valentine’s edition of Gearhearts Steampunk Glamour Revue- published by Antarctic Press! This issue features the (in)famous steampunk chanteuse Veronique Chevalier on the cover and in an exclusive interview, as well as the lovely artwork of Brigid Ashwood! So rejoice! Love is in the air, and the sweethearts of steampunk abound!

Starting Bid: $5.

Notes: Ships anywhere.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Find cool things, bargains in Con or Bust’s auction!

Edit February 23: I’ve made a partial list of particularly interesting things, but please browse, as my tastes are hardly universal!

There’s under a week to go in Con or Bust’s annual auction to raise funds to help fans of color/non-white fans attend science fiction & fantasy cons! I’ve added high bids and number of bids (0, 1, 2, or 3+) to the Google Docs auction index. You can now filter the index to show only items with no bids, for instance, by clicking on the drop-down menu below the heading “number of bids.” (You can also filter it by general category, such as “book” or “food.”) Or you can sort the index by by clicking on the hyperlinked headings; click once to sort low-to-high, and again for the reverse.

(If you prefer to browse the posts themselves, you can always check out the tags. Or if you’re looking for something specific, there is a site search in the sidebar.)

I’ve also added a new column to the index, “overlooked 3+ bid items.” These are items that have more than three bids, but that in my admittedly hasty and subjective judgment, are still, well, overlooked—the high bids don’t, as far as I’m concerned, reflect the value of what’s being offered. (If I have failed to list your item, I am sorry for my ignorance! Feel free to make a case for it in the comments here.)

The spreadsheet was updated at 7:45 this morning. I will continue to update it on a regular basis; check the title in bold at the very top for when it was last updated.

Finally: it is not too late to offer something for auction—in fact, I strongly encourage it! Just fill out this simple form; all you need is an email address that will not be made public. I’ll even host pictures for you if necessary. As I’ve said before, anything that’s legal, practical, and morally and ethically appropriate is welcome. Look at your discard shelves, think about your talents, or encourage your friends who’ve been meaning to get around to offering something!

Bidding closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Learn more.


The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison (signed)

book cover Item Name & Description: Four signed hardcovers of The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison.

This is a guide to the world of Harrison’s bestselling Hollows (Rachel Morgan) series, “written” by a character within the novels, a blogger with a grudge against Rachel. The author says it’s

the definitive source for all things Hollows, with spells, character descriptions, species descriptions, interoffice memos, murder and mayhem.

The last two were kind of accidental as I slipped a story line in among the dry facts. It’s not necessary to read it to enjoy the regular Hollows books, but much like the novellas and shorts, it expands your understanding of the characters and world tremendously.

Learn more at the author’s site, or browse the book at the publisher’s site.

Starting Bid: $10. Four signed copies available, top four consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Harper Voyager.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill

book coverItem Name & Description: Three hardcovers of Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill (February 26, 2013).


A brilliantly crafted modern tale from acclaimed film critic and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill—part Neil Gaiman, part Guillermo Del Toro, part William S. Burroughs—that charts the lives of two boys from their star-crossed childhood in the realm of magic and mystery to their anguished adulthoods

There is another world than our own—one no closer than a kiss and one no further than our nightmares—where all the stuff of which dreams are made is real and magic is just a step away. But once you see that world, you will never be the same.

Dreams and Shadows takes us beyond this veil. Once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, Ewan is now an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, and Colby, meanwhile, cannot escape the consequences of an innocent wish. But while Ewan and Colby left the Limestone Kingdom as children, it has never forgotten them. And in a world where angels relax on rooftops, whiskey-swilling genies argue metaphysics with foul-mouthed wizards, and monsters in the shadows feed on fear, you can never outrun your fate.

Dreams and Shadows is a stunning and evocative debut about the magic and monsters in our world and in our self.

Publishers Weekly calls it “beautifully written” and says “The universe is richly detailed, and issues of destiny and sacrifice give the story depth.” Kirkus, in a starred review, said “Exceptional worldbuilding, sure-handed plotting and well-rounded characters, even the nasty ones, abound, and the whole impressive enterprise moves smartly along through a fairy culture with a structure and motivations sharply different from that of humans. A mesmerizing and highly original debut.”

Starting Bid: $10. Three copies available, top three consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Harper Voyager.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


A Complete Set of Five Bordertown Anthologies

Item Name & Description: Terri Windling and Deb Manning are offfering a complete set of the five anthologies in the Bordertown Series (YA Urban Fantasy), including three rare out-of-print volumes. The Borderland Series, created by Terri, was one of the pioneering works of Urban Fantasy back in the 1980s, recently updated with a new volume, Welcome to Bordertown, edited by Holly Black & Ellen Kushner (2011).

Here’s what the set includes:

* 1 paperback copy of Borderland (2nd edition, Tor Books, 1992, now out of print). This is a new (not used) copy of the book, but it’s been in storage for many years–it’s not pristine, but it’s in good condition.

* 1 paperback copy of Bordertown (2nd edition, Tor Books, 1996, now out of print). This, too, is new but has been in storage, and is in reasonably good condition.

* 1 paperback copy of Life on the Border (1st edition, Tor Books, 1991, now out of print). This is a used copy of this rare book, with a cracked spine. (It was Terri’s personal copy, and got a lot of use over the years!)

* 1 trade paperback copy of The Essential Bordertown (1st paperback edition, Tor Books, 1998). This is a new copy from storage, in good condition.

* 1 trade paperback copy of Welcome to Bordertown (1st paperback edition, Random House, 2012). This is a new book (one of Terri’s author copies), in very good condition.

Click to enlarge.A Complete Set of Five Bordertown Anthologies

“Truthful, realistic, and diverse… More progressive, complicated and adult than many other YA books, and that’s a good thing… Characters deal with everything, from racial tensions (which applies to human constructions of race as well as to fights between elves and humans) to discovering their sexuality to homelessness.This is fantasy for readers who are sick of Eurocentric dragon-and-princess stories. This is fiction for those who want to find characters who are more truthful, realistic and diverse than in mainstream YA.”  – TeenReads

“Bordertown is one of the most important places where Urban Fantasy began.”  – Neil Gaiman

Starting Bid: $25.

Notes: The first four books will be coming from storage in Arizona, and Deb will send them out to the winner. Welcome to Bordertown will be coming from Terri’s studio in Devon, England, and she can personallt inscribe it to the winner (or to whomever) upon request. We’re willing to ship these anywhere.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


ARCs of The Lost by Vicki Pettersson

book coverItem Name & Description: Five ARCs of The Lost by Vicki Pettersson (March 19, 2013).

This is book two of the Celestial Blues and the sequel to The Taken (which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it an “irresistibly good yarn proves that there’s still plenty of room for brilliant innovation in urban fantasy”). Description:

Griffin Shaw and his wife were both murdered fifty years ago. Now a minor angel, Grif’s been granted permission to solve the mystery of his own death . . . if he helps the Pure angels guide those souls who might otherwise be Lost.

Souls like Jeap Yang, a drug addict in his final moments of life. Grif knows that death is coming, but he cannot intervene. However, Grif’s mortal lover, reporter Katherine “Kit” Craig, isn’t constrained by angelic protocol. If she can stop a death, she will.

But as Kit is about to find out, there are things more traumatic and evil than murder. A strange new drug is literally eating tweakers’ flesh from their bones, and Kit’s crusade to get it off the streets is set to propel her and Grif into a battle with a vicious drug cartel. They’ll have to scramble to stay alive, stay together, and choose their own fate . . . before it’s chosen for them.

Learn more at the author’s site.

Starting Bid: $10. Five copies available, top five consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Harper Voyager.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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