Author: Kate Nepveu

temporary email glitch

Our @con-or-bust.org emails are having a temporary hiccup; if it’s urgent please use [email protected] or leave a comment here asking me to contact you (your email address will not be visible). This shouldn’t last long. Apologies for the inconvenience!

(Edit: this appears to be resolved, but feel free to cc [email protected] if you’d like to be safe!)

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Con or Bust now has a newsletter!

Con or Bust now has a newsletter, to be sent out approximately every two weeks, containing news and reminders about Con or Bust activities, upcoming conventions, and other matters related to diversity in SFF fandom. If you’d like to keep up with Con or Bust without being overwhelmed by auction posts in the near future, sign up below. This is strictly opt-in, your email address will not be shared, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

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The first newsletter will come out Friday, so sign up now!

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free memberships available to FantasyCon

The following new free memberships are available now for fans of color/non-white fans:

  • FantasyCon 2017, 29th September – 1st October, 2017, Peterborough UK. Fantasycon is an essential annual destination for readers, writers, artists, editors, and publishers of all things Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction, run in partnership with the British Fantasy Society.

    FantasyCon has donated two weekend memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by August 31, 2017.

To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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request assistance starting Wed Feb 15!

Reminder to fans of color/non-white fans: you can request assistance from Con or Bust to attend upcoming SFF cons four times a year, and the next time begins this week, Wednesday, February 15, and runs through February 25.

Please check out the Request Assistance page to see how the process works. There are also free memberships available at the Upcoming Cons page, but you can request assistance to any upcoming SFF con, not just the ones listed there! Thanks, and please spread the word.

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Announcing Elections for Con or Bust’s Board of Directors!

In March, Con or Bust’s Board of Directors will be electing up to four members to the Board, for terms of up to three years. Anyone can be a candidate; if you are interested, or if you want to encourage someone else to run, please read on for more information.

What’s the Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors runs Con or Bust, Inc. At present, the Board chooses to have day-to-day affairs handled by the Secretary/Treasurer, with the Board supervising and advising. The Board currently has five members: Zen Cho, Tanya DePass, Kate Nepveu (Secretary/Treasurer), Mark Oshiro (President), and Diana Pho. Zen and Mark’s terms expire at the next annual meeting, which will be held in March (edit: March 19).

The Board is governed by by-laws and a conflict of interest policy, and by the laws applicable to not-for-profit corporations in New York State. In particular, Directors may not receive assistance from Con or Bust while serving on the Board or for one year after their service ends. Directors also receive no salary or compensation for their service.

How many open seats will there be?

Four seats, even though only two Directors’ terms are expiring. Under the by-laws, the Board can have between three and seven members, and at each annual meeting, the Board holds an election for the maximum number of empty seats.

How are Directors elected?

A candidate is elected if they receive a majority vote of the Directors whose terms haven’t expired.

How long do Directors serve for?

The default term is three years. A Director can agree to a shorter term, in order to stagger when Directors’ terms expire.

I’m interested. How do I become a candidate?

Great! Please send an email to [email protected] that says who you are, why you want to serve on Con or Bust’s Board, and what you’ll bring to the Board if elected. Also include a statement under the conflict of interest policy after reviewing the list of entities with which Con or Bust currently has, or has had, commercial relationships with. Please submit this by March 3, 2017.

Please note that while the public does not elect Directors, Con or Bust is committed to transparency, and therefore candidates’ statements will be made public before the Board’s meeting.

The Board may ask candidates follow-up questions in writing before the Board meeting, or may ask candidates to attend the Board meeting (held via Skype, date forthcoming).

I have another question.

Please leave a comment or email [email protected].

Thanks for reading, and please spread the word widely!

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reminder: request assistance February 15-25, 2017

Reminder to fans of color/non-white fans: you can request assistance from Con or Bust to attend upcoming SFF cons four times a year, and the next time is February 15-25, 2017. Please check out the Request Assistance page to see how the process works. There are also free memberships available at the Upcoming Cons page, but you can request assistance to any upcoming SFF con, not just the ones listed there! Thanks, and please spread the word.

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new free con memberships: TGIF/F; OryCon

Fans of color/non-white fans, I’m pleased to announce the following new memberships to upcoming cons:

  • TGIF/F, April 7-9, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, USA. TGIF/F is a multi-fandom femslash convention designed to bring together various fan communities to build connections, encourage discussion, and create art; its programming includes panels on SFF genre works, fantasy, video games, and more topics of SFF interest.

    TGIF/F has donated five passes to Con or Bust, which are available now, first-come first-serve.

  • OryCon, November 17-19, 2017, Portland, OR, USA. OryCon is Oregon’s premier, fan run, annual science fiction/fantasy convention held in Portland since 1979. Its Guests of Honor are Timothy Zahn; Briana Lawrence (Brichibi Cosplays) and Jessica Walsh (Snow Tigra); David Boop; and Sarah Clemens.

    OryCon has donated ten memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by October 31, 2017. These can be requested during February 15-25, 2017 (the upcoming request-assistance period).

To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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free con memberships: Farpoint, Kitacon, and lots more

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following free memberships to SFF conventions are available now, first-come first-serve:

  • Farpoint, February 17-19, 2017, Baltimore, MD, USA. Farpoint is an annual gathering for fans of all genres of imaginative fiction – Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, SuperHeroes – in all the media formats in which they might appear. Its celebrity guests are Sam Witwer from the Star Wars universe and Once Upon A Time, Enver Gjokaj from Marvel’s Agent Carter and Star Trek legend/Oscar-nominated director Nicholas Meyer.

    Farpoint has donated four weekend membership tickets to Con or Bust, to be claimed by February 5, 2017. Attendees should note that their ticket INCLUDES one signature from the celebrity of their choice on Saturday and one on Sunday at no additional charge on an item they bring to the convention to be signed.

  • Kitacon Quest, 18th to 20th August 2017, Coventry, UK. Kitacon is the UK’s largest residential, non-profit, anime and geek culture convention celebrating popular fandoms, Japanese culture and geekery.

    Kitacon has donated two standard tickets to Con or Bust, to be claimed by July 15, 2017.

The following memberships are not new, but are also still available:

  • Capricon, February 16-19, 2017, Wheeling, IL, USA. Capricon’s Author Guest of Honor is Beth Revis; Artist Guest of Honor is Nilah Magruder; and Fan Guest of Honor is Meg Frank.

    Capricon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, one of which has been claimed, and individuals have donated four memberships; all should be claimed by January 15, 2017.

  • MidSouthCon, March 24–26, 2017, Memphis, TN, USA. MidSouthCon is the longest-running annual ran-run multi-genre Science Fiction Convention in the Mid-South. Its GoHs are: Author GoH – Jack Campbell; Comics GoH – Tom DeFalco; Science GoH – Les Johnson; Artist GoH – Matt Stawicki; Gaming GoH – Keith Baker; Editor GoH – Allan Gilbreath; Toastmaster – Michael Bielaczyc; and Toastmaster – Paul Bielaczyc.

    An individual has donated one membership to MidSouthCon, which must be claimed by January 31, 2017.

  • Boskone, February 17-19, 2017, Boston, MA, USA. Boskone is an annual science fiction convention, the oldest in New England. Its 2017 Guests are: Guest of Honor: Brandon Sanderson; Official Artist: Dave Seeley; Special Guest: Maryelizabeth Yturralde; Featured Filkers: The Fabulous Lorraine & Lojo Russo; Hal Clement Science Speaker: Milton Davis; and NESFA Press Guest: Ken MacLeod.

    Boskone has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which should be claimed by January 31, 2017.

  • HELIOsphere, March 10-12, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA. HELIOsphere is a new science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Guests of Honor are Jacqueline Carey, David Gerrold, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail, with Special Guest Charles Gannon.

    HELIOsphere has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by February 21, 2017.

  • Norwescon, April 13–16, 2017, Seattle, WA, USA. Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s premier science fiction and fantasy convention and one of the largest regional science fiction and fantasy conventions in the United States. Its Guests of Honor are Cory & Catska Ench (Artists), Ethan Siegel (Science), Nancy Kress (Toastmaster), and Angry Robot Books (Spotlight Publisher).

    Norwescon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by April 1, 2017.

  • StokerCon, April 27-30, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA. StokerCon is the annual convention of The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy. This will be its second annual convention and will be held aboard the legendary (and haunted) Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The Bram Stoker Awards (R) Banquet takes place on the evening of Saturday, April 29th. Guests of Honor include George R.R. Martin, Elizabeth Hand, Chuck Wendig, Peter Crowther, Bill Bridges, Tananarive Due, Gretchen McNeil, Becky Spratford, Stephen Graham Jones and Toastmaster Nancy Holder.

    StokerCon has donated six memberships to Con or Bust, which should be claimed by March 15, 2017; one has been claimed.

  • LexiCon, 2-4 June 2017, Taupō, New Zealand. LexiCon is the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. Its Guest of Honour is Seanan McGuire (aka Mira Grant); its Fan Guest of Honour is John Toon; and its Ghost of Honour is Orville, a rat in the Hobbit films.

    LexiCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by May 25, 2017.

  • Worldcon 75, 9-13 August, 2017, Helsinki, Finland. Worldcon 75 is the annual World Science Fiction Convention for 2017. Its Guests of Honor are John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, and Walter Jon Williams.

    Worldcon 75 has donated 25 attending memberships and 25 hotel room nights to Con or Bust; four attending memberships remain, but all of the hotel room nights have been claimed. An individual has also donated a membership.

To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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Arisa Bake Sale: Saturday Jan. 14

I will be running the Arisia Bake Sale this year on Saturday, January 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (or whenever we run out of food), to benefit both Con or Bust and the Tiptree Award.

If you’re coming to Arisia, please stop by—to buy something, to bring food, or both! All non-refrigerated foods are welcome (particularly those that also suit dietary restrictions). If you are thinking of bringing something, I’d appreciate it if you’d drop a line to [email protected] (or comment here). You can also drop food off ahead of time at the Arisia Team HQ (Quincy), if you won’t be around Saturday morning.

Let me know if you have any questions, and hope to see you there!

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