Con Or Bust: Helping Fans of Color Attend SFF Cons


[sticky post]Sticky Post: Welcome to Con or Bust!
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Welcome to Con or Bust, which helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF conventions. Con or Bust now has its own website. Its annual fundraising acount runs from Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5) and end Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern; auction items and announcements are crossposted here but all bidding and offering happens in comments at the original post. Come check it out—all you need is an email address, no logins necessary.

Con or Bust is administered by kate_nepveu under the umbrella of the Carl Brandon Society. Learn more about its history.

If you are a fan of color/non-white fan, here is how to request assistance.

You may donate money to Con or Bust at any time with a PayPal account or credit card (more information):







If you represent a convention and would like to donate memberships or otherwise support Con or Bust, please contact knepveu@steelypips.org.

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Reminder: free membership to Norwescon (now claimed)
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Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

April 6, 2014: this membership now claimed.

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Geek Chic Fashion Show in DC to benefit Con or Bust
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Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

chicquarter I’m delighted to inform you all that 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! I take no credit for what should be an excellent evening: it is entirely the brainchild and effort of the organizers, whose are generously donating a proceed of the event tickets to Con or Bust.

According to the organizers, you are advised to 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 hollimichele@gmail.com.


Two signed sets of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series
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Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Two signed sets of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series (Feed, Deadline, Blackout)

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Each book in this series has been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel; find out more about the series at the author’s website. Orbit has donated two sets of mass-market paperbacks, each signed by the author.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Top two bidders win (new bids must increase over the last bid). Shipping limited to the US and Canada (because of publishing rights). Because the books are being shipped by the publisher, personalization is not available.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Two signed copies of Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice
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Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Leckie_AncillaryJustice_TP-220x325Item Name & Description: Two signed copies of Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice.

The Guardian calls this SF novel “By turns thrilling, moving and awe-inspiring”; Publishers Weekly calls it an “impressive debut.” Learn more or read an excerpt at the author’s site. Orbit has donated two signed copies of this trade paperback.

Starting Bid: $5.

Notes: Top two bidders win (new bids must increase over the last bid). Shipping limited to the US and Canada (because of publishing rights). Because the books are being shipped by the publisher, personalization is not available.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Manuscript critique up to 10,000 words
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Originally published at Con or Bust by Lynne M. Thomas. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description:

I will provide the winner with an in-depth critique of a manuscript of up to 10,000 words, either in-person if possible, or via email or Skype.

I’m the former editor of Apex Magazine, as well as one of the Hugo Award winning editors of Chicks Dig Time Lords, Whedonistas, Chicks Dig Comics, as well as Glitter & Mayhem and The Book of Apex Volume 4.

Starting Bid: [$50]

Notes: [Maximum 10K words; I will provide the critique within 90 days of verification of the auction being won and paid for.]

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Custom Jewelry by Elise Matthesen, made before your eyes
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Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

(Posted on behalf of Elise. — Kate)

Item Name & Description: A custom piece of jewelry made while someone sits with me.

Starting Bid: $10.

  • If the winning bid is under $50, choose earrings or a pendant.
  • If the winning bid is over $50, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set.
  • If the winning bid is over $75, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament.
  • If the winning bid is over $100, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament or a short necklace.
  • If the winning bid is over $150, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament or a short necklace or a long necklace.
  • If the winning bid is over $200, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament or a short necklace or a long necklace or a necklace-crown.
  • If the winning bid is over $500, I’ll be making you more than one thing, and we’ll figure out what those things will be (two long necklaces, or a necklace-crown and a hair ornament, or a dozen pairs of stunning earrings…) and we’ll have big fun.

Notes: I can do this at WisCon, CONvergence, Fourth Street, or at Worldcon in London (though that will take a bit more arranging, but it can be done). I could also do it by arrangement in Minneapolis where I live, or in NYC, Boston, the Bay Area, or Seattle within the next year, as those are the places I will be visiting for sure.

Note that this auction includes hanging with me while I make the piece, and talking about whatever you want to talk about. (It’s not required, but it’s included if you want it.) We can geek happily about beads or rocks or whatever you like.

(Admin note: see examples of Elise’s jewelry at lioness.net. Also, I have watched her make a pendant that I then bought and it was pretty great.)

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Hardcover of Blood of Amber by Roger Zelazny
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Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: a hardcover of Blood of Amber by Roger Zelazny, donated by Harper Voyager.

This the second volume in the Second Chronicles of Amber. This series is currently in-print as an omnibus trade paperback but not as individual hardcover volumes.

Starting Bid: $5.

Notes: US shipping only.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Anuja Chauhan box set
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Originally published at Con or Bust by Tari. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: box set of Anuja Chauhan’s novels, including Those Pricey Thakur Girls, Battle for Bittora and The Zoya Factor

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Starting Bid: $10

Notes: Last year, Deepa started The Anuja Chauhan Reading Club, where she passed out copies of Anuja Chauhan’s three published novels, which are currently only available for purchase in India. Each person read the book and then sent it on to the next person in the club. I got to read all three (my reviews: The Zoya Factor, Battle for Bittora, and Those Pricey Thakur Girls) and enjoyed them very much! I thought I’d like to give more people outside India an opportunity to read and enjoy these books, which is why I’m offering this box set up for auction. Please note that I ordered the books from an online retailer in India, and I’m getting a friend to receive the delivery and ship them to the winning bidder, so it may take a while to receive the books. However, I will cover all shipping costs.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Free con memberships: JOFcon, Chi-Fi, Norwescon, Loncon 3, and Sirens
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Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

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

  • JOFcon, March 28-30, 2014, Linthicum, MD (near BWI airport). JOFcon is a collaborative convention for those who are interested in learning about convention running, teaching about convention running, and talking about fannish conventions. JOFcon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.
  • Chi-Fi, March 29, 2014, Chicago, IL. Chi-Fi is a new con that will be holding a one-day event in 2014; it is conveniently located off of public transit. Its current guest list can be found here. Chi-Fi has donated ten memberships to Con or Bust, of which nine are still available.
  • Norwescon, April 17-20, 2014, Seattle, WA, USA. Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s Premiere 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: Writer: Michael Moorcock; Science: Catherine S. Plesko; Artist: Robert Gould; Costuming: Anima! X; Special: Seanan McGuire; Publisher: 47 North. Norwescon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.
  • 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. Loncon is matching donations of memberships and allowing donors to keep their voting rights. For more information on how to donate memberships, see the Upcoming Cons page. At present, there are ten attending memberships available. Because so many are available, these memberships are also available first-come first-served.

Request these memberships over at the Request Assistance page.

In addition, Sirens has donated one membership to Con or Bust. Sirens takes place from October 16-19, 2014, in Stevenson, WA, USA, and is a conference on women in fantasy literature. Its 2014 theme is “hauntings,” and its Guests of Honor are Kendare Blake, Rosemary Clement-Moore, and Andrea Hairston. Because the con is not until October, the free membership (as well as any other necessary assistance) should be requested in one of the quarterly assistance periods (May 15-25 or August 15-25). For more information, see the Request Assistance page; or check out the other Upcoming Cons for which memberships will be available.


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