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Con Or Bust: Helping Fans of Color Attend SFF Cons


[sticky post]Sticky Post: Welcome to Con or Bust!
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kate_nepveu
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, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5) and end Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 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.

Because spammers are evil, comments are off; email any questions that aren't answered above.

matching gift met!
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

I’m very pleased to report that the $250 matching gift has been met, and as a result donations since its announcement have been doubled. Donations of any amount are always gratefully received, however, along with other forms of support. Thanks to all the donors!


the auction's (mostly) over, now what?
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

If the magic of scheduled posts has worked properly, this has posted at 4:01 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, May 3, 2015, and Con or Bust’s 2015 auction is now over—except for items that had last-minute bids.


(Reminder: if bidding is still live on something, do not wait until the last second to bid. While I have improved the performance of this website considerably since last year, if your comment doesn’t go through I can’t do anything about it, because in order to be fair and transparent, the timestamp of posted comments is the only thing that counts. Give yourself the margin that the new rules allow.)


Is Bidding Over? Did I Win?


This year, bidding was extended for last-minute bids, so here’s a refresher on whether the bidding on any specific item is over yet:


Was a valid bid on an item posted with a timestamp from 3:50 and 4:00 p.m. today? A valid bid is higher than the last one.



  • No.

    • If the last valid bid on an item was timestamped 3:49 p.m. or earlier, then that bid is automatically the winner.



  • Yes.

    • If a valid bid was timestamped 3:50 p.m., 4:00 p.m., or any time in-between, then bidding on that item is automatically extended until 4:10 p.m.

    • Next, either:

      • no further bids are received timestamped on or before 4:10 p.m., and therefore bidding is over at 4:10 p.m. and the last high bid wins; or,

      • another bid is timestamped on or before 4:10 p.m., and bidding continues until 4:20 p.m. Repeat as necessary.






The extending and closing of bidding is automatic and the determinations are purely mechanical; no mod ruling is required.


If you can’t quite remember what you bid on, you can either search for the name you would have commented under in the sidebar, or you can comment here using the same email address you would have used for bidding and we will email you when the spreadsheet is sorted out.


I Won; What Do I Do Now?


Congratulations and thanks very much! You can pay with a PayPal account or a credit card (after you click the orange button below, click “Continue” on the left side of the screen, above the credit card logos). On the “review your donation” screen, please click “Add special instructions to the seller” and state what auction item or items this is for. (It’s fine to aggregate payments for multiple auctions. No-one’s ever run out of room, but if you do, just email con.or.bust@gmail.com with the information.)


Other things that should go in the “special instructions” field: (1) if your email address is different from the one you used to comment; (2) if you DON’T want your PayPal mailing address to be used to ship your item to.












Once you’ve paid, you will get an email acknowledgment of your payment and we will notify your seller.


I Offered Something for Auction; What Do I Do Now?


Thank you for offering something! Just wait until you get email from con.or.bust@gmail.com, letting you know that your winner has paid and providing you with their contact information. Then make whatever arrangements are necessary!


If you can’t quite remember all the things you offered, use the search or the index to find any one post, and then click on your name next to “Posted by” to see all the posts you’ve made.


Finally, I mention this only because some people have asked if they could do it in past years: if bidding was vigorous, you may, where practical and in your sole discretion, offer additional items to people with the high losing bids or who got their bids in late. But that would be an entirely optional exercise of extreme generosity on your part—which means, bidders, don’t importune or I will frown disapprovingly at you over the Internet.


I Need Help!


Comment here or email con.or.bust@gmail.com. It is very important to me that everyone who participates in the auction be satisfied that they were treated fairly, and I want to hear about any concerns or problems.


24 hours left in Con or Bust's auction!
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

Thanks to the magic of scheduled posts, it should be 24 hours until Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern (time zone conversions, countdown), when bidding ends in Con or Bust’s auction. Except, of course, for items with last-minute bids, in which case bidding is extended; I reproduce the new rules on bidding extensions behind the “Read more,” for a quick refresher.


Note: the new rule change means you should not wait until the last second to bid! While I have improved the performance of this website considerably since last year, if your comment doesn’t go through I can’t do anything about it, because in order to be fair and transparent, the timestamp of posted comments is the only thing that counts. Give yourself the margin that the new rules allow.


As always, check out the auction index for any bargains you may have overlooked; it can be sorted by any column if you either right-click on that column’s letter or click anywhere in the column and then choose “Data” and “Sort Sheet” from the menu bar across the top. Happy bidding! (And don’t forget that non-auction donations can be doubled through Monday!)



How does the new bidding extension work?


If a valid bid on an item is received from 3:50 through 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, bidding on that item will be automatically extended by the same period of time.


Here’s the flowchart:


Was a valid bid on an item posted with a timestamp from 3:50 through 4:00 p.m. on May 3? A valid bid is higher than the last one.



  • No.

    • If the last valid bid on an item was timestamped 3:49 p.m. or earlier, then that bid is automatically the winner.


  • Yes.

    • If a valid bid was timestamped 3:50 p.m., 4:00 p.m., or any time in-between, then bidding on that item is automatically extended until 4:10 p.m.
    • Next, either:

      • no further bids are received timestamped on or before 4:10 p.m., and therefore bidding is over at 4:10 p.m. and the last high bid wins; or,
      • another bid is timestamped on or before 4:10 p.m., and bidding continues until 4:20 p.m. Repeat as necessary.





If an item’s bidding period has been extended by last-minute bids, the bidding period will automatically extend until no bids have been received during the last extension period, at which time bidding automatically closes. A mod ruling is not required for bidding on an item to be extended.


reminder: double your donation to Con or Bust through Monday
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

In addition to the auction, of course, Con or Bust is also delighted and grateful to accept donations to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons! Moreover, thanks to a matching gift from an anonymous donor, any regular donation (not an auction payment or a T-shirt order) that is received through Monday, May 4, will be matched until the gift of $250 is met.


You can donate with a PayPal account or a credit card (after you click the orange button below, click “Continue” on the left side of the screen, above the credit card logos). On the “review your donation” screen, please click “Add special instructions to the seller” and state that this is for the matching gift. (Soon there will be many, many auction payments to process and this will make bookkeeping immensely easier.)






And if you’d like to add to the matching gift itself, that would exceptionally be wonderful; email me at knepveu@steelypips.org to arrange it.


Thanks, and please spread the word!


cool auction stuff, with about 48 hours to go
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

There’s about 48 hours left in Con or Bust’s annual auction to help fans of colors/non-white fans attend SFF cons in the coming twelve months. To find cool things, you can browse the 2015 auction tags, or sort the Google Docs index. I have also added a column to the Google Docs index noting auctions with three or more bids that still look like darn good deals to me, so check that out.


Below I’m going to highlight auctions that I think deserve some more attention, regardless of how many bids they already have.



  • Have you seen the people offering critiques this year? Experienced editors and authors, many at still very reasonable prices. Check out the critique tag to find them!

  • There are also two informational interviews with smart, knowledgeable, and generally awesome people available (without any bids right now, even!): editor Liz Gorinsky and author Tobias S. Buckell. I can personally vouch for their being great people to talk to.

  • Bidding has been pretty quiet on jewelry this year, and there’s some beautiful stuff, some of it custom-made and some ready to wear now.

  • Susan Palwick has offered four amazing hand-woven scarves, some of hand-spun wool, which even come with their own short stories! Only one of these has attracted competitive bidding.

  • Terri Windling has offered a set of four stunning signed art prints, which are not currently being sold.

  • Farscape fans! There are two auctions that include pieces of Moya, plus a shooting script and a promo card! Actually, never mind, I just remembered I wanted to bid in one of these, don’t go look. =>

  • Have a sweet tooth? There’s candy from the UK or a really big batch of custom chocolate on offer.

  • Finally, there are so many cool books–rare books, forthcoming books, big stacks of books, expensive academic books–being offered that I’m having trouble figuring out what to highlight. Diana M. Pho’s donations include a great range of academic and popular works? Sherwood Smith is offering not only to sign her Inda series, but to provide drawings, maps, or doodles? There’s not one but two copies of an extremely limited edition of Charlaine Harris’ final Sookie book, Dead Ever After, which are currently going for bargain prices? Tamora Pierce went above and beyond with signed sets of practically everything she’s ever written? I really can’t do this category justice–please browse the index and see what catches your eye!


Feel free to chime in with your own favorite items, and please, spread the word! Bidding ends this Sunday, May 3, at 4:00 p.m. EDT (time zone conversions, countdown); see the auction information page for all the bidding details, including the new extension for last-minute bidding.


B.P.R.D. collections 1-5
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Andy Smith. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: Mike Mignola’s BPRD vol 1-5: trade paperbacks of Hollow Earth & Other Stories, The Soul of Venice & Other Stories, Plague of Frogs, The Dead, and The Black Flame.


BPRD vol 1-5


Starting Bid: $25


Notes: no shipping restrictions


Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


Uzumaki hardcover omnibus
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Andy Smith. All comments must be made there.

Uzumaki image Item Name & Description: This is the hardcover omnibus of Uzumaki, Junji Ito’s weird horror manga. This edition is beautifully designed, but the story is definitely not for everyone.


Starting Bid: $15


Notes: no shipping restrictions


Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


Dune: Chronicles of the Imperium Limited Edition
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Andy Smith. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: Dune: Chronicles of the Imperium roleplaying game core rulebook.

This is the limited edition release (which ended up being the only release) of the Dune roleplaying game developed by Last Unicorn Games and published by Wizards of the Coast after their acquisition of LUG.


Dune RPG rulebook
Dune RPG rulebook

Starting Bid: $75


Notes: no shipping restrictions


Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Perfect Collection, vol 1-4
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kate_nepveu
Originally posted at Con or Bust by Andy Smith. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki

This is the late 90’s Viz edition collecting the story into 4 volumes. Has flipped art and translated sound effects and a little wear around the edges.


4 volumes of Nausicaa manga
4 volumes of Nausicaa manga

Starting Bid: $30


Notes: no shipping restrictions


Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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