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Cosmic Tribble
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kitsune_Scribe. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Cosmic Tribble
Cosmic Tribble
Item Name & Description: Hand Knit Blue Toy Tribble (based on Star Trek the Animated Series)

Did it come in contact with a Cosmic Cube durring a Marvel Crossover? Fall into the Warp Core? Stare too long into Chris Pine’s eyes? Not even Comander Spock can explain the color of this all man made ball of fluff!

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: Will ship anywhere, please allow one week for creation of toy. If you need a pet hair free Tribble please let me know. These don’t take too long, I can make one in a coffee shop with new yarn. :)

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


Signed, bound copy of script for Captain Marvel #17
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Captain Marvel #17 cover artItem Name & Description: a bound copy of the script for Captain Marvel #17 (the Carol Corps issue), donated and signed by the author, Kelly Sue DeConnick.

Captain Marvel #17 is a special oversized issue that concludes Carol Danvers’ first series as Captain Marvel (the series returns in March 2014). It is written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and drawn by Filipe Andrade. There’s a really nice, though spoiler-filled, review at the AV Club that calls it “an issue that rewards Carol’s immense struggle with a story about a city’s debt to its protector and a writer’s gratitude to her loyal fans.” This auction item is for a bound copy of script of the issue, not the issue itself, signed by the author.

Starting Bid: $25.

Notes: Ships anywhere. Donated and shipped by the author, so personalization is available.

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


Community Feedback Sought: Last-Minute Bidding
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Dear all,

I’ve had an inquiry about auctions with bids very close to the end of the auction, and I’d like your feedback. For details and a poll, please head after the jump.

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Let’s Play White
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Chesya Burke. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Let's Play White
Let’s Play White

Item Name & Description: White brings with it dreams of respect, of wealth, of simply being treated as a human being. It’s the one thing Walter will never be. But what if he could play white, the way so many others seem to do? Would it bring him privilege or simply deny the pain? The title story in this collection asks those questions, and then moves on to challenge notions of race, privilege, personal choice, and even life and death with equal vigor.

From the spectrum spanning despair and hope in “What She Saw When They Flew Away” to the stark weave of personal struggles in “Chocolate Park,” Let’s Play White speaks with the voices of the overlooked and unheard. “I Make People Do Bad Things” shines a metaphysical light on Harlem’s most notorious historical madame, and then, with a deft twist into melancholic humor, “Cue: Change” brings a zombie-esque apocalypse, possibly for the betterment of all mankind.

Gritty and sublime, the stories of Let’s Play White feature real people facing the worlds they’re given, bringing out the best and the worst of what it means to be human. If you’re ready to slip into someone else’s skin for a while, then it’s time to come play white.

Blurbs:
“These raw, brutal stories, often with intriguingly open endings, display an odd and unsettling relationships to the poetry of violence. These dark tales announce the arrival of a formidable new master of the macabre.”
-Samuel R. Delany, author of Dhalgren and Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders

“What a stunning collection. Let’s Play White… and so on time. [Chesya Burke has] touched something special in [her] stories. I’m a big Octavia Butler fan and I see a peek of that as well as some latter-day Toni Morrison [within these pages]. I see the light and warmth [Chesya is] offering. There definitely is magic in that. The short story, next to poetry, is the most difficult writing form. [Chesya has] tamed it and made it yield to [her] touch.”
-Nikki Giovanni, Grammy-nominated spoken word artist and poet

Cover Artist:
Jordan Casteel

About the Author:
Chesya Burke has published over forty short stories in various venues including Dark Dreams: Horror and Suspense by Black Writers, Voices From the Other Side, and Whispers in the Night, each published by Kensington Publishing Corp. as well as the historical, science, and speculative fiction magazine, Would That It Were, and many more. Several of her articles appeared in the African American National Biography, published by Harvard and Oxford University Press, and she won the 2004 Twilight Tales award for short fiction. Chesya attends Agnes Scott College, where she studies creative writing and the African diaspora as it relates to race, class and gender. Many of these themes find themselves appearing in her fiction.

Starting Bid: $15

Notes: US Delivery within 2 weeks.

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