Good morning...good morning. In less than an hour, fans from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the greatest fannish gathering in the history of fankind. "Fankind" ...that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interest. Perhaps it's fate that today is Memorial Day, and you will once again be fighting for our fandoms; not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from cancellation. We are fighting for our shows right to live, to exist. And should we win the day, Memorial Day will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice, "We will not go quietly into the night. Our shows will not vanish without a fight. They're going to live on. They're going to survive. Today, we celebrate our MediaWest*Con!" -- Mr. President
May 23-26, 1997 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Whether they're attacking national monuments without warning or infiltrating by more subtle means, Hollywood seems obsessed with the theme of alien invasion. MediaWest*Con 17 tracked the onslaught.
Fandoms represented in panels at MediaWest*Con 17 included Babylon 5, Mr. Bean, Beauty & the Beast, Blake's 7, Buckaroo Banzai, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cadfael Chronicles, Champions, Dark Skies, Dr. Quinn, Dr. Who, Due South, Early Edition, Emergency!, ER, EZ Streets, Forever Knight, Gargoyles, Garrison's Gorrilla's, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, High Incident, Highlander, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, LA Firefighters, Lois & Clark: The New Adv. of Superman, Homicide: Life on the Street, Independence Day, Modesty Blaise, Millenium, Nash Bridges, NYPD Blue, Outer Limits, Poldark, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Pretender, Pride & Prejudice, Rat Patrol, Robin of Sherwood, Quantum Leap, seaQuest, Sentinel, Shadow Chasers, Sherlock Holmes, Sliders, Starsky & Hutch, Star Trek (all), Star Wars, 3rd Rock from the Sun, 3 Stooges, U.N.C.L.E., Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, VR.5, Lord Peter Whimsey, Wild Wild West, Wiseguy, Young Riders, Xena: Warrior Princess, X-Files, and Zorro.
Click here for info on the 1997 Fan Quality Awards.
Art Show Awards
Science Fiction: End of the Future by Wappel
Fantasy: Castle Dragon Albert by MacKenn
Detective: The Ties That Bind by River
Secret Agent: Shadows & Secrets by McClain
Animation: Duck Wars by DeSouza
Humor: Dana, Warrior Woman by Rosenthal
3-D: Arsenic & Old Lace by Sandmann
Fabric: Undercover with Bodie & Doyle by Wochoski
Western: Soiled Doves by Rosenthal
Horror: The Beast Within by McClain
Portrait: To Reach the Sky by Lovett
Critter: Not Just Another Lawyer by McClain
Too Cute to Live: Peek-A-Boo by McCLain
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