MediaWest*Con 32 -- May 25-28, 2012 -- APOCALYPTICON!

MediaWest*Con 32 -- May 25-28, 2012


Celebrating the end of the world...or not

The Mayan calendar ends in 2012, the rise of "reality" television, dogs and cats living together -- all signs of a coming apocalypse? Well, it all has to end sometime, so you might as well celebrate with fannish friends! Will we go with a bang or a whimper, nuclear meltdown, new ice age, or zombie infestation? Prepare for the day after and share the rapture of cinematic disaster, doomsday, and post-apocalyptic visions, from A Boy and His Dog to Zardoz.

MediaWest*Con is the definitive gathering of SF/Media fandom, held each Memorial Day Weekend in Lansing Michigan. MediaWest*Con is sponsored by T'Kuhtian Press as a celebration of the diversity of SF/Media fandom, run by fans, for fans, and is staffed entirely by volunteers. MediaWest*Con traditionally features the Art Show and Auction, Fanzine Reading Room. Fannish Videos, Masquerade, Dealers' Room, SF/Media Fan Fund, Fan Quality Awards, a Con Suite (AKA Hospitality Suite) and a Party Suite, and many, many panels on a wide variety of topics representing many areas of interest. Programming is determined by member input and participation; a form for suggesting topics will be included in a future Progress Report. Programming is intended for an adult audience; we do not censor adult themes in panel topics or in the Art Show. We have no official guests. The name MediaWest*Con is a service mark of MediaWest*Con.






Once again, MediaWest*Con 32 will be held in Lansing, Michigan on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28, 2012. As always, programming will be determined by member input and participation. We urge you to register early, so you can participate in planning for MW*C 32.

Memberships are still available.

All Attending memberships postmarked after Dec. 31, 2011 are $55 for those in the US or $60 for those outside the US, until either Attending membership limits of 900 is reached or May 1, 2012, whichever comes first. NO MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. Memberships are NOT transferable. Memberships are subject to acceptance.  MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 18.

GoFers receive a greatly discounted membership rate of $15 (as low as Supporting!) for working a minimum of hours during the four days of the con. We will try to accommodate specific scheduling requests based on the order they are received.

Supporting memberships are $15. All non-attending Art Show participants must be at least Supporting members. Supporting members will receive all Progress Reports and other membership materials, will be entitled to nominate and vote for Fan Q's, as well as be eligible for a discount on Attending membership to next year's con.

Apocryphal memberships are $1, for live animals, stuffed animals, or alternate identities.

Single day passes and children's memberships are NOT available. Babes in arms and children in direct control of parents or guardians at all times do not need memberships; if a child is old enough to be on his/her own, they need an Attending membership.

PAYMENT: Checks should be made payable to MediaWest*Con, in US funds from US banks only, please; money orders should be made out to Lori Chapek-Carleton.
Credit card payments will only be accepted online through PayPal. Click here for details on paying through PayPal (not a link to PayPal site). Please scroll down to the current valid membership rate.

IMPORTANT: Be certain to list your address including ZIP + 4 & phone number including area code. You may be listed under a fannish name if you wish, but we must also have your legal name for our records. Only the fannish name will be printed in PRs, but we will print legal names on the mailing labels unless you have a legitimate reason not to (such as personal security issues), as we have had problems with the PO not delivering to fannish names -- and please remember what name you are registered under, so we can find you next year!

Mail memberships to:
MediaWest*Con 32
200 E. Thomas St.
Lansing MI 48906-4047 USA
For other info, e-mail:
We will try to accommodate all membership changes (new memberships, converting from Supporting to Attending, or from Attending to Supporting, etc.) received up to the May 1 deadline. Attending members who are unable to attend may be switched to Supporting, $15 will be held for the conversion, and the balance they paid will be refunded; after the first Progress Report is mailed, full refunds will only be made in cases of personal hardship. No membership changes or refunds will be made after the May 1 deadline, except for those wishing to sign up as GoFers.


Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be sent to members with info you should know before arriving at the con.

Progress Report 1 in PDF

PRs will be sent as an attached file in PDF (Portable Document Format) to all members who provide an e-mail address unless they request PRs to be mailed. PRs in PDF will include all the same info and forms as PRs on paper.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view PDFs. If you do not already have it, click here for a free download of Adobe Acrobat Reader.


MW*C 32 Updates

Please make it a habit to check the official MediaWest*Con weblog. It is intended to keep MW*C 32 members better informed between Progress Reports, in conjunction with the MW*C website.  Unlike the old Yahoo groups, you are not required to sign up for any additional services to access it.  However, you may use the subscribe feature on the sidebar to get these updates by e-mail (which we strongly encourage). So please watch that space for future announcements!



Programming at MW*C is determined by member input and participation. Click here for a tentative schedule grid to date.

Click here for panel topics suggested in Phase 2.

The form for scheduling use of the Party Suite is here (PDF).  Party Suite schedule (PDF).

Programming and Party Suite info can be found via:

Yahoo Groups:


e-mail to


Fan Quality Awards

Click here for info on the Fan Quality Award.


SF/Media Fan Fund

Click here for 2012 Fan Fund nomination form. Support the Fan Fund!


Fannish Video

Click here for MW*C 32 Fannish Video Competition info.


Art Show

Click here for Art Show rules and space reservation request form.



Click here for Masquerade entry form.



Click here for info on traveling to Lansing MI.



Programming will be in the Best Western Plus Lansing (formerly Lansing Causeway Bay Hotel/Convention Center). Click here for more detailed hotel info.

MW*C 32 members may participate in the early hotel reservation request process by using the online form before July 1. CWB has sent confirmations and waiting list notices to those who participated in the early reservation process.

New members who sign up after July 1, 2011 may be added to the waiting list by following the same procedure (see hotel info for instructions). A number of rooms are held for MW*C members with physical handicaps (or members who become handicapped); such members must still submit the reservation request form, check the "physical hardship" box, and include a doctor's note or other documentation of their qualifying disability.

Click here for info on nearby "overflow" hotels.



You must be a registered member of MW*C 32 to be eligible for space in the Dealers' Room or on Dealers' Row (Hall Dealers). Click here for 2012 Dealers info. Contact Debra & Anna Barber at for more Dealers info.

Orphan 'Zines

The Orphan 'Zine Table is provided for the convenience of those who have too few 'zines to need a table of their own, and for those who may be unable to attend and want their 'zines represented at MW*C.

E-mail or (cc-ing or send a SASE to MW*C 32 Orphan ‘Zine Table, c/o Margaret Basta, PO Box 1944, Dearborn MI 48121-1944 for info.

Orphan 'Zine payments may also be made through PayPal.


This official MediaWest*Con page was updated May 8, 2012

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