Once upon a con -- MediaWest*Con 35 -- May 22-25, 2015

MediaWest*Con 35 – May 22-25, 2015

Come explore times long, long ago in enchanted lands ruled by evil queens and wicked witches, where giants and ogres roamed, where the poorest farmboys, handsomest princes, and fairest maidens can all be heroes with the assistance of friendly elves, fairies, wizards, and small forest creatures.  But be careful not to prick your finger on a poisoned needle, eat any poisoned apples, or wake any sleeping dragons -- and watch out for Rodents of Unusual Size.  MediaWest*Con 35 celebrates a time when tales are spun like straw into gold, and everyone can live fannishly ever after.

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, Game 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 35 was held in Lansing, Michigan on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, 2015.

As always, programming was determined by member input and participation.

Fandoms represented in MW*C 35 programming included 12 Monkeys, Agent Carter, Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, Avengers, Big Bang Theory, Blacklist, Bones, Captain America, Constantine, CSI, Defiance, Disney, Doctor Who, E-books, FanFic, Flash, Forever, Furries, Game of Thrones, gaming, Gotham, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurrassic World, Lego Movie, Magnificent 7, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, NCIS, Pern, Person of Interest, podcasts, Professionals, Real Ghostbusters, Scorpion, Sentinel, Sherlock Holmes, Sleepy Hollow, Stargate, Starsky & Hutch, Star Trek, Star Wars, Supernatural, UNCLE, X-Men, and more.

SF/Media Fan Fund

The winner of the 2015 SF/Media Fan Fund is Elaine Batterby, who we hope will be able to attend MW*C 36 next year.

Art Show Awards

By Popular Vote

Best In Show:  Pressure Point by Karen River
Best In Con Theme:  Silver Gold by Sandra Santara
Best In SF:  Spock by Mike Cole
Best In Fantasy:  Embrace by Sandra Santara
Best In Humor/Cartoon:  He's Undead, Jim by Leah Rosenthal
Best Portrait:  Benedict by Karen River
Best In 3-D/Jewelry/Glass/Ceramic:  Andor by Karen River
Best In Fabric/Needlework:  Time & Space by Suzanne Rosema
Best Critter:  Spirit Guide: Hedgehog by Karen River
Best In Cop/Investigator/Spy:  Gibbs by Mike Cole
Best In Horror:  Zombecka by Ricochet
Best In Animated:  Peter & Lili by Babs Magera
2 Cute 2 Live:  Lullabye by Karen River
Best Other:  Betty's Beach Bauble by Brenda Gashal
Personal Favorite (tie):
Aramis by Karen River
Benedict by Karen River
Farewell by Karen River
Squee by Karen River
Spirit Guide: Tiger by Karen River

Masquerade Awards

Judges: Sophia Kelly Schulz, Mark Cogan, Chrisso Bonder

Hound of the Baskervilles
Best In Show, Doggie's Choice Award

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Stormy Hall, Sandy Hall

Howling Good Time Award

Tinker Bell
Judy A. Keller, Janice Tuckett

Ladies In Red
Who Needs A Third Angel Award
Ladies In Red
Kaitlyn Colhouer, Gabby Burke

The Wandering Minstrel
The Shot In The Dark Award
The Wandering Minstrel on Behalf of Gun Control
Bob Dawe

Steampunk Repairist
How Many Fandoms Can You Pack Into One Costume Award
Steampunk Repairist (Ms. Fixit)
Becky Wurm Clark

Creatures of 'The What' Lagoon
The Something Fishy Is Going On Here Award

Creatures Of 'The What' Lagoon
Peter Cooper

Fox On The Run
Disco Dog Award
Fox On The Run
Danny Dingo, Babsie Wolf (As Lili Fox)

Zaphod Beeblebrox
The Heart Of Gold Award

Zaphod Beeblebrox: Because Two Heads Are Better Than One
Lesley Wilmoth

Our Entry into the Door Decoration Contest  Minion
The It Had A-Peel Award

Our Entry into the Door Decoration Contest
Amanda Morgan, Ericka Kahler, Aron Sandler, Holly Hofer

The I'm Not A Doctor But I Play One On TV Award

Emergency Medical Hologram Vs. Reality ??

Spenser Said We had To
Best Fight Scene That Never Happened

Spenser said we had to do it... So we did it
Spenser Coates, Nikki Wegrzyn, Carla Rodriguez

Door Decoration Awards

No One Escapes Steampunk
1st Prize: Room 116
No One Escapes Steampunk
Red Hot Royalty
2nd Prize: Room 328
Red Hot Royalty
3rd Prize: Room 283
Tahiti-Postcard From The Edge
Captain America: Road Warrior Machine
Fan Favorite: Room 338/Lobby
Captain America: Road Warrior Machine
Pratchett -- Good Omens 25th
Best Author Homage: Room 111
Pop Goes Fandom
Best Slash Humor: Room 114
Sometimes it takes 2...
Best Multi-Fandom Concept: Room 147
Best Fannish Promotion: Room 133
Leonard Nimoy Tribute
Best Fannish Tribute: Room 140
Best Animal: Room: 153
Best Superhero: Room 170
Healthcare Humor
Best Healthcare Humor: Room 206

Honorable Mentions

Once Upon a Time...
Best Use of Con Theme: Room 346
Wher's Neal?
Best Interactive: Room 264
Most Iconic: Room 354
Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Comic to Movie Crossover: Room 395
Spring Into Action
Most Romantic: Room 272
Marriage Equality
Best 'Stache Equality: Room 236


Gordon performed his play Once Upon A Con Saturday night.

Princess I-Can't-Believe-It's-Not-Buttercup hopes you all had a wonderful time meeting with fellow fen to discuss all your favorite SF TV shows, books, and movies at MediaWest*Con 35 -- Once Upon a Con, and hopes we shall see you again next May!  Huzzah!

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This official MediaWest*Con page was updated February 1, 2016