MediaWest*Con 37 – May 26-29, 2017MediaWest*Con is the annual 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.
A long time ago, from a galaxy far, far away, came a film that changed fandom as we know it forever. MediaWest*Con 37 celebrates the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, so grab your lightsaber, pack up the droids, hop in the landspeeder and May The Fen Be With You!
Once again, MediaWest*Con 37 was held in Lansing, Michigan on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-29, 2017.
As always, programming was determined by member input and participation.
Fandoms represented in panels at MW*C 37 included 12 Monkeys, Agents of SHIELD, animation, Arrow, Avengers, Big Bang Theory, Captain America, Class, Colony, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Dark Matter, Designated Survivor, Doctor Strange, Doctor Who, Elementary, fanfic, filk, Flash, furries, Game of Thrones, Godzilla, Grimm, Guardians of the Galaxy, Harry Potter, iZombie, Librarians, Lucifer, Magicians, My Little Pony, NCIS, Once Upon a Time, Orphan Black, Pern, Real Ghostbusters, Sherlock, slash, Sleepy Hollow, Stargate, Star Trek, Star Wars, Supergirl, 'zines, and more!
MediaWest*Con 37 MasqueradeJudges: Mark Cogan, Sophia Kelly Shultz , Seth Bonder
Best In Show
On The Homefront -- Becky Wurm Clark
Best Original Arrangement by a Costumer
Galadriel's Cape of Lament – Brenda Gasahl
The Lorax Award
The Coral Reef – Malaya Armstrong-Bruce
The Most Earnest Attempt to Sing Award
Plagerism – Bob Dawe
The Dancing Badger Award
Sorted This Way – Margie Martinson
The Drop Back and Punt Award
Cheeto Wolfote – Babs Wolf
The Unexpected Camouflage Award
Ex's and Oh's – Roxy Raccoon
The Edna Mode Award for Best Use of a Cape
The Real Reason Why Director Krennic Wore That Cape – Courtney Kraft
Best Newscast by a Woodland Creature Award
Foxy Paw'l Harvey News & Comment – Rocket T. Coyote
Art Show Awardsby popular vote
Best in Show: Chris by Karen River
Best in Con Theme: Princess by Karen River
Best in SF: Rocket & Groot by Mike Cole
Best in Fantasy: Amber Dragon by Theresa Mather
Best in Humor/Cartoon: (TIE)
They Had Cookies by Mike Cole
Deadpooh by Mike Cole
Best Portrait: Chris by Karen River
Best in 3-D/Jewelry/Glass/Ceramic: (TIE)
Tiger Bride by Sophia Kelly Schultz
Covering All the Bases by 3D Bud
Best in Fabric/Needlework: Cap & Bucky Apron by Ann Walton
Best Critter: (TIE)
Mystery by Karen River
Spirit Guide -- Mouse by Karen River
Best in Cop/Investigator/Spy: Baker Street by Karen River
Best in Horror: Alien by Mike Cole
Best in Animated: TV Night by Babs Wolf
2 Cute 2 Live: Rocket & Groot by Mike Cole
Best Other (Doesn't fit above categories): Tiger Bride by Sophia Kelly Schultz
Personal Favorite: Chris by Karen River
Door Decoration Awards
Best in Show
Facets of Fandom
Room 136, Linnese and Nathan D.
Eulogy for a Princess
Room 151, Elaine Tripp
Room 283, Tammi Alexander
What Did Cowley Say?
Room 155, Kris Washburn
Well That's Just Typical
Room 161, Doctor Beth
My God... It's Full of Stars
Room 159, Richard Sacks-Wilner & Linda James
Thanks to all who participated, and to Kath Moonshine, who has been coordinating the Door Decoration Contest. However, she is ready to pass the mantle onto the next volunteer, so please let us know if you are interested.
Fannish VideoThere were no entries for the Fannish Video contest, so there were no awards.
SF/Media Fan FundThere were no nominations, so there was no 2017 Fan Fund recipient.
The impromptu cast of a "table read" performance of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Death Star
Scott Clark, Becky Wurm Clark, Spenser Coates, Armand Benooni, Dave Gold and Victoria Gold.
Second performance was Scott Clark and Spenser Coates
Thanks to Becky, Dave, Spenser, Victoria and the Facebook-free Armand for their madcap performances. And a special, enormous heartfelt "thank you" to the musical playwright Curt Bright for giving me his permission to do his musical at MediaWest*Con, when I asked him a year and a half ago -- today was the first chance to make that a reality, and our singalong audience had a total blast! I could've probably sold a dozen of your show tees and soundtrack CDs today! -- Scott Clark
(L to R): Devin Sputnik Burke, Carla Rodriguez, Armand Benooni, Spenser Coates (upside down), Will Frank, David Gold, Linda James, Becky Wurm Clark, Scott Clark.
Ice Cream Shiva for Peter Cooper
"Dead Dog" Panel
More to come!
If you have photos of MW*C 37 events, please send them to us for possible inclusion. Thanks!
This official MediaWest*Con page was updated June 9, 2017