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MediaWest*Con 38 -- May 25-28, 2018

MediaWest*Con 38 – May 25-28, 2018

MediaWest*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.

MediaWest*Con is definitely back on this year, as originally planned. The hotel really wanted our business and was willing to re-negotiate.

Once again, MediaWest*Con 38 will be held in Lansing, Michigan on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28, 2018.

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 38.

Attending membership after June 30 is $45 ($50 for those who want PRs ailed outside the US) through Dec. 31, 2017.

All Attending memberships postmarked after Dec. 31, 2017 are $55 ($60 for those who want PRs mailed outside the US), until either Attending membership limits of 500 is reached or May 1, 2018, whichever comes first.  NO MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.  Memberships are NOT transferable.  Memberships are subject to acceptance.

Single Day Memberships will be available in advance beginning January 1, 2018. You must specify the day for the membership to be valid. Single day memberships are $30 for US residents, $35 for those who want PRs mailed outside the US.

Please consider GoFering! GoFers receive a greatly discounted membership rate of $15 (as low as Supporting!) for working a minimum of 10 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.
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.

Use the button below to pay via PayPal:

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.
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 38, 200 E. Thomas St., Lansing MI 48906-4047 USA
 For other info, e-mail: mediawestcon@aol.com
We will try to accommodate all membership changes up to the May 1 deadline.  


We now have 2 flyers available; one more graphic with links to more info online, and one with detailed membership info.
Let us know if you would like to distribute flyers at cons or other fannish events.

MW*C 38 Detailed Info Flyer in PDF

More Members Needed

It's hard to believe we've been doing this for 40 years (starting with T'Con in 1978).  MediaWest*Con's focus has shifted and expanded over the years as we try to welcome new interests while retaining an emphasis on media science fiction and fantasy fandom, and we believe this makes us unique among conventions.  Our basic format -- lots of panels on topics suggested by members and no official guests -- is what makes MW*C special to those who look forward to it every year, but it is limiting at the same time.  Our intended audience is active fen, those who read and write fanfic, publish fanzines, make fannish videos, create fan art, do costuming, etc., or would like to.

Unfortunately, membership has been slowly declining for years, despite our efforts at promoting the con with limited resources.  And as membership declines, costs of putting on the con continue to rise.

MW*C 38 will go on as planned, but this trend must be reversed if MediaWest*Con is to continue.

MW*C has always been a participatory con, and for MW*C to survive we need your help. Word of mouth is essential;  tell old fannish friends who used to attend to come back (or at least get supporting memberships), and newer fannish friends to give us a try and if they want their fandom represented they can suggest panel topics.  Talk us up wherever and whenever you can.  Remind fannish friends that the convention is what they make of it.  If they haven't been back in years, let them know we no longer have waiting lists for membership or hotel rooms, and single-day passes are an option if they can't take off a whole weekend.  Tell them info is readily available on the MW*C website (www.mediawestcon.org) and blog.

Wear your MW*C T'shirts to other cons and fannish events, and take flyers as well. If you are associated with other conventions, we are willing to trade program book ads or maybe swap tables or at least send flyers.

MW*C has always been what you, the members, make of it. We like to think MW*C members look out for one another and care for one another, and we hope you all will put forth an effort to help MediaWest*Con continue into the future.

If you care about the convention and want to see it thrive, please help!

-- Lori & Gordon

This official MediaWest*Con page was updated March 22, 2018