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MediaWest*Con 39

MediaWest*Con 39 – TBD, 2019

MediaWest*Con is the annual gathering of SF/Media fandom, traditionally 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.

Back to the Future

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.

We WILL be looking at EVERYTHING going forward and WILL be reaching out for help.  We have established a new e-mail address for suggestions regarding the future of MediaWest*Con:  mwclistens@aol.com.

This will help us keep track of suggestions as well as keep the general mailbox (mediawestcon@aol.com) from jamming up.

Thanks to all those who are helping to spread the word on MW*C in a positive way!

Thanks also to those who have been brainstorming ideas and suggestions. We have always welcomed good, practical, constructive ideas and implement them when appropriate and possible.  We are not inflexible or unwilling to try new things, as we have demonstrated over the years (changing hotels, incorporating new fandoms, adding the Game Room, numerous modifications of the hotel reservation process, redesigning the MW*C website, adding a blog, etc.).

Many voiced their thoughts at the con this year, and some even volunteered to help with areas we've needed help with!

Members also may not be aware of some of the things we already do:

We have long been willing to exchange program book ads, tables, or at least send flyers to other cons (to reach actual con-goers). We have the MW*C website and blog.  We are listed on every online con listing we can find, and have long been listed in Asimov's monthly upcoming con listings.  We post in several FB convention and cosplay groups.  We have contacted various MSU student organizations.  We have gone to what local events we can to promote MW*C, and distributed flyers at local bookstores.

We do social media.  We have long had a presence on Facebook (an organization page, event pages each year, more recently a Fan Q page, a Masquerade page, a Fan Fund page, etc.), and, again, post on several FB groups;  Programming has long been on Yahoo Groups and Twitter, and now on Twitter and Google Docs. Obviously, we can't be on all of them -- it seems like a new one pops up every day (but we finally have volunteers for some!).

And, of course, shame on those who persist in posting negative comments, dredging up old grudges and complaints, perpetuating the same tired old misrepresentations, and harping on problems long solved.  We hope that some such postings are not intentionally malicious, and that those people will realize that such comments only serve to scare away prospective members and hurt everyone who wants MW*C to continue.

We are sorry for any contentiousness, hurt feelings, or offense over the many years we have been doing this, and hope we can all just move forward toward the common goal of revitalizing MW*C.  We appreciate the passion and friendship of MW*C members.

Again, thanks to all those who are helping to spread the word on MW*C in a positive way!

Keep telling 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.

This official MediaWest*Con page was updated June 17 2018