Saturday’s edition of A Momentary Taste of WisCon is now online, with news about registration for WisCon35, interviews with Guests of Honor Nnedi Okorafor and Mary Anne Mohanraj, and news about Deb Mensinger.
Friday’s edition of A Momentary Taste of WisCon – WisCon’s daily newsletter – is now online, with programming updates and news for WisCon34.
The Madison Concourse is once again offering a 20% food discount voucher for just $10 per person. Just think – you can graze that amazing salad bar (which will be available on both Saturday and Sunday this year) and get 20% off your bill!
The 20% discount only applies to your own food/drink orders; it does not apply to the entire group, unless each person in the group has a discount voucher. Stop by the Front Desk and get your discount voucher today!
Also, check out The Bar at the Concourse – they’ve whipped up some incredible WisCon libations such as the Avatar, A Pandoran Cosmopolitan; A Clockwork Orange, with Absolut Mandarin vodka, amaretto, Baileys, orange juice and cream; The Blade Runner, with light and dark rums enhanced with lime juice, pineapple juice, and aromatic bitters; Iron Man Too (your own personal armor Kir) with peach and pomegranate liqueurs added to sparkling wine; and Zombieland, a mega rum and fruit juice explosion that will have your brain ready for sampling after just one.
Of course, The Fan Boy is always there for you for no charge – water served over ice in a glass with a slice of citrus.
eCube Number Twelve is onboard and flying to you with major updates:
- Hotel Reminders & Information
- Where’s My Name Badge??
- Access News
- The Tiptree Bake Sale Needs You!
- Come One, Come All!
- Auction Gearing Up
- Grab The Best Seat In The House!
- Photographic Etiquette & Privacy Policies
- WisCon 35 Hotel Reservations, Memberships Available May 30
- Registration For WisCon 35
- WisCon Invites You To Peek Behind The Curtain
- More Info
Go to eCube Number Twelve now.
Progress Report 2 is also available online.
eCube Number Eleven is now online, with a call for WisCon volunteers, a shout-out for Deb’s Liverlovers, Tiptree Auction news, Access info, and the announcement of the brand-new, all-shiny WisCon Registration Smorgasbörd.
eCube Number One is now available online with news about a very special hotel special, ConCom vacancies, the full Tiptree Winners List and the annual WisCon33 Lost and Found list (are you missing a purple Montefiore pen?)
Did a great idea for a panel pop into your head during that intense post-panel discussion? Is there a panel that WisCon33 is missing that you’d like to see at WisCon34? Share your ideas with the WisCon34 programming committee now via the programming idea suggestion form, now open for WisCon 34.
Welcoming people of color to WisCon is a central value of the entire WisCon convention committee, and has been so for over a decade.
We are aware that our efforts in this area have been incomplete and sometimes unsuccessful and we are committed to doing better.
To that end, we continue to welcome suggestions for how to improve. The more constructive and specific those suggestions are, the more likely it is that the all-volunteer WisCon committee will be able to implement them. WisCon’s history shows that change happens best when spearheaded by a champion or a group of champions who bring additional energy along with their ideas. However, we care enough about this issue that many current committee members are ready to commit additional time and energy to improving our track record.
To that end, we are proud that WisCon 33 will host the first Cultural Appropriation 101 class that we’re aware of in the science fiction world, as suggested and created by the Carl Brandon Society. The class will take place on Friday afternoon and (again at the request of the Carl Brandon Society) will be clearly delineated as “highly recommended” for anyone who wishes to attend any programming on these topics. In addition, moderators of panels related to this topic will be provided with class materials well before the convention.
We are currently about 2 months away from the convention. We’re looking for additional ideas that we can implement in that time frame, as well as ideas for WisCons to come. Because WisCon is a physical space with many tendrils extending into the virtual world, one of the things we can best provide is space for face-to-face networking and problem-solving. To that end, we’re planning to set aside a room during the convention for discussion of moving-forward strategies and potential improvements. We will work closely with people of color to ensure that this does not become a space in which the offenses recycle.
We’ve extended our guest of honor nomination process for an additional 3 weeks specifically to encourage nominations of potential GoHs of color. To nominate a GoH for next year, send an e-mail to email@example.com by Sunday, March 22 describing why you think they would be a good guests of honor.
One WisCon member, Kate Nepveu, is organizing scholarships to bring people of color to WisCon: more info on this at her LJ community, Fight Derailing .
These issues are not just important for people of color; they are important for all of us. The more we can do to improve in this area, the better WisCon will be. We ask for your help and guidance in achieving this goal: contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.