The WisCon Dealers’ Room is a marketplace of books, toys, posters, artwork, magazines, cards, jewelry, and all sorts of other science fiction and fantasy related merchandise as well as items relevant to explorations of feminism, gender, race, class, and disability.
We are looking for someone to step into the role of lead for the Dealers’ Room for WisCon 41, as part of the Concom. To fill this role you do not need to be local to Madison, but should be planning to attend WisCon 41. We particularly welcome volunteers from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized identities.
The Dealers’ Room Lead role involves some planning prior to the convention, doable in a few hours a month during March, April, and May. During that time, you would review applications from vendors as they come in, determine the final list of vendors from the applications you receive, and maintain a waitlist if necessary. The Dealers’ Room lead is also responsible for answering questions from potential vendors, assigning them tables, and confirming that all table fees and memberships have been processed by the payment deadline.
During the convention, the lead also needs to be on hand while vendors are loading in to the space (Friday 10am-2pm), as well as for opening and closing the Dealers’ Room space every day, for checking in throughout opening hours, and for being on hand as vendors load out from the space on Monday (after 2pm).
The Dealers’ Room lead is part of the WisCon Concom and is automatically eligible to opt for a WisCon membership rebate of 40% of the registration fee, meaning that if you register for WisCon as an adult, you can opt to receive $20 of your $50 membership back after the con ends.
If you are interested in joining the concom as the Dealers’ Room lead, please contact email@example.com
We’ll have thirty amazing vendors displaying their wares on nearly fifty tables this year in the Dealers’ Room. You’ll see your old favorite publishers and booksellers, as well as many new faces, bringing clothes, crafts, dolls, masks, jewelry, comics, accessories, and decorative arts for sale.
Want details? We’ve got details! Read on…
Creator of nerdy items including jewelry, keychains, plushies, and more from some of your favorites games, shows, movies, and other media.
An online comics artist who has been creating comics for over 10 years, and is currently publishing The Hues, a post-apocalyptic magical girl series. She takes custom commissions, and will also be bringing jewelry, prints, and posters.
Publishers of feminist science fiction and related titles, with emphasis on work that stretches the imagination and challenges readers.
Books: used, rare, and collectible. A large stock of hard covers and vintage paperbacks in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other interesting genres.
Broad Universe is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting women writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
The Crafty Dyborg
Bringing beautiful art to the masses, The Crafty Dyborg specialize in modular origami balls and lamps, but don’t be surprised to see wire jewelry or duct tape creations as well!
Darlene P. Coltrain
Fine art craft wearable art in fantasy, science fiction, and visionary themes. Sculptural lost wax cast jewelry in precious metals, beads — glass, gemstone, and natural materials — knotted on silk, and hand dyed & painted silk scarves. Some of the images on silk are also made available on greeting cards.
One of the oldest and largest science fiction specialty dealers in the world, with the largest and most diverse selection of books and ephemera found anywhere.
A comic creator with a focus on queer comics, his work includes Transposes, a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Transgender Non-Fiction, and Politically InQueerect: Old Ghosts and Other Stories. His comics have also appeared in QU33R (2014 Ignatz Award), No Straight Lines (2013 Lambda Literary Award), and the Beyond Anthology. His current project is Valley of the Silk Sky, a YA science fiction webcomic that features a cast with queer, asexual, and trans characters.
Frugal Muse Books
Sellers of all types of books, DVDs, and CDs serving the Madison science community for 17 years, as well as providing a home to the Madison Science Fiction book discussion group.
Sadly, Geekiana had to cancel this year!
Intensely geeky clothing and accessories designed and printed by a geek for geeks. Geekiana references TV, comics, movies, and geek culture. Each design is meant to be a beautiful, funny, or inspiring beacon to other fans and fan-friendly folk, with work that appeals across genders and ages.
Erika Hammerschmidt, author of the science fiction novel Kea’s Flight and other works, makes a wide variety of fantasy-style wire-wrapped gemstone jewelry. Pieces include crowns and tiaras, elf-earrings that make the ears look pointed, jeweled-dagger letter openers, gemstone chess sets, rings, earrings, and necklaces made with crystals, geodes, meteorites, and fossils.
A boutique publisher of exceptional LGBTQ fiction including science fiction and fantasy for YA and adult audiences. In its first 18 months, Interlude Press titles have garnered five Publishers Weekly starred reviews and kudos from the American Library Association’s GLBT Roundtable, Booklist magazine, Foreword Reviews, Library Journal and USA Today’s HEA book reviews. Three 2014 novels were finalists for five Foreword Indiefab Book of the Year Awards, including the winner of the Silver Indiefab for LGBT fiction. Rachel Davidson Leigh, author of the upcoming debut novel Hold, will be representing the press.
Lady Purl Designs
A geeky shop for knitters and fiber lovers. Yarns inspired by favorite fandoms and characters in geek culture, as well as sewn knitting accessories such as needle organizers and project bags with nerdy licensed fabrics. Lady Purl designs and sells original knitting patterns, all fandom inspired, and has recently fallen in love with making soap and lotion bars in geeky shapes.
Lioness: Ornament for People and Places
Named jewelry that may make you want to write things or make art or sing for joy. Shiny goodness. Inspiration and delight. The creator of the Tiptree tiara, Lioness jewelry has been used as inspiration by many writers.
Lampworked glass critters and wearable art. Using a torch, simple hand tools, heat, and gravity, Maggs works glass into fun sculptural critters and pendants, making everything from exotic space aliens with googly eyeballs and tentacles to delicate seahorses and goddess pendants — and she loves talking about the science and art of glass.
MLPoliceBox221BagEnd is devoted to expressing exactly what people love about their particular fandoms, and includes hand-knitted hats, scarves, and dolls inspired by fantasy, cult classic, gamer, and science fiction favorites.
Hand fabricated sterling silver jewelry incorporating a variety of interesting, beautiful stones, and including many pieces that lend themselves to story-telling.
Philip Kaveny Bookseller
Books of high quality in the area of science fiction criticism, feminist theory, and fantasy, as well as art and idea books.
An independent publisher that creates radical, feminist, and stimulating science fiction and nonfiction books, pamphlets, visual, and audio materials to entertain, educate, and inspire. PM Press aims to distribute important ideas and resources through every available channel with every available technology; they’re old enough to know what they’re doing and young enough to know what’s at stake.
Revolutionary Lemonade Stand
Clothing and gifts that are politically fresh and in season! Handmade peace and justice items including baby onesies, toddler, youth, and adult t-shirts, scarves, hats, cups, bags and totes, framed art, pillows & pillowcases, coasters, bandanas, bracelets, and more.
A Room of One’s Own
Madison’s independent bookstore, you can find them in the Dealers’ Room throughout the convention as well as in a beautiful new-and-used bookstore just a few blocks down State Street from the Concourse. RoOO provide people with great books by WisCon’s Guests of Honor, attending authors, and a variety of books discussed on panels and of interest to feminist SF/F lovers.
A fledgling publisher specializing in speculative fiction, comics, and a touch of crime fiction — all with a multicultural flair. Echoing a belief that talent does not inherently have a race, religion, gender, or region and that talent is everywhere, Rosarium combs the four corners of this globe to find it.
Sign Of The Unicorn
Hand-sculptured jewelry — mostly one-of-a-kind — designed in feminist, mythic, science fiction, and fantasy themes using lost-wax casting and incorporating sterling silver, bronze, 14k gold, and semi-precious stones, and including rings, earrings, and pendants in feminist designs. Additionally, Laurie Toby Edison’s books and photographs Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes, Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes, and Women of Japan, all works done in collaboration with social change activists and feminists, will be available.
Small Beer Press
Publishers of a few very good novels and short story collections every year, Small Beer Press also run a DRM-free indie ebooksite, weightlessbooks.com. This year we will publish WisCon GoH Sofia Samatar’s second novel, The Winged Histories, as well as books by Joan Aiken and Ursula K. Le Guin.
Strange Land Costuming
Tailor-for-hire with a focus on costumes and accessories, also selling fandom-related neckties, scarves, and hats, SLC is known for their line of Nerdy Neckties and specialty embroidery services. They also welcome clients who have been rejected by other less-experienced tailors for their size, and are eager to fit clients who wish to dress across gender lines.
Toot Sweet Ink
Woman-owned independent publishers crafting books with love who publish strong and unique voices in historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, contemporary fiction, and non-fiction.
20th Century Books
New and used books catering to WisCon-relevant interests and specializing in small press, comics, graphic novels, magazines, and fantasy related toys.
Twin Cities Speculations
“Welcome to Minnesota, where aliens go ice fishing, angels roam the streets of Minneapolis, and missing socks show up on a distant planet.” St. Paul authors, co-chairs of Geek Girl Brunch Twin Cities, and co-editors of HerStoryArc, Cecelia Isaac and Lindsey Loree will bring their recently published short story anthology Twin Cities Speculations, as well as Cecelia Isaac’s debut dragon infused fantasy novel Turquoiseblood. Who knows? Maybe you’ll discover something amazing from Minnesota 😉
White Hawk Press
This local Madison area publisher and literary resource will bring books of fantasy and science fiction, poetry, literary biography, and other interesting stuff. This year, under WordWiz4You, they will also offer spontaneous skiffy poems on demand!
Are you — or do you know — a bookseller, crafter, toymaker, artist, publisher, or other creator who would like to be a part of our Dealers’ Room?
WisCon’s Dealers’ Room is a marketplace of books, toys, posters, artwork, magazines, cards, jewelry, and all sorts of other science fiction and fantasy related merchandise as well as items relevant to explorations of feminism, gender, race, class, and disability. Books by WisCon authors and Guests of Honor are always available, so that attendees can purchase them during the convention to take to our Signout event.
Applications for tables are available now on the sf3.org website. Fill it out, or remind your favorite vendor to do so!
We’ll have a soft application deadline this year on March 15, when we will review all applications and make decisions regarding the amount of space we are able to award to everyone we accept. We’ll contact all applicants individually with the results of those decisions by March 30.
The form will stay open for late applicants through April 30, who will be added to our waitlist. Waitlisted applicants will be contacted if space becomes available due to cancellations or other changes — we want you there if it’s possible!
Of course, if your inventory is art of your own creation, you can also consider applying to be an exhibitor in our Art Show. Art Show items are sold by WisCon volunteers, so if selling things in person isn’t your style, it’s worth a try! There is no cost to exhibit art, but sales are subject to a small commission to defray WisCon’s costs. You can read more about the Art Show and how to submit your art at http://wiscon.net/events/art-show/
- contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- WisCon 41 deadline for applications: March 15, 2017
Our Dealers’ Room is a marketplace of books, toys, posters, artwork, magazines, cards, jewelry, and all sorts of other science fiction and fantasy related merchandise as well as items relevant to explorations of feminism, gender, race, class, and disability. Books by WisCon authors and Guests of Honor are always available, so that members can purchase them during the convention to take to our SignOut event.
Who are our vendors? Watch the blog for an announcement prior to the convention!
Our Dealers’ Room follows standard hours every year:
Friday 2 – 6 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Are you a bookseller, crafter, toymaker, publisher, or other creator who would like to be a part of our Dealers’ Room? Apply to be one of our vendors by using our application form, found on the SF3 website. Our application form will remain open for vendors who would like to be added to the Dealers’ Room waitlist until April 30.
Questions? Please contact us at the email address at the top of the page for more information.