This is just a notice to let Dealer’s Room applicants know that confirmations will go out by end of day central time March 8th.
There are a lot of things to enjoy at a convention — seeing old friends, making new friends, discovering new authors, and having a few days away from the rest of the world. But there’s also the shopping. 😀 Without further ado, the vendors who will be joining us in the Dealers’ Room this year:
- Angry Fox – Anime stuff, keychains, charms, pride stuff, figures, plushes, cat ears, artist goods, snacks.Unfortunately, Angry Fox can’t join us this year. We’ll see them next year.
- Aqueduct Press – We publish feminist science fiction that stretches the imagination.
- Book Lynx – Recent and vintage used SF, fantasy and cool books.
- Charles Ott– Author.
- Craft Brewed Suds – Handmade bath and body products for lovers of laughter, word nerds, and the geekily inclined!
- Darlene P. Coltrain – Fine art craft jewelry in precious metals, precious and semi precious gemstones, and hand painted silk in fantasy and science fiction themes. I also have greeting cards featuring those silk paintings and the art of past WisCon artist guest of honor, Steven Vincent Johnson.
- DC in 2021 Worldcon Bid – We are bidding to bring the Worldcon in 2021 to Washington, DC.
Dottie and Dad Soap Makers – Dottie and Dad Soap Makers make high quality glycerin soaps that are unscented, paraben and sulfate free, and packaged in home compostable cellophane. Their designs range from elegant to whimsical and include fantasy creatures, gay pride soaps, and other themes that would tend to appeal to the WisCon crowd.Unfortunately, Dottie and Dad can’t join us this year. Hopefully they can make it next year.
- Dragon Abbey Jewelry Design – Hand made jewelry in a variety of materials including wire, stones, and glass.
- Dylan Edwards – I sell book collections of my queer and trans comics, including sci-fi/fantasy, non-fiction, and contemporary fiction. I also sell my all-ages monster artwork, Feeping Creatures. This includes original art and sculpture, enamel pins, jewelry, and clothing.
- F-BOM – F-BOM stands for “Feminist Book of the Month”. We are an online membership platform that lifts up the voices of indie SFF authors who identify as women. Our members get exclusive editions of each book we feature. Do you want to support more diversity in the SFF Genre? Join Today!
- GlitterShip – GlitterShip is a small magazine and publisher which sells anthologies of LGBTQ short stories as well as related queer books by authors in attendance.
- Frugal Muse Books – Frugal Muse is a brick and mortar store entering its 25th year of business in Madison. We have hundreds of thousands of books on every subject.
- Kat’s Magical Creations – Formerly known as Fused Glass by Kathie, I create and sell fused glass jewelry and gift items, along with acrylic and oil paintings. My jewelry has won Best Jewelry at last year’s Windycon in the Chicago area.
- Kinda Nerdy Housewife – Howdy! I’m a kinda nerdy crafter who makes pixel art with fuse beads! My wares include both fan art and original pieces. I make bead sprites, bows, pins, magnets, wall art, and coasters – all of which are lovingly hand-crafted one fuse bead at a time!
- Let’s Be Legendary Podcast – We are an actual play queer focused Dungeons and Dragons podcast with a focus on storytelling and character development. Set in a wild west steampunk fantasy setting, our story currently follows a werewolf-shifter nonbinary gunslinger and a bisexual grave domain cleric of the god of death. The podcast is audio based however we have worked hard to bring in the visual element with beautifully done artwork and supplemental writing, through our online presence. We strive to tell the stories that we wished we would have had when we were growing up!Portable table, just outside the main Dealers’ Room.
- Lioness: ornament for people and places – Art jewelry (a.k.a. the shinies) with names, often used as inspiration by writers and other artists. Also offers grab bags of jewelry and components, and an anthology of written works inspired by the jewelry (“Glass Bead Games”). If you like the Tiptree tiara, this is where to find other such items by the person who made it and donated it for use in the Tiptree awards.
- Maps and Scraps – I make bags, blankets and other goods from T-shirts, remnants and a unique mix of textiles. Each piece is one of a kind and quality made.
- O Human Star – Blue Delliquanti is a cartoonist and the creator of the webcomic O Human Star and the graphic novel Meal (published by Iron Circus Comics).
- The Black Sheep’s Friend – I sew and machine embroider home items, jewelry, bags, patches, and more! Custom commissions are also available.
- Ooooh Pretties – I hand-craft jewelry using beautiful and interesting stones. My work ranges from simple beading to larger hand-fabricated pieces with something for every budget.
- Owl Post Greetings – Handmade greeting cards, vinyl decals and gifts inspired by fandom and fantasy.
- Penguin & Pear – Penguin & Pear is a creative, fun business that enjoys sarcasm, adventure, and wit. We offer a variety of items, including tee shirts, tote bags, can coolers, decorative items, and more.
- PM Press – PM Press is an independent publisher of fiction and nonfiction books and media to educate, entertain, and inspire!
- Posh Geekery – Posh Geekery is all about expressing your fandom with style. We specialize in resin jewelry and can create custom items. Our current best sellers are book lockets that have a permanent and durable resin finish.
- Rad Magpie & Speculative Literature Foundation – Rad Magpie’s mission is to support underrepresented creators and radical interactive media.
We Enable development through funds, equipment and space.
We Mentor for success, to send strong developers and leaders into the community to create and make bold change.
We Champion these radical, diverse projects in an industry that desperately needs them.
Speculative Literature Foundation’s mission is to promote literary quality in speculative fiction.
- A Room Of One’s Own Bookstore – A Room Of One’s Own is a WisCon partner, hosting our Guest of Honor reception Thursday night, and endeavoring to carry titles from as many authors in attendance as possible. It’s a special place, and the Dealers’ Room recommends that you visit them both at the convention and in person at their bookstore, just a few blocks from the hotel.
- Rosarium Publishing – Rosarium Publishing is a five-year-old venture, specializing in comics and science fiction with a multicultural flair.
- r. r. campbell – r. r. campbell is an author, editor, and the founder of the Writescast Network, a podcast collective for writers, by writers. His sci-fi debut, IMMINENT DAWN, is the first installment in the epic EMPATHY science fiction saga. NYT-bestselling author Matt Forbeck has hailed IMMINENT DAWN as “an incisive techno-thriller that gets more tense with every page,” and author M.A. Hinkle has called it “freaking sci-fi GAME OF THRONES.”
- SeWeird Galactic Accessories – One stop cosmic shop for out of this world items of holding. Each piece is handpainted, unique, and made of durable canvas. They are water and stain resistant, washable, and sewn with original patterns.
- Artwork by Shauna Aura Knight – Shauna Aura Knight’s artwork is inspired by the stories of heroes and magic, of myth and mysticism, gods and goddesses, fairytales and fantasy. Her paintings use lush colors, metallic paint, and raised textures that include acrylic paint, textured paper, and jewels. Her imagery includes swords, angels, butterflies, keys, crowns, the tree of life, dragons, unicorns, phoenixes, ravens, wolves, stags, roses, dragonflies, and much more. As both an artist and an author, her work is inspired by shadow work and personal transformation.
- Sign of the Unicorn – My hand-sculptured jewelry (mostly one-of-a-kind) is designed in feminist, mythic, science fiction and fantasy themes. The technique is lost-wax casting; the materials are sterling silver, bronze, 14k gold, and semi-precious stones. The jewelry includes a group of rings, earrings and pendants in feminist designs.
In addition, I am showing and selling both the books and the photographs of Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes and Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes, and my photography project Women of Japan (all works done in collaboration with social change activists and feminists).
- Small Beer Press – Small Beer Press is an independent publisher based in Western Massachusetts.
- tentacle-made studios – tentacle-made studios is a mixed media, conceptual art and illustration studio specializing in Participatory Culture and narrative pieces in a variety of mediums from purely illustrative works to small-scale sculpture to buttons.
Dealers’ Room Coordinator
There are a lot of things to enjoy at a convention — seeing old friends, making new friends, discovering new authors, and having a few days away from the rest of the world. But, be honest, the shopping is a major part of it. Online shopping cannot compare to actually seeing, touching, and smelling the goods.
And we have the goods! The vendors who will be with us this year are below. Enjoy the con!
20th Century Books :: New and used books, magazines, graphic novels, comics and fantasy-related toys.
A Room of One’s Own Bookstore :: A Room of One’s Own is Madison’s local independent bookstore, serving the WisCon community for over 40 years! A few years ago we moved our store from its former location to combine with Avol’s Used Books, and can now be found at 315 W Gorham Street.
Abby Howard :: I create the webcomics Junior Scientist Power Hour and The Last Halloween, the latter of which recently had a Kickstarter for a huge and beautiful book. I create webcomics and enjoy researching ancient beasts in my spare time.
Alex Heberling :: Alex Heberling draws comics and puts them on the internet. Creator of the magical girl webcomic “The Hues”.
Aqueduct Press :: We publish feminist science fiction & fantasy & books about feminist science fiction & fantasy as well as the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
Armory Quest :: We specialize in high quality foam weapons, swords, and masks. All of our products are made for all ages and abilities.
Asha’s Homemade Candles :: I hand pour all natural soy wax candles. I’m inspired by finding scents that remind me of my favorite fictional places and characters. I love mixing candle making with all things geek by finding ways to tie fragrances in with my favorite shows in clever ways! Currently I have candles from many fandoms including: Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of Rings, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Firefly and more!
Book Lynx :: We sell used, rare and vintage SF, fantasy and other books.
Broad Universe :: Broad Universe is a group of women-oriented (not necessarily female) fantasy and science fiction writers. The group promotes our books, and the table will sell members’ books.
Clipped Arts :: Clipped Arts creates a variety of unique items, most which are made from and centered around found objects—especially items which may be overlooked or thrown away. Note card sets, magnets, small mixed-media drawings, and coasters are made from old maps, sheet music, Calvin and Hobbes books, as well as other children’s stories and books of interest. Carefully chosen charms and beads adorn dangle-style earrings. Tiny origami paper cranes can be found inside corked glass bottle ornaments, on jewelry, and inside a gumball-style toy dispensing machine.
DreamHaven Books :: One of the oldest and largest Science Fiction/Fantasy specialty bookstores in the world, now celebrating its 40th year.
Dylan Edwards :: Dylan Edwards is a queer trans artist who creates comics focusing on LGBTQIA+ themes. Notable works include Transposes, Valley of the Silk Sky, Politically InQueerect, and QAT Person. His all-ages monster creations, Feeping Creatures, include handmade art and figurines, jewelry, onesies, and other accessories.
Frugal Muse Books :: We’re a Madison based brick and mortar book store that has supported the local science fiction community since 1994. We hold a monthly SF book discussion and offer new and used books.
Fused Glass by Kathie :: I create one-of-a-kind Fused Glass jewelry and mixed media Fused Glass and Metal wall hangings I call my Tiny Universes. Fused Glass inspires me. It’s about mixing varying shapes and colors of glass, often combining dichroic glass with textured glass to get a 3D effect and not knowing what the result will be until I open up that kiln door. And when it works, it’s glorious. When I look into the depths of the dichroic I see a myriad of colors, enough to fill a universe…at least a Tiny Universe.
Geekery Gal :: Geekery Gal Jewelry and Sass lovingly recycles old comics and other materials into wearable art. 10 percent of all sales go to charity. We also design personalized items for cosplayers and undercover geeks who want just a little geek in their bling.
Ginger Kitten Enterprises :: Ginger Kitten Enterprises is run by Sarah, a mixed-media artist, and sells art for display, as well as jewelry and accessories like magnets, planters, keychains, and more!
The Heathersmith :: 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.
Holly Morningstar Art & Illustration :: Holly Morningstar creates fantastical feminist watercolor paintings rooted in symbolism derived from fairy tales, mythology, and pop culture. Her work focuses on feminine empowerment, sexual liberation, and thriving with disabilities.
Jo Edits :: I am offering my editing service as well as sell writing critiques and quick edits to any interested parties. I’m an editor with twelve years of experience in a number of genres–SF, fantasy, horror, and mostly romance these days. I’m the editor of WisCon Chronicles 7: Shattering Ableist Narratives and dedicated to helping writers of all backgrounds, particularly those who are marginalized. I’ve also taught at the writer’s workshop from 2011-2014.
Lethe Press, Inc. :: We are a queer and speculative fiction press that has been in business since 2001. We hope to provide an outlet for authors wherever they might be in the gender and sexuality spectrum. Our books have won numerous Lambda Literary Awards and the Shirley Jackson Award; our titles have also been finalists for the Andre Norton Award, the Golden Crown Literary Award, and the World Fantasy Award.
Lioness: ornament for people and places :: Shinies! So many shinies! Necklace-crowns, earrings, pendants, necklace, and other named jewelry, some bead and charm assortments, and copies of the anthology “Glass Bead Games” containing stories inspired by the shinies.
Mama’s Minstrel :: Mama’s Minstrel offers spiritual growth workshops, retreats, keynotes, and the sale of my book and my CD. Copies of my book “The World is Your Oracle,” just published by Fair Winds Press, will be for sale, as well as “World is Your Oracle” t-shirts, and CDs of “Chants for the Queen of Heaven,” a recording of Goddess chants from around the world.
Maps and scraps :: We make unique sewn goods from repurposed t-shirts, jeans, and other fabrics. We strive to make each item special. Frequent themes are rock bands, nerdy stuff like Doctor Who and superheroes.
Nerdtastic :: Nerdtastic specializes in handmade jewelry, bath and body products with a pop culture inspiration.
O Human Star :: O Human Star is a science fiction LGBT comic serialized online since 2012.
Oooh Pretties :: Handmade sterling silvery jewelry with amazing stones, ranging from small, simple bead work to larger hand fabricated pieces with something for every budget.
Other Side Press :: Melanie Gillman is a nonbinary graphic novelist who specializes in positive YA comics for queer and trans young readers. They’re the creator of the Eisner- and Ignatz-nominated webcomic “As the Crow Flies”, which follows a group of LGBTQ teens who meet in a Christian youth camp. In addition, they are a co-editor of “The Other Side: An Anthology of Queer Paranormal Romance” and the writer of the “Steven Universe” comics series, published by Boom Studios. They currently live in Tulsa, OK, where they are a 2017-2018 fellow in the Tulsa Artist Fellowship program.
Rosarium Publishing :: Rosarium Publishing is a fledgling publisher (est. 2013) specializing in speculative fiction and comics—all with a multicultural flair. We simply believe that talent does not inherently have a gender, race, religion, or region; talent is everywhere, and we will comb the four corners of this globe to find it. We like to be crazy, wild, provocative. We also like to chill, and there’s never a moment where you won’t find us laughing. If you try to paint us in a corner, we’ll go all TAKI 183 on you and cover it with graffiti. We say that we’re here to “introduce the world to itself,” so you never know where you’ll find us.
Semi-Precious Therapy :: Hand-made jewelry featuring a variety of materials, including semi-precious gemstones, crystal, glass, silver, and copper. Custom orders are also available.
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 :: Small Beer Press publishes short story collections, novels, and translations, and twice a year, a paper zine, LCRW. This year we will publish Sofia Samatar, Christopher Rowe, Lydia Millet, Juan Martinez, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Kij Johnson, among others.
Unlikely Heroes Studios :: An independent comic book company with a team spread out all over America. They create, print, and publish high-quality comics. Their current piece de resistance is Super!, which follows a ragtag team of amateur heroes as they struggle to make a name for themselves in a universe dominated by more popular, established teams. The group is led officially by Max, the billionaire inventor bankrolling the team, but the true leadership lies within Blitz, the daughter of a hero aspiring to be great in her own right. In the grand tradition of “The Venture Bros.” and “Mystery Men”, “SUPER!” is a loving homage to the genre that knows when to laugh at itself and isn’t afraid to poke fun at comic tropes along the way.
We’re sorry to share that Dealers’ Room favorite PM Press aren’t able to join us this year after all. They sent this message to WisCon:
If you and those you know that will miss us this year, want the consolation of cheap browsing on our website instead (a paltry second best, I know), if you use the coupon code FOPM at the checkout page, it’ll automatically apply a 50% discount to your entire order. There’s no minimum order as such, and that code can be used multiple times. So please feel free to share it with any/all deserving Wisconites…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
Here you will find descriptions of and links to many of the fine dealers you would have found in a physical dealer’s room this year. It is our plan to have a physical dealer’s room at a physical convention actually in Madison in 2021, with as many of these dealers as will have us, plus more!
Alex Heberling is the author of The Hues, a modern magical girl series that takes place in Columbus, and follows a group of super powered teenage girls who fight invading aliens.
Annette Laing is an academic historian turned MG/YA author of The Snipesville Chronicles (“Clever and Charming Time-Travel Adventure”–Kirkus Reviews). Dealing unblinkingly with race, class, and gender, Annette’s books are also engaging and entertaining, and she has won praise for connecting young and adult audiences to a relevant past, both through the writing, and as a practitioner of non-boring history in schools around the U.S.
Rosarium Publishing specializes in comics and science fiction with a multicultural flair. As we like to say, whoever you are, you’re in Rosarium.
O Human Star
Blue Delliquanti is the author of several graphic novels, including O Human Star and Meal, and their work has appeared in comic anthologies including New World and FTL Y’All.
Queen of Swords Press
Queen of Swords is a small genre fiction press based in Minneapolis and run by Catherine Lundoff (longtime convention attendee and program participant). We publish multiple titles that include fantasy, horror and steampunk and our authors include Alex Acks and A.J. Fitzwater, as well as Catherine herself. We’ll be releasing a new title by A.J. Fitzwater in 2020.
D. Lieber—Urban Fantasy Author
D. writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University. When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, watching anime, Korean television, Bollywood, or old movies.
PM Press is an independent, radical publisher of books and media to educate, entertain, and inspire. Founded in 2007 by a small group of people with decades of publishing, media, and organizing experience, PM Press amplifies the voices of radical authors, artists, and activists. Our aim is to deliver bold political ideas and vital stories to all walks of life and arm the dreamers to demand the impossible. We have sold millions of copies of our books, most often one at a time, face to face. We’re old enough to know what we’re doing and young enough to know what’s at stake. Join us to create a better world.
Aqueduct Press publishes feminist sf and fantasy.
Frugal Muse Books
In business for 25 years with a large section of all books, we host the SF3 monthly book discussion and have been selling at WisCon for many years.
F-BOM, or “Feminist Book of the Month”, is a sci-fi, fantasy and feminist book club.
L.A. Wasielewski–Fantasy Author
L.A.Wasielewski is a gamer, nerd, baseball fan (even though the Brewers make it very difficult sometimes), and mom. When she’s not writing, she’s blasting feral ghouls and super mutants in the wastelands, baking and cooking, and generally being a smart-ass. She’s very proud of the fact that she has survived several years with two drum kits in the house–and still has most ofher hearing intact.
N E Riggs
Fantasy and science-fiction novels.
Haymarket Books is a radical, non-profit publisher of books on a wide range of social justice themes. We aim to connect activists, critical scholars, and general readers with the ideas they need in the struggle for a better world.
A Room Of One’s Own
Special note: Books especially recommended for WisCONline folks!
A Room of One’s Own Bookstore has been a fixture in downtown Madison, Wisconsin since 1975. Room offers a wide selection of current and classic fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, local interest titles, gifts, toys, and greeting cards. We also have strong children’s and young adult, women’s studies and LGBTQ fiction and nonfiction sections. We are proud to be a central part of Madison’s women’s community, and our roots in Madison’s feminist community go deep. Our store has given us the opportunity to provide a meeting place, event forum, and safe space. We are happy to host community events. We are happy to be able to offer e-books, digital audiobooks through Libro.fm and web orders for in-store pickup or mail delivery through our website! Please note that our website does not reflect our in-store stock: please call us at (608) 257-7888 to find out if we have the title (new or used) that you would like.
Jewelry and Clothing
I hand-craft jewelry using beautiful and interesting stones. My work ranges from simple beading to larger hand-fabricated pieces with something for every budget.
Barbz.net fashions bags, purses and wallets using repurposed textiles. Every item is handmade by Barb and unique. Barb uses whatever she feels like using in the moment to make her creations.
The Black Sheep’s Friend
I create machine embroidered and quilted accessories and home items, specializing in geeky, punny, and cute designs. Custom and commissioned items are welcome. Keep an eye out for a sale on Instagram Memorial Day weekend!
Dragon Abbey Jewelry Design
Hand made jewelry in a variety of styles and materials, but leaning heavily towards wire, semi-precious stones, and high quality Czech glass.
Nightengale Needles LLC
Handmade plush, scarves, hats, hoods, and other fabric based goods. We make a special focus on LGBTQA+ Pride items in addition to our original and fan creations.
SeWeird Galactic Accessories
SeWeird is your one stop cosmic shop for all your nerdy needs!
Kat’s Magical Creations
Kat’s Magical Creations features Fused Glass Jewelry and other magical Fused Glass items. Kat’s Magical Jewelry is created from discarded fairy wings, dragon scales, and other bewitching found objects. As you know, fairies, like other magical creatures, regularly shed their wings and grow a new pair. What to do with the discarded wings and such? How about making beautiful jewelry infused with magic? The objects are gathered, sprinkled with pixie dust, blessed by a wizard with healing powers, and turned to glass with dragon fire with the help of a real dragon. Kat likes to use Zembynth, the Reader, a fine dragon by any standard with a wicked sense of humor, although he does have an odd habit of devouring Harry Potter books. Once Kat has the magical glass, she carefully turns it into jewelry. The magical jewelry promises to make you more handsome or beautiful, more clever, smarter, richer, protect you from nasty hobgoblins and greedy leprechauns, help you find true love, promote a long life, and give you a fine head of hair.
Lioness: ornament for people and places
Quirky, mysterious, exuberant, or haunting, these one-of-a-kind named art jewelry pieces can bring a little extra touchstone of wonder along with you wherever you wear them. They may also inspire you to write or make other art. (It’s been known to happen. References available on request.)
Archimedes Azure Creations
Archimedes Azure Creations is the creative outlet of Jenn Dunigan, a crafter, jack of all trades, with a background in cosplay and theatrical costuming. Jenn specializes in steampunk, fantasy, Sci-fi and whimsical jewelry and hair accessories. As apprentice to Renaissance Bronze by Brazin’ Lady Torchworks, Jenn carries an exclusive selection of circlets, jewelry, sculpture, hair accessories, and wearable art.
Art and Comics
I am a small business artist who creates art to sell! It comes in many forms: prints, stickers, keychains, hand painted items, pins, patches and more! Ashes also does commissions– take a look at what she has and then contact her!
Caramel Comics is an illustration studio run by Carmen E. Schwierking. We focus on art based on nature, both real and fantasy, and the queer experience. Our motto is “A Little Art For Everyone.”
Payton Francis is a comic artist and illustrator. She creates diverse stories and comics, mostly focused around fantasy and LGBT characters. She also creates art prints and other merchandise, including stickers, charms, and pins. She will also be offering hand drawn commissions.
Unlikely Heroes Studios/Ginger Kitten Enterprises
Unlikely Heroes Studios is an independent comic book company with a team spread out all over America. They create, print, and publish high-quality comics. Ginger Kitten Enterprises is the art of Sarah White. I create accessories from beads, clay, and other media as well as 2D art.
Dylan Edwards Comics and Art
I create comics with queer and trans themes in a variety of genres, including sci-fi fantasy, contemporary fiction, and non-fiction/autobiographical. Most of my comics are appropriate for ages 13+.
My Feeping Creatures monster artwork focuses on fantastical or biological themes, and is all-ages. These are usually standalone pieces in various media, including polymer clay sculpture, drawings, paintings, enamel pins, buttons, stickers, and other accessories. There are also some comics and zines.
Berry Blitz Studio
Cute and colorful vector art inspired by video games and Japanese culture, featured on prints, buttons, stickers, and enamel pins.
I’m a fantasy illustrator from Chicago. While my focus mainly has been on 2D illustrations and prints, I’ve recently been venturing out into expanding into stickers, pins, and patches.
Erin Mehlos is a largely self-taught independent comic artist and publisher, primarily creating frontier fantasy serial Next Town Over, and curating the Poor Wayfaring Strangers anthology.
Jennifer Stolzer Illustration
Author Illustrator Jennifer Stolzer sells original Scifi/Fantasy work, Picture Books, and prints of her artwork both original and fanart.
Amy and Chris are independent card game developers that operate from a cozy Midwestern town. Our first game, StoneRow, has simple rules, creative art, and a fun theme that can be enjoyed again and again.
Fabulous and hard to characterize
Everything they have is laser cut and laser engraved. Color and assembly done by hand! Items include charms, earrings, plaques, coasters, dice, games, gaming accessories and SO MUCH MORE! They take commissions, too!
Since 1977, the UW System Office of the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian (GWSL) has been one of the premier resources for support of gender, women’s studies, feminist, and LGBTQ+ scholarship and librarianship. The GWSL provides research and curriculum assistance, information sharing, and advocacy related to the fields of women’s, gender, feminism, and LGBTQ+ studies and to students, researchers, and citizens near and far. We value and affirm the role that libraries and knowledge play in the empowerment of people in our community and beyond. Through local, national, and international partnerships, we aim to provide relevant, feminist resources, skills, and support to those researching and working to improve the lives of women and girls throughout the world.
Let’s Be Legendary Podcast
Let’s Be Legendary is an actual play Dungeons and Dragons podcast. Set in a steampunk wild west world setting, we follow the story of two bounty hunters who fell in love and now wander the district catching those with prices on their heads. Talia, a half-werewolf gunslinger, is on a quest for justice as she searches for the murderers that destroyed her village. Seline, the grave cleric of the god of death, learns she possesses a mysterious power that opened a door into another realm. The world around them is weird and wild, fraught with danger and people out to destroy the very fabric of existence. Let’s Be Legendary is a LGBTQ+ focused podcast featuring a cast of queer characters and a crew of queer players. We tell the stories we wished we’d had when we were growing up, where we could see ourselves as heroes. So come along with us as we explore the Feywild West and what it means to be Legendary!
Want to Become a WisCon Dealer?
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 the application form below. You can also contact us at email@example.com.
Applications for space in the WisCon Dealers’ Room will be accepted through February 15 each year. This form will remains open for vendors who wish to be added to the Dealers’ Room waitlist. Applications made beginning April 1 are rolled over to the following WisCon.
All vendors will be notified of their status by March 1 March 8 prior to the upcoming convention.
No payment for tables is required until you have been notified that you have been awarded space in the Dealers’ Room; payment details will be communicated at that time. Payment is due by April 1 to retain table space.
Table payments do not include convention registration fees, which are required to remain in the Dealer’s Room during the open hours of the convention. You are asked to register by May 15 so that we can provide you with a printed badge, however, registration fees may be paid at any time, including at the door.
Refunds and cancellations
If your Dealers’ Room application is approved but your circumstances change in a way that will not allow you to attend WisCon as a vendor, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Refunds for Dealers’ Room reservation fees are available until May 1. After that deadline, you may apply your fee to a space in the Dealer’s Room the following year, or transfer your reservation to another vendor. Convention registration fees are refundable until May 15.
The UPS Store will set up shop at the Concourse on Monday for all your shipping needs.
Packing and shipping service will be available on Monday from 9 am to 3 pm to ship your art show and dealers’ room purchases safely home. The UPS Store is a locally owned and operated shipping and packing store. We work with UPS, DHL, and the US Postal Service (but not FedEx). We are professional packers and have professional-grade boxes and packing materials. Our computer software helps us choose the best carrier for your shipment based on its weight, dimensions, and its destination zip code. We are experienced in book conventions and know how to best get your purchases to your destination.
Please note. You do not need to provide a box for your materials. We prefer to package all items at our retail store, and will not bring packing materials to the convention.
Reminders: It is always more economical to ship to a business rather than to a residential address. The business has to be in a commercial building; businesses in homes do not qualify for the commercial rates. All carriers except the U.S. Post Office include $100 of insurance and tracking capabilities. We highly recommend going with that type of carrier.
Visit our website at http://www.theupsstorelocal.com/0704/ or call us to get more information at (608) 833-7447. We are looking forward to meeting and working with you over Memorial Day weekend!
–Shannan Bogle, The UPS Store, Ondana Rd, Madison, WI