This is one of those posts where I tell you what WinCon
is, and why you should go there. Mostly so that I can lay out my travel plans now. :D Here's the blurb from the website, so you don't have to click.
Wincon is a by the fans, for the fans operation. Our goal is to provide an annual multi-fandom gathering for fanfen and provide a safe space for women and under-represented fans of pop media in all it's infinite varieties (just like us) to come and meet, hang out, discuss their shows or fandoms, the fic written about them, the fanart made for them, party and have a good time. In other words, a giant slumber party where we can all do the fannish things we do online in person and in our pajamas (or whatever you feel like wearing!) No official personnel from any show or fandom is affiliated with this convention, nor will there be any appearances by any show actors, celebrities, writers, or other personnel.
It started out for the Supernatural fandom, and has now expanded. Last year was the first panfandom WinCon, and I think that it can be definitively said to have rocked. I had a blast, and I know a lot of other people did too. We had some wonkiness with the hotel, but it was sorted out pretty fairly, IMO. So far, I've yet to meet anyone there that I've had a personality clash with. The attendees are usually fun, enthusiastic and caring, and the conmods are incredibly
supportive. They work their asses off for us.
This year, WinCon is in New Orleans
. If you've never been there, I recommend going just for the city
. Hell, just go for the food and spend a week eating at different restaurants. It's amazing, you have no
idea. Add in the history and the culture, and even I (who kind of sort of hate cities) love visiting. It's one of those places that you really have to see to believe.
Apart from this specific city, WinCon does all sorts of things to keep you occupied. Apart from the panels, vidshow, tinhat pageant, crafts and drinking, there's generally groups of fen gathered around just chatting or writing (or drinking), people going out to eat/shop/be tourists (and drink), WinProm and a straggler's dinner. Usually there's karaoke and a ghost tour as well, though those haven't been announced yet. My usual group makes a habit of getting tattoos as well, so even if you don't want one you can always come and mock our pain.
Did I mention the drinking? Though if you're a teetotaler (for whatever reason), it's pretty much awesome either way. Last year I was barely ever blitzed, and I had a hard time telling the difference in terms of fun had, except at Bad Fic Idol. Drinking was sort of necessary for that. Speaking of (Bad) Fic Idol...
Idol is an annual WinCon event usually hosted by the lovely and talented missyjack
, and presided over by a panel of judges. In it, the putative author write a fic of 1000 words or less. This fic must be the most terrible
thing ever scribed. My winning (preen) entry last year can be found here
. (Warning: Fic may include ponies.) This fic is then given over for a public reading and even more public judgment. The worst fic wins. In addition to that gem, last year's contestants included two different version of angels laying eggs, dolphin porn and llamas. The only rule is always warn for leopard sex
. Naturally, there is usually unwarned-for leopard sex. If you would like to see a typical reaction, this vid here
WinCon is a miracle of conventions. It's small, and almost never really has booths or the like, but it's much less rushy. If you can only take one trip a year (like me), try to make it that one. ( Now for the personal Wincon stuff )( And here is personal non-Wincon stuff )