Elizabeth and Kori are back having recovered from post-con crud after an amazing weekend at ClexaCon! We’re talking cons, from the highs of ClexaCon to the weekend debacle of Universal FanCon, and what to and not to do.
*Editor’s Note: With new information available, we’d like to correct what we’d initially reported for the WICOMICON pop-up event. Universal FanCon attendees with proof of ticket will only be charged $5 for admission.
Below are the tweets and threads mentioned in the podcast, and we’d like to encourage you to take a look at the vendors we’ve posted on The Fandomentals twitter account. Please support them if you can after this trying weekend!
— The Nerds of Color (@TheNerdsofColor) April 21, 2018
Our official statement on the status of Universal FanCon, including FAQ can be found at: https://t.co/Q17gkWzko7
— FanCon (@UniversalFanCon) April 21, 2018
The line we were given was essentially ‘we couldn’t give you the Con we imagined so we bailed’
And that is hurting a LOT of people. Because what about the con we were thinking of? The small nerdy con that was going to be the blerdest twitter meet ever?
— 35 yrs of Bitchcraft&Niggatry (@ArnicaxRoss) April 21, 2018
I’m having an increasingly difficult time seeing a world in which FanCon is able to provide the experience they promised people who bought tickets at any time. I hope I’m wrong. I’m still rooting for this con.
— Jeremy Whitley @ MomoCon (@jrome58) April 21, 2018
So, Thai Pham who was until today listed as VP of Conventions Operation and Entertainment on the #FanCon site actually has a history of running kickstarters for cons that never happen.
— Jaz (@jazmine_joyner) April 21, 2018
I shelled out $2,362.18 to build a civic engagement booth for #UniversalFanCon that would allow participants to register to vote, recruit their networks and other civic engagement activities
— L. Joy Williams (@ljoywilliams) April 20, 2018
UPDATE: Wellllp it’s looking like these two events are definitely linked, thanks to this little mishap in the questionnaire that #UniversalFanCon sent out to all of its guests, GOOD LORDT
If you were a guest, you were most likely emailed this exact formhttps://t.co/DKMQkd5gFW
— Jonna 🦎 (@jonnabutts) April 22, 2018
Ladies First Looks at WLW Film
Elizabeth is back from the Canadian wilderness and joins Kori in a look at wlw film including Fingersmith, Tipping the Velvet, and Appropriate Behavior. Also, relationship tropes.
It’s So Bad It’s Good on The Fandomentalist
- 0:00 – Intro & fandom news 11/5
- 18:30 – Movies so bad they’re good
- 34:40 – The damsel in distress trope
- 56:20 – TV shows so bad they’re good
- Fuller House Reviews
- The Fandomentalist Defends Hate-Watching
- Live and Let Die: A Recap
- How Did This Get Made: A View to a Kill
- Getting There Takes us for a Ride
- Getting There – a queer, indie romcom
- Holiday in the Sun – A Nerdy Feminist Viewing
- Attack of the Clones is the Best Prequel & Ironic Enjoyment
- Fandomentals+ live hangout: Turf Wars
Write To Survive Podcast: Halloween Spooktacular II feat. Nina Alvarez
Light the pumpkins, spice the cider, and get ready for two hours of spooky, scary goodness!
First, Dan and Brigid discuss the War on Halloween and how they’re celebrating the auspicious day.
Then, an interview with Nina Alvarez from Cosmographia books on her newly curated collection: “Early American Gothic: Stories and Poems.” They discuss her work as an indie publisher, what Cosmographia’s “By Candlelight” series is, and just what the word “gothic” even means!
Finally, a good mix publication opportunities for writers of a more horrific persuasion, including a particularly “ruff” one for LGBT writers!
And, as a bonus, the hosts have recorded some of their favorite bits of poetry and fiction for you to enjoy throughout the episode, so be sure to listen to every spine-tingling second!
0:00- Spooky Celebrations: Samhain and the War on Halloween
- Article on the celebration, not the demon, Samhain
20:41- Brigid reads “Ghost House” by Robert Frost
Music: Nocturne in C sharp minor ‘Lento con gran espressione’, B. 49 (Op. posth.) by Frédéric Chopin, performed by Aya Higuchi, used under Creative Commons
22:44- Interview w/ Nina Alvarez from Cosmographia Books
- Cosmographia Books
- Early American Gothic: Stories and Poems
- Cosmographia on Twitter
- Cosmographia on Facebook
87:33- Dan reads Poem 670 (“One need not be a Chamber—to be Haunted—”) by Emily Dickinson
Background Sound: “Atmosphere Horror-4” by julius_galla via freesound.com
88:44- Discussion of Publishing & Publishing Opportunities
Requirements: We want your witch stories! Though they do not necessarily have to be female-centric, they do need to be tales of powerful, unique beings. Remember, this is a horror anthology, so while you can have elements of other genres, we want to be scared.
Reprints: Yes, but it will be $25 token payment.
Length: short stories up to 5,000 words
Payment: 0.02/word & contributor copy
Deadline: December 31, 2018.
Requirements: Whether your werewolves are in space, school, or ruffing it in the outdoors, it doesn’t matter to us! We are looking for stories that span genres and tones. Your werewolves may be moody or the life of the party. All that matters is that they are openly queer and that there is an engaging story around them to be told.
Content creators do not need to identify as queer and/or LGBT+, however preference will be given to own voices and/or LGBT+ creators.
- Short Fiction: 1,000-2,000 words is the preferred length and we will not accept any piece over 3,250 words.
- Comics: Comic pitches require a 1-3 paragraph synopsis, creator bio, and links to the artist’s portfolio (if applicable). Comics may be a maximum of 8 pages long. Creators can submit up to 3 pitches.
Payment: Rates may change depending on Kickstarter funding.
- Comic Script – $10 CAD/page
- Comic Art – $50 CAD/page
- Short Stories – $0.07 CAD/word
Requirements: An integral part of the writings of H.P. Lovecraft dealt with forays into, and results from explorations of, a dream realm. We want you to tell us more about those realms, but we want the stories to be true to the Lovecraft ideas.
Length: Stories must be between 3000 and 7500 words (query for longer) and double-spaced, 12 pt New Roman Font. We prefer paragraph indents to tabs.
Payment: Payment will be a contributor copy of the book and $25.00 per story regardless of word count
Requirements: The story was originally (or will be) published in a 2018 anthology, single author collection, magazine, or online magazine. Self-published anthologies and collections are acceptable as well.
Deadline: December 31, 2018.
Length: Up to 6000 words. Word count is flexible and longer works will be considered but please note the max payment is $60.00.
Payment: 1 cent a word for reprint rights. ($60 max)
122:00: Celia reads from Chapter 5 0f 𝘍𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘪𝘯; 𝘰𝘳, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘰𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘯 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘶𝘴 by Mary Shelley
Music: “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel BarberIntro Music: “Halloween” by Keshco, used under Creative Commons