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WinCon Vid Show #10 Round-up

Here it is: the 10th Annual WinCon Vid Show! Man, it's hard to believe Wincon was only two weeks ago - it feels like it's been ages! What better way to relive the magic than by rewatching some of your favorite vids from the vid show? Just like always, We had some amazing vids submitted this year in several different fandoms and I had an amazing time viewing them with you all. Thanks again to all the talented folks who contributed your work!

The links are below, so if you liked a vid, please go to the individual posts and give the artists some love! I'm still uploading the iso for the full vid show, so check back in a couple days for that link! Otherwise, please let me know if any of the links don't work!

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BrynEnabler (gigglingkat)

Post-WinCon Friending Meme

I CAN'T BELIEVE WINCON IS OVER! I swear, every year it feels like the weekend goes by faster and faster...

Before this weekend becomes even more of a blur than it already is, let's exchange some information!

I suggest copying and pasting the coding in the text box, but please feel free to omit anything you don't want to share, or add anything relevant. (Especially identifying details...i.e. did you wear something amazing, have a great talk about a specific topic, coordinate an activity or panel, etc. Anything that will clue people in to YOU actually being YOU.)

We had a lot of new faces this year, as well as a lot of veteran attendees, and it was amazing seeing all of you!!! I know I didn't get to spend nearly enough time with as many people as I wanted to, so hopefully this post will enable us to all keep in touch. This post is not just limited to 2015 attendees - if you've ever attended Wincon (EVER) or plan to (EVER) then you should play too. Let us love you!

ALSO! IF you made a post-con Wincon review post, please link to it! I wanna read it!

ETA: We've had a couple reported issues with comments on this post being auto-screened and marked as spam by the LJ-Bots. I think I got them all switched over to public comments, but if you have any issues, plz send me a message on LJ or on my Twitter (@spikess). Thanks!

Friday night karaoke!

Once again, we will be venturing out for some karaoke fun. Don't miss out on your chance to sing "Carry On Wayward Son" with a bunch of fangirls in front of complete strangers! This year's karaoke venue is August Henry's City Saloon, which promises Pittsburgh's best karaoke. We'll be meeting in the hotel lobby at 9pm to head over, but you are more than welcome to drop by later than that. It's within walking distance from the hotel (about a half-mile.) Karaoke is free, so you'll just need money for food, drinks, cabfare, or anything else you might want. Can't wait to see everyone there!
Black Widow
  • chaneen

Friday Night Dinner Details

ETA: Dinner signups are closed, as we have reached our 30 person maximum! If anyone cancels between now and Friday the 16th, I will make an announcement that we have open spots.

Wincon is in just over two weeks, and I'm finally here to give you more information about the Friday night dinner! We will be eating at NOLA on the Square! You can find the menu over here; there are separate gluten free and vegan/veggie menus accessible from the restaurant website, if you're looking for those options.

Anyone is welcome to join our group, but we have to cap the reservation at 30 people. There are currently 8 5 0 spots left. You must fill out this form to sign up. If you haven't filled out the form, you are not guaranteed a spot. Signups for dinner will remain open until we reach the cap, or until October 15th, whichever is first.

In the event that someone who has signed up changes their mind, we'll let you know on the day if there are spaces available for just dinner. If you are signing up for dinner or both dinner and the ghost tour, we will be meeting in the lobby to leave at 6:00pm and walk over to the restaurant for a 6:15pm dinner. If anyone is signed up for just the ghost tour, we will figure out how to get you to the tour location; that information will be announced at the con.

The restaurant is within easy walking distance of the hotel, but if you need to take a cab, that can be arranged at the concierge desk at the hotel.

Also, as a reminder, ghost tour signups are open until October 7th, so if you are interested, don't forget to sign up! We are still 6 people short of the minimum number required, so tell your friends! You can do either dinner and the tour, just dinner, or just the tour. Please let me know if you have any questions.

See you in Pittsburgh!
Black Widow
  • chaneen

Flash Panels

Four weeks until Wincon! I hope you all are as excited as I am. We've just posted the schedule, and while there is a ton of awesome stuff to be found this year, there are always topics that don't get submitted or things that become popular after the submission period ends.

And, of course, we want to give you the space to hang out and squee with other fans about whatever your heart desires, so this year we will be conducting flash panels! We are super excited to be able to give you space inside the Fandom Lounge to conduct impromptu small panels that run for 30 minutes each. These will be signed up for on a first come first serve basis, and can be about anything your heart desires.

Signups for flash panels are onsite only. To sign up you will have to visit the Fandom Lounge anytime after 5pm on Thursday. There will be sign-up sheets for the entire weekend. The Fandom Lounge will be available for flash panels during the following hours:

Friday: 12pm - 4pm
Saturday: 11am - 4pm
Sunday: 11am - 3pm

Of course, you are always welcome to host room parties or other gatherings, and we will have an announcement board where you can advertise those.

If you already know a topic you want to have a flash panel on, feel free to talk about it in the comments to this post to gauge interest and discuss potential time slots. We can't wait to see what awesome things you all come up with!

2015 Programming Schedule is up!


Also remember that we have a really sweet hotel rate for the con, but it won't last for much longer! You must book by September 21 to get the discounted rate! That's this Monday so head on over HERE to book while there's still time. Don't pay over double just for a place to rest your gorgeous heads for the nights you're in Pittsburgh!

Wincon Fanfic Book Club: Fic Announcements

So there's a month till Wincon! (WHERE DID ALL THE TIME GO?? HOW DO WE MAKE IT SPEED UP??) And that means it's time to announce which fics we will be reading for the Fanfic Book Club! As a reminder, we will be having two sessions of the club, one for a small fandom, one for a large fandom. Both authors have given their permission for their works to be used for the club!

Small Fandom: Toy Story
Fic: Under the Table and Dreaming
By: faviconhollycomb
Summary: Andy met Sid when he was four years old, and while some things change, a lot of things stay the same.

Large Fandom: Star Trek
Fic: Sea Change
By: faviconjouissant
Summary: As the five-year mission gets underway, Kirk and Spock are on course to develop a friendship--or something--that will define them both. Then, a poorly-timed away mission changes everything. Before they can begin to deal with the fallout, Jim disappears. With his captain presumed dead, Spock has no choice but to accept a promotion and try to move on. But when he starts experiencing disturbing visions, he gradually begins to suspect that Jim may be alive after all. (A canon-divergent AU assuming they began the 5-year mission following STXI.)

We hope that you'll read up and join us for the first ever Wincon Fanfic Book Club!
TEXT - Make cupcakes not war

Programming Topics Revealed!!

Wincon is about 8 weeks out, and you know what that means. We're getting closer to having a schedule! We haven't finalized all the times and places quite yet, but we can share with you all the topics and fandoms that will be represented. So, without further ado, I give you ... the programming list!

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- The Fourth Wall
- Mpreg
- Dark!fic
- AUs
- Fanart
- Fan audio works: podfic, fanmixes, etc.
- Fandoms and Social Activism
- Fanfic to Publishing
- Dragons
- Femslash
- How to Geek in Pittsburgh
- Asexuality
- Agent Carter
- Mythology
- Non-Superhero Comics
- Book to Movie Adaptations
- Kink
- Tropes
- Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Polyamory
- Netflix Original Programming
- Historical TV
- Queering Gender
- Found Families


- One Direction
- Boondock Saints
- Shipping Rarepairs in Juggernaut OTP Fandoms
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Fannish Practice in the Writing Classroom
- Hockey
- Terry Pratchett
- Supernatural
- Big Hero 6
- Pop Anglophilia
- Dragon Age
- Teen Wolf
- Morally Gray Heroes and Antiheroes
- Jupiter Ascending
- Apocalypse(s)
- The Librarians
- The Raven Cycle
- Costuming


- Breaking Writer's Block
- Fiber Arts (knitting, crochet, spinning, etc.)
- Makeup
- Plushie Making
- Self-Care
- Fanfic Book Club
- How to Talk Sports for Non-Sports Fans
Black Widow
  • chaneen

Wincon 2015 Thursday Outing

Hello, Wincon attendees!

It's eight weeks until the con, so it's time to announce our official Thursday Outing! First, a little background information for new and returning attendees about the Thursday Outing, and then we'll announce where the con is planning to go this year. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments.

What is the Thursday Outing?
The Thursday Outing is an off-site activity, meaning that we leave the hotel and venture into the host city for some local fun. In fact, the outing takes place before the con has even begun. The trip is organized by Wincon attendees, for Wincon attendees, but it is not officially part of the con, so the cost of the event is not included in your registration and the trip is not considered a con space.

As we announced previously, you are welcome to submit your own off-site activities through our website. Deadline to be listed in the program is August 28th, but we will advertise all eligible submissions on our website, provided they're submitted prior to the start of the con.

Who should attend the Thursday Outing?
EVERYONE. No, really. For first-time attendees, it's a great opportunity to get to meet some fellow fans before the whirlwind of Wincon officially picks up. For Wincon vets, the outing is great way to see some of the city! Once the con starts, it can be hard to tear yourself away from official programming—the panels and the Fandom Lounge are just that enticing—so getting to the con a little early to make the trip (if you can) is well worth it.

In past years, the outing has included visits to aquariums, wax museums, Universal Studios, and other tours, so we try to cover a variety of interests when planning things, too.

When is the Thursday Outing?
This year, the Thursday Outing will take place on October 15th. We will be leaving mid-morning on the 15th from the hotel, so you may want to get to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to attend!

Where is the Thursday Outing this year?
Well, there are a lot of awesome things to do in Pittsburgh, so it was a tough choice, but this year we're going to be visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium!

Collapse )About the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
The Zoo is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the United States. Located in Highland Park, the zoo sits on 77 acres of park land where it exhibits more than 4,000 animals representing 475 species, including 20 threatened or endangered species. The Zoo has been around for over 100 years, and is divided into seven sections: Kid's Kingdom, the PPG Aquarium, Asian Forest, Tropical Forest, African Savanna, Bears, African Ravine, Water's Edge, and The Islands. You can find out more about the zoo at their website, here.

$15.00 per person
You can pay in advance online, or buy your ticket at the gate on the day.

ETA: Because the cost of a shuttle from the hotel to the zoo would be astronomical, our recommendation is that people get together to share rides via Uber. Feel free to use the comments of this post to find ride buddies.

If you are driving into Pittsburgh and plan to drive to the zoo, please let us know in the comments below if you're willing to take additional people with you, and how many will fit in your car, if so. Parking at the zoo is free.

We will meet in the hotel lobby in the seating area in front of reception at 11:00am for an 11:30am departure for the zoo. The zoo staff said the whole thing can be done in 1.5-2 hours, including the aquarium, so afterwards, we could have lunch at the zoo, or head back downtown for lunch.

There are two food court-type options at the zoo (chicken tenders, fries, pizza, etc.) People are permitted to bring their own outside food if they have dietary restrictions, but no glass bottles or anything that requires a heat source.

There are also plenty of restaurant options in the vicinity of the hotel, so lunch after we return is an option. If you have any suggestions for food, please leave them in the comments. Depending on group size, we may go with eating at the zoo for convenience; this will be announced closer to the con.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Leave 'em below!

The Fandom Lounge Ep 3: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Our podcast, The Fandom Lounge, has its third episode out! This time we’re talking about Avengers: Age of Ultron. Join Laura, Katemonster, The Brat Queen and Selenay as they talk about the highs and lows and farms with the movie! Katemonster also provides us with their fandom origin story for this month!

Check it out here!

Next time our topic is going to be Teen Wolf! If you’d like to be on the podcast talking the teens and the wolves, or would like to give your fandom origin story, please email melissa at omgwincon.com!