At her blog. Includes link to video (actually, to the video of a whole section of the awards ceremony, but she tells you where her part starts), transcript of the speech, and a lot of additional commentary.
"Con or Bust helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons. It will be taking requests for assistance attending cons in April, May, and June from February 15-25, 2013. For now, this post is where to find out more about requesting assistance."
Cho here: The Con or Bust auction is a win-win situation all around. If you're a bidder/buyer, you can walk away with some deeply cool stuff, like autographed books or vintage fannish posters (I got an original U.K. teaser poster for "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" one year ...). If you're a fan of color (and that includes aspiring authors/artists etc.), you can apply to get financial support to attend a convention, with all the associated opportunities to network, talk to publishers, and do all the usual con-type stuff (GOH speeches, coffeeklatches, author panels, special film showings, art shows, the dealers' room, fannish live performances, etc.).
Please read the Readercon convention committee's statement on recent events.
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Summary: Harasser banned for life, apologies made to victims, Readercon board members resign (all of them), and Readercon now establishing much more detailed guidelines etc. for con behavior.
See first @ sovay but it's already making its way across the Intarwebs.
These are the last few days for the con_or_bust auction, "which helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF conventions." It closes Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
An index of what's offered for sale is available too. You could get cool stuff ranging from trinkets like these origami cicada magnets (a set of 3 to the top 10 bidders) or signed copies of books, like this one of Jo Walton's Among Others (nominated for the 2011 Nebula Award!) or a lovely hand-knitted hat to delicious home-made chocolate truffles in your choice of flavors!
Go forth and bid!
The con hotel has a very striking design, with a huge atrium whose westward wall is glass, overlooking the Potomac River. The Gazebo level is charming but full of photographic peril: if you shot toward the glass wall, things are full of glare and all backlit, while if you shoot with you back to that, the walls and floor are all shiny and white: good for some costumes, bad for others. The ground floor of the atrium is an indoor garden, with little streams, pavilions, bridges, and plantings, but it's usually pretty crowded.
As usual, I appreciate any help people can give me in labeling the fandoms and characters. ETA: In this post, I know Grell (far left) and Yuuko (second from right). But if you have patience, take a look at the Flickr set.
I didn't actually spend as much time taking photos as I might have. The gazebo level of the hotel (where I did most of it) looks like a fantastic setting for cosplay photos at first glance, but if you are shooting toward the huge glass wall that overlooks the Potomac, you get horrible backlighting and glare. And the walls and tile are almost completely white, which is good for some costiumes but very bad for others. The ground level of the hotel, with its indoor garden full of little streams, fountains, plantings, and bridges, is actually a nicer setting, but it's crowded with people during the day.
As usual, I appreciate any help people can give me in labeling the fandoms and characters.
So I imagine that at least I and the Young Lady will spending the day at Balticon tomorrow. (The Mr. was muttering something about Too Much Work.) I see that they do indeed have single-day registration available, although it's $40 for Saturday.
Is anybody else headed out that way?