Loscon 35
November 28-30 2008, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Loscon

Fandom Panels

CON-GOING ON A BUDGET Going to a con when the rent is due Monday. Helpful hints for cutting corners without cutting the fun. Or Hey Buddy, Can you spare a ride.

FANDOM AFTER THE SHOW It was Fandom that kept Star Trek alive for years after its cancellation and was the tool that eventually brought it back. Which recently cancelled show has the kind of Fandom that will keep the show alive even though it’s not on the air? Which will be the next Trek? Buffy? Xena? Firefly? Or ???.

FANZINES AN INTRODUCTION An introduction to Fanzines. We have an open solicitation to provide content for some of the best fanzines currently in existence, including Hugo Nominated fanzines. Editors in attendance.

GUEST OF HONOR ITEM: MICHAEL SILADI Loscon’s Fan Guest of Honor will amuse and entertain you, infuriate and annoy you, and otherwise do things to explain why we think as highly of him as we do.

ONLINE: FANDOM, APAS AND CONVENTINS OF THE FUTURE Where is the future taking Fandom? Will it continue as is and just expand, change completely, or just float away?

TV & THE FAN COMMUNITY Some showrunners are now reading fan boards & fanfic sites to gauge reaction to what they’re doing on their shows. Others avoid sites in order to keep “untainted”. Writers and producers talk about the effect the fan community has on how a show develops. Do they ever have to deal with actors and their responses to the fans? What happens when you’re torn between two disparate but equally vocal groups of fans?

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION? Is the programming? The Masquerade? The Dealers Room? They all pretty much have those, so what makes one convention’s activities better than another? Is the attitude of the committee part of it?

WHAT MAKES A GOOD FANZINE? Is it the community, the gestalt, or the craft?

WHY IS FANDOM SO WHITE? An exploration of minorities in Science Fiction Fandom.