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By Lisa Renee Blauersouth
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About this project

About this project

Fanworks matter. They connect us our fannish communities and help us explore our own imaginations. We want to make a convention for people who get that. And we want you to join us.

Spend a weekend talking plot with fanfic authors, sketching with fan artists, comparing mics with podfic readers, trading costuming tips with cosplayers, talking meta over drinks at the bar, and of course, sharing squee with fellow fans.

Further information is available on our website, and please, feel free to get in contact with us.

What does a fanworks convention look like?

January 3rd-5th 2014, we’ll overrun the airport Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota with fans. You’ll attend panels on fanworks and fan life ranging from squee to discussions of craft to academic presentations. You can buy and sell art in the artist alley, read your fic aloud at an open mic fanfic reading, show off your favorite costume at the cosplay contest, and hang out in the consuite with other creators. The schedule will have time built in for fandom meet-ups, meals out with friends, and Tumblr time.  The convention is set up to be 18+ because a lot of fanworks involve porn, and we don't want anybody getting in trouble.

We’re aiming to cover a wide variety of fanworks subjects, so expect to see programming on fan fiction, fan art, podfic, cosplay, meta, and vidding - and tell us if you want to see something we haven’t thought of! This convention is all about the things YOU love doing and making in fandom.

We’re limiting membership for this convention to under 1,000 people (with only 425 members needed to throw it), so it will be a relatively small, community-oriented event. KudosCon is an 18+ event only. Our staff is dedicated to the safety of convention attendees and will not tolerate harassment.

Hotel

The airport Hilton in Bloomington, MN is located three miles from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and one mile from the Mall of America (with complimentary shuttle service for hotel guests). The hotel overlooks the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, so it’s quietly tucked away in the airport’s no-flyover zone and has beautiful views of the valley from many rooms.

The Hilton
The Hilton

The Hilton staff is excited to have us and will be giving us full run of their 22,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces for the weekend, including making a special menu for us in their restaurant.

If you plan on staying in the hotel, the special KudosCon rate will be $89/night for a room. Due to logistics, we aren’t offering hotel rooms through the Kickstarter backer levels - hotel room reservations will be available to backers after the Kickstarter is fully funded (we’ll keep you in the loop).

How we’re going to pull this off

KudosCon is a community effort. Our staff is made up entirely of volunteers who want to see KudosCon happen enough to work for it. We’ve already recruited people to handle most aspects of the convention, and being at the heart of the wonderfully active geek community of the Twin Cities, we have a lot of resources to work with.

KudosCon is sponsored by the Geek Partnership Society, a local geek community center that’s already partnered with two of the Twin Cities’ biggest and best conventions (CONvergence and Anime Detour).

The Geek Partnership Society
The Geek Partnership Society

GPS is made up of fantastic geeky folks who know conventions better than anyone else in the Midwest. They’re lending us their expertise to help us run a smooth convention plus a ton of equipment, which will keep our operational costs low.

The majority of the funding for this campaign is going straight to the hotel. If we reach our initial goal of $17,000, it breaks down like this: $10,000 for the hotel, $5,000 for overhead costs like consuite, badges, and any equipment GPS doesn’t have, and $2,000 to cover Kickstarter and associated fees. Additional funding will go to making KudosCon an even more excellent convention.

Backer levels and stretch goals

Take a look at our backer levels on the right. We’re offering memberships with a variety of goodies, including an artist alley table to sell your work and merch of our mascot, the plotbunny. If you’re not able to attend KudosCon but want to support it anyway, our $5 backer level will get you our eternal gratitude and a link to your fanworks blog (or whatever site you prefer) in our website and digital program guide so everyone will know how rad you are.

The Plotbunny, hard at work.
The Plotbunny, hard at work.

If we hit our initial funding goal, we're going to throw the most fabulous fanworks-centric geek bacchanal you've ever seen. If we surpass it, we’re going to make KudosCon even better. Here’s a peek at our stretch goals:

$20,000 - Consuite upgrade! We’ll expand the offerings at our consuite based on what you tell us you want to snack on.

$25,000 - KudosCon academic journal! We’ll do a one-time printing of a journal containing all academic papers presented at the convention. UNLOCKABLE BACKER LEVELS: a PDF OR paper copy of the journal!

$30,000 - Cosplay Photoshoot! We’ll hire a pro photographer to take photos of cosplayers and maybe do a photo booth.

$35,000 - Masquerade upgrade! We’ll do a proper lights and stage masquerade event, a fancier affair than our current cosplay contest plans.

Risks and challenges

A lot of our programming depends on who decides to show up. We can’t guarantee that your favorite fandom will be represented thoroughly at this convention. The Twin Cities have a diverse and enthusiastic geek population, so we’re confident we can host programming for a wide variety of fanwork topics, but we can’t promise you that there will be enough fans present from your particular fandom to host a meet-up. The best way to ensure that your favorite fandoms are represented is to spread the word and get your friends in fandom to sign up.

This is a first-time convention - but with dedicated, experienced staff and the backing of GPS’s decades of experience and collective knowledge about everything that can, has, and might go wrong with a start-up convention and how to fix it.

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    One membership to KudosCon, a plush plotbunny, an exclusive KudosCon t-shirt, and one panel of your choice guaranteed a slot on the programming schedule. Any panel you want to see (within legal limits), we’ll make it happen for you. Want to have a panel on your favorite rare pair or small fandom? A roundtable discussion of David Tennant’s hair? Do you want to do a presentation about how much you love peanut butter? We’ll schedule it and find panelists and equipment as needed. This panel must adhere to our convention rules of conduct.

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