SMOF News, volume 1, issue 34
Eastercon gets back on track, SDCC's paperwork goes missing, and news in brief.
Eastercon is Back on Track
Eastercon, the UK’s national science fiction convention, selected winning bids for its 2023 and 2024 editions this past weekend. This puts it back on its customary cycle of selecting sites two years in advance.
Conversation will be the 2023 Eastercon, defeating a rival bid 148 votes to 98, with 16 abstentions. The event will be both in person and online, with a physical location still to be selected. Guests will be Zen Cho, Niall Harrison, Jennell Jaquays, Kari Sperring, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Ursula Vernon; Jaquays and Vernon will appear virtually.
Levitation was unopposed for the 2024 Eastercon. It will be held in Telford, and the guests will be Jackie Burns, Genevieve Cogman, Michelle Sagara, and Tade Thompson.
Comic Con Paperwork is Missing
San Diego Comic Con, unlike most of its imitators, is run by a nonprofit organization. Like the science fiction conventions that it cross-pollinated with in its early years, it is organized as a 501(c)(3) educational charity. One of the benefits is a tax exemption, but to maintain its status, it must submit annual paperwork to federal and state authorities.
The state of California did not get the 2020 paperwork. The Times of San Diego reports:
In a letter dated Friday,* California Attorney General Rob Bonta warned organizers of the San Diego Comic Convention that the 501(c)(3) nonprofit risks losing its state tax-exempt status if they don’t meet a deadline or get an IRS extension.
“An organization that is delinquent, suspended or revoked is not in good standing and is prohibited from engaging in conduct for which registration is required, including soliciting or disbursing charitable funds,” Bonta wrote.
The Times has the full letter available here.
SDCC was noncommittal to ICv2 about whose oops it may have been:
"Recently it was brought to our attention that paperwork we filed in November of 2022 with The Registry for Charitable Trusts for the State of California, may not have been received in its entirety," [SDCC Chief Communications and Strategy Officer David] Glanzer explained. "Out of an abundance of caution, we resubmitted our paperwork on Friday, April 8, 2022, and will continue to monitor the situation closely."
Both sites report that federal paperwork shows SDCC reported a net loss of $8 million in 2020, when it held only a free virtual event.
SDCC this year will be July 21-24. With all registrations for 2020 rolled over to this year, further badge sales are not expected.
Swedish fan Fia Karlsson is the 2022 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund delegate. She will attend Chicon 8 in September. Full announcement here.
The Twitter account for Anime Expo (Los Angeles, California, USA, July 1-4) was taken over briefly to hawk NFTs. AX was able to recover the account later on April 18. More at Anime News Network.
WisCon (Madison, Wisconsin, USA, May 27-30) has topped its goal of raising $30,000 to get the same amount in matching funds. With extra donations and grants, it now has reached $67,000. More is needed to pay penalties to the hotel for not filling its room block.
Kumoricon (Portland, Oregon, USA, November 11-13) has added Bryce Papenbrook, Max Mittelman, Ray Chase, and Robbie Draymond as guests of honor.
Weekend of April 22-24
No Brand Con XIX, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, USA
Swancon Not-A-Con, Tuart Hill, Australia
OmegaCon (relaxacon), Siren, Wisconsin, USA
JordanCon (fantasy literature), Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Ice and Fire Convention (Song of Ice and Fire series), Mt. Sterling, Ohio, USA
Penguicon 2022 (sf/open source), Southfield, Michigan, USA
Malice Domestic 32-33-34 (mysteries), Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Farmageddon IX (gaming), Farmer City, Illinois, USA
Cheyenne Gaming Convention, Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA
Rising Phoenix Game Con, Milford, Massachusetts, USA
Jeu au Boute (boardgames), Chertsey, Québec, Canada
Recon (miniatures gaming), Orlando, Florida, USA
PAX East (video games), Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Omnicon Revival (anime), Cookeville, Tennessee, USA
Oz-Con (anime), West Plains, Missouri, USA
Kawaii Kon (anime), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Anime St. Louis, St. Charles, Missouri, USA
ExpOtaku Vitoria-Gasteiz (anime), Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Mobile Bay Anime Festival, Daphne, Alabama, USA
Beta Quest 2022 (anime), Kingsland, Georgia, USA
San Diego Comic Fest, San Diego, California, USA
El Paso Comic Con, El Paso, Texas, USA
Yellow City Comic Con, Amarillo, Texas, USA
Fayetteville Comic Con, Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA
Suncoast Comic-Con, Palmetto, Florida, USA
Comic-Con Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Fanboy Expo Las Vegas (media), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Weekend of April 29-May 1
RavenCon 15, Glen Allen, Virginia, USA
Tulkon, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations (symposium), online
Das Frühlingsfest der Filksmusik (music), Hanstedt, Germany
Furry Weekend Holland: Castles and Peacocks!, Baarlo, Netherlands
Chupacabracon VIII (gaming), Round Rock, Texas, USA
TringCon (gaming), Marsworth, UK
San Marino Game Convention, San Marino
Great Plains Game Fest, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Congress of Gamers Spring Session, Rockville, Maryland, USA
2022 Gaming Hoopla, Mundelein, Illinois, USA
LoBsterCon XXII (boardgames), Eastbourne, UK
Jeu au Boute (boardgames), Chertsey, Québec, Canada
Game Jam South (video games), Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Midwest Gaming Classic (video games), Milwaukee, Wisconsin
FnordCon 5 (Steve Jackson Games), Austin, Texas, USA
aniMUC (anime), Fürstenfeld, Germany
Castle Point Anime Convention, Seacaucus, New Jersey, USA
Kameha Con (anime), Allen, Texas, USA
Anime Athens, Athens, Texas, USA
Avalon Expo 8 (media), St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
Fangaea (media), San Diego, California, USA
Causeacon (media), Beckley, West Virginia, USA
Fan Expo Cleveland (media), Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Wirral Comic Con, New Brighton, UK
Geek Days Rennes (media), Bruz, France
Visioncon 2022 (media), Springfield, Missouri, USA
MonstahXpo (horror media), Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA
Weekend of May 6-8
Demicon 2022: The After, Urbandale, Iowa, USA
Furry Weekend Atlanta: The Enchanted Forest, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
ChupacabraCon VIII (gaming), Round Rock, Texas, USA
AniMinneapolis (anime), Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Hanami (anime), Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany
South Pacificon Game Fest, San Diego, California, USA
Heroicon (gaming), Decatur, Illinois, USA
WagonCon 2022 (gaming), The Dalles, Oregon, USA
S’mores & Meeples (gaming), Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA
Festival Alchemie du Jeu (gaming), Toulouse, France
GlyphCon 2022 (Pathfinder/Starfinder), Leduc, Alberta, Canada
21st Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (pulp), Lombard, Illinois, USA
Portsmouth Comic Con, Portsmouth, UK
Weekend of May 13-15
ColoniaCon 24, Köln, Germany
SFeraKon 2022, Zagreb, Croatia
AtomaCon 2022, North Charleston, South Carolina, USA
StokerCon 2022 (horror), Denver, Colorado, USA
Geekway to the West 2022: Life Finds a Game (gaming), St. Charles, Missouri, USA
Huzzah! Con 2022 (miniatures gaming), Portland, Maine, USA
Romance of the Cyclops Con (D&D), online
PuchiCon (anime), Tannersville, Pennsylvania, USA
Metrotham Con Episode 3: Revenge of the ‘80s (media), Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Tidewater Comicon, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Fan Expo St. Louis (media), St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Saratoga Comic Con, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
Northern FanCon (media), Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
FrankenCon (horror films), Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
QFX East (LGBTQ+ media), Tampa, Florida, USA
Seaquestria Fest (My Little Pony), Ocean City, Maryland, USA
Weekend of May 20-22
Keycon 39: From Myth to Modern, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
2022 Nebula Conference, online
FurcoNZ: Post-Apocalyptic Punk (anthropomorphic), Ōtaki, New Zealand
Zomerspel (gaming), Merelbeke, Belgium
Play (gaming), Modena, Italy
RPGCON (gaming), Huntsville, Alabama, USA
BN Video Game Con, Bloomington, Illinois, USA
Anime Central, Rosemont, Illinois, USA
IberAnime, Lisboa, Portugal
Otafest 2022 (anime), Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Bak-Anime, Bakersfield, California, USA
Harucon (anime), Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria
Animefest 2022, Brno, Czech Republic
ExpOtaku A Coruña (anime), A Coruña, Spain
Megacon Orlando (media), Orlando, Florida, USA
Comic Con Baltics, Vilnius, Lithuania
Argentina Comic Con, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dublin Wizard Con (fantasy media), Dublin, Ireland
Horrorcon UK (media), Sheffield, UK
Crypticon Seattle 2022 (horror media), Seatac, Washington, USA
One year of Martian aviation (Science News)
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