San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
JOFs are Journeymen of Fandom, including Journeywomen, Journeypersons, Journeybots, Journeyfolk, Journeyfen, Journeyworkers, and Journeyplatypi.
All are welcome, so long as they're interested in learning more about fanac ("fannish activities"). We believe everyone has something to learn, and something to teach. The goal of this convention is to discuss convention and other fan or geeky organizational running activities. This will be the second JOFCon.
Please try to remember that your way is not the only way. There are a vast number of solutions to just about any problem a con needs to solve, and it’s likely been done many ways in the past. Do not mistake your experiences for the One True Fannish Way.
Please treat each other like adults. Don’t talk down to others, badger them, or personally attack them.
Is my membership transferrable?
Do you have a hotel?
Yes! We will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis - Park Place. The hotel is at 1500 Park Place Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416, USA. Within walking distance are several resturants (including several of my favorites), a movie theater, a Costco, and a grocery store. It is reachable by mass transit and also has free parking. You can make a hotel reservation on this website.
Do you need more help?
Absolutely!!!!!! Please contact Michael for that info.
What will programming be like?
JOFCon will have a single track of programming. We will have a hospitality suite as well for breakout discussion. There may be other activities going on at the convention as well. We expect a mix of pre-planned items as well as items chosen by the membership in an open programming plan format.
What types of conventions will be covered?
Any type of "geeky" convention will be welcome: Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions of any range of literary and media, Anime conventions, comic conventions, furry convention, horror conventions, and if you feel like you fit at all in that area, you are welcome. We will discuss issues related both to locally fixed conventions and travelling conventions.
Why did you pick that date?
We wanted to minimize conflicts, especially locally. We wanted to avoid the spring or summer because Marscon, Minicon, Anime Detour, and CONvergence all take place and are organizationally busy during that time. The first weekend of October is traditionally the MCBA Fall Comics Convention (so of course they changed their mind this year), and the third weekend is Anime Fusion. We are aware that there are other conflicts, because the calendar is like that. At the time of date selection, there is no MNSTF Fallcon in place, and I intend to work with MNSTF to avoid any conflict.
When & Where
Michael Lee has been involved in sf fan organizations and conventions since his teenage years. He helped start the first weekend long Doctor Who convention in the Twin Cities in 1988. He was on the CONvergence board of directors for six years and was head of programming for another five years. He's volunteered for the Reno, Chicago, and London Worldcons, and is on the Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon bid.