Last year when we saw it was
unlikely we would make the minimum number of hotel reservations we
needed, we were able to renegotiate the hotel contract and cut back the
function space to reduce the financial risk. While this meant we had to
cut some long held functions like the Fannish Video Room and Fanzine
Reading Room, it proved a wise precaution as we did make the new
minimum but would not have made the original number of registrations
For MW*C 40
we kept the
downsized function space but were able to add back the game room while
maintaining the same reduced risk.
Sadly, despite our best efforts to increase membership to a sustainable
level, advance memberships were at an all-time low and show no sign of
improving. Even with repeating the function space downsizing we
instituted last year, this year it does not appear we would make the
minimum number of hotel reservations needed to avoid thousands in hotel
penalties. Therefore, we had no choice but to cancel MW*C 40
and notify attendees so that
they could cancel their travel and hotel reservations in a timely
We hope people will understand that this is not an easy decision for
us, and that it does NOT mean MediaWest*Con
is dead. Rather, it gives us time to consider how MW*C
may continue in some form.
Obviously, the myriad causes are nothing new -- the graying of fandom,
dwindling interest in fanzine culture, technology that makes
face-to-face meetings seem superfluous, ever increasing travel expense
and inconvenience, and SF/Media going mainstream, to name but a few.
have contributed to declining membership and participation in
suggesting panel topics, Fan Q nominations, etc.. Nor are many of these
issues unique to us, as other cons have suffered as well with no
solution in sight.
As it turns out, we would not have been able to hold MW*C 40
anyway due to the COVID-19
All MW*C 40
refunded. If you expect a refund and have not
received it by Feb. 29, 2020 please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are still some refund checks that have not been cashed, so please
cash or deposit refund checks if you haven't already done so.
The Fan Quality Awards continued taking nominations, but not enough
nominations were received to form a ballot.
As always, we encourage members to subscribe to the MW*C
blog to keep up with the latest
updates and announcements. We will continue to maintain the MW*C
blog and website (www.mediawestcon.org
) as your
primary sources of MW*C
Thanks to all the members, GoFers, Staffers, and other volunteers who
have supported MW*C
40 years. MW*C
has nurtured many long-term friendships, facilitated many great
discussions, supported many dreams, and provided a safe haven for
SF/Media fans with diverse interests to gather and share their
passions. We never expected the the party to continue for over four
decades! It would be wonderful to gather again in the future in
We would like to do at least one final convention, but at this point it
doesn't appear there is enough interest to carry it out.
-- Lori & Gordon