Outreach Initiative Invites Comics and Media Fans to Read a Book
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, November 20, 2010
Reno, Nevada, USA – Renovation has joined other fan organizations in
supporting a new initiative to introduce comics and media fans to
science fiction fandom, especially Worldcons. The calling card? Books!
A team of science fiction fans is planning to go to WonderCon in April
2011 and give away six pallets of FREE BOOKS!
WonderCon, held annually in San Francisco, attracts 34,000 people to a
celebration of comics and media. A group of fans affiliated with the
World Science Fiction Convention intend to establish an outpost at
WonderCon, and reach out to the potential science fiction and fantasy
readers who pass through the exhibit hall. Along with a free book,
these readers will be given information about the amazing things going
on in the “fannish” community, ranging from Worldcons to regional
conventions to local sf club gatherings.
The theory behind the initiative is simple. “As a book reader and
comic reader, if I saw free sf/f books, would I be attracted to that
booth, and perhaps listen to the folks giving them away? Of course I
would,” says James Bacon who is coordinating the initiative.
Experience from similar events in London has shown that book fans do
attend these comics events. “At London Film and Comic Con and
Collectormania, we have given away books and seen the returns in
convention memberships. We want the book readers. We want the
potential fans that like books and want to talk about them, and will
appreciate meeting like minded folks. We have found a way to attract
and talk to the book readers: giving away science fiction and fantasy
Flyers and brochures about conventions and other fan-sponsored events
will be distributed in the booth. Renovation, Chicon 7 and Worldcons
in general will be a focus. Each book given away will contain a
bookmark listing upcoming Worldcons and other conventions. Volunteers
from Renovation will be on hand to answer questions about the 69th
World Science Fiction Convention and sell memberships.
“We have been pleased with the response from the staff of WonderCon,
and we have booked two booths for the event. Our hope now is to reach
out to the incredible fannish community and ask for help in making
this a successful event” said Helen Montgomery, another member of the
team organizing the initiative.
Many fans have often contemplated a trimming of their book
collections. Don’t just recycle your books — donate them to this
project so they can be the lure for new fans! The team will be
carrying out book drives at area conventions, beginning with Loscon in
late November. “We’re also talking to SorcererCon, SMOFcon and
Potlatch, so stay tuned — this just the beginning,” says Chris
If you are an sf/f publisher and are willing to donate new books to
our cause, please contact us. We would like to hear from fans who can
provide temporary storage or transportation of books to the Bay Area,
We are also seeking volunteers to join us at WonderCon — meet new
fans, match them with book they will love and welcome them to the
community. We’re just getting started. Please get in touch if you
think you can help.
Thanks to RCFI, Chicon 7, SFSFC Inc., the London in 2014 Worldcon bid
and a very generous private donor, the Science Fiction Outreach
Initiative is under way. Thanks to Loscon for hosting the first book
drive. Join us!
To volunteer, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got books? Bring them to the Renovation/Chicon table at Loscon
Watch our webpage for announcements of upcoming drives
For information about WonderCon, visit http://www.comic-con.org/wc/
“World Science Fiction Convention”and “Worldcon” are service marks of
the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society.