We don’t promote a lot of crowdfunding projects here at FBOTU, so you know that when we do bring something to your attention and ask you to pitch in, we really mean it. Bent-Con, the world’s largest gathering of LGBTQ fans, creators and allies of genre entertainment, is back for a third year (November 30 – December 2, 2012), and you can help make this the best year yet! Organizers are looking to raise $20,000 to enhance and expand the convention. The full fundraising campaign information can be found at indiegogo.com/bent-con2012. The page includes a detailed list of what the money will be used for, ways to donate and the various perks offered at each donation level, including original art, signed books, celebrity lunches and free tickets to the event.
Bent-Con has announced a stellar line-up of guests from across the genre landscape, including authors Christopher Rice (The Heavens Rise) and David Gerrold (When Harlie Was One), actress Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), creator Jane Espenson (Husbands), artist Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), and the legendary Wendy Pini (Elf Quest, Masque of the Red Death).
“We’re a non-profit 501c3 foundation,” says convention organizer and Bent-Con president Sean Holman. “We do this by the skin of our teeth and cut corners where we can. With this year’s fundraiser, we’re looking to pay a host of expenses before the con starts and add those corners back in.”
Funds raised through indiegogo.com/bent-con2012 will cover professional grade video recording and streaming of panels, scholarships, larger and more numerous meeting spaces, guest services, t-shirts, access and opportunity for guests in other countries to attend, advertising, individual convention guides and paying off the event-space rental bill before the con starts.
“We’d like to breathe easier this year—and make the best con we possibly can,” Holman says.
Every donation and every dollar counts! Thanks for helping out!