|Synonyms:||fan run con, fan run convention|
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A fancon is a convention run by fans. Fancons usually feature panels and discussions among fans and no guests or guests who are BNFs. They tend to be cheaper than procons (or actor cons), which are run for profit.
Some fancons like Yaoi-Con do feature guests who are industry professionals alongside completely unrestricted fan content. Other fancons have professional guests and semi-restricted fan content (like not allowing open sale of slash zines).
Many fan-run cons were started out of frustration with the size, expense, out-of-touch, and impersonal feel of the professionally run cons. Some fans also did not feel a great desire to get celebrity autographs or mingle with the stars but instead wanted conventions to be a place to meet and visit with other fans.