|Dates:||August 2014, 2016, 2018|
|Frequency:||biennial (next scheduled August 2018)|
|Location:||Romulus, Michigan (near the Detroit airport)|
|Founder:||przed and FJBryan|
|Founding Date:||August 22, 2014|
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BistoCon is a small Professionals relaxacon in Romulus, Michigan, first held on Friday, August 22, 2014-Sunday August 24, 2014. The con was inspired by Close Quarters, another Professionals con held in 2007 and 2009. Initial planning commenced in 2013 and announcements about BistoCon went up on Yahoo discussion lists, LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, and Tumblr to provide fen information about the con's location, general format, as well as to solicit ideas and suggestions for programming in spring and summer 2014. Prior to the con, registered attendees could suggest panel topics, vote on which episodes to view collectively, and other activities. The con was held at the La Quinta hotel, a short shuttle ride from the Detroit airport.
Official programming began on Friday at noon with registration and a fan-based conversation game that required interaction to discover various traits of attendees related to the fandom (e.g., who first saw the Professionals in the UK; who first saw the show on VHS tape; who had published a Professionals zine; who had visited the Scarsdale pub; who had seen Martin Shaw or Lewis Collins perform on the stage; who had met either of the stars in person, etc.). Following this meet-and-greet icebreaker, there was episode viewing ("Blind Run"), followed by a panel discussion on first time fanfiction versus established relationship fanfiction about Pros, and what makes a good fic work? Evening activities included a Professionals team trivia quiz, followed by more game playing (including fan-made games like Professionals against Humanity, a variation of Cards against Humanity; the Professionals detective game; a game constructed from a Professionals annual of the 1970s; word searches and jigsaw puzzles), and much conversation. Saturday's programming included episode watching ("Everest was Also Conquered"), panels on 70s England (with an emphasis upon medical practices), secondary characters and canon versus fanon, and art appreciation (led by artists Lorraine Brevig and Suzan Lovett), while entertainment included several rounds of Pros bingo, a video show, and time scheduled to "sell, share & swap" fannish materials like zines, DVDs, art, music, and circuit archive stories connected to the Professionals. The evening concluded with a showing of an episode from "Robin of Sherwood" that featured Lewis Collins as a guest star (the actor who played Bodie in the Professionals), as a way to honor his death earlier in 2014. Sunday's programming included fans playing porny Pros pictionary, plus panels on Older Lads, BDSM, and threats to the Lads' relationship. Sunday evening saw some fen sticking around for more games and another collective episode watch ("Stakeout"), another first season production, which allowed fen to enjoy watching the newly remastered and digitized version of the show.
The con organizers announced on Saturday, August 23, 2014 that the second BistoCon would take place in August 2016. The second BistoCon followed a very similar format to the 2014 gathering, convening in the same location with similar programming. The third BistoCon will take place August 2018. Continue to monitor Professionals-related Yahoo discussion groups, LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, and Tumblr communities for further details.
Registration is now open for BistoCon2018 (Friday, August 10, 2018-Sunday, August 12, 2018) at the con's website, where more details can be found about programming, the hotel, the con zine, and the vid show: BistoCon.org