My beautiful people,
you'll never have to be alone
'Cause there'll always be someone
with the same button on as you...
-- Melanie Safka
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|See also:||Affiliation Pins|
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Buttons (called "badges," in the UK, which is different than Badge in the US; also called "pins" or "pin-badges") usually fan made, play an important role in fannish getogethers and conventions. Buttons can signal an interest in a specific fandom, whether one read slash, or offer inside jokes that only fans of a show (or of a pairing) understand. Wordplays and puns are also popular button themes.
As button-making tech became widespread and affordable, many fanartists began to sell buttons featuring their art.
Fans with a great quantity of buttons may display them with an itabag.
- "Did you notice the "Terrorist, Lesbian, Witches from Hell?" button some attendees were wearing? I saw them too and asked around..."
- At a Starsky & Hutch convention, "Some Star Trek fans showed up and wore buttons that said, "Greater love hath no woman than to help at the con of a friend in another fandom."
- "At MediaWest one year, the Horsechicks wore bright yellow buttons saying "Abby's Handmaidens: All of the Work Fun, None of the Jedi." Abby's just said, "I'm Abby."
- "One ZebraCon, someone (whose name I wish I could remember), brought a multitude of buttons that read, "I am a member of the Marian Kelly Fan Club." We all had a lot of fun wearing them around all weekend, even though Marian blushed and rolled her eyes. I remember being trapped in the elevator with some mundanes who were quizzing me about, "Er... Who IS Marian Kelly?" She's a very well-known writer" (in certain circles <g>). I still have my button." 
- For Forever Knight's Dead of Winter Con, Susan Garrett and Calliope Monsoon made affiliation pins so that fans could readily identify what faction people belonged to.
- "... somewhere between the inception (whenever exactly that was) and the 80s development, things somehow got stalled and to my mind sidetracked. Hopefully they are getting unstuck but whereas much gay fiction is read (in this country) with respect, just try saying you write K/S at a con! (In the early days we felt almost as isolated as [male name redacted] at cons as K/S writers/readers, gay or not. I used to wear my "Fans Upholding the Concept of K/S" just above my "How Dare You Presume I'm Heterosexual" badge." 
- "A lot of us were sporting badges of dubious wit - I believe my own set included 'Gay whales against racism', not to mention 'How dare you presume I'm heterosexual' and the fact we were all female seemed to worry her unaccountably." 
Perverted Lesbian Terrorist Witches From Hell button was worn to signal the fandom-mundane divide.
the button that came with the second issue of the zine, Yrch! in 1986
"My husband said he'd leave me if I bought another fanzine. I'm gonna miss him."
The often large number of zines that women would bring home from conventions is the subject of this button. While some fans see this as a humorous read on how families viewed their involvement in fandom, others see it as a more pointed commentary on how women and their interests were sometimes held in contempt. The button attempts to offer a counter-point to that reaction.
A more recent button showing support for the OTW.
"Anime Rule #76 - Two guys with swords can beat 30 guys with guns". Button sold at Ushicon in mid-2000s, part of a series.
Buttons by mizgoat, for Destielcon (2014)
- Calligraphic Button Catalogue: Category Fandom, Archived version
- Calligraphic Button Catalogue: Category Media, Archived version
- Comment from Zebracon attendee in the 1990s discussing the problems slash convention goers had with other hotel guests.
- The Paul Muni Special.
- Remembrances on Abby A's page.
- Source: Linda Cabrillo, posting to the Loveofmeandthee (mailing list), May 7, 2011, quoted with permission.
- from The K/S Press #23
- a fan remembers a very early con in Leicester, one run by Jenny Elson -- this fan remembers that the hotel owner ("the proprietress") was alarmed by the tenor of the con and the buttons the con-goers only fanned her fears, from DIAL #17