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Name: CONfabulation
Dates: 2017-onwards
Frequency: annual
Location: various
Type: Fan-run Media Con/Fan Con
Focus: 2017-onwards (Multi-fandom).
Founder: Cee_M
Founding Date: 2017
URL: CONfabulation Official Website

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Called CONfabcon or CONfab for short. Twitter hashtag is #confabcon. Not to be confused with non-fandom entity Confab Events (twitter hashtag #confab).

Wincon officially ended in 2015, rebranded into CONfabulation going forward. CONfabulation will continue Wincon's goal of providing an annual multi-fandom gathering for fans and provide a safer space for women, queer people, and under-represented fans of popular media and culture in all its infinite varieties to come and meet, hang out, discuss their fandoms, the fic written about them, the fanart made for them, and have a good time.


1st Annual CONfabulation - May 25-28, 2017 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
2nd Annual CONfabulation - October 25-28, 2018 - Chicago, Illinois.
3rd Annual CONfabulation - September 26-29, 2019 - Chicago, Illinois.

Focus and Mission

CONfabulation is a by-the-fans, for-the-fans operation. Our goal is to provide an annual multi-fandom gathering for fans and provide a safer space for women, queer people, people of color, and under-represented fans of popular media and culture in all its infinite varieties (just like us) to come and meet, hang out, discuss their fandoms, the fic written about them, the fanart made for them, and have a good time. It’s the internet come to life. It’s a place where you can be yourself and feel comfortable in all your geeky glory. No official personnel from any show or fandom is affiliated with this convention, nor will there be any appearances by any show actors, celebrities, writers, or other personnel. It’s all about us, the fans, and the way we express ourselves and our love for fandom.

Reoccurring CONfabulation Events

Logo designed by Mikaela (technicolorstarburst).
  • Thursday Meet & Greet - Located in the Fandom Lounge room. Great chance for new attendees to get the lay of the land and meet new people, and for repeat attendees to reunite with old friends!
  • Plushie Workshop - Hosted by Bryn (brynspikess) and She!Sam (youngloveleroy). For the entire convention a table is laid out with a range of plushie-making supplies: felt, fabric, stuffing, needles, thread, buttons, pins, etc. The table also includes printed instructions for designing plushie clothing (pdfs of the instructions are available online). Ziplock bags are available for attendees to store their selected supplies in (and to write their name, phone, and room numbers on in case the bag goes missing). Attendees are encouraged to come and go during the weekend - Bryn and She!Sam are near the table during certain schedule slots to assist and provide sewing advice, but can also be flagged down or reached via Twitter anytime during the weekend. All supplies are free to attendees, however donations are welcome as all supplies are provided out-of-pocket by Bryn.
  • Fandom Trivia - Started in 2017, this trivia contest hosted by GirlPhenom was a hit and immediately became a staple of CONfabulation! Participants form groups, which then compete to have the most correct answers per round. Questions come in a variety of forms (Name-that-actor, complete-the-lyric, etc.) and cover a multitude of fandoms. Groups are also judged on their chosen group name, with puns earning extra points.
  • Badfic Idol - Attendees are given a chance to write and submit short fanfics that are purposefully written badly. These stories are read aloud in front of a panel of judges who take turns critiquing it. A winner is chosen and the author receives a prize.
  • Dance Party - The Dance Party typically consists of several round tables (for sitting and conversing) circling a central dance floor, the awesome Cathybites serving as DJ, and is decorated to fit the chosen theme of that year. Light snacks are included and a cash bar is usually available. There is no set dress code - attendees often will wear anything from semi-formal dresses to elaborate costumes, however attendees are also welcome to come dressed in normal street clothes or pajamas. The last song is "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey, to which the attendees will sing along. The Dance Party often ends in group hugs and crying.
  • Straggler's Dinner - Sunday night. Location to-be-determined, but anyone who is still around is welcome to join. Pay-your-own-meal, and enjoy spending a little more time with other attendees who can't bear to say goodbye just quite yet.

CONfabulation Customs

  • Badges - CONfabulation badges are issued upon check-in with the attendee's swag bag. Badges hang on a lanyard around the neck, and list both the attendee's online handle and the name the attendee prefers to be called. This makes it easier for attendees to exchange their online handles to keep in touch (since they can just hold up their badge when asked how to spell their username). Attendees are encouraged to decorate their badges, but it is not required. There is also a "My Pronouns:" section with a blank for attendees to write in the pronouns they identify with. Badges are required to be worn in all convention spaces.
  • Alumni Pins - Each year a pin is handed out to the attendees of that year's con, designed uniquely for that year. It is each attendee's responsibility to hold onto their buttons from previous years - only the current year's button will be available at each convention. It is encouraged but not mandatory for repeat attendees to wear all of their buttons on their lanyard.
  • Stickers - Every year in the Fandom Lounge, there is a table full of stickers that is available for attendees to sift through. It is traditional for attendees to decorate their badges as well as the cups from their swag bags with whatever stickers they like to make them unique and easily identifiable, including using alphabet stickers to spell their names on the cups.
  • Charity Raffle - Each year the convention holds a raffle to give back to the community. A local charity is chosen and announced prior to the convention, and 100% of the proceeds from the raffle go to the charity after the convention closes. CONfabulation focuses on charities that support women, POC, and/or LGBTQA+, and is open to suggestions. Past charities they have donated to include: Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, Center on Halsted. The raffle items are all donated and range anywhere from handmade items to official merchandise, and often include items like scarves, gloves, charm bracelets, swag from other conventions, DVDs, fandom t-shirts, tea mixes, posters, books, art drawn by CONfabulation attendees, as well as other fandom-centric, female-positive, and/or LGBT-positive creations. Every convention attendee gets one ticket in their swag bag, with additional tickets available to purchase for $1 each. The items are displayed throughout the convention, and the raffle winners are drawn and announced on Saturday afternoon/evening.
  • Overheard At CONfabcon - Traditionally, overheard snippits of weird and wacky conversations will end up on Twitter. There is no official hashtag, but most tweets contain "#confabcon" or "@confabcon". (Not to be confused with non-fandom entity Confab Events whose twitter hashtag is #confab)

First Annual CONfabulation 2017

CONfabulation 2017 Alumni pin
Cover of the 2017 program book, art by Cathybites
CONfabulation 2017 attendee name badges. Decorated with stickers from the Fandom Lounge.
Swag bag given to attendees of the 2017 convention.
CONfabulation 2017 swag pen, included in swag bag
CONfabulation 2017 swag cup, included in swag bag, decorated with alphabet stickers

The First Annual CONfabulation was held May 25-28, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was located at Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15219.

CONfabulation 2017 Con Committee

Bryn (Brynspikess): Chair of Public Relations
Clex (clex_monkie89): Chair of Attendee Affairs
Emily (scarylullabies): HR Coordinator
Jess (ofjustimagine): Social Media Coordinator
Laura (chaneen): Chair of Programming
Lina (GirlPhenom): Chair of Logistics
Lisa (lisaradgirl): Special Events Coordinator
Mary (ro_mm_ck/cee_m): Team Leader
Mel (jane_anon): Panel/Workshop Coordinator
She!Sam (youngloveleroy): Raffle Coordinator

Special Thanks:
Cathy (stupidlullabies): CONfab Hero

2017 Panels/Programming

Programming items typically run 50 minutes with 10 minute breaks in between in order to allow time for participants to chat or visit the restroom, with enough time for them to make it to the next item or panel that they’d like to see. There is also an hour-long break for lunch.

Programming items are divided into three tracks (Panels, Small Panels & Workshops, and Roundtables) with a room dedicated to each track. There was also a Quiet & Crafty room for additional workshops.

Thursday, May 25th

  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Meet & Greet.
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Fandom Speed Dating - Come share a 1-minute ad for your favorite fandom or get crowdsourced recs. Big, small, books, movies, comics, celebrities, video games...anything! Panelists: goseaward

Friday, May 26th
Friday Track 1: Panels:

  • 10:30 am - 10:50 am - Opening Ceremonies
  • 11:00 am - 11:50 am - Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 20 Years Later - On March 10, 1997, a new teen drama aired on the WB. Let's discuss favorite bits and least favorite bits, and how Buffy has affected our lives. Panelists: Wick Lobo, brynspikess
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - Historically (In)accurate: Fans, fics, and history - Let's talk about researching and rewriting history! Our panelists will present on WWII and medieval history, then open for discussion of any period. Panelists: Megan Genovese, schisty
  • 02:00 pm - 02:50 pm - Ohana Means Family - Not all families are bound by blood. Let's discuss our favorite found families, tropes, origin stories, and what makes found families so compelling! Panelists: GirlPhenom, pryxis
  • 03:00 pm - 03:50 pm - A Galaxy Far, Far Away - Star Wars canon is coming thick and fast at the moment, and there's a lot to talk about! Long-time fans and brand new ones are welcome. Panelists: becka, balefully
  • 04:00 pm - 04:55 pm - First Annual CONfabulation Vid Show - An hour of new vids (some never before seen!) in a variety of fandoms.

Friday Track 2: Small Panels & Workshops:

  • 11:00 am - 11:50 am - Dress Like A Woman (With The Blood Of Your Enemies Gracing Your Lips): Part I - Makeup Q&A, techniques, trends, tutorials, and lots of reinforcing that there's no wrong way to do makeup, so long as you like the end results. Panelists: clex_monkie89
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - Baby's First Vid - Have you wanted to make a fan vid but were lost as to where to start? We're going to have a basic workshop on placing clips/songs, some editing tips, and Q&A. Panelists: RO_mm_CK
  • 02:00 pm - 02:50 pm - Forgive Me Word Count, For I Have Sinned - If you're a writer, you've met the Writer's Block. We'll discuss what it is, what causes it, and ways to cope with it and the ensuing depression. Panelists: tsukinofaerii, clex_monkie89, dimeliora
  • 03:00 pm - 03:50 pm - The Post Audiofic Archive Life - Where does podfic fandom stand after the lost backups of the Audiofic Archive? What should we be focusing on and doing? What are you working on/excited about?! Panelists: ofjustimagine

Friday Track 3: Roundtables:

  • 11:00 am - 11:50 am - NINE-NINE!!! - A Discussion (and Celebration) of the Best Comedy on TV - Come join us for an in-depth discussion of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Panelists: stupidlullabies
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - Badass ladies in 1920s Melbourne solving murders and looking impeccable whilst doing so. Let's talk about how great this show is and how much we need a S4. Panelists: chaneen, oftenadamanta
  • 02:00 pm - 02:50 pm - Slapshots and Stick Saves and Things Like Chemistry - The long summer hiatus is about to begin. How's the expansion draft looking for your team? Who's already on a great Instagram vacation? Just who is the #BestKessel? (We all know it's Amanda.) Panelists: ofjustimagine, celli
  • 03:00 pm - 03:50 pm - You Can Certianly Try - All things Critical Role! Bring your questions, your theories, and your love of Vox Machina. We'll also talk D&D, so bring your character sheets and roll for initiative! Panelists: ratherastory

Friday Track 4: Quiet & Crafty:

  • 11:00 am - 11:50 am - Open for crafts and quiet time
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - Plushie Workshop - the Plushie!Phoenix rises again! Part 1 - Learn how to make your own plushie! Bryn & She!Sam will be available to answer questions and offer advice to beginner sewers. Supplies are free! Panelists: brynspikess, youngloveleroy
  • 02:00 pm - 03:50 pm - Open for crafts and quiet time

Friday Evening Events:

  • 8:00 pm - 1:00 am - Masquerade. Join us for an evening of mystery and enchantment. Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and dancing! From casual to formal, from festive to cosplay, all attire is welcome.

Saturday, May 27th
Saturday Track 1: Panels:

  • 10:00 am - 10:50 am - Female Characters: From Action Girl to Wrench Wench - Good and bad, heroes and villains, past, present and future - let's talk about the ladies! Panelists: Megan Genovese
  • 11:00 am - 11:50 am - Book Recs for the People - We'll exchange works by and about women, POC, queer folks, disabled folks, and more. Come share your fave titles, and leave with a diverse rec list! Panelists: GirlPhenom
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - The Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Good, The Bad, and Your Problematic Faves - Let's talk about the first almost-decade of the MCU in both movies and TV, from genuine faves to problematic faves to things we wish they'd never done. Panelists: chaneen, ratherastory, schisty, stupidlullabies
  • 02:00 pm - 02:50 pm - OT3: A Love Story - Join us to discuss our favorite OT3s, why they’re better than ship wars and love triangles, and how they can improve diversity in our fandoms! Panelists: oftenadamanta, acidquill, chaneen
  • 03:00 pm - 03:50 pm - Fandom as Genre OR Our Tropes, Ourselves - Fandom is a community, but is it also a genre? We'll talk about fandom tropes, fanfic genre expectations, and just what makes fanworks so special. Panelists: ifshehadwings

Saturday Track 2: Small Panels & Workshops:

  • 10:00 am - 10:50 am - Disability in Media - Disabled characters (and the lack thereof) in media, fic, and fandom. Panelists: clex_monkie89, Hannah Orlove
  • 11:00 am - 11:50 am - Invisible Unicorns: The Trifecta of Magical Orientations - Bisexuality, Asexuality, Pansexuality. Fandom experience and media representation of those orientations everyone likes to pretend don't exist. Panelists: ifshehadwings, tsukinofaerii, clex_monkie89
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - Classic Ships - Know your history: how have classic ships shaped fandom? What can they tell us about ourselves? How has fandom changed and stayed the same? Panelists: Megan Genovese
  • 02:00 pm - 02:50 pm - A/B/OMG - We'll discuss history, what you like about A/B/O, favorite fics, wish lists, and lots of other stuff relating to this unique fandom genre! Panelists: goseaward, ofjustimagine, RO_mm_CK
  • 03:00 pm - 03:50 pm - Screening and Production of Banner's Predicament - After screening Banner's Predicament, this session will chronicle our experience and teach valuable lessons for producing your own FanFilm! Panelists: David Banner

Saturday Track 3: Roundtables:

  • 10:00 am - 10:50 am - whatmakesyouhaha.mp3 - Do you like One Direction and suffering? But I repeat myself. A hiatus support group to discuss what the hell children have been up to lately. Panelists: ifshehadwings, goseaward
  • 11:00 am - 11:50 am - Totally 80's Toons - Let's talk the 80s! Cartoons - the ones driven by toys, and the ones making comebacks in other media. Panelists: schisty
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - Magic Comes From Pain - The Magicians is hitting its stride in S2. From Fillory Clinton to stuff touchers to Best Bitches, there's lots to talk about! Panelists: exsequar
  • 02:00 pm - 02:50 pm - Harry Styles: Past, Present, and Future - Come chat about the life and times of our favorite flower child: his solo album, Dunkirk, and whatever else his future might have in store! Panelists: GirlPhenom
  • 03:00 pm - 03:50 pm - Talents & Dragons - Anne McCaffrey - 20+ books on dragons, 8 books on parapsychic talent. Let's talk what we love about the series and how you would fan fic the stories better. Panelists: schisty

Saturday Track 4: Quiet & Crafty:

  • 10:00 am - 11:50 am - Open for crafts and quiet time
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - Plushie Workshop - the Plushie!Phoenix rises again! Part 2 - Learn how to make your own plushie! Bryn & She!Sam will be available to answer questions and offer advice to beginner sewers. Supplies are free! Panelists: brynspikess, youngloveleroy
  • 02:00 pm - 02:50 pm - Open for crafts and quiet time
  • 03:00 pm - 03:50 pm - Stitch 'n Bitch - Bring your projects and hang out while we talk about our favorite nerdy crafts, share expertise, and dish about our favorite CONfab programs! Panelists: oftenadamanta
  • 04:00 pm - 08:50 pm - Open for crafts and quiet time

Saturday Afternoon/Evening Events:

  • 04:00 pm - 04:30 pm - CONfab Annual Raffle - Come find out what wonderful things you have won!!! All of these fandom treasures have to find a home and it MAY BE YOU!!
  • 07:30 pm - 08:50 pm - Fandom Trivia - Show off your fannish brains! Star Wars, hockey, Buffy, Harry Potter... anything goes. Host: GirlPhenom
  • 09:00 pm - ?? - Badfic Idol - Get ready for dramatic readings of tentacles, magic fairy princes, and the beauty of everything being so wrong. Write a story either by yourself or with friends. It can be from any fandom/genre. Fics can't be longer than 400 words. All works due by 7:30pm on Saturday; just put your masterpiece in the box marked "Badfic Idol" in the Fandom Lounge, or email it to with the subject line "Badfic Idol Submissions". Winner enjoys an awesome/random prize!! Host: RO_mm_CK. Judges: gigglingkat, dimeliora.

Sunday, May 28th
Sunday Track 1: Panels:

  • 10:00 am - 10:50 am - The State of Fandom - Fandom is amorphous, adapting to fit changing platforms and times. From to AO3, from LJ to Tumblr - what's the state of fandom today? Panelists: exsequar, celli
  • 11:00 am - 11:50 am - Hamilton: Who Tells Your Story? - We'll be talking about history, race, queerness, and politics in Hamilton, media coverage of the play, and its fandom. Panelists: Megan Genovese
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - Family Affairs: Reading and Writing Incest in Fandom - Looking for that Folgers feeling all year long? Let's talk fandom's varying attitudes towards incest fic and which incest ships are dearest to your heart. Panelists: becka, ifshehadwings, ofjustimagine
  • 01:00 pm - 01:50 pm - Closing Ceremonies

Sunday Track 2: Small Panels & Workshops:

  • 10:00 am - 10:50 am - Dress Like A Woman (With The Blood Of Your Enemies Gracing Your Lips): Part II - Makeup Q&A, techniques, trends, tutorials, and lots of reinforcing that there's no wrong way to do makeup, so long as you like the end results. Panelists: clex_monkie89
  • 11:00 am - 11:50 am - Magical Realism & Soulmate AUs - the Good, the Bad, and the Wince-Worthy - What is Magical Realism? What are the pros and cons to a Soulmate AU? Why are we so invested in seeing two (or more) idiots fated to fall in love? Panelists: brynspikess, clex_monkie89
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - Femslash - I know this may come as a shock, but sometimes fandom can be all about the (white) dudes. Let's take a break from that and talk about ladies loving ladies. Panelists: stupidlullabies

Sunday Track 3: Roundtables:

  • 10:00 am - 10:50 am - #justiceforbarb - Stranger Things - Let's discuss everything you loved in S1 (the characters! the Stephen King-esque vibe! all the 80s pop-culture references!) and what you're excited about for S2. Panelists: chaneen
  • 11:00 am - 11:50 am - Born to Make History - Can you feel ... my heart beat? Are you anime figure skating trash? Come discuss/cry over Yuri!!! on Ice and how it's ruined all our lives. Panelists: ifshehadwings
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - Watney Watch: Special Edition - Come and discuss The Martian! We'll trade tips and tricks for writing realistic science, boners in space, and Mark Watney's special brand of humor. Panelists: oftenadamanta

Sunday Evening Events:

  • 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm - Straggler's Dinner. Pizza and a movie in the Fandom Lounge (movie ended up being "The Martian").

First Annual Vid Show 2017

Click here to see the 2017 Vid Show playlist.

2017 Convention Reports

Overheard at CONfabulation 2017

Collected from Twitter.

  • "...welcome to #ConFabCon, this is not a place for shame."
  • #confabcon "No, Pissy, the heterosexual barrier is NOT knotting!"
  • "What are we doing? Cards Against Humanity?" "No, were having an orgy" "... but that's a completely different outfit" #ConFabCon
  • "Marvel has not been very good at doing the emotional work in their movies." "We do it for them" #confabcon
  • "YOU get a tragic backstory! And YOU get a tragic backstory!" #confabcon
  • "and then there's an emoji heart." #confabcon #badficidol
  • "That isn't locked shouldn't it be?" "What isn't locked?" "nothing" (Certainly not the door labeled restricted access) #ConFabCon
  • "Can't we just be best friends even though we sometimes punch each other?" "Sometimes that's just how you show that you care!" #CONfabcon
  • "Is she going to fuck the horse? I think she's going to fuck the horse!" Does it count as overheard at #ConFabCon if we're in the car home?
  • "If all of the men are off together, some of them are gonna be fucking." #CONfabcon
  • "but what kind of lipstick should you use if you want to make the penises kiss?" #confabcon
  • "He's a dumpster fire with a heart of gold." #CONfabcon
  • "There's desperation and large object body penetration and that's all I want." #CONfabcon
  • ""Body language"" there are two quotes because air quotes. #ConFabCon
  • "I generally gloss over porn. You know, it's just tab A, slot B. Or sometimes tab B, slot A. But...heh, butt." #ConFabCon
  • "How's the fic quality?" "Well it's not on AO3. Let's put it that way." #confabcon
  • "And then he goes into a murderous rage ... I know, feelings, right?" #confabcon
  • "He'll be back, and then he'll bone his sister, like he should!" #confabcon
  • "Wow, they've been here since it was black and white." #confabcon
  • "This is my budget Apple Watch." *talking about having a phone on her boobs. #CONfabcon
  • "You don't have to do anything in there. Bring your knitting!!" #CONfabcon
  • "Your tombstone is going to say 'No judgement' on it." #CONfabcon
  • "It only takes a minute to become vampires." #ConFabCon
  • raptor jesus i am being coopted into hockey fic #confabcon
  • "Batman doesn't use lipstick; it leaves evidence!" #OHatconfabcon #confabcon
  • Abracaducken: newest word born in Pittsburgh (6yos are the greatest) #confabcon
  • "How is Mark Watney eating better than us?" #ConFabCon #dinnerandaMartian
  • "I don't think fanpeople know how to lie about chocolate, really." #Confabcon
  • A scientist is always fine. #TheMartian
  • "How do we feel about Thor's new hair?" "It's okay. I think it's gonna get cut on screen." "NO, YOU TAKE THAT BACK." #ConFabCon
  • "I'm always a pretty princess" --Batman, absolutely canonically 😂😂#ficrec
  • "It's been seven days since I ran out of ketchup." Mark Watney is a man after my own heart #confabcon
  • "We are often interrupted by the cunnilingus." #confabcon
  • "That man was the worst. He was like moldy tofu in human form." Overheard @ConFabCon
  • "I may or may not be writing a fic that is several years in the making-" "Oh yeah, you should finish that." Overheard @ConFabCon
  • "Now you're just blowjob guy forever!" #confabcon
  • "Okay... the taste of poor choices in my mouth." #CONfabcon
  • "Oh, like gen fic?" "...from what I remember, it was gen..." #CONfabcon
  • "So I was raised not a dick so I think some" #confabcon
  • Robots are taking over our fanfic jobs and I do not approve!!! #ConFabCon
  • Fucking Kevin. Fucking otters. #confabcon
  • "If I'm ever that heterosexual, just shoot me." #ConFabCon
  • It's not non consensual but ... it ... look the point is he has really adorable baby now ok? #ConFabCon
  • "I can't see through time enough" #ConFabCon
  • "Coca-cola is an invisible fandom in Pittsburgh." #CONfabcon
  • "You can't do anything right, you have to just roll around in rags." #CONfabcon
  • "All of Jupiter? It's really big." #CONfabcon
  • "I gotta find someone to arm wrestle me..." #CONfabcon
  • "What if I just eat cheetos until the razors arrive?" #CONfabcon
  • "You get a tragic backstory and you get a tragic backstory.... check under your chairs." #CONfabcon
  • "Have we had the talk? The licking things talk?" #ConFabCon
  • There's incest at noon. #overheardatconfab #okaytechnicallytheconcomm
  • "Zack is like the bandom Dana!" #ConFabCon
  • "In your OTP who is the contractor and who is the real estate agent?" #seriousquestions #confabcon
  • "Fuck yeah, synergy!" #roundtable #confabcon

Second Annual CONfabulation 2018

CONfabulation 2018 Alumni pin, art by Cathybites
Cover of the 2018 program book, art by Cathybites
CONfabulation 2018 attendee name badges. Front and back decorated with stickers from the Fandom Lounge.
Swag bag given to attendees of the 2018 convention.
CONfabulation 2018 swag totebag.
CONfabulation 2018 swag pen with stylus tip.
Pumpkin and Cauldron mini buckets; a random one was in each swag bag.
Green, Purple, Pink, and Orange neon Vampire Teeth; a random one was in each swag bag.
Monster Teeth, Eyeballs, Witches, Mummies, and Skeletons; a random wind-up toy was in each swag bag.
Skeleton Army mini figurines; a random one was in each swag bag.
CONfabulation 2018 swag cup.

The Second Annual CONfabulation was held October 25-28, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. It was located at SpringHill Suites Chicago O’Hare, 8101 West Higgins Road, Chicago, Illinois, 60631.

  • Attendee Swag Bag: The bag was orange with a black pocket and the CONfabulation logo printed on it in orange.
    • It included a plastic cup w/orange logo and black lid, and a black & orange pen with stylus tip.
    • Each bag had a mini candy bucket, neon vampire teeth, a wind-up toy, a skeleton army figurine, black bottle of bubbles, and Halloween stickers.
    • Also included program and alumni pin.
  • CONfabulation's official colors this year were Black and Orange.
    • The dance party theme was Halloween, a.k.a. The Nightmare Before CONfab.
    • Cathybites was unable to attend this year as DJ, so the dance party music was opened to requests from attendees prior to con, and a playlist was arranged by Mary (and is available on Spotify).
  • The charity raffle raised $467 for Center on Halsted.
  • The vendor section of the Fandom Lounge hosted 2 vendor's tables: Nightengale Needles and Undercover Geek

CONfabulation 2018 Con Committee

Mary (ro_mm_ck/cee_m): Team Leader

Bryn (Brynspikess): Chair of Public Relations
Clex (clex_monkie89): Chair of Accounting
DC: Volunteer Coordinator
Emily (scarylullabies): Special Events Coordinator
Kristen (k9plus1): Social Media Coordinator
Laura (chaneen): Chair of Programming
Lina (GirlPhenom): Chair of Logistics
Melissa (jane_anon): Panels Coordinator
She!Sam (youngloveleroy): Raffle Coordinator

Special Thanks:
Cathy (stupidlullabies): CONfab Hero

2018 Panels/Programming

Programming items typically run 50 minutes with 10 minute breaks in between in order to allow time for participants to chat or visit the restroom with enough time for them to make it to the next item or panel that they'd like to see. There is also an hour-long break for lunch.

Programming items are divided into two tracks (Panels & Group Discussions/Workshops) with a room dedicated to each track.

Thursday, October 25th

  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Meet & Greet. Meet your fellow attendees, make new friends and reconnect with old ones. Do some crafts, eat some snacks, and play some games at this chill gathering to kick off the con!

Friday, October 26th
Friday Track 1: Panels:

  • 10:30 am - 10:50 am - Opening Ceremonies. Welcome to the second annual CONfabulation! Introductions, announcements, and everything you need to know about the weekend ahead.
    • FACILITATORS: CONfab Con Comm
  • 11:00 am - 11:50 am - There and Back Again: Your Fannish Story. There’s no end to fandom but there’s always a beginning. Which fandoms were stops on your journey? Learn about your fellow fans and tell us about yourself.
    • FACILITATOR: countessmry
    • FANDOM: Meta/Personal History
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - Animated Gay. In space, on ice, fighting evil by moonlight: queer rep in animation has come a long way. Come discuss animated gay in all forms, and flail over your faves.
    • FACILITATOR: acidquill
    • FANDOMS: Voltron Legendary Defender, Yuri On Ice, Sailor Moon, Legend of Korra, etc.
  • 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm - Video Games. RPGs, MMOs, fighting games, single-player, co-op. Join us to discuss all things video games, from your favorites to new games you can’t wait to play.
    • FACILITATORS: chaneen, saintawesome
    • FANDOMS: Mass Effect, The Last of Us, Tomb Raider, Skyrim, Dragon Age, all video games welcome!
  • 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm - Fandom History: From Zines to AO3. An overview of fandom history, from prehistory to the rise of modern copyright law, digital platforms and how Fandom has always been here.
    • FACILITATORS: tsukinofaerii, ifshehadwings
    • FANDOMS: Fandom is my Fandom

Friday Track 2: Group Discussions/Workshops:

  • 11:00 am - 11:50 am - Soulmate AUs Are My Fandom - Names on each other, first words, timers, colorblind, matching wounds: give me all your Soulmate AUs and I’ll rec you mine.
    • FACILITATOR: Clex (Clex_monkie89)
    • FANDOM: Multi-Fandom
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - Tabletop RPGs: Level 0 - Roll a new character, create new worlds, and discuss TTRPGs in the digital age. All experience levels welcome
    • FACILITATORS: tsukinofaerii
    • FANDOM: Dungeons and Dragons and other Tabletop RPGs
  • 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm - The Clex Monkie School for People Who Can’t Makeup Good - Not only will you learn makeup basics, but you’ll learn just how problematic so many of your makeup faves are. At least it’ll save you money?
    • FACILITATOR: Clex (Clex_monkie89)
    • FANDOM: Makeup
  • 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm - How Do Podfic? - Podficcing requires many skills, but whether you’re a newbie or vet, there’s always more to learn. Grab your mics and let’s record!
    • FACILITATORS: ofjustimagine
    • FANDOM: Podfic, Multi-Fandom

Friday Evening Events:

  • 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm - Vid Show. CONfabulation’s annual vid show will feature an hour of new vids in various fandoms, some never before seen!
  • 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm - Fandom Trivia. Think you know the most about your fandom? Show off your stuff at fandom trivia! Star Wars, Buffy, Harry Potter… anything goes!
  • 9:00 pm – ??? - Badfic Idol. Prepare yourself for live, dramatic readings of truly, deliberately terrible badfic with Badfic Idol. Tentacles, angel wings, eggpreg… the world is your badfic oyster. Write a badfic alone or with friends and submit it to be read by our talented panel of judges. Fics cannot be longer than 400 words and are due by 8:30pm on Friday. Please place your masterpiece in the box marked “Badfic Idol” in the fandom lounge, or email it to with the subject line “Badfic Idol Submissions.” The winner will receive an awesome prize and lifelong notoriety. If you would like to volunteer to be a Badfic Idol Judge, please see a member of the Con Comm or email us at

Saturday, October 27th
Saturday Track 1: Panels:

  • 10:00 am - 10:50 am - Keeping it in the Family: Incest in Fandom. We like our fictional family members a little too close, and we’re not sorry. Don’t forget to bring your recs for new and/or underappreciated ships!
    • FACILITATORS: ifshehadwings, saintawesome
    • FANDOM(S): Multi-Fandom (may include: Supernatural, Game of Thrones, Flowers in the Attic, MCU, Star Wars, That Folgers Commercial, AND MORE)
  • 11:00 am - 11:50 am - My DVR is Intersectional: How TV Bridges Communities. TV is more diverse in more ways than ever. We’ll chat about our fave TV melting pots and daydream about intersections we want to see in the future.
    • FACILITATOR: GirlPhenom
    • FANDOM(S): Multi-Fandom, all television (potentially B99, Sense8, Queer Eye, The Good Place, DCTV, unscripted TV, more TBD)
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - The Marvel Cinematic Universe: WTF Do We Do Now?!. It’s been 10 years, 20 movies, 2 network TV shows, 6 Netflix shows, and a whole lot of fan theory. Let’s talk highs and lows and what’s yet to come.
    • FACILITATORS: chaneen, GirlPhenom
    • FANDOMS: MCU (all movies and TV)
  • 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm - Joy in the Apocalypse. When the world is terrible, sometimes you need a little bit of joy to soothe your soul. Come rec your favorite self care escapes and get new ones!
    • PANELISTS: ofjustimagine
    • FANDOM(S): Multi-Fandom
  • 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm - The Future is Female. Let’s talk about all-female and non-binary female-identifying casts, Smurfette men, and what franchises should be rebooted next (Hint: it’s ALL of them).
    • FACILITATOR: brynspikess
    • FANDOMS: Ghostbusters, Mad Max: Fury Road, Doctor Who, Ocean’s 8, Steven Universe
    • FACILITATORS: Clex (Clex_monkie89), ifshehadwings, tsukinofaerii
    • FANDOMS: Human Beings?

Saturday Track 2: Group Discussions/Workshops:

  • 10:00 am - 10:50 am - Vidding Is A Fandom. Learn where to find vids, how to talk about them, and ways to flesh out your feedback to vidders.
    • FACILITATORS: colls, countessmry
    • FANDOM: Vidding Fandom
  • 11:00 am - 11:50 am - Plushie Workshop: 2 Soft 2 Cute. Learn how to make your own plushie! Bryn and She!Sam will be available to answer questions and offer advice to beginner sewers. Supplies are free!
    • FACILITATORS: brynspikess, youngloveleroy
    • FANDOMS: Multi-Fandom, Crafting
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - Vintage Fandoms. If your fandom got cancelled, forgotten, or never broke into the mainstream to begin with, come get nostalgic, side-eye reboots, and rec hidden gems!
    • FANDOMS: Starsky & Hutch, MASH, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and whatever else people bring to the table
  • 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm - Post-Infinity War Support Group. Wailing, gnashing of teeth, rending of garments, and raining curses down upon the House of Marvel. We have to do something until May 2019, right?
    • FACILITATOR: ifshehadwings
    • FANDOM(S): Avengers: Infinity War, MCU
  • 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm - Please Stop Saying “Back When I Was In _____:” A Support Group For Dying Fandoms. You’re flailing with a group of fans and they suddenly start commiserating about all the ways your fandom is dead and over. Come seek shelter with us.
    • FACILITATORS: Dimeliora, Clex (Clex_monkie89)
    • FANDOMS: Multi-Fandom
  • 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm - Fandom Stitch ‘n’ Bitch. Bring your project bags and hang out while we talk about our favorite nerdy crafts, share expertise, and dish about our favorite CONfab programs! Showing off your latest creative effort is highly encouraged. Beginners are welcome, too!
    • FACILITATOR: often adamanta
    • Spare needles and yarn will be available for newbies who want to learn to knit.

Saturday Evening Events:

  • 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm - The Nightmare Before CONfab. Join us for a ~spooky~ evening at our annual dance. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and good times with your fellow attendees. Formal or pajamas, street clothes or Halloween costumes, all attire is welcome.
  • 9:00 pm - CONfab Annual Raffle. Find out if you have won any of CONfabulation’s delightful collection of fandom and non-fandom treasures at the annual raffle. You do not need be present to win, but your name must be on your ticket.

Sunday, October 28th
Sunday Track 1: Panels:

  • 10:00 am - 10:50 am - Fuck Reality: The Importance Of Magical Realism and Happy Endings in Fiction. Every day the news gets more depressing. Reality is important to craft a relatable story, but there’s no reason to make the fake world as sad as ours.
    • FACILITATOR(S): Clex (Clex_monkie89), Dimeliora
    • FANDOMS: Supernatural, DCEU, MCU, and any others brought up during discussion
  • 11:00 am - 11:50 am - Participation Award. How to participate in fandom if you don’t write, vid, or draw.
    • FACILITATOR: countessmry
    • FANDOMS: Meta, Fandom as a fandom
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - It May Be Garbage But it’s Mine. A chance to talk about all of the garbage TV, movies, and media that we love but that we acknowledge may be silly, bad, or problematic.
    • FACILITATORS: countessmry
    • FANDOMS: Multi-Fandom (Trash Fandoms)
  • 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm - HBIC: The Marginalization of Outspoken Women. Driven, unapologetic women are often demonized in modern media. We’ll cover egregious examples – then discuss our fave media where girlbosses shine!
    • FACILITATOR: GirlPhenom
    • FANDOMS: Multi-fandom (Star Trek, MCU, Netflix Originals, Star Wars, 90s/00s TV vs today, etc.)

Sunday Track 2: Group Discussions/Workshops:

  • 10:00 am - 10:50 am - Murder, Politics, and the Wrongly(?) Accused: Podcasts For Everyone!. Let’s talk podcasts! From fiction to non-fiction, comedy to drama, what we like, why we like it, and what else we should be listening to.
    • FACILITATOR: chaneen
    • FANDOM: Podcasts of all kinds
  • 11:00 am - 11:50 pm - Writers Support Group. Join your fellow writers to whine about writer’s block, have a dialogue about dialogue, and trade tips to make erotica a little less hard.
    • FACILITATOR(S): often adamanta
    • FANDOMS: All, as it focuses on writing
  • 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm - A Brief History of Boy Bands. What was the first boy band? Who invented boy bands? Are boy bands still a thing? This and more at a panel sure to be equal parts education and squee!
    • FACILITATORS: chaneen, GirlPhenom
    • FANDOMS: Boy Bands (1D, Backstreet Boys, The Monkees, The Beatles, 5 Seconds of Summer, In Real Life, O-Town, Menudo, Take That, *NSYNC, etc. etc. etc.)
  • 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm - It’s Still A Dad Joke If The Dad Is In Labor. Why do we like mpreg so much? Do we even care why? Come squee about it and trade recs/ideas!
    • FACILITATORS: Clex (Clex_monkie89), Dimeliora
    • FANDOMS: Multi-Fandom
  • 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm - Closing Ceremonies. We hate to say goodbye, but eventually the fun has to end. Come say goodbye until next year and have a chance to ask questions of the Con Comm and make suggestions for future CONfabs.
    • FACILITATORS: CONfab Con Comm

Sunday Evening Events:

  • 7:00 pm - 12:00am - Straggler's Dinner. (Takeout was ordered from the hotel's attached "Outback Steakhouse" and stragglers hung out in the Fandom Lounge playing a game of "Honey Heist".)

Second Annual Vid Show 2018

Click here to see the 2018 Vid Show playlist.

2018 Convention Reports

Overheard at CONfabulation 2018

Collected from Twitter.

  • “I refuse to accept that Johnny Depp ruined the entire concept of pirates!” Playing Cards Against Humanity at #confabcon
  • "Goddammit, where'd my object permanence go?!" #ConFabCon
  • Chicago, I am in you! #confabcon
  • "Sometimes your teeth are just your teeth." #confabcon
  • "I like vehicular manslaughter, but I'm going to go with the fear and hatred in men's hearts." #confabcon
  • "It’s basically Tupperware for corpses!” #confabcon
  • "If you see bubbles, you've met your soulmate." #confabcon
  • "He has as many medals for being queer as he does for ice skating." Re: Viktor #ConFabCon
  • "But it’s not my arm, it’s your arm!" "I will leave it to you in my will!" #confabcon
  • "okay, i have the map upside down. that’s my bad." #confabcon
  • Overheard at #confabcon “space was great, but then they gave me a queer!"
  • "Mind if I change my shirt?" "Nah, I'm looking at my eggs and sausage." "...I don't want to hear about your sausage while I'm naked." #confabcon
  • "Always loot the body, especially if they're your friend." #confabcon
  • "You have bears?! I’ve always wanted to play a bear! I’ve never realized that until just now!" #confabcon
  • This is your eye... the protagonist (it’s purple) #confabcon
  • (while drawing a huge eyeball) "This is our protagonist..." #confabcon
  • "honk if you like honking!" #confabcon
  • "There were two fish, and they were married!" #ConFabCon
  • "i didn’t realize this is what would emotionally traumatize me this weekend." #confabcon
  • I 💚 the analogy of fandom as an invasive species on social media platforms. #ConFabCon
  • "I have been over 18 since I was 13." #confabcon
  • "I've got a song for your sad backstory." *plays John Cena theme song* #ConFabCon
  • "Let me explain why that mattered in my head." #CONfabCon
  • have so many imposters questions after the vidshow: who are they? are the dudes brothers? is this a threesome? please raptor jesus tell me it's a threesome #ConFabCon
  • "Professional musicians who have to fly often buy a second seat for their large instruments." "So what you’re saying is I should buy a second seat for these Supernatural cast body pillows?" "This is America!" #confabcon #OHatCONfabCon
  • "Talk fast, one of those assholes is typing." #CONfabCon #BadFicIdol
  • "Sara, WHO DIDN'T WRITE THIS FIC." #CONfabCon #BadFicIdol
  • Dum-E, off stage: *Beeps* #BadFicIdol #CONfabCon
  • "Words are made up of spelling!!!" #ConFabCon
  • "well i've been a monsterfucker for a long time." #venomfandom #confabcon
  • "Yeah, but if they didn't share a womb, is it really real?" #confabcon
  • "Steve Rogers will NOT die. He will go into the west and remain Galadriel" #ConFabCon #OHatCONfabCon
  • "I didn't think I was going to go there, but then I read a fic and I went there." #confabcon
  • "But Pietro Maximoff didn’t get snapped away by Thanos." "How do we know? Did he check the website?" #confabcon #OHatCONfabCon
  • "Captain Kirk to bridge: there's a bunch of ghosts down here getting head." #confabcon
  • "what did you do last saturday? i blew a bunch of ghosts!" #confabcon
  • "What is Dungeons & Dragons?" "You roll dice, and then you fuck." #confabcon
  • On Black Sails: "In the first season, it’s like, ooh, pirates love sex and money. And by the fourth season it’s like..." "Pirates love civil liberties!" #confabcon
  • This section of you hair is problematic #CONfabCon
  • "I just. Have dreams in my heart hole." #ConFabCon
  • "The power of virginity and love kills the monster." #confabcon
  • "You accept that but you don’t accept vore you cowards" #ConFabCon
  • "Oh my God, what did I buy in Canada?" #CONfabCon
  • "There is space on your dress!" #confabcon
  • "Quick, do the human 'go away' symbol!" Everyone: (middle finger) #ConFabCon #HoneyHeist
  • A gentle leaf, blowing in the wind, waiting for a duck to fuck. #ConFabCon
  • "T-rex Pope wants to be the only pope in this town!" #ConFabCon #HoneyHeist
  • "Is this just a human thing?" "I think it's a human thing." "Humans are weird." #ConFabCon #HoneyHeist
  • "That was unintended reverse furry." #honeyheist #confabcon
  • "I always have room in my trunk for a Winchester." #confabcon
  • "It's clearly some high tech, fucked up shit." #ConFabCon #HoneyHeist
  • "We're bears, of course we can read!" #ConFabCon
  • "The whole pope! Every part of the pope!" #honeyheist #confabcon
  • "Only you can prevent forest fires. By giving me your day pass." #honeyheist #confabcon
  • "Maybe while he's distracted by being threatened by the bear pope." #honeyheist #confabcon
  • "I'm taking all the Pope related supplies." #ConFabCon
  • "I think we should not take the haunted pirate boat." "It's probably fine." #ConFabCon
  • The hard limit for #ConFabCon has been found. It is baby ducks because raccoons at least have thumbs @ConFabCon
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a bull whip. #ConFabCon
  • "first of all, if it's abo and there's no knotting, then what's the point?" #confabcon
  • "skulls are soft, they'd crush real easy!" #confabcon
  • magical tissue exit chute. #confabcon
  • "I don't know what this is, but I'm into it." #ConFabCon
  • "i can't be dreaming because i can read." - a foolproof way to tell if concussed... #confabcon
  • "no, there's no virgin love in the cat." #confabcon

Third Annual CONfabulation 2019

The Third Annual CONfabulation is tentatively planned for Fall 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. Dates TBD.