WinchestMidwest Con

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Convention
Name: WinchestMidwest Con
Dates: 2007-
Frequency: annual
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Type: fan-run media con/fan con
Focus: Supernatural
Organization:
Founder: anteka, Janet F. Caires-Lesgold
Founding Date: 2007
URL: website WinchestMidwest Con Community on Livejournal
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WinchestMidwest Con is a smaller Supernatural convention in Chicago, Illinois founded in 2007. A Livejournal community for the convention has been created here.

2007 WinchestMidwest Con

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The first WinchestMidwest convention took place from June 22nd - 23rd, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois with about 50 fans attending.An archived copy of the 2007 convetion website can be found here Convention reports from attendees can be found here. A good summary of the panels along with panel notes can be found here.[1]

2007 Programming

Friday June 22

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm Pre-Registration and Mingling // Postcard writing station will be set up // Supernatural episodes will be available for viewing

Saturday June 23

  • 8:00am – 10:00am Breakfast Buffet/Registration
  • 10:00am – 11:00am PANEL: The Season 2 Finale – Where Do We Go From Here?
  • 11:00am - 12 Noon WRITERS DISCUSSION: Writing for Supernatural: Classic Cars, Character Development & Creepy Crawlies (Table #1) // WRITERS CHALLANGE: Timed drabble writing from specific prompts (Table #2)
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm OPEN (Lunch)
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm WRITERS DISCUSSION: Beta Can You Hear Me? Building a Better Story Through Criticism. (Table #1) // WRITERS CHALLANGE: Review of an author drabble. Can either be from previous panel or another original work. (Table #2)
2007 convention banner featuring the cast of the Plastic!Winchester Theater, artist unknown
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm PANEL: Sam, Dean and Rest of the Supernatural Crew – Characters and Their Arcs
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm OPEN (Snack)
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm PLASTIC!WINCHESTER THEATER – Meet the cast, take your own photos, watch a con exclusive episode
  • 5:00pm – 8:00pm OPEN (Dinner)
  • 8:00pm – 10:00pm Classic Rock Karaoke Contest
  • 10:00pm – 1:00am Individual Room Parties


Sunday June 24

  • 10:00am – 11:00am PANEL: Mythology & Urban Legends - Fighting Supernatural Forces in the Real World
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm CHECKOUT those who are going on haunted site tour gather in lobby
  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm Ghost Hunt – Three haunted sites (Car pooling available )

2008 WinchestMidwest Con

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The second WinchestMidwest convention took place une 27th - 29th, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois with about 45 fans attending. [2] A few convention reports can be found here.

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2009 WinchestMidwest Con

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The third WinchestMidwest convention took place from July 10th - 12th in Chicago, Illinois with about 40 fans attending.

2009 Schedule

Friday July 10th

  • 5:00pm – 6:00 pm: Registration and Mingling
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm: PANEL: The Hero's Journey - How Sam and Dean Have Changed Since S1
  • 7:00pm – 11:30pm DOUBLE FEATURE: My Bloody Valentine: 3D starring Jensen Ackles, Friday the 13th starring Jared Padalecki

Saturday July 11th

  • 9:00am – 10:00am PANEL: Season Five: The Endgame of Supernatural
  • 10:05am – 11:00am PANEL: What We Really Need Is Some Music: The Use of Classic Rock on the Show
  • 11:05am – 12:00pm PANEL: Fanfic Writing Discussion: Writing for Supernatural: Classic Cars, Character Development & Creepy Crawlies
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm LUNCH BREAK
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm PANEL: From Script to Screen - A Comparison of How a Scene Looks On The Script Page Versus What Shows Up On Our TVs
  • 2:35pm – 4:30pm GUEST SPEAKERS – Meet the Real Life Winchesters. Local TAPS group discusses ghost hunting in the real world.
  • 4:30pm – 5:30pm TAKE A RIDE IN AN 1967 IMPALA
  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm PLASTIC!WINCHESTER THEATER – Meet the cast, take your own photos and watch a con exclusive episode.
  • 6:30pm – 8:30pm DINNER BREAK
  • 8:30pm – 9:30pm PANEL: Beta Can You Hear Me? Building a Better Story Through Criticism
  • 9:35pm – 10:00pm KIM MANNERS TRIBUTE VID and DISCUSSION
  • 10:pm - 12:00pm GHOST HUNTING WITH WEIRD CHICAGO

Sunday July 12th

  • 9:00am – 10:00am PANEL: Demons, Angels and the Gray Space In Between
  • 10:05am – 11:00am WRITER’S CHALLENGE – Timed drabble writing from specific prompts with constructive criticism
  • 11:05am – 12:00pm PANEL - That Was Graph-tastic! Creating Icons, Banners, and Header
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm LUNCH BREAK
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm PANEL – Character alignment - Discussion on how the Winchesters Tow the Moral and Ethical line
  • 2:05pm – 3:00pm OPEN DISCUSSION – The Supernatural Fandom. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
  • 3:05pm – 3:30pm Thank you and Goodbye’s

2010 WinchestMidwest Con

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The fourth annual WinchestMidwest Con was held on March 12th - 14th 2010. 25 people attended. A few convention reports can be found here, here and here. [3]In addition to panels, attendees celebrated the 100th episode and participated in an hour-long chat with staff from Supernatural's art department via Skype.

2010 Programming

2010 WinchestMidwest Con Panels included:

FRIDAY

  • 5:00 PM -- Registration // Meet and Greet
  • 6:00 PM -- Something Very Awesome (and very secret. SHHH!)
  • 7:00 PM -- Supernatural Rollcall - The Players and the Game
  • 8:00 PM -- Chicago Ghost Investigations // Movies (My Bloody Valentine, Friday the 13th)
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SATURDAY

  • 09:00 AM -- Season Five: Clusterf**k to the Apocalpse
  • 10:00 AM -- The Devil Went Down to Winchest
  • 11:00 AM -- From Script to Screen -- Role Play an Episode and Then Watch The Broadcast
  • 01:00 PM -- LUNCH
  • 02:00 PM -- Fanfic Writing Discussion: Writing for Supernatural. Classic Cars, Character Development & Creepy Crawlies
  • 03:00 PM -- Martha Stewart Says Rock Salt is the New Glitter. Learn how to make tinhats, scrapbook pages and icons/wallpapers
  • 04:00 PM -- Angels and Demons: The Ology Behind the Myth
  • 06:00 PM -- Dinner
  • 08:00 PM -- Tales from the Supernatural Set - Props, Pictures and Stories
  • 09:00 PM -- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; True Tales of the Supernatural
  • 10:00 PM -- 100th Episode Party. Wear Your Best Plaid Shirt, Shine Up Your Amulet, Enjoy Some Cake, and Watch Clips From the First 99(ish) Episodes

SUNDAY

  • 09:00 AM -- Flip to the Back of the Book (Spoiler Panel). What we already know, what we hope will happen and what's going to make us scream KRIPKE, YOU BASTARD!!
  • 10:00 AM -- Raffle Tickets // Scavenger Hunt Winners
  • 11:00 AM -- I Want to Rock and Roll All Night -- Music in SPN
  • 12:00 AM -- LUNCH
  • 1:00 PM -- Plastic!Winchester Theater -- Con Exclusive Episode (Part 1,[4] Part 2,[5] Part 3,[6], Part 4,[7] and Part 5.[8]
  • 2:00 PM -- Last Call! Conspiracy Theories and Hail Mary's (No Spoilers)
  • 3:00 PM -- Thank Yous and Convention Wrap-Up

2011

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The 2011 convention was held on March 4th - 6th, 2008 in Chicago, IL.

References

  1. WebCite for 2007 panel report.
  2. Registration post in the community LJ.
  3. WebCite for part 1 and part 2.
  4. WebCite for 2010, Part 1
  5. WebCite for 2010, Part 2
  6. WebCite for 2010, Part 3
  7. WebCite for 2010, Part 4.
  8. WebCite for 2010, Part 5.