John Picacio’s Mexicanx Initiative Approaching 50 Memberships

Late in January, Worldcon 76 Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio announced he would be giving memberships in the con to two #Mexicanx professional sf/f artists or writers and two Mexicanx sf/f fans.

I’m doing this because our world needs more #Mexicanx stories, more #Mexicanx sf/f pros and fans, and more #DREAMers. To own our future, we *must* own our narratives, lest we continue to be villainized, abused, and butchered.

Two of the first four memberships were donated by John Scalzi. Since then many more contributors have stepped up, raising the number to nearly 50.

John Picacio has updated the donor list

My amazing sponsoring teammates so far are:

The submissions date has passed for requesting assistance (February 2) however,  Picacio says, “I’m still accepting Worldcon 76 Attending Membership sponsorships for Mexicanx pros and fans.”

Interested sponsors can contact him here: http://johnpicacio.com/contact.html

LoneStarCon 3 Names New Chair

Randall Shepherd announced today he is the new chair of LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 Worldcon now less than six months away.

He takes the place of original co-chairs Laura Domitz and Bill Parker who are continuing in the role of vice-chairs.

Shepherd has held various titles while serving on the LSC3 con committee — most recently vice-chair. A change of this magnitude means more than just swapping titles but the only insight Shepherd offered in his announcement was this: “As the convention heads into its final six months, a decision has been made by the ALAMO Board, in discussion with all affected parties, to streamline the organization and decision making processes.”

ALAMO is the nonprofit corporation behind LoneStarCon 3.

Shepherd’s statement ends:

For the team as a whole, our aims are unchanged. We will continue to focus on promotions to bring in more members, and on delivering an exciting convention which we can all be proud of and which showcases the best that Texas and Texas fandom has to offer, as we welcome the world to San Antonio.