TGIF/F 2017

Thank you to the 104 attendees who made the 2017 con even bigger and better than the first! We had a fantastic lineup of femslash panels and events over the three days. If you're considering joining us in 2018, this will give you a great idea of what kind of programming to expect. You can also see our schedule from the weekend at the bottom of this page.

Programming

The heart of programming at TGIF/F is fan-directed, whole-group discussion. Attendees lead and create the conversations. By registering to attend TGIF/F, you become part of the process -- helping decide panel topics, shaping conversations, and bringing events and games to life. Your voice is important to us, both before and at the con.

TGIF/F places particular focus on meta discussions about themes that stretch across femslash fandoms, pairings, and genres. Attendees will also be able to sign up for open times throughout the weekend to lead specific round-table conversations about their particular TV show or pairing. We aim to provide a balance between general fandom discussion and specific fandom discussion. Additionally, we seek to build community across interests by hosting more personal conversations around topics like coming out or the impact of fandom on your life. We also feature many special events and games to round out the schedule with a variety of femslash-themed activities.

For 2017, we built on the great ideas of the first con and expanded to include a lot of new, exciting programming. See for yourself! (Click on each category tab below for full details.)

Panels
Events
Games
Activities

Our panels are 50-minute, open group discussions moderated by one or two attendees. The con has two panel rooms running side by side for most of the weekend, providing choice and more opportunities for attendees. Registered attendees have nominated and voted on their panel choices.

Meta and Multifandom Panels

Crossovers, AUs, & Headcanons -- Oh my! (moderated by xactodreams & the headcanonkru )

Part of the fun of fandom is taking characters you love and putting them in new situations, whether that be a different setting, profession, personal history, or relationship. Come share your favorites and walk away with new ideas for your OTP.

Fake Dating: We Love It For Real (moderated by Marry-Me-Naya)

Face it, you just can’t get enough of this ridiculous plot device. (Don’t worry, we can’t, either.) Why does this trope work? When does it not? Why do we love it? Share your favorite recs and celebrate the real joys of fake dating.

Femslash in Comics (moderated by ShinyAlice)

We’ve come a long way: Kate Kane debuted as Batwoman in 1956 to make Batman seem less gay, and now she’s got a canonical girlfriend. In this panel, we’ll talk about all our favorite ladies from the panels of comic books, whether super heroic, wicked, or divine.

Finding Truth in Fiction (moderated by jarrow)

Fandom is an interesting intersection between the fictional worlds we explore and the real world in which we walk. Come discuss the gray area of truth in fiction and how fannish works have helped you discover your own truths. We'll predominantly explore these questions, created by Jedusaur (and borrowed with permission).

Genesis of a Femslash Fandom (moderated by jarrow)

What makes a femslash ship grow into a big fandom? What, if anything, do the successful fandoms have in common? What do we as fans connect to? Just for fun, let's design the next theoretical big femslash ship ourselves!

Religion, Magic, & Representation in Fantasy (moderated by ProfessorSpork)

It’s not always easy to feel represented in genre fiction, when earthly things like religion seem like the first thing to go. But between Jewish Kryptonians, Buddhist Jedi, Deep Space Nine’s everything and lions that are stand-ins for Jesus, the overlap between faith and fantasy is often more than we realize.

The Massive Ef/fect of Femslash in Video Games (moderated by hmmawkward & wingysart)

Queer representation in video games is on the rise, so let’s discuss and celebrate! Panel may include the casual sipping of fanboy tears while discussing Tracer, as well as verbal soliloquies about how gay Lara Croft is.

Power Dynamics in Femslash (moderated by ShinyAlice & mammothluv)

Whether at work, in politics, in families, in sex, or in relationships, there is something intriguing and captivating about power dynamics, especially between two women.

Retro Femslash & Queer Lady Media Herstory (moderated by cyborganize & CoolAmi69)

Femslash is a rich tapestry going back decades, both in film and in television. For years, movies did what television was afraid to do. Then, shows like Xena, Voyager, Buffy, and others paved the way for the characters and representation we have today. Come get a history lesson from some fans who were there in this first wave of femslash fandom.

Why CAN'T Waverly Be the Heir: A Look at Leading Ladies (moderated by ProfessorSpork)

While obviously every woman is the star of her own story, it takes an extra something special to be the leading lady of an ensemble. What separates out the Wynonnas, Korras and Buffys from their casts? Is it a function of personality, of genre, or something else?

Writing Femslash (moderated by tatianathevampireslayer & lingeringlilies)

There’s more to writing femslash than keeping your shes and hers straight (or not straight, as the case may be). In this panel, we’ll talk about the positives and pitfalls of writing women who love women.


Single Fandom Panels

While many ships and shows get covered in general multifandom panels, some are so popular that they deserve their own conversations. We've set aside time in the schedule for four this year, which were voted in by our attendees. Conversation won't be limited to just one ship (or the most popular one), but instead a celebration and discussion of everything that makes these shows what they are. (Except Mon-El, fuck that guy.)

  • Supergirl** - moderated by ProfessorSpork
  • Wynonna Earp - moderated by ShinyAlice
  • Steven Universe - moderated by Gretchen
  • Legend of Korra - moderated by CoolAmi69

**Because it was the clear winner of the popular vote, Supergirl's time slot has been extended to 90 minutes.

In addition to this, we strongly encourage fans to host their own round table mini-panels throughout the weekend on any topic you like! We have ample time in the schedule and accommodations in the con suite for you to create whatever conversation makes your heart happy. Many attendees prefer the small group format to a large discussion, and we agree it's a great way to make new friends and create fannish connections.


Special Panels

Some panels are so important, they bypassed the voting process entirely. We feel these panels, in so many ways, represent the heart of our con.

Diversity and Representation in Media (moderated by cyborganize)

In this special two-hour panel, we will take an in-depth look at how the LGBTQA+ community has been represented in mainstream and independent media, in intersection with issues of gender, race, religion, disability, and other diverse identities. How does representation impact us, and why is seeing people like ourselves onscreen so important?

TGIFF: Thank God I Found Fandom (moderated by jarrow & ProfessorSpork)

In the grand tradition of the "Here's to Us" panel from FaberryCon, this is a special conversation where attendees can share their personal journeys and stories about how coming into fandom changed their lives. We are setting aside 2 hours Sunday afternoon for this discussion. Above all, it's a testament to why fandom is important to each of us and an emotional celebration of the safe space and supportive community we create at TGIF/F.

Creators Q&A

In conjunction with the presentation of original works, we'll follow the media block Friday night with the panel of the creators discussing their respective projects.

We like to balance the hours of deep discussion with other exciting activities each evening. Here are the great events we have planned for TGIF/F this year:

Club Femslash

We've given our dance party a huge makeover to create an epic Saturday night to remember! In the spirit of our friend VividCon's "Club Vivid," we'll show a rockin playlist of lady-centric vids on the big screen for you to bust a move to. Whether you want to dance your heart out or just sit and watch the vids from the comfort of a chair, it's sure to be a highlight of the weekend.

We're also giving the dance party a theme: San Junipero! Hopefully you've seen this great episode of the show Black Mirror that features two women falling in love as they bounce from era to era. Come dressed in an outfit that reflects your year of choice!

Want to make a brand new vid for Club Femslash that will debut on the big screen? Please fill out this form to let us know! Vids are due no later than March 31st.


Costume Contest

It's back and better than before! Come show off your cosplay prowess and impress the panel of judges (and the audience) to win cash prizes on Saturday night!

  • 1st place: $150
  • 2nd place: $100
  • 3rd place: $50

Plus, the winner(s) of the Audience's Choice gets free registration to the next con!

Our judging categories are:

  • Accuracy
  • Presentation
  • Creativity/Ingenuity
  • Effort
  • Queerness

Femslash Vidshow

Fan vids are a powerful medium. They can show us the best of what we love about a show or ship, or they can show us something new by remixing what we already know. Come Friday night to see over an hour of some of the best femslash vids out there, both from beloved past fandoms and from current shows on the air.

We are also accepting premieres to the vidshow! Email us at tgifemslash@gmail.com if you've got something in mind. The submission deadline is March 31st.


Auction

We've revamped our Sunday auction this year, and we know you're going to dig it. Pooh & Kristine are working hard assembling their popular fannish baskets (see pics below from past auctions) and other items you'll want to take home with you. We're doing a live auction this year, complete with bidding paddles bearing the face of a character you love. Get your bid in before the hammer drops and become the envy of the con! Most proceeds go toward covering con costs, but we typically have select items/proceeds go toward charity.

Here is a list of some of the themed baskets we're offering this year:

  • Ghostbusters
  • San Junipero
  • WayHaught
  • Clexa
  • Sanvers
  • Supercat
  • Supercorp
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Paris/Rory
  • Orphan Black
  • Faberry
  • Brittana
  • Video Games
  • Princess
  • Soccer
  • Anime
  • Superheroes

To help you take home that most desired item, we provide interest-free payment plans! Everyone is given up to 6 months from the auction date to submit their payment(s); installments are fine. If you spend over $500 total, you are given 12 months!


Sample Faberry baskets from one of our previous conventions

And just to make this whole thing even more fun, when you walk in, you’ll get to select a paddle with the face of one of 70 beloved female figures printed right on it to represent you. Then, we’ll call out their names in conjunction with your bids, just to make it more entertaining. Will Lena Luthor and Kara Danvers get into a bidding war over the Supercorp basket? Will Hillary Clinton reveal a secret obsession with WayHaught? ONLY TIME WILL TELL.


Original Works

At TGIF/F, we believe in the power of fan creation. We have some talented folks in our membership, so let's show off their hard work! On Friday night, we'll showcase a variety of original projects created by our con attendees and hold a Q&A with the creators.

  • Through the Noise - Written by Leah Bartels; Executive Producer & Cinematographer Brittany Miller

    As his daughter's sexuality is revealed, a father attempts to communicate his unfaltering love and support. This coming-of-age film shows the power of love in any relationship and the growing acceptance and appreciation of the LGBT community. (Run time: 5 mins)

  • Queerilismo: Decolonizing the Coming Out Process - by Lainie Escovedo

    A breakdown of her upcoming thesis project, Queerlismo is a documentary film exploration that draws on personal narrative and historical context. Lainie will explain Pre-Columbian and Mesoamerican Society's cultural ideas of sex, gender, and sexuality; and Modern Mexican and Contemporary Chicanx Muralismo as an Ethnographic site of resistance to Decolonize "coming out."

  • Retribution - Written by A.M. Hill

    Jessica Wright has wanted nothing more than to be a writer. After years of hard work, she's finally become one of the bestselling authors of her time. But then, bodies start piling up and her cookie-cutter world begins to fall apart. Fighting for all she cares about, Jessica has to step out of her very comfortable life and step into the world of a killer. Will she and the people she cares about make it out alive?

  • Breathe In For Luck (Teaser Trailer) - Shot and edited by Leilani Palafox; based on the series written by Kelsey O'Regan

    Taylor is into Jill who's into Chloe who's into Kyle who's kind of into Oliver who's not into Sarah who's not into gender. A household of twenty-somethings navigate expectations, different kinds of intimacy, and what it really means to love someone.

  • Only One - Written and Directed by Sierra Schepmann

    Sometimes you need a reminder that your life matters. (Run time: 5 mins)

If you're attending the con and have something 15 minutes in length or less you'd like to present, contact us at tgifemslash@gmail.com.


Open Mic Night

Let's close out the con Sunday night with a bang! We know fans are a talented bunch, and here's your chance to share your stuff! Sing, perform, recite, dance, tell a joke, act out a scene/skit, or whatever you like. It's not a competition, just a way to have fun and support each other. However, beware of flying panties from the audience.


Social

For those of us coming in Thursday to get the party started early, we'll provide a central location for attendees to come get to know each other, enjoy a cold beverage, and start talking about last week's episode.

Fic Battle

We're excited to bring this awesome game from FaberryCon to TGIF/F! Team up with other attendees to take turns crafting a (ridiculous) multifandom fic as the genres and prompts keep changing every 3 minutes. Writers can use whatever characters they are comfortable with, just try to keep the story going. The audience will decide what direction the story will go at each turn while the authors try to keep up! Hilarity is guaranteed, continuity is not. We can't wait to see what transpires! Be there Saturday for this awesomeness.


Fannish Osmosis Exchange

When you’re in fandom, you end up learning things about characters in shows you haven’t even watched. Maybe your buddies won’t stop talking about their favorite new obsession, or maybe you’ve just seen a lot of GIFs on Tumblr. Here is a chance for you to put your minimal, probably-not-entirely-accurate knowledge to good use!

Here’s how it works: Everyone will get a partner. You’ll chat and discuss your favorite fandoms until you find one that you know well that the other person is only passingly familiar with. This is your assignment! You’ll each get an index card and then have 15 minutes or so to make a small gift for your partner about that fandom. You could write a little drabble of their OTP (which is much better/funnier when you are probably getting basic facts wrong), you could draw them a little comic of their OTP, you could write a poem about their show, whatever makes you happy. In a pinch, you could always go to drabblematic.com on your phone and have it write a fic for you, Mad Libs style, then copy it onto your card. (If you are unfamiliar with this site, please take a moment and go treat yourself. It’s life changing.) It’s lovely to receive gifts, and your partner will be as thrilled to receive your work of art as you are to receive theirs! And you will have made a forever-friend at TGIF/F.

You’ll have the opportunity to pin your gift to the bulletin board in the Con Suite if you want to share the joy with others, then take it home at the end of the weekend.

Bingo

Well, it’s a Bingo-Scavenger-Hunt-type thing, anyway. We’ve put a grid of 24 activities in the program for you to tackle during the con. Things like, “I sat by someone I didn’t know in a panel” and “I danced to 3 vids in a row at Club Femslash” and “I remembered to eat actual food at some point each day.” (No, really. Self-care is important!) Try to mark off a whole row or column for the personal pride of a job well done. If you complete the entire board, your name will be entered into a drawing for a free membership to TGIF/F 2018!


Fancasting

We all know and love those great Tumblr posts where people recast famous franchises with actors they would love to see in those roles. We’ve put together several great frameworks for you to cast your own people of choice. You can work alone, with a partner, with a squad, whatever you like. We’ll have these out in the Con Suite all weekend for you to get your best ideas on paper. After the con, we’ll post them on Tumblr for all to see. Genius, after all, should be celebrated.

Schedule


Key
Official stuff
Single fandom panel
Meta & Multifandom panels
Event
Game
DIY Discussions / Games
Thursday

All day: Socializing in the Party Rooms and Landings Lounge
7:30pm San Junipero group watch in Party Rooms
9:00pm Riverdale group watch in Party Rooms
10:00pm Josie and the Pussycats group watch in Party Rooms

Friday
  • 9:45
  • 10:00
  • 10:30
  • 11:00
  • 12:00
  • 2:00
  • 4:00
  • 5:00
  • 7:00
  • 8:00
  • 9:30
  • Aviation IV (Big Room)
  • Mod Squad Meetup
  • Welcome
  • Fannish Osmosis Exchange
  • Lunch Break
  • Diversity and Representation in Media
  • Wynonna Earp
  • Dinner Break
  • Fake Dating: We Love It For Real
  • Femslash Vidshow
  • Original Works and Q&A
  • Aviation III
  • Lunch Break
  • DIY Open Discussions
  • Dinner Break
  • Femslash in Comics
  • Aviation I & II (Con Suite)
  • Registration
  • Registration
  • Registration
  • Registration
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
Saturday
  • 10:00
  • 11:00
  • 12:30
  • 2:00
  • 4:00
  • 5:00
  • 6:00
  • 8:30
  • 9:15
  • Aviation IV (Big Room)
  • A Look at Leading Ladies
  • Supergirl
  • Lunch Break
  • Fic Battle
  • Power Dynamics in Femslash
  • Retro Femslash & Queer Lady Media Herstory
  • Dinner Break
  • Costume Contest
  • Club Femslash
  • Aviation III
  • Writing Femslash
  • DIY Open Discussions
  • Lunch Break
  • Femslash in Video Games
  • Finding Truth in Fiction
  • Dinner Break
  • Aviation I & II (Con Suite)
  • Registration
  • Registration
  • Registration
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
Sunday
  • 10:00
  • 11:00
  • 12:00
  • 2:00
  • 4:00
  • 5:00
  • 7:00
  • 8:30
  • 9:30
  • Aviation IV (Big Room)
  • Crossovers, AUs, and Headcanons
  • Steven Universe
  • Lunch Break
  • Live Auction
  • Religion, Magic, and Representation in Fantasy
  • TGIFF: Thank God I Found Fandom
  • Dinner Break
  • Open Mic Night
  • Closing
  • Aviation III
  • Legend of Korra
  • DIY Open Discussions
  • Lunch Break
  • Genesis of a Femslash Fandom
  • Dinner Break
  • Aviation I & II (Con Suite)
  • Registration
  • Registration
  • Registration
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
  • DIY Open Discussions / Games
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