James and Anders go head-to-head for TAFF

Fri 19th Mar 2004

James and Anders go head-to-head for TAFFThe Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) is intended to encourage links between north american and european fan groups. Each year a fan is brought to a convention on the other side of the atlantic.

This is done solely through the support of other fans. Fans get to vote for who is sent while donating to help towards their expenses.

This year's TAFF has two candidates, and both are well known to Irish fandom. Here's what they have to say about themselves...

James Bacon I live in Ireland. I run fun, mad conventions, serious awards, strange clubs, and help elsewhere. It's all a good laugh and terrific fun. I like the social, partying aspect of the SF scene, bouncing around, laughing, drinking, meeting new people, and roping people into the madness. The best bit is the friends. I would hope to make more in the States, or at least inflict myself upon poor American fans. I have a serious aspect I keep well hidden, but it oozes out occasionally. I always thought going for TAFF would be a cool way to meet many new people for a bloody good time.

Anders Holmström Your Swedish all-purpose, multifunctional fan came into Fandom through fanzines. I might have been content with just the books if it weren't for some wonderful conventions and their cornucopia of cool stuff. I've learned to drink Real Ale, won costuming awards, filked, gophered, gamed, sat on panels and hung around with authors in Scandinavia, England and Ireland. I've helped run smaller cons, seen many movies, read thousands of books and fanzines (not AT the conventions) and had articles published in award-winning fanzines (OK, with help). I love how Fandom is so diverse but still close knit - something we should cherish.

We wish both of them the best of luck, and encourage LostCarPark readers to vote and donate to the TAFF.

Click here for the voting form and more about TAFF

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