HolmesCon2020 is the brainchild of Kat and Sandra, two Sherlockians very active in the Twitter fandom. After mourning the loss of the official convention, they decided to take matters into their own hands. With help and support of some great friends, a con was born.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, HolmesCon can no longer be held in person, so we are bringing you some of our planned panels and events via the magic of Zoom! See below for more details.
Our wonderful artwork, and Kickstarter rewards, have been exclusively designed by @JohnsNotHisDate - click the link to check out her Redbubble!
A chat about all things fanfic, with LaKoda0518, Pamlocked, Patricia Munoz, and WritingOutLoud.
Join us as we ask your questions to our fabulous fan-artists, Khorazir, SparkyPip, JohnsNotHisDate, and CumberCurlyGirl. There may also be a special appearance from the wonderful thinkanddoodle-batch!
An introduction into the brilliant world of Sherlock meta, presented by 88thParallel, Elldotsee, and ThePersianSlipper.
Ever thought of co-authoring a fic? Come along and meet authors JBaillier, 7PercentSolution, Elldotsee, ShelleysPrometheus, KameoDouglas, and CumberCurlyGirl, as they give you the pro's and con's of collaborating with a friend.
Diane Duane, Kat, 88thParallel, and Enterthetadpole, discuss YOU - the Sherlockian fandom. Without a doubt, the brightest fandom ever to have graced tumblr!
Why do readers, and writers, enjoy such a wide variety of AU's? JBaillier, Khorazir, Elldotsee, and CarmillaCarmine tell us why they think they are so popular, and talk about their own universes.
CarmillaCarmine, Kat, InnerSpectrum, and Ginny_Gambrell discuss the wide array of ships in the Sherlock fandom, and try to answer the century old question: is Sherlock Holmes gay?
Angst, hurt/comfort, and the dreaded MCD - we love reading about our characters in pain, nearly as much as these authors love to torture them. 88thParallel, JBaillier, 7PercentSolution, and Holmesian_Love talk to us about their angst fics.
Join InnerSpectrum, WritingOutLoud, ShelleysPrometheus, and 7PercentSolution as they discuss fix-its, canon-divergence, and how to write a case fic.
The one you've all been waiting for! Our very own smut queens - KameoDouglas, CumberCurlyGirl, CarmillaCarmine, and LaKoda0518 - bring you an hour of... I don't think we really have to tell you what to expect in this one ;)
New York Times bestselling author, and very enthusiastic Sherlockian, Diane Duane, talks us through everything you ever wanted to know about Arthur Conan Doyle's canon.
Those who fell in love with Sherlock Holmes and John Watson through the BBC adaptation will find this talk a really useful introduction to the books that started it all.
What does it mean to write books for an established fandom? Our keynote speaker, Diane Duane, talks about her experiences writing her very successful books in the Star Trek universe; a very strong, vocal fandom that pays close attention to detail and consistency to established canon.
With over two and a half million words written about autistic Sherlock, 7PercentSolution explores:
-What is autism spectrum disorder?
-Does Sherlock Holmes fit the diagnosis?
-Can ASD help to explain his behaviour?
-And why does it matter to the fandom readers and writers?
If you love 7Percent's work, you won't want to miss this talk.
On hurting the characters we love and doctoring them back together.
One of the most popular, and prolific, authors in the fandom, J_Baillier, discusses the following:
-What scenes in BBC Sherlock make a Consulting Anaesthesiologist despair?
-When does a doctor writing a fic steer away from realism?
-What have been the biggest challenges for JB in her stories?
-Medical terms and procedures that layman often get wrong.
Lovers of hurt/comfort sickfics will get so much out of this talk. Don't forget to take notes!
Sherlock's production designer, and keeper of the sacred wallpaper, will be joining us on Sunday 20th September! Be sure to ask him about those elephants ;)
We will be holding a silent auction from on the days running up to the weekend, through to the end of Sunday. We have some wonderful lots for you and we will post a full list before the end of August.
100 questions to test your Sherlock knowledge! Primarily BBC based, but there's a few cheeky ACD questions in there too. Can anyone impress us with a full 100 correct answers?
Bingo with a difference - why have numbers when you can have tropes?
Diane is a science fiction & fantasy author, whose work includes the Young Wizards series, and Rihannsu Star Trek novels. She has been on the New York Times bestseller list several times, and is a huge Sherlock Holmes fan!
JBaillier is a phenomenal fanfiction author, who specialises in medical realism. She has written upwards of 60 Sherlock fics. Her epic series "On Pins and Needles" includes the popular fics "The Breaking Wheel" and "On The Rack".
7PercentSolution is one of our most highly respected fanfiction authors. An expert in Autism Spectrum Disorder, 7Percent's knowledge creates a unique and complex Sherlock. Popular fics include "Ex Files" and "Fallen Angel" series. They have often co-authored with JBailiier.
Carmilla has written an impressive number of Sherlock fics in only a year as an author. Her punk!lock AU, Dissonance, has been hugely popular, and also has a number of ficlets running alongside it. Her good friend, LaKoda0518 (Katie) will be alongside her on our Smut panel, and will appear separately for our Fanfiction talk. Katie has written both Johnlock and RPF fics.
These three well known tumblr meta bloggers will be presenting a fascinating panel on some of the most credible and compelling theories.
Both Elldotsee and 88thParallel will also be appearing on our writing panels.
The fantastic authors of Nine And A Half Weeks will be appearing together on both our Co-Authoring panel and our Smut and Kinks Panel!
Kyndall is also an artist and will be joining our Fabulous Fanart panel.
These four much-loved artists will be appearing together on our Fabulous Fanart panel, discussing both their own work and different drawing styles.
InnerSpectrum (Raivenne) is a prolific writer of both Johnlock and Mystrade, and she will be speaking on our Sexuality & Shipping panel, as well as our Improving Canon writing panel.
Writing Out Loud will also be speaking on our Improving Canon panel, and she has written a number of angst filled S3/S4 fix-it's and canon divergent stories.
Holmesian_Love is a relatively new angsty Johnlock writer, who will be appearing on our Pain, Glorious Pain panel. She has written the popular "Lost and Found" series.
Enterthetadpole is a writer of Sherlock fic, Good Omens fic, and RPF. Tad will be appearing on our Consulting Fandom panel.
Kat is very well known on twitter where she runs roleplaying accounts, and regularly recs fics. She also writes under the name SherlockWatson_Holmes and recently completed her S4 fix-it, Limerence. She will be taking part in our Consulting Fandom, and Sexuality & Shipping panels.