Escapade/Escapade 2000

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Convention
Name: Escapade 2000
Dates: February 3-6, 2000
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URL: http://escapadecon.net
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Contents

Programming

Vid Show

Escapade 2000 Music Videos Friday, February 4th and Saturday, February 5th (Part 1)

Song Vidder Fandom Notes
Don’t You Need Morgan Dawn Starsky & Hutch From Friday show.
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You Stacey D Wiseguy From Friday show.
As Long As You Love Me Stacy D Wiseguy From Friday show.
Love is a Battlefield Flamingo Starsky & Hutch From Friday show.
Living La Vida Loca Flamingo Starsky & Hutch From Friday show.
The Saga Begins Weird Al-VH1 The Phantom Menace From Saturday show.
The Battle of Evermore Cee O’Dee The Phantom Menace From Saturday show.
Right By Your Side Cee O’Dee Multiple Fandoms From Saturday show.
Who Wants to Live Forever Cee O’Dee The Phantom Menace From Saturday show.
Love Is Strong Cee O’Dee World Wide Federation of Wrestling From Saturday show.
So Pure Pam Rose/Katharine Scarritt Homicide Life on the Streets From Saturday show.
You Make Me Remember Katherine Scarritt Star Trek Voyager From Saturday show.
Shades of Grey Waldo Babylon 5 From Saturday show.
Our House Waldo Babylon 5 From Saturday show.
Acrobat Gayle F & Morgan Dawn ]]La Femme Nikita]] From Saturday show.
Crying Game Seabreeze & Gloria R. The Sentinel From Saturday show.
Frozen Stacy D Oz From Saturday show.
From Where I Stand Kathy M. Due South From Saturday show.

Part 2

Shades of Gray Melina Highlander
Bridge Over Troubled Water Melina HIGHLANDER
I’m Too Sexy Melina HIGHLANDER
Don’t Fear the Reaper Melina, Killa, and Luminosity HIGHLANDER
We Do What We’re Told Gwyneth Soldier
Handle Me With Care Media Cannibals DUE SOUTH
The Rest Will Take Care of Itself Alexandrafa DUE SOUTH
Hair Media Cannibals Multi
46 and 2 Jo Oz
Human Sandy Herrold & Gwyneth X-Files
Smooth Operator Gwyneth La Femme Nikita
I’ll Be (The Greatest Fan of Your Life) Anna & TS Cannibals The Sentinel
Do What You Have to Do Gwyneth Buffy
You Got It Alex Buffy
Odd Couple Intro Sandy Buffy
Prison Sex Jo (On tape #4) Oz
Someone Keeps Moving My Chair Carol S X-FILES
Rhino Skin Carol S X-FILES
Veli Carol S X-FILES
What Do I Have to Do Carol S X-FILES
Spooky Jill & Kay X-FILES
My Generation Jill & Kay & Lynn (JKL) Buffy

The vid show was released on a songvid VHS tape and sold by Agent With Style. From the description: "The wonderful song vids shown at the Escapade convention in Santa Barbara, CA, each year are collected and presented here for your enjoyment through the auspices of Kandy Fong. Capturing every fandom you could think of -- and many you couldn't! -- these tapes are amazing and not to be missed! Available only in VHS tape."

During the vid show, an Oz vid [Prison Sex]] disturbed some viewers with its canonical images of graphic violence. This led a few attendees to complain and later demand warnings on Escapade vidshows. It was the first time this had been requested and signaled a shift in the expectations of the viewing audience towards a more controllable and individual customized viewing experience. While media vidshows had always included movie vids which had R (and in some cases X) ratings, the majority of footage had come from primetime TV shows which were restricted by censors in terms of both sex and violence. Cable TV had however, by 2000 made significant inroads in both, and the request for warnings on vidshows illustrated that not all fans were prepared for fandom to adapt to the increased explicitness in TV and movies. Escapade eventually chose to not include warnings on their vidshows deciding that since the convention was for fans 18 years or older, that this was not necessary.

Convention Reports

A con report by Jane Mailander, posted here with permission:

I collected my carpoolers. Sue and Attila, at six pm. Thursday and motored straight down 1-5 to LAX, getting in at 130 am We all crashed in someone's hotel room, taking up floor, half a bed, two chairs. The next day I booked my room and settled in... ... Er - LAX? Not glorious sunny (but usually rainy) Santa Barbara? Yes. For the first time in its history, Escapade was forced to leave Santa Barbara. The Goleta Holiday Inn, our location for eight cons, booked our space for another con this year. Ingrates - after all the business we gave them through recession and in their off-season ... The concom had to move us to the LAX area hotels. I will say that they chose a good hotel, the Sheraton Gateway. And the concom did a good job at the last minute. There were losses and gains, naturally. While the location meant that Escapade lost much of its spa-resort charm of being tucked away in lovely Santa Barbara, this site provided much easier access, not only for out-of-towners (a change from "fly to LAX, bushwhack one and a half hours north") but for fans in wheelchairs (the Goleta Holiday Inn isn't chair-friendly at all - I'm speaking as someone who's helped carry a chair or a fan up those outdoor concrete steps that get slippery in the usual Escapade rain). I saw more fans-on-wheels at this Escapade than in the other nine combined. Another complaint was the lack of nearby eating places - something I missed too, especially the 24-hour Carrow's and The Good Earth. The parking situation was worse, which was to be expected this close to LAX ($8 a night, across a busy street from the hotel). There was a single tiny diamond-shaped pool, blood-hot, outside. I paddled in it for a bit with a couple of kids - one a stunning redhead with a pooka-shell necklace - a bit dazed to be outdoors and warm in February (I've been living in the San Francisco area).

The hotel elevators were another annoyance - you had to stick your keycard in a slot to hit room-floor buttons. No doubt this was to keep the local interesting folks from visiting friends. This was a tough thing to negotiate all weekend, especially when your hands were full of luggage or zines.

The dealer's room was even tinier than the Goleta location (small enough that two fans have trouble passing each other) and a good walk away from the other function rooms - a major source of complaint by the con-goers. I stayed long enough to buy two zines and some Buffy tapes, and got out - it wasn't a place to browse.

But the dealer's room's size was counterbalanced by the immense, magnificent consuite/art show/panel space, a room complete with chair ramps, wetbar, and enough comfy chairs to house most lounging socializing fans. This was the moral equivalent of our cherished Goleta pool-lounge area. A zine library provided reading material for those not simply chatting and snacking, and two computers held disk archives and e-mail access. Just outside the consuite, the message board kept people in contact with each other (and provided a blank canvas for my traditional "toon-a-day").

This year the fan darling was Star Wars: The Phantom Menace- to be precise, the film's five minutes of homoeroticism between the luscious Jedi Qui-Gon (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor), for which too many people suffered through two hours of video-game plotting and racist stereotypes. TPM exemplifies the nature of media fandom in general and slash fandom in particular - we can find the smallest gold granules in the biggest pan of mud. Sentinel is still a big presence. Pros is as stable and strong as the Rock of Gibraltar, and Highlander (Duncan/Methos) has settled into its status as one of the good regular steady fandoms.

The concom maintained some of the finest aspects of the traditional Escapade, including the "one meal a day" policy (Togo sandwiches Friday and Saturday noon, marvelous marinated veggies and the like in the evening party, cheesecake, snackies). Alas, our intimate Sunday brunch was replaced by a meal ticket for the hotel coffeeshop Sunday morning - not the same thing at all, especially as tip was not included in the price.

The swap table was back, providing all sorts of slash-oriented odds and ends to be traded or paid for on the honor system. Proceeds of this and the charity auction benefited the usual con charity (Good Hearted People, who teach folks how to dress for work and handle job interviews).

One highlight of the con for me was introducing 21 people to Peruvian cuisine via one of my favorite LA eateries. Polio Inka. It was originally meant as an outing for Sentinel fans, but the fantastic food lured many different folks into caravanning both evenings of the con to the place where I used to lunch in my LA AFB days. Both dine-outs were a huge success.

JenCat and I played Sentinel-Slashopoly (her homemade Monopoly board game with a Sentinel slash theme) both nights - this was hilarious, especially with the goofy Jim/Blair illos created by Jenny's sister. I got so caught up in the game I missed Friday nights Story Tune, and Saturday's game (combined with plenty of tequila) was even more fun, especially when we started writing round-robin slash stories, laughing our asses off and mooning over pictures of Jim and Blair like the drunken idiots we were.

The most popular shirt this year was "Sith Park" - Palpatine, Darth Maul and Vader as South Park-type caricatures saying "Oh My God, we've killed Qui-Gon. And I was pleased to see one other person wearing a "South Pros" t-shirt, based on one of my cartoons and given me as a gift by Vonne S. last year! (I'd given her permission to turn the 'toon into a shirt).

Panels I went to: "Sentinel - Life after Dissertation"; "Sports Night" (all agreed the show's recovered from its stumbling beginning this season, once again focusing on Casey and Dan as it should); "Crossovers" (what works, why we like them); "Slash in literature and mythology, from Gilgamesh to modern lit" And... well, that's it. I'm not much for panels, unless I'm helping to run them.

At Escapade panels, you think or you sink. Lots of lists were made on the gigantic drawing Post-It pads, and the walls were covered with sheets scrawled with cryptic notes and references, charts and graphs, bibliographies, columns of names, stereotypes and injuries. This con has the hardest-working panelists in media fandom.

I evangelized slash fandom for a few (very interested) women from other cons in the hotel (Paramedics and Free of Weight-Loss Groups) who watched me do my whiteboard cartoons outside the consuite. We might get a few new folks next year...

The art show featured the usual Lovett prints (as expected, her "Beloved Padawan" print was the darling of the show and went for $550) many computer-print photos and some used K/S for sale. A lot of Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan, including a lovely candle-glass with an etched silhouette. [Nola F-G] and I provided comic relief - my cartoon of Blair as a nightstick-wielding "Respect mah authoritah " cop was appreciated, and I made about $60 altogether.

Saturday night's entertainment marked the 10th anniversary of Escapade with a look at the past, present and future of slash, represented by three groups of fans - Pam Rose, for the days when we hand-lettered fanfic on papyrus and shipped it via carrier pigeon, Shoshanna for the present academic interest in the genre, and Zen&Nancy for the future of Net-fandom and zines.com. It's wonderful to see that the torch has been passed to eager, brilliant, talented young women who grew up reading Mom's K/S zines and are taking slash to brand-new levels and technologies. [Melissa D], [Shoshanna], Sandy Herrold and another woman I'm going blank on did a retrospective medley of Melissa's hilarious slash filksongs.

The video programming began with Weird Al's The Saga Begins" music vid - all of us singing along to the chorus by the end. (Yankovic looks cute in a Padawan braid) The vid show went smoothly, and was held in a nice theatrical-style room. One or two vids were mediocre-to-good, but none of 'em sucked. The last one, a Buffy vid about Spike and Giles, had us screaming for a rewind. Other offerings were an astounding Due South vid featuring all three protagonists to the song "Don't Like the View"; an OZ vid that disturbed a lot of people with its graphic violence (myself included) but was also an astounding piece of storytelling; and the Media Cannibals multi-media "Hair", which showed off that group's legendary prowess at editing and brought great whoops of appreciation.

After breakfast on Sunday, I went to a panel or two, but mosty did what everyone else did - hung around the lounge talking to folks as they trickled off to their planes and cars. I packed up my carpoolers and took off around five p.m.

Next year, in Goleta. [1]

References

  1. from DIAL #13
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