Koon-ut-Cali-Con

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Star Trek Convention
Name: Koon-ut-Cali-Con
Dates: 1989, 1990
Frequency:
Location: San Diego, California, United States
Type: slash
Focus: K/S
Organization: Council of California K/Sers
Founder:
Founding Date:
URL:
tshirt for the 1989 Koot-ut-Cali-Con, Kirk and Spock in beachwear and sunglasses
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Koon-ut-Cali-Con or CaliCon, was a Southern California K/S con in June of 1989. The concom was Alexis Fegan Black, Natasha Solten, and Dovya Blacque; hugely important writers, editors and publishers in K/S fandom at the time.

The Con's Origins

From Alexis Fegan Black:

"The event is Koon-ut-CALI-CON, to be held at the Bahia Resort Hotel (where the hot-tub is big enough to fit half the convention into, and a lot of the rooms open out onto "a beach to walk on" - i.e. Mission Bay Beach). The executive committee of Koon-ut-CALI-CON (Alayne Gelfand, Wendy Rathbone and yours truly) decided that we couldn't let IDICon die. And since the WHIPs told us at this year's IDICon in Houston that they would not be doing the convention next year due to a lot of the gals moving out of the area, we decided (in our inebriated state) that it was our turn to step forward and stick our proverbial heads on the chopping block just as the gals from Phoenix did a couple years back. So... when one of the WHIPs announced our intentions at the Saturday night entertainment in Houston this year... we were committed... [Also], as it stands, CREATION is hosting a large Trek-oriented convention in Los Angeles sometime in June; but due to the fact that the CREATION people have essentially forbidden (or seriously restricted) the sale of K/S zines at their functions, it is possible that we (the K/S editors of California) will not be attending. While CREATION has slated that we can sell K/S at the convention, they have also stated that it cannot be displayed (even discreetly, in boxes, as we have always done). So, all things considered, it would be pretty pointless for a bunch of editors to stand around at a table looking lost with the zines hidden. In essence, it seems perfectly acceptable for other dealers to openly display porn comics of a heterosexual nature, or even for certain "straight" adult zines to be laid out on the table with tits and ass and even male genitalia prominently displayed It's not okay, however, for K/S zines to be seen at all. So, with that in mind, unless we can come to some sort of workable agreement with CREATION, it's a matter of principle that we, as editors anyway, do not support their conventions... Now before everyone starts writing letters to CREATION, please hear me out. Please don't write letters to CREATION, for a variety of reasons. Essentially, we don't want to stir up a war. K/S has always been and shall always remain an underground pleasure for those of us who had the good luck to find it, and rather than fight with the CREATION folks, who don't want K/S at their convention; we would much rather let sleeping dogs lie, so to speak. In other words, CREATION is meant to be a commercial event, with commercial prices and controlled events. And rather than stir up the proverbial hornet's nest and bring Paramount crashing down on everything, it is our decision to either not attend CREATIONS or to keep everything hidden under the table, as we have been requested to do. So, it stands like this: the initial and worst 'conflict' between CREATION and us has been somewhat resolved, but is on shaky ground. And instead of trying to crash their little party, we're going to have our own party from now on, and we hope that you, the fans, will join us. Which is another reason that we have decided to do Koon-ut-CALI-CON on a yearly basis if at all possible (of course, by the time the first convention's over, we may all retire to the padded room at The Old K/S Ladies' Home)." [1]
Cailcon Frisbie, handed out to attendees of the 1989 convention

From Alayne Gelfand:

"In the mid-to late 80s, there was a group of us who lived in San Diego -- or very near it -- who got together quite often to talk zines and stories and, because we were all K/S writers or Trek gen writers, to just talk about the show. We normally met at one of two friends' houses and, after a while, one of them started calling the gatherings "Nada Cons" because they really weren't cons. That translates into, from the Spanish, "not a con". These got to be so large that we really didn't fit in one house anymore; people started coming down from Los Angeles and even as far away as San Francisco for long weekends and we found ourselves doing things that had very little to do with fandom. We'd go to Sea World or something. So, one dark and very drunken nights, three of us decided to do a "real" convention. We did the con for two years in San Diego -- Mission Bay, which is right by Sea World -- and we had around a hundred people both years. On that dark and drunken night, while we were trying to figure out what to call the convention, Natasha Solten suddenly came up with "Koon-ut-Cali-Con: We must meet every year or die trying"! For those non-trek fans among us, that was in reference to Spock's pon farr." [2]

Panels

Convention Panels included "Classic Trek vs. New Trek", and "Blake's 7" (with seven people on the 'panel' -- more a sf convention style panel, apparently, than a more modern media con type panel), "Those Controversial 'Menage' Stories", "Awards: Good Idea? Do They Breed Competition?" and many more.

flyer for 1989 Koon-ut-Cali-Con from Datazine #54, click to enlarge, then click on image again, and then again

The blurb for "Payment in Fandom" said, "We know it happens, and we know it threatens our "amateur" staus with the powers that be at Paramount and elsewhere. How should it be dealt with? Should it be allowed to continue? What can be done to retain and/or regain our small-press, no-payment status? Sure to be a heated panel, so bring your opinions and your sword and shield!" (Interesting writeup, considering that, of course, the con had an art show and auction where Trek fan art could sell for hundreds of dollars; also, the women running the con were known for not letting their zines ever go out of print, thus continuing to make money off of their writers forever.)

another version of the 1989 flyer that was mailed to fans interested in attending. Note the use of the convention's Kirk/Spock logo
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Fandoms

badge for Calicon 2 (1990): Kirk and Spock at Sea World

Despite being advertised as a K/S con, the Dealer's Room, and the Songvid Show had slash from Man From Uncle, Blake's 7, The Professionals and Miami Vice, and there were panels on other "slash and adult" fandoms (including shows like The Equalizer and Beauty & the Beast as well.

Activities

The convention included a Slide show by Kandy Fong, a Song Video Contest showing, an Art Auction, a Beach Party (and an apology from the concom that they weren't willing to get up and do a skit -- it apparently being expected of a media convention concom at that time!)

1989 Vid Show

The 1989 vid show lasted around 100 minutes with 27 submitted vids by approximately 12 vidders. Unlike most vid shows of the era, the convention vid organizers created custom title cards for each vid, giving the vid show a somewhat more polished look. The song titles come from an attendee's self-prepared playlist and may contain errors.

  1. "Don't Tell me Lies" by Carolyn C. (Professionals)
  2. "In the Air Tonight" by Brendan O'Cullane (Blake's 7)
  3. "One Moment In Time" by Chris Soto (Star Trek)
  4. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm looking For" by Adrian Morgan (Blake's 7)
  5. "So Happy Together" by Carolyn C. (MUNCLE)
  6. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Jill (vidder) (Blake's 7)
  7. "Oh Promise Me" by Gianna P. (Star Trek)
  8. "When He Shines" by Mary Van Duesen (Professionals)
  9. "Where The Boys Are" by Kandy Fong (Blake's 7)
  10. "Amazing Grace" by Gianna P. (Star Trek)
  11. "This Time" by Chris Soto (Star Trek)
  12. "In the Eye" (sometimes referred to as "Inside You" by some fans) by Judy Chien (Wiseguy)
  13. "Tapestry" by Mary Van Duesen (Star Trek:TNG)
  14. "What The Hell Is That?" by Gianna P. (Star Trek)
  15. "Every Breath You Take" by Jill (vidder) (Blake's 7)
  16. "Leaving the Straight Life behin" by Kandy Fong (Starsky & Hutch)
  17. "The Game" by DJ Driscoll (Alien Nation)
  18. "Walking and Falling" by Tashery S. (Blake's 7)
  19. "Another Saturday Night" by Chris Soto (Star Trek)
  20. "Desperado" by Gayle F. (Blake's 7)
  21. "Plastic Fantastic Lover" by Tashery S. (Blake's 7)
  22. "Continental Drift" by Tashery S. (Blake's 7)
  23. "I Dreamed A Dream" by ??? (Star Trek)
  24. "The Man That Got Away" by Gayle F. (Blake's 7)
  25. "If I Were A Rich Man" by ?? (Blake's 7)
  26. "Marvelous Little Toy" by ?? (Star Trek:TNG)
  27. "Anything You Can Do" by ?? (Star Trek/Star Trek:TNG)

Surak Awards

flyer for 1990 Koon-ut-Cali-Con from Datazine, click to enlarge, then click on image again, and then again

The convention also sponsored the Surak Awards, and included a nomination form in the convention booklet. Categories were divided between "General" and "Age Statement Required" and all of the zines, artists, editors, writers, humorists and poets were nominated for Star Trek and K/S activities only. To vote, you had to hand in a dollar with your filled out ballot. The list of nominees is a Who's Who of K/S fandom of the time.

Notes & References

  1. from On the Double #9
  2. Email message, "Mini cons", sent to Prospect-L on November 22, 2008. Accessed November 22, 2008. Quoted with permission.
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