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Convention
Name: SHareCon
Dates: 2000-present
Frequency: biennial
Location: Maryland
Type: fan con
Focus: slash, gen-friendly
Organization:
Founder: April Valentine & Flamingo
Founding Date: 1987
URL: Sharecon 2010 website; Sharecon 2012 website
2008 convention program front page
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SHareCon is a Starsky & Hutch slash convention that is held once every two years in Maryland. The convention was originally held intermittently in the late 1980s and early 1990s under a variety of organizers, including April Valentine, Nancy Goodwin and Megan Kent. It was resumed in 2000 when Flamingo and Kath Moonshine took over the organizing with the intent of hosting the convention during Zebracon's off years (2000, 2002, 2004 etc). It averages 50-60 people. Sharecon bills itself as a slash convention that is gen friendly. It has a program with fan-led panels, an art show and print shop, a vidshow and a dealers' room for fanzines, fanart and other merchandise.

It is at SHareCon where the Paula Wilshe Award For New Writers winners are announced.

The convention also publishes a commemorative fanzine, Sharecon.

History

On the origins of SHareCon:

Sharing, thus, has always been a part of Starsky and Hutch fandom. Unlike so-called 'live' fandoms, ours is one that has been around for a long time and has been off the air, not making new episodes, for many years. So the amount of 'stuff' available to SH fans is finite, in that things from years ago aren't getting reprinted, magazines are lost, posters no longer available, tapes gradually degrading. So we have to share with each other what we have...

Just as it is today, SH was a vital community of friendly fans. I vividly recall the inception of SHareCon as we sat around the hotel after ZCon (Zebracon) one year. I believe this was in about 1987. We were saying those long good-byes common in fan circles and still non-stop talking SH with anyone still around. We started telling about some of the goodies we had at home, posters, records, stuff on video tape, and it occurred to us that it would be really cool if we got together to share all those items, to have a whole weekend where there would be nothing but SH going on. My Trek group used to have a retreat type of weekend we called KSCon (Kiss Con) and we borrowed some of the ideas from it for our planned get together.

That's how SHareCon was born, out of the idea to share our SH memorabilia, out of the sharing offered between Starsky and Hutch in that very first episode of the show we love. [1]

ZebraCon vs. SHareCon

In 1990, some Starsky & Hutch fans began to discuss ZCon's ability to provide the kind of SH-focus con they were looking for.

Some comments:

1990:
I sent my money in for Zcon '91 and am told I am #11 on the waiting list. 175 people are already signed up, which is the maximum, and the editor of the S&H l/z gets her money in one year and several months in advance and I'm put on a waiting list. What I wonder is...who are those 175 fans, surely not all S&H fans? So, unless the folks ahead of me die or something, the S&H l/z will not even be represented at Zcon. I am somewhat...uh, disturbed by all of this and wonder if anyone else is on a waiting list? Also, has Zcon changed for you? Or, is it still fun? Why do you go? Surely not for the S&H programming, it gets worse every year. The people? And, if it is the people, why not have our own S&H only con established (like SHareCon) and leave Zcon to the professional con promoters and vendors. [2]
1990:
Having attended the last 4 Z-Cons, I can say I've enjoyed myself less at each one. I appreciate all the work Karen and Jean put into the gathering, but S&H seems to have become just a side attraction. Yes, there are S&H panels and the same amount of S&H episodes as Pros shows, but S&H fans are the minority at Z-Con (originally conceived as an S&H-only con) and I've felt less enthusiastic about being there every year. I'm not implying that this is a result of conscious, deliberate intentions on the hosts' parts, but neither is it a figment of my imagination, for the past 2 Z-Cons have found more than a dozen of us grumbling about feeling snubbed and lack of worthy programming and discussing alternate gatherings for S&H fans — which led to the creation of the wonderful SHare Cons. Much as I enjoy participating in panels, the trivia contest, Pat's plays and always relish time spent with fellow S&H fans, I've decided I won't be attending Z-Con in 1991. [April Valentine] made a valid point in a phone call to me in July, that S&H fandom will suffer more at Z-Con if less fans turn out for the gathering, but I think suburban Chicago is too far to go, for too much money, for so little S&H. So the APA won't be represented next year, either. I'd much rather take a train to MD or VA for an all-S&H weekend twice a year. I hope everyone attending the next Z-Con has a marvelous time. I'll be thinking of you all and hope to see a number of you in October for SHare Con. [3]
1990:
Okay, it's as much PROFS as SH these days, but I'll still go as often as I can. Because - yes, it has to be the people. It's about my only chance to meet so many fans at one time and in one place. Sure, SHare Con and it's ilk are a great idea, but how many purely SH fans are there? Enough to make a SH-only con a viable proposition? Used to be so but is it still? ZirCon over here in late October, is a mixed Con. The little affairs, like the Mediawest splinter-groups and SHareCon, are fine for local people, but less so for those with large distances to travel. I would say that if we could muster between fifty and a hundred fans, then a solely SH Con would be viable If we can get someone to organise it, of course. I would say that we do need ZCon (or something else like it) -- oh, the fandom can exist without it, but the sheer high of getting together and being able to talk and discuss and laugh and generally o.d. on fandom is something I don't want to have to do without. Over here, with the demise of DobeyCon, we have experienced that kind of lack. I only hope that ZirCon can fulfill a need, and be repeatable. [4]
1990:
There are a lot of firsts in my life, but my first Zcon (which was Zcon 2) stands out as a real watershed in my life. It marks my first trip alone, my first plane flight alone, my first S&H adventure, my first meeting of our fen. The experiences connected with that con changed my life. I grew more confident, more outgoing, and more eaqer to be a producer in this fandom. I've taken all this personally, you see, as an arena of self-expression and sharing. That's what it has meant to me. And, most of all, Zcon means S&H...not Trek...not Uncle...not Pros but my one fandom. So, I feel a bit out of it anymore. Last year especially was a downer: my first vendor experience in a corner in the other sales room; no S&H play; and, of course, all that energy given to fundraising for PAF, which was great, and a way to mourn, but it certainly didn't lift my mood any. Everybody gets busier and busier at every Zcon doing their own thing. We're so busy being busy we forget that Zcon is all about women sharing their love of relationship and S&H. I feel like an outsider at my own con. Zcon is too important a meeting place to ignore, but it's not meeting my S&H needs. [5]

The Floating Name of SHareCon

The con was called SHareCon. The second con was called, alternately SHareCon and SH:101.

After the second year, Nancy Goodwin was not as involved as a coordinator and April Valentine and Susan E took over the reins. They decided to rename the con:
We're calling it "SH:101" for several reasons. First, we don't want to call it SHarecon, because that's Nancy's baby and we don't want to take that away from her. Second, we spoke a lot at the last SHarecon about interesting new fans in our little world, and even doing some kind of publication to let them in on the history and ways of SH fandom. Thus, the title SH:101 was born. We think of it as a cross between a convention and a SHarecon-type party — and we're hoping to bring long- term fans and newcomers together in the venture. [6]

In 1994, the con was called by both names: SHareCon and SH:104.

In 2000, the series of cons was reinstated by Flamingo, Kath Moonshine, Rosemary C. and L.A. Pinn and took on the original name: SHareCon with permission from Nancy.

SH:101 and Beyond

SHareCon's roots are in the early gan gatherings called SH:101.

For more, see SHareCon/Early SHareCons/SH:101.

Charity Auction

photo of some of the items being offered for the auction: fanzines, memorabilia and in the center, Starsky & Hutch dolls with BDSM gear. Year unknown, but the con is 2006 or later

The convention also runs a charity auction. From the 2008 convention website:

In the first three SHareCons, we held charity auctions to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, and raised thousands of dollars. The generosity of SH fans, who donated many valuable items, including original art, rare zines, scrapbooks, posters, photos, and many other items, has been amazing. At the 2006 SHareCon, we split the charity auction proceeds 50-50, with half going to EGPAF, and half going to pay the con's bills. In 2008, with lowered membership, higher costs, and a tight economy, we'll be running two auctions -- a multi-fandom internet auction and a classic all-SH SHareCon acution at the con itself. The auctions will be run for the benefit of the con to help pay the bills and support the con functions. However, any money raised in excess of con costs will be sent, as always, to EGPAF.

Inspiration for Other Cons

ShareCon has also inspired other fans to put on similar conventions: "The seeds of Close Quarters were planted when I went to my first SHareCon (a Starsky & Hutch slash con) in October 2004. I was impressed by the spirit I felt at that con and just tranfixed by the idea of a single-fandom con. I wanted one of those for my fandom." [7]

The Subject of Some Press

The convention has also been the focus of press. In the 2006 article "Holy Liplock" the New York Post lists SHareCon as an example of slash fan culture.

"We do this because it's hot," says a 56-year-old lesbian who writes "Starsky & Hutch" slash and goes by the screen name Flamingo. "In every porno movie for men, there's a girl-on-girl scene. I don't understand why so many are surprised that women find two men together erotic."

"Other fans evidently agree. This fall, Flamingo is organizing the fourth annual SHareCon, a get-together in Maryland of more than 100 "Starsky & Hutch" slash lovers from around the world - just one of a handful of slash-oriented conventions.

"And you thought your hobby was niche." [8]

In 2010, SharecCon was listed in an article in a Philadelphia newspaper about the "Top Five Weirdest Conventions in 2010:" "Held every even-numbered year, SHareCon is a slash con devoted to Starsky & Hutch. "Slash" is homoerotic fan fiction, so basically people at this convention sit around and fantasize about Starsky and Hutch handcuffing each other to bed posts instead of arresting criminals."[9]

BAAD SH Theatre

At the first ShareCon (which had only 15 attendees), fans started the "BAAAD SH Theater" by reading stories that weren't particularly well-written. The readers didn't identify the author, although many attendees knew who it was anyway. Fans felt safe doing this because there was no Internet and they felt they were doing it for their own private entertainment and not to make public fun of someone. The attendees also knew each other well enough that they were certain no one would write to the authors in question and make them feel bad.

As the convention grew in size and as, in later years, the Internet brought large communities of readers and writers closer together, BAAD SH Theatre stopped using "real" stories but began writing their own original "badfic."

Programming

2000

Approximately 70 fans attended. The event received permission from the previous fan (Nancy G.) who had hosted ShareCon in the 1980s and 1990s to continue using the name. Organizers were: Flamingo, Kath Moonshine, Rosemary C. and L.A. Pinn.

Vid Show

Flamingo organized the vid show with an eye towards honoring the long history of vidding in Starsky & Hutch fandom: "I wanted to do something special with song vids. Many in SH believe ours was the fandom that spawned vidding -- in those days they were called "song tapes" -- and since there's been a recent surge in new SH vids, I thought it would be interesting to give a history of vid making."

She then went on to describe how she structured the vid show:

I started the show with a recent ad done for the show's syndication on TNN, which was done in song vid fashion -- a bunch of clips attached to music -- in this case, the Allelujah chorus! Then I showed the bloopers in case no one had had a chance to see them yet. (Just to make sure I had everyone's attention!... I talked briefly about what vidding is and how it started. In SH we have quite a few very early vids that basically placed one long clip over a song or part of a song. Watching these now can be hard since vidding is so sophisticated, and these long, familiar clips often don't work -- they were probably inspired by a few lines that did work and having no way to slice and dice the footage at that time, this was the best they could do. I talked about how exciting it was for fans of that time to see this familiar footage with a different soundtrack that attempted to give it a whole different meaning.

I'd found one of these interesting vids in which the song was very meaningful in SH fandom, AND the clip sequence really *worked*. It was (I believe) Kendra and Diana's "The Rose" by Bette Midler. This song is sung at the end of every ZebraCon, a tradition (I've been told) that started at the first ZCon which was a con about the same size as this year's SHareCon. I've been at Zcon when the entire con sings the song and it's very moving. In this vid, Kendra and Diana timed the tag clip of "Starsky's Lady" to the song -- it's the clip where Starsky & Hutch have to open the gifts left to them by woman Starsky had been in love with, and who had died two weeks before. It's a clip instantly familiar to everyone in the fandom and a big fan fave. But most of the fans there, especially the veterans who had somehow never managed to see this rare vid, weren't prepared for how well this vid worked to this sequence of the show. There was complete silence during the vid, and afterwards, several veterans told me they'd never found any of these long sequence vids affective, but this one knocked them out. Needless to say, the newer fans were bowled over and it was an excellent start for the vid show.

I was able to explain how the changing technology enabled vidders to do different things -- from the ragged, static-laced cuts of "I'm So Excited," which is still a hit today, to the clean, rapid cuts and great close-ups of Stacey D's "Little Red Corvette." It was fun to try to explain the hows and whys that made up a 3-4 minute bit of music video that may have taken someone literally days or weeks to put together. Some of the favorite vids were Tolbran's "I Remember LA," any of Beth C.'s vids which everyone loved, and Megan Kent's and LoriG's. terrific vids, and Morgan Dawn's powerful "Don't You Need". We had two brand new vids to debut at the con, Morgan's wonderful Bruce Springsteen vid, "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back" (which everyone loved! Including me!) and a vid I turned out real quickly with Kath Moonshine. It's to an early techno number by Yello "Oh, yeah.".... I was told later that everyone really enjoyed the show and the selection of vids and most of all they appreciated the information about the vidders and the history of vidding and what's involved. [10]

2002

Held on October 25-27, 2002. 104 fans pre-registered and membership was capped at 110 and a waiting list set up. The convention held a charity auction, proceeds in the amount of $4,500 went to Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. Organizers were: Flamingo, Kath Moonshine, Rosemary C. and L.A. Pinn.

Premiering zines

Programming

  • Hot Honky-Tonk Sex - the SHareCon Play 2002 (or otherwise known as "Bad SH Theatre," "The ShareCon play is always a sterling representative of the worst of slash writing.").

2004

front page 2004 website

ShareCon 2004 was held October 22-24, 2004 in Beltsville, Maryland. Both a print shop and an art show were introduced that year, both run by Suzanne Lovett. Organizers were: Flamingo, Kath Moonshine, Rosemary C. and L.A. Pinn.

Panels

  • Alternate Universe Fanfic: The interest in this genre has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years. This panel will cover stories already published and imagine plots for stories yet to be.
  • Anger in S&H: Starsky's chair-breaking, the Hutchinson Pointy Finger of Doom: We'll discuss how the boys display anger, sometimes at each other, but especially at outsiders.
  • Breakfast with the Vidders: A small number of fen have expressed interest in a panel on vidding. There's not enough interest for a panel, but we'll have a sign-up board by the registration table for anyone who wants to get a meeting together over breakfast on Saturday.
  • Canon vs. Fanon: Did Hutch really go to medical school? Did Starsky really serve in Vietnam? Are you sure??
  • Davy & Kenny: Another canon vs. fanon panel, this time specifically focused on their childhoods. Based on last year's C vs. F panel, we decided to break this one out into its own time slot.
  • Favorite Sex Scenes: The title is pretty self-explanatory, yes? A two-hour panel. The best part of this panel may be the pre-con research!
  • Fears and Phobias in S&H: ghosts, vampires, and voodoo, oh my!
  • The Gen Panel: Okay, it's not the best title. We're hoping some of our gen friends will suggest something they're really interested in. We've always had genners join us for SH fun at SHareCon, and many of our panels include discussion of the gen aspects of this fandom along with slash. But this year, since we have more room, we wanted to have a panel focused specifically on a gen topic. As is the case with all our panels, everyone's invited.
  • Movie S&H: Criticism, Constructive & Not: Feeling a little used by Stiller & Co.? Did you love all the fannish nods? Hated the way they portrayed Starsky and (especially) Hutch? Were you just glad to see the (real) boys again? This panel is for anyone who wants to discuss the movie, happy or not.
  • Movie S&H: Two Thumbs Up: Did you absolutely love the movie? Are you now renting everything that Ben and Owen have ever been in and going to the zillion movies Ben has out this year? Did you even find SH fandom because of the movie? This panel is for lovers of the film only.
  • S&H Reminiscing: Got some funny tales to tell about how you first caught S&H fever or something that happened at a previous SHareCon? This will be a big getting-to-know-you panel for the entire con on Friday night.
  • Timewarped S&H: What if the whole show was picked up and dumped into 2004? How would cell phones, computers, the Internet change their cases? Would a more diverse society be reflected in their relationships with Dobey and Huggy? Is LA just as dangerous or even more so?
  • What Are Two Nice Boys Like Starsky & Hutch Doing in a Kinky Scene Like This?: For all our BDSM-loving SH fen. (The CONspirators are going to make sure MamaBird makes it to this panel this year if we have to tie her up and throw her into the room ourselves, which she will no doubt truly enjoy!)
  • Where Have All the Novels Gone?: This will either be a panel or a Sunday breakfast meeting. Three authors who have written SH novels will discuss the freedom and difficulties of writing a zine-length story.
  • You CAN Publish an SH Fanzine! Kath Moonshine--fannish publisher for 15 years--will present practical advice on how to avoid many fanzine-publishing pitfalls while presenting the best possible product for the most affordable price. Humorous tales will be liberally sprinkled with hard-won knowledge. (Flamingo sez: I would've never had the nerve to publish my own zines without having Kath's hard-won experience, design sense, and practicality as my best, most reliable, resource. Don't pass up this opportunity to either get started on the road to publishing, or to pick up incredibly useful tips if you've already gotten bitten by the publishing bug. I'll be there!)
  • "You Sold My Car!" : Did you fall in love with the S&H in the cameo in the movie? Have you dreamed about what their lives are like now?

Games:

  • SHarades: Ever seen a roomful of fen trying to guess "The Las Vegas Strangler" by watching someone throw air dice in front of an imaginary craps table? Or someone trying to act out the words, "Soon Henry"? You haven't lived 'til you do. Participate in the lunacy or just come to watch, it's all for fun.
  • Huggy Bear Presents a day at Mouse Downs: Huggy Bear (otherwise known as Suze777) will be hosting the ever-popular Mouse Downs. Six radio-controlled mini-Torinos will stand in for the mice, since the hotel does not permit pets. Come and drive like Starsky down the raceway, or perhaps you like to take Huggy Bear up on a little friendly wager? Maybe Charlie or Ramon will drop in if we're lucky!
  • S&H Jeopardy: Hmmm. I'll take "Snitches" for 600, Alex.
  • $20,000 Torino: Based on The $20,000 Pyramid, this game is a SHareCon classic.

Special Events

  • The Carol & SHaron Show: These two fellow fen were lucky, lucky gals this year. Carol won a contest on the "Ryan Seacrest" show to attend the premiere of the movie in LA and meet David and Paul. Sharon attended the London premiere and was also able to spend time with David and Paul. Come hear these two lovely ladies discuss their experiences.
  • SH101: A two-hour journey through the history and culture of SH fandom. It's fun for both newbies and old-timers and, best of all, there's no final exam!
    cover of "Bad SH Theatre."
  • Bedtime Stories: Dress in your jammies and bring your favorite sex scenes to read at this pre-slumber party held in the CONspirator's suite Friday night.
  • Saturday Night Blast: Where we all get together and go a little nuts! We've got a parody play, the infamous Golden Boy awards, and the vid show all lined up in the auditorium, starting at 7:30.

Convention Reports

2006

Very little information is available about the 2006 Sharecon convention. It was held October 12-15, 2006 and there were 18 "first time" ShareCon attendees.

part of the 2006 Registration packet

Premiering zines

Panels

  • Is slash the point? Must a slash relationship be the main point of a slash story?
  • Livejournal blogging
  • Keeping Us Fed: Life & Times of feedback in SH fandom
  • Canon vs fanon panels
  • History of SH Fandom
  • BDSM
  • Psychosexuality of Slash: Why We Write Slash, or Do You Even Figure in Your Own Fantasies?
  • Dangerous themes: are there still themes in SH that we shy from? do we want to overcome this? (MPREG, castration, amputation, partner rape, marriage, RPS, tentacle porn, tattoos, piercing, cross-dressing, gender-bending)
  • Virgin in these Woods (Starsky and Hutch's prior gay sexual experience)
  • Older S&H stories: fiction with older men
  • Making it Write panel - fixing the eps we think are lacking
  • Hurt/Comfort - is heavy hurt a new category?

Vid Show

2008

Little information is available about the 2008 ShareCon convention. It was held August 22-24th, 2008 and approximately 57 fans attended.

Panels:

Vid Show

Premiering zines:

Art show

  • Suzan Lovett's art print "And All the Days In Between" featuring an older S/H sold for several hundred dollars.
  • Fan artist Ebe premiered three new art pieces which can be seen here[12]

Convention Reports

On August 26, 2008, dawnwind posted the following review to the Loveofmeandthee mailing list. It is reposted here with permission:
"What can I say? Sharecon is one of the best weekends of my life and I look forward to it every other year. This time, there were so few of us, it felt intimate and really accentuated the love we all feel for Starsky and Hutch. It was one big happy fest for three and a half days....

Friday morning the con went into full swing right away--dealer room doors swung open and there were mad dashes for new zines, t-shirts and mugs. Keri scolded me for arriving 'late' because she'd already sold ten of my new novel before I arrived. Wow. Can I just say Wow? What an amazing thing to have a whole zine that I wrote? She placed that in my hands and I just stared at the wonderful Lorraine Brevig cover. Starsky and Hutch and Vanessa and Nancy all on the cover--it is awesome and I thank Lorraine for her talent--as well as Julie H who drew the inside pictures and most of all for Keri for holding my hand (for a year, folks!). Oh, Keri plied me with See's, too. Dark chocolate. She knows my weaknesses. The other zines were just as awesome, Keri's anthology and enednoviel's beautiful early boys zine-- pick every one of 'em up, including get a supporting membership just so you can have and read the con zine which has some fantastic stories.

Impressions--Panels, panels, panels (talking endlessly about Starsky and Hutch--what could be better?) and Jeopardy--which I stink at (and I played it both Friday and Sunday, and my team lost both times.) Pepper's utterly fantastic English toffee (I distinctly recall SHaron's British accent and Elaine's Boston one discussing the differences between toffee and taffy). There was some discussion about the fact that having the panels in the same room with the dealers made for noisy times but I really enjoyed having April Valentine, Misty and Suzan (among others) join in the panel discussions while they were still manning their dealer tables.

Friday night was a luau and it was a hoot. I got leid in Maryland at a Starsky and Hutch con. We danced to '70s tunes, had wind-up cockroach races (again, I stink at that. The Cabrillo Kid scuttled off to a good start and stalled completely two inches from the finish line.) There were three cakes and a pie! Excellent fudgy chocolate cake and a be-utiful vanilla cake with one of those photos in icing on the top-- Starsky and Hutch, of course.

Saturday--more of the same with panels and zines. The round table author discussion was really interesting--especially all the classic authors like April Valentine, Suzan, Suz (tm), Ro and Flamingo talking about writing a few years back. That could have easily gone on for two hours because even some of the quieter authors had something to say. We all have such varied ways of creating stories.

And Keri is a fantastic moderator. All my panels tended to be free- for-alls but Keri can keep order like nobody's business.

The BAAAD theatre play was--as always-a riot with Kath Moonshine as Alaster Cooke. Suz as Hutch once again lost her blond wig, but her mustache stayed put! Sonia made a perfect Huggy bear in a huge pink zebra striped pimp hat and Taya is the quintessential Starsky with her masses of curly hair. Elaine, Jen, Laura and I mugged in the background as gay bar patrons. I kept rearranging the toy zebras on the bar in (hopefully) naughty positions. There were these squishy plastic penis things, too.

Awards--so many congrats to the Paula Wilshe winners Pepper and Susan. They are wonderful writers and I'm so pleased when something like this comes along as tangible proof. I got a golden boy penis award! I wasn't totally paying attention when Flamingo was reading the little speech about 'a name that keeps popping up as a editor and helper' so when she said my name, I squeaked!

One of my favorite parts of the vid show is that everyone sings along to all the songs! But The Rose just chokes me up every time (that and Kimberly's older guys vid--the name of which I forget). All those female voices raised together singing The Rose is so so special.

Sunday is the day when we start realizing that the con is drawing to a close. People start leaving! Waah! Keri's table was bare--she sold nearly all her zines before she left on a jet plane. Luckily, most were still there when Flamingo gave out a golden boy award she'd forgotten to give out on Sunday to our own Marcy who keeps the archive so up to date. More panels, Jeopardy--there were Torino races in there somewhere but I think that was Saturday? I stink at Torino races, too, so I didn't even try this year.

By the mid afternoon with the dead dog panel when we talk about the good and bad points of the con, there were so few of us, I felt depleted. Pout. And there were very few bad points this year--the love was in the air and I'd say that a good time was had by all. I was certainly floating on chocolate, zines, fan art and squee. Rae's bottle top magnets were pawed through for the best ones (I got a shot of Starsky's butt). Having reviewed the room in my suitcase, I was able to buy another print by Suzan Lovett (Starsky as a devil and Hutch as an angel) and a mouse pad on Sunday morning just before everything closed up because, gee, I didn't have enough S&H things to take home!

Two years from now cannot come quickly enough for me. Thank you so much, Flamingo, for setting this in motion. I love you--dangly pink flamingo earrings and all. Thank you to the con committee (Taya, Elaine, Cyanne, SHaron, Keri, Suzan. Ro and I know I left someone out) Anne for her quiet presence. All the wonderful ladies (and Nik's husband!) at the con. All the people who did NOT evoke the 'Shut Up, Dawn' button I was wearing from the Buffy 'verse since I know I tend to chatter on at the panels. Thanks to my roomies Kat and Pepper, I'll sleep with you two any time. I had a grand and glorious time. I didn't want it to end. Big, big, big hugs to you all.

But my room is scattered with new art, zines on the floor, DVDs all over (from that 'other' fandom we weren't allowed to mention the name of but is British and starts with a 'P') and my gorgeous Starsky and Hutch watch that I got at the charity auction which SHaron made.

Any of you who are shy, not sure you could face coming to a con--put those fears aside. It's a ball. Money angles are a different matter-- but it's two years from now. Start saving your pennies and dimes. I want to see you there!"

2010

SHareCon 2010 was held October 8-9, 2010 in Laurel, Maryland and featured panels, games, vidshows, and much more.[15] Topics were decided by the ConCom after input from members of the SHareCon mailing list. Approximately 60 fans pre-registered. A twitter account was set up for ShareCon 2010 here.

Panels:

  • The History of Vidding in SH
  • Different Strokes: Differing slash viewpoints between veterans & recent recruits [16]
  • Constructing a Sex Scene: a new look at an old topic
  • Does Your Universe Need a Bra? What in canon supports your slash universe & what conflicts? [17]
  • S&H 2.0 Fandom today: LJ Comms; Dreamwidth, podfic, and other big surprises
  • Tickle the Pickle: Your kink fic or mine.
  • SH: Myths & Legend: When does fanon overtake canon?
  • Art Panel - Tell the artists what you're dying to see! Plus - special artist presentation
  • Hearts & Flowers, Mush & Lust Romance & SH
  • Next Week on SH 2010: Can we write the guys as young cops living today?
  • It Hurts So Good! Why we love h/c

Games: Taboo, What's My Line, Jeopardy, Cockroach Races, Charades

Other:

A brief overview of some of the panels and programming was posted by a "new recruit":
The learning opportunities were wonderful. Each panel was informative and the discussions were rich and lively and insightful. Of course, being me, I wished the H/C panel could have just lasted and lasted and lasted! The real life police officer had such a practical insight and was so funny, his stories and delivery were a cross between stand up and the true life of a cop. During the art panel, Moni presented a chronology of her work, her muse, her development into different types of art - enthralling! It reminded me again of the deep talent pool here, and the true professionalism all around us. We watched "Death in a Different Place" interspersed with discussion facilitated admirably by Sue - so many insights!...From the "new recruit" perspective, I sincerely appreciated the encouragement of veterans to write stories, contribute, ask questions, and participate. S&H is an intimidating fandom, my view only here - because of the talent residing herein. It's easy to ask yourself, "How can I possibly do anything worthy?" I am putting that view in the rubbish bin. I am now so much more energized to write stories, put them out there, and allow myself the freedom to grow as a writer, storyteller, and fan with much less fear. [18]

While the complete vid show playlist has not been made available, a few vids have found their way online. They include:

Premiering zines:

Convention Reports

2012

Attendees: there were about forty-five attendees.

Programming:

back page of program cover for 2012
front page of program cover for 2012

Premiering zines:

Con reports:

The 2012 Paula Wilshe New SH Writer winners:

For fans who could not attend the convention in person, a Virtual Con (or V-Con) was held at the Starsky-Hutch LJ community. Some of the V-Con posts are tagged here.

Vid Show - a complete list of the vids shown at the convention has not yet been posted. However, here are a few of the vids shown:

2014

SHareCon 2014 was held October 17-20.

Some links:

Schedule/Programing:

FRIDAY

9-1030am

  • Registration
  • Dealer's Room Setup
  • Icebreaker Game

1030am-12 noon

  • Welcome
  • Episode & Discussion
  • Box Lunch

12-1pm

  • Game: Starsky & Hutch Bingo

1-2pm

  • Panel: Threats to their Relationship: "Their relationship can be anything you want: partners, best friends, lovers. Either way, we have a tendency to see them as "The Perfect Couple." But every relationship faces threats. What threats are there to Starsky and Hutch's seemingly rock-solid foundation."

2-230pm

  • Video Shorts

230-330pm

  • Panel: Future of our Fandom: "Fandom has become a chaotic playground filled with so many distractions and new technologies that it's harder than ever to keep up. Older fandoms like ours run the risk of being left behind or fading away altogether. Let's find some creative ways to keep S&H moving forward in today's fandom-saturated landscape."

330-4pm

  • Organize for Dinner

4-630pm

  • Dinner at Olive Garden

630-730pm

  • Panel: Technology, Fandom, & S&H: "Email groups ruled the 90s and LiveJournal the aughts, but in this decade, fandom is expressed across a wide variety of platforms. Tumblr, Twitter, DeviantArt, Pinterest, Reddit, Facebook, Redbubble, and Etsy are just some of the places you can currently find fans and their works. In this workshop, we’ll pool our collective understanding and experience of this brave new world and equip ourselves to represent S&H fandom in it."

8-930pm

  • Girl (and Two Guys) Dance Party

9:30-1030pm

  • Game: You Call Yourself a Detective
  • Panel: Canning vs Cunning: "Starsky, Hutch, Huggy, Dobey -- who are these people, really, at their core? What characteristics do you see in them? What personality archetypes do they fit into? And in contrast, how do you think they see themselves? What image of themselves do they live with, cling to, or strive for? A panel in which we dissect the heart, soul, and psyche of the characters we love."

1030pm until...

  • Games/Panel/Eps

SATURDAY

9-10am

  • Early Bird Topical Potluck

10-11am

  • Platonic Intimacy: "Why is there slash fic in S&H with no sex? Why do some gen stories get called out as really being slash? S&H broke modern, Western cultural norms by portraying a relationship between two men who loved each other deeply and intimately but were not sexual partners, and we as fans are still discussing the impact of that breakthrough today. Is our bipolar terminology of ‘gen’ and ‘slash’ too simplistic to encompass this relationship? In this panel, we’ll discuss the aspects of a loving relationship - friendship, romance, intimacy, and attraction- and the dizzying number of ways they can be combined to describe how our boys love each other."

11-1130am

  • Deli Lunch

1130-1230pm

  • Panel: Before Photomanips: "We Had Starsky & Hutch (subtitle: They did that On TV?). A blatant excuse to view and discuss some of the slashiest moments on the show."

1230-130pm

  • Surcon Panel: "Discussion of the Surcon 2013 & 2014 Events with fans who attended."

130-230

  • Bay City Game Night

230-330pm

  • Art Panel: "Our resident artists will show some of their art and discuss various techniques they use when crafting stunning works using our stunning boys."

330-4pm

  • Organize for Dinner

4-630pm

  • Dinner at TGI Friday's

630-10pm

10-11pm

  • Games: Fan Choice/Charades/Taboo
  • Panel: Anger in Starsky & Hutch: "Starsky's chair-breaking, the Hutchinson Pointy Finger of Doom -- Let's discuss how the boys display anger, sometimes at each other, but especially at outsiders. And how hot that is!"

1030pm until...

  • Late Night Eps & Vids

SUNDAY

9-10am

  • Early Bird Topical Potluck

10-11am

  • Game: What's My Line

11am-12 noon

12-1pm

  • Panel: Making it Write: "Stories that fix broken eps. Which eps would you want fixed?'

1-2pm

  • Game: You Call Yourself a Detective 2

2-330pm

  • Ep & discussion

330-4pm

  • Organize Caravan for Dinner

4-630pm

  • Dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse

630 until...

  • Eps
  • Vids
  • Games
  • Hanging Out

External Sources

References

  1. from The Herstory of SHarecon by April Valentine
  2. from Frienz #10
  3. from Frienz #11
  4. from Frienz #11
  5. from Frienz #11
  6. from a 1991 proposal letter by April Valentine
  7. from About Close Quarters
  8. from [1]
  9. Countdown to 2011: Top Five Weirdest Conventions in 2010 by Jaime Lee Morganm Dec 29, 2010.
  10. Flamingo's post to the Vidder mailing list October 9, 2000.
  11. WebCite for 2004 ShareCon con report.
  12. reference link.
  13. WebCite for Sharecon 2008 con report.
  14. reference link.
  15. Programming; Webcite.
  16. SHareCon does not use the term newbie, feeling that "new recruits" is less judgmental.
  17. Many attendees found the name of this panel confusing. The topic was writing slash set during the series rather than the post-Sweet Revenge futurefic that is common in SH fandom.
  18. Fresh From ShareCon Musings, October 11, 2011.
  19. reference link.
  20. reference link.
  21. reference link.
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