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Escapade 1993

cover of the 1993 program book, the artist is uncredited, fans could buy a t-shirt with this image in the con suite for $20
sample 1993 convention badge

Escapade 3 was held on February 5-7, 1993.

Some 2010 Recollections: "Escapade 1993: A Blast From the Past"

In 2010, Henry Jenkins posted a transcripts from this con.

See the transcript of a panel discussion between Henry Jenkins, Constance Penley, Meg G, Shoshanna, and others":

Programming

Program Book(PDF)

Friday:

12:00 -- Opening Luncheon, "Come along, help us plan the party, hang out with the cool crowd"

1:00 -- "Hysterical Historicals, led by Pamela and Barbara, "So we're romantics... so we bitch an complain about 'only the names remain the same' -- so why do we love them?!"

2:00 -- "Prejudice in Fandom," led by Pat and Barbara, "This topic covers both the sense of prejudice from with and without our social group, and the issues of prejudice that may arise in fanfic and the characters we love."

3:00 -- "Anti-Feminism in Slash Fandom," led by (Charlotte Hill) and Pamela, "Or, how 'it was never this good with a woman' syndrome... where are the women, and why do we care?"

4:00 -- "Mary Sue and Why We Love to Hate Her!," led by Marion and Marian

5:00 -- "Dark Starsky & Hutch," led by Shoshanna and Kathy, "Where is it? Why isn't it? Isn't it about time?"

5:00 -- gather at Ming Wathne's house (1.5 miles away) for an introduction to the Fanzine Library, "This continuation of the Zine Library started in 1977, has been reopened in Santa Barbara... Orig SW, it has been expanded to include all fandoms. Ming Wathne, the librarian, will have refreshments and share with you what the library is, how it works, how editors can submit their out-of-print zines and how you can borrow them!"

7:00 -- Con Suite, M. Fae Glasgow reading, led by Nancy. "Reading of a work in progress by the shy and retiring Glaswegian's editor."

8:00 -- Professionals, led by Sammie and Kathy, "So, who are these guys anyway? (Please write and bring a list -- 5 most definate physical attributes of Bodie & Doyle & 5 personality traits, in order of importance.)"

midnight: bowling, "All our heroes do it! Let's make fools of ourselves at the local alley. Meet in the Con Suite to car pool. Be there or be square!"

Saturday:

10:00 -- Mini Panels: Patalliro, Tris/Alex, Forever Knight, led by B., P., S. "Intro to some very cool fringe fandoms! Check the schedule for video connections."

11:00 -- Minipanels, led by Nola, Jane, and (Megan Kent): Miami Vice, Northern Exposure, and Insiders and Quantum Leap, led by Meg and Shoshanna

12:00 -- "Plagiarism," led by Leslie and Barbara, "Don't Touch My Universe!" Given that this entire genre is generated from copyrighted materials, do we have grounds to be protective of our writing? If so, what are they?"

1:00 -- "Wiseguy: Variety is the Spice..." led by Melody, Darlene, and Pamela. "There are so many possible pairings, who merits the most attention and why?"

2:00 -- "Academia and Our Culture (see transcript)," panel discussion with Meg R, Henry Jenkins, Constance Penley and Shoshanna, "Academia discusses us, and we discuss our response to being discussed." (There was a follow-up panel the next year by Penley and Jenkins called "Academia: What are they saying? What do we want them to say?" -- "Fandom has definitely been outed, at least in academic circles. What can we do about it?")

3:30 -- Deep Space 9: Q & A, led by Henry Jenkins, short discussion of the new show and what we think about it

4:00 -- "Writing Sex Scenes," led by Marion and (Charlotte Hill), "An interactive panel where we'll pick apart the elements of writing a sex scene and practice rewriting the same scene, emphasizing different elements and different points of view."

4:00 -- "Reality Slash," led by Meg and Shosahanna, "Why is it okay (or not) to fantasize about real people (actors, musicians, athletes) and write about them the way we do about fictional characters? Who says?"

5:00 -- "Intro to S&M," led by Colleen, "Everything you wanted to know and didn't know who -- or how -- to ask."

7:30 -- "Best of Comedy/New Songtapes"

10:00 -- "Sexy Boys on Parade" (vids?), "Before the Boys, Bawdy Filks by Leslie Fish"

12:00, midnight, "Vampire Erotica," led by Henry Jenkins, "It's hot. It's powerful. It's dark. There's blood...", "After the Boys, FILKING with Leslie Fish and Jane Mailander"

Sunday:

9:30 -- free breakfast!

11:00 -- art auction, presided by Marion and Shoshanna

11:00 -- "Blake's 7: Whip Me, Beat Me, Make me even more depressed...," led by Sandy and Jane, "So why do we punish ourselves with a fandom this dark, anyway?"

12:00 -- "Wiseguy: It was Meant to Be...," led by (Charlotte Hill) and Ann, "So everybody else in this series was just to prepare Frank and Vinnie for their own private "happily ever after", right?!

12:00 -- "Going Pro," led by Jane and Leslie, "Both are fan authors who have made the transition to professionally selling their work. Come learn what it takes to make it in the for-profit world."

1:00 -- "Supply and Demand in Fandom," led by (Megan Kent) and Ann, "Can we have too much of a good thing? How many cons or zine is too many? Are we glutting the market?"

2:00 -- "The Appeal of Hurt/Comfort," led by (Megan Kent), "How sick is it to get off on hurting your heroes? Why is it such a turn on?"

4:00 -- Dead Dog Party, "C'mon up to the Con Suite and continue the fun. Bring along any leftovers from the weekend to share. Party on, dudes!"

Notable Events

This Escapade was notable for, among other things, a panel discussion among Henry Jenkins, Constance Penley, Meg G, Shoshanna, and others entitled "Academia and our Culture," subtitled: "Academia discusses us, and we discuss our response to being discussed."

Transcript of Academia and Our Culture; Archive, 6 February 1993.

Convention Reports

Below is an exchange illustrates that the growth of slash fandom beyond Star Trek, which had begun in the mid-1980s, was still a sore point for many K/S fans. And that these complaints did not even reach the radar of other fans, like Sandy, who herself started off as a K/S fan. In the years that followed, more mono-K/S fans would choose to gather at Sharecon in spite of its uneasy tolerance of slash fandom.

Report by Sandy Herrold:

First: the Academia in Fandom panel! I met Constance Penley, and was very impressed. Both Camille and Henry, in their books are writing about media fandom, and seem to feel that slash is just one part of media fandom, barely worth mentioning except for completeness sake. In fact, Camille comes right out and says that h/c is more "important' than slash (like what does that mean?)

Constance, on the other hand, agrees with me, that slash is interesting all on its own, separate from its existence as a part of larger media fandom. She described herself as a "slash fan, and fan of slash fandom." I wish I had an exact transcript; at one point she says (approx) 'Except for some radical sex workers, slash fandom is the only place I know where women of all ages and sizes can come together and be validated for their lust.' (Don't get me wrong, she also talked about the importance of other slash concepts, she wasn't all slash = sex.)

Henry was also very interesting. He said that he has never attended a slash con before because he was afraid he would be out-of-place (not a direct quote). It was pointed out by many that every slash con has one or two men. I never felt he was intimidating, or changed the normal flow of conversation in a panel (though most of the panels that we were both in, were big panels with more than one person talking at one time; you know, panels with the sort of energy that wouldn't notice a Klingon invasion if it happened in the middle). He wore a couple of buttons, one said, "yes I am a slash fan, and yes I am a man." and "No, my wife didn't tell me everything I know about slash". He went on to say that many years ago when he first started reading them, he read them as an observer, and only gradually let himself enjoy them, and now (despite a 10+year monogamous relationship with his wife) is out as a bisexual; something he credits slash with making him realize.

Men at slash cons make me nervous. I usually feel they are determined/desperate for attention. Henry didn't come across that way either as a man or an academic, which was nice. There were a couple of male media, non-slash fan there, and one of them was a bit of a pain; figuring the 1 to 40 boy-to-girl ratio meant that he should be a little god.

Hey Lezlie and Sharon (and everyone else) -- I finally got to meet Pam Rose. She is my all time fav Pros writer (though you, of course, Lezlie, are the writer of the funniest Pros story of all time) and I gushed like a fountain over her. This was one of the first slash cons she'd been to away from home, and I don't think she realized just how much gushing she was going to get. By the end of the con, she was starting to rate gushes on originality, sincerity and humor.

Lauren just wrote: So what was available that was new? What zines did you buy?

First, Manacles Press' Nudge Nudge, Wink, Wink 2. It has a story in it by our own Alexfandra, and I did the proofing, so I'm not sure I can be totally impartial, but I liked it.

I 'of course' bought Oblaque Sextus. I read it on the plane, and don't think I would have noticed if I had crashed. If anyone out there remembers M. Fae saying that there were two subjects about which she wouldn't write, be warned, she gets very close to one here...

I bought two New Zealand Pros zines (Down Under Express) but haven't read them yet.

I forgot to buy Unprofessional B&D, so I have to bug Megan Kent for it...(hint, hint)

I passed up the chance to buy the new Chalk and Cheese; it just didn't seem all that promising.

Liaisons II (Multimedia) looked good--Mostly Pros, B7 and Muncle (as a zine should be after all...)

I looked at the last couple of Dyads, and saw no names I recognized. Since they won't edit, I only buy them when they have writers I can trust to edit themselves.

Heard the news on Harlequin Airs. The writing is done (263 pages-50 more than planned.) It should be out fairly soon; if not Media West, certainly Zebra con. Suzie Lovett had more pictures from it in the art show, and they, like the others shown at Virgule, were exquisite.

I also bought pounds and pounds of used B7.

I also bought my first fannish art at the con. (12+ years a fan, and never bought art.) I got two Suzie Lovett prints--One in color that many of you may have seen. It has a naked Blake with a leash, and a cat-like Avon, and the title is "Here, Kitty Kitty..." [1] The other is also a naked Blake (this time in pencil) with a naked Avon curling around him. [2] You'd never guess Doyle was my fav slash character...[3]
In contrast, here is the convention report that was printed in The LOC Connection. This fan is a K/S fan who was attending her first slash convention and struggled with its multi-fandom focus:
I want to relate my impressions and experiences of my first slash con. Actually, as I had been forewarned, it was mostly multi-media, with some K/S, which formed the basis of my experience. It was about 125 people, almost all, I believe, from the surrounding Southern California area, so it may not be realistically representative of fans. I hope not.

Here's why. There was a pervasive feeling that they were tired of K/S and turned to other fandoms to participate in. And we're talking some pretty unusual interests, fandoms that one really has to stretch one's imagination to extrapolate any slash material. But, the surprising thing was that most of the dealer's tables were K/S publishers and zines. I understand that a lot of people have been into K/S for many years, so perhaps that explains their needs for a change. I haven't been into it for that long, and it's been an even shorter time that I've been writing and now doing art work.

But, I feel VERY strongly that K/S has UNLIMITED POTENTIAL. It is so deep and so multi-faceted, that the possibilities are endless. After all, it started all this slash, so it stands to reason that it would be the most complete. Also, there is not one other show that has such a strong basis from which to extend into slash....I could never be a part of any other fandom: that's certainly not to say that others can't enjoy theirs or that there is no room for anything besides K/S. But, for me, it's only an addition to K/S, not a replacement.

I was called a "Slash-con virgin" but I still feel like one! Also, I must add that everyone was really nice, I met lots of great people, saw the faces that matched the names I had read about, and enjoyed a well-organized event. And I bought LOTS of zines that I'm looking forward to consuming. But, K/S LIVES! [4]
In a later issue of The LOC Connection, another mono-fan echoed their discomfort at attending a multi-fandom convention:
I find it most uncomfortable that I have to agree with you regarding the rather hostile attitude of some people toward K/S lately. This is very disturbing and puzzling to me.

In the past few years my friends and I have also attended slash cons where, if you are a K/S fan, you are made to feel like an old-fashioned dinosaur or someone completely out of touch with the latest fandom sweeping the country. A friend told me that, last year while attending a panel discussion at a con in Southern California, she was actually afraid to admit being a K/S fan because of the critical comments of others. In fact, this attitude upset her to the extent that it was one of the reasons we decided not to attend this year's convention.

What's going on? Is it just a few mean-spirited people with, shall we say, 'strong' opinions. Is the concept of IDIC outdated? Why can't we all co-exist peacefully? [5]

Vid Show

Sandy Hereld wrote a separate review for the vidding newsletter Rainbow Noise. It is reposted here in its entirety with permission:
The video situation at this con was interesting, due to Kandy Fong and her horde of helpers. She showed a "Best of Comedy" compilation; lots of good stuff, and then the new stuff for this con. Tashery's and Gayle's vids went over well: at one point in the con, Shoshanna…said, "If I come back to Blake’s 7, it will be because of the video work being done in that fandom.” "Precious Pain" was my favorite, but I liked them all….

After Precious Pain, M Fae leaned over my shoulder and said, "Avon does suffer beautifully, doesn't he?" A new person showed her first songtapes (under the psued. JAM); and I was blown away. She had 2 Pros and a S.H. The Pros was excellent, "Ragged Edge" [6] especially so. The Starsky and Hutch one made me want to go back and watch that show. Look out for this one.

Kandy also had a huge duping room set up; she was doing l-to-4 Wiseguy all weekend (a fandom that has been really held back by a lack of good tapes; strangely, considering how recent the show is), and allowing two other 1-to-l duping stations to be filled on a sign-up basis all weekend. She had MVD’s vids in varying quality, con compilations, and a lot of eps, including new PAL professionally released Pros, that look pretty darn good. The clip quality of Pros songtapes should start to climb soon.

Escapade was a good con on a lot of levels, and very good on video."

The vidshow lasted one hour and five minutes and the playlist was:

  • Quantum Leap - S/A, Little Red Riding Hood, Kandy Fong
  • Starsky & Hutch, Secret, Cybel Harper
  • The Professionals, Come to Me, Cybel Harper
  • Miami Vice - Crockett/Castillo, Cuts Both Ways, Cybel Harper
  • Blake's 7, Bad Company, Cybel Harper
  • RS, When the Tough Get Going, Stacy Doyle
  • K/S, Against All Odds, Stacy
  • S/H, Don't Give Up on Us Baby, Liz K
  • QL, Sharp Dressed Man, Stacy & Joyce H
  • Muncle, Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me, Pam Rose
  • B7, Precious Pain, Gayle
  • B7, Regret, Gayle
  • Sherlock Holmes, One Man Magical Show, Gayle
  • B7, Lay My Love, Tashery Shannon
  • B7, Don't You Need, Tashery Shannon
  • B7, This is Not Love, Tashery Shannon

Gallery

References

  1. see the cover of Avon Calling #3
  2. The Blake's 7 art she referred to may be "One Safe Harbor," seen here; WebCite
  3. Sandy Herrold posted the following review of Escapade to the Virgule-L mailing list. It is reposted here with permission: Escapade's Past, Nov. 24th, 2008.
  4. Convention report from The LOC Connection, a K/S letterzine, issue #51, March 1993.
  5. LOC from The LOC Connection #52, April 1993.
  6. The name of the vid is actually Razor's Edge.