Fanlore Live!: 2009 Escapade Panel Notes: Marnie

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Title: Fanlore Live!: 2009 Escapade Panel Notes: Marnie
Interviewer: J
Interviewee: Marnie S
Date(s): 2009
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Fanlore Live!: 2009 Escapade Panel Notes: Marnie are rough panel notes taken by "J" at Escapade.

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The Notes Taken by J


She talked about her memories of IDICON

The first public KS slash con she attended was in Houston, Tx ’84, ’85, ’86. Previously house parties.

Marnie was an organizer. Was involved in a group known as the WHIP’s. Katherine S also participated, [also] Mary [Lowe]. Most everyone belonged to Starbase Houston.

She across ‘zines at SF bookstore, and began writing to publishers to get access to more publications.

Gayle F photocopied an out of print ‘zine for her. When it arrived, Marnie put her son down to a nap and read the first ‘zine in a 3-hour floor sitting.

Elaine H contacted and spoke from 8 pm to 1 am. Met the WHIP’s which became a social group of women. Katherine & Mary were publishing their ‘zine so they had ‘zine parties and read.

Pam Rose, Lezlie Shell, Cynthia attended the con in Tulsa, OK. Great Broads of the Galaxy. They decided to hold their own con, called IDICon so slash could be out in the open. Marnie was the only one with a computer so she handled communications & registration.

KS grew into KS/slash.

Attendees at IDICon the first year was 70-80 people, 130-140 2nd year and same the third. Obtaining ‘zines were the primary goals for attendees.

IDICon was where the idea of the Orphan ‘Zine table originated. Mary had boxes and boxes of ‘zines in her dining room that had to be transported to the hotel. ‘Zines were shipped in from around the world, (Australia, Canada) because censorship was widespread.

‘Zines were laid out in the center of ballroom and when the doors opened the stampede began. Some ‘zines would sell out in the first hour. The rest of the afternoon was quiet as everyone read.

IDICon was completely staffed by volunteers. The members of WHIP’s got maybe 2 hours of sleep and didn’t see any panels.

Lightening struck the air conditioner at IDICcon. The hotels had a hard time understanding to add extra staff to the hotel restaurants. There was a potluck in the consuite.

IDICon had a vidding room and allowed for duping. The night before con, the room was broken into and the equipment stolen.

The vids were all video tape and sources were antenna received television broadcasts. Early ‘vids’ were slides to music.

“Entertainment” was by Lezlie and Teri M. Filks became Saturday Night Entertainment. ‘Filks’ were printed out and they would have group ‘sings’. The Great Broads of the Galaxy would join in.

IDICon also had male strippers!

Midnight showings of just fans were arranged as movies were released. ‘Filk’ singing was done on queue.

Some fans made pornographic piñatas. Vulcan Vestal Virgins.

Husbands and boyfriends always helped out.

Fandom at that time was less media and one single fandom. Professional women needed to be discreet.

Marnie spoke of the issue of pseudonyms and real names."