What is Escapade?
Escapade is a weekend-long convention attended, created, and run by multimedia slash and shipping fans. It features opportunities for conversations from the one-on-one level to large discussion panels about shows/movies/books/etc. and the world of fandom itself. We host parties, vid shows, mixers, casual gaming, a convention suite, and a charity/art auction. And if you don’t find what you want, there are plenty of options and spaces to create DIY meetups or panels on the spot.
Who runs Escapade?
Fans run Escapade. There is no corporate involvement, and no profit motive. Escapade is for fans, by fans, about fans and fandom. The content (panels, vid shows, art show) is fan created, and the panels are submitted and voted on by the membership (both attending and non-attending members can vote). So, ultimately, YOU run Escapade. You can see more about the fans who do the background organization here.
What to expect at (our first virtual) Escapade?
The Saturday before the con (Feb 12), anyone who’d like to can participate in the technical check-in. We’ll share content on all of the social media platforms we plan to use, so you can make sure you’ll receive everything you need. We’ll also have technical support people to help you out, if you need help, to get your tech in order. Expect laughter, vids, some chat, maybe a little frustration, and many introductions.
Some Escapade tracks will be opened from the 12th – 17th for fannish activities: pre-parties, gaming, get-to-know-each-other meet ups, and opportunities to promote the convention and invite friends and communities to the convention space. One space will be set aside for crafting, including food-and-drink; want to make the cream-chees-and-carrot canapes that look like Escapade’s mascot penguins? Join us.
Note: these will, in general, not be moderated spaces. Escapade has thrived for 30+ years relying on its members to be adults (18+), responsible for their behavior and that of their spaces, and committed to integrity and fun. Read the Code of Conduct or reach out to: Elf, Ride, or ((NAME) if you have any questions.
On Friday, February 19, the convention officially begins with a welcome panel and overview of the weekend. People to introduce themselves and share how we hope the structure will work, with multiple tracks of interaction space, an art show, and a convention/hospitality suite where you can find friendly staff to answer questions, and other fans. We’ll host social activities and viewing parties. You’ll create your own convention experience by mixing and matching the parts that interest you. Remember, if something’s missing, you can add it on the fly.