Way back in 1990, at the Starsky & Hutch 15th anniversary convention, Charlotte C. Hill and Megan Kent decided to start their own multi-media slash con, in part to fix issues that they saw with other cons. In the first years, there were pairs of male strippers for Friday night entertainment.

Convention panels were consciously chosen to skewer the fannish sacred cows of the day. Panels are still chosen to encourage a range of opinions, but there are fewer sacred cows now, plus, most fans have vastly more opportunity to talk about fannish issues than we did in 1990. As Escapade built on the shoulders of past cons (like IDICon), many of Escapade’s innovations have, over the years, been incorporated into other conventions.

Above text excerpted (and abridged) from the Escapade history page at fanlore.org

Conversations about Escapade

  • 2018 | Artgasm (podcast) | Allison Moon (@HeyAllieMoon) link
  • 2016 | 1843 (Economist) | Helen Joyce (@HJJoyceEcon) link
  • 2013 | LA Weekly | Zachary Pincus-Roth (@zpincusroth) at LA Weekly, at Zach’s blog
  • 2010 | Confessions of an AcaFan | Henry Jenkins (@henryjenkins) Part 1, Part 2
  • 2009 | Newsweek | Staff link

32 Years of Escapade

Escapade 1 February 8-10, 1991 Program Book
Escapade 2 February 7-9, 1992 Program Book
Escapade 3 February 5-7, 1993 Program Book
Escapade 4 February 4-6, 1994 Program Book
Escapade 5 February 10-12, 1995 Program Book
Escapade 6 February 15-19, 1996 Program Book
Escapade 7 February 7-9, 1997 Program Book
Escapade 8 February 6-8, 1998 Program Book
Escapade 9 February 26-28, 1999 Program Book
Escapade 10 February 3-6, 2000 Program Book
Escapade 11 February 16-18, 2001 Program Book
Escapade 12 February 15-17, 2002 Program Book
Escapade 13 February 21-23, 2003 Program Book
Escapade 14 February 22-24, 2004 Program Book
Escapade 15 February 25-27, 2005 Program Book
Escapade 16 February 24-26, 2006 Program Book
Escapade 17 February 23-25, 2007 Program Book
Escapade 18 March 7-9, 2008 Program Book
Escapade 19 March 6-8, 2009 Program Book
Escapade 20 February 26-28, 2010 Program Book
Escapade 21 February 25-27, 2011 Program Book
Escapade 22 February 24-27, 2012 Program Book
Escapade 23 February 22-24, 2013 Program Book
Escapade 24 February 28-March 2, 2014 Program Book
Escapade 25 March 6-8, 2015 Program Book
Escapade 26 February 26-28, 2016 Program Book
Escapade 27 March 10-12, 2017 Program Book
Escapade 28 February 23-25, 2018 Program Book
Escapade 29 February 22-24, 2019 Program Book
Escapade 30 February 22-23, 2020 Program Book
Escapade 31 (virtual) February 19-21, 2021 Program Book
Escapade 32 (hybrid) April 29-May 1, 2022 Open for registration!