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

  • 2022 | Vidding: A History | Francesca Coppa link
  • 2018 | Artgasm (podcast) | Allison Moon (@HeyAllieMoon) link
  • 2016 | 1843 (Economist) | Helen Joyce (@HJJoyceEcon) link
  • 2013 | LA Weekly | Zachary Pincus-Roth (@zpincusroth) at LA Weeklyat Zach’s blog
  • 2010 | Confessions of an AcaFan | Henry Jenkins (@henryjenkins) Part 1,  Part 2
  • 2009 | Newsweek | Staff link

More than three decades of slash slumber parties

Escapade 1 | February 8-10, 1991E1 Program Book
Escapade 2 | February 7-9, 1992E2 Program Book
Escapade 3 | February 5-7, 1993E3 Program Book
Escapade 4 | February 4-6, 1994E4 Program Book
Escapade 5 | February 10-12, 1995E5 Program Book
Escapade 6 | February 15-19, 1996E6 Program Book
Escapade 7 | February 7-9, 1997E7 Program Book
Escapade 8 | February 6-8, 1998E8 Program Book
Escapade 9 | February 26-28, 1999E9 Program Book
Escapade 10 | February 3-6, 2000E10 Program Book
Escapade 11 | February 16-18, 2001E11 Program Book
Escapade 12 | February 15-17, 2002E12 Program Book
Escapade 13 | February 21-23, 2003E13 Program Book
Escapade 14 | February 22-24, 2004E14 Program Book
Escapade 15 | February 25-27, 2005E15 Program Book
Escapade 16 | February 24-26, 2006E16 Program Book
Escapade 17 | February 23-25, 2007E17 Program Book
Escapade 18 | March 7-9, 2008E18 Program Book
Escapade 19 | March 6-8, 2009E19 Program Book
Escapade 20 | February 26-28, 2010E20 Program Book
Escapade 21 | February 25-27, 2011E21 Program Book
Escapade 22 | February 24-27, 2012E22 Program Book
Escapade 23 | February 22-24, 2013E23 Program Book
Escapade 24 | February 28-March 2, 2014E24 Program Book
Escapade 25 | March 6-8, 2015E25 Program BookE25 Schedule
Escapade 26 | February 26-28, 2016E26 Program BookE26 Schedule
Escapade 27 | March 10-12, 2017E27 Program BookE27 Schedule
Escapade 28 | February 23-25, 2018E28 Program BookE28 Schedule
Escapade 29 | February 22-24, 2019E29 Program BookE29 Schedule
Escapade 30 | February 22-23, 2020E30 Program BookE30 Schedule
Escapade 31 (virtual) | February 19-21, 2021E31 Program BookE31 Schedule
Escapade 32 (hybrid) | April 29-May 1, 2022E32 Program BookE32 Schedule
Escapade 33 | March 3-5, 2023Open for registration!