Below are the panels that planned for Escapade 33. Some panels need moderators (especially in the Escapade Online track), and may be dropped if they are not adopted. Others are tagged “backup” and will be promoted if other panels fall through. If you’d like to adopt a “Needs Mod” panel, please just email us here! Once the schedule is posted, we’ll open up any remaining slots for DIY panels (including the chance to bring back panels that didn’t make the cut).
Jump to fandom, tech/workshop, alt programming, Escapade Online, Chalk and Cheese.

Note: some panel descriptions are being revised, but you can get the idea from the text below.


GENERAL/META

Beauty Is In The AI Of The Beholder
When they said, “the robots are coming for your job,” did you know that job would be writing Stucky omegaverse porn? AIs are grabbing art and writing and mashing them into new projects. Is it art? Is it ethical? Can we separate the two? Is it all worth it to see John Oliver marry a cabbage?

Beyond Star Trek: The Slash of the 60s that Was (and Should Have Been)
Kirk/Spock is the pair that launched 1000 ships, and M.U.N.C.L.E. is a famed duo, but in the swinging sixties, there was SO MUCH fertile material. Shows with passionate male leads dripping with unresolved sexual tension. From the Green Hornet to The Fugitive, let’s discuss our favorite pairings that should have been (or at least, should have been more of!)
Brought to you by the time travelers at Galactic Journey!

Fandom Connections in a Diaspora
How do you connect with others when you fall in love with a new show? How do you find the secret handshake to get connected with where the fandom is at? Let’s discuss meeting points and how increasingly, fandom connections can fracture as social media giants change.

Fantastic Bits and Where to Find Them: Monster Fucking
The ever necessary and eternally beloved panel where we talk about all the delightful ways we can boogieman and get down! If you like plumbing wet depths and weighing snakes, this is the panel to fuck your freak in.
We guarantee one REAL biologist and at least one REAL freak! It’s an amazing deal.

Needs Co-Mod: Fanvid Futures (aka vidding 101 for the future)
Vids? Edits? FMVs? Loops? Reels? What is the current state of fan video as a creative and cultural form? What tools are people using to make fan videos, where are fan videos shared, and what shifts are we seeing — in form, content, sharing practices, etc.– as fans spread out across a wide array of platforms?  If you’ve been vidding for a while now, how has your approach and output changed? And if you want to start editing now in the current moment, midst all of this diversity and change, how would you begin?

Fanworks Time Machine: Creating Fanworks set in historical and pseudo-historical settings
From lovers in ancient empires around the globe to swashbuckling pirates on the high seas, the ballrooms of the Regency ton to Jazz Age nightclubs, vistas of the American West to detectives doing their sleuthing by the light of flickering gas lamps, fandom and fanworks can take us to bygone eras.
Whether the historical setting is canonical, an AU, or a time travel adventure, the challenges and delights in creating fanworks set in days of yoreare legion–especially when characters hold marginalized identities that history books aren’t fans of highlighting! Join our panel discussion about those challenges, trade tips, and share resources with us.

Found in Translation: Boys Love Worldwide
New live action stories centering M/M relationships are coming out every day in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and more! Ranging from sweeping epics to small, intimate stories, many of these shows deliberately play into beloved fanfiction tropes. Will American producers ever get a clue? Do we WANT them to? Whether you want to share your favorite danmei/yaoi/BL show or just see what the fuss is all about, this panel is for you!

Future of Escapade
How’s the online track? Has Escapade dropped events that you miss? Are there new things you’d like us to try? (Should we have an annual fanzine? T-shirts? Games with sex toys as prizes? Bring back the strippers?) Times change, fandom changes, so Escapade changes. Let’s brainstorm some ideas and make plans for Escapade-of-the-future.

I Never Thought it Would Happen to Me, But…
What is your “No, never‚ well, HARDLY ever” kink? What kink did you never think you would want to read or write, until you did? What taboo tropes and forbidden fruits are tempting us today? Come join us for a frank discussion of your favorite kinks… Yes, even THAT one!

In a (really, really big and well-populated fannish) Galaxy Far, Far Away…
The SW universe has expanded its universe like any good fandom, producing new content that’s arguably better, more detailed, and richer than the early source. And, like fandom, there’s no hint that it will stop expanding any time soon. Discuss!

Let’s Hear it For the Girls:
BL is big business, but femmeslash is fabulous! Let’s talk about women who love women. Bring your favorite recs for fanfic, anime, novels, or live action shows – new or old! – that feature two gals getting together.

Mama Mia, Here We Go Again: The Cyclical Nature of Fandom
Water is wet, aliens will always destroy the San Francisco Bridge, and fandom is an ouroboros. So what has fandom brought back that you hate (or love) and what’s been lost that you would like to bring back – kicking and screaming, if necessary?

OT3s I have Loved
This has been a great year for polyship fandoms. Let’s go over our favorite new fandoms and canons that we have discovered or rediscovered that have been about poly love.

Too Tall To Ride This Fandom
Owl House, YA novels, K-Pop, She-Ra, Rescuebots: most of your new blorbo’s fans are new to fandom, under 20, or both. How do older fans navigate the social mores, emerging slang, and community structures of fandoms with a large youthful presence? Let us talk about the shades of gray when the antis and the newbies are still discovering black and white, how it feels to be the only person in the conversation who can rent a car, or that horrific feeling when your backpack or shirt is older than everyone else on the Discord.

Twitsplosion/You Can Find Me At:
Let’s review the Pros and Cons of various social networks and how fandom is using them. Twitter’s still around (…for now). Mastodon has its issues (so let’s gossip about them). As social networks grow, change, get bought out and decimated, or die, there’s a massive loss of fandom community and culture.

The Vocab of Shipping Discourse
Proship. Anti-anti. Comship. Anti-proship. “Proship content.” Let’s discuss what the Kids These Days are calling the kinktomato.

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Canon?
Getting into a new fandom? Rejoining an old one? Paddling along in a long-time fave when suddenly it gets new content? Either way, chances are good that you’ve heard the term “canon” being thrown around, often as a way of explaining what actually happened or what you need to watch.
This panel will be a place to get into what this term means, where we’ve seen it used, and what it seems to mean to fans, particularly as producers are starting to use it too!


FANDOM SPECIFIC

DC Comics: A Rainbow of Spandex
Let’s talk about the queer characters of DC–Harley & Ivy, Tim Drake, Jon Kent, Nubia of Themyscira, Connor Hawke, and all the rest.

Dr Who: Who’s Who these days?
The 60th anniversary is coming up.  Let’s visit with new Whos (from first female to first person of color with a detour in between), the three specials in November with the return of some familiar faces, and changes in companions and villains.  What did we love and still love or want to see?  What do you think of the move to Disney in 2023?

Goncharov in Media
Modern fandom discussion of Goncharov usually focuses on the movie itself. But “the greatest mafia movie ever made” has been seeping into pop culture for years. We all remember the homages in Supernatural and X-Files, but did you know that South Park also did several shoutouts? And Facts of Life did a whole parody episode? Let’s talk about why these tropes and characters endure.

Interview with the Vampire: No One Left to Stop Us from “Interviewing” the Vampire
They changed the timeline, the ages, the characters, and the backstories–and it only made everything hotter, sexier, satisfying, and really intense. What do we like? What do we dislike? What do we ship the most? Let’s discuss our latest sexy fandom revival. Now with less lawsuits!

KinnPorsche: Where Mob Boss Meets Fandom Cliches
An easy introductory guide to the hot new dubcon/non-con fandom of the year. Piles of sexy men, bondage, power imbalances, identity porn, complicated relationships, sacrifices, mafia wars, imprisonments, ethical cliches, ghosts, and manipulation–KinnPorsche is for you! A Thai BL drama with an origin story you will not believe.

Knives Out: It’s My Party
Now that the second Knives Out mystery has come out, what are people’s thoughts on the series? Given a nigh-confirmed romance between Craig’s Benoit Blanc and Hugh Grant’s Phillip, there’s already slash potential, but there are intriguing characters at every turn, and plenty of fic fodder. Come share, add…and compel!

Leverage Redemption: New Cons, Same Old?
Let’s talk about Leverage Redemption, the good, the bad, the things that make us happy to see the Team pull their heists and the things that are driving us crazy. Spoilers through S2 likely.

The Locked Tomb: We Do Bones, Motherf-cker.
Lesbian necromancers in space. Frontline Titties of the Fifth. Canon-typical necrophilia. God, but with memes. Cow facts. Do you love The Locked Tomb series? Are you curious about The Locked Tomb series? Are you confused about The Locked Tomb series? Then you’re in the right place! Let’s talk about these books together. One flesh, one end (bitch).

M/M Romance
What are you liking in the m/m romance publishing world this year? How is this market niche the same as or different from BL publishing? And can we really still call it “romance” when so much of it is series mystery or series urban fantasy?

Our Flag Means Death: Looking Toward a Second Season of F*ckery
David Jenkins has promised/threatened to “wreck our ship” in the second season. What do we expect? Hope?

Sandman: The joys of Dreamling
He’s an anthropomorphic manifestation of Dreams. The other man is a person that the first guy turned immortal on a whim. Together, they become one fascinating relationship through time. A primer of the Sandman (TV) fandom and a discussion of everything we love about the show.

Star Trek: Everything
We got so much new Star Trek this year. Let’s roll around in it like excited dogs!

Star Trek: Stayin’ Alive at the Disco(very) – what the hell am I watching and can I have some more?
Twists, turns, sharp turns, whoa we’re over the cliff! Humor, drama, fucking amazing language, a giant tardigrade and a scenery chewing dame (gone but never forgotten Michelle Yeoh, also spelled YEOW and YOWZAH!).
The person suggesting this panel is clearly biased but this could be so much more than a squee session. Come school me or share my shock, awe, delight and wish for Tig and Michelle to share screen time.

Star Wars: Andor
Twisty spy games, anti-colonialism, and plot-relevant pot banging? Andor hooked a lot of fans this year who’d dropped off the Star Wars content train with its adult-oriented style and powerful acting. Come discuss what you liked, wished had gone different, and are hoping will happen next in this year’s Andor panel.

Transformers: Gender, Sexuality, and Class Differences: A Sociological review of Transformers
With dozens of different canons, Transformers fandom (and canon) still persists in being one of the most varied and complex explorations of gender, sexuality, and class differences through the lens of addressing serious systemic concerns of Cybertronian Culture. Join us in a review of the most hard hitting parts of fandom. Also, FYI, the trucks fuck.

The Untamed: Everyone but WangXian
There is one (1) canon pairing in this fandom. Let’s talk about everyone else: JC/LXC, Huaisang’s porn, whether Jin Ling hooks up with Lan Sizhui or Lan Jingyi, who gets paired with Wen Ning in the AUs where he’s not a fierce corpse, and the one unredeemable, unshippable character in the fandom.

Wednesday: Dun-Dun-Dun-Dun– *Snap**Snap*
Say what you will about the newest part of the Addams Family franchise, it gave us a new femmeslash ship with so much mutual softness. Wednesday’s lesbian awakening meets Enid’s newly-discovered goth kink. Not sure if you should watch the show? Come to the panel and let us sell it to you. Harold? They were roommates.

White Collar: (Starched) White Collar, Sexy Black Undies?
Neal is easy on the eyes, but we also love the OT3. Highs, lows, and fanfic that someone should write.

Backup: Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi
What happens when content creators give us well-crafted writing, thoughtful characterization, suffering and angst, and return characters from the dead (sorta)? Obi-Wan Kenobi. What’s great? What’s not-so-great? Discussion and recs sharing.

Backup: SVSS: Proud Immortal Demon Way: Shifting the Paradigm.
An in-depth look at the canon of Proud Immortal Demon Way and the subversions addressed in Scum Villain’s Self Saving System.


TECH/WORKSHOP

Bookmarks, Archives, and Fanfiction Downloader: Ways to Save and Preserve fic
A  review of various websites and ebook systems for saving, storing, and tracking all your favorite fics.

Calibre – Fanficfare
Learn how to download fanfiction directly into Calibre, create custom columns for warnings, genres, challenges, pairings and more! If there is time I can also share how to generate your own custom covers per fandom.

Fractious Fiction: Writing Fails and Flops
You ever have a fic that just … didn’t? You ever fail to feel the fun? Sometimes a fic is a flop – so let’s talk about why, and lay to rest the fractious souls of those fanfic fails that still haunt us.

Horrors!  I’m dead!  How should I have prepared for my collection to have been taken care of before hand?
You’re going to be dead some day.  Does it matter to you what happens to your collection — or that your niece, Sister Mary, doesn’t find THAT piece of art in your closet?  ‘Course not — you’re DEAD!  But you might want to make some arrangement beforehand anyway.  Try to donate them to a university?  Be cremated with them?  Donate them to Escapade?  Don’t trust your relatives to care about your treasure hoard.  Do you really want the stuff to end up in an estate sale or given to that thrift store down the street?  Face it — we’re ALL getting older.  Isn’t it time you start making a few plans?

How to start a writing group that will last
I’m trying to start a writing group in my town, and the only ones I’ve been a part of haven’t lasted six months. Clearly, I need help.
Bring ideas, questions, suggestions, warnings, good/bad experiences, and of course, scary stories of Just How Wrong This Can Go.

One for All, and All for One Season: Writing Together
Have you ever thought about what goes into developing a television show? Together, we’ll develop our own – from its intended length, to its main characters, plot, and theme. Will it be a rollicking one-season sci-fi show for teens? A ten-season high fantasy featuring That One Actor We All Know? Or will it be a three-episode special featuring terrifying monsters and breathtaking vistas? Come join us to find out!

OTW: How It Works
It’s more than AO3! There’s Open Doors (which is pretty strongly connected to AO3), Fanlore, the academic journal, and legal advocacy. We’ll review what the projects are, what the Board does, and how people can get involved.

Physical Zine Preservation
The universities that have zine archives have mostly closed for new entries. There are people willing to donate zines to fannish archives but no archives. Should we (should someone) start an org? Do we have physical storage space volunteers? What would it take to set up a database?

Needs co-mod: Vidding Without Footage
How do you make a vid for a fandom that doesn’t exist? Or a book fandom that doesn’t even have a graphic novel version?

Needs Mod: One Finger, Two Fingers, Three Fingers, Cock
Many gay men have pointed out that the finger-prep system is not part of most M/M sex. (One person said: “Fingering is normally an end in itself, not ‘preparation’.”) So why is it so common that leaving it out will sometimes get writers yelled at? And what can we write instead?

Backup: Make Your Voice Heard! (Podfic for Beginners)
Podficcing how-to geared towards those who are new to podficcing or interested in beginning to podfic.


ALT PROGRAMMING/VIDEO

Needs Co-Mod: Draw Your Own: Gardens of Gayness
The design of gardens for their erotic potential reached its height in the 18th century — but let’s bring it into the 21st (and further) with a fandom twist! Drawing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Fannish Dating Game
Fandom Dating Game! Play along and get matched with the perfect new fandom for you!

Needs Mod: Feed Me, Seymore
A fannish recipe exchange! Food, drinks, snacks, etc. If you love it, bring it to share.

Polyamorus Crafting
Do you like crafting? Do you refer to your local crafting store as “the bad place”? Come join us as we discover what fellow fans have been up to, what is the newest craze, and ponder yet again where to put it all.

Needs Mod: Wait, You Found What????
Have you found a fanwork so wild/ bizarre/ fascinating/ bugfuck wild out there that you just HAVE to share it with someone? THIS IS YOUR CHANCE. Bring your Best (and Worst) fanworks you’ve found in the wild that blew your mind.  We’re talking kinkmeme fills, youtube poop, regretsy works, and anything else that you can never unsee.  You bring theTea, we bring the popcorn.


ESCAPADE ONLINE

Anime, Anywhere, All of It!
Calling all otaku! What are your slashy new loves? Do you have an old favorite you think EVERYONE should watch? From ‘Yuri on Ice’ to ‘My Hero Academia’ to ‘Bleach’ and everything in-between: let’s talk about anime!

Needs Co-Mod: The devil’s always got the best lines
Why do we find anti-heroes so fascinating? How can we get more of them?

Diversity and Representation in Media and Fandom
While it’s still depressingly easy to find bad examples of diversity and representation in media, there have been some encouraging trends recently. As fans and as human beings, how can we improve in our own writing, and be more discerning in what we consume, so we can encourage more good representation?

Fanworks Time Machine: Creating Fanworks set in historical and pseudo-historical settings
From lovers in ancient empires around the globe to swashbuckling pirates on the high seas, the ballrooms of the Regency ton to Jazz Age nightclubs, vistas of the American West to detectives doing their sleuthing by the light of flickering gas lamps, fandom and fanworks can take us to bygone eras.

Whether the historical setting is canonical, an AU, or a time travel adventure, the challenges and delights in creating fanworks set in days of yore are legion–especially when characters hold marginalized identities that history books aren’t fans of highlighting! Join our panel discussion about those challenges, trade tips, and share resources with us.

Needs Co-Mod: Goncharov: Time on the Bridge
“If we were really in love, you wouldn’t have missed…”
Let’s talk about the greatest mafia movie never made.

Our Flag Means Death: Squeeing and Speculation
What we loved about Season 1, and what we hope to see in Season 2.

“period-typical (whatever)”
How do you deal with the way attitudes shifted (for better or for worse) since the canon for your fandom was aired/published? How about older stories in the fandom, including what you may have written in the past? How do you deal in general with what people/you may feel is “problematic”? Do you embrace, explore, avoid? 
(General)

Roswell, New Mexico: Queer Americana
Diners and drive-ins, gunslingers and novelists, cowboys and mad scientists, pickup trucks and… bisexual aliens? Join our panel to discuss the ways in which the recently closed canon of Roswell, New Mexico used the tropes of the American Dream to center queer, Latine, immigrant, and alien (as in Oasian) perspectives.

Vidding Without Footage
How do you make a vid for a fandom that doesn’t exist? Or a book fandom that doesn’t even have a graphic novel version?

When Canon Breaks Your Brain-or Tries To
How, as writers, do we deal when a canon is so absurdly written, and so loaded with elements such as anachronisms, impossible physics, inexplicable time jumps, etc, that it blocks the way into a story right at the jamb. Yes, I’m mainly looking at you, Our Flag Means Death.

Needs Co-Mod: Crossing that Bridge
Let’s talk crossovers! What constitutes a crossover, as opposed to having cameos and walk-in parts? Do crossovers work for you, and how? Do you go out of your way to read/write crossovers? What makes a good (bad) crossover? How do you fit the various fandoms together? How much (little) do you need to know about the fandoms involved? How about fusion?

Needs Co-Mod: Deltas, Ferals, and Ringlocks, Evolution of Omegaverse
Omegaverse has come a long way from its humble beginnings on the SPN kinkmeme. Over the years we’ve expanded genders and gender representations, and the trope has become so popular that it has spilled into mainstream publishing and pop culture. Join us for a review of the evolution of omegaverse, the appearances of different changes in fandoms, and the latest evolution of “ferals” to the trope.

Needs Mod: Mama Mia, Here We Go Again: The Cyclical Nature of Fandom
Water is wet, aliens will always destroy the San Francisco Bridge, and fandom is an ouroboros. So what has fandom brought back that you hate (or love) and what’s been lost that you would like to bring back – kicking and screaming, if necessary?

Needs Co-Mod: Sex, Sex, Sex and More Sex
Fandom’s language for sex has changed over time and keeps changing. Not just in the words we use, but in how we frame relationships, how we approach interpersonal conflict, and how we use physicality to reflect the emotions that underscore a scene. Let’s discuss some of our favorite multifandom fics and how language is used to take those fics from just another story to the type of story that stays with you for the rest of your life.

Wait! Did they have mobile phones in the 1980s?
Writing in a fandom set in the past may be tricky, especially when “the past” is fairly recent. We know ancient Romans didn’t have wrist watches, but when exactly did mobile phones become a thing?

Backup: Fractious Fiction: Writing Fails and Flops
You ever have a fic that just … didn’t? You ever fail to feel the fun? Sometimes a fic is a flop – so let’s talk about why, and lay to rest the fractious souls of those fanfic fails that still haunt us.

Backup When Words (Kinda) Fail
Fan works are not just classic written fanfics. How about podfics, vids, crafts, meta, and so on? Let’s talk about your favourite forms/mediums, and why they work for you.

Backup: Where Do We Go From Here?
Fandom is available in all kinds of forms and in all kinds of places. But for all that, what is missing in your opinion? What would you like to see (be it fandoms translated from one format to another, cool story ideas nobody has done, tropes/plotlines that need more exploration, characters that need more representation, etc.)? What format you like to see it in (movies, streaming, TV, comics, books, music, etc.)? And why do you think it hasn’t been done yet?


CHALK & CHEESE
(Professionals and other cop shows. Online. Descriptions to come.)

Panels
• When did he know?
• Case fic: the great, good , bad and the ugly
• It’s in the script
• AU recs for AU haters

Videos
• Episodes (followed by discussion)
• Vid show

Games
• Pros Porny Pictionary
• Pros Bingo