Escapade has historically aimed for “purposely controversial,” or (not so) “PC” panels, because we think a bunch of people sitting in a panel titled, “Tony Stark is Hot!” and agreeing that Tony Stark is hot (and he is) can get a bit boring. “PC” panels have become more of a challenge with the advent of internet conversations that continue around the clock and around the globe. We still have fun with engaging and evocative panel topics and moderators, and have space and flexibility to create DIY panels or other gatherings on the fly. Advocates for two (or many) sides of a topic make many discussion panels more exciting and entertaining.

Attendees nominate panel ideas, topics, and descriptions. They volunteer to moderate or co-moderate panels, and vote to determine what panels make the schedule.

Escapade Panel Tracks

Escapade panels are divided into three tracks

Over: Suggest Panels

Your panel suggestions are the starting point for the Escapade schedule. Click to give is your ideas for fandom, meta, and tech/alt panels. Deadline to submit panels is 1/15/2021.

NOW: Vote for Panels

The panel ballot, created from your suggestions, will be open for voting from 1/22 through 2/1/2021. Then we contact the volunteer moderators, and perform some magic to post the schedule about ten days before the con starts. You can still suggest write-in panels!

DIY Panels, and Meetups, and Parties. Oh, my!

At a physical convention, we open up any leftover slots in the schedule for DIY panels and meetups. Online, we won’t be limited by physical space (or even time zones). We will have flexible options for Escapade members to schedule new panels, parties, or other gatherings, or continue any conversation that might run over it’s scheduled time-slot. If you panel suggestion doesn’t make the main schedule, you can still plan it, schedule it, and either moderate it or strong-arm a friend into helping out.