Some of you are so young… You weren’t here for Dashcon… Mishapocalypse… That fateful day when Pizza was deleted… There is much history you do not know children. Be grateful you’ll never have to live those horrors. Be grateful…
Why is Dashcon constantly used as an example for Why We Can Never Have Any Meetup/Con Again That Isn’t Already Established Ever when its failure was actually the result of its unbelievable level of mismanagement, and not just an inherent quality of tumblr/fandom specific conventions?
Even the infamous ballpit itself was almost entirely just the management’s laughable attempt to compensate attendees when panelists (rightfully) walked.
I feel like tumblr has really succeeded in somehow convincing itself that it was those Awful Cringey Fandom Teens, and not the adult managers who literally scammed people out of thousands of dollars, who made Dashcon such a mind-blowing failure.
Shoplifting fandom should have its own convention. Imagine: Little booths of merchandise and art which they can use to practice their lifting skills, panels about lifting techniques and things like avoiding the law, cosplay contest using only stolen items, karaoke with songs like “I Fought the Law” and "The
Internationale”, lessons on communism, brochures about the best lawyers in the country, video game corner where you can play a pirated copy of “Thief”…
And at the end of the con, everyone gets arrested!
I’ve been trying to decide whether or not I actually want to talk about our Dashcon experience. If you know us IRL you’ll know that my wife and I recently went on a trip to Canada/Chicago purely to attend Dashcon. And following what happened with the convention, I was in two minds. Do we simply wash our hands of the whole situation, or do we talk about what happened?
Given that my wife received an anonymous message on her blog telling her to go and hang herself, I was leaning more toward the former. I almost wanted to pretend like we were never there. But after reading almost everything about the disaster, I think there are a couple of things that need to be said from our perspective.