Catching up…

So it’s been a while since I’ve even opened my LJ’s pages and follow up on what people are doing.

Over the past 2 days I have done just that, and it’s fun to watch things develop and happen, things that I had no idea about, no clue and then try to piece together reality again.

I did not make it to iCon this year, for a couple of reasons, which I won’t elaborate on here. If you know why, good for you.
I did, in fact, miss seeing everyone, even though I got a post-con visit from a couple of friends who particularly missed me. That was pleasant.

Thanks to the technology of this Internet thingie, a lot of people have posted pictures and videos, but I don’t know if anyone has seen this one. And yes, I do believe the main focus silhouette is .

It is my feeling that the annual iCon Festival has turned into jsut that. It is no longer a “convention” – where like-minded people convene and meet and discuss, explore and disagree loudly about any topic under the sun. (Yes, I’m sure this still happens, but is no longer the focus.) It is a full-blown commercialized event, and is now a film festival, like we don’t have any of those ever.

My image of iCon was a large meeting of people from different backgrounds, different streams of life, different preferences of entertainment media and genres, and a common place where one can be exposed to more that what they are used to, other sides of a similar or dissimilar concept, a place that no matter how weird you are, there’s bound to be someone weirder right around the corner.

Some of you remember the early con’s. Some of you were there, active and kicking to make it bigger, better. The sheer amount of background chatter I have heard about the pre-con preparation, the suring-con stuff, and not much of post-con issues have been written about yet, make me wonder wht the future will bring. For the past 2-3 years, the organizations have been struggling to find people that will take on the enourmous responsibility of running such an event. It seems to pretty much everyone that no matter what, at least one person will continue to be a major part of the game. Is this a good thing? Yes and no. Experience teaches you a lot, but once a bad habit has set in, it’s much harder to break.

I don’t know where this rant is going. All I know is that I used to be a major player and I am in no longer. I can sleep easier, but there’s a certain amount of “oomph” that seems lacking.


  • angeleyes1701

    I can’t begin to explain how much I agree with you. iCon has turned into an organization of it’s own, no longer organized by the amutot (clubs) but by people who consider themselves part of the scifi/fantasy/roleplaying community from one iCon to another (I won’t name any names) and do nothing for the community besides commercialize iCon and ruin it for the rest of us.

    This is why I prefer “Olamot”. Nowdays Olamot is what iCon used to be in the pre-festival era – by the fans, for the fans. And amazingly enough – it’s better organized, it’s funner and to me it has all the “oomph” I need from a con. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.

    Surprisingly enough, I’ve made a decision to go back to helping StarBase972 after all these years away. It looks like there’s a lot to be done but one thing is certain – I am not going to touch iCon with a 10 foot pole. I come, I lecture, I go home. I don’t even take advantage of the fact I can get free tickets. There’s nothing that good on anyway.

  • mick_hale

    What. The fuck. I didn’t authorize the use of my famous visage.

  • miketheman

    Famous? More like INfamous!!!