Re: [ICG-D] Why the Masquerades are Small Today
You're addressing part of the problem; namely that things have gotten too
expensive for people to attend a lot of conventions, especially worldcon. I
know that Jacqui Ward has to choose every year between Worldcon and
CostumeCon and that CostumeCon usually wins; she just can't do both.
However, you still have a problem which no one ever faces up to. Fifteen
years ago a large presentation was six people (on an average), now that's a
small presentation. People put together these huge presentations with
upwards to thirty people. Now do your math.
One hundred people doing presentations: three groups of six; several
singles; a lot of twos and threes. One hundred people doing prestations:
one thirty; a coupld of tens; a fifteen or two; a handfuls of smaller
presentations. Same number of people but a lot less presentations. If you
want to get the numbers up then start going back to smaller groups; stop
putting all of your eggs in one baskets. I keep having nightmares about the
day that fifty people will sign up for a masquerade and there won't be more
than two presentaions...if that.
As far as Toronto goes there is no one to teach these people. There is
no formal guild that holds classes. Toronto Trek is just beginning to hold
costuming panels, but no workshops. People simply don't know how to sew
these days and are afraid to try until someone tells them that they can;
that it's easy. Oh and those costumes that Karen and Ricky wore to Toronto
Trek were made from flashy materials; anyone not used to fabric will
automatically assume that they could never do that sort of thing. It's like
dollmaking. I make dolls out of lame and people wonder how I did it because
you can't do that with tissue lame, however these are the same people who
will paint a cloth doll gold to get the same effect. Sewing with lame is
difficult; paint cloth is easy. I've never under stood this, but
appearances are everything...after all that's what a masquerade is all
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- At 09:43 PM 4/4/02 -0500, you wrote:
>Unfortunately, no one else from the groups with whom they usually costumeAn unfortunate side effect when the group leader is the driving force that
>even showed up at the con.
makes the others costume.
>Some people have blamed the September 11 mass murders and others have saidI know that September 11 had a serious financial impact on me personally
>that the economy was a cause of the poor turnout. I wonder if that's true.
(20% loss in income the last quarter of 2001), and countless others around
the country. Often, the cost of attending a convention (travel, hotel,
food) is worse than the cost of putting a costume together (I'm sure I
could compete for *years* if I put my mind to it and used my fabric stash
in a creative manner). And, frankly, it took a few months for people to
decide that it was OK to have fun again.
I think this year is going to be an "off" year for conventions, even though
the economy seems to be picking up. We just attended the big Halloween
trade show in Chicago (aka TransWorld Halloween, Party, Gift, and Costume
Show), and attendance was off 30%, and sales by most vendors were off 50%
>I'm not in New England, so what little I could do in the month before theRunning a large event by remote control is very, very difficult, even if
>con was by remote control. (I won't be doing it again next year.)
you are intimately familiar with the hotel or other venue. Might be helped
if the long-distance Masquerade Director has an extremely competent and
knowledgeable "lieutenant" who is local.