Daily Archives: September 19, 2013
American Fandom 3
One cannot talk about American Fandom without the Conventions.
But first a quote I found from a University of Wisconsin website: “American television can’t fathom whimsy“.
Too right. 🙂
I started, as has been mentioned back in the Midwest but didn’t hit the real convention circuit until Gallifrey One (“Gally”), now the largest Doctor Who Convention.
But it wasn’t always so. I started out when it was just a few hundred fans in much smaller hotels, most often back then The Airtel Hotel @ The Van Nuys Airport.
If you can find a copy, check out Mark Strickson’s “An Englishman at Gallifrey” which was filmed at the 2001 Gallifrey convention.
And I know there is a convention in November in Chicago now, ChicagoTARDIS, but I have never been.
To start with, Ed Stradling of BBC Worldwide did this video at Gally this year and it’s magnificent:
AT 3,200 people it’s still feels like a smaller con because it’s run by the fans for the fans. Largely the same ones who started Gally as Teenagers (and older) are still doing it as 40-somethings (and older).
Me and William Russell (2011) – “Ian Chesterton” at a Brunch where you can mingle with the guests and they mingle with you.
Try that at a Creation Con or San Diego… 🙂
I would love to share some of my videos, but WordPress says the format is incompatible, 😦
And there is also a tradition at Gally, Ribbons…