SF conventions, and snapshots of SF conventions, go back a long time. Here's Midwestcon 2
, put on by the Cincinnati Fantasy group in June 1951; shots include a haunting image of Henry Burwell
, publisher of Atlanta zine Science Fiction Digest
, and an already-old E.E. "Doc" Smith
. From Retronaut, an unnamed 1980 con in LA
. From the Mills photo archive, con costumes from the late 60s through the 80s
. Forrest Ackerman, editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland
, in "futuristic costume" at the first WorldCon in 1939
. This last from the endless compendium that is the MidAmerican Fan Photo Archive
posted by escabeche
on Aug 1, 2012 -
It began with
an innocent-looking Valentine's Day card in 2005.
Inside the card were several slips of paper, a hastily cut-up printout of names of 550 secret detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The human rights lawyer who received "this weird valentine" handed it over to authorities, and this week the court martial begins for JAG LtCmdr Matthew Diaz, facing 36 years for divulging state secrets.
Whither goest thou, American Jurisprudence
posted by planetkyoto
on May 15, 2007 -
Protests at RNC test appropriate response
An eyewitness account by I Can't Believe Its A Democracy
- "I just have to pause here for a moment to make an observation. How many times have I seen an interview with an arrested protester who claimed he or she had done nothing to provoke the police. Almost always my reaction has been, "Yeah, sure." Only now I was seeing this very situation unfold in front of my eyes. These protesters, while certainly noisy, had obeyed police instructions down the entire length of the street. Now they were being treated as if they had gotten wildly out of control, but they hadn't. I know, because I was there."
Another account from Captain Normal
(also an eyewitness and even got arrested and held for 24 hours without being charged or being able to contact a lawyer) discusses a family of French tourists caught up in the sweep as well as some of the other residents of "Gitmo on the Hudson"
posted by fenriq
on Sep 2, 2004 -
A fans' view
chronicles the strange spectacles that are anime conventions. I used to watch a lot of anime when I was younger, and I'm still a fan of some series, but I can't really get into anything new anymore. Besides watching shows, probably the strangest aspect of my old hobby is cosplay
, where everyone dresses up
as their favorite anime characters. Of course, this can understandably bring some unwanted
posted by moz
on May 17, 2001 -