It’s the day after Dublin Comic Con and while I really enjoyed . It also gave me time to consider a personal question. What happens when Politics and Conventions combine?
For the past 2 years I have been hyping for Worldcon through my podcast because I believed this was a way for the convention scene in Ireland to make a legitimate name for itself as pop cultural hub. I spent a good while thinking about meeting the likes of Mur Lafferty and winners of the Hugo awards in my head.
Unfortunately due to constantly changing times of the current climate . Conventions have been becoming more and more political . Attacks on youtubers at Gencon this year marked a sign of the times . World Con themselves have also become more political as American tensions have put pressure on committees to include more Progressive policies.
This is where the dilemma comes in Dublin 2019 for panelists asks in when applying for press and panelists for a long list of details from sexual orientation , gender etc which I was quite skeptical about. And recently they have announced a code of conduct which includes rules against using terms like sjws , against microaggressions which confused me and annoyed me on a personal level.
But after speaking with people on both sides of the political spectrum I came at a crossroads. Should I promote or condone this level of rules enforcement in the Irish community?
The answer I came to was let my fans make their own choice by allowing them to decide by showing the pros and cons of this event and maybe offer some alternatives and some advice for the committee of Ireland 2018
This will bring in much needed convention tourism for Ireland as people from all over the world .
Allows us to set a precedent as the first time Ireland will host a event of this size and history.
More events in this country the better as the conventions in Ireland have closed down over the years
Will make up for the disgraceful performance of Gamercon aka Scamcon
Guests for Ireland 2019 will include Bill and Mary Burns founders of eFanzines.com
Diane Duane – writer The Door Into Fire , Games Wizards Play and countless Star trek novels
Steve Jackson – game creator
Price Gauge – Ticket prices go from 110- 120 euro a ticket for this event as a membership system on top of dublin Hotel prices will possibly drain your account and prevent you from attending other conventions in Ireland and Europe for a while
Selection of Guests – Anime and pop culture has always has been a part of the Science Fiction Scene even from the early days showing bootleg copies of Astroboy but there doesn’t seem to be many guests that would interest us anime fans . From Legend of the Galactic Hero to Darling in the Franxx anime and its fandom has shown we love sci fi as much as any old school fan of the genre.
Rules – Irish Culture and Geek Culture is a unusual beast . The typical saying is our closest friends we insult and most hated enemies we compliment which would break most of the rules at this event.
The standing rule about not using the term SJW is kind of a odd thing . Irish conventions usually involve the pub where we gather around afterwards debate everything from movies , anime , and politics.
History of the Con- The convention has various dealings with voter blocks of Conservative writers nominating silly titles into their awards. Bringing that kind of bitterness into the country can spell a dangerous situation especially when so many hate groups are located just in the UK that amount of publicity will put Ireland in their crosshairs.
So it’s up to you my audience if this convention is up your alley then go for it .
Alternatively there is Jcon, Dublin Comic Con , Tokonatsu over in the uk,
My advice to the Worldcon committee and other cons is introducing a over intrusive liberal policies would create a greater force against it . But by having standard agreement of rules in place ie , No bullying that conventions have been applying for years would prevent less resistance as everyone knows we need these rules in place.
The convention world is wide and vast so it’s up to the people what makes a good convention for them.