The First Convention

Check out these photos from the first science fiction convention, Nycon, in 1939. They had no idea what they were starting, did they?

Snappy dressers, too. Imagine if broad-breasted suits were still the norm at conventions today, rather than the melange of witticism-bearing T-shirts, cat ears and jerkins. I’m a big fan of dressing for comfort — and you need comfortable clothes when you’re clustered around a table in banquet chairs of debatable comfort for four or six hours at a time — but I also recognize that outward appearances influence people’s opinions. When WCAX did a story on Bakuretsucon a couple years ago, what did they use for their bumper tease? A shot of the older gentleman wearing cat ears, natch. Hardly surprising, but still a cheap shot.

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