Most people know how the media portrays any sort of conventions, right? A bunch of nerds with nothing better going on in their lives, gathering together in a cult of geekiness. However, have you ever noticed that conventions pop up in places outside of television shows, like other cartoons?
The one in particular that I’m alluding to is Scooby-Doo. The other day I watched an episode of “What’s New Scooby Doo,” where the gang goes to a sci-fi convention center to celebrate a virtual reality game that is based on solving mysteries.
In the episode, the gang dresses up as various video game and superhero characters. Velma, on the other hand, like a lot of convention goers who only go for the entertainment, doesn’t dress up. You can see Daphne dressed up as a generic version of Batgirl below.
Some of the characters that are portrayed in the show range from over-anxious fanboys that tend to take their costumes too seriously to violent card game players. The reason I’m pointing this out is because unlike other media, which shows conventions as just a geeky place to be, Scooby-Doo pokes fun at the various convention goers. Of course this is probably because Scooby-Doo is owned by Warner Bros who also own DC comics cartoons and the cartoon creators regularly make appearances in conventions.
Still it’s fun to think about real-life events that are portrayed in fantasy cartoons, especially one like Scooby-Doo, which revolves around costumes. In fact this episode about the convention doesn’t even feature a masked criminal. The take is so very real in a show about masked villains and unmasked heroes, which is oh so ironic.
Are there any shows that portray some of your favorite things in a comical or bad light? How much of the stereotype do you think is true?