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Convergence panels

I see that I'm on most of the Convergence panels I asked for. Got bumped from some of the anime and manga panels, which is OK because revolutionaryjo and willow_one and belindabird have probably between them forgotten ten times what I've learned so people will get a better panel experience.

Friday, 1830: Games to kill a day, with thaadd; we'll talk about Crayons Across America, the various Catan games, and whatever else comes to mind in that vein. I may steal shamelessly from Eric Raymond's post on the subject, since he's smarter than I am. #^_^#
Saturday, 1100: Is the Network Dead? "How are the variety of new technologies changing television -- both on the business side and the creative side?" michaellee and I and a couple of other guys I don't recognize by name ought to be able to yak about this for an hour and then some.
Saturday, 1400: Manga Influence in America. revolutionaryjo, two other lady otaku and I talk about the impact of manga on American culture, or, "All your buttsex cultural tropes are belong to us."
Saturday, 1700: Cartoons: Not Just For Kids revolutionaryjo, Daren Johnson, Greg Weisman (wow, a GoH!) and some dorky musician about cartoons that appeal to adults and cartoon series especially for adults. I'm not sure what I'm doing on this one because the only American series I've even seen with any regularity since I was a kid were The Tick and Invader Zim.
Sunday, 0930: Otaku: Your Wacky Fandom Neighbors Starring jariten, revolutionaryjo, one of our Detour guests from this year, and some jackass who ran an anime convention for a couple of years.
Sunday, 1230: The Politics of Fandom: How Are Decisions Made?kaustin, michaellee, Frank TC, and me. Program says, "Does the 'Too Many Cooks' metaphor apply here, or should we be worrying about too few?" and your guess is as good as mine as to what the suggester meant by that.

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revolutionaryjo
Jun. 5th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
I might start a filter or send out an email to those of us who are on the Otaku: Your Wacky Fandom Neighbors panel so we can get a coherent statement of purpose nailed down. I really don't want the panel to descend into a "my fandom is better than your fandom" wank because there's misunderstandings between panelists about what we're there to talk about.

I'm trying to get some basic outlines together for most of the other panels I'm on too, but right now there are nine of them and one of me. o_O
wombat_socho
Jun. 5th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
I think the e-mail route might be the way to go on this, if only because I don't know how compulsive other folks are about checking their LJ. You want me to pick up the ones we have in common? That'll cut your load a bit, methinks.
revolutionaryjo
Jun. 6th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
Definitely. I'll try to send it round tonight here just so we get an early start on it.
revolutionaryjo
Jun. 6th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
Oops, only answered half of that. Shows you where my brain is this evening.

Anyway, If you could take on Manga Influence in America I'd appreciate it. :) I'm not sure how we can really pre-plan for the Cartoons: Not Just for Kids panel since the great Luke Ski and Greg Weisman may prove difficult to reach ahead of time, but if you want to give it a shot I'm all for that.
jariten
Jun. 6th, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)
For the "fandom" thing, I could do a bit about the various ways Anime fandom has grown if you like, as well as work in a bit about Japanese fan groups...

...essentially, whatever. I'm up for some massive brainstorming in the near future^-^.
wombat_socho
Jun. 6th, 2006 12:07 pm (UTC)
The history sounds like a really good place to start, since the target audience is expected to be SF& F fans who don't know that much about anime fandom in these parts. My general take on the subject is that anime fans are the new wave of media fans, much like Star Trek and star Wars fans were back in the day. There are differences, of course, but otaku are not all that strange & bizarre.
wombat_socho
Jun. 6th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
I can ask Perrin about contact info for Greg, and Luke's info is on the website. I'll take it from there and see what happens...as I said, my exposure to any American animation on TV in the last 10 years is pretty minimal, so I may just be off in the corner grunting about anime.
michaellee
Jun. 6th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
Figured out who you are now...

Yes, e-mailing ahead of panels good. I would be sad if the Your Fandom Neighbors panels went that route as well -- as that strikes me as defeating the whole point of the panel.

I never seem to e-mail out and plan as well as much as I'd like to myself, amongst all of the other items that I'm throwing around.

wombat_socho
Jun. 6th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
I never seem to e-mail out and plan as well as much as I'd like to myself, amongst all of the other items that I'm throwing around.


Yeah, that's the problem in a nutshell - too much to do and not enough time/people to do it.
revolutionaryjo
Jun. 6th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC)
Ahh, yes, sorry. My LJ name is not quite as easy to figure out as yours. :)

Well as head of programming, I wouldn't expect you to be with all that you have on your hands. I was on five or six panels at this year's Detour and had to practically wing them all because of all the pre-con prep.
michaellee
Jun. 6th, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
Politics of Fandom
I'm not quite sure of the whole origins of the description at this point... One of those things that came up at some meeting somewhere.

The idea was how to make sure that we show that the panel is absolutely not about real-world politics, but about the decision making process of fan-run organizations. We have the opprotunity to compare Mn-stf's decision making processes with MISFITS, with Anime Twin Cities, and various other organizations that we've all been exposed to over the years.

wombat_socho
Jun. 6th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
Re: Politics of Fandom
*lightbulb goes on*
Oh, that panel. Right. I think between you and me we should be able to keep it on track, then...maybe start with a disclaimer to clear the RL political types out? (Geez, it sounds strange saying that, considering how much time I've spent on non-fannish politics in the last decade.)
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