I eventually did make it to the hotel in time for the Philosophy in Anime panel, which was actually at 1530. This was more of a discussion than a lecture panel, which was a Good Thing, because like most folks I'd rather be part of a discussion than get lectured at. Also seen and talked to were Rob Balder and Phil Foglio. This time, I managed to avoid reminding Phil about D'Arc Tangent. Win.
Unfortunately, after that there wasn't much of interest going on. Hanging out in the driveway and hallway watching the people go by is interesting for a while, but the frequency of good hall cosplay wasn't really high enough to keep me engaged, so around 1900 I headed out to Fairfax by way of the burrow, where I coordinated with P about dinner. This eventually happened at Moby's in Fairfax, where we got caught up on stuff. Things appear to be going quite well for her, which hopefully will be a continuing trend.
Don't know if I'll be going back to Katsucon next year. For one thing, it's going to be at National Harbor next year, and for another, it's just too goddamn huge. It was more crowded than Detour's last years at the Thunderbird, without the central courtyard or the low-rise construction to provide relief. Katsucon posted an attendance cap of 6500, which they hit pretty easily, but IMAO this was way too many people for the space. Maybe that'll be improved by the new facilities, but TBQH I'm not much interested in finding out.