I’m a big dummy who forgot to bring a camera to the con, and so far I’ve had no luck finding flattering pictures of my cosplays on the interbutts. Most of them from the BB photoshoot have my face hidden. (Due to unfortunate camera angles and also more than likely a great deal of me forgetting my stage training regarding the rule about FACING THE GODDAMN AUDIENCE)
I did manage to find a rather amusing picture that both my sister (the Ash/Angela) and I (the Grell) accidentally photobombed.
Doing a panel in a few minutes. Fuck, I’m so nervous. This happens every time.
I am so under-prepared.
I am sorry to all the Baker street irregulars who are looking forward to the party because I’m a fucking mess!
Discussing gender at an anime con
I’ve been co-hosting a panel at a local con for a few years now where we talk about all sorts of gendery wendery things in anime and in the nerd subculture, and the time is coming up in a couple of weeks to have it again.
It’s usually pretty fun if the audience participation is kept organized (lest we go on an unstoppable derail of interruptions by everyone who thinks their theory about why girls like yaoi is much more important than the last person’s), but we’re always trying to improve. We’ve split the panel into two pieces this year, an 18+ (we usually go for 18+ just to be safe) and an all-ages panel. I felt the all-ages panel might be necessary to be inclusive of younger fans to whom some of the things we discuss would be especially relevant (GSM/lgbt issues, sexual assault and harassment in our spaces, etc)
Any suggestions for things to discuss or how to approach them? Some of the issues I’ve noticed with audience participation/comprehension in similar endeavors have been: making discussion topics accessible without actually dumbing them down or problematically simplifying them (I’ve been told a few times to change the wording of my explanations because they’re too academic sounding. I’d like to be able to get the whole -101 summary of important subjects down without resorting to terminology that is generally regarded as counterproductive), dealing with trolls who like conventions to be their IRL /b/ or legit MRAs.
I had a dream where…
I was going through some old postcards with a new acquaintance, and one was a picture of a Takarazuka troupe from the 1930’s. I got very excited and was like LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT TAKARAZUKA!!!1
Then we lost that one before I could gush about it, and all of the rest of the postcards were weird porn and hetalia stuff.
I think this was a dream about my panel.
(Let’s see if the gif works this time.)
Grell: Ooh, cookies? Don’t mind if I do~!
Undertaker: Mmf nf mf mmnn mm?
Grell: *heelpop* DERP!
Undertaker: Wtf, gurl, spilling my cookies and shit. … five second rule!