1. Readercon went very well. I have a lot of thoughts and a lot of feelings and people said a lot of really nice things about the program and nothing was a full-on disaster, just lots of tiny things that always happen and a few things that were bad but not actually anything to do with programming, so overall very good yes.
2. WORLDCON IS A THING THAT IS COMING VERY SOON. Like aaaaaaaa very soon. Everyone's posting their schedules and I probably should too just to make it easier for friends to find me and stuff. So.
Future of Conrunning and Audiences: Age Diversity, Race and Ethnic Diversity, Gender Parity
Friday 13:30 - 15:00, Fanac Tent (ExCeL)
Conventions are diverse. They occur globally, in all sizes and for specific fandoms, television programmes, genres, actors, books or movies. This diversity rarely carries through to within conventions themselves. In this session we explore some different elements of diversity in fandom. We ask questions including: Do we need conventions for people of different ages or should we try and encourage mixing or let conventions remain as they are and see what happens without interference? How do we encourage people of colour to attend conventions? How do we encourage participation among people of all genders and sexualities? Should we push for gender parity and if so, how? How can we meet the access needs of people with hearing, visual, and mobility impairments? The emphasis in this session will be on "How?" to encourage everyone, but especially those interested in conrunning, to engage with practical solutions to ongoing and difficult questions.
Mary Anne Mohanraj (M), Gareth Kavanagh, Sarah Shemilt, Emily Wagner, Meg Frank
Fresh Perspectives: Comic Books for Young People
Saturday 12:00 - 13:30, London Suite 3 (ExCeL)
Children and young people were well catered to for comics during the heyday of the medium, but the last few decades has seen a narrowing of titles aimed at younger audience... until recently. Are we seeing a new wave of comic books aimed at teens and children? What are the best comic book titles to introduce a new generation to the medium? Is there a fresh perspective sweeping into comics via these titles?
What are the old childhood classics that remain popular, and what are the new stories that will help shape the medium in the 21st century?
And how are new technologies affecting the expectations of this growing audience?
Emily Wagner (M), Inko, Klaus Æ. Mogensen, Smuzz, Cory Doctorow
Reluctant, or Just Not Interested?
Sunday 11:00 - 12:00, Capital Suite 15 (ExCeL)
Are reluctant readers being failed by the education system, or is the publishing industry just not giving them what they want?
Kim Curran, Nickolas Falkner, Ruth Frances Long, William Campbell Powell, Emily Wagner (M)
So those are the times and places you are guaranteed to find me. If you are my friend and need my phone number for texting and whatnot let me know and we will do the thing.
3. There's this Etsy store I fell in love with that does these awesome convertible dresses as cosplay-chic sort of things and listen, just go look, they're cool as hell. Here is me in the Lumpy Space Princess Dress at Readercon. And here are my LSP nails. That night I tied the dress into a different style. So basically? The best thing ever. Oh and mine has pockets because I asked. Costs extra, but POCKETS.
So then after Readercon all I could think about was how much I loved my dress, and how desperately I wanted another one with a new character. And then I remembered going on a twitter rant about Ursula from The Little Mermaid and how basically she's the best ever, and I knew exactly what I wanted. Did the custom request, got it all worked out with the designer, and last weekend took the train down to NYC to pick it up and do a photoshoot for the site.
I can't get over how perfect this is.
A. Pockets, again.
B. I can bustle the purple skirt to knee-length and leave the tentacles down.
C. OR I can bustle the tentacles too.
D. it's heavy as hell but doesn't feel like it when I'm wearing it at all.
E. I. Am. In. Love.
That is all.