[FFML] Fanfic Panel Added at ACen (Re: ACen Cuts Fanfic Panel)
jpalmer at josephpalmer.com
Sun Apr 11 22:06:53 PDT 2010
Could be worse - a couple of years back Fanime scheduled the Fanfic Panel
opposite a mandatory meeting for everyone (and their friends who tagged
along) who wanted to be in the Cosplay/Masquerade. Then they put the panel
in a room with 400+ seats and a 40 foot ceiling, across a hallway from the
blasting anime theaters. Not terribly conducive to the UnPanel* format that
I presented. No, we didn't fill all 400 seats, more like 25. I really miss
hotel cons where that's the size of a packed meeting room, and the energy
doesn't just disappear into the ceiling.
Anyway, Over the years the actual content of the panels became a bit
repetitious, and as I get older, and the fans get younger, I was beginning
to feel out of place, or, more to the point, out of time. Besides, these
days I can't seem to put more than 140 characters into a tweet, let alone
produce a decent piece of fiction.
*In an UnPanel, I was the only audience member, and everyone else who showed
up were the panel. My roll was to start the conversation, then keep things
rolling and pick people to speak, and in the end speak less words than many
of the 'panelists'. It's a lot of fun, and since nearly everyone who came
was a fanfic author, the collected experience of that "panel" far exceeded
Jeanne Hedge wrote:
> CORRECTION -- the time is apparently NOON on Friday, not 1PM.
> At 07:03 PM 4/11/10, Jeanne Hedge wrote:
>> There's been a change of heart on the part of the ACen staff. Fanfic
>> is among a small number of panels that have been added to the
>> schedule. Many thanks are owed to the people who arranged this.
>> But, unfortunately, it's not all good news. The scheduled time slot
>> for this panel is apparently going to be 1PM on Friday. I personally
>> think somebody may be running an experiment to see how well a panel
>> that relies on audience particpation will do if there's little-to-no
>> audience present to participate.
>> If there's anyone out there who is planning on being at Anime Central
>> on Friday, and it's possible for you to be there by lunchtime, please
>> find the Fanfic Panel. I'm sure your support will be greatly appreciated.
>> At 01:06 AM 4/2/10, Jeanne Hedge wrote:
>>> If this is an April fools, it's a sick one.
>>> In their infinite wisdom, Panel Programming at Anime Central has
>>> decided that they will NOT have a fanfic panel this year.
>>> This is the first time ACen has not had a fanfic panel. The cut
>>> can't possibly (IMO) have anything to do with popularity - fanfic
>>> panel at ACen always fills the room and the entire timeslot.
>>> According to info on the above link, they had to cut things to make
>>> room for other things.
>>> What made the cut? One item that caught my eye is the panel about
>>> Chicago-area fandom. (at the 3rd largest con in the country? does AX
>>> have a panel about LA fandom?) There are several others where I'm
>>> having difficulty finding the connection to anime.
>>> Does any other major con not have a general fanfic panel of some sort?
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