this was written yesterday...

  • Jun. 21st, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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As [personal profile] lettered and I wait in Milkwaukee for our next flight, I will type up a few observations on our weekend at CON.TXT. It's my second fan convention, after last year's KiScon, and I had a fantastic time. I wish I'd had more time with each of the people I met, each of the people with whom dialogues began in various panels. There seemed to be so much to do, I never slowed down and took a "time out" just to get to know anyone better, and I wish I had. Even so, I'm not sure when I would have done that! Anyway I think individually we invited just about everyone to Seattle.

We knew about the con through [personal profile] stultiloquentia and it was great to meet her. We also hung out with and met [personal profile] viklikesfic, [personal profile] sarah, [personal profile] synecdochic, [personal profile] holli, [personal profile] hannah, [personal profile] recrudescence and shared a room with [personal profile] jjhunter. Forgive me--these are the names I got/can remember off the top of my head! But so many people had fascinating things to say, it just didn't seem like enough time.

The panels were great. I tend to enjoy the meatier ones more than the big squeeful ones, though those are fun too! But those where we could focus the discussion a little better--though they always wandered--and get into some of the issues were fantastic. That's why I was here--to find those conversations and those people who, when you say "I love Sherlock/Supernatural/Star Trek but what about the women?" don't remind you we're at a con that, at least nominally, is focused around slash. Because it wasn't. It was focused around wanting to have those discussions, both about how to represent things respectfully and the problems of loving canons that are problematic and at no point did I ever feel like anyone was saying either, "don't harsh my squee by thinking so loud" or "you shouldn't ever ever ever write X because it's always offensive." It was about finding the ways in which we can and should reach out and understand one another and interpret these texts for maximum fun, enjoyment and benefit.

So basically, I went to panels about The Avengers, BBC Sherlock, ALL Sherlock Holmes, speculative erotica, writing trans characters, the problems of canon contrariness, social justice and problematic characters/canons, anonymity/pseudonymity, gender and sexuality across cultures, AUs, the AO3, Doctor Who, and shifting genre in fandom and fanfic. And [personal profile] lettered and I "ran" a DIY Star Trek panel because there should always be MORE SHATNER. In two years, should we attend again (and we plan to but can't plan that far ahead), I really hope to be more organized and do more panels because I really enjoy it. And I have things to offer!

(As anyone there probably noticed I believe, considering how much I talked.)

The Disco Duck was really fun, especially with the "quiet" room for talking, and the vid show was fun but mostly fandoms I knew NOTHING about. (It did, however, make us start watching White Collar when we got back to our room, so... there's that.) I really hope that the problems with the hotel will be solved by next time, because the elevator situation as well as the fact there were NO public gathering spaces when the con sweet wasn't open was difficult. Overall, though, it made me want to be more involved fannishly so I can keep these conversations going in some way, though I'm still not sure HOW.

The other success of the weekend was, I must say, my first true foray into cosplay. I started out the weekend as Tintin, showed up to the dance in my British flag dress (and was called on not actually being British, so I'm SORRY), and then [personal profile] lettered and I showed up on Saturday to the Avengers panel as Bruce and a [pre-serum] Steve. It was great fun and not nearly as uncomfortable as costumes could have been, and I had a lot of fun doing it.

There's more to report, as we spent 2 1/2 days in DC seeing things, but it's been a great and extremely nerdy vacation and is enough, I think, to spread into two posts. Especially since I have pictures! )

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