Today, I have a recording of our recent panel at Rose City Comic Con for your listening and geeking out pleasure. This is the third time we have presented this topic but each time is different, largely because we depend so much on audience participation. Because come on. The best panels let YOU speak. Am I right or am I right?
RCCC Audiences Rock
The audience at RCCC was engaged and engaging. They knew a lot about fairy tales from the very start of the panel which is not how it has gone for us in the past. Usually, I pose the question to the audience intending to trick them and tell them that everything they know is wrong. I couldn’t do that this session because other than one comment about fairy tales being “for kids,” everything the audience shared was spot on. It is such a joy and a pleasure to present this panel but even more so when the audience truly appreciates our efforts.
Jesse came up to the stage after we presented and bestowed us with her declaration of “best panel of the con.” Her enthusiastic comments contributed to how flawlessly this panel went for us. She told us we should make it two hours next time. (I’ll check with RCCC and see if we can do something just like that next year.)
Unfortunately, my friend and colleague and expert in fairy tales, Jennifer Leaver, was unable to attend this time. She is working on a guest post with reading suggestions on this topic for the near future.
A New Panelist
It’s also noteworthy that this is the first time that Dante sat on as a panelist. At Wizard World, he moderated the panel and did his best to keep us on track. For RCCC, his analysis of Green Lantern was flawless and perfectly engaged not just what we were presenting but the audience’s interest as well. Isabela and I have both had some practice presenting about Jessica Jones and Guardians of the Galaxy respectively. But Dante’s example and thoughtful commentary was truly outstanding.
I am always proud of the work we do here at The Geek Embassy but never more so than when we are out at cons representing the site and our geeky interests. I have another article I am working on that will go into greater depth on that topic but I will save it for another time.
Check out the panel and let us know your thoughts!
Until next time, get your geek on!
Regina & Isabela & Dante
What kind do you look for in a panel when you attend a con? Lots of audience participation? Lots of info? Great panelists? Celebrities?
Listen to the Podcast
BASKETS AND CAPES: WHAT FAIRY TALES CAN TEACH US ABOUT SUPERHEROES
Everywhere you look, in every form of pop culture, at the movies, on broadcast TV, and on Netflix, everything’s coming up superheroes. Storytelling has always been about explaining the world; it is how humankind reaches out and understands that the struggles we face are often shared experiences. How does our current fascination with superheroes relate to storytelling approaches of the past? Can fairy tales help us understand the current fascination with superheroes? Come listen to an enlightening discussion about how everything old is new again and superpowered to boot.
Regina is a gamer, writer, teacher, and podcaster living in the Pacific Northwest. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 from Washington State University in Vancouver and continues to teach there part time. Regina’s research interests focus on women and technology, and her dissertation discusses female gamers and identity in digital role playing games. A lifelong geek and technology enthusiast, Regina recently started a Girls Who Code club in support of their mission to close the gender gap in technology.
To continue the conversations about gender and gaming that Regina started during her research, she started a podcast called Game on Girl. Called the “NPR of game podcasts” by Chris Brown of The Married Gamers, the podcast features women involved in the game industry, and tackles some of the complicated issues in the gaming community. Season 2 began in the spring of 2018 and will premiere new episodes monthly.