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Panels yay! I am slotted for the following:

Big Damn Anti-Heroes
Description: The crew of Serenity were rebels who fought on the losing side of the war. They were thieves. They shot unarmed people. But yet they were our Big Damn Heroes! What makes them heroes? What did we like best and least about the characters of Firefly?

Very intrigued by this notion, and ranked it high on my request list. Which probably means I should do some thinking about what I'm actually going to say about it, huh? And gee gosh darn, maybe do a little rewatching. :: holds out arm for twisting ::

Description: Dracula is one of the most-depicted characters in the history of film and literature, second only to Sherlock Holmes. Bram Stoker's 1897 novel has formed the basis for countless imitations. Why has this particular character endured for over a century? What are some of your favourite Dracula films?

Ordinarily I would reread the novel, but I just did so about a year ago and it's reasonably fresh in my mind. So I should probably reread the apocrypha we have around instead. And possibly pick up Elaine Bergstrom's sequel to Mina. Also incentive to reboot brainiacfive's project to write reviews for every actual movie adaptation of the novel we can get our hands on. (Of which there are a lot. By which I mean a LOT. I should try to get some facts and figures compiled for the panel itself. I have this hilarious mental image of filmmakers around the globe waiting with a stopwatch for the moment they could safely proceed without Florence Stoker suing them into the poorhouse. Okay, maybe it's only hilarious to me.) Which, in the month or so after we saw the new Beeb version (which incited the whole thing by making him want to scrub his brain; I was pretty disappointed and WTFy about it, but not quite as actively, I think), was a whole hairy heckuva lot all in a row. To the point where I'm fairly certain I'm confusing distinguishing traits of some of them, especially the ones from the 70s. So there needs to be some revisiting there.

I'm slightly apprehensive about the strong possibility (just given the nature of Dracula and general vampire fandom) that I will be the only person on the panel who's actually quite fond of the Coppola film. Fortunately, I've had 16 years of articulating my thoughts about it (and freely acknowledging many of the flaws that make people hate it), and of having perfectly enjoyable conversations with people who hate it with the fire of a thousand suns. So it's all good.

How Did You Make That?
Description: A panel of costumers explains to younger fen how one makes the wondrous things they do, what skill sets are required, what you can realistically achieve with limited resources, and just what aspiring costumers are letting themselves in for.

Get 'em young. Keep 'em for life. :: rubs hands deviously ::

Lighty or Nighty?
Description: Since it premiered, the new series Moonlight has been compared with Forever Knight and Blood Ties. Do you prefer one over another? How does Nick Knight stack up against Mick St. John or Vicki Nelson?

I debated whether to sign up for this one, since I wasn't 100% sure from the description whether it was intended to focus primarily on Moonlight (which I ended up kinda liking, but I still wouldn't exactly call myself a fan), or on all three shows. But even if it's the former, I'm competently conversant in it, and since the other two are past and present primary fandoms respectively, I figure I'm qualified. And with all the overlap, the fandoms play nice together, at least online, so it should be fun.

Revamping Vampire Powers
Description: Can your favourite vampire tolerate holy water or garlic? Does his forehead get really scary when he bites someone? Discuss the evolution of vampiric powers in fiction and myth throughout history.

A topic on which I may very well border on being too much of a dork. It's possible there will be charts involved. And much emphasis on distinguishing between folkloric and fictional traits. Fellow panelists will be instructed to thwap me as necessary.

Whedon's Witty Wordplay
Description: Have you ever found yourself quoting a line from an episode of Buffy? Riffing off one of Mal's catchphrases? Expressing a morbid fear of bunnies? Buffy, Angel and Firefly are each known for the great writing and witty dialog. Here's your chance to share what lines you love, the ones you use in your daily life, or simply the line you desperately want to have printed on a t-shirt.

Yes, I still have my first-season "Buffyisms" t-shirt (the ones made by laremy back in the early days of SunS), and will either wear or bring it to the panel. Another one where I could get hopelessly geeky (Exhibit A: the Shakespeare artists-in-schools residency where I used BtVS lines to explain language-play elements like using one part of speech for another and using big words wrong), but I rather suspect it'll be beyond the scope of the panel. Will make sure to issue thwapping licenses there too.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 3rd, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
:wishes she could be there:
Jun. 4th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
Me too!

I used to go out of town for at least two or three cons a year. Don't see that ever happening again. This is the first one in two or three years.
Jun. 3rd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
That looks like such fun! Sorry I can't make it. :( It's next month, nonne?
Jun. 4th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
Yup. Second weekend.
Jun. 4th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Nice panels!
Jun. 4th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm excited. I haven't done panels in AGES, because I was mostly doing cons as a dealer for several years there. After talking my head off at a few I went to at WindyCon last fall, figured it was time to start being on some again.
Jun. 4th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
You will report back, naturally? I'm looking forward to hearing about these!

And I have some thoughts on #4 that I've been meaning to share with you, pursuant to that "Name Your Special Feed" meme that I never completed, as I see they're comparing Nick with Mick and Vicki (all three protagonists), not with Mick and Henry (all three vampires) or Mick and Mike (all three detectives). Specifically: Why on earth is Vicki not my favorite BT character? By all precedent, shouldn't she be? I have a theory.
Jun. 4th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I found that element of the description curious, and at least half wondered if it wasn't a mistake. But I think you're right, that they're talking about the leads. Which of course points up one of the things I'm going to mention in the panel, that I think the only reason we had the head-to-head Moonlight and BT comparisons going on was that they happened to run concurrently. They don't have much in common otherwise; you're right on in noting that BT is much closer kin to the Buffyverse.

And I'll be curious to read your thoughts! I went in predisposed to favor Vicki, since she was a favorite book character from way back, and most of my early glee about the show -- before the complexity really kicked in and vaulted it into primary-obsession status -- was due to the fact that they got her so right from the outset. I'm not terribly surprised you don't favor her, actually, but it would take a bit of thought to articulate why.
Jun. 8th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
How are we supposed to know when the panels are scheduled for?
Jun. 8th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
The final schedule probably won't be on the website until the week or so before. Usually they get it up by then so you don't have to wait until you get to registration and get your printed program.
Jun. 8th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
Grumpy! How am I supposed to figure out what I can attend!

*just watched The Doctor's Daughter*
*wants to give the Doctor the biggest hug ever*
Jun. 8th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I never decide until right before, unless I'm actually scheduled to be on a panel like these, or it's the masquerade or something.

*just watched The Doctor's Daughter*
*wants to give the Doctor the biggest hug ever*

Oh, yeah. Hugs definitely in order there...
Jun. 8th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
What do you think... what are they planning for Jenny?
Jun. 8th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
No idea. Maybe nothing. I kind of like the idea of her just being out there, and who knows? But I have a feeling they'll have her back at some point, because it just seems to be the way they do things.

It is cool that they found a place for Georgia Moffett -- I read back-when that she was up for Rose. Keeping it in the family; she's Peter Davison and Sandra Dickinson's daughter.
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