27 February 2013

Gearing up for Colossalcon 2013...

From FB. (c) Nostalgia Conventions
Oodallaly! I've been so busy lately that I forgot that Colossalcon is coming up in June.

With it being the end of February and everything, you'd think June would be far away, but since I want to be a panelist, I needed to hurry up and get my submission material together before too much time lapses. With the thesis being due in like a month and all, I knew pretty soon I'd forget about everything beyond wrapping things up with school. Like missing the panel submission deadline, for example. Or not booking my hotel room before the Kalahari sells out.

So yesterday I went ahead and reserved my room and decided what panels to submit this time around. I decided that I should just focus on what I want to do the most. I revamped my writing panels all over again just to align it better with Colossalcon and my experience as a panelist last year. I would love for both panels to be accepted, because they do have different content, but I will be happy with one, if I'm lucky.


Here are my quickie descriptions, designed to go into the convention program:

Give Good Spec! Sci fi. Fantasy. Horror. This triad of awesome is known as speculative fiction,  and it's everywhere--books, games, movies, comics--you name it. But a genre that's this popular can still be problematic for writers and artists (hello, clich├ęs and tropes!).   So how do we give good spec? We get to the heart of storytelling!

Fanfic into Fiction Want your fanfic to rise above all the rest? Do you want to go beyond fan fiction and start your writing career? We'll break all the myths and misconceptions of fanfic so you can stake your claim in the world of publishing!

Based on feedback from friends, as well as my teaching module at residency, I decided that my writing panels will not have a visual component to them at all. I work best directly with the audience. So, no Powerpoint or posterboard or whatever.  I don't have to worry about my laptop screwing up formatting (like last year), or cords and plugs and incorrect settings and bad font sizes. Just me, my magic Writing Kit folders, and a mic.

But can I say that I'm still nervous about this? I know that being under a lot of stress zaps my confidence, so that could be part of it, but I'm feeling extra shaky about this one for some reason. I think part of it is because Colossalcon changed hands again, so the lovely ladies from programming I worked with last year have been replaced. Which means if I thought I even had a *tiny* in based on last year's experience, it's gone. As much as I would like to be confident I'll be accepted because I was a panelist last year, I can't count on it.

I'd love to go for a round two!
So not only did I try to write a really strong submission for each panel, but I also went further into my writing background and education--you know, to show that I'm qualified and know what I'm talking about when I teach. I listed the degrees, my mentors and crit partners, comic artists I've workshopped with, and I finally remembered to talk about playwriting (which I've forgotten to do each time up until now).

Playwriting has absolutely nothing to do with my panels, or even what I'm doing now with my writing  life, but if I want to be taken seriously, I feel like I have to include them in my qualifications just so people know I've written something that has a record of being produced. Since, you know, I'm not published yet.

As much as I so badly want to be a part of the Colossalcon lineup this year, I do know that if it doesn't work out, I have a really fun convention in store for me.  I did purchase admission back in January, and after some thought decided to get the VIP Badge. This was before they had most of the guest list up, so I still didn't know who was attending outside of Vic Mignogna and J. Michael Tatum. When I submitted my panels yesterday and saw the updated guest list, I appreciated my VIP pass even more for the autograph benefits.... Because there are FIVE people I am totally willing to wait in line for (to me, that's a lot). I'm thinking the majority of my free time will be the autograph lines, actually. But that's ok. Here's my squee list and the shows I can recognize their voices in:

  • Jamie Marchi (Soul Eater, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)
  • Vic Mignogna (Both Fullmetal Alchemists, Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater)
  • Monica Rial (Both Fullmetal Alchemists, Soul Eater, Deadman Wonderland, Infinite Stratos, Casshern Sins)
  • Christopher Sabat (Fullmetal Alchemist, D. Gray Man, Tales of Vesperia: TFS)
  • J. Michael Tatum (Fullmetal Alchemist, Soul Eater, Ouran High School Host Club, Black Butler, Tales of Vesperia: TFS)

I'm happy I've got some women on my list this year, which is nice. And I'm happy I own things that all of them could sign. Which is a huge upgrade from last year, because I've worked in a ton of anime viewing since then and have expanded my home collection beyond FMA. High five!

As always, I'll keep you posted on further developments. Wish me luck, and thanks for your support!  

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