I’ve been sitting on this for a while: I am a featured panelist at Anime Boston 2018! With, like, perks and stuff!
It’s also going to be my first time presenting as a woman in public! I even used she/her pronouns in my bio in the program book! I’m exceedingly nervouscited.
Anyway, I’m presenting the following panels:
Firing the Canon: How to Stop Suspending Disbelief (and Why): 3/30 1:30-2:30 pm in Panel 310
Yes, I am starting off the con by pissing off everyone there.
- Spiralling Back: Gurren Lagann 10 Years Later: 3/30 6:00-7:00 pm in Panel 311
With Viga Gadson! This is the same panel we gave at Otakon last year.
- The Duel Named Revolution: Making Sense of Revolutionary Girl Utena: 3/30 11:00 pm-12:00 am in Panel 309
Trying something a bit different–instead of being an ultracondensed version of the chapter of the same name in Animated Discussions, I instead drew on the first and last chapters to discuss queer identity, because OH HEY for SOME REASON that’s on my mind lately, plus it ties in well with the color symbolism stuff I posted here a couple months back, so a discussion of that is in there too.
Anime Doesn’t Exist: The Secret History of a Fandom: 3/31 10:30-11:30 am in Panel 310
Why yes, I DID take advantage of featured panelist status to submit two panels that exist solely to piss off the audience. How kind of you to notice! This makes use of a lot of the same information as the secret history chapter of Animated Discussion, but to a slightly different place–that while the Japanese word anime refers to a sensible category of things, the English cognate creates a distinction without a difference.
Fullmetal Alchemy: The Real-World Alchemical Tradition and FMA: 3/31/2018 5:30-6:30 pm in Panel 311
This is my standard alchemy panel. I like giving it, people like seeing it, why change?
The Avatar in Amestris: A Comparative Study: 3/31 9:30-10:30 pm in room Hynes Panel 309
I’ve been sitting on these ideas for a while: Avatar: The Last Airbender and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood as mirror images, (inevitably failed) attempts by one culture to tell their own stories through the medium of the other, with an astonishing amount of (entirely coincidental) similarities.
More Forgotten Classics and Overlooked Gems: 4/1 12:00-1:00 pm in Panel 206
My not-a-recommendations-panel-but-it-totally-is is back! I swapped out about half of the things from last year for new things, and by “new things” I mean “old things that have been forgotten or flew under the radar in the first place.”