The past two days found me at Planet Comicon. I had a great time and I’ll be writing about the entire convention on Comics Forge. But right now, I want to talk about this:
I find I’m just as frustrated with panels at conventions as I am with sessions at professional library conferences. The format of “presenters talk about a subject, the audience asks questions, the presenters answer the questions” is too much like the kind of schooling I don’t like (or get much out of). I don’t want to be lectured to, and it’s rare for my thoughts to be easily focused into one simple question. I don’t want to ask a question for the presenters to answer, I want to have a real conversation with the presenters, with questions and musings and anecdotes and data exchanged by everyone.
Or, as Jane Wiedlin talked about at last year’s Planet Comicon, I want everyone in the room to play Truth or Dare.
Thanks to my friend Anna Creech, I had the honor of being a judge for this year’s Parsec Awards. I was a judge for the “Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)” category, and it was great listening to the different podcasts. All of the submissions were at least good, and many of them were very, very good. Sadly, I couldn’t go to Dragon*Con to be at the awards ceremony. Maybe someday…
At any rate, congratulations to all of the 2010 winners!
I just registered for Comic-Con next summer in San Diego. I’m really, really excited to go! I went to the Chicago Comic-Con way back in the mid-’80s, but that was the last time I went to a massive geek convention. I have to say, I’m far more excited about this than I would be about any library conference.
On second thought, that’s not really all that surprising or strange.