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#31 User is offline   DemonWolf 

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 11:06 PM

I gotz the e-mail and sent you a reply! And then I saw this so I thought I'd say Hi on here as well and welcome to Panel Programming!!!!!

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 11:16 PM

Bloo, Watch out for the flying pies!
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I go to and staff many cons. Let's have a blast!

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 12:24 PM

uhm.. your comment makes no sense to me. Annnyways

Thank you for the warm welcome! I'm so impressed by the panel staff that are here and actively talking to me through emails. Everyone has great feedback and some great ideas!
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 09:28 AM

View PostBloo09, on 15 July 2011 - 11:49 AM, said:

Panels Staff - If you did not get the ridiculously long email I just sent out then you are NOT on my staff list and you need to contact me ASAP.

Attendees!!! What would you think about activity panels? Bringing back morning yoga, belly dancing, and anything else you've ever said.. Hey! I want to try that! Any ideas?


I know I'm going to be a stick in the mud, and I know many people are going to disagree with me, but I've enjoyed how ACen has made an effort over the last few years to keep its panels related to Japanese and East Asian culture. I've seen a few other cons become jack-of-all-trades cons, and I think they tend to lose their identities in the process and what made them special.

This is a matter of preference, and I understand the opposing point of view. Ultimately, a con is about the attendees, and if they want to attend a belly-dancing panel, why not put one on? Who is it hurting?

I believe it takes away from the panels and viewing room showings of lesser-known fandoms. How can a grassroots fandom start when people are distracted from the medium the convention claims to be about? ACen could probably put on a Doctor Who panel and fill an entire room during the right time of the day, but if it causes a panel about a new show or related fandom to be placed in an 8 AM timeslot, that's a real shame to me.

In the interest of full disclosure, I do run the Oregon Trail panel, which certainly doesn't appear to be about anime on the surface, but almost every single one of the challenges for our contestants has to do with anime or Japanese video games with two exceptions this year. We hope our attendees not only have fun but are encouraged to check out some of the shows whose clips we use or some of the games we reference.

It probably wouldn't hurt ACen to have a few panels like this. However, I think it's a slippery slope, and I would hate for ACen to lose sight of its "mission" as stated on the ACen.org front page.

I've enjoyed every year I've gone as an attendee, and I've loved contributing as a panelist. I say all this not to be inflammatory but to express what I feel has made ACen one of the best anime conventions out there. ACen has a great staff behind it, and I'm sure they'll do everything they can to keep it going strong. :)

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 12:46 PM

Back when I was actually able to attend panels I always enjoyed the costuming/prop/etc how to's, and the recent ones on Japanese cooking would have been neat. I also have enjoyed very much those panels that delve into Japanese legend/mythology and culture and how it gets worked in to anime/manga stories. Other "educational" panels could cover things like traditional Japanese clothing, social/family structure, arts, etc. Of course panels on other Asian cultures would be welcomed as well, especially those that may compare and contrast say the differenced between Japanese and Chinese and Korean cultures and traditions (especially due to the big influence both China ahd Korea had on early Japan).
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 01:25 PM

We are keeping to our mission and sticking to Japanese culture related panels. Many panels are denied because they do not flow with our mission statement or relate to the convention at all. We will not be competing our own panels like these with attendee run panels. Yoga would be in the morning when there normally are not any attendee run panels going, etc. We have had non mission statement related panels before (I won't name names) but if you look in our past years program books there are some that aren't. It's sometimes going to happen and there is normally a reason for it. I don't believe there is any slippery slope where one day suddenly a majority of our programming won't be related to the convention. ACen will never become a jack of all trades convention, it's something our management team will not allow, but there will always be a SMALL handfull of programming that is not strictly Japanese cultural related.
Saying it could push someones panel to 8am is a little drastic, especially considering how the majority of our panels are after noon and rarely do they even begin before 10am which I believe is a reasonable time for a panel to start. Yes, there are less popular time slots but we will be basing placement off first come first serve, those who get their applications to us in a timely manner have a much better chance of getting their requested time slot. ACen is not going to do anything that will hurt it's lesser known panels, we even want to start advertising them on our website so more attendees will go to them.

Sidenote - Belly Dancing is actually becoming a trend in Japan and I'm really interested to see if there is any of their culture they've managed to give it a different flair with. BellyDanceJapan.jp
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 02:06 PM

View PostBloo09, on 18 July 2011 - 01:25 PM, said:

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Thank you for the detailed reply! I didn't mean to single out bellydancing, but I just wanted to express my concerns. I'll send some suggestions your way via e-mail later this week.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 05:05 PM

Yep :) I fully understand your concerns and wanted you to know there is nothing to worry about. I'm looking forward to seeing your suggestions
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 08:20 PM

I for one am really critical about our panels as they are being submitted (as part of the reviewer team) a couple of years ago) trying to figure out what benefits, connects, and relates to japanese culture. Really critical. LOL!
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Posted 20 July 2011 - 01:02 AM

View PostJiraiya, on 10 July 2011 - 12:41 PM, said:

Hello Bloo!

Jiraiya here, looking forward to working with you next year!! ^_^


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Posted 20 July 2011 - 02:23 AM

Hey, did anyone warn her about the shared HQ thing?
There is a slight flaw in my character.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 11:39 AM

I know we have a shared room :)

lol I'm terrified.
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