(yeah, I know, been quiet and all that, busy doing actual art instead of yakking my trap off, so deal ;)
I’m headed back to Wiscon this year after a wonderful time last year clinched it as my go-to event for Memorial Day weekends well into the future. I’ll be exhibiting in the art show again, of course. And this time I’ve (*gulp*) volunteered to be a panelist!
Both of my panels are on Sunday, and are as follows:
We’re Not Contortionists: Ridiculous Female Positions in SF/F and Comic Artwork
Tracy Benton (m), Liz Argall, Heather Keith Freeman, S. N. Arly, Jessica Plummer
A fun (if slightly depressing) panel on how women are depicted in cover artwork on SF & F books and in comic book characters. Artist Kate Beaton and author Jim C. Hines, among others, have recently been calling out the silly and impossible poses artists are putting women into in comics and on covers. This panel is an Action Panel! The organizer creates a Powerpoint of the offending illustrations. After a brief presentation, the panelists take up the challenge of duplicating the impossible poses before the audience! (Panelists must be flexible and have senses of humor.) At the end, the audience votes for the most horrible book cover and the best panelist imitator.
The Future of School, Part 2
Jenny Nilsson (m), Richard F. Dutcher, Heather Keith Freeman, Jeff Hildebrand, Carl F. Marrs
The WisCon 35 Future of School panel discussed ways in which technology could optimally be used to improve education, both at the K-12 level and post-high school. This panel will continue the discussion, focusing on training students to deal with a rapidly changing work environment with many traditional jobs disappearing and new types being created.
Greatly looking forward to both of these. Also look for me at panels on reproductive justice and disability rights.
Are you going to Wiscon? Leave a shout-out in the comments!
Date: April 26, 2012