As I write this sentence, the countdown is ticking--it's 2 days, 2 hours, 39 minutes and 10, 9, 8, 7, seconds from the opening of C2E2. To say that I'm excited really doesn't cover it. I have been looking forward to this weekend possibly since last year, and definitely since November or so.
In case you've missed what's been the front-page news in my fan world, I will be on a fabulous panel on Sunday May 28 at 12:15pm in room W473 at McCormick Place. Along with Michi Trota, Carlye Frank, Dawn Xiana Moon, Erin Tipton, Jen Dollface, and Karlyn Meyer, I'll be discussing questions surrounding this whole Fake Geek Girl controversy. Here's the link from the C2E2 website, the Facebook event, and Michi's promotion on her own blog. If you haven't bought your ticket or pass for Sunday, go do that ASAP, because prices go up by $10 starting tonight (Wednesday) at midnight! Trust me, the price is totally worth it. The whole experience is just fantastic!
In the realm of more promotion, most of us sat down to talk with Jeff, and the first part of our talk (yea, we like to talk) is in the most recent episode of the Chicago Nerd Podcast: Nerd Ensembles! Go listen. Our segment starts at about the 33 minute mark, but you should really listen to the stuff before us, because there are some other fantastic interviews, particularly the segment with the folks behind the Steppenwolf's amazing and heartbreaking geek show, She Kills Monsters. Which is by now, sadly, done with its run in Chicago (though there's a Boston production ongoing!). If you can't make the panel, you really should listen to this podcast. Also, talk to me afterwards, because we will be taping the event, as well as doing lots of interviews with each panel member, and the audience.
The Chicago Tribune did an article about nerds at C2E2--and quoted Michi Trota talking about our panel! You can get the original story here if you're a digital Trib subscriber, or if you're not, I've uploaded the whole thing here, so take a look! If you get the hard copy version, I hear we're in the A&E section, page 5.
EDIT: Also, RedEye Chicago has a wonderful article on how women need to represent at C2E2, balance out the male majority. I'm all for that, and I'm looking forward to talking about why women are still so underrepresented. There are plenty of reasons.
This will only be my second con, so I'm by no means an expert on the process. There are plenty of guides that you can find on the internet--how to best tackle a con, how to keep your energy up, how not to overbook yourself, what essential survival items to bring--so I'll let the rest of the internet tell you that. All I'll say is this: have fun. And while you're having fun, remember that there are hundreds and thousands of people there who also want to have a good time, and they should be able to. It doesn't matter how obsessed--or not obsessed--they are with a particular medium or fandom. Everyone does things differently. And cons are one of those times when we come together, to celebrate our similarities--and our differences. So respect those.
Oh, and also? Take a look below.
Photo courtesy of the fantastic 16 bit sirens, and her ongoing project, Cosplay =/= Consent.
I'll see you at C2E2 all three days. Saturday I'll be cosplaying as Merida (the redheaded Scottish tomboy of Pixar Brave fame) and Sunday as Kaylee!