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Indiana Comic Con Day 2

Day 2 was pretty disappointing, to be honest. It was the busiest day, with the biggest crowds and most costumes. But the panels were really crap. There were few that appealed to me. Starbase Indy spoiled fan cons for me, I guess. Theirs was so much better in every way.

“Behavioral Development and the Child Protagonist,” sounded like it would be fantastic. But it was presented by a homeschool art teacher, with no credentials in child development that I could discern. The talk basically amounted to the presenter reading off a list of characters and giving her opinion (with the audience chiming in) on whether or not a child of that age would really behave that way or be realistically able to handle the circumstances they were placed in. Unfortunately, I chose this over “Explaining Manga for the Comic Book Fan.”

“Life as a Girl in Yaoi” was just as bad. I only have a vague idea of what yaoi is as a genre. I hoped I might learn something. All I learned is that it proaaaaaabably isn’t a good fit for the library collection, although I suspect there are some tamer forms that rely more on subtext. But the presentation was just so bad. I felt like I’d crashed a stoner party, watching three young women tell inside jokes and digress into tangents and side conversations that had nothing to do with the topic at hand.

“Is Fan Art Legal” fell right at dinner time, and my teen was starving (as per usual), so I missed out on that. The previous day’s panel on copyright, patents, and trademarks really glossed over this issue. I was interested to hear it covered with more focus. But I didn’t go. Another thing I realized later that the copyright panel didn’t address was the pervasiveness of digital copyright infringement. The response was basically, “Oh, get a lawyer.” They really kind of ignored the problem of theft of images or art that then goes viral. Like, they didn’t even seem to be aware.

So, Saturday really centered more around entertainment. The highlight of the day was Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker’s) Q&A. I spent most of the day in the exhibit hall and the game cave. The panels I was interested in were all in the late afternoon. I had been looking forward to RHPS. But by 8:30 I decided I was an old lady now and went home to bed.


I guess this convention would be a great place for someone with no experience in professional public speaking or a fear of doing so to practice. The standards for presenters are just that low.

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