Nine Worlds 2014

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Right then, let’s get on this con report thing, shall we? (this incredibly long, rambling con report)

Nine Worlds was on in London from the 8th – 10th August, and I went to it! I was even on panels in it!

 

I started my holiday on the Monday before, by going camping in Sandringham with my Mum (who went to the con with me! :D). It was great fun, but my legs did end up covered in a metric fuckton of bug bites, which I think left me a little run down.

Anyway, on the Thursday, Mum and I made our way to Heathrow and checked into the Premier Inn there, because we’re fancy as fuck and have moved up from Travelodges. That evening we stayed in and I bleached + dyed my hair purple. Or at least, the top 2/3 of it, since I had neither enough bleach nor enough dye, ahaha. The bleach did unfortunate things to the ends of my hair, so Mum gave it a quick cut, and it actually came out looking rather good! Just in time for Friday, which was the first day of the con.

 

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Eastercon 2014

Sup friends! Loooong time no post! And I’m sorry about that, but you know when you leave something, and then leave it a little longer, and then a little longer, and then BOOM, you’re too awkward to put a post on your OWN blog.

Well, a week and change later few months later, I’m posting my con report from this year’s Eastercon!

For those of you that don’t know, Eastercon is a sci-fi convention held annually over the Easter weekend. My first was in 2003, and I have now been to 9, all with my family. I haven’t missed one since 2008, IIRC! This year’s was held in the Crowne Plaza hotel in Glasgow and it was called Satellite 4.

In short: I had an excellent time!

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Con schedules!

So like I said in my last post, I’m off to a couple of conventions over the next two weeks 🙂 I’ll be at Nine Worlds and also Loncon 3, so if you’re going, let me know! It’d be nice to say hi to people 😀

 

I’m also going to be on some panels at each (ooh, exciting!):

Nine Worlds:

Friday:

13.30 – 14.45

Stark Tower Sleepover (Infinite Washing-Up Crisis)

Opening the track by settling into our room and talking superhero domesticity: games, snacks and drinking straight from the coffee pot.

(The website hasn’t updated to say I’m on this? BUT I’M TURNING UP ANYWAY. So. Yeah.)

18.45 – 20.00

Fourth Wall Fandom

Creators of canon are increasingly likely to interact with their fanbase, whether by referencing fannish tropes in the TV show / film / book, or by interacting with fans on social media platforms. This doesn’t always work out well … The panel discuss how creators can learn to love fandom, how fans can engage with creators, and whether creators (fan or pro) should engage with transformations of their work.

 

Saturday:

18.45 – 20.00

Blurred Lines: boycotting & buying in

What’s a fan to do when the people responsible for a comic you love do things you hate? We try to plumb the ethical minefield of purchase-as-support.

 

Sunday:

15.15 – 16.30

More-Than-Mild-Peril: beyond sidekicks

Young adults and children in comics: from fridges to firefights, legacy, parents and representation.

 

 

And then also Loncon:

Monday:

11.00 – 12.00

Makeup Design for Costume and Cosplay

Basics of makeup design and application, including some ideas on how to select materials and techniques. Come get some tips on designing the cosmetic component of your look!

 

12.00 – 13.30

Fan Shaming

Everyone has done it as some point, made a passing comment differentiating ourselves from “those” fans, you know the ones who like My Little Pony or fanfiction or dressing up like a Klingon or being a furry or a fake geek girl or not knowing the name of the director of the 3rd episode of Doctor Who …. Whenever we set ourselves apart from another fan as being somehow better, because what we like or how we practice being a fan are deemed more acceptable, we are engaging in an act of fan shaming. In this session we take a closer look at fan shaming what it is, how to recognise it, how to stop ourselves from doing it, and how to stop others doing it.

 

(Yes, my Loncon ones are back-to-back! Hopefully I won’t up getting to Fan Shaming with my makeup melting down my face… D=;; )

 

I’m pretty excited about all of these panels and I really hope they go well!