This year I am attending Wiscon and will be a panelist on the following panels.
Saturday – May 23rd
Podcast for Beginners (8:30–9:45 am)
So you want to start a podcast. You have a computer, a mic, and Skype. What else do you need? What does good editing software cost? Where’s the best place to host? How do you get your podcast listed in all the right places? A panel of seasoned podcasters is ready to answer your questions, give great advice, and probably pop their Ps.
Just Say No to #DollarStoreThor: A Sleepy Hollow Panel (2:30–3:45 pm)
The first half of Sleepy Hollow season 2 had much of the fandom asking: WTF happened?! The first season was amazing and gave us all hope. The second season dismantled nearly everything that made it attractive to its viewers. Fans wondered why it was so hard for networks to consistently depict characters of color with complexity and respect. But then the second half of the season happened, and everything changed. And that finale was a blatant apology to every fan who abandoned the show. Is this the power of the audience made manifest? Should we give Sleepy Hollow another chance?
Sunday – May 24th
Is Anyone Listening? Black Women’s Experiences in Podcasting (8:30–9:45 am)
Podcasting has been around for more than a decade and has given access to different voices without access to commercial radio or television. Yet around 70 of the top 100 podcasts in Stitcher & iTunes are hosted exclusively by men, with only around 10 exclusively women-led. This number is drastically smaller for exclusively Black women hosts of podcasts. This panel invites Black women to share their experiences as a podcast host, challenges keeping an audience engaged, being relegated to “niche,” and combating sexism and racism in another medium largely dominated by white, cis-gendered men.
Are Casual Gamers Considered “Real Gamers”? (2:30–3:45 pm)
One point of contention in the gaming community is the divide between who is considered a “hardcore gamer” and a “casual gamer”. The schism partly lands on ideas of classism, sexism and racism. Can we honestly make this distinction without participating in exclusion? Is “hardcore gamer” identity based on game genre or passion? Why are casual gamers considered pariahs by some in the gaming community? This panel will explore those themes in gaming culture and ways to move the culture forward toward inclusion.
Nerdgasm Noire Network Live At Wiscon (4:00–5:15 pm)
Ladies of the podcast Nerdgasm Noire Network take over Wiscon to discuss various topics such as best sci-fi movies & books, fantasy versus sci-fi genres, terrible witches in Sleepy Hollow, increased representation of POC in network television, and more! Come hang out with us! Bring your nerd rants, corny jokes and guilty pleasures!