As usual, Art and I have taken a moment to highlight a few panels that spotlight diversity, Creators of Colour, and any POVs generally marginalised in fandom, entertainment, and creative spaces. These are also the panels you’re most likely to find us livetweeting from over the next few days, so tune in and if you’re attending, don’t be afraid to say hello! I’ll be cosplaying (Peggy Carter on Thursday, Rey from The Force Awakens on Friday and Saturday, and Margaery Tyrell on Sunday), but we’ll both be recogniseable by our haggard visages and overly caffeinated shaking limbs.
I’ve never been to C2E2 before and know very little about what to expect– beyond the fact that there is a Brony fan meetup that I will be doing my utmost to avoid. Luckily, C2E2 also features a decently sized list of other panels and screenings that deal with race, gender, sexuality, fandom, and all the intersectionalities between them. I’ll only be attending the con Saturday and Sunday, so I won’t have time to see everything (and I’m incredibly sad to be missing Friday’s Racebending.com panel!), but I’ll be livetweeting as many panels as one person can reasonably make.
Last year in San Diego Arturo managed to profile quite a few artists and writers of colour during our time at the con. Reaching out to me @wriglied or via the firstname.lastname@example.org email could yeild the same results, if you’re a creator of colour who’d like to meet and chat about your work on Saturday or Sunday. Drop me a line, I’ll find your booth. And if you’re just a reader who just wants to say hi, don’t be shy! I won’t be in costume, but there’s a good chance you’ll see me at any of the Saturday or Sunday panels listed below. Read the Post Racialicious In Chicago: A C2E2 Preview
By Special Correspondent Arturo R. García
To horribly mangle The Beatles’ words, picture yourself in this hallway, on a hot July day – surrounded by more than 150,000 male and female geeks in all assortment of accoutrements. Welcome to my weekend in the world’s biggest Jiffy-Pop. If you were only able to score tix for one day, I have some advice for you: if you want to have fun, skip the panels and take in the sights.
If you’re in for all four days and Wednesday’s preview night, though, here’s some panels of interest going on during the event:
2:30 pm: Spotlight on Gene Yang. The artist behind American Born Chinese speaks in Room 4.
4p: “Tipping Point for LGBT Portrayals In Comics.” Centered around the new Batwoman and The Question sharing the spotlight in Detective Comics. Room 32AB
6:30 pm: “The Anthropology of Star Trek.” Expect at least one question regarding Uhura’s hemline. Room 30AB.
The Comic-Con Curse begins to rear its’ ugly head here, as the ST panel is up against a first look at Thirst, which I definitely want to check out. That trailer link I posted, btw, is NSFW.
7:30: “Geek Roundtable.” The note for this panel bills it as “the funniest and most racially diverse group of geeks on the Internet.” The Roundtable accepts your challenge. Room 10.
11:45 am: Spotlight on Flash Forward. If you wanted to know how John Cho feels about playing second fiddle to Joseph Fiennes after being a part of three commercially successful movie franchises, this is your chance to ask. Room 6A.
2 pm: Spotlight on Dwayne McDuffie, where he’s probably going to talk about not just the Milestone U, but an upcoming project dealing with all of the DC Universe’s black superheroes. Room 2. I’ll definitely be at this one.
3:45 pm: District 9. Peter Jackson shifts his focus from New Zealand to South Africa in this sci-fi thriller, where a race of aliens is held as refugees. In South Africa. Subtle! Hall H.
6:30 pm: “Making Comics Relevant To Readers Across Cultures.” Jeff Yang, of Secret Identities fame, moderates a panel discussion featuring McDuffie, Yang, and Gail Simone, among others. Room 3. Read the Post The Racialicious Pre Comic-Con Notebook