MomoCon 2016 - Pre-con Edition
MomoCon is this week and I am excited! It’s days like this that I realize how lucky I am to be in Atlanta because we have so many cool events here and so many fans invested in building a geek community. So many wonderful things in my life right now are a result of having access to great people and amazing opportunities to interact with them. I am grateful beyond words.
MomoCon holds a special place in my heart for a few of reasons. The first is that this was the first low-key convention I’d really attended and had fun. The second is that I am continually impressed with how they run this convention. It has grown and they are constantly working to engage with fandoms throughout the year – especially cosplayers. The third reason, and the one that is closest to my heart, is that MomoCon is the convention that gave me the first opportunity to spread my wings in public speaking.
Granted, I got lucky. Someone I knew wasn’t able to do their panel and needed some replacements. I offered and she took me up on it. That panel led to a second panel, and I can now say that after this weekend, I’ll have 7 successful panels under my belt.
And yes, they will be successful regardless of the number of attendees.
So I’m excited!
My upcoming panels are:
Friday 10-11 am Room 311A
Combating Online and In Real Life Harassment where I’ll be with AllieCat Cosplay talking about the types of harassment you may experience both in real life and online.
Saturday 10-11am, Room 410
Cosplay in Non-Canon Bodies where my co-panelists Tanya Woods and JaBarr Lasley and I will talk about what makes something canon, and how our inability to be canon affects our cosplay experience. This is a panel I developed as it hits particularly close to home for me.
I really enjoy working on panels. They require that I do some research and that I think about topics in a way that doesn’t always center myself. I get to chew on ideas and open myself to an interactive learning experience. Honestly, I want my panels to be attendee focused, but also provide some useful information. If you plan to attend any of them, please do not hesitate to raise your hand and ask questions.
Panels are a collaborative experience, not an opportunity to hear myself speak for an hour. I can do that at home with zero prep.
The comic panel was particularly interesting to me because I’m not a huge comic book reader. I prefer to read books. Also, there is a learning curve to reading comics. You really need to be invested and learn some basic things about yourself. For example, I like being able to read a complete story arc. Comics are designed to extend that arc into bite-size pieces over time, which will cause me to lose interest. To combat that, I tend to buy the bound collections of issues, which means that I’m not reading things as they are released; I have to wait.
Also, if I don’t like the art style, regardless of how much I love the story and the characters, I won’t read it. I was a die-hard fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but I could not read that comic at all, which surprised me. Needless to say, I never got past issue 1 of that comic.
And, because I’m all about promoting diversity, all of these panels give me an opportunity to do that from a variety of perspectives. I get to talk about putting yourself out there, the blowback, the successes, the failures, and the self-care. I love mentally dancing with these results and discussing them with others.
And while I like public speaking, I’m not always the most…friendly person out there. I’m awkward as hell and will actually kinda come off as a little reserved. I admit it. It takes me some time to warm up to people so expect awkwardness when you talk to me, although I will try my very best to be chill. No guarantees, though. I’m weird.
So MomoCon 2016 approaches. I really hope to see some of you there.