So our day started out around 11:30 a.m. We got into the convention center and, since we had pre-registered, walked right up to the registration booth. We had our badges and were inside the convention within 5 minutes.
I must say, Tekko has really impressed me with how organized they’ve gotten. They seem to have improved every year since we started going again. This year was no different, at least as far as getting inside.
The first thing we did was walk into Con Ops, because both of my panels this year were on Friday. We checked in and had a little scare. You see, I had been informed that two of my panels proposals were accepted and that one was on the maybe list. But when the time came for the convention to start, I had not received anything saying that my maybe was accepted.
So lo and behold when the guy at Con Ops says, “Okay, so you’ve got…3 panels, right?”
“‘Scuse me, wha…?”
I searched the schedule, the Wife searched the schedule, he searched the schedule, he called another woman over to search the schedule, and none of us could find the third panel listed. So we finally decided that their list must not differentiate between okayed panels and maybe list panels.
So, after a touch of a scare, we got everything checked in and wandered around for a bit until the panel before ours ended. Then we headed to Panel Room #3 and set up for the How To Avoid Bad Writing Panel.
Now last year I ran two panels and they were fairly average as far as attendance went. One panel had about fifteen people in it and the other had about twenty. More than I had expected, certainly, but still nothing super great.
But this year? There was probably around 40-50 people in each panel. The only panel we went to that had more people in it than my panels was one of the celeb panels, Uncle Yo’s Magical Girl Bootcamp. I’ll get to more about that panel in tomorrow’s post.
So, anyway, the panel went off without much of a hitch. We had a great audience, a lot of great questions were asked in the Q&A section of the panel. Ultimately I was very pleased with how things went.
Several people approached at the end of the panel and the next panel’s host actually wound up having to chase me out of the room because I was still answering fantastic questions and chatting with people.
As a matter of fact people came up to me all day long to talk about their own writing, ask me for advice on how to handle this event, that style, this character, or simply to ask what I thought about one of their works-in-progress. It was great!
The next thing we did was a little more roaming to get the lay of the convention center better before going into Panel Room #1 to host the History of Sengoku Japan panel. Now what we should have done was change out my camcorder’s battery, because I hadn’t realized it only had 30 minutes of recording time left on it.
So we set up for the second panel and once again…room was pretty full. The writing panel definitely had more people in it, but the Sengoku panel was certainly not empty by any means, a little closer to 40 than 50 in this one.
Once again a few good questions, but for the most part they just let me tell interesting stories about samurai. And once again a group of people came up to me and chatted about the topic.
I was re-introduced to the fellow who did the RTK panel I watched a few years back. His panel style is actually what my own are based off of. I watched what he did and copied it, then modified the system to suit my own presentation style. And through the whole thing I forgot to ask his name. Go me, for derping on that.
We hit the restroom and popped a squat in the panel room we had just presented in for the How to Hibachi panel. The Hibachi chef that was running the panel, Josh I believe, worked for Shogun in Monroeville, PA if I remember correctly.
A regular trick, the Onion Volcano. Always cool to watch.
It was pretty nifty to watch him do some of the tricks and to give us the low-down on some of the tricks of the trade. He explained what all the items on the cart were, how much butter and vodka they go through every night (the vodka is for cleaning and setting fires), and how they modified their tools to let them do their tricks.
He had some pretty good jokes and a decent presentation skill. He ended on this one…
What sound does a White Chicken make? Bak, bak, bak!
What sound does a Chinese Chicken make? Meow, meow…
Overall it was informative and entertaining, which is how panels should be. And it made me hungry for a Hibachi dinner. So, mission accomplished if the restaurant sent him there to represent them.
After that was dinner. Can you guess where?
You’re goddamn right we ate there!
Of course it was. During the weekend the wife’s younger cousin was staying with us and we treated her to some delicious Sharp Edge food. Got her addicted to the delicious pudding. Yumm…y’know I really should start charging them for the advertising at this stage.
Anyway, we went back to the convention and sat in on the “I Know Where to Put It” Complications of Rule 34 panel. In case you aren’t aware the panel is referencing Internet Rule #34: If it exists…here is porn of it on the Internet.
They showed strange occurrences within the porno-sphere of the internet. Things like Maleficent holding Tinkerbell by the wings, dangling the little faerie above her mouth while she ate Tinkerbell out. Which was strangely arousing in a weird sort of way (it was very well drawn).
There was some weird shit in that panel. But the wife and I discovered that we are apparently pretty freaky. There were people who walked out of the panel in disgust. The wife’s brother was one of them; he hit his limit when they showed the General Lee (the car from Dukes of Hazard) ass-raping Boss Hogg. Yeah, like I said…weird shit.
But it’s nothing as bad as we’ve seen on the internet. These people have clearly never heard of Shadman, Spazkid, or eFukt.
If you’re at work…please do not do a Google Search with those terms.
All in all Friday was a fantastic day. Tekko was definitely starting to show how much they had improved over the years. Not without hiccups, but nothing major that went wrong.
So, come back tomorrow and see what we did and what we thought of Day 2. Which started pretty early for us because our ward for the weekend wanted to see a panel at 9:30 in the morning.