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Convention Panels of #SDCCs Past

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Convention Panels of #SDCCs Past


For many years, I’d parse the panels listings for the big show in San Diego and present a break down of the panels I’d attend if I were there. For many of those years, I was heading west and they were the panels I planned on attending.


If you need to buy yourself some time, leave when they throw the panel open to questions from the audience. That’s just where things get awkward.

There are some solutions to this problem. The easiest is probably to just announce a hashtag to tweet questions at from the very beginning of the panel and then answer from there at the end. Or you could pass out index cards and have everyone write down their questions and let the moderator choose some, but I don’t know that they print out enough index cards in the world to handle the CCI setting.

I’m still on the hunt for a convention that introduces the concept of more structured presentations, like what we see in the tech world. Think of it more as TED for comics, but without some of the more sanctimonious bits of world-changing breathlessness. Maybe we need to do the Lightning Talks format first. A series if short 5 – 10 minute talks along the same thing, each backed with a slide show, hosted by a speaker who’s prepared a point.

It’s not a format that’s built into the comics community’s genetics yet, the way it is in other communities. Maybe someday…


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