Panel Date – November 19, 2016
Attendance – Approximately 20 Show Fans
Convention Detail – Philcon is a small Science Writer and Reader Convention that occurs in Cherry Hill, New Jersey that occurs in November each year. In recent years the convention has expanded to include a robust anime track and a cosplay track.
Panel Premise – From Philcon Program “It’s been three seasons, but fans of all ages are still fascinated with this show. What’s the allure? Is it because of the show’s unusual approach to the typical ‘life lessons’ given in animated shows aimed for children? Its trope-breaking tendencies? Because it may well have the best female representation and the best LGBATIQ representation currently on TV? What fusion of these- and other- elements has fans singing along with the opening theme every time?”
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PANEL (Synopsis of the Content the Presenter Covered)
Laura Kovalcin (Moderator and Illustrator) – Show never looks down on characters Show states that every person is beautiful to someone (Jamie and Garnet, Mayor and Pearl)
Daniel Person (Radio Contributor) – Most subversive show on television Show embraces the life force Grew up with Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear and the new vision this show presents is mind-blowing and expansive beyond what the old shows presented Steven Universe as a show will now serve as a canary in a coal mine over the next four years
Mike Yates (Comic Book Aficionado) – Show states that you find your family and your family finds you Greg, he had dreams but they did not pan out but he is still there in Ocean Town and his life is progressing Show has real fights and demonstrates that relationships can continue even after significant progress
Zoe Gray (Songwriter) – Steven Universe as a show demonstrates that failure can be dealt with and does not end someone’s progress Show states that you are not a bad person because you did something wrong Show promotes body positivity – Steven is round and cuddly and has a nebulouss cloud of hair; Rose is truly unique and Pearl and Greg love her; Peridot puts herself on a literal pedestal; the show displays for kids what they are allowed to be All the main characters are outsiders The Crystal Gems are all strong and take care of Steven
HIGHLIGHTS FROM ATTENDEE QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS
General – Show not only shows different Gender Roles and different Body Types and different Social Relationships, it also shows different Family Types
GARIBAY CLOSING NOTES
My path to the Steven Universe show was as a recommendation from a friend. I did not know what to make of the show as I began to watch, but I trusted my friend and gave it a few episodes and it was soon clear that Steven Universe was a truly unique show. I enjoyed the action, the characters, the highly detailed “Ocean Town”, which was chock-full of colorful, life-like characters, each with a compelling backstory. This was a wonderful panel filled with show fans that was excellently moderated, including great content from the Presenters and great feedback from the attendees.
Nerdarchy at Philcon 2016 – Panel Synopsis – Steven Universe (Made of Love)