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Gaming Has Changed My Media Expectations

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Jon Heder, as the titular Napoleon Dynamite, and Aaron Ruell as Kip engage in a nerd battle in the independent film “Napoleon Dynamite.”

Arguing about media is a staple of the nerd subculture. We spend an inordinate amount of time going over our favorite shows, movies and books with a fine-toothed comb picking out small details and jabbing at each other with them, because as nerds it’s just what we do. It shouldn’t be a huge surprise, then, that my friend group is no exception to this.

I’m not going to lie, much of the time it’s my fault. I am a total killjoy to watch a movie or anime with, because I absolutely hate it when the main character does everything. Continue reading Gaming Has Changed My Media Expectations

Speculative fiction writer and part-time Dungeon Master Megan R. Miller lives in southern Ohio where she keeps mostly nocturnal hours and enjoys life’s quiet moments. She has a deep love for occult things, antiques, herbalism, big floppy hats and the wonders of the small world (such as insects and arachnids), and she is happy to be owned by a black cat. Her fiction, such as The Chronicles of Drasule and the Nimbus Mysteries, can be found on Amazon.
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Nerdarchy at Otakon 2016 – Panel Synopsis: Representation of Christianity in Anime by Julia Anzalone

Presenter – Julia Anzalone

Attendance – Approximately 300 anime fans

The Otakon 2016 Panel “Representation of Christianity in Anime” dived into how Japanese animation addresses the largest religion in the world.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PANEL (Synopsis of the Content the Presenter Covered)

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Nerdarchy at Philcon 2016 – Panel Synopsis – Steven Universe (Made of Love)

Panel Date – November 19, 2016philcon steven universe panel  

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)

philcon steven universe panelDaniel 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 nebulousphilcon steven universe panels 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)
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Nerdarchy at Otakon 2016 – Panel Synopsis – Victorian Japan by Sarah G. Rothman

Presenter – Sarah G. Rothman (Author of “Suicidal Samurai”)otakon anime

 

Attendance – Approximately 200 Anime Fans

 

The Otakon 2016 Panel “Victorian Japan” presented a wide range of information on the Meiji Period of Japan (1868-1912), the time in which Japanese Emperor Meiji ruled and how that distinct period has influenced Anime.

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PANEL (Synopsis of the Content the Presenter Covered)

Anime based on Meiji Period – Rurouni Kenshin (taking place in the Boshin War) Laughing Under the Clouds Gin-tama (technically Edo Period, but featuring strong Meiji ascetics) Otome Yokai Zakuro Sakura Wars (steampunk alternative history, a story about a musical group who pilot steam armor to fight demons)

Video Games based on Meiji Period – Way of the Samurai 1 and 4 Total War Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai An Empire Under the Sun Victoria Dai Gyakuten Saiban (Japan Only) Continue reading Nerdarchy at Otakon 2016 – Panel Synopsis – Victorian Japan by Sarah G. Rothman