I have to say that it’s always going to be very tricky for any convention organiser to achieve gender parity on convention panels while the industry as a whole remains incredibly skewed towards male creators. That’s not to say that I don’t admire the principle of male creators stepping off panels…
There will be resistance to change and accusations of tokenism, I’m sure. The gesture’s sentiment is appreciated, but the approach should be less sensationalist. Conventions, their organisers and attendees will benefit more positively if the panels and guests are decided well ahead of time, rather than as a last-minute announcement (possibly disappointing and frustrating some fans).
From my experience working at Orang Utan Comics and Markosia, there’s never ever been a hint of being judged by anything other than my skill. The Indy comics community also seems to be very positive and supportive of anyone willing to prove their commitment. I count myself fortunate to be in such educated and gender-positive company, both male and female.
Encouraging more female creators to take part in panels is a great idea, not only as an encouragement for the next generation of artists and writers, but also for another perspective on the business. Should there be a seat available on a panel discussing my particular area of expertise – art and colour - I will gladly accept it and represent. ;)
Reblogged for Yel’s comments.
I don’t boast very often, but lookit this! Lookit!
DC heroes lineart by George Perez with my rainbow wrangling colours all over them. :D
The man himself was kind enough to autograph this at the London Super Comic Con and seemed quite pleased with my work.
Aw man, thanks to Ian Sharman for scruffing me at the eleventh hour and waving the lines in front of my face. ‘Tis was a much appreciated ego boost. <3
Ten Awesome Things About The London Super Comic Con
- Record sales at the OUC table!
- David Monteith’s discovery.
- Kerry doing the splits.
- Holly slapping Kieron’s butt.
- Sean “The Man” Connery.
- Holly judging the Cosplay Competition.
- The Broken Backed J. Scott Campbell Orgy.
- Bob Fucking Layton!
All of those! I loved #7.
Also… getting to be really big headed and self-absorbed and having George Perez sign my LSCC programme copy. He seemed rather pleased with my colours on his Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman art on the cover. ^_____^ All thanks to you, matey. <3
It’s all part of the service! :P
BBC Worldwide have announced details of the first ever official Doctor Who Convention (since the series’ reboot). The event will take place March 24th and 25th 2012 at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Wales – the current home of the show.
Billed as the ‘Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Event’, there are just 1500 tickets available for each of the days – the programme is the same on each day to give attendees the most in depth experience possible. Fans who manage to snap these up will gain unrivalled access to Eleventh Doctor star Matt Smith, Series Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat and many more key members from the award-winning cast, crew and production team including Doctor Who Special FX Supervisor Danny Hargreaves, Production Designer Michael Pickwoad, Doctor Who Producer Marcus Wilson and the award-winning Millennium FX team.
The unique interactive programme will include theatre sessions and Q&As with cast and crew; behind the scenes sessions show-casing the script to screen process; discussions with episode directors and writers and demonstrations from Special FX and prosthetics experts that will illustrate the challenges and scale of their work on the world’s longest running sci-fi show. Autograph and photo opportunities will also be available with attending cast members and there will be official Doctor Who merchandise and collectables on sale.
Tickets are priced £99 will go on general sale on November 14th from 9am from: www.dwconvention.com.
All tickets include:
- Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir ticket.
- Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir lanyard and pass.
- Official Doctor Who Convention exclusive behind the scenes images postcard pack.
- Official Doctor Who Convention bag.
1 - ‘Brave Ewe World’ by Tpcat. Tpcat’s light, innocent style is frequently twisted by the dark humour and even darker subject matter. That’s why I love it so much and have most of her books in my collection. Terome McNally of Little old Man usually mans the table with his own brilliant works in tow.
2 - ‘Don Quixote’ adapted by Rob Davis from the Selfmade Hero table. A quick flick through and the strong style convinced me I had to get a copy. Looking forward to reading this, as I used to be obsessed by Cervantes’ creation when I was a kid.
3 - ‘Hero: 9 - 5’ by the OUC team with Markosia! You should absolutely get this book. New cover edition.
4 - ‘Omnipathy’ #1 by Joe Sparrow. I recognised the pixelart comic from a DD on DeviantArt. Very happy to have a copy signed by the artist in my hand.
5 - ‘Sly’ Print by echogreens.deviantart.com. Very nice piece, though I feel a little guilty as the artist had to replace a ruined print whilst trying to sign it. Oi vei.
6 - Postcard signed by dA’s one and only Humon! I follow her ‘Scandinavia and the World’ webcomic and it was a great surprise to see her there. Also got a booze demon badge.
7 - You have the button, you have the badge… it’s time for ‘Depressed cat on Twitter’. Because why not? It is virtually impossible to go wrong with cats.
8 - Then I spotted one of my favourite ‘Left 4 Dead 2’ fanarts from deviantArt. The one sweet thing about the MCM is that you have a good chance of running into the artists you follow on tumblr, deviantart and otherwise.
9 - Sticker by Exitstageleft.deviantart.com. Beautiful colour palettes but it’s a shame that they were so small and not a4.
10 - Ran into Reaperfox, always a pleasure… albeit a brief one.
11 - Josceline Fenton, the author and artist of ‘Hemlock’. It caught my eye at the May’s convention and I had to get both books there and then. Sadly, she’d already sold out of #3 on Saturday. Booh.
12 - My ‘Comic Industry Professional’ pass. The one that makes me feel like a bit of a fraud yet quite proud and awesome at the same time. :)