It's hard to believe WisCon starts this week! This year, I'm running the Broad Universe table, so I'll be driving up Friday morning to get it set up. I expect to spend more time than usual working the table, but I'm also part of the following panels:
Friday (5/27), 2:30-3:45--The Fandom Awakens: Everything is Star Wars and nothing hurts! Let's talk about the
importance of casting a woman and two men of color as the leading
characters in this major movie franchise. Let's talk about how no one in
the cast wants to gender BB-8. Let's talk about General Leia. Let's
talk The Force Awakens until episode 8 comes out or we all run out of breath…
(I'm moderating this panel)
Saturday (5/28), 1:00-2:15--Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading (I'll be reading from Chaos Season)
Sunday (5/29), 8:30-9:45--Why Did We Have To Fight For Rey Star Wars Toys: First they left out Black Widow, then they left out Gamora, and then
Disney launched their Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy line with nary a
hint of Rey, one of the movie's leads. Disney and toymaker Hasbro
responded to the outrage expressed in the #WheresRey hashtag with facile
explanations and no real apologies, but did finally unveil some Rey
action figures and other merchandise at ToyFair. Why did it have to go
down this way? Why couldn't Disney have made Rey as prominent on all the
merch from the start as they did Finn and Kylo Ren? Why do we still
have to fight for women in the "boy toys" aisle and why is there still a
divide between "boys" and "girls" toys at all?
Monday (5/30), 11:30-12:45--The SignOut
Add in seeing local and WisCon friends and celebrating my son's 9th birthday on Monday, and I expect to be a trifle busy.
What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? Feel free to share them in the comments.