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LAST EDIT: Submissions are now closed. Thanks, everyone! Stay tuned for voting.

EDIT: Good news! We're expanding submissions period by one week to give people a little more time. Submission will now close at midnight on April 7th.

We are now taking panel suggestions for CON.TXT 2018
from people who are interested in moderating panels from everyone! We are now open for suggestions without moderators (and seeking moderators for those suggestions), so if you have an idea but no moderator put in your suggestions! If you like to moderate and/or see an idea you would love to take on, drop a comment and volunteer!

Brief FAQ:


Q: What is a CON.TXT panel?

A: Generally, a panel is a discussion among all attendees led by one or more moderators who have prepared some leading questions. Some panels include a lengthier presentation by the moderator.


Q: What is a good CON.TXT panel suggestion?

A: You want a catchy, yet informative title and a two- to four-sentence topic which raises specific questions. Warn for spoilers if your panel will include them. Use a fannish in-joke or two. Say up front if you're making a presentation to attract newbies or intend to hold a detailed dissection of book eighteen in the series.


Q: Are you taking all suggestions?

A: We'll be putting all suggestions up for a vote by our attendees and as many as possible will be scheduled.


Q: Won't voting eliminate smaller fandom panels?

A: We make sure that we're offering a wide range of panel topics, so the voting helps us choose among similar panels, or to decide which suggestions should be combined. It's not a strict numbers cut-off.


Q: What if someone else has already suggested something that I was going to suggest?

A: We prefer panels to have more than one moderator. If you're interested in moderating it, comment on their suggestion and offer to co-mod!


Q: How many panels can I suggest?

A: As many as you like. We won't schedule you to moderate more than three of them, so if they all make it through the voting process we'd appreciate your help in keeping a lookout for co-mods or understudies!


Q: What if my friend wants to moderate this panel I'm suggesting?

A: That's fine; you can put your friend's name in as moderator and we'll consider it to be their suggestion. Please don't put people's names in without making sure they're willing!


Q: What if I suggest a panel now and then change my mind later on?

A: We'll check in with all potential moderators after voting to make sure you're still enthusiastic about the topic.


Q: How can I find a moderator for this great panel idea I have?

A: There's a brainstorming comment thread on this post. Please post there, talk to your friends, and reach out on whatever social media your fandom prefers. If you can't get a bite, make your suggestion here anyway and we'll see if we can rustle someone up.


Q: How do I pick a category?

A: A meta panel is one with a topic that's not tied to any particular fandom, although certain fandoms may be discussed or used as examples. A multi-fandom panel has a topic that's common across several specific fandoms. A single fandom panel goes into depth in a particular fandom. A how-to panel teaches how to do something.

To propose a panel for CON.TXT 2018, please comment on this post with the following information:

Title: A Short Yet Interesting Title

Mod(s): the badge name(s) of interested moderator(s) -- please list your own badge name if you would like to moderate

Category: Meta, Multi-Fandom, Single Fandom, How-to

Description: This is a longer description of the panel which will be shown in the program. This should be as specific as you think you can be in a paragraph!

Other notes: These notes will not be part of the final listing for the panel, but can include things like requests for additional moderators or general thoughts on panel content which you'd like to get fleshed out in further comments.

To propose a change or expansion to an already suggested panel or to volunteer as an additional moderator for it, please reply to the suggestion and not to the main post so that each panel's discussion is threaded. Note that if two suggestions seem to be very similar we may merge them into one, so check what's already been proposed before suggesting a new panel to see if the original suggester wants to work with your ideas.

To like, fave, +1, or upvote an already suggested panel, please wait until we assemble a final poll in April! No "votes" in the comments can be counted toward the final reckoning.

An example from 2016:

Title: So You Want to Mod a Panel

Mod(s): Arallara, Ellen Fremedon

Category: How-to

Description: If you've never modded a con panel before, but you've always wanted to give it a try, this is the panel for you.  Whether it's your 1st con or your 15th, we'll give you tips on putting together an engaging, fun panel, and share stories from successful and disastrous panels of the past.  Everything you'll need to know to feel confident stepping forward as a panel mod.

Other notes: Yes, this will be a real panel.

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Date: 2018-03-05 05:24 pm (UTC)
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
From: [personal profile] melannen
Panels I would really like to see, and I could maybe mod or backup-mod if needed, but should really be modded by #ownvoices if possible:

Title: Black Panther & Afrofuturism
Category: Specific Fandom
Description: You saw the movie, you read every single thing on AO3, what's next? Where to start in Black Panther comics and other canon, other Afrofuturist and Black-creator-led fandoms to get into, and how to find out more about the sources of Wakanda's worldbuilding.


Title: Black Panther
Category: Black Panther
Description: BLACK PANTHER


Title: Writing Outside the Binary
Mods: ??
Description: What are good fandoms and communities in fandom for non-binary-gendered or genderqueer characters (canon or fanon)? What are good fanworks to rec? Share the joy of writing an OT4 where everybody has a different pronoun, talk about what we'd like to see in fandom and fanworks, and share tips on writing nobinary and genderqueer characters.

Also, I'd love to have another ace-spectrum-in-fandom panel, which would be #ownvoices for me, but I have been pretty disconnected from ace discourse since I mostly quit tumblr, so another mod would be nice there too.

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Date: 2018-03-05 04:30 pm (UTC)
bethbethbeth: Polar Bear sliding on it's back, feet in air, with word "whee!" at the bottom (Bears Whee! (blunaris))
From: [personal profile] bethbethbeth
Title: Check Please, Please!
Mod(s): bethbethbeth
Category: Single Fandom
Description: Over the past few years, Ngozi Ukazu's "Check, Please!" - with its diverse young cast of characters and charming same-sex romance - has become an incredibly popular "stealth fandom," drawing attention even from folks who typically have no particular interest in comic book fandoms or sports-related ANYTHING (and more often than you'd think, acting as a gateway drug to loving real-life hockey). Let' about it!
Other notes: If you're not too spoiler averse, come to the panel even if you know nothing about the fandom, and we'll see what we can do about making you a fan.
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Date: 2018-03-05 05:28 pm (UTC)
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
From: [personal profile] melannen
I don't have any sports fandom history to speak of, but I have experience being in other RPF fandoms where there were awful things turning up in RL news (...and I mostly left active RPF fandoms as a result of that happening several times in a row, and deciding it wasn't worth the risk.) So if you'd be interested in expanding outside sports RPF and want that perspective, I'd be in.

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Date: 2018-03-05 06:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] katbear
Title: SW: A Galaxy without Jedi?!?

Mod(s): Katbear

Category: Single Fandom

Description: So what was that "Last Jedi" thing really about? Is the Force still with us but with different players? Big Picture – What was SW and how has Disney changed SW with both the sequels and one-offs? What works (or not) for you these days with SW or are original or prequels still where it's at for you? Where do you see fandom at these days or where might it be going? If you're into the new movies, is your squee with the SW mainline (Rey/Poe/Finn/Kilo Ren/Luke/Leia) or the one-offs (Jyn/Cassian/space husbands/Han etc.).

Other notes: Would welcome a co-mod if anyone is interested (looking at you, MrsHamill). This panel is NOT about just the two most recent movies, Last Jedi and/or Han Solo, and their wonders/woes. If someone else wants to do a movie-specific panel that would be great.

Date: 2018-03-19 04:44 pm (UTC)
mrshamill: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrshamill
Katbear, I'll help you with this one.

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ALL of the singalongs!

Date: 2018-03-05 09:14 pm (UTC)
cinco: Spock looking doubtful: "O RLY?" (Default)
From: [personal profile] cinco
Title: Singalong Vidshow: Electric Booglaloo
Mod(s): Cinco, Corbae
Category: Multifandom/Meta
Description: Bride of Singalong Vidshow! More multifandom, captioned vids to sing joyously along with.
Other notes: I have spoken with Corbae and we are both excited to do this again! We would love a longer time slot if possible, ideally not on Sunday morning.

Title: Once More With Feeling (and Singing Along): the Buffy the Vampire Musical Singalong!
Mod(s): Cinco (co-mod/s welcomed, and/or help with captioning!)
Category: Single fandom
Description: In honor of BtVS's 20th anniversary, let's sing along to the musical episode (slightly trimmed for time) and roll around in all those feels. Buffy returns from the dead but is emotionally checked out! Giles decides to go back to England for reasons that were never particularly clear to your mod! Dancing vampires! Production numbers about dry cleaning! Buffy/Spike, before it all went wrong! Anya/Xander, before it all went wrong! Tara/Willow, in the midst of it all going terribly wrong! Captions provided, snark and cosplay welcomed.
Other notes: Co-mods and suggestions gratefully accepted!

Title: Old Favorites, New Podcasts
Mod(s): Cinco (co-mods extremely welcome!)
Category: Meta
Description: You loved the show--sometimes years ago!--and now there's a fantastic podcast about it! Let's talk about our favorite recap and rewatch podcasts, including podcasters, meetups, Facebook groups, Patreon support, and the podcasts that you wanted to love but couldn't. Pimp your favorites!
Other notes: Your mod loves Buffering the Vampire Slayer and occasionally catches up on Go Pirates! (Veronica Mars), and will be delighted to provide a soundboard of Buffering's hilarious jingles. Co-mods who are fans of any other rewatch/recap pod would be fantastic, especially the more popular ones like The West Wing Weekly, Gilmore Guys, and The Talking Dead.

Re: ALL of the singalongs!

Date: 2018-03-10 12:53 am (UTC)
tassosss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tassosss
I'd be in to co-mod the Podcast one. I actually do a recap podcast, Farscape Friday Podcast.

Re: ALL of the singalongs!

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Date: 2018-03-06 01:49 am (UTC)
gnomad: Red and white wine: my creative juices (Creative Juices)
From: [personal profile] gnomad
The tea party "panel" had surprisingly good turnout last time. We could do it again if people wanted.

Title: Almost, But Not Quite, Entirely Unlike a Tea Party

Mod(s): gnomad, cmshaw

Category: How-to? Single fandom?

Description: From pu-erh to green tea to Bertie Wooster's 'vital oolong,' let's talk (and sip!) about all things tea! We'll discuss the best brews we've found, whether it really does matter if the milk goes in first or last, and which of those fannish Adagio blends got your OTP right (or wrong, so very wrong). We will have a few teas for drinking and we highly encourage folks to bring some tea of their own to swap with friends.

Other notes: I need a 15-min to half hour set up ahead of the actual scheduled time. There was a bit of disorganization last time because we were running around trying to find extra cups and get the tea made. That could be minimized with a bit of extra set up time before the panel.

Date: 2018-03-11 09:01 pm (UTC)
merisunshine36: (cuppatea)
From: [personal profile] merisunshine36
This sounds amazing and I HEARTILY support this panel!

If you need someone to bring an extra hot water kettle, let me know.

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Date: 2018-03-06 07:37 pm (UTC)
bethbethbeth: (Bears Bike Outing (obsessed1))
From: [personal profile] bethbethbeth
Title: From "NO" to "OH!" to "WOE"
Mod(s): bethbethbeth
Category: Single Fandom? [Sports RPF, esp Hockey]
Description: Over the past decade, RPF - which used to be almost universally reviled - has become both ore mainstream and more popular within fannish circles...and with good reason, for there are many things to love about RPF. However, in recent years we've also see some pretty ugly revelations about some of the objects of our fannish interest (hockey's Patrick Kane being one of the most prominent examples). Let's talk about what we love about RPF, but also about the difficulties of loving a fandom that all-too-often seems to be just one small step away from the next soul-crushing news story about one of our faves.

Other notes: While this panel was originally proposed to focus solely on Sports RPF, I suspect many of the issues we'll be raising will apply equally to non-Sports fandoms, so even if you have less-than-no-interest in sports, join us and add your voice!
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Date: 2018-03-08 03:28 pm (UTC)
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
From: [personal profile] melannen
Title: How to Find Things
Mods(s): Melannen, ?
Category: Multifandom/Meta
Description: Old fic, new fic, read fic, blue fic - how do we find things in fandom these days? Bring questions or puzzlers and we'll discuss advanced AO3 searching, how to find pre-AO3 fanworks, how to track down that one bit of canon you need at the last minute, if it is even possible to find old tumblr posts, and so on.

Other notes: I would run this with a lot of audience input; could probably use someone who is a Tumblr power user to help with that part.

Date: 2018-03-10 01:27 am (UTC)
tassosss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tassosss
Title: Audio Drama Revival: Fiction Podcasts in the Internet Age
Mod(s): tassos
Category: Multi-Fandom
Description: From Welcome to Nightvale to The Black Tapes to The Bright Sessions, Homecoming, Wolf 359, the White Vault, and more, fiction podcasts have come into their own. What makes a fiction podcast one you'll listen to? What does the audio format do for storytelling? Genre? Framing a narrative? Let's talk about our favorites and not-so-favorites, the ones with a fandom and the ones that need one.
Other notes: I'd love to have a co-mod

Date: 2018-03-19 10:10 pm (UTC)
kalakirya: (aim high: you might miss)
From: [personal profile] kalakirya
I'd be interested in co-modding this!

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Date: 2018-03-13 01:16 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
This is Corbae!

Title: Fannish Pictionary
Mod(s): Corbae and JRho
Category: Multi-fandom
Description: Fannish pictionary brings characters from disparate fandoms together under strange and often sex-ay circumstances. Ever felt a deep yearning to draw Alexander Hamilton and Black Widow having a threesome with Pete Wentz? Join us for fannish pictionary to make your dreams come true.
Notes: We will post a form for folks to submit their top pictionary fandoms & submit clues.

Date: 2018-04-02 07:13 pm (UTC)
eggblue: J2 (Default)
From: [personal profile] eggblue
Woo hoo! This was very fun last year.

Date: 2018-03-13 02:28 am (UTC)
merisunshine36: white rose floating candle (Default)
From: [personal profile] merisunshine36
These are just some ideas I came up with, but I don't feel a particularly strong sense of ownership over them. So if either really speaks to you, claim away!

Like A Fine Wine: Do fandoms get better with age?
Mod: merisunshine36
Category: Meta, Multifandom
Description: It's 2018, and thanks to archives and the internet a lot of fandom's recent history has been carefully reserved. Do you ever revisit your old favorites? Why? Let's walk down fandom memory lane and talk about the pleasant surprises we've found, which fandoms have lost their luster, and what makes a fic stand the test of time.

Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Next Ten Years
Mod: merisunshine36
Category: Single-ish fandom (if the MCU is like a fandom)
From Iron Man to Infinity War, the MCU has completely upended the comic book film genre. But now that some of our most beloved characters are perhaps about to leave us, let's talk about what we'd like to see next. Who should take center stage, or be left on the cutting room floor? And I guess we should also talk about the DCEU...or maybe just Wonder Woman.

Edited (I realized I broke the rules for one of these) Date: 2018-03-14 12:53 am (UTC)

Date: 2018-03-19 10:11 pm (UTC)
kalakirya: (FANGIRLY JOY)
From: [personal profile] kalakirya
Title: A Podfic Panel!

Mod(s): kalakirya

Category: Meta, How-to

Description: What is podfic? How do I podfic? How do I find podficcers? I can haz podfic recs? wtf is this anyway and how is it different from a radio play?

Other notes: Co-mods and other suggestions gratefully accepted!

Date: 2018-03-29 01:44 am (UTC)
tassosss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tassosss
Yay! I was going to suggest a Black Sails one and that is an awesome description!

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Panel suggestions

Date: 2018-03-27 01:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] monkey_pie
Title: Steven Universe & the Crystal Gems (clever title suggestions welcome)
Mod(s): monkey_pie would love a co-mod

Category: single fandom

Description: Is Steven Universe the antidote to toxic masculinity? Let's talk about the boy whose power comes from his feelings and all of the awesome Gems who love him and each other.

Other notes: I'm new to the show and a season behind and haven't read a ton of meta yet to avoid being spoiled. I'd benefit from someone with more knowledge.


Title: Amigurumi funtime workshop
Mods: monkey_pie (would welcome more)
Category: how-to
Description: Take your crochet beyond scarves and hats by learning how to make cute stuffed friends. Let's go over some amigurumi basics and start some fun fannish craft projects. Some supplies provided, all levels of skill are welcome.

Edited Date: 2018-03-27 01:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Panel suggestions

Date: 2018-03-27 01:47 pm (UTC)
ellen_fremedon: overlapping pages from Beowulf manuscript, one with a large rubric, on a maroon ground (Default)
From: [personal profile] ellen_fremedon
I would love to co-mod the Steven Universe panel, and I bet [personal profile] holli would, too.

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Date: 2018-03-28 12:58 am (UTC)
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
From: [personal profile] melannen
...this was a lot less nerve-wracking when it was anon, but sure, here is my traditional dump of meta panel ideas. :P (As usual, I am willing to mod up to about three of them, but with varying levels of competence and preparation.)

Title: Large Fandom Speed Dating
Category: Meta, Multi-Fandom, Single Fandom, How-to
Description: You're between fandoms, and you want something where there will be new fic every day - let us match you with the large fandom you've been waiting for.
Other notes: I never did small fandom speed dating because I have enough small fandoms already, but I think a lot of us are in-between large fandoms right now, so let's try this one instead.

Title: Fandom in Translation
Category: Meta, Multi-Fandom
Description: Let's talk about fandoms where the canon isn't in English - which includes about 1/3 of the most popular fandoms on AO3 right now - or where there are active fans in languages other than English. How do we work around the language divide to get to our fanfic?

Title: Fans Dig Robots!
Category: Multi-fandom
Description: Robots and AIs and cyborgs and jaegers and astromechs and gynoids and constructs and ancillaries and Cybertronians, oh my!

Title: Zines and Archives
Category: Multi-Fandom
Description: Learn all about non-computer-based fanfic. What are zines and zine fandom like? How do you read them, learn about them, make them, own them, archive them?
Notes: Perhaps we will get very ambitious and make our own hectograph or screenprint mini-zine! (in which case we will need at least two hours.)

Title: Ducks Update
Category: Multi-Fandom
Description: It's been eight years since we last checked in on those sinister ducks that are infiltrating all our fandoms. Will we finally unravel the conspiracy? I'll bring the red string and thumbtacks. Remember, all human passions are fleeting compared to the massive continuity of ducks.

Title: You Must Be At Least Four Centuries Old To Enter
Category: Multi-Fandom
Description: The best fandoms are the old fandoms. The really old fandoms. From Shakespeare to Gilgamesh to the Sagas of the Icelanders, when will our OTPs finally get together? Which ancient text is slashiest? Which is the best adaption of Journey to the West? Is 道 really best translated as the "The Discourse"? What is our favorite Julius Ceasar joke? And will we finally solve, once and for all, the question of whether Achilles was a bottom?

Title: Learn to SMOF
Category: Meta, how-to
Description: The Secret Masters of Fandom are the people who run cons, code and maintain websites, organize events, volunteer behind the scenes, and so on. Do you want to be one? Come learn how to join the cabal!

Title: poly
Category: meta
Description: Poly ships are great.
Note: description to be filled in by whoever ends up modding this.

Title: How Slash Fandom Talks To Itself
Category: Meta
Description: Fandom is all over the web, on a bunch of different social media sites with different norms and formats, and seems to still be seeking a perfect home. Where are we now? How do those places work, and how can people find fandom friends in them? What do we want in an online home for slash fandom?

Title: Exquisite Fic
Category: Activity
Description: Let's write a slash fic together! One sentence at a time! Without seeing anything but the previous sentence!

Date: 2018-03-31 08:34 pm (UTC)
corbae: A close-up of raven feathers; blue and grey and purple and black. (Default)
From: [personal profile] corbae
I would be interested in comodding Large Fandom Speed Dating and/or Zines & Archives!

Date: 2018-03-29 02:33 am (UTC)
tassosss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tassosss
Title: Disco on Star Trek Disco
Category: Single Fandom
Description: Star Trek Discovery's had a fungus fueled, female led, and fast and frantic first season. Let's talk about the newest series of the beloved canon. We'll share ships, favorite moments, and breakdown the obvious and not so obvious plot twists. Discuss Federation principles, what we hope for next season, and guess how much fun Spolier Spolier had Spoiler Spoilering.
Other notes: Spoliers natch.

Title: Crossover Event of the Year (Alternate title: The Best of Both Worlds)
Category: Meta, Multi-fandom
Description: What better way to enjoy two fandoms you love than have them in the same story? Passing through town, long lost family, secret twins, getting a calling to another universe -- crossovers bring people together. What makes them work? Why do some universes mesh better than others? What crossover tropes do you love or hate? Let's talk about the best of both worlds.
Other notes: I'd be willing to mod but would love a co-mod

Title: But that wasn't in the book!
Category: Multi-fandom, Meta
Description: Novels have always been translated to the screen, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Let's talk about the most recent adaptations (A Wrinkle in Time, Altered Carbon, Game of Thrones, whatever else.) What makes them better or worse? What books haven't been made into movies that need to be? What should never have been touched?

Title: Bring Your Fandom to Work
Category: Meta
Description: It's always that one detail about your job/school/hobby that throws you out of a story. It's time for you to share your expertise to save a writer! Bring your pet peeves that Everyone Gets Wrong in fic, and show us how it's really done.

Title: Moral Forking Philosophy with a Side of Shrimp
Category: Single-fandom
Description: Let's talk about The Good Place, the show about dead people, morality, choices, shrimp, robot sentience, love, belonging, cocaine, what we owe each other, and Janet.

Date: 2018-03-31 05:44 pm (UTC)
v_greyson: (Default)
From: [personal profile] v_greyson
I would be stoked to mod or co-mod the Moral Forking Philosophy panel!

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Date: 2018-03-30 03:14 am (UTC)
arallara: Chris Kirkpatrick does the "Uncle Sam" point with text banners above and below reading "You Control the Narrative." (Default)
From: [personal profile] arallara
Title: You Got Queerness In My Genre Shows! Finally!!!
Mod(s): Trixie and Aral
Category: Meta
Description: The last few years have seen a real explosion of tv shows with lgbtq characters, especially in speculative genres. Shows like Star Trek Discovery, The Magicians, Shadowhunters, Runaways, Wynonna Earp and Black Sails have introduced queerness into science-fiction, fantasy, western, and pirate/age of sail genres. How do we feel about these representations? What haven't we seen yet that we really want? How do these characters fit into, comment on, and/or subvert the genres they're in? And what does this canon queerness do to and for our fandoms? And when will the tentpole movie franchises finally catch up? (looking at you, Star Wars and Marvel!)
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Title: Pod Save America: The Soft Woke Bros We Need Right Now
Mod(s): Trixie and Aral
Category: Single Fandom (Pod Save America)
Description: Calling all friends of the pod! Let's get together and dish about these earnest goobers and all the various ways we like to imagine them falling in love. How are we all navigating the weirdness of turning our politics into our erotic fantasy outlet? Have you gone to a live show? Tell us your tales! And how about those ads? Who knew that in the year 2018 we would be building a fandom out of the advertising segments of a popular political podcast? How weird is that? Let's break down the appeal of these Obama bros and their growing podcast empire to the world at large and to our filthy little fannish hearts.
Other notes:

Date: 2018-03-31 07:05 pm (UTC)
enviropony: captain flint's flag - a skeleton with a sword and hourglass (Default)
From: [personal profile] enviropony
Super excited about You Got Queerness In My Genre Shows!

Date: 2018-03-30 01:26 pm (UTC)
treewishes: (Default)
From: [personal profile] treewishes
Title: The Joy of Fandom
Mod(s): TreeWishes
Category: Meta
Description: Remember when fandom was the biggest joy in your life? Remember? Let's figure out where the joy comes from, how things have changed, how Joy and Sadness (and Fear and Disgust and Anger) can all be part of the fannish experience.
Other notes: I'm thinking about sharing a few clips from Inside Out(TM) to get the meta juices flowing :)

Title: Brakebills Really Needed a Sorting Hat (The Magicians)
Mod(s): TreeWishes
Category: Single Fandom
Description: Some call this Harry Potter for Adults, but it's so much more than that! The Magicians really stepped up it's game in Season 3, and while the mixing and matching of partners and pairings can leave you a little dizzy, the show has been magnificent. Let's sort our favorites into their proper houses, natter about best-bitches, how Julia is a must better Hermione than Hermione, how Penny can be so damned pretty, whether we love Josh40 or Josh23, and how maybe Quentin isn't so boring after all.
Other notes: There may be clips. There may also be glamour eyepatches.

Title: Fairy Tales (and where to find the good ones)
Mod(s): TreeWishes
Category: Multi Fandom
Description: Fairy tales are an old-old fandom, and some of the modern retellings are pretty great. Perhaps it's the female leads that are kicking it up? Let's talk about which version of Red Riding Hood and Cinderella we love best, and why Evil Queens simply rule.
Other notes: Everyone gets fairy wand!

Title: The Marvel Big Bang (Infinity War)
Mod(s): TreeWishes
Category: Multi Fandom (or I guess you could call it Single Fandom?)
Description: How great was Thor 3? Winter Soldier? Black Panther? and now it's all rolled up with Infinity War. What did this do for this mega fandom and what does it mean for the future?
Other notes: This will have been out for 3 months by the con, so this will need a bit of a rewrite, I hope :)

Title: Timey-Wimey Superheroes (Legends of Tomorrow and the Berlanti-verse)
Mod(s): TreeWishes
Category: Single Fandom (or I guess you could call it Multi Fandom?)
Description: The gang on the WaveRider had a slow start, but has really come together with a bang (or two). How much do we love Sarah and Ava? What does Wally bring to the gang? And who doesn't miss Captain Cold (especially Mick - snif/snif)? This will likely veer into commentary on Flash and Arrow (but those are so boring these days, aren't they?)
Other notes: They! Are! Legends!

Title: Fandom in Your Ears (Fannish Podcasts)
Mod(s): TreeWishes
Category: Multi Fandom
Description: Podcasts have totally broken out in the past couple of years, and can be a great comfort during the fannish diaspora. Let's talk about the Three Patch, Fangirl Happy Hour, Galactic Suburbia, and find ways to get more fandom in our ears.
Other notes: This will have been out for 3 months by the con, so this will need a bit of a rewrite, I hope :)

Title: The Marvel Big Bang (Infinity War)
Mod(s): TreeWishes
Category: Multi Fandom (or I guess you could call it Single Fandom?)
Description: How great was Thor 3? Winter Soldier? Black Panther? and now it's all rolled up with Infinity War. What did this do for this mega fandom and what does it mean for the future?
Other notes: This will have been out for 3 months by the con, so this will need a bit of a rewrite, I hope :)

Title: Clones, Counterparts, and Doppelgangers
Mod(s): TreeWishes
Category: Multi Fandom
Description: Self-on-self crossovers used to be the only in fanfic, but the combination of better effects and great actors has given us some terrific on-screen doppelganger drama. Let's talk about Orphan Black, Counterpart, and how just about every show these days is doing a multi-universe crossover.
Other notes: A starting list: Supergirl, Arrow, Magicians, Killjoys... we definitely need to brainstorm on this!

Title: The Doctor... has girl bits
Mod(s): TreeWishes
Category: Single Fandom
Description: So we have a female Doctor, but is she really the first? Let's talk about how women have veered close to Doctor-hood over the years, and why it was finally time to make it official. Was the Doctor the first canon trans character on screen? And which of the women who were almost-Doctors could have carried the role?
Other notes: Cosplaying highly encouraged.

Title: Lady Killers
Mod(s): TreeWishes
Category: Multi Fandom
Description: There are so many great female leads on screen these days who are killing it. I mean, really killing them. A lot. Wynonna Earp (and let's not forget Willa and Waverly), Jessica Jones, Liv Moore (iZombie), Dutch (Killjoys), Vanessa Helsing, ... and so many others. What's up with women as badass killers, what makes them so great, and who doesn't love Captain Killy (Discovery)??
Other notes:

Title: But they keep not running away? (Marvel's Runaways)
Mod(s): TreeWishes
Category: Single Fandome
Description: The Runaways is a great comic and now a fascinating live action show. The actors playing the kids are amazing, and even better are the adults! Let's talk about all the great cross-generational, cross-species, and incestuous slashy goodness. And why is it taking them so long to run away?
Other notes: And don't forget Nico's hair!

Date: 2018-04-04 02:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] arallara
Yay! I was going to suggest a Runaways panel if nobody else already had!

one more

Date: 2018-03-31 03:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] melannen
Title: AU all the way!
Mod(s): ?
Category: Meta
Description: Alternate Universes! Why do we love them? Why do we hate them? Why do we love/hate them? What are our favorite AUs? What makes them work? What makes an AU become a trope that ate fandom instead of just a story?

Re: one more

Date: 2018-04-02 07:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eggblue
AUs are always hilarious to talk about - I second this!

Re: one more

From: [personal profile] deelaundry - Date: 2018-04-04 11:47 pm (UTC) - Expand

Date: 2018-03-31 05:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] v_greyson
Title: Werewolf Torts and Undead Annuities 201
Mods: @v_greyson and alpheratz
Category: Meta
Description: Do zombies get life annuities? Does a lawyer with a demonic possession have a conflict of interest? We’re back for Volume 2 of supernatural legal and actuarial hypotheticals! No prerequisites or required reading, just bring your questions about vampire life insurance and whether entering the fairy ring in the forest is actually a legally binding contract.

Date: 2018-03-31 08:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] corbae
yessss I am so excited for this :DDDD

Date: 2018-03-31 06:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] v_greyson
Title: Putting Fandom to Work: How to Market Fannish Skills on Your Resume
Mods: ??
Category: How-to
Description: Ever tweaked your Tumblr layout? Congrats, you have “experience with custom-designed websites using HTML and CSS.” Been modding a listserv since Harry Potter days? “Ten years experience in online community development.” Remember all those manips you made? “Advanced skills in Photoshop.” Bring your fandom know-how and we’ll brainstorm how to translate it into HR-speak (without totally giving away that some of the “freelance editing” involved coming up with replacements for phrases like “dueling tongues”).

Date: 2018-03-31 08:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] corbae
Title: Fandom's Kitchen: Food & Fanworks
Mod(s): ???
Category: Meta
Description: Sometimes the feelings are on the plate. Sometimes the sandwich means I love you. A discussion of food in fandoms and fanworks, and recipes and food AS fanworks.

Date: 2018-04-02 07:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eggblue
This would work combined with an AU panel - lots of AUs in coffee shops and bakeries...
Or anyone who has tried to throw a Hannibal-style dinner party.

Date: 2018-03-31 11:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jrho
Title: Wonder Woman
Mod(s): JRho
Category: Single Fandom
Description: Focusing on Wonder Woman as currently appearing in the DC movieverse, what we hope to see from a sequel, favorite fanworks, and more

Other notes: "and more" TBD once I actually watch Justice League. Would welcome another mod

Date: 2018-04-01 12:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ktnb
Title: How Do You Want To Do This?
Mod(s): ktnb
Category: Single-Fandom
Description: Let’s talk about Critical Role! Which pairings did you want to see in Campaign 1? Who are we hoping will get together in Campaign 2? Can Beau possibly be more of a disaster lesbian? Roll for initiative and let’s talk!
Other notes: I’m totally up for including RPF and/or other things from Geek and Sundry, this is just a starter idea.


Date: 2018-04-08 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] coyotegestalt
If this can include things from other GNS shows, let's not miss Commander Junil Rue's forthcoming Starfleet Academy lecture series on Crisis Management And Consensus Building Via Blunt Implements :)

Date: 2018-04-01 12:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] monkey_pie
Title: Good for a Laugh
Mod: ??
Category: multi-fandom/meta
Description: Smart sitcoms can combine sharp writing with great characters to deliver more than just a good joke. Current comedies like Brooklyn 99, One Day at a Time and the Good Place have all given us queer characters and addressed current issues of race, class and gender. Or maybe you're more interested in discussing which Golden Girl was the best? Let's talk about modern and classic sitcoms that have something more to say.

Notes - I'd be willing to co-mod if no one else is interested (or if my other proposals don't get picked)
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