I will be speaking on a panel at Emerald City Comicon, which is taking place in Seattle from 1 – 3 March:
Looking Past the Target Audience: Gender, Race, and Geek Identity Politics
Sunday, March 3
Start: 1:00 PM
End: 1:55 PM
This year, the geek community’s strained relationship with diversity came to a head. Conflicts over exclusion, and identity politics, and what makes a “real” geek have exploded into the mainstream media. Creators, curators, community leaders, and critics on the front lines examine the fight over geek identity and barriers to diversity in geek communities and media; and propose concrete steps toward a diverse and inclusive geek culture. Join industry leaders Rachel Edidin, Cheryl Lynn Eaton, David Brothers, Andy Khouri, Regina Buenaobra, Sarah Kuhn and Kate Welch as they discuss this hot button issue.
This should be an interesting and challenging experience, considering the scope of what we want to cover, the size of the panel, and the audience, who are probably going to be mostly comic book fans.