This coming week I need to have basically everything I've been lazily working on done at the same time, so I've been in buckle-down mode for a few days. Among the things going on are the panels for I-Con that I drop in for every year. I-Con is this weekend. Yes, they scheduled against PAX East, and yes, I take this to mean that they are suicidal.
Once again, the audience and I will be spending time with anime from all over the storied history of the medium: anime that will repeatedly threaten the lives of all present in the room. Here is the schedule for the con, and here are my panel descriptions.
Most Dangerous Anime - Your favorite panel is back and its content is worse than ever! Featuring the Manga Video Swearing Orchestra, hilarity ensues while watching what have been nominated as MOST DANGEROUS ANIME! (Saturday afternoon, 4 to 6PM, Psych A 136)
Yeah, I wanted to focus on stuff that got profane dubs from Manga Video. Some classical stuff, you know? Looking at my time slot, I'm a little concerned about how much I can really get away with in the afternoon. That should be about half the panel. The rest is a mystery: expect Yashigani greats and special surprises.
Most Dangerous Anime: Too Dangerous for the Underage! (18+) - Featuring WOUNDED MAN! For Anime just too dangerous for the underage and the faint of heart! (Saturday late night, 11PM to 1AM, Psych A 144)
Really, the majority of Most Dangerous Anime, especially this year, is stuff I wouldn't show a kid, but we're going by the old American media double standard where you can show a kid as much violence as he can stomach, but nipples put us into profane and taboo territory. Wounded Man aside, this stuff isn't going to scar you that badly.
The panel getting an 18+ extension was basically decided on last year, when I had to preempt an 18+ panel that nobody involved had done any preparation for whatsoever and pull a presentation out of my ass. I borrowed the power of Wounded Man, and the panel was actually a huge success despite the fact that everybody in the room was there for something else entirely. For the benefit of everybody who wasn't present that fateful night, I'll be running Wounded Man again... and some other things.
Finally, I will be running a third panel on Sunday afternoon, 2 to 3 PM in Psych A 137 about Game Center CX. This was an idea off the top of my head when we really, really needed to fill up schedule space, but since it's something I honestly love and want people to know about and have plenty of material for, I think it'll go just fine!
Other than that I'll be around, and there's no telling whether or not I'll be joining in on a panel or having to take over or whatever. This stuff tends to happen. I'd love to see you at the con, dear reader, but I kind of doubt you will be, so I'll let you all know how it went.