I have presented on several panels ranging from Anime to WordPress.
WordCamp Ottawa 2014
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Panel Members: Bridget Landry, Amy Young, Miki Dennis
What are the special joys and challenges of costuming children? How much can or should they help? What are the special considerations for safety and durability you need to consider? We explore these questions with an experienced panel.
A Hands-on Introduction to Electronics and Illumination in Costuming
Panel Members: Kevin Roche, Ron Davis, Amy Young
Adding electronics and/or illumination to costumes used to require a high degree of technical knowledge, but now there are many products available making the process accessible to more costumers. This demonstration will show off some of the available technologies, including some of the exciting new developments in the e-Textiles movement.
A Tale of Two Islands
Panel Members: Ed Fortune, Jade Ka, Helen McCarthy, Amy Young
Just over 400 years ago, an Englishman first set foot in Japan; today, cultural traffic between these two island nations is very much two-way. One area of exchange, as Helen McCarthy explored earlier today in her talk “Dreaming England”, is the depictions of England in anime and manga. Picking up on the ideas raised in McCarthy’s lecture, why is Englishness — in scrupulous period detail, or garishly ersatz mode — so prevalent in anime, in works such as Princess Sarah, Hellsing, and Black Butler? How are such depictions read — and embraced? — in the UK?
From Tsundere to Deredere: Understanding Anime Characters
Panel Members: Juan Sanmiguel, Amy Young, Sakuya, Michaele Jordan
Tsundere, kuudere, genki, deredere: anime and manga characters are often clearly identified types. What are the most common, and most popular? Do they have clear analogues in Western forms — and vice versa, are there clear anime equivalents of Western-style heroic types such as knights — and if not, why? Is it meaningful to “see” these character types in other artforms?
I am also listed in the LonCon3 Programme as on the panel for Queering Anime. Unfortunately due to personal circumstances, I was unable to make it to the panel.