LadiesCon 2018 Panels

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Women in Comics Retail

11:30am - 12:20pm, Downstairs Panel Space


Reflections on changes in the industry, predictions for the future, insights into the day-to-day life of a comic shop worker (it's not exactly sitting around reading books & passing judgement) & DEEP DISH on the books & creators we love & hate!

Disneybounding 101

12:00pm - 12:50pm, Upstairs Panel Space


  • Valerie Sacchetti

  • Stephanie Mann

  • Cassandra Lease

Disneybounding is a fun way to dress in outfits inspired by Disney characters without wearing a traditional costume. In this panel, we will discuss the history of Disneybounding and provide a practical guide to shopping for and developing your first "bound."

The History of Fandom: What We Lose When We Forget the Past

12:30pm - 1:20pm downstairs Panel Space


A journey through the history of modern female fandom, staring with Star Trek zines in the 1970s, touching on slash and the rise of fanfic, the explosion of fandoms with Buffy and Harry Potter, and what the landscape looks like today.

Manga and the Women Who Make It

1:00pm - 1:50pm upstairs Panel Space


  • Morgana Hartman, manager of Comicopia

  • Juliet Kahn, Comics Writer & Retail Salesperson at Hub Comics


Join Juliet and Morgana as they celebrate women in manga! Everyone knows that shonen action properties are the most popular manga in the North American market, but there are plenty of titles for women and girls, and by women, that deserve just as much attention. The ladies will discuss well-known heavy-hitters like the multi-award-winning Rumiko Takahashi and Akiko Higashimura, as well as some of their lesser-known favorites.

So You're the Only Female at Your Gaming Table: A Survival Guide

1:30pm - 2:20pm downstairs Panel Space


Does it feel like every game night you are hearing one too many "manly" jokes? Afraid to speak up because you don't want the group thinking you are "too sensitive"? Is it ruining your fun? Does it make you want to quit? How far is too far? Lady Diceacorn and Meepiline from the Ladies and ELS Day Boston are here to save the day with humor and tips on how to tackle this difficult topic with love and from a place of understanding. They will also give GM's direction on how to handle a female players discomfort at the table.

Wonder Woman: Past, Present, and Future

2:00pm - 2:50pm upstairs Panel Space


Last year, Wonder Woman celebrated her 75th birthday with a hit movie, a few new comics series and a starring role in DC's Super Hero Girls cartoon and toy line. With a highly-anticipated sequel in the works and new writers G. Willow Wilson and Kelly Sue DeConnick on board, Diana's future looks brighter than ever! Join our panelists as we discuss what's in store for our favorite Amazon.

Defying the Gaze: Cosplay is for Everyone

2:30pm - 3:20pm downstairs Panel Space


Historically, SFF fandom has privileged the cis/het white male gaze and this persists in racist and sexist depictions in media and the expectations and attitudes of fan communities. Four veteran cosplayers discuss their experience in finding body positivity in cosplay and the fitness and beauty strategies they use to stay happy and healthy.

Nerdy Knits and Other Fiber Arts

3:00pm - 3:50pm upstairs Panel Space


  • Carolyn Frantz

  • Stephanie Mann

  • Trescha Brock

Fiber arts are a popular way for creatives to express love for our fandoms and to add touches of our favorite characters to our every day lives. Join our panel of nerdy knitters, crocheters, and more for tips on modifying patterns, finding just the right colors for our projects, sharing our projects with others, and more!

Illusion of Time

3:30pm - 4:20pm Downstairs Panel Space


What is time and motion? Ah, that's too big of a question for one hour. What is time and motion in comics? That's still a big question, but maybe in an hour we can start to understand how to make a story move forward when in fact nothing is moving