Not even back a full day from Almacon and I'm grabbing my stuff for Katsu. Year 7, and I believe I've got 11 hours of panels this time around. Same as year 6, but this time a lot less straight lectures and a lot more interactive sessions. There will also be a table in the Artist Alley, selling art prints (including a few brand new ones from AJ), copies of Ghostly Tales (I should have 70 this time), tarot card readings (I got a Legend of Zelda deck this past weekend) and information on both book preorders AND support for my upcoming trip to Japan this fall.
As for scheduling:
Game of Phones - Friday - 4pm - JCI Lecture 2: Return of the Culture Trade panel. It's been way too long since I last gave this one, and I've had a chance to shore up more information on Japanese Cool and its impact on the post-bubble economy.
Hyaku Monogatari - Friday - 10pm - JCI Lecture 2: Those ghost story books I'm selling can come in handy here. Bring your favorite tales to tell, art to show, or maybe even a stuffed animal so we can try Kakurenbo. Because we're nuts.
Mononoke Masters - Saturday - 11am - JCI Room 2: Preserving the world of Yokai, this is an exploration of yokai in art and literature, and the people who evolved the concept. For more information, check this out: Yokai Gallery
Kill la Kill: History, Mythology and Allegory - Saturday - 2pm - JCI Lecture 2: All my research and reading comes down to this. History, mythology, literature, culture in transformation AND criticism, and questions about Japan both past and future. It also features the latest art, blending old tales with new friends.
Hanafuda Workshop - Saturday - 4:30pm - JCI Room 2: Learn to play the card game that made Nintendo famous. Decks will be on hand for sale, and (hopefully) a number of tables will be open for play during the workshop.
Yokai Girls Gone Wild - Saturday - 7:30pm - JCI Lecture 2: Female monsters prowling about, scaring the ever-loving beJeezus out of those unlucky enough to cross their paths.
Panel Rewind - Sunday - 12pm - JCI Lecture 2: I need to see which panels I want to offer this time around. Potentially Ghibli, Poke-mythology, or…hell, just look at the list and tell me what you guys want.
Those are all JCI track classes. I also have 2 non-JCI panels for your viewing pleasure:
Theory of Grimdark - Friday - 12:30 AM - Live 6: THIS IS THE GRIMDARK PONY PANEL. LITERARY THEORY, SOME DISCOURSE ON FANDOM AND HOW FANS CRITIQUE THEIR MEDIA. BUT MOSTLY GRIMDARK PONY ART AND FICTION.
Elements of Style - Friday - 1PM - Cherry Blossom Ballroom: Anime Openings, structured around style and experimentation. I've had this one in the pool for Katsu ever since I did the first OPs panel in 2012. Now its back on.
See you all at the Gaylord this weekend!
Also, Kit has a few panels this weekend as well!
Just Say It! - 6:30 PM Saturday; about Japanese aesthetics in communication, unspoken incidents in anime and manga, and more.
Traditional Treats - 8:30 PM Saturday; an exploration of the history of treats like amazake and azuki paste, to Sakuma Drops and Pocky!
Utena and Madoka: Gentle Strength - 11:30 AM Sunday; exploring the concept of "yasashii" using the series of Revolutionary Girl Utena and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Also explored: witches, femininity, magic, and when heroism goes wrong.