Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Wiscon 32, Monday

After putting the party to bed, *BOTH* Georgie and I had 8:30AM Monday panels. Groan!

Mine was, "How Much Is Too Much?" I was on with moderator Sarah Monette, Catherynne Valente, and Elissa Malcohn, and we had a surprisingly good audience for that day and hour. Sarah brought in a pre-sliced raspberry Kringle (a Danish-Wisconsin pastry) as a "reward" for those who showed up.

The panel was mostly in agreement that mentioning evil-isms isn your work is not an endorsment. Typically, they are there as a plot obstacle to be over come, or to provide background expanation for the milieu the work is written in. There was a good discussion on the integrity of art in this context, the writing of real live yet not too-seductive villains, and other related topics with enthusiastic audience participation.

Georgie's panel was "Embarrassing Foremothers!" which looked at the down-sides of some proto-feminists. The panel was Georgie and Karen Moore due to the absence of a third panelist, but, as usual at WisCon, the audience filled in, and to Georgie's list of Les Preciuses, Carrie Nation, and Margaret Sanger, added women such as Emmeline Pankhurst, who was not only a suffragette, but a bona fide bomb-thrower as well. She reported that it was an interesting and fun discussion.

Our duties done, we spent the rest of the morning clearing out our room, registering for next year's WisCon (33!), saying good-bye, and standing in line to make hotel reservations for next time. On the way out of town I dropped of the beer barrel and collected my deposit, finishing the con business.

We had a good drive back home, and got mostly unpacked before going out to our traditional post-con dinner, burgers and custard at Kopp's. Then home and soon to bed, another successful WisCon in the can.

Next year's GoH's have been announced as Ellen Klages and Geoff Ryman. Talk about a dynamic duo--.
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