24 5 / 2012
I notice that people are really upset about the whole thing with Otakon rejecting Homestuck panels, and yeah that sort of blows for everyone who was excited about them/wanted to do one.
However, the convention isn’t banning Homestuck or anything not-anime related altogether. You’re still allowed to dress up as whatever character you want. They aren’t going to stop you from doing photo shoots or drawing meet ups. You can still hang out with all your friends just the same.
Panels require convention staff. Panels require work such as fitting it into the convention schedule. Just because you plan a panel, doesn’t mean you’re doing 100% of the work.
If the convention wants to remain an anime-geared convention with panels only having to do with Japanese culture, it’s their prerogative to do so. They don’t have to work with anyone they don’t want to. They don’t have to help set up or run or house any panel that they don’t want, and they have every right to do so. They’re the ones running the convention.
Personally, I’m a little disappointed myself because I’m sure there were people with some really interesting ideas for panels. I’m also disappointed because Andrew Hussie couldn’t get more than artist alley booth status, and an early AM panel. I’m super disappointed he’s not attending the convention.
But if a convention explicitly states that they want to remain all-anime, nobody has any reason to get upset otherwise.
If you don’t like it, don’t go. It’s not like they’re taking the dollar bills out of your pockets by force.
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- incineraptor said: i’m sorry but i read “pockets” as “pocky”, the anime within me rises
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- thattrollwiththehorns said: well said
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