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Hey /cgl/, ever run or been on...
Running a panel 06/26/14(Thu)06:22 UTC+1 No.7637761 Report

Hey /cgl/, ever run or been on a panel before?
How was your experience?

Me and my friend went our local big con back in May and it occurred to us that there were a lot of Persona cosplayers but no Persona panel of any kind, so we thought, why not just host our own?

Only problem is, we've been thinking about how to operate a panel since we got back from said con and we've come up with jack and shit.

What do you talk about? How do panels operate? Is it mostly open discussion or a presentation?

I actually did have one idea though, I thought it'd be fun to start off the panel with this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlAhSYF6bxc
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)06:29 UTC+1 No.7637773 Report

>>7637761
I've done quite a few panels, but I generally stay away from fandom panels. Those usually end up being a room full of people yelling out quotes from the shows/games, and bashing each others ships.
I tend to do more instructional panels, mostly cosplaying how-to's, wig working, costuming with a budget, that sort of stuff. Also demonstrations and general info. Earlier this year, I did a Q&A and demonstration on 3D Printing.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)06:57 UTC+1 No.7637816 Report

>>7637773
Not OP, but I'm trying to set up an instructional panel myself. Any tips? I was thinking of having a slideshow with steps playing while talking in a workshop setting for my general set up.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)07:01 UTC+1 No.7637819 Report

>>7637816
Having a power point or slideshow is very helpful, and a great way to stay on topic, but be sure that the con has the necessary equipment available. Most cons I have been to have a few projectors available, but it is often first come, first serve, and the runners setting up the equipment don't always know how to do it properly. So, have your slideshow ready on your laptop or whatever, but bring your own cords, make sure to have your request for equipment in when you request your panel, and remind them about it, and be ready to go without in case of all too common tech problems.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)07:02 UTC+1 No.7637821 Report

i might be running some panels this year as well, an educational one and a fan one. what can i do in the fan panel to avoid it becoming a mess? i was thinking of doing a quiz show with a few small prizes at the end
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ValleLator 06/26/14(Thu)07:05 UTC+1 No.7637828 Report

>>7637761
You better be able to speak in public.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)07:12 UTC+1 No.7637840 Report

>>7637821
Unless you specifically run it as a quiz game and not a panel, I don't recommend this. Most panels have people wandering in and out throughout the thing, and you're going to get far too many people just shouting over top of each other.
Again, I don't do fan panels as they are usually a mess, but some of the more effective ones I have been to or had friends run have been ones where you try to stay away from personal opinions and touchy subjects, and talk more about behind the scenes things. Talk about upcoming story arcs, any hurdles that had to be overcome to get the show/game/whatever made, stuff like that. Also, since fan panels are generally more of a social gathering and less of a Q&A session, allow questions and comments at any time, but try to discourage people from just shouting over top of each other, and keep the conversation civil. In these kinds of things, you are not only the panelist, but you are also the moderator, so keep things in line.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)07:17 UTC+1 No.7637846 Report

>>7637828
Okay yes!
I tend to forget this as it seems like a no-brainer, but speak up! Even if you have a mic, which many smaller cons don't provide, if you talk down into your table, mumble your words or trail off every sentence, no one will hear or understand you. Pick a spot or person in the back of the room and speak as though you are aiming your voice there. For the love of god, project! Conversely, if you have a mic provided, you do not need to eat the microphone. There is never any need for your face to be touching the mic.

Oh and keep eye contact with your audience, but don't stare at one person all the time, as that is creepy.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)13:30 UTC+1 No.7638327 Report

>>7637761
If you are really going to do a persona panel make it interesting. Talk about the mythology behind the monsters and the differences between Persona and SMT, sum up the series a but to try to get newcomers into the series.
Try to stay away from shit like who the best girl is and whether X character is gay.
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Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)00:15 UTC+1 No.7639515 Report

>>7638327
I would be criminal to not include a best girl debate!
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Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)00:16 UTC+1 No.7639517 Report

>>7639515
*it
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Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)14:10 UTC+1 No.7640708 Report

>>7637761
I mainly run instructional panels, but I've been to a few fandom ones.

> Is it mostly open discussion or a presentation?
If you're running the panel you get the choice here and it can go both ways. Discussion with the room is good, but someone on the panel (moderator) needs to be able to control the room or the weebs will talk over you. If you go the presentation route, remember that you are showing this to a room of people who like the show and so if you are recapping anything make it quick. I went to a power rangers panel that literally explained every single episode from MMPR on ... and they couldn't control the room either.
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Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)14:12 UTC+1 No.7640712 Report

>>7637821
Have a plan. You can go into a room and just chat with your fellow panelists but it is painfully obvious that you didn't plan. Think about what you want to cover as main points and make sure all your panelists are comfortable talking about it. Ex. if there is some drama with the production company in regards to your show it might be cool to talk about, but let your panelists know that is a discussion point so they can do their research.

Have enough main topics to fill the time, but you don't have to follow it strictly. There will be a natural flow to the conversation, especially if your panelists are knowledgeable, and if the crowd is enjoying one topic you don't have to cut it off!

Try to avoid "this week" spoilers because many people getting ready for the con won't be caught up. If you want to talk spoilers, let people know. Save it for the end so people can leave without missing the whole panel.

Quiz shows can be fun but make sure you can control the room otherwise you're going to get a bunch of yelling people. It might be better to space questions over the course of the panel so people stay interested than to have it at the end, everyone will get amped up and start screaming like manchildren.
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