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Sally Forth Comic Con: But Let Me First Talk about Myself for 15 Minutes…

Posted in Uncategorized by cesco7 on July 26, 2018


As an audience member, the Q&A portion of any panel or screening should always be your immediate signal to:
1. leave.
2. will deafness.
3. scream until you are forcibly removed from the venue because sometimes it’s hard to make your way through a seated crowd and one always appreciates a little help.

Ostensibly, the Q&A is there to allow audience members to learn more about the participants or the process of creating what we just witnessed. But more often than not it becomes a means in which individuals can use a microphone every panel coordinator is too slow to unplug to:
1. rhapsodize about themselves.
2. behave as if they are on very personal terms with the panel participants.
3. launch into a speech that doesn’t even have the slightest connection with the subject matter at hand in a tone that is somehow both equally offensive and defensive as they angrily exclaim “But did the makers of Voltron even once think about the Crimean War?!”

And that’s if you’re lucky to avoid hearing someone say, “I have a script I would like to show you” or “I think you stole my script idea I never showed you.” And so I, like so many others, sit in the audience staring at my phone or into the middle distance, waiting for the sweet release of spontaneous combustion or for the moderator to say, “That’s it. I need a drink.”

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  1. carlfink said, on July 26, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    You should stop going to comiccons. “Real” cons (volunteer-run fan events) have these things called “moderators” who stop questioners like that (if we’re doing our jobs).


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