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My Saturday at EQLA · 6:31pm Nov 22nd, 2017

Let's see:

If I can remember that far back...

The first program listed on the schedule was "Charity Mad Libs with the MLP Writers" at 10AM. I've never cared much for Mad Libs, and the booklet didn't list who the writers were. So I decided to take my time Saturday morning getting all my regular Saturday chores done at home so I wouldn't have to worry about catching up when I came staggering in after the Lauren Faust panel that evening.

I got to the hotel complex at 10:30, got out of my car at the far end of the parking lot--and saw two friends of mine getting out of their car just across the aisle. These are guys I've known for decades--they organized the first ten or so years of ConFurence, the original talking animal fan convention, back in the 1990s, and I got to know them while helping out at a few of those--but I only ever seem to see them these days completely by accident. So we strolled into the hotel together, chatting about this and that. I showed them to the registration table, wished them a happy con, and headed over to the main panel room with the thought of catching the Storyboarding program at 11:15--I'm always on the lookout for anything that might help me with the hieroglyphic art on either of my two webcomics.

The "Writer Mad Libs" panel was just breaking up, and there were Songco and Lewis along with Vogel and Dubuc just stepping down from the stage. If I'd known Songco and Lewis were going to be on the panel--like I said in my previous report, the con book only listed them as doing non-publically-accesible events--I would've gone to see it. But then I would've missed that chance meeting in the parking lot, so everything balanced out.

The Storyboard panel didn't start with any talk about the process of storyboarding the way I'd hoped: the panelists went straight to questions, and that's always my least favorite part of a panel. So I decamped to the secondary program room where the topic was "Moving from Fan to Pro" where a couple voice actors, a couple of tech. folks and Gabriel Brown--I got there after they'd all introduced themselves, so Brown was the only one I recognized--talked about doing their own Pony fan projects, then deciding to try to make money at it. Like I think I said in my previous report, I always like hearing stories like this, so that went well.

That panel got out at 12:15, and I then had 4 hours with nothing planned. So I went to Red Robin for lunch, bought another comic book in the dealers' room, sat in a chair in the mezzanine to read some of the comics I'd bought the day before, and wandered in and out of the Charity Auction in the main program room. I almost literally ran into Morning Sun at one point as she was heading to some behind-the-scenes place to put out a figurative fire, saw Super Trampoline again, got my hand shaken by Novel-Idea and EbonQuill, I think it was. and then it was 4PM and time for the "Women in Animation" panel.

The consensus there seemed to be that things are getting better for women in animation because there's really nowhere to go but up. The story that stuck in my mind was from Katrina Hadley, the co-director of the new Equestria Girls shorts whom I'd seen the day before with Jim Miller. She said she still goes to production meetings where she's the only woman in the room, and when she makes a suggestion, it's often ignored until her slightly older male co-director repeats it. She's not sure if it's because she's a woman or if it's because she's a little younger, but she also recounted story meetings for Equestria Girls where her ideas have been shot down by male co-workers with the phrase, "A girl wouldn't do that."

But there are, all the panelists noted, more young women than ever coming into the industry as writers, designers, storyboard artists and the like, so they expect things to keep getting better.

The panel went over time to 5:15, then I scurried over to the secondary panel room for the Brony Thank You Fund's Lauren Faust event. I'd bought my ticket for this back in Nov. of 2016 when it was going to take place up in L.A. somewhere, so I was happy when they announced the change of venue to a time and place that would be much easier for me to get to. All the proceeds are going to fund the Derpy Hooves Scholarship at CalArts, too, and the whole second row in the room was taken up with CalArts students who'd come down with one of the animation professors.

The whole thing was set up along the lines of the "Inside the Actors' Studio" interview series--though the slide projected on the screen as we were all shuffling in and taking our seats read "Inside the Animator' Studio" with a missing "s" that I kept insisting internally didn't bother me at all!. James Turner, the director of the Brony Thank You Fund, asked the questions and kept the slides coming, most of them photos Faust had supplied herself, and Faust took us through her life and career right up to her current gig heading the new "DC Superhero Girls" show that Cartoon Network will be airing next year.

Again, things went a little long, but by just after 8PM, I was back in my little car and chugging homeward. I hadn't had dinner yet, so I stopped off at yet another Coco's--apparently they only exist on Harbor Blvd. now--and got a slice of pumpkin pie. I mean, pumpkin's a vegetable, right?

Sunday's my busiest day of the week, so I didn't get up to the convention at all, and that was that.


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Comments ( 4 )

Glad you had a good time n_n

She's not sure if it's because she's a woman or if it's because she's a little younger, but she also recounted story meetings for Equestria Girls where her ideas have been shot down by male co-workers with the phrase, "A girl wouldn't do that."

That is a very interesting thing. Not that her ideas get shot down because she's female, but the reasoning her ideas got shot down with.
"A girl wouldn't do that." is something I would only expect someone to say if they think very stereotypical about girls, so this paints an interesting picture of how stereotypical EQG is.
Thankfully, people like this don't work for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Sounds like quite a day. Happy everything worked out that you were able to and decided to go.

"... goes to production meetings where she's the only woman in the room, and when she makes a suggestion, it's often ignored until her slightly older male co-director repeats it..."

I had a boss *exactly* like that in the early 90's. Thing is, we're a tight bunch of techies, and he wasn't, so when one of the female staff would speak up and the boss would shoot down the idea, we guys all sorta-kinda played "Ok, who's turn is it to play parrot?" We knew what was going on and who deserved the credit.

That bright young lady is my boss now, and I'm glad, because she's been one of the best bosses one could ask for.

4732334 The thing to remember about criticism is sometimes it is *right* despite clashing with your suggestion, and regardless of who the criticizer is. I've been in that spot before (many times), and the *first* reaction buried down in the DNA is to fluff up your fur and hiss at the aggressor (Ok, so I'm part cat). There may be fifty or a hundred ideas shot down in meetings before one struggles out onto the story board, bleeding ink and with colored pencils thrust through vital organs.

Admittedly, that's hard to remember when you've just tossed a dozen fastballs in a row and the metaphorical batter swatted each one out of the park. Drawing that fuzzy line between standing up for your ideas unto death and capitulating to every suggestion is difficult, at best, and can ruin both friendships and professional relationships. Be wise, be calm, and beatitude.

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