Problems with Panels.
While I don't go to Art, Gaming, Puppet, or GOH panels, I did tend to poke my snout in some of the various Fursuit panels and I noticed the following issues:
1. There appears to be too much overlapping and/or duplicity. Take for example the following:
Masks, Prosthetics, & Latex Work, Saturday 11a-12p
Face and Body Painting, and Costume Prosthetics, Saturday 10a-12p
.......and also these two:
Tips and Tricks of Basic Fursuit Repair, Saturday 4-5p
Fursuit Care and Maintenance, Saturday 5-6:30p
........and also these:
Fursuit Performance in Public, Friday 1-2p
Fursuit Character Building and Performance, Friday 3-4p
So You Want to be a Fursuit Handler: Basic, Friday 2-3p
So You Want to be a Fursuit Handler: Advanced, Saturday 11a-12p
Is there really enough info. out there in the fandom and/or on the Net that warrents having two panels about being a handler? How complicated can being a handler be?
I can understand that the programming staff wants to provide attendees with a diversity of events and activities to go to and enjoy, but I feel there doesn't need to be so much duplicity when only one 1-2 hour long panel on fursuit repair and maintenance might be adequate enough for example.
And speaking of diversity, I still see the same panel topics year after year at AC and/or other con schedules. Things like fursuit design, repair, performance, etc. It's the same old, same old stuff. And whenever I poked my snout in some of the panel rooms, I saw rooms that didn't have a lot of people or were practically empty. Though part of the problem for that is that most people are getting more and more information off the Internet nowadays. Why go to a panel when you can get info. off a website or a forum?
And the Fursuit Meet and Greet on Friday was pretty low as well. When I went there, I only saw maybe 1-2 dozen people/suiters.
If I remember correctly, I think K.P. mentioned there were 250 panels and events in the Programming Guide this year. That might seem like a lot to see and do, but from my perspective, I saw a lot of nearly empty panel rooms and/or duplicity of events, etc. There needs to be more creativeity when suggesting panels and events. Stuff that nobody has ever thought of or done before, but yet is related to the furry fandom and meets AC, DLCC, and Westin rules, safety, guidelines, and such.
Heck, I even tried submitting an idea for a panel back in Jan./Feb. titled "How to Commission a Fursuit". I thought it would be a great idea for a panel and I've wanted to do a panel on it for the last 4 years. I even have a tutorial on Furtopia about it. But sadly, Through mis-communication or something else, my panel never made it into the con schedule until late Friday or Saturday morning in the Sched.org con listing. :( What went wrong, K.P.? Was Jan./Feb. not early enough for a request? What did I do wrong?