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Attended MediaWest 2008 this past Memorial Day weekend. It was quite the experience, and I'm already looking forward to next year. Though, next year, I'll try to attend more panels. I kept getting sucked into the Twilight Zone that is the Fannish Video Room, and hours would pass by before I'd emerge... only to realize I'd missed most of the panels I'd wanted to go to. Although, I can't say I regret seeing the videos, either. I love fan videos. The Buffy/Angel vids made me cry and the Kung Fu: The Legend Continues vids made me wish they'd release the series on DVD. Oh, that, and made me really want to read a Kung Fu: TLC/Starman crossover. If I could ever come up with a workable plot, I'd write it myself, just because I've wanted one for so long...

I did go to the "Live Free or Die Hard: Redefining John McClaine" panel and had great fun discussing John/Matt slash stories with [livejournal.com profile] m_lasha, [livejournal.com profile] katyabaturinsky, and Sonya. As it's a relatively small fandom, we'd all read the same stories, so conversation was easy. We all decided that we want more John/Matt stories. ;-)

I also attended the "Avengers (Marvel Comics)" panel moderated by [livejournal.com profile] crimsonquills. I discovered that my Avengers knowledge was woefully out of date, but Nix was a veritable fount of wisdom on the subject. I'm going to have to track down the Iron Man arc with the sentient armor... (After the panel, I found out my husband had expected the discussion to be about "The Avengers" TV series. Evidently, my asking him to look for "Avengers" comics in our collection the night before hadn't really clicked. Of course, we only had a few issues, and those were all parts of crossovers with X-Men in the 80s or 90s, so they weren't all that helpful.)

The "Buffy Sing a Long" was great fun -- just a room full of fans singing along with the musical episode "Once More with Feeling." Everyone received a goodie bag that included a small stake, glow in the dark fangs, a small stuffed bunny, a "Shut Up, Dawn" badge, and chocolate. Very cool.

The dealer room was dangerous to my wallet. I bought a few zines, some photos, a couple of BSG (original) card sets, and an Apple water bottle. Managed to resist the Apple notepads, but it was a close thing.

All in all, I had a really good time. It was the first time I had a chance to have face to face conversations about fan fiction with other people who also read and/or write it. I'm hoping there will be a panel on collaborative writing next year, as it's something I've always wanted to try.
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