Denver Comic Con 2016: What I Learned From Being On a Panel

Denver Comic Con came and went over the weekend, and I had a complete blast. There was so much to digest, but the biggest thing for me was, of course MY PANEL.

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As I previously wrote, I was asked to sit on a Women in the Geek Industry panel along with two other women. The entire experience was crazy and overwhelming (seriously, I got an anxiety migraine after and had to go home early), but it was ultimately amazing. I am so thankful that Denver Comic Con allowed the spotlight to get put on women within the “geek industry” (I’m still not sure what the geek industry actually is, but I’m glad to be a part of it).

I also realized how severely I underestimate myself. As I was sitting there on the panel, I remember looking at the other two women sitting on the panel with me and thinking, “Oh my gosh, they are so much more knowledgeable than I am. I don’t know anything at all. What am I thinking, sitting on a panel like this? All of these people are gonna realize I’m one big, fat, fraud and boo me out of the con!”

Of course this didn’t happen, and the more I talked, the more I realized I actually know a thing or two. Sure, I don’t know everything, but I’ve been doing this for several years now.

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The most shocking thing that came from my panel was getting a taste of the kind of impact I can have on people–even in my own small corner of the internet. After the panel, a little girl came up to me and asked about being a writer, and I got to give her some tips on becoming a writer for a publication you love. After that, a woman walked up to talk to me and told me how she’d read all my stuff, and that she was into gaming because of things she read that I wrote.

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Crazy, right? I didn’t even know how to process those last two. In what universe do I get to be the one encouraging the writers of tomorrow, and inspire another human to try gaming because of my words. I was caught between being a bit teary and speechless after those two came to talk to me, but it ultimately made me feel incredibly thankful for the jobs I have with Geek & Sundry and Nerdist.

Ultimately, the panel was tons of fun, and the questions from the audience were thoughtful. I was nervous the entire time, but I think the panel went pretty darn amazing. I was so honored to get to be a part of such an important panel, and I really hope that we inspired the women in the audience to chase after whatever their dream role in the geek industry might be.

I’m still blown away that I actually got to sit on an actual panel at comic con…

If you want to see my panel, I’ve got some video of it here. I haven’t watched it (I hate watching myself on camera), but I’ve heard the audio isn’t the best in places. Regardless, it’s here if you want to check it out:

And if you weren’t at Denver Comic Con, I live-tweeted every single panel I attended, so you can head to my Twitter to see what went down. I try to use my #KenAtTheCon hashtag, but eventually I just stuck with the convention’s #DCC2016 hashtag. Not into reading live tweets? Never fear though, I’ll be writing about the panels–with pictures!–in more detail this week. Stay tuned!

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