If you're wondering where I've been for the past several weeks, wonder no more. I was very busy preparing for Anime Detour, my favorite local anime convention run by some very cool people (I'm a bit biased: they're my friends... and me, hehe). This year my habit of procrastinating hit me extra hard, so I ended up having to spend a lot of time all at once getting my act together. In addition to some yearly panels I run, I also run the AMV Contest(s) and that requires some amount of organization, pre-planning, work... Anyway, I'll have a convention reaction post up in a little bit, but for those of you who are interested in getting a look at my panel materials, I've uploaded them. They include handouts and clips/presentations from the panels. Feel free to use them if you like, just credit me/link back here if you use them for your own presentations and what-not. I put a lot of work into making these materials, so it's nice to get some credit.
FYI, the video files should be playable to pretty much anyone who watches any amount of downloaded video. During the year I started to make the transition between using avi and mp4 files for the clips, so there are some of each. They should all play on most computers, even less powerful ones.
Shiny New Anime
This is my yearly panel devoted to anime that's been released between last year's convention and this year's. My husband and I (and occasionally some other guests) talk about our favorites and show clips from them.
Anime for Grown-Ups
During this panel, we devote some time to discussing anime either aimed at an older audience, or general-audience shows that might have appeal towards fans who feel like their more "mature" tastes are underrepresented in the selection of series. It's not necessarily anime that contains copious sex and violence (though sometimes those things can be a component). I sometimes get some flak from people wondering why some shows are "for grown-ups;" my answer really is that these choices are subjective to what I consider appealing to older people, and that I watch and enjoy plenty of anime that's "not for grown-ups" also.
Manga for Grown-Ups
Likewise, this is a panel devoted to more mature-themed manga. This panel is often easier to put together because there's simply more manga aimed at older readers than there is anime aimed at older viewers.
All of the links should be available for 30 days. If you'd like to download these after that window, send a comment and I'll update the links.
Also! If you have any suggestions for Manga or Anime for Grown-Ups, let me know. I've watched a lot of anime and held these panels for multiple years, but that doesn't mean I'm aware of everything that might be interesting or relevant.