Superheroes Track Proposal for Dragon*Con


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A proposal set for the addition of a programming track devoted to Superhero media for Dragon*Con.

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Superheroes Track Proposal for Dragon*Con

  1. 1. Spandex, Capes, and Masks: The need for a Superhero track at Dragon*Con Alexander Williams
  2. 2. Dragon*Con needs a Supers Track. Why? <ul><li>The high level of interest in Superheroes </li></ul><ul><li>shown by </li></ul><ul><li>Interest displayed at Dragon*Con this year </li></ul><ul><li>Current Superhero media events </li></ul><ul><li>Gaps in current Superhero coverage </li></ul><ul><li>The large amount of material available regarding Superheroes </li></ul><ul><li>The many ideas for panels involving Superheroes </li></ul>
  3. 3. Interest in Superheroes <ul><li>In order to justify a track for a subject, there needs to be a certain level of interest shown in such by the target audience. </li></ul><ul><li>To demonstrate this interest in the subject of Superheroes, let’s concentrate on two areas: </li></ul><ul><li>Interest displayed at Dragon*Con this year and, </li></ul><ul><li>Current Superhero media events in the general culture </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>If you search Flickr , a premier photo-sharing engine on the Net, for pictures with the tag “dragon con” and various Superhero sources, you will find 220 photos listed on the subject from this year’s Con. Again, that’s 220 photos on superheroes alone from one photo source. </li></ul><ul><li>They break down roughly as follows: </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Wider shots taken at Dragon*Con show the variety and depth of interest in superheroes, with diversity and verve. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Of course, it isn’t only current Dragon*Con attendees that are interested in Superheroes. They also figure prominently in general culture. </li></ul><ul><li>This year alone has seen the movie, </li></ul><ul><li>the continuation of the series, a new reality series entitled “ Who Wants To Be A Superhero ?” with Stan Lee, and the series “ Heroes ”. </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming events include 2007’s movie with Nicholas Cage, , the second Fantastic Four movie “ Rise of the Silver Surfer ,” and 2008’s “ Batman Begins ” sequel “ The Dark Knight .” There’s even a website,, to track all upcoming Superhero events! </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>It’s clear that Dragon*Con attendees are interested in Superheroes, but isn’t there already enough information about them in the tracks to satisfy this interest? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Actually, there are only 9 panels involving Superheroes in the 2006 track listing.
  9. 9. <ul><li>In American Sci-Fi and Fantasy on TV: </li></ul><ul><li>Smallville Season Review </li></ul><ul><li>How Do You Build Heroes? </li></ul><ul><li>In Comics: </li></ul><ul><li>A Panel on the Avengers </li></ul><ul><li>A Panel on Superman </li></ul><ul><li>A Panel on How To Make a Superhero </li></ul><ul><li>In Science Fiction Classics: </li></ul><ul><li>Batman </li></ul><ul><li>Adventures of Superman </li></ul><ul><li>Superman: The Movie </li></ul><ul><li>Superman and the Scripture </li></ul>
  10. 10. Plus, the panels listed do not correspond to this year’s interest level. Superman has the vast majority of the panels while the Batman series, which has the most cosplay photography, has only one panel. Cosplay Interest Number of Tracks
  11. 11. <ul><li>Additionally, there is overlap in the current track list, with two tracks doing a panel discussing building or making a Superhero. </li></ul><ul><li>Having an actual Superhero track will allow for more organization and cross-promotion as well. </li></ul>
  12. 12. After all, Superheroes aren’t just comics. (There’s already a track for that!) Superheroes are in many other media as well: <ul><li>Movies </li></ul><ul><li>TV Series (both animated and live-action) </li></ul><ul><li>Games (Role-playing and otherwise) </li></ul><ul><li>Novels </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>And the list goes on! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Thus, there is certainly a place for a Superhero track. But you may be wondering, are there really enough Superheroes to have a track based solely on them?
  14. 14. Let’s take a look… So there might be just a few…
  15. 15. And there are international Superheroes as well… <ul><li>Argentina – Cybersix </li></ul><ul><li>Canada – Captain Canuck, Alpha Flight </li></ul><ul><li>Egypt – All of AK Comics </li></ul><ul><li>Britain - Marvelman </li></ul><ul><li>France - Wampus </li></ul><ul><li>India - Nagraj, Doga, and Super Commando Dhruva </li></ul>
  16. 16. Not to mention Japanese Superheroes: <ul><li>Ultraman </li></ul><ul><li>Kamen Rider </li></ul><ul><li>Super Sentai </li></ul><ul><li>Metal Heroes </li></ul><ul><li>Power Rangers </li></ul>Live Action Anime <ul><li>Science Ninja Team Gatchaman </li></ul><ul><li>Casshan </li></ul><ul><li>The Guyver </li></ul><ul><li>Sailor Moon </li></ul>There’s also Godzilla and other kaiju eija films, which can be considered Superheroes as well!
  17. 17. With this much to work with, panel ideas are easy! <ul><li>Superhero Costume Contest </li></ul><ul><li>How to Ruin a Superhero: A Study of Cat Woman, Batman, and Others </li></ul><ul><li>So, You Want to be a Supervillain? </li></ul><ul><li>Evolution of a Superhero: How to Screw Peter Parker </li></ul><ul><li>The Dark Night Returns </li></ul><ul><li>Justice League Unlimited: Many Hands Make Light Work </li></ul><ul><li>Superheroes Around the World </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Erotica: The Role of Women in Superheroics </li></ul><ul><li>Spectral Attack: The Power Rangers and Other Superheroes on TV </li></ul><ul><li>Many more! </li></ul>
  18. 18. Dragon*Con needs and deserves a track devoted to superheroes. I believe I am the best suited to bring it to them.
  19. 19. My resumé includes: <ul><li>Long-time attendee of Dragon*Con (12+ years) </li></ul><ul><li>Four years of D*C Staff service </li></ul><ul><li>Professional employment involves meticulous organization </li></ul><ul><li>Published two books and with several cites </li></ul><ul><li>Deeply acquainted with the superheroic genre from multiple directions </li></ul><ul><li>Familiar with orchestrating a tight-knit team </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>The Vision: </li></ul><ul><li>Dragon*Con's attendees demonstrate through their costuming and their posting an ongoing and abiding fascination with superheroes. We owe it to them to fill that need with panels which promote deeper thinking about unexpected facets of the superhero in all its forms. There should be an exploration of various literary, cinematic, and trans-media expressions of the superhero, and a forum for the fans to share and combine their thoughts with the creators and presenters which make the genre live in the truest sense of the word. </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>In closing, I would like to thank you for your time and consideration. It is my hope that together we can add a new, bright track to the already impressive constellation that serves Dragon*Con. </li></ul><ul><li>Alexander Williams </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>