10:15 a.m.: Newsflash: Teen Girls Read Manga! The wider media still seems to be amazed that female readers are a huge part of the boom in the manga market, but while the stereotypical manga and anime fan has long been the male otaku, we know that women are making massive contributions to fandom, the industry, and beyond. This panel will discuss the state of women in the manga industry, female fans within the manga community, and just where we might go from here in supporting and advocating for the media we — both women and men — love. Presented by Robin Brenner, Brigid Alverson, and Katherine Dacey. 1A24.
(It’s possible that I might actually skip the ones after this so I could take the panel out for an early lunch, because seriously… Best. Panel. Ever.)