After running into a lot of obstacles — including hospitalisation, leaving my job, and worrying about my visa! — we’ve managed to arrange things so that I can go to Worldcon in Dublin this year. I’m going with my partner and this will be the first overseas trip we’ve taken together in eight years or so. I’m very excited!
A couple things to note:
- I will be going as Likhain, as in that will be my badge name and the name I’m listed as in the program. You can call me Mia or Likhain, whichever you prefer! Likhain is pronounced LICK-hah-in. Mia is MI-ya.
- Please feel free to say hi if you see me! I will not have business cards (I really wanted to have new ones printed, because there’s a lot of cool new art I can put on them, but I can’t justify the expense) but I am always happy to chat/doodle/sign things so long as I am not running late for anything.
- COME TO MY KAFFEEKLATSCH LET’S HAVE TEA AND CAKE (unfortunately will probably not be vegan or gluten-free as I am not that pro but I will definitely try to either bake something or buy something sweet to bring)
I’m going to be at the following panels/convention events. Hope to see you there!
LitRPG, GameLit and isekai
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 11:00 – 11:50, Wicklow Room-4 (CCD)
What is LitRPG? How does it differ from GameLit and isekai? Join our panel of authors and fans for an in-depth discussion of literature that uses the language and structure of video games.
I’m moderating this, which will be mildly hilarious given that first panel == panel I’m moderating will be terrible for my nerves! Also hahaha at questions about categorisation/classification… anyway, come watch, game-adjacent stuff is always a good time.
Trends in fan art
16 Aug 2019, Friday 13:30 – 14:20, Odeon 5 (Point Square Dublin)
Our definition of fan art has been evolving from work printed in fanzines to images posted online, and in style from illustrations to include crafts and other forms of art. How do newer mediums fit in the fan art category? Are the traditional venues for fan art still around? What does the term ‘fan art’ mean to you?
This is, I suspect, going to be a panel where I get to have LOTS OF FEELINGS because, uh, Fan Artist nominee for the Hugos and also it’s such a complicated thing, where art is located right now in the online circles I frequent. Much feelings! Wao.
Dublin 2019 fountain pen meetup
16 Aug 2019, Friday 15:00-15:50, CCD: Wicklow Room-5
An informal meetup for people who love and want to talk about all things fountain pen and ink! Join us to chat about your favourite pens and how you use them
I will be here with bells on! Probably doing doodles and really bad calligraphy with my friends’ beautiful pens.
Grappling with the post-colonial in SFF
16 Aug 2019, Friday 17:00 – 17:50, Wicklow Room-1 (CCD)
Over the last 500 years, cultures and histories have been forever altered by colonial expansion. Although many former colonies have gained independence, their peoples still grapple with the effects of colonisation. Can post-colonial SFF help to heal the past? How do post-colonial SFF authors reconcile the many facets of their identities in their work, and what do they want their audiences to know?
I’m so excited about this panel! The other two panelists are among my very very favourite people, and what a topic, eh? And the title of it! I love that word, “grappling”. It’s such a physical thing, wrestling, struggling… If you want to see me yelling about eating people in the name of justice and liberation, this is probably your best bet.
Art from all cultures
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 13:30 – 14:20, Odeon 5 (Point Square Dublin)
Is it getting easier in western-dominated media for other cultures to show what they’ve got? Are creators having to make compromises to get there? And what opportunities are there for new artists coming in that there might not have been a generation ago?
Ohhhhhh boy. Hahahaha! FEELINGS WILL BE AIRED, SALT WILL BE… LIBERALLY SHOWERED UPON… WILLING MEAT. OR SOMETHING. WHATEVER, THERE WILL BE A LOT OF SALT. S A L T S A L T S A L T
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 15:00, CCD: Wicklow Room-5
Whether you reside in Asia or are part of the diaspora, come along and meet other Asian members of the Worldcon! All self-identified Asian fans are invited to attend this meetup to mix, mingle, and get to know each other
The awesome Zen Cho will be hosting this! And I’mma attend to meet more of my people, aka fans of fish sauce + chili vinegar.
Hugo Awards Ceremony
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 20:00, CCD Auditorium
You probably won’t see me on stage, but I will be there in the venue! Crying over my loss and congratulating brilliant friends, no doubt!
19 Aug 2019, Monday 13:00-13:50, CCD Level 3 Foyer
I was delighted (and very surprised) to be given a kaffeeklatsch spot, and I want to make the most of it! With cake! Please come and talk to me, it will be fun! (If the space allows for it there may be doodles!)
esports: the future of competition?
19 Aug 2019, Monday 15:00-15:50, CCD: ECOCEM Room
In 2018 the League of Legends World Championship final had almost 100 million viewers. While esports are slowly gaining more mainstream recognition, will they ever achieve the same mainstream acceptance and appeal as ‘regular’ sports? Our panellists discuss the attractions of esports –to play and to watch –and their future direction.
Look, the panel description features LoL, so this was made for me to yell about. Imagine me cackling and rubbing my hands in glee. (For the record: I dunno that the viewership figures are all that accurate; maybe let’s talk about the longevity of the Korean esports scene, how much money is being poured into massive tournaments like The International… that kind of thing, huh?) ALSO L2FAAAARM
(For real though, I’m super excited about this one, especially since I think we have gender parity among the panelists.)
Aaaand… that’s it! Do come say hi, the best thing about Worldcon really is getting to meet awesome people.
I’m going to post more about it later, but since this is also very much Worldcon-related (and pretty important to me!) I’m going to talk very quickly about it right now. As you may have noticed, I haven’t been at all active the past few months; this is because I was in a very toxic environment that had me experiencing two severe breakdowns within three months. The second one had me taken to the hospital in an ambulance and involuntarily confined there for the night. Police were called. It was really bad.
So, I decided to leave that environment (= work) before a third breakdown occurred (you know how “third time is the charm”? I don’t want there to be a third time when it comes to breakdowns) and so we are now in a pretty unstable position finances-wise. This year has just been one blow after another: following my first breakdown, we had to move; due to breaking our lease we had a case filed against us by our former landlord (through which they retained most of our bond); our beloved dog Milo got very very sick, and then died — and vet bills are killer. As you can imagine, all this has been terrible for our health. My partner and I are currently incurring around 300$/week in terms of treatment costs; basically the question is “money or your health?” and given everything that’s gone on, we absolutely have had to prioritise health.
I started making arrangements for attending Worldcon long before any of this terrible stuff happened, back when I had no reason to believe that we’d run into all these issues. Honestly, if I had known all this would happen, I wouldn’t have committed to Worldcon at all. But being visible, being present — as myself, as a queer brown woman, as a proud daughter of the Philippines, as an artist and activist and child of revolutionaries, as a Hugo finalist (come on, how often am I going to get that chance?) — is really important, I feel. I’ve pushed very hard to make this work somehow; now, I’m at this point where I’d like to ask for the community’s help, because I need it and because I’m trying to unlearn the shame of that need. I promise you I am absolutely working hard and that I pay it forward when I can; I just need some help right now while my household is in this rough patch.
So please, if you like my art or my writing, if anything I have done has spoken to you, and you are in a position to do so — please consider helping me out with Worldcon expenses through my Ko-fi. Thank you so much.