This month, I spoke again at The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM 2012), in Las Vegas; the annual science and skepticism conference, hosted by the JREF (James Randi Educational Foundation). I thought I’d post about some of my talk, as well as some of the accompanied slides, since there were several requests to post them online. Thanks to everyone who enjoyed my talk and came to say hello at the book signing (and I’m happy to hear my books sold out at the book table!).
I wanted to start off my talk with a little manga drawing lesson, as a fun way to explain what manga is.
The focus of my talk is the connection between my life as an artist and my life as a skeptic; I want to convey how these two worlds compliment one another in my work. As a fan of science and skeptic conferences myself, I realize that most talks and panels revolve around more traditional science-based topics, with a lot of solid facts, moderated debates, and well structured lectures. My aim was to present an out-of-the-ordinary subject, a more personal take, and in a talking style more freestyle than I’ve typically done before.
I hope you’ll all join me this October in Nashville for CSICon. I’ll be presenting my talk there as well and have some new content and modifications I’m planning on making. Everyone at TAM was very enthusiastic at the book signing and even in passing in the hallways about telling me they enjoyed my talk. I put a lot of effort into the hand-drawn slides, so I’m glad they were well received.