Despite being scheduled at 8:30 am, the Weird West panel at WisCon was well-attended and led to some great discussion. I’m posting my rough notes from the panel; my questions are bolded, and my comments are in brackets when they occur in panelists’ responses. Please keep in mind that these are very rough notes combined with my own recollection and are not verbatim transcripts of what was said at the panel.
Weird West | Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 8:30–9:45 am in University B
S. Qiouyi Lu (moderator), Natania Barron, Eric M. Heideman, Gayathri Kamath
Westworld and Wynonna Earp are mining the American West for both science fiction and supernatural horror in what are essentially closed societies. What makes the West so suitable for being Weird? What does the setting contribute to these shows in particular? And how are these shows commenting on the outside world?