Oh, you don't have to be an expert to run a panel. Heaven knows, I'm not one, yet they keep asking me to teach for some reason...anyways, if you become an expert, those are the sorts of people who should really be running the panels, because we can pick their brain! Mmmm, brains.
I find that having a commercial dressform has two distinct advantages over DIY dressforms: 1) you can stick pins safely and easily into commercial dressforms, and 2) if you change proportions (i.e. weight loss, surgery, etc), your dressform can easily change to match.
4 more months, people. A-Kon has started temporary Facebook forums to take the place of their web forums for now, so check those out if you're looking for photoshoot information. The links are on A-Kon's homepage and Twitter accounts.
For now, back to bed for me. Why are there never enough hours in the day to get things done when you really need to?