laurion, who moderated the panel "The Eye of Argon: The Professionals," noted his experience on the panel in his Obligatory post-Arisia post.:
Sunday I moderated The Eye of Argon: The Professionals. I'm not sure what makes me a professional, but I was honored to share the panel with GoH Esther Friesner, SF writers Shane Tourtellotte and Michael A Burstein, and artist E J Barnes. Esther proved herself to be an old pro, handily wiping out the first page-long chapter. I'd decided we'd change readers at the chapter marks to help move along in case someone proved an excellent Argonaut. On the other end of things, Michael had never read it before, or even heard anything about it. Shortly in to reading, he turned and asked me if this was a joke... he rallied though, set a personal goal of making it through a whole paragraph. To his credit, he succeeded, doing very well for a first-timer.