Opening Ceremonies – Cameron
Putting the “Social” in Social Media – Reynolds
Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat: how to promote yourself and engage with fans, make new friends, and build a network. For fans, what do you like to hear and see from people you follow? Let’s help each other connect!
Panelists: Gail Z. Martin, Samantha Bryant, Ian J. Malone, Way Stark, Christopher Moore
Debunking Fake News or Pseudo-Science – Cameron
Assessing claims and debunking the harmful junk floating around while maintaining your sanity and relationships
Panelists: Darin Kennedy, Bill Ferris, James Maxey, Jessa Pearce
2016: The Year of Other Realities – Smith
Pokemon Go!, Occulus, Cardboard–2016 has been the year for augmented and virtual reality to take center stage. What possibilites and pitfalls lay ahead? Will we have a holedeck utopia or a cyberpunk hell hole?
Panelists: Chris Shrewsbury, Jim McDonald, Justin Achilli, Gretchen McHenry
Conventions and Disabilities – Smith
A workshop and discussion hosted by Chris Shrewsbury
Panelists: Chris Shrewsbury, Mei Hua-Burns
Intro to Writing the “Other” – Cameron
It can be a tricky to write someone whose experience is wildly different than your own. This is an overview of how to tread sensitive topics with respect and seek advice about avoiding harmful stereotypes, and–more importantly–what to do when you fail
Panelists: Gail Z. Martin, Samantha Bryant, Suzanne Adair, Ada Milenkovic Brown,
Colorful Kaiju – Reynolds
Big bads rule, especially when they’re Godzilla. What makes a monster memorable and how do you write one?
Panelists: Natania Barron, Richard Dansky, Jesse Galena, Patrick Raptor Hessman
QUILTBAG – Reynolds
Representation matters! Let’s talk about ongoing and new issues facing LGBT+ people and characters creating, enjoying, and appearing in media.
Panelists: Michael Williams, Natania Barron, Gerty McHenry, Allie Mussatti
Get Back into Comics – Cameron
Continuity is daunting. Do you want to be reading more comics but don’t know where to start? Get some advice on specific issues to start with and podcasts and web sites to help you branch out
Panelists: Jesse Galena, Evan Ransom, Madison Metricula, Jenna Say What, Justin LaPoint
Nerd Culture is Mainstream Culture – Smith
The biggest hit movies feature super heroes and the most popular shows in TV feature dragons and robots. It’s a great time to be a geek, but how did this happen?
Panelists: Chris Shrewsbury, Ian J. Malone, Dave Ellis, Richard Butner, James Maxey
Reading: Betty Cross – Crescent
Paranormal Pets: Critters, Cryptids, and Creepies – Smith
Is a magical familar ever just too much? Do Pokemon count? How does having a stalwart companion change our emotional investment in a story?
Panelists: Mur Lafferty, Michael Williams, Natania Barron, Bill Ferris,
Nerd Music: Unplugged – Cameron
Join filkers Gray Rinehart and Madison Metricula for an hour of nerdy campfire songs!
Suspend Disbelief: Magic Systems in High(ish) Fantasy – Reynolds
Creating magic systems for swords! Sandals! Spells!
Panelists: Gail Z. Martin, Darin Kennedy, Fraser Sherman, Erin Rhew, Natania Barron
Reading: Suzanne Adair – Crescent
What is a “Real Game”? – Smith
What makes a video or digital based game a game? People who spend four or five hours a day playing Candy Crush have more in common with die-hard Halo players than they think!
Panelists: Richard Dansky, Dave Ellis, J. L. Hilton, Justin Achilli, John Lapoint
CosPlay and Body Image – Cameron
Panelists: James Rippe, Jenny Menzi, Allie Blackmon, Chris Burnside, Matthew Penick
Trivia for Chocolate – Reynolds
Host: Rich Sigfrit
It’s Not Your Fault – Reynolds
Please join Jenna Say What? And other fellow cosplayers share our experiences with bullying and abuse, how they have overcome it, and share their inspirational stories of doing such.
Panelists: Jennifer Peltier, Brandon Hurley, Monica Jones, Kenta Casagrande, Jenny Menzi
Psych! Pyschics and Sentient Phenomena – Cameron
Writing-focused discussion of all our favorite love interests and paranormal peoples
Panelists: Darin Kennedy, Richard Dansky, Michael Williams, Natania Barron
Hell Week – Smith
Examine the Jan. 27 – Feb. 1 anniversaries of the three mission-related tragedies of America’s space program. We’ll discuss the events themselves, their causes, and their effects within NASA and beyond.
Panelists: Chris Shrewsbury, Gray Rinehart, Suzanne Adair
Blurred Realities – Smith
If one of the things that makes horror scary is the warping of our reality, where does urban fantasy fit in? Even without being “scary”, urban fantasy challenges what we perceive as normal in our mundane world. What lurks in the shadows?
Panelists: Gail Z. Martin, Daniel José Older, John Hartness, Harli Hanson
Remakes: Good or Bad? – Cameron
A roundup of the best and worst of the ever-popular remake in TV and film. What worked? What should die in a fire?
Panelists: Michael Williams, Charlie Rocket, Chris Shrewsbury, Kate Koballa, Dave Ellis
Clayton Wick and Al Ross Memorial Dumpster Fire Clip Show – Reynolds
Hosts: Clayton Wick, Al Ross
Drop-in Music and Filk Circle – Crescent (lasts until)
Urban Legends and Creepypasta – Smith
Cautionary tales of things that happened to your mother’s friend’s cousin are passed around campfires and web forums alike. Let’s talk about our favorite snippets of modern folklore and what it says about us
Panelists: Ouija Board, Gail Z. Martin, Daniel José Older, Jim McDonald, Darin Kennedy, Rich Sigfrit
Robot and AI Rights – Cameron
Self driving cars, drones, and sexbots: the lines between science and science fiction are blurring when it comes to AI and machine automation. And have you seen the Boston Dynamics robot dogs? The future is now, y’all.
Panelists: Bill Ferris, Christos Archer, James Maxey,
Eye of Argon – Reynolds
Sacrifices: Chris Ross, Clayton Wick, Al Ross
Repeating Itself: Historical Fiction – Smith
Using the past to tell our stories! A discussion of the advantages and pitfalls of writing historical or fiction or alternate histories that diverge from the familiar
Panelists: Fraser Sherman, Erin Rhew, Ada Milenkovic Brown, Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
Making Modern Magic – Cameron
Creating magic systems for swords! Sandals! Spells!
Panelists: Gail Z Martin, Darin Kennedy, Jim McDonald, Daniel José Older, Jesse Galena
Saturday Morning Cartoon Nostalgia – Reynolds
Wear your jammies, bring your coffee, and talk about your favorite cartoons of the 80s, 90s, and beyond! BYOCereal!
Panelists: Christopher Moore, Bill Ferris, John Lapoint, Jessa Pearce, Janet S. Planets
Medium Difficulty – Smith
Our veteran cosplayers and costumers discuss the different mediums used in creating their costumes. What mediums they use, when to use them, and which they avoid.
Hosts: Matthew Penick, Charlie Rocket, Theresa Perlmutter
Famous First Words – Cameron
What makes a story opening compelling? Panelists will discuss the openings of select science fiction and fantasy stories or novels, in an attempt to help writers find out what works — and maybe what doesn’t. Audience members may bring in stories or novels they have recently read that they found particularly inviting; if time permits, the panelists and audience may discuss those works as well.
Panelists: Gray Rinehart, Ian J. Malone, James Maxey, Betty Cross, Natania Barron
PEW PEW! Space Battles – Reynolds
Do you love a book or movie with a good dog fight? What makes makes a space battle awesome and what makes it boring? EVE Online players welcome
Panelists: Jim McDonald, Deek Rhew, Christopher Moore
Reading: Gail Z. Martin – Crescent
Fan Group Club Fair – Smith
Members of our performance, gaming, and fan groups are hosting a drop-in meet and greet so YOU can get involved in the Triangle’s geeky scene!
Famous Last Words – Cameron
How do you feel when you finish a book or story? What makes a good ending and how do you write something memorable? Is it better to tie up loose ends or to leave more questions unaswered?
Panelists: Gray Rinehart, Ian J. Malone, James Maxey, Natania Barron, Suzanne Adair
Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading – Reynolds
Authors of the Broad Universe organization fire off snippets of their work to tease and delight!
Featuring: Ada Milenkovic Brown, Gail Z. Martin, Samantha Bryant, Allegra Guilino, Susan Griffith, Tera Fulbright
Reading: Darin Kennedy – Crescent
Princes and Paupers – Smith
Epic fantasy brings to mind images or kings and courtiers, and maybe a brown jumble of “small folk” in the background. Let’s explore the ins and outs of class and economic priviliege in fantasy worlds!
Panelists: Gail Z. Martin, Tony Daniel, Jesse Galena, James Maxey, Natania Barron
Representation Matters – Cameron
Panelists: Tracy Walker, Robyn McGlotten, Erley Tilus, Kenya Easley, Mark Braxton
Arrival in Dothraki: Created Languages – Reynolds
Language is central to the story in the hit movie Arrival, based on Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life”. Let’s talk about created languages!
Panelists: Richard Butner, Chris Ross, Raulie Raulerson, Betty Cross, Justin Lapoint
Reading: Gray Rinehart – Crescent
Dream Demons – Smith
Sleep disorders, lucid dreaming, and hallucinations upon waking and sleeping have been influencing human experience and story telling since recorded time, across cultural lines. Legends of the succubus, Shadow Men, and alien abductions still color our fiction; let’s explore this phenomenon’s impact and why it is so, so scary
Panelists: Madison Metricula (M), Richard Dansky, Michael Williams, Darin Kennedy
Guardian Corps Swordplay Demo – Cameron
Baen Traveling Roadshow – 2:30pm, Reynolds
Reading: Mur Lafferty – Crescent
Technology and Storytelling in Games – Smith
Advances in tech are pushing the boundaries of video games and their place in art and story telling. With VR on the horizon, what past developments have been used to the best effect and which are just glitzy gimmicks?
Panelists: Richard Dansky, Dave Ellis, Jesse Galena, Jim McDonald, Justin Achilli
Ask a GM – Cameron
Playing and running table top RPGs: everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask because you might fail the roll
Panelists: Michael Williams, Chris Holmquist, Raulie Raulerson, Justin Hoyland
Reading: Daniel José Older – Crescent
Live Action Slush – Smith
It’s back again! Audience members submit the beginning of a story and our panel of editors will let you know where they stopped reading and why
Panelists: Gail Z. Martin, Gray Rinehart, Mur Lafferty
They Blinded Me With Science! – Cameron
Our panel of actual scientists explain some of the ins, outs, and realities of science concepts in our favorite media
Panelists: Raulie Raulerson, Chris Holmquist, Madison Metricula, Jim McDonald, Darin Kennedy
Video Game Development with Game Engines – Reynolds
Most video games of today make use of game engines, which are software systems that come pre-built with various game mechanics, that makes games development easier and more fun. Come hear the panelists talk about their experience with game development and give a live demo of how to make a playable game using Unreal Engine 4.
Hosts: Debadeep Sen, Scott Spencer, Trey Pinson
Reading: Natania Barron – Crescent
Hold on to the Light – Smith
A discussion of depression, anxiety, and the creative process
Panelists: Gail Z. Martin, Tera Fulbright, Samantha Bryant, Natania Barron, Darin Kennedy
CONSOLE WARS LIVE! – Cameron
A comedic debate of obvious superiority.
Panelists: Madison Metricula, Dave Ellis, Clayton Wick
CosPlay Extravaganza! CosPlay Limbo and Fashion Show – Reynolds
Get your cosplay, period garb, or kigurumis on and join the 105th for a challenge of how low you can go! There will be candy, smiles, and consensual fun!
Hosts: Aaron Busse, Mr. Freeze Pony
Reading: Richard Butner – Crescent
Whitewashed Casting – Smith
Casting white actors in roles originally written for people of color is nothing new, but recent controversies around casting in Dr. Strange, Iron Fist, Ghost in the Shell and more have raised concerns. Where’s the balance? What are some examples of successful and representative casting?
Panelists: Charlie Rocket, Darin Kennedy, Tracy Walker, Erley Tilus
Cosplay Extravaganza Continues! Costume Contest Awards – Reynolds
Writing Modern People or Places – Cameron
Writing real people and places with a focus on relatively modern settings
Panelists: Gail Z Martin, Fraser Sherman, Richard Dansky, Michael Williams, Daniel José Older
Reading: Tera Fulbright – Crescent
TREKnology – Smith
A detailed look at how a surprisingly large segment of our current everyday lives is directly related to concepts and ideas first proposed in Star Trek. From personal communication and social media to advances in transportation, scientific exploration, medical advances, and more, today’s technological landscape has been heavily influenced by the original Star Trek as well as its television and movie spin-offs
Panelists: Chris Shrewsbury, Suzanne Adair, Jennifer Peltier-Karpusenko, Raulie Raulerson, Dave Ellis
Charity Auction – Cameron
Reading: James Maxey – Crescent
Punch Them in the Face! – Smith
What makes a good one-on-one fight scene in a book or movie? Do you want to see your hero completely dominate or do you want to see them struggle? Are there bonus points for punny one-liners?
Panelists: Steven S. Long, Michael Williams, Christopher Moore, Jim McDonald, Nathan Cooley
Performance: Sith Clan – Reynolds
Reading: Rich Dansky – Crescent
“They’re Good Dogs, Brent” Animal Slideshow – Smith
Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the the convention? Drop by our two hour slideshow of cute animal pictures–better than an anime room!
Performance: League of Extraordinary Bellydancers – Saturday, 9:15-10:15 PM in Reynolds
Performance: Nerd-Vana Burlesque– Saturday, 10:30 – 11:45 PM in Reynolds
Open Filk – Crescent
Self-Publishing Without Looking Self-Published – Smith
Panelists: Gail Z. Martin, Suzanne Adair, Ian J. Malone, Jim McDonald
TV You Should Be Watching – Cameron
We are living in a nerd-TV golden age. Hear our panelists discuss their favorite entries in the 2016-2017 lineup and share yours!
Panelists: Chris Shrewsbury, Dave Ellis, Darin Kennedy, Christopher Moore, John Lapoint
Geek Arts and Crafts – Reynolds
Panelists: Madison Metricula, J. L. Hilton
Writing for Anthologies – Smith
Anthologies have long been a mainstay in publishing, especially for genre authors. How do you get in on the action?
Panelists: Tera Fulbright, Gail Z. Martin, Samantha Bryant, Ada Milenkovic Brown
Gaming 201 – Cameron
So maybe you’ve run your first few sessions and want to know how to take it to the next level for your players, or you’re a player who wants to increase their skill points in having fun–this is for you!
Panelists: Michael Williams, Way Stark, Sara Stormborn Robinson, Jesse Galena, Steven S. Long
Reading: Fraser Sherman – Crescent
Time Management – Smith
Calling all writers, artists, makers, dancers, film makers, and more! Our panel discusses time management for developing your work, meeting deadlines, and dealing with others who may have different priorities.
Panelists: Fraser Sherman, Samantha Bryant, Tera Fulbright, Ian J. Malone, James Maxey
The Racism of “Ancient Aliens” – Cameron
If ancient aliens exist, does this mean primordial humans of color were not responsible for designing or inventing anything?
Panelists: John Lapoint, Evan Ransom, Janet S. Planets
Reading: Michael Williams – Crescent
IP Law and Fandom – Smith
It can be a tricky time to be a fan, especially if you’re inspired to create or enjoy works based on your favorite stories like fan films or fan fic. Where’s the line between “fair use” and copyright infringement, even when money isn’t changing hands?
Panelists: Clayton Wick, Kate Koballa, Jim McDonald, Steven S. Long, Tony Daniel
Podcasts You Need to Hear – Cameron
Podcasts are hot, hot, hot! Join our panel to hear their favorite reccommendations and then share your own! All the responses will be compiled and published on the illogiCon web site for easy access and sharing!
Panelists: Calvin Powers, Jennifer Peltier-Karpusenko, Christopher Moore, Ian J. Malone, Richard Butner, Jenni Menzi
What Should We Be Reading? – Reynolds
Panelists share relatively new or overlooked works they think we should be reading and why. After that, we’ll open up the floor to hear what the audience thinks! Notecards, pens, or smartphones encouraged to take notes!
Panelists: Michael Williams, Samantha Bryant, Natania Barron, Daniel José Older, Mur Lafferty
Massive Effects – Smith
Storytelling in video games like Mass Effect and Walking Dead
Hosts: Donna Eason and Color of Fandom
Money Management for Creative Types and Free Spirits – Reynolds
Authors and creative share budget tips, advice, and stories about making it work
Panelists: Ian J. Malone, Deek Rhew, Mur Lafferty, Natania Barron, Erin Rhew
Open Filk – Crescent
Closing Ceremonies – Cameron