Geeky Gateway Drugs – Smith
Have a friend who “doesn’t like sci-fi”? We can help ease them in!
Panelists: Joey Starnes (M), Margaret McGraw, Gray Rinehart, Carol Cowles, Rich Sigfrit
The Art and Music of Science Fiction – Cameron
Spaceships are cool, but so are costumes that reflect a culture, in-universe cantina music, and sprawling space-murals that tell the story of a people. But in space. Join out panel talk about those human details that make a world a home, even when it’s alien.
Panelists: Michael G. Williams (M), Tera Fullbright, Darin Kennedy, Andrew Greeson, Debadeep Sen, J.L. Hilton
Plunge! Turn Your Hobby into a Career – Reynolds
Do people always compliment your work or ask, “This is great! Where can I buy it?” Have you sold a few stories or started to make a few bucks from music gigs? How to know when/if to take the plunge.
Panelists: Jim McDonald (M), Mur Lafferty, Matthew Penick, Samantha Bryant, Fraser Sherman
Open Music and Filk – Crescent
Hang out and play some nerdy tunes!
Beautiful, Hot Messes: TV Movies and B Movies – Smith
Sharknado and more. Are TV movies better when they embrace the cheese or try to play it straight? Mini-series (looking at you, Shanara Chronicles) are also fair game.
Panelists: Joey Starnes (M), Jason Gilbert, Chris Shrewsbury , Dave Ellis, Richard Dansky
Lost in Translation: Adapting from Books to Screen – Cameron
There is something simultaneously endearing and incredibly problematic in Disney adaptations; let’s get down to brass tacks about what works in Disney adaptations and what doesn’t
Panelists: Mandy Burkhead (M), GD Burkhead, Justin Lapoint, Tony Daniel, Holly Walrath
Do You Even Geek Sports and Fitness? – Reynolds
Apps, gamification, heart rate computer bands, zombie runs… There are more ways than ever to improve the health of our physical meat sacks in the nerdiest of ways!
Panelists: James Maxey (M), Calvin Powers, Matthew Penick, Mur Lafferty, Bill Ferris, Ian Malone
Reading: Gail Z. Martin – Crescent
Queer Fandom: QUILTBAG of Holding – Smith
“As you know, Bob, I’m super gay.” Let’s touch base and discuss the state of QUILTBAG fandom! An annual discussion and mixer.
Panelists: Michael Williams (M), Sharon Stogner, Mandy Burkead, Tracy Holt, Gerty McHenry
Genre Mashed Potatoes: Do Genres Even Matter? – Cameron
Are genres good for anything other than outdated shelving categories at book stores?
Panelists: Joshua Leone (M), Richard Dansky, John G. Hartness, Misty Massey, Betty Cross
“You”-duunit: Writing Mysteries and Thrillers – Reynolds
Join novelists, comics writers, and more to talk about how to construct a good mystery that keeps your readers guessing!
Panelists: Suzanne Adair (M), Justin Lapoint, Janet Carden, Deek Rhew, Fraser Sherman
Reading: Stuart Jaffe – Crescent
Conventions and Disabilities – Smith
Join Chris Shrewsbury and others for a discussion of physical, mental, and emotional disabilities in fandom and convention culture
Panelists: Chris Shrewsbury (M), Joshua Leone, Justin Lapoint, Joey Starnes , Ian Malone
#Hustle: Author Newsletters and More – Cameron
Platforms are great, but they aren’t always your friend. How to build your community using author newsletters, and what makes a good one
Panelists: Stuart Jaffe (M), L.C. Fiore, Michele Berger, Suzanne Adair, Leann Rettell
So Over It: Tropes We’re Done With – Reynolds
What tropes and stereotypes are you just sick of?
Panelists: Samantha Bryant (M), Alyssa Wong, Darin Kennedy, Emily Leverett, Fraser Sherman
Reading: Michael G. Williams – Crescent
Open Your Own Book: Personal Interests and Storytelling – Smith
They say to “write what you know” or “write what you like,” but it can be hard to weave in your personal interests in your storytelling. Let’s get into it!
Panelists: Margaret McGraw (M), Holly Walrath, Stuart Jaffe, Darin Kennedy, Emily Leverett
Opening Ceremonies – Cameron
Join us in welcoming the Guests of Honor, Fan Groups, and Entertainers! Features some teaser performances!
Turn Anything into an RPG! – Reynolds
Have you ever had an amazing idea for a campaign, but the setting doesn’t technically exist yet? We have you covered!
Panelists: Justin Hoyland (M), Janet Carden, Roger Carden, Michael G. Williams, Natania Barron
Fair Use and Fandom – Smith
Fanfic, art, and fan films are easier to make and find than ever! But what’s the difference between something “fun” and something infringing?
Panelists: Jim McDonald (M), Stacey Lantagne, Dave Ellis, Mandy Burkhead, Jay Requard
Trivia for Chocolate – Cameron
Our annual “Stump the Nerds” challenge FOR CHOCOLATE!
Hosted by Rich Sigfrit
They Blinded me with Science – Reynolds
Join Raulie, Christopher, and a panel of actual science people to dicuss the crunchy realities of the year’s hottest SF movies and books!
Panelists: Chris Holmqist (M), Raulie Raulerson (M), James Maxey, Gray Rinehart, Leann Rettell
Reading: Fraser Sherman – Crescent
Box of Office Bombs – Smith
Sci-fi, comic, or fantasy movies aren’t niche and they’re getting some mega-budgets. Why do so many under perform?
Panelists: Jason Gilbert (M), Bill Ferris, Michael G. Williams, Samantha Bryant, Jay Requard, Ian Malone
Aliens Among Us? – Cameron
Alien life is a popular discussion both in real life and fiction. Is it that out of left field to think they’re already here?
Panelists: James Maxey (M), Stuart Jaffe, Josh Leone, Jim McDonald, Ada Milenkovic Brown
The Witch’s Candy House: Dark Side of Fairy Tales – Reynolds
Many western fairy tales have some pretty intense roots! Pass me that gingerbread…
Panelists: Misty Massey (M), Melissa McArthur, Tera Fulbright, Gail Martin, Emily Leverett
Reading: Ian Muneshwar – Crescent
“Ships” for the Ages: Pop Culture Pairings (18+) – Smith
Join Color of Fandom for this 18+ panel about the most titillating relationships in our fave books, tv shows, and movies!
Panelists: Donna Eason (M), Kenya Easley, Tracy Walker, Erley Tilus, Deborah Ulmer
Female Body in Fantasy Fiction – Cameron
Like visual art, the female body has a long tradition of being celebrated (or objectified) in fantasy and genre fiction; what does it all mean?
Panelists: Natania Barron (M), , Julie Steinbacher, Mandy Burkhead, Nicole Givens Kurtz
Your Protag is Problematic – Reynolds
Messy, broken, disorganized, or just delightfully awful protagonists can be a lot of fun to read and write! Panelists discuss their faves from their own works and others
Panelists: Emily Leverett (M), Alyssa Wong, John G. Hartness, Misty Massey, Paul Krueger
Reading: Richard Dansky – Crescent
Sex in Other Worlds (18+) – Smith
How do aliens… do it?
Panelists: J.L. Hilton (M), Julie Steinbacher, Natania Barron, James Maxey, Jim McDonald
Victorian Monsters Made Modern – Cameron
Our panel lets their imaginations fly in updating your fave Victorian scaries for the new millennium
Panelists: Jason Gilbert (M), Gail Z. Martin, Richard Dansky, Janet S. Planets
Dumpster Fire Clip Show 2018: Dumpster Warriors – Reynolds
Same dumpster. New nightmare. After 2017, all we can offer is additional nightmares. The Eye of Argon reading to directly follow
Panelists: Clayton Wick, Al Ross, Chris Ross
The Rogue 105th – Crescent
Join the 105th Engineers for a table read of something fun TBD!