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Saturday, July 15 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Sit Still, Look Pretty (ET)

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Female characters from Rey and Jyn to Wonder Woman and Harlequin are known both for thier beauty but also for thier stregnth.  How do these characters "own thier dreams" and move beyond being someone's girlfriend? The damsel in distress. The evil seductress. The tough girl who dies. Why are so many female characters such cookie-cutter archetypes? Why do so many fictional women lack the depth and variety of character of their male counterparts? How can fans and writers work together to create richer stories with more women who don't "Sit Still, Look Pretty."

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Alexandra Christian

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Alexandra Christian is an author of paranormal romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep fried eccentricity. As one-half of the writing team at Little Red Hen Romance... Read More →

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Alexandra Christian

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Alexandra Christian is an author of paranormal romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep fried eccentricity. As one-half of the writing team at Little Red Hen Romance... Read More →
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Glenda Finkelstein

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Glenda has a wide and varied career as a writer having published song lyrics, human-interest articles, poems, short stories, novels, and screenplays. Her interest in writing was not just a happenstance having a great-grandfather who was a wonderful poet, and aunts and uncles who nurtured her imagination. Inspired by the legendary J.R.R. Tolkien, this art form was a natural course for her to take. She has written one historical novel, but her heart lies mostly with the Science Fiction and Fantasy... Read More →
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Alex Matsuo

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Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a paranormal researcher and author by night. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study, which specializes in private home investigations and consultations. She is the author of The Haunting of the Tenth Avenue Theater, published by Llewellyn Worldwide, the biggest paranormal and new age publisher in the world. Alex has also published The Haunted Actor, as well as More Than Ghosts (a guide for investigators taking on private paranormal cases). Alex is also a contributing writer to The Supernatural Magazine and Paranormal Enlightenment Magazine as well as the pop culture website, TheRichest. Alex currently hosts the radio show The Wicked Domain on... Read More →
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Maya Preisler

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Maya Preisler is a professional artist, blogger, editor, and gamer with twenty-four years of convention experience. She is a published illustrator whose art has been featured at various art shows and conventions. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines and her website received international attention in the early 2000s. As a gamer, Maya was one of only two women ever inducted into a local gaming clan (the other being her sister) and spent ten years as an administrator and tech for LAN gaming at conventions. She is a professional game demonstrator for No Ordinary Gamers and an MIB for Steve Jackson Games. Maya has a BFA from UNC Charlotte and currently works several freelance jobs as an artist, illustrator, and designer and volunteers as a staffer at multiple conventions. You can find her online... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Victorian A

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