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Friday, July 14
 

1:00pm

Flash Panel (AP)
We're kicking off the con with a little bit of crazy.  The guests will show up.  The audience will show up.  And once they are there, our moderator, Everette Beach, will take random suggestions from the audience for the panel to discuss!

Moderators
Guests
avatar for Toni Weisskopf

Toni Weisskopf

Special Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Provincial

2:00pm

Landing Your Creative Career (ET)
How do you open the door that leads to a professional creative career? What about changing careers when you've already climbed the corporate ladder? And for students, how do you know where to focus your study? From world builder to professional author, gamer to game developer, audiophile to pro composer, and storyteller to screenwriter-all have common threads that weave a career path. Our guests divulge their secret tips and tricks for creative entrepreneurs and share how they became successful, professional creators!

Moderators
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris' stories include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies, and the War for Dominance fantasy trilogy. Get his free... Read More →

Guests
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows: one dog, three cats, three aquatic turtles, one albino corn snake, seven chickens, and a horse. As best as he's been able to manage, Stuart has made sure that the chickens and the horse do not live in the... Read More →
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris' stories include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies, and the War for Dominance fantasy trilogy. Get his free... Read More →
avatar for Melissa McArthur

Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the... Read More →
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Linda Robertson

Literary Guest
Linda Robertson is an internationally published author. She won first place in the OSU/Mansfield Florence B. Allen writing competition (2006). Since then, she's earned a cum laude Associate of the Art’s Degree in English and published several novels and short stories. In addition to the Immanence series, she is the author of the Persephone... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salon B-C-D

2:00pm

Costuming Makes The Character (ET)
What do fantasy characters wear and how does that affect the story? Think of Conan the Barbarian or someone from Dune. Very different characters with a very different appearance. Julian May deliberately gave her characters elaborate costumes so she could see them in subsequent masquerades. Certainly the characters in George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones have a definitive fashion sense. How can writers describe clothing to overcome a reader’s bias about how people should look? How can clothes be used as sign posts to help readers conceptualize a strange world?

Moderators
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →
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Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Victorian A

2:00pm

"Hi, My Name Is Chris And I'm Addicted To Facebook" (AP)
In the world of social media it's very easy to find ourselves psychologically dependent upon our cyber-connections. The line between friends and Friends becomes blurred.  Let's share experiences and explore possible ways to gain perspective.

Moderators
avatar for JT

JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →

Guests
avatar for JT

JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Victorian B

2:00pm

Girls at the Table (ET)
This panel discusses how game-masters (and gamers in general) set about creating an inclusive gaming table where all are invited and made to feel welcome. Even in the 21st century, there are few females who have game-mastered her own games and even more often been the only female in a gaming group. There are always stories of how women have been mistreated in some way when they try to join a game. How do we change the stereotype that women don’t play table top games and how do we make the gaming space more welcoming?



Moderators
avatar for Janet Carden

Janet Carden

Literary Guest
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988-1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games). Both enjoy playing... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Janet Carden

Janet Carden

Literary Guest
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988-1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games). Both enjoy playing... Read More →
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas (Tor), KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (Amazon) and the upcoming KESTREL'S DANCE (Lore Seekers Press).  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST (Espec) and LAWLESS LANDS (Falstaff Books), and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer McCollom

Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom has worked on feature films and television shows. Her film credits include The Hunger Games, Taking Liberty, The Conjuring, Leatherheads, Talladega Nights, The Box, the Oscar nominated June Bug, MAX, The Disappointment Room, Masterminds and The Reliant. Her TV work... Read More →
avatar for Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler

Artist Guest
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 →


Friday July 14, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Boardroom

2:00pm

Doctor Who Villains (ET)
Daleks vs. Cybermen: Which Doctor Who villains are the best? Our panelists discuss the range of villains on Doctor Who. Which offer the most challenges to the Doctor and which ones are just silly?

Moderators
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Roger Carden

Roger Carden

Literary Guest
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988-1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games). Both enjoy playing... Read More →
avatar for Carol Cowles

Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol has long been a guardian of Geek Culture in Charlotte.  She has served for several years as the Program Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 13 years. She co-host to podcasts – the weekly Guardians of the Geekery and the... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern... Read More →
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, The Porkchop film trillogy, Pig Girl and many others. Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series. She also plays covers of movie, tv, video game and anime themes on the Ukulele. Angela went to UNC Greensboro and has a BS in Music Education and a Masters in Liberal Studies and Ethnomusicology. She does the podcasting segment "A Geek Girls Take" that can be heard weekly on the Earth Station One Network, and when she has free time she spends it sewing or playing with her Pug, Jimmy. You can find her online... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Provincial

2:00pm

KidsTrack - Coloring/Crafts (AP)
Take time to get down to the artsy basics. Fantasy and science-fiction themed coloring pages at various difficulty levels. Markers and colored pencils will be provided. Grownups also welcome.

Friday July 14, 2017 2:00pm - 4:50pm
Suite 215

3:00pm

Full-time Creative Work on a Part-time Schedule (ET)
Panelists will cover basic, though imperative, approaches and concepts for what you need to know to accomplish any project in any medium with any goal. 

Moderators
avatar for Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Literary Guest
Superhero novelist, feminist, teacher, classic and cult movie buff, mother of daughters and dogs.

Guests
avatar for Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Literary Guest
Superhero novelist, feminist, teacher, classic and cult movie buff, mother of daughters and dogs.
avatar for Glenda Finkelstein

Glenda Finkelstein

Literary Guest
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 →
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris' stories include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies, and the War for Dominance fantasy trilogy. Get his free... Read More →
avatar for Ian J. Malone

Ian J. Malone

Literary Guest
Ian J. Malone is the owner of Sharkflight Publishing and author of THE MAKO SAGA, a space opera trilogy about five college buddies turned interstellar war heroes via beers and a video game. As a graduate of Florida State University, Malone has written in a variety of arenas ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to his fictional work, however... Read More →
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Boardroom

3:00pm

Trims, Tambour, and Tassels (ET)

From tambour beading to soutache to tassels, trims can greatly add to the visual interest of your costume as well as challenge your craftsmanship skills. In this panel, we will discuss how to level up your sewn costumes through selecting, customizing, and even making your own trimmings by hand.


Moderators
avatar for Sarah Schambach

Sarah Schambach

Costuming Guest
Sarah (Lunar Rose Costuming & Cosplay) is an award-winning costume maker and blogger from Atlanta, GA. She has been making costumes since diving in head first with a full Tudor court gown at the age of 16. With a particular interest in Tolkien, Star Trek, book-inspired costuming, and a lifelong love of historical costuming, she has created a strong portfolio of both screen accurate and original designs. She has a passion for skilled craftsmanship, and her works often feature heavily detailed elements such as hand-embroidery and beading, custom-dyed fabrics, scale maille, and handmade patterns. Her work has won several major awards, including DragonCon's coveted title of "The Chosen", and has been featured in Cosplay Culture... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer McCollom

Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom has worked on feature films and television shows. Her film credits include The Hunger Games, Taking Liberty, The Conjuring, Leatherheads, Talladega Nights, The Box, the Oscar nominated June Bug, MAX, The Disappointment Room, Masterminds and The Reliant. Her TV work... Read More →
avatar for Theresa Perlmutter

Theresa Perlmutter

Costuming Guest
Theresa Perlmutter started out as an artist. Painting and drawing were her prime passions in high school, and when a friend introduced her to her very first comic book, X-Men 97, she knew it was what she wanted to do. | | In the late 80s and early 90s, she was introduced to costuming, however it... Read More →
avatar for Daphne Reeder

Daphne Reeder

Costuming Guest
Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she's been on television programs on WTVI, in plays & stage performances, and modeled, both in front of a camera and on the runway. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became an accomplished cosplayer by the time she was 17. Since then, she has added to her arsenal of outfits to cross multiple genres, though her passions are sci-fi/fantasy and horror. She has modeled for multiple events and has been on posters and flyers around the Charlotte and Atlanta... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Schambach

Sarah Schambach

Costuming Guest
Sarah (Lunar Rose Costuming & Cosplay) is an award-winning costume maker and blogger from Atlanta, GA. She has been making costumes since diving in head first with a full Tudor court gown at the age of 16. With a particular interest in Tolkien, Star Trek, book-inspired costuming, and a lifelong love of historical costuming, she has created a strong portfolio of both screen accurate and original designs. She has a passion for skilled craftsmanship, and her works often feature heavily detailed elements such as hand-embroidery and beading, custom-dyed fabrics, scale maille, and handmade patterns. Her work has won several major awards, including DragonCon's coveted title of "The Chosen", and has been featured in Cosplay Culture... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Provincial

3:00pm

Java & Pros: Timothy Zahn Reading and Q&A
Moderators
avatar for Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn

Special Guest
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At first a strictly spare-time avocation, over the next three years he gradually gave more time to it until he sold his first story in December 1978... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Victorian A

3:00pm

3D Printing: Is Science Overtaking Science Fiction (ET)
There are some very interesting developments in 3D printing coming in the next 5-10 years. We know that 3D printing can be used for anything from plastic replacement parts, to engineering prototypes, cosplay elements, R&D, space, food, tabletop games, medicine, so on. Our panelists will discuss the current and future state of 3D printing.

Moderators
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William C. Tracy

Science Guest
William C. Tracy is a North Carolina native with a masters and BS in mechanical engineering. He also has a BA in toy design. As such, he has both designed and operated heavy construction machinery (big toys) and is an expert in linkage design and optimization. He has been a Profe... Read More →

Guests
avatar for JT

JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →
avatar for John Grigni

John Grigni

Artist Guest
John Grigni has been an illustrator and designer for over 25 years. He began using computers for 3D work in the early 90s. He’s provided illustrations for a number of gaming companies, both traditionally and digitally. In 2012 he started Argos Animation, and has been using Blender heavily in his production work. In 2014 he did the... Read More →
avatar for Gopal Metro (Gild the Mourn)

Gopal Metro (Gild the Mourn)

Guitarist/Engineer, Gild the Mourn
avatar for William C. Tracy

William C. Tracy

Science Guest
William C. Tracy is a North Carolina native with a masters and BS in mechanical engineering. He also has a BA in toy design. As such, he has both designed and operated heavy construction machinery (big toys) and is an expert in linkage design and optimization. He has been a Profe... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Salon B-C-D

3:00pm

Signing Table: Roger & Janet Carden
Moderators
avatar for Janet Carden

Janet Carden

Literary Guest
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988-1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games). Both enjoy playing... Read More →
avatar for Roger Carden

Roger Carden

Literary Guest
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988-1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games). Both enjoy playing... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Prefunction

3:00pm

Everything Old is New Again (AP)
Star Trek, The Dark Crystal, Samurai Jack and even Battlestar Galatica... More and more TV shows and films are getting the reboot treatment. How do the changes made in each of the reboots change the story? What does that mean for the original fans? Fans from different versions sometime struggle to to communicate with each other. How do "old" fans connect with new fans when it comes to the sharing the story? How can new fans connect with the "old" fans when it comes to the energy and passion of the shows?

Moderators
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Carol Cowles

Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol has long been a guardian of Geek Culture in Charlotte.  She has served for several years as the Program Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 13 years. She co-host to podcasts – the weekly Guardians of the Geekery and the... Read More →
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award... Read More →
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast 9). I was the force behind the official Troma Podcast and a former host/editor of the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. I produced the long running Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show starring Mister Adventure, serving as writer and primary voice actor for recorded and live stage versions. I have done commercial voice work as the voice of CRASH, SWE and GOUGE Wrestling, Volaris phone systems, Howards RV and Fit Family NC (also providing puppeteering). I have MC'd numerous conventions and events, host/creator of Thinkin' While you're Drinkin' Trivia, am the house MC for Succubus Sorority, Riot Kittens and Nerd-Vana Burlesque under the pseudonym Richie Muenster. Between the podcasts, requested voices from other shows, father of 3, various audio sketches and dramas have been heard on ChronoRadio, Star Wars and Beyond, SwitchedOn Show, the Geeklabel Podcast and Dragon Pages' Wingin' It syndicated show, (plus countless guest appearances on other shows) of which I am very... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Victorian B

3:00pm

Michael Stackpole Signing: Dealer's Room
Moderators
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written in the Conan, Pathfinder, BattleTech and World of Warcraft universes, among others. Currently the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University Distinguished Writer-in-Residence... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salon A

3:00pm

Dealer Room
Open:


FRI - 3:00pm-7:00pm
SAT - 10:00am-6:00pm
SUN - 10:00am-2:00pm

Friday July 14, 2017 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Salon A

4:00pm

Star Trek: The Next Generation - 30 Years Later (AP)
30 Years ago, Star Trek: The Next Generation appeared on the small screen. For many Gen Xer's it was their first introduction to the world of Star Trek. Our panelists, along with the audience, discuss what was different about TNG as well as the characters that drove the show while sharing their favorite memories and episodes.

Moderators
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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →

Guests
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Barbara deBary-Kesner

Fan Guest
Barbara deBary-Kesner is a Human Systems Integration engineer by day, a masked caped crusader by night… in her dreams.  Barbara specializes in GUI design, designing systems with the operator in mind to enhance usability and performance.  Most evenings are spent curled on the couch with her husband Carl and 2 cats, watching cooking shows, a whodunit murder mystery, or the latest sci-fi, fantasy or superhero... Read More →
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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →
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Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long is a writer and game designer who's worked primarily in the tabletop roleplaying game field for the past twenty years. During that time he's written or co-written approximately 200 RPG books. He's best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, but has worked for many other RPG companies. In recent years he's branched out into writing fiction as well, contributing Fantasy short stories to numerous anthologies. He frequently claims that he's revising his novel, but this may be an elaborate scam of some sort. His first major work of non-fiction, a book about the Norse god Odin for Osprey Publishing, was released in May 2015. Since then he's primarily focused on several long-term projects, including a novel, variou7s short stories, his Worldbuilding Guidebook, and Mythic Hero, an extensive book about world mythology for authors and gamers. His Master Plan for World Domination has reached Stage 71-Upsilon. You can find out more about Steve and what he's up to... Read More →
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Ian J. Malone

Literary Guest
Ian J. Malone is the owner of Sharkflight Publishing and author of THE MAKO SAGA, a space opera trilogy about five college buddies turned interstellar war heroes via beers and a video game. As a graduate of Florida State University, Malone has written in a variety of arenas ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to his fictional work, however... Read More →
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Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Victorian B

4:00pm

Signing Table: Tally Johnson and Alexandra Christian
Moderators
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
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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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Prefunction

4:00pm

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (MST3K) - The Reboot (AP)
The original MST3K began in 1988. The remake launched in 2017 with a Kickstarter funded campaign by Joel Hodgson (the original creator). With the new episodes live on Netflix, audience members and the panelists discuss what works and what doesn't in the newest incarnation of this cult favorite.

Moderators
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Semi-professional entertainer for nearly 40 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Besides being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed... Read More →

Guests
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Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Literary Guest
Superhero novelist, feminist, teacher, classic and cult movie buff, mother of daughters and dogs.
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Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows: one dog, three cats, three aquatic turtles, one albino corn snake, seven chickens, and a horse. As best as he's been able to manage, Stuart has made sure that the chickens and the horse do not live in the... Read More →
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Semi-professional entertainer for nearly 40 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Besides being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal With the Devil, and the forthcoming Attempted Immortality. Michae... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Provincial

4:00pm

Finding The Story (AP)
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole takes you through a series of exercises that will let you build a story from the barest spark through twists and turns. He’ll give you several story recipes and show you how you can work from them to create delightfully complex and engrossing stories.

Michael A. Stackpole and Timothy Zahn will conduct a series of nine (9) seminars throughout the weekend. Cost at the door will be $10 per session. (Cash Only!)

*** Space is limited and cost does NOT include your convention membership.

 

Moderators
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written in the Conan, Pathfinder, BattleTech and World of Warcraft universes, among others. Currently the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University Distinguished Writer-in-Residence... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Boardroom
  • Fees Cost at the door will be $10 per session. (Cash Only!)
  • Tags Writing

4:00pm

From Animation to Creation: Blender Workshop (AP)
For anyone interested in getting a start on 3D work, whether for illustration, animation, or game development, Blender presents a powerful tool with an enormous advantage: it’s free! But most people’s initial reaction is that it’s too complicated. Artist John Grigni will help you past that first impression and help you start creating models in 3D. This workshop is intended as an overview of the capabilities of the program, a tutorial on some of the basics, and a gateway to the large online Blender community, sharing tutorials and assets, both free and paid.

Feel free to bring a computer for some hands on practice.

Guests
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John Grigni

Artist Guest
John Grigni has been an illustrator and designer for over 25 years. He began using computers for 3D work in the early 90s. He’s provided illustrations for a number of gaming companies, both traditionally and digitally. In 2012 he started Argos Animation, and has been using Blender heavily in his production work. In 2014 he did the... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Victorian A
  • Equipment Required Projector and Screen

4:00pm

ConSuite
Open 4:00pm to 11:30pm

Friday July 14, 2017 4:00pm - 11:30pm
Suite 221 - ConSuite

4:30pm

Gray Rinehart (Concert)
Gray Rinehart entertains with songs from his filk albums.

Moderators
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 4:30pm - 5:20pm
Salon B-C-D

5:00pm

Cosplaying With Your Kids (AP)
Our panelists discuss cosplaying with your kids and offer tips on how to get started, sources for assembling a cosplay, and social media tips.

Guests
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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →
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Tom Hutchens

Costuming Guest, Mandalorian Mercs
Born in Winston-Salem North Carolina, Tom spent a great deal of his childhood dressing up as his favorite STAR WARS™ characters. By 2003 this love for heroic characters would manifest itself in Tom’s ability for armor craft, as he learned to meld time honored armor-smithing techniques with... Read More →
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Maya Preisler

Artist Guest
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 →


Friday July 14, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Suite 215

5:00pm

Fanzines – Why They Are Important (ET)

What are fanzines, what is their history, and why they are still relevant today?  What were some of the first fanzines?  What purpose did they serve? What could be found in them?  And how have they changed over time?



Moderators
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →

Guests
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Roger Carden

Literary Guest
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988-1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games). Both enjoy playing... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →

Panelists

Friday July 14, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Victorian B

5:00pm

Signing Table: Ian Malone & William Tracy
Moderators
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Ian J. Malone

Literary Guest
Ian J. Malone is the owner of Sharkflight Publishing and author of THE MAKO SAGA, a space opera trilogy about five college buddies turned interstellar war heroes via beers and a video game. As a graduate of Florida State University, Malone has written in a variety of arenas ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to his fictional work, however... Read More →
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William C. Tracy

Science Guest
William C. Tracy is a North Carolina native with a masters and BS in mechanical engineering. He also has a BA in toy design. As such, he has both designed and operated heavy construction machinery (big toys) and is an expert in linkage design and optimization. He has been a Profe... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Prefunction

5:00pm

Writing in Multiple Tie-In Universes (ET)
Our panelists have written official novels for Star Wars, Star Trek, and Beauty and the Beast, as well as Sherlock Holmes pastiches. Given that they also write a lot of other fiction, the panelists discuss the differences between writing original fiction and writing for pre-existing franchises/worlds.

Moderators
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Amy H. Sturgis

Literary Guest
Amy H. Sturgis (http://amyhsturgis.com) earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University, teaches Liberal Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and specializes in Science Fiction/Fantasy and Indigenous American Studies. She is one of the staff members behind the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa podcast... Read More →

Guests
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
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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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the... Read More →
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Amy H. Sturgis

Literary Guest
Amy H. Sturgis (http://amyhsturgis.com) earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University, teaches Liberal Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and specializes in Science Fiction/Fantasy and Indigenous American Studies. She is one of the staff members behind the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa podcast... Read More →
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Richard C. White

Literary Guest
Richard C. White is a science fiction/fantasy author, but he has also been known to do dark fantasy, new pulp, historical adventure, fantasy noir, and even non-fiction. His latest release was Harbinger of Darkness and earlier this year he released a dark fantasy short story collection, For a Few Gold Pieces More. Other recent releases were Terra Incognito, a collection of articles on world building, and... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Provincial

5:00pm

101 Ideas In an Hour (AP)
Ever wonder where writers get their ideas? Join New York Times bestselling author Timothy Zahn as he guides you and your fellow workshop attendees on the path to creating characters, aliens, magic systems, and societies that you can use as jump-off points for literally hundreds of stories, novels, and even multi-book sagas.

Michael A. Stackpole and Timothy Zahn will conduct a series of nine (9) seminars throughout the weekend. Cost at the door will be $10 per session. (Cash Only!)

*** Space is limited and cost does NOT include your convention membership.


Moderators
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Timothy Zahn

Special Guest
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At first a strictly spare-time avocation, over the next three years he gradually gave more time to it until he sold his first story in December 1978... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Boardroom
  • Fees Cost at the door will be $10 per session. (Cash Only!)
  • Tags Writing

5:00pm

How to Design With Your Users in Mind - User Experience (UX) 101 (AP)

The art and science of getting inside your User’s heads. A one hour workshop introducing the foundations of modern User Experience (UX) Design, geared towards game designers, web designers, app designers, clothing designers, event planners and anyone who wants to create a product or event that people will love.


Moderators
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Gopal Metro (Gild the Mourn)

Guitarist/Engineer, Gild the Mourn

Friday July 14, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Victorian A

5:30pm

White Plectrum
White Plectrum entertains with filk songs both classic and new!

Moderators
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White Plectrum

Musical Guest
In all the years I’ve been performing as White Plectrum, one thing has remained constant:  the support of all those who have listened, sung along, and helped spread the music.  I couldn’t continue to do this without your support. When White Plectrum began, I had no idea it would go this... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 5:30pm - 6:20pm
Salon B-C-D

6:00pm

Close Up Magic
Join Flabbergast, the time-traveling wizard, as he entertains and mystifies children and adults alike with magic that you can reach out and touch (or maybe not!)

Suitable for all Ages

Moderators
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Semi-professional entertainer for nearly 40 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Besides being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Suite 215

6:00pm

Signing Table: Cheralyn Lambeth and Angela Pritchett
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →
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Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, The Porkchop film trillogy, Pig Girl and many others. Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series. She also plays covers of movie, tv, video game and anime themes on the Ukulele. Angela went to UNC Greensboro and has a BS in Music Education and a Masters in Liberal Studies and Ethnomusicology. She does the podcasting segment "A Geek Girls Take" that can be heard weekly on the Earth Station One Network, and when she has free time she spends it sewing or playing with her Pug, Jimmy. You can find her online... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Prefunction

6:00pm

Supernatural: The Legend, Lore, Myth and Magic of Monsters (ET)
Supernatural has been around for more than 10 wonderful years and is still going strong. Although the show has gotten more silly/emotional and less scary over the years, there’s one thing that keeps the family business booming: all the creepy Supernatural monsters. Whether we’re talking about the mighty Darkness or your basic garden-variety demon, as long as monsters are around, the Winchesters will be there for you when the rain starts to fall. Or, you know, when you smell sulfur and feel cold all of a sudden. Our panelists discuss how the myths and legends of monsters play out in the Supernatural world. 

Moderators
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →

Guests
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Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows: one dog, three cats, three aquatic turtles, one albino corn snake, seven chickens, and a horse. As best as he's been able to manage, Stuart has made sure that the chickens and the horse do not live in the... Read More →
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Ian J. Malone

Literary Guest
Ian J. Malone is the owner of Sharkflight Publishing and author of THE MAKO SAGA, a space opera trilogy about five college buddies turned interstellar war heroes via beers and a video game. As a graduate of Florida State University, Malone has written in a variety of arenas ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to his fictional work, however... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Provincial

6:00pm

Marketing for Newbies (ET)
A common misconception among authors is that your book is your brand. Wrong! YOU are your brand! So…how do you draw attention to your brand and use it to gather sales? Come to this workshop and find out!

Moderators
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Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris' stories include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies, and the War for Dominance fantasy trilogy. Get his free... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Victorian A
  • Equipment Required Projector and Screen
  • Tags Writing

6:00pm

On Writing Short Stories (ET)
Short stories are often a great way to begin writing.  Our panelists talk about how they got their start, what interests them in writing short stories and where new authors can look to publish their work.

Moderators
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →

Guests
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Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long is a writer and game designer who's worked primarily in the tabletop roleplaying game field for the past twenty years. During that time he's written or co-written approximately 200 RPG books. He's best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, but has worked for many other RPG companies. In recent years he's branched out into writing fiction as well, contributing Fantasy short stories to numerous anthologies. He frequently claims that he's revising his novel, but this may be an elaborate scam of some sort. His first major work of non-fiction, a book about the Norse god Odin for Osprey Publishing, was released in May 2015. Since then he's primarily focused on several long-term projects, including a novel, variou7s short stories, his Worldbuilding Guidebook, and Mythic Hero, an extensive book about world mythology for authors and gamers. His Master Plan for World Domination has reached Stage 71-Upsilon. You can find out more about Steve and what he's up to... Read More →
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →
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Edmund R. Schubert

Literary Guest
Edmund R. Schubert is the author of the novel, Dreaming Creek, and over 50 short stories. Some of his early stories are collected in The Trouble with Eating Clouds; newer ones can be found in This Giant Leap. Schubert also contributed to and edited the non-fiction book, How to Wr... Read More →
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Stephen J. Simmons

Science Guest
Stephen J. Simmons was raised by a feral pack of English teachers in a tiny hamlet in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, and went to high school in Albany.  He spent twenty-one years in the Navy, both as a nuclear operator on five fast-attack submarines and as an instructor in both of the Navy's nuclear power training... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Victorian B

6:00pm

Writing Sherlock Holmes and Other Icons (ET)
Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Superheroes... What are the challenges with writing these iconic characters? And if you change them - how do you make sure to capture their essence? When writing an iconic character, how do you determine what makes them iconic?  Is it Sherlock Holmes being a detective, or Bond working for MI-6?  What happens if Holmes is a Demon, or Bond is set in a Fantasy World?

Moderators
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Amy H. Sturgis

Literary Guest
Amy H. Sturgis (http://amyhsturgis.com) earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University, teaches Liberal Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and specializes in Science Fiction/Fantasy and Indigenous American Studies. She is one of the staff members behind the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa podcast... Read More →

Guests
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
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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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas (Tor), KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (Amazon) and the upcoming KESTREL'S DANCE (Lore Seekers Press).  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST (Espec) and LAWLESS LANDS (Falstaff Books), and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers... Read More →
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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the... Read More →
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J. Matthew Saunders

Literary Guest
J. Matthew Saunders, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the author of the Daughters of Shadow and Blood trilogy about the Brides of Dracula and numerous fantasy and horror short stories. He received a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from t... Read More →
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Amy H. Sturgis

Literary Guest
Amy H. Sturgis (http://amyhsturgis.com) earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University, teaches Liberal Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and specializes in Science Fiction/Fantasy and Indigenous American Studies. She is one of the staff members behind the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa podcast... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Boardroom

7:00pm

E Komo Mai! (Opening Ceremonies) (ET)
This is our version of our opening ceremonies. There will be door prizes and short speeches by some of the guests!

This is the time and place to decompress from the rigors of travel, meet friends old and new, and make the transition to being at the Con! 

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“eh koh-moh my-ee” (means Welcome! in Hawaiian)

Each year, ConGregate remembers contributors that we have lost from the science fiction and fantasy world. The tradition began in memory of Aaron Allston, who was well known for his love of Hawaiian shirts.

We encourage everyone to wear a Hawaiian shirt on Friday, July 14.


Moderators
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James Fulbright

Con Chair/President, ConGregate Productions
James Fulbright was introduced to AD&D by a friend in 1979. After joining his first gaming group, his friends convinced to start attending conventions like StellarCon and Hexacon. It wasn’t long before attending cons led him to start helping out with those cons, which, in turn, led to running StellarCon (which he did for far too long). Over the years, James has also helped out with RavenCon, was on the founding board of ConCarolinas, worked VIP Registration at DragonCon and served on the BidCom for DeepSouthCon 46. In 2013, James made a silly decision to become part owner, and Con Chair, of a new convention in North Carolina. You can find information on ConGregate at... Read More →
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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast 9). I was the force behind the official Troma Podcast and a former host/editor of the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. I produced the long running Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show starring Mister Adventure, serving as writer and primary voice actor for recorded and live stage versions. I have done commercial voice work as the voice of CRASH, SWE and GOUGE Wrestling, Volaris phone systems, Howards RV and Fit Family NC (also providing puppeteering). I have MC'd numerous conventions and events, host/creator of Thinkin' While you're Drinkin' Trivia, am the house MC for Succubus Sorority, Riot Kittens and Nerd-Vana Burlesque under the pseudonym Richie Muenster. Between the podcasts, requested voices from other shows, father of 3, various audio sketches and dramas have been heard on ChronoRadio, Star Wars and Beyond, SwitchedOn Show, the Geeklabel Podcast and Dragon Pages' Wingin' It syndicated show, (plus countless guest appearances on other shows) of which I am very... Read More →

Guests
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Barbara Hambly

Writer Guest of Honor
Since her first published fantasy in 1982 – THE TIME OF THE DARK – Barbara Hambly has touched pretty much all the bases in genre fiction, including mainstream historical fiction, historical murder mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, comic books, graphic novels, media tie-ins, a screenplay, and scripts for Saturday morning cartoon shows. She continues to write both fantasy and historical fiction: the well-reviewed Benjamin January series of historical whodunnits (whose fourteenth entry, DRINKING GOURD, was published this year by Severn House U.K.), and the vampire tales of James and Lydia Asher and their vampire acquaintance Don Simon Ysidro, also from Severn House (most recently, DARKNESS ON HIS BONES). She keeps her hand in the world of fantasy by continuing the adventures of the heroes of her various Del Rey fantasy series of the... Read More →
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Alan Pollack

Artist Guest of Honor
Alan Pollack was born in New Jersey in 1964. Influenced at an early age by artists such as Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo, Alan knew that fantasy illustration would be his career of choice. After graduating from high school, he studied at several colleges. At the School of Visual Arts in NYC, the illustration team of Martucci and Greisbach convinced Alan to dabble in oils. He was so inspired by his first attempts that he began developing a portfolio of fantasy illustration. In his early twenties, Alan worked part-time as a silk screener and a photo retoucher while continuing to build his portfolio. In 1991, after much rejection from New York publishers, Alan was assigned his first cover illustration for Dungeon magazine with T.S.R Inc. He then found an agent in NYC, but, shortly thereafter, was offered a staff position at T.S.R Inc. where he spent the next few years surrounded by great artists while honing his skills. Since then, Alan has worked for many of the industries RPG companies, including Wizards of the Coast and T.S.R ,and has graced the covers of most of the leading book publishers in this country, including Harper/Collins, Daw Books, Del-Rey, Baen Books, Tor Books, ROC and the Science Fiction Book Club. Alan has also had the honor of being chosen as the cover artist for Spectrum, an illustration annual which focuses on the year's best science fiction and fantasy art. In 2015, Alan was one of the top five nominees chosen for the Hugo award for Best Professional Artist. To see more about Alan, visit his website... Read More →
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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast 9). I was the force behind the official Troma Podcast and a former host/editor of the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. I produced the long running Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show starring Mister Adventure, serving as writer and primary voice actor for recorded and live stage versions. I have done commercial voice work as the voice of CRASH, SWE and GOUGE Wrestling, Volaris phone systems, Howards RV and Fit Family NC (also providing puppeteering). I have MC'd numerous conventions and events, host/creator of Thinkin' While you're Drinkin' Trivia, am the house MC for Succubus Sorority, Riot Kittens and Nerd-Vana Burlesque under the pseudonym Richie Muenster. Between the podcasts, requested voices from other shows, father of 3, various audio sketches and dramas have been heard on ChronoRadio, Star Wars and Beyond, SwitchedOn Show, the Geeklabel Podcast and Dragon Pages' Wingin' It syndicated show, (plus countless guest appearances on other shows) of which I am very... Read More →
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written in the Conan, Pathfinder, BattleTech and World of Warcraft universes, among others. Currently the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University Distinguished Writer-in-Residence... Read More →
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Toni Weisskopf

Special Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive... Read More →
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Timothy Zahn

Special Guest
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At first a strictly spare-time avocation, over the next three years he gradually gave more time to it until he sold his first story in December 1978... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Salon B-C-D

7:00pm

The New Faces of DC - Supergirl/Arrow/Legends (AP)
No matter how you feel about the DC Movies, most people agree that the TV versions of the DC universe is one of the best written in recent memory. Join our panelists as they discuss what is working in the CW's DC World and what they could do better.

Moderators
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Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol has long been a guardian of Geek Culture in Charlotte.  She has served for several years as the Program Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 13 years. She co-host to podcasts – the weekly Guardians of the Geekery and the... Read More →

Guests
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Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol has long been a guardian of Geek Culture in Charlotte.  She has served for several years as the Program Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 13 years. She co-host to podcasts – the weekly Guardians of the Geekery and the... Read More →
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Barbara deBary-Kesner

Fan Guest
Barbara deBary-Kesner is a Human Systems Integration engineer by day, a masked caped crusader by night… in her dreams.  Barbara specializes in GUI design, designing systems with the operator in mind to enhance usability and performance.  Most evenings are spent curled on the couch with her husband Carl and 2 cats, watching cooking shows, a whodunit murder mystery, or the latest sci-fi, fantasy or superhero... Read More →
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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Victorian B

7:00pm

Pulp Fiction (AP)
Pulp is  sometimes seen as some of the first true SF - with fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous dames to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors.  Our panelists discuss the history of Pulp and its influence on SF/F.

Moderators
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Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long is a writer and game designer who's worked primarily in the tabletop roleplaying game field for the past twenty years. During that time he's written or co-written approximately 200 RPG books. He's best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, but has worked for many other RPG companies. In recent years he's branched out into writing fiction as well, contributing Fantasy short stories to numerous anthologies. He frequently claims that he's revising his novel, but this may be an elaborate scam of some sort. His first major work of non-fiction, a book about the Norse god Odin for Osprey Publishing, was released in May 2015. Since then he's primarily focused on several long-term projects, including a novel, variou7s short stories, his Worldbuilding Guidebook, and Mythic Hero, an extensive book about world mythology for authors and gamers. His Master Plan for World Domination has reached Stage 71-Upsilon. You can find out more about Steve and what he's up to... Read More →

Guests
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Roger Carden

Literary Guest
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988-1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games). Both enjoy playing... Read More →
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Janet Carden

Literary Guest
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988-1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games). Both enjoy playing... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction... Read More →
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Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long is a writer and game designer who's worked primarily in the tabletop roleplaying game field for the past twenty years. During that time he's written or co-written approximately 200 RPG books. He's best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, but has worked for many other RPG companies. In recent years he's branched out into writing fiction as well, contributing Fantasy short stories to numerous anthologies. He frequently claims that he's revising his novel, but this may be an elaborate scam of some sort. His first major work of non-fiction, a book about the Norse god Odin for Osprey Publishing, was released in May 2015. Since then he's primarily focused on several long-term projects, including a novel, variou7s short stories, his Worldbuilding Guidebook, and Mythic Hero, an extensive book about world mythology for authors and gamers. His Master Plan for World Domination has reached Stage 71-Upsilon. You can find out more about Steve and what he's up to... Read More →
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Richard C. White

Literary Guest
Richard C. White is a science fiction/fantasy author, but he has also been known to do dark fantasy, new pulp, historical adventure, fantasy noir, and even non-fiction. His latest release was Harbinger of Darkness and earlier this year he released a dark fantasy short story collection, For a Few Gold Pieces More. Other recent releases were Terra Incognito, a collection of articles on world building, and... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Boardroom

7:30pm

Set-up (Room Closed)
Friday July 14, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Salon B-C-D

8:00pm

“Dragons and Griffins and Bears, Oh My!" The Pictish Art of Scotland (ET)
Although there exists no word in Scottish Gaelic for “dragon,” these and many other
magnificent creatures and symbols adorn hundreds of monoliths throughout Scotland.
Author Kim Iverson Headlee, who has been chasing these stones for nigh on two
decades, presents an introduction to this ancient and mysterious art form.

Moderators
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Kim Headlee

Literary Guest
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the midtwentieth... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Victorian A

8:00pm

Fanspeak – Learning the Basics (ET)

From FIAWOL to Great Ghu, our panelists will educate the audience on commonly used terms and how to use them correctly.


Moderators
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →

Guests
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →
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Toni Weisskopf

Special Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Victorian B

8:00pm

Signing Table: Chris Kennedy
Moderators
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Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris' stories include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies, and the War for Dominance fantasy trilogy. Get his free... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Prefunction

8:00pm

Worldbuilding 101 (AP)
Readers come to fiction for escape, and they love diving into alien world which are far more fantastic and titanic than our own. New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will walk you through the key elements of making sure your world has the depth readers crave. He cover the basics from geography and history—the stuff you missed skipping class in Middle School—and then show you how to work religion, culture, non-human races, magick and technology into a cohesive whole which will allow your readers to get lost in the worlds of your making.

Michael A. Stackpole and Timothy Zahn will conduct a series of nine (9) seminars throughout the weekend. Cost at the door will be $10 per session. (Cash only!)

*** Space is limited and cost does NOT include your convention membership.


Moderators
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written in the Conan, Pathfinder, BattleTech and World of Warcraft universes, among others. Currently the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University Distinguished Writer-in-Residence... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Boardroom
  • Fees Cost at the door will be $10 per session. (Cash Only!)
  • Tags Writing

8:00pm

Beat da Geeks
No, not like that! Go head-to-head against other fans for the right to take on our panel of experts in this geek trivia challenge.

Moderators
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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast 9). I was the force behind the official Troma Podcast and a former host/editor of the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. I produced the long running Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show starring Mister Adventure, serving as writer and primary voice actor for recorded and live stage versions. I have done commercial voice work as the voice of CRASH, SWE and GOUGE Wrestling, Volaris phone systems, Howards RV and Fit Family NC (also providing puppeteering). I have MC'd numerous conventions and events, host/creator of Thinkin' While you're Drinkin' Trivia, am the house MC for Succubus Sorority, Riot Kittens and Nerd-Vana Burlesque under the pseudonym Richie Muenster. Between the podcasts, requested voices from other shows, father of 3, various audio sketches and dramas have been heard on ChronoRadio, Star Wars and Beyond, SwitchedOn Show, the Geeklabel Podcast and Dragon Pages' Wingin' It syndicated show, (plus countless guest appearances on other shows) of which I am very... Read More →

Guests
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Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol has long been a guardian of Geek Culture in Charlotte.  She has served for several years as the Program Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 13 years. She co-host to podcasts – the weekly Guardians of the Geekery and the... Read More →
avatar for Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long is a writer and game designer who's worked primarily in the tabletop roleplaying game field for the past twenty years. During that time he's written or co-written approximately 200 RPG books. He's best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, but has worked for many other RPG companies. In recent years he's branched out into writing fiction as well, contributing Fantasy short stories to numerous anthologies. He frequently claims that he's revising his novel, but this may be an elaborate scam of some sort. His first major work of non-fiction, a book about the Norse god Odin for Osprey Publishing, was released in May 2015. Since then he's primarily focused on several long-term projects, including a novel, variou7s short stories, his Worldbuilding Guidebook, and Mythic Hero, an extensive book about world mythology for authors and gamers. His Master Plan for World Domination has reached Stage 71-Upsilon. You can find out more about Steve and what he's up to... Read More →
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast 9). I was the force behind the official Troma Podcast and a former host/editor of the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. I produced the long running Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show starring Mister Adventure, serving as writer and primary voice actor for recorded and live stage versions. I have done commercial voice work as the voice of CRASH, SWE and GOUGE Wrestling, Volaris phone systems, Howards RV and Fit Family NC (also providing puppeteering). I have MC'd numerous conventions and events, host/creator of Thinkin' While you're Drinkin' Trivia, am the house MC for Succubus Sorority, Riot Kittens and Nerd-Vana Burlesque under the pseudonym Richie Muenster. Between the podcasts, requested voices from other shows, father of 3, various audio sketches and dramas have been heard on ChronoRadio, Star Wars and Beyond, SwitchedOn Show, the Geeklabel Podcast and Dragon Pages' Wingin' It syndicated show, (plus countless guest appearances on other shows) of which I am very... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 8:00pm - 9:20pm
Provincial

8:00pm

Book Launch Party
Join several of our guests as they celebrate the launch of their newest books.  For specific authors and books, please see Sched.com.

John G. Hartness/Falstaff Books
Gail Z. & Larry N. Martin
Darin Kennedy
Michael G. Williams
Stuart Jaffe
Tally Johnson
Alexandra Christian
Matthew Saunders

Guests
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
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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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →
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Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows: one dog, three cats, three aquatic turtles, one albino corn snake, seven chickens, and a horse. As best as he's been able to manage, Stuart has made sure that the chickens and the horse do not live in the... Read More →
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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →
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Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and... Read More →
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J. Matthew Saunders

Literary Guest
J. Matthew Saunders, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the author of the Daughters of Shadow and Blood trilogy about the Brides of Dracula and numerous fantasy and horror short stories. He received a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from t... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal With the Devil, and the forthcoming Attempted Immortality. Michae... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Suite 207

8:30pm

Gild the Mourn
Join Gild the Mourn for their fairytale themed music.

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Gild The Mourn

Musical Guests, Gild The Mourn
Fairytale Themed Gothic Rock. | | | https://www.youtube.com/user/gildthemourn


Friday July 14, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Salon B-C-D

9:00pm

Historical Costuming for Cosplay (ET)

With the popularity of shows like Outlander, Penny Dreadful, and Downton Abbey, there is a growing interest in cosplay with a historical twist, but historical cosplay and historical costuming are not necessary one in the same. In this panel, you will learn how to adapt historical fashions to suit your cosplay needs.


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Sarah Schambach

Costuming Guest
Sarah (Lunar Rose Costuming & Cosplay) is an award-winning costume maker and blogger from Atlanta, GA. She has been making costumes since diving in head first with a full Tudor court gown at the age of 16. With a particular interest in Tolkien, Star Trek, book-inspired costuming, and a lifelong love of historical costuming, she has created a strong portfolio of both screen accurate and original designs. She has a passion for skilled craftsmanship, and her works often feature heavily detailed elements such as hand-embroidery and beading, custom-dyed fabrics, scale maille, and handmade patterns. Her work has won several major awards, including DragonCon's coveted title of "The Chosen", and has been featured in Cosplay Culture... Read More →

Guests
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →
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Theresa Perlmutter

Costuming Guest
Theresa Perlmutter started out as an artist. Painting and drawing were her prime passions in high school, and when a friend introduced her to her very first comic book, X-Men 97, she knew it was what she wanted to do. | | In the late 80s and early 90s, she was introduced to costuming, however it... Read More →
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Sarah Schambach

Costuming Guest
Sarah (Lunar Rose Costuming & Cosplay) is an award-winning costume maker and blogger from Atlanta, GA. She has been making costumes since diving in head first with a full Tudor court gown at the age of 16. With a particular interest in Tolkien, Star Trek, book-inspired costuming, and a lifelong love of historical costuming, she has created a strong portfolio of both screen accurate and original designs. She has a passion for skilled craftsmanship, and her works often feature heavily detailed elements such as hand-embroidery and beading, custom-dyed fabrics, scale maille, and handmade patterns. Her work has won several major awards, including DragonCon's coveted title of "The Chosen", and has been featured in Cosplay Culture... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Victorian B

9:00pm

Steampunk Jamboree (AP)
Familiar tunes, funny fan-fueled lyrics, and a few British Chestnuts, presented for you to sing along with Flabbergast and the Missus in Victorian Music Hall-style. Rated E for Everyone!

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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Semi-professional entertainer for nearly 40 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Besides being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Victorian A

9:00pm

Java & Pros: Samantha Bryant & Darin Kennedy
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Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Literary Guest
Superhero novelist, feminist, teacher, classic and cult movie buff, mother of daughters and dogs.

Guests
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Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Literary Guest
Superhero novelist, feminist, teacher, classic and cult movie buff, mother of daughters and dogs.
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Suite 215

9:00pm

From Nancy Drew to Anita Blake (ET)
From Nancy Drew to Anita Blake, female detectives have graced bookshelves for many years. What skills do you need to bring writing these leading women to life?  Where can you find great new female detectives? 

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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the... Read More →

Guests
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Janet Carden

Literary Guest
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988-1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games). Both enjoy playing... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction... Read More →
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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the... Read More →
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Darcy Wold

Artist Guest
Darcy Wold is a part-time artist, an inveterate editor, and an even more inveterate reader. In her day job, she works for CDISC (a standards development organization specializing in clinical data interchange) as a publishing editor and a technical metadata curator. Both roles inv... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Boardroom

9:30pm

Carrie Fisher - From Princess to General (AP)
With her larger-than-life personality, both on- and off-screen, and incredible sense of humor, Carrie Fisher was destined to have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans of all ages. Costumes are encouraged, and all are welcome as panelists and audience members share personal stories of how she touched fans' lives and will live in their hearts-always! 

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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →

Guests
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Barbara deBary-Kesner

Fan Guest
Barbara deBary-Kesner is a Human Systems Integration engineer by day, a masked caped crusader by night… in her dreams.  Barbara specializes in GUI design, designing systems with the operator in mind to enhance usability and performance.  Most evenings are spent curled on the couch with her husband Carl and 2 cats, watching cooking shows, a whodunit murder mystery, or the latest sci-fi, fantasy or superhero... Read More →
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →
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Maya Preisler

Artist Guest
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 →
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Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, The Porkchop film trillogy, Pig Girl and many others. Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series. She also plays covers of movie, tv, video game and anime themes on the Ukulele. Angela went to UNC Greensboro and has a BS in Music Education and a Masters in Liberal Studies and Ethnomusicology. She does the podcasting segment "A Geek Girls Take" that can be heard weekly on the Earth Station One Network, and when she has free time she spends it sewing or playing with her Pug, Jimmy. You can find her online... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 9:30pm - 10:20pm
Provincial

10:00pm

Java & Pros: William C. Tracy & Michael G Williams
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William C. Tracy

Science Guest
William C. Tracy is a North Carolina native with a masters and BS in mechanical engineering. He also has a BA in toy design. As such, he has both designed and operated heavy construction machinery (big toys) and is an expert in linkage design and optimization. He has been a Profe... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal With the Devil, and the forthcoming Attempted Immortality. Michae... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Suite 215

10:00pm

Design an Alien (AP)
Paula Jordan moderates this panel on how to properly design your alien so that it will be realistic in accordance with known science.

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Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest
Paula S Jordan writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories published in Analog, including her novelette “Vooorh,” Jul/Aug 2014. She’s now at work on the fourth draft of her first novel, the present-day alien contact story of a resourceful, small-town group of friends who join with a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend friendly aliens and humans alike from a deadly anti-human faction of the alien species. Working title: The Seas and the Stars. | | In her previous work as a NASA orbit analyst, Paula supported 30+ satellite missions, including Clementine, the first to detect water on the moon. | Visit her web site at PaulaSJordan.com, on... Read More →

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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer.  His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral... Read More →
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Glenda Finkelstein

Literary Guest
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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Randall Hayes

Science Guest
Randall Hayes, Ph.D., your friendly neighborhood neuroscientist, co-organizes the Greensboro Science Cafe, where we corner -- ah, informally interview -- a working scientist at Gibb's Hundred Brewing every month, as well as an ongoing science book club at Scuppernong Books.  Check them out at... Read More →
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Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest
Paula S Jordan writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories published in Analog, including her novelette “Vooorh,” Jul/Aug 2014. She’s now at work on the fourth draft of her first novel, the present-day alien contact story of a resourceful, small-town group of friends who join with a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend friendly aliens and humans alike from a deadly anti-human faction of the alien species. Working title: The Seas and the Stars. | | In her previous work as a NASA orbit analyst, Paula supported 30+ satellite missions, including Clementine, the first to detect water on the moon. | Visit her web site at PaulaSJordan.com, on... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Victorian B

10:00pm

Romance in Genre Fiction (ET)
From Laurell K Hamiliton's Anita Blake's active romantic life to the relationships that bedevil Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden, how do you add romance to genre writing? Do you follow the typical "romance" plot lines? Or do you follow the more typical genre plot? How do you know when you are writing a "romance" novel that takes place in a science fiction/fantasy setting vs a "science fiction" novel with romantic elements?

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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
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 →

Guests
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
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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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the... Read More →
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Linda Robertson

Literary Guest
Linda Robertson is an internationally published author. She won first place in the OSU/Mansfield Florence B. Allen writing competition (2006). Since then, she's earned a cum laude Associate of the Art’s Degree in English and published several novels and short stories. In addition to the Immanence series, she is the author of the Persephone... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Victorian A

10:00pm

Writer Beware (ET)
Writer Beware’s mission is to track, expose, and raise awareness of the prevalence of fraud and other questionable activities in and around the publishing industry.

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Richard C. White

Literary Guest
Richard C. White is a science fiction/fantasy author, but he has also been known to do dark fantasy, new pulp, historical adventure, fantasy noir, and even non-fiction. His latest release was Harbinger of Darkness and earlier this year he released a dark fantasy short story collection, For a Few Gold Pieces More. Other recent releases were Terra Incognito, a collection of articles on world building, and... Read More →

Guests
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Roger Carden

Literary Guest
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988-1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games). Both enjoy playing... Read More →
avatar for Richard C. White

Richard C. White

Literary Guest
Richard C. White is a science fiction/fantasy author, but he has also been known to do dark fantasy, new pulp, historical adventure, fantasy noir, and even non-fiction. His latest release was Harbinger of Darkness and earlier this year he released a dark fantasy short story collection, For a Few Gold Pieces More. Other recent releases were Terra Incognito, a collection of articles on world building, and... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Boardroom

10:00pm

Valentine Wolfe
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Valentine Wolfe

Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight.  Having dubbed their music “Victorian Chamber metal”, the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. | | Ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black are buttressed by the thunderous growl of... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Salon B-C-D

10:30pm

Cospositivity: Cosplay with Confidence (ET)
Discuss body image and confidence in oneself, self-worth, ways to work on confidence, and how to stay positive in the community when faced with negative people or negative comments on social media. Cosplaying regardless of age, skin color, gender, body type/size, and disability will be covered.



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Panelists

Friday July 14, 2017 10:30pm - 11:20pm
Provincial

11:00pm

Ghost Stories w/ Tally & Braxton (ET)
You've heard Tally Johnson's ghost stories…now join him along with Braxton of Valentine Wolfe as they tell ghost stories accompanied by the haunting soundscapes of Braxton's bass.

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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →

Guests
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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →
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Valentine Wolfe

Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight.  Having dubbed their music “Victorian Chamber metal”, the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. | | Ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black are buttressed by the thunderous growl of... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Salon B-C-D

11:00pm

How Fan Connections Have Changed (AP)

The way fans have connected over the years has changed greatly.  From the first use of fanzines and Usenet to the popularity of LiveJournal to the current use of Facebook and tumblr, how are fans finding ways to connect with each other?


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Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol has long been a guardian of Geek Culture in Charlotte.  She has served for several years as the Program Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 13 years. She co-host to podcasts – the weekly Guardians of the Geekery and the... Read More →

Guests
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Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol has long been a guardian of Geek Culture in Charlotte.  She has served for several years as the Program Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 13 years. She co-host to podcasts – the weekly Guardians of the Geekery and the... Read More →
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →
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Maya Preisler

Artist Guest
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 →


Friday July 14, 2017 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Boardroom

11:00pm

The Alternative Night Life (ET)
A 101 style introduction to kink, BDSM, and the meaning of life. Well, maybe not the last one. Come learn about what all the letters stand for and talk about what 50 Shades of Grey got right and what was just plain wrong.  This panel will cover the basics of BDSM, from definitions, to consent, to finding and exploring your local scene, and basic safety. Ages 18 and up.

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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →

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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →
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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast 9). I was the force behind the official Troma Podcast and a former host/editor of the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. I produced the long running Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show starring Mister Adventure, serving as writer and primary voice actor for recorded and live stage versions. I have done commercial voice work as the voice of CRASH, SWE and GOUGE Wrestling, Volaris phone systems, Howards RV and Fit Family NC (also providing puppeteering). I have MC'd numerous conventions and events, host/creator of Thinkin' While you're Drinkin' Trivia, am the house MC for Succubus Sorority, Riot Kittens and Nerd-Vana Burlesque under the pseudonym Richie Muenster. Between the podcasts, requested voices from other shows, father of 3, various audio sketches and dramas have been heard on ChronoRadio, Star Wars and Beyond, SwitchedOn Show, the Geeklabel Podcast and Dragon Pages' Wingin' It syndicated show, (plus countless guest appearances on other shows) of which I am very... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Victorian B

11:00pm

Java & Pros: Kim Headlee (Adult Reading)
Guests
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Kim Headlee

Literary Guest
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the midtwentieth... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Suite 215
 
Saturday, July 15
 

9:00am

Iron Maker (ET)
Two teams from the 105th Squad will face off to build a SF themed costume with previously unseen materials that will be provided at the competition. The teams will be limited to two hours, and a "curve ball" may be injected into the competition midway through the build.

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James Rippe

Costuming Guest, 105th Squad
James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the... Read More →

Guests
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Theresa Perlmutter

Costuming Guest
Theresa Perlmutter started out as an artist. Painting and drawing were her prime passions in high school, and when a friend introduced her to her very first comic book, X-Men 97, she knew it was what she wanted to do. | | In the late 80s and early 90s, she was introduced to costuming, however it... Read More →
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James Rippe

Costuming Guest, 105th Squad
James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 9:00am - 11:30am
Salon B-C-D

9:00am

ConSuite
Open 9:00am to 11:00pm

Saturday July 15, 2017 9:00am - 11:00pm
Suite 221 - ConSuite

9:30am

Mixing Historical Research with Genre Fiction (ET)
Given that historical fiction itself is a demanding genre requiring a lot of effort if one wants to do it right,our panelists discuss the challenges they've faced and choices they've made in blending historical work with the fantasy and mystery genres.

Moderators
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Amy H. Sturgis

Literary Guest
Amy H. Sturgis (http://amyhsturgis.com) earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University, teaches Liberal Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and specializes in Science Fiction/Fantasy and Indigenous American Studies. She is one of the staff members behind the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa podcast... Read More →

Guests
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Barbara Hambly

Writer Guest of Honor
Since her first published fantasy in 1982 – THE TIME OF THE DARK – Barbara Hambly has touched pretty much all the bases in genre fiction, including mainstream historical fiction, historical murder mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, comic books, graphic novels, media tie-ins, a screenplay, and scripts for Saturday morning cartoon shows. She continues to write both fantasy and historical fiction: the well-reviewed Benjamin January series of historical whodunnits (whose fourteenth entry, DRINKING GOURD, was published this year by Severn House U.K.), and the vampire tales of James and Lydia Asher and their vampire acquaintance Don Simon Ysidro, also from Severn House (most recently, DARKNESS ON HIS BONES). She keeps her hand in the world of fantasy by continuing the adventures of the heroes of her various Del Rey fantasy series of the... Read More →
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Kim Headlee

Literary Guest
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the midtwentieth... Read More →
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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →
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Linda Robertson

Literary Guest
Linda Robertson is an internationally published author. She won first place in the OSU/Mansfield Florence B. Allen writing competition (2006). Since then, she's earned a cum laude Associate of the Art’s Degree in English and published several novels and short stories. In addition to the Immanence series, she is the author of the Persephone... Read More →
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Amy H. Sturgis

Literary Guest
Amy H. Sturgis (http://amyhsturgis.com) earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University, teaches Liberal Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and specializes in Science Fiction/Fantasy and Indigenous American Studies. She is one of the staff members behind the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa podcast... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 9:30am - 10:20am
Provincial

9:30am

21 Days To A Novel (AP)
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole presents his three week program for preparing yourself to write a novel. This set of 21 exercises is broken down to give you everything from character creation to world building, practical plotting devices, dialogue development and character voice creation tools. This program is a practical, kick-in-the-pants place to start your career.

Michael A. Stackpole and Timothy Zahn will conduct a series of nine (9) seminars throughout the weekend. You may register for all 9 prior to convention for $75.00. Cost at the door will be $10 per session.

*** Space is limited and cost does NOT include your convention membership.


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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written in the Conan, Pathfinder, BattleTech and World of Warcraft universes, among others. Currently the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University Distinguished Writer-in-Residence... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 9:30am - 10:50am
Boardroom
  • Fees You may register for all 9 prior to convention for $75.00. Cost at the door will be $10 per session.

10:00am

Nanoscience Inspired by Nature (ET)
Dr. Daniel Herr shares his TEDtalk and answers questions about the future of Nanoscience.
TEDtalks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity.

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Dr. Daniel Herr

Science Guest
Dr. Herr is a pioneer in collaborative nanotechnology research, development, manufacturing and innovative supply chain management. He serves as UNC-Greensboro’s professor and Nanoscience Department Chair at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) in Greensboro, North Carolina. He leads a highly collaborative and transdisciplinary team that explores foundational nanoscience platforms and addresses emerging, high impact More-than-Moore (MtM) application opportunities. Current research platforms include nanobioelectronics, nanoenergy, computational nanotechnology, nanometrology, nanobiology/medicine, functional self-assembled nanomaterials, biomimetic systems and sustainability. He also continues to serve as Adjunct Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, where he co-teaches a graduate level course on The Materials Science of Nanoelectronics. He also directs North... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Victorian A
  • Equipment Required Projector and Screen

10:00am

Signing Table: Simon Hawke and Ian Malone
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Simon Hawke

Literary Guest
Simon Hawke was born Nikolai Yermakov to Russian immigrant parents in 1951 in New York City.  He grew up on Long Island and has also lived in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., California, Colorado, and Arizona. He has traveled extensively, usually by motorcycle, and after 50 years of riding, only gave it up last year. After writing a number of novels under his birth name, he started writing under the pen name of Simon Hawke, and eventually changed it legally. He is the author of over 60 published novels, among them the Time Wars series and the Wizard of... Read More →
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Ian J. Malone

Literary Guest
Ian J. Malone is the owner of Sharkflight Publishing and author of THE MAKO SAGA, a space opera trilogy about five college buddies turned interstellar war heroes via beers and a video game. As a graduate of Florida State University, Malone has written in a variety of arenas ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to his fictional work, however... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Prefunction

10:00am

Allen Wold’s Regionally Famous Writers Workshop (AP)

Allen has been providing conventions with his workshop for many years. Joined by established authors, he provides a safe, creative environment to practice writing. New and established writers can benefit from this workshop. Limited attendance.

This is a 2 hr. workshop. Cost is free. To register, please contact Tera Fulbright at: tera@con-gregate.com.


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Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, and gave up writing for about three years. In 2003, he became a full time writer again, when Darcy went off to college, also at Pomona. He has published nine... Read More →

Guests
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →
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Edmund R. Schubert

Literary Guest
Edmund R. Schubert is the author of the novel, Dreaming Creek, and over 50 short stories. Some of his early stories are collected in The Trouble with Eating Clouds; newer ones can be found in This Giant Leap. Schubert also contributed to and edited the non-fiction book, How to Wr... Read More →
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Darcy Wold

Artist Guest
Darcy Wold is a part-time artist, an inveterate editor, and an even more inveterate reader. In her day job, she works for CDISC (a standards development organization specializing in clinical data interchange) as a publishing editor and a technical metadata curator. Both roles inv... Read More →
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Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, and gave up writing for about three years. In 2003, he became a full time writer again, when Darcy went off to college, also at Pomona. He has published nine... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 10:00am - 11:50am
Victorian B

10:00am

Dealer Room
Open:


FRI - 3:00pm-7:00pm
SAT - 10:00am-6:00pm
SUN - 10:00am-2:00pm

Saturday July 15, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
Salon A

10:30am

Bad is the New Good (AP)
Over time comic book villains have changed; from Suicide Squad to Loki, villains are now becoming heroes.  How does that change the dynamic from good vs evil in everything from TV to film to books?

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Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award... Read More →

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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern... Read More →
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Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award... Read More →
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J. Matthew Saunders

Literary Guest
J. Matthew Saunders, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the author of the Daughters of Shadow and Blood trilogy about the Brides of Dracula and numerous fantasy and horror short stories. He received a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from t... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am
Provincial

11:00am

Cover Art (ET)
Cover Art can make or break your book. From how it looks online to what part of the story it captures, join our guests as they talk about the nature of cover art.

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Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris' stories include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies, and the War for Dominance fantasy trilogy. Get his free... Read More →

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Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows: one dog, three cats, three aquatic turtles, one albino corn snake, seven chickens, and a horse. As best as he's been able to manage, Stuart has made sure that the chickens and the horse do not live in the... Read More →
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Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris' stories include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies, and the War for Dominance fantasy trilogy. Get his free... Read More →
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Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and... Read More →
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Alan Pollack

Artist Guest of Honor
Alan Pollack was born in New Jersey in 1964. Influenced at an early age by artists such as Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo, Alan knew that fantasy illustration would be his career of choice. After graduating from high school, he studied at several colleges. At the School of Visual Arts in NYC, the illustration team of Martucci and Greisbach convinced Alan to dabble in oils. He was so inspired by his first attempts that he began developing a portfolio of fantasy illustration. In his early twenties, Alan worked part-time as a silk screener and a photo retoucher while continuing to build his portfolio. In 1991, after much rejection from New York publishers, Alan was assigned his first cover illustration for Dungeon magazine with T.S.R Inc. He then found an agent in NYC, but, shortly thereafter, was offered a staff position at T.S.R Inc. where he spent the next few years surrounded by great artists while honing his skills. Since then, Alan has worked for many of the industries RPG companies, including Wizards of the Coast and T.S.R ,and has graced the covers of most of the leading book publishers in this country, including Harper/Collins, Daw Books, Del-Rey, Baen Books, Tor Books, ROC and the Science Fiction Book Club. Alan has also had the honor of being chosen as the cover artist for Spectrum, an illustration annual which focuses on the year's best science fiction and fantasy art. In 2015, Alan was one of the top five nominees chosen for the Hugo award for Best Professional Artist. To see more about Alan, visit his website... Read More →
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Toni Weisskopf

Special Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Victorian A

11:00am

Together We are More! (AP)
Join us on an intergalactic adventure as the Mighty Power Rangers gather in High Point, NC to battle fierce enemies and save the city.

(Children will pick colors and make bracers.)

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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →

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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Suite 215

11:00am

Signing Table: Michael G Williams and Richard C White
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Richard C. White

Literary Guest
Richard C. White is a science fiction/fantasy author, but he has also been known to do dark fantasy, new pulp, historical adventure, fantasy noir, and even non-fiction. His latest release was Harbinger of Darkness and earlier this year he released a dark fantasy short story collection, For a Few Gold Pieces More. Other recent releases were Terra Incognito, a collection of articles on world building, and... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal With the Devil, and the forthcoming Attempted Immortality. Michae... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Prefunction

11:00am

Open Pitch - Falstaff Books (AP)
Ever wanted some immediate, direct feedback on your great novel idea?  Then join John Hartness, editor of Falstaff Books, and pitch him your idea. John will listen, give feedback and if he likes it, he might even offer you a deal.

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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Boardroom

11:00am

Michael Stackpole Signing: Dealer's Room
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written in the Conan, Pathfinder, BattleTech and World of Warcraft universes, among others. Currently the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University Distinguished Writer-in-Residence... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon A

11:00am

Timothy Zahn Signing: Dealers Room
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Timothy Zahn

Special Guest
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At first a strictly spare-time avocation, over the next three years he gradually gave more time to it until he sold his first story in December 1978... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon A

11:30am

Set Up For Jedi Combat
Saturday July 15, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm
Salon B-C-D

11:30am

Writing Time Travel (ET)
Paradoxes. Infinite Loops.  Multiple timelines.  Time travel is hard.  Writing it is even harder.  Our panelists discuss some of the things that make writing time travel challenging.

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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →

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Simon Hawke

Literary Guest
Simon Hawke was born Nikolai Yermakov to Russian immigrant parents in 1951 in New York City.  He grew up on Long Island and has also lived in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., California, Colorado, and Arizona. He has traveled extensively, usually by motorcycle, and after 50 years of riding, only gave it up last year. After writing a number of novels under his birth name, he started writing under the pen name of Simon Hawke, and eventually changed it legally. He is the author of over 60 published novels, among them the Time Wars series and the Wizard of... Read More →
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Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long is a writer and game designer who's worked primarily in the tabletop roleplaying game field for the past twenty years. During that time he's written or co-written approximately 200 RPG books. He's best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, but has worked for many other RPG companies. In recent years he's branched out into writing fiction as well, contributing Fantasy short stories to numerous anthologies. He frequently claims that he's revising his novel, but this may be an elaborate scam of some sort. His first major work of non-fiction, a book about the Norse god Odin for Osprey Publishing, was released in May 2015. Since then he's primarily focused on several long-term projects, including a novel, variou7s short stories, his Worldbuilding Guidebook, and Mythic Hero, an extensive book about world mythology for authors and gamers. His Master Plan for World Domination has reached Stage 71-Upsilon. You can find out more about Steve and what he's up to... Read More →
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 11:30am - 12:20pm
Provincial

12:00pm

Sit Still, Look Pretty (ET)
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

Literary Guest
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 →

Guests
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
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

Literary Guest
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

Literary Guest
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

Artist Guest
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

12:00pm

Signing Table: Cheralyn Lambeth and Angela Pritchett
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →
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Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, The Porkchop film trillogy, Pig Girl and many others. Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series. She also plays covers of movie, tv, video game and anime themes on the Ukulele. Angela went to UNC Greensboro and has a BS in Music Education and a Masters in Liberal Studies and Ethnomusicology. She does the podcasting segment "A Geek Girls Take" that can be heard weekly on the Earth Station One Network, and when she has free time she spends it sewing or playing with her Pug, Jimmy. You can find her online... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Prefunction

12:00pm

Heroes, Anti-Heroes, Villains (ET)
What really makes them different, and does it matter? How are they similar? Would you tell a story from the villain’s POV (e.g. Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Demolished Man)?

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Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, and gave up writing for about three years. In 2003, he became a full time writer again, when Darcy went off to college, also at Pomona. He has published nine... Read More →

Guests
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Barbara Hambly

Writer Guest of Honor
Since her first published fantasy in 1982 – THE TIME OF THE DARK – Barbara Hambly has touched pretty much all the bases in genre fiction, including mainstream historical fiction, historical murder mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, comic books, graphic novels, media tie-ins, a screenplay, and scripts for Saturday morning cartoon shows. She continues to write both fantasy and historical fiction: the well-reviewed Benjamin January series of historical whodunnits (whose fourteenth entry, DRINKING GOURD, was published this year by Severn House U.K.), and the vampire tales of James and Lydia Asher and their vampire acquaintance Don Simon Ysidro, also from Severn House (most recently, DARKNESS ON HIS BONES). She keeps her hand in the world of fantasy by continuing the adventures of the heroes of her various Del Rey fantasy series of the... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern... Read More →
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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal With the Devil, and the forthcoming Attempted Immortality. Michae... Read More →
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Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, and gave up writing for about three years. In 2003, he became a full time writer again, when Darcy went off to college, also at Pomona. He has published nine... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Boardroom

12:00pm

The Guardian Corp - Jedi Combat Demo (ET)
The Guardian Corps is a stage combat choreography group, specializing in blades of light from a galaxy far, far away. Come watch as Sith and Jedi face off in combat.

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Guardian Corp

Performing Artist
Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Princess Bride, and many other movies have one thing in common — amazing fight scenes! Guardian Corp is the Choreographed Stage Combat division of The Sword Conservatory, a NC nonprofit dedicated to teaching the various sword art forms. We teach... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Equipment Required Caution Tape

12:30pm

Supernatural - Tethering to the Real World (ET)
Our panelists discuss how the music, historical facts and real places combine with the fantasy elements to make the show much more real.

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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →

Guests
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Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows: one dog, three cats, three aquatic turtles, one albino corn snake, seven chickens, and a horse. As best as he's been able to manage, Stuart has made sure that the chickens and the horse do not live in the... Read More →
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Ian J. Malone

Literary Guest
Ian J. Malone is the owner of Sharkflight Publishing and author of THE MAKO SAGA, a space opera trilogy about five college buddies turned interstellar war heroes via beers and a video game. As a graduate of Florida State University, Malone has written in a variety of arenas ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to his fictional work, however... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →

Panelists

Saturday July 15, 2017 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Provincial

12:30pm

DSC - Hearts Champion of the Universe Tournament (AP)
An annual traditional amongst southern fandom, the Hearts Champion of the Universe Tournament is exactly what it sounds like. Come, play cards, and have fun!

Interested participants may sign up at Registration.

Saturday July 15, 2017 12:30pm - 2:20pm
Victorian B
  • Equipment Required Sign Up Sheet at Registration

1:00pm

Photography Workshop for Photographers (AP)
So you just bought a new camera, but the pictures still do not look quite as professional as you had hoped. Professional photographers James Rippe and Paul Cory will provide some hands on suggestions to help your pictures look more like art, rather than something snapped on your smartphone. Cosplayers will be posing for the workshop attendees, so make sure you bring your camera. 

Participants should plan to show up within 10 minutes of the scheduled start time. When we finish with the introductory discussion, the workshop will be mobile to give participants a chance to work in real-con conditions. Actual workshop 2 hours.

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Paul Cory

Photographer
Paul Cory is a photographer based in Durham, North Carolina. You'll find fine art landscapes and nature, cosplay, portraits, and dancers, light movement artists and fire spinners in his portfolio.
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James Rippe

Costuming Guest, 105th Squad
James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the... Read More →

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Paul Cory

Photographer
Paul Cory is a photographer based in Durham, North Carolina. You'll find fine art landscapes and nature, cosplay, portraits, and dancers, light movement artists and fire spinners in his portfolio.
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →
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James Rippe

Costuming Guest, 105th Squad
James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Victorian A

1:00pm

Writing from Different Perspectives (ET)
Authors often try to write about protaganists that are different from themselves. Our panelists discuss why they feel it is important to capture these characters perspectives, the challenges faced in trying to be authentic, respectful, and sensitive in thier portrayal, and what they think about current debates and controversies about the importance of diversity, authenticity, and representation in fiction.



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Amy H. Sturgis

Literary Guest
Amy H. Sturgis (http://amyhsturgis.com) earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University, teaches Liberal Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and specializes in Science Fiction/Fantasy and Indigenous American Studies. She is one of the staff members behind the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa podcast... Read More →

Guests
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Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Literary Guest
Superhero novelist, feminist, teacher, classic and cult movie buff, mother of daughters and dogs.
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Barbara Hambly

Writer Guest of Honor
Since her first published fantasy in 1982 – THE TIME OF THE DARK – Barbara Hambly has touched pretty much all the bases in genre fiction, including mainstream historical fiction, historical murder mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, comic books, graphic novels, media tie-ins, a screenplay, and scripts for Saturday morning cartoon shows. She continues to write both fantasy and historical fiction: the well-reviewed Benjamin January series of historical whodunnits (whose fourteenth entry, DRINKING GOURD, was published this year by Severn House U.K.), and the vampire tales of James and Lydia Asher and their vampire acquaintance Don Simon Ysidro, also from Severn House (most recently, DARKNESS ON HIS BONES). She keeps her hand in the world of fantasy by continuing the adventures of the heroes of her various Del Rey fantasy series of the... Read More →
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Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and... Read More →
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Amy H. Sturgis

Literary Guest
Amy H. Sturgis (http://amyhsturgis.com) earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University, teaches Liberal Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and specializes in Science Fiction/Fantasy and Indigenous American Studies. She is one of the staff members behind the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa podcast... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal With the Devil, and the forthcoming Attempted Immortality. Michae... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Boardroom

1:00pm

How to Defeat the Bad Guys - Ask a Scientist (AP)
Our Mighty Power Rangers meet with some of the city's finest scientists to ask questions of them and learn more about their enemy.


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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →

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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer.  His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral... Read More →
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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →
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Dr. Tedd Roberts

Science Guest
Dr. Tedd Roberts (aka Speaker to Lab Animals) claims he was born to wonderful parents, grew up in Texas, attended university then went on to grad school. He is a Professor at a medical school where his research focuses on the drug and radiation effects on hippocampus and memory. ... Read More →
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William C. Tracy

Science Guest
William C. Tracy is a North Carolina native with a masters and BS in mechanical engineering. He also has a BA in toy design. As such, he has both designed and operated heavy construction machinery (big toys) and is an expert in linkage design and optimization. He has been a Profe... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Suite 215

1:00pm

Signing: Nicole Givens Kurtz
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Prefunction

1:00pm

Signing: John Hartness and Melissa McArthur (at Falstaff Books Table)
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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →
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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Prefunction

1:30pm

The Stories Behind the Art - AGoH (ET)
Michael Pederson interviews AGoH Alan Pollack about the stories behind some of his iconic artwork.

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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →

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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →
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Alan Pollack

Artist Guest of Honor
Alan Pollack was born in New Jersey in 1964. Influenced at an early age by artists such as Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo, Alan knew that fantasy illustration would be his career of choice. After graduating from high school, he studied at several colleges. At the School of Visual Arts in NYC, the illustration team of Martucci and Greisbach convinced Alan to dabble in oils. He was so inspired by his first attempts that he began developing a portfolio of fantasy illustration. In his early twenties, Alan worked part-time as a silk screener and a photo retoucher while continuing to build his portfolio. In 1991, after much rejection from New York publishers, Alan was assigned his first cover illustration for Dungeon magazine with T.S.R Inc. He then found an agent in NYC, but, shortly thereafter, was offered a staff position at T.S.R Inc. where he spent the next few years surrounded by great artists while honing his skills. Since then, Alan has worked for many of the industries RPG companies, including Wizards of the Coast and T.S.R ,and has graced the covers of most of the leading book publishers in this country, including Harper/Collins, Daw Books, Del-Rey, Baen Books, Tor Books, ROC and the Science Fiction Book Club. Alan has also had the honor of being chosen as the cover artist for Spectrum, an illustration annual which focuses on the year's best science fiction and fantasy art. In 2015, Alan was one of the top five nominees chosen for the Hugo award for Best Professional Artist. To see more about Alan, visit his website... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Provincial

1:30pm

Make-up For Cosplay (ET)
Having makeup that matches the effort put into your cosplay is important. This panel goes into what it takes to perfect your cosplay by having great makeup to go with it. Panelists will cover beauty makeup, appliance application, special FX makeup, sculpting, molding, casting, and wig styling. They will help you answer your questions about makeup to match your costuming and cosplay. They will also offer tips and tools of the trade to use. 

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Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, The Porkchop film trillogy, Pig Girl and many others. Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series. She also plays covers of movie, tv, video game and anime themes on the Ukulele. Angela went to UNC Greensboro and has a BS in Music Education and a Masters in Liberal Studies and Ethnomusicology. She does the podcasting segment "A Geek Girls Take" that can be heard weekly on the Earth Station One Network, and when she has free time she spends it sewing or playing with her Pug, Jimmy. You can find her online... Read More →

Guests
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Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom has worked on feature films and television shows. Her film credits include The Hunger Games, Taking Liberty, The Conjuring, Leatherheads, Talladega Nights, The Box, the Oscar nominated June Bug, MAX, The Disappointment Room, Masterminds and The Reliant. Her TV work... Read More →
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Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, The Porkchop film trillogy, Pig Girl and many others. Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series. She also plays covers of movie, tv, video game and anime themes on the Ukulele. Angela went to UNC Greensboro and has a BS in Music Education and a Masters in Liberal Studies and Ethnomusicology. She does the podcasting segment "A Geek Girls Take" that can be heard weekly on the Earth Station One Network, and when she has free time she spends it sewing or playing with her Pug, Jimmy. You can find her online... Read More →
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Daphne Reeder

Costuming Guest
Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she's been on television programs on WTVI, in plays & stage performances, and modeled, both in front of a camera and on the runway. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became an accomplished cosplayer by the time she was 17. Since then, she has added to her arsenal of outfits to cross multiple genres, though her passions are sci-fi/fantasy and horror. She has modeled for multiple events and has been on posters and flyers around the Charlotte and Atlanta... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Victorian A

2:00pm

Leave Her Alone! Or, How To Tell People To Go Away Nicely (ET)
Our team of Power Rangers learn how helping and protecting each other will help them grow stronger.



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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →

Guests
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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Suite 215

2:00pm

Gray Rinehart (Concert)
Gray Rinehart entertains us with his music!

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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salon B-C-D

2:00pm

Signing Table: Edmund Schubert & Stuart Jaffe
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Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows: one dog, three cats, three aquatic turtles, one albino corn snake, seven chickens, and a horse. As best as he's been able to manage, Stuart has made sure that the chickens and the horse do not live in the... Read More →
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Edmund R. Schubert

Literary Guest
Edmund R. Schubert is the author of the novel, Dreaming Creek, and over 50 short stories. Some of his early stories are collected in The Trouble with Eating Clouds; newer ones can be found in This Giant Leap. Schubert also contributed to and edited the non-fiction book, How to Wr... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Prefunction

2:00pm

Okay, I've Got My Idea… (AP)
Working from an idea generated on the spot, author Timothy Zahn will guide the participants in laying out an entire story. We’ll construct a storyline, find the protagonists, sketch out the character arcs, play with plot twists, and point the way to a satisfying resolution.

Michael A. Stackpole and Timothy Zahn will conduct a series of nine (9) seminars throughout the weekend. You may register for all 9 prior to convention for $75.00. Cost at the door will be $10 per session.

*** Space is limited and cost does NOT include your convention membership.


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Timothy Zahn

Special Guest
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At first a strictly spare-time avocation, over the next three years he gradually gave more time to it until he sold his first story in December 1978... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Boardroom
  • Fees You may register for all 9 prior to convention for $75.00. Cost at the door will be $10 per session.

2:30pm

What's Going on in the Lab? (ET)
From Nanotechnology to Neuroscience, from NASA to Nuclear Engineering, how has science changed and what do we have to look forward to in the 21st Century?


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Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest
Paula S Jordan writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories published in Analog, including her novelette “Vooorh,” Jul/Aug 2014. She’s now at work on the fourth draft of her first novel, the present-day alien contact story of a resourceful, small-town group of friends who join with a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend friendly aliens and humans alike from a deadly anti-human faction of the alien species. Working title: The Seas and the Stars. | | In her previous work as a NASA orbit analyst, Paula supported 30+ satellite missions, including Clementine, the first to detect water on the moon. | Visit her web site at PaulaSJordan.com, on... Read More →

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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer.  His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral... Read More →
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Randall Hayes

Science Guest
Randall Hayes, Ph.D., your friendly neighborhood neuroscientist, co-organizes the Greensboro Science Cafe, where we corner -- ah, informally interview -- a working scientist at Gibb's Hundred Brewing every month, as well as an ongoing science book club at Scuppernong Books.  Check them out at... Read More →
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Dr. Daniel Herr

Science Guest
Dr. Herr is a pioneer in collaborative nanotechnology research, development, manufacturing and innovative supply chain management. He serves as UNC-Greensboro’s professor and Nanoscience Department Chair at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) in Greensboro, North Carolina. He leads a highly collaborative and transdisciplinary team that explores foundational nanoscience platforms and addresses emerging, high impact More-than-Moore (MtM) application opportunities. Current research platforms include nanobioelectronics, nanoenergy, computational nanotechnology, nanometrology, nanobiology/medicine, functional self-assembled nanomaterials, biomimetic systems and sustainability. He also continues to serve as Adjunct Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, where he co-teaches a graduate level course on The Materials Science of Nanoelectronics. He also directs North... Read More →
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Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest
Paula S Jordan writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories published in Analog, including her novelette “Vooorh,” Jul/Aug 2014. She’s now at work on the fourth draft of her first novel, the present-day alien contact story of a resourceful, small-town group of friends who join with a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend friendly aliens and humans alike from a deadly anti-human faction of the alien species. Working title: The Seas and the Stars. | | In her previous work as a NASA orbit analyst, Paula supported 30+ satellite missions, including Clementine, the first to detect water on the moon. | Visit her web site at PaulaSJordan.com, on... Read More →
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Gopal Metro (Gild the Mourn)

Guitarist/Engineer, Gild the Mourn
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Stephen J. Simmons

Science Guest
Stephen J. Simmons was raised by a feral pack of English teachers in a tiny hamlet in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, and went to high school in Albany.  He spent twenty-one years in the Navy, both as a nuclear operator on five fast-attack submarines and as an instructor in both of the Navy's nuclear power training... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Victorian A

2:30pm

Meet the 105th - Demo (AP)
The 105th Squad is a multi-genre Costume and Prop Builder group. We refer to our members as engineers, because they work together in building various projects.  Take advantage of this workshop to share your work and learn from others. Feel free to ask members for tips as they are here to help.

Guests
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Theresa Perlmutter

Costuming Guest
Theresa Perlmutter started out as an artist. Painting and drawing were her prime passions in high school, and when a friend introduced her to her very first comic book, X-Men 97, she knew it was what she wanted to do. | | In the late 80s and early 90s, she was introduced to costuming, however it... Read More →
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James Rippe

Costuming Guest, 105th Squad
James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 2:30pm - 4:20pm
Victorian B

2:30pm

Hold on to the Light (AP)
Anxiety & depression are cruel mistresses, and they target a lot of creatives, some you might even know. Let's gather to talk about how to survive it together.

#HoldOnToTheLight is a blog campaign encompassing blog posts by more than 100 fantasy and science fiction authors around the world in an effort to raise awareness around treatment for depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD initiatives, bullying prevention and other mental health-related issues. We believe fandom should be supportive, welcoming and inclusive, in the long tradition of fandom taking care of its own. We encourage readers and fans to seek the help they or their loved ones need without shame or embarrassment.

Moderators
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →

Guests
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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas (Tor), KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (Amazon) and the upcoming KESTREL'S DANCE (Lore Seekers Press).  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST (Espec) and LAWLESS LANDS (Falstaff Books), and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 2:30pm - 4:20pm
Provincial

3:00pm

It's Morphin' Time (AP)
Our Power Rangers learn how to work together as a team using STEM activities.


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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Suite 215

3:00pm

White Plectrum
White Plectrum entertains with filk songs both classic and new!

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White Plectrum

Musical Guest
In all the years I’ve been performing as White Plectrum, one thing has remained constant:  the support of all those who have listened, sung along, and helped spread the music.  I couldn’t continue to do this without your support. When White Plectrum began, I had no idea it would go this... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Salon B-C-D

3:00pm

Signing: Barbara Hambly
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Barbara Hambly

Writer Guest of Honor
Since her first published fantasy in 1982 – THE TIME OF THE DARK – Barbara Hambly has touched pretty much all the bases in genre fiction, including mainstream historical fiction, historical murder mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, comic books, graphic novels, media tie-ins, a screenplay, and scripts for Saturday morning cartoon shows. She continues to write both fantasy and historical fiction: the well-reviewed Benjamin January series of historical whodunnits (whose fourteenth entry, DRINKING GOURD, was published this year by Severn House U.K.), and the vampire tales of James and Lydia Asher and their vampire acquaintance Don Simon Ysidro, also from Severn House (most recently, DARKNESS ON HIS BONES). She keeps her hand in the world of fantasy by continuing the adventures of the heroes of her various Del Rey fantasy series of the... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Prefunction

3:00pm

Characterization (AP)
Characters are king in literature and New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole brings you a toolbox full of techniques to create compelling and memorable characters. Readers read for and remember characters, and after this course, yours will be unforgettable, which will keep them coming back for more.

Michael A. Stackpole and Timothy Zahn will conduct a series of nine (9) seminars throughout the weekend. You may register for all 9 prior to convention for $75.00. Cost at the door will be $10 per session.

*** Space is limited and cost does NOT include your convention membership.


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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written in the Conan, Pathfinder, BattleTech and World of Warcraft universes, among others. Currently the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University Distinguished Writer-in-Residence... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Boardroom
  • Fees You may register for all 9 prior to convention for $75.00. Cost at the door will be $10 per session.

3:30pm

The Stages of a Writer's Experience (ET)

Each writer’s learning and career experiences are unique, but might there be similarities in the stages of their progress?   Assuming a panel of four writers, each at a different stage of his/her career--say, beginner, moderately published, established, and master--what experiences of learning and success might each have encountered in their careers to date and how might they agree or differ?

Beginner William C Tracy, moderately published Paula Jordan, established Gail Z Martin, and master Timothy Zahn explore the likenesses and differences.


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Ian J. Malone

Literary Guest
Ian J. Malone is the owner of Sharkflight Publishing and author of THE MAKO SAGA, a space opera trilogy about five college buddies turned interstellar war heroes via beers and a video game. As a graduate of Florida State University, Malone has written in a variety of arenas ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to his fictional work, however... Read More →

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Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest
Paula S Jordan writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories published in Analog, including her novelette “Vooorh,” Jul/Aug 2014. She’s now at work on the fourth draft of her first novel, the present-day alien contact story of a resourceful, small-town group of friends who join with a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend friendly aliens and humans alike from a deadly anti-human faction of the alien species. Working title: The Seas and the Stars. | | In her previous work as a NASA orbit analyst, Paula supported 30+ satellite missions, including Clementine, the first to detect water on the moon. | Visit her web site at PaulaSJordan.com, on... Read More →
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Ian J. Malone

Literary Guest
Ian J. Malone is the owner of Sharkflight Publishing and author of THE MAKO SAGA, a space opera trilogy about five college buddies turned interstellar war heroes via beers and a video game. As a graduate of Florida State University, Malone has written in a variety of arenas ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to his fictional work, however... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →
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William C. Tracy

Science Guest
William C. Tracy is a North Carolina native with a masters and BS in mechanical engineering. He also has a BA in toy design. As such, he has both designed and operated heavy construction machinery (big toys) and is an expert in linkage design and optimization. He has been a Profe... Read More →
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Timothy Zahn

Special Guest
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At first a strictly spare-time avocation, over the next three years he gradually gave more time to it until he sold his first story in December 1978... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Victorian A

4:00pm

(Mock) Battle to Save the City (AP)
Having learned the power of working together, and with the knowledge gained, our Rangers gather to face the enemy.

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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →

Guests
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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Suite 215

4:00pm

Flabbergast's Magic Show
Flabbergast, the time-traveling wizard, stops into ConGregate4/DeepSouthCon55 with his puppet pals and puzzling presentations of prestidigitation to amaze and amuse children and adults alike. Prepare to be Flabbergasted!

Suitable for all Ages

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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Semi-professional entertainer for nearly 40 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Besides being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Salon B-C-D

4:00pm

Signing Table: Darin Kennedy & J. Matthews Saunders
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern... Read More →
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J. Matthew Saunders

Literary Guest
J. Matthew Saunders, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the author of the Daughters of Shadow and Blood trilogy about the Brides of Dracula and numerous fantasy and horror short stories. He received a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from t... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Prefunction

4:00pm

Advanced Characterization (AP)
If characters are king, these techniques will teach you how to establish a dynasty. New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole reveals the advanced techniques he uses for creating characters of depth, intrigue and humanity, who manage to grow in realistic but seldom predictable ways. You’ll learn how to create the sort of characters that can carry whole sagas and keep readers locked in and waiting for each new book’s release.

Michael A. Stackpole and Timothy Zahn will conduct a series of nine (9) seminars throughout the weekend. You may register for all 9 prior to convention for $75.00. Cost at the door will be $10 per session.

*** Space is limited and cost does NOT include your convention membership.


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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written in the Conan, Pathfinder, BattleTech and World of Warcraft universes, among others. Currently the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University Distinguished Writer-in-Residence... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Boardroom
  • Fees You may register for all 9 prior to convention for $75.00. Cost at the door will be $10 per session.
  • Tags Writing

4:30pm

Leatherworking set up
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Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in several short films, a documentary in progress, and a feature length movie... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Victorian B

4:30pm

Set-up BTRS
Saturday July 15, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Provincial
  • Equipment Required Projector and Screen

4:30pm

Photography Workshop - Posing for Costumers/Cosplayers (AP)
Wondering how to look your best when being photographed?  Professional photographers James Rippe and Paul Cory will provide some hands-on suggestions to help your poses look your best. Bring your costume and be ready to smile!



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Paul Cory

Photographer
Paul Cory is a photographer based in Durham, North Carolina. You'll find fine art landscapes and nature, cosplay, portraits, and dancers, light movement artists and fire spinners in his portfolio.
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James Rippe

Costuming Guest, 105th Squad
James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 4:30pm - 5:50pm
Victorian A
  • Equipment Required Projector and Screen

5:00pm

Writer Guest of Honor Event (ET)
John Hartness interviews Barbara Hambly!  Interview may be recorded live.

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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →

Guests
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Barbara Hambly

Writer Guest of Honor
Since her first published fantasy in 1982 – THE TIME OF THE DARK – Barbara Hambly has touched pretty much all the bases in genre fiction, including mainstream historical fiction, historical murder mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, comic books, graphic novels, media tie-ins, a screenplay, and scripts for Saturday morning cartoon shows. She continues to write both fantasy and historical fiction: the well-reviewed Benjamin January series of historical whodunnits (whose fourteenth entry, DRINKING GOURD, was published this year by Severn House U.K.), and the vampire tales of James and Lydia Asher and their vampire acquaintance Don Simon Ysidro, also from Severn House (most recently, DARKNESS ON HIS BONES). She keeps her hand in the world of fantasy by continuing the adventures of the heroes of her various Del Rey fantasy series of the... Read More →
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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Salon B-C-D

5:00pm

Java & Pros: Simon Hawke & Michael Stackpole
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Simon Hawke

Literary Guest
Simon Hawke was born Nikolai Yermakov to Russian immigrant parents in 1951 in New York City.  He grew up on Long Island and has also lived in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., California, Colorado, and Arizona. He has traveled extensively, usually by motorcycle, and after 50 years of riding, only gave it up last year. After writing a number of novels under his birth name, he started writing under the pen name of Simon Hawke, and eventually changed it legally. He is the author of over 60 published novels, among them the Time Wars series and the Wizard of... Read More →
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written in the Conan, Pathfinder, BattleTech and World of Warcraft universes, among others. Currently the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University Distinguished Writer-in-Residence... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Suite 215

5:00pm

Signing Table: Samantha Bryant & Kim Headlee
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Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Literary Guest
Superhero novelist, feminist, teacher, classic and cult movie buff, mother of daughters and dogs.
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Kim Headlee

Literary Guest
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the midtwentieth... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Prefunction

5:00pm

Genre Blending: Science Fiction, Fantasy and More (ET)
Mixing science fiction and fantasy with other genres like mystery and westerns can give you a genre cocktail that is great...or very, very bad. Some authors have been hugely successful, while others have crashed and burned. Our experts tell you how to get it just right.

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Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris' stories include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies, and the War for Dominance fantasy trilogy. Get his free... Read More →

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Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris' stories include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies, and the War for Dominance fantasy trilogy. Get his free... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas (Tor), KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (Amazon) and the upcoming KESTREL'S DANCE (Lore Seekers Press).  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST (Espec) and LAWLESS LANDS (Falstaff Books), and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers... Read More →
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J. Matthew Saunders

Literary Guest
J. Matthew Saunders, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the author of the Daughters of Shadow and Blood trilogy about the Brides of Dracula and numerous fantasy and horror short stories. He received a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from t... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Boardroom

5:00pm

Signing Table: Gail and Larry Martin (at the Broad Universe Table)
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →
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Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Prefunction

5:00pm

The Baen Traveling Road Show (ET)
Join the Publisher from Baen Books, Toni Weiskopf, along with artists, editors and authors, as she shares upcoming releases and gives away Baen swag! 

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Toni Weisskopf

Special Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive... Read More →

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Alan Pollack

Artist Guest of Honor
Alan Pollack was born in New Jersey in 1964. Influenced at an early age by artists such as Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo, Alan knew that fantasy illustration would be his career of choice. After graduating from high school, he studied at several colleges. At the School of Visual Arts in NYC, the illustration team of Martucci and Greisbach convinced Alan to dabble in oils. He was so inspired by his first attempts that he began developing a portfolio of fantasy illustration. In his early twenties, Alan worked part-time as a silk screener and a photo retoucher while continuing to build his portfolio. In 1991, after much rejection from New York publishers, Alan was assigned his first cover illustration for Dungeon magazine with T.S.R Inc. He then found an agent in NYC, but, shortly thereafter, was offered a staff position at T.S.R Inc. where he spent the next few years surrounded by great artists while honing his skills. Since then, Alan has worked for many of the industries RPG companies, including Wizards of the Coast and T.S.R ,and has graced the covers of most of the leading book publishers in this country, including Harper/Collins, Daw Books, Del-Rey, Baen Books, Tor Books, ROC and the Science Fiction Book Club. Alan has also had the honor of being chosen as the cover artist for Spectrum, an illustration annual which focuses on the year's best science fiction and fantasy art. In 2015, Alan was one of the top five nominees chosen for the Hugo award for Best Professional Artist. To see more about Alan, visit his website... Read More →
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →
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Toni Weisskopf

Special Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 5:00pm - 6:20pm
Provincial
  • Equipment Required Projector and Screen

5:00pm

Leatherworking 101 (AP)
Leatherworking 101 - A primer for the basics of leatherwork led by the designers at Ribbons and Rivets, where participants edge, burnish, dye, seal, and decorate their very own wrist cuff. All tools and materials will be provided. Just bring a pair of hands. Fee is $20

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Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in several short films, a documentary in progress, and a feature length movie... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 5:00pm - 6:20pm
Victorian B

6:00pm

And More Geeky Rants... (AP)
And More Geeky Rants... is an amazingly entertaining discussion that lets folks good-naturedly vent on what's wrong in their chosen fandom.  Whether it's the cancellation of Firefly or exactly how "fast" is a parsec, this never-the-same-twice event combines the best (and worst!) elements of audience-participation comedy and couples therapy.  Not to be missed, this will be the highlight of your con.

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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast 9). I was the force behind the official Troma Podcast and a former host/editor of the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. I produced the long running Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show starring Mister Adventure, serving as writer and primary voice actor for recorded and live stage versions. I have done commercial voice work as the voice of CRASH, SWE and GOUGE Wrestling, Volaris phone systems, Howards RV and Fit Family NC (also providing puppeteering). I have MC'd numerous conventions and events, host/creator of Thinkin' While you're Drinkin' Trivia, am the house MC for Succubus Sorority, Riot Kittens and Nerd-Vana Burlesque under the pseudonym Richie Muenster. Between the podcasts, requested voices from other shows, father of 3, various audio sketches and dramas have been heard on ChronoRadio, Star Wars and Beyond, SwitchedOn Show, the Geeklabel Podcast and Dragon Pages' Wingin' It syndicated show, (plus countless guest appearances on other shows) of which I am very... Read More →

Guests
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Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Literary Guest
Superhero novelist, feminist, teacher, classic and cult movie buff, mother of daughters and dogs.
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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas (Tor), KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (Amazon) and the upcoming KESTREL'S DANCE (Lore Seekers Press).  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST (Espec) and LAWLESS LANDS (Falstaff Books), and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers... Read More →
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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast 9). I was the force behind the official Troma Podcast and a former host/editor of the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. I produced the long running Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show starring Mister Adventure, serving as writer and primary voice actor for recorded and live stage versions. I have done commercial voice work as the voice of CRASH, SWE and GOUGE Wrestling, Volaris phone systems, Howards RV and Fit Family NC (also providing puppeteering). I have MC'd numerous conventions and events, host/creator of Thinkin' While you're Drinkin' Trivia, am the house MC for Succubus Sorority, Riot Kittens and Nerd-Vana Burlesque under the pseudonym Richie Muenster. Between the podcasts, requested voices from other shows, father of 3, various audio sketches and dramas have been heard on ChronoRadio, Star Wars and Beyond, SwitchedOn Show, the Geeklabel Podcast and Dragon Pages' Wingin' It syndicated show, (plus countless guest appearances on other shows) of which I am very... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Salon B-C-D

6:00pm

Stories from the Author - Writing in Someone Else's World (ET)
Authors share some stories of the challenges and unique situations that they encountered writing in these unique worlds.

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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →

Guests
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Barbara Hambly

Writer Guest of Honor
Since her first published fantasy in 1982 – THE TIME OF THE DARK – Barbara Hambly has touched pretty much all the bases in genre fiction, including mainstream historical fiction, historical murder mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, comic books, graphic novels, media tie-ins, a screenplay, and scripts for Saturday morning cartoon shows. She continues to write both fantasy and historical fiction: the well-reviewed Benjamin January series of historical whodunnits (whose fourteenth entry, DRINKING GOURD, was published this year by Severn House U.K.), and the vampire tales of James and Lydia Asher and their vampire acquaintance Don Simon Ysidro, also from Severn House (most recently, DARKNESS ON HIS BONES). She keeps her hand in the world of fantasy by continuing the adventures of the heroes of her various Del Rey fantasy series of the... Read More →
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Simon Hawke

Literary Guest
Simon Hawke was born Nikolai Yermakov to Russian immigrant parents in 1951 in New York City.  He grew up on Long Island and has also lived in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., California, Colorado, and Arizona. He has traveled extensively, usually by motorcycle, and after 50 years of riding, only gave it up last year. After writing a number of novels under his birth name, he started writing under the pen name of Simon Hawke, and eventually changed it legally. He is the author of over 60 published novels, among them the Time Wars series and the Wizard of... Read More →
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →
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Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, and gave up writing for about three years. In 2003, he became a full time writer again, when Darcy went off to college, also at Pomona. He has published nine... Read More →
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Timothy Zahn

Special Guest
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At first a strictly spare-time avocation, over the next three years he gradually gave more time to it until he sold his first story in December 1978... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Boardroom

6:00pm

Java & Pros: Gail Z Martin and Larry Martin
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →
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Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Suite 215

6:00pm

Signing Table: Roger & Janet Carden
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Janet Carden

Literary Guest
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988-1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games). Both enjoy playing... Read More →
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Roger Carden

Literary Guest
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988-1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games). Both enjoy playing... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Prefunction

6:00pm

Using Martial Arts in Writing Fight Scenes (ET)
Join our panelists as they speak about using Martial Arts in writing fight scenes.  They will talk about the different forms of Martial Arts and how the descriptions of their actions vary in the writing.

(Note: There will be a follow up, hands-on panel, "How to Survive a Horror Story" at 7pm in Provincial.)

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William C. Tracy

Science Guest
William C. Tracy is a North Carolina native with a masters and BS in mechanical engineering. He also has a BA in toy design. As such, he has both designed and operated heavy construction machinery (big toys) and is an expert in linkage design and optimization. He has been a Profe... Read More →

Guests
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Kim Headlee

Literary Guest
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the midtwentieth... Read More →
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Dr. Tedd Roberts

Science Guest
Dr. Tedd Roberts (aka Speaker to Lab Animals) claims he was born to wonderful parents, grew up in Texas, attended university then went on to grad school. He is a Professor at a medical school where his research focuses on the drug and radiation effects on hippocampus and memory. ... Read More →
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William C. Tracy

Science Guest
William C. Tracy is a North Carolina native with a masters and BS in mechanical engineering. He also has a BA in toy design. As such, he has both designed and operated heavy construction machinery (big toys) and is an expert in linkage design and optimization. He has been a Profe... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Victorian A

6:30pm

6:30pm

Basic Armor Patterning (AP)
Come see how the process of armor making begins as the designers at Ribbons and Rivets lead participants through making their own bracer pattern. All tools and materials are provided for this free workshop.

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Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in several short films, a documentary in progress, and a feature length movie... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 6:30pm - 7:20pm
Victorian B

7:00pm

Java & Pros: Gray Rinehart & Nicole Givens Kurtz
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction... Read More →
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Suite 215

7:00pm

Signing Table: Mark MacDicken
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Semi-professional entertainer for nearly 40 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Besides being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Prefunction

7:00pm

Awards Ceremony (ET)
We will be handing out three awards: the Manly Wade Wellman Award for best SF novel by an NC writer; The Phoenix Award, DSC’s lifetime achievement award that goes to a science fiction professional editor, author, or artist with connections to the South; and the Rebel Award which is awarded to a southern fan. 

Moderators
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James Fulbright

Con Chair/President, ConGregate Productions
James Fulbright was introduced to AD&D by a friend in 1979. After joining his first gaming group, his friends convinced to start attending conventions like StellarCon and Hexacon. It wasn’t long before attending cons led him to start helping out with those cons, which, in turn, led to running StellarCon (which he did for far too long). Over the years, James has also helped out with RavenCon, was on the founding board of ConCarolinas, worked VIP Registration at DragonCon and served on the BidCom for DeepSouthCon 46. In 2013, James made a silly decision to become part owner, and Con Chair, of a new convention in North Carolina. You can find information on ConGregate at... Read More →

Guests
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written in the Conan, Pathfinder, BattleTech and World of Warcraft universes, among others. Currently the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University Distinguished Writer-in-Residence... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Salon B-C-D

7:00pm

Creating Magic (ET)
Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson has written several "laws" of magic. His first law is this: "An author’s ability to solve conflict with magic is DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL to how well the reader understands said magic." Our panelists talk through how one creates a magic system, how magic can work in a setting, etc.

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Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long is a writer and game designer who's worked primarily in the tabletop roleplaying game field for the past twenty years. During that time he's written or co-written approximately 200 RPG books. He's best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, but has worked for many other RPG companies. In recent years he's branched out into writing fiction as well, contributing Fantasy short stories to numerous anthologies. He frequently claims that he's revising his novel, but this may be an elaborate scam of some sort. His first major work of non-fiction, a book about the Norse god Odin for Osprey Publishing, was released in May 2015. Since then he's primarily focused on several long-term projects, including a novel, variou7s short stories, his Worldbuilding Guidebook, and Mythic Hero, an extensive book about world mythology for authors and gamers. His Master Plan for World Domination has reached Stage 71-Upsilon. You can find out more about Steve and what he's up to... Read More →

Guests
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
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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Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long is a writer and game designer who's worked primarily in the tabletop roleplaying game field for the past twenty years. During that time he's written or co-written approximately 200 RPG books. He's best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, but has worked for many other RPG companies. In recent years he's branched out into writing fiction as well, contributing Fantasy short stories to numerous anthologies. He frequently claims that he's revising his novel, but this may be an elaborate scam of some sort. His first major work of non-fiction, a book about the Norse god Odin for Osprey Publishing, was released in May 2015. Since then he's primarily focused on several long-term projects, including a novel, variou7s short stories, his Worldbuilding Guidebook, and Mythic Hero, an extensive book about world mythology for authors and gamers. His Master Plan for World Domination has reached Stage 71-Upsilon. You can find out more about Steve and what he's up to... Read More →
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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the... Read More →
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Linda Robertson

Literary Guest
Linda Robertson is an internationally published author. She won first place in the OSU/Mansfield Florence B. Allen writing competition (2006). Since then, she's earned a cum laude Associate of the Art’s Degree in English and published several novels and short stories. In addition to the Immanence series, she is the author of the Persephone... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal With the Devil, and the forthcoming Attempted Immortality. Michae... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Boardroom

7:00pm

How to Survive a Horror Movie (AP)
Join Dr. Tedd Roberts and others as they show how to use found objects and other common martial arts techniques to escape a horror movie!

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Dr. Tedd Roberts

Science Guest
Dr. Tedd Roberts (aka Speaker to Lab Animals) claims he was born to wonderful parents, grew up in Texas, attended university then went on to grad school. He is a Professor at a medical school where his research focuses on the drug and radiation effects on hippocampus and memory. ... Read More →

Guests
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Dr. Tedd Roberts

Science Guest
Dr. Tedd Roberts (aka Speaker to Lab Animals) claims he was born to wonderful parents, grew up in Texas, attended university then went on to grad school. He is a Professor at a medical school where his research focuses on the drug and radiation effects on hippocampus and memory. ... Read More →
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William C. Tracy

Science Guest
William C. Tracy is a North Carolina native with a masters and BS in mechanical engineering. He also has a BA in toy design. As such, he has both designed and operated heavy construction machinery (big toys) and is an expert in linkage design and optimization. He has been a Profe... Read More →

Panelists

Saturday July 15, 2017 7:00pm - 8:20pm
Provincial

7:00pm

Green Room
Green Room (Pre-Judging and Waiting)

Guests
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →
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Gild The Mourn

Musical Guests, Gild The Mourn
Fairytale Themed Gothic Rock. | | | https://www.youtube.com/user/gildthemourn
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Sarah Schambach

Costuming Guest
Sarah (Lunar Rose Costuming & Cosplay) is an award-winning costume maker and blogger from Atlanta, GA. She has been making costumes since diving in head first with a full Tudor court gown at the age of 16. With a particular interest in Tolkien, Star Trek, book-inspired costuming, and a lifelong love of historical costuming, she has created a strong portfolio of both screen accurate and original designs. She has a passion for skilled craftsmanship, and her works often feature heavily detailed elements such as hand-embroidery and beading, custom-dyed fabrics, scale maille, and handmade patterns. Her work has won several major awards, including DragonCon's coveted title of "The Chosen", and has been featured in Cosplay Culture... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Victorian A

8:00pm

Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Broad Universe members will read from their latest stories and novels in this rapid fire reading. Come discover your new favorite writer and learn about an organization that supports women writers, editors, and publishers. We also offer chocolate and the chance to win prizes.

NOTE: Not all authors may be in attendance the full two hours.  Other members of Broad Universe not listed below may also be in attendance.

Guests
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Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Literary Guest
Superhero novelist, feminist, teacher, classic and cult movie buff, mother of daughters and dogs.
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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →
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Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest
Paula S Jordan writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories published in Analog, including her novelette “Vooorh,” Jul/Aug 2014. She’s now at work on the fourth draft of her first novel, the present-day alien contact story of a resourceful, small-town group of friends who join with a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend friendly aliens and humans alike from a deadly anti-human faction of the alien species. Working title: The Seas and the Stars. | | In her previous work as a NASA orbit analyst, Paula supported 30+ satellite missions, including Clementine, the first to detect water on the moon. | Visit her web site at PaulaSJordan.com, on... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas (Tor), KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (Amazon) and the upcoming KESTREL'S DANCE (Lore Seekers Press).  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST (Espec) and LAWLESS LANDS (Falstaff Books), and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers... Read More →
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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Suite 215

8:00pm

Signing Table: Linda Robertson & Alex Matsuo
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Alex Matsuo

Literary Guest
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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Linda Robertson

Literary Guest
Linda Robertson is an internationally published author. She won first place in the OSU/Mansfield Florence B. Allen writing competition (2006). Since then, she's earned a cum laude Associate of the Art’s Degree in English and published several novels and short stories. In addition to the Immanence series, she is the author of the Persephone... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Prefunction

8:00pm

Working Methods (ET)
What is the environment like when you write? Do you need privacy, silence, music? Longhand or keyboard for first drafts or coarse editing? Notes, outlines, floor plans and maps? Other visual references? Lots of coffee?

Moderators
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Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, and gave up writing for about three years. In 2003, he became a full time writer again, when Darcy went off to college, also at Pomona. He has published nine... Read More →

Guests
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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →
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J. Matthew Saunders

Literary Guest
J. Matthew Saunders, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the author of the Daughters of Shadow and Blood trilogy about the Brides of Dracula and numerous fantasy and horror short stories. He received a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from t... Read More →
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Edmund R. Schubert

Literary Guest
Edmund R. Schubert is the author of the novel, Dreaming Creek, and over 50 short stories. Some of his early stories are collected in The Trouble with Eating Clouds; newer ones can be found in This Giant Leap. Schubert also contributed to and edited the non-fiction book, How to Wr... Read More →
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Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, and gave up writing for about three years. In 2003, he became a full time writer again, when Darcy went off to college, also at Pomona. He has published nine... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Victorian B

8:00pm

Writing Believable Military Science Fiction - or “How to Not Suck at Mil SciFi” (ET)
Ever picked up a military scifi book and lost your suspension of disbelief within a page or two because it was so very, very wrong?
Want to learn how to get it right? Come talk with the experts on how they nail their military scifi and write books that readers can't put down.

Moderators
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Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris' stories include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies, and the War for Dominance fantasy trilogy. Get his free... Read More →

Guests
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Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris' stories include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies, and the War for Dominance fantasy trilogy. Get his free... Read More →
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Ian J. Malone

Literary Guest
Ian J. Malone is the owner of Sharkflight Publishing and author of THE MAKO SAGA, a space opera trilogy about five college buddies turned interstellar war heroes via beers and a video game. As a graduate of Florida State University, Malone has written in a variety of arenas ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to his fictional work, however... Read More →
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Alan Pollack

Artist Guest of Honor
Alan Pollack was born in New Jersey in 1964. Influenced at an early age by artists such as Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo, Alan knew that fantasy illustration would be his career of choice. After graduating from high school, he studied at several colleges. At the School of Visual Arts in NYC, the illustration team of Martucci and Greisbach convinced Alan to dabble in oils. He was so inspired by his first attempts that he began developing a portfolio of fantasy illustration. In his early twenties, Alan worked part-time as a silk screener and a photo retoucher while continuing to build his portfolio. In 1991, after much rejection from New York publishers, Alan was assigned his first cover illustration for Dungeon magazine with T.S.R Inc. He then found an agent in NYC, but, shortly thereafter, was offered a staff position at T.S.R Inc. where he spent the next few years surrounded by great artists while honing his skills. Since then, Alan has worked for many of the industries RPG companies, including Wizards of the Coast and T.S.R ,and has graced the covers of most of the leading book publishers in this country, including Harper/Collins, Daw Books, Del-Rey, Baen Books, Tor Books, ROC and the Science Fiction Book Club. Alan has also had the honor of being chosen as the cover artist for Spectrum, an illustration annual which focuses on the year's best science fiction and fantasy art. In 2015, Alan was one of the top five nominees chosen for the Hugo award for Best Professional Artist. To see more about Alan, visit his website... Read More →
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Toni Weisskopf

Special Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive... Read More →
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Richard C. White

Literary Guest
Richard C. White is a science fiction/fantasy author, but he has also been known to do dark fantasy, new pulp, historical adventure, fantasy noir, and even non-fiction. His latest release was Harbinger of Darkness and earlier this year he released a dark fantasy short story collection, For a Few Gold Pieces More. Other recent releases were Terra Incognito, a collection of articles on world building, and... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Boardroom

8:00pm

Costume Contest (AP)
In grand convention tradition, ConGregate will host a costume contest on Saturday night. Bring your best costume and show off your skills.  

Bonus: While the judges are judging, White Plectrum will entertain us with some filking.

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Costume Contest Rules & Information

The ConGregate Costume Contest is open to any costumed individual or group, but all participants must have valid ConGregate membership badges.

The event will be held on Saturday night. (See our program book and or Sched.com for the time.)

Costume Contest sign-up sheets will be located at the Registration table and available until noon on Saturday.

No entries will be accepted after that time.

If you have audio material to be played while you are on stage, please have it recorded on an otherwise blank CD, which is labeled with your name, your badge number, and the name of your costume (or group).  

There should be no more than ten (10) seconds of blank time before your audio begins to play. The audio must be turned in with your Costume Contest sign-up sheet. ConGregate cannot guarantee your audio will be played during your presentation. We reserve the right to review music before allowing it to be used. CDs can be reclaimed after the Costume Contest awards are presented.

If you plan to use music during your presentation, you must provide written permission from the artist prior to the Costume Contest.

There will be no live microphone for contestants to use on stage.

There will be no spotlights or other light effects available on stage.

If you plan to draw or otherwise “use” a weapon during your presentation, note that on your Costume Contest sign-upsheet. Judges will make any necessary determination of suitability and safety.

If you are taking part in a group entry, only one Costume Contest sign-up sheet is necessary for the entire group, but the name and badge number of all group members must be listed on that sheet.

The contest is open to all ages. An adult must accompany children under 12. Parents can accompany their children onstage. Entrants under 12 will not be judged, but will receive certificates for participating.

Awards categories may include: Best in Show, Best Craftsmanship, Top Novice, Top Journeyman, Top Master, and Judge's Choice. Depending on the number of entrants, other awards may be added.

Participants will be judged on costume construction, originality, and presentation. Decisions of the judges will be final.

Categories Definitions:

  • Youth costumers are those under the age of 14 years (see above).
  • Novice costumers are those who have won three (3) or fewer major (Best-, Top-, 1st Place-in category) awards in costume competitions.
  • Journeyman costumers are those who have won more than three major awards in costume competitions, but have won fewer than three (3) Best in Show or Best Overall awards.
  • Master costumers are those who have won more than three (3) Best in Show or Best Overall awards. Any entrant may choose to compete in a higher category.

No individual may present more than one costume in the contest. You cannot wear a costume onstage, then change into another costume and present it, too, for competition.

Individuals are limited to one (1) minute on stage. Groups entries are limited to one (1) minute plus thirty (30) seconds for each additional member up to a maximum of three (3) minutes on stage. There will be no extended songs, skits, monologues, or conversations.

Any of the following on stage will result in disqualification and ejection from the Costume Contest: smoke effects, open flames, squirting liquids, firing projectiles, throwing objects into the audience or at the MC, use of obscene language, pornographic representations, full or partial nudity. Help us keep ConGregate a safe and family-friendly convention.

We ask that anyone with a costume which has won three (3) or more major (Best, Top, or 1st Place) costume competition awards elsewhere not enter that particular costume into ConGregate competition unless it has been significantly changed or improved.

Participants need to be in the Green Room (please see the program for its location) at least one (1) hour before Costume Contest time to be pre-judged and assigned a place in line. If you have a re-creation costume, bring any supporting photos, illustrations text passages, models, or other reference materials with you for judges to examine.   Please remember to EAT before pre-judging!!!

It is possible that latecomers may not be allowed to participate, even if they have registered by turning in a sign-up sheet.

The Green Room will be secured as possible while the Costume Contest is taking place. Only identified contestants or their parents will have access to the Green Room in that time period.

ConGregate reserves the right to remove anyone from the contest, at any time, for any reason, including but not limited to: indecent costume, unprofessional conduct, tardiness, and disruption of the contest.

Participants must stay within the contest area (the Costume Contest room, Green Room, or designated meeting area) until judging is completed and awards are presented.

Sign-up Form: http://con-gregate.com/costume-contest


Moderators
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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast 9). I was the force behind the official Troma Podcast and a former host/editor of the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. I produced the long running Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show starring Mister Adventure, serving as writer and primary voice actor for recorded and live stage versions. I have done commercial voice work as the voice of CRASH, SWE and GOUGE Wrestling, Volaris phone systems, Howards RV and Fit Family NC (also providing puppeteering). I have MC'd numerous conventions and events, host/creator of Thinkin' While you're Drinkin' Trivia, am the house MC for Succubus Sorority, Riot Kittens and Nerd-Vana Burlesque under the pseudonym Richie Muenster. Between the podcasts, requested voices from other shows, father of 3, various audio sketches and dramas have been heard on ChronoRadio, Star Wars and Beyond, SwitchedOn Show, the Geeklabel Podcast and Dragon Pages' Wingin' It syndicated show, (plus countless guest appearances on other shows) of which I am very... Read More →

Guests
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →
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Gild The Mourn

Musical Guests, Gild The Mourn
Fairytale Themed Gothic Rock. | | | https://www.youtube.com/user/gildthemourn
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White Plectrum

Musical Guest
In all the years I’ve been performing as White Plectrum, one thing has remained constant:  the support of all those who have listened, sung along, and helped spread the music.  I couldn’t continue to do this without your support. When White Plectrum began, I had no idea it would go this... Read More →
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Sarah Schambach

Costuming Guest
Sarah (Lunar Rose Costuming & Cosplay) is an award-winning costume maker and blogger from Atlanta, GA. She has been making costumes since diving in head first with a full Tudor court gown at the age of 16. With a particular interest in Tolkien, Star Trek, book-inspired costuming, and a lifelong love of historical costuming, she has created a strong portfolio of both screen accurate and original designs. She has a passion for skilled craftsmanship, and her works often feature heavily detailed elements such as hand-embroidery and beading, custom-dyed fabrics, scale maille, and handmade patterns. Her work has won several major awards, including DragonCon's coveted title of "The Chosen", and has been featured in Cosplay Culture... Read More →
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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast 9). I was the force behind the official Troma Podcast and a former host/editor of the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. I produced the long running Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show starring Mister Adventure, serving as writer and primary voice actor for recorded and live stage versions. I have done commercial voice work as the voice of CRASH, SWE and GOUGE Wrestling, Volaris phone systems, Howards RV and Fit Family NC (also providing puppeteering). I have MC'd numerous conventions and events, host/creator of Thinkin' While you're Drinkin' Trivia, am the house MC for Succubus Sorority, Riot Kittens and Nerd-Vana Burlesque under the pseudonym Richie Muenster. Between the podcasts, requested voices from other shows, father of 3, various audio sketches and dramas have been heard on ChronoRadio, Star Wars and Beyond, SwitchedOn Show, the Geeklabel Podcast and Dragon Pages' Wingin' It syndicated show, (plus countless guest appearances on other shows) of which I am very... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Salon B-C-D

8:00pm

Book Launch Party
Join several of our guests as they celebrate the launch of their newest books.  

John G. Hartness/Falstaff Books
Gail Z. & Larry N. Martin
James McDonald
Melissa McArthur
Nicole Givens Kurtz
Alexandra Christian
Jason Gilbert
Leann Rettell


Guests
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
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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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →
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Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and... Read More →
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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Suite 207

8:30pm

Auction Set up (Staff Only)
Room Closed to Set up Auction. Room will open for viewing once ready.

Moderators
Saturday July 15, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
TBA

9:00pm

Fannish History (ET)
From history of WorldCon to media fan groups, what’s the backstory about fandom? Who are some of founders and influencers?

Moderators
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →

Guests
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →
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Toni Weisskopf

Special Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the definitive volume of subversive... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Victorian B

9:00pm

Java & Pros: Paula Jordan & Alex Matsuo
Moderators
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Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest
Paula S Jordan writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories published in Analog, including her novelette “Vooorh,” Jul/Aug 2014. She’s now at work on the fourth draft of her first novel, the present-day alien contact story of a resourceful, small-town group of friends who join with a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend friendly aliens and humans alike from a deadly anti-human faction of the alien species. Working title: The Seas and the Stars. | | In her previous work as a NASA orbit analyst, Paula supported 30+ satellite missions, including Clementine, the first to detect water on the moon. | Visit her web site at PaulaSJordan.com, on... Read More →
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Alex Matsuo

Literary Guest
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 →

Saturday July 15, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Suite 215

9:00pm

Radium Girls of Science and Science Fiction (ET)
A nuclear engineer uses many jpg's and videos to trace the history of women in science (especially nuclear) and in science fiction (both characters and authors) from the beginning to the present day.

Moderators
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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer.  His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Victorian A
  • Equipment Required Projector and Screen

9:00pm

Anthology Panel : Lawless Lands (ET)
Join the publisher and authors of the Lawless Lands Anthology as they talk about the process, the Kickstarter and maybe read from their stories!

Moderators
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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the... Read More →

Guests
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
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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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas (Tor), KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (Amazon) and the upcoming KESTREL'S DANCE (Lore Seekers Press).  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST (Espec) and LAWLESS LANDS (Falstaff Books), and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers... Read More →
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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Boardroom

9:30pm

Valentine Wolfe
Moderators
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Valentine Wolfe

Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight.  Having dubbed their music “Victorian Chamber metal”, the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. | | Ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black are buttressed by the thunderous growl of... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 9:30pm - 10:29pm
Salon B-C-D

9:30pm

ConGregate Charity Auction
8:30- 9:30 - Set UP (Staff Only) Room will reopen for Viewing once ready.
9:30-11:30 Auction 


ConGregate’s charity auction will benefit Greensboro Urban Ministry, a non-denominational organization, which provides food and housing to assist those in need in the inner city. 

Moderators
Saturday July 15, 2017 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Provincial

10:00pm

The Difficulty of the Medium (ET)
Veteran costumers and cosplayers discuss what mediums (cloth, foam, paint and more!) to use in different projects. Tips, tricks, which are favorites, and which to avoid.

Moderators
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Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in several short films, a documentary in progress, and a feature length movie... Read More →

Guests
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Todd Lacey

Costuming Guest
Todd started his professional acting career at the age of 6 with the well known ‘Edison Players’ in south Florida. With over 40 stage productions under his belt Todd has also worked in commercials and film with some familiar titles as The Abyss, The Three Amigos, The last of the... Read More →
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Penick

Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in several short films, a documentary in progress, and a feature length movie... Read More →
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Theresa Perlmutter

Costuming Guest
Theresa Perlmutter started out as an artist. Painting and drawing were her prime passions in high school, and when a friend introduced her to her very first comic book, X-Men 97, she knew it was what she wanted to do. | | In the late 80s and early 90s, she was introduced to costuming, however it... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Victorian A

10:00pm

Java & Pros
Saturday July 15, 2017 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Suite 215

10:00pm

Ask a Mad Scientist (AP)
You know those panels where a bunch of stuffy scientists talk about science in fancy language that goes over your head but everyone comes out feeling 20 IQ points smarter? Yeah, didn't think so, and that's good, because this is not one of those panels. Science - it's confusing, mysterious, and sometimes you just have to wonder what the scientists were thinking when they came up with the ideas. Here's your chance to corner some scientists in a panel room for a Q&A on new, funny, important, weird and/or confusing science. It's late in the evening, so let's see if we can have some fun with it!

Moderators
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Dr. Tedd Roberts

Science Guest
Dr. Tedd Roberts (aka Speaker to Lab Animals) claims he was born to wonderful parents, grew up in Texas, attended university then went on to grad school. He is a Professor at a medical school where his research focuses on the drug and radiation effects on hippocampus and memory. ... Read More →

Guests
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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer.  His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral... Read More →
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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →
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Randall Hayes

Science Guest
Randall Hayes, Ph.D., your friendly neighborhood neuroscientist, co-organizes the Greensboro Science Cafe, where we corner -- ah, informally interview -- a working scientist at Gibb's Hundred Brewing every month, as well as an ongoing science book club at Scuppernong Books.  Check them out at... Read More →
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Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest
Paula S Jordan writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories published in Analog, including her novelette “Vooorh,” Jul/Aug 2014. She’s now at work on the fourth draft of her first novel, the present-day alien contact story of a resourceful, small-town group of friends who join with a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend friendly aliens and humans alike from a deadly anti-human faction of the alien species. Working title: The Seas and the Stars. | | In her previous work as a NASA orbit analyst, Paula supported 30+ satellite missions, including Clementine, the first to detect water on the moon. | Visit her web site at PaulaSJordan.com, on... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern... Read More →
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Dr. Tedd Roberts

Science Guest
Dr. Tedd Roberts (aka Speaker to Lab Animals) claims he was born to wonderful parents, grew up in Texas, attended university then went on to grad school. He is a Professor at a medical school where his research focuses on the drug and radiation effects on hippocampus and memory. ... Read More →
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Stephen J. Simmons

Science Guest
Stephen J. Simmons was raised by a feral pack of English teachers in a tiny hamlet in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, and went to high school in Albany.  He spent twenty-one years in the Navy, both as a nuclear operator on five fast-attack submarines and as an instructor in both of the Navy's nuclear power training... Read More →
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William C. Tracy

Science Guest
William C. Tracy is a North Carolina native with a masters and BS in mechanical engineering. He also has a BA in toy design. As such, he has both designed and operated heavy construction machinery (big toys) and is an expert in linkage design and optimization. He has been a Profe... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Victorian B

10:00pm

The Dichotomy Between Good and Evil (ET)
Sometimes a hero has to make a bad decision and sometimes a villain falls onto the side of good. What makes a hero or a villain as these lines become blurrier? How do creators seek the balance that keeps readers rooting for and against their favorite characters?

Moderators
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Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Literary Guest
Superhero novelist, feminist, teacher, classic and cult movie buff, mother of daughters and dogs.

Guests
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Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Literary Guest
Superhero novelist, feminist, teacher, classic and cult movie buff, mother of daughters and dogs.
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Kim Headlee

Literary Guest
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the midtwentieth... Read More →
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J. Matthew Saunders

Literary Guest
J. Matthew Saunders, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the author of the Daughters of Shadow and Blood trilogy about the Brides of Dracula and numerous fantasy and horror short stories. He received a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from t... Read More →
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Edmund R. Schubert

Literary Guest
Edmund R. Schubert is the author of the novel, Dreaming Creek, and over 50 short stories. Some of his early stories are collected in The Trouble with Eating Clouds; newer ones can be found in This Giant Leap. Schubert also contributed to and edited the non-fiction book, How to Wr... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal With the Devil, and the forthcoming Attempted Immortality. Michae... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Boardroom

11:00pm

Podcasting/New Media (ET)
So what is podcasting?  How did it get its start?  And where are the best places to find out more information?  What are the best "geeky" podcasts where someone can begin listening?

Moderators
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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast 9). I was the force behind the official Troma Podcast and a former host/editor of the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. I produced the long running Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show starring Mister Adventure, serving as writer and primary voice actor for recorded and live stage versions. I have done commercial voice work as the voice of CRASH, SWE and GOUGE Wrestling, Volaris phone systems, Howards RV and Fit Family NC (also providing puppeteering). I have MC'd numerous conventions and events, host/creator of Thinkin' While you're Drinkin' Trivia, am the house MC for Succubus Sorority, Riot Kittens and Nerd-Vana Burlesque under the pseudonym Richie Muenster. Between the podcasts, requested voices from other shows, father of 3, various audio sketches and dramas have been heard on ChronoRadio, Star Wars and Beyond, SwitchedOn Show, the Geeklabel Podcast and Dragon Pages' Wingin' It syndicated show, (plus countless guest appearances on other shows) of which I am very... Read More →

Guests
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Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol has long been a guardian of Geek Culture in Charlotte.  She has served for several years as the Program Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 13 years. She co-host to podcasts – the weekly Guardians of the Geekery and the... Read More →
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Alex Matsuo

Literary Guest
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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Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, The Porkchop film trillogy, Pig Girl and many others. Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series. She also plays covers of movie, tv, video game and anime themes on the Ukulele. Angela went to UNC Greensboro and has a BS in Music Education and a Masters in Liberal Studies and Ethnomusicology. She does the podcasting segment "A Geek Girls Take" that can be heard weekly on the Earth Station One Network, and when she has free time she spends it sewing or playing with her Pug, Jimmy. You can find her online... Read More →
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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast 9). I was the force behind the official Troma Podcast and a former host/editor of the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. I produced the long running Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show starring Mister Adventure, serving as writer and primary voice actor for recorded and live stage versions. I have done commercial voice work as the voice of CRASH, SWE and GOUGE Wrestling, Volaris phone systems, Howards RV and Fit Family NC (also providing puppeteering). I have MC'd numerous conventions and events, host/creator of Thinkin' While you're Drinkin' Trivia, am the house MC for Succubus Sorority, Riot Kittens and Nerd-Vana Burlesque under the pseudonym Richie Muenster. Between the podcasts, requested voices from other shows, father of 3, various audio sketches and dramas have been heard on ChronoRadio, Star Wars and Beyond, SwitchedOn Show, the Geeklabel Podcast and Dragon Pages' Wingin' It syndicated show, (plus countless guest appearances on other shows) of which I am very... Read More →


Saturday July 15, 2017 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Victorian A

11:00pm

Where Do You Get All Those Wonderful Toys? (ET)
Encounter someone who’s been in the scene for more than 10 minutes and they’ll inevitably have a toybag or two (or 5) full of assorted “implements of destruction.” We’ll tell you where you can get them (even on a budget) and how you can even make some of your own. Ages 18 and up.

Moderators
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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →

Saturday July 15, 2017 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Victorian B

11:00pm

Gild the Mourn
Moderators
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Gild The Mourn

Musical Guests, Gild The Mourn
Fairytale Themed Gothic Rock. | | | https://www.youtube.com/user/gildthemourn


Saturday July 15, 2017 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Salon B-C-D
 
Sunday, July 16
 

9:00am

Non-Denominational Prayer Service (AP)

 

This is a non-denominational prayer service open to anyone who wishs to attend.



Moderators
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →

Sunday July 16, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
Victorian B

9:00am

ConSuite
Open 9:00am to 2:00pm

Sunday July 16, 2017 9:00am - 2:00pm
Suite 221 - ConSuite

10:00am

My First Costume (ET)
Everyone had to start somewhere. Join our panelists as they talk about thier first costume, the trials and tribulations thereof, and where it led them. What made them decide to create a costume?  What genre did it come from?  What challenges did they face in creating that first costume and how did they overcome them?

Moderators
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Sarah Schambach

Costuming Guest
Sarah (Lunar Rose Costuming & Cosplay) is an award-winning costume maker and blogger from Atlanta, GA. She has been making costumes since diving in head first with a full Tudor court gown at the age of 16. With a particular interest in Tolkien, Star Trek, book-inspired costuming, and a lifelong love of historical costuming, she has created a strong portfolio of both screen accurate and original designs. She has a passion for skilled craftsmanship, and her works often feature heavily detailed elements such as hand-embroidery and beading, custom-dyed fabrics, scale maille, and handmade patterns. Her work has won several major awards, including DragonCon's coveted title of "The Chosen", and has been featured in Cosplay Culture... Read More →

Guests
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Tom Hutchens

Costuming Guest, Mandalorian Mercs
Born in Winston-Salem North Carolina, Tom spent a great deal of his childhood dressing up as his favorite STAR WARS™ characters. By 2003 this love for heroic characters would manifest itself in Tom’s ability for armor craft, as he learned to meld time honored armor-smithing techniques with... Read More →
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Todd Lacey

Costuming Guest
Todd started his professional acting career at the age of 6 with the well known ‘Edison Players’ in south Florida. With over 40 stage productions under his belt Todd has also worked in commercials and film with some familiar titles as The Abyss, The Three Amigos, The last of the... Read More →
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Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom has worked on feature films and television shows. Her film credits include The Hunger Games, Taking Liberty, The Conjuring, Leatherheads, Talladega Nights, The Box, the Oscar nominated June Bug, MAX, The Disappointment Room, Masterminds and The Reliant. Her TV work... Read More →
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Daphne Reeder

Costuming Guest
Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she's been on television programs on WTVI, in plays & stage performances, and modeled, both in front of a camera and on the runway. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became an accomplished cosplayer by the time she was 17. Since then, she has added to her arsenal of outfits to cross multiple genres, though her passions are sci-fi/fantasy and horror. She has modeled for multiple events and has been on posters and flyers around the Charlotte and Atlanta... Read More →
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Sarah Schambach

Costuming Guest
Sarah (Lunar Rose Costuming & Cosplay) is an award-winning costume maker and blogger from Atlanta, GA. She has been making costumes since diving in head first with a full Tudor court gown at the age of 16. With a particular interest in Tolkien, Star Trek, book-inspired costuming, and a lifelong love of historical costuming, she has created a strong portfolio of both screen accurate and original designs. She has a passion for skilled craftsmanship, and her works often feature heavily detailed elements such as hand-embroidery and beading, custom-dyed fabrics, scale maille, and handmade patterns. Her work has won several major awards, including DragonCon's coveted title of "The Chosen", and has been featured in Cosplay Culture... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Victorian A

10:00am

Southern Fandom Confederation Business Meeting (ET)
This will be a general business meeting for the Southern Fandom Confederation.

Moderators
Sunday July 16, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Provincial

10:00am

Signing: Barbara Hambly
Guests
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Barbara Hambly

Writer Guest of Honor
Since her first published fantasy in 1982 – THE TIME OF THE DARK – Barbara Hambly has touched pretty much all the bases in genre fiction, including mainstream historical fiction, historical murder mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, comic books, graphic novels, media tie-ins, a screenplay, and scripts for Saturday morning cartoon shows. She continues to write both fantasy and historical fiction: the well-reviewed Benjamin January series of historical whodunnits (whose fourteenth entry, DRINKING GOURD, was published this year by Severn House U.K.), and the vampire tales of James and Lydia Asher and their vampire acquaintance Don Simon Ysidro, also from Severn House (most recently, DARKNESS ON HIS BONES). She keeps her hand in the world of fantasy by continuing the adventures of the heroes of her various Del Rey fantasy series of the... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Prefunction

10:00am

Allen Wold’s Regionally Famous Writers Workshop (AP)
Allen Wold’s Regionally Famous Writers Workshop
Part 2

Moderators
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Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, and gave up writing for about three years. In 2003, he became a full time writer again, when Darcy went off to college, also at Pomona. He has published nine... Read More →

Guests
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →
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Edmund R. Schubert

Literary Guest
Edmund R. Schubert is the author of the novel, Dreaming Creek, and over 50 short stories. Some of his early stories are collected in The Trouble with Eating Clouds; newer ones can be found in This Giant Leap. Schubert also contributed to and edited the non-fiction book, How to Wr... Read More →
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Darcy Wold

Artist Guest
Darcy Wold is a part-time artist, an inveterate editor, and an even more inveterate reader. In her day job, she works for CDISC (a standards development organization specializing in clinical data interchange) as a publishing editor and a technical metadata curator. Both roles inv... Read More →
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Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, and gave up writing for about three years. In 2003, he became a full time writer again, when Darcy went off to college, also at Pomona. He has published nine... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Victorian B

10:00am

Plotting (AP)
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole unravels the mysteries of creating compelling plots. A novel is a huge undertaking, written over weeks or months, and the plot has to hold it all together. From creating an outline to maintaining flexibility, this seminar gives you the insider knowledge that will separate you from all of your peers.

Michael A. Stackpole and Timothy Zahn will conduct a series of nine (9) seminars throughout the weekend. You may register for all 9 prior to convention for $75.00. Cost at the door will be $10 per session.

*** Space is limited and cost does NOT include your convention membership.


Moderators
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written in the Conan, Pathfinder, BattleTech and World of Warcraft universes, among others. Currently the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University Distinguished Writer-in-Residence... Read More →

Sunday July 16, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Boardroom
  • Fees You may register for all 9 prior to convention for $75.00. Cost at the door will be $10 per session.
  • Tags Writing

10:00am

Dealer Room
Open:


FRI - 3:00pm-7:00pm
SAT - 10:00am-6:00pm
SUN - 10:00am-2:00pm

Sunday July 16, 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm
Salon A

10:30am

Valentine Wolfe
Valentine Wolfe entertains.

Moderators
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Valentine Wolfe

Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight.  Having dubbed their music “Victorian Chamber metal”, the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. | | Ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black are buttressed by the thunderous growl of... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Salon B-C-D

11:00am

DeepSouthCon Business Meeting (ET)
This is a general business meeting for DeepSouthCon where we will select the site for DSC 57 (2019) - Your vote counts! Everyone with a valid ConGregate/DSC badge may vote.

Moderators
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James Fulbright

Con Chair/President, ConGregate Productions
James Fulbright was introduced to AD&D by a friend in 1979. After joining his first gaming group, his friends convinced to start attending conventions like StellarCon and Hexacon. It wasn’t long before attending cons led him to start helping out with those cons, which, in turn, led to running StellarCon (which he did for far too long). Over the years, James has also helped out with RavenCon, was on the founding board of ConCarolinas, worked VIP Registration at DragonCon and served on the BidCom for DeepSouthCon 46. In 2013, James made a silly decision to become part owner, and Con Chair, of a new convention in North Carolina. You can find information on ConGregate at... Read More →

Sunday July 16, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Provincial

11:00am

Java & Pros: Barbara Hambly Reading & Q&A
Moderators
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Barbara Hambly

Writer Guest of Honor
Since her first published fantasy in 1982 – THE TIME OF THE DARK – Barbara Hambly has touched pretty much all the bases in genre fiction, including mainstream historical fiction, historical murder mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, comic books, graphic novels, media tie-ins, a screenplay, and scripts for Saturday morning cartoon shows. She continues to write both fantasy and historical fiction: the well-reviewed Benjamin January series of historical whodunnits (whose fourteenth entry, DRINKING GOURD, was published this year by Severn House U.K.), and the vampire tales of James and Lydia Asher and their vampire acquaintance Don Simon Ysidro, also from Severn House (most recently, DARKNESS ON HIS BONES). She keeps her hand in the world of fantasy by continuing the adventures of the heroes of her various Del Rey fantasy series of the... Read More →

Sunday July 16, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Suite 215

11:00am

Signing Table: Darcy Wold & Maya Preisler
Moderators
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Maya Preisler

Artist Guest
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 →
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Darcy Wold

Artist Guest
Darcy Wold is a part-time artist, an inveterate editor, and an even more inveterate reader. In her day job, she works for CDISC (a standards development organization specializing in clinical data interchange) as a publishing editor and a technical metadata curator. Both roles inv... Read More →

Sunday July 16, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Prefunction

11:00am

TV: Episodic vs Story Arc (AP)
It used to be that TV shows were episodic. One Monster per Episode. Now it seems like every story has to be a season long. Do you like it? Do you hate it? Which shows work with the storylines and which don't?  And is it too much?

Moderators
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Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award... Read More →

Guests
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Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol has long been a guardian of Geek Culture in Charlotte.  She has served for several years as the Program Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 13 years. She co-host to podcasts – the weekly Guardians of the Geekery and the... Read More →
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Barbara deBary-Kesner

Fan Guest
Barbara deBary-Kesner is a Human Systems Integration engineer by day, a masked caped crusader by night… in her dreams.  Barbara specializes in GUI design, designing systems with the operator in mind to enhance usability and performance.  Most evenings are spent curled on the couch with her husband Carl and 2 cats, watching cooking shows, a whodunit murder mystery, or the latest sci-fi, fantasy or superhero... Read More →
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Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Victorian A

11:00am

PaperMache Workshop (AP)
Cosplayer and 105th engineer, Theresa Perlmutter, is bringing with her alternative way to create lightweight easy to manage construction for your cosplays, whether it be props or details.  Not everything has to be expensive; simple materials that you can find in a hardware store and even your own local grocery store, can be used to make great cosplays. 

Paper mache isnt just for your kindergarten class room or summer camp balloon eggs. Come join Theresa Perlmutter in her workshop where she shows you her techniques, tips and tricks for paper mache construction. 

Moderators
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Theresa Perlmutter

Costuming Guest
Theresa Perlmutter started out as an artist. Painting and drawing were her prime passions in high school, and when a friend introduced her to her very first comic book, X-Men 97, she knew it was what she wanted to do. | | In the late 80s and early 90s, she was introduced to costuming, however it... Read More →

Sunday July 16, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Victorian B

11:00am

Winning with Serial Fiction (AP)
E-readers and increased time demands have shifted how many readers consume stories. Shorter fiction (flash fiction through novellas) is more manageable for writers and readers, quicker to publication and often more profitable than longer works. New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole has written in many series, and produced works of all lengths. He’ll show you how to plot a series, provide some basic structures to use and point out ways that your shorter fiction can create a new audience for your longer-form fiction.

Moderators
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written in the Conan, Pathfinder, BattleTech and World of Warcraft universes, among others. Currently the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University Distinguished Writer-in-Residence... Read More →

Sunday July 16, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Boardroom
  • Fees You may register for all 9 prior to convention for $75.00. Cost at the door will be $10 per session.
  • Tags Writing

11:00am

Timothy Zahn Signing: Dealers Room
Moderators
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Timothy Zahn

Special Guest
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At first a strictly spare-time avocation, over the next three years he gradually gave more time to it until he sold his first story in December 1978... Read More →

Sunday July 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon A

12:00pm

Angela Pritchett and Her Ukulele
Angela Pritchett entertains us with her geeky music.

Moderators
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Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an actress, author, musician, costumer and makeup artist. She has been seen in films such as Plan 9, The Porkchop film trillogy, Pig Girl and many others. Angela is the author of Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Cookbook Series. She also plays covers of movie, tv, video game and anime themes on the Ukulele. Angela went to UNC Greensboro and has a BS in Music Education and a Masters in Liberal Studies and Ethnomusicology. She does the podcasting segment "A Geek Girls Take" that can be heard weekly on the Earth Station One Network, and when she has free time she spends it sewing or playing with her Pug, Jimmy. You can find her online... Read More →

Sunday July 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Salon B-C-D

12:00pm

Science vs "Alternative Facts" (ET)
Panel on public misperceptions of scientific research - with all the bad science memes that get tossed about on social media and the constant facepalming, this panel addresses the worst of the memes that we see.

Moderators
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Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest
Paula S Jordan writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories published in Analog, including her novelette “Vooorh,” Jul/Aug 2014. She’s now at work on the fourth draft of her first novel, the present-day alien contact story of a resourceful, small-town group of friends who join with a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend friendly aliens and humans alike from a deadly anti-human faction of the alien species. Working title: The Seas and the Stars. | | In her previous work as a NASA orbit analyst, Paula supported 30+ satellite missions, including Clementine, the first to detect water on the moon. | Visit her web site at PaulaSJordan.com, on... Read More →

Guests
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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer.  His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral... Read More →
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Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest
Paula S Jordan writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories published in Analog, including her novelette “Vooorh,” Jul/Aug 2014. She’s now at work on the fourth draft of her first novel, the present-day alien contact story of a resourceful, small-town group of friends who join with a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend friendly aliens and humans alike from a deadly anti-human faction of the alien species. Working title: The Seas and the Stars. | | In her previous work as a NASA orbit analyst, Paula supported 30+ satellite missions, including Clementine, the first to detect water on the moon. | Visit her web site at PaulaSJordan.com, on... Read More →
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Stephen J. Simmons

Science Guest
Stephen J. Simmons was raised by a feral pack of English teachers in a tiny hamlet in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, and went to high school in Albany.  He spent twenty-one years in the Navy, both as a nuclear operator on five fast-attack submarines and as an instructor in both of the Navy's nuclear power training... Read More →
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Darcy Wold

Artist Guest
Darcy Wold is a part-time artist, an inveterate editor, and an even more inveterate reader. In her day job, she works for CDISC (a standards development organization specializing in clinical data interchange) as a publishing editor and a technical metadata curator. Both roles inv... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Boardroom

12:00pm

Signing Table: Gray Rinehart and Chris Kennedy
Moderators
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Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris' stories include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies, and the War for Dominance fantasy trilogy. Get his free... Read More →
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →

Sunday July 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Prefunction

12:00pm

1987...Never Gonna Give You Up (ET)
An expert panel of geeksperts take a trip back in time 30 years to the great geek year of 1987. Expect analysis and quips as they look back at Predator, The Princess Bride, The Lost Boys, RoboCop, Near Dark, Spaceballs, Hellraiser, Masters of the Universe, *batteries not included, The Running Man, The Witches of Eastwick and many more. Our panelists will remind you why you should “never fight a land war in Asia," and "This is the 80s! Nobody likes reality anymore."

Moderators
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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →

Guests
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Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Literary Guest
Superhero novelist, feminist, teacher, classic and cult movie buff, mother of daughters and dogs.
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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Semi-professional entertainer for nearly 40 years, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Besides being an accomplished actor and comedy magician, Mark is also a top-notch puppeteer and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas (Tor), KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (Amazon) and the upcoming KESTREL'S DANCE (Lore Seekers Press).  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST (Espec) and LAWLESS LANDS (Falstaff Books), and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Provincial

12:00pm

Are Streaming Shows the Future of TV? (AP)
With some of the best SF and fantasy TV shows coming out on Netflix or Amazon, are regular broadcasts being left behind? Has the quality of genre shows suffered because of it? What is coming on soon on the various streaming channels? How do pay channels affect the fans (ie...Star Trek: Discovery)?

Moderators
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →

Guests
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Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol has long been a guardian of Geek Culture in Charlotte.  She has served for several years as the Program Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 13 years. She co-host to podcasts – the weekly Guardians of the Geekery and the... Read More →
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Barbara deBary-Kesner

Fan Guest
Barbara deBary-Kesner is a Human Systems Integration engineer by day, a masked caped crusader by night… in her dreams.  Barbara specializes in GUI design, designing systems with the operator in mind to enhance usability and performance.  Most evenings are spent curled on the couch with her husband Carl and 2 cats, watching cooking shows, a whodunit murder mystery, or the latest sci-fi, fantasy or superhero... Read More →
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Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta.  He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec Award... Read More →
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →
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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast 9). I was the force behind the official Troma Podcast and a former host/editor of the 501stCast, the official podcast of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. I produced the long running Amazing Pulp Adventures Radio Show starring Mister Adventure, serving as writer and primary voice actor for recorded and live stage versions. I have done commercial voice work as the voice of CRASH, SWE and GOUGE Wrestling, Volaris phone systems, Howards RV and Fit Family NC (also providing puppeteering). I have MC'd numerous conventions and events, host/creator of Thinkin' While you're Drinkin' Trivia, am the house MC for Succubus Sorority, Riot Kittens and Nerd-Vana Burlesque under the pseudonym Richie Muenster. Between the podcasts, requested voices from other shows, father of 3, various audio sketches and dramas have been heard on ChronoRadio, Star Wars and Beyond, SwitchedOn Show, the Geeklabel Podcast and Dragon Pages' Wingin' It syndicated show, (plus countless guest appearances on other shows) of which I am very... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Victorian A

12:00pm

Darker Side of Steampunk (ET)
When Horror meets Steampunk.  Prostitution, side shows, grave robbery, class divisions, drug abuse, child labor, the list goes on. In this panel we will discuss some of the darker historical and societal aspects of the Victorian Era and how these facts can inspire character and art and literature.

Moderators
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →

Guests
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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →
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Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books); Shadow and Flame the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (Orbit Books); The Shadowed Path (Solaris Books) and Iron and Blood a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin. A brand new epic fantasy series will launch in 2017 from Solaris Books. She is also author... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Victorian B

1:00pm

Cosplay Toolbox (ET)
Cosplay Toolbox - Come hear the experts divulge what tools they use to get the job done. The essentials, the helpful, and the novelties. 

Moderators
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Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in several short films, a documentary in progress, and a feature length movie... Read More →

Guests
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Tom Hutchens

Costuming Guest, Mandalorian Mercs
Born in Winston-Salem North Carolina, Tom spent a great deal of his childhood dressing up as his favorite STAR WARS™ characters. By 2003 this love for heroic characters would manifest itself in Tom’s ability for armor craft, as he learned to meld time honored armor-smithing techniques with... Read More →
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Todd Lacey

Costuming Guest
Todd started his professional acting career at the age of 6 with the well known ‘Edison Players’ in south Florida. With over 40 stage productions under his belt Todd has also worked in commercials and film with some familiar titles as The Abyss, The Three Amigos, The last of the... Read More →
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →
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Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in several short films, a documentary in progress, and a feature length movie... Read More →
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James Rippe

Costuming Guest, 105th Squad
James is a local artist from Durham, NC and holds a BFA from William Paterson University in NJ. James has continued his passion for art with Ripptowne Photography and through cosplay. His first and most well known costume was “Formal Vader”; how Darth Vader would dress for the... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Victorian B

1:00pm

The Science in SF (AP)
Lightsabers, Phasers, faster than light travel...how much real science is in our science fiction? Our panelists talk about the fantastic science in science fiction - how much is currently possible?  How much is currently in the works?

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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer.  His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral... Read More →

Guests
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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer.  His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral... Read More →
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JT "The Enginerd"

Science Guest
JT “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek. She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013. Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump. Currently, she teaches basic engineering and design to future nerdlings (aka high school students) in Henrico County, Virginia. She also serves as the advisor to her schools chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and as well as the coach for the Quidditch club. Outside of the world of science and education... Read More →
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Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and... Read More →
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Gopal Metro (Gild the Mourn)

Guitarist/Engineer, Gild the Mourn
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William C. Tracy

Science Guest
William C. Tracy is a North Carolina native with a masters and BS in mechanical engineering. He also has a BA in toy design. As such, he has both designed and operated heavy construction machinery (big toys) and is an expert in linkage design and optimization. He has been a Profe... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Victorian A

1:00pm

Signing Table: Kim Headlee & Nicole Givens Kurtz
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Kim Headlee

Literary Guest
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the midtwentieth... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Speculative pulp author, Nicole Givens Kurtz, writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her most popular work, futuristic pulp series, Cybil Lewis blends whodunit mysteries within futuristic, post-apocalyptic world-building. Her novels have been named as finalists in the Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE in Science Fiction, and Dream Realm Awards in science fiction... Read More →

Sunday July 16, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Prefunction

1:00pm

Star Wars: 40 Years (ET)
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of George Lucas's Star Wars in 1977. The film developed an indelible franchise that over the years has come to encompass not just films, but television series, comics, collectibles, games, toys, and books that expanded Lucas's initial vision into a sci-fi wonder. Our panelists discuss all aspects of Star Wars past and present and speculate on what's ahead.

Moderators
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →

Guests
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Barbara Hambly

Writer Guest of Honor
Since her first published fantasy in 1982 – THE TIME OF THE DARK – Barbara Hambly has touched pretty much all the bases in genre fiction, including mainstream historical fiction, historical murder mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, comic books, graphic novels, media tie-ins, a screenplay, and scripts for Saturday morning cartoon shows. She continues to write both fantasy and historical fiction: the well-reviewed Benjamin January series of historical whodunnits (whose fourteenth entry, DRINKING GOURD, was published this year by Severn House U.K.), and the vampire tales of James and Lydia Asher and their vampire acquaintance Don Simon Ysidro, also from Severn House (most recently, DARKNESS ON HIS BONES). She keeps her hand in the world of fantasy by continuing the adventures of the heroes of her various Del Rey fantasy series of the... Read More →
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written in the Conan, Pathfinder, BattleTech and World of Warcraft universes, among others. Currently the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University Distinguished Writer-in-Residence... Read More →
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Timothy Zahn

Special Guest
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At first a strictly spare-time avocation, over the next three years he gradually gave more time to it until he sold his first story in December 1978... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Salon B-C-D

1:00pm

Falstaff Spotlight (ET)
We shine the spotlight on one of our local publishing companies - Falstaff Books.  Falstaff Books is a digital and print publishing company based in Charlotte, NC, dedicated to bringing to life the best in fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and dramatic literature. We love bringing amazing stories to light and giving incredible writers a voice. The battered, ignored, rejected “misfit toys” of fiction are all welcome at Falstaff Books, where we understand that every scar is a story and only with different voices can harmony be created.

Moderators
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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →

Guests
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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in the sands of northern... Read More →
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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Provincial

1:00pm

Logistics of Distribution (ET)
You’ve printed your book, now what?  From Kickstarter rewards, to magazine subscriptions, to direct sales – the panelist will discuss all aspects of distributing the final product through various channels.


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Roger Carden

Literary Guest
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988-1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games). Both enjoy playing... Read More →

Guests
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Roger Carden

Literary Guest
Roger and Janet Carden are the husband and wife team behind Crimson Streets (2016-present), an online magazine dedicated to fiction in the style of the pulp magazines of yesteryear. They focus on fast paced stories of action, adventure, and intrigue; from hard boiled dicks and dangerous dames, to bold aviators and unspeakable horrors. Before starting Crimson Streets, both Roger and Janet worked with a team which published The Familiar (1988-1998), a professional print magazine dedicated to role-playing and adventure games. Roger is a co-founder of the Game Publishers Association, as well as an early supporter and member of CAR-PGa, the Committee for the Advancement or Role-Playing Games). Both enjoy playing... Read More →
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Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator and elementary school principal. Chris' stories include the Occupied Seattle military fiction duology, The Theogony and Codex Regius science fiction trilogies, and the War for Dominance fantasy trilogy. Get his free... Read More →
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Ian J. Malone

Literary Guest
Ian J. Malone is the owner of Sharkflight Publishing and author of THE MAKO SAGA, a space opera trilogy about five college buddies turned interstellar war heroes via beers and a video game. As a graduate of Florida State University, Malone has written in a variety of arenas ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to his fictional work, however... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Boardroom

2:00pm

Costuming: Form, Function, and Fantasy (ET)
Costume designers discuss the merits of costuming in different applications from comics, to movies, to video games and cosplay. What design choices are rooted in functionality and what just looks cool.

Moderators
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Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in several short films, a documentary in progress, and a feature length movie... Read More →

Guests
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Todd Lacey

Costuming Guest
Todd started his professional acting career at the age of 6 with the well known ‘Edison Players’ in south Florida. With over 40 stage productions under his belt Todd has also worked in commercials and film with some familiar titles as The Abyss, The Three Amigos, The last of the... Read More →
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Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist, Jennifer McCollom has worked on feature films and television shows. Her film credits include The Hunger Games, Taking Liberty, The Conjuring, Leatherheads, Talladega Nights, The Box, the Oscar nominated June Bug, MAX, The Disappointment Room, Masterminds and The Reliant. Her TV work... Read More →
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Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick is a professional costumer and fitness enthusiast, as well as the owner of costume and prop company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. In fact, that very first suit of armor is still in action (having received numerous upgrades) and is now the award-winning Nightwalker armor set, which can be seen in several short films, a documentary in progress, and a feature length movie... Read More →
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Daphne Reeder

Costuming Guest
Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she's been on television programs on WTVI, in plays & stage performances, and modeled, both in front of a camera and on the runway. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became an accomplished cosplayer by the time she was 17. Since then, she has added to her arsenal of outfits to cross multiple genres, though her passions are sci-fi/fantasy and horror. She has modeled for multiple events and has been on posters and flyers around the Charlotte and Atlanta... Read More →
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Sarah Schambach

Costuming Guest
Sarah (Lunar Rose Costuming & Cosplay) is an award-winning costume maker and blogger from Atlanta, GA. She has been making costumes since diving in head first with a full Tudor court gown at the age of 16. With a particular interest in Tolkien, Star Trek, book-inspired costuming, and a lifelong love of historical costuming, she has created a strong portfolio of both screen accurate and original designs. She has a passion for skilled craftsmanship, and her works often feature heavily detailed elements such as hand-embroidery and beading, custom-dyed fabrics, scale maille, and handmade patterns. Her work has won several major awards, including DragonCon's coveted title of "The Chosen", and has been featured in Cosplay Culture... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salon B-C-D

2:00pm

Are You Crazy? The Positives and Negatives of Behind the Scenes at a Con (ET)
Our panelists discuss all the work that goes on behind the scenes at a con...as well as the positive aspects that come out of it.

Moderators
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →

Guests
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Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol has long been a guardian of Geek Culture in Charlotte.  She has served for several years as the Program Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 13 years. She co-host to podcasts – the weekly Guardians of the Geekery and the... Read More →
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Barbara deBary-Kesner

Fan Guest
Barbara deBary-Kesner is a Human Systems Integration engineer by day, a masked caped crusader by night… in her dreams.  Barbara specializes in GUI design, designing systems with the operator in mind to enhance usability and performance.  Most evenings are spent curled on the couch with her husband Carl and 2 cats, watching cooking shows, a whodunit murder mystery, or the latest sci-fi, fantasy or superhero... Read More →
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. In 2001, Mike was part of the... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Provincial

2:00pm

Ghosts of NC and SC (ET)
Join our panelists as they tell you about the ghosts of NC and SC, from our own local haunt “Lydia, The Phantom Hitchhiker” to the famous “Gray Man” and the pirates of Charleston. What ghosts have had their start in the Carolinas?

Moderators
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →

Guests
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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest
Cheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games), TV programs (Dinosaurs, Homeland, Outcast), and theater/interactive properties (Sesame Street Live!, Star Trek... Read More →
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Alex Matsuo

Literary Guest
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 →


Sunday July 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Victorian A

2:00pm

I'll See You Again in 25 Years (AP)
It's actually been 26 years, not 25, but Twin Peaks is back with its third and presumably final season. With the publication of Mark Frost's THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS, the remaining episodes of the current third season, and TWIN PEAKS: THE FINAL DOSSIER due to be published in October, was the return to Twin Peaks a good thing? What do we think is going to happen in the rest of the season? What works and what doesn't? And what questions do we want answered - or not answered - by what's left? This discussion will be EXTREMELY SPOILERY, so it's recommended you be all caught up on the third season beforehand!

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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal With the Devil, and the forthcoming Attempted Immortality. Michae... Read More →

Sunday July 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Victorian B

2:00pm

Fusion: Alternative Histories and Mixing Genres (ET)
What happens when dragons fight in World War I?  What happens when Germany wins WWII? Our panelists discuss what happens when you mix history and fantasy. Or when you mix fantasy and real life physics. How does mixing genres impact your writing styles and who has done it well?

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Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Literary Guest
Superhero novelist, feminist, teacher, classic and cult movie buff, mother of daughters and dogs.

Guests
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Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Literary Guest
Superhero novelist, feminist, teacher, classic and cult movie buff, mother of daughters and dogs.
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Glenda Finkelstein

Literary Guest
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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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is a master swordswoman, a world-renowned traveler, and lover of all things bookish. One of these things is actually true. When she isn’t saving the world, one word at a time, she’s busy lecturing university students on parenthetical citations and torturing authors with her red pen. No matter what the... Read More →


Sunday July 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Boardroom

3:00pm

Con In Review (AP)

The con is almost over.  Take a few minutes before you leave and tell us…what worked? What didn't?  We will also take notes if you would like to give us ideas for guests or panel topics for future Cons.



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James Fulbright

Con Chair/President, ConGregate Productions
James Fulbright was introduced to AD&D by a friend in 1979. After joining his first gaming group, his friends convinced to start attending conventions like StellarCon and Hexacon. It wasn’t long before attending cons led him to start helping out with those cons, which, in turn, led to running StellarCon (which he did for far too long). Over the years, James has also helped out with RavenCon, was on the founding board of ConCarolinas, worked VIP Registration at DragonCon and served on the BidCom for DeepSouthCon 46. In 2013, James made a silly decision to become part owner, and Con Chair, of a new convention in North Carolina. You can find information on ConGregate at... Read More →

Sunday July 16, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Provincial