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MisCon 25

Friday Art Show (Art)
Fri 10:00 - 7:00 PM, (Art Room)
Pros and Guests: Heidi Carstens-Bennett

The MisCon art show is a special event; every year we bring together the work of many successful and aspiring artists. These wonderful works are displayed, sold, and auctioned just during the wondrous time of MisCon.

Friday Registration (ConCom)
Fri Noon - 8:00 PM, (Registration)
Pros and Guests: Kristina Brakebush

Registration for MisCon Begins at Noon.

Early Bird Round Table (Geek Discussion)
Fri 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (Picnic Area)
Pros and Guests: CthulhuBob Lovely

Gather with the early Geeks and discuss what books you're reading, shows you're watching, games you're playing, etc.

Gizmo Make and Take (Crafts)
Fri 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: Jim Johnson

Ever wanted to scratch build a ray gun, chrono-manipulator, or dimensional rift-atron? Well, this is your chance. All materials are provided but feel free to bring your own old paper towel rolls, dish liquid caps and non-functioning VCRs.

An Evening With John Bromley (Geek Discussion)
Fri 2:00 - 3:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: John Bromley

You might know him as Bromley Bear, Johnny Dollar, $, or Undesirable #1. MisCon Treasurer and published author John Bromley will amaze the crowd with his wit and talent. *Wit and talent not guaranteed*

Friday Hospitality (ConCom)
Fri 2:00 - 2:00 AM, (Hospitality A)
Pros and Guests: Sherrill Brown

Come and get it!

Inside these doors you will find all manner of food and drink to satisfy your cravings after a long session in the gaming room, during a break between panels, or whatever else you may be planning at MisCon

So You Wanna Be A Pirate . . . (Costuming)
Fri 3:00 - 4:00 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: J.K. Hinther

Cyber, Steampunk, Fantasy and Historical. Tips and ideas for creating a fully crafted costume, or piecing one together on a budget and from an every day wardrobe!

Tin Foil Hats! (Crafts)
Fri 3:00 - 4:00 PM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba

Make your own "tin" foil hat (they're actually made of aluminium foil) to protect yourself from any mind control that might be left over from the last few years. This is open to kids and adults as well, although kids must be supervised.

Convention Scenario Writing and Running (Gaming)
Fri 3:00 - 4:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: John Goff, Marc Johnson, CthulhuBob Lovely

A discussion of how to create RPG scenarios for conventions as opposed to long-term play.

Jewelry: The Final Frontier Make & Take (Crafts)
Fri 3:00 - 4:00 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Adrienne Keith, Elizabeth McCubbin

Come learn some basic jewelry making techniques along with how jewelry can put the finishing touches on your space-aged costume. This panel is open to anyone. If you would like to participate in the make & take, the cost is $5 for supplies. Make & take participants need to be at least 12y/o.

Meet Carol Berg (Writing)
Fri 4:00 - 5:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, CthulhuBob Lovely

Come meet Carol Berg, MisCon 25's Author Guest of Honor.

io9 Sucks . . . Where Else Can I Go? (Geek Discussion)
Fri 4:00 - 5:00 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: John Bromley

What arcane, strange, geeky, weird, websites do you frequent?

What the Heck is Going On? My Family Dragged Me Here! (Geek Discussion)
Fri 4:00 - 5:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington

A place for significant others and family of con geeks to congregate with others who don't necessarily love fandom.

Coloring With Sarah (Kids' Activities)
Fri 4:00 - 5:00 PM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Come color for a while! We have Star Wars and Batman coloring books. This is a supervised event, but a parent still must be present.

How to Train Your Dragon (Kids' Activities)
Fri 4:00 - 6:00 PM, (Video)
Pros and Guests:

Watch the film "How to Train Your Dragon!"

Meet Tiffany Toland (Art)
Fri 5:00 - 6:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: CthulhuBob Lovely, Tiffany Toland-Scott

Come meet Meet Tiffany Toland, MisCon 25's Artist Guest of Honor.

Writer's Workshop Meet and Greet (Writing)
Fri 5:00 - 6:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, M. H. Bonham, Patricia Briggs, Diana Pharaoh Francis, James Glass, Andrea Howe, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Parris ja Young

Participants and Critiquing Authors get together to meet and discuss how the workshop works. Open to anyone interested in the Writer's Workshop.

Corset Making: Beginning Basics (Costuming)
Fri 5:00 - 6:00 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: J.K. Hinther

Tips and tricks to get you started in making your own sexy under, and outer wear, straight from the history books!

Meet Kass McGann (Costuming)
Fri 6:00 - 7:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: CthulhuBob Lovely, Kass McGann

Come meet Meet Kass McGann, MisCon 25's Costuming Guest of Honor.

Fun with Playdough (Kids' Activities)
Fri 6:00 - 7:00 PM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington

Come play with playdough. This is a supervised event, but a parent must accompany their child.

Brains Aren't Just for Zombies... (Geek Discussion)
Fri 6:00 - 7:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Neuroplasticity, epigenetics, mirror neurons...new methodologies of studying and imaging cognitive processes have expanded our understanding of how we think and learn. Come find out how neuroscience is showing us revolutionary new understandings of how the brain works.

Handling Problem Players and/or Characters (Gaming)
Fri 6:00 - 7:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, John Goff, Robert Thomson

The panel of GMs will discuss how to handle the jerk at the table who ruins the game for everyone, (as well as how to handle the character (played by an otherwise nice person) that wants to be the lonewolf and do everything by themselves).

Opening Ceremonies (Geek Discussion)
Fri 7:00 - 8:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, John Bromley, CthulhuBob Lovely, Kass McGann, Tiffany Toland-Scott

Attend our opening ceremonies and find out what's happening this year.

Goonies! (Kids' Activities)
Fri 7:00 - 9:00 PM, (Video)
Pros and Guests:

Watch the movie Goonies. This is an unsupervised event, so a parent must be present.

Firefly: Why Do We Love It So Much? (Geek Discussion)
Fri 8:00 - 9:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Josie Beaudoin, Seattle Browncoats, Andrea Howe, Nick Plantz

Come discuss why Firefly captivates everyone.

LARP: the Musical of Good and Evil (Gaming)
Fri 8:00 - Midnight, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Greg Schneider

Welcome to the Neon Rose, a club for the other side of life where the owners a vampire, theres a ghost in the band and the bouncer is, well, not from around here.

The regulars, and irregulars, are in for a little surprise tonight when the forces of Good and Evil show up for a few drinks, some conversation, and to try and win the on-going battle of the heavens the only way they know how-with a little song and dance.

Join us for this one of a kind event that blends traditional live action role-playing, impromptu acting (and choreography), lip-syncing and maybe just the smallest bit of karaoke. Theres no need to be able to sing of play an instrument, but there is a need to bring your energy and excitement. We dont know who's going to win, but we do know they are going to sound good doing it.

This is an event for 12-20 players. Characters will be available via www.blackshieldgaming.com on April 1st, 2011. Players are strongly encouraged to receive character information in advance of the event in order to be able to do any desired costuming and to know which songs YOU will be the star.

Filk Away! (Performing Arts)
Fri 9:00 - Midnight, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests:

Come have some filking fun! If you don't know, filking is music. Check it out.

Saturday Art Show (Art)
Sat 8:00 - 7:00 PM, (Art Room)
Pros and Guests: Heidi Carstens-Bennett

The MisCon art show is a special event; every year we bring together the work of many successful and aspiring artists. These wonderful works are displayed, sold, and auctioned just during the wondrous time of MisCon.

What We Can Learn from Extant Medieval Garments -- the Garments (Costuming)
Sat 9:00 - 10:00 AM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann
Saturday Hospitality (ConCom)
Sat 9:00 - 2:00 AM, (Hospitality A)
Pros and Guests: Sherrill Brown

Come and get it!

Inside these doors you will find all manner of food and drink to satisfy your cravings after a long session in the gaming room, during a break between panels, or whatever else you may be planning at MisCon

Face Painting With CthulhuJeni (Kids' Activities)
Sat 10:00 - 11:00 AM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Jennifer Fleming-Lovely

Come get your face painted by the fantastic and amazing CthulhuJeni!

Realistically Painting Women (Art)
Sat 10:00 - 11:00 AM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Tiffany Toland-Scott

Tiffany will discuss how she creates realistic women.

Beginning Chainmaile (Crafts)
Sat 10:00 - 11:00 AM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: The SCA

A $3.00 fee applies to this panel to cover materials. Learn beginning Chainmaile with Lady Onora of the SCA, and take home your work as a sample.

The Secret of Nimh (Kids' Activities)
Sat 10:00 - Noon, (Video)
Pros and Guests:

Come watch the classic film, The Secret of Nimh. A parent required to be present. This is not a concom supervised event.

What We Can Learn from Extant Renaissance Garments -- the Garments (Costuming)
Sat 10:00 - 11:00 AM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann
Saturday Registration (ConCom)
Sat 10:00 - 7:00 PM, (Registration)
Pros and Guests: Kristina Brakebush

Registration open all day Saturday

Writer's Workshop Great Hall (Writing)
Sat 11:00 - 2:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, M. H. Bonham, Patricia Briggs, Diana Pharaoh Francis, James Glass, Andrea Howe, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Parris ja Young

MisCon's World Famous Writer's Workshop. Submit your writing to us a month before MisCon, show up at the hotel, and meet with our professional critiquing authors and editors.

Hangin' With John Dalmas (Geek Discussion)
Sat 11:00 - Noon, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests: John Dalmas, CthulhuBob Lovely

Come hang out with uber cool writer John Dalmas and learn a few things.

Tin Foil Hats! (Crafts)
Sat 11:00 - Noon, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington

Another chance to make your own Tin Foil Hat (aluminium foil, actually) to protect yourself from any stray mind-control rays. Kids must be accompanied by a parent.

At Rapier's Point (Miscellaneous)
Sat 11:00 - 2:00 PM, (The Tent)
Pros and Guests: Gene Mealey, The SCA

A practical beginning rapier class, from equipment to the field. Students will learn the basics of the Honorable Arte of Defense and will have the opportunity to duel with the instructor. Active participant class maximum size 6, observing only attendee no maximum. Active participants should be in good physical condition and 18+.
Instructor: Gene Mealey (aka Baron Antoine de Bueil of the SCA).

Selecting the Right Game System For You (Gaming)
Sat 11:00 - Noon, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, John Goff, Greg Schneider, Keith Seyffarth

A bunch of veteran GMs discuss the pros and cons of various game systems. Is Call of Cthulhu a good starter RPG? Is D&D the best game ever?

Alternative Medicine (Miscellaneous)
Sat 11:00 - Noon, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Gail Glass

This is an opportunity to learn about various options for achieving and maintaining wellness.

How Do You Make Money As An Artist? (Art)
Sat 11:00 - Noon, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Tiffany Toland-Scott, Robin Walker, William R. Warren

What work artists have to do to eat and pay rent. How does the business of selling artwork actually work?

Ottoman Turkish Costume (16th through 18th century) (Costuming)
Sat 11:00 - Noon, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann
Cthulhu . . . What? Who? Where? You know CthulhuBob, but what is that pesky Cthulhu? (Writing)
Sat Noon - 1:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: John Bromley, Ryan Goble, CthulhuBob Lovely

A discussion of the mighty Cthulhu, the H.P. Lovecraft Mythos, and just why MisCon is covered in squids and tentacles. How has Lovecraft's Mythos influenced modern literature?

Italian Renaissance Clothing (14th through 16th century, primarily Florentine and Venetian) (Costuming)
Sat Noon - 1:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann
Radiation in Science Fiction: Myths Our TV Tells Us (Geek Discussion)
Sat Noon - 1:00 PM, (Video)
Pros and Guests: Bernard Finnigan

Last year's winner of Miscon's Documentary Fan Film Award "Physics of Starship Battles" presents this timely sequel, which goes through 50 years of Sci Fi B Movies detailing all the giant bugs and zombie chasing we've been asked to believe in the name of entertainment. Counting down famous movie monsters including CHUD and Night of the Living Dead, the audience is given a history of Radiation as Plot Complication in modern cinema, getting an explanation of fact vs fear-mongering and a realistic view of radiation in their lives, Hollywood Not Included.

Morality/Ethics in RPGs (Gaming)
Sat 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: John Bromley, Justin Farrington, Marc Johnson, Greg Schneider

Good, bad, or ugly? Do your your fellow players always kill the inkeeper? Does your rogue keep the gold for himself? Where do you draw the line?

Fun with Playdough (Kids' Activities)
Sat 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Guided playdough fun.

Traditional Media Verses Digital (Art)
Sat 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: Tiffany Toland-Scott, Robin Walker, William R. Warren

Traditional media verses digital: The pros and cons of both. Which do you prefer, and why? How is the industry changing?

An Overview of Japanese Clothing History -- Nara through Tokugawa (8th through 16th centuries) (Costuming)
Sat 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann
Future Past: Steampunk Jewelry Make & Take Version 1 (Crafts)
Sat 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Adrienne Keith, Elizabeth McCubbin

Stop by and hear us go on and on about how the appropriate addition of jewelry can really complete your Steampunk characterís look and personality, oh and some basic jewelry making techniques to make said jewelry. This panel is open to anyone. If you would like to participate in the make & take, the cost is $5 for supplies. Make & take participants need to be at least 12y/o. The earrings for the Make & Take portion will differ from Version 2. Take both for 2 shiny pairs of glorious steampunk earrings.

Creating Religions for Your World (Writing)
Sat 2:00 - 3:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Diana Pharaoh Francis, James Glass

How do the pros go about creating realistic and engaging religions?

MisCon Then and Now (Geek Discussion)
Sat 2:00 - 3:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: CthulhuBob Lovely, Parris ja Young

CthulhuBob, Joe Taylor, and Parris Ja Young discuss how MisCon and the world have changed in the last 25 years.

Reading: Josh Wagner (Writing)
Sat 2:00 - 3:00 PM, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests: Josh Wagner

Josh will read from one of his recent works.

Miskatonic Veil University (Belly Dance Workshop) (Performing Arts)
Sat 2:00 - 4:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: The Sultana Dancers

MISKATONIC VEIL UNIVERSITY: Disclaimer Ė this veil dance is called Miskatonic and has no connection or association whatsoever to any of the elder gods, nor will non-participating bystanders be sacrificed to them. Really. Sparky is bringing a supply of veils to loan out if you donít have one of your own, and she hopes you will drop what youíre doing and come running to learn this veil choreography she created especially for MisCon 25. And if you donít want to come to this workshop . . . well, Cthulhu does like the odd sacrifice or two! Weather permitting, this panel may move outdoors into the picnic area.

Fix Your Makeup and Adjust Your Wig (Costuming)
Sat 2:00 - 4:00 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Amanda Michael's Bouvier, Miss Jade LaRose

Miss Jade and Mistress Amanda teach you how to do your hair and makeup the right way!

Most of what I ever needed to know in life, I learned from Crate (Miscellaneous)
Sat 3:00 - 4:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: William R. Warren

Artist Bill Warren will read from Theodore Sturgeon's story "Crate," a story that changed his life (and is responsible for much of his craziness). This is a great opportunity to look back at some of the great work of the past.

CthulhuBob Reads Winnie the Pooh (Kids' Activities)
Sat 3:00 - 4:00 PM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: CthulhuBob Lovely

CthulhuBob will read Winnie the Pooh out loud. Originally Darth Vader was going to do this, but they blew up the Death Star and he couldn't make it this year.

From Manuscript to Published Novel--the Process (Writing)
Sat 3:00 - 4:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Patricia Briggs, Andrea Howe

You get a publication deal--then what happens? This panel details the long process of transforming a manuscript into a published novel.

Reading: M.H. Bonham (Writing)
Sat 3:00 - 4:00 PM, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham

M.H. Bonham will read from one of her current works.

I Don't have to Steampunk If I Don't Want To (Geek Discussion)
Sat 3:00 - 4:00 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Gail Glass

Tired of sprockets, goggles, and airships? A discussion of Steampunk as an emergent force in the genre. Do you have to love it just because everyone else seems to?

German Medieval Martial Arts (Fight Demo or Class)
Sat 3:00 - 5:00 PM, (The Tent)
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon , Matt McAdoo

Learn the basics of the historical employment of the German longsword.

E-Publishing Today (Writing)
Sat 4:00 - 5:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham

A discussion of E-Publishing.

Get in Front of the Green Screen (Art)
Sat 4:00 - 5:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Jonathan Crummett, CthulhuBob Lovely

Come stand before the Green Screen and have your picture taken. Then later, Photoshop Wizard Jonathan Crummett will modify it into a great piece of custom art and put it up on Facebook for the world to see.

Coloring With Tiffany. (Kids' Activities)
Sat 4:00 - 5:00 PM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely, Tiffany Toland-Scott

Come color and draw with artist GoH Tiffany Toland. This is open to both kids and adults, but a parent must be present with their kid.

German Renaissance Clothing (Landsknecht and (Costuming)
Sat 4:00 - 5:00 PM, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann

Kass will discuss the specifics of German Renaissance clothing.

Beginning Comic Art (Comics)
Sat 4:00 - 5:00 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Josh Wagner

Learn what you need to start creating your own comics, from basic paper and ink, to transforming your script into art.

Dirty Songs of the Renaissance (Performing Arts)
Sat 4:00 - 5:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: Josie Beaudoin

Listen to a collection of dirty songs of the Renaissance.

Story Into Art (Art)
Sat 5:00 - 6:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Patricia Briggs, Tiffany Toland-Scott, William R. Warren

The artists will draw a scene from a piece of a writer's work as he/she reads aloud from it.

Your Brain on Rugs (Geek Discussion)
Sat 5:00 - 6:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Brooke Stanley

A survey of neural anatomy, some "classic" traumatic brain injuries and†some of the more†common sequela.

Shoot the Knight (Fight Demo or Class)
Sat 5:00 - 6:00 PM, (Picnic Area)
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon

Come experience the joy Dark Ages peasants felt by filling a knight full of arrows. (Ours are padded, by the way -- the arrows, not the knights.)

The Black Cauldron (Video and Film Festival)
Sat 5:00 - 7:00 PM, (Video)
Pros and Guests:

Come watch the classic film The Black Cauldron. This is an unsupervised event, so a parent must be present.

Laced: A Brief History and Introduction to Corsetry (Costuming)
Sat 5:00 - 6:00 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: J.K. Hinther

From Olde to new, learn a brief history of the binding garment and tips for finding the right corset to flatter your figure.

Investigative Techniques for Storytellers (Writing)
Sat 5:00 - 6:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: John Goff

Private Investigator John Goff discusses investigative techniques for storytellers of all kinds.

The Punctuation Situation (and Grammar) (Writing)
Sat 6:00 - 7:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Patricia Briggs, Andrea Howe

The panilists will discess penctuation and and grammar and how to get it right. You can ask questens and everething.

So You Want to Be an RPG Freelancer . . . (Gaming)
Sat 6:00 - 7:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: John Bromley, John Goff, Robert Thomson

Tips from the pros about the best - and worst - ways to solicit your work and get your name out to the gaming companies.

Sewing a Con Basic: The Petticoat (Costuming)
Sat 6:00 - 8:00 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Beth Stoops

Beth will spend two hours walking, step-by-step, through the creation of a simple petticoat that can be adjusted for belly dance, victorian skirts and almost any costume with a long skirt. Feel free to bring your own snacks as this is a long demonstration!

Amber Throne War (LARP) (Gaming)
Sat 6:00 - Midnight, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Keith Seyffarth

Keith Seyffarth's Amber LARP

It's a throne war!

The king (your father) has died.

Unfortunately, he died without a clear successor.

As you and your siblings (or at least half-siblings) really don't know the order of your conception - or birth - you all have an equal claim on the throne.

Actually, correct that, all your siblings are undeserving, pretentious, self-serving, arrogant, incompetent scum, so it's clear that the throne is yours. Really, now, would dear old dad have meant for anyone like that to take the throne on his demise? Since you're the only member of the family with a grain of common sense or human decency (well, at least Amberite decency), it's obvious you were meant to be the successor. The throne is yours - if you can take it!

You need to push, pull, bribe, fight, outwit, deceive, align, surpass, kill, or whatever else it takes, to get the badges of office and get yourself coronated before one of your blood relatives defiles the throne with his or her filthy person. Remember, they're as tough or tougher than you, as cunning or more cunning than you, as fast or faster than you, and they all have this internal drive to seize power and rule over the universe that you do.

Unfortunately, your siblings all have the same idea!

We'll start with a bidding war and character generation at 4 in room 160 (I believe). Then, starting around 6:00 we'll move into "the dungeon" and degenerate into the chaos that is Amber until such time as we pass out or someone takes the throne. We should have access to "the dungeon," the poolside area, room 160, creekside, and the picnic area.

Reading: Neil Gaiman's Kid's Stories (Kids' Activities)
Sat 6:00 - 7:00 PM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba

We will read from Neil Gaiman's "Wolves in the Walls" and other interesting fantasy kids' stories.

Film Festival Audience Awards (Video and Film Festival)
Sat 7:00 - 9:00 PM, (Video)
Pros and Guests: Dan Lehn

Help determine the Audience Award Winner in the MisCon 25 Film Festival.

Costume Contest Prep (Costuming)
Sat 7:00 - 8:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann, Lisa Williams

Costume Contest Participants and Judges (Only) will prepare for the Costume Contest, which will begin at 8:00.

The Elusive Protagonist (Writing)
Sat 7:00 - 8:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: Patricia Briggs, James Glass

How to create an intriguing protagonist that will carry your reader through your story to the end (and to the sequel).

Reading: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Writing)
Sat 7:00 - 8:00 PM, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests: Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana will be reading from one of her recent works.

Costume Contest (Costuming)
Sat 8:00 - 9:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Gail Glass, Kass McGann, Lisa Williams

MisCon's Costume Contest! Participants will show off their costumes to our panel of judges and the audience.

Sandbaggers Game Club Annual Miscon Party (Miscellaneous)
Sat 8:00 - 2:00 AM, (Sandbaggers Game Club Room)
Pros and Guests:

The Sandbaggers present various concoctions and elixirs of madness.
A couple tables will be available for shorter group games to mix it up with new friends and acquaintances.

Sherlock Holmes Across the Ages (Geek Discussion)
Sat 8:00 - 9:00 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Ruth Frey

A discussion of Sherlock Holmes across the ages.

2nd Annual MisCon Drag Show (Costuming)
Sat 9:00 - 11:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Amanda Michael's Bouvier

Geeky Queens (the "Drag" kind, not the "married to the King" kind) strut their stuff.

Filk Away! (Performing Arts)
Sat 9:00 - Midnight, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests:

Filk like crazy!

SCA Room Party (Party!)
Sat 10:00 - Midnight, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: The SCA

Join the SCA for alcohol-free entertainment and old-school style hanging out. Really, really old-school.

Room Party (Party!)
Sat 10:00 - Midnight, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests:

Seth McClain's Room Party. Come have fun.

Sunday Art Show (Art)
Sun 8:00 - 4:00 PM, (Art Room)
Pros and Guests: Heidi Carstens-Bennett

The MisCon art show is a special event; every year we bring together the work of many successful and aspiring artists. These wonderful works are displayed, sold, and auctioned just during the wondrous time of MisCon.

The art show closes early on Sunday to prepare for the Art Auction.

What We Can Learn from Extant Medieval Garments -- the techniques (Costuming)
Sun 9:00 - 10:00 AM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann
Sunday Morning Hospitality (ConCom)
Sun 9:00 - 11:00 AM, (Hospitality A)
Pros and Guests: Sherrill Brown

Come and get it!

Inside these doors you will find all manner of food and drink to satisfy your cravings after a long session in the gaming room, during a break between panels, or whatever else you may be planning at MisCon

Coloring With Sarah (Kids' Activities)
Sun 10:00 - 11:00 AM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Come color with Sarah. Like all other conspawn events, kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Bolt! Watch the Movie Bolt (Kids' Activities)
Sun 10:00 - Noon, (Video)
Pros and Guests:

Come watch the cartoon Bolt. This is a non-supervised event.

Writing Contests, Conferences, and Other Ways to Break Into Publishing (Writing)
Sun 10:00 - 11:00 AM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, James Glass

Panelists will discuss writing contests (such as Writers of the Future), conferences, and other ways to get your writing noticed (like bribery).

Anatomy of the Squishy (Geek Discussion)
Sun 10:00 - 11:00 AM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Brooke Stanley

A survey of bodily fluids; their origin, constituents and uses.

What We Can Learn from Extant Renaissance Garments -- the techniques (Costuming)
Sun 10:00 - 11:00 AM, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann
Aviation for Storytellers (Geek Discussion)
Sun 10:00 - 11:00 AM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Larry Bonham

Professional pilot Larry Bonham discusses airplanes and how to realistically depict them in your RPG or stories.

Sunday Registration (ConCom)
Sun 10:00 - 6:00 PM, (Registration)
Pros and Guests: Kristina Brakebush

Registration open all day Sunday

Barbeque with Medieval Lawn Games, Fencing, Shooting the Knight!, and Fun! (Miscellaneous)
Sun 11:00 - 3:00 PM, (Picnic Area)
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon , Justin Barba, John Bromley, CthulhuBob Lovely, The SCA

Join us in the Picnic Area for some BBQ and great entertainment, featuring medieval lawn games with the Realms of Avalon folks, SCA fun, and music courtesy of the Dark Dreams crew!

At Rapier's Point (Fight Demo or Class)
Sun 11:00 - 2:00 PM, (The Tent)
Pros and Guests: Gene Mealey
Military Intelligence for Writers and GMs (Writing)
Sun 11:00 - Noon, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich, John Goff

Interrogate a former military intelligence interrogator about interrogation techniques (then use them in your stories). A Q and A session with a pair of former Military Intelligence officers.

Modern Fabric Choices for Historical Clothing (Costuming)
Sun 11:00 - Noon, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann
Paragraphing (Writing)
Sun 11:00 - Noon, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, M. H. Bonham

How to structure your prose like a professional.

Medieval Weaponry (Fight Demo or Class)
Sun 11:00 - Noon, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon , Larry Bonham, Matt McAdoo

A discussion of medieval weaponry.

Face It: How to Create Realistic Faces (Art)
Sun 11:00 - Noon, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: Tiffany Toland-Scott, William R. Warren

How to create realistic human faces in art.

Writer's Workshop Wrap Up (Writing)
Sun Noon - 1:00 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba

Writer's Workshop Participants Only. This is an opportunity for the submitters to the Writer's Workshop to meet after the workshop and discuss one another's submissions and critiques without the critiquing authors.

World of Yarncraft: Geek Expansion (Crafts)
Sun Noon - 1:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington, Andrea Howe, Connie Thomson

Have you ever gazed longingly at Dr. Who's scarf and thought, "I bet I could make one of those"? Or created a plushie beholder to keep you company at the game table? You're not the only one! Join your fellow geeky knitters and crocheters to discuss the crafty inspiration that our favorite geek pastimes provide. Feel free to bring your latest project and work as we talk. Show-and-tell is welcome and encouraged!

Reading: Parris ja Young (Writing)
Sun Noon - 1:00 PM, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests: Parris ja Young

Parris will be reading from one of her latest works.

Can You Draw Cthulhu? Or CthulhuBob? Or a Spaceship? (Kids' Activities)
Sun Noon - 1:00 PM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Robin Walker

Kids and adults alike, come and have fun drawing with our fabulous artists.

Making a Replica of Historical Clothing: the Methodology (Costuming)
Sun Noon - 1:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann

Kass discusses the methodology of creating replicas of historical clothing.

The Dark Crystal (Kids' Activities)
Sun 1:00 - 3:00 PM, (Video)
Pros and Guests:

Come watch the classic film, The Dark Crystal. This is an unsupervised event, so a parent must be present.

TradeMoot (Miscellaneous)
Sun 1:00 - 3:00 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Marc Johnson

Bring your stuff to trade. Got old rpgs? Old books? Miniatures? A spare blaster or 2? Need some new dungeon tiles?

Future Past: Steampunk Jewelry Make & Take - Version 2 (Crafts)
Sun 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: Adrienne Keith, Elizabeth McCubbin

Stop by and hear us go on and on about how the appropriate addition of jewelry can really complete your Steampunk characterís look and personality, oh and some basic jewelry making techniques to make said jewelry. This panel is open to anyone. If you would like to participate in the make & take, the cost is $5 for supplies. Make & take participants need to be at least 12y/o.
The earrings for the Make & Take portion will differ from Version 1. Take both for 2 shiny pairs of glorious steampunk earrings.

Scenario design for RPGs (Gaming)
Sun 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, Greg Schneider, Robert Thomson

A panel of GMs discuss the elements of scenario design. How do they make the magic happen?

E-Publishing Layout and Design (Writing)
Sun 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests:

Learn how to format your manuscript for electronic publishing, design and create an intriguing cover, and distribute it online to your fans.

Medieval Riddles (Geek Discussion)
Sun 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon , Josie Beaudoin

Come try your hand at some classic medieval riddles.

Horses 101 for Storytellers (Writing)
Sun 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich, M. H. Bonham, Patricia Briggs, Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Everything you ever wanted to know about horses and how to realistically depict them in your stories or game scenarios.

How Skivvies Make the Outfit (Costuming)
Sun 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann
Sunday Afternoon Hospitality (ConCom)
Sun 1:00 - 2:00 AM, (Hospitality A)
Pros and Guests: Sherrill Brown

Come and get it!

Inside these doors you will find all manner of food and drink to satisfy your cravings after a long session in the gaming room, during a break between panels, or whatever else you may be planning at MisCon

Artist's Workshop (Art)
Sun 2:00 - 3:00 PM, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests: Heidi Carstens-Bennett, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Robin Walker, Parris ja Young

Our entrants will have their work critiqued by professional artists. If you would like to participate next year, contact our Art Chair, Heidi Carstens, at art@miscon.org or just find her her at the con.

Japanese Swords (Art)
Sun 2:00 - 4:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Ted Tenold

Japanese sword expert Ted Tenold will discuss katanas, wakizashis, and other Japanese Swords.

How to Make Hair Fascinators and Pinup Girl Hair Flowers (Costuming)
Sun 2:00 - 3:00 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Holly Frydenlund

DJ HAuLi shows you how to make various accoutrements for your brainpain for costuming or just lookin' good. Pinup girl flowers, feather fascinators and skeleton clips are a few examples of the styles she'll be helping you make n' take. Bring the following items: a lighter (yes, a flame source), a blank head band either hard or fabric if you want headbands instead of clip-ins, and any other pretty things you may want to attach to your head. Suggestions are: buttons, beads, feathers, ribbon, old tshirts that can get butchered. She will provide silk flowers, a small selection of feathers, skeleton hands, glues and various bits n' bobbles.
You will end up with something awesome for your hair or to attach to your hats.

Geeks Giving Back (Geek Discussion)
Sun 2:00 - 3:00 PM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: 501st Legion , Realms of Avalon , Andrea Howe

Charity organizations discuss how and why they give back to their communities.

Importance of Secondary Characters (Writing)
Sun 2:00 - 3:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, James Glass

A discussion of the necessary role played by secondary characters in your writing.

Kids' Gizmo Make and Take (Kids' Activities)
Sun 3:00 - 4:00 PM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: Jim Johnson

Joe and Jim will help a group of kids build some sort of creative monstrosity. Parents, please use discretion and, if your children are under 12, you must be in attendance at all times.

But I should Be Able To . . . (Gaming)
Sun 3:00 - 4:00 PM, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, John Goff, CthulhuBob Lovely, Keith Seyffarth

How do you deal whiny, demanding players who constantly want their character to do the impossible?

Belly Dance Workshop in the Great Hall (Performing Arts)
Sun 3:00 - 5:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: The Sultana Dancers

Learn how to Belly Dance from the Sultana Dancers. This panel may move outdoors if the weather is good.

Sewing a Con Basic: The Fantasy Shirt (Costuming)
Sun 3:00 - 5:00 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Beth Stoops

Great with a kilt, great with a corset, great with tights, everyone loves the fantasy shirt. Beth will spend two hours walking through how to sew a unisex poet's shirt that can be used for many costumes over the years. Feel free to bring your own snacks, as this is a long demonstration.

Torturing Your Characters: Creating Effective Obstacles For Your Protagonist (Writing)
Sun 3:00 - 4:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Diana Pharaoh Francis

A discussion of the techniques involved with making life hard for your characters.

Reading: Patricia Briggs (Writing)
Sun 4:00 - 5:00 PM, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests: Patricia Briggs

Patty will be reading from one of her recent works.

The Golden Age of Comics (Miscellaneous)
Sun 4:00 - 5:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Josh Wagner

In order to have a Silver Age, you first need a Golden Age. Chuck and Josh will discuss the eras of comic books.

Don't Bring a Knife to a Gunfight (Writing)
Sun 4:00 - 5:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Marc Johnson

A Basic Overview of Firearms and Related Gear for Authors and Gamemasters--this panel is not intended to replace good old fashioned personal research and better yet, actual hands on training with a firearm.

The facilitator has been a firearms enthusiast since the early 1990ís. While no means an expert, he has broad familiarity with firearms of all types, and has trained with experts (so hopefully something rubbed off!).

What's New In Science (Geek Discussion)
Sun 5:00 - 6:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: James Glass

James Glass will discuss what's new in science this year.

Mastering the Revision Process (Writing)
Sun 5:00 - 6:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Patricia Briggs, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Andrea Howe

A discussion of the methods and options of the revision process in novels and short stories.

Art Auction Prep. (Art)
Sun 5:00 - 6:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Heidi Carstens-Bennett

Art Auction Preparation. The room is closed as the Art Chaair prepares for the MisCon Art Auction.

Fun with Playdough (Kids' Activities)
Sun 5:00 - 6:00 PM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Come play with Playdough. This is a supervised event, but a parent must accompany their child. Supplies provided.

Living in Historical Clothing: How to Do What You Need to Do. (Costuming)
Sun 5:00 - 6:00 PM, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann

Kass discusses how to go about your business while decked out in historical clothing.

Charcoal? Acrylic? Digital? Watercolor? (Art)
Sun 5:00 - 6:00 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Robin Walker

The artists discuss the pros and cons of various media they use to create art, and why they like or dislike them.

Art Auction (Art)
Sun 6:00 - 10:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Heidi Carstens-Bennett, Sarah Fleming-Lovely, CthulhuBob Lovely, Keith Seyffarth, Tiffany Toland-Scott

Come bid on your favorite piece from the Art Show. Intermission for food will be at the halfway point (during which pizza will be available). The auction will run until the event ends, which could be midnight.

Romance in RPGs (Gaming)
Sun 6:00 - 7:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: John Bromley, Connie Thomson

Your significant other plays in your game, or a couple does--how do you deal with the possible issues this may cause? Do you have funny stories (that you can share) about relationships affecting your RPG?

Labyrinth (Kids' Activities)
Sun 6:00 - 8:00 PM, (Video)
Pros and Guests:

Come watch the classic film Labyrinth. This is an unsupervised event.

What It Takes to Write a Novel (Writing)
Sun 6:00 - 7:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham, Josh Wagner, Parris ja Young

A discussion of what it takes to write a novel. Discipline? Creativity? Life experience? Confidence?

Medieval Board Games (Gaming)
Sun 7:00 - 11:00 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon

The Realms of Avalon folks will entertain you old school style. Really, really, old school.

Whedon-verse Trivia! (Geek Discussion)
Sun 7:00 - 8:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Andrea Howe

Join the Seattle Browncoats for their patented Whedonverse Trivia Game (all things Buffy, Firefly, etc). You might even win a prize.

Anime Music Videos (Design)
Sun 9:00 - 11:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Ben Donnelly

Ben Donnelly will amaze and entertain with various anime music videos. Kids must have an adult.

Filk Away! (Performing Arts)
Sun 9:00 - 11:00 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests:

Come do a little filking in the Dungeon.

Monday Art Show (Art)
Mon 8:00 - 3:00 PM, (Art Room)
Pros and Guests: Heidi Carstens-Bennett

The MisCon art show is a special event; every year we bring together the work of many successful and aspiring artists. These wonderful works are displayed, sold, and auctioned just during the wondrous time of MisCon.

Only art that has not sold is available for sale on Monday. Art is only sold Monday at the direct sale price, if such is provided by the artist.

An Overview of Victorian Clothing History -- 1837 through 1901 (Costuming)
Mon 9:00 - 10:00 AM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann
Monday Hospitality (ConCom)
Mon 9:00 - 2:00 PM, (Hospitality A)
Pros and Guests: Sherrill Brown

Come and get it!

Inside these doors you will find all manner of food and drink to satisfy your cravings after a long session in the gaming room, during a break between panels, or whatever else you may be planning at MisCon

Using Historical Clothing for Steampunk Outfits (Costuming)
Mon 10:00 - 11:00 AM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann
Coloring With Sarah (Kids' Activities)
Mon 10:00 - 11:00 AM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Come color with Sarah. Parents must accompany their kids.

Traditional Northwestern Art (Art)
Mon 10:00 - 11:00 AM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Robin Walker

Most of us recognise this unique and elegant
art form. Come learn some of the background of Northwest Art, and some of the basics in its creation.

Monday Registration (ConCom)
Mon 10:00 - 1:00 PM, (Registration)
Pros and Guests: Kristina Brakebush

Registration open until 1:00pm on Monday

Reading: Patricia Briggs (Writing)
Mon 11:00 - Noon, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests: Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs will be reading from one of her recent works.

What Are You Afraid Of? (Geek Discussion)
Mon 11:00 - Noon, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Diana Pharaoh Francis

How do your loves, fears, passions, affect your creativity? Run with it.

Persian Clothing (Costuming)
Mon 11:00 - Noon, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann

Kass discusses Persian clothing.

What's Your Perspective? (Art)
Mon Noon - 1:00 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Tiffany Toland-Scott, Robin Walker, Parris ja Young

Horizon lines, vanishing points, foregrounds, backgrounds-what? Learn about perspective and how to get it right in your own art.

Reading: Carol Berg (Writing)
Mon Noon - 1:00 PM, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg

Author GoH Carol Berg will be reading from one of her recent works.

Blogging for Your Fellow Geeks: Knowing Your Audience (Writing)
Mon Noon - 1:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham, Connie Thomson

Learn how to write/blog for a serious audience (how to get your facts straight so fanboys and fangirls won't have your head).

18th century clothing (Costuming)
Mon Noon - 1:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann

Kass discusses 18th Century clothing.

Fun with Playdough (Kids' Activities)
Mon Noon - 1:00 PM, (Nook)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Playdough Fun, day 3. A parent must accompany their kids.

Reading: James Glass (Writing)
Mon 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (Boardroom)
Pros and Guests: James Glass

James Glass will be reading from one of his recent works.

Traditional vs. Digital Drawing (Art)
Mon 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Tiffany Toland-Scott, Robin Walker

Learn about the differences, and similarities, of drawing by hand, and using a computer. Is hand-done art more pure? What about the concept of an original work?

Creating Standout Characters (Writing)
Mon 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg

A discussion on the methods of character creation. What are the elements of a standout character?

Long Term RPG Campaigns (Gaming)
Mon 1:00 - 2:00 PM, (Small Programming)
Pros and Guests: John Bromley, CthulhuBob Lovely, Greg Schneider

A discussion of ways to keep long-term RPG campaigns fresh and fun over time so they don't just fizzle out.

Long-Lived Beings: Depicting their Culture and Mindset (Geek Discussion)
Mon 2:00 - 3:00 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham, Justin Farrington, James Glass, CthulhuBob Lovely

A discussion of how to create and depict the thought processes and cultural norms of beings who live for hundreds or thousands of years (like elves, dragons, vampires, aliens, etc). What kind of mindset, culture, would they have? What if they were under constant threat of war?

Closing Ceremonies (ConCom)
Mon 3:00 - 4:00 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: CthulhuBob Lovely

Come see CthulhuBob cry for joy and catch a sneak peek at what’s in store for you next year at MisCon 26, the 25th to 28th of May, 2012.

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