Complete (Tentative) Schedule

MisCon 26

Friday Registration (Miscellaneous)
Fri 10:00 - 7:50 PM, (Registration)
Pros and Guests:

Registration for MisCon Begins at Noon.

Merchant Room (Miscellaneous)
Fri Noon - 6:50 PM, (Merchants Room)
Pros and Guests:

Come buy cool stuff at MisCon's vendor room.

Friday Art Show (Art)
Fri Noon - 6:50 PM, (Art Room)
Pros and Guests:

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.

Skyrim vs The World (Gaming)
Fri 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Throne Room)
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington, Justin Farrington
Moderator: Amy Farrington

Skyrim is the fifth game in The Elder Scrolls series by Bethesda Softworks. With a game world of 14 square miles, over 200 quests, and
a classless, skill-based character system, Skyrim ranks among the best and largest computer RPGs. Come join the other Dragonborn in discussions of characters, quests, treasures, and treachery.

Meet George Martin (Writing)
Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), CthulhuBob Lovely, George R. R. Martin
Moderator: CthulhuBob Lovely

Come meet George Martin, MisCon 26's Author Guest of Honor.

Friday Hospitality (Miscellaneous)
Fri 2:00 - 1:50 AM, (Hospitality A)
Pros and Guests:

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

Meet Kenneth Hite (Gaming)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Kenneth Hite, CthulhuBob Lovely

Come meet Meet Kenneth Hite, MisCon 26's Gaming Guest of Honor.

Those Turbulent Teens (the 19-teens!) (Costuming)
Fri 3:00 - 4:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann

How clothing became modern.

Tin Foil Hats! (Kids' Activities)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet)

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.

My Doctor is Better than Your Doctor (Geek Discussion)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Bob Davis (Whatshisname), Robert Thomson, Parris ja Young
Moderator: Robert Thomson

"Paging Dr. Zoidberg, Doctor Tam, Doctor McCoy!" You find yourself suddenly and violently in the emergency room. Which classic Sci-fi Doctor would you most prefer working on you?

Writers' Workshop Meet and Greet (Writing)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, S. A. Bolich, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), M. J. Engh, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Deby Fredericks, James Glass, Andrea Howe, Vicki Mitchell, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Eldon Thompson, Parris ja Young
Moderator: Justin Barba

Participants and Critiquing Authors get together to meet and discuss how the workshop works. They'll also discuss workshops in general, and how to take criticism. Open to anyone interested in the Writers' Workshop.

Gaming Mishmash (Gaming)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Bob Davis (Whatshisname), Justin Farrington, Ryan Goble, Kenneth Hite
Moderator: Kenneth Hite

You got Science Fiction in my Mythos! You got Humor in my Grimdark! Gamers love mashing up their favorite genres and games. Are there some that work better than others?

What the Heck is Going On? My Family Dragged Me Here! (Geek Discussion)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington

An informal place for significant others and family of con geeks to congregate with others who don't necessarily love fandom. Come meet new people!

Coloring Cool Stuff! (Kids' Activities)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
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 Get Started as an Artist (Art)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Brenda Carre, Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, Robin Walker

Have you always wanted to be an artist, or just learn to draw? Join us for a discussion of the best way to get started. Whether your goal is professional or personal, this is the panel for you. Should you take art classes? What are some books to get you started? Should you take a lesson from the Renaissance and copy the masters to hone your skills? Is there anything you should know about what it takes to be an artist?

Meet Rob Carlos (Art)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, CthulhuBob Lovely

Come meet Meet Rob Carlos, MisCon 26's Artist Guest of Honor.

Fun with Playdough (Kids' Activities)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet)

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

Convention Gaming 101 (Gaming)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, CJ Ruby, Keith Seyffarth
Moderator: Justin Farrington

Gaming at cons is a whole different animal than rolling dice in your basement. Here's what you need to know.

Party Orientation (Party!)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Marc Johnson
Moderator: Marc Johnson

This is a required meeting for anyone who is throwing a room party at MisCon. It should only last 15 minutes and will go over the rules and regulations your party must follow.

Cross-genre Mysteries (Writing)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Steve Fahnestalk (Steve), Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), J.A. Pitts
Moderator: J.A. Pitts

Science fiction and fantasy often overlap with mystery. What elements go into a good mystery? Does mystery always have to deal in murder? What are some ways to adhere to and break the different mystery conventions? Can you write short fiction in the mystery genre? If so, how?

The X Files: Does it Still Hold Up? (Geek Discussion)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Throne Room)
Pros and Guests: Elizabeth Aronoff (Beth), Chris Blazer, Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Why did we love the X Files so much? Has that love held up over time? Is it still as good as it used to be? Do all the kids growing up on Fringe need to watch X Files to really "get" it?

Cosplaying Book Characters (Costuming)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Beth Stoops

Cosplaying Book Characters: Hint, don't rely on the cover!

Setting the Mood (Gaming)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington, John Goff, Sean O'Connor (Crowe), Robert Thomson
Moderator: John Goff

Discuss techniques for creating atmosphere and setting the mood for your RPG.

Raising Little Geeks (Kids' Activities)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff

Do you have kids? Are you raising them to love our genres? How? Come talk about it with people like you. Maybe make a tin foil hat or 2.

Ancient Aliens: Fact or Fiction? (Geek Discussion)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Tiffany Toland-Scott

Do you hate the tv show Ancient Aliens on the History Channel? Do you love it? Do you think we were visited by aliens long ago?

Tackling the Silver Screen (Writing)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Jay Lee (J. Lee), George R. R. Martin, Eldon Thompson
Moderator: Eldon Thompson

Think your story would translate well to film (or tv)? Come look at the pros, cons, and the structure of writing for the silver screen. Our panelists will also look at how Hollywood perceives speculative fiction. *If it's nice outside, this panel will move to the BBQ Area*

Opening Ceremonies (Geek Discussion)
Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Rob Carlos, Kenneth Hite, CthulhuBob Lovely, George R. R. Martin
Moderator: CthulhuBob Lovely

Attend our opening ceremonies and watch CthulhuBob cry. Also find out what's happening at MisCon 26.

Steampunk Costume Jewelry Discussion & Workshop (Crafts)
Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Adrienne Keith

The ladies of Optimystical Studios are hosting an introduction to Steampunk costuming. Steampunk evokes a sense of adventure & discovery. This hour long workshop will focus on jewelry & accessories. Participants will also get the chance to make one pair of Steampunk earrings (a new design for 2012!).

The earring workshop portion of this event does cost $5 for materials. All materials included for one pair of earrings. All skill levels welcome. Participants under 12 must have an adult helper.

The Effect of Setting on Story (Writing)
Fri 8:00 - 8:50 PM, (Throne Room)
Pros and Guests: Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Eldon Thompson
Moderator: J.A. Pitts

What role does the environment play in s/f, fantasy, and horror? Who are the genre's Norman Macleans and Ivan Doigs--those stylists for whom the setting plays a strong secondary role within the story?

Bill Warren: Scraggly No More! (Party!)
Fri 8:00 - 9:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: William R. Warren

Come celebrate the joyous occasion of cutting off all 9 inches of artist Bill Warren's beard and crazy wizard hair. There will be music and cake as well, so come party it up!

Embers of War Web Series Live! (Performing Arts)
Fri 8:00 - 9:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Jay Lee (J. Lee)
Moderator: Jay Lee (J. Lee)

Join some of the cast of the new science fiction web series, "Embers Of War" for an interactive screening of several episodes along with the premiere of a new episode. Following the screening, a Q and A panel will be held on what it's like to try and create a new fandom and film heavy action sequences. The panel will be recorded live for several sites and fans will get a chance to view unseen footage that will only be seen at Miscon 26! You won't want to miss this!

Filk Away! (Performing Arts)
Fri 9:00 - 11:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests:

Come try your hand at Filking! You don't have to participate, but you'll probably want to. What? What's filking? Its a sort of impromptu mishmash of folk or popular music with a science fiction/fantasy twist. Come see for yourself--it'll be fun.

Gameshow of Thrones (Gaming)
Fri 9:00 - 10:50 PM, (Throne Room)
Pros and Guests: Greg Schneider

Cersei Lannister, Eddard Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Stannis Baratheon, and others will compete for the Iron Throne, game show style. And in the Gameshow of Thrones, you either win, or you die. Decide whether you want to vie for the throne - or just be the voice in the audience that guides the outcome.
Primary Players: 7
Secondary Players: Unlimited.

Eric the Excellent! (Performing Arts)
Fri 9:00 - 9:50 PM, (BBQ Area)
Pros and Guests: Eric the Excellent

Ladies and gentlemen, come see the one and only Eric the Excellent of Butte Magic harness the elemental power of flame in an awe-inspiring fire-eating show! Come, see feats of arcane skill, body manipulation, and pain endurance! Sideshow? Hardly! This, ladies and gentlemen, is the main event! www.buttemagic.com

RadCon's Room Party (Party!)
Fri 10:00 - 2:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests:

RadCon's room party!

SpoCon's Room Party (Party!)
Fri 10:00 - 2:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests:

SpoCon's Room Party.

MisCon's Room Party (Party!)
Fri 10:00 - 2:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests:

MisCon's Room Party

Forget Everything You Knew About 1920s Clothing (Costuming)
Sat 9:00 - 10:50 AM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann

Kass McGann discusses the 1920s clothing revolution.

Surviving the Witch's Spell (Kids' Activities)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

A crafty witch put a spell on you and turned you into an animal! Come make a mask of the creature she turned you into.

Beginning Chainmaile (Crafts)
Sat 10:00 - 11:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: The SCA

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

Getting Back into Board Games (Gaming)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Jonathan Crummett, Greg Schneider
Moderator: Jonathan Crummett

You've gone past Monopoly, solved Clue, and blown past Candy Land. There are hundreds of great boardgames out there, but where should you start?

George R. R. Martin Book Signing (Writing)
Sat 10:00 - 11:50 AM, (Throne Room)
Pros and Guests: George R. R. Martin
Moderator: Justin Barba

George will sign books. This is a controlled event, and is limited to 3 items per person per trip through the long line.

Alternative Medicine (Geek Discussion)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Gail Glass

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

Doctor Who What Where When. Why? (Geek Discussion)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Ed Bernosky, Jon Caro

Come discuss Doctor Who.

Saturday Registration (Miscellaneous)
Sat 10:00 - 6:50 PM, (Registration)
Pros and Guests:

Registration open all day Saturday

Saturday Hospitality (Miscellaneous)
Sat 10:00 - 1:50 AM, (Hospitality A)
Pros and Guests:

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

Saturday Art Show (Art)
Sat 10:00 - 6:50 PM, (Art Room)
Pros and Guests:

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.

Merchant Room (Miscellaneous)
Sat 10:00 - 6:50 PM, (Merchants Room)
Pros and Guests:
Pulp? What's That? (Geek Discussion)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Bob Davis (Whatshisname), John Goff, Kenneth Hite
Moderator: John Goff

Pulp. You've seen the word thrown around in a thousand different contexts to define a thousand different things. What is Pulp and why can't we get enough of it?

Writers' Workshop Great Hall (Writing)
Sat 11:00 - 12:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Deby Fredericks, James Glass, Andrea Howe, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Eldon Thompson, Parris ja Young
Moderator: Justin Barba

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.

Combat: Fantasy vs Reality in Medieval Swordplay (Fight Demo or Class)
Sat 11:00 - 1:50 PM, (The Tent)
Pros and Guests: Gene Mealey, The SCA

Add realistic flavor to melee combat in your game or story.

Pin curls and Victory Rolls. Cat Eyes and Cupid Bo (Costuming)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Meg Hansen (Stella Pearl), Aly King (Legs A la Mode)

Pin curls and Victory Rolls. Cat Eyes and Cupid Bows. An impeccable pin-up is always polished down to every last detail. Legs A'La Mode of The Cigarette Girls will teach you how to tease and style, while Stella Pearl will teach you how to paint the perfect pout.

The Business of Art (Art)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Robin Walker
Moderator: Tiffany Toland-Scott

Come and learn how to price your art, create a brand, and run an art business.

3-D Paper Toy Models! (Kids' Activities)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington, William R. Warren

Come make your own 3-D paper toy model. Will you do the USS Enterprise? A Tardis? Check out what we have. All materials provided. This panel will continue during the day throughout the convention.

The House Always Wins (Gaming)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, John Goff, Sean O'Connor (Crowe), Lee Shinabery
Moderator: Kenneth Hite

Every group has their own house rules, what are yours? Where did they come from? Our panelists discuss their favorite house rules and ways to develop good ones of your own.

Gnome Hats! (Kids' Activities)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet), Amy Farrington

Create a hat for yourself, your tiny traveling gnome, or your friend who likes to live underground.

GMing: Prep vs. Ad Libbing (Gaming)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Ryan Goble, CthulhuBob Lovely, Greg Schneider, Lee Shinabery
Moderator: CthulhuBob Lovely

Do you need to spend hours making maps, writing backstory, and fleshing out NPCs? Or can you just waltz in and "wing it" without a care in the world? Our panelists will discuss the pros and cons of each wildly different style, and give you tips on how to use both methods.

Finger Loop Braiding (Crafts)
Sat Noon - 1:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: The SCA

Need a cord or braid to lace your bodice, tie on your sleeves or close your purse? Using loops of threads, your fingers can weave these narrow textiles in a technique which reached a high point in Medieval Europe between 1200 and 1600. Today you can use these braids as hair ties, shoelaces, and drawstrings. Class limit is 10. There is a $2.00 charge for a handout and materials.

The Elements of Horror (Geek Discussion)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Bob Davis (Whatshisname), Kenneth Hite, Jenna M. Pitman (Spitfire)
Moderator: Kenneth Hite

How do you create a sense of fear in your story, game, or film?

Reading: Peter Orullian (Writing)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)

Peter will read from one of his recent works.

An Overview of Japanese Clothing History (Costuming)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann

Kass McGann discusses Japanese clothing from the Nara through Tokugawa (8th through 16th centuries).

The Role of Art in Sci Fi (Art)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, Robin Walker

This panel takes a look at the role of art in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. How are speculative fiction artists treated? Is there a danger of making sci fi art look too easy? How do sci fi art and sci fi artists compare to artists of different genres? Are they ill-used or well-treated? What does it take and mean to be a speculative fiction artist?

Throwing Axes, Knives, and Spears (Fight Demo or Class)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Creekside Green)
Pros and Guests: The SCA

The SCA will demonstrate how to throw axes, knives, and spears. This will happen near the creek.

Medieval Riddles (Geek Discussion)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon , Josie Beaudoin

Come try your hand at some classic medieval riddles.

Build Your Own Fairy Tale Creature! (Kids' Activities)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Build your own fairy tale creature out of playdough.

Baroque and Rococco (Costuming)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann

Kass McGann discusses European Clothing from the 1670s-1790s.

Girls in Gaming (Gaming)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet), Amy Farrington, Connie Thomson

Girls play games too, don't they? A general discussion of girl gamers. What sets them apart from the guys? is there any difference?

What Makes a Fan? (Geek Discussion)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Redeye Knight , John Dalmas, J.K. Hinther (GinnyJones), William R. Warren
Moderator: J.K. Hinther (GinnyJones)

Everybody loves something. It might be a book, a tv show, a sports team, or any number of other things. Are geeks hardwired to like certain things?

Mastering the Short Story (Writing)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich, Brenda Carre, Vicki Mitchell, Kevin Noel Olson

What makes a short story work? What's the difference between flash fiction and a novella? How many words are in a short short story? Everything you ever wanted to know about short stories.

Creating Realistic Languages (Writing)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), James Glass, George R. R. Martin

It seems one of the requirements of the fantasy genre nowadays is to make up a language to go along with your world. What goes into creating realistic languages? Where do you begin? Is it essential that you be a linguist like Tolkein to create a realistic language? How does a language shape a culture?

Psychology of Evil (Geek Discussion)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Eldon Thompson, Parris ja Young
Moderator: Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)

What does it take for someone to be or do evil things? We'll look at evil from a psychological, neurological, and non-scientific standpoints.

Foil Creations (Kids' Activities)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington

What can you make from aluminium foil? A troll? A sword? Cthulhu? Come have fun making whatever cool things you can dream up.

Reading: Josh Wagner (Writing)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Josh Wagner

Josh will read from one of his recent works.

Shoot the Knight (Fight Demo or Class)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Creekside Green)
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.)

I am Not a Turk! (Costuming)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann

Kass McGann discusses Ottoman Turkish and Safavid Persian (16thc-18thc) clothing. An overview of each and how they are not the same.

Pixels or Player's Handbooks? (Gaming)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Kenneth Hite, CJ Ruby, Robert Thomson
Moderator: Kenneth Hite

Online RPGs provide a lot of bells and whistles and are easily accessible for players. Can table top rpgs compete? Can these same technologies be used by traditional gamers to enhance tabletop games?

Background Art (Art)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, William R. Warren

How important are backgrounds in your art? How do you decide what the background is going to be?Colors or buildings or...? How do backgrounds enhance your art?

Amber Reads Winnie the Pooh (Kids' Activities)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet)

Amber 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.

Why So Grimm? (Geek Discussion)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Deby Fredericks, Jenna M. Pitman (Spitfire), Tiffany Toland-Scott
Moderator: Deby Fredericks

Discuss the harsh reality of Grimm's Fairy Tales.

The Art & Science of Query Letters (Writing)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), J.A. Pitts, Eldon Thompson

Learn what it takes to turn your unsolicited query into "requested material."

German Medieval Martial Arts (Fight Demo or Class)
Sat 3:00 - 4:50 PM, (The Tent)
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon

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

Reality is Realistic (Costuming)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Beth Stoops

Reality is Realistic: Characters and Clothing (Or, They can't do that in those clothes!)

George R.R. Martin Q and A (Geek Discussion)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, CthulhuBob Lovely, George R. R. Martin
Moderator: Justin Barba

George will answer questions posed by a moderator and from the audience.

D20 in A-Minor (Gaming)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington, Marc Johnson, Rob McDonell (Illuminati Rob), Connie Thomson
Moderator: Amy Farrington

Can mood music really improve the effect of your game? Or is listening to Bela Lugosi's Dead for the thousandth time just a distraction? Our legion of doom discusses the finer points of music at the gametable with suggestions, and personal favorites.

Bellydancing: Wild Card Music 101 (Performing Arts)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: The Sultana Dancers

Wild Card Music 101: Come learn Sparky's especially-for-MisCon new choreography to awesome music from the Wild Card cd; suitable for all levels of belly dance. (No, George didn't have anything to do with the creation of this cd, but Sparky is going to pretend she chose it to honor him. Really. It makes a good story!)

Urban Fantasy as Noir (Writing)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Kevin Noel Olson, Jenna M. Pitman (Spitfire)

Urban fantasy shares many elements in common with the gritty genre of noir fiction. You've got your Jim Butcher's detective noir, your paranormal romance, and your doing-its-own-thing Holly Black noir. Come discuss how urban fantasy is fantasy's answer to the noir genre.

My Work as a Costumer (Costuming)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Curtis Hammond (Miss Ophelia)

Miss Ophelia will share some of her designs,inspirations, costume building techniques and pattern grading.

Medieval Hunting 101 (Geek Discussion)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Ruth Frey

By the Medieval era, hunting in Western Europe had become not only a source of food, but also a major sport of the nobility, a cultural institution rich with laws and tradition and symbolism. It was also a rare source of upward social mobility for the lower classes. This presentation discusses several aspects of the Medieval art and lore of hunting.

Elements of Romance in Speculative Fiction (Writing)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Vicki Mitchell, J.A. Pitts
Moderator: J.A. Pitts

Romantic stories focus on relationships and romantic love. What role does romance play in speculative fiction? How does the genre bring a fresh perspective to stories about emotion?

Star Wars Coloring Books! (Kids' Activities)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Come color your hearts out. We have coloring books that will please even the most discerning kid. Star Wars, Princesses, you name it.

Presenting Your Art (Art)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, Robin Walker
Moderator: William R. Warren

How you present your art can sometimes be just as important as the art itself. Join us for a discussion on how to cut basic to advanced mats, an overview of various packaging options, and how to make a portfolio so your art will be shown in the best light possible. (

Viking Knit Chain (Crafts)
Sat 4:00 - 5:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: The SCA

Learn how to weave metal into bracelets and necklaces in the traditional Viking style. A $3.00 materials fee applies to this panel, and it's limited to 10 participants.

Reading: Brenda Carre (Writing)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Brenda Carre

Brenda will read from one of her recent works.

What's Your Perspective? (Art)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Rob Carlos, Tiffany Toland-Scott

Take a crash course in drawing perspective! Required materials: Sketchbook no larger than 12", 12" ruler, soft and hard drawing pencils, colored Micron pens or colored fine-point Sharpies.

Cinched and In A Pinch (Costuming)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: J.K. Hinther (GinnyJones)

Let corset maker and designer J.K. Hinther, AKA Virginia Van Jones of The Cigarette Girls guide you through a brief history of Corsetry. The ins and outs of the corset, the dark and light history of it, and find insight on choosing the best for your shape! Featuring models and a lacing demonstration

I Have Dice Older Than You. (Gaming)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, John Goff, Keith Seyffarth, Lee Shinabery

Listen up, whippersnappers. I used to roll my dice up hill, barefoot and in the snow. For the older gamer, one who's been gaming for over twenty years, what is it like to game with the next generation. For the new guard, how intimidating is it when there are dice on the table older than you. What do we have in common, and what makes us grind our teeth?

What Makes a Monster? (Writing)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Bob Davis (Whatshisname), Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), George R. R. Martin, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)
Moderator: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di)

Nastiness, intelligence, sadistic tendencies, skull thrones? Lust? Greed? What separates the bad guys from the good guys?

Inuit Fairy Tales (Geek Discussion)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Parris ja Young

A discussion of Inuit Fairy Tales.

A Kids' Introduction to Sewing (Kids' Activities)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Beth Stoops

Sewing isn't just for quilts and wedding dresses! A sewing machine is the ultimate power tool. Learn how spin a bobbin, thread a machine and get started on teaching yourself how to sew anything you like. Everyone is welcome.

MosCon Hot Tub Soup (Geek Discussion)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Throne Room)
Pros and Guests: John Dalmas, M. J. Engh, Steve Fahnestalk (Steve), Vicki Mitchell, William R. Warren

No, it's not a typo. MosCon used to happen in Moscow Idaho for you whippersnappers. The MosCow Moffia reminisces on the good old days of the Palouse Empire Science Fiction Phandom.

Reading: Joyce Reynolds Ward (Writing)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Joyce will read from one of her recent works.

MisCon's International Film Festival (Video and Film Festival)
Sat 6:00 - 11:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro, Dan Lehn

Come watch the films that made the final cut in the MisCon 26 International Film Festival.

The Grammar Panel (Writing)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Brenda Carre, James Glass, Andrea Howe, Eldon Thompson
Moderator: James Glass

A panel to have all your grammar questions answered. Fun will ensue.

What's the Deal With Card Gaming? (Gaming)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: John Goff, CJ Ruby
Moderator: John Goff

There's a whole subset of gaming out there that relies less on what you roll and more on what you draw. Collectible and non-collectible Card games.

Dirty Songs of the Renaissance (Performing Arts)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Josie Beaudoin

Listen to a collection of dirty songs of the Renaissance.

Magical Bubbles! (Kids' Activities)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Creekside Green)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet)

Astound your friends as you blow magical bubbles with bubble wands.

Iron Throne Photoshoot! (Costuming)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Throne Room)
Pros and Guests: Iron Throne , Jonathan Crummett, James McGahee

Forget snapshots, come have your own photoshoot on the Iron Throne. We'll set up a light kit and do it right. $5 gets you 5 shots (and a 10 second clip of you giving a command from the throne). You'll get access to digital copies of the media.

Burlesque; a detailed Herstory (Costuming)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Brandi Christiaens (Mamma Ry), Lacy Zee (Vox Moxxi)

From Lydia and her British Blonds to Dita Von Teese and everything in between, Vox Moxxi and Mamma Ry of the Cigarette Girls Burlesque will be your tour guides down the sequined halls of Burlesque history.

Arduino Toys for Science Nerds! (Geek Discussion)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Mike Briggs, Tim Martin

Learn about programming micro-controllers to do what you want. From www.arduino.cc: "Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. The microcontroller on the board is programmed using the Arduino programming language.

Reading: John Dalmas (Writing)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: John Dalmas

John will read from one of his recent works. He will be accompanied by R2O2.

Costume Contest Prep (Costuming)
Sat 6:30 - 6:50 PM, (Green Room)
Pros and Guests: Lisa Williams

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

Reading: Patricia Briggs (Writing)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests:

Patty will read from one of her recent works.

Costume Contest Prep/Rehearsal (Costuming)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Throne Room)
Pros and Guests: Lisa Williams

Meet here to get ready for the Costume Contest. All entrants will have pictures taken by the Iron Throne. From this, you will proceed into the Great Hall for the contest itself.

Social Justice via Science Fiction (Writing)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: M. J. Engh, Deby Fredericks, Vicki Mitchell, Kevin Noel Olson

How does science fiction address social justice? How do writers convey ideas without sounding preachy? How much should a writer consider social justice? What is some advice when constructing a political world? Are there responsibilities that go along with that?

Bending Reality: Doctor Who Art Jewelry (Crafts)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Adrienne Keith

Daleks, TARDIS, Scarves, Oh my! Love the Doctor? Then come channel your inner Whovian with colored pencils, markers and amazing shrinking plastic to make either a pendant or pair of earrings.

This workshop costs $5 and pays for all materials included for one pendant or one pair of earrings. Additional kits may be purchased. All skill levels welcome. Participants under 12 must have an adult helper. Projects will be available for pickup at the Optimystical Studios Booth on Sunday.

Vampire Mythology (Writing)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: J.K. Hinther (GinnyJones)

For those who want to write a vampire story, but are tired of the current trends (sparkly vampires anyone? XD) and want to branch out. This panel will help you draw inspiration from various other cultural mythologies of the bloodsuckers.

Dangerous Curves: Ladies in Fantasy Art (Art)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Beth Stoops, Tiffany Toland-Scott

The warrior woman gallops to the front lines, her busom exposed and heaving. Each stride sends an improbable ripple through her assets. We have your attention now, but what if this woman could actually step into real life? She'd probably be all beat up and bloody, especially where she isn't wearing armor. This humorous yet serious panel is not suitable for children.

E Publishing Today (Writing)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham (Maggie)

Everything you want to know about electronic publishing today (and predictions about wwhere the publishing industry is headed). Are traditional books destined to go the way of the 8 track?

Costume Contest (Costuming)
Sat 8:00 - 8:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Gail Glass, Lisa Williams
Moderator: Lisa Williams

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

3rd Annual MisCon Drag/Burlesque Show (Costuming)
Sat 9:00 - 9:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests:

Drag queens and burlesque performers will put on a fairy-themed show.

Eric the Excellent! (Performing Arts)
Sat 9:00 - 9:50 PM, (BBQ Area)
Pros and Guests: Eric the Excellent

Ladies and gentlemen, come see the one and only Eric the Excellent of Butte Magic harness the elemental power of flame in an awe-inspiring fire-eating show! Come, see feats of arcane skill, body manipulation, and pain endurance! Sideshow? Hardly! This, ladies and gentlemen, is the main event! www.buttemagic.com

SpoCon's Room Party (Party!)
Sat 10:00 - 2:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests:
RadCon's Room Party (Party!)
Sat 10:00 - 2:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests:
Dark Dreams Room Party (Party!)
Sat 10:00 - 2:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests:

Dark Dreams is hosting this room party in conjunction with the dance.

Filk Away! (Performing Arts)
Sat 10:00 - 11:50 PM, (Throne Room)
Pros and Guests:

Filking, friends, and fun!

Dark Dreams Dance: Twisted Fairy Tales (Party!)
Sat 10:00 - 4:50 AM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Holly Frydenlund (DJ HAuLi)

The Dark Dreams Dance!

Depression Dressing (Costuming)
Sun 9:00 - 10:50 AM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann

Kass McGann discusses the elegant style of the 1930s.

Face Painting With CthulhuJeni (Kids' Activities)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Jennifer Fleming-Lovely

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

Science Fiction in Academia (Geek Discussion)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Ben Donnelly, James Glass, Michael McClintock
Moderator: James Glass

What place does science fiction have in academia?

Plotting Over the Course of a Series (Writing)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: George R. R. Martin, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), J.A. Pitts
Moderator: J.A. Pitts

Every writer has his/her plotting techniques, and some don't plot at all. But plotting over the course of a multi-book series presents its own challenges. Panelists will offer their advice on how to plot over the course of many books. *If the weather is nice, this panel will relocate to the BBQ Area*

Is That a Mace or a Morning Star? (Fight Demo or Class)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Throne Room)
Pros and Guests: Larry Bonham, Matt McAdoo

Is that a long sword you're wearing? Or is it a bastard sword? A gladius? Is a Bat'leth actually a viable weapon? Did repeating crossbows really exist? Join this discussion of medieval weaponry and learn a thing or two.

Sunday Registration (Miscellaneous)
Sun 10:00 - 5:50 PM, (Registration)
Pros and Guests:

Registration open all day Sunday

Sunday Hospitality (Miscellaneous)
Sun 10:00 - 1:50 AM, (Hospitality A)
Pros and Guests:

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 fun stuff you may do at MisCon.

Sunday Art Show (Art)
Sun 10:00 - 3:50 PM, (Art Room)
Pros and Guests:

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.

Merchant Room (Miscellaneous)
Sun 10:00 - 6:50 PM, (Merchants Room)
Pros and Guests:
Art Buyers' Etiquette (Art)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Tiffany Toland-Scott, William R. Warren

How to talk to artists, terminology, what to do and what not to do, and how artists can deal with customers who say things like, "I could do THAT."

Running Games for Kids or Inexperienced Gamers (Gaming)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: CJ Ruby, Robert Thomson
Moderator: Robert Thomson

Roleplaying with kids or inexperienced gamers has its own special challenges, but also its own special rewards. Our GMs talk about the ins and outs of it.

Barbeque with Medieval Lawn Games, Fencing, Shooting the Knight!, and Fun! (Party!)
Sun 11:00 - 2:50 PM, (BBQ Area)
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon , Justin Barba, 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, Dragon and Chad's combat show, and music courtesy of the Dark Dreams crew!

SCA Combat Demo (Fight Demo or Class)
Sun 11:00 - 1:50 PM, (The Tent)
Pros and Guests: Gene Mealey, The SCA

The SCA will entertain you with a combat demo. They will fight with swords and other melee weapons as well as demonstrate their skill with thrown weapons.

Jumpin' the Tracks (Gaming)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, John Goff, Kenneth Hite, Lee Shinabery

Everyone's had a game that went off the rails in wildly entertaining ways. Our panel of experts recount the worst trainwrecks in their gaming careers.

Reading: Kevin Noel Olson (Writing)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Kevin Noel Olson

Kevin will read from one of his recent works.

Psychological Issues in Deep Space (Writing)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: James Glass, Joyce Reynolds-Ward

What are some of the psychological issues associated with deep space travel? Traveling at a significant fraction of the speed of light, colonizing and acclimating to a different ecosystem, and living in a self-contained ship are all things that would surely mess with you, but in what ways? Come and discuss.

Can You Draw a Dragon? (Kids' Activities)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Artist Guest of Honor will show ANYONE how to draw a dragon (as long as they know the alphabet). Kids and adults alike are welcome.

Doctor Who Trivia Cup 2012 (Geek Discussion)
Sun 11:00 - 12:50 PM, (Throne Room)
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro

A Doctor Who Trivia Cup, you say? Step out of your Tardis and come test your skills. Do you have what it takes to match trivia wits with other Whovians?

Medieval Heraldry For Storytellers (Geek Discussion)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Bob Davis (Whatshisname), Ben Donnelly, Ruth Frey

Everything you ever wanted to learn about medieval heraldry!

Modern Fabric Choices for Historical Clothing (Costuming)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann

Kass McGann discusses modern fabric choices for historical clothing.

Silver Bullets: Can You Make Them at Home? (Geek Discussion)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Mike Briggs

Can you make your own silver bullets at home? Learn what it takes to make serviceable silver bullets. It's not an easy task.

Eric the Excellent! (Performing Arts)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Creekside Green)
Pros and Guests: Eric the Excellent

Ladies and gentlemen, come see the one and only Eric the Excellent of Butte Magic harness the elemental power of flame in an awe-inspiring fire-eating show! Come, see feats of arcane skill, body manipulation, and pain endurance! Sideshow? Hardly! This, ladies and gentlemen, is the main event!

Writers' Workshop Wrap Up (Writing)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba

Writers' 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 those nasty critiquing authors.

Tin Foil Hats! (Kids' Activities)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

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.

Pitching Your Project (Writing)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: James Glass, Jenna M. Pitman (Spitfire), J.A. Pitts, Eldon Thompson
Moderator: James Glass

"My book is about a man who goes searching for his missing wife and...uh..." Creating the perfect elevator pitch is hard. Come and learn how to create the perfect pitch for your novel, and how to deliver it to literary agents and editors.

Reading: M.H. Bonham (Writing)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham (Maggie)

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

World of Yarncraft Year 2 (Crafts)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Amy Farrington, Andrea Howe, Connie Thomson
Moderator: Amy Farrington

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!

The Costumer and the Worldwide Web (Costuming)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Beth Stoops

The Costumer and the World Wide Web: Buying supplies on the internet.

Pencils At High Noon (Art)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, William R. Warren
Moderator: Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk

Join four of MisCon's artists for a "quick draw" contest at high noon! Two artists at a time compete against each other to draw a random topic chosen by the moderator. Each artist has 10 seconds to think about it, and 30 seconds to draw a cartoon. The audience determines who wins that particular "draw" by applause. The winner remains and the next artist comes to the challenge. At the end of the hour the audience votes by applause for the overall winner.

How Skivvies Make the Outfit (Costuming)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann

Kass McGann discusses how skivvies make the outfit.

An Overview of Victorian Clothing History (Costuming)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann

Kass discusses Victorian clothing from 1837 through 1901.

Japanese Fairy Tales (Geek Discussion)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Jonathan Crummett, Ben Donnelly

Discussion of Japanese Fairy Tales. Do they have particular themes? What makes them different from their European counterparts?

System vs. Story (Gaming)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Bob Davis (Whatshisname), Justin Farrington, Greg Schneider, Keith Seyffarth

The age old question comes to a head. Which is more important in table top gaming, the game's system, or the story you're trying to tell together?

Cars: Reality Vs. Story (Geek Discussion)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Redeye Knight , Larry Bonham

Everybody knows the General Lee can jump washed-out bridges, and motorcycles can dodge bullets and jump in the air when you lift on the handlebars . . . right? This panel will explore what vehicles can and can't do in real life as opposed to the crazy things they do on tv and in the movies.

Reading: George R.R. Martin (Writing)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: George R. R. Martin

George will read from the Winds of Winter, the forthcoing novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series. *If the weather is nice, this panel will relocate to the BBQ Area*

Smash the Darth Vader Pinata! (Kids' Activities)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Creekside Green)
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Amber Edwards (Death Starlet), Amy Farrington

Kids! Come try your hand at hitting the Darth Vader Pinatas (we have 6 of them). You never know what prizes are hidden inside.

How Lighting Affects your Art (Art)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Brenda Carre, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Robin Walker

This panel covers lighting of all types. Not only internal lighting (within your painting/drawing), but also external. What light techniques do you use within your work? How to use light to depict the illusion of third dimension. How do you determine light values? How do you determine what is the best light for your finished art?

Alternative Costuming Materials (Costuming)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Redeye Knight

Garbage, bit of this and that, stuff from Goodwill. Learn about the cool costumes you can create out of everyday stuff.

Paper Airplanes! (Kids' Activities)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Larry Bonham, Amy Farrington

Come build your own paper airplanes. It'll be fun and cool and everything your dreams are made of. Parents must accompany kids. This is not a daycare opportunity!

Gender Roles and Societal Change (Writing)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: M. J. Engh, Deby Fredericks, Parris ja Young

There is no question that literature and art reflect, influence, and often lead to change in societal norms. What roles does gender play in genre fiction? How has science fiction and fantasy reflected the changes in gender roles over the years? Has it influenced these changes?

Tracking for Storytellers (Geek Discussion)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Throne Room)
Pros and Guests: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)
Moderator: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

Learn how to follow human tracks. This will help writers and GMs run a more realistic game story. It will meet indoors, then will move outside.

Creating People of Different Ethnicities (Art)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Robin Walker

You've started a new project and you want more diversity in your work, but how do people's faces vary according to genetic makeup? How can you depict ethnicity without falling into negative stereotypes? What about mixed-race characters? Bring a notebook and try it out with help from the instructors.

So You Want to Run a Convention? (Geek Discussion)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Steve Fahnestalk (Steve), CthulhuBob Lovely, Rob McDonell (Illuminati Rob)
Moderator: CthulhuBob Lovely

Are you crazy? Our panel of convention committee veterans talk about how to plan for and put on a convention.

Gypsy Vaudeville Bellydance Workshop (Performing Arts)
Sun 2:00 - 3:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Blair Logan

Enjoy the macabre gypsy vaudeville evolution of belly dance? Join Saucy Bordeaux of the Buddhabelly Dance Studio to learn some moves to impress your circus friends as you slosh steins around the campfire to some accordion-junkie hobohemian ragtime. This session will be a great review and drilling of basic movements that will flow into a three-minute choreography to Beirut’s “Bratislava.” Bring comfortable attire and plenty of water. Some shimmy belts will be available to early arrivals.

Reading: Broad Universe (Writing)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich, Brenda Carre
Moderator: S. A. Bolich

The ladies of Broad Universe will read from their works.

Kids' Gizmo Make and Take (Kids' Activities)
Sun 3:00 - 4:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Jim Johnson (JJ)

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.

The Many Ways to Tell a Story (Writing)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Kenneth Hite, George R. R. Martin, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Eldon Thompson

Stories come in many shapes and sizes, from books to comics to games to television and movies. How is storytelling the same among these media, and how does it differ? What are the challenges unique to each? What makes a good book versus movie versus comic? *If the weather is nice, this panel will relocate to the BBQ Area*

Generation Gap (Writing)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: John Dalmas, Jenna M. Pitman (Spitfire), Josh Wagner, Parris ja Young
Moderator: Jenna M. Pitman (Spitfire)

How does the generation gap affect the ongoing conversation among scifi writers? How differentiated are the conversations between the Greatest Generation, the Baby Boomers, and Generation X? Does being a part of Generation X change whose ideas you borrow and incorporate into your own writing?

Nature vs. Nurture: Alignments in RPGs (Gaming)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Justin Farrington, Rob McDonell (Illuminati Rob)

Do all Orc children grow up to be murderous barbarians? If you found a helpless pre-teen mindflayer in your dungeon, would you kill him on sight? Alignment, even the very idea of alignment, can be a game breaker. Does it still have a purpose in today's gaming climate?

Reading: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Writing)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di)

Diana will read from one of her recent works.

How An Artist Finds a Writer (Art)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Rob Carlos, William R. Warren

Maybe you're an artist who wants to draw comic books. Or maybe you just want to design covers for e-books. How do you find a writer? What are some websites where artists and writers can come together to collaborate on a project? What can you expect from a writer, and how much should you charge? Similarly, what are some questions you should ask before agreeing to anything.

Reading: J.A. Pitts (Writing)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: J.A. Pitts

John will read from one of his recent works.

Medical Monsters (Geek Discussion)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Brooke Stanley

Modern medicine and fairy creatures: chimeras, cyclopses, and gelflings, oh my! True life expositions on the fey as they exist today.

From the Villain's POV (Writing)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: M. J. Engh, Deby Fredericks, George R. R. Martin, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)

There's a reason writers stick to good guys: writing from the point of view of a villain is hard. Join us for a discussion of how to write from the bad guy's perspective, and how to create and maintain empathy for your monster even when they are doing horrible things. *If the weather is nice, this panel will relocate to the BBQ Area*

Vagabond Fairytale Creations (Costuming)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Carol Kahler, Erika Noble (Eekie)

We will show you how to make up to 3 different costuming items out of whatever you can find laying around the house (or cheaply if you have a few bucks to throw towards costuming). We will be creating a vagabond shimmy belt, hobo cape, and two penny dice bag. These are all items we can create easily without a sewing machine and will be quick costume pieces for you on the go. We will provide a supply of fabric and accessories.

Spokane in 2015: WorldCon Bid (Geek Discussion)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Tim Martin

Come learn about SpoCon's bid to host WorldCon, the World Science Fiction Convention, in 2015. What would it mean for Northwest fandom? What can you do to help?

The Writing is on the Wall: The Future of Gaming (Gaming)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: John Goff, Kenneth Hite, Robert Thomson

Our crack team of professional game writers and editors talk about the future of the tabletop role-playing industry. What does the future hold?

Mastering the Revision Process (Writing)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Andrea Howe, Vicki Mitchell

Learn revision techniques for both novels and short stories.

Art Auction Prep. (Art)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Heidi Carstens-Bennett, Keith Seyffarth

Art Auction Preparation. The room is closed as the Art Chair and volunteers prepare for the MisCon Art Auction.

Playdough Time! (Kids' Activities)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet), Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Come play with Playdough and have a great time.

When the Bullet Hits the Bone (Geek Discussion)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Larry Bonham, Justin Farrington, Brooke Stanley
Moderator: Larry Bonham

A discussion for storytellers about the actual effects of weapons, both edged and firearms, on the body. Learn how to realistically portray them in your story or game.

Reading: S. A. Bolich (Writing)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich

Sue will read from one of her recent works.

Poisons and Aphrodisiacs (Geek Discussion)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon

Want her to be your sweetie? Slip her an aphrodisiac. Want to kill off her husband? Dose him with poison. Come learn how to enhance your writing and/or gaming skills in these delicate arts. Be there or be poisoned!

Art Auction (Art)
Sun 6:00 - 9:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Heidi Carstens-Bennett, Sarah Fleming-Lovely, CthulhuBob Lovely, Keith Seyffarth
Moderator: CthulhuBob Lovely

Come bid on your favorite piece from the Art Show. The auction will run until everything has gone up for bid, which could be really late. Like midnight.

Modern Fairy Tales (Writing)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Brenda Carre, M. J. Engh, Jenna M. Pitman (Spitfire)
Moderator:

Forget the Brother's Grimm. Forget Mother Goose. Forget Aesop. Is there room today for brand new fairy tales, with morals for the information age? Must a fairy tale simply be retold over and over again, or can we come up with new ones? What are the common fairy tale elements that must be present in order to count as a new fairy tale?

What's New In Science (Geek Discussion)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: James Glass

Fusion reactors? Brain implants? Adamantium-laced bones? Bionic cats? What's new in science this year? Come find out.

Reading: Elizabeth Stoops (Writing)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Beth Stoops

Beth will read from one of her recent works.

Crown Yourself! (Kids' Activities)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards (Death Starlet)

Make your own crown or tiara for your own Game of Thrones.

Fairy Costume Jewelry Discussion & Workshop (Crafts)
Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Adrienne Keith

We're talking about accessorizing your fairy costume. Are you a dark & brooding fairy? A fun flower fairy? Or a manly fairy knight? Come talk materials, design ideas & accessories with the ladies of Optimystical Studios. During this panel participants will get to make a pair of earrings with a fairy flair.

The earring workshop portion of this event costs $5 for materials. All materials included for one pair of earrings. All skill levels welcome. Participants under 12 must have an adult hel

Reading: Parris ja Young (Writing)
Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: Parris ja Young

Parris will be reading from one of her latest works.

Whedonverse Trivia! (Geek Discussion)
Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (Throne Room)
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.

(Writing)
Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Eldon Thompson
Moderator: Eldon Thompson

Has your story fizzled out or hit a wall before completion? There are common reasons for this, and they are easier to overcome than you might think. Come hear a few basic tips for getting your story back on track.

Battle of the Blackwater! (Video and Film Festival)
Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests:

Watch Episode 19 of Game of Thrones, featuring the Battle of the Blackwater. This show is not appropriate for children.

Medieval Board Games (Gaming)
Sun 8:00 - 10:50 PM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon

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

MisCast Live! (Geek Discussion)
Sun 8:00 - 8:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Jonathan Crummett, Bob Davis (Whatshisname)

You've heard Jonathan Crummett's hilarious podcast, now be a part of it! We answer your questions live!

Physics of Science Fiction (Video and Film Festival)
Sun 8:00 - 8:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Bernard Finnigan

Out of every Sci Fi movie you've ever seen, whats THE most deadly weapon of all time? More importantly, can we build one right now in time to use in WWIII? Bad news, Yes. And any country on Earth can make one.
Using clips from famous movies and TV shows you're sure to recognize, B Finnigan returns with another physics movie detailing the truth behind some famous sci fi super weapons, and how close we are to the most real one of them all. Q and A session follows

Iron Throne Photoshoot! (Costuming)
Sun 9:00 - 9:50 PM, (Throne Room)
Pros and Guests: Iron Throne , Jonathan Crummett, James McGahee

Forget snapshots, come have your own photoshoot on the Iron Throne. We'll set up a light kit and do it right. $5 gets you 5 shots (and a 10 second clip of you giving a command from the throne). You'll get access to digital copies of the media.

Skywarrior Books Launch Party (Party!)
Sun 9:00 - 2:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham (Maggie)

Come have fun with John Dalmas, Maggie Bonham, S.A. Bolich and other members of the Skywarrior Books family. Also drink some CthulhuGoo, MisContonic,and dance to the music of the Dark Dreams people in the Great Hall next door.

MisCon Room Party (Party!)
Sun 9:00 - 1:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests:

MisCon's Room Party!

Filk Away! (Performing Arts)
Sun 9:00 - 10:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests:

Come do a little filking. Most of the filking Sunday night will probably happen upstairs at Tim and Cheryl Martin's party since they are filking maniacs.

Tim and Cheryl Martin's Party! (Party!)
Sun 9:00 - 11:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Tim Martin

Come celebrate the recent wedding of Tim and Cheryl Martin. There might be filking.

Eric the Excellent! (Performing Arts)
Sun 9:00 - 9:50 PM, (BBQ Area)
Pros and Guests: Eric the Excellent

Ladies and gentlemen, come see the one and only Eric the Excellent of Butte Magic harness the elemental power of flame in an awe-inspiring fire-eating show! Come, see feats of arcane skill, body manipulation, and pain endurance! Sideshow? Hardly! This, ladies and gentlemen, is the main event! www.buttemagic.com

Anime Music Videos (Video and Film Festival)
Sun 10:00 - 11:50 PM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Ben Donnelly

Ben Donnelly will amaze and entertain with various anime music videos.

Author Book Signing (Writing)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Fireside)
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), John Dalmas, M. J. Engh, Steve Fahnestalk (Steve), Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Deby Fredericks, James Glass, Kenneth Hite, Vicki Mitchell, Kevin Noel Olson, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), J.A. Pitts, Eldon Thompson, Josh Wagner
Moderator: Justin Barba

Our authors will be on hand to have their work signed. All MisCon authors are invited.

Using Historical Clothing for Steampunk Outfits (Costuming)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (The Dungeon)
Pros and Guests: Kass McGann

Kass McGann discusses using historical clothing for steampunk outfits.

Coloring With Sarah (Kids' Activities)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Come color with Sarah. Parents must accompany their kids.

Short Talks About Art (Art)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, Tiffany Toland-Scott

Still have burning questions for our artists? Bring them to this panel where the artists will be ready with answers, and perhaps demonstrations.

Monday Registration (Miscellaneous)
Mon 10:00 - 12:50 PM, (Registration)
Pros and Guests:

Registration open until 1:00pm on Monday

Monday Hospitality (Miscellaneous)
Mon 10:00 - 1:50 PM, (Hospitality A)
Pros and Guests:

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

Monday Art Show (Art)
Mon 10:00 - 2:50 PM, (Art Room)
Pros and Guests:

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.

Merchant Room (Miscellaneous)
Mon 10:00 - 1:50 PM, (Merchants Room)
Pros and Guests:
George R. R. Martin Book Signing (Writing)
Mon 10:00 - 11:50 AM, (Throne Room)
Pros and Guests: George R. R. Martin

This is a moderated signing, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, George can only personalize one item per person.

Dwarves vs Elves (Gaming)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Justin Farrington, CJ Ruby
Moderator: Justin Farrington

It comes down to this, the bearded fighters of the mountains vs the graceful archers of the forest. Which race gets first place?

Publishing Options Today (Writing)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Darryl Branning (dzyjak), Deby Fredericks

A discussion of the many ways you can get your writing out there in this futuristic age we live in.

Irish Fairy Tales (Geek Discussion)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, (Upstairs Programming 2)
Pros and Guests: Josie Beaudoin

How are Irish Fairy Tales different from that Grimm's stories we're all familiar with? Find out in this panel.

The Ocr Fitr: Editing for RPGs (Gaming)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Kenneth Hite, Connie Thomson
Moderator: Andrea Howe

Hey, typos hapen. But when a a transposed number can make or break a game, who works behind the scenes to make sure everything is where it shud be?

Fun with Playdough (Kids' Activities)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

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

Time Traveling Through Communication (Geek Discussion)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, (Throne Room)
Pros and Guests: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Jonathan Crummett, CthulhuBob Lovely

An exploration of time travel, especially through modern communication devices.

Reading: James Glass (Writing)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 3)
Pros and Guests: James Glass

Jim will read from one of his recent works.

What is Urban Fantasy? (Writing)
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Jenna M. Pitman (Spitfire), J.A. Pitts

What is Urban Fantasy? Does it have to happen in an urban setting? What makes it so popular? What are some of its conventions and how are they changing? Does it have to include werewolves and vampires?

Drawing, Coloring, Tin Foil Hats, Oh My! (Kids' Activities)
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (Kids' Workshop)
Pros and Guests: Sarah Fleming-Lovely

Everything goes in this fun panel.

I Wanna See The Movie! (Geek Discussion)
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, (The Cave)
Pros and Guests: Bob Davis (Whatshisname), Justin Farrington, Rob McDonell (Illuminati Rob), CJ Ruby

Our panel of Geekologists discuss what books, games, comics etc they would like to see conceptualized on the big screen.

Finding Your Home in the Art World (Art)
Mon 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Upstairs Programming 1)
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Tiffany Toland-Scott

Book and game illustration, concept art, comics, theatre and film. Artists can chose any number of directions, but how do you find which is right for you? Do you have to? Can you do it all?

Lore of Swords (Geek Discussion)
Mon 2:00 - 2:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Ruth Frey, George R. R. Martin, J.A. Pitts
Moderator: J.A. Pitts

We all know the legendary swords of fiction: Excaliber, Needle, Callandor, Narsil, Darth Vader's lightsaber. Why do we love swords so much? Why do they in particular capture our imaginations? What makes them more special than axes, clubs, or maces? *If the weather is nice, this panel will relocate to the BBQ Area*

Closing Ceremonies (Geek Discussion)
Mon 3:00 - 3:50 PM, (Great Hall)
Pros and Guests: CthulhuBob Lovely
Moderator: CthulhuBob Lovely

Come see CthulhuBob cry for joy and catch a sneak peek at what’s in store for you next year at MisCon 27 May 2013.

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