Current Schedule for Upstairs Programming 2
Friday Schedule for Upstairs Programming 2
- How to Get Started as an Artist (Art)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM
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?
- Ancient Aliens: Fact or Fiction? (Geek Discussion)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM
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?
- SpoCon's Room Party (Party!)
Fri 10:00 - 2:50 AM
Pros and Guests:
SpoCon's Room Party.
Saturday Schedule for Upstairs Programming 2
- Pulp? What's That? (Geek Discussion)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Bob Davis, John Goff, Kenneth Hite
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?
- Pin curls and Victory Rolls. Cat Eyes and Cupid Bo (Costuming)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Meg Hansen, Aly King
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 Role of Art in Sci Fi (Art)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM
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?
- Girls in Gaming (Gaming)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards, 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?
- Pixels or Player's Handbooks? (Gaming)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Kenneth Hite, CJ Ruby, Robert Thomson
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?
- Why So Grimm? (Geek Discussion)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Deby Fredericks, Jenna M. Pitman, Tiffany Toland-Scott
Discuss the harsh reality of Grimm's Fairy Tales.
- Urban Fantasy as Noir (Writing)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Diana Pharaoh Francis, Kevin Noel Olson, Jenna M. Pitman
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.
- Cinched and In A Pinch (Costuming)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: J.K. Hinther
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
- Arduino Toys for Science Nerds! (Geek Discussion)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM
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.
- Dangerous Curves: Ladies in Fantasy Art (Art)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM
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.
- SpoCon's Room Party (Party!)
Sat 10:00 - 2:50 AM
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Sunday Schedule for Upstairs Programming 2
- Art Buyers' Etiquette (Art)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM
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."
- Medieval Heraldry For Storytellers (Geek Discussion)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Bob Davis, Ben Donnelly, Ruth Frey
Everything you ever wanted to learn about medieval heraldry!
- Pencils At High Noon (Art)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, William R. Warren
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.
- Cars: Reality Vs. Story (Geek Discussion)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM
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.
- So You Want to Run a Convention? (Geek Discussion)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Steve Fahnestalk, CthulhuBob Lovely, Rob McDonell
Are you crazy? Our panel of convention committee veterans talk about how to plan for and put on a convention.
- How An Artist Finds a Writer (Art)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM
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.
- Vagabond Fairytale Creations (Costuming)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Carol Kahler, Erika Noble
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.
- Poisons and Aphrodisiacs (Geek Discussion)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM
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!
- Tim and Cheryl Martin's Party! (Party!)
Sun 9:00 - 11:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Tim Martin
Come celebrate the recent wedding of Tim and Cheryl Martin. There might be filking.