Current Schedule for Great Hall (Upstairs)
Friday Schedule for Great Hall (Upstairs)
- Big Bang Theory! (Geek Discussion)
Fri 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Tim Martin, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Thomas Thompson
Is "Big Bang Theory" geek-friendly or geek-bashing?
- Being a Published Author . . . (Writing)
Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Rhiannon Held, J.A. Pitts
Learn about some of the things no one told the panelists about being published. What surprised them, both positive and negative about their newfound status?
- Mapping Your Fantasy World (Writing, Gaming)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Brenda Carre, Adam Daigle, John McDonald, Peter Wacks
Do rivers flow from mountains to the sea? Oh no! I need to put in a sea! Uh, should this desert be next to the rainforest? How do you create a realistic map of your world?
- Against All Odds (Geek Discussion)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Ben Donnelly, Manny Frishberg, Richard Pirtle
How have resistance movements been depicted in science fiction and fantasy? What sort of strategies and tactics have they used and how effective have they been? What sorts of tyranny have prompted these movements?
- Bug Out Bags 101 (Geek Discussion)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Clay Cooper, Justin Farrington, Marc Johnson
Zombie apocalypse coming your way? World financial collapse? Maybe just a natural disaster? Or is the "man" after you? If so, you need to bug out and bug out fast. Learn how to put together an ideal bug out bag and plan how to get away.
- Oh, It's THAT Guy! (Video and Film Festival, Geek Discussion)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Tim Martin, Timothy Quill
Meet Timothy Quill, an actor who has appeared in many Hollywood films. He played the blacksmith in Army of Darkness, and has appeared in the Sam Raimi Spiderman movies and the tv show Paranormal among many others. Oh, and he grew up with Bruce Campbell. Come hear his stories.
- Film Festival: Horror (Video and Film Festival)
Fri 8:00 - 8:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro
Come watch the horror entries for MisCon 27's Film Festival.
- MisCon's Room Party (Party!)
Fri 10:00 - 2:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro
MisCon's Room Party
Saturday Schedule for Great Hall (Upstairs)
- Greatest Saturday Morning Cartoons (Geek Discussion, Video and Film Festival)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Ben Donnelly, Bernard Finnigan
"Ever think about why the best Saturday morning cartoons were all sci fi/fantasy based? Thundarr the Barbarian, Space Ghost, and more. Come relive and discuss your childhood sci fi memories of the 70's and 80's and why they stand up today. Lots of video!
- Writers' Workshop Great Hall (Writing)
Sat 11:00 - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham, Patricia Briggs, Brenda Carre, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Deby Fredericks, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Peter Wacks, Parris ja Young
MisCon's World Famous Writers' Workshop. Submit your writing to us a month before MisCon, show up at the hotel, and meet with our professional critiquing authors and editors. They'll help improve your writing.
- How Not to Ruin the World (Writing)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , S. A. Bolich, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Dave Gross, Rhiannon Held
Our panelists discuss world building--what works, and what doesn't. They'll share techniques for creating everything a good world needs: realistic and interesting cultures, evil empires, mermaids, sasquatches, cat people, and well, you get the idea.
- Plot, Plot, Plot (Writing)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, J.A. Pitts, Patrick Swenson
What is plot? How is it different from storyline? How do you keep your writing moving fast? Our experts will share what they know.
- The Panel that Dripped Blood (Geek Discussion)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro, Timothy Quill
A discussion of classic 60's Horror Cinema, focused on the Gothic Horror films of Hammer, Amicus Studios and American International's Corman-Poe cycle.
Topics include major films and film cycles, (in)famous actors and directors, differences from mainstream Hollywood horror and the lasting legacy and influence of these films.
- Photoshoot! (Art, Performing Arts)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Josh Kyle
Want to show off your costume? Get your picture taken by MisCon's Photographer-in-Chief, Josh Kyle. There's no green screen this year, but we'll have a backdrop and lights set up, so your costume will jump off MisCon's Facebook page.
- Ebooks: The Other Side of Publishing (Writing)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Christie Meierz
Do traditional books have a shelf life? Do ebooks? What about the business end of things: do authors get paid the same for an ebook as a traditional book? Are rights the same? What about audiobooks?
- Writer: Oppress Thyself (Writing)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Brenda Carre, Deby Fredericks, Manny Frishberg, Andrea Howe, Parris ja Young
Get some advice on proofreading, editing, and cleaning up your stories. Learn to crush your exposition, oppress your repetition, and make your punctuation orderly and efficient.
- Film Festival: Science Fiction (Video and Film Festival)
Sat 8:00 - 8:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro
Come see the Science Fiction Films entered in MisCon 27's Film Festival.
- Saturday Night Dance Party (Party!)
Sat 10:00 - 2:50 AM
Pros and Guests:
Come have fun at the Saturday Night Dance Party. We'll have a DJ on hand. Fun will be had by all.
Sunday Schedule for Great Hall (Upstairs)
- Dystopia/Utopia (Writing, Gaming)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis, J.A. Pitts
We've heard a lot lately about post-apocalyptic dystopia, but what about utopia? Could utopia ever truly exist? Could a story exist within a utopia? If so, how do you write about conflict in a world where conflict is minimized? Or IS that the conflict?
- Silver Bullets: Can You Make Them at Home? (Geek Discussion, Crafts)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Mike Briggs, Patricia 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.
- Writing the Opposite Gender (Writing)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, J.A. Pitts
What do you do if you’re a female writing from a male’s perspective? Or the other way around? How do you make it convincing?
- System Verses Story (Gaming)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, Greg Schneider, Keith Seyffarth
The age old question comes to a head: which is more important in table top gaming, the game system, or the story you're trying to tell?
- Making Independent & Low Budget Films (Video and Film Festival)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro, Ian Carruthers, Taryn Hough, Timothy Quill
A discussion of making independent and low budget films with MisCon's film professionals.
- Dresden Files Fan Film: Grave Watcher (Video and Film Festival, Geek Discussion)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Bernard Finnigan
"A Disciple of Kemmler comes looking for Bob the Skull, and doesnt mind if Harry is alive or dead by the time its over. Harry's not going to take outright theft by a former owner, especially a black magic one, lying down. But he'd better beware, as Bob's loyalties belong to whoever touched him last..." This is a 14 minute DVD movie, Q & A session follows.
- When the Unexpected Strikes (Gaming)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , John Compton
The workshop concludes with the Deck of Many Situations, an exercise to help GMs focus on improving their improvisational technique while applying the lessons learned in the earlier lessons. Participants draw cards with difficult GMing situations and have a brief period to resolve the situation before time is called. Our expert GMs offer advice and techniques based on observation of your GMing style tailored to help you sharpen your skills.
- Art Auction Prep. (Art)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Heidi Carstens-Bennett, Keith Seyffarth
Art Auction Preparation. The room is closed as the Art Director and volunteers prepare for the MisCon Art Auction.
- Art Auction (Art)
Sun 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Heidi Carstens-Bennett, Sarah Fleming-Lovely, CthulhuBob Lovely, Keith Seyffarth
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.
Monday Schedule for Great Hall (Upstairs)
- Amusements and Diversions in the Age of Steam (Art, Geek Discussion)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Theresa Mather
This slideshow presentation is full of fairground art, particularly with an sf/fantasy twist, old fantasy fairground attractions, carousel art and some true Steampunk tales. Learn how these types of attractions integrated sf/fantasy themes and popularized the ideas of fantasy.
- Electro-Cute: 50 Minutes with Taryn Hough (Video and Film Festival)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro, Taryn Hough
A Screening of the Amazing "Electro-Cute", followed by a discussion of independent film-making, animation and a Q&A Session with filmmaker Taryn Hough.
- Gypsies In Fact and Fiction (Geek Discussion)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, April Douglas, Colin Douglas, Beth Stoops
A discussion of this "free" people in both real life and fiction.
- Film Festival: Awards and Best of Show (Video and Film Festival)
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Jon Caro
Come see the highlights of MisCon 27's International Short Film Festival.
- Closing Ceremonies (Geek Discussion)
Mon 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Paizo Publishing , Justin Barba, Jim Butcher, John Compton, Adam Daigle, Dragon Dronet, Kyle Elliott, CthulhuBob Lovely, Ryan Macklin, Theresa Mather, Chad Volpe
Come see CthulhuBob cry for joy and catch a sneak peek at what’s in store for you next year at MisCon 28 May 2014.