Current Schedule for Containment Room (Upstairs)
Friday Schedule for Containment Room (Upstairs)
- Geek Discussion (Geek Discussion)
Fri 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: CthulhuBob Lovely
Panels are generally themed in advance and the panelists address that topic, unless of course they digress -- which we usually do. There was this one panel with Justin Farrington and me -- but, I digress. Our panelists will discuss whatever topic people want.
- Age Limits and Parental Consent (Gaming)
Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, Marc Johnson, Greg Schneider
As you create a scenario for convention use, how do you decide what is and isn’t going to be appropriate for potential players? Can you work with the Game Chair to ensure your sign up sheet indicates this? If you think you should be asking, "Where's your mom?" you probably should be.
- Crafting the Next Great Epic Fantasy (Writing)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Steven Erikson, Sheila Gilbert, Ken Scholes, Betsy Wollheim
A discussion of the tenets of epic fantasy, the expectations, and how to begin crafting your own.
- Writers' Workshop Meet and Greet (Writing)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham, Brenda Carre, Steven Erikson, Sheila Gilbert, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, Christie Meierz, Vicki Mitchell, C.L Norman, Kevin Noel Olson, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Ken Scholes, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo
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.
- Sharp Pointy Things Don't Need Reloading (Geek Discussion)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Larry Bonham, Tod Glenn, Matt McAdoo
A connoisseur's guide to edged weapons for the Apocalypse.
- Surviving the Apocalypse in RPGs (Gaming)
Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Ryan Goble, Marc Johnson, Rob McDonell
How do you GM a apocalypse-based game where the PCs must survive in a devastated world? Can they sleep safely in the woods at night and sustain themselves by hunting and gathering? What new threats would they face? Would they fight to restore civilization or contribute to the chaos?
- LARP: Friday Night Theater (Gaming)
Fri 8:00 - 11:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Black Shield Productions, Greg Schneider
One week ago, the message went out on all channels and the Alliance's little secret about the Reavers is public knowledge. Now the Alliance Senate is convening to take whatever actions are necessary to keep the Alliance together in the face of the Signal. Assuming that's what the politicians want. . .
Take the role of a member of Senate with your own agenda. Can you save the Alliance? Or will chaos reign and the Browncoats get their way? You get to decide . . . well, at least you get a
Saturday Schedule for Containment Room (Upstairs)
- Peter Kent Q and A (Video and Film Festival, Geek Discussion)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Peter Kent
MisCon 28 GoH and professional stuntman Peter Kent will discuss his life and career, including the many movies in which he was Arnold Schwarzenegger's stunt double.
- The Art of Todd Lockwood (Art)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Todd Lockwood
Artist Guest of Honor Todd Lockwood will give a slideshow presentation of his artwork (from book covers to Magic the Gathering cards, to . . . you name it).
- Reading: C.J. Cherryh (Writing)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: C.J. Cherryh
C. J. Cherryh will read an excerpt from one of her recent works.
- Anti-Hero, Hero, or Villain? (Geek Discussion, Writing)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich, Steven Erikson, Diana Pharaoh Francis, James Glass
What is an anti-hero? How do anti-heroes differ from standard heroes and villains? Do we still love them even though they're good and bad? What attracts us to them? Who are some of the best ones in modern culture?
- DAW Books Presentation (Writing)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: DAW Books, Sheila Gilbert, Betsy Wollheim
What's new for DAW books? Join Sheila Gilbert and Betsy Wollheim for a presentation on up-and-coming titles from DAW.
- Keeping Track of Story Elements (Writing)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Steven Erikson, Rhiannon Held, Ken Scholes, Mark Teppo
Steven Erikson wrote the one of the biggest, most sprawling fantasy epics out there. How does he do it? What are some of his, and other writers', tips and tricks for keeping track of all those plot lines, characters, histories, personalities, and quirks? Join us and find out!
- First Page: Make or Break (Writing)
Sat 4:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Sheila Gilbert, Peter Kent, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo, Betsy Wollheim
In this panel, you'll get a first-hand look at how editors react when they read the opening page of your submission. Submit the first page of your story or book to be randomly read aloud by stuntman Peter Kent. Our panel will stop Peter when they would stop reading the submission and tell you why. Submissions will be handed in at the beginning of the panel. Submissions will not be returned and not all submissions will be read.
- Jeff Sturgeon Art Demo (Art)
Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Jeff Sturgeon
Jeff's award winning art is easily recognizable, come and learn his unique style and techniques while you watch him work.
- Art of Swearing (Writing)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich, Brenda Carre, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Andrea Howe
Warning, Will Robinson! Bawdy language and creative insults ahead!
- Costume Pageant (Costuming)
Sat 8:00 - 9:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Faith Emens-Pearson, Gail Glass
MisCon's Costume Pageant! Participants will show off their costumes to our panel of judges and the audience.
- MisCon's 5th Annual Drag Show (Performing Arts)
Sat 10:00 - 11:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Amanda Michael's Bouvier, Miss Jade LaRose
Description to follow, but it's a geek infested drag show!
Sunday Schedule for Containment Room (Upstairs)
- Author Book Signing (Writing)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Dave Bara, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham, Brenda Carre, C.J. Cherryh, Steven Erikson, Jane Fancher, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Sheila Gilbert, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, Peter Kent, Todd Lockwood, Christie Meierz, Vicki Mitchell, Kevin Noel Olson, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Ken Scholes, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo, Betsy Wollheim
All authors are invited. Steven Erikson's signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Steve can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.
- Don't Bring A Knife To A Gun Fight (Geek Discussion)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Marc Johnson
Did your character try to flip the safety on his Glock? Perhaps they shot a foe and sent them flying back across the couch? This panel is a basic intro to identification of common firearms, the physics behind them, and how they operate. Time permitting, we’ll discuss modern body armor and other related topics.
- Breaking the Rules of Writing (Writing)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Dave Bara, M. H. Bonham, Brenda Carre, Ann Gimpel
Name some rules of writing. Good. Now let’s destroy them!
- Reading: Steven Erikson (Writing)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Steven Erikson
Steve will read from one of his recent works.
- Artist Pictionary (Art)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Todd Lockwood, Nikki Rossignol, Jeff Sturgeon, Tiffany Toland-Scott
Join teams with one of our artists and play Pictionary. The artists will build teams from audience members. The hat full of chits of paper, each with a movie, TV show, book or story title, or a character related to the theme.
- Mastering the Revision Process (Writing)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Ann Gimpel, Andrea Howe, Christie Meierz, Mark Teppo
Learn revision techniques for both novels and short stories.
- Developing Cultures for Storytellers (Geek Discussion, Writing)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Steven Erikson, John Goff, Ken Scholes
In this panel we’ll learn how to develop unique cultures, economies, art, history, culture, music, language, expletives, etc. to fill your stories with juicy, realistic details. We’ll discuss how culture influences your characters, your world, and its history. Come learn from anthropologists, archaeologists, and writers.
- Stories From Hollywood: a Slideshow (Video and Film Festival, Geek Discussion)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Peter Kent
Stuntman Peter Kent will show a slideshow of some of the movies he has worked on. Expect some interesting stories about some of the biggest action movies, movie stars, directors, and other people we don't all hang out or work with.
- Film Festival: Fantasy Part 1 (Video and Film Festival)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests:
MisCon 28's International Film Festival presents a Sunday Fantasia part 1, with selection of films that present a magical view of the everyday world;
Film Director Country
A Lavadora Eric Bitencourt Brazil
Bad Cat Mendes/De Rosa/Augusto USA
The Flower in the Bottle Maxim Mildenberg Spain
- Film Festival: Fantasy Part 2 (Video and Film Festival)
Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM
Pros and Guests:
MisCon 28's International Film Festival presents a Sunday Fantasia part 2, with films that will amaze and amuse.
Film Director Country
Dji. Death fails Dimitri Voloshin Moldova
Cassandra Guy Roger Duvert France
Tales of the Wizard Ivan Fernandez Spain
Sleeping with the Dead Allison Beda Canada
Tripaliare Xavier Hervo France
- Ken Scholes Live in Concert! (Performing Arts)
Sun 8:00 - 8:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Ken Scholes
Come listen to author and all-around cool guy Ken Scholes play live in concert.
- Anime Music Videos (Comics)
Sun 10:00 - 11:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Ben Donnelly
By the old anime and the new, it's the 10th anniversary of MisCon's Anime Music Video Party! Come up and see what wild and weird stuff Ben has on tap for this year. Laugh at Gendo's audition, cry at the Miyazaki tribute, hurl at the Trotting Dead.
Monday Schedule for Containment Room (Upstairs)
- Putting the Military in Fiction (Writing)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Dave Bara, Steven Erikson, James Glass, John Goff
What is military fiction and how do you write it convincingly? Is a military background necessary? Do the rules change when you’re writing space opera, military fantasy, or other sub-genres?
- World Deconstruction 101 (Writing)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Steven Erikson, Rhiannon Held, Kevin Noel Olson, Ken Scholes
You’ve learned all about world building, but what can archaeology and anthropology teach us about deconstructing your world? Should yours be an epic apocalypse or a slow, painful descent into the history books?
- Suspicious Character (Art, Writing)
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Steven Erikson
Watch Rob Carlos bring one of Steven Erikson's characters to life (by drawing) as Steve reads an excerpt from one of his books!
- Transitioning Through Time: Scene vs Summary (Writing)
Mon 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Diana Pharaoh Francis, Vicki Mitchell, J.A. Pitts
How does a writer move the reader through time?
Whether you’re writing a sweeping generational saga, or a short story that takes place over the course of a day, how do you move your characters through time, transitioning them from one moment to the next without relying on worn-out cliches? Join us as we talk about transitions, time stamps, and other tricks of the trade for moving your story forward. .