Current Schedule for Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
Friday Schedule for Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
- Terry Brooks Book Signing (Writing)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Terry Brooks
Terry Brooks's signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Terry can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.
- Creating the Brands of Tomorrow (Writing, Art)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: John Picacio, Shawn Speakman, Mark Teppo
Three leading sf/f creatives will share why they created their own publishing houses, what they're producing, what's next, and where the next frontiers are. Discussion + Q&A.
- Minor Characters (Writing)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Dave Bara, Manny Frishberg, Anne Groell, L.F. Patten
Minor characters might not be as important as your protagonists, but they're still important in their own way. Let's discuss some of the ways you can make your minor characters as fully dimensional and real as your main ones without over-sharing.
- Field Sanitation, Snares, and Survival (Geek Discussion)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Clay Cooper, Rebekah Leib
Learn about field sanitation, snares, low-tech green energy options, and how to cook without a fire. Learn what equipment, skill sets, and supplies you need to survive in the Wasteland.
Saturday Schedule for Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
- The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly (Geek Discussion)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Terry Brooks, Steven Erikson, Anne Groell, Todd Lockwood, John Picacio
Top industry publishing pros present some of their favorite (and not-so-favorite) covers in books and comics. Learn what they think makes a cover succeed (or not), and which covers make them envious.
- Big Trouble in Little China (Geek Discussion)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Tim Geisler, Bill Singletary
As ol' Jack Burton always says, "Sit tight, hold the fort, keep the home fires burning. And if we're not back by dawn...call the president." Is Big Trouble in Little China the best movie of all time or just one of them? Let’s talk about Lo Pan and his search for a “Chinese girl with green eyes."
- Forget the Beginnings--Writing Endings (Writing)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: C.J. Cherryh, Anne Groell, Todd Lockwood, Eldon Thompson
There is a lot of focus on getting the beginning of your story or book just right, but what about the ending? A satisfying ending can make or break a book. What are some ways you can be sure that your ending won't alienate your readers? Or better yet, keep them coming back for more? In this panel we'll discuss this all things endings.
- Rest Of The World In Space (Geek Discussion)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Hugh S. Gregory
An update on what foreign space programs are accomplishing and discovering from around the world.
- Space Opera Rising? (Writing)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Dave Bara, Steve Diamond, James Glass
Fantasy has held the public's fascination for a while now, but is SF/space opera on the rise again? Films like GotG, Jupiter Ascending, the new Star Wars are obviously box office hits. How does that affect science fiction literature? How will it affect genre book sales?
- Q&A: Author Terry Brooks (Writing)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Terry Brooks, Shawn Speakman
Join us for a Q&A with Author Guest of Honor, Terry Brooks.
- All Hail Emperor Palpatine! (Geek Discussion)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Josh Aronoff, Kyle Elliott
Was Emperor Palpatine actually evil? Or was he just looking out for the future of the Empire?
- To The Big Screen and Back (Writing)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Terry Brooks, Eldon Thompson
Storytelling across mediums can be challenging. In this panel, we'll talk about screenwriting and novelizations: how they differ, the challenges inherent in both, and how you can learn to write each.
Sunday Schedule for Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
- Loteria!!! (Party!, Art)
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: John Picacio
Come play Mexican Bingo for the chance to win sf/f books and art prizes. Sponsored by Lone Boy. Hosted by Miscon 29 Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio, featuring a look at his new artwork for a brand-new edition of this classic Mexican game of chance. This is a must-see event for sf/f art lovers, card gamers, tarot collectors, and fans of free stuff.
- Kickstarters and Marketing (Geek Discussion, Writing)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Kyle Elliott, Randy Rathert
Very few of us have a marketing background, so let's start at the beginning. Kickstarters, websites, platforms, promotions, blogs...it can be overwhelming. Join us as we discuss how to start and run a successful Kickstarter and marketing campaign.
- House Rules in RPGs (Gaming)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Jason A. Holt, Marc Johnson
What house rules do you use for your home games? What criteria justifies a house rule: clarity? speeding up combat? Ease of play? What constitutes a “house rule too far?” You have 2 minutes to present your personal house rules.
- Q&A: Editor Anne Groell (Writing)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Anne Groell
Join us for a Q&A with Editor Guest of Honor Anne Groell.
- Plotting Backfires (Writing)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Brenda Carre, Ann Gimpel
What happens when your plot backfires? What can you do about it? Re-write? Start over? Brainstorm? Just go with it and hope the problems will vanish?
- Bringing Allanon to Life (Art, Writing)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Terry Brooks, Rob Carlos
Watch artist Rob Carlos bring the Druid Allanon to life (in an original sketch) under Terry's guidance.
- Live Action Cosplay Chess Setup (Performing Arts, Costuming)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Joshua Parker
This is a prep-session for Live Action Cosplay Chess. Prepare to watch our live-actor-chess-pieces fight to the death at the whims of their commanding Chessmasters in a fantastic story of love, war, and just flat out insanity. Brought to MisCon 29 by NaguCon.
- Live Action Cosplay Chess (Performing Arts, Costuming)
Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Joshua Parker
Watch our live-actor-chess-pieces fight to the death at the whims of their commanding Chessmasters in a fantastic story of love, war, and just flat out insanity. Brought to MisCon by NaguCon.
Monday Schedule for Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
- Live Long and Prosper (Geek Discussion)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Jeff Howe, CthulhuBob Lovely, Beth Stoops
A tribute to Leonard Nimoy and the 50+ years he dedicated to his craft. An accomplished actor both on stage and in film, he was also a director, photographer, singer/songwriter, and poet. Nimoy served in the U.S. Army for 2 years until he was cast in the role of Spock, which would ultimately launch his acting career and catapult him into international acclaim. Come remember an amazing man.
- The Mad Art Orde.r (Art)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Durlyn Alexander, Rob Carlos, Nikki Rossignol, Jeff Sturgeon
Artistic Mad-libs! The audience will supply random nouns, verbs, and adjectives, and our moderator will gather just enough components to make an insane sentence. For example: A couple nouns, a verb, and a handful of adjectives might be strung together as, "A mad scientist gives a scaly award to a superhero." Our artists will draw these Mad Libs and fun will ensue.
- Military Convoys and Ambushes (Geek Discussion)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Clay Cooper, Kyle Elliott
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about military convoys and ambushes from our military experts.
- Film Festival: Theme & Awards (Video and Film Festival)
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests:
MisCon 29's International Short Film Festival presents the years entries most appropriate to our theme, with the awards ceremony to follow.
Film Director Country
Aemorraghe Patrick Devaney USA
The Last Light Corentin Romagny & Pierrick Chopin France
Mienin David Coredo Spain