Current Schedule for Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
Friday Schedule for Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
- The Attraction of Geekery (Geek Discussion)
Fri 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: CthulhuBob Lovely
What drew you to geekery? Where in the nerd spectrum do you fall: a certain genre or universe? Are you into gaming, films, art, reading, costuming, various of the above and/or something else?
- Worrying For Writers (Writing)
Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Larry Bonham, Manny Frishberg, Anne Groell, Patrick Swenson
Writers are full of worry. Am I doing this right? How long is this supposed to take? Will I ever be published? Do other writers have this many problems? Am I wasting my time? Will anyone care about this character? Join us as we discuss some common fears and how to stop that voice in your head from getting in the way of your success.
- Pop Culture Perversion: Superheroes (Geek Discussion)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Ben Donnelly, Kyle Elliott, John Logan, Joyce Reynolds-Ward
How have superheroes been perverted by pop culture? Or are they just the same as they always were? Come fight the good fight and talk superheroes.
- Build an Empire on the Fly (Geek Discussion, Writing)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Rob Carlos, Steven Erikson, Chris Organ, Peter Orullian, Eldon Thompson
Starting with the Wasteland as a clean slate, our panelists will create an empire from the ground up and see how far they get in 50 minutes. They’ll design everything they can think of: geography, races, culture, laws, history, etc, while our moderator will toss problems (like insurgent dissidents and earthquakes) their way. Artist Rob Carlos will sketch out things on the whiteboard as they go.
- Kickass Women (Writing)
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Terry Brooks, Ann Gimpel, J.A. Pitts
Bryn Ohmsford, Cersei Lannister, the Ilse Witch. What constitutes a kickass female character? Not taking any crap from anyone? Being able to literally kick some ass? Speaking and acting like a man? Is femininity retained in that case? Can a woman have the ability to kick ass and still be a "lady?"
- Opening Ceremonies (Geek Discussion, Performing Arts)
Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Terry Brooks, Amy Farrington, Anne Groell, John Picacio
Come in out of the wasteland and find out what's in store for you at MisCon 29. Our seers, scientists, and sages tell us this will likely only run about half an hour unless the forces of chaos force us to go longer.
- Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville Show (Performing Arts)
Fri 9:00 - 10:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville , J.K. Hinther, Erika Noble
Accept your inner geek and show it off! Come and see the Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville take the stage for their second year at MisCon. Featuring belly dancing, comedic acts, live musical talent and performance pieces, all inspired by our favorite fandoms and themes!
Saturday Schedule for Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
- Downton Abbey: a Bygone Era (Video and Film Festival, Geek Discussion)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Brenda Carre, Rhiannon Held, Krista Wallace
As far as we know, Downton isn’t science fiction, fantasy, or horror, but it reminds us of an era before the Wasteland. Its dialogue and characters are examples of great storytelling, and its setting is a staple among so many genre stories that we just need to discuss it. Spoiler alert! We won’t hold back, so everything in the show is on the table.
- The Art of John Picacio (Art)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: John Picacio
Hugo Award-winning artist John Picacio presents a one-hour slideshow and Q & A, revealing the making of some of his recent sf/f cover artworks and sneak peeks of his newest creations, as well as the process behind his Chesley Award-winning George R. R. Martin / A Song of Ice and Fire work and his latest Loteria works!
- Investigation Techniques for Storytellers (Writing, Gaming)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: John Goff
Learn how to write investigation-based stories/scenarios from John Goff, professional private investigator and former US Army Interrogator.
- The Price of Power (Writing)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Terry Brooks, Brenda Carre, Peter Orullian
As Terry Brooks once said, "A civilization once destroyed by misuse of power is a bit wary the second time out about what new power can do." Magic, money, modern technology, political power: all these things have consequences, both good and bad. This panel will take a look at the double-sided nature of power. How can writers realistically work this into their work? What are some pop culture examples of this in action?
- Writing to Prompts (Writing)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Brenda Carre, David Keck, J.A. Pitts, Mark Teppo
Prompts are a great way to build and hone your craft, not to mention get published and win contests. In this panel we'll learn how to write original, unique stories based on those prompts. We'll also discuss how to know if you've strayed too far from the original concept.
- First Page: Make or Break, 2nd Edition (Writing)
Sat 4:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Anne Groell, Andrea Howe, Shawn Speakman, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo
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. Our panelists will stop the reader 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.
- MisCon's 5th Annual Drag Show (Performing Arts)
Sat 7:00 - 7:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Amanda Michael's Bouvier, Miss Jade LaRose
Drag Queens always know how to have fun, even in the Wasteland. Come watch the show!
- 2 Men Enter, 1 Man Leaves: the Dance (Party!)
Sat 8:00 - 10:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Eric the Excellent, James Jones
Enter the Thunderdome and get your dance on. The Soundgeeks will DJ, so get your costumes ready and be prepared to have fun. This is not an alcoholic event (the alcoholic parties will be out in the tent) and is kid friendly.
Sunday Schedule for Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
- Author Book Signing (Writing)
Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Dave Bara, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham, Terry Brooks, Brenda Carre, C.J. Cherryh, Steven Erikson, Jane Fancher, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, David Keck, Todd Lockwood, Peter Orullian, L.F. Patten, John Picacio, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Shawn Speakman, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo, Eldon Thompson
All authors are invited. 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.
- Elevator Pitches, Queries, Synopses (Writing)
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Anne Groell, L.F. Patten, Mark Teppo
Panels on these subjects may be ubiquitous, but they’re important. Selling your book through one of these means is hard. In this panel, we’ll learn from authors and editors about how to craft the best pitch possible for your book or short story.
- The Shannara Chronicles (Writing)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Terry Brooks, Shawn Speakman
Learn about Terry's forthcoming television series on MTV, the Shannara Chronicles.
- Artist Pictionary (Art)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Durlyn Alexander, Rob Carlos, Nikki Rossignol, Jeff Sturgeon
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.
- What Makes Things Scary? (Geek Discussion, Writing)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: John Goff, Rob McDonell, Peter Orullian, Eldon Thompson
Dolls. Darkness. Goblins. Death. Clowns. The unknown. Why do scary things scare us? How can storytellers bring fear into stories and games? Is it better to see or imply monsters? Is gore scary or just gross? What is a good balance of suspense, surprise, escaping (or failing to) and gory death?
- Gaming Trivial Pursuit (Gaming, Geek Discussion)
Sun 4:00 - 6:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Ben Donnelly
Do you remember THAC0? Do you know who Naga the White Serpent is? Prove it. We'll put together 5 teams and compete to see who knows their gaming trivia.
- Costume Pageant Prep/Meeting (Costuming)
Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Becky Harouz
Meet here to get ready for the Costume Pageant.
- Costume Pageant (Costuming)
Sun 8:00 - 9:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Amber Edwards, Gail Glass, Becky Harouz, J.K. Hinther, Erika Noble
MisCon's Costume Pageant! Participants will show off their costumes to our panel of judges and the audience.
- 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 11th 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 Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
- The Building Blocks of Backstory (Writing)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Brenda Carre, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe
How do you create sufficient character backstory? Do minor characters need backgrounds, as well? How do you keep them straight? And, perhaps most importantly, how do you give your readers this information without resorting to info dumps?
- Building Anticpation (Writing)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Steven Erikson, Peter Orullian, J.A. Pitts
The best stories make us wonder what happens next (and stay up half the night reading). Learn how to build anticipation, expectation, and pull your reader along from scene to scene, and from book to book.
- Organizing Story Ideas (Writing)
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: S. A. Bolich, Andrea Howe, Mark Teppo, Eldon Thompson
Writers usually have a tornado of ideas swirling in their heads at any one time. What do you do with all these ideas? How do you organize them? You might get them onto the page, but sometimes they don't live up to what's in your mind. What do you do then? What do you do when your ideas run wild? It's easy to feel defeated. In this panel we'll discuss how to organize those ideas into a coherent story and juggling expectation with reality.
- Closing Ceremonies (Geek Discussion)
Mon 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Amy Farrington, John Picacio
Finish out MisCon 29 in style and catch a sneak peek at what’s in store for you next year at MisCon 30, May 2016.