MisCon 30 Attending Professional
While he was sick with strep throat as a child, Butcher's sisters introduced him to The Lord of the Rings and The Han Solo Adventures novels to pass the time, thus beginning his fascination with fantasy and science fiction. As a teenager, he completed his first novel and set out to become a writer. After many unsuccessful attempts to enter the traditional fantasy genre (he cites J. R. R. Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, and C.S. Lewis, among others, as major influences), he wrote the first book in The Dresden Files—about a professional wizard in modern-day Chicago—as an exercise for a writing course in 1996 at the age of 25.
For two years, Butcher floated his manuscript amongst various publishers before hitting the convention circuit to make contacts in the industry. After meeting Butcher in person, Ricia Mainhardt, the agent who discovered Laurell K. Hamilton, agreed to represent him, kick-starting his writing career. However, Butcher and Mainhardt have since parted ways; Jennifer Jackson is his current agent. Butcher has written two series: The Dresden Files and Codex Alera. Codex Alera has ended after six novels and The Dresden Files are still ongoing; he has also written a Spider-Man novel, entitled The Darkest Hours, released on June 27, 2006. In addition, he contributed a short story for publication in My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding with Charlaine Harris and Sherrilyn Kenyon, among others, released in October 2006. He has since contributed to the anthologies Many Bloody Returns in September 2007 and My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon in December 2007. In October 2008, he released another short story in Blood Lite and a novelette, Backup, illustrated by Mike Mignola.
Web site: http://www.jim-butcher.com/
Scheduled Panels and Presentations:
Key: =On a Panel =Moderating =GMing
Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Book Signing: General Session, Pavilion (1)
Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood
This signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the lines moving, Robin and Jim can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.
- Break Fri 2:50 - Fri 5:00
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Beyond The Fangs, Ballroom B
Moderator: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di); Panelists: Jim Butcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Julie Frost, Rhiannon Held, Randy Henderson
Urban Fantasy encompasses more than just vampires and werewolves, yet it seems that the fanged creatures of the night have captured the limelight. What other creatures, dangerous and ghastly, lurk around dark city corners?
Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Costume Parade, Open Green (3)
Panelists: Butte Magic , Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville , Lord & Lady Towers (Will Brown & Ashley McGehee), Realm of Stygia , Realms of Avalon , Kevin J Anderson, Justin Barba, Christine Barkl, Jim Butcher, Dragon Dronet, Robin Hobb, Tundra Malamute, Nikki Rossignol, Beth Stoops, Chad Volpe (The Fin)
Come in costume (or not) and join us for a brief stroll around downtown Missoula to ring in the start of MisCon and announce to the usual inhabitants of our fair city that we've arrived! We're going to walk to the Elks, the Wilma, the Roxy Theater, and through Caras Park back to the hotel.
Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Pavilion (1)
Panelists: Word Fire Press , Kevin J Anderson, Justin Barba, Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, C.J. Cherryh, Dragon Dronet, Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood, Jeff Sturgeon, Chad Volpe (The Fin), Peter Wacks (pjwacks)
Of all the gin joints in the city, you had to wander into this one. Well, come on in, grab a seat, and find out what's in store for you at MisCon 30. We'll meet our GoHs, hand out some Golden Squid Awards, and have a little fun. Our seers, scientists, and sages tell us this will likely only run about half an hour unless the forces of chaos make us go longer. If the weather doesn't allow, we'll move into Ballrooms B&C in the hotel.
- Break Fri 7:50 - Sat 1:00
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Book Signing: Jim Butcher, Elks Stage 112
Panelists: Jim Butcher
This signing will be STRICTLY moderated with a 3 item limit/trip through the line. Limit 1 personalization/trip.
- Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 3:00
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, The Evil Monologue, Ballroom B
Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood
Why do villains feel the need to monologue? Is imparting the full impact of the scheme rewarding in itself despite the risks that the hero could subvert such carefully laid plans? Would the victory be somehow less complete if no one knew the villain's true genius? Do monologues serve other purposes? Should your villain give one? What about a hero's monologue?
- Break Sat 3:50 - Sun 11:00
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Conflict, Tension, and Other Gnarly Bits, Ballroom B
Moderator: Carol Berg; Panelists: Kevin J Anderson, Jim Butcher, Randy Henderson, Robin Hobb, Todd Lockwood
Aspiring writers are bombarded with advice: tension on every page, more internal conflict, more external conflict, make it personal, make it organic. Let's make sense out the twists and turns that hook readers and hold them until the end.
- Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 1:00
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, The Grand Scheme, Ballroom B
Panelists: Carol Berg, Jim Butcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), Brooke Stanley
Every great villain needs a masterpiece scheme in order to realize their ambitions and force the hero to their knees, as well as to set themselves apart from every other nefarious criminal. Learn what elements make every grand scheme extraordinary and how to construct the plan that will give your mastermind their edge.
- Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 3:00
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Let's Fight!, Ballroom B
Panelists: Jim Butcher, Robert Chenoweth (Bob), Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Dragon Dronet, Wayne Heinz
Action sequences are an important element in story craft. Not only can they liven things up but they can also represent critical plot elements. Join both authors and trained fighters as they discuss the mechanics of fight scenes, both written and real.
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Costume Pageant, Elks Stage 112
Panelists: Jim Butcher
MisCon's Costume Pageant! Participants will show off their costumes and awards will be given for the best as well as the winners in our new categories.
- Break Sun 4:50 - Mon 11:00
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, What I Learned Along the Path of Failure, Ballroom B
Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Jim Butcher, Rhiannon Held, Robin Hobb, J.A. Pitts
Writing basics that no one ever tells you. "I thought I could do this but everyone in the room looked at me like I had three heads." Don't apologize for something you haven't learned yet. Learn from your mistakes. Join us for a discussion about giving and receiving critique the right way. Tips and tricks to turn that rejection into something positive.