Current Schedule for Ballroom B
Friday Schedule for Ballroom B
- Hiring An Editor (Writing)
Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Meradeth Houston, Andrea Howe, Brian Rathbone, Clare Wood
What kind of editor does your book need? Where do you find professional editors and how much do they cost? Should you always hire an editor for your self-published book? What about before you send it to agents?
- The Return of Cosplay Photography (Costuming)
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: BJ Allen-Prudden, Jessa Fuerst-Hinther, Lynn Martyn, Lily Oliver
If you have the perfect costume, perfect
hair, and perfect makeup, and need some help in capturing your perfect picture, we’ve got you covered. This panel will cover ways to put your
best foot forward to get irrefutable evidence of your magic cosplay moment. Learn how to get the perfect picture from experienced Cosplayers and Photographers.
- Lip Sync For. Your. Life. (Costuming)
Fri 10:00 - 1:50 AM
Pros and Guests:
You've all seen the show now come see the MisCon version! Attendees will put on a show lip syncing to songs of their choice. Time permitting, walk-ups may be able to perform after the scheduled show.
Saturday Schedule for Ballroom B
- Building an Anthology From the Ground Up (Writing, Geek Discussion)
Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham, David Boop, Manny Frishberg
What does it take to put together a successful anthology? Is there even such a thing in today's marketplace? What's worked in putting one together? And what could possibly go wrong?
- Pacing (Writing)
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Tod McCoy, John Olsen, L.F. Patten, Peter Wacks
What are some effective ways to control the pacing of your scenes, chapters, and overall book? Is it structure? Paragraph-by-paragraph? Can you outline for pacing?
- Intrigue, Suspense, and Mystery (Writing)
Sat Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: David Boop, Ann Gimpel, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Dean Wells
Intrigue, suspense, and mystery sound pretty similar, so how can you tell the difference? What are the tenants of each? The pros and cons? How do you write each?
- Ask the Editor (Writing)
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Andrea Howe, Sanan Kolva, Patrick Swenson
It's back! Ask our panel of editors anything you want about editing and writing!
- Keeping Secrets in your Plot (Writing)
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, Eldon Thompson, Krista Wallace
How shows like Game of Thrones, Westworld, and the Good Place demonstrate ways to reveal or not reveal secrets (spoilers abound).
- Mutants in Meatspace (Geek Discussion)
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Meradeth Houston, Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel
We all have freaky mutations of some kind. Some are obvious, like extra limbs and tree-bark skin, while others are barely noticed, like blue eyes and the ability to digest milk in adulthood. The more fantastic ones capture our imaginations, and find their way into the stories we tell. We’ll take a look at how some of the most outlandish creatures in sci-fi may not be as otherworldly as they seem.
- Character and Transformation (Writing)
Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Carol Berg, Alisha Knaff, Tod McCoy, Dean Wells
Transformation is the reinvention of the self by the self. It represents the heroes search for wholeness. Discuss with our panelists this integral process of your character becoming a more complete human being.
- The Evolution of Life on Earth (Geek Discussion)
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Klarissa Davis, Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel
Science talk with fun slides regarding the Evolution of life on the 3rd rock from the sun.
- Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville (Performing Arts)
Sat 8:00 - 9:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville
MisCon is proud to be hosting another stellar performance by our friends the Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville! CGV is a collaboration of talent paying homage to their favorite fallen heroes and villains with live music, belly dance, performance pieces and comedy, featuring new faces and some special guests from Missoula’s Drag Community!
Be advised: some language and themes could be questionable for younger audiences.
Sunday Schedule for Ballroom B
- Cosplay Chess Prep (Costuming)
Sun 9:00 - 9:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Erika Noble, Lily Oliver
Set-up for Cosplay Chess. If you are a chess piece, please show up so you can prepare for the big match.
- Live Action Cosplay Chess (Costuming)
Sun 10:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Erika Noble, Lily Oliver
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.
- Chell vs. GlaDos (Geek Discussion, Gaming)
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Court Cathers
If you’ve played the Portal games, you probably have a love/hate relationship with GLaDos, but is she really the villain of the franchise? As players, we don’t know too much about Chell. We know she is trapped in an underground compound and making her way through tests designed and implemented by GLaDos, but who is she? Does GLaDOS know something we don’t? By keeping Chell trapped at Aperture Laboratories, is she actually protecting the outside world?
- The Infamous Bad Book Cover Show (Geek Discussion)
Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Lee Moyer
Come discuss and joke with cover artist Lee Moyer about bad book covers.
- Versus: Artist Battle (Art)
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Rob Carlos, Lee Moyer
Lee Moyer versus Rob Carlos
- Writing Alternate Histories (Writing)
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM
Pros and Guests: David Boop, Marty Essen, Eric Scott Fischl, Tex Thompson
How do you write alternative history? How much do you really need to know about the original timeline to make a convincing fork in the road? Where, when and why do you sprinkle in details to give a sense of time, and alternative time? Where's the line between enough and trying too hard.
- Historical Influence in Modern Fashion (Costuming)
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Jessa Fuerst-Hinther, Lynn Martyn
Popular media loves to pilfer from the iconic fashions of the past to create dazzling costumes. Corsets, panniers, drover’s oilcloth coats and ‘britches’ have been reimagined, rebuilt and repurposed over and over to feed the voracious desire for ‘cool’ in entertainment. Let’s dissect a couple of costumes, and talk about why some elements never stray too far from the limelight.
- Film Festival Night 3: Fantasy (Video and Film Festival)
Sun 6:00 - 7:50 PM
Pros and Guests:
Watch the best of MisCon 32's International Film Festival's horror submissions.
- Rock Band (Gaming, Costuming)
Sun 10:00 - 11:50 PM
Pros and Guests:
Cosplay Optional, rocking mandatory. Get up on the stage and play the game Rock Band with us. Hundreds of songs to choose from. Sing, play a plastic guitar, drums or keyboard.
Monday Schedule for Ballroom B
- Captain Cheaptastic (Costuming)
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Christine Barkl, Chris Blazer, Gail Glass, Katie Rhodes
Raid the pantry, clean out the garage, and dredge up the basement. Learn how to turn out a costume using basic materials and tools you probably have at home, or can easily find for minimal cost.
- Volcanoes & the End of the World (Geek Discussion)
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Pros and Guests: Klarissa Davis, Manny Frishberg, James Glass
Will volcanoes end the world? Why?!? What about our neighbor, the Yellowstone caldera? When Yellowstone erupts, what will happen, and how it affect human society and the natural world?
- Why Write Short Stories? (Writing)
Mon Noon - 12:50 PM
Pros and Guests: James Glass, Krista Wallace, Dean Wells
It used to be you'd write short stories as a road to novel publication. Today, however, that's changed. So why should you write short stories? How can they benefit you as a writer?
- Audiobooks for Indies (Writing)
Mon 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Pros and Guests: Ann Gimpel
Audiobooks are an up and coming way for indie publishers to make a side hustle, and their popularity is growing. Join Ann Gimpel as she discusses audiobooks, the how to and the whys.