Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 38: the Dark Forest, May 24 - 27, 2024 Missoula, Montana

Joseph Malik

MisCon 38 Attending Professional

Joseph Malik is an author, adventurer, swordsman, and retired gunslinger for the Illuminati. His debut novel, Dragon’s Trail, sold over 10,000 copies in eighteen months while receiving mainstream critical acclaim, qualifying him for the 2017 and 2018 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction and Fantasy. 

He has been a longtime panelist and demonstrator at science fiction and fantasy conventions, sought-after for his expertise in swordsmanship, hand combat, and warfighting, as well as his personal history of doing all his characters’ stunts-from BASE jumping to blacksmithing.

Joseph Malik is an author, adventurer, swordsman, and retired gunslinger for the Illuminati. His debut novel, Dragon's Trail, sold over 10,000 copies in eighteen months while receiving mainstream critical acclaim, qualifying him for the 2017 and 2018 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

He has been a longtime panelist and demonstrator at science fiction and fantasy conventions, sought-after for his expertise in swordsmanship, hand combat, and warfighting, as well as his personal history of doing all his characters' stunts-from BASE jumping to blacksmithing.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Informal Author Meet & Greet, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Justin Barba, LJ Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), David Boop, Stan! Brown, Brenda Carre, C E Chester, Katie Cross, Jayel Draco, Eva Elasigue, Deby Fredericks, Manny Frishberg, Julie Frost, David Gerrold, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Thomas Gondolfi, Lynsey Griswold, Jeff Grubb, Rhiannon Held, Michael Hodges, Meradeth Houston, Andrea Howe, Paul Jenkins, GS Jennsen, Esther Jones, Frog Jones, Kevin Kauffmann, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Sanan Kolva, JM Landels (Jen), Tess Langston, Todd Lockwood, Joseph Malik, Tod McCoy, Danith McPherson, Theresa Miller, Gwendolyn Nix, Dakota Nyght, Candi Lyn Siemens, Dave Smeds, D.L. Solum, Patrick Swenson, G.R. Theron, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Hunter Wallace, Krista Wallace, Dean Wells, Walter Wiese, Danica Winters

    Join us for an informal meet & greet/hangout with a bunch of MisCon's writers and editors. This isn't a formal panel with panelists up on the stage discussing a topic. Instead, everyone will grab chairs in the pavilion, and the moderator will get things going. Then we'll open things up so small group hangouts can happen until the end of the hour. This is your chance to informally meet a bunch of the people you'll see on panels all weekend.

  • Break Fri 3:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Character Motivation, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: James Glass; Panelists: James Glass, Michael Hodges, Joseph Malik, Krista Wallace

    Let's discuss how to show why characters do what they do without giving big info dumps or lecturing.

  • Break Sat 10:50 - Sat 2:00
  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Spotlight: Malik, Bonham, Seattle WorldCon, Spotlight
    Panelists: Kathy Bond (Seattle WorldCon), M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Joseph Malik

    Meet a few of our authors, get signatures, and see what they're up to these days.

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sat 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, What's So Special About Special Operations?, Rocket Tent (3)
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Joseph Malik, Jim Wright (Stonekettle)

    Let's discuss different types of irregular (special? Unclassified? just weird?) military units, from Special Operations to . . . well, come to the panel and find out.

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Help! My Books Aren't Selling, Nameless Ballroom
    Moderator: Ann Gimpel; Panelists: Ann Gimpel, Joseph Malik, Dave Smeds

    This panel will help pinpoint why your books are lying around like beached whales. Its focus will be on the big three: cover, blurb, sample. All must be spot on and genre specific, otherwise no one will even click through to your "look inside" sample. This is a tough, competitive business. Not a place to reinvent the wheel.

  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Fundamentals of Martial Arts: Striking, Field of Wonder (9)
    Panelists: Joseph Malik, Noah Visscher

    Come learn basic strikes, blocks, and kicks. We will practice them and examine how different styles utilize the same techniques in different ways.

  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, The Business Side of Independent Publishing, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Frog Jones; Panelists: Katie Cross, Ann Gimpel, Frog Jones, Joseph Malik

    Our panelists will discuss the business of independent publishing.

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Fundamentals of Grappling, Field of Wonder (9)
    Panelists: Joseph Malik, Noah Visscher

    Come learn the fundamentals of grappling. We will practice basic stances, grips, off balancing, and ground positions to get a sense for how to set up techniques while grappling on your feet, or on the ground.