Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

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

Tess Langston

MisCon 38 Attending Professional

Tess Langston is the creator and owner of ShadowCast Studio where she self publishes her online graphic novels, creates graphic designs, traditional and digital art. She graduated from the University of Montana with a B.F.A in Media Arts Animation and was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award in her field. Since 2012 she has been publishing her work professionally including a short comic for Apostrophe magazine, 'Anime Asylum' on some-stories.com,'Coffee Ghost' shorts, and is currently working on her newest work 'Legend Catcher' at legendcatcher.com. On stage she has been known to do standup comedy for Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville and short skits with fellow performers.

Tess Langston is the creator and owner of ShadowCast Studio where she self publishes her online graphic novels, creates graphic designs, traditional and digital art. At the age of three she was diagnosed with autism, which has proved to be a strength in her case. From a very early age she loved sequential storytelling and started her pursuit into comics and animation. Since then, she has graduated from the University of Montana with a B.F.A in Media Arts Animation and was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award in her field. Since 2012 she has been publishing her work professionally including a short comic for Apostrophe magazine, 'Anime Asylum' on some-stories.com, 'Coffee Ghost' shorts, and is currently working on her newest work 'Legend Catcher' at legendcatcher.com and other projects yet to be announced. On stage she has been known to do standup comedy for Cheeky Geeky Vaudeville and short skits with fellow performers. Her love of mythology, biology, animation, stage performance, dancing, and other nerdy things have made their way into her writing one way or another with a fun unique twist. You can find more of her work at shadowcaststudio.com.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Meet the Artists, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: John Barba, Justin Barba, Stan! Brown, Michael Brugger, Rob Carlos, Echo Chernik, Dragon Dronet, Tony Gregori, Lizzy D. Hill, Tess Langston, Todd Lockwood, Alexandra Martyn, Cait May, Randy Pepprock, Sean Ricks, Nikki Rossignol McCoy, Steven K Smith (SKS Props), Jeff Sturgeon, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Brittany Torres, Jim Wright (Stonekettle), Lacy Zee (Vox Moxxi)

    Here's your first opportunity to meet and hang out with MisCon 37's artists. You can talk art, ask questions, have a cup of coffee (or something stronger), get things signed, whatever you want. Just come hang out.

  • 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 1:00
  • moderator Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Magic Systems in Fiction, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Tess Langston; Panelists: Rhiannon Held, Kevin Kauffmann, Tess Langston, Gwendolyn Nix, Dean Wells

    What is the role of magic in storytelling--a simple wave of the hand, or something deeply ingrained in the plot? Join the discussion as we dive into magic systems, their elements, the many forms they take, and what the cultural ramifications might be in worlds where magic is real.

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sun 11:00
  • moderator Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, You're SO Dramatic!, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Tess Langston; Panelists: Laramie Dean, Luke Hutson, Tess Langston, David Yake

    You're do dramatic! (Or Are You? Should You Be? Should You Try? Being theatrical isn't just for actors. It can be a mindset that allows you to express yourself boldly, captivate an audience, and infuse life with drama. You don't need to act like Jack Black to "rizz" things up a bit, but our panelists will share their thoughts on this.

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 6:00
  • moderator Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Creature Mayhem, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Tess Langston; Panelists: Rhiannon Held, GS Jennsen, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Tess Langston

    What makes a good creature design? Where do our most iconic monsters come from? What do we fill these dark forests with and why?

  • Break Sun 6:50 - Mon 11:00
  • moderator Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Dark Forests Across Genres, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Tess Langston; Panelists: Katie Cross, Jeff Grubb, Tess Langston, Dean Wells

    A discussion on taking the setting of a dark forest but putting it in different genres. How would you write this setting different if it were in a scifi? A fairytale? High Fantasy? Would you draw a dark forest differently if it were in a military steampunk story?