Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

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

Kevin Kauffmann

MisCon 38 Attending Professional

Kevin Kauffmann is an author of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and he isn’t too keen on playing inside the lines. That’s exactly the attitude that earned him a spot as the Narrative Director for Exfinitum, an upcoming phygital card game from Yoton Yo Studios, and he has multiple titles that will be released in 2024 through 25&Y Publishing.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • 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, 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 Kay 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.

  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, The Writing Process, Monster Tent (2)
    Panelists: Thomas Gondolfi, Michael Hodges, Kevin Kauffmann, Gwendolyn Nix, Dave Smeds

    Let's discuss the writing process. It's different for everyone . . . isn't it? Doesn't everyone get up at 6am, shower, and get right to work? Or are we all night owls who fit in words after everyone else goes to bed? Our panelists will discuss what works for them and what doesn't.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel 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 - Sat 3:00
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Let's Talk Anime!, Fairy Tent (4)
    Panelists: David Boop, Robert Grey (SeattleBeastCosplay), Esther Jones, Kevin Kauffmann

    Is Demon Slayer the best anime? Dororo? Bleach? Tokyo Ghoul? Ok, these might not be the best anime out there, but if not, which ones are? Why? Our panelists will encourage audience participation.

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Character Limitations & Creativity, Phoenix Ballroom
    Moderator: Walter Wiese; Panelists: Kevin Kauffmann, Gwendolyn Nix, Walter Wiese

    Constraints can foster creativity. Our panelists will discuss interesting limitations they've placed on their characters that resulted in good stories, as well as examples of limitations in other works.
    (Note that we're not talking about character disability here, which would fit into this topic but is a narrower and more-fraught concern.)

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Mon 11:00
  • panel Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Writing SF and Fantasy in the Real World , Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Manny Frishberg; Panelists: Manny Frishberg, Meradeth Houston, GS Jennsen, Kevin Kauffmann, D.L. Solum

    Science fiction and fantasy give authors and their readers the chance to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations. Yet, even the Starship Enterprise came back to Starfleet in San Francisco between voyages. What are the challenges and opportunities presented by staying close to home?

  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Vampires & Werewolves: Overplayed or Eternal?, Rocket Tent (3)
    Moderator: D.L. Solum; Panelists: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Kevin Kauffmann, Gwendolyn Nix, D.L. Solum

    Vampires and werewolves turn up in stories everywhere in many versions. Are they overplayed? Even if they are, they seem eternal. Let's discuss this!