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Friday, June 2
 

12:00pm

Dealer Room
Find unique wares and our Media and Author Guests of Honor and Special Guests

Friday June 2, 2017 12:00pm - 8:00pm
University
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3:00pm

Which Reviews Matter?
The internet alows anyone with a keyboard to express their opinion for the world to see. Which reviews should matter to readers, and how can you tell the difference between useful reviews and obnoxious sour grapes?

Moderators
avatar for A J Hartley

A J Hartley

Author/Editor/Publisher
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his... Read More →

Speakers
RB

Robert Bevan

Author - Self-Published
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Author
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume... Read More →
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

Author
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen H... Read More →
avatar for Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis

Author, Kingdom of Arilland
Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the Alpha... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Harris
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3:00pm

Writers Groups - Pros and Cons
Some writers swear by their writing group, some just swear. What should you look for in a writing group, and should you look for one at all?


Speakers
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

Author
I am a sailor and a writer. Usually I do both at once, but lately I've been ashore writing even more. I write Pathfinder Tales for Paizo Publishing, and some shorter fiction for other gaming publishers. I also have an award-winning series of nautical fantasy (yes, there are pi... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Author
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote... Read More →
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Editor/Author
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of two anthologies of short stories about the wildest West that never was: Weird Wild West (eSpec Books, 2015) and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books, 2017). Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Walden
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3:00pm

Costuming Swap Meet
Bring your leftovers, your cast offs, your discarded patterns and various costuming miscellany. Our panel of costumers will let you know how best to use your finds!

Moderators
avatar for Chuck Carte

Chuck Carte

English/Theatre Department Chair, Stanly County Schools
I am a teacher, theater director, writer, editor, investigator, and cosplayer.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Costume, Mandalorian Mercs
A life-long STAR WARS fan, Tom founded the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club in his father's basement in 2007. In that time, Tom has become world-renown as a creator of hyper-realistic MANDALORIAN costumes and functional props. Creator of the world's largest functional STAR WARS L... Read More →
avatar for Mikki Marvel

Mikki Marvel

Costume, FanDames Initiative
Talk to me about cosplay, Battlestar Galactica, Rocky Horror Picture Show, modeling, photography and whatever else. I have too many opinions.


Friday June 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Burnham
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  • Length 1.5

3:30pm

Legally Protecting Your Art
Many artists have had their work stolen and used for purposes they did not approve of. What are the best ways to secure your work and protect what you created

Speakers
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Science
James McDonald has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives.nnIn addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence.nnHe also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series.nnHis newest project is The... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Keynes
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3:30pm

Con Survivalism 101
Never been to a convention before? Maybe this is your first time at ConCarolinas? Or are you the crafty veteran of dozens (if not hundreds) of cons? Either way, come join in our roundtable discussion on how to best enjoy the convention experience, as well as practical advice on the do's and dont's of con survival.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Film/Media/TV
Dave Harlequin is a professional writer, editor, journalist, producer, and entertainment personality from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Editor in Chief of Nerd Nation Magazine, a digital “nerd culture and entertainment” publication, as well as the co-founder of Tri-Force Entertainment, a film production and live event promotion company.nnA man of many talents, Harlequin has written and produced over half a dozen films, including his most recent award-winning short film... Read More →
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Podcaster, Emcee, Jack of at least 4 traded
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom pod... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Olmstead
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4:00pm

Southern Film-making and Film-makers
A discussion of the film industry in the south. Industry panelists will let you know what they are filming and where they are filming it.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Sammie Cassell

Sammie Cassell

Film/Media/TV, Wreak Havoc Productions
Lifelong comic book, Star Wars, horror, sci-fi, tv, movie fan | Co-host of the Wreak Havoc Film Buffs Podcast | Independent film actor | Actor at the Original Hollywood Horror Show | Subject of the documentary Sammie the Comic Book Man | Contributor to The Talking Comic... Read More →
RW

Robert W. Filion

Film/Media/TV
avatar for Tom Gore

Tom Gore

Film/Media/TV
JH

Joh Harp

Film.Media/TV
avatar for Shannon Strucci

Shannon Strucci

Film/Media/TV, StrucciMovies
I am an editor and videographer best known for “SO YOU WANNA BE A FILM NERD”, an educational webseries on film culture and history focusing on accessibility, approachability, and anti-elitism. I also publish video essays on art and media other than film, have written narrativ... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lakeshore I
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4:00pm

The Best Genre Shows You Probably Aren't Watching
Grab a pad and pencil and write these down - these are shows you should be watching, but aren't!

Moderators
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service.  He's also taught hearing and hearing-impaired students at pre-school through university levels. | | Recently Chris has developed a severe neurological condition affecting strength, balance, and pain levels, and now spends increasing amounts of time wheelchair-bound... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christopher DeLisle

Christopher DeLisle

Fan
A long time fan of all things geeky, Christopher refers to himself as an ethnic nerd who was raised in the geek orthodox tradition. He is an avid gamer and super hero enthusiast. His geek credentials include former production manager for Empire Games, acting as an assistant event... Read More →
avatar for Micki Knop

Micki Knop

Geek Life
Eternally curious about the unknown, the mysterious, the complex.
avatar for Jay Requard

Jay Requard

Author, Falstaff Books
Award-winning author of Epic Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery.


Friday June 2, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lakeshore II
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4:00pm

I Talk of Dreams
From faires to ghosts to love potions, Shakespeare's plays are jam-packed with fantasy elements. Is it any wonder fantasy writers have been lifting from his work for centuries? Let's talk about the influence of Shakespeare on modern fantasy literature, and where it might go in the years to come.

Moderators
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for A J Hartley

A J Hartley

Author/Editor/Publisher
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his... Read More →
avatar for Alledria Hurt

Alledria Hurt

Author - Self-Published
NG

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Author
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the futuristic noir series, CYBIL LEWIS. From weird westerns to horrific horror, Nicole writes for the strange, the diverse, and the wonderfully weird. Escape to Other Worlds with her at Other Worlds Pulp, her website, http://www.nicolegivensk... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Harris
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4:00pm

The Dreaded Synopisis
Almost as bad as the query letter is the synopsis. Our authors will go through the process they follow when writing a synopsis, including differneces in techniques used when writing the synopsis before the manuscript versus after the manuscript.

Moderators
RG

Rick Gualtieri

Author - Self-Published

Speakers
avatar for Quincy J. Allen

Quincy J. Allen

Author
Quincy J. Allen has been published in multiple anthologies, online and print magazines, as well as in one omnibus. His steampunk version of Steampelstiltskin is under contract with Fairy Punk Studios, and he’s written for the Internet radio show RadioSteam. His novel Chemical... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Literary Guest
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about... Read More →
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Author
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume... Read More →
avatar for Jason T. Graves

Jason T. Graves

Publisher/Editor/Author, Prospective Press
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Walden
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5:00pm

Welcome to ConCarolinas 2017
Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Podcaster, Emcee, Jack of at least 4 traded
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom pod... Read More →

Speakers

Friday June 2, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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5:00pm

Spiritualism and Occult in Victorian Times
What was it about the Victorian era that had everyone mad for the occult? Let's discuss the occult phenomenon and how it affected Victorian life and times.

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Carte

Chuck Carte

English/Theatre Department Chair, Stanly County Schools
I am a teacher, theater director, writer, editor, investigator, and cosplayer.
TR

Tina R. McSwain

Paranormal, CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society
I am a well respected paranormal investigator and researcher with over 20 year experience. I founded CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society in 2005 and we are still going strong today. We take a scientific approach to the study of all types of paranormal activity.


Friday June 2, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Burnham
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5:00pm

Who Wants to Live Forever?
Lots of stories explore the desire to avoid dying. But is immortality truly the gift it would seem to be? Would everyone be able to take part in whatever techonlogy made it possible? What are the social implications of living for eternity?

Moderators
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

Author
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen H... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Quincy J. Allen

Quincy J. Allen

Author
Quincy J. Allen has been published in multiple anthologies, online and print magazines, as well as in one omnibus. His steampunk version of Steampelstiltskin is under contract with Fairy Punk Studios, and he’s written for the Internet radio show RadioSteam. His novel Chemical... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Author
Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin... Read More →
avatar for Kalayna Price

Kalayna Price

Author
USA Today Bestselling author Kalayna Price writes the Alex Craft Novels, a dark | urban fantasy series from Penguin-Random House, and the Novels of Haven from | Bell Bridge Books. Her works have been translated into several languages and are | available around the world... Read More →
avatar for Linda Robertson

Linda Robertson

Author
Linda is an Internationally published author. She has written six novels (so far) in the Persephone Alcmedi Series. Her latest release is Jovienne, first in her new Immanence series. Also a musician, she composed, created and produced a musical score for Jovienne. She has been... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Harris
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5:00pm

You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive
The only thing supernatural about the FX show Justified is the magical dialogue and writing. Join this panel of experts and super fans as they discuss the ways the show adapted Elmore Leonard's work into a series of brilliant characters and conversations. You will call this panel many things, but inarticulate will not be one of them. Underestimate these panelists at your peril.

Moderators
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bobby Nash

Bobby Nash

Author
Bobby Nash is an award-winning author of novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a number of publishers and production companies. He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thri... Read More →
avatar for Jay Requard

Jay Requard

Author, Falstaff Books
Award-winning author of Epic Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery.


Friday June 2, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Walden
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5:30pm

Comic Book Hour w/Sammie the Comic Book Man
Film guest Sammie the Comic Book Man brings his comics and knowledge to entertain the younglings!

Moderators
avatar for Sammie Cassell

Sammie Cassell

Film/Media/TV, Wreak Havoc Productions
Lifelong comic book, Star Wars, horror, sci-fi, tv, movie fan | Co-host of the Wreak Havoc Film Buffs Podcast | Independent film actor | Actor at the Original Hollywood Horror Show | Subject of the documentary Sammie the Comic Book Man | Contributor to The Talking Comic... Read More →

Friday June 2, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Olmstead
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5:30pm

The Hammer Vampires
The Dracula series, the Carmilla trilogy, and assorted oddities like LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES and VAMPIRE CIRCUS, England's Hammer studios defined the undead mythos for a generation.

Moderators
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Film/Media/TV
Bill Mulligan could have sworn he had a bio but his students pointed out he did not, when they SHOULD have been working on their science festival projects. He is a filmmaker/special effects artist who has had the good fortune to be involved in a a number of award winning projects... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Micki Knop

Micki Knop

Geek Life
Eternally curious about the unknown, the mysterious, the complex.
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Paranormal
Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Lakeshore I
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6:00pm

Entering Your First Costume Contest
You have your costume, you're ready to show it off. How to make it through your very first costume masquerade.

Moderators
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Costume, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional ac... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for DL Leonine

DL Leonine

Geek Life
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

Costume
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over ten years. An original member of the Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion, it goes almost without saying that Derek is a huge Star Wars fan. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek also has a hug... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Burnham
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6:00pm

Is Horror Dead? If So, Can It Come Back from the Dead?
Has all the remakes and reimaginings ruined the horror genre? Can it rise like a zombie and reclaim it's power?

Moderators
avatar for Shannon Strucci

Shannon Strucci

Film/Media/TV, StrucciMovies
I am an editor and videographer best known for “SO YOU WANNA BE A FILM NERD”, an educational webseries on film culture and history focusing on accessibility, approachability, and anti-elitism. I also publish video essays on art and media other than film, have written narrativ... Read More →

Speakers

Friday June 2, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lakeshore II
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6:00pm

Sci-Fi Whose Line Is It?
No script? No problem!  Pineapple-Shaped Lamps bring you their always original, spontaneous improv show! Complete with classic improv games and audience participation.  Be spontaneious and be there!

Moderators
Friday June 2, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Fountainview
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6:00pm

I, For One, Welcome Our Robot Overlords
It started with our machines saying "hello" when we turned them on, and now every other household is asking Alexa for the news while making coffee in the morning. How long before we have robotic maids? And what happens when they decide they've had enought of us?

Moderators
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Science
James McDonald has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives.nnIn addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence.nnHe also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series.nnHis newest project is The... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

Professor, ECPI University
Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the collegiate level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming and math to, of course, astronomy and physics. I... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan E Weaver

Jonathan E Weaver

Film/Media/TV


Friday June 2, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Keynes
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6:00pm

Hold Onto the Light
Depression is a cruel mistress, and she targest a lot of creatives, some you might even know. Let's gather to talk about how to survive it together

Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Author
Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Judy

Andrea Judy

Fan
Andrea Judy is a writer who makes her home in Atlanta, Ga. Passionate about language, she writes in multiple genres, and has had poems and short stories appear in various literary magazines as well as in several anthologies. She also studies and writes about fandom and video game... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Author
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote... Read More →
NG

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Author
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the futuristic noir series, CYBIL LEWIS. From weird westerns to horrific horror, Nicole writes for the strange, the diverse, and the wonderfully weird. Escape to Other Worlds with her at Other Worlds Pulp, her website, http://www.nicolegivensk... Read More →
avatar for Kalayna Price

Kalayna Price

Author
USA Today Bestselling author Kalayna Price writes the Alex Craft Novels, a dark | urban fantasy series from Penguin-Random House, and the Novels of Haven from | Bell Bridge Books. Her works have been translated into several languages and are | available around the world... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Harris
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6:00pm

The Living City
Cities can have as much personality as characters. How do we create citiesw that are more than mere settings, but live and breathe as much as characters do?

Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for A J Hartley

A J Hartley

Author/Editor/Publisher
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his... Read More →
avatar for Alledria Hurt

Alledria Hurt

Author - Self-Published
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

Author
My pen name is Tamsin Silver and I'm originally from Michigan, though I currently live in New York City. I did a brief stint here in the south (10 years) where I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre (Performance & Directing emphasis) with a minor in English (Sh... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Walden
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6:30pm

Writing for Games
How is writing for the game industry different from other kinds of storytelling? How do you break in? What's happnening in the industry?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson

Gaming
Talk to me about my work for HERO Games, Misfit Studios, or Gunmetal Games, or the pulps and pulp characters/adventures, or, heck, anything. =)
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Paranormal
Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Olmstead
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6:30pm

Rocky Horror Fan Panel
We may not be showing the movie - but we are still going to Time Warp! Join Charming Underclothes as they celebrate all things Rocky!


Friday June 2, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Lakeshore I
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6:30pm

Dimensional Riffs
Dimensional Riffs began as geeks cracking jokes and cranking out tunes.  After a while, they realized they were pretty good at it.
They'll be playing their tunes from their album Live in the Boudoir, where they took their favorite genres (Doctor Who, Firefly, Harry Potter, Sherlock, etc.) and made them into song!

Moderators
Friday June 2, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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7:00pm

My Oddist Encounter
Our paranormal guests discuss some of their strangest encounters with the ghostly realm.

Moderators
avatar for DL Leonine

DL Leonine

Geek Life

Speakers
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →
TR

Tina R. McSwain

Paranormal, CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society
I am a well respected paranormal investigator and researcher with over 20 year experience. I founded CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society in 2005 and we are still going strong today. We take a scientific approach to the study of all types of paranormal activity.


Friday June 2, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Burnham
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7:00pm

So You Want to be a Podcaster
Here are the basics. What you need to start and where to put your podcast once you're done recording.

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Podcaster, Emcee, Jack of at least 4 traded
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom pod... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Carte

Chuck Carte

English/Theatre Department Chair, Stanly County Schools
I am a teacher, theater director, writer, editor, investigator, and cosplayer.
avatar for Hurr and Madd

Hurr and Madd

Performance, Hurr and Madd
Hello Everyone! | We are Hurr and Madd a cosplay music group that performs original electronic tales and songs from our soundtracks. Just to tell you a little bit about us, we are also authors of 3 fantasy books and each episodic book comes with a soundtrack of our music that... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Keynes
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7:00pm

Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Join our authors from the Broad universe as they read from their lastest works.

Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Author
Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Literary Guest
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out... Read More →
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Editor/Author
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of two anthologies of short stories about the wildest West that never was: Weird Wild West (eSpec Books, 2015) and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books, 2017). Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Harris
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7:00pm

Princess Alethea's Traveling Sideshow
Princess Alethea's Traveling Sideshow is a variety show spectacular starring authors performing songs, dance, skits and more!

Moderators
avatar for Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis

Author, Kingdom of Arilland
Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the Alpha... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Author
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume... Read More →
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

Author
I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the be... Read More →
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Fountainview
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7:00pm

What Did You Do to my Work?
Your editor has returned your work, with red markings all over. Rather than scream at your editor and pull your work, let's see how you can use this experience to build a healthy relationship with your editor.

Moderators
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

Author
My pen name is Tamsin Silver and I'm originally from Michigan, though I currently live in New York City. I did a brief stint here in the south (10 years) where I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre (Performance & Directing emphasis) with a minor in English (Sh... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Quincy J. Allen

Quincy J. Allen

Author
Quincy J. Allen has been published in multiple anthologies, online and print magazines, as well as in one omnibus. His steampunk version of Steampelstiltskin is under contract with Fairy Punk Studios, and he’s written for the Internet radio show RadioSteam. His novel Chemical... Read More →
avatar for Jason T. Graves

Jason T. Graves

Publisher/Editor/Author, Prospective Press
avatar for Bobby Nash

Bobby Nash

Author
Bobby Nash is an award-winning author of novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a number of publishers and production companies. He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thri... Read More →
avatar for J.A. Sutherland

J.A. Sutherland

Author - Self-Published
J.A. Sutherland writes space opera with a very Age of Sail feel to it. | | When not reading or writing, he spends his time on roadtrips around the Southeast US searching for good barbecue.


Friday June 2, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Walden
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7:30pm

The Changing World of Game Publishing
What is new in the publishing field and what are the best ways to get your game from your brain to store shelves.

Moderators
avatar for Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson

Gaming
Talk to me about my work for HERO Games, Misfit Studios, or Gunmetal Games, or the pulps and pulp characters/adventures, or, heck, anything. =)

Speakers

Friday June 2, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Olmstead
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7:30pm

You Picked a Fine Time to Beat Me, Lucille
So, we now know who was on the barbed wire end of Lucille and war is on the horizon. Will Negan win?  Will RIck yell "Coral"?  Will Eugen come back from the dark side?  What is with those junkyard people?  Let's talk Walking Dead!

Moderators
avatar for Michael Pederson

Michael Pederson

Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series and edited and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hurr and Madd

Hurr and Madd

Performance, Hurr and Madd
Hello Everyone! | We are Hurr and Madd a cosplay music group that performs original electronic tales and songs from our soundtracks. Just to tell you a little bit about us, we are also authors of 3 fantasy books and each episodic book comes with a soundtrack of our music that... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Lakeshore II
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7:30pm

Comedy Rock Star Mikey Mason
Mikey Mason explodes on stage with a wit as fast as his mouth, infectiously hilarious original songs, and his completely twisted view. 

He is not right in the head and he likes it that way.

Mikey's act is somewhere between what we think and what we let ourselves say. And his songs...! With songs like, “I Hate Your Kids,” “Licky-Licky Night,” Reality Based Children's Songs,” “Ode To A Single Mother Of Two In The Apartment Next Door At 5:30AM,” and many, many more, Mikey is unabashed, unafraid, and unquestionably funny. He's the psycho stalker ex-boyfriend of comedy, except that you want to see him again. And again... And again...

Speakers

Friday June 2, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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8:00pm

Metal and a Pint
Join author Jason Gilbert and Valentive Wolfe as they discuss the mertis of good metal and good beer!

Speakers
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Fan
Jason Gilbert is the man behind Fail-Flix, a site dedicated to reviewing the Best of the Worst and Worst of the Worst B-movies and indie flicks in the industry with the grace and class of a rabid water buffalo in a Pottery Barn. His book, Bad Movie Beware!, is a collection of the... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Fountainview
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8:00pm

Science Fiction and Fantasy in the New World Order
What role can SF/F play in resistance movements? Does SF/F reflect national and global crises, and how can it help?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Author
A lifelong reader and writer of fantasy and suspense, award-winning author Jeanne Adams is an extrovert in an introverted profession. So, she's always up for talking...about ANYTHING! Geekery of all kinds, reading, books, baseball, dogs and dog-showing, suspense, and body disposa... Read More →
RB

Robert Bevan

Author - Self-Published
avatar for J.A. Sutherland

J.A. Sutherland

Author - Self-Published
J.A. Sutherland writes space opera with a very Age of Sail feel to it. | | When not reading or writing, he spends his time on roadtrips around the Southeast US searching for good barbecue.
avatar for Rysa Walker

Rysa Walker

Author, Skyscape
Rysa is the author of The CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. The Delphi Resistance, the second in her latest trilogy, will be published by Skyscape in October, 2... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Walden
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8:00pm

War Stories from the Slush Pile
Editors and publishers gather to talk abou tsome of the most difficult submissions they've ever dealt with coming over the transom.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out... Read More →

Speakers
JB

Jim Bernheimer

Author
Jim lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife Kim, and daughters Laura and Marissa. By day, he works as a Systems Administrator for the government and runs his own side Information Technology consulting firm, EJB Networking, which can be found at www.ejbnetworking.com nnBlessed... Read More →
avatar for Jason T. Graves

Jason T. Graves

Publisher/Editor/Author, Prospective Press
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Editor/Author
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of two anthologies of short stories about the wildest West that never was: Weird Wild West (eSpec Books, 2015) and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books, 2017). Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Harris
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8:00pm

Film Screening: Altered Spirits
Four young people are puled into an alternate dimension through a portal in a sweat lodge.  On the other side four murderous spirits of centuries-old gold hunters await to steal the young peoples' bodies and return to the living world. A sci-fi action film starring anime voice actors Richard Epcar, Vic Mignogna, Christina Vee, Spike Spencer and Stephen Weese.

Moderators
Friday June 2, 2017 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Lakeshore I
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8:00pm

Beast Claws and Shadow Alliance UNITE!
Authors Faith Hunter and Gail Z. Martin ask you to join then for a meet and greet session with their fan groups - The Beast Claws and the Shadow Alliance. Grab an autograph while your there!

Speakers
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

Author
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen H... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Author
Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Keynes
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8:30pm

Bling and Glitter
Embellishing your costume to create a masterpiece.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Costume, Mandalorian Mercs
A life-long STAR WARS fan, Tom founded the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club in his father's basement in 2007. In that time, Tom has become world-renown as a creator of hyper-realistic MANDALORIAN costumes and functional props. Creator of the world's largest functional STAR WARS L... Read More →
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

Costume
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over ten years. An original member of the Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion, it goes almost without saying that Derek is a huge Star Wars fan. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek also has a hug... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Burnham
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9:00pm

Crowdfunding and You
Whether you’re a podcaster, a writer, an artist or just looking for funds to pay for your next con room party, there are a multitude of crowdfunding options available. Our panelists discuss options they've used and recommend and how best to get the word out.

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan E Weaver

Jonathan E Weaver

Film/Media/TV

Speakers
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Costume, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional ac... Read More →
avatar for Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis

Author, Kingdom of Arilland
Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the Alpha... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Olmstead
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9:00pm

Concert: Nick Edelstein

Born in Deltona, Florida with a highly gifted ear, Nick began formal piano lessons at the age of 4 before going on to receive the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award (writing, arranging), U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award (drum major), and Coca-Cola's Fine Arts Award (performance), and achieving principal chair (trombone) in the DeKalb Youth Symphony Orchestra. At the University of Georgia, Nick studied guitar with Drs. John Sutherland and Phil Snyder, piano with Dr. Ivan Frazier, Jazz Improvisation with Steve Dancz, composition, and comparative literature. He also played in the Basketball Band scholarship program, Redcoat Marching Band, and Trombone Choir, along with his solo efforts on the Athens scene.

As a performing & recording artist, Nick has worked with GRAMMY-winning musicians Mace Hibbard (Derek Trucks Band), Ike Stubblefield (Marvin Gaye, Al Green), and Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band), in addition to international talents like Sonny Emory, Sr., Francine Reed (Lyle Lovett, Shawn Mullins), Jimmy King (Bruno Mars), Mikey Pauker, Mudcat, Will Scruggs (Natalie Cole), Kevn Kinney (Drivin' N Cryin'), D.J. Burel (Bootsy Collins), Fred Vigdor (Average White Band), Devon Allman, and Nigerian sensation Nneka Obata.


Moderators
avatar for Nick Edelstein

Nick Edelstein

Performance
The captain of Trek Rock!

Friday June 2, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Fountainview
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9:00pm

Gild the Mourn
The Fairytale themed Gothic Rock band, Gild the Mourn consists of members Angel and Gopal Metro. The duo started writing together in 2012, and formed Gild The Mourn in 2014. Inspired by their love of high fantasy and ghost stories, the music combines elements of gothic rock, dark wave, post-punk and classic fairytales to create a world beyond our own.

Speakers
avatar for Gild The Mourn

Gild The Mourn

Performance, Gild The Mourn
Fairytale Themed Gothic Rock.


Friday June 2, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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9:00pm

PSL Does Disney - Sketch Comedy Show
Wilmington, NC comedy troupe PIneapple-Shaped Lamps broke into the legendary "Disney vault" and came out with a brand-new sketch comedy show!  Nothing is sacred, as they mock and lampoon everything from Freaky Friday to Peter Pan! So strap on your ouse ears, take a bracing hit of pixie dust and watch PSL take on the Most Magical Place on Earth!


Friday June 2, 2017 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Lakeshore II

9:30pm

Wigging Out
Styling, wearing, storing, maintaining....everything you wanted to know about wigs.


Friday June 2, 2017 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Burnham
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9:30pm

Ghost Stories with Tally and Braxton
Ghost hunter and author Tally Johnson tells ghost stories with soundtrack from Braxton of Valentine Wolfe.  This is a duo that should not be missed!

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →

Speakers

Friday June 2, 2017 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Walden
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9:30pm

Pirate Karaoke with Captain Scurvy
Avast ye scurvy dogs! The Captain is in and he's asking you to sing for your grog! Grab the mic and show us what you got!  

Speakers

Friday June 2, 2017 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Harris
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10:00pm

Being Alternative in Fandom
For all our trans, LGBTQ and generally "alternative" fans. Discussion of how SF/F has helped you on your journey.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Andrea Judy

Andrea Judy

Fan
Andrea Judy is a writer who makes her home in Atlanta, Ga. Passionate about language, she writes in multiple genres, and has had poems and short stories appear in various literary magazines as well as in several anthologies. She also studies and writes about fandom and video game... Read More →
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Maya Preisler

Artist Guest
Maya Preisler is a professional artist, blogger, editor, and gamer with twenty-four years of convention experience. She is a published illustrator whose art has been featured at various art shows and conventions. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines and her website received international attention in the early 2000s. As a gamer, Maya was one of only two women ever inducted into a local gaming clan (the other being her sister) and spent ten years as an administrator and tech for LAN gaming at conventions. She is a professional game demonstrator for No Ordinary Gamers and an MIB for Steve Jackson Games. Maya has a BFA from UNC Charlotte and currently works several freelance jobs as an artist, illustrator, and designer and volunteers as a staffer at multiple conventions. You can find her online... Read More →
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Shannon Strucci

Film/Media/TV, StrucciMovies
I am an editor and videographer best known for “SO YOU WANNA BE A FILM NERD”, an educational webseries on film culture and history focusing on accessibility, approachability, and anti-elitism. I also publish video essays on art and media other than film, have written narrativ... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Paranormal
Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Olmstead
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10:00pm

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
Join our team of certified Zombie Experts in a semi-serious discussion as they tell you how to prepare, and more importantly, how to stay alive when the dead have taken over the world!

Moderators
avatar for John "Floppy Waffle" Dondero

John "Floppy Waffle" Dondero

Film/Media/TV, 13th Floor EFX
John Dondero is an award-winning filmmaker, film editor, and digital effects artist from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the owner of 13th Floor EFX, a film production and live event promotions company, as well as co-founder of A Stranger Concept Films. | | Dondero is perha... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Film/Media/TV
Dave Harlequin is a professional writer, editor, journalist, producer, and entertainment personality from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Editor in Chief of Nerd Nation Magazine, a digital “nerd culture and entertainment” publication, as well as the co-founder of Tri-Force Entertainment, a film production and live event promotion company.nnA man of many talents, Harlequin has written and produced over half a dozen films, including his most recent award-winning short film... Read More →
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Torch

Film/Media/TV, A Stranger Concept Productions
A seasoned veteran with over 20 years in the entertainment industry, Torch is a man who wears many hats. From event promoter and DJ to film producer, writer, and party host, there really isn’t anything he hasn’t done in the realm of entertainment. Torch is perhaps best known... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Keynes
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10:00pm

The Long Losts
The Long Losts are a duo from NY made up of vocalist Anka and her husband Patrick on guitar that began in 2012. Their music combines goth and punk rock with lyrics inspired by their love for each other and the things that they love; Autumn, Halloween, nature, romance, ghosts and their memories all wrapped in a dark Victorian aesthetic.

Speakers
avatar for The Long Losts

The Long Losts

Performance, The Long Losts
Hailing from New York, The Long Losts are a musical act made up of vocalist Anka and her husband Patrick on guitar that began in 2012 with the creation of their first song, “If Only Boris Karloff Was My Dad.” In 2014 they released their first album, “Scary Songs To Play In... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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10:00pm

Riff This TV Show!
Our riffers are back for another round - only this time they are taking on Classic Trek!

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Podcaster, Emcee, Jack of at least 4 traded
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom pod... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service.  He's also taught hearing and hearing-impaired students at pre-school through university levels. | | Recently Chris has developed a severe neurological condition affecting strength, balance, and pain levels, and now spends increasing amounts of time wheelchair-bound... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday June 3, 2017 12:00am
Lakeshore I
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10:30pm

Hurr and Madd
Hurr and Madd is a high-energy cosplay fantasy music group that perform songs and stories from their original episodic book and soundtrack series. Their sound is a blend between DJ spins, electro-pop and alternative vocals, creating a live movie-like experience.

Speakers
avatar for Hurr and Madd

Hurr and Madd

Performance, Hurr and Madd
Hello Everyone! | We are Hurr and Madd a cosplay music group that performs original electronic tales and songs from our soundtracks. Just to tell you a little bit about us, we are also authors of 3 fantasy books and each episodic book comes with a soundtrack of our music that... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Fountainview
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11:00pm

Campfire Songs
Some late night filking for your audio pleasure.  Bring a sleeping bag and wear your comfy pajamas!  Snacks will be available!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Nick Edelstein

Nick Edelstein

Performance
The captain of Trek Rock!
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 11:00pm - Saturday June 3, 2017 12:00am
Walden
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11:00pm

Bride of Movies in Minutes
Sequel to last year's panel - Bill Mulligan and Jason Gilbert edit some classic and not so classic films to tiny, bite sized portions

Moderators
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Film/Media/TV
Bill Mulligan could have sworn he had a bio but his students pointed out he did not, when they SHOULD have been working on their science festival projects. He is a filmmaker/special effects artist who has had the good fortune to be involved in a a number of award winning projects... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Fan
Jason Gilbert is the man behind Fail-Flix, a site dedicated to reviewing the Best of the Worst and Worst of the Worst B-movies and indie flicks in the industry with the grace and class of a rabid water buffalo in a Pottery Barn. His book, Bad Movie Beware!, is a collection of the... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 11:00pm - Saturday June 3, 2017 12:00am
Burnham
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11:00pm

Dicks to That!
They said it shouldn't be done.  They said I was MAD to put this on the schedule.  They were probably right, but here it is anyway.

The dick joke panel.

Moderators
avatar for Torch

Torch

Film/Media/TV, A Stranger Concept Productions
A seasoned veteran with over 20 years in the entertainment industry, Torch is a man who wears many hats. From event promoter and DJ to film producer, writer, and party host, there really isn’t anything he hasn’t done in the realm of entertainment. Torch is perhaps best known... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John "Floppy Waffle" Dondero

John "Floppy Waffle" Dondero

Film/Media/TV, 13th Floor EFX
John Dondero is an award-winning filmmaker, film editor, and digital effects artist from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the owner of 13th Floor EFX, a film production and live event promotions company, as well as co-founder of A Stranger Concept Films. | | Dondero is perha... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 11:00pm - Saturday June 3, 2017 12:00am
Olmstead
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11:30pm

The Dark Side of the Internet
The internet has become a haven for online trolls and bullies to anonymously lash out, with little repercussions. How to protect yourself and your loved ones from falling prey to online harrassment.

Moderators
avatar for Shannon Strucci

Shannon Strucci

Film/Media/TV, StrucciMovies
I am an editor and videographer best known for “SO YOU WANNA BE A FILM NERD”, an educational webseries on film culture and history focusing on accessibility, approachability, and anti-elitism. I also publish video essays on art and media other than film, have written narrativ... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Quincy J. Allen

Quincy J. Allen

Author
Quincy J. Allen has been published in multiple anthologies, online and print magazines, as well as in one omnibus. His steampunk version of Steampelstiltskin is under contract with Fairy Punk Studios, and he’s written for the Internet radio show RadioSteam. His novel Chemical... Read More →
avatar for DL Leonine

DL Leonine

Geek Life
avatar for Hurr and Madd

Hurr and Madd

Performance, Hurr and Madd
Hello Everyone! | We are Hurr and Madd a cosplay music group that performs original electronic tales and songs from our soundtracks. Just to tell you a little bit about us, we are also authors of 3 fantasy books and each episodic book comes with a soundtrack of our music that... Read More →
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Science
James McDonald has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives.nnIn addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence.nnHe also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series.nnHis newest project is The... Read More →
avatar for Michael Pederson

Michael Pederson

Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series and edited and... Read More →


Friday June 2, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday June 3, 2017 12:30am
Keynes
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11:30pm

Aurelio Voltaire
As a musician, he is a songwriter whose music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a Con audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his song "Brains!" from the Cartoon Network show "The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy".
Voltaire's live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are highly theatrical -full of stories and games. The theatrical quality of his performances is not surprising; Voltaire has been directing commercials and animating short films for the last twenty years.

Speakers

Friday June 2, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday June 3, 2017 12:30am
Lakeshore III/IV
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12:00am

Coming Soon: The Greatest, Craziest, Goriest and Most Insane Movie Trailers!
We think the title kind of speaks for itself.

Moderators
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Film/Media/TV
Bill Mulligan could have sworn he had a bio but his students pointed out he did not, when they SHOULD have been working on their science festival projects. He is a filmmaker/special effects artist who has had the good fortune to be involved in a a number of award winning projects... Read More →

Saturday June 3, 2017 12:00am - 1:00am
Lakeshore I
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12:00am

This One Time….At Con
Guests share their weirdest, craziest and most outrageous con experiences.

Moderators
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Film/Media/TV
Dave Harlequin is a professional writer, editor, journalist, producer, and entertainment personality from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Editor in Chief of Nerd Nation Magazine, a digital “nerd culture and entertainment” publication, as well as the co-founder of Tri-Force Entertainment, a film production and live event promotion company.nnA man of many talents, Harlequin has written and produced over half a dozen films, including his most recent award-winning short film... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Carte

Chuck Carte

English/Theatre Department Chair, Stanly County Schools
I am a teacher, theater director, writer, editor, investigator, and cosplayer.
avatar for John "Floppy Waffle" Dondero

John "Floppy Waffle" Dondero

Film/Media/TV, 13th Floor EFX
John Dondero is an award-winning filmmaker, film editor, and digital effects artist from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the owner of 13th Floor EFX, a film production and live event promotions company, as well as co-founder of A Stranger Concept Films. | | Dondero is perha... Read More →
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Costume, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional ac... Read More →
avatar for Torch

Torch

Film/Media/TV, A Stranger Concept Productions
A seasoned veteran with over 20 years in the entertainment industry, Torch is a man who wears many hats. From event promoter and DJ to film producer, writer, and party host, there really isn’t anything he hasn’t done in the realm of entertainment. Torch is perhaps best known... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Paranormal
Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 12:00am - 1:30am
Olmstead
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Saturday, June 3
 

9:00am

Handling Rejection
Rejection is just a part of the life of a writer, but that doesn't make it any easier to survive. How do you handle the pain of being turned down, and move forward?

Moderators
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Author
A lifelong reader and writer of fantasy and suspense, award-winning author Jeanne Adams is an extrovert in an introverted profession. So, she's always up for talking...about ANYTHING! Geekery of all kinds, reading, books, baseball, dogs and dog-showing, suspense, and body disposa... Read More →

Speakers
JB

Jim Bernheimer

Author
Jim lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife Kim, and daughters Laura and Marissa. By day, he works as a Systems Administrator for the government and runs his own side Information Technology consulting firm, EJB Networking, which can be found at www.ejbnetworking.com nnBlessed... Read More →
HH

Harry Heckel

Author
Harry Heckel has written role-playing games and fiction for two decades. His latest work is The Dark Lord from Harper Voyager Impulse as part of the writing team of Jack Heckel, in which Avery, grad student at the Mysterium University, takes the role of The Dark Lord. When things... Read More →
avatar for Linda Robertson

Linda Robertson

Author
Linda is an Internationally published author. She has written six novels (so far) in the Persephone Alcmedi Series. Her latest release is Jovienne, first in her new Immanence series. Also a musician, she composed, created and produced a musical score for Jovienne. She has been... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Walden
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9:00am

When Does It End?
Are you writing a stand-alone, a trilogy or a miltibook epic? How do you know how long your series should run?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Literary Guest
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about... Read More →
avatar for A J Hartley

A J Hartley

Author/Editor/Publisher
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his... Read More →
avatar for Drew Hayes

Drew Hayes

Author, Thunder Pear Publishing
avatar for Dave Schroeder

Dave Schroeder

Author - Self-Published, Spiral Arm Press
I'm a retired Chief Information Officer and the author of the Xenotech Support series of science fiction humor novels as well as the owner of Spiral Arm Press. | | Ask me about my books, self-publishing (especially designing printed book interiors) and the Atlanta Radio Thea... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Harris
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9:30am

ConCarolinas Film Festival
The annual ConCarolians Film Festival.


Moderators
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Film/Media/TV
Bill Mulligan could have sworn he had a bio but his students pointed out he did not, when they SHOULD have been working on their science festival projects. He is a filmmaker/special effects artist who has had the good fortune to be involved in a a number of award winning projects... Read More →

Saturday June 3, 2017 9:30am - 1:00pm
Lakeshore I
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10:00am

Gamemastering 101
Here are the basics!  Begin your quest to become the ultimate gamemaster!

Moderators
avatar for Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson

Gaming
Talk to me about my work for HERO Games, Misfit Studios, or Gunmetal Games, or the pulps and pulp characters/adventures, or, heck, anything. =)

Speakers
HH

Harry Heckel

Author
Harry Heckel has written role-playing games and fiction for two decades. His latest work is The Dark Lord from Harper Voyager Impulse as part of the writing team of Jack Heckel, in which Avery, grad student at the Mysterium University, takes the role of The Dark Lord. When things... Read More →
avatar for Drew Meyer

Drew Meyer

Gaming/Podcasting/Author
Drew Meyer is a Librarian and Science Educator who moonlights as a Podcaster and Game Designer. He’s currently the Product Consultant for Scaldcrow Games and has published half a dozen titles for their Worlds of Pulp line since 2013. He’s contributed to numerous anthologies s... Read More →
avatar for Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler

Artist Guest
Maya Preisler is a professional artist, blogger, editor, and gamer with twenty-four years of convention experience. She is a published illustrator whose art has been featured at various art shows and conventions. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines and her website received international attention in the early 2000s. As a gamer, Maya was one of only two women ever inducted into a local gaming clan (the other being her sister) and spent ten years as an administrator and tech for LAN gaming at conventions. She is a professional game demonstrator for No Ordinary Gamers and an MIB for Steve Jackson Games. Maya has a BFA from UNC Charlotte and currently works several freelance jobs as an artist, illustrator, and designer and volunteers as a staffer at multiple conventions. You can find her online... Read More →
avatar for Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

Podcasts and Podcasting
I am a writer, a podcaster, a tabletop gamer and an occasional voice actor. | | It only gets confusing when I try to do all four at once...
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Paranormal
Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Olmstead
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10:00am

Netflix and the Art of the Marvel Superhero
Discussion of all things Marvel TV.  Is Netflix doing Marvel proud or should more attention be paid to the shows on standard TV?

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan E Weaver

Jonathan E Weaver

Film/Media/TV

Speakers
MB

Matthew B. Moore

Film/Media/TV
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Geek Life, The Charlotte Geeks
Hey there! My name is Joey and I'm the founder/organizer of The Charlotte Geeks - a social club here in North Carolina that meets together 3-4 times a month for geeky good times, as well as hosting our annual Geek Gala each Halloween and our weekly podcast, Guardians of the Geek... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Lakeshore II
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10:00am

They Fight!
Charles Holmes of Shakespeare Carolina demonstrates how to stage combat fighting!

Moderators
CH

Charles Holmes

Performance

Saturday June 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Lakeshore III/IV
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10:00am

Raising the Next Generation of Scientists
Science is sometimes a difficult subject to get kids involved in. Let's discuss how to encourance your kids to get involved and have fun learning science.

Moderators
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Science
James McDonald has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives.nnIn addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence.nnHe also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series.nnHis newest project is The... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday June 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Keynes
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10:00am

Frankenstein and the Danger of Modern Hubris
Moderators
NG

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Author
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the futuristic noir series, CYBIL LEWIS. From weird westerns to horrific horror, Nicole writes for the strange, the diverse, and the wonderfully weird. Escape to Other Worlds with her at Other Worlds Pulp, her website, http://www.nicolegivensk... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including... Read More →
avatar for Alledria Hurt

Alledria Hurt

Author - Self-Published
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Author
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote... Read More →
avatar for J.A. Sutherland

J.A. Sutherland

Author - Self-Published
J.A. Sutherland writes space opera with a very Age of Sail feel to it. | | When not reading or writing, he spends his time on roadtrips around the Southeast US searching for good barbecue.


Saturday June 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Walden
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10:00am

Going for the Laughs
Writing humor isn't easy. How do you create funny stories without completely bombing?

Moderators
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →

Speakers
RB

Robert Bevan

Author - Self-Published
RG

Rick Gualtieri

Author - Self-Published
avatar for Drew Hayes

Drew Hayes

Author, Thunder Pear Publishing
avatar for Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis

Author, Kingdom of Arilland
Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the Alpha... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Harris
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10:00am

Dealer Room
Find unique wares and our Media and Author Guests of Honor and Special Guests

Saturday June 3, 2017 10:00am - 6:00pm
University
  • Length 8

10:30am

Costuming on a Budget
Want to look like a Queen, but have a pauper's paycheck? Here are some tips and tricks to make the most of your money!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Costume, Mandalorian Mercs
A life-long STAR WARS fan, Tom founded the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club in his father's basement in 2007. In that time, Tom has become world-renown as a creator of hyper-realistic MANDALORIAN costumes and functional props. Creator of the world's largest functional STAR WARS L... Read More →
avatar for DL Leonine

DL Leonine

Geek Life
avatar for Mikki Marvel

Mikki Marvel

Costume, FanDames Initiative
Talk to me about cosplay, Battlestar Galactica, Rocky Horror Picture Show, modeling, photography and whatever else. I have too many opinions.
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

Costume
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over ten years. An original member of the Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion, it goes almost without saying that Derek is a huge Star Wars fan. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek also has a hug... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Burnham
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10:30am

Taking Care of Widows and Orphans: Designing Beautiful Book Interiors
Dave Schroeder, owner of Spiral Arm Press, gives an overview on how to create beautiful book interiors.  Geared toward self published authors. 

Moderators
avatar for Dave Schroeder

Dave Schroeder

Author - Self-Published, Spiral Arm Press
I'm a retired Chief Information Officer and the author of the Xenotech Support series of science fiction humor novels as well as the owner of Spiral Arm Press. | | Ask me about my books, self-publishing (especially designing printed book interiors) and the Atlanta Radio Thea... Read More →

Saturday June 3, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Boardroom
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11:00am

Surviving Conventions With Your Kids
Geeky parents give advice on how to survive the con experience when you bring the smallest of fans with you.

Moderators
avatar for Tera Fulbright

Tera Fulbright

Fan, ConGregate Productions
Tera Fulbright has been a fan of the SF genre since first reading C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia in the 4th grade.  Her experiences and interests range from costuming and stage combat to running conventions and writing.  | Her first short story, “History in the Making&rdquo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service.  He's also taught hearing and hearing-impaired students at pre-school through university levels. | | Recently Chris has developed a severe neurological condition affecting strength, balance, and pain levels, and now spends increasing amounts of time wheelchair-bound... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Olmstead
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11:00am

The Game is Afoot!
Sherlock Holmes is still as influential as he was a hundred years ago. What is your favorite incarnation of the famous sleuth?

Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Fan
Jason Gilbert is the man behind Fail-Flix, a site dedicated to reviewing the Best of the Worst and Worst of the Worst B-movies and indie flicks in the industry with the grace and class of a rabid water buffalo in a Pottery Barn. His book, Bad Movie Beware!, is a collection of the... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Judy

Andrea Judy

Fan
Andrea Judy is a writer who makes her home in Atlanta, Ga. Passionate about language, she writes in multiple genres, and has had poems and short stories appear in various literary magazines as well as in several anthologies. She also studies and writes about fandom and video game... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lakeshore II
  • Length 1
  • Length 1

11:00am

En Garde!
Well-crafted fight scenes are beautiful to behold, and poor ones are painful. Let's talk about how to write a fight scene that sings.

Moderators
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

Author
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen H... Read More →

Speakers
JB

Jim Bernheimer

Author
Jim lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife Kim, and daughters Laura and Marissa. By day, he works as a Systems Administrator for the government and runs his own side Information Technology consulting firm, EJB Networking, which can be found at www.ejbnetworking.com nnBlessed... Read More →
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Author
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume... Read More →
CH

Charles Holmes

Performance


Saturday June 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Harris
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11:00am

Shadow Queens and Evil Dwarves
Fairy tales are far more wicked and frightening than some will admit. Let's talk about the dark side of fairy tales, and how authors have explored that in their own books.

Moderators
avatar for Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis

Author, Kingdom of Arilland
Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the Alpha... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out... Read More →
avatar for Kalayna Price

Kalayna Price

Author
USA Today Bestselling author Kalayna Price writes the Alex Craft Novels, a dark | urban fantasy series from Penguin-Random House, and the Novels of Haven from | Bell Bridge Books. Her works have been translated into several languages and are | available around the world... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Walden
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11:00am

DC on the Small Screen presented by WCCB, Charlotte's The CW
Join WCCB Charlotte's The CW's JustJess, host of the internationally viewed series - SuperChat, and other panelists as they discuss the TV shows of the DC universe. What's next for Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, and Lucifer?

Speakers
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Costume, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional ac... Read More →
J

JustJess

WCCB, Charlotte's The CW
avatar for Michael Pederson

Michael Pederson

Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series and edited and... Read More →
avatar for Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler

Artist Guest
Maya Preisler is a professional artist, blogger, editor, and gamer with twenty-four years of convention experience. She is a published illustrator whose art has been featured at various art shows and conventions. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines and her website received international attention in the early 2000s. As a gamer, Maya was one of only two women ever inducted into a local gaming clan (the other being her sister) and spent ten years as an administrator and tech for LAN gaming at conventions. She is a professional game demonstrator for No Ordinary Gamers and an MIB for Steve Jackson Games. Maya has a BFA from UNC Charlotte and currently works several freelance jobs as an artist, illustrator, and designer and volunteers as a staffer at multiple conventions. You can find her online... Read More →
avatar for Jay Requard

Jay Requard

Author, Falstaff Books
Award-winning author of Epic Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery.


Saturday June 3, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lakeshore III/IV
  • Length 1.5
  • Length 1.5

11:30am

Ghost Hunting 101
If you are interested in ghost hunting, or just want to know how it is done, this is the panel for you. Our paranormal guests discuss how they got into the business and what it takes to become a ghost hunter.

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →

Speakers
TR

Tina R. McSwain

Paranormal, CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society
I am a well respected paranormal investigator and researcher with over 20 year experience. I founded CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society in 2005 and we are still going strong today. We take a scientific approach to the study of all types of paranormal activity.


Saturday June 3, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Burnham
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11:30am

Fictional Podcasting
Not all podcasts are geek news and views. Some tell stories and create worlds. Here are some of the best ficitonal podcasts you should be listening too, and how to start one.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

Podcasts and Podcasting
I am a writer, a podcaster, a tabletop gamer and an occasional voice actor. | | It only gets confusing when I try to do all four at once...

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Van Sistine

Natalie Van Sistine

Podcasts and Podcasting


Saturday June 3, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Keynes
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12:00pm

The Potterverse Is Still Alive and Well
With the publication and production of the Cursed Child and the release of Fantastic Beast and Where to Find them, the Potterverse is still alive and strong. Let's discuss our favorite boy wizard and where this universe will go next.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Stella Price/ Anastasia Virgas

Stella Price/ Anastasia Virgas

Author
Writing with her sister Audra, she is one half of a long standing writing team with over 45 novels to their credit. A Jill of most trades in the publishing world, Stella is an award winning cover artist, a convention director, book designer and branding maven. Slytherin head girl... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lakeshore II
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12:00pm

Zilla Workshop!
Moderators
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Geek Life, The Charlotte Geeks
Hey there! My name is Joey and I'm the founder/organizer of The Charlotte Geeks - a social club here in North Carolina that meets together 3-4 times a month for geeky good times, as well as hosting our annual Geek Gala each Halloween and our weekly podcast, Guardians of the Geek... Read More →

Saturday June 3, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Boardroom

12:00pm

Alternate History and Secret History
What are the differences between these two subgenres? How do you know which one you're writing? What are some of the best examples of each?

Moderators
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Author
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for A J Hartley

A J Hartley

Author/Editor/Publisher
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Author
Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin... Read More →
avatar for J. Matthew Saunders

J. Matthew Saunders

Literary Guest
J. Matthew Saunders, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the author of the Daughters of Shadow and Blood trilogy about the Brides of Dracula and numerous fantasy and horror short stories. He received a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from t... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

Author
My pen name is Tamsin Silver and I'm originally from Michigan, though I currently live in New York City. I did a brief stint here in the south (10 years) where I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre (Performance & Directing emphasis) with a minor in English (Sh... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Harris
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12:00pm

Literary Malpractice
The movies get medicine wrong all the time, and so do books. Let’s talk about some of the most egregious mistakes you've read, and ways to avoid them yourself.

Moderators
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Author
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason T. Graves

Jason T. Graves

Publisher/Editor/Author, Prospective Press
RG

Rick Gualtieri

Author - Self-Published
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

Author
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen H... Read More →
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

Author
I am a sailor and a writer. Usually I do both at once, but lately I've been ashore writing even more. I write Pathfinder Tales for Paizo Publishing, and some shorter fiction for other gaming publishers. I also have an award-winning series of nautical fantasy (yes, there are pi... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Walden
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12:30pm

Meet the Mercs!
Come and meet the Mandaloran Mercs!  

Moderators
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Costume, Mandalorian Mercs
A life-long STAR WARS fan, Tom founded the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club in his father's basement in 2007. In that time, Tom has become world-renown as a creator of hyper-realistic MANDALORIAN costumes and functional props. Creator of the world's largest functional STAR WARS L... Read More →

Saturday June 3, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Olmstead
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12:30pm

An Hour with Sherrilyn Kenyon
Author Guest of Honor Sherrilyn Kenyon talks vampires and other scary creatures and what she's working on next!

Moderators
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday June 3, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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1:00pm

Working with Spandex
How to best sew and costume with this most unforgiving of materials

Moderators
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Costume, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional ac... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mikki Marvel

Mikki Marvel

Costume, FanDames Initiative
Talk to me about cosplay, Battlestar Galactica, Rocky Horror Picture Show, modeling, photography and whatever else. I have too many opinions.


Saturday June 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Burnham
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1:00pm

From Zombies to Dolls to House to Clowns
Discusson of the best and worst horror tropes

Moderators
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Fan
Jason Gilbert is the man behind Fail-Flix, a site dedicated to reviewing the Best of the Worst and Worst of the Worst B-movies and indie flicks in the industry with the grace and class of a rabid water buffalo in a Pottery Barn. His book, Bad Movie Beware!, is a collection of the... Read More →

Speakers
RW

Robert W. Filion

Film/Media/TV
avatar for Dan Fowler

Dan Fowler

Film/Media/TV, SCREAMING SOUP!
Screaming Soup is an American animated web series that reviews and parodies B-grade sci-fi/horror films. The show is hosted by Deadwest, a brash undead cowboy with a ray gun, and his apocalyptic goat sidekick, Billy. Deadwest is joined by several interchanging co-hosts per episod... Read More →
JH

Joh Harp

Film.Media/TV


Saturday June 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lakeshore I
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1:00pm

Colonizing Mars
Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tsla is making solid palns to take people to Mars. What will we need to take with us to survive? What might we even do once we're there? Who wants to go?

Moderators
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Science
James McDonald has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives.nnIn addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence.nnHe also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series.nnHis newest project is The... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Carte

Chuck Carte

English/Theatre Department Chair, Stanly County Schools
I am a teacher, theater director, writer, editor, investigator, and cosplayer.
avatar for Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

Professor, ECPI University
Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the collegiate level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming and math to, of course, astronomy and physics. I... Read More →
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

Author
I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the be... Read More →
avatar for Drew Meyer

Drew Meyer

Gaming/Podcasting/Author
Drew Meyer is a Librarian and Science Educator who moonlights as a Podcaster and Game Designer. He’s currently the Product Consultant for Scaldcrow Games and has published half a dozen titles for their Worlds of Pulp line since 2013. He’s contributed to numerous anthologies s... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Keynes
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1:00pm

Protest and Rebellion in YA Spec-Fic
The teenage years are the time we all rebel in some fashion, and the literature for those readers should reflect those feelings. Our authors talk abut protst and rebellion in YA Fiction.

Moderators
avatar for Rysa Walker

Rysa Walker

Author, Skyscape
Rysa is the author of The CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. The Delphi Resistance, the second in her latest trilogy, will be published by Skyscape in October, 2... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for A J Hartley

A J Hartley

Author/Editor/Publisher
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Walden
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1:00pm

The Coming Implosion of NY Publishing
Not so long ago, there were dozens of reasonably successful NYC publishing house. But over the course of a few years, they've all been absorbed, leaving only three behemoths instead. Are midlist writers facing the loss of careers because they're not Stephen King? Are small presses on the rise? What about self-publishing with Amazon? Where does it end?

Moderators
avatar for J.A. Sutherland

J.A. Sutherland

Author - Self-Published
J.A. Sutherland writes space opera with a very Age of Sail feel to it. | | When not reading or writing, he spends his time on roadtrips around the Southeast US searching for good barbecue.

Speakers
avatar for Quincy J. Allen

Quincy J. Allen

Author
Quincy J. Allen has been published in multiple anthologies, online and print magazines, as well as in one omnibus. His steampunk version of Steampelstiltskin is under contract with Fairy Punk Studios, and he’s written for the Internet radio show RadioSteam. His novel Chemical... Read More →
avatar for Jason T. Graves

Jason T. Graves

Publisher/Editor/Author, Prospective Press
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Author
Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Harris
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1:00pm

Author's Dating Game
Can't decide what to read next?  Join our game and make a date with a character from the works of some of our celebrated authro guests!

Moderators
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Geek Life, The Charlotte Geeks
Hey there! My name is Joey and I'm the founder/organizer of The Charlotte Geeks - a social club here in North Carolina that meets together 3-4 times a month for geeky good times, as well as hosting our annual Geek Gala each Halloween and our weekly podcast, Guardians of the Geek... Read More →

Saturday June 3, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Lakeshore II
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1:00pm

Mauled Men, Drowned Dames and Crispy Critters, a Body Disposal Primer for Writers
Writers, in your newest plot, do you absolutely have to kill someone?  In order to tangle the characters up over funerals, murder, mysterious death or serious mayhem, someone’s got to go, but how, oh how to do it right? You have to do SOMETHING with the body.  Even if the forensics, murder, or death aren’t central to the story, there is that annoying dead guy/gal to dispose of.  Decisions, decisions.  Is an autopsy necessary?  A funeral and burial?  Lots of plot possibilities, but the details!  Did you know that it’s nearly impossible to bury a body in Maine in February?  What if your paranormal character has to escape the morgue?  Most states require “two containers” for burial, do you know what they are?  And what about timing?  If a body’s found on Friday, can you bury them on Sunday?  Do you know the difference between a coffin and a casket?  And then there’s cremation...don't want that to happen to your vampire, so how do you avoid it?  Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the pernicious particulars of body disposal and how to use minutiae of death to throw your characters together or drive them apart.  Learn about embalming, vaults, cremation, reconstructive cosmetics, coroner’s reports, death certificates and more at this get-the-basics research seminar.

Moderators
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Author
A lifelong reader and writer of fantasy and suspense, award-winning author Jeanne Adams is an extrovert in an introverted profession. So, she's always up for talking...about ANYTHING! Geekery of all kinds, reading, books, baseball, dogs and dog-showing, suspense, and body disposa... Read More →

Saturday June 3, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Boardroom
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1:30pm

Facepainting with Metricula
Metricula, member of the Safe Sane Consenual Clown Posse, provides face painting for our younger con goers!

Speakers

Saturday June 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Olmstead
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1:30pm

Wizard Rock with The Blibbering Humdingers
Neo-retro existential wizard nerd pop with a dash of do-wop, a sprinkle of steampunk and nibble of new wave. A "sound" you ask? Genre? Pishaw! We don't have a sound other than laughter and the sound of magic and the sound of one hand clapping because your other arm has been gnawed off by piranhas.

Speakers

Saturday June 3, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Fountainview
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2:00pm

The FX FAQ
Is it better to use practical effects or can digital effects do the job just as well?

Moderators
JH

Joh Harp

Film.Media/TV

Speakers
avatar for Tom Gore

Tom Gore

Film/Media/TV


Saturday June 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lakeshore I
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2:00pm

Cryptzoology
The study of our favorite Cryptids, from Nessie to Bigfoot to that Mothman guy. Join us in a discussion and let us know if you seen any of these illusive creatures!

Moderators
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

Author
I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the be... Read More →

Speakers
TR

Tina R. McSwain

Paranormal, CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society
I am a well respected paranormal investigator and researcher with over 20 year experience. I founded CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society in 2005 and we are still going strong today. We take a scientific approach to the study of all types of paranormal activity.
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Film/Media/TV
Bill Mulligan could have sworn he had a bio but his students pointed out he did not, when they SHOULD have been working on their science festival projects. He is a filmmaker/special effects artist who has had the good fortune to be involved in a a number of award winning projects... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Paranormal
Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Burnham
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2:00pm

Cover Art Crash Course
You've finished your book, now to make it look its best. What to look for in cover art and how bad art can affect your sales.

Moderators
avatar for Stella Price/ Anastasia Virgas

Stella Price/ Anastasia Virgas

Author
Writing with her sister Audra, she is one half of a long standing writing team with over 45 novels to their credit. A Jill of most trades in the publishing world, Stella is an award winning cover artist, a convention director, book designer and branding maven. Slytherin head girl... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason T. Graves

Jason T. Graves

Publisher/Editor/Author, Prospective Press
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

Author
I am a sailor and a writer. Usually I do both at once, but lately I've been ashore writing even more. I write Pathfinder Tales for Paizo Publishing, and some shorter fiction for other gaming publishers. I also have an award-winning series of nautical fantasy (yes, there are pi... Read More →
avatar for J. Matthew Saunders

J. Matthew Saunders

Literary Guest
J. Matthew Saunders, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the author of the Daughters of Shadow and Blood trilogy about the Brides of Dracula and numerous fantasy and horror short stories. He received a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from t... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Walden
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2:00pm

What do Authors Owe Their Readers?
George RR Martin is famously known for taking a long time to finish a book. Is it fair to his readers to make them wait? Or should they suck it up and read something else? And how much is too much to ask of writers where their fans are concerned?

Moderators
avatar for Quincy J. Allen

Quincy J. Allen

Author
Quincy J. Allen has been published in multiple anthologies, online and print magazines, as well as in one omnibus. His steampunk version of Steampelstiltskin is under contract with Fairy Punk Studios, and he’s written for the Internet radio show RadioSteam. His novel Chemical... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Author
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume... Read More →
avatar for Drew Hayes

Drew Hayes

Author, Thunder Pear Publishing
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

Author
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen H... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Author
Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Harris
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2:00pm

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavera w/Charming Underclothes
Charming Underclothes shadowcasts The Lost Skeleton of Cadavera! Callbacks are welcome (though keep it a bit clean)! ROWR!

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Podcaster, Emcee, Jack of at least 4 traded
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom pod... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday June 3, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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2:30pm

Conventions and Cosplay with Disabilities
Cons are for EVERYONE!  Here's how to overcome some of the more challenging ascpects of conventions while dealing with disabilities.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service.  He's also taught hearing and hearing-impaired students at pre-school through university levels. | | Recently Chris has developed a severe neurological condition affecting strength, balance, and pain levels, and now spends increasing amounts of time wheelchair-bound... Read More →

Saturday June 3, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Keynes
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2:30pm

Hawthorne and Holly
Hawthorn & Holly are a pop punk band that plays songs about Harry Potter. Started in 2007, these wizards hail from Charlotte, North Carolina. Leah Schroeder and Christie Mowery weave gorgeous harmonies with Eddie Mowery on guitars, while Dave Beaucar of Meriden, Connecticut slaps his amazing bass. 

Moderators
avatar for Hawthorn and Holly

Hawthorn and Holly

Performance, Hawthorn & Holly

Saturday June 3, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Fountainview
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2:30pm

We Are One With The Force and The Force is With Us!
With Episode VIII just around the corner, let's talk about Rogue One, The Force Awakens, and Rebels! We will also say goodbye to our beloved Princess, Carrie Fisher.

Speakers
avatar for Tera Fulbright

Tera Fulbright

Fan, ConGregate Productions
Tera Fulbright has been a fan of the SF genre since first reading C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia in the 4th grade.  Her experiences and interests range from costuming and stage combat to running conventions and writing.  | Her first short story, “History in the Making&rdquo... Read More →
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Costume, Mandalorian Mercs
A life-long STAR WARS fan, Tom founded the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club in his father's basement in 2007. In that time, Tom has become world-renown as a creator of hyper-realistic MANDALORIAN costumes and functional props. Creator of the world's largest functional STAR WARS L... Read More →
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

Costume
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over ten years. An original member of the Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion, it goes almost without saying that Derek is a huge Star Wars fan. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek also has a hug... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Lakeshore II
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3:00pm

Let's Write a Filk Song
The audience comes up with the topic and our panelists/musicians have one hour to create a unique filk!

Moderators
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nick Edelstein

Nick Edelstein

Performance
The captain of Trek Rock!
avatar for Hawthorn and Holly

Hawthorn and Holly

Performance, Hawthorn & Holly


Saturday June 3, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Olmstead
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3:00pm

Dragon Egg Workshop
Join Mikke Marvel as she walks you through designing your very own dragon egg!


SMALL FEE FOR THIS WORKSHOP

Speakers
avatar for Mikki Marvel

Mikki Marvel

Costume, FanDames Initiative
Talk to me about cosplay, Battlestar Galactica, Rocky Horror Picture Show, modeling, photography and whatever else. I have too many opinions.


Saturday June 3, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Boardroom
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3:00pm

A Cast of Hundreds
How can you write multiple characters and stil keep each one inidividual and interesting? How many characters is too many?

Moderators
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

Author
My pen name is Tamsin Silver and I'm originally from Michigan, though I currently live in New York City. I did a brief stint here in the south (10 years) where I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre (Performance & Directing emphasis) with a minor in English (Sh... Read More →

Speakers
HH

Harry Heckel

Author
Harry Heckel has written role-playing games and fiction for two decades. His latest work is The Dark Lord from Harper Voyager Impulse as part of the writing team of Jack Heckel, in which Avery, grad student at the Mysterium University, takes the role of The Dark Lord. When things... Read More →
avatar for Linda Robertson

Linda Robertson

Author
Linda is an Internationally published author. She has written six novels (so far) in the Persephone Alcmedi Series. Her latest release is Jovienne, first in her new Immanence series. Also a musician, she composed, created and produced a musical score for Jovienne. She has been... Read More →
avatar for Stella Price/ Anastasia Virgas

Stella Price/ Anastasia Virgas

Author
Writing with her sister Audra, she is one half of a long standing writing team with over 45 novels to their credit. A Jill of most trades in the publishing world, Stella is an award winning cover artist, a convention director, book designer and branding maven. Slytherin head girl... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Harris
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3:00pm

Falstaff Spotlight
We shine the spotlight on one of our local publishing companies - Falstaff Books!

Moderators
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Author
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote... Read More →
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Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out... Read More →
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Bobby Nash

Author
Bobby Nash is an award-winning author of novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a number of publishers and production companies. He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thri... Read More →
avatar for Jay Requard

Jay Requard

Author, Falstaff Books
Award-winning author of Epic Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery.


Saturday June 3, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Walden
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3:00pm

Film Screening: Sammie the Comic Book Man
A feature length documentary about comic nerd Sammie Cassell as he gives a series of presentations to school kids about the wonders of comic books.  Through these talks, Sammie engages young readers on a new level and creates lasting impacts promoting not only literacy but creativity.

Moderators
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Sammie Cassell

Film/Media/TV, Wreak Havoc Productions
Lifelong comic book, Star Wars, horror, sci-fi, tv, movie fan | Co-host of the Wreak Havoc Film Buffs Podcast | Independent film actor | Actor at the Original Hollywood Horror Show | Subject of the documentary Sammie the Comic Book Man | Contributor to The Talking Comic... Read More →

Saturday June 3, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Lakeshore I
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3:30pm

Dimensional Riffs
Dimensional Riffs began as geeks cracking jokes and cranking out tunes.  After a while, they realized they were pretty good at it.
They'll be playing their tunes from their album Live in the Boudoir, where they took their favorite genres (Doctor Who, Firefly, Harry Potter, Sherlock, etc.) and made them into song!

Moderators
Saturday June 3, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Fountainview
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4:00pm

Electronics in Costuming
How to easily and safely add technology to your cosplay.  

Moderators
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Costume, Mandalorian Mercs
A life-long STAR WARS fan, Tom founded the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club in his father's basement in 2007. In that time, Tom has become world-renown as a creator of hyper-realistic MANDALORIAN costumes and functional props. Creator of the world's largest functional STAR WARS L... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday June 3, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Burnham
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4:00pm

Arts and Crafts
We'll have the supplies, you bring your younglings!


Saturday June 3, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Olmstead
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4:00pm

New Who and Beyond
Let's discuss Capaldi and the upcoming season. How will the departure of Moffatt affect the show?

Moderators
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Joey Paquette Starnes

Geek Life, The Charlotte Geeks
Hey there! My name is Joey and I'm the founder/organizer of The Charlotte Geeks - a social club here in North Carolina that meets together 3-4 times a month for geeky good times, as well as hosting our annual Geek Gala each Halloween and our weekly podcast, Guardians of the Geek... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for NerdBurger358 - Sherman Burris

NerdBurger358 - Sherman Burris

Fan
I'm an avid dilettante, and an unrepentant dabbler.
avatar for Chuck Carte

Chuck Carte

English/Theatre Department Chair, Stanly County Schools
I am a teacher, theater director, writer, editor, investigator, and cosplayer.
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Costume, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional ac... Read More →
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Drew Meyer

Gaming/Podcasting/Author
Drew Meyer is a Librarian and Science Educator who moonlights as a Podcaster and Game Designer. He’s currently the Product Consultant for Scaldcrow Games and has published half a dozen titles for their Worlds of Pulp line since 2013. He’s contributed to numerous anthologies s... Read More →
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Maya Preisler

Artist Guest
Maya Preisler is a professional artist, blogger, editor, and gamer with twenty-four years of convention experience. She is a published illustrator whose art has been featured at various art shows and conventions. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines and her website received international attention in the early 2000s. As a gamer, Maya was one of only two women ever inducted into a local gaming clan (the other being her sister) and spent ten years as an administrator and tech for LAN gaming at conventions. She is a professional game demonstrator for No Ordinary Gamers and an MIB for Steve Jackson Games. Maya has a BFA from UNC Charlotte and currently works several freelance jobs as an artist, illustrator, and designer and volunteers as a staffer at multiple conventions. You can find her online... Read More →
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Jim Ryan

Podcasts and Podcasting
I am a writer, a podcaster, a tabletop gamer and an occasional voice actor. | | It only gets confusing when I try to do all four at once...


Saturday June 3, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lakeshore II
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4:00pm

Visiting Our Neighbors
Generations ships, faster than light travel, deep space hibernation…what are some of the best options to travel around our solar system? Is it ever going to happen, or are we stuck on our little blue dot?

Moderators
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James Maxey

Author
I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the be... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Ben Davis

Professor, ECPI University
Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the collegiate level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming and math to, of course, astronomy and physics. I... Read More →
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James McDonald

Science
James McDonald has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives.nnIn addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence.nnHe also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series.nnHis newest project is The... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Keynes
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4:00pm

Audiobooks
Our panelists discuss finding the perfect voice to give life to your characters and work.

Moderators
avatar for Drew Hayes

Drew Hayes

Author, Thunder Pear Publishing

Speakers
JB

Jim Bernheimer

Author
Jim lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife Kim, and daughters Laura and Marissa. By day, he works as a Systems Administrator for the government and runs his own side Information Technology consulting firm, EJB Networking, which can be found at www.ejbnetworking.com nnBlessed... Read More →
RB

Robert Bevan

Author - Self-Published
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Alethea Kontis

Author, Kingdom of Arilland
Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the Alpha... Read More →
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Stella Price/ Anastasia Virgas

Author
Writing with her sister Audra, she is one half of a long standing writing team with over 45 novels to their credit. A Jill of most trades in the publishing world, Stella is an award winning cover artist, a convention director, book designer and branding maven. Slytherin head girl... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Walden
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4:00pm

Live Action Slush
The good folks from Magical Words wade through some slush for your enjoyment!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Author
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume... Read More →
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Faith Hunter

Author
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen H... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Harris
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4:30pm

My Brain is Bigger Than My Budget
When your ideas run afoul of a microscopic budget, what do you do? What are some of the best tips to maximize your film's budget.

Moderators
Speakers
RW

Robert W. Filion

Film/Media/TV
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Tom Gore

Film/Media/TV
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Dave Harlequin

Film/Media/TV
Dave Harlequin is a professional writer, editor, journalist, producer, and entertainment personality from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Editor in Chief of Nerd Nation Magazine, a digital “nerd culture and entertainment” publication, as well as the co-founder of Tri-Force Entertainment, a film production and live event promotion company.nnA man of many talents, Harlequin has written and produced over half a dozen films, including his most recent award-winning short film... Read More →
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Matthew B. Moore

Film/Media/TV
avatar for Shannon Strucci

Shannon Strucci

Film/Media/TV, StrucciMovies
I am an editor and videographer best known for “SO YOU WANNA BE A FILM NERD”, an educational webseries on film culture and history focusing on accessibility, approachability, and anti-elitism. I also publish video essays on art and media other than film, have written narrativ... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Lakeshore I
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4:30pm

Kobayashi Review Trivia
Challenge our panel of experts on varous geek topics!  Answer correctly and get chocolate!  Richie Muenster hosts!

Moderators
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Rich Sigfrit

Podcaster, Emcee, Jack of at least 4 traded
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom pod... Read More →

Saturday June 3, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Fountainview
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4:30pm

Comedy Rock Star Mikey Mason
Mikey Mason explodes on stage with a wit as fast as his mouth, infectiously hilarious original songs, and his completely twisted view. 

He is not right in the head and he likes it that way.

Mikey's act is somewhere between what we think and what we let ourselves say. And his songs...! With songs like, “I Hate Your Kids,” “Licky-Licky Night,” Reality Based Children's Songs,” “Ode To A Single Mother Of Two In The Apartment Next Door At 5:30AM,” and many, many more, Mikey is unabashed, unafraid, and unquestionably funny. He's the psycho stalker ex-boyfriend of comedy, except that you want to see him again. And again... And again...

Speakers

Saturday June 3, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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4:30pm

The Well Dressed Puppet Workshop
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Saturday June 3, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Boardroom
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5:00pm

Geeky Rants
Should Ben Affleck be beaten with hammers?  Was there really a need for another Alien movie?  And what is with all those Firefly fans?  Join our guests as they rants about their geeky peeves.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service.  He's also taught hearing and hearing-impaired students at pre-school through university levels. | | Recently Chris has developed a severe neurological condition affecting strength, balance, and pain levels, and now spends increasing amounts of time wheelchair-bound... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Fan
Jason Gilbert is the man behind Fail-Flix, a site dedicated to reviewing the Best of the Worst and Worst of the Worst B-movies and indie flicks in the industry with the grace and class of a rabid water buffalo in a Pottery Barn. His book, Bad Movie Beware!, is a collection of the... Read More →
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Bill Mulligan

Film/Media/TV
Bill Mulligan could have sworn he had a bio but his students pointed out he did not, when they SHOULD have been working on their science festival projects. He is a filmmaker/special effects artist who has had the good fortune to be involved in a a number of award winning projects... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Burnham
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5:00pm

An Hour with Aurelio Voltaire
Musical and Art Guest of Honor Aurelio Voltaire discusses his work and his latest projects!

Speakers

Saturday June 3, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lakeshore II
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5:00pm

The Art of the Interview
So, you've signed an awesome guest to your podcast. How to keep that guest talking and keep the conversation flowing.

Moderators
avatar for Jay Requard

Jay Requard

Author, Falstaff Books
Award-winning author of Epic Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery.

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Carte

Chuck Carte

English/Theatre Department Chair, Stanly County Schools
I am a teacher, theater director, writer, editor, investigator, and cosplayer.
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Nick Edelstein

Performance
The captain of Trek Rock!
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Micki Knop

Geek Life
Eternally curious about the unknown, the mysterious, the complex.
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Jim Ryan

Podcasts and Podcasting
I am a writer, a podcaster, a tabletop gamer and an occasional voice actor. | | It only gets confusing when I try to do all four at once...


Saturday June 3, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Keynes
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5:00pm

Write What You Don't Know
We've been told over and over that we should write what we know. But that doesn't work so well in worlds that only exist in our heads. Let's talk about how to write what we don't know, and get it right.

Moderators
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J. Matthew Saunders

Literary Guest
J. Matthew Saunders, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the author of the Daughters of Shadow and Blood trilogy about the Brides of Dracula and numerous fantasy and horror short stories. He received a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from t... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bobby Nash

Bobby Nash

Author
Bobby Nash is an award-winning author of novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a number of publishers and production companies. He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thri... Read More →
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →
avatar for Linda Robertson

Linda Robertson

Author
Linda is an Internationally published author. She has written six novels (so far) in the Persephone Alcmedi Series. Her latest release is Jovienne, first in her new Immanence series. Also a musician, she composed, created and produced a musical score for Jovienne. She has been... Read More →
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Tamsin Silver

Author
My pen name is Tamsin Silver and I'm originally from Michigan, though I currently live in New York City. I did a brief stint here in the south (10 years) where I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre (Performance & Directing emphasis) with a minor in English (Sh... Read More →
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J.A. Sutherland

Author - Self-Published
J.A. Sutherland writes space opera with a very Age of Sail feel to it. | | When not reading or writing, he spends his time on roadtrips around the Southeast US searching for good barbecue.


Saturday June 3, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Walden
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5:30pm

Female Film-makers in Force!
Our female film-makers share their stores and show your what their working on!

Moderators
avatar for Shannon Strucci

Shannon Strucci

Film/Media/TV, StrucciMovies
I am an editor and videographer best known for “SO YOU WANNA BE A FILM NERD”, an educational webseries on film culture and history focusing on accessibility, approachability, and anti-elitism. I also publish video essays on art and media other than film, have written narrativ... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Van Sistine

Natalie Van Sistine

Podcasts and Podcasting


Saturday June 3, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Lakeshore I
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5:30pm

We're Creepy and We're Kooky
Being Goth in the south. How best to be yourself when everyone thinks you're just a bit creepy.

Moderators
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Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including... Read More →

Speakers
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Hurr and Madd

Performance, Hurr and Madd
Hello Everyone! | We are Hurr and Madd a cosplay music group that performs original electronic tales and songs from our soundtracks. Just to tell you a little bit about us, we are also authors of 3 fantasy books and each episodic book comes with a soundtrack of our music that... Read More →
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Gild The Mourn

Performance, Gild The Mourn
Fairytale Themed Gothic Rock.
P

Puvithel

Artist
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Michael G. Williams

Paranormal
Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Olmstead
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5:30pm

The ConCarolinas Annual Costume Contest and Award Ceremony
It's time to show off your finery and flaunt your costuming talents!  

We will also annouce the winner of the Grimm-Koch-Lockhart Scholarship and present awards for the ConCarolinas Film Festival.

Costumes! Artistry! Awards! Prizes!  

Moderators
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Costume, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional ac... Read More →

Speakers
J

JustJess

WCCB, Charlotte's The CW


Saturday June 3, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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6:00pm

Improv Theater for the Masses
Interested in doing some improv?  Talk to our panel of improv experts on how to get started, what to expect and how to overcome problems.

Moderators
Saturday June 3, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Keynes
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6:00pm

Demonology
Discussion of demons and their place in the paranormal world.

Moderators
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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →

Speakers
TR

Tina R. McSwain

Paranormal, CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society
I am a well respected paranormal investigator and researcher with over 20 year experience. I founded CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society in 2005 and we are still going strong today. We take a scientific approach to the study of all types of paranormal activity.


Saturday June 3, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Burnham
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6:00pm

Author and Politics
During the difficult 2016 election runup (and the uncomfortable days that followed), many authors were chastised for voicing their opnions online. Why do people get so upset at writers sharing their personal thoughts? Let's talk about free speech wher online fame is concerned.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Author
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume... Read More →
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A J Hartley

Author/Editor/Publisher
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his... Read More →
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

Author
My pen name is Tamsin Silver and I'm originally from Michigan, though I currently live in New York City. I did a brief stint here in the south (10 years) where I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre (Performance & Directing emphasis) with a minor in English (Sh... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Walden
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6:00pm

The Art of the Short Story
How do the skills for writing novels and short stories differ? What should new writers keep in mind when diving into the short story market? Is there even any money in writing short fiction any more?

Moderators
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Margaret S. McGraw

Editor/Author
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of two anthologies of short stories about the wildest West that never was: Weird Wild West (eSpec Books, 2015) and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books, 2017). Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews... Read More →

Speakers
RB

Robert Bevan

Author - Self-Published
avatar for Bobby Nash

Bobby Nash

Author
Bobby Nash is an award-winning author of novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a number of publishers and production companies. He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thri... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Harris
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6:00pm

Henna Workshop
Moderators
Saturday June 3, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Boardroom
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6:30pm

Mad Science for Minors
Let do science! Kids learn as our panelists show off some interesting (and completely danger free) experiments.

Moderators
avatar for Drew Meyer

Drew Meyer

Gaming/Podcasting/Author
Drew Meyer is a Librarian and Science Educator who moonlights as a Podcaster and Game Designer. He’s currently the Product Consultant for Scaldcrow Games and has published half a dozen titles for their Worlds of Pulp line since 2013. He’s contributed to numerous anthologies s... Read More →

Saturday June 3, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Olmstead
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6:30pm

Is Winter Finally Here?
Cersei in on the Iron Throne, John Snow is back from the dead and Sansa has finally found a backbone (and promptly fed it to Ramsay's dogs). A discussion of the newest season of Game of Thrones.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Christopher DeLisle

Christopher DeLisle

Fan
A long time fan of all things geeky, Christopher refers to himself as an ethnic nerd who was raised in the geek orthodox tradition. He is an avid gamer and super hero enthusiast. His geek credentials include former production manager for Empire Games, acting as an assistant event... Read More →
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

Costume
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over ten years. An original member of the Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion, it goes almost without saying that Derek is a huge Star Wars fan. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek also has a hug... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Lakeshore II
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6:30pm

Acting 101
A basic course in acting from our guests.

Moderators
avatar for Tom Gore

Tom Gore

Film/Media/TV

Speakers
avatar for Hurr and Madd

Hurr and Madd

Performance, Hurr and Madd
Hello Everyone! | We are Hurr and Madd a cosplay music group that performs original electronic tales and songs from our soundtracks. Just to tell you a little bit about us, we are also authors of 3 fantasy books and each episodic book comes with a soundtrack of our music that... Read More →
MB

Matthew B. Moore

Film/Media/TV
avatar for Natalie Van Sistine

Natalie Van Sistine

Podcasts and Podcasting


Saturday June 3, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Lakeshore I
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7:00pm

Body Positive Cosplay
Cosplay is for everyone! How to boost your confidence and deal with the naysayers. Beware! Confidence is contagious!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Costume, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional ac... Read More →
avatar for DL Leonine

DL Leonine

Geek Life
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service.  He's also taught hearing and hearing-impaired students at pre-school through university levels. | | Recently Chris has developed a severe neurological condition affecting strength, balance, and pain levels, and now spends increasing amounts of time wheelchair-bound... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Burnham
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7:00pm

Valentine Wolfe
Gothic metal duo Valentine Wolfe return to bring your their haunting melodies!

Speakers

Saturday June 3, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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7:00pm

The Science of Star Wars
Could lightsabers ever be a reality? Which droid should we take into space? Is there a plan to build land speeders to race through canyons? Let's talk about how close to reality Star Wars might be.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Costume, Mandalorian Mercs
A life-long STAR WARS fan, Tom founded the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club in his father's basement in 2007. In that time, Tom has become world-renown as a creator of hyper-realistic MANDALORIAN costumes and functional props. Creator of the world's largest functional STAR WARS L... Read More →
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Science
James McDonald has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives.nnIn addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence.nnHe also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series.nnHis newest project is The... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Keynes
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7:00pm

Everyone is the Hero
If everyone is the hero of their own story, how do we tell who the villian is? The panel talks about creating villains with depth and agency

Moderators
avatar for Kalayna Price

Kalayna Price

Author
USA Today Bestselling author Kalayna Price writes the Alex Craft Novels, a dark | urban fantasy series from Penguin-Random House, and the Novels of Haven from | Bell Bridge Books. Her works have been translated into several languages and are | available around the world... Read More →

Speakers
JB

Jim Bernheimer

Author
Jim lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife Kim, and daughters Laura and Marissa. By day, he works as a Systems Administrator for the government and runs his own side Information Technology consulting firm, EJB Networking, which can be found at www.ejbnetworking.com nnBlessed... Read More →
HH

Harry Heckel

Author
Harry Heckel has written role-playing games and fiction for two decades. His latest work is The Dark Lord from Harper Voyager Impulse as part of the writing team of Jack Heckel, in which Avery, grad student at the Mysterium University, takes the role of The Dark Lord. When things... Read More →
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

Author
I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the be... Read More →
avatar for Rysa Walker

Rysa Walker

Author, Skyscape
Rysa is the author of The CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. The Delphi Resistance, the second in her latest trilogy, will be published by Skyscape in October, 2... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Harris
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7:00pm

Sexual Identity in Speculative Fiction
Have we finally reached an era when the protagontist's sexual identity has no affect on the book's readability? Or do queer characters still run the risk of marginalizing the book into a "niche" shelf?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Quincy J. Allen

Quincy J. Allen

Author
Quincy J. Allen has been published in multiple anthologies, online and print magazines, as well as in one omnibus. His steampunk version of Steampelstiltskin is under contract with Fairy Punk Studios, and he’s written for the Internet radio show RadioSteam. His novel Chemical... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Literary Guest
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about... Read More →
RG

Rick Gualtieri

Author - Self-Published
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Editor/Author
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of two anthologies of short stories about the wildest West that never was: Weird Wild West (eSpec Books, 2015) and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books, 2017). Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Walden
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7:00pm

ConCarolinas Charity Auction
Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Podcaster, Emcee, Jack of at least 4 traded
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom pod... Read More →

Saturday June 3, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Fountainview
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7:30pm

Stranger Things and the Resurgence of Retro
Stranger Things became a phenomenon, filled with retro 80's goodness. Let's discuss the show and how retro horror is shaping television and movies.

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan E Weaver

Jonathan E Weaver

Film/Media/TV

Speakers
avatar for NerdBurger358 - Sherman Burris

NerdBurger358 - Sherman Burris

Fan
I'm an avid dilettante, and an unrepentant dabbler.
avatar for Sammie Cassell

Sammie Cassell

Film/Media/TV, Wreak Havoc Productions
Lifelong comic book, Star Wars, horror, sci-fi, tv, movie fan | Co-host of the Wreak Havoc Film Buffs Podcast | Independent film actor | Actor at the Original Hollywood Horror Show | Subject of the documentary Sammie the Comic Book Man | Contributor to The Talking Comic... Read More →
avatar for Dan Fowler

Dan Fowler

Film/Media/TV, SCREAMING SOUP!
Screaming Soup is an American animated web series that reviews and parodies B-grade sci-fi/horror films. The show is hosted by Deadwest, a brash undead cowboy with a ray gun, and his apocalyptic goat sidekick, Billy. Deadwest is joined by several interchanging co-hosts per episod... Read More →
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Fan
Jason Gilbert is the man behind Fail-Flix, a site dedicated to reviewing the Best of the Worst and Worst of the Worst B-movies and indie flicks in the industry with the grace and class of a rabid water buffalo in a Pottery Barn. His book, Bad Movie Beware!, is a collection of the... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Judy

Andrea Judy

Fan
Andrea Judy is a writer who makes her home in Atlanta, Ga. Passionate about language, she writes in multiple genres, and has had poems and short stories appear in various literary magazines as well as in several anthologies. She also studies and writes about fandom and video game... Read More →
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Geek Life, The Charlotte Geeks
Hey there! My name is Joey and I'm the founder/organizer of The Charlotte Geeks - a social club here in North Carolina that meets together 3-4 times a month for geeky good times, as well as hosting our annual Geek Gala each Halloween and our weekly podcast, Guardians of the Geek... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Lakeshore II
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8:00pm

Deep Thoughts with Pineapple-Shaped Lamps
How many licks would it take Toad to get to the center of a Tootsie-Pop? Does Galactus take planet-sized poops? Would a Time Lord make a good real estate agent?  These questions and more will be tackled as Pineapple-Shaped Lamps answers life's gratest questions in this Deep Throughts panel!


Saturday June 3, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Walden
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8:00pm

Gild the Mourn
The Fairytale themed Gothic Rock band, Gild the Mourn consists of members Angel and Gopal Metro. The duo started writing together in 2012, and formed Gild The Mourn in 2014. Inspired by their love of high fantasy and ghost stories, the music combines elements of gothic rock, dark wave, post-punk and classic fairytales to create a world beyond our own.

Speakers
avatar for Gild The Mourn

Gild The Mourn

Performance, Gild The Mourn
Fairytale Themed Gothic Rock.


Saturday June 3, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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8:00pm

Romancing Your Readers
You're in the mood for love...or lust! Let's talk a bit dirty and find out how best to craft romance, sex and other naughty stuff in your work.

Moderators
avatar for Stella Price/ Anastasia Virgas

Stella Price/ Anastasia Virgas

Author
Writing with her sister Audra, she is one half of a long standing writing team with over 45 novels to their credit. A Jill of most trades in the publishing world, Stella is an award winning cover artist, a convention director, book designer and branding maven. Slytherin head girl... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Author
A lifelong reader and writer of fantasy and suspense, award-winning author Jeanne Adams is an extrovert in an introverted profession. So, she's always up for talking...about ANYTHING! Geekery of all kinds, reading, books, baseball, dogs and dog-showing, suspense, and body disposa... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including... Read More →
avatar for Rysa Walker

Rysa Walker

Author, Skyscape
Rysa is the author of The CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. The Delphi Resistance, the second in her latest trilogy, will be published by Skyscape in October, 2... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Harris
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8:00pm

Mental Health and Wellness for Creative People
Many people experience mental health challenges, especially creative people.  Our panelists share their experiences and help you realize that you are not alone.

Moderators
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Science
James McDonald has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives.nnIn addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence.nnHe also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series.nnHis newest project is The... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Fan
Jason Gilbert is the man behind Fail-Flix, a site dedicated to reviewing the Best of the Worst and Worst of the Worst B-movies and indie flicks in the industry with the grace and class of a rabid water buffalo in a Pottery Barn. His book, Bad Movie Beware!, is a collection of the... Read More →
NG

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Author
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the futuristic noir series, CYBIL LEWIS. From weird westerns to horrific horror, Nicole writes for the strange, the diverse, and the wonderfully weird. Escape to Other Worlds with her at Other Worlds Pulp, her website, http://www.nicolegivensk... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Olmstead
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8:00pm

Film Screening: Athena
It's about Carl, whose life has crumbled, and who now exists as a shell of a man.  His wretched existence is punctuated by the loss of his wife and all of the emotional scarring that has created.  It's also about Emily, who is not well herself.  She may be slightly schizophrenic and manic depressive, but she's doing fine in general....stable job, active social life. Things could be better, if only she had Carl.  There is hope, however.  Hope in the form of a voice which appears to Carl., then to Emily.  That voice is Athena, but is she merely manipulating the situation, orr is she genuinely attempting to help these two people?  LIfe is messy, and she could be make things worse.

Moderators
Saturday June 3, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Lakeshore I
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8:30pm

Dating for Geeks
Let's face it, we're nerds. Sure, we're smart and creative and really quite lovable once you get to know us, but the whole "dating" thing can be a bit...daunting. Have no fear, ConCarolinas is here! Our panel of relationship experts will (seriously) give you loads of practical advice on how to meet other people without sending them running down the hallways in fear. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Film/Media/TV
Dave Harlequin is a professional writer, editor, journalist, producer, and entertainment personality from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Editor in Chief of Nerd Nation Magazine, a digital “nerd culture and entertainment” publication, as well as the co-founder of Tri-Force Entertainment, a film production and live event promotion company.nnA man of many talents, Harlequin has written and produced over half a dozen films, including his most recent award-winning short film... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Keynes
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8:30pm

Hitting the Road With Shadow and Mr. Wednesday
American Gods finally has a television series!  Let discuss the merits of the book and how well it is translating to the small screen.


Saturday June 3, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Lakeshore II
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8:30pm

Tarot Cards and Ouija Boards
These seemingly innocent games are thought to be so much more. Our panelists discuss expericences they've had and if it was all fun and games.

Moderators
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Paranormal
Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH... Read More →

Speakers
TR

Tina R. McSwain

Paranormal, CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society
I am a well respected paranormal investigator and researcher with over 20 year experience. I founded CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society in 2005 and we are still going strong today. We take a scientific approach to the study of all types of paranormal activity.


Saturday June 3, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Burnham
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9:00pm

Concert: Nick Edelstein

Born in Deltona, Florida with a highly gifted ear, Nick began formal piano lessons at the age of 4 before going on to receive the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award (writing, arranging), U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award (drum major), and Coca-Cola's Fine Arts Award (performance), and achieving principal chair (trombone) in the DeKalb Youth Symphony Orchestra. At the University of Georgia, Nick studied guitar with Drs. John Sutherland and Phil Snyder, piano with Dr. Ivan Frazier, Jazz Improvisation with Steve Dancz, composition, and comparative literature. He also played in the Basketball Band scholarship program, Redcoat Marching Band, and Trombone Choir, along with his solo efforts on the Athens scene.

As a performing & recording artist, Nick has worked with GRAMMY-winning musicians Mace Hibbard (Derek Trucks Band), Ike Stubblefield (Marvin Gaye, Al Green), and Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band), in addition to international talents like Sonny Emory, Sr., Francine Reed (Lyle Lovett, Shawn Mullins), Jimmy King (Bruno Mars), Mikey Pauker, Mudcat, Will Scruggs (Natalie Cole), Kevn Kinney (Drivin' N Cryin'), D.J. Burel (Bootsy Collins), Fred Vigdor (Average White Band), Devon Allman, and Nigerian sensation Nneka Obata.


Moderators
avatar for Nick Edelstein

Nick Edelstein

Performance
The captain of Trek Rock!

Saturday June 3, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Walden
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9:00pm

Hurr and Madd
Hurr and Madd is a high-energy cosplay fantasy music group that perform songs and stories from their original episodic book and soundtrack series. Their sound is a blend between DJ spins, electro-pop and alternative vocals, creating a live movie-like experience.

Speakers
avatar for Hurr and Madd

Hurr and Madd

Performance, Hurr and Madd
Hello Everyone! | We are Hurr and Madd a cosplay music group that performs original electronic tales and songs from our soundtracks. Just to tell you a little bit about us, we are also authors of 3 fantasy books and each episodic book comes with a soundtrack of our music that... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Fountainview
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9:00pm

The Long Losts
The Long Losts are a duo from NY made up of vocalist Anka and her husband Patrick on guitar that began in 2012. Their music combines goth and punk rock with lyrics inspired by their love for each other and the things that they love; Autumn, Halloween, nature, romance, ghosts and their memories all wrapped in a dark Victorian aesthetic.

Speakers
avatar for The Long Losts

The Long Losts

Performance, The Long Losts
Hailing from New York, The Long Losts are a musical act made up of vocalist Anka and her husband Patrick on guitar that began in 2012 with the creation of their first song, “If Only Boris Karloff Was My Dad.” In 2014 they released their first album, “Scary Songs To Play In... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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9:30pm

Late Night Costuming
For the more adventurous cosplayer, learn about some kink inspired costumes.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Chuck Carte

Chuck Carte

English/Theatre Department Chair, Stanly County Schools
I am a teacher, theater director, writer, editor, investigator, and cosplayer.
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Costume, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional ac... Read More →
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

Costume
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over ten years. An original member of the Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion, it goes almost without saying that Derek is a huge Star Wars fan. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek also has a hug... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Burnham
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9:30pm

Pirate Karaoke with Captain Scurvy
Avast ye scurvy dogs! The Captain is in and he's asking you to sing for your grog! Grab the mic and show us what you got!  

Speakers

Saturday June 3, 2017 9:30pm - Sunday June 4, 2017 12:00am
Harris
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10:00pm

Open Figure Drawing Studio
Model, art pads and pencils provided. Our Artist guest guide you through a quick drawing class

Moderators
Saturday June 3, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Keynes
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10:00pm

How to Create Your Own Fan Film
Filmmaker and web-series creator John Dondero and Garrett Mooneyhan of the 13th Floor EFX hosts this fully interactive discussion and "how to" workshop on the ins and outs of creating your very own Fan Film.  A must see for aspiring filmmakers, v-loggers, internet addicts and anyone who just enjoys a fun discussion.

Moderators
avatar for John "Floppy Waffle" Dondero

John "Floppy Waffle" Dondero

Film/Media/TV, 13th Floor EFX
John Dondero is an award-winning filmmaker, film editor, and digital effects artist from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the owner of 13th Floor EFX, a film production and live event promotions company, as well as co-founder of A Stranger Concept Films. | | Dondero is perha... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday June 3, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Lakeshore II
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10:00pm

Con Partying 101
Some con parties are better than others - here is your primer to hosting, attending and surviving con parties!

Moderators
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Film/Media/TV
Dave Harlequin is a professional writer, editor, journalist, producer, and entertainment personality from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Editor in Chief of Nerd Nation Magazine, a digital “nerd culture and entertainment” publication, as well as the co-founder of Tri-Force Entertainment, a film production and live event promotion company.nnA man of many talents, Harlequin has written and produced over half a dozen films, including his most recent award-winning short film... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Torch

Torch

Film/Media/TV, A Stranger Concept Productions
A seasoned veteran with over 20 years in the entertainment industry, Torch is a man who wears many hats. From event promoter and DJ to film producer, writer, and party host, there really isn’t anything he hasn’t done in the realm of entertainment. Torch is perhaps best known... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Olmstead
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10:00pm

Filking the Night Away
Nighttime filk for guests and patrons. This a come and go type event. Stay as long as you want. Sing as much as you want.

Speakers
avatar for Hawthorn and Holly

Hawthorn and Holly

Performance, Hawthorn & Holly
P

Puvithel

Artist
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Walden
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10:00pm

Film Screening: Hellions Rise
Hellions Rise is a new web series from the minds of Matthew B Moore, Brett Mullen and The Drive-In Film Series.  The series follows the ancient magician, Merlin and his band of specialists as they try to hunt down the daughters of Lilith and put and end to thousands of years of demonic cruelty  An ancient battle fought in the modern world, Hellions Rise delivers myth, magic, violence, gore, comedy, boobies and all of the other awesomeness you would expect from writer/director Matthew B Moore.

Moderators
Saturday June 3, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Lakeshore I
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10:00pm

Authors and Dragons Live Podcast
A Podcast Where A Party Of Fantasy Authors Try To Make It Through A Game Of Pathfinder Without Dying. Will They Succeed? Probably Not!

Moderators
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →

Speakers
RB

Robert Bevan

Author - Self-Published
RG

Rick Gualtieri

Author - Self-Published
avatar for Drew Hayes

Drew Hayes

Author, Thunder Pear Publishing


Saturday June 3, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Fountainview
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10:30pm

Nerd-Vana Burlesque
Do you know who Cthulhu is and why it's not a good idea to go swimming with him? Are you waiting for a man in blue box to sweep you off your feet? Have you ever dumped someone just because they didn't like Firefly? Does an epic night include you, your friend, and a 20 sided die?

If you answered yes, or even no, then this is the show for you. We are Nerd-Vana, a Geektasic Variety show. The Nerds are working hard to bring you the best and nerdiest in variety entertainment! The first of its kind, a whole show (actually a series of them) dedicated to Geekery and all of its glorious forms. Entertaining you with it in any and every way you can imagine (No, we already thought of that.. and that... that too.) In every way that is not ILLEGAL. Or at least couldn't be proven in a court of law. 

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Podcaster, Emcee, Jack of at least 4 traded
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom pod... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday June 3, 2017 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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11:00pm

Family Unfriendly
Everyone has one, or do they?  An in-deptch discussion about fetishes, focusing on the ones that seem most at home at sci-fi and anime conventions.  What are they, you may ask? Rather than tell you here, come to the panel and find out!

Moderators
avatar for Torch

Torch

Film/Media/TV, A Stranger Concept Productions
A seasoned veteran with over 20 years in the entertainment industry, Torch is a man who wears many hats. From event promoter and DJ to film producer, writer, and party host, there really isn’t anything he hasn’t done in the realm of entertainment. Torch is perhaps best known... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John "Floppy Waffle" Dondero

John "Floppy Waffle" Dondero

Film/Media/TV, 13th Floor EFX
John Dondero is an award-winning filmmaker, film editor, and digital effects artist from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the owner of 13th Floor EFX, a film production and live event promotions company, as well as co-founder of A Stranger Concept Films. | | Dondero is perha... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 11:00pm - Sunday June 4, 2017 12:00am
Olmstead
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11:00pm

Dead, But Not Buried: Zombie Films Worth Watching
With dozens of zombie films released each year, which ones stand out? From forgotten classics like THE LIVING DEAD IN THE MANCHESTER MORGUE to modern takes like WARM BODIES, proof there is still life in the genre.

Moderators
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Film/Media/TV
Bill Mulligan could have sworn he had a bio but his students pointed out he did not, when they SHOULD have been working on their science festival projects. He is a filmmaker/special effects artist who has had the good fortune to be involved in a a number of award winning projects... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dan Fowler

Dan Fowler

Film/Media/TV, SCREAMING SOUP!
Screaming Soup is an American animated web series that reviews and parodies B-grade sci-fi/horror films. The show is hosted by Deadwest, a brash undead cowboy with a ray gun, and his apocalyptic goat sidekick, Billy. Deadwest is joined by several interchanging co-hosts per episod... Read More →
avatar for Michael Pederson

Michael Pederson

Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series and edited and... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Strucci

Shannon Strucci

Film/Media/TV, StrucciMovies
I am an editor and videographer best known for “SO YOU WANNA BE A FILM NERD”, an educational webseries on film culture and history focusing on accessibility, approachability, and anti-elitism. I also publish video essays on art and media other than film, have written narrativ... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Paranormal
Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 11:00pm - Sunday June 4, 2017 12:00am
Lakeshore I
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11:30pm

PSL Does Disney - Sketch Comedy Show
Wilmington, NC comedy troupe PIneapple-Shaped Lamps broke into the legendary "Disney vault" and came out with a brand-new sketch comedy show!  Nothing is sacred, as they mock and lampoon everything from Freaky Friday to Peter Pan! So strap on your ouse ears, take a bracing hit of pixie dust and watch PSL take on the Most Magical Place on Earth!


Saturday June 3, 2017 11:30pm - Sunday June 4, 2017 12:30am
Fountainview
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11:30pm

Evil Geniuses For a Better Tomorrow
For all the villians out there- here are the best and easiest ways to kill of the population.

Moderators
avatar for Micki Knop

Micki Knop

Geek Life
Eternally curious about the unknown, the mysterious, the complex.

Speakers
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Author
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote... Read More →
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Science
James McDonald has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives.nnIn addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence.nnHe also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series.nnHis newest project is The... Read More →


Saturday June 3, 2017 11:30pm - Sunday June 4, 2017 12:30am
Keynes
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12:00am

Aurelio Voltaire
As a musician, he is a songwriter whose music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a Con audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his song "Brains!" from the Cartoon Network show "The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy".
Voltaire's live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are highly theatrical -full of stories and games. The theatrical quality of his performances is not surprising; Voltaire has been directing commercials and animating short films for the last twenty years.

Speakers

Sunday June 4, 2017 12:00am - 1:00am
Lakeshore III/IV
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12:00am

Forget Fifty Shades, Just Spank Me!
A beginner's guide to BDSM.  We're just talking......

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Costume, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional ac... Read More →
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

Costume
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over ten years. An original member of the Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion, it goes almost without saying that Derek is a huge Star Wars fan. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek also has a hug... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 12:00am - 1:00am
Olmstead
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Sunday, June 4
 

9:00am

Where' My BrainJack?
In the last twenty years, cyberpunk has moved from fiction to reality. From Bluetooth to Google Glass to nanobot brain implants, let's talk about what SF writers think is coming next.

Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Author
A lifelong reader and writer of fantasy and suspense, award-winning author Jeanne Adams is an extrovert in an introverted profession. So, she's always up for talking...about ANYTHING! Geekery of all kinds, reading, books, baseball, dogs and dog-showing, suspense, and body disposa... Read More →
avatar for Quincy J. Allen

Quincy J. Allen

Author
Quincy J. Allen has been published in multiple anthologies, online and print magazines, as well as in one omnibus. His steampunk version of Steampelstiltskin is under contract with Fairy Punk Studios, and he’s written for the Internet radio show RadioSteam. His novel Chemical... Read More →
avatar for Alledria Hurt

Alledria Hurt

Author - Self-Published
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

Author
I am a sailor and a writer. Usually I do both at once, but lately I've been ashore writing even more. I write Pathfinder Tales for Paizo Publishing, and some shorter fiction for other gaming publishers. I also have an award-winning series of nautical fantasy (yes, there are pi... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Walden
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9:00am

YA Genre Bending
Is it a mystery? A fantasy? A historicla novel? A fantastical historical mystery?  YA fiction bends and blends genres with the best of them.  How do you describe a book when it fits into multiple genres?  Are there pitfalls to genre-bending or is it all awesome all the way?  What are some of the trends in genre-bending we're seeing?  What will we see more of in the future?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis

Author, Kingdom of Arilland
Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the Alpha... Read More →
avatar for Rysa Walker

Rysa Walker

Author, Skyscape
Rysa is the author of The CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. The Delphi Resistance, the second in her latest trilogy, will be published by Skyscape in October, 2... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Harris
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10:00am

Star Wars Yoga
Your favorite yoga poses are now one with The Force.  Take some time and stretch your muscles.  No experience necessary, beginners welcome!
Bring a mat!!

Sunday June 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Burnham
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10:00am

The Marvel Movie Juggernaut
Can Marvel be stopped? Which movie will finally break the string of massive hits or are they just invincible? And how about that Guardians sequel?
 

Moderators
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Geek Life, The Charlotte Geeks
Hey there! My name is Joey and I'm the founder/organizer of The Charlotte Geeks - a social club here in North Carolina that meets together 3-4 times a month for geeky good times, as well as hosting our annual Geek Gala each Halloween and our weekly podcast, Guardians of the Geek... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for NerdBurger358 - Sherman Burris

NerdBurger358 - Sherman Burris

Fan
I'm an avid dilettante, and an unrepentant dabbler.
avatar for Sammie Cassell

Sammie Cassell

Film/Media/TV, Wreak Havoc Productions
Lifelong comic book, Star Wars, horror, sci-fi, tv, movie fan | Co-host of the Wreak Havoc Film Buffs Podcast | Independent film actor | Actor at the Original Hollywood Horror Show | Subject of the documentary Sammie the Comic Book Man | Contributor to The Talking Comic... Read More →
avatar for Michael Pederson

Michael Pederson

Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series and edited and... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Lakeshore II
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10:00am

Wizard Rock with The Blibbering Humdingers
Neo-retro existential wizard nerd pop with a dash of do-wop, a sprinkle of steampunk and nibble of new wave. A "sound" you ask? Genre? Pishaw! We don't have a sound other than laughter and the sound of magic and the sound of one hand clapping because your other arm has been gnawed off by piranhas.

Speakers

Sunday June 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Lakeshore III/IV
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10:00am

The Perfect Pitch
The panel discusses pitches that attracted them and some that made them want to run screaming from the room. Bring your own 20-second pitch to try out on the panel!

Moderators
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Author
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Author
David B. Coe is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he writes the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books, SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume... Read More →
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

Author
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen H... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Harris
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10:00am

Where Have the Heroes Gone?
So many stories are about one hero and his team of sidekicks. In reality, most situations are solved by a group of equals working together. Why do books seem to focus on one character? Let's talk about the need (or lack) of heroes in stories.

Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Author
Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Drew Hayes

Drew Hayes

Author, Thunder Pear Publishing
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

Author
I am a sailor and a writer. Usually I do both at once, but lately I've been ashore writing even more. I write Pathfinder Tales for Paizo Publishing, and some shorter fiction for other gaming publishers. I also have an award-winning series of nautical fantasy (yes, there are pi... Read More →
avatar for Linda Robertson

Linda Robertson

Author
Linda is an Internationally published author. She has written six novels (so far) in the Persephone Alcmedi Series. Her latest release is Jovienne, first in her new Immanence series. Also a musician, she composed, created and produced a musical score for Jovienne. She has been... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

Author
My pen name is Tamsin Silver and I'm originally from Michigan, though I currently live in New York City. I did a brief stint here in the south (10 years) where I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre (Performance & Directing emphasis) with a minor in English (Sh... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Walden
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10:00am

Dealer Room
Find unique wares and our Media and Author Guests of Honor and Special Guests

Sunday June 4, 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm
University
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10:30am

Gamemastering 201
Beyond the basics - here is the next level of gamemastering!

Moderators
avatar for Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson

Gaming
Talk to me about my work for HERO Games, Misfit Studios, or Gunmetal Games, or the pulps and pulp characters/adventures, or, heck, anything. =)

Speakers
HH

Harry Heckel

Author
Harry Heckel has written role-playing games and fiction for two decades. His latest work is The Dark Lord from Harper Voyager Impulse as part of the writing team of Jack Heckel, in which Avery, grad student at the Mysterium University, takes the role of The Dark Lord. When things... Read More →
avatar for Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler

Artist Guest
Maya Preisler is a professional artist, blogger, editor, and gamer with twenty-four years of convention experience. She is a published illustrator whose art has been featured at various art shows and conventions. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines and her website received international attention in the early 2000s. As a gamer, Maya was one of only two women ever inducted into a local gaming clan (the other being her sister) and spent ten years as an administrator and tech for LAN gaming at conventions. She is a professional game demonstrator for No Ordinary Gamers and an MIB for Steve Jackson Games. Maya has a BFA from UNC Charlotte and currently works several freelance jobs as an artist, illustrator, and designer and volunteers as a staffer at multiple conventions. You can find her online... Read More →
avatar for Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

Podcasts and Podcasting
I am a writer, a podcaster, a tabletop gamer and an occasional voice actor. | | It only gets confusing when I try to do all four at once...
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Paranormal
Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Olmstead
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10:30am

That's Not How Any of This Works!
While Arrival and The Martian gather awards and give audiences really good science in their science fiction, Hollywood usually just wings it. Let's discuss the best and worst of what Hollywood thinks is science fact.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service.  He's also taught hearing and hearing-impaired students at pre-school through university levels. | | Recently Chris has developed a severe neurological condition affecting strength, balance, and pain levels, and now spends increasing amounts of time wheelchair-bound... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John "Floppy Waffle" Dondero

John "Floppy Waffle" Dondero

Film/Media/TV, 13th Floor EFX
John Dondero is an award-winning filmmaker, film editor, and digital effects artist from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the owner of 13th Floor EFX, a film production and live event promotions company, as well as co-founder of A Stranger Concept Films. | | Dondero is perha... Read More →
avatar for Micki Knop

Micki Knop

Geek Life
Eternally curious about the unknown, the mysterious, the complex.
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Science
James McDonald has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives.nnIn addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence.nnHe also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series.nnHis newest project is The... Read More →
P

Puvithel

Artist
avatar for Torch

Torch

Film/Media/TV, A Stranger Concept Productions
A seasoned veteran with over 20 years in the entertainment industry, Torch is a man who wears many hats. From event promoter and DJ to film producer, writer, and party host, there really isn’t anything he hasn’t done in the realm of entertainment. Torch is perhaps best known... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Keynes
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10:30am

Film Screening: Sammie the Comic Book Man
A feature length documentary about comic nerd Sammie Cassell as he gives a series of presentations to school kids about the wonders of comic books.  Through these talks, Sammie engages young readers on a new level and creates lasting impacts promoting not only literacy but creativity.

Sunday June 4, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lakeshore I
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11:00am

An Hour with Sherrilyn Kenyon
Author Guest of Honor Sherrilyn Kenyon talks vampires and other scary creatures and what she's working on next!

Moderators
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he speaks of the pompatus of love. He is also the award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba the Monster Hunter comedic horror series, the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter dark fantasy series, and many other projects. In 2016, John teamed up with a pair of other publishing industry... Read More →

Speakers

Sunday June 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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11:00am

Sorry, I was Listening to Myself
Writers tend to be introverts, which makes self-promotion a complete misery. The panel will talk about ways to promote your work without driving yourself into social madness.

Moderators
avatar for Drew Hayes

Drew Hayes

Author, Thunder Pear Publishing

Speakers
JB

Jim Bernheimer

Author
Jim lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife Kim, and daughters Laura and Marissa. By day, he works as a Systems Administrator for the government and runs his own side Information Technology consulting firm, EJB Networking, which can be found at www.ejbnetworking.com nnBlessed... Read More →
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A J Hartley

Author/Editor/Publisher
A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his... Read More →
avatar for Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis

Author, Kingdom of Arilland
Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the Alpha... Read More →
avatar for Dave Schroeder

Dave Schroeder

Author - Self-Published, Spiral Arm Press
I'm a retired Chief Information Officer and the author of the Xenotech Support series of science fiction humor novels as well as the owner of Spiral Arm Press. | | Ask me about my books, self-publishing (especially designing printed book interiors) and the Atlanta Radio Thea... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Walden
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11:00am

What to Avoid in a Themed Anthology
So you've heard about an open submission to an anthology with a theme- how do you create a story that won't repeat what a thousand other writers submit?

Moderators
NG

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Author
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the futuristic noir series, CYBIL LEWIS. From weird westerns to horrific horror, Nicole writes for the strange, the diverse, and the wonderfully weird. Escape to Other Worlds with her at Other Worlds Pulp, her website, http://www.nicolegivensk... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Quincy J. Allen

Quincy J. Allen

Author
Quincy J. Allen has been published in multiple anthologies, online and print magazines, as well as in one omnibus. His steampunk version of Steampelstiltskin is under contract with Fairy Punk Studios, and he’s written for the Internet radio show RadioSteam. His novel Chemical... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out... Read More →
avatar for Bobby Nash

Bobby Nash

Author
Bobby Nash is an award-winning author of novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, graphic novels, and the occasional screenplay for a number of publishers and production companies. He is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thri... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Harris
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11:00am

Guardians of the Geekery LIve Podcast
Moderators
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Geek Life, The Charlotte Geeks
Hey there! My name is Joey and I'm the founder/organizer of The Charlotte Geeks - a social club here in North Carolina that meets together 3-4 times a month for geeky good times, as well as hosting our annual Geek Gala each Halloween and our weekly podcast, Guardians of the Geek... Read More →

Speakers

Sunday June 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Boardroom

11:00am

Baen Traveling Roadshow
Meet the publishers at Baen Books and see what is coming up in their publishing world!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lakeshore II
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11:30am

Fabulous Finds
Your local thrift shop can be a treasure trove of cosplay material. Our costume panelists give tips on building props and accessories from everyday objects. 

Moderators
Speakers
JH

Joh Harp

Film.Media/TV
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Costume, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional ac... Read More →
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Costume, Mandalorian Mercs
A life-long STAR WARS fan, Tom founded the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club in his father's basement in 2007. In that time, Tom has become world-renown as a creator of hyper-realistic MANDALORIAN costumes and functional props. Creator of the world's largest functional STAR WARS L... Read More →
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

Costume
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over ten years. An original member of the Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion, it goes almost without saying that Derek is a huge Star Wars fan. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek also has a hug... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Burnham
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12:00pm

So You've Made a Movie, Now What
How to best promote your film and film company.

Moderators
Speakers
RW

Robert W. Filion

Film/Media/TV
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Film/Media/TV
Dave Harlequin is a professional writer, editor, journalist, producer, and entertainment personality from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Editor in Chief of Nerd Nation Magazine, a digital “nerd culture and entertainment” publication, as well as the co-founder of Tri-Force Entertainment, a film production and live event promotion company.nnA man of many talents, Harlequin has written and produced over half a dozen films, including his most recent award-winning short film... Read More →
MB

Matthew B. Moore

Film/Media/TV
avatar for Shannon Strucci

Shannon Strucci

Film/Media/TV, StrucciMovies
I am an editor and videographer best known for “SO YOU WANNA BE A FILM NERD”, an educational webseries on film culture and history focusing on accessibility, approachability, and anti-elitism. I also publish video essays on art and media other than film, have written narrativ... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lakeshore I
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12:00pm

The Age of Hufflepuff!
With the Fantastic Beasts franchise, Jo Rowling has revealedthat our new hero, Newt Scamander, comes from Hufflepuff House. Comeexplore the meaning of Hogwarts House identities, how PottermoreSorting fits into it all, and try to answer the ultimate in HarryPotter fan questions - What the hell is a Hufflepuff?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Stella Price/ Anastasia Virgas

Stella Price/ Anastasia Virgas

Author
Writing with her sister Audra, she is one half of a long standing writing team with over 45 novels to their credit. A Jill of most trades in the publishing world, Stella is an award winning cover artist, a convention director, book designer and branding maven. Slytherin head girl... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Olmstead
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12:00pm

Hawthorne and Holly
Hawthorn & Holly are a pop punk band that plays songs about Harry Potter. Started in 2007, these wizards hail from Charlotte, North Carolina. Leah Schroeder and Christie Mowery weave gorgeous harmonies with Eddie Mowery on guitars, while Dave Beaucar of Meriden, Connecticut slaps his amazing bass. 

Moderators
avatar for Hawthorn and Holly

Hawthorn and Holly

Performance, Hawthorn & Holly

Sunday June 4, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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12:00pm

Podcasting, Past, Present and Future
Where did podcasting start and where is it going? Let's discuss the history of the medium, how it has influenced geek culture and where it will go in the future.

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Podcaster, Emcee, Jack of at least 4 traded
To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom pod... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Carte

Chuck Carte

English/Theatre Department Chair, Stanly County Schools
I am a teacher, theater director, writer, editor, investigator, and cosplayer.
avatar for Sammie Cassell

Sammie Cassell

Film/Media/TV, Wreak Havoc Productions
Lifelong comic book, Star Wars, horror, sci-fi, tv, movie fan | Co-host of the Wreak Havoc Film Buffs Podcast | Independent film actor | Actor at the Original Hollywood Horror Show | Subject of the documentary Sammie the Comic Book Man | Contributor to The Talking Comic... Read More →
avatar for Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

Podcasts and Podcasting
I am a writer, a podcaster, a tabletop gamer and an occasional voice actor. | | It only gets confusing when I try to do all four at once...
avatar for Natalie Van Sistine

Natalie Van Sistine

Podcasts and Podcasting


Sunday June 4, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Keynes
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12:00pm

Self-Censorship
Have you ever written something and realized there is no way you could possibly publish it? Should you censor yourself? Are there subjects that are simply too taboo? Should emotional triggers be avoided at all cost?

Moderators
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

Author
New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen H... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Author
A lifelong reader and writer of fantasy and suspense, award-winning author Jeanne Adams is an extrovert in an introverted profession. So, she's always up for talking...about ANYTHING! Geekery of all kinds, reading, books, baseball, dogs and dog-showing, suspense, and body disposa... Read More →
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Robert Bevan

Author - Self-Published
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Rick Gualtieri

Author - Self-Published
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

Author
I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out... Read More →
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

Author
I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the be... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Walden
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12:00pm

What Good is the Library?
With books being cheap and easily ordered online, what does that mean for libraries? Do they still have importance to today's writers and readers, or are they big brick dinosaurs?

Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Author
Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Literary Guest
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Harris
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12:30pm

Folklore and Urban Legends
How Folklore and Urban Legends influence our society and how they morphed into the Creepypastas we know today.

Moderators
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Science
James McDonald has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives.nnIn addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence.nnHe also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series.nnHis newest project is The... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis

Author, Kingdom of Arilland
Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the Alpha... Read More →
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Tina R. McSwain

Paranormal, CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society
I am a well respected paranormal investigator and researcher with over 20 year experience. I founded CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society in 2005 and we are still going strong today. We take a scientific approach to the study of all types of paranormal activity.
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Paranormal
Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Burnham
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1:00pm

Inside the Director's Studio
Our director guests discuss their approach to film-making and which great directors and films influenced their work.

Moderators
Speakers
RW

Robert W. Filion

Film/Media/TV
avatar for Tom Gore

Tom Gore

Film/Media/TV
MB

Matthew B. Moore

Film/Media/TV
avatar for Shannon Strucci

Shannon Strucci

Film/Media/TV, StrucciMovies
I am an editor and videographer best known for “SO YOU WANNA BE A FILM NERD”, an educational webseries on film culture and history focusing on accessibility, approachability, and anti-elitism. I also publish video essays on art and media other than film, have written narrativ... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lakeshore I
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1:00pm

Star Trek: Which Generation is This?
Star Trek Discovery is currently in production. Discussion of the latest film and the newest television show and the alternate movie universe.

Moderators
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Costume, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional ac... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Author
A lifelong reader and writer of fantasy and suspense, award-winning author Jeanne Adams is an extrovert in an introverted profession. So, she's always up for talking...about ANYTHING! Geekery of all kinds, reading, books, baseball, dogs and dog-showing, suspense, and body disposa... Read More →
avatar for NerdBurger358 - Sherman Burris

NerdBurger358 - Sherman Burris

Fan
I'm an avid dilettante, and an unrepentant dabbler.
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Rick Gualtieri

Author - Self-Published
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service.  He's also taught hearing and hearing-impaired students at pre-school through university levels. | | Recently Chris has developed a severe neurological condition affecting strength, balance, and pain levels, and now spends increasing amounts of time wheelchair-bound... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lakeshore II
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1:00pm

I Are Dunecat!
Writers seem to love their cats. From being owned by them in real ife to writing about them in their stories, cats have a habit of being everywhere. Let's talk about cats in fantasy and SF stories.

Moderators
avatar for Dave Schroeder

Dave Schroeder

Author - Self-Published, Spiral Arm Press
I'm a retired Chief Information Officer and the author of the Xenotech Support series of science fiction humor novels as well as the owner of Spiral Arm Press. | | Ask me about my books, self-publishing (especially designing printed book interiors) and the Atlanta Radio Thea... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Editor/Author
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of two anthologies of short stories about the wildest West that never was: Weird Wild West (eSpec Books, 2015) and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier (Falstaff Books, 2017). Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Walden
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1:00pm

Speaking the Language
So you've created a unique alien species, how do you make them communicate? How best to create a new and unique language for your characters to speak.

Moderators
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

Author
I am a sailor and a writer. Usually I do both at once, but lately I've been ashore writing even more. I write Pathfinder Tales for Paizo Publishing, and some shorter fiction for other gaming publishers. I also have an award-winning series of nautical fantasy (yes, there are pi... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason T. Graves

Jason T. Graves

Publisher/Editor/Author, Prospective Press
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Author
Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin... Read More →
avatar for J. Matthew Saunders

J. Matthew Saunders

Literary Guest
J. Matthew Saunders, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is the author of the Daughters of Shadow and Blood trilogy about the Brides of Dracula and numerous fantasy and horror short stories. He received a B.A. in history from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from t... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Harris
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1:00pm

Beauty Makeup Workshop
Moderators
Sunday June 4, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Boardroom
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1:30pm

Cosplay Everyday
How to slip your favorite fandom into your everyday business and work wear.

Moderators
avatar for Chuck Carte

Chuck Carte

English/Theatre Department Chair, Stanly County Schools
I am a teacher, theater director, writer, editor, investigator, and cosplayer.

Speakers
avatar for Tera Fulbright

Tera Fulbright

Fan, ConGregate Productions
Tera Fulbright has been a fan of the SF genre since first reading C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia in the 4th grade.  Her experiences and interests range from costuming and stage combat to running conventions and writing.  | Her first short story, “History in the Making&rdquo... Read More →
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

Costume
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over ten years. An original member of the Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion, it goes almost without saying that Derek is a huge Star Wars fan. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek also has a hug... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Burnham
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1:30pm

Board Games!
What are some of the newest board/card games you should be playing?

Moderators
avatar for Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

Podcasts and Podcasting
I am a writer, a podcaster, a tabletop gamer and an occasional voice actor. | | It only gets confusing when I try to do all four at once...

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Literary Guest
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about... Read More →
avatar for Christopher DeLisle

Christopher DeLisle

Fan
A long time fan of all things geeky, Christopher refers to himself as an ethnic nerd who was raised in the geek orthodox tradition. He is an avid gamer and super hero enthusiast. His geek credentials include former production manager for Empire Games, acting as an assistant event... Read More →
avatar for Mikki Marvel

Mikki Marvel

Costume, FanDames Initiative
Talk to me about cosplay, Battlestar Galactica, Rocky Horror Picture Show, modeling, photography and whatever else. I have too many opinions.
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Puvithel

Artist


Sunday June 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Olmstead
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1:30pm

How Science Fiction Influences Science Fact
Do scientist look to genre fiction, television and movies for influence with techonological advances in electronics and medicine?

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

Professor, ECPI University
Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the collegiate level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming and math to, of course, astronomy and physics. I... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Science
James McDonald has consulted for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100 organizations on designing and implementing transformative technologies over twenty-five years. In addition to consulting, he speaks on futurism and coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and all of our daily lives.nnIn addition, Jim develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence.nnHe also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology. His current series are the Home Summonings and Longbow Initiative urban fantasy series.nnHis newest project is The... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Keynes
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1:30pm

Gothic Homemaking with Aurelio Voltaire
Artist Guest of Honor Aurelio Voltaire is a singer, songwriter, musician, writer, cartoonist, animator, television director, and teacher. He currently teaches  teaches stop motion animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, as well as animating, directing, and singing.

He is currently making a Gothic Homemaking webseries, which he posts a new episode of every Thursday on his YouTube channel The Lair Of Voltaire.

This panel will discuss that project and how you can turn your home into a gothic paradise!

Moderators
Sunday June 4, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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2:00pm

PowerPints!
The gang at Pineapple-Shaped Lamps are excited to bring you a Brand-New improv comedy show! Their team of improvisers will give presentations on a topic of the audience's choosing, using PowerPoint slides none of them have ever seen before!  It's liek a TED Talk, but WAY less boring!


Sunday June 4, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Walden
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2:30pm

Classic Who - Cardboard Sets and That Potato in the Pit.
A discussion of classic Doctor Who, before the reboot. Who is your favorite classic Doctor, what was the first Doctor Who episode you watched?

Moderators
avatar for Chuck Carte

Chuck Carte

English/Theatre Department Chair, Stanly County Schools
I am a teacher, theater director, writer, editor, investigator, and cosplayer.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher DeLisle

Christopher DeLisle

Fan
A long time fan of all things geeky, Christopher refers to himself as an ethnic nerd who was raised in the geek orthodox tradition. He is an avid gamer and super hero enthusiast. His geek credentials include former production manager for Empire Games, acting as an assistant event... Read More →
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Costume, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional ac... Read More →
avatar for DL Leonine

DL Leonine

Geek Life
avatar for Drew Meyer

Drew Meyer

Gaming/Podcasting/Author
Drew Meyer is a Librarian and Science Educator who moonlights as a Podcaster and Game Designer. He’s currently the Product Consultant for Scaldcrow Games and has published half a dozen titles for their Worlds of Pulp line since 2013. He’s contributed to numerous anthologies s... Read More →
avatar for Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

Podcasts and Podcasting
I am a writer, a podcaster, a tabletop gamer and an occasional voice actor. | | It only gets confusing when I try to do all four at once...
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fan Guest, Rolling Thunder Cosplay
Chris Shrewsbury (Rolling Thunder Cosplay) has been Panelist, Guest, and Staff at conventions for 30 years. | | Studying at Liberty University, he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, and public service.  He's also taught hearing and hearing-impaired students at pre-school through university levels. | | Recently Chris has developed a severe neurological condition affecting strength, balance, and pain levels, and now spends increasing amounts of time wheelchair-bound... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Lakeshore II
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2:30pm

Has Television Helped or Hurt the Ghost Hunting Business?
There are many ghost hunting programs on television these days, and most are untrustworthy. Has the explosion of media attention helped our local ghost hunters, or would they rather these shows just go away?

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and Civil War Ghosts of South Carolina (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in An Improbable Truth (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Mr. Johnson currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the Chester County Library and has been active in many community groups, including Chester County First Steps, the Chester County Arts Council, the School Improvement Council for the Chester Park School of the Arts and the Chester Little Theater among others. He is on the Roster of Approved Artists as an author, as well as the South Carolina School... Read More →

Speakers
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Tina R. McSwain

Paranormal, CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society
I am a well respected paranormal investigator and researcher with over 20 year experience. I founded CAPS - The Charlotte Area Paranormal Society in 2005 and we are still going strong today. We take a scientific approach to the study of all types of paranormal activity.
avatar for Jonathan E Weaver

Jonathan E Weaver

Film/Media/TV


Sunday June 4, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Burnham
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3:00pm

Creating Prints and Posters
Your original work is complete, how best to turn that original into prints to sell to eager buyers.

Moderators
avatar for Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler

Artist Guest
Maya Preisler is a professional artist, blogger, editor, and gamer with twenty-four years of convention experience. She is a published illustrator whose art has been featured at various art shows and conventions. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines and her website received international attention in the early 2000s. As a gamer, Maya was one of only two women ever inducted into a local gaming clan (the other being her sister) and spent ten years as an administrator and tech for LAN gaming at conventions. She is a professional game demonstrator for No Ordinary Gamers and an MIB for Steve Jackson Games. Maya has a BFA from UNC Charlotte and currently works several freelance jobs as an artist, illustrator, and designer and volunteers as a staffer at multiple conventions. You can find her online... Read More →

Sunday June 4, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Keynes
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3:00pm

Doctor Who: Lucky 13 the Fan Series
Come and check out our newest web series/fan film.  We have the latest episodes and news plus all kinds of Doctor Who related things!  It's a timeywimey good time!  Give us your input and come help with the show and even get a chance to star in the series alongside The Doctor and Companion!

Moderators
avatar for John "Floppy Waffle" Dondero

John "Floppy Waffle" Dondero

Film/Media/TV, 13th Floor EFX
John Dondero is an award-winning filmmaker, film editor, and digital effects artist from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the owner of 13th Floor EFX, a film production and live event promotions company, as well as co-founder of A Stranger Concept Films. | | Dondero is perha... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Film/Media/TV
Dave Harlequin is a professional writer, editor, journalist, producer, and entertainment personality from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the Editor in Chief of Nerd Nation Magazine, a digital “nerd culture and entertainment” publication, as well as the co-founder of Tri-Force Entertainment, a film production and live event promotion company.nnA man of many talents, Harlequin has written and produced over half a dozen films, including his most recent award-winning short film... Read More →
avatar for Torch

Torch

Film/Media/TV, A Stranger Concept Productions
A seasoned veteran with over 20 years in the entertainment industry, Torch is a man who wears many hats. From event promoter and DJ to film producer, writer, and party host, there really isn’t anything he hasn’t done in the realm of entertainment. Torch is perhaps best known... Read More →


Sunday June 4, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lakeshore I
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3:30pm

Con Wrap!
So, how did we do?  Be nice, we're tired and probably not caffienated enough.

Sunday June 4, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Lakeshore III/IV
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