Books-Authors Programming for Comicon 2015

 
Location: North 126A

Technology is the key to creating fun and exciting Steampunk.  Most of these stories happen when air travel finally became real. Can Steampunk airships can really work, move a character along, and make for an exciting adventure?

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Location: North 124

Author of Ancillary Juatice, the winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke awards, shares her experiences and plans for the future.

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Location: Youth Art Event Area- West 101

Do you have a story to tell? Do you want to create illustrations? In this session, authors and artists come together to share ideas and discuss opportunities to collaborate.

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  • Joshua Ferguson
 
Location: North 126A

Out-of-the-box ideas on describing people, places, things, and even feelings or sensations while using our nine senses. Yep - nine!

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Location: North 124

Meet our local authors and find out how they plan on spending their time at Comicon.  Giveaways and door prize for attendees.

 
Location: North 125

Writers Block: an occupational hazard.  Just because it happens doesn't mean the writing process has to stop or the tale never ends. What do authors do when stumped, where can they find inspiration, and how can writer's blocks become stepping stones?

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Author Craig W. Chenery will present on the rich and genre defining history of British zombie cinema

For additional information on Craig, please visit here

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  • Craig Chenery
 
Location: North 124

 Author of Blackbirds, The Blue Blazes, and the young adult series Heartland, as well as being a screenwriter and game designer, Chuck Wendig, joins us solo for for an hour.  Along with his many books, he also writes straight forward, hard hitting advise to aspiring authors through ebooks and his blog.  Discover what his past, present, and future projects hold in store for readers.

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An all ages event, where you can come show off your cosplay.  Whether it be completely home made, all bought from a store, or a professionally made costume. ALL ARE welcome. This is not a competition.  This is a come strut your stuff and show us what you got event.  Come have your moment in front of an amazing crowd of fellow cosplay enthusiast.

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 
Location: North 124

Since 1977 Del Rey books has grown into a Science Fiction and Fantasy Imprint with many well-read authors. Who are the authors from Del Rey Books joining us this weekend? Discover what Del Rey Books and their authors have in store for the future.

 
Location: North 125

Who do you think would win: Starlord with machine guns for legs or an ocelot that's really really emotional? How about Iron Man that hasn't slept in three days or Godzilla with an endless supply of trampolines? Come see the Del Rey authors battle it out in a game of Superfight.

 
Location: North 126A

Natural Speech vs. Prose Dialogue-Is there a difference? Which is better? How to write it right? Explore ways to write dialogue that flows like natural speech.

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Location: North 125

All about mystical, mythical and unusual creatures.

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Join our author guests for a glass or two in an informal setting. There will be door prizes and other giveaways from our participating publishers.

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  • Kids Need to Read
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Join Chris Gore (PodCRASH, G4TV's Attack of the Show, Film Threat), along with other performers, who will read aloud YOUR FAN FICTION. Come to the panel prepared with copies of your best work to see actors, comedians and performers bring your story to life on stage. In addition, a celebrity guest will be invited to write a piece of fan fiction based on audience suggestions that will be read live for a spectacular finale

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Location: North 126C

If Greg Maguire and Douglas Smith hadn't played in Frank L Baum's world of the Wizard of Oz we wouldn't have Wicked. Conversely, If E.L. James hadn't played in Stephanie Meyer's world of twilight we woudln't have Fifty Shades of Grey. This begs the question, "Is it possible for fan-fic to cros "the line"?  Come share your thoughts on the topic during a facilitated discussion where the audience is the panelist.

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For the first time at Phoenix Comicon, we are showcasing Geek Wedding Fashion in all it's glory. From the subtle to the outrageous, see a sampling of themed bridal fashion from flower girls to Brides and Grooms. 

Discover DIY accessories to geek out your own wedding. Comic book heroes, Sci-Fi genre, Japanese, Historical and Pop Culture weddings just to name a few. Featuring Vox Curvy Couture, Mr. Formal Tuxes, K Street Couture, candy bouquets courtesy of Candy Addict and many local Costume Designers.

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 
Location: North 125

Finding, getting, and working with agents and editors.  How to know when to cooperate and when compromise is a good thing.  How to identify when it is time to move on and get a new agent.

 
Location: North 126A

In a world of evil and mayhem, an opposing force is needed to squelch chaos. The good guy/gal or hero/heroine must have what it takes to conquer nefarious forces. Do they have to be perfect? When is perfection or flaws needed in a protagonist?

 

Local cultists discuss the work of prophet and horror author H. P. Lovecraft, how the Cthulhu Mythos has influenced countless others in literature, film and video games, as well as the new love for EVERYTHING TENTACLES phenomena. Hosted by the First United Church of Cthulhu, the only Mythos-based religion in Arizona.

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  • Hal C F Astell
  • Khurt Khave
 
Location: North 124

Harper Voyager provides a home for Science Fiction authors and readers.  Enjoy an hour with Harper Voyager authors.  Discover the publisher's latest efforts in the world of literature.  Get in on the latest offerings by these engaging authors.

 

An audience participation filled discussion lead by teachers who love Harry Potter.  This panel is filled with all the wonders of the wizarding world, and will make you never want to stop believing.

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  • Amber Gould
  • Brandon Riddle
  • Catie Whitten
  • Shalane Harris
  • Stephen Dzienis
 
Location: North 125

Read a three minute selection of your work (G to PG-13) to professionals in the literary field.  With compliments and constructive criticism, they will advise you on how to better your writing by keeping what works and improving what doesn't.  (proxy reader may be used but you must be present)  See the Books and Authors/Writer's Epic Quest table for details.

 
Location: North 125

Good stories capture a readers attention from the very beginning.  Agents and publishers may not get beyond a manuscript's first page before making the decision to give the story a chance or mail that "not-what-we're-looking-for" letter.  This is your chance to read your manuscript's first page to professionals and obtain suggestions on how to improve your first page and make it past that first cut.  (81/2' X 11" sheet of paper, single side, minimum font size 10pt.  3 minutes maximum read time)  See the Books and Authors/Writer's Epic Quest table for details

 
Location: North 126A

Science Fiction doesn't always have to take place in unknown space on unknown worlds. This panel celebrates Science Fiction on our planet Earth.  Discussions and comparisons on how Earth-centric Science Fictions compare to the typical space opera.

 
Location: North 124

What happens to history when reality is breached by more than just a person or 2 that never really existed? How does it stand up when strange, mystical, and/or magical occurrences take hold? Spice up history, make it more enjoyable with un-reality.

 

 
Location: North 125

Villains and anti-heroes/heroines.  Why have they become so popular?  How dark can you go?  What is unforgivable?  Should the "bad-guy/gal" seek redemption?  Interesting thoughts on what makes evil so good to read.

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Novels and Screenplays are two completely different types of writing, but that doesn't mean you can't do both.

For over five years Eric worked for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a documentary film producer and editor, covering Mars Exploration. Getting an up close, behind-the-scenes look at planetary exploration gave him a great inspiration his screenplay that eventually became the novel and audiobook called The Scout.

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  • Eric Tozzi
 
Location: North 124

Working with a publisher and self publishing are completely different worlds.  What are the pros and cons of building a career either way?  Find clarification and answers to many questions dealing with both ways of getting published.

 
Location: North 125

What's it like to get that first book published? Do first time authors still stand a chance? The book is written, what needs done to get a publisher? Then what? Experienced to newly first time published authors reminisce about their first time.

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Location: North 126A

Publisher, illustrator, novelist, artist, and designer, James Owen has been in the publishing business since his teenage years.  His writing efforts include The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, Here There Be Dragons, and the European released award winning Myth World, as well as many more.  Come listen as he expounds upon his many past endeavors in literature and illustration.  Discover what his newest ventures hold, and what we can hope for in the future.

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You do know the release of Jurassic World is right around the corner, right? Then be sure to join Educating [Geeks] for a live podcast recording as they cover the film that started it all, Steven Spielberg's 1993 groundbreaking film Jurassic Park! (Humans and Dinos welcome)

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Location: North 125

Where'd they go, and now what? Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr address this question about the Norse gods. In their joint venture,The Blackwell Pages young adult series.  Enjoy an hour of speculation about what happens when gods go away but the saga continues.

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Location: North 124

Historical Fantasy writers, history teachers, or self proclaimed history buffs, how much do they really know?  Be an author's Trivia-Titan and win.  Start the weekend right by being part of the best trivia game with trivial prizes.

 
Location: North 125

Vampires in a modern world.  What other beings lurk in the shadows of our cityscapes?  True Blood exposed us to these strange, intriguing lives lived in today's settings. Now we've been exposed, what more can we expect from these alternate realities?

 

Local author Craig W. Chenery will lead an open discussion on overcoming the challenges of creating, attending comicon and pop culture fandom for people living with bipolar disorder, depression and/or social anxiety.

For additional information on Craig, please visit here

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  • Craig Chenery
 
Location: Renaissance Salon 1-2

Steampunk is a fantastic conveyance, in every sense of the term. Victorians spent a lot of time, money, and energy researching the Paranormal, and much of our modern fondness stems from those basic cells. This panel covers how to describe magic, and explores the lengths that Victorians went to not only touch the occult, but be the ones paid to do the touching!

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Location: North 126A

 Why does magic seem to withstand the test of time?  Panelists discuss the use of magic and how innovative ideas bring fresh new ways to use magic in literature. 

 
Location: North 126A

Panelists discuss and possibly debate what things are good for a frightening atmosphere and why some things will never be in a horror story. Some things beg to be vilified (lifelike dolls, black muscle car, magic wand) other things, too benign/silly to be haunted/possessed/evil. (Lucifer's lightbulb? Evil bunny slippers?  Haunted highlighter?)  

 
Location: North 125
 Demons, dragons, fiends, beasts and mutants; whatever you call them, monsters have been a part of fantasyas well as horror stories since we first heard a bump in the night.  Our panelists discuss what goes into making a malicious, memorable and magical monster.
 
Location: North 124

Overview of Mythology, ancient to modern and how they work together and influence modern literature

 
Location: North 124

Award winning Naomi Novik is author of His Majesty's Dragon, Black Powder War, the first eight volumes of the Temeraire series, and more. Hear about her early days writing, the Organization for Transformative Works, and her plans for the future.

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Location: North 126A

Many books can be easily categorized by a specific genre.  Not all authors create worlds so easily defined.  This panel highlights the unique and enjoyable efforts of these creative authors.

 
Location: North 124

Can Love Survive?

 
Location: North 126A

Taking history and conforming it into a realistic fantasy takes more than imagination.  Research and attention to detail are a must, but yet, cannot be overdone. How to put a story into the real past and bend the truth while creating a viable story.

 

Michael MacLean has written five films for the legendary Roger Corman, including Sharktopus, and Piranhaconda, and is currently working with Lady Death creator Brian Pulido on a comic book project. An Arizona local, Mike was born, raised, and still works in Tempe.  If you want a few screenwriting tips or some behind the scenes Sharktopus gossip, now's your chance.

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  • Mike MacLean
 
Location: North 124

Serial Box introduces the series Bookburners, and the creative, talented authors that bring the story to life.  Discover what happens when the concept of a series is skillfully and collaboratively approached by taking advantage of today's technology. Imagine being introduced to new characters and being part of the unfolding of their lives.  Imagine weekly enjoying the delight of new developments and exciting twists to these characters' ongoing experiences. Imagine, getting updates and ongoing storylines to your favorite tales.

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Location: North 124

#1 New York Times Best Seller, Sherrilyn Kenyon, author of No Mercy and Devil May Cry joins us for an hour discussing her past literary achievements her current project(s) as well as her future plans.  Discover the interesting world of Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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Join Educating [Geeks] as they cover the controversial 2nd Season of the FOX Network hit Sleepy Hollow

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Location: North 124

Come see the author of Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha from Hell, Devil Said Bang, Kill City Blues, Metrophage, Butcher Bird and more talk about his past works, current projects, and future plans.

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Location: Youth Art Event Area- West 101

Hear wonderful "tails" with Moon Mermaid and have an opportunity for photos after the story!

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  • Moon Mermaid
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: North 126A

It's all about the ghosts . . . and explaining the unexplainable.  History, experiences, tales, and the fun of creating super phnomenal experiences from scratch.  

 
Location: North 125

Modern technology has made an impact on how books are created, packaged, and promoted.  This discussion brings to light how a book doesn't have to be just paper and ink any more.  Consider creative ways to publish and promote literary creations.

 
Location: North 126A

Good Mysteries, Thrillers, Horror, and Actioin Adventures hold your attention and each page builds upon the other.  How is this done?  Is there only one way to build tension in a tale? How does a good book keep you glued to every page?  

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Location: North 125
 Feast scenes are a staple of any fantasy author's diet, just as much as dragons and talking swords.  But is there more to a feast scene than just disturbingly elaborate portrayals of roast duck?  Digest this issue with our panelists!
 

Winter is Coming to Phoenix Comicon. Don't miss our Game Of Thrones Party benefiting Kids Need to Read in their mission to create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children.

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  • Kids Need to Read
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
Cost is $20
 
Location: Youth Art Event Area- West 101

What if you fell through a bridge into the realm of Trolls. Misunderstood, you will learn about Trolls and make a mask to take home! Wonderful storytelling and creative activities woven together in this tale by JJ Czep!

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  • Jenn Czep
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: North 124

A panel for authors to gush about the facets of their research that surprised and delighted them.

 
Location: North 125

An author is not shaped just by books.  Anime, video games, comics, movies: in pop culture anything can influence an author's storytelling.  Our panelists discuss what non-book influences inspire their writing.

 
Location: North 126A

Amidst the vast sea of panels and shared knowledge, how shall the aspiring author glean the direction to acquire their desired ultimate destination? Phoenix Comicon's Books and Authors ventures forth to aid the weary writer in achieving their desires.  Join the quest for literary excellence.  What is this quest?  Who shall embark upon this adventure? How does one attain the final treasure?  All will be revealed.

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Location: North 126A

Writing for a living is not an average 9 to 5 job.  How is writing time handled?  What do those you live with do while you're writing?  How do writers maintain a "normal" life?  And what about those irregular paychecks?  How does a partner and family handle this unusual lifestyle.  Hear from authors and their significant others on how to survive the literary life.

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Location: North 125

Characters stuck in situations where heroism is the only choice

 
Location: North 126A

Writing younger characters that still feel real to the reader

 
Location: North 125

Have your Young Adult writing critiqued by professionals in the writing business.  Be ready to read upto 3 minutes of your own work. (proxy reader may be used but you must be present)  What is good? What needs work?  See the Books and Authors/Writer's Epic Quest table for details

 
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