Books-Authors Programming for Comicon 2015

 
Location: North 126A

Award winning novelist, editor, and screenwriter, Michael Stackpole, teaches how to prepare a novel in 21 days.

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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 enjoy drawing and want more out of your art work? Do you want to see your story come to life? In this session artists and authors come together to share ideas and collaboration opportunities.

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  • Joshua Ferguson
 
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

Our hapless authors join Sam Sykes for another batsu game! (Batsu: the Japanese word for "punishment,") Each panelists is charged with performing a task under pressure. If they fail, they will be subjected to a "horrible" punishment. Sounds fun! Right?

 
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 125

Join a group of authors in building an impromptu story

 
Location: North 124

Author of Blackbirds, The Blue Blazes, and Heartland, Chuck Wendig, joins us solo for an hour. He also writes hard hitting advice to aspiring authors. 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 would win: Starlord with machine guns as legs or a really really emotional ocelot? How about Iron Man who hasn't slept in three days or Godzilla with an endless supply of trampolines? 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 124

New York Times Best Seller, Diana Gabaldon, takes the stage at Phoenix Comicon.  Author of the ever popular "Outlander" series shares with us her experiences, current projects, and future endeavors.

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Location: North 123
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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
 

Phoenix Comicon staff present this informative guide to experiencing Phoenix Comicon. Learn to make the most of your experience and get the inside track on the secrets and not to be missed events of 2015. Featuring special prizes and giveaways!

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  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Phoenix Comicon staff present this informative guide to experiencing Phoenix Comicon. Learn to make the most of your experience and get the inside track on the secrets and not to be missed events of 2015. Featuring special prizes and giveaways!

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  • 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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Location: North 126A

Turning a book/story into a film/movie/TV show,etc...How's it happen? What's it like? What is the author's role? What are these authors' experiences?

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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
 

Ever notice that the guns in movies and TV never run out of bullets? Come learn some of the real facts about firearms in Books, TV, and Films from Firearm Expert Gary Harper. 

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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.

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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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  • Bill Collins
  • 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 three minute of your work to literary professionals.  With compliments and constructive criticism, they will advise on how to better your writing, keep what works, and improve what doesn't. Details at Books & Authors/Writer's Epic Quest table.  (G to PG-13, proxy reader may be used but you must be present)

 
Location: North 125

Agents/publishers may not get past a manuscript's first page before giving it a chance or mailing that "not-what-we're-looking-for" letter. Read your first page for suggestions to help make it past that first cut. Details at Books and Authors table.  (81/2' X 11" sheet of paper, single side, minimum font size 10pt.  3 minutes maximum read time)

 
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

They don't call it "epic" fantasy for nothin'. Share the glories and tragedies of writing big in epic fantasy: building massive worlds, creating huge casts of characters, and thinking the biggest ideas. Go big or go home (Don't go home, please come).

 
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 126b

Signing for the Hybrid Authors panel

 
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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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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  • Bri Valdivia
  • Megan Calcote
 
Location: North 125

Panel of authors who write fantasy set in the Gun Powder era.

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Location: North 125

Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr address the 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 126b

Authors from the Know Your History panel signing

 
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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  • Khurt Khave
 
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 125

Proper cover letters that work, what's a good "elevator" speech, how to get your manuscript read, what to send to whom and what about press kits

 
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, mutants; whatever you call them, monsters have been a part of fantasy as well as horror stories since we first heard a bump in the night.  Panelists discuss what makes 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 126A

Be it peer pressure or possession, how do outside influences get in and change a character?

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Location: North 126b

Signing for the Paranormal Romance panel 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 past literary achievements, her current project(s) and 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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  • ANDREA COFFMAN
  • Bri Valdivia
  • Devon Adams
 
Location: North 126A

What is it like out there amonst the stars?  Does it truely maatter what it's really like?  What do these authors see when they look at space through a science fiction filter?

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Location: North 126A

Drawing Out The Dragons

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Location: North 124

Spotlight on Kevin Hearne, author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, and Star War's Heir to the Jedi, as well as much more.  Join Kevin as he talks about his past experiences, current projects, and future endeavors.

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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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So... ...what is the crew up to when they're not on the silver or television screen? Join us as we dive into the rich world of comics and books that expand the Star Trek universe!

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  • David Williams
  • Ted House
 
Location: North 124

Our panelists waste an hour of your time as they discuss, and possibly demonstrate, how to best utilize social media as a creator.  Oh, help us all!

 
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 125

Old School Vs. Modern Urban Fantasy. How do the two compare?

 
Location: North 126A

Should plot or character drive a story?  The pros and cons of either way.

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Location: North 124

World building is a good start, but when is it enough and how to move on to the characters and the story.

 
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 - not a 9 to 5 job. How to: maintain a "normal" life, handle writing time, budget irregular paychecks, deal with travel, and fans. How can family handle this? 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.  What is good? What needs work?  See the Books and Authors/Writer's Epic Quest table for details.

 
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