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Friday, June 3
 

12:00pm

Pre-Registration Membership Badge Pick Up
If you pre-purchased your membership, you may pick up your badge anytime after 12 p.m.

Friday June 3, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
South Registration Desk

12:00pm

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

Friday June 3, 2016 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Concord E

12:00pm

Guest Relations Office
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Friday June 3, 2016 12:00pm - 9:00pm
JQH Executive Boardroom

2:00pm

Registration
Pick up your pre-purchased Membership Badge or Purchase a Membership.

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Friday June 3, 2016 2:00pm - 10:00pm
South Registration Desk

3:00pm

Crowdfunding Your Book
An exploration of the ins and outs of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and the ways in which authors and small publishers can best utilize them to fund their projects.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

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 Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

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 and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Jim has a long-standing love for and interest in history, anthropology, the sciences, and literature, which have been run through the blender of his twisted mind to produce this work. When not trying to get the strange ideas that float around in his head out in text, Jim lives in the central Carolinas with his wife, three dogs, and the occasional fish. When not clicking away on a laptop pretending to be the monkey writing Shakespeare, he is... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Carolina C

3:00pm

Doing It All: Blending Character, Plot, and Backstory
As writers we have a lot to convey to our readers: Character, plot points, background. How do we do this smoothly, evenly, without resorting to data dumps? Professional writers share their tips.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jake Bible

Jake Bible

Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega... Read More →
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
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, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for Beth Revis

Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters prequel to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and Beth’s first self-published title. A former teacher, Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Carolina A/B

3:00pm

Star Wars Books: Legends and Canon
Let's talk about the literature of that galaxy long ago and far, far away. What has been lost for Star Wars fans, now that the Expanded Universe has been reclassified as Legends? And what has been gained through the new works published as Canon? How did the Journey to the Force Awakens publications pave the way for the record-breaking film release? How are related texts now enhancing our understanding of the new era of Star Wars and ushering new generations into the fandom? What do today's Star Wars books (for children, young adults, and adults) tell us about the long-term vision of the LucasFilm Story Group? And, last but not least, is Star Wars literature "good" SF/F (whatever that means)?

Moderators
avatar for Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Professor, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University. Her primary fields include Science Fiction/Fantasy Studies and Native American Studies. | | Sturgis is the author of four books on Native American and U.S. history as well as more than forty scholarly and mainstream essays on historical and speculative fiction topics. She has edited five books on science fiction and fantasy subjects. In 2006, Sturgis was... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Founder/Mandalore, 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 Landspeeder vehicle, his work has been featured on the official STAR WARS blog, Go90, and Discovery Canada's "Daily Planet" science show. | | When Tom isn't working... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Concord G

3:00pm

Ghost Hunting 101
Although not quite as mainstream as in years past, ghost hunting is still a popular topic, as evidenced by the number of programs, books, podcasts, and other media regarding the topic. Join our panelists as they discuss some of the methods and technologies used in paranormal research, and demonstrate evidence collected from various investigations.

Moderators
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Founder & Director, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. Alex currently hosts the radio show "The Wicked Domain" on LiveParanormal.com and has previously hosted the radio shows "ParaNation" and "Paranormal Insider Radio." She also runs a podcast for the North Carolina theatre community called, "Triangle On Stage." She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally 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). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →
TR

Tina R. McSwain

Founder & Executive Director, 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 3, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Concord H

3:00pm

Art Show
Come see our 1st annual At Show 

Friday June 3, 2016 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Harrisburg B

3:00pm

CeeCee's Lounge
Welcome to CeeCee's Lounge.  This is a place to relax, take a break, watch some videos, and chill.

This is a Photography Free Zone.  Great place for costumers to take a break, fix a costume, and breathe.  

Friday June 3, 2016 3:00pm - Saturday June 4, 2016 12:00am
Fairway B

3:00pm

Gaming
Come play your favorite game.  For more information, visit
http://www.concarolinas.org/gaming/

Friday June 3, 2016 3:00pm - Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00am
Concord F

4:00pm

Adventures in Publishing
Adventures in publishing : how to get the best results for the budget, how to do editing, how to eliminate typos, find awesome cover art, clever not irritating marketing techniques.

Moderators
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

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 author of EPIC-Award-winning The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Henley Babb

Charlotte Henley Babb

author, Maven Fairy Godmother
Charlotte Henley Babb began writing as soon as she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name. Growing up in the red mud and sweet tea Carolinas, she was a voracious reader with widely diverse interests ranging from the classic folk and fairy tales to sci-fi writers like Terry Pratchett and Robert Heinlein. She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows... Read More →
avatar for Beth Revis

Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters prequel to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and Beth’s first self-published title. A former teacher, Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Carolina C

4:00pm

Research for Dummies
How to research your work.

Moderators
avatar for Andrea Judy

Andrea Judy

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 games. Her first digest novel, The Bone Queen, was published in October 2013 with the sequel, Blood and Bone, out in February 2015.

Speakers
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
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, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry is delighted to be returning to North Carolina, where she grew up. Where was ConCarolinas when she needed it? At least she had long-gone SF club StarCore as comfort. Leigh writes the Family Skeleton mysteries, featuring an adjunct English professor and an ambulatory skeleton. Together they fight crime. Before she was Leigh, she was Toni L.P. Kelner, and as Toni is the author of the geeky “Where Are They Now?” mysteries and the... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

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 (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Carolina A/B

4:00pm

Opening Ceremonies
The official start ConCarolinas 2016!  Come see what is new and who is here!

Moderators
avatar for Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit

Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit

Guy who does the work, PRS Graphics
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 podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Moss Bliss

Moss Bliss

I have worked in homeless, mental health, and disability recovery, been Senior Editor of two small publishing companies (same owner), am a decent filker with dozens of lyrics to my credit, and I live alone with my two cats. If that doesn't say "desperate", I don't know what does.
avatar for Jada Diaz

Jada Diaz

ConChair, ConCarolinas
#SamSam2016 Campaign Manager - Sam Sam 2016: Catnip, Laps, and Naps!
avatar for Blibbering Humdingers

Blibbering Humdingers

Neo-retro, post-nihilist, acoustic/rock music for wizards, nerds, geeks, Browncoats, Timelords, gamers, SCAdians and all manner of interesting human people. We are: Scott on guitar and vocals, Kirsten on vocals and hand percussion, and Chuck on bass, mandolin and cool sunglasses. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll crap your pants. Links to our latest CD "Raised by Nerds" and other oddities available at http://BlibberingHumdingers.com Also find us... Read More →
avatar for Pineapple-Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →
avatar for Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a full-time standup comedian whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He has made multiple appearances both on NBC and at the legendary House Of Blues, headlined on all four coasts and performed at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, Geek... Read More →
avatar for DJ Spider

DJ Spider

DJ: Many of you know me as DJ Spider, and I've been a DJ for over 20 years. Primarily goth/industrial/EBM and 80s/new wave, with a tendency to splat you with electro, dance, pop and random dumb stuff. If it makes me dance, I'll probably play it. I also do a helluva lot with some of the best booties in the biz -- Big Mamma's House of Burlesque and the Charlotte Roller Girls. (If you would like to keep up with my DJing adventures, please 'LIKE... Read More →
avatar for Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music "Victorian Chamber metal", the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. | Ethereal... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Concord A/B

4:00pm

Dark Reflections
An Underground Theatre Production using By Night Studios edition of Vampire the Masquerade. The game premise is a continuation of events in the Charlotte venue of UT. Since last November, the kindred of the city have done a fine job of stabilizing the city, but something darker then even kindred lurks around the corner. Rumors of something called the cure have spread. The cure for what, maybe you could be the one to find out, the one to hold the legendary cure in your hands.The World of Darkness (or WoD) is the name given to two related but distinct fictional universes developed by Mark Rein-Hagen. Both World of Darkness settings have been used for several horror fiction-themed role-playing games that make use of the Storytelling System. These include Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Mage: The Ascension, Wraith: The Oblivion, and Changeling: The Dreaming. A live action role-playing game (LARP or LRP) is a form of role-playing game where the participants perform some or all of the physical actions of the characters they are playing within a pre-determined space for a pre-determined span of time. LARP may be considered a form of improvisational theatre.

Friday June 3, 2016 4:00pm - Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00am
KittyHawk

5:00pm

Mystic Pregnancies and Magic Babies
Time and again, in books and film, we're asked to believe in the magic baby, a child that grows to maturity in a matter of days, destined to save the world (or possibly wreak utter destruction.) What makes it so attractive to so many writers? What are some of the problems that writers fail to deal with when employing the mystical pregnancy plotline?

Moderators
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

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 his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
avatar for S.H. Roddey / Siobhan Kinkade

S.H. Roddey / Siobhan Kinkade

Author
South Carolina native S.H. Roddey has been writing for fun since she was a child and still enjoys building worlds across the speculative fiction spectrum filled with mystery and intrigue. She brings to the literary world a unique blend of humor, emotion, and wild ideas filled with dark themes and strong characters. She is a voracious reader, wannabe chef, and video game addict with two full-time jobs: administrative professional and mom to a... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Carolina C

5:00pm

Paranormal Suspense - How to Ramp Up Action in Your Paranormal
How do you keep the suspense in your paranormal when you have to explain the magic, or make sure the monsters don't get away? How do writers incorporate both suspense and paranormal elements, and still keep the reader engaged? What's too much, what's too little? In a series, how do you keep a suspense element in each book? Join authors as they discuss how to keep the action and suspense in a great paranormal read!

Moderators
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Award-Winning 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 disposal. | | Jeanne writes Romantic Suspense both for a New York publisher (Kensington) and both Urban Fantasy and Suspense independently. You can find her books... 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 Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

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 Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →
avatar for Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry is delighted to be returning to North Carolina, where she grew up. Where was ConCarolinas when she needed it? At least she had long-gone SF club StarCore as comfort. Leigh writes the Family Skeleton mysteries, featuring an adjunct English professor and an ambulatory skeleton. Together they fight crime. Before she was Leigh, she was Toni L.P. Kelner, and as Toni is the author of the geeky “Where Are They Now?” mysteries and the... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Carolina A/B

5:30pm

Unique Cosplay Materials
What materials do cosplayers use out of the norm? Foam, 3D printing, and more!

Moderators
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Founder/Mandalore, 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 Landspeeder vehicle, his work has been featured on the official STAR WARS blog, Go90, and Discovery Canada's "Daily Planet" science show. | | When Tom isn't working... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Concord H

5:30pm

Star Trek and Diversity
How Star Trek broke barriers and opened up the sci-fi universe to a variety of different people.

Moderators
avatar for Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Professor, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University. Her primary fields include Science Fiction/Fantasy Studies and Native American Studies. | | Sturgis is the author of four books on Native American and U.S. history as well as more than forty scholarly and mainstream essays on historical and speculative fiction topics. She has edited five books on science fiction and fantasy subjects. In 2006, Sturgis was... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, 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 actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.


Friday June 3, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Concord G

5:30pm

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Signing
Signing with Author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. 


Friday June 3, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Concord E

5:30pm

Deep Thoughts
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 greatest questions in this Deep Thoughts panel!

Friday June 3, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Concord J

6:00pm

Afrofuturism
Afrofuturism is a literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, fantasy and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to examine issues of race and ethnicity. Our panelists will discuss the history of the aesthetic and offer examples of the best books, movies and music.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Grind Pulp Podcast

Grind Pulp Podcast

Grind Pulp Podcast
Andrew Crevier, Jeronimo Brown, and Manga Matty ICE are co-hosts of the Grind Pulp Podcast. Get chatty with them about crazy movies and gritty pulp tales of the weird and macabre.
avatar for Jay Requard

Jay Requard

Editor, Falstaff Books
I'm an Epic Fantasy author and editor at Falstaff Books!


Friday June 3, 2016 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Carolina C

6:00pm

Editing Your Own Work
So, you’ve finished your first draft. Great! But you’re not done yet. Now it’s time to get down to the hard work of making your manuscript what you want it to be — and what publishers want to contract. There are a number of things you can do to make your manuscript better. And then it comes time to work with your editor...

Moderators
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Larry N. Martin

Larry N. Martin

DreamSpinner Communications
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and Grimm with more to come. Larry and Gail also have... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Carolina A/B

6:00pm

New Who Review!
Daleks, Sontarans, and Cybermen, oh my! This panel focuses on the new Doctors from Eccleston to Capaldi.

 

Moderators
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, 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 Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!

Speakers
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

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 his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Concord I

6:00pm

Or So The Story Goes: Happy Thoughts
"Or So The Story Goes" is a horror anthology, initially created for a young adult audience. Each season brings to life a different story from classic children's literature, with a dark and modern twist. In "Happy Thoughts," a family is endangered by the ghost of a homicidal teenage boy, luring a team of paranormal investigators helmed by his vengeful nemesis, to end his violent games.


Friday June 3, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Kannapolis B

6:00pm

Mikey Mason
Mikey Mason is a comedy monster. A naughty cartoon character. An experiment gone wonderfully wrong. He explodes onstage with unfathomable energy, relentlessly pounding away at his audience with a wit as fast as his mouth, infectiously hilarious original songs, and his completely twisted world view. He’s the psycho stalker ex-boyfriend of comedy, except that you want to see him again. And again. And again.

Speakers
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Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a full-time standup comedian whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He has made multiple appearances both on NBC and at the legendary House Of Blues, headlined on all four coasts and performed at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, Geek... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Concord A/B

6:00pm

Self-Publishing - Pros, Pitfalls, Rip-offs and Real Money Numbers
John Hartness has sold nearly 100,000 copies of his various properties as self-published author and has become well-known for his No-BS approach to publishing. Learn why you should, why you shouldn't, and why maybe no one should ever self-publish in this straight-talking workshop where John talks about the costs, the investments, the scam artists and the earning potential. Bring a pen and be ready to learn about making a living in self-publishing!

Speakers
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

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 author of EPIC-Award-winning The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 6:00pm - 7:55pm
Piedmont

6:30pm

Live Action Candy Crush!
Kids - come play live action Candy Crush! The child who crushes the most rows of candy wins a $5 Dealer Dollar certificate.

Parents - safety goggles will be provided.

Inspired by esurance's commericial

https://www.ispot.tv/ad/7rDe/esurance-shirlee-candy-crush-enthusiast 

Moderators
avatar for Nia

Nia

Nia and Cerulean run the KidsTrack for ConCarolinas

Speakers


Friday June 3, 2016 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Gazabo/Outside of Restaurant Area

6:30pm

How to Start Your Own Webcomic
How to bring your stories and characters to the web. Topics include: character concepts, how long does it take to do a strip, how many times a week you should publish, websites and branding.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for K.B. Spangler

K.B. Spangler

KB Spangler is the artist and author of the webcomic, A Girl and Her Fed, as well as novels, short stories, and other projects. Her work has been featured at io9.com and mtv.com. She draws unbearable puns five times a week, and has strong opinions about dogs, home ownership, and politics. Do not get her talking about arson.
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Aillen Taylor

Head Monkey, Aillen Artworks
I been an illustrator, cartoonist, and graphic artist for about 26 years now. During that time I had the pleasure of working for different size RPG companies, comic books, different industries and one of the people to help UNC-TV with idea of how stream shows back in 2000. I was trained at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts between 1993 to 1995. |


Friday June 3, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Harrisburg A

7:00pm

Designing the Reasonable Alien
It’s been said that, because sentient aliens can never be fully “knowable,” they can only be written as metaphors of human characters or conditions. But hard science fiction accepts concepts that are “true to, or reasonably postulated from, science as it is known at the time of writing.” So why not a “reasonable” alien? And how might one go about designing one?

Moderators
avatar for Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan, author of three ANALOG stories, including the novelette "Vooorh" (Jul/Aug 2014,) is currently at work on a novel in which a resourceful group of friends encounter aliens in the North Carolina mountains. Though the alien visitors seem friendly enough, old disagreements begin to fester among them following contact with the humans. When the conflict escalates, the human characters engage a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Award-Winning 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 disposal. | | Jeanne writes Romantic Suspense both for a New York publisher (Kensington) and both Urban Fantasy and Suspense independently. You can find her books... Read More →
avatar for Wendy S Delmater

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Abyss & Apex publishes, on average, about 25% new writers. Talk to me about how to break into publishing short fiction.
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows... Read More →
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Gray Rinehart

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 & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →
avatar for Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold

Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing teeny little stories at age seven when he discovered an old portable typewriter. They’re in a file cabinet somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 7:00pm - 7:55pm
Carolina A/B

7:00pm

Tools of the Trade: What Every Writer Should Have on Their Desk
What books, software, tools, talismans, etc. do professionals use to facilitate their writing? From Roget's Thesaurus to Scrivener, pros will share their tips.

Moderators
avatar for Natania Barron

Natania Barron

Author, editor, geek, reformed academic
Natania Barron is a word tinkerer with a lifelong love of the fantastic. She has a penchant for the speculative, and has written tales of invisible soul-eating birds, giant cephalopod goddesses, gunslinger girls, and killer kudzu, just to name a few. Her work has appeared in Weird Tales, EscapePod, Steampunk Tales, Crossed Genres, Bull Spec, and various anthologies. She is also the founder of The Outer Alliance, a group dedicated to queer... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Judy

Andrea Judy

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 games. Her first digest novel, The Bone Queen, was published in October 2013 with the sequel, Blood and Bone, out in February 2015.
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S.H. Roddey / Siobhan Kinkade

Author
South Carolina native S.H. Roddey has been writing for fun since she was a child and still enjoys building worlds across the speculative fiction spectrum filled with mystery and intrigue. She brings to the literary world a unique blend of humor, emotion, and wild ideas filled with dark themes and strong characters. She is a voracious reader, wannabe chef, and video game addict with two full-time jobs: administrative professional and mom to a... Read More →
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Jim has a long-standing love for and interest in history, anthropology, the sciences, and literature, which have been run through the blender of his twisted mind to produce this work. When not trying to get the strange ideas that float around in his head out in text, Jim lives in the central Carolinas with his wife, three dogs, and the occasional fish. When not clicking away on a laptop pretending to be the monkey writing Shakespeare, he is... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

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 (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 7:00pm - 7:55pm
Carolina C

7:00pm

Conventions and Cosplays with Disabilities
“Conventions and Cosplay with Disabilities” is an engaging discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities faced by those dealing with many types of disabilities, from sensory and mobility impairments to “invisible conditions” like ADHD and social anxiety disorder. In a safe and supportive environment, we’ll share experiences and information aimed at enhancing the fandom convention, with a special emphasis on the amazing world of cosplay.

6pm

Moderators
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, 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 actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury has been attending conventions and cosplaying for almost 30 years.  Growing up in WV, he's attended, volunteered at, and been staff at literally dozens of cons along the east coast. While studying Speech Pathology and Deaf Education at Liberty Univ., he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked with many notable entertainers, educators, and government officials.  He also served a tour in... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Concord H

7:00pm

Haunted Dolls Are the New Zombie: Discussing the next big terror trope
With haunted dolls and possessed houses being the new zombie in horror filmmaking today, join our brilliany band of panelists for a frightfully delightful discussion on what they think the next new tropes in terror will be...

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Co-Founder/Editor in Chief, Nerd Nation Entertainment
Writer. Author. Editor. Journalist. Producer. Filmmaker. | Geek. Gamer. Con-Addict. All Around Swell Guy.


Friday June 3, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kannapolis A

7:00pm

The Year in Science
Scientific Discoveries made during the last 12 months.

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Euin Cobb

Stephen Euin Cobb

Contributing Editor, Space and Time Magazine
I have interviewed over 350 people for my work as an author, magazine writer, futurist, and award-winning podcaster. During the last ten years I have produced over 450 episodes of my weekly podcast, THE FUTURE AND YOU, which explores, through interviews, panel discussions, and commentary, all the ways the future will be different from today. | | A contributing editor for SPACE AND TIME MAGAZINE, I have also been a regular contributor for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

James Maxey’s mother warned him that reading all those comic books would warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys. | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Hawking. Turns... Read More →
avatar for Erin Penn

Erin Penn

Science Guest
Erin Penn is a writer and line editor living in North Carolina. She received her Bachelors of Science from Alma College with a double major in Computer Science and Sociology. She is the president of the Gaston County chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism and completed a Masters of Business Administration because she never has stopped wanting to learn more, be it hard science, soft science, history, or real world people. Like the Borg... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Concord C

7:00pm

Beginning Wire-Wrapping
Construct a basic wire wrap bracelet. $4.00 FEE

Moderators
Friday June 3, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Blue Ridge

7:00pm

Video Games Today
Join the crew of Altered Confusion as they talk video games, a retrospective on them, and of course any aspect that you the audience can drive them to (Audience Participation a HUGE PLUS)

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Andrea Judy

Andrea Judy

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 games. Her first digest novel, The Bone Queen, was published in October 2013 with the sequel, Blood and Bone, out in February 2015.


Friday June 3, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Concord G

7:00pm

Seven Hells
SEVEN HELLS is a horror/comedy feature collection made up of seven of the winningest short films from the world's top film festivals and up-and-coming directors )including Robert Boocheck of "ABCs of Death 2," brought together to make the perfect horror anthology. Seven horrifying and hilarious tales of what happens when it all goes to hell.


Friday June 3, 2016 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Kannapolis B

7:00pm

Nana Visitor Autograph Session
Nana will be signing autographs and table photos in the Dealer Room. 

Speakers

Friday June 3, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Concord E

7:30pm

Wither Westeros! Game of Thrones in Review
Jon Snow is alive!  The white walkers are coming!  

HODOR!!!!

Join us as we talk about Season 6 of Game of Thrones.  SPOILERS! 

Moderators
CC

Carol Cowles

Programming Director, ConCarolinas

Speakers

Friday June 3, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Concord I

7:30pm

John Dondero’s a Liar!
John Dondero can sell sand in Yuma, AZ and turn a profit.  He can make you believe that you have won the lottery.  He makes films.  Is he telling the truth? Or is John Dondero a LIAR!!! This fun, audience participation event will have you laughing and wondering just what the color of the sky really is. 

This is NOT a family friendly panel.  

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John Dondero

John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?
avatar for Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a full-time standup comedian whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He has made multiple appearances both on NBC and at the legendary House Of Blues, headlined on all four coasts and performed at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, Geek... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Fairway A

7:30pm

Valentine Wolfe

Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight.  Having dubbed their music “Victorian Chamber metal”, the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe.

Ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black are buttressed by the thunderous growl of Braxton’s electric upright bass, the two coalescing over pounding rock and electronic grooves punctuated by a maelstrom of synthesizers, keyboards, and sound design.  Their work has attracted the attention of rock audiences, goth enthusiasts, theatre composers, and con attendees all up and down the east coast.

Their latest release, The Nightingale: A Gothic Fairytale, behind which they are currently touring, is an dramatic adaptation and reinterpretation of both The Emperor and the Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen and Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats, set in a sinister Poison Garden, based on the Alnwick Botanical Gardens in England, where every single plant can kill.


Friday June 3, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Concord A/B

7:30pm

Christie Golden Signing
Bring a book or buy a book from Christie Golden!

Speakers

Friday June 3, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Concord E

7:30pm

Big Fat Geek Quiz
A panel type quiz show in the style of Big Fat Quiz of the Year, @midnight, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me, or Eight out of Ten Cats.
A host will ask a series of nerdy news or trivia questions to a panel, or teams of individuals (typically 3 teams of 2). While points might be given for correct answers, the real fun comes from the outlandish and creative wrong answers the comedians might answer with instead!

Moderators
avatar for 2 Dudes Revue

2 Dudes Revue

2 Dudes Revue
Matt, Abby, and Ron: In depth comedy from people out of their depth. There might be three of them, they might not all be dudes, but in this post-modern society, that works. | 2DR are internet reviewers of pop culture commodities like toys, video games, 80s movies, renaissance faires, and everything in between. Your go-to people for discussing trivial matters with utmost sincerity. Just don't insult Ric Flair in Ron's presence.

Friday June 3, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Concord J

8:00pm

The Burden of Years
Readers love vampires and immortals, but how can a mortal writer truly express the awful weight of time on a character who just won't die? Are love stories between centuries-old deathless creatures and modern teenagers remotely believable? Are there stories that have adequately covered the emotional struggle of such characters? 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

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 Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

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 The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

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 and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Carolina A/B

8:00pm

Women in F/SF
Women are consumers of F/SF just as much as men are, which means that there's room for more women in creating F/SF. Let's talk about what women face when they want to join the boy's club, and maybe share some great authors and filmmakers who've already cracked that seal.

Moderators
avatar for Beth Revis

Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters prequel to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and Beth’s first self-published title. A former teacher, Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Wendy S Delmater

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Abyss & Apex publishes, on average, about 25% new writers. Talk to me about how to break into publishing short fiction.
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Carolina C

8:00pm

Movies in Minutes
Want to watch half dozen insane genre movies but just don’t have the time? Our crack staff—two guys who have wasted their lives—have edited them down to easy bite sized portions! Stand in abject TERROR as you meet DEVIL GIRL FROM MARS! Hide your eyes in craven COWARDICE at the touch of THE GREEN SLIME! Scratch your head in utter CONFUSION at whatever the heck DEADLY PREY was trying to do! These and more await you!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Kannapolis A

8:00pm

The Blibbering Humdingers

The Blibbering Humdingers – Fun songs for Harry Potter fans an all manner of nerds. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll crap your pants. Buy our music on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, or listen to us on Spotify, LastFM, Reverbnation or Bandcamp.

We’re a husband/wife duo based in Cary, NC and play lots shows around NC. We’d love to perform at your convention, festival, quidditch game, or living room. If you want us to play at your kid’s birthday party, you might want to actually listen to our music first. 

If you’re wondering where we got our band name from, then re-read the final chapter (not the epilogue) of Deathly Hallows. Luna pulls a clever “hey is that Elvis?!” to give Harry a chance to slip away.

Besides wiz-rock – we also dabble in Steampunk, Dr. Who, Firefly, D&D, general filk, celtic folk, SCA, medieval, renaissance, Star Wars, Star Trek, and other geekness.


Speakers
avatar for Blibbering Humdingers

Blibbering Humdingers

Neo-retro, post-nihilist, acoustic/rock music for wizards, nerds, geeks, Browncoats, Timelords, gamers, SCAdians and all manner of interesting human people. We are: Scott on guitar and vocals, Kirsten on vocals and hand percussion, and Chuck on bass, mandolin and cool sunglasses. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll crap your pants. Links to our latest CD "Raised by Nerds" and other oddities available at http://BlibberingHumdingers.com Also find us... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Harrisburg A

8:00pm

Beginner Steps to Making Your Artistic Passion More Than a Hobby
A two-day panel/workshop (1-hr Friday/1-hr Saturday) where the first steps are laid out for you on taking that artistic love to the next level. Day one will revolve around the concept of branding, online presence, and the importance of your resume or query letter. Day two we'll get on our feet and attendees will present a 30 second monologue audition or book pitch for feedback. Come have fun with those in the business who want to pass on their knowledge so you can stop saying, "I'll never make a dime doing what I love."
Panel/Workshop is FREE. While it's recommended that you attend both sessions, you do not need to attend Part I to attend Part II...nor do you have to attend Part II if you attended Part I. Resume and Query Letter Critique $5 (must turn in a printed copy with fee). Those turned in on Friday will be returned on Sunday. Copies turned in on Saturday might be returned via email the following week depending on number submitted.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, 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 actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

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 (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Piedmont

8:30pm

Paranormal: Fact or Fake?
Various aspects of the paranormal are discussed from a skeptics point of view.

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally 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). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Paramount Production Services
In my working life, I'm a costume/prop/puppet builder for the entertainment industry, with the occasional fun acting job on the side. Actually, that's not all that different from my non-working life!
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Founder & Director, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. Alex currently hosts the radio show "The Wicked Domain" on LiveParanormal.com and has previously hosted the radio shows "ParaNation" and "Paranormal Insider Radio." She also runs a podcast for the North Carolina theatre community called, "Triangle On Stage." She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study... Read More →
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Tina R. McSwain

Founder & Executive Director, 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 Calandra Usher

Calandra Usher

Calandra Usher, born and raised in Northport NY (Long Island), graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a BFA in Sculpture and became a certified K-12 art teacher. She spent a year in the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa, teaching art in a deaf school. She and her family lived in Detroit for several years before moving to Charlotte which is where she began writing. | | Her four book Urban Paranormal Romance series, The Gospels of Cal'eia, is a... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Concord H

8:30pm

How Will the Future be Different from Today
All the ways the future will be different from today.

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Euin Cobb

Stephen Euin Cobb

Contributing Editor, Space and Time Magazine
I have interviewed over 350 people for my work as an author, magazine writer, futurist, and award-winning podcaster. During the last ten years I have produced over 450 episodes of my weekly podcast, THE FUTURE AND YOU, which explores, through interviews, panel discussions, and commentary, all the ways the future will be different from today. | | A contributing editor for SPACE AND TIME MAGAZINE, I have also been a regular contributor for... Read More →

Speakers
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Jeanne Adams

Award-Winning 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 disposal. | | Jeanne writes Romantic Suspense both for a New York publisher (Kensington) and both Urban Fantasy and Suspense independently. You can find her books... Read More →
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Dr. Ben Davis

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 college level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming to mathematics to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the late nineties, he took up a career in software and industrial controls engineering (robot programming and electronics are fun as they seem). As a lifelong fan of... Read More →
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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →
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James Maxey

James Maxey’s mother warned him that reading all those comic books would warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys. | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Hawking. Turns... Read More →
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James McDonald

Jim has a long-standing love for and interest in history, anthropology, the sciences, and literature, which have been run through the blender of his twisted mind to produce this work. When not trying to get the strange ideas that float around in his head out in text, Jim lives in the central Carolinas with his wife, three dogs, and the occasional fish. When not clicking away on a laptop pretending to be the monkey writing Shakespeare, he is... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Concord C

9:00pm

Rapid Fire Reading
Friday June 3, 2016 9:00pm - 9:55pm
Carolina A/B

9:00pm

Terrible Writing Advice
In a fun twist on the traditional literary discussion panel, join some of ConCarolinas attending authors as they share what NOT to do with your writing! Everyone has been given advice that was either outright wrong or just simply didn't work for them. Here our authors will share some of the worst writing advice they've ever received, explain many of the worst things you can do as a writer, how to make your publishers and editors hate you, and will happily listen to any bad advice you've gotten as well.

Moderators
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Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →

Speakers
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David B. Coe

Literary Guest
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, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
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Tony Daniel

Editor, Baen Books
My favorite color is gray.
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Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry is delighted to be returning to North Carolina, where she grew up. Where was ConCarolinas when she needed it? At least she had long-gone SF club StarCore as comfort. Leigh writes the Family Skeleton mysteries, featuring an adjunct English professor and an ambulatory skeleton. Together they fight crime. Before she was Leigh, she was Toni L.P. Kelner, and as Toni is the author of the geeky “Where Are They Now?” mysteries and the... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 9:00pm - 9:55pm
Carolina C

9:00pm

Doctor Who: Lucky 13
IT technician Robert Morgan meets a strange time-traveller calling himself The Doctor, who warns him of an impending alien invasion from a sinister shape-shifting species known as the Atraxi!


Friday June 3, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Kannapolis B

9:00pm

The Destruction of the Game Industry as We Know It

With the rise of technology all industries are having to evolve, and the video game industry is no exception. There have been new platforms to explore, companies to close, and different methods of entry created. Come join in the discussion with the staff of Altered Confusion about what this means for the future of the industry.



Friday June 3, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Concord G

9:00pm

LGBT in Fandom
LGBT acceptance is becoming more and more commonplace in our culture, and the effects of this shift are being reflected in the media we consume. This discussion offers a look at the representation of LGBT characters and themes in popular media.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

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 THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Fairway A

9:00pm

The Aether Awakens! Comedy Show
A long time ago, in a future that never was, steampunk adventurer Luc Vadersson battled the evil Russian empire for freedom for Scandinavia. Join him in this interactive, funny and exciting retelling of everyone's favorite space opera, by Brett King STEAM.

Moderators
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Brett King

Brett King STEAM
Brett King is an award-winning steampunk maker and costumer who presents fun, interactive panels that mix real history, alternate history, and fantastic props. Brett also teaches prop-making techniques. He is best known for his Arctic Explorer/Troll Hunter character, Gustaf Danielsson, and his weather-analyzing automaton known as the Aetherologist. Find him on Facebook.

Friday June 3, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Concord I

9:00pm

This Way to the Egress
This Way to the EGRESS has been told to find a box in which they could fit themselves; however, one needs a rather large box to fit all six members—and their accordions, tubas, electric guitars, trombones, pianos, and drums. So instead they move forth doing what they do best; cascading onto the stage in an explosion of sound and color that’s equal parts unruly vaudeville, ebullient world beat band and three ring circus. The six-person troupe plays a swooning amalgamation of styles that catapults the audience through time and space with unexpected shifts of styles, costumes and time signatures. 


Friday June 3, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Concord A/B

9:00pm

Make Your Own Dragon Egg
Become the mother of dragons by creating your own dragon egg at this hands on workshop! All materials and instructions are provided!  $5.00 FEE

Moderators
Friday June 3, 2016 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Blue Ridge

9:30pm

Jada & Lou I Do Again!
Luis and Jada will be renewing their vows celebrating their 10 year anniversary. 

Speakers
avatar for Jada Diaz

Jada Diaz

ConChair, ConCarolinas
#SamSam2016 Campaign Manager - Sam Sam 2016: Catnip, Laps, and Naps!
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Paramount Production Services
In my working life, I'm a costume/prop/puppet builder for the entertainment industry, with the occasional fun acting job on the side. Actually, that's not all that different from my non-working life!



Friday June 3, 2016 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Gazabo/Outside of Restaurant Area

9:30pm

Filking the NIght Away
Bring your instruments and your best filks and join in the fun.  Filk until dawn!
 

Friday June 3, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Harrisburg A

10:00pm

Violence in Fantasy
It's nearly impossible to write a story of battles and political intrigue without including some violent content. How much becomes gratuitous? Panelists will discuss the issues and problems of violence in fantasy.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jake Bible

Jake Bible

Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Ledford

Rebecca Ledford

Phase 5 Publishing, LLC
Small publisher of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.
avatar for Larry N. Martin

Larry N. Martin

DreamSpinner Communications
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and Grimm with more to come. Larry and Gail also have... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Carolina C

10:00pm

Writers and Mental Illness - Depression, Addiction and how to survive as a writer
We need to talk about this, and we need to talk about it openly and honestly, and clinically. We need to hear from doctors why we’re messed up, we need to hear from creatives who should have been medicated for decades but have never taken anything because they’re afraid it will ruin their muse, we need to hear from people who have taken the drugs and been helped, but we need to put this all on the table, because the longer we’re quiet about it, the more people die.

Moderators
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John G. Hartness

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 author of EPIC-Award-winning The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

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 his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
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Tamsin Silver

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 (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Carolina A/B

10:00pm

Budget Costuming/Cosplay
Not every award winning costume/cosplay needs to be expensive! Come speak with our panelists in this round-table discussion offering ideas and resources for creating your own inexpensive but effective costuming.

Friday 6pm 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Tera Fulbright

Tera Fulbright

Director of Programming, 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” was published in the anthology Rum & Runestones in 2010.  Since then, she has been published in various other anthologies, including Dark Fairy Tales... Read More →
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, 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 actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Founder/Mandalore, 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 Landspeeder vehicle, his work has been featured on the official STAR WARS blog, Go90, and Discovery Canada's "Daily Planet" science show. | | When Tom isn't working... Read More →
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Paramount Production Services
In my working life, I'm a costume/prop/puppet builder for the entertainment industry, with the occasional fun acting job on the side. Actually, that's not all that different from my non-working life!


Friday June 3, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Concord H

10:00pm

This One Time....On a Film Set....
There's a very simple rule of filmmaking known as Occam Murphy's Law of Razors, which states: "Anything that can go wrong on a film set WILL go wrong on a film set, and it will usually be the most simple thing." Come join our merry band of movie- making panelists and hear some of their horror stories, and also the stories of glory and adventure, that go on behind the scenes of a movie set. You might not ever watch anything the same way...

Moderators
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Co-Founder/Editor in Chief, Nerd Nation Entertainment
Writer. Author. Editor. Journalist. Producer. Filmmaker. | Geek. Gamer. Con-Addict. All Around Swell Guy.

Speakers
avatar for John Dondero

John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?
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Christine Parker

Owner, Adrenalin/SickChickFlicks


Friday June 3, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Kannapolis A

10:00pm

Other Obsessions
Not all of our obsessions are stereotypically "geeky". What other obsessions do our panelists have and why are they obsessed with it?

Moderators
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

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 THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Candice Carpenter

Candice Carpenter

Blogger/Photographer/Talker, WeGeekGirls
avatar for GiGi Carrascosa

GiGi Carrascosa

Founder/Blogger/Photographer, We Geek Girls
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →
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Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, 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 Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!


Friday June 3, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Concord C

10:00pm

RIFF THIS MOVIE
Join our special riffers as they destroy a terrible, terrible film.  Audience gets to choose which film is riffed.

Speakers
CC

Carol Cowles

Programming Director, ConCarolinas
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Pineapple-Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps
avatar for Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit

Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit

Guy who does the work, PRS Graphics
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 podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 10:00pm - Saturday June 4, 2016 12:00am
Concord J

10:30pm

How to Break Into the Tabletop RPG Industry
Insiders give tips on how to break into the Tabletop RPG industry.

Moderators
avatar for Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson

Freelance Game Designer/Writer
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
avatar for Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

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...


Friday June 3, 2016 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Concord G

10:30pm

This One Time at Con....
You've probably heard them. Those outrageous stories of all the wild, crazy, and often hilarious things that happen at conventions. Join our esteemed panel of con veterans as they share some of their favorite con tales, and join in the fun by sharing your own. Whether unforgettable or, shall we say, a bit hazy, this is the place to hear the craziest stories in con land!

Moderators
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

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 huge interest in costuming in other genres, which inspired him to join the cast of the Carolina Renaissance Festival in 2003. Derek’s other interests include gaming... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Fairway A

10:30pm

Haunted Soundscapes with Tally and Braxton
Join Storyteller Tally Johnson and Valentine’s Wolfe’s Braxton Ballew and they weave ghost stories and beautiful music together. Event will be recorded live!

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally 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). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →

Speakers

Friday June 3, 2016 10:30pm - Saturday June 4, 2016 12:30am
Concord I

10:30pm

Music and Dance with DJ Spider
Come show us your dance moves!  DJ Spider will be spinning until you can dance no more!

Speakers
avatar for DJ Spider

DJ Spider

DJ: Many of you know me as DJ Spider, and I've been a DJ for over 20 years. Primarily goth/industrial/EBM and 80s/new wave, with a tendency to splat you with electro, dance, pop and random dumb stuff. If it makes me dance, I'll probably play it. I also do a helluva lot with some of the best booties in the biz -- Big Mamma's House of Burlesque and the Charlotte Roller Girls. (If you would like to keep up with my DJing adventures, please 'LIKE... Read More →


Friday June 3, 2016 10:30pm - Saturday June 4, 2016 12:30am
Concord A/B

11:30pm

2016 Year of the Furry
2016 is set to be one of the biggest "furry" movie years in recent memory. From Zootopia to the latest instalments of established franchises (Kung Fu Panda, Open Season, Ice Age). While discussion of all things furry is welcome (keep it PG please), movies will most likely be the dominating topic.

Moderators
Speakers

Friday June 3, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday June 4, 2016 12:30am
Concord H

12:00am

50 Shades of....WHAT?!
You've read the book and seen the movie... but now what? How do you practice BDSM safely and how to meet others that do it.

Moderators
avatar for Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit

Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit

Guy who does the work, PRS Graphics
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 podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

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 huge interest in costuming in other genres, which inspired him to join the cast of the Carolina Renaissance Festival in 2003. Derek’s other interests include gaming... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 12:00am - 1:00am
Concord J
 
Saturday, June 4
 

8:00am

Registration
Pick up your pre-purchased Membership Badge or Purchase a Membership.

At The Door Prices

Full Weekend $50
Friday or Sunday $20
Saturday Only $40
After 8 p.m.$10 (cash only – exact change)


Saturday June 4, 2016 8:00am - 10:00pm
South Registration Desk

8:00am

Gaming
Saturday June 4, 2016 8:00am - Sunday June 5, 2016 1:00am
Concord F

9:00am

Don’t You Wish You Started Ten Years Ago? The Realities of Self-Publishing
You’ve written your book, uploaded it, and hit PUBLISH! Now, to wait until the money rolls in... Oh, you dear sweet summer child. Come. Sit. Hear us discuss the realities of modern-day self-publishing, where writing the book is the first step in the long process of bringing a finished product to market. Topics will range from cover art to editing to taxes. If there’s time, we’ll also talk about that lovely warm feeling you get when you log on to social media and learn that people you’ve never met now hate you.

Moderators
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 Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
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Marcia Colette

in a big building
A paranormal author who loves twisted plots and supernatural thrills. Visit me at http://www.marciacolette.com I'm a writer who' s beginning to wonder if her genre is urban fantasy, dark fantasy, or supernatural thriller. Oh, who cares? I don't need no stinkin' genre. :-)
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

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 (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 9:00am - 9:55am
Carolina A/B

9:00am

eCommerce and the Artist
How can artists of all kinds take advantage of technology to get their message to the people? How do Amazon and iTunes balance against social media, personal websites, and smaller e-retailers?

Moderators
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Jim has a long-standing love for and interest in history, anthropology, the sciences, and literature, which have been run through the blender of his twisted mind to produce this work. When not trying to get the strange ideas that float around in his head out in text, Jim lives in the central Carolinas with his wife, three dogs, and the occasional fish. When not clicking away on a laptop pretending to be the monkey writing Shakespeare, he is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
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Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 9:00am - 9:55am
Carolina C

9:00am

Guest Relations Office
Guests may pick up their badges and schedules or take a break in between panels when this room is open. 

If you are a group guest, we ask that you send one representative to pick up your badges and schedules. Thank you. 


Saturday June 4, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
JQH Executive Boardroom

9:00am

CeeCee's Lounge
Welcome to CeeCee's Lounge.  This is a place to relax, take a break, watch some videos, and chill.

This is a Photography Free Zone.  Great place for costumers to take a break, fix a costume, and breathe.  

Saturday June 4, 2016 9:00am - Sunday June 5, 2016 12:00am
Fairway B

10:00am

Christie Golden Signing
Bring a book or buy a book from Christie Golden!

Speakers

Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Concord E

10:00am

Arrrgh, Pirates!
"Arrrgh, Pirates!" is a writer's discussion panel that will cover some often dangerous ground concerning copyright, pirating, and plagiarism.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy S Delmater

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Abyss & Apex publishes, on average, about 25% new writers. Talk to me about how to break into publishing short fiction.
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 10:55am
Carolina C

10:00am

Small Press Spotlight - Meet the Publishers
We have several small presses that frequent ConCarolinas, and lots of writers that want to know how to submit to them. With Bella Rosa Books adding a genre line this year, Falstaff Books coming out guns blazing, Mocha Memoirs putting out good work, and Silence in the Library making lots of good noise, this is a chance to talk to the publishers about what they're looking for, how to submit to them, and why their small press is the best.

Moderators
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

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 author of EPIC-Award-winning The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

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 Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →
avatar for Jay Requard

Jay Requard

Editor, Falstaff Books
I'm an Epic Fantasy author and editor at Falstaff Books!


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 10:55am
Carolina A/B

10:00am

Everything Hot Glue
Hot glue doesn’t get enough credit. We reveal all the pros and cons of the medium as well as all the things you didn’t know you could use hot glue for.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, 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 actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Concord H

10:00am

Yoga 101 - Star Wars Style
Yoga Instructor Didi Mullis leads a gentle session teaching basic yoga poses.

Wear comfortable clothes, and if you have a yoga mat, bring it!  The floor is carpeted and the poses will be gentle, so yoga mats are helpful, but not necessary.  
 

Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Fairway A

10:00am

DC on the Small Screen: The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Beyond
It’s a great time to be a comic book geek with a TV! Let’s talk about DC and their television universes!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Christopher DeLisle

Christopher DeLisle

Self described Ethnic Nerd who was raised in the Geek Orthodox tradition. Charlotte Geek. Former Production Manager of Empire Games.
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

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 his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
avatar for Grind Pulp Podcast

Grind Pulp Podcast

Grind Pulp Podcast
Andrew Crevier, Jeronimo Brown, and Manga Matty ICE are co-hosts of the Grind Pulp Podcast. Get chatty with them about crazy movies and gritty pulp tales of the weird and macabre.


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Concord I

10:00am

Step Right Up! The Best of Ballyhoo!
Forget those photoshopped posters and cloned trailers that begin with "In a world..." We're looking at the greatest trailers, posters and gimmicks that ever filled a theater. From "Percepto" to hired protesters, from hilariously deceptive trailers to certifiably insane publicity ideas, we guarantee that this panel will be the most explosively dynamic terror trip of your life! All audience members will be insured against death by entertainment! Banned in 30 conventions!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Michael Ray Williams

Michael Ray Williams

Actor, all around badass, MadOnes Films
I'm an actor at heart, but an all around film/theatre extraordinaire.


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Kannapolis A

10:00am

Game Master 101
Want to be a Game Master - come and learn the basics!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson

Freelance Game Designer/Writer
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 Andrea Judy

Andrea Judy

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 games. Her first digest novel, The Bone Queen, was published in October 2013 with the sequel, Blood and Bone, out in February 2015.
avatar for Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

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

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 THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Concord G

10:00am

Women in Science and Tech
Why don't more women go into science?  What can we do to promote women to go into science?  Why do we even need more women in science in the first place?

Moderators
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Jim has a long-standing love for and interest in history, anthropology, the sciences, and literature, which have been run through the blender of his twisted mind to produce this work. When not trying to get the strange ideas that float around in his head out in text, Jim lives in the central Carolinas with his wife, three dogs, and the occasional fish. When not clicking away on a laptop pretending to be the monkey writing Shakespeare, he is... Read More →
avatar for Erin Penn

Erin Penn

Science Guest
Erin Penn is a writer and line editor living in North Carolina. She received her Bachelors of Science from Alma College with a double major in Computer Science and Sociology. She is the president of the Gaston County chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism and completed a Masters of Business Administration because she never has stopped wanting to learn more, be it hard science, soft science, history, or real world people. Like the Borg... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Concord C

10:00am

Nana Visitor Autograph Session
Nana will be signing autographs and table photos in the Dealer Room. 

Speakers

Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Concord E

10:00am

Baen Traveling Road Show!
Baen guests dicuss what is on the horizon for the publishing house! 

Moderators
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

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 & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tony Daniel

Tony Daniel

Editor, Baen Books
My favorite color is gray.
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Concord J

10:00am

Allen Wold's Writers Workshop
This is a two-hour workshop. Participants will be given a brief exercise and some time in which to write. Then each exercise will be commented by the panel. Your exercise should be original. 

Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Ledford

Rebecca Ledford

Phase 5 Publishing, LLC
Small publisher of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.

Speakers
avatar for S.H. Roddey / Siobhan Kinkade

S.H. Roddey / Siobhan Kinkade

Author
South Carolina native S.H. Roddey has been writing for fun since she was a child and still enjoys building worlds across the speculative fiction spectrum filled with mystery and intrigue. She brings to the literary world a unique blend of humor, emotion, and wild ideas filled with dark themes and strong characters. She is a voracious reader, wannabe chef, and video game addict with two full-time jobs: administrative professional and mom to a... Read More →
avatar for Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold

Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing teeny little stories at age seven when he discovered an old portable typewriter. They’re in a file cabinet somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Piedmont

10:00am

Art Show
Come see our 1st annual At Show 

Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
Harrisburg B

10:00am

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

Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00am - 7:00pm
Concord E

10:30am

Cover Me! The Art and Language of Book Covers
Whether on Amazon or the bookstore shelf, your cover is your #1 chance to get a reader to consider buying your book. Learn about how the image, font, color and text communicate certain traits to your audience.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for K.B. Spangler

K.B. Spangler

KB Spangler is the artist and author of the webcomic, A Girl and Her Fed, as well as novels, short stories, and other projects. Her work has been featured at io9.com and mtv.com. She draws unbearable puns five times a week, and has strong opinions about dogs, home ownership, and politics. Do not get her talking about arson.


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Harrisburg A

10:30am

Puppet Building Workshop
Join puppet builder Cher Lambeth in creating your own simple felt hand puppet, as well as learning about some of the techniques used in the industry!  include several of your favorite film and TV-inspired characters as well as a basic starter shape you can customize to create your own one-of-a-kind puppet. $5.00 FEE

Moderators
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Paramount Production Services
In my working life, I'm a costume/prop/puppet builder for the entertainment industry, with the occasional fun acting job on the side. Actually, that's not all that different from my non-working life!

Saturday June 4, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Blue Ridge

10:30am

Filktastica!
Filk Performances from White Plectrum, Moss Bliss and The Blibbering Humdingers!

Speakers
avatar for Moss Bliss

Moss Bliss

I have worked in homeless, mental health, and disability recovery, been Senior Editor of two small publishing companies (same owner), am a decent filker with dozens of lyrics to my credit, and I live alone with my two cats. If that doesn't say "desperate", I don't know what does.
avatar for Blibbering Humdingers

Blibbering Humdingers

Neo-retro, post-nihilist, acoustic/rock music for wizards, nerds, geeks, Browncoats, Timelords, gamers, SCAdians and all manner of interesting human people. We are: Scott on guitar and vocals, Kirsten on vocals and hand percussion, and Chuck on bass, mandolin and cool sunglasses. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll crap your pants. Links to our latest CD "Raised by Nerds" and other oddities available at http://BlibberingHumdingers.com Also find us... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Concord A/B

10:30am

SCA Crown Tournament of Anarchia
Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)
Crown Tournament of Anarchia

Anarchia is a fictional SCA Kingdom from John Ringo’s Council Wars Scifi
Series. The series is set in the far future, just after the fall of civilization.
Each year, at ConCarolinas, SCA fighters compete in a tournament to
become the new King of Anarchia. John Ringo himself has seen the
tournament, and in the past, presented the Crown to the winner.
The SCA turns 50 years old this year, with chapters all over the world. SCA
combat is exciting, full contact, and un-choreographed. The object in SCA
combat is to strike your opponent with a blow hard enough that your
opponent feels it would have killed or wounded them depending on where it
landed. Legal target areas are anywhere 1 inch above the knees and 1 inch
above the wrist.
The tournament will last an hour, with the winner of each fight staying on
the field and fighting the next fighter ready to come onto the tourney field.
Should a fighter win 3 fights in a row, then he leaves the field and the next
2 combatants take the field. Come, see the glory that is armored SCA
combat!!

Saturday June 4, 2016 10:30am - 1:00pm
Gazabo/Outside of Restaurant Area

10:30am

ConCarolinas Short Film Festival
The ConCarolinas Short Film Festival is dedicated to the art of the short film and the expression of independent filmmakers. In its seventh year, the ConCarolinas Short Film Festival has created a setting for local and international filmmakers to showcase artistic visions surrounding Science Fiction, Fandom, Fantasy and Adventure.

Films include:

A Beautiful Day

Awakenings

Death and the Iron Maiden

Death Key: Origins

Don't Let The Light

Dreadnought Dominion

Echo

Eight Mississippis

Flashlight

Full-Force Imagination

Hybrid

It Had Wings

Knob Goblins

Kurayami no Wa (暗闇の輪)

Planet X

reStart

Return

Sawyer Corporations

The Bride

The Devil's Lettuce

The Tapping

The Tell Tale Heart Sisters

The Thickett

Total Awesome Viking Power

Yo Soy Pedro 

 

Saturday June 4, 2016 10:30am - 4:00pm
Kannapolis B

11:00am

Fantasy the World Over
In American publishing, fantasy has long been based almost exclusively on European mythologies. But the world is full of non-European cultures with rich storytelling traditions. Is it cultural appropriation for Western writers to set stories in non-European cultures? How can we borrow from these wonderful mythologies in respectful ways?

Moderators
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 11:00am - 11:55am
Carolina A/B

11:00am

Medicine After the End of the World
Once upon a time, healers used the bounty of the earth to combat illness. These days we're dependent on pharmaceuticals that will quickly run out once the society that produces them breaks down. How will the characters in your post-apocalyptic story manage chronic conditions and serious illness? What supplies will be most vital, and how will average people get their hands on them?

Moderators
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

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 his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Award-Winning 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 disposal. | | Jeanne writes Romantic Suspense both for a New York publisher (Kensington) and both Urban Fantasy and Suspense independently. You can find her books... Read More →
avatar for Jake Bible

Jake Bible

Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega... Read More →
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

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 Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 11:00am - 11:55am
Carolina C

11:00am

Writing for Roleplaying Games
Not how to get a job writing for role-playing games, but how to write for them so they'll want you to do it again. What are editors, developers, and publishers looking for? How do you give it to them? What do you avoid?

Moderators
avatar for Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson

Freelance Game Designer/Writer
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
avatar for Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

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

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 THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Concord G

11:00am

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Signing
Signing with Author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. 


Saturday June 4, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Concord E

11:30am

Body Positive Cosplay
Cosplay is for every body. We will go over ways to be comfortable enough in your own skin to cosplay no matter age or size!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Leila McMichael (Keela)

Leila McMichael (Keela)

I am a huge Star Trek fan and I've been doing Klingon cosplay since 1999. My interests are also Star Wars, Firefly / Serenity, Babylon 5, and other science fiction television programs / movies. I also enjoy karaoke; my friend, Andy Fairbanks, and I present Keela and Katkith's Klingon Karaoke at Dragon*Con and will be there two nights this year.
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury has been attending conventions and cosplaying for almost 30 years.  Growing up in WV, he's attended, volunteered at, and been staff at literally dozens of cons along the east coast. While studying Speech Pathology and Deaf Education at Liberty Univ., he became a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has worked with many notable entertainers, educators, and government officials.  He also served a tour in... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Concord H

11:30am

Marvel on the Small Screen: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Agents of SHIELD and Beyond
It’s a great time to be a comic book geek with a TV! Let’s talk about Marvel and their television universes!

Moderators
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, 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 Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!

Speakers
avatar for Grind Pulp Podcast

Grind Pulp Podcast

Grind Pulp Podcast
Andrew Crevier, Jeronimo Brown, and Manga Matty ICE are co-hosts of the Grind Pulp Podcast. Get chatty with them about crazy movies and gritty pulp tales of the weird and macabre.
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

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 THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Concord I

11:30am

The Absolute Best of the Absolute Worst
Join cinephile historian, movie-making madman and all-around FX genius, Bill Mulligan and panelists, for a rousing and riveting discussion on the absolute best of the absolute worst films EVER made!! Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, Miscellaneous, our panelists will enlighten and entertain you for sixty minutes of cinematic education.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →
avatar for 2 Dudes Revue

2 Dudes Revue

2 Dudes Revue
Matt, Abby, and Ron: In depth comedy from people out of their depth. There might be three of them, they might not all be dudes, but in this post-modern society, that works. | 2DR are internet reviewers of pop culture commodities like toys, video games, 80s movies, renaissance faires, and everything in between. Your go-to people for discussing trivial matters with utmost sincerity. Just don't insult Ric Flair in Ron's presence.


Saturday June 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Kannapolis A

11:30am

Meet the Mandalorian Mercs
Meet members of the Mandalorian Mercs, history/mission of the group, and what it takes to become an Official Member.

Saturday June 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Fairway A

11:30am

Science Fiction to Science Fact
How often does Sci-fi turn into actual science?  Are some of the things we see in our favorite comics, movies and books, possible in our future?

Moderators
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Jim has a long-standing love for and interest in history, anthropology, the sciences, and literature, which have been run through the blender of his twisted mind to produce this work. When not trying to get the strange ideas that float around in his head out in text, Jim lives in the central Carolinas with his wife, three dogs, and the occasional fish. When not clicking away on a laptop pretending to be the monkey writing Shakespeare, he is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

James Maxey’s mother warned him that reading all those comic books would warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys. | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Hawking. Turns... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Concord C

12:00pm

Spellslingers and Showdowns
Firefly, Deadlands, Jonah Hex...the unsettled American West holds a great fascination for writers of the wild and weird. Let's talk about what makes it such a wonderful setting for stories of the strange and unusual, and discuss some of the works that are setting our imaginations on fire.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

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 (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Carolina A/B

12:00pm

The Editor's Ten (Or More) Commandments
For lo, the editor did come down out of the publishing house, and did show to the writers the commandments they should follow to increase the likelihood of selling their stories. And the writers followed these commandments, and among the editors there was much rejoicing. Yep, you guessed it – a panel of editors will discuss the most important rules they wish writers would abide by when submitting.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

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 The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Daniel

Tony Daniel

Editor, Baen Books
My favorite color is gray.
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Ledford

Rebecca Ledford

Phase 5 Publishing, LLC
Small publisher of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.
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Edmund Schubert

Editor, InterGalactic Medicine Show


Saturday June 4, 2016 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Carolina C

12:00pm

Live Action Hungry Hungry Hippos
Parents and kids! Come have some fun playing live action Hungry Hungry Hippos where your kid is the hippo and they have to collect as many pit balls as possible. There will be several rounds and them child whose team collects the most balls will win $5 in Dealer Room Dollars. 

 

Moderators
avatar for Nia

Nia

Nia and Cerulean run the KidsTrack for ConCarolinas

Speakers


Saturday June 4, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Harrisburg A

12:00pm

Intro to Bellydance Workshop
In this workshop, The League of Extraordinary Bellydancers will introduce attendees to the art of bellydance and teach them some of the basic steps and isolations.

Moderators
Saturday June 4, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Concord J

12:00pm

Costume Contest Pre-Judging
Moderators
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

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 huge interest in costuming in other genres, which inspired him to join the cast of the Carolina Renaissance Festival in 2003. Derek’s other interests include gaming... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday June 4, 2016 12:00pm - 3:00pm
JQH Executive Boardroom

12:00pm

Mando Mercs Bounty Hunt
Make a donation to the Mando Merc's charity - Little Warrior International, and you can have your best friend or someone who inadvertantly took your latte jailed!  They will be hunted down by the fierce Mandalorian Mercs and dragged back to jail where they will stay until they have served their time!  Or, if the jailor is feeling nice, they might get out early if they perform a song or dance and tell funny jokes.  If the jokes are bad, jail time may be doubled. You just never know!

Moderators
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Founder/Mandalore, 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 Landspeeder vehicle, his work has been featured on the official STAR WARS blog, Go90, and Discovery Canada's "Daily Planet" science show. | | When Tom isn't working... Read More →

Saturday June 4, 2016 12:00pm - 4:00pm
South Registration Desk

12:30pm

50 Years of Star Trek
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek! This panel will discuss where Star Trek has been -- in all of its TV incarnations, in old-school and "reboot" films, in books and comics -- and what are its highlights. We will also speculate about Star Trek's future, including Star Trek Beyond and the new 2017 Star Trek series. What are your Star Trek favorites? Where do you hope Star Trek is -- and isn't -- boldly going? Come celebrate with us and talk Trek!

Moderators
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Leila McMichael (Keela)

Leila McMichael (Keela)

I am a huge Star Trek fan and I've been doing Klingon cosplay since 1999. My interests are also Star Wars, Firefly / Serenity, Babylon 5, and other science fiction television programs / movies. I also enjoy karaoke; my friend, Andy Fairbanks, and I present Keela and Katkith's Klingon Karaoke at Dragon*Con and will be there two nights this year.
avatar for NerdBurger358 - Sherman Burris

NerdBurger358 - Sherman Burris

I'm an avid dilettante, and an unrepentant dabbler.
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, 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 actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.
avatar for Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Professor, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University. Her primary fields include Science Fiction/Fantasy Studies and Native American Studies. | | Sturgis is the author of four books on Native American and U.S. history as well as more than forty scholarly and mainstream essays on historical and speculative fiction topics. She has edited five books on science fiction and fantasy subjects. In 2006, Sturgis was... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Concord I

12:30pm

Anime and Manga Fans Unite
A panel discussing all your favorite mange and anime titles through out the years.

Moderators
avatar for 2 Dudes Revue

2 Dudes Revue

2 Dudes Revue
Matt, Abby, and Ron: In depth comedy from people out of their depth. There might be three of them, they might not all be dudes, but in this post-modern society, that works. | 2DR are internet reviewers of pop culture commodities like toys, video games, 80s movies, renaissance faires, and everything in between. Your go-to people for discussing trivial matters with utmost sincerity. Just don't insult Ric Flair in Ron's presence.

Speakers
avatar for Grind Pulp Podcast

Grind Pulp Podcast

Grind Pulp Podcast
Andrew Crevier, Jeronimo Brown, and Manga Matty ICE are co-hosts of the Grind Pulp Podcast. Get chatty with them about crazy movies and gritty pulp tales of the weird and macabre.


Saturday June 4, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Fairway A

12:30pm

When Fandoms Collide
Our panelists discuss being fans of multi things - whether it is TV shows and gaming or Costuming and Reading.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Candice Carpenter

Candice Carpenter

Blogger/Photographer/Talker, WeGeekGirls
avatar for GiGi Carrascosa

GiGi Carrascosa

Founder/Blogger/Photographer, We Geek Girls


Saturday June 4, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Concord G

12:30pm

Sci-Fi Whose Line Is It?
Join Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit and Pineapple Shaped Lamps for a round of Sci-Fi Whose Line - ConCarolinas best improv game show!

Moderators
avatar for Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit

Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit

Guy who does the work, PRS Graphics
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 podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Pineapple-Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps


Saturday June 4, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Concord A/B

1:00pm

Grammar Geeks
A “grammar geekout” discussing purists’ “pet peeves” and the evolution of grammar and language vs the revolution of both in the digital age.

Moderators
avatar for S.H. Roddey / Siobhan Kinkade

S.H. Roddey / Siobhan Kinkade

Author
South Carolina native S.H. Roddey has been writing for fun since she was a child and still enjoys building worlds across the speculative fiction spectrum filled with mystery and intrigue. She brings to the literary world a unique blend of humor, emotion, and wild ideas filled with dark themes and strong characters. She is a voracious reader, wannabe chef, and video game addict with two full-time jobs: administrative professional and mom to a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Henley Babb

Charlotte Henley Babb

author, Maven Fairy Godmother
Charlotte Henley Babb began writing as soon as she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name. Growing up in the red mud and sweet tea Carolinas, she was a voracious reader with widely diverse interests ranging from the classic folk and fairy tales to sci-fi writers like Terry Pratchett and Robert Heinlein. She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
avatar for Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan, author of three ANALOG stories, including the novelette "Vooorh" (Jul/Aug 2014,) is currently at work on a novel in which a resourceful group of friends encounter aliens in the North Carolina mountains. Though the alien visitors seem friendly enough, old disagreements begin to fester among them following contact with the humans. When the conflict escalates, the human characters engage a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend... Read More →
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Carolina C

1:00pm

What Publishers Do
What do publishers do? Take a quick tour through the hurricane of activity surrounding each book that gets published - editing, cover art, marketing text, categorization, hype, formatting, and more - and learn what you can do to help sell your book.

Moderators
avatar for Tony Daniel

Tony Daniel

Editor, Baen Books
My favorite color is gray.

Speakers
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

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 author of EPIC-Award-winning The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Ledford

Rebecca Ledford

Phase 5 Publishing, LLC
Small publisher of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

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 & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →
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Edmund Schubert

Editor, InterGalactic Medicine Show


Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Carolina A/B

1:00pm

Basic Metalsmithing for Costumes

A basic breakdown of how to do some very simple metalworking techniques on a budget, with few tools but stellar results.


Moderators
avatar for Nico Murray

Nico Murray

owner, Lorem Books
goldsmithing, vodka, fire, boots, cupcakes, vampires, travel. | | ( I'm canadian but I seriously can't skate, ski and I know nothing of hockey)

Speakers
avatar for Brett King

Brett King

Brett King STEAM
Brett King is an award-winning steampunk maker and costumer who presents fun, interactive panels that mix real history, alternate history, and fantastic props. Brett also teaches prop-making techniques. He is best known for his Arctic Explorer/Troll Hunter character, Gustaf Danielsson, and his weather-analyzing automaton known as the Aetherologist. Find him on Facebook.


Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concord H

1:00pm

Remakes, Revamps, & Reboots: What's Next?
With Hollywood cranking out remakes of reboots of refranchises, what's the next big thing to be re-made? What should Hollywood stay away from? Which films are cinematically sacred and perfect as they are, and which ones could use a polish? Bring your own answers and come find out what our panelists think.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jesse Knight

Jesse Knight

Owner, Jesse Knight FIlms
I have been making lo/no budget movies for over 20 years.


Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Kannapolis A

1:00pm

Medicine and the Alternative
Homeopathy, acupuncture, naturopathy and faith healing are just some of the well-known “alternative” therapies existing alongside modern medicine. Are these approaches dangerous, helpful, or at best merely harmless? And does modern medicine truly have a better track record?

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Award-Winning 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 disposal. | | Jeanne writes Romantic Suspense both for a New York publisher (Kensington) and both Urban Fantasy and Suspense independently. You can find her books... Read More →
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

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 his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

James Maxey’s mother warned him that reading all those comic books would warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys. | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Hawking. Turns... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
KittyHawk

1:00pm

Live Action Slush
In Live Action Slush, attendees bring the first page of their works-in-progress, and turn them in anonymously to the panel. The reader reads each submission aloud, and the panelists listen, raising their hands when they hear something that would have made them turn down the submission for publication. When all three hands are raised, the panelists discuss what the writer needs to do to make the manuscript better.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

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 The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.

Speakers
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
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, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

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 Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Piedmont

1:00pm

Make Your Own Post-Apocalyptic Weapon
Turn an ordinary watergun into a weapon worthy of the coming apocalypse! Join Mikki Marvel as we discuss wear and tear and other ways to upgrade your weapon!

Moderators
Saturday June 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Blue Ridge

1:30pm

I Want to be an Illustrator
A discussion of some of the skills, practice, and equipment that one needs to be start that road down to be a professional artist.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Aillen Taylor

Aillen Taylor

Head Monkey, Aillen Artworks
I been an illustrator, cartoonist, and graphic artist for about 26 years now. During that time I had the pleasure of working for different size RPG companies, comic books, different industries and one of the people to help UNC-TV with idea of how stream shows back in 2000. I was trained at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts between 1993 to 1995. |


Saturday June 4, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Harrisburg A

2:00pm

The Ecosystem Crisis of the Coming Zombie Plague
Zombie plagues, like all pandemics, are ecosystem crises. What aspects of the human ecosystem make it possible for such a plague to spread? What would its effects be on agriculture, infrastructure, labor availability, public health (aside from the plague itself), telecommunications, and other elements of human civilization?

Moderators
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

James Maxey’s mother warned him that reading all those comic books would warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys. | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Hawking. Turns... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jake Bible

Jake Bible

Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega... Read More →
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

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 Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Carolina C

2:00pm

What Publishers Look For
What do publishers look for? Specific types of characters, settings, plot lines? Does length matter? Get a better understanding of what publishers look for, and how to increase your chances of getting published.

Moderators
ES

Edmund Schubert

Editor, InterGalactic Medicine Show

Speakers
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

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 author of EPIC-Award-winning The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Ledford

Rebecca Ledford

Phase 5 Publishing, LLC
Small publisher of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

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 & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Carolina A/B

2:00pm

Life on the Edge: Deep Space 9, Babylon 5, and What Made Each Great
Many fans of Sci-Fi television have compared Deep Space 9 to Babylon 5 and found one or the other better or lacking. This panel gives us a chance to talk about what we loved in each, what made them different, and why both are still great science fiction twenty years later.

Moderators
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

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 THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for NerdBurger358 - Sherman Burris

NerdBurger358 - Sherman Burris

I'm an avid dilettante, and an unrepentant dabbler.
avatar for Christopher DeLisle

Christopher DeLisle

Self described Ethnic Nerd who was raised in the Geek Orthodox tradition. Charlotte Geek. Former Production Manager of Empire Games.


Saturday June 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Concord G

2:00pm

Where's Rey?
With the now well- known gender-flip of Captain Phasma from male to female after the outcry from fans of lack of ladies in Star Wars, to the break out character of Rey in The Force Awakens, and the Star Wars merchandise machine going full force... we have to ask, WHERE'S REY?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Professor, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University. Her primary fields include Science Fiction/Fantasy Studies and Native American Studies. | | Sturgis is the author of four books on Native American and U.S. history as well as more than forty scholarly and mainstream essays on historical and speculative fiction topics. She has edited five books on science fiction and fantasy subjects. In 2006, Sturgis was... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Fairway A

2:00pm

Interview and Q&A with Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor started her career in her hometown of New York City by starring in Broadway musicals such as MY ONE AND ONLY, 42nd STREETand CHICAGO and also had the pleasure of playing the role of Gypsy Rose Lee opposite Angela Lansbury in the touring companies of the musicalGYPSY.  Nana has guest starred in over fifty TV shows.  For years she was a regular on the soap operas ONE LIFE TO LIVE, RYAN’S HOPE and THE DOCTORS.  Prime time series include WORKING GIRL with Sandra Bullock, DARK ANGEL with Jessica Albaseven seasons on Star Trek:  DEEP SPACE 9 as Major Kira, four seasons of WILDFIRE on ABC Family and has provided many voices on FAMILY GUY.  Films include THE SENTINEL, MIMI’S FIRST TIME, BABY SITTER WANTED, SWING VOTE, FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH and the upcoming releases of HELL OF A VIEW and TED2.

Nana’s IMDB page


Moderators
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday June 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Concord A/B

2:00pm

Interview and Q&A with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Literary Knight of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula, Grand Master as awarded by the World Horror Organization, International Horror Guild Living Legend, writer, skeptical occultist for forty years, studier alchemy to zoomancy,occasionally as a professional tarot card reader and palmist, good cook, experienced seamstress, loves cats, the symphony, and opera.   Chelsea Quinn Yarbro - all you want to know in 60 minutes or less!

 



Saturday June 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Concord I

2:00pm

Christie Golden Signing
Bring a book or buy a book from Christie Golden!

Speakers

Saturday June 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Concord E

2:00pm

Doctor Who Team Trivia
Doctor Who Team Trivia! It is more than just Trivia. It is an interactive game show. Where the host tests not only the knowledge of his co-host but that of the audience. There are even nifty prizes and awards.


Saturday June 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Concord J

2:30pm

Ghost Hunting in the Real World
We’ve all seen the shows of how ghost hunters go in, find all sorts of scary phenomena, and great evidence. The reality is a bit more mundane, and can be very boring. Listen to a member of NESS (the New England Supernatural Support team, a member of the TAPS family) and others discuss what it’s like to be a ghost hunter in the real world.

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally 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). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Paramount Production Services
In my working life, I'm a costume/prop/puppet builder for the entertainment industry, with the occasional fun acting job on the side. Actually, that's not all that different from my non-working life!
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Founder & Director, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. Alex currently hosts the radio show "The Wicked Domain" on LiveParanormal.com and has previously hosted the radio shows "ParaNation" and "Paranormal Insider Radio." She also runs a podcast for the North Carolina theatre community called, "Triangle On Stage." She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study... Read More →
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Tina R. McSwain

Founder & Executive Director, 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 4, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Concord H

2:30pm

Podcasting 101
So, you want to start a podcast?  Learn the basics of podcasting from our professional podcast guests!

Moderators
avatar for Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit

Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit

Guy who does the work, PRS Graphics
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 podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Grind Pulp Podcast

Grind Pulp Podcast

Grind Pulp Podcast
Andrew Crevier, Jeronimo Brown, and Manga Matty ICE are co-hosts of the Grind Pulp Podcast. Get chatty with them about crazy movies and gritty pulp tales of the weird and macabre.
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Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, 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 Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!


Saturday June 4, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
KittyHawk

2:30pm

Mauled Men, Drowned Dames and Crispy Critters; a Body Disposal Primer for Writers
You’ve axed, shot or otherwise knocked off a key character in your latest book, now what? You have to do SOMETHING with the body! 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 track seminar.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Award-Winning 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 disposal. | | Jeanne writes Romantic Suspense both for a New York publisher (Kensington) and both Urban Fantasy and Suspense independently. You can find her books... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Piedmont

3:00pm

The King in Yellow, True Detective, and other Mythos Noir
From season one to of True Detective, to Cast a Deadly Spell, a look at the combining of the detective genre with cosmic existential horror in books, TV, Movies and gaming.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Carolina A/B

3:00pm

The Trouble With Trilogies
You're happily typing chapter 23 of your second book, when suddenly you can't remember what color eyes your hero's true love has. There must be an easier way to organize the important information so that multiple books in a series retain consistency. How do successful authors keep up with all the little details?

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
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, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

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 his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Carolina C

3:00pm

One Hour Film School
Similar to the Filmmaking FAQ panel, but more structured and moderator-based and less Q&A-driven. Discusses all aspects of filmmaking from pre-production to promotion and distribution.

Moderators
avatar for Christine Parker

Christine Parker

Owner, Adrenalin/SickChickFlicks

Speakers
avatar for John Dondero

John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?
avatar for Jesse Knight

Jesse Knight

Owner, Jesse Knight FIlms
I have been making lo/no budget movies for over 20 years.
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Michael Ray Williams

Actor, all around badass, MadOnes Films
I'm an actor at heart, but an all around film/theatre extraordinaire.


Saturday June 4, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kannapolis A

3:30pm

Book or Movie?
A discussion comparing books to their movies, discussing the merits of each, and the differences in medium and storytelling. Panelists will bring 3-4 books/movies to discuss. Audience participation will be encouraged.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

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 THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Concord G

3:30pm

Comedy is Serious Business
You've danced at their shadow casts, you've laughed at their sketch shows, you've seen them moving in droves around the ConCarolinas halls, it's Pineapple-Shaped Lamps! Join the cast and crew of the Southeast's nerdiest and silliest comedy troupe as they reveal their origin stories, answer your wildest questions, and try their hardest to explain the way their twisted minds work.

Speakers
avatar for Pineapple-Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps


Saturday June 4, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Fairway A

3:30pm

ConCarolinas Annual Costume Contest
Come participate or watch our Annual Costume Contest!  For rules and to sign up, please visit:

http://www.concarolinas.org/events/concarolinas-costume-contest/ 

Moderators
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, 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 actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

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 huge interest in costuming in other genres, which inspired him to join the cast of the Carolina Renaissance Festival in 2003. Derek’s other interests include gaming... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for DJ Spider

DJ Spider

DJ: Many of you know me as DJ Spider, and I've been a DJ for over 20 years. Primarily goth/industrial/EBM and 80s/new wave, with a tendency to splat you with electro, dance, pop and random dumb stuff. If it makes me dance, I'll probably play it. I also do a helluva lot with some of the best booties in the biz -- Big Mamma's House of Burlesque and the Charlotte Roller Girls. (If you would like to keep up with my DJing adventures, please 'LIKE... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Concord A/B

3:30pm

2 Dudes Revue Live!
Ron, Abby, and Matt bring their YouTube show to ConCarolinas. In addition to being entertained by the Dudes, the audience will be able to participate in the making of an episode.

Speakers
avatar for 2 Dudes Revue

2 Dudes Revue

2 Dudes Revue
Matt, Abby, and Ron: In depth comedy from people out of their depth. There might be three of them, they might not all be dudes, but in this post-modern society, that works. | 2DR are internet reviewers of pop culture commodities like toys, video games, 80s movies, renaissance faires, and everything in between. Your go-to people for discussing trivial matters with utmost sincerity. Just don't insult Ric Flair in Ron's presence.


Saturday June 4, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Concord I

3:30pm

RetroRespective Podcast
RetroRespective is a podcast featuring Darryl Mansel and Jay Requard as they take a deep dive into some of comic books' most famous stories and arcs. Discussions include whether or not the story holds up in contemporary times, plot and pacing, art, and overall impact on the comic book industry. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jay Requard

Jay Requard

Editor, Falstaff Books
I'm an Epic Fantasy author and editor at Falstaff Books!


Saturday June 4, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Blue Ridge

4:00pm

Class and Privilege in Epic Fantasy
What assumptions do writers (and readers) make about class and privilege in epic fantasy? Things like ‘everyone has a horse’ or ‘all the soldiers have armor’ or ‘the beggar has a sword’ or ‘the farmer is permitted to leave his land’ all carry assumptions that might not have held true back in the day. How can you write/read more accurate epic fantasy and still tell a stirring tale? (Hint: Steal the horses.)

Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

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 and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Natania Barron

Natania Barron

Author, editor, geek, reformed academic
Natania Barron is a word tinkerer with a lifelong love of the fantastic. She has a penchant for the speculative, and has written tales of invisible soul-eating birds, giant cephalopod goddesses, gunslinger girls, and killer kudzu, just to name a few. Her work has appeared in Weird Tales, EscapePod, Steampunk Tales, Crossed Genres, Bull Spec, and various anthologies. She is also the founder of The Outer Alliance, a group dedicated to queer... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

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 The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.
avatar for Larry N. Martin

Larry N. Martin

DreamSpinner Communications
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and Grimm with more to come. Larry and Gail also have... Read More →
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Edmund Schubert

Editor, InterGalactic Medicine Show


Saturday June 4, 2016 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Carolina A/B

4:00pm

Extrapolating the Future
SF writers like Clarke, Verne and Gibson correctly predicted technologies that we now view as commonplace. What sort of future are the SF writers of today writing about, and how likely are those futures to really happen?

Moderators
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Jim has a long-standing love for and interest in history, anthropology, the sciences, and literature, which have been run through the blender of his twisted mind to produce this work. When not trying to get the strange ideas that float around in his head out in text, Jim lives in the central Carolinas with his wife, three dogs, and the occasional fish. When not clicking away on a laptop pretending to be the monkey writing Shakespeare, he is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Henley Babb

Charlotte Henley Babb

author, Maven Fairy Godmother
Charlotte Henley Babb began writing as soon as she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name. Growing up in the red mud and sweet tea Carolinas, she was a voracious reader with widely diverse interests ranging from the classic folk and fairy tales to sci-fi writers like Terry Pratchett and Robert Heinlein. She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl... Read More →
avatar for Wendy S Delmater

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Abyss & Apex publishes, on average, about 25% new writers. Talk to me about how to break into publishing short fiction.
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

James Maxey’s mother warned him that reading all those comic books would warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys. | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Hawking. Turns... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Carolina C

4:00pm

Metaphysical vs Scientific in the Paranormal

Is the use of “psychics” and/or any other Metaphysical modalities a good idea or not and why. Does this take away from the validity of the investigation? Or add to it?


Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally 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). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Founder & Director, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. Alex currently hosts the radio show "The Wicked Domain" on LiveParanormal.com and has previously hosted the radio shows "ParaNation" and "Paranormal Insider Radio." She also runs a podcast for the North Carolina theatre community called, "Triangle On Stage." She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study... Read More →
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Tina R. McSwain

Founder & Executive Director, 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 Calandra Usher

Calandra Usher

Calandra Usher, born and raised in Northport NY (Long Island), graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a BFA in Sculpture and became a certified K-12 art teacher. She spent a year in the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa, teaching art in a deaf school. She and her family lived in Detroit for several years before moving to Charlotte which is where she began writing. | | Her four book Urban Paranormal Romance series, The Gospels of Cal'eia, is a... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Concord H

4:00pm

The Technology of Living for Centuries
Discussion of recent medical research aimed at extending human lifespan. Not if it's appropriate, just what has been done.

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Euin Cobb

Stephen Euin Cobb

Contributing Editor, Space and Time Magazine
I have interviewed over 350 people for my work as an author, magazine writer, futurist, and award-winning podcaster. During the last ten years I have produced over 450 episodes of my weekly podcast, THE FUTURE AND YOU, which explores, through interviews, panel discussions, and commentary, all the ways the future will be different from today. | | A contributing editor for SPACE AND TIME MAGAZINE, I have also been a regular contributor for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →
avatar for Erin Penn

Erin Penn

Science Guest
Erin Penn is a writer and line editor living in North Carolina. She received her Bachelors of Science from Alma College with a double major in Computer Science and Sociology. She is the president of the Gaston County chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism and completed a Masters of Business Administration because she never has stopped wanting to learn more, be it hard science, soft science, history, or real world people. Like the Borg... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
KittyHawk

4:00pm

The Author Dating Game
Imagine if finding a new author was like the old time "dating game" from the 70s.  We put 3 authors on 1 side of a screen, and a potential reader on the other.  The reader asks a series of "dating questions" about the author's main character and then decides at the end of their round which book they would like to read.  

Moderators
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, 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 Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!

Speakers
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
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, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

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 author of EPIC-Award-winning The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and... Read More →
avatar for Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry is delighted to be returning to North Carolina, where she grew up. Where was ConCarolinas when she needed it? At least she had long-gone SF club StarCore as comfort. Leigh writes the Family Skeleton mysteries, featuring an adjunct English professor and an ambulatory skeleton. Together they fight crime. Before she was Leigh, she was Toni L.P. Kelner, and as Toni is the author of the geeky “Where Are They Now?” mysteries and the... Read More →
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

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 THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Concord J

4:00pm

Face-to-Face with the Slushmaster General
Have you been collecting rejection slips on a science fiction or fantasy novel, but haven’t been able to figure out why? Do you have thick enough skin to take direct, honest, face-to-face critique? Bring your cover letter, the first 5 pages of your story, and your 1- or 2-page synopsis and get real-time feedback from the “Slushmaster General.” First-come, first-served, and volunteers only! If time permits, we may discuss short fiction; however, novels will have first priority. Learn what happens to manuscripts when you send them to a publisher, and how to make yours stand out … in the right way.

Speakers
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

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 & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Piedmont

4:00pm

Dark Reflections
An Underground Theatre Production using By Night Studios edition of Vampire the Masquerade. The game premise is a continuation of events in the Charlotte venue of UT. Since last November, the kindred of the city have done a fine job of stabilizing the city, but something darker then even kindred lurks around the corner. Rumors of something called the cure have spread. The cure for what, maybe you could be the one to find out, the one to hold the legendary cure in your hands.The World of Darkness (or WoD) is the name given to two related but distinct fictional universes developed by Mark Rein-Hagen. Both World of Darkness settings have been used for several horror fiction-themed role-playing games that make use of the Storytelling System. These include Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Mage: The Ascension, Wraith: The Oblivion, and Changeling: The Dreaming. A live action role-playing game (LARP or LRP) is a form of role-playing game where the participants perform some or all of the physical actions of the characters they are playing within a pre-determined space for a pre-determined span of time. LARP may be considered a form of improvisational theatre.

Saturday June 4, 2016 4:00pm - Sunday June 5, 2016 1:00am
Concord C

4:30pm

Moss Bliss Concert
Filker Moss Bliss in concert

Speakers
avatar for Moss Bliss

Moss Bliss

I have worked in homeless, mental health, and disability recovery, been Senior Editor of two small publishing companies (same owner), am a decent filker with dozens of lyrics to my credit, and I live alone with my two cats. If that doesn't say "desperate", I don't know what does.


Saturday June 4, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Harrisburg A

4:30pm

Acting 101 Workshop
Got questions about how to get roles, or what to do to prepare for an audition, or what goes on behind the camera, or should you really pay for the IMDB Pro account?!? Then consult the acting oracle that are our two talented thespians (and award-winning actors), and hear their ideas and thoughts on the craft of acting.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Ray Williams

Michael Ray Williams

Actor, all around badass, MadOnes Films
I'm an actor at heart, but an all around film/theatre extraordinaire.

Saturday June 4, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Kannapolis A

4:30pm

Christie Golden Signing
Bring a book or buy a book from Christie Golden!

Speakers

Saturday June 4, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Concord E

5:00pm

The League of Extraordinary Belly Dancers
Description:  From a galaxy far, far away comes The League of Extraordinary Bellydancers. We'll be presenting the ultimate in sci-fi showdowns: Star Wars vs Star Trek. Join us for an evening filled with bellydancing Borgs, shimmying Stormtroopers and dancing droids. We'll boldly go where no one has gone before (within reason, of course. We're not ANIMALS).


Saturday June 4, 2016 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Concord A/B

5:00pm

Do Female Characters Come With an Expiration Date?
Are readers only interested in female characters who are between 16 and 36 years old? Why are so many fictional worlds apparently devoid of children, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins and other women not in the ‘love interest’ age bracket? How do you create characters that show a more realistic range of ages and weave them into the story?

Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

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 and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →

Speakers
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Marcia Colette

in a big building
A paranormal author who loves twisted plots and supernatural thrills. Visit me at http://www.marciacolette.com I'm a writer who' s beginning to wonder if her genre is urban fantasy, dark fantasy, or supernatural thriller. Oh, who cares? I don't need no stinkin' genre. :-)
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

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 Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →
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Emily Lavin Leverett

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 The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.
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Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Carolina C

5:00pm

It's Been Done (But Not Like This!)
Some ideas have just been done to death. Evert slush pile contains characters we’ve all seen before, storylines that are sadly familiar, and plot twists that were worn out fifty years ago. But, just when you think an idea is completely exhausted, someone will come along with a fresh take makes it seem exciting again. What’s the trick to making something old seem new again?

Moderators
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James Maxey

James Maxey’s mother warned him that reading all those comic books would warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys. | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Hawking. Turns... Read More →

Speakers
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Jake Bible

Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega... Read More →
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Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →
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Allen L. Wold

Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing teeny little stories at age seven when he discovered an old portable typewriter. They’re in a file cabinet somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 5:00pm - 5:55pm
Carolina A/B

5:00pm

A Terrible Beauty: Discovering Mozart's Requiem
Join Braxton of Valentine Wolfe for a behind the scenes, no music knowledge required exploration of the work that inspired Amadeus.

Moderators
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Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music "Victorian Chamber metal", the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. | Ethereal... Read More →

Saturday June 4, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Fairway A

5:00pm

Self Publishing Your Game
Provides information on how to become your own game publisher.

Moderators
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Jim Ryan

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
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Christopher DeLisle

Self described Ethnic Nerd who was raised in the Geek Orthodox tradition. Charlotte Geek. Former Production Manager of Empire Games.


Saturday June 4, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Concord G

5:00pm

Gallifrey Pirate Radio
Gallifrey Pirate Radio is a show talking about Doctor Who from the American point of view covering Classic Doctor Who to NuWho to even covering WHO news and conventions. We also talk about Torchwood, and Sarah Jane Adventures as well as interviews fans of the Whoverse.

Moderators
Saturday June 4, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Blue Ridge

5:30pm

Race/Ethnicity and Cosplay
An honest discussion of race/ethnicity and display. Discussion topics will include the history or minorities in media and why certain costumes might come off as offensive in a convention setting.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Leila McMichael (Keela)

Leila McMichael (Keela)

I am a huge Star Trek fan and I've been doing Klingon cosplay since 1999. My interests are also Star Wars, Firefly / Serenity, Babylon 5, and other science fiction television programs / movies. I also enjoy karaoke; my friend, Andy Fairbanks, and I present Keela and Katkith's Klingon Karaoke at Dragon*Con and will be there two nights this year.


Saturday June 4, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Concord H

5:30pm

Nana Visitor Autograph Session
Nana will be signing autographs and table photos in the Dealer Room. 

Speakers

Saturday June 4, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Concord E

5:30pm

50 Years of SETI, Where is Everyone?
A formal search for extraterrestrial intelligence has been in place for 50 years without meaningful result. Are we alone in the universe? And if we aren't alone, then why haven't we heard from anyone else?

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Euin Cobb

Stephen Euin Cobb

Contributing Editor, Space and Time Magazine
I have interviewed over 350 people for my work as an author, magazine writer, futurist, and award-winning podcaster. During the last ten years I have produced over 450 episodes of my weekly podcast, THE FUTURE AND YOU, which explores, through interviews, panel discussions, and commentary, all the ways the future will be different from today. | | A contributing editor for SPACE AND TIME MAGAZINE, I have also been a regular contributor for... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Ben Davis

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 college level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming to mathematics to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the late nineties, he took up a career in software and industrial controls engineering (robot programming and electronics are fun as they seem). As a lifelong fan of... Read More →
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Erin Penn

Science Guest
Erin Penn is a writer and line editor living in North Carolina. She received her Bachelors of Science from Alma College with a double major in Computer Science and Sociology. She is the president of the Gaston County chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism and completed a Masters of Business Administration because she never has stopped wanting to learn more, be it hard science, soft science, history, or real world people. Like the Borg... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
KittyHawk

5:30pm

Beginning Steps to Making Your Artistic Passion More Than A Hobby PART TWO
A two-day panel/workshop (1-hr Friday/1-hr Saturday) where the first steps are laid out for you on taking that artistic love to the next level. Day one will revolve around the concept of branding, online presence, and the importance of your resume or query letter. Day two we'll get on our feet and attendees will present a 30 second monologue audition or book pitch for feedback. Come have fun with those in the business who want to pass on their knowledge so you can stop saying, "I'll never make a dime doing what I love."
Panel/Workshop is FREE. While it's recommended that you attend both sessions, you do not need to attend Part I to attend Part II...nor do you have to attend Part II if you attended Part I. Resume and Query Letter Critique $5 (must turn in a printed copy with fee). Those turned in on Friday will be returned on Sunday. Copies turned in on Saturday might be returned via email the following week depending on number submitted.

Moderators
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Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →

Speakers
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Tamsin Silver

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 (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Piedmont

5:30pm

Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog Shadowcast
Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog, Joss Whedon's internet web series cult classic, gets brought to life before your very eyes! Pineapple-Shaped Lamps performs their trademark shadow cast, complete with all the songs, dances, and audience participation. Think you've got what it takes to be in the Evil League of Evil? Show them what you've got in our Dr. Horrible Costume Contest! They've got a PhD in Horribleness, and the Doctor is in

Saturday June 4, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Concord J

5:30pm

The Many Faces of Bill Blair
Media Guest Bill Blair dicusses his time in the make-up chair and the many, many, MANY aliens he's portrayed!

Moderators
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, 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 actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.

Speakers

Saturday June 4, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Concord I

6:00pm

The Business of Marketing Your Writing
How to market you book/graphic novel on the internet.

Moderators
avatar for Jay Requard

Jay Requard

Editor, Falstaff Books
I'm an Epic Fantasy author and editor at Falstaff Books!

Speakers
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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 Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

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 and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Jim has a long-standing love for and interest in history, anthropology, the sciences, and literature, which have been run through the blender of his twisted mind to produce this work. When not trying to get the strange ideas that float around in his head out in text, Jim lives in the central Carolinas with his wife, three dogs, and the occasional fish. When not clicking away on a laptop pretending to be the monkey writing Shakespeare, he is... Read More →
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Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Carolina A/B

6:00pm

The Imposter Syndrome
W B Yeats said, “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” So many writers suffer from a feeling of utter talentlessness, even when they're selling books like crazy. What makes this feeling so strong, and how can we find ways to combat it before it sneaks in and ruins our self-esteem for good?

Moderators
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David B. Coe

Literary Guest
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, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →

Speakers
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John G. Hartness

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 author of EPIC-Award-winning The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Judy

Andrea Judy

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 games. Her first digest novel, The Bone Queen, was published in October 2013 with the sequel, Blood and Bone, out in February 2015.
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Emily Lavin Leverett

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 The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.


Saturday June 4, 2016 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Carolina C

6:00pm

How to Draw like the American Comic books
Go over how to use gesture drawing to give more power to your drawings.  I will also go over how panel layout works and how to get the most out of them.  Lastly, basic drawing on how to turn that gesture drawing into a person.  

Moderators
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Aillen Taylor

Head Monkey, Aillen Artworks
I been an illustrator, cartoonist, and graphic artist for about 26 years now. During that time I had the pleasure of working for different size RPG companies, comic books, different industries and one of the people to help UNC-TV with idea of how stream shows back in 2000. I was trained at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts between 1993 to 1995. |

Saturday June 4, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Harrisburg A

6:00pm

Archetypes: The 6 Kinds of Monsters
What makes a monster? Our crack team of experts (2 guys who watch way too many movies) claim that all monsters can be placed into 6 categories! Discussions are welcome! We will include the best examples of each monster and our countdown to the worst monsters of all time!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John Dondero

John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?
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Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Kannapolis A

6:00pm

Doctor Who: The Ginger Chronicles
A fan series for the Doctor Who fan wondering what new adventures await the Doctor as she comes to grips with womanhood, and her companions Jim and Liz, as they unravel the mysteries of the universe.


Saturday June 4, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Kannapolis B

6:00pm

Mikey Mason
Mikey Mason is a comedy monster. A naughty cartoon character. An experiment gone wonderfully wrong. He explodes onstage with unfathomable energy, relentlessly pounding away at his audience with a wit as fast as his mouth, infectiously hilarious original songs, and his completely twisted world view. He’s the psycho stalker ex-boyfriend of comedy, except that you want to see him again. And again. And again.

Speakers
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Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a full-time standup comedian whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He has made multiple appearances both on NBC and at the legendary House Of Blues, headlined on all four coasts and performed at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, Geek... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Concord A/B

6:30pm

We Are Sherlocked!

Sherlock Holmes is alive and well! Join us as we discuss his portrayals on television and film and his appearances in recent books. Discover how old-school Holmesians and new-school Sherlockians are finding common ground in our energetic fandom. And help us discuss why so many fans of science fiction are also hooked on Holmes!


Moderators
avatar for Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Professor, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University. Her primary fields include Science Fiction/Fantasy Studies and Native American Studies. | | Sturgis is the author of four books on Native American and U.S. history as well as more than forty scholarly and mainstream essays on historical and speculative fiction topics. She has edited five books on science fiction and fantasy subjects. In 2006, Sturgis was... Read More →

Speakers
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Candice Carpenter

Blogger/Photographer/Talker, WeGeekGirls
avatar for GiGi Carrascosa

GiGi Carrascosa

Founder/Blogger/Photographer, We Geek Girls
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Concord G

6:30pm

Female Representation in Nerd Culture
A discussion of female representation (or lack thereof) in nerd culture. How far have we come; what challenges still exist; and what can we do make the games, movies, books, and shows we love more inclusive?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
Jen “The Enginerd” is an all-purpose geek.  She obtained her Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics with a focus in biomechanics from Virginia Tech in 2013.  Her research focused on animal locomotion and included the analysis of beetle respiration and helping construct a platform to measure the force produced during an insects jump.  She also hopes to obtain a Masters of Education in Instruction and Curriculum in the near future as... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fairway A

7:00pm

In The Tower's Shadow
How has speculative fiction changed since the events of 9-11? Has it only made a difference to American writers, or has it changed for writers everywhere?

Moderators
avatar for Wendy S Delmater

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Abyss & Apex publishes, on average, about 25% new writers. Talk to me about how to break into publishing short fiction.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Award-Winning 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 disposal. | | Jeanne writes Romantic Suspense both for a New York publisher (Kensington) and both Urban Fantasy and Suspense independently. You can find her books... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

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 and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →
avatar for Jay Requard

Jay Requard

Editor, Falstaff Books
I'm an Epic Fantasy author and editor at Falstaff Books!


Saturday June 4, 2016 7:00pm - 7:55pm
Carolina C

7:00pm

Standards of Beauty in Fantasy Worlds
Beauty and fashion are generally related to a display of wealth, and standards change as cultures do. Think past slender and fair. How can you make your fantasy novel's beauty standards fit the society you've created?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Natania Barron

Natania Barron

Author, editor, geek, reformed academic
Natania Barron is a word tinkerer with a lifelong love of the fantastic. She has a penchant for the speculative, and has written tales of invisible soul-eating birds, giant cephalopod goddesses, gunslinger girls, and killer kudzu, just to name a few. Her work has appeared in Weird Tales, EscapePod, Steampunk Tales, Crossed Genres, Bull Spec, and various anthologies. She is also the founder of The Outer Alliance, a group dedicated to queer... 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 Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
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S.H. Roddey / Siobhan Kinkade

Author
South Carolina native S.H. Roddey has been writing for fun since she was a child and still enjoys building worlds across the speculative fiction spectrum filled with mystery and intrigue. She brings to the literary world a unique blend of humor, emotion, and wild ideas filled with dark themes and strong characters. She is a voracious reader, wannabe chef, and video game addict with two full-time jobs: administrative professional and mom to a... Read More →
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Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters prequel to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and Beth’s first self-published title. A former teacher, Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 7:00pm - 7:55pm
Carolina A/B

7:00pm

Costuming Without Sewing
The panelists discuss making and creating costumes when you don’t know how to sew.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Tera Fulbright

Tera Fulbright

Director of Programming, 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” was published in the anthology Rum & Runestones in 2010.  Since then, she has been published in various other anthologies, including Dark Fairy Tales... Read More →
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

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 huge interest in costuming in other genres, which inspired him to join the cast of the Carolina Renaissance Festival in 2003. Derek’s other interests include gaming... Read More →
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2 Dudes Revue

2 Dudes Revue
Matt, Abby, and Ron: In depth comedy from people out of their depth. There might be three of them, they might not all be dudes, but in this post-modern society, that works. | 2DR are internet reviewers of pop culture commodities like toys, video games, 80s movies, renaissance faires, and everything in between. Your go-to people for discussing trivial matters with utmost sincerity. Just don't insult Ric Flair in Ron's presence.


Saturday June 4, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Concord H

7:00pm

Meet the R2 Builders
The R2 Builders showcase their robots and talk about how they built them.

Moderators
avatar for Mike Cummins

Mike Cummins

Builder, R2 Builders Club

Saturday June 4, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Harrisburg A

7:00pm

The Future of Robotics
Robotics is an industry poised for explosive growth. How will the rapid adoption and expansion of this area affect our lives in the near future?

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Euin Cobb

Stephen Euin Cobb

Contributing Editor, Space and Time Magazine
I have interviewed over 350 people for my work as an author, magazine writer, futurist, and award-winning podcaster. During the last ten years I have produced over 450 episodes of my weekly podcast, THE FUTURE AND YOU, which explores, through interviews, panel discussions, and commentary, all the ways the future will be different from today. | | A contributing editor for SPACE AND TIME MAGAZINE, I have also been a regular contributor for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

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 college level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming to mathematics to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the late nineties, he took up a career in software and industrial controls engineering (robot programming and electronics are fun as they seem). As a lifelong fan of... Read More →
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Jim has a long-standing love for and interest in history, anthropology, the sciences, and literature, which have been run through the blender of his twisted mind to produce this work. When not trying to get the strange ideas that float around in his head out in text, Jim lives in the central Carolinas with his wife, three dogs, and the occasional fish. When not clicking away on a laptop pretending to be the monkey writing Shakespeare, he is... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
KittyHawk

7:00pm

Beyond the First Draft
NOT a cut-and-dried lecture, this workshop provides overviews of editing issues that first-time novelists may be meeting for the first time. Begins with an approach to first-cut evaluation of your first draft, then addresses in broad terms participant’s current key concerns (up to 15 minutes per participant.) Likely topics include plot, structure, cutting for length, setting, character development, logic, conflict, and suspense. Handouts provide further details and information resources. Open to UP TO 6 first-time novelists who have completed first drafts. 

Speakers
avatar for Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan, author of three ANALOG stories, including the novelette "Vooorh" (Jul/Aug 2014,) is currently at work on a novel in which a resourceful group of friends encounter aliens in the North Carolina mountains. Though the alien visitors seem friendly enough, old disagreements begin to fester among them following contact with the humans. When the conflict escalates, the human characters engage a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Piedmont

7:00pm

Beginning Origami
Make two beginning origami creations.  

Speakers

Saturday June 4, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Blue Ridge

7:30pm

Valentine Wolfe

Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight.  Having dubbed their music “Victorian Chamber metal”, the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe.

Ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black are buttressed by the thunderous growl of Braxton’s electric upright bass, the two coalescing over pounding rock and electronic grooves punctuated by a maelstrom of synthesizers, keyboards, and sound design.  Their work has attracted the attention of rock audiences, goth enthusiasts, theatre composers, and con attendees all up and down the east coast.

Their latest release, The Nightingale: A Gothic Fairytale, behind which they are currently touring, is an dramatic adaptation and reinterpretation of both The Emperor and the Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen and Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats, set in a sinister Poison Garden, based on the Alnwick Botanical Gardens in England, where every single plant can kill.


Speakers
avatar for Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music "Victorian Chamber metal", the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. | Ethereal... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Concord A/B

7:30pm

Literate Liquors Live
Join our panel of experts as they participate in the hilarious and often ridiculous podcast Literate Liquors!  (Think of Geeks who Drink.)

Moderators
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

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 author of EPIC-Award-winning The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jake Bible

Jake Bible

Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega... Read More →
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
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, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Concord I

7:30pm

The Unusual Calling of Charlie Christmas
A socially awkward hgh school janitor still haunted by the loss of his father finds strength and purpose after receiving mysterious special instruction to become a costumed vigilante in Oklahoma.


Saturday June 4, 2016 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Kannapolis B

8:00pm

The Social Butterfly
In the changing publishing world, social media and electronic media are becoming central platforms for authors to use, and use well. From Twitter to Pinterest and Facebook to Newsletters, we will discuss how to maintain a social media and electronic presence in the best ways for the current trends in publishing.

Moderators
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Natania Barron

Natania Barron

Author, editor, geek, reformed academic
Natania Barron is a word tinkerer with a lifelong love of the fantastic. She has a penchant for the speculative, and has written tales of invisible soul-eating birds, giant cephalopod goddesses, gunslinger girls, and killer kudzu, just to name a few. Her work has appeared in Weird Tales, EscapePod, Steampunk Tales, Crossed Genres, Bull Spec, and various anthologies. She is also the founder of The Outer Alliance, a group dedicated to queer... 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 Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Carolina C

8:00pm

The Writer's Life: Not Exactly a Bed of Roses
Ah yes, the fabulous life of a writer! Just type out some words, have them published, get famous, and make millions. It's the best job in the world! Wait a minute, what? You mean it's not that easy? Join some of ConCarolinas attending authors as they discuss what the writer’s life is really like, and explain exactly what it takes to make it as a professional writer.

Moderators
Speakers
MC

Marcia Colette

in a big building
A paranormal author who loves twisted plots and supernatural thrills. Visit me at http://www.marciacolette.com I'm a writer who' s beginning to wonder if her genre is urban fantasy, dark fantasy, or supernatural thriller. Oh, who cares? I don't need no stinkin' genre. :-)
avatar for Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold

Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing teeny little stories at age seven when he discovered an old portable typewriter. They’re in a file cabinet somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 8:00pm - 8:55pm
Carolina A/B

8:00pm

BBC America
Discussion of Orphan Black and other BBC America productions
 

Moderators
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, 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 Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!

Speakers
avatar for Nia

Nia

Nia and Cerulean run the KidsTrack for ConCarolinas


Saturday June 4, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Concord G

8:00pm

Those Winchester Boys!
SUPERNATURAL - Sam and Dean. Dean and Sam. Castiel, Fergus . . . opps! Crowley, and Lucifer himself. What happened this past season. What can the future bring? How sustainable is the show at this point? Is Chuck God?

Moderators
avatar for Jada Diaz

Jada Diaz

ConChair, ConCarolinas
#SamSam2016 Campaign Manager - Sam Sam 2016: Catnip, Laps, and Naps!

Speakers


Saturday June 4, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Fairway A

8:00pm

80s Fantasy Film: Escaping the Remake Monster
In an era of remakes and reboots and revamps, what is it about the sword and sorcery/fantasy films of the 80s (Sword & Sorcerer, Kull, Beastmaster, Dragonslayer, Princess Bride, Willow, etc.) that have kept them out of Hollywood's hands and perfect just the way they are?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Christopher DeLisle

Christopher DeLisle

Self described Ethnic Nerd who was raised in the Geek Orthodox tradition. Charlotte Geek. Former Production Manager of Empire Games.
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Co-Founder/Editor in Chief, Nerd Nation Entertainment
Writer. Author. Editor. Journalist. Producer. Filmmaker. | Geek. Gamer. Con-Addict. All Around Swell Guy.
avatar for Michael Ray Williams

Michael Ray Williams

Actor, all around badass, MadOnes Films
I'm an actor at heart, but an all around film/theatre extraordinaire.


Saturday June 4, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Kannapolis A

8:00pm

Blibbering Humdingers
Blibbering Humdingers in concert

Speakers
avatar for Blibbering Humdingers

Blibbering Humdingers

Neo-retro, post-nihilist, acoustic/rock music for wizards, nerds, geeks, Browncoats, Timelords, gamers, SCAdians and all manner of interesting human people. We are: Scott on guitar and vocals, Kirsten on vocals and hand percussion, and Chuck on bass, mandolin and cool sunglasses. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll crap your pants. Links to our latest CD "Raised by Nerds" and other oddities available at http://BlibberingHumdingers.com Also find us... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Harrisburg A

8:00pm

2016 Charity Auction
Come see what goodies are available and bid as high as you can go! The first $500 goes to the Grimm-Koch-Lockhart Scholarship Fund and the rest will go to our 2 auction beneficiaries - Child Care Resources, Inc. and Canines for Service. 

Moderators
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →

Saturday June 4, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Concord J

8:30pm

Props with Lights, Sound, and Action!
Tips for beginners and experts alike for adding lights, sound, and motion to your steampunk props. Pseudo-dangerous devices will be demonstrated.

Moderators
avatar for Brett King

Brett King

Brett King STEAM
Brett King is an award-winning steampunk maker and costumer who presents fun, interactive panels that mix real history, alternate history, and fantastic props. Brett also teaches prop-making techniques. He is best known for his Arctic Explorer/Troll Hunter character, Gustaf Danielsson, and his weather-analyzing automaton known as the Aetherologist. Find him on Facebook.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, 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 actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Founder/Mandalore, 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 Landspeeder vehicle, his work has been featured on the official STAR WARS blog, Go90, and Discovery Canada's "Daily Planet" science show. | | When Tom isn't working... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Concord H

8:30pm

Viruses, Hackers, and Malware, Oh My.
Malicious and mischievous use of technology is no longer the actions of the individual, but is now big business, commonplace for governments, cartels, and even loose groups like Anonymous.

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Euin Cobb

Stephen Euin Cobb

Contributing Editor, Space and Time Magazine
I have interviewed over 350 people for my work as an author, magazine writer, futurist, and award-winning podcaster. During the last ten years I have produced over 450 episodes of my weekly podcast, THE FUTURE AND YOU, which explores, through interviews, panel discussions, and commentary, all the ways the future will be different from today. | | A contributing editor for SPACE AND TIME MAGAZINE, I have also been a regular contributor for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Jim has a long-standing love for and interest in history, anthropology, the sciences, and literature, which have been run through the blender of his twisted mind to produce this work. When not trying to get the strange ideas that float around in his head out in text, Jim lives in the central Carolinas with his wife, three dogs, and the occasional fish. When not clicking away on a laptop pretending to be the monkey writing Shakespeare, he is... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
KittyHawk

9:00pm

Skeletons In The Closet: Handling the Ugly Truths in Alternate History
Alternate history and Steampunk tend to favor the 1800s with airships and fantastic contraptions. But how do you write about that era while acknowledging its ugly truths like colonialism, racism, misogyny, slavery, indentured servitude and genocide? Can you tell a fun story while not ignoring or downplaying the realities of the past?

Moderators
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

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 (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
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, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

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 and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →
avatar for Larry N. Martin

Larry N. Martin

DreamSpinner Communications
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and Grimm with more to come. Larry and Gail also have... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 9:00pm - 9:55pm
Carolina A/B

9:00pm

Writing Romance Right
Love triangles, unresolved tensions, playful banter, pair juggling...let's talk about the romantic tropes writers use in stories. What kind of relationships ring most true? Which ones have you had enough of? How can writers make their characters' love lives complex without leaning on the tropes of days gone by?

Moderators
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Award-Winning 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 disposal. | | Jeanne writes Romantic Suspense both for a New York publisher (Kensington) and both Urban Fantasy and Suspense independently. You can find her books... 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 Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
MC

Marcia Colette

in a big building
A paranormal author who loves twisted plots and supernatural thrills. Visit me at http://www.marciacolette.com I'm a writer who' s beginning to wonder if her genre is urban fantasy, dark fantasy, or supernatural thriller. Oh, who cares? I don't need no stinkin' genre. :-)
avatar for S.H. Roddey / Siobhan Kinkade

S.H. Roddey / Siobhan Kinkade

Author
South Carolina native S.H. Roddey has been writing for fun since she was a child and still enjoys building worlds across the speculative fiction spectrum filled with mystery and intrigue. She brings to the literary world a unique blend of humor, emotion, and wild ideas filled with dark themes and strong characters. She is a voracious reader, wannabe chef, and video game addict with two full-time jobs: administrative professional and mom to a... Read More →
avatar for Beth Revis

Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters prequel to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and Beth’s first self-published title. A former teacher, Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 9:00pm - 9:55pm
Carolina C

9:00pm

This Way to the EGRESS
This Way to the EGRESS has been told to find a box in which they could fit themselves; however, one needs a rather large box to fit all six members—and their accordions, tubas, electric guitars, trombones, pianos, and drums. So instead they move forth doing what they do best; cascading onto the stage in an explosion of sound and color that’s equal parts unruly vaudeville, ebullient world beat band and three ring circus. The six-person troupe plays a swooning amalgamation of styles that catapults the audience through time and space with unexpected shifts of styles, costumes and time signatures. 


Saturday June 4, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Concord A/B

9:00pm

Nia and Cerulean's Saturday Night at the Movies
Parents - put your children in a safe environment while you enjoy some of the nightlife at ConCarolinas.  Nia - a lifeguard and Cerulean - a certified babysitter. They will be watching movies.  If you'd like your child to have a snack, please provide one.  

There will be a sign in sheet on which we will ask for your contact information and a basic schedule of your plans.  Children must be picked up by midnight.

This is for children that are potty trained.  

Moderators
avatar for Nia

Nia

Nia and Cerulean run the KidsTrack for ConCarolinas

Speakers


Saturday June 4, 2016 9:00pm - Sunday June 5, 2016 12:00am
Piedmont

9:30pm

The Walking Dead: Season in Review
Now that Negan and Lucille have made their appearance, let's talk about who lived, who died and who just needs to be fed to the walkers!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Candice Carpenter

Candice Carpenter

Blogger/Photographer/Talker, WeGeekGirls
avatar for GiGi Carrascosa

GiGi Carrascosa

Founder/Blogger/Photographer, We Geek Girls
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

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 his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
avatar for Grind Pulp Podcast

Grind Pulp Podcast

Grind Pulp Podcast
Andrew Crevier, Jeronimo Brown, and Manga Matty ICE are co-hosts of the Grind Pulp Podcast. Get chatty with them about crazy movies and gritty pulp tales of the weird and macabre.


Saturday June 4, 2016 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Fairway A

9:30pm

Women and Gaming
A discussion about how to go about bringing more women into the gaming hobby, whether its tabletop or digital. What barriers are there? How can they be overcome?

Moderators
avatar for Andrea Judy

Andrea Judy

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 games. Her first digest novel, The Bone Queen, was published in October 2013 with the sequel, Blood and Bone, out in February 2015.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher DeLisle

Christopher DeLisle

Self described Ethnic Nerd who was raised in the Geek Orthodox tradition. Charlotte Geek. Former Production Manager of Empire Games.
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, 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 Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!


Saturday June 4, 2016 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Concord G

9:30pm

Extreme Casualty and Horror Makeup Panel with Gregory Hewett
Demonstration of various, extremely realistic, casualty effects created with quickset skin safe silicones for beginners to professionals.

Ultra realistic casualty and wounds/injuries created with fast set skin safe silicones. Major film, T.V., and haunted house quality makeup that will come across as extremely realistic and convincing. Lots of tips and tricks to make the most from fast set silicones in the field of Special Effects Makeup demonstrated by professional FX Makeup Artist Gregory Hewett of GregoryF/X

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Hewett

Gregory Hewett

Director of Makeup, GregoryF/X
Gregory Hewett has been a practicing Special Effects Makeup Artist for over 17 years and opened his own business in 2000. He specializes in the concept, fabrication of and application of Special Makeup appliances, props, and all areas of the art form.   Having worked on many diverse projects ranging from horror films, to T.V. shows, theatre, Opera, live events and scenario training, Gregory is a very well rounded Effects Artist. Recently... Read More →



Saturday June 4, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Concord I

9:30pm

Filking the Night Away
Bring your best filk and your instruments as we, once again, filk the night away!

Saturday June 4, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Harrisburg A

10:00pm

Hell Hath No Fury
Far too many authors fall back on the cliché of rape when trying to make their female character's lives more complicated. It's a scorched-earth choice, often badly written by people who don't take it as seriously as they should. Let's discuss ways to motivate, impede, and change female characters that don’t involve sexual assault. 
WARNING – this panel may include discussion that could be upsetting for some attendees.

Moderators
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Natania Barron

Natania Barron

Author, editor, geek, reformed academic
Natania Barron is a word tinkerer with a lifelong love of the fantastic. She has a penchant for the speculative, and has written tales of invisible soul-eating birds, giant cephalopod goddesses, gunslinger girls, and killer kudzu, just to name a few. Her work has appeared in Weird Tales, EscapePod, Steampunk Tales, Crossed Genres, Bull Spec, and various anthologies. She is also the founder of The Outer Alliance, a group dedicated to queer... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Judy

Andrea Judy

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 games. Her first digest novel, The Bone Queen, was published in October 2013 with the sequel, Blood and Bone, out in February 2015.
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

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 The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
avatar for Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry is delighted to be returning to North Carolina, where she grew up. Where was ConCarolinas when she needed it? At least she had long-gone SF club StarCore as comfort. Leigh writes the Family Skeleton mysteries, featuring an adjunct English professor and an ambulatory skeleton. Together they fight crime. Before she was Leigh, she was Toni L.P. Kelner, and as Toni is the author of the geeky “Where Are They Now?” mysteries and the... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Carolina A/B

10:00pm

Race as Race in F/SF
Are Klingons “Black?” What about Wookies? Are the Na’vis from Cameron’s Avatar really Native American stand-ins? In what ways? A discussion of “aliens” and the ways they do, or don’t, represent and act out our modern struggles with race and colonialism.

Moderators
avatar for Jay Requard

Jay Requard

Editor, Falstaff Books
I'm an Epic Fantasy author and editor at Falstaff Books!

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Henley Babb

Charlotte Henley Babb

author, Maven Fairy Godmother
Charlotte Henley Babb began writing as soon as she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name. Growing up in the red mud and sweet tea Carolinas, she was a voracious reader with widely diverse interests ranging from the classic folk and fairy tales to sci-fi writers like Terry Pratchett and Robert Heinlein. She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl... Read More →
MC

Marcia Colette

in a big building
A paranormal author who loves twisted plots and supernatural thrills. Visit me at http://www.marciacolette.com I'm a writer who' s beginning to wonder if her genre is urban fantasy, dark fantasy, or supernatural thriller. Oh, who cares? I don't need no stinkin' genre. :-)


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00pm - 10:55pm
Carolina C

10:00pm

Real Ghost Hunting vs Paranormal Reality TV
Is what we see on television real ghost hunting? Is any of it faked? What should you expect from a real ghost hunt? Panelists discuss.

Moderators
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Founder & Director, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. Alex currently hosts the radio show "The Wicked Domain" on LiveParanormal.com and has previously hosted the radio shows "ParaNation" and "Paranormal Insider Radio." She also runs a podcast for the North Carolina theatre community called, "Triangle On Stage." She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally 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). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →
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Tina R. McSwain

Founder & Executive Director, 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 4, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Concord H

10:00pm

Welcome to the Anthropocene
This year, the International Commission on Stratigraphy is set to decide whether or not the Earth has entered a new geological epoch: The Anthropocene. This is an age when human activity is a geological force writing itself into the very stones of the planet. What is the evidence that a new age has dawned? Do the geological footprints we've already left on the planet give us any guidance on how to move forward in the future? 

Moderators
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

James Maxey’s mother warned him that reading all those comic books would warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys. | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Hawking. Turns... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

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 college level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming to mathematics to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the late nineties, he took up a career in software and industrial controls engineering (robot programming and electronics are fun as they seem). As a lifelong fan of... Read More →
avatar for Erin Penn

Erin Penn

Science Guest
Erin Penn is a writer and line editor living in North Carolina. She received her Bachelors of Science from Alma College with a double major in Computer Science and Sociology. She is the president of the Gaston County chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism and completed a Masters of Business Administration because she never has stopped wanting to learn more, be it hard science, soft science, history, or real world people. Like the Borg... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
KittyHawk

10:00pm

XXXX: A Mockumentary
Christopher Shearer is making another documentary. This time about the cast and crew behind the award-winning adult films of Quadruple X as they take on a new challenge: a true horror/adult film mash-up. Unfortunately, someone isn't a fan of their handy work and has taken to picking off members of the team one by one.


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Kannapolis B

10:00pm

Batman's Day Off
Batman's Day Off: Sketch Comedy Show: Wilmington, NC comedy troupe Pineapple-Shaped Lamps is proud to present their newest sketch comedy show! One fake sick day sends caped crusader Batman, his girlfriend Wonder Woman, and his best friend Superman on the adventure of their lives, as they ditch the Justice League and take off on a raucous journey through Gotham, being sure to stay one step ahead of Commissioner Gordon, who is determined to catch them in the act.

Speakers
avatar for Pineapple-Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Concord J

10:00pm

CToCT
Two gay men share a very frank and very funny discussion of modern and classic cocktails, dating, hooking up, and queer culture. This panel will be a live recording of the podcast, including tales drawn from the hosts' own experiences and a Q&A with audience members.

CToCT - Cock Tales over Cocktails

Speakers
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

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 THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:00pm - Sunday June 5, 2016 12:00am
Blue Ridge

10:30pm

NERD-VANA
THIS PERFORMANCE IS 18+. PLEASE HAVE YOUR ID READY TO BE CHECKED. 

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.

Nerd-Vana. Now loading…

 

Moderators
avatar for Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit

Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit

Guy who does the work, PRS Graphics
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 podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a full-time standup comedian whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He has made multiple appearances both on NBC and at the legendary House Of Blues, headlined on all four coasts and performed at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, Geek... Read More →


Saturday June 4, 2016 10:30pm - Sunday June 5, 2016 12:00am
Concord A/B

11:00pm

Grind Cult: The Wild Side of Film and Fiction
In this panel would consist of a fan-based discussion of Grindhouse, cult films, and similar fiction — in the horror, sci-fi, western, and fantasy genres.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Grind Pulp Podcast

Grind Pulp Podcast

Grind Pulp Podcast
Andrew Crevier, Jeronimo Brown, and Manga Matty ICE are co-hosts of the Grind Pulp Podcast. Get chatty with them about crazy movies and gritty pulp tales of the weird and macabre.


Saturday June 4, 2016 11:00pm - Sunday June 5, 2016 12:00am
Concord G

12:30am

Rocky Horror Picture Show
THIS IS AN 18+ EVENT - PLEASE BE READY TO SHOW ID!!

That Type Cast is back to lead us all in the Time Warp!  Props are encouraged with the exception of rice, toast and hot dogs.  Please do not throw anything at the screen.  THe is an 18+ event.

Sunday June 5, 2016 12:30am - 2:30am
Concord A/B
 
Sunday, June 5
 

8:00am

Gaming
Sunday June 5, 2016 8:00am - 6:00pm
Concord F

9:00am

Epic Questing
Many fantasy tales are based on the quest – a journey across long distance to achieve a desired goal. How should characters prepare for a quest? Can an average character even handle the physical stresses involved? If the ultimate destination is a place the character won't be welcome, how will that character arrange to get inside? Let's discuss the details of a good quest.

Moderators
avatar for Jay Requard

Jay Requard

Editor, Falstaff Books
I'm an Epic Fantasy author and editor at Falstaff Books!

Speakers
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 9:00am - 9:55am
Carolina C

9:00am

Writing for an Anthology, Series, or Shared Universe
What are the ins and outs of writing in someone else's story world? What are the pros and cons of writing in a series? What should one keep in mind when writing for an anthology? These and many more questions will be answered during this lively discussion with some of ConCarolinas attending authors.

Moderators
avatar for Andrea Judy

Andrea Judy

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 games. Her first digest novel, The Bone Queen, was published in October 2013 with the sequel, Blood and Bone, out in February 2015.

Speakers
MC

Marcia Colette

in a big building
A paranormal author who loves twisted plots and supernatural thrills. Visit me at http://www.marciacolette.com I'm a writer who' s beginning to wonder if her genre is urban fantasy, dark fantasy, or supernatural thriller. Oh, who cares? I don't need no stinkin' genre. :-)
avatar for Tony Daniel

Tony Daniel

Editor, Baen Books
My favorite color is gray.
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 9:00am - 9:55am
Carolina A/B

9:00am

CeeCee's Lounge
Welcome to CeeCee's Lounge.  This is a place to relax, take a break, watch some videos, and chill.

This is a Photography Free Zone.  Great place for costumers to take a break, fix a costume, and breathe.  

Sunday June 5, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
Fairway B

9:30am

The Best Kept Secret in the US
History of 75 years of Civil Air Patrol and the emphasis on aerospace education, community emergency relief, STEM, Cyper Patriot.

Moderators
Sunday June 5, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
KittyHawk

10:00am

Nana Visitor Autograph Session
Nana will be signing autographs and table photos in the Dealer Room. 

Speakers

Sunday June 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Concord E

10:00am

Sharp SF
Once they called it hard SF - space ships and robots everywhere. Then came soft SF, explorations of alien social systems and cybernetic awareness. Nowadays we have sharp SF, a mixture of both. Let's talk about the ways hard and soft SF have blended in the new millennium.

Moderators
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

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 & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan, author of three ANALOG stories, including the novelette "Vooorh" (Jul/Aug 2014,) is currently at work on a novel in which a resourceful group of friends encounter aliens in the North Carolina mountains. Though the alien visitors seem friendly enough, old disagreements begin to fester among them following contact with the humans. When the conflict escalates, the human characters engage a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend... Read More →
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

James Maxey’s mother warned him that reading all those comic books would warp his mind. She was right. Now an adult who can’t stop daydreaming, James is unsuited for decent work and ekes out a pittance writing down demented fantasies about masked women, fiery dragons, and monkeys. Oh god, so many monkeys. | | In an effort to figure out how Superman could fly, James read books by Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould and Stephen Hawking. Turns... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:55am
Carolina C

10:00am

Using Real People, Places, and History in Your Fiction
How do you use real people and places in your fiction without getting into trouble? What kinds of liberties can you take with history, local landmarks, and regional legends? We'll talk about how to make a real-world setting come alive (while keeping the author out of hot water).

Moderators
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
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, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

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 his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

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 (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:55am
Carolina A/B

10:00am

Creating Original Characters in Costume
Learn how to create original characters through the art of costuming and prop-making. Discuss the pros and cons of original characters.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Leila McMichael (Keela)

Leila McMichael (Keela)

I am a huge Star Trek fan and I've been doing Klingon cosplay since 1999. My interests are also Star Wars, Firefly / Serenity, Babylon 5, and other science fiction television programs / movies. I also enjoy karaoke; my friend, Andy Fairbanks, and I present Keela and Katkith's Klingon Karaoke at Dragon*Con and will be there two nights this year.
avatar for Tera Fulbright

Tera Fulbright

Director of Programming, 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” was published in the anthology Rum & Runestones in 2010.  Since then, she has been published in various other anthologies, including Dark Fairy Tales... Read More →
avatar for Brett King

Brett King

Brett King STEAM
Brett King is an award-winning steampunk maker and costumer who presents fun, interactive panels that mix real history, alternate history, and fantastic props. Brett also teaches prop-making techniques. He is best known for his Arctic Explorer/Troll Hunter character, Gustaf Danielsson, and his weather-analyzing automaton known as the Aetherologist. Find him on Facebook.
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

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 huge interest in costuming in other genres, which inspired him to join the cast of the Carolina Renaissance Festival in 2003. Derek’s other interests include gaming... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Concord H

10:00am

Comic Book Movies: What's Next?
The success of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and DEADPOOL has proven that even characters unfamiliar to most of the general public can become breakaway hits when they are treated in a way that longtime fans have been demanding. What other hidden gems from the Marvel and DC Universe deserve their shot?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

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 THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Concord I

10:00am

The Greatest Movies Never Made
From Tim Burton's SUPERMAN LIVES to half the movies Guillermo Del Toro announces, some of the best projects never got off the ground. Join us for a sorrowful look at what might have been, the good (JURASSIC PARK 4), the great (ZEPPELINS VS PTERODACTYLS!) and the ones better off dead (Jack Black's GREEN LANTERN?)

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John Dondero

John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Co-Founder/Editor in Chief, Nerd Nation Entertainment
Writer. Author. Editor. Journalist. Producer. Filmmaker. | Geek. Gamer. Con-Addict. All Around Swell Guy.


Sunday June 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Kannapolis A

10:00am

Game Master 201
Building on Game Master 101 - this is the next step in Game Master education!

Moderators
avatar for Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

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 Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson

Freelance Game Designer/Writer
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

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 THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Concord G

10:00am

Warmaster's Workshop
This panel demonstrates making Star Wars genre costumes, and props, through the process of "Creationeering"; taking everyday objects and turning them into usable/functional costume and prop creations.

Moderators
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Founder/Mandalore, 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 Landspeeder vehicle, his work has been featured on the official STAR WARS blog, Go90, and Discovery Canada's "Daily Planet" science show. | | When Tom isn't working... Read More →

Sunday June 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Piedmont

10:00am

Nia & Ceralean's Story Time Extravaganza!
Parents - Nia and Cerulean understand how difficult it is to get everything packed up, loaded into the car, and then enjoy the rest of your Sunday at con when you've got kids wanting to do something.  So, drop the kids off with Nia and Cerulean.  They'll be treated to a story from CoCo A-Lo, song time, and crafts and you can get yourselves all packed up. No snacks will be served so if they need a snack, please bring it.  

Speakers
avatar for Nia

Nia

Nia and Cerulean run the KidsTrack for ConCarolinas
avatar for Blibbering Humdingers

Blibbering Humdingers

Neo-retro, post-nihilist, acoustic/rock music for wizards, nerds, geeks, Browncoats, Timelords, gamers, SCAdians and all manner of interesting human people. We are: Scott on guitar and vocals, Kirsten on vocals and hand percussion, and Chuck on bass, mandolin and cool sunglasses. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll crap your pants. Links to our latest CD "Raised by Nerds" and other oddities available at http://BlibberingHumdingers.com Also find us... Read More →



Sunday June 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Harrisburg A

10:00am

Guardians of the Geekery
We are the Guardians of the Geekery! Providing our fans with info and insights on all the geeky happenings in the geek world and around the Queen City!

Moderators
CC

Carol Cowles

Programming Director, ConCarolinas
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, 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 Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!

Speakers

Sunday June 5, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Blue Ridge

10:00am

Registration
Pick up your pre-purchased Membership Badge or Purchase a Membership.

At The Door Prices

Full Weekend $50
Friday or Sunday $20
Saturday Only $40
After 8 p.m.$10 (cash only – exact change)

Starting Sunday at 12:00 a.m. until Monday at 12:00 a.m., you may purchase your 2017 Membership for $25 at the Registration Desk or on Eventbrite. 

Sunday June 5, 2016 10:00am - 2:00pm
South Registration Desk

10:00am

Art Show
Come see our 1st annual At Show 

Sunday June 5, 2016 10:00am - 2:00pm
Harrisburg B

10:00am

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

Sunday June 5, 2016 10:00am - 3:00pm
Concord E

10:30am

PSL Sketch Comedy Show
All original. All hilarious. Pineapple-Shaped Lamps performs their very own geek sketch comedy show! With everything from Game of Thrones to Star Wars, these comedy nerds will be sure to laugh pants off. And that isn’t exactly a bad thing, is it?

Speakers
avatar for Pineapple-Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps


Sunday June 5, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Concord J

11:00am

Effective Marketing for Writers
There are a million different suggestions for the best way to market a writer's work. Social media, print ads, book signings, con appearances, podcast interviews, giveaways... but which methods are worth the money and effort? Come listen to some folks who've done it successfully.

Moderators
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

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 author of EPIC-Award-winning The Black Knight Chronicles from Bell Bridge Books, a comedic urban fantasy series that answers the eternal question “Why aren’t there more fat vampires?” He is also the creator of the comic horror Bubba the Monster Hunter series, and... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice. Now, he plays lead guitar in a local blues band, The Bootleggers, and enjoys life on a small farm in rural North Carolina. For those who continue to keep count, the animal list is as follows... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

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 and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →
avatar for Beth Revis

Beth Revis

Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. Her latest release THE BODY ELECTRIC is a same-universe-different-characters prequel to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and Beth’s first self-published title. A former teacher, Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:55am
Carolina C

11:00am

Sidekicks!
Dr. Watson, Robin the Boy Wonder, and R2-D2! Why sidekicks are so much fun for readers, and so darned useful for writers.

Moderators
avatar for Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry is delighted to be returning to North Carolina, where she grew up. Where was ConCarolinas when she needed it? At least she had long-gone SF club StarCore as comfort. Leigh writes the Family Skeleton mysteries, featuring an adjunct English professor and an ambulatory skeleton. Together they fight crime. Before she was Leigh, she was Toni L.P. Kelner, and as Toni is the author of the geeky “Where Are They Now?” mysteries and the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

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 Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →
avatar for Larry N. Martin

Larry N. Martin

DreamSpinner Communications
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and Grimm with more to come. Larry and Gail also have... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

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 THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:55am
Carolina A/B

11:00am

Contemporary Illustration: How to Market Yourself and Get Your Work Seen

How to get your work into the hands of people that could potentially publish the artist by way of commission. The discussion will include marketing strategies, techniques for portfolio building and developing a signature style.



Sunday June 5, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Harrisburg A

11:00am

Female Film Makers in Force
A discussion of all areas and avenues of filmmaking from an award-winning group of female filmmakers.

Moderators
avatar for Christine Parker

Christine Parker

Owner, Adrenalin/SickChickFlicks

Speakers

Sunday June 5, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Kannapolis A

11:00am

Intersection of Faith and Science
A less adversarial discussion of how much faith and science have in common.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for James McDonald

James McDonald

Jim has a long-standing love for and interest in history, anthropology, the sciences, and literature, which have been run through the blender of his twisted mind to produce this work. When not trying to get the strange ideas that float around in his head out in text, Jim lives in the central Carolinas with his wife, three dogs, and the occasional fish. When not clicking away on a laptop pretending to be the monkey writing Shakespeare, he is... Read More →
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

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 & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
KittyHawk

11:00am

Interview with Nana Visitor
Moderators
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, 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 actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.

Speakers

Sunday June 5, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Concord A/B

11:00am

Christie Golden Signing
Bring a book or buy a book from Christie Golden!

Speakers

Sunday June 5, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
Concord E

11:00am

Mando Mercs Bounty Hunt
Make a donation to the Mando Merc's charity - Little Warrior International, and you can have your best friend or someone who inadvertantly took your latte jailed!  They will be hunted down by the fierce Mandalorian Mercs and dragged back to jail where they will stay until they have served their time!  Or, if the jailor is feeling nice, they might get out early if they perform a song or dance and tell funny jokes.  If the jokes are bad, jail time may be doubled. You just never know!

Moderators
avatar for Tom Hutchens

Tom Hutchens

Founder/Mandalore, 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 Landspeeder vehicle, his work has been featured on the official STAR WARS blog, Go90, and Discovery Canada's "Daily Planet" science show. | | When Tom isn't working... Read More →

Sunday June 5, 2016 11:00am - 2:00pm
South Registration Desk

11:00am

Guest Relations Office
Guests may store their baggage here.  It must be picked up by 3pm.  


Sunday June 5, 2016 11:00am - 3:00pm
JQH Executive Boardroom

11:30am

Britcoms
An examination of everyone’s favorite British comedy. From Monty Python and Blackadder, to the Mighty Boosh and the IT Crowd, and everything in between. We’ll discuss the history of British comedy and what makes UK “humour” so different from American “humor”; and why so many people on this side of the pond prefer it.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

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 huge interest in costuming in other genres, which inspired him to join the cast of the Carolina Renaissance Festival in 2003. Derek’s other interests include gaming... Read More →
avatar for 2 Dudes Revue

2 Dudes Revue

2 Dudes Revue
Matt, Abby, and Ron: In depth comedy from people out of their depth. There might be three of them, they might not all be dudes, but in this post-modern society, that works. | 2DR are internet reviewers of pop culture commodities like toys, video games, 80s movies, renaissance faires, and everything in between. Your go-to people for discussing trivial matters with utmost sincerity. Just don't insult Ric Flair in Ron's presence.


Sunday June 5, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Concord G

11:30am

Ghost Busters Revisited
The much-anticipated Ghostbusters reboot hits movie theaters this summer, with many fans uncertain as to how it will compare to the original. Join the Southern Belle Ghostbusters as they discuss both the upcoming movie and the classic film, as well as showcase some of the tools of the Ghostbusting trade.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Paramount Production Services
In my working life, I'm a costume/prop/puppet builder for the entertainment industry, with the occasional fun acting job on the side. Actually, that's not all that different from my non-working life!


Sunday June 5, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Concord I

11:30am

Why Our Esteemed Paranormal Guests Hate the Paranormal Shows
Discussion of the popular paranormal shows on TV and why the paranormal guests "hate" them.

Moderators
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Founder & Director, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. Alex currently hosts the radio show "The Wicked Domain" on LiveParanormal.com and has previously hosted the radio shows "ParaNation" and "Paranormal Insider Radio." She also runs a podcast for the North Carolina theatre community called, "Triangle On Stage." She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally 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). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →
TR

Tina R. McSwain

Founder & Executive Director, 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.


Sunday June 5, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Concord H

11:30am

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Signing
Signing with Author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. 


Sunday June 5, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Concord E

12:00pm

Steampunk

Steampunk - what makes it so? Science Fiction or Fantasy? Key elements and what makes it work.


Moderators
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Henley Babb

Charlotte Henley Babb

author, Maven Fairy Godmother
Charlotte Henley Babb began writing as soon as she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name. Growing up in the red mud and sweet tea Carolinas, she was a voracious reader with widely diverse interests ranging from the classic folk and fairy tales to sci-fi writers like Terry Pratchett and Robert Heinlein. She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl... Read More →
avatar for Natania Barron

Natania Barron

Author, editor, geek, reformed academic
Natania Barron is a word tinkerer with a lifelong love of the fantastic. She has a penchant for the speculative, and has written tales of invisible soul-eating birds, giant cephalopod goddesses, gunslinger girls, and killer kudzu, just to name a few. Her work has appeared in Weird Tales, EscapePod, Steampunk Tales, Crossed Genres, Bull Spec, and various anthologies. She is also the founder of The Outer Alliance, a group dedicated to queer... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

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 and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Carolina C

12:00pm

Writing With a Co-Author
Authors who have successfully published with a co-author will discuss how to make that relationship work - practical tips to stay productive, how to mesh your respective strengths and weaknesses, as well as how to maintain the relationship.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Tony Daniel

Tony Daniel

Editor, Baen Books
My favorite color is gray.
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

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 The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.
avatar for Larry N. Martin

Larry N. Martin

DreamSpinner Communications
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and Grimm with more to come. Larry and Gail also have... Read More →
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Carolina A/B

12:00pm

Film Making FAQ
Anything and everything you ever wanted to know about independent filmmaking just may very well be covered during this in-depth discussion based on your questions and our panelist’s answers. Find out about pre-production, principal filming, post-production, promotion, distribution, anything you’ve been curious about in the filmmaking industry, or just questions you’d like to know to make some movie magic of your own.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Co-Founder/Editor in Chief, Nerd Nation Entertainment
Writer. Author. Editor. Journalist. Producer. Filmmaker. | Geek. Gamer. Con-Addict. All Around Swell Guy.
avatar for Jesse Knight

Jesse Knight

Owner, Jesse Knight FIlms
I have been making lo/no budget movies for over 20 years.


Sunday June 5, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kannapolis A

12:00pm

Fairy Wing Workshop
Lady Gatita spent ten years as professional faerie and has developed a technique on how to build a set of sturdy faerie wings frames using 14 gauge wire and two sets of pliers.  the wire will be supplied and builders will receive a handouts. There will be some pliers on hand. If you plan to attend and have pliers I would suggest you bring them along.  We will building a small set of wing frames. Best suited for 12 and up because of the hand strength involved parent welcomed to Bring children and build the wings with them but this is not a child's craft project. $20.00 FEE

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday June 5, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Piedmont

12:00pm

Open Filk
Last chance to filk!

Say goodbye to the 2016 ConCarolinas with your best filks and tunes!

Sunday June 5, 2016 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Harrisburg A

12:30pm

Podcasting Tech for Beginners and Beyond
Curious about starting a podcast but not sure what gear you'll need or what software to use? Have questions about recording, editing, or publishing? This panel is an opportunity for panelists to describe what tech we use and field questions from the audience on what tech *they* might want to use.

Moderators
avatar for Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit

Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit

Guy who does the work, PRS Graphics
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 podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

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 THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
KittyHawk

12:30pm

Filktastica 2: Electric Boogaloo
Filkers Blibbering Humdingers, Moss Bliss and White Plectrum take the stage!

Speakers
avatar for Moss Bliss

Moss Bliss

I have worked in homeless, mental health, and disability recovery, been Senior Editor of two small publishing companies (same owner), am a decent filker with dozens of lyrics to my credit, and I live alone with my two cats. If that doesn't say "desperate", I don't know what does.
avatar for Blibbering Humdingers

Blibbering Humdingers

Neo-retro, post-nihilist, acoustic/rock music for wizards, nerds, geeks, Browncoats, Timelords, gamers, SCAdians and all manner of interesting human people. We are: Scott on guitar and vocals, Kirsten on vocals and hand percussion, and Chuck on bass, mandolin and cool sunglasses. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll crap your pants. Links to our latest CD "Raised by Nerds" and other oddities available at http://BlibberingHumdingers.com Also find us... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Concord A/B

1:00pm

Getting to Know Your Aliens and Other Non-Humans
A writer’s approach to non-human personality. OK, you’ve designed your own fantasy or alien world, or you’ve selected a real one from NASA’s now-vast catalog, What aspects of that world, or any (likely varied) cultures that develop there, might be useful in providing insights for the design of the typical residents’ personalities? An atypical resident’s personality?

Moderators
avatar for Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan, author of three ANALOG stories, including the novelette "Vooorh" (Jul/Aug 2014,) is currently at work on a novel in which a resourceful group of friends encounter aliens in the North Carolina mountains. Though the alien visitors seem friendly enough, old disagreements begin to fester among them following contact with the humans. When the conflict escalates, the human characters engage a centuries-old alien-watch group to defend... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jake Bible

Jake Bible

Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega... Read More →
avatar for Wendy S Delmater

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Abyss & Apex publishes, on average, about 25% new writers. Talk to me about how to break into publishing short fiction.
avatar for Margaret S. McGraw

Margaret S. McGraw

Literary Guest
Margaret S. McGraw is co-editor, with Misty Massey and Emily Leverett, of The Weird Wild West, an anthology of short stories about the wildest West that never was, published by eSpec Books in 2015. Their next anthology, Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier, will be published by Falstaff Books in 2017. Margaret writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits... Read More →
avatar for Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry is delighted to be returning to North Carolina, where she grew up. Where was ConCarolinas when she needed it? At least she had long-gone SF club StarCore as comfort. Leigh writes the Family Skeleton mysteries, featuring an adjunct English professor and an ambulatory skeleton. Together they fight crime. Before she was Leigh, she was Toni L.P. Kelner, and as Toni is the author of the geeky “Where Are They Now?” mysteries and the... Read More →
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

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 & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Carolina A/B

1:00pm

How Deep is Your Subgenre
Nowadays there are so many subgenres on the store shelves, it's almost impossible to find a book that is “just” fantasy. Is it necessary to focus the market so tightly? Is there no room for a broad genre type in the modern market? And what if we don't have a name for what we've written?

Moderators
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 Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

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 his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, a paranormal thriller titled THE MUSSORGSKY RIDDLE, was born from a fusion of two of his... Read More →
avatar for Allen L. Wold

Allen L. Wold

Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing teeny little stories at age seven when he discovered an old portable typewriter. They’re in a file cabinet somewhere. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Carolina C

1:00pm

Making Steampunk
Award-winning steampunk maker and costumer Brett King of Brett King STEAM introduces you to the world of steampunk through his fantastic mechanical creations and provides tips on making your own.

Moderators
avatar for Brett King

Brett King

Brett King STEAM
Brett King is an award-winning steampunk maker and costumer who presents fun, interactive panels that mix real history, alternate history, and fantastic props. Brett also teaches prop-making techniques. He is best known for his Arctic Explorer/Troll Hunter character, Gustaf Danielsson, and his weather-analyzing automaton known as the Aetherologist. Find him on Facebook.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, 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 actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.
avatar for Nico Murray

Nico Murray

owner, Lorem Books
goldsmithing, vodka, fire, boots, cupcakes, vampires, travel. | | ( I'm canadian but I seriously can't skate, ski and I know nothing of hockey)
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

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 huge interest in costuming in other genres, which inspired him to join the cast of the Carolina Renaissance Festival in 2003. Derek’s other interests include gaming... Read More →


Sunday June 5, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concord H

1:00pm

A Feast for the Ears: The Music of Hannibal
A Feast for the Ears: The Music of Hannibal. The good doctor invites you to a listening salon. From Brian Reitzell's evocative score to the masterpieces of classical music, Braxton Ballew of Valentine Wolfe will take you on a curated journey through a soundtrack as powerful as the show is visual. You'll never listen to Bach the same way again. WARNING: This discussion contains spoilers.

Moderators
avatar for Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music "Victorian Chamber metal", the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical, and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. | Ethereal... Read More →

Sunday June 5, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concord G

1:00pm

Disney-Era Star Wars Films: The Force Awakens & Rogue One
What did we think of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? And what can we expect from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Let’s debate the films of Disney-era Star Wars: Are the veteran fans getting what they want? Are new fans coming into the fold? And what comes next?

Moderators
avatar for Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Professor, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University. Her primary fields include Science Fiction/Fantasy Studies and Native American Studies. | | Sturgis is the author of four books on Native American and U.S. history as well as more than forty scholarly and mainstream essays on historical and speculative fiction topics. She has edited five books on science fiction and fantasy subjects. In 2006, Sturgis was... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for NerdBurger358 - Sherman Burris

NerdBurger358 - Sherman Burris

I'm an avid dilettante, and an unrepentant dabbler.


Sunday June 5, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concord I

1:00pm

History vs Hollywood
Just how accurate was that latest historical epic blockbuster? Was Wyatt Earp really the "good guy?" Who really was The Doctor's admirer Madame de Pompadour? Did pirates actually look and act like Johnny Depp? Did Ragnar Lothbrok really even exist? What ridiculous myths keep getting perpetuated by movies and tv, and the fandom at large? Join a panel of history nerds to explore these and other questions.

Moderators
avatar for 2 Dudes Revue

2 Dudes Revue

2 Dudes Revue
Matt, Abby, and Ron: In depth comedy from people out of their depth. There might be three of them, they might not all be dudes, but in this post-modern society, that works. | 2DR are internet reviewers of pop culture commodities like toys, video games, 80s movies, renaissance faires, and everything in between. Your go-to people for discussing trivial matters with utmost sincerity. Just don't insult Ric Flair in Ron's presence.

Sunday June 5, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concord J

1:00pm

The Dos and Donts of Crowdsourcing
But you put up a picture on your IndieGoGo Kickstarter page and emailed the link to all of your friends... why haven't you met your goal yet?!? Consult our panel of experts fro