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Friday, November 8
 

6:00pm EST

Marvel's Phase 4
Avengers: Endgame closed out the 11-year, 23-movie storyline of the MCU's Phases 1-3. So what is next? How will they do a follow up to the most successful movie franchise in Hollywood history?

Speakers
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Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has been writing fiction for 25 years now, including more than 50 novels, and a ton of short fiction and comics, both in licensed universes from Alien to Zorro and in his own worlds in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real locales... Read More →
avatar for Pam Smith

Pam Smith

Dame Dahlia Cosplay
Dame Dahlia is a cosplayer from Central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Heroes Coalition and the Philadelphia Avengers which are cosplay groups that does community service to local children’s hospitals and other organizations in Pennsylvania. I am... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

The Impact of the MCU on Hollywood's Casting Choices
How is the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that featured diverse casts changing who Hollywood picks to star in its big-budget films?

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, known to friends and readers as Flash, has a warped sense of humor and she isn't afraid to let it show. From pregnant men to six-foot cockroaches, she's covered the of the weird, the unusual, and the just plain strange. Stephanie is the co-founder of the charity organization... Read More →
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Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Super Geek and Ultra Nerd. Or is that Ultra Geek and Super Nerd? Anyway... He is also adorkable, geektastic & delightfully nerdy. He is also 100% original and not a reboot. From B-movies to anime, from Old Time Radio to... Read More →
avatar for Pam Smith

Pam Smith

Dame Dahlia Cosplay
Dame Dahlia is a cosplayer from Central Pennsylvania and is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania Heroes Coalition and the Philadelphia Avengers which are cosplay groups that does community service to local children’s hospitals and other organizations in Pennsylvania. I am... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Roundtable: Terminator Dark Fate
Fans discuss their reactions to the most-recent addition to the Terminator franchise.

Friday November 8, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Three Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

Roundtable: Russian Doll
A fan discussion of Netflix's take on a time loop story with a twist. Just what was going on?

Friday November 8, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00am EST
Plaza III Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
 
Saturday, November 9
 

12:00pm EST

Stranger Things Season 3
July gave us quite a ride with the third installment of this "SF meets horror meets D&D in the 80's" themed series. How has the combination of nostalgia, homage, and original story working to give us a tale that feels both modern and era-appropriate? Will the fourth season open the rift again, or give us a new antagonist?

Speakers
avatar for Christine Norris

Christine Norris

Christine Norris is the author of several novels and short stories for young adults, including the Library of Athena series and the YA historical fantasy, A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON (Curiosity Quills), as well as several short stories. She hides her author self behind her secret identity... Read More →
avatar for Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman

Hildy Silverman was the Editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine for 12 years. She is a short fiction author whose recent publications include, "My Dear Wa'ats" (2018, Baker Street Irregulars II: The Game's Afoot, Ventrella & Maberry, eds.), "The Lady of the Lakes" (2018, Camelot... Read More →
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Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kathryn... Read More →
avatar for Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson, a Philadelphia area freelance writer and editor, is the editor of Wild Violet (wildviolet.net), a weekly online literary magazine. She has published a poetry chapbook, "Picturebook of the Martyrs," an essay collection, "The Art of Life," and an ebook, "Dedicated Idiocy... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

Relationships in Star Trek
Personal relationships of all sorts are at the core of Star Trek, from the decades-long friendship of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, to the inter-species marriage of Tom Paris and B’Elanna Torres. This panel explores these relationships, as well as the place of family, friendship, and romance in the lives of some of Trek's most beloved characters.

Speakers
KR

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has been writing fiction for 25 years now, including more than 50 novels, and a ton of short fiction and comics, both in licensed universes from Alien to Zorro and in his own worlds in the fictional cities of Cliff's End and Super City and the somewhat real locales... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Hoagland

Valerie Hoagland

Co-Host - Lower Decks: A Star Trek Podcast, Claytemple Media
Valerie spends far too much time thinking about grammar and imagining a better future, which explains a lot about her love for Star Trek (as well as her disappointment with Hoshi Sato’s character). After finishing a doctorate in Italian Renaissance Literature, she turned her attention... Read More →
avatar for Muriel Hykes

Muriel Hykes

CTO, Advice Unlimited
Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scientist... Read More →
DK

Daniel Kimmel

Daniel M. Kimmel is the 2018 recipient of the Skylark Award from the New England Science Ficion Association. A veteran film critic, he was a Hugo finalist for "Jar Jar Binks Must Die." He is the author of a number of short stories, as well as Compton Crook finalist for "Shh! It's... Read More →
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Theodore Krulik

Theodore Krulik has been a reader of science fiction all of his life. His love for SF led to active participation in SF conventions in the 1970s, where he spoke to such authors of the Golden Age of Science Fiction as Damon Knight, Fred Pohl, and John W. Campbell, Jr. As a member of... Read More →
avatar for James Prego

James Prego

Adjunct Professor of Biology
Dr. Prego is a naturopathic doctor from Long Island and a past recipient of the NYANP's Physician of the Year award. He is an adjunct professor of Biology at Molly College, NCC, and LIU. A longtime fan of science fiction, he enjoys discussing xenobiology, health in space, fusions... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Remembering Robert Bloch
The author hundreds of short stories and over 30 novels- including "Psycho", the basis for Hitchcock's infamous film- his work has been extensively adapted for movies, television, comics, and even audiobooks.

Speakers
RS

Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kathryn... Read More →
SV

Steve Vertlieb

An award-winning writer, film historian, critic, archivist, musicologist and poet, Steve Vertlieb has been writing about motion pictures and symphonic film music in a variety of books, magazines, journals, tabloids, and on the internet, since 1969 and has been profiled in "Who's Who... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

3:00pm EST

Adapting Novels Into Screenplays
Is there still room for the subplots? Does the pacing need to change? Should certain characters be given a smaller- or larger- part? How do you discern which elements can easily be portrayed in visuals, and how do you handle the ones which can't?

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey A. Carver

Jeffrey A. Carver

Author
Jeffrey A. Carver is the author of eighteen science fiction novels, including—just published!— The Reefs of Time and Crucible of Time. With this two-part novel, Carver returns to his signature series, The Chaos Chronicles. Equally popular are his Star Rigger stories, including... Read More →
avatar for Randee Dawn

Randee Dawn

Writer, Armchair News
Entertainment journalist and author Randee Dawn is based in Brooklyn, but has never said “fugghedaboudit.” Her articles can be found in Variety, The Los Angeles Times and Emmy Magazine. Her darker, sometimes funnier fiction has been published in anthologies including Children... Read More →
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Christopher Hinz

Christopher Hinz is the author of seven novels. "Liege-Killer" won the Compton Crook Award for best first novel and earned a nomination for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. A graphic novel adaptation of "Liege-Killer" was published in June. He has written screenplays... Read More →
avatar for Carl Paolino

Carl Paolino

Carl Paolino Studios
Carl Paolino is a veteran of the entertainment industry. As producer, director, screenwriter, and production designer, his credits include feature films, television series, music videos, Broadway shows, and television commercials. His animated productions include: MTV’s Celebrity... Read More →
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Charlie Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authority... Read More →
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Jay Smith

Jay Smith is an award-winning audio dramatist, author, and podcast producer. He is the creator and writer of the online zombie horror series HG World, pulp adventure serial Hidden Harbor Mysteries, and the upcoming weird western series The Road to Renascence. His books include the... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Plaza II Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

4:00pm EST

Good Omens: Can I Hear A Wahoo?
Almost 30 years after the novel's release, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's infamous collaboration was adapted into a miniseries. How well did the changes to the narrative, characters interactions, and the cinematographic choices work to tell a version of the story fit for 2019?

Speakers
VC

Vikki Ciaffone

Vikki Ciaffone has been reading and writing since a freakishly young age. She is a freelance editor and writer, and has worked for Spencer Hill Press. She knows a little bit about an astonishing number of largely irrelevant things. In her spare time, she plays craps with the Fates... Read More →
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Ty Drago

Editor, Publisher, Allegory
Since 1998, Ty has served as publisher and managing editor of ALLEGORY, an e-zine publishing quality science fiction, fantasy, and horror from new and established authors worldwide. He is also the author of nine published novels, has appeared in two anthologies, and has sold numerous... Read More →
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Glenn Hauman

Glenn Hauman has been called a "young Turk of publishing" by the New York Observer and a "Silicon Alley Veteran" by Crain's New York Business. He has been a featured speaker on the future of publishing at numerous industry trade shows. He's missed out on being an Internet millionaire... Read More →
avatar for Muriel Hykes

Muriel Hykes

CTO, Advice Unlimited
Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scientist... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

5:00pm EST

Why, Hollywood, Why??
Our childhoods are being plundered by Hollywood as networks and studios are rebooting, remaking, and re-imagining anything they can without apparent care for the quality of the resulting product. Why do this instead of developing original properties? Are any of the recent rehashes worth watching?

Speakers
avatar for Matt Black

Matt Black

Matt Black is a fan, just like you, except that he is a glutton for punishment. His love of Star Trek led to managing regional fan clubs and planning national fandom events. His love of Star Wars led to film school and running conventions with Galactic Entertainment. Matt's latest... Read More →
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Tony Finan

Tony suffers from photophobia caused by prolonged servitude in the Philcon film room, which he had run for over 15 years. He is an avid fan of the science fiction and horror film genres, specializing in British, Asian, and Zombie films. When not watching movies, he can be found behind... Read More →
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Daniel Kimmel

Daniel M. Kimmel is the 2018 recipient of the Skylark Award from the New England Science Ficion Association. A veteran film critic, he was a Hugo finalist for "Jar Jar Binks Must Die." He is the author of a number of short stories, as well as Compton Crook finalist for "Shh! It's... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Persons

Daniel Persons

Dan Persons has been knocking about the genre media beat for, oh, a good handful of years, now. He presently contributes reviews and articles to tor.com, is house critic for the radio show Hour of the Wolf on WBAI 99.5FM in New York, and previously was editor of Cinefantastique and... Read More →
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Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and as a 'ninja-smof' a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat... Read More →
avatar for Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson, a Philadelphia area freelance writer and editor, is the editor of Wild Violet (wildviolet.net), a weekly online literary magazine. She has published a poetry chapbook, "Picturebook of the Martyrs," an essay collection, "The Art of Life," and an ebook, "Dedicated Idiocy... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

8:00pm EST

Star Trek Engineers: Ranked
Join a live recording of Lower Decks: A Star Trek Podcast as Glenn and Valerie rank the engineers from the five completed Star Trek series from worst to first (and try not to start any bar fights with Klingons).

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Hoagland

Valerie Hoagland

Co-Host - Lower Decks: A Star Trek Podcast, Claytemple Media
Valerie spends far too much time thinking about grammar and imagining a better future, which explains a lot about her love for Star Trek (as well as her disappointment with Hoshi Sato’s character). After finishing a doctorate in Italian Renaissance Literature, she turned her attention... Read More →
GM

Glenn McDorman

G.L. McDorman writes horror and fantasy, and is lucky to have already achieved his life's ambition of having his name appear next to H.P. Lovecraft in a table of contents. Several of Glenn's speculative-fiction short stories and novellas will be published in 2019, and he is hard at... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

9:00pm EST

Roundtable: The Good Place
The Good Place uses philosophy to flesh out its characters as well as create humor, while getting us thinking about such basic moral questions as "What do we owe each other?" What else does this show set in the afterlife get us to think about? Micah Liebert (mod)

Saturday November 9, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

10:00pm EST

Cancelled Before Their Time
Firefly, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, FlashForward, Jericho... So many shows deserved more than season or two they had- didn't they? How do fans deal with the failure of a show to reach its full potential or proper conclusion?

Speakers
TF

Tony Finan

Tony suffers from photophobia caused by prolonged servitude in the Philcon film room, which he had run for over 15 years. He is an avid fan of the science fiction and horror film genres, specializing in British, Asian, and Zombie films. When not watching movies, he can be found behind... Read More →
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Anastasia Holt

Anastasia has been sewing and costuming since she was 10 years old and started participating in convention since 2006. Anastasia started in recreation costumes and has expanded to original costumes. Anastasia has been participating in Masquerades since she was 14 years old and has... Read More →
TK

Theodore Krulik

Theodore Krulik has been a reader of science fiction all of his life. His love for SF led to active participation in SF conventions in the 1970s, where he spoke to such authors of the Golden Age of Science Fiction as Damon Knight, Fred Pohl, and John W. Campbell, Jr. As a member of... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Persons

Daniel Persons

Dan Persons has been knocking about the genre media beat for, oh, a good handful of years, now. He presently contributes reviews and articles to tor.com, is house critic for the radio show Hour of the Wolf on WBAI 99.5FM in New York, and previously was editor of Cinefantastique and... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Rothman

Chuck Rothman

Chuck Rothman has been writing SF & Fantasy since 1982, with stories in Analog, F&SF, Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Daily SF, Flash Fiction Online, and in anthologies including Temporally Out of Order, Futuredaze, and Unidentified Funny Objects. His novel Staroamer's... Read More →
avatar for Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson, a Philadelphia area freelance writer and editor, is the editor of Wild Violet (wildviolet.net), a weekly online literary magazine. She has published a poetry chapbook, "Picturebook of the Martyrs," an essay collection, "The Art of Life," and an ebook, "Dedicated Idiocy... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00pm EST

Game of Thrones
It wouldn't be inaccurate to say that *everybody* lost when it comes to the HBO adaptation. How should the show have ended? How might the ending of the novels differ?

Speakers
avatar for Muriel Hykes

Muriel Hykes

CTO, Advice Unlimited
Muriel Hykes (AKA Dr. Mom) At Philcon, and elsewhere in East Coast fandom, she participates in panels on nutrition, allergies, education, ADHD, learning disabilities, computers, and the future of just about everything (isn't that what SF is really about?) She and her rocket-scientist... Read More →
avatar for Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson

author, singer-songwriter
Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Consciousness Plague, The Pixel Eye, and the Sierra Water trilogy: The Plot To Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, and Chronica. His stories and... Read More →
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Charlie Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authority... Read More →
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Michael A. Ventrella

Although primarily known as "that guy who predicted the Hodor plot," Michael A. Ventrella would rather be known for his humorous novels like "Big Stick," "Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President" and "The Axes of Evil." He edits the "Tales from Fortannis"anthologies as well as... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00am EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
 
Sunday, November 10
 

10:00am EST

Roundtable: Amazon Does Tolkien
Fan conjecture about the upcoming Tolkien series on Amazon. What do you think it'll look like?

Speakers
BL

B. Lana Guggenheim

A graduate of Hunter College and LSE, Hakira uses her background in history and political science to analyse all sorts of popular culture phenomena. She taught herself Elvish when she was bored in high school, but has since forgotten much of it. You can usually find her talking about... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Doctor Who: A Brief History of Time and Space
Join Children Driving Robots as we discuss the adventures of the last of the Time Lords. We'll cover his early days on the run to him taking his place as the savior of the universe, inform newer fans on the earlier adventures of everyone's favorite time traveler, and share things you may not know about the series and its production.

Speakers
JB

Jason Buffone

Willard, Children Driving Robots
From a distant galaxy 573 years ago came Willard. He is a loyal follower of the Kyle. Willard is Children Driving Robots' expert on Doctor Who, Star Trek and he has hundreds of anime in his home. He shares this home with the lovely Jazz, their cats and their comic book collection... Read More →
avatar for Jocelyn Pesansky

Jocelyn Pesansky

Jazz, Children Driving Robots
Jazz is the newest member of Children Driving Robots having only been a follower of the Kyle for the last three years. That was when she was permitted by Kyle to marry Willard. Together they have two cats Chloe and Grey Skull. She doesn’t like talking about herself though, if she... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Crystal Ballroom Two Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

11:00am EST

Godzilla and the Monsterverse
With Godzilla: King of the Monsters and the upcoming Godzilla vs Kong in 2020, the franchise is (once again) rising from the depths! Are the movies going somewhere new, or just re-treading old territory? And are we enjoying it?

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey A. Carver

Jeffrey A. Carver

Author
Jeffrey A. Carver is the author of eighteen science fiction novels, including—just published!— The Reefs of Time and Crucible of Time. With this two-part novel, Carver returns to his signature series, The Chaos Chronicles. Equally popular are his Star Rigger stories, including... Read More →
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Nicholas Kaufmann

Nicholas Kaufmann is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated, Thriller Award-nominated, Shirley Jackson Award-nominated, and Dragon Award-nominated author of nine books in the horror, fantasy, and adventure genres, including CHASING THE DRAGON (ChiZine Publications), DYING IS MY BUSINESS... Read More →
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Eric Parmer

Eric Parmer has a degree in English Literature with a focus on all the weird stuff that English Literature really shouldn't cover. Russian Fairy Tales. Vampires. Slavic Sci-Fi. You know. The classics.
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Luke Stelmaszek

Luke Stelmaszek is a graduate of duCret School of Art where he received a Commercial Art Certificate. He studied under the guidance of book and magazine illustrator Peter Caras, and later fantasy illustrator William O' Connor. While at duCret, Luke entered many art shows where he... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

12:00pm EST

Space Westerns: The Appeal of the Galactic Cowboy
Why are Western motifs so prevalent in space-based science fiction? Why do we love our space cowboy heroes and anti-heroes?

Speakers
avatar for Matt Black

Matt Black

Matt Black is a fan, just like you, except that he is a glutton for punishment. His love of Star Trek led to managing regional fan clubs and planning national fandom events. His love of Star Wars led to film school and running conventions with Galactic Entertainment. Matt's latest... Read More →
OH

Orenthal Hawkins

Orenthal V. Hawkins is an IT professional and a self-described Super Geek and Ultra Nerd. Or is that Ultra Geek and Super Nerd? Anyway... He is also adorkable, geektastic & delightfully nerdy. He is also 100% original and not a reboot. From B-movies to anime, from Old Time Radio to... Read More →
avatar for James Prego

James Prego

Adjunct Professor of Biology
Dr. Prego is a naturopathic doctor from Long Island and a past recipient of the NYANP's Physician of the Year award. He is an adjunct professor of Biology at Molly College, NCC, and LIU. A longtime fan of science fiction, he enjoys discussing xenobiology, health in space, fusions... Read More →
RS

Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kathryn... Read More →
JW

Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner is a professor of autodidactism, stand-up philosopher, not-recently-published writer, former president of the Science Fiction Forum, freelance punslinger, and as a 'ninja-smof' a co-founder of a hat trick of sf conventions. "Geek, Nerd, AND Dork? I'm a Triple Threat... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

1:00pm EST

The Art of the Pitch
Whether it’s a novel or a TV show, how you present your product will make or break a potential publisher’s interest. What are the do’s and the do-not’s for different media types? When is less “more?” How do you decide what needs to be removed versus what should remain?

Speakers
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Barna William Donovan

Barna William Donovan is a professor of communication and media studies at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey. His first novel, CONFIRMATION: INVESTIGATIONS OF THE UNEXPLAINED, was published by World Castle Publishing in July 2018. He is also the author of three... Read More →
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Glenn Hauman

Glenn Hauman has been called a "young Turk of publishing" by the New York Observer and a "Silicon Alley Veteran" by Crain's New York Business. He has been a featured speaker on the future of publishing at numerous industry trade shows. He's missed out on being an Internet millionaire... Read More →
CR

Charlie Robertson

How to make a Rock Robertson. Mix two Adventure genomes (predominantly endurance-selected North African with a splash of European), decant in Asia and inoculate through Global Travel, ensuring at least four continents of pathogenic exposure. Introduce a disdain for blind Authority... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

Roundtable: Tokusatsu Chat
Let’s Talk Live Action SFX Japanese Television! An informal, relaxed chat circle led by toku-crazy-guy Alex Strang, where the topic is all things toku. No knowledge required, just interest!

Speakers
AS

Alex Strang

Alex Strang is a Glasgow-born Game Designer, Gamification Consultant and Event Producer. He has developed and published countless board games (Heart of Mystery, Super Giant Monster Showdown), card games (Time Vs Ninja, Hyper Battle Kaiju Fight) and all manner of media (Waiting For... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Plaza V Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

2:00pm EST

The "Jurassic Park" of 1969
"Valley of Gwangi" was originally conceived as the sequel to 1933’s "King Kong," and was special effects master Ray Harryhausen’s realization of his mentor Willis O’Brien’s unfulfilled dream. What impact did this film have on early SF?

Speakers
RS

Richard Stout

Richard premiered his trilogy of kid spy movies featuring James Blond, Agent Uh-Oh 7, at Philcon, beginning with 1993's LEARNER'S PERMIT TO KILL. His horror makeup/special FX workshop "Monsters, Aliens, and Spirit Gum" has been popular both here and at I-Con. He and his wife Kathryn... Read More →
SV

Steve Vertlieb

An award-winning writer, film historian, critic, archivist, musicologist and poet, Steve Vertlieb has been writing about motion pictures and symphonic film music in a variety of books, magazines, journals, tabloids, and on the internet, since 1969 and has been profiled in "Who's Who... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Plaza IV Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002