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Friday, March 31
 

12:00pm PDT

Fandom & Fiction
UPDATED: Thu, Mar 30, 09:42PM
Authors Sam Sykes (Pathfinder Tales: Shy Knives), Ashley Poston (Geekerella), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), and Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl) talk about celebrating fandom in shared worlds and original fiction, with moderator Maryelizabeth Yutrralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Friday March 31, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Room 209

12:30pm PDT

How to Get Published and Write Canon: Delilah S. Dawson with Chuck Wendig
Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon) and Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath) have been friends since their writing careers began. In this Q&A, Chuck will interview Delilah about querying, book deals, writing Star Wars, writing comics, and how to level up.

Friday March 31, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 213

2:00pm PDT

Sisterhood of the Self-Sufficient
Strong female protagonists provide inspiration in resistance and persistence to readers of all genders. Authors Mercedes Lackey (Hunter, Elite), E.K. Johnston (Spindle), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Connie Willis (Crosstalk), and C. B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick) discuss the ordinary and extraordinary accomplishments of fictional women with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 207

3:00pm PDT

Spotlight on James Dashner
James Dashner's The Maze Runner series has become a breakout hit, with the books ranking on bestseller lists and a thriving film franchise. Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican presents a one-on-one interview with James, covering his writing career, inspiration, and the book-to-film process, and concluding with a Q&A session.

Friday March 31, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 207

3:30pm PDT

Fantasy: Not Always Fantastic
When faced with real-life adversity, people sometimes wish for magical solutions. However, as these authors remind us, life in a magical fantasy world-epic, urban, or otherwise-comes with its own kinds of challenges and conflicts. Mercedes Lackey (Elite, Closer to the Chest), Larry Dixon (Black Gryphon, Chrome Born), Jessica Cluess (A Shadow Bright and Burning), Audrey Coulthurst (Of Fire and Stars), Erika Lewis (Game of Shadows), and Fran Wilde (Cloudbound) discuss the topic with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Friday March 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 213

3:30pm PDT

The Psychology of Harry Potter: Houses of Hogwarts
When J. K. Rowling's popular series debuted, Potter fans clamored to find any evidence that they belonged in one of her imaginative Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Each house had its unique personality and signature, and soon, readers argued among themselves on why their houses were the best. The Sorting Hat not only opened a question that delved into our personalities, but also provided a deeper look into how we view ourselves, and how others view us. Jessica Tseang (founder of Little Geek Girls, owner of Girl on Geek) leads a frank discussion with Harry Potter experts Erik Amaya (Comic Book Resources, host of Tread Perilously), Adrienne Alwag-Aipia (founder of Los Angeles Dumbledore's Army), Jim Thompson (Esquire, Comic Book Historians Group), Dina Kampmeyer (Lady Steam cosplay), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy), and Dr. Travis Langley (Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology) on why J. K. Rowling's houses are secretly genius, and what we can learn about ourselves along the way.

Friday March 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 208

4:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Judd Winick
Cartoonist Judd Winick leads a multimedia presentation (meaning, he will talk and show pictures at the same time) where he will discuss the creation of his bestselling graphic novel series, Hilo. Stop by for cartoons, stories, tales of writing superhero books, The Real World, and much discussion of cats and giant apes. Q&A to follow.

Friday March 31, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 211

4:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Sanford Greene
With his distinctively dynamic style, Sanford Greene has made a name for himself working on such titles as Power Man and Iron Fist, Runaways, and the popular Kulipari novels. Greene and moderator David F. Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers, Nighthawk) discuss his career and argue over hip-hop.

Friday March 31, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 209

5:30pm PDT

Discover Why YA is the Future of Comics
YA dominates film, TV, books, and comics, with original stories aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Some of the most popular new voices in comics discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment.

Friday March 31, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Room 208

7:30pm PDT

Fanbase Press: Star Wars at 40
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of George Lucas's Star Wars in 1977. The film developed an indelible franchise that over the years has come to encompass not just films but television series, comics, collectibles, games, toys, and books that expanded Lucas's initial vision into a sci-fi wonder. Craig Miller (Star Wars publicist/director of fan relations), Michael Kogge (writer, The Force Awakens Junior Novel, Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Flight Log), Daniel Cooney (artist, Topps Star Wars Masterwork, Rogue One 2016), and Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. (writer, Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films) discuss all aspects of Star Wars past and present and speculate on what's ahead with moderator Fanbase Press editorials manager Michele Brittany.

Friday March 31, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room 213
 
Saturday, April 1
 

11:00am PDT

The Galactic Sandbox
Licensed fiction authors discuss writing the interior landscapes of fan-favorite and original characters. Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire's End), Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl), E. K. Johnston (Star Wars Ahsoka), and R. A. Salvatore (Hero: Homecoming, Book III, Homeland: The Legend of Drizzt, Book I) discuss the protocols and joys of playing in someone else's sandbox with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Saturday April 1, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 207

2:30pm PDT

Weird & Wondrous
Authors Chuck Wendig (Thunderbird), Delilah S. Dawson (Strike), Lila Bowen (Conspiracy of Ravens), Sam Sykes (An Affinity for Steel), Stephen Blackmoore (Hungry Ghosts), Kiersten White (And I Darken) explore the dark and dangerous products of their imaginations with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Saturday April 1, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 208

4:30pm PDT

Tarzan, Barsoom, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.: What's Next?
Jim Sullos (president, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), Cathy Wilbanks (archivist, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), and artist Jorge Pacheco discuss upcoming releases featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs's famous literary heroes, including comics, novels, role-playing games, and more based onTarzan of the Apes, John Carter of Mars, Carson of Venus, Pellucidar, andThe Land That Time Forgot. Moderated by Scott Tracy Griffin, author of Tarzan on Film (Titan Books, 2016), this panel will include special announcements and a surprise guest!

Saturday April 1, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 208
 
Sunday, April 2
 

10:30am PDT

Tolkien Fandom: A Fellowship 80 years in the Making
TORn staffers Clifford Broadway (TORn Tuesday), Josh Rubinstein (TORn Book Club), Nicole Roberts (outreach coordinator), Kristi Fojtik (Tolkien Forever), and Cathy Udovch (TORn special event coordinator) begin to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the publishing of The Hobbit. They'll share activities planned throughout the year to celebrate at gatherings, conventions, moots, and online discussions. They will also talk about the new books-yes, it says new and is plural-and mention any other fun, new Tolkien-themed items that may get released in 2017. There will also be an update on this year's Baggins Birthday Bash, including info on how you can party like a Hobbit. There may even be a little singalong (a different one) at the panel to put you in a Middle-earth frame of mine.

Sunday April 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Room 300DE

10:30am PDT

The Secret Origin of Good Readers
Revealed with a live comic book creation. Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics co-founder and illustrator, The Simpsons, Futurama) and Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics, Salt Lake City) will demonstrate how you can write and draw your own comic book. Educators will be able to use this model in their own classrooms to jump start reading, writing, and illustration.

Sunday April 2, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 209

11:00am PDT

Crosstalk, Connie Willis
Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author and Grand Master of Science Fiction Connie Willis answers questions about her new novel Crosstalk, her other works, her writing process, the Black Death, romantic comedies, time travel, near-death experiences, UFOs, World War II, movies, and anything else you might want to ask her.

Sunday April 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 207

12:00pm PDT

Chuck Wendig Audience Q&A
New York Times bestselling author Chuck Wendig, who has written everything from novels to comics to games, from Star Wars to YA to horror, will answer whatever questions you want to throw at him. He'll answer fan questions, writing questions, Star Wars questions-anything and everything.

Sunday April 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Room 207

1:00pm PDT

Capable Kids
Age is no barrier to the intrepid adventurers in works by participants Judd Winick (Hilo), Tania del Rio (Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods), Jonathan Stokes (Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas), and Dave Roman (Teen Boat! The Race for Boatlantis). Moderated by Judy Neeb (Children's Librarian, County of Los Angeles Public Library).

Sunday April 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 209

2:00pm PDT

How to Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need to Sell Your Work to TV and Film
The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national bestselling science fiction authors, known for their popular Strand series, will explain how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer's block to the different paths to publishing. The twins have taught their unique award-winning creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Steven L. Sears (writer and executive producer, Xena: Warrior Princess) and Andrew Mayne (bestselling author, star of A&E's Don't Trust Andrew Mayne), to share their war stories, answer your questions, and teach you how to craft your story idea into a marketable novel, television series, or film franchise. This panel will be in loving memory of Richard Hatch, a friend, teacher, and inspiration to all.

Sunday April 2, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 209

2:30pm PDT

Writing and Illustrating Children's Books
Panelists Joe Cepeda (Pura Belpre honoree, author/illustrator of the I, Freddy series), Stacia Deutch (New York Times bestselling author of the Blast to the Past series), Marla Frazee (New York Times bestselling Caldecott honoree, author/illustrator of The Boss Baby), John Rocco (New York Times bestselling Caldecott honoree, author/illustrator of Blackout), Eliza Wheeler (New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Miss Maple's Seeds), and moderator Henry Herz (author, Little Red Cuttlefish) will share insights into the publishing industry, how to get started, and lessons learned on the journey to traditional publication, TV, and film.

Sunday April 2, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 213