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Saturday, July 13 • 9:00am - 9:50am
You Can't Ruin What You Started (ET)

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Moderator: Maya Preisler

A discussion of how feminism, inclusion, and diversity have been values of science fiction and comics since their inception. From Mary Shelley’s mother to Stan Lee, a historical look at both genres and how humanist values have informed and shaped them from the beginning.

Guests
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Maya Preisler

Artist Guest
Maya Preisler is a professional artist, blogger, editor, and gamer with twenty-four years of convention experience. She is a published illustrator whose art has been featured at various art shows and conventions. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines... Read More →
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Samantha Bryant

Literary Guest
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun. She’s best known for her Menopausal... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz's short stories have appeared in over 40 anthologies of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her novels have been finalists for the EPPIEs, Dream Realm, and Fresh Voices in science fiction awards. Her work has appeared in Stoker Finalist, Sycorax's Daughters... Read More →
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Nickie Jamison

Literary Guest
Nickie Jamison is the secret identity of Ora J. McGuire. She is a writer of LGBTQ+ erotica and romance blended with sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Ora’s hobbies include gaming, fan-girling, and doing marathons…on Netflix. She also vlogs about life, makeup, and KonMari decluttering... Read More →
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Violette Meier

Literary Guest
Violette Meier is a happily married mother, writer, folk artist, poet, and native of Atlanta, Georgia, who earned my B.A. in English at Clark Atlanta University and a Masters of Divinity at Interdenominational Theological Center. Writing since her preteen years, she has written over... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
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