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Thursday, July 11
 

8:00pm

Pre Con Meet-up
We will have an informal meet-up in the hotel bar (Pub 135) on Thursday night.  While we would love to be able to buy everyone a drink, sadly, we are not able to do so... you are on your own for drinks and food.


Thursday July 11, 2019 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Pub 135 (Hotel Bar)
 
Friday, July 12
 

12:00pm

Concessions 12pm - 4pm
Friday July 12, 2019 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Kittinger

12:00pm

Open Gaming
This room will be open for gaming.

We have a meet-up forum you can use to arrange times for games.

Friday July 12, 2019 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Colonial

1:00pm

Kitchen Sink Make-up Effects (ET)
Moderator: Bill Mulligan

Our panelists discuss constructing gruesome yet cool special effects makeup using inexpensive items easily obtained from hobby shops and grocery stores.


Guests
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Media Arts Guest
Bill Mulligan is a high school science teacher with a love for horror films, comic books and special effects who had the good fortune to find kindred spirits in Sanford, North Carolina. 13 years, 5 feature films, nearly 2 dozen short films and a whole bunch of podcasts and convention... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer  McCollom

Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist Jennifer McCollom got her start in Theater both throughout high school and college. A graduate of UNC Greensboro with a BA in Theater and minor in physics and has worked in the film industry since 1991 with Taking Liberty filmed in Winston Salem, NC. Then... Read More →
avatar for Daphne Reeder

Daphne Reeder

Costuming Guest
Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she's been on television programs on WTVI, in plays & stage performances, and modeled, both in front of a camera and on the runway. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

1:00pm

Science Fiction Writers Showcase (ET)
Moderator: Michael G. Williams

A panel of SF authors discuss why they write science fiction, what draws them to the genre, and what influences their stories. Each panelist will then read a short excerpt from their work.

Guests
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He is the author of two series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal with the Devil, Attempted Immortality... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Bryant

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 →
avatar for Patrick Dugan

Patrick Dugan

Literary Guest
Patrick Dugan is the author of the Darkest Storm series. The first book in the series, Storm Forged, debuted in May 2018.  Storm Forged is a near future dystopian super hero novel that follows Tommy, a powered individual as he fights to save his father from being killed on TV.  The... Read More →
avatar for Larry N. Martin

Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the author of Salvage Rat, coming in September 2018, co-author of the Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures with Gail Z. Martin and a series of related short stories: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short... Read More →
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart writes fiction, nonfiction, and music. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show. He is currently a contributing editor (the "Slushmaster General... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

1:00pm

The Trouble With Girls (ET)
Moderator: Misty Massey

Everyone talks about writing ‘strong female characters’. But this label too often reinforces stereotypes instead of breaking them. In this panel, we’re going to explore the many ways writers can smash the tropes to create characters who are more than just 'strong females'.


Guests
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, and the long-awaited sequel, Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and was a founding member of Magical Words. Her short... Read More →
avatar for Lilith

Lilith

Charming Underclothes
I play the role of Rocky and Stripping Crim for Charming Underclothes and performed Trixxie, Crim, and Dr. Scott since 2011 in Washington, DC before moving to Roanoke in 2015. I also run registration for Mysticon. I am into tabletop gaming and WOW. While not performing I am in school... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
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... Read More →
avatar for Chris Oakley

Chris Oakley

Fan Guest, Oakley's Gently Used Books
Chris Oakley owned and operated Oakley's Gently Used Books, a bricks & mortar used bookshop with a specialty in Sci Fi/Fantasy, for more than 20 years (1995-2016) in Charlottesville, VA. She has been a bookseller at Madicon, MarsCon, MystiCon, RavenCon, Libertycon and Omegacon. She... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

1:30pm

Sound Checks
CLOSED TO EVERYONE NOT ON TECH STAFF OR PERFORMING AT CONGREGATE

Musicians may use this time to meet and touch base with the sound crew in the main room.

Friday July 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Salon B-C-D

2:00pm

Finding Your Podcasting Niche (ET)
Moderator: Gary Mitchell

Podcasting continues to be a great source of information and entertainment. But with so many choices out there - how do you determine the area you are best suited to play in?


Guests
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, voice actor, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta. He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec... Read More →
avatar for Carol Cowles

Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol Cowles - Carol has long been a fixture of Geek Culture in Charlotte. She has served for several years as the Programming Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 15 years. She also podcasts – she is Carol the Cat on the weekly... Read More →
avatar for Metricula

Metricula

Performing Artist
Madison "Metricula" Roberts (she/her) is a singer-songwriter, clown, and entertainer from Raleigh, NC. Since she doesn't sleep, Metricula divides her time between several different musical and nerdy projects.First and foremost, you can cozy up with her at the Nerd Music Campfire and... Read More →
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Literary Guest, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study, which specializes in private home investigations and consultations. Alex was recently featured on Travel Channel's... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

2:00pm

#SocialMedia in My Story: Writing Communication Technology in Fiction (ET)
Moderator: Leann M. Rettell

We know how to write thoughts in our stories, but with social media such a part of our day-to-day lives, it needs to be in our stories too. So, from Facebook and Twitter to texting, how do you write about those technologies in your stories?


Guests
avatar for Leann M. Rettell

Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →
avatar for Nickie Jamison

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 →


Friday July 12, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

2:00pm

Writing Believable Military Science Fiction (ET)
Moderator: Chris Kennedy

Ever picked up a military scifi book and lost your suspension of disbelief within a page or two because it was so very, very wrong? Want to learn how to get it right? Come talk with the experts on how they nail their military scifi and write books that readers can't put down.


Guests
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 60 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius... Read More →
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

Literary Guest
As a professional sailor, writer, scientist, and life-long gamer, writing nautical and RPG tie-in fantasy came naturally for Chris. His Scimitar Seas novels from Dragon Moon Press have won multiple gold medals from Foreword Reviews Magazine, and his Pathfinder Tales novels, Pirate's... Read More →
avatar for Mark Wandrey

Mark Wandrey

Literary Guest
Bestselling author of military sci-fi and zombie apocalypse, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to hold a pen. Author of more than 14 novels, he is the creator and co-owner of the wildly successful Four Horsemen Universe. He's a 3 time DragonCon Award... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

2:00pm

ConSuite
The Consuite is a place where you can grab a quick snack and a soda or water.  Relax and visit with your friends.

Friday July 12, 2019 2:00pm - 11:00pm
Suite 221

2:30pm

White Plectrum Concert
Guests
avatar for White Plectrum

White Plectrum

Performing Artist
In all the years I’ve been performing as White Plectrum, one thing has remained constant: the support of all those who have listened, sung along, and helped spread the music. I couldn’t continue to do this without your support. When White Plectrum began, I had no idea it would... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre

2:30pm

Allen's Plotting Workshop (AP)
Allen Wold’s plotting workshop teaches you the elements of plot. What is it? How do you do it? And how does it interact with other aspects of writing such as characters and dialogue?

Guests
avatar for Allen Wold

Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from 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... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up workshop

3:00pm

Out of the Hat (ET)
Moderator: Chris Shrewsbury

Our brave panelists show up - we draw topics out of hat - they discuss.

Guests
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fandom Guest (Because “Hilarious and Sexy Amputee” isn’t a category. Yet.)
Chris has volunteered, paneled, guested, staffed, and been committee at literally dozens of cons along the east coast for 30+ years. He's a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, medical, and government settings.Following Navy service... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Iannantuono

Michelle Iannantuono

Media Arts Guest
Michelle Iannantuono is a full time filmmaker, published author, and the co-runner of AtomaCon. Her debut fiction trilogy, starting with Paradisa, has been published by Falstaff Books. She has written and multiple shorts and a feature, including Devil's Advocate, Ohm, Psychoacoustics... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Parallel Society novels, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice... 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, and the long-awaited sequel, Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and was a founding member of Magical Words. Her short... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He is the author of two series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal with the Devil, Attempted Immortality... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

3:00pm

Short Story, Novella or Novel: How to Choose (ET)
Moderator: Leann M. Rettell

Each type of writing carries with it unique challenges, from length to details to the number of characters. Our panelists discuss how you determine which format is right for the story you want to tell.


Guests
avatar for Leann M. Rettell

Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Bryant

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 →
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than twenty novels and as many short stories.As D.B. Jackson (DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of TIME’S CHILDREN (October 2018) and TIME’S DEMON (May 2019), the first books in The Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series from Angry Robot Books. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines... Read More →
avatar for Melissa McArthur

Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She also serves as Associate Publisher for Falstaff Books, and is an accomplished editor and proofreader... Read More →
avatar for Mark Wandrey

Mark Wandrey

Literary Guest
Bestselling author of military sci-fi and zombie apocalypse, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to hold a pen. Author of more than 14 novels, he is the creator and co-owner of the wildly successful Four Horsemen Universe. He's a 3 time DragonCon Award... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

3:00pm

The Doctor is In (ET)
Moderator: Maya Preisler

Our panelists discuss how making the Doctor female has changed the show (for the better?) and what we hope to see in the future.


Guests
avatar for Maya Preisler

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 →
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
JT the Enginerd has a background in Engineering from Virginia Tech but jumped ship slightly in order to teach Engineering Design at the high school level.  She has been teaching two levels of engineering for the past six  years and is currently working on obtaining National Board... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Hendricks

Jenny Hendricks

Dimensional Riffs
Jenny Hendrix is the lead singer for Dimensional Riffs and a full time nerd. Loves Doctor Who, Harry Potter, LOTR, The Marvel Universe, and much more. 
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
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... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer  McCollom

Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist Jennifer McCollom got her start in Theater both throughout high school and college. A graduate of UNC Greensboro with a BA in Theater and minor in physics and has worked in the film industry since 1991 with Taking Liberty filmed in Winston Salem, NC. Then... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

3:00pm

Open Filk
Even if you’re not on the schedule, but you love to perform, please feel free to use this time to sit in and filk during our open mic time.


Friday July 12, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kittinger

3:00pm

Signing - Patrick Dugan/Alexandra Christian
Guests
avatar for Patrick Dugan

Patrick Dugan

Literary Guest
Patrick Dugan is the author of the Darkest Storm series. The first book in the series, Storm Forged, debuted in May 2018.  Storm Forged is a near future dystopian super hero novel that follows Tommy, a powered individual as he fights to save his father from being killed on TV.  The... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salon A

3:00pm

Dealers Room Hours
Dealer's Room.
Vendors include:

Friday July 12, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Salon A

4:00pm

Building an Alternate History World (ET)
Moderator: Jason Gilbert

What if the Germans hadn’t invaded Russia? What if Napoleon had won Waterloo? It’s fun to look at what might have happened if history had gone differently, but how do you know which way to go once you’ve chosen your point of divergence? Our experts discuss the issues involved in creating a believable alternate history world for a novel.


Guests
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →
avatar for Toni Weisskopf

Toni Weisskopf

Special Literary Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the defi... Read More →
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →
avatar for Nickie Jamison

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 →
avatar for DJ McGuire

DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs


Friday July 12, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

4:00pm

Getting Started in the Indie Film World (ET)
Moderator: Bill Mulligan

Our panelists discuss how they got their start in film-making. Was there a particular event or time when they recognized film-making was not just a hobby? What advice would they give to someone who wanted to have a life creating film? Is it harder to get started or to keep going? What was the most important lesson they had to learn that has had a positive effect on their films?



Guests
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Media Arts Guest
Bill Mulligan is a high school science teacher with a love for horror films, comic books and special effects who had the good fortune to find kindred spirits in Sanford, North Carolina. 13 years, 5 feature films, nearly 2 dozen short films and a whole bunch of podcasts and convention... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Iannantuono

Michelle Iannantuono

Media Arts Guest
Michelle Iannantuono is a full time filmmaker, published author, and the co-runner of AtomaCon. Her debut fiction trilogy, starting with Paradisa, has been published by Falstaff Books. She has written and multiple shorts and a feature, including Devil's Advocate, Ohm, Psychoacoustics... Read More →
avatar for Dave Harlequin

Dave Harlequin

Media Arts Guest
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," among other things, Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. Harlequin is the Creative Director... Read More →
avatar for Daphne Reeder

Daphne Reeder

Costuming Guest
Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she's been on television programs on WTVI, in plays & stage performances, and modeled, both in front of a camera and on the runway. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

4:00pm

Kids Track - Science Experiments
Teacher JT the Enginerd has pulled together some quick and easy science experiments. Come see what she shares!

Guests
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
JT the Enginerd has a background in Engineering from Virginia Tech but jumped ship slightly in order to teach Engineering Design at the high school level.  She has been teaching two levels of engineering for the past six  years and is currently working on obtaining National Board... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Heritage

4:00pm

Gray Rinehart Concert
Guests
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart writes fiction, nonfiction, and music. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show. He is currently a contributing editor (the "Slushmaster General... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Salon B-C-D

4:00pm

Music with Metricula
Guests
avatar for Metricula

Metricula

Performing Artist
Madison "Metricula" Roberts (she/her) is a singer-songwriter, clown, and entertainer from Raleigh, NC. Since she doesn't sleep, Metricula divides her time between several different musical and nerdy projects.First and foremost, you can cozy up with her at the Nerd Music Campfire and... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Kittinger

4:00pm

Michael Stackpole Signing (Dealers Room)
At his table in the Dealer Room

Guests
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Salon A

4:00pm

Signing - Les Johnson/Mark Wandrey
Guests
avatar for Les Johnson

Les Johnson

Science Guest
Les is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist.  His science fiction books include Mission to Methone, Back to the Moon, Rescue Mode, and the soon-to-be-released Stellaris: People of the Stars. His popular science books include Graphene: The... Read More →
avatar for Mark Wandrey

Mark Wandrey

Literary Guest
Bestselling author of military sci-fi and zombie apocalypse, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to hold a pen. Author of more than 14 novels, he is the creator and co-owner of the wildly successful Four Horsemen Universe. He's a 3 time DragonCon Award... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Salon A

4:30pm

Authors Roleplaying Live! The Next Generation (ET)
We had so much fun last time, we thought we'd do it again - with a brand new DM and both new and returning players. Join our super group of players as they face the challenges given to them in classic D&D fashion by DM Todd Massey.



Guests
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

Literary Guest
As a professional sailor, writer, scientist, and life-long gamer, writing nautical and RPG tie-in fantasy came naturally for Chris. His Scimitar Seas novels from Dragon Moon Press have won multiple gold medals from Foreword Reviews Magazine, and his Pathfinder Tales novels, Pirate's... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
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 award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba... 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, and the long-awaited sequel, Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and was a founding member of Magical Words. Her short... Read More →
avatar for Melissa McArthur

Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She also serves as Associate Publisher for Falstaff Books, and is an accomplished editor and proofreader... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He is the author of two series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal with the Devil, Attempted Immortality... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Provincial
  • Set Up able w/ 6 chairs around - front of room, theatre style

5:00pm

Kids Track - Educational TV: For Kids By Kids (AP)
Join our junior panelists as they discuss educational TV shows that teach while still being engaging.

Friday July 12, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Heritage

5:00pm

To Sticky or Not to Sticky, That is the Question (How to Attach Things to Other Things) (ET)
Moderator: Derek Nieman

Costuming can involve tape, glue, sewing, etc. How do you choose? Bring your attachment issues to a discussion with costumers expert in these conundrums.


Guests
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

Costuming Guest
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over 15 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 and avid costumer. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek... Read More →
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Tom Hutchens

Fan Guest
Tom Hutchens is the founder/CEO of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club. He is the Mandalorian armorsmith; combining ancient techniques with today's technology to create hyper-realistic Mandalorian armor costumes.
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Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick has been a cosplayer for over a decade and took his passion for costuming to the professional level in 2010 with the creation of the theatrical design company Ribbons and Rivets. The self-taught designer began primarily working with leather, and still considers leatherwork... Read More →
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Daphne Reeder

Costuming Guest
Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she's been on television programs on WTVI, in plays & stage performances, and modeled, both in front of a camera and on the runway. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

5:00pm

Foundation for Success
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will walk you through all the things you want to consider before you sit down to begin your writing career. This will cover everything from how to plan projects, how to make time for writing and the plethora of mistakes writers make which hold them back from becoming the best writers they can be.

Michael A. Stackpole will host a series of 8 workshops over the weekend.  Cost at the door is $10 per session.

Guests
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

5:00pm

Music with White Plectrum
Guests
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White Plectrum

Performing Artist
In all the years I’ve been performing as White Plectrum, one thing has remained constant: the support of all those who have listened, sung along, and helped spread the music. I couldn’t continue to do this without your support. When White Plectrum began, I had no idea it would... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Kittinger

5:00pm

Writing Ghost Stories to Images Challenge (AP)
Join Tally Johnson, award winning  storyteller, as he challenges participants to craft flash fiction with some spooky pictures as inspiration.  There will even be prizes!



Guests
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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. 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 he also has a story in An... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up workshop, projector and screen

5:00pm

Concessions 5pm - 8:30pm
Friday July 12, 2019 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Kittinger

5:30pm

Flabbergast Magic Show (ET)
Join the witty and wise Wickstrom and his Wizard, Flabbergast as they perform illusions and other magical tricks for fans of all ages.

Guests
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional family entertainer for four decades, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Mark is also an accomplished actor, puppeteer, and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at literally hundreds of family... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre

6:00pm

Ebooks vs Paper - The Publishing Choice (ET)
Moderator: Chris Oakley

Our panelists debate how, when, and why to decide to go digital or paper.

Guests
avatar for Chris Oakley

Chris Oakley

Fan Guest, Oakley's Gently Used Books
Chris Oakley owned and operated Oakley's Gently Used Books, a bricks & mortar used bookshop with a specialty in Sci Fi/Fantasy, for more than 20 years (1995-2016) in Charlottesville, VA. She has been a bookseller at Madicon, MarsCon, MystiCon, RavenCon, Libertycon and Omegacon. She... 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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Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the author of Salvage Rat, coming in September 2018, co-author of the Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures with Gail Z. Martin and a series of related short stories: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short... Read More →
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Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

6:00pm

Neil Gaiman on TV (AP)
Moderator: Gary Mitchell

Good Omens and American Gods take the creative and unique worlds of Neil Gaiman and try to translate them to the small screen. Our panelists engage the audience as we discuss the two series, their similarities and differences and if the tv shows capture the essence of the author.


Guests
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, voice actor, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta. He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec... Read More →
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Janet Iannantuono

Fan Guest
Janet Iannantuono is a convention runner, Star Wars collector, and all-around fan. As a child in 1977, Star Wars combined her interests of mythology, science fiction, fantasy, and the adventure stories of Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Forty years later, her Star Wars collection... 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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Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist Jennifer McCollom got her start in Theater both throughout high school and college. A graduate of UNC Greensboro with a BA in Theater and minor in physics and has worked in the film industry since 1991 with Taking Liberty filmed in Winston Salem, NC. Then... Read More →
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DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs


Friday July 12, 2019 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

6:00pm

Music with Dimensional Riffs
Guests
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Dimensional Riffs

Performing Artists
Dimensional Riffs began as geeks cracking jokes and cranking out tunes. After a while, they realized they were pretty good at it. Jennifer, Chuck, Kat, Drew, and DJ take their favorite sci-fi genres (Doctor Who, Firefly, etc.) and a bunch of other stuff from 21st-century geekdom and... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Kittinger

6:00pm

Signing - Samantha Bryant/Darin Kennedy
Guests
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
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... 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 →


Friday July 12, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Salon A

6:30pm

7:00pm

Tales from the Tables (ET)
Moderator: Chris Oakley

Join some of our vendors and other panelists as they talk about funny things that have happened while at a vendor’s/hallway (fan) table or signing table  & (maybe) how not be  the customer/fan who gets talked about.

Guests
avatar for Chris Oakley

Chris Oakley

Fan Guest, Oakley's Gently Used Books
Chris Oakley owned and operated Oakley's Gently Used Books, a bricks & mortar used bookshop with a specialty in Sci Fi/Fantasy, for more than 20 years (1995-2016) in Charlottesville, VA. She has been a bookseller at Madicon, MarsCon, MystiCon, RavenCon, Libertycon and Omegacon. She... Read More →
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Tom Hutchens

Fan Guest
Tom Hutchens is the founder/CEO of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club. He is the Mandalorian armorsmith; combining ancient techniques with today's technology to create hyper-realistic Mandalorian armor costumes.
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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 →


Friday July 12, 2019 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

7:00pm

E Koma Mai (Opening Ceremonies) and The Manly Wade Wellman Award (ET)
“eh koh-moh my-ee” (means Welcome! in Hawaiian)

This is our version of opening ceremonies.

This is the time and place to decompress from the rigors of travel, meet friends old and new, and make the transition to being at the Con!

The Manly Wade Wellman Award will also be presented at this time.

Each year, ConGregate remembers contributors that we have lost from the science fiction and fantasy world. The tradition began in memory of Aaron Allston, who was well known for his love of Hawaiian shirts. We encourage everyone to wear a Hawaiian shirt on Friday, July 12.

Guests
avatar for Toni Weisskopf

Toni Weisskopf

Special Literary Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the defi... Read More →
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Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from 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... Read More →
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →
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Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Valentine Wolfe is a gothic metal duo blending the ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black and the thunderous roar of Braxton's electric upright bass to evoke the imaginary soundscape of Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe.In addition to their gothic metal stylings, their eclectic musical... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 7:00pm - 7:55pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up projector, screen, tickets, fishbowl, prizes

7:00pm

Book Launches
Book Launches!

Nancy Northcott
Chris Jackson
John G. Hartness
Stuart Jaffe
Darin Kennedy
Gail Z. Martin
Jason Gilbert
Theresa Glover
Larry Martin

Friday July 12, 2019 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Suite 207

8:00pm

Reading and AMA - Darin Kennedy
Ask Me Anything and reading by Darin Kennedy

Guests
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
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... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Heritage

8:00pm

Reset
Friday July 12, 2019 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Victorian B

8:00pm

On the Embodiment of Character (ET)
Moderator: Mark MacDicken

Our panelists discuss how to exude your character rather than just wearing the costume.


Guests
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional family entertainer for four decades, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Mark is also an accomplished actor, puppeteer, and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at literally hundreds of family... Read More →
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Syrinx

Charming Underclothes
Syrinx first took the stage in 2005, when he joined The Fishnet Mafia, a Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast in Columbus, OH. He started out as The Criminologist and a year later took on the role of Riff Raff. In 2009, he joined the on-air personalities of Nyte’s Realm Radio... Read More →
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Kat Milby

Costuming Guest, Side Quest Cosplay
Kat Milby is the soft materials side of the casual cosplay duo, Side Quest Cosplay. As a geek, pop culture addict, and fiber artist, mixing historical fashion with cosplay is her current favorite cosplay trend. With over 25 years of experience in sewing costumes, pattern hacking and... Read More →
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Derek Nieman

Costuming Guest
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over 15 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 and avid costumer. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

8:00pm

World Building in Science Fiction vs Fantasy (ET)
Moderator: Melissa McArthur

Are there distinctions in how worldbuilding is approached for a fantasy setting rather than a science fiction setting?  Are there different approaches in how the result is presented to the reader?  Are there challenges on one side of the fantasy/SF split that are less of an issue on the other?

Guests
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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She also serves as Associate Publisher for Falstaff Books, and is an accomplished editor and proofreader... Read More →
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →
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Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest, The Wordshop
Paula S Jordan, a former orbit analyst, writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories (so far) in Analog.  Her first novel, a  present-day alien contact story set in western North Carolina, is nearing completion. Working title: Of Seas and the Stars... Read More →
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Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long’s been involved in the gaming industry for over twenty years, during which time he’s written, co-written, edited, or developed approximately 200 books and won numerous industry awards. Besides freelancing for lots of RPG companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios... Read More →
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Darcy Wold

Artist Guest
Darcy Wold is a part-time artist, an inveterate editor, and an even more inveterate reader. In her day job, she works for CDISC (a standards development organization specializing in clinical data interchange) as a publishing editor and a technical metadata curator. Both roles involve... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

8:00pm

*World Building 101
Readers come to fiction for escape, and they love diving into alien world which are far more fantastic and titanic than our own. New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will walk you through the key elements of making sure your world has the depth readers crave. He cover the basics from geography and history—the stuff you missed skipping class in Middle School—and then show you how to work religion, culture, non-human races, magick and technology into a cohesive whole which will allow your readers to get lost in the worlds of your making.

Classes marked with an asterisk will focus on a world created in the classes, with that world being co-owned by all the students. 

Michael A. Stackpole will host a series of 8 workshops over the weekend. Cost at the door is $10 per session.

Guests
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

8:30pm

Reading - Gray Rinehart
Guests
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart writes fiction, nonfiction, and music. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show. He is currently a contributing editor (the "Slushmaster General... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Heritage

8:30pm

Reset Kittinger
*asked hotel to stay open until 8:30 to sell popcorn 

Friday July 12, 2019 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Kittinger

8:30pm

What's Happening at the Regional Cons? (ET)
Moderator: Michael D. Pederson

Come and here what's being planned at some the other regional cons in NC, SC, and VA.

Additional speaker: Joel Lyons (FantaSci)

Guests
avatar for Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic... Read More →
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Chris Shrewsbury

Fandom Guest (Because “Hilarious and Sexy Amputee” isn’t a category. Yet.)
Chris has volunteered, paneled, guested, staffed, and been committee at literally dozens of cons along the east coast for 30+ years. He's a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, medical, and government settings.Following Navy service... Read More →
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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
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 award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba... Read More →
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Janet Iannantuono

Fan Guest
Janet Iannantuono is a convention runner, Star Wars collector, and all-around fan. As a child in 1977, Star Wars combined her interests of mythology, science fiction, fantasy, and the adventure stories of Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Forty years later, her Star Wars collection... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Victorian B

8:30pm

Friday Night Frights: Nosferatu with Valentine Wolfe (ET)
Join Valentine Wolfe as they provide a live musical score to the silent film, Nosferatu.

Guests
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Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Valentine Wolfe is a gothic metal duo blending the ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black and the thunderous roar of Braxton's electric upright bass to evoke the imaginary soundscape of Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe.In addition to their gothic metal stylings, their eclectic musical... Read More →



Friday July 12, 2019 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre, projector and screen, laptop, *turn off volume on projector

9:00pm

Reading and AMA - Les Johnson
Ask Me Anything and reading by Les Johnson

Guests
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Les Johnson

Science Guest
Les is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist.  His science fiction books include Mission to Methone, Back to the Moon, Rescue Mode, and the soon-to-be-released Stellaris: People of the Stars. His popular science books include Graphene: The... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Heritage

9:00pm

Crowdsource Your Costume (AP)
Moderator: Derek Nieman

Show up with your tentative costume idea, and let us help you with the next steps. Audience recommendations encouraged - come with a character idea or your favorite cosplay/crafting tips.

Guests
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Derek Nieman

Costuming Guest
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over 15 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 and avid costumer. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek... Read More →
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Tom Hutchens

Fan Guest
Tom Hutchens is the founder/CEO of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club. He is the Mandalorian armorsmith; combining ancient techniques with today's technology to create hyper-realistic Mandalorian armor costumes.
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Kat Milby

Costuming Guest, Side Quest Cosplay
Kat Milby is the soft materials side of the casual cosplay duo, Side Quest Cosplay. As a geek, pop culture addict, and fiber artist, mixing historical fashion with cosplay is her current favorite cosplay trend. With over 25 years of experience in sewing costumes, pattern hacking and... Read More →
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Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick has been a cosplayer for over a decade and took his passion for costuming to the professional level in 2010 with the creation of the theatrical design company Ribbons and Rivets. The self-taught designer began primarily working with leather, and still considers leatherwork... Read More →
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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 →


Friday July 12, 2019 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

9:00pm

Mike Stackpole Muses on Star Wars (ET)
Join Michael A Stackpole as he takes the stage to talk about  writing in the shared world of the Star Wars universe.

Guests
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

9:00pm

Is the Movie Ever Better Than the Book? (AP)
Moderator: Bill Mulligan

We've all seen films made by people who seem to have never read the source material. Occasionally you get a film that actually improves on the original. Why is it so hard to adapt books to screen and how have some pulled it off?

Guests
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Bill Mulligan

Media Arts Guest
Bill Mulligan is a high school science teacher with a love for horror films, comic books and special effects who had the good fortune to find kindred spirits in Sanford, North Carolina. 13 years, 5 feature films, nearly 2 dozen short films and a whole bunch of podcasts and convention... Read More →
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →
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Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →
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DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs
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Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, voice actor, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta. He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Kittinger
  • Set Up theatre

9:30pm

Reading - Paula S. Jordan
Guests
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Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest, The Wordshop
Paula S Jordan, a former orbit analyst, writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories (so far) in Analog.  Her first novel, a  present-day alien contact story set in western North Carolina, is nearing completion. Working title: Of Seas and the Stars... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Heritage

9:30pm

The Return of the Dating Game...with Books! (AP)
Hosts: Carol Cowles

Before you commit to a night of "Kindle and Chill" - find out which book you really want to date. Readers will get to "interview" characters from different books to see which one they want to take home. Authors will get in to character and answer dating-style questions based on the popular 70s game show.


Guests
avatar for Carol Cowles

Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol Cowles - Carol has long been a fixture of Geek Culture in Charlotte. She has served for several years as the Programming Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 15 years. She also podcasts – she is Carol the Cat on the weekly... Read More →
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Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Parallel Society novels, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice... Read More →
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Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 60 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
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... 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, and the long-awaited sequel, Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and was a founding member of Magical Words. Her short... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He is the author of two series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal with the Devil, Attempted Immortality... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 9:30pm - 10:50pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

10:00pm

Reading and AMA - Dr. Robert Hampson
Ask Me Anything and reading by Dr. Robert Hampson

Guests
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Dr. Robert Hampson

Science Guest
Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Heritage

10:00pm

Why Do You Write? (ET)
Moderator: Allen Wold

Ben Franklin is quoted as saying "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." Our panelist discuss why they choose to write, what or who their influences were. What would happen if they stopped writing?

Guests
avatar for Allen Wold

Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from 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... Read More →
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David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than twenty novels and as many short stories.As D.B. Jackson (DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of TIME’S CHILDREN (October 2018) and TIME’S DEMON (May 2019), the first books in The Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series from Angry Robot Books. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines... Read More →
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Jason Graves

Literary Guest
Jason is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select non-fiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid... Read More →
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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She also serves as Associate Publisher for Falstaff Books, and is an accomplished editor and proofreader... Read More →
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Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

10:00pm

Nuclear Power: Is It Worse Than Choking in Greenhouse Gases (ET)
​Moderator: Mike Pederson

Nuclear power has its benefits but are the risks worth it when faced with other global energy challenges. Our experienced scientists debate the question.

Guests
avatar for Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic... Read More →
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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →
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Dr. Ben Davis

Science Guest
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 and math to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the... Read More →
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Les Johnson

Science Guest
Les is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist.  His science fiction books include Mission to Methone, Back to the Moon, Rescue Mode, and the soon-to-be-released Stellaris: People of the Stars. His popular science books include Graphene: The... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Kittinger
  • Set Up theatre

10:00pm

Oh, the (Folk) Horror! (ET)
Moderator: Bill Mulligan

Our panelists discuss films that utilize folklore and paganism to tell their story. For example: The Witch, Wicker Man, Wake Wood, The White Reindeer, A Field in England, Night of the Demon, Apostle, ​and ​​​Blood on Satan's Claw. 

Guests
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Bill Mulligan

Media Arts Guest
Bill Mulligan is a high school science teacher with a love for horror films, comic books and special effects who had the good fortune to find kindred spirits in Sanford, North Carolina. 13 years, 5 feature films, nearly 2 dozen short films and a whole bunch of podcasts and convention... Read More →
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Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →
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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. 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 he also has a story in An... Read More →
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Kat Milby

Costuming Guest, Side Quest Cosplay
Kat Milby is the soft materials side of the casual cosplay duo, Side Quest Cosplay. As a geek, pop culture addict, and fiber artist, mixing historical fashion with cosplay is her current favorite cosplay trend. With over 25 years of experience in sewing costumes, pattern hacking and... Read More →
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Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, voice actor, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta. He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

10:30pm

Reading and AMA - Chris A. Jackson
Ask Me Anything and reading by Chris Jackson

Guests
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Chris A. Jackson

Literary Guest
As a professional sailor, writer, scientist, and life-long gamer, writing nautical and RPG tie-in fantasy came naturally for Chris. His Scimitar Seas novels from Dragon Moon Press have won multiple gold medals from Foreword Reviews Magazine, and his Pathfinder Tales novels, Pirate's... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Heritage

10:30pm

Geeky Rants (AP)
Moderator: Chris Shrewsbury

A convention favorite, panelists and attendees come armed to tell us what they hate about what they love.

Guests
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fandom Guest (Because “Hilarious and Sexy Amputee” isn’t a category. Yet.)
Chris has volunteered, paneled, guested, staffed, and been committee at literally dozens of cons along the east coast for 30+ years. He's a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, medical, and government settings.Following Navy service... 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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Janet Iannantuono

Fan Guest
Janet Iannantuono is a convention runner, Star Wars collector, and all-around fan. As a child in 1977, Star Wars combined her interests of mythology, science fiction, fantasy, and the adventure stories of Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Forty years later, her Star Wars collection... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
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... Read More →
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DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30pm - 11:55pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up theatre

11:00pm

Reading - Nicki Jamison (18+)
Adult Reading by Nickie Jamison



Guests
avatar for Nickie Jamison

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 →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Heritage

11:00pm

Supreme Creators (ET)
Moderator: Steven S. Long

We talk about world building, but what happens when you go beyond a single world - or even a single star system.  How to build a universe that engages readers?

Guests
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 60 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius... Read More →
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Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long’s been involved in the gaming industry for over twenty years, during which time he’s written, co-written, edited, or developed approximately 200 books and won numerous industry awards. Besides freelancing for lots of RPG companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios... Read More →
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

Literary Guest
As a professional sailor, writer, scientist, and life-long gamer, writing nautical and RPG tie-in fantasy came naturally for Chris. His Scimitar Seas novels from Dragon Moon Press have won multiple gold medals from Foreword Reviews Magazine, and his Pathfinder Tales novels, Pirate's... Read More →
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Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the author of Salvage Rat, coming in September 2018, co-author of the Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures with Gail Z. Martin and a series of related short stories: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short... Read More →
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Mark Wandrey

Literary Guest
Bestselling author of military sci-fi and zombie apocalypse, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to hold a pen. Author of more than 14 novels, he is the creator and co-owner of the wildly successful Four Horsemen Universe. He's a 3 time DragonCon Award... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Boardroom

11:00pm

Yes, Indie Films Do Cost Money! (Budgeting for Independent Films) (ET)
Moderator: Bill Mulligan

Ever wonder how Independent films get made?  Who gets paid? Who buys what equipment?  Our panelist discuss what you need to think about in terms of costs before you take your first steps into the indie film world.

Guests
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Media Arts Guest
Bill Mulligan is a high school science teacher with a love for horror films, comic books and special effects who had the good fortune to find kindred spirits in Sanford, North Carolina. 13 years, 5 feature films, nearly 2 dozen short films and a whole bunch of podcasts and convention... Read More →
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Michelle Iannantuono

Media Arts Guest
Michelle Iannantuono is a full time filmmaker, published author, and the co-runner of AtomaCon. Her debut fiction trilogy, starting with Paradisa, has been published by Falstaff Books. She has written and multiple shorts and a feature, including Devil's Advocate, Ohm, Psychoacoustics... Read More →
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Dave Harlequin

Media Arts Guest
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," among other things, Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. Harlequin is the Creative Director... Read More →
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Daphne Reeder

Costuming Guest
Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she's been on television programs on WTVI, in plays & stage performances, and modeled, both in front of a camera and on the runway. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

11:00pm

So Bad, They're Good (ET)
Join members of the cast of Charming Underclothes as they talk about cult films – from The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Clue to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.



Guests
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Charming Underclothes

Performing Artists
Charming Underclothes is a movie recreation performance group that brings films to life! Shadowcasting, as it's called, is a midnight movie phenomenon that started with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We began conquering castles with our RHPS debut on February 26, 2016, in Roanoke... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

11:00pm

Stranger Things (AP)
Moderator: Gary Mitchell

The third season of the American science fiction-horror web television series Stranger Things started last week. What do we know so far? What do we hope to see this season?

Guests
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, voice actor, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta. He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec... Read More →
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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
JT the Enginerd has a background in Engineering from Virginia Tech but jumped ship slightly in order to teach Engineering Design at the high school level.  She has been teaching two levels of engineering for the past six  years and is currently working on obtaining National Board... Read More →
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... 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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Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Kittinger
  • Set Up theatre

11:00pm

Friday Night Frights: Ghost Stories with Tally and Valentine Wolfe (ET)
Join us for some ghost stories told by author Tally Johnson, with ambiance provided by Valentine Wolfe.


Guests
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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. 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 he also has a story in An... Read More →
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Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Valentine Wolfe is a gothic metal duo blending the ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black and the thunderous roar of Braxton's electric upright bass to evoke the imaginary soundscape of Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe.In addition to their gothic metal stylings, their eclectic musical... Read More →



Friday July 12, 2019 11:00pm - 11:55pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre
 
Saturday, July 13
 

8:30am

9:00am

Morality in Gaming (ET)
Moderator: Michael G. Williams

Is your gaming world black and white or are there shades of gray?  How does morality in gaming where there are defined "EVIL" come into play?

Guests
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He is the author of two series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal with the Devil, Attempted Immortality... Read More →
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

Literary Guest
As a professional sailor, writer, scientist, and life-long gamer, writing nautical and RPG tie-in fantasy came naturally for Chris. His Scimitar Seas novels from Dragon Moon Press have won multiple gold medals from Foreword Reviews Magazine, and his Pathfinder Tales novels, Pirate's... Read More →
avatar for Steven S. Long

Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long’s been involved in the gaming industry for over twenty years, during which time he’s written, co-written, edited, or developed approximately 200 books and won numerous industry awards. Besides freelancing for lots of RPG companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios... 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, and the long-awaited sequel, Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and was a founding member of Magical Words. Her short... Read More →
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, voice actor, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta. He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

9:00am

You Can't Ruin What You Started (ET)
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
avatar for Maya Preisler

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 →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

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 →
avatar for Nickie Jamison

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
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

9:00am

Kids Track - Saturday Morning Cartoons
Join Metricula as she sings and shares some Saturday morning cartoons clips !

Guests
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Metricula

Performing Artist
Madison "Metricula" Roberts (she/her) is a singer-songwriter, clown, and entertainer from Raleigh, NC. Since she doesn't sleep, Metricula divides her time between several different musical and nerdy projects.First and foremost, you can cozy up with her at the Nerd Music Campfire and... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre, projector and screen

9:00am

Kids Track - See Salon BCD
Join Metricula for Saturday Morning Cartoons in Salon BCD

Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Heritage

9:00am

Signing - Mark Wandrey/Chris Kennedy
Guests
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 60 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius... Read More →
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Mark Wandrey

Literary Guest
Bestselling author of military sci-fi and zombie apocalypse, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to hold a pen. Author of more than 14 novels, he is the creator and co-owner of the wildly successful Four Horsemen Universe. He's a 3 time DragonCon Award... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Salon A

9:00am

Falstaff/Sol Road Show (ET)
Join John G. Hartness and Larry and Gail Z. Martin as they showcase the upcoming releases from both their Publishing houses: Falstaff Books and Sol Books. (And gives away free stuff!)

Guests
avatar for John G. Hartness

John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
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 award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles... Read More →
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Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the author of Salvage Rat, coming in September 2018, co-author of the Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures with Gail Z. Martin and a series of related short stories: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short... Read More →
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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She also serves as Associate Publisher for Falstaff Books, and is an accomplished editor and proofreader... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00am - 10:50am
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre, projector and screen

9:00am

Allen's Regionally Famous Workshop (AP)
Allen has been providing conventions with his workshop for many years. Joined by established authors, he provides a safe, creative environment to practice writing. New and established writers can benefit from this workshop.

Guests
avatar for Allen Wold

Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from 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... Read More →
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Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest, The Wordshop
Paula S Jordan, a former orbit analyst, writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories (so far) in Analog.  Her first novel, a  present-day alien contact story set in western North Carolina, is nearing completion. Working title: Of Seas and the Stars... Read More →
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Darcy Wold

Artist Guest
Darcy Wold is a part-time artist, an inveterate editor, and an even more inveterate reader. In her day job, she works for CDISC (a standards development organization specializing in clinical data interchange) as a publishing editor and a technical metadata curator. Both roles involve... Read More →
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Jason Graves

Literary Guest
Jason is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select non-fiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Victorian B
  • Set Up workshop

9:00am

Dealers Room Hours
Dealers Room
Vendors include:

Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Salon A

9:00am

Open Gaming
This room will be open for gaming.

We have a meet-up forum you can use to arrange times for games.

Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00am - 11:00pm
Colonial

10:00am

Live Podcast: Convention Etiquette (ET)
Guests Michael G. Williams, Kat Milby and Derek Nieman join the Effing Etiquette comedy podcast with unqualified advice on how to live your life - especially your convention life.

Guests
avatar for Derek Nieman

Derek Nieman

Costuming Guest
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over 15 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 and avid costumer. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek... Read More →
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Kat Milby

Costuming Guest, Side Quest Cosplay
Kat Milby is the soft materials side of the casual cosplay duo, Side Quest Cosplay. As a geek, pop culture addict, and fiber artist, mixing historical fashion with cosplay is her current favorite cosplay trend. With over 25 years of experience in sewing costumes, pattern hacking and... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He is the author of two series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal with the Devil, Attempted Immortality... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre, recording

10:00am

Where Was I Going? (ET)
Moderator: Misty Massey

Writers don't always know every step of the stories when they first start writing. Sometimes there's a great beginning with no ending in mind, and other times the end is clear, but the trip to get there is vague. Let’s talk about some of the ways authors have learned to successfully plot their stories, and what they do when the plot takes a left turn they don't expect.

Guests
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, and the long-awaited sequel, Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and was a founding member of Magical Words. Her short... Read More →
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David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than twenty novels and as many short stories.As D.B. Jackson (DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of TIME’S CHILDREN (October 2018) and TIME’S DEMON (May 2019), the first books in The Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series from Angry Robot Books. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines... Read More →
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Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →
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Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Parallel Society novels, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
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... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

10:00am

Inside the Publisher's Studio: Toni Weisskopf (ET)
Kindly filling in for Eric Flint, Toni Weisskopf will be interviewed by Michael D. Pederson.  Michael will interview Toni on everything from being a fan to being the owner/editor of a publishing house and maybe even ask her about the Triple Crown of Southern Fandom awards - The Rebel, The Phoenix and The Rubble. Of course, he will end with the infamous 10 questions posed by James Lipton.

Guests
avatar for Toni Weisskopf

Toni Weisskopf

Special Literary Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the defi... Read More →
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

10:00am

Kids Track - Create your own "Forky!"
Kids will create their own  Toy Story "forky" from crafts.

Guests
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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
JT the Enginerd has a background in Engineering from Virginia Tech but jumped ship slightly in order to teach Engineering Design at the high school level.  She has been teaching two levels of engineering for the past six  years and is currently working on obtaining National Board... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Heritage

10:00am

Music with White Plectrum
Guests
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White Plectrum

Performing Artist
In all the years I’ve been performing as White Plectrum, one thing has remained constant: the support of all those who have listened, sung along, and helped spread the music. I couldn’t continue to do this without your support. When White Plectrum began, I had no idea it would... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Kittinger

10:00am

Michael Stackpole Signing (Dealers Room)
At his table in the Dealer Room

Guests
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Salon A

10:00am

Signing - Samantha Bryant/Alexandra Christian
Guests
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... 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 →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Salon A

11:00am

From Screen to Stage (ET)
Moderator: Derek Nieman

Our panelist discuss how to take something cool you see on tv or film and turn it into a costume you can wear, keeping in mind that what we see on TV can be very different in real life from colors to fabrics to the hidden pins.



Guests
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Derek Nieman

Costuming Guest
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over 15 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 and avid costumer. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek... Read More →
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Syrinx

Charming Underclothes
Syrinx first took the stage in 2005, when he joined The Fishnet Mafia, a Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast in Columbus, OH. He started out as The Criminologist and a year later took on the role of Riff Raff. In 2009, he joined the on-air personalities of Nyte’s Realm Radio... Read More →
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Kat Milby

Costuming Guest, Side Quest Cosplay
Kat Milby is the soft materials side of the casual cosplay duo, Side Quest Cosplay. As a geek, pop culture addict, and fiber artist, mixing historical fashion with cosplay is her current favorite cosplay trend. With over 25 years of experience in sewing costumes, pattern hacking and... Read More →
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Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick has been a cosplayer for over a decade and took his passion for costuming to the professional level in 2010 with the creation of the theatrical design company Ribbons and Rivets. The self-taught designer began primarily working with leather, and still considers leatherwork... Read More →
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Tom Hutchens

Fan Guest
Tom Hutchens is the founder/CEO of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club. He is the Mandalorian armorsmith; combining ancient techniques with today's technology to create hyper-realistic Mandalorian armor costumes.


Saturday July 13, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

11:00am

Hold on to the Light (AP)
Moderator: Gail Z. Martin

How do you hold on? Different people find different anchors. #HoldOnToTheLight is in an effort to raise awareness around treatment for depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD initiatives, bullying prevention and other mental health-related issues. We believe fandom should be supportive, welcoming and inclusive, in the long tradition of fandom taking care of its own. We encourage readers and fans to seek the help they or their loved ones need without shame or embarrassment. Join the conversation.

Guests
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles... Read More →
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Michelle Iannantuono

Media Arts Guest
Michelle Iannantuono is a full time filmmaker, published author, and the co-runner of AtomaCon. Her debut fiction trilogy, starting with Paradisa, has been published by Falstaff Books. She has written and multiple shorts and a feature, including Devil's Advocate, Ohm, Psychoacoustics... Read More →
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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. 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 he also has a story in An... 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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Chris Shrewsbury

Fandom Guest (Because “Hilarious and Sexy Amputee” isn’t a category. Yet.)
Chris has volunteered, paneled, guested, staffed, and been committee at literally dozens of cons along the east coast for 30+ years. He's a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, medical, and government settings.Following Navy service... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

11:00am

Warships of Sea and Space: Form Follows Function Follows Technology (ET)
An engineer (and former naval officer) - using many images and videos - traces how the shapes both of historical ships and fictional spacecraft have always depended on technology.





Guests
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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre, screen (Jim has own projector)

11:00am

BB-8: Make & Take
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wanted your own BB8? Well, here's your chance.  Just bring yourself, we'll supply the materials.

Limited - Sign up at Registration

Guests
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Janet Iannantuono

Fan Guest
Janet Iannantuono is a convention runner, Star Wars collector, and all-around fan. As a child in 1977, Star Wars combined her interests of mythology, science fiction, fantasy, and the adventure stories of Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Forty years later, her Star Wars collection... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Heritage

11:00am

Open Filk
Even if you’re not on the schedule, but you love to perform, please feel free to use this time to sit in and filk during our open mic time.

Saturday July 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Kittinger

11:00am

Concessions 11am - 4pm
Saturday July 13, 2019 11:00am - 4:00pm
Kittinger

11:30am

Dimensional Riffs Concert
Guests
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Dimensional Riffs

Performing Artists
Dimensional Riffs began as geeks cracking jokes and cranking out tunes. After a while, they realized they were pretty good at it. Jennifer, Chuck, Kat, Drew, and DJ take their favorite sci-fi genres (Doctor Who, Firefly, etc.) and a bunch of other stuff from 21st-century geekdom and... Read More →
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Jenny Hendricks

Dimensional Riffs
Jenny Hendrix is the lead singer for Dimensional Riffs and a full time nerd. Loves Doctor Who, Harry Potter, LOTR, The Marvel Universe, and much more. 
DM

Drew McFayden

Dimensional Riffs
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DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs


Saturday July 13, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre

11:30am

How to Sew (Basics) (AP)
Join the 105th as they take you through the truly basic basics of sewing - what the different parts on the machine are, how to thread a needle and what's a bobbin anyway?

Saturday July 13, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up workshop

12:00pm

Dealing with Disabilities (AP)
Moderator: Chris Shrewsbury

A large segment of our world possesses some type of disability, whether mobility, sensory, cognitive, or emotional. Let’s have a safe-space dialogue based on our personal and professional experiences, with the intent of encouragement and letting folks know “You are not alone.”


Guests
avatar for Chris Shrewsbury

Chris Shrewsbury

Fandom Guest (Because “Hilarious and Sexy Amputee” isn’t a category. Yet.)
Chris has volunteered, paneled, guested, staffed, and been committee at literally dozens of cons along the east coast for 30+ years. He's a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, medical, and government settings.Following Navy service... Read More →
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Lilith

Charming Underclothes
I play the role of Rocky and Stripping Crim for Charming Underclothes and performed Trixxie, Crim, and Dr. Scott since 2011 in Washington, DC before moving to Roanoke in 2015. I also run registration for Mysticon. I am into tabletop gaming and WOW. While not performing I am in school... Read More →
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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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Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

12:00pm

Literary Samplers
Join a group of authors as they introduce you to their works in the shortest amount of time possible.

Additional Readers: JJ Dunaway, Theresa Glover, Allegra Gulino

Guests
avatar for Samantha Bryant

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 →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →
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Jason Graves

Literary Guest
Jason is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select non-fiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid... Read More →
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Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... 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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Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest, The Wordshop
Paula S Jordan, a former orbit analyst, writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories (so far) in Analog.  Her first novel, a  present-day alien contact story set in western North Carolina, is nearing completion. Working title: Of Seas and the Stars... 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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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles... Read More →
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Melissa McArthur

Literary Guest
Melissa McArthur is the founder and president of Clicking Keys Writer Services, a full-service editing, cover design, and layout company based in the upstate of South Carolina. She also serves as Associate Publisher for Falstaff Books, and is an accomplished editor and proofreader... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

12:00pm

Space Propulsion 101: A Tutorial for Writers, Aspiring Writers, and Space Cadets All (ET)
From chemical rockets to nuclear, from ion drive to antimatter, from solar sails to laser-driven lightsails, have you ever wondered how they work and what they can actually accomplish for space travel?  Within the limits of known physics, nature has provided us with methods to leave our planet and explore the solar system and beyond.  In this tutorial, learn the fundamental principles of the many real space propulsion technologies in use and being developed that may one day enable us to accomplish what our imaginations create.

Guests
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Les Johnson

Science Guest
Les is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist.  His science fiction books include Mission to Methone, Back to the Moon, Rescue Mode, and the soon-to-be-released Stellaris: People of the Stars. His popular science books include Graphene: The... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre, projector and screen

12:00pm

Signing - Darin Kennedy/Chris A. Jackson
Guests
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Chris A. Jackson

Literary Guest
As a professional sailor, writer, scientist, and life-long gamer, writing nautical and RPG tie-in fantasy came naturally for Chris. His Scimitar Seas novels from Dragon Moon Press have won multiple gold medals from Foreword Reviews Magazine, and his Pathfinder Tales novels, Pirate's... Read More →
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
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... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salon A

12:00pm

Comic Book Paper Flowers - Make & Take
We will use old comic book pages to make a flower you can take with you.

Open to all Ages!

Guests
avatar for Janet Iannantuono

Janet Iannantuono

Fan Guest
Janet Iannantuono is a convention runner, Star Wars collector, and all-around fan. As a child in 1977, Star Wars combined her interests of mythology, science fiction, fantasy, and the adventure stories of Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Forty years later, her Star Wars collection... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Heritage

1:00pm

Classic or Kitschy: How Films Age (AP)
Moderator: Gary Mitchell

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Matrix, Galaxy Quest and more are all 20 years old. How do these movies stand the test of time or change how we view movies today? Are they now "cult" classics?

Guests
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Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, voice actor, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta. He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec... 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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Patrick Dugan

Literary Guest
Patrick Dugan is the author of the Darkest Storm series. The first book in the series, Storm Forged, debuted in May 2018.  Storm Forged is a near future dystopian super hero novel that follows Tommy, a powered individual as he fights to save his father from being killed on TV.  The... Read More →
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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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Chris Shrewsbury

Fandom Guest (Because “Hilarious and Sexy Amputee” isn’t a category. Yet.)
Chris has volunteered, paneled, guested, staffed, and been committee at literally dozens of cons along the east coast for 30+ years. He's a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, medical, and government settings.Following Navy service... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

1:00pm

Flabbergast's Close Up Magic
Join the magical Wizard, Flabbergast for a little close-up, kid friendly magic.

Guests
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional family entertainer for four decades, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Mark is also an accomplished actor, puppeteer, and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at literally hundreds of family... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Heritage

1:00pm

Angel Metro Concert
Guests
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Angel Metro

Performing Artist
Angel Metro blends the elements of heartbreak and hope to create an electronic sound nestled in Dark Magic.Based out of Charlottesville, VA she was the front woman for the fairytale gothic rock band Gild The Mourn and now creates dark electronic pop. The first album from the project... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre

1:00pm

Music with Metricula
Guests
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Metricula

Performing Artist
Madison "Metricula" Roberts (she/her) is a singer-songwriter, clown, and entertainer from Raleigh, NC. Since she doesn't sleep, Metricula divides her time between several different musical and nerdy projects.First and foremost, you can cozy up with her at the Nerd Music Campfire and... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Kittinger

1:00pm

Signing - Michael G. Williams/Jason Graves
Guests
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Jason Graves

Literary Guest
Jason is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select non-fiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He is the author of two series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal with the Devil, Attempted Immortality... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Salon A

1:00pm

21 Days to a Novel
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole presents his three week program for preparing yourself to write a novel. This set of 21 exercises is broken down to give you everything from character creation to world building, practical plotting devices, dialogue development and character voice creation tools. This program is a practical, kick-in-the-pants place to start your career.

Michael A. Stackpole will host a series of 8 workshops over the weekend. Cost at the door is $10 per session.

Guests
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:20pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

1:00pm

105th Live Build Party (Workshop/Demonstration) (AP)
You've seen them at cons:  Stormtroopers and Mandolorians, high elves and superheroes.  You've heard of the groups: the 501st Legion, the Ghostbusters, and more.  And you've wondered..."How do I start?"  Well, here's your chance, the 105th Squad costuming group, will host a "live build" party where they will bring a number of work in progresses - and you'll have the chance to meet the engineers, ask questions and maybe find answers to your own costuming challenges. 

Saturday July 13, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up workshop

1:30pm

Baen Travelling Road Show (ET)
Join the publisher from Baen Books, Toni Weisskopf, as she shares upcoming releases and gives away Baen Swag!

Guests
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart writes fiction, nonfiction, and music. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show. He is currently a contributing editor (the "Slushmaster General... Read More →
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Toni Weisskopf

Special Literary Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the defi... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre, projector and screen

2:00pm

The Revenge of the Bookworm (ET)
How to care for, collect, value and dispose of your book collection. Information on products and resources presented by Chris Oakley, GCIU prepress journeyman with 23 years of experience as a bookseller including volunteer work with non-profit rummage sales and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Friends of the Library booksales (100k books per sale)

Guests
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Chris Oakley

Fan Guest, Oakley's Gently Used Books
Chris Oakley owned and operated Oakley's Gently Used Books, a bricks & mortar used bookshop with a specialty in Sci Fi/Fantasy, for more than 20 years (1995-2016) in Charlottesville, VA. She has been a bookseller at Madicon, MarsCon, MystiCon, RavenCon, Libertycon and Omegacon. She... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

2:00pm

Music with Dimensional Riffs
Guests
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Dimensional Riffs

Performing Artists
Dimensional Riffs began as geeks cracking jokes and cranking out tunes. After a while, they realized they were pretty good at it. Jennifer, Chuck, Kat, Drew, and DJ take their favorite sci-fi genres (Doctor Who, Firefly, etc.) and a bunch of other stuff from 21st-century geekdom and... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Kittinger

2:00pm

Signing - Leann M. Retell/Les Johnson
Guests
avatar for Les Johnson

Les Johnson

Science Guest
Les is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist.  His science fiction books include Mission to Methone, Back to the Moon, Rescue Mode, and the soon-to-be-released Stellaris: People of the Stars. His popular science books include Graphene: The... Read More →
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Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Salon A

2:00pm

Kids Track - Scavenger Hunt
Woody and Buzz’s new owner, Bonnie, has lost them somewhere in the con-site!  Kids will explore the con space as they search for clues that will lead them to the missing toys.

Guests
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
JT the Enginerd has a background in Engineering from Virginia Tech but jumped ship slightly in order to teach Engineering Design at the high school level.  She has been teaching two levels of engineering for the past six  years and is currently working on obtaining National Board... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Heritage

2:30pm

Valentine Wolfe's Metal Concert
Guests
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Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Valentine Wolfe is a gothic metal duo blending the ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black and the thunderous roar of Braxton's electric upright bass to evoke the imaginary soundscape of Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe.In addition to their gothic metal stylings, their eclectic musical... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre

3:00pm

Reset Victorian to Theatre
Saturday July 13, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Victorian B

3:00pm

*Characterization
Characters are king in literature and New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole brings you a toolbox full of techniques to create compelling and memorable characters. Readers read for and remember characters, and after this course, yours will be unforgettable, which will keep them coming back for more.

*Classes marked with an asterisk will focus on a world created in the classes, with that world being co-owned by all the students. 

Michael A. Stackpole will host a series of 8 workshops over the weekend. Cost at the door is $10 per session.

Guests
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

3:00pm

Music with Mark MacDicken
Guests
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional family entertainer for four decades, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Mark is also an accomplished actor, puppeteer, and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at literally hundreds of family... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kittinger

3:00pm

Signing - David B. Coe/Misty Massey
Guests
avatar for David B. Coe

David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than twenty novels and as many short stories.As D.B. Jackson (DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of TIME’S CHILDREN (October 2018) and TIME’S DEMON (May 2019), the first books in The Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series from Angry Robot Books. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines... 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, and the long-awaited sequel, Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and was a founding member of Magical Words. Her short... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salon A

3:00pm

From Human to Non-Human: Transformation Demonstration (ET)
Join Jennifer McCollom, Hollywood Make-up Artist, as she transforms author John Hartness, into a completely different character!  She will talk about applying pieces, blending and other techniques that take your transformation to the next level.

Set Up: Chair in Center - two tables either side

Guests
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Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist Jennifer McCollom got her start in Theater both throughout high school and college. A graduate of UNC Greensboro with a BA in Theater and minor in physics and has worked in the film industry since 1991 with Taking Liberty filmed in Winston Salem, NC. Then... Read More →
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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
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 award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up Theatre

3:30pm

Science & Technology in the 1632 Universe (ET)
GOH Eric Flint discusses the broad social, economic and other historical aspects of Science and Technology in 1632.  Why aren't there railroads all over Ring of Fire Europe by 1635? What is holding back tech development? Where can Europe and the rest of the Ring of Fire world go with technology?

Guests
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Eric Flint - CANCELLED

Writer Guest of Honor
As some of you may have heard, Eric Flint has taken ill. He is currently recovering at a hospital in Utah and will be unable to attend ConGregate.  We will not be replacing Eric as GoH, because being a guest of honor is about honoring the guest, not about us, his fans.Toni Weisskopf... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

3:30pm

The Importance of Communicating Science (ET)
Moderator: Dr. Robert Hampson

Our panelist talk about how and why communicating science is important, and the transition between writing for Academia (Robert Hampson), industry (Jim Beall and Les Johnson) and the DoD (Chris Kennedy) with Toni Wiesskopf critiquing how that affects creative writing.

Followed by Biomedical Graduate Students from Dr. Robert E. Hampson's Communicating Science course who will give seven-minute "Ted Talk" style presentations about their science. Come hear about some exciting new fields of biomedical research. Heckling is discouraged, but the students could certainly use some real-world feedback on their talks!



Guests
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Dr. Robert Hampson

Science Guest
Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites... Read More →
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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →
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Les Johnson

Science Guest
Les is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist.  His science fiction books include Mission to Methone, Back to the Moon, Rescue Mode, and the soon-to-be-released Stellaris: People of the Stars. His popular science books include Graphene: The... Read More →
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Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 60 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius... Read More →
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Toni Weisskopf

Special Literary Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the defi... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 3:30pm - 5:20pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up theatre

4:00pm

Reading - David B. Coe
Guests
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David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than twenty novels and as many short stories.As D.B. Jackson (DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of TIME’S CHILDREN (October 2018) and TIME’S DEMON (May 2019), the first books in The Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series from Angry Robot Books. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Heritage

4:00pm

Prospective Press Road Show (ET)
Join Jason Graves and some of his authors as he showcases upcoming releases from Prospective Press publishing house and gives away some swag!


Guests
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Jason Graves

Literary Guest
Jason is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select non-fiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid... 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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Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →
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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. 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 he also has a story in An... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre, projector and screen, move from Provincial at 3:30pm

4:00pm

Music with Gray Rinehart
Guests
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart writes fiction, nonfiction, and music. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show. He is currently a contributing editor (the "Slushmaster General... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Kittinger

4:00pm

White Plectrum Concert
Guests
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White Plectrum

Performing Artist
In all the years I’ve been performing as White Plectrum, one thing has remained constant: the support of all those who have listened, sung along, and helped spread the music. I couldn’t continue to do this without your support. When White Plectrum began, I had no idea it would... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre

4:00pm

Signing - Patrick Dugan/Violette Meier
@ Signing Table

Guests
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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 →
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Patrick Dugan

Literary Guest
Patrick Dugan is the author of the Darkest Storm series. The first book in the series, Storm Forged, debuted in May 2018.  Storm Forged is a near future dystopian super hero novel that follows Tommy, a powered individual as he fights to save his father from being killed on TV.  The... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Salon A

4:00pm

ConSuite
The Consuite is a place where you can grab a quick snack and a soda or water.  Relax and visit with your friends.

Saturday July 13, 2019 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Suite 221

4:30pm

Reading and AMA - Michael G. Williams
Ask Me Anything and reading by Michael G. Williams

Guests
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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He is the author of two series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal with the Devil, Attempted Immortality... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Heritage

4:30pm

Auction Set up
Saturday July 13, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Provincial

5:00pm

Finding The Story
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole takes you through a series of exercises that will let you build a story from the barest spark through twists and turns. He’ll give you several story recipes and show you how you can work from them to create delightfully complex and engrossing stories.

Michael A. Stackpole will host a series of 8 workshops over the weekend. Cost at the door is $10 per session.

Guests
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

5:00pm

Music with The Nefarious Ferrets
Guests
avatar for DJ McGuire

DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs


Saturday July 13, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Kittinger

5:00pm

Concessions 5pm - 7pm (Kittinger)
Saturday July 13, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Kittinger

5:00pm

5:15pm

Auction Viewing
Saturday July 13, 2019 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Provincial

5:30pm

POC as Protagonist: Representation Matters (ET)
Moderator: Nicole Givens Kurtz

With the success of Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, the importance of a POC as the protagonist is continuing to be a more successful story. Why aren't there more? How can we leverage this success in our own work?

Guests
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

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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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
JT the Enginerd has a background in Engineering from Virginia Tech but jumped ship slightly in order to teach Engineering Design at the high school level.  She has been teaching two levels of engineering for the past six  years and is currently working on obtaining National Board... 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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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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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 →


Saturday July 13, 2019 5:30pm - 6:20pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up theatre

5:30pm

Metricula Concert
Guests
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Metricula

Performing Artist
Madison "Metricula" Roberts (she/her) is a singer-songwriter, clown, and entertainer from Raleigh, NC. Since she doesn't sleep, Metricula divides her time between several different musical and nerdy projects.First and foremost, you can cozy up with her at the Nerd Music Campfire and... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 5:30pm - 6:20pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre

5:30pm

ConGregate's Charity Auction (new time!) (AP)
Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Greensboro Urban Ministry food bank. We hope you are able to come to the auction and support this year’s worthy cause, as we try to raise money for something that doesn’t usually get a lot of attention in July!

NOTE: THIS IS A NEW TIME FROM PREVIOUS YEARS!!

Saturday July 13, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre, auction set up

6:00pm

Open Filk
Even if you’re not on the schedule, but you love to perform, please feel free to use this time to sit in and filk during our open mic time.

Saturday July 13, 2019 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Kittinger

6:00pm

*Cooking Up Conflict
Conflict is the engine of all stories, and too many of them fail to use conflict to its full potential. New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will walk you through the various types of conflict and provide you a toolkit that will allow you to shape individual stories or build them into an on running saga.You’ll learn whole new ways to approach your stories during the design phase, and how to kick them into a higher-energy orbit when they run out of steam.

*Classes marked with an asterisk will focus on a world created in the classes, with that world being co-owned by all the students. 

Guests
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

6:00pm

Hold - Prejudging and Green Room
Contestants - please meet 6pm for pre-judging.

Guests
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Daphne Reeder

Costuming Guest
Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she's been on television programs on WTVI, in plays & stage performances, and modeled, both in front of a camera and on the runway. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became... Read More →
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional family entertainer for four decades, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Mark is also an accomplished actor, puppeteer, and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at literally hundreds of family... Read More →
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Derek Nieman

Costuming Guest
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over 15 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 and avid costumer. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Victorian A

6:30pm

Reading - Jason Graves
Guests
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Jason Graves

Literary Guest
Jason is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select non-fiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Heritage

6:30pm

A Lifetime of Armageddon Scenarios. When Can We Finally Relax? (ET)
Moderator: Dr. Ben Davis

It's the end of the world as we know it. From earthquakes and floods to zombies and viruses, Armageddon always seems just around the corner? Our panelists discuss why we are fascinated by the end of the world.

Guests
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Dr. Ben Davis

Science Guest
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 and math to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the... Read More →
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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →
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Dr. Robert Hampson

Science Guest
Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites... Read More →
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DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs
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Bill Mulligan

Media Arts Guest
Bill Mulligan is a high school science teacher with a love for horror films, comic books and special effects who had the good fortune to find kindred spirits in Sanford, North Carolina. 13 years, 5 feature films, nearly 2 dozen short films and a whole bunch of podcasts and convention... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 6:30pm - 7:20pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up theatre

6:45pm

Reset Kittinger
Saturday July 13, 2019 6:45pm - 7:00pm
Kittinger

7:00pm

Reading - Patrick Dugan
Guests
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Patrick Dugan

Literary Guest
Patrick Dugan is the author of the Darkest Storm series. The first book in the series, Storm Forged, debuted in May 2018.  Storm Forged is a near future dystopian super hero novel that follows Tommy, a powered individual as he fights to save his father from being killed on TV.  The... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Heritage

7:00pm

Metal and a Pint
Join Sarah and Braxton of Valentine Wolfe,  Jason Gilbert and Dave Harlequin as they wax poetically on the topic of music and beverages.

*Audience members are responsible for the purchase of their own beverages.

Recommended for ages 21+

Guests
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Dave Harlequin

Media Arts Guest
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," among other things, Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. Harlequin is the Creative Director... Read More →
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Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →
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Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Valentine Wolfe is a gothic metal duo blending the ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black and the thunderous roar of Braxton's electric upright bass to evoke the imaginary soundscape of Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe.In addition to their gothic metal stylings, their eclectic musical... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kittinger

7:00pm

ConGregate Costume Contest (AP)
Host: Rich Sigfrit

Judges: Mark MacDicken, Derek Nieman, Daphne Reeder

In grand convention tradition, ConGregate will host our annual costume contest. Bring your best costume and show of your skills or just enjoy the show!

Bonus: While the judges are judging, White Plectrum will entertain us with some filking.

Note: Prejudging begins at 6pm in Victorian A.

Guests
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
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... Read More →
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional family entertainer for four decades, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Mark is also an accomplished actor, puppeteer, and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at literally hundreds of family... Read More →
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Derek Nieman

Costuming Guest
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over 15 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 and avid costumer. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek... Read More →
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Daphne Reeder

Costuming Guest
Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she's been on television programs on WTVI, in plays & stage performances, and modeled, both in front of a camera and on the runway. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre, costume contest set up

7:00pm

Successful Indie Publishing: Bringing Your Book to Market (AP)
So you have the novel written...now what?  Publisher Chris Kennedy walks you through how to navigate the intricacies of independent publishing, from start to finish, showing you what to do and what to avoid in order to bring your book to market and become a successful self-published author.  



Guests
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 60 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 7:00pm - 8:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre, projector and screen

7:00pm

Book Launches
Book Launches!

Nancy Northcott
Chris Jackson
John G. Hartness
Stuart Jaffe
Darin Kennedy
Gail Z. Martin
Jason Gilbert
Theresa Glover
Larry Martin

Saturday July 13, 2019 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Suite 207

7:30pm

The Need For Conflict (ET)
Moderator: Misty Massey

Stories without conflict are boring, right? Or are they? Can a writer tell a readable story without some conflict? Does it have to be violent? This panel will discuss ways to create conflict that keep a reader turning pages without chasing the more delicate readers away.

Guests
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, and the long-awaited sequel, Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and was a founding member of Magical Words. Her short... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Dugan

Patrick Dugan

Literary Guest
Patrick Dugan is the author of the Darkest Storm series. The first book in the series, Storm Forged, debuted in May 2018.  Storm Forged is a near future dystopian super hero novel that follows Tommy, a powered individual as he fights to save his father from being killed on TV.  The... Read More →
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David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than twenty novels and as many short stories.As D.B. Jackson (DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of TIME’S CHILDREN (October 2018) and TIME’S DEMON (May 2019), the first books in The Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series from Angry Robot Books. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines... 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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Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long’s been involved in the gaming industry for over twenty years, during which time he’s written, co-written, edited, or developed approximately 200 books and won numerous industry awards. Besides freelancing for lots of RPG companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 7:30pm - 8:20pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up theatre

7:30pm

Auction check out and room reset
Saturday July 13, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Provincial

8:00pm

Reading - Allen Wold
Guests
avatar for Allen Wold

Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from 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... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Heritage

8:00pm

The End of Game of Thrones (AP)
Moderator: Maya Preisler

The final season of Game of Thrones has ended. How did they do? Knowing that the TV show may not impact the books, what did you like about the series? What made GOT
popular?

Guests
avatar for Maya Preisler

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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Lilith

Charming Underclothes
I play the role of Rocky and Stripping Crim for Charming Underclothes and performed Trixxie, Crim, and Dr. Scott since 2011 in Washington, DC before moving to Roanoke in 2015. I also run registration for Mysticon. I am into tabletop gaming and WOW. While not performing I am in school... Read More →
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Jenny Hendricks

Dimensional Riffs
Jenny Hendrix is the lead singer for Dimensional Riffs and a full time nerd. Loves Doctor Who, Harry Potter, LOTR, The Marvel Universe, and much more. 
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DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs
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Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

8:00pm

Reset Kittenger
Saturday July 13, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Kittinger

8:00pm

Match 'em Up - Live Game Show!
Host: Rich Sigfrit

ConGregate brings you our next geeky challenge! Contestants will try to guess how our four celebrities will answer a question. Prizes for the contestant with the most matches!



Guests
avatar for Carol Cowles

Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol Cowles - Carol has long been a fixture of Geek Culture in Charlotte. She has served for several years as the Programming Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 15 years. She also podcasts – she is Carol the Cat on the weekly... Read More →
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Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, voice actor, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta. He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec... Read More →
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic... Read More →
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Janet Iannantuono

Fan Guest
Janet Iannantuono is a convention runner, Star Wars collector, and all-around fan. As a child in 1977, Star Wars combined her interests of mythology, science fiction, fantasy, and the adventure stories of Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Forty years later, her Star Wars collection... Read More →
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Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
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... Read More →



Saturday July 13, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up special, (table on stage, 1 chair, podium - needs white boards, fishbowl and tickets

8:30pm

Reading and AMA - Samantha Bryant
Ask Me Anything and reading by Samantha Bryant

Guests
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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 →


Saturday July 13, 2019 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Heritage

8:30pm

Keeping Urban Fantasy Fresh (ET)
Moderator: Jason Gilbert

We've seen Vampires and Werewolves, Dragons and Mages - how do authors find new and unique characters or creatures to keep Urban Fantasy fresh and new?

Guests
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Parallel Society novels, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice... Read More →
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David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than twenty novels and as many short stories.As D.B. Jackson (DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of TIME’S CHILDREN (October 2018) and TIME’S DEMON (May 2019), the first books in The Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series from Angry Robot Books. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines... Read More →
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Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 8:30pm - 9:20pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

8:30pm

Writing Paranormal Non Fiction (ET)
Moderator: Tally Johnson

Our panelists discuss writing about the paranormal as non-fiction.

Guests
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. 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 he also has a story in An... Read More →
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Alex Matsuo

Literary Guest, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study, which specializes in private home investigations and consultations. Alex was recently featured on Travel Channel's... 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 8:30pm - 9:20pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up theatre

9:00pm

Reading - Nicole Givens Kurtz
Guests
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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 →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Heritage

9:00pm

How Much Science Should a Science Fiction Writer Know? (ET)
Moderator: Michael G. williams

This panel will look at writing science into your science fiction. Both scientifically-minded and non-sciency people are welcome as we try to determine how much science does it take to make good science fiction.

Guests
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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He is the author of two series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal with the Devil, Attempted Immortality... Read More →
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Patrick Dugan

Literary Guest
Patrick Dugan is the author of the Darkest Storm series. The first book in the series, Storm Forged, debuted in May 2018.  Storm Forged is a near future dystopian super hero novel that follows Tommy, a powered individual as he fights to save his father from being killed on TV.  The... Read More →
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Dr. Robert Hampson

Science Guest
Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites... Read More →
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart writes fiction, nonfiction, and music. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show. He is currently a contributing editor (the "Slushmaster General... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

9:00pm

Pitch Wars: The Sequel (AP)
Got a novel or series that you want to write? Then come pitch it! Three small press publishers will be on hand to offer advice (and maybe even a contract.)


Guests
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 60 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius... Read More →
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Jason Graves

Literary Guest
Jason is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select non-fiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid... Read More →
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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
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 award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

9:00pm

Reset and Set up
Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Salon B-C-D

9:00pm

Meatloaf Sing-along (AP)
It probably comes as no surprise that Meat Loaf got his start in musical theater. After all, the songs on his 1977 classic album Bat out of Hell are pretty much big Broadway showstoppers with louder guitars.  So join us as we pick a few of his classics and maybe some deep cuts to sing a long to.



Guests
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
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... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Kittinger
  • Set Up theatre, sound, tv monitor, laptop

9:30pm

Reading - Alexandra Christian
Guests
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Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Heritage

9:30pm

The Xeno-Archaeology Road Show (ET)
Moderator: Jim Beall

Our intrepid group of explorers has landed on a planet in uncharted territory. Join them as they explore the artifacts left by the previous owners.

Guests
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Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →
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Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →
avatar for Les Johnson

Les Johnson

Science Guest
Les is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist.  His science fiction books include Mission to Methone, Back to the Moon, Rescue Mode, and the soon-to-be-released Stellaris: People of the Stars. His popular science books include Graphene: The... Read More →
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Chris Shrewsbury

Fandom Guest (Because “Hilarious and Sexy Amputee” isn’t a category. Yet.)
Chris has volunteered, paneled, guested, staffed, and been committee at literally dozens of cons along the east coast for 30+ years. He's a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, medical, and government settings.Following Navy service... Read More →
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Chris A. Jackson

Literary Guest
As a professional sailor, writer, scientist, and life-long gamer, writing nautical and RPG tie-in fantasy came naturally for Chris. His Scimitar Seas novels from Dragon Moon Press have won multiple gold medals from Foreword Reviews Magazine, and his Pathfinder Tales novels, Pirate's... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 9:30pm - 10:20pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

9:30pm

The Rogue 105th (Live Reading) (ET)
Members of the 105th go rogue and showcase their verbal skills instead of costuming talent with a surprise script reading.

Saturday July 13, 2019 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up theatre

10:00pm

Reading - Violette Meier
Guests
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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 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Heritage

10:00pm

Portals in Fantasy (ET)
Moderator: Gail Z. Martin

From The Magicians to Star Trek, portals are often used in science fiction to move protagonists into new territory.  Our panelists discuss the best and worst uses of portals in the genre.

Guests
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Dugan

Patrick Dugan

Literary Guest
Patrick Dugan is the author of the Darkest Storm series. The first book in the series, Storm Forged, debuted in May 2018.  Storm Forged is a near future dystopian super hero novel that follows Tommy, a powered individual as he fights to save his father from being killed on TV.  The... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Jaffe

Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Parallel Society novels, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice... Read More →
avatar for Darin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
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... Read More →
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Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

10:00pm

Why is my Cowboy Fighting Werewolves? (Weird Westerns) (ET)
Moderator: Toni Weisskopf

Weird Western is a subgenre that brings supernatural or science fiction genre tropes to the 19th-century Southwestern United States. What aspects are key to making something a "western"?



Guests
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Toni Weisskopf

Special Literary Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the defi... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

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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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of Mad Kestrel, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas, and the long-awaited sequel, Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and was a founding member of Magical Words. Her short... Read More →
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Larry N. Martin

Literary Guest
Larry N. Martin is the author of Salvage Rat, coming in September 2018, co-author of the Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures with Gail Z. Martin and a series of related short stories: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

10:00pm

ConGregate Karoake (AP)
Join us in some very random Karaoke choices - from musicals to modern, grab a drink from the bar for courage and show off your best tune.

Guests
DM

Drew McFayden

Dimensional Riffs


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Kittinger
  • Set Up theatre, sound, laptop, tv monitor, Drew's equipment

10:00pm

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (ET)
Charming Underclothes is a movie recreation performance group that brings films to life! Shadowcasting, as it’s called, is a midnight movie phenomenon that started with The Rocky Horror Picture Show.   ConGregate is excited to partner with them to present the The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra.  

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra: A bad scientist and wife, a mad scientist and skeleton, two aliens and their escaped pet are all searching for the elusive element "atmospherium".

Guests
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

Fan Guest
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... Read More →
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Charming Underclothes

Performing Artists
Charming Underclothes is a movie recreation performance group that brings films to life! Shadowcasting, as it's called, is a midnight movie phenomenon that started with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We began conquering castles with our RHPS debut on February 26, 2016, in Roanoke... Read More →



Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00pm - 11:55pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre, projector and screen

10:30pm

The Orville: From Fart Jokes to Extermination (AP)
Moderator: JT the Enginerd

The Orville has had 2 seasons and been renewed for a third (on FOX, no less!) Our panelists talk about the show, its unique blend of comedy and drama, the characters, the storyline and how it compares to classic shows like Firefly and Star Trek.

Guests
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
JT the Enginerd has a background in Engineering from Virginia Tech but jumped ship slightly in order to teach Engineering Design at the high school level.  She has been teaching two levels of engineering for the past six  years and is currently working on obtaining National Board... 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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Jason Graves

Literary Guest
Jason is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select non-fiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid... Read More →
avatar for DJ McGuire

DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:30pm - 11:20pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

11:00pm

Ghost Hunting 101 (ET)
Do things go bump in the night?  Are you curious about the paranormal?  Our local investigators share the necessary steps and skills needed if you want to hunt ghosts.

Guests
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. 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 he also has a story in An... Read More →
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Alex Matsuo

Literary Guest, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study, which specializes in private home investigations and consultations. Alex was recently featured on Travel Channel's... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre
 
Sunday, July 14
 

9:00am

Non Denominational Prayer Service
This is a non-denominational prayer service open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Guests
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart writes fiction, nonfiction, and music. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show. He is currently a contributing editor (the "Slushmaster General... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Provincial

9:00am

Open Gaming
This room will be open for gaming.

We have a meet-up forum you can use to arrange times for games.

Sunday July 14, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm
Colonial

9:30am

ConSuite
The Consuite is a place where you can grab a quick snack and a soda or water.  Relax and visit with your friends.

Sunday July 14, 2019 9:30am - 2:00pm
Suite 221

10:00am

Kids Track - Junior Xeno-Archeologists
Moderator: Jim Beall

A treasure trove of Xeno-archaeological artifacts has been discovered! Come witness as a panel of eminent Xeno-archaeologists review the precious items and analyze them as to their uses in their long-ago cultures.

This is the family friendly version!

Guests
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →
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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
JT the Enginerd has a background in Engineering from Virginia Tech but jumped ship slightly in order to teach Engineering Design at the high school level.  She has been teaching two levels of engineering for the past six  years and is currently working on obtaining National Board... Read More →
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, and will be releasing the final book of the series at Congregate 2019! His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can... Read More →
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

Literary Guest
As a professional sailor, writer, scientist, and life-long gamer, writing nautical and RPG tie-in fantasy came naturally for Chris. His Scimitar Seas novels from Dragon Moon Press have won multiple gold medals from Foreword Reviews Magazine, and his Pathfinder Tales novels, Pirate's... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

10:00am

Amadeus: The Strange Tale of Mozart's Requiem (ET)
Braxton Ballew of Valentine Wolfe takes you into the past to discover the strange tale of Mozart's final composition, the one that inspired the play and movie Amadeus: Requiem in D Minor, K. 626. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.


Guests
avatar for Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe

Special Musical Guests
Valentine Wolfe is a gothic metal duo blending the ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black and the thunderous roar of Braxton's electric upright bass to evoke the imaginary soundscape of Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe.In addition to their gothic metal stylings, their eclectic musical... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre, projector and screen (same as Nosferatu)

10:00am

*Story Design
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole unravels the mysteries of creating compelling plots. A novel is a huge undertaking, written over weeks or months, and the plot has to hold it all together. From creating an outline to maintaining flexibility, this seminar gives you the insider knowledge that will separate you from all of your peers.

*Classes marked with an asterisk will focus on a world created in the classes, with that world being co-owned by all the students. 

Michael A. Stackpole will host a series of 8 workshops over the weekend. Cost at the door is $10 per session.

Guests
avatar for Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

10:00am

Allen's Regionally Famous Workshop - Recap (AP)
This is part two of Allen’s Workshop. Participants from Saturday are encouraged to return.

Guests
avatar for Allen Wold

Allen Wold

Literary Guest
Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from 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... Read More →
avatar for Jason Graves

Jason Graves

Literary Guest
Jason is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select non-fiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid... Read More →
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Paula S. Jordan

Science Guest, The Wordshop
Paula S Jordan, a former orbit analyst, writes moderately hard, character-driven science fiction, with three stories (so far) in Analog.  Her first novel, a  present-day alien contact story set in western North Carolina, is nearing completion. Working title: Of Seas and the Stars... Read More →
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Darcy Wold

Artist Guest
Darcy Wold is a part-time artist, an inveterate editor, and an even more inveterate reader. In her day job, she works for CDISC (a standards development organization specializing in clinical data interchange) as a publishing editor and a technical metadata curator. Both roles involve... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Victorian B
  • Set Up workshop

10:00am

Kids Track - See Victorian A
See Victorian A

Sunday July 14, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Heritage

10:00am

Music with White Plectrum
Guests
avatar for White Plectrum

White Plectrum

Performing Artist
In all the years I’ve been performing as White Plectrum, one thing has remained constant: the support of all those who have listened, sung along, and helped spread the music. I couldn’t continue to do this without your support. When White Plectrum began, I had no idea it would... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Kittinger

10:00am

Chris Kennedy Publishing Road Show (ET)
Come see what will be released in the coming months from Chris Kennedy Publishing… and maybe win a free book for the effort!

Guests
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 60 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 10:00am - 11:20am
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre, projector and screen

10:00am

Dealers Room Hours
Dealers Room
Vendors Include:

Sunday July 14, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
Salon A

11:00am

Space Travel Options for the Near Future (and Beyond) (ET)
Moderator: Toni Weisskopf

From NASA to Elon Musk, exploring Space is a passion for some since the 1960's. So how much closer are we to going past the moon and out into the universe?

Guests
avatar for Toni Weisskopf

Toni Weisskopf

Special Literary Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the defi... Read More →
avatar for Jim Beall

Jim Beall

Science Guest
Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience in nuclear engineering and power systems began as a naval officer, shortly after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s... Read More →
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Dr. Ben Davis

Science Guest
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 and math to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the... Read More →
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Dr. Robert Hampson

Science Guest
Robert E. Hampson, Ph.D. is THE (brain) scientist behind the science fiction for more than a dozen writers. He has assisted in the (fictional) creation of future medicine, brain computer interfaces, unusual diseases, alien intelligence, novel brain diseases (and the medical nanites... Read More →
avatar for Les Johnson

Les Johnson

Science Guest
Les is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist.  His science fiction books include Mission to Methone, Back to the Moon, Rescue Mode, and the soon-to-be-released Stellaris: People of the Stars. His popular science books include Graphene: The... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

11:00am

Captain Marvel: Superhero (AP)
Moderator: Samantha Bryant

Let’s discuss Marvel’s front and center female superhero. Our panelists discuss the importance of women telling those stories (Wonder Woman, for example) and what the audience liked or didn’t like about the story.


Guests
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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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Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol Cowles - Carol has long been a fixture of Geek Culture in Charlotte. She has served for several years as the Programming Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 15 years. She also podcasts – she is Carol the Cat on the weekly... 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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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 →
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Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

11:00am

Music with Metricula
Guests
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Metricula

Performing Artist
Madison "Metricula" Roberts (she/her) is a singer-songwriter, clown, and entertainer from Raleigh, NC. Since she doesn't sleep, Metricula divides her time between several different musical and nerdy projects.First and foremost, you can cozy up with her at the Nerd Music Campfire and... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Kittinger

11:00am

Signing - Stuart Jaffe/Misty Massey
Guests
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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, and the long-awaited sequel, Kestrel’s Dance. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West and Lawless Lands: Tales of the Weird Frontier, and was a founding member of Magical Words. Her short... Read More →
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Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Parallel Society novels, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon A

11:00am

Concessions 11am-1pm
Sunday July 14, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
Kittinger

11:30am

Magic Jam (AP)
How about a “Magic Jam”? Share a card trick, coin trick, or other sleight of hand; math-magic, brain teaser, 1-minute mystery, etc. Open participation to either flabbergast or be flabbergasted! Bring your own supplies or borrow from the magician moderator. Ages 7 and up. 

Guests
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Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional family entertainer for four decades, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Mark is also an accomplished actor, puppeteer, and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at literally hundreds of family... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

11:30am

Dimensional Riffs Concert
Guests
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Dimensional Riffs

Performing Artists
Dimensional Riffs began as geeks cracking jokes and cranking out tunes. After a while, they realized they were pretty good at it. Jennifer, Chuck, Kat, Drew, and DJ take their favorite sci-fi genres (Doctor Who, Firefly, etc.) and a bunch of other stuff from 21st-century geekdom and... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Salon B-C-D

11:30am

Leather Working 101 (AP)
A primer for the basics of leatherwork led by the designers at Ribbons and Rivets, where participants edge, burnish, dye, seal, and decorate their very own wrist cuff. All tools and materials will be provided. Just bring a pair of hands. Fee is $20. Participants may sign up at Registration. Payment accepted at the workshop.

Guests
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Matthew Penick

Costuming Guest
Matthew Penick has been a cosplayer for over a decade and took his passion for costuming to the professional level in 2010 with the creation of the theatrical design company Ribbons and Rivets. The self-taught designer began primarily working with leather, and still considers leatherwork... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 11:30am - 1:30pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up workshop

12:00pm

Reading and AMA - Stuart Jaffe
Ask Me Anything and reading by Stuart Jaffe

Guests
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Stuart Jaffe

Literary Guest
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Parallel Society novels, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and much more. He trained in martial arts for over a decade until a knee injury ended that practice... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Heritage

12:00pm

Care and Feeding of Cosplay (ET)
Moderator: Cheralyn Lambeth

Ever make a costume only to have it damaged in storage? Wondering the best way to keep your cosplay from having that distinct ‘con-funk’ odor? Maybe you’re just wondering how to keep all your little gadgets and gizmos in one location. Come and learn tips and tricks from veterans of cosplay and gain what knowledge they have gleaned from years of caring for cosplay and props.

Guests
avatar for Cheralyn Lambeth

Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest, SUNDAY ONLY
SUNDAY onlyCheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, The Hunger Games), television programs (Dinosaurs!, Homeland, Outcast), and live/interactive properties (Star... Read More →
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Tom Hutchens

Fan Guest
Tom Hutchens is the founder/CEO of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club. He is the Mandalorian armorsmith; combining ancient techniques with today's technology to create hyper-realistic Mandalorian armor costumes.
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Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist Jennifer McCollom got her start in Theater both throughout high school and college. A graduate of UNC Greensboro with a BA in Theater and minor in physics and has worked in the film industry since 1991 with Taking Liberty filmed in Winston Salem, NC. Then... Read More →
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Derek Nieman

Costuming Guest
Derek Nieman has been part of the south east convention scene for over 15 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 and avid costumer. Not limited to just being a one trick fan boy, Derek... Read More →
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Daphne Reeder

Costuming Guest
Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she's been on television programs on WTVI, in plays & stage performances, and modeled, both in front of a camera and on the runway. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

12:00pm

Making It Work
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will walk you through the finer details of making certain your story will work, including secrets that create bestselling novels, tools for keeping the novel flowing and ways to pull it all together when it seems to have gotten out of hand or, worse yet, slowed down and threatens to die. If you’ve ever had a project run off the rails, this will help you get back on track and going again.

Michael A. Stackpole will host a series of 8 workshops over the weekend. Cost at the door is $10 per session.

Guests
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

12:00pm

Open Filk
Even if you’re not on the schedule, but you love to perform, please feel free to use this time to sit in and filk during our open mic time.

Sunday July 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kittinger

12:00pm

Signing - David B. Coe/Chris A. Jackson
Guests
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Chris A. Jackson

Literary Guest
As a professional sailor, writer, scientist, and life-long gamer, writing nautical and RPG tie-in fantasy came naturally for Chris. His Scimitar Seas novels from Dragon Moon Press have won multiple gold medals from Foreword Reviews Magazine, and his Pathfinder Tales novels, Pirate's... Read More →
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David B. Coe

Literary Guest
David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than twenty novels and as many short stories.As D.B. Jackson (DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of TIME’S CHILDREN (October 2018) and TIME’S DEMON (May 2019), the first books in The Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series from Angry Robot Books. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salon A

12:30pm

Reading - Gail Z. Martin
Guests
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Heritage

12:30pm

Other People Write in Your Universe (ET)
Moderator: Chris Kennedy

When you open up your world to other authors, what are the ground rules that you set?  What are some of the new ideas that your other authors have brought to the table?

Guests
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Chris Kennedy

Literary Guest
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 60 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius... Read More →
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Toni Weisskopf

Special Literary Guest
Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy, in 2006. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others. With Josepha Sherman she compiled and annotated the defi... Read More →
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John G. Hartness

Literary Guest
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 award-winning author of the urban fantasy series The Black Knight Chronicles (Bell Bridge Books), the Bubba... Read More →
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Mark Wandrey

Literary Guest
Bestselling author of military sci-fi and zombie apocalypse, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was old enough to hold a pen. Author of more than 14 novels, he is the creator and co-owner of the wildly successful Four Horsemen Universe. He's a 3 time DragonCon Award... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:20pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

1:00pm

Writing for Game Companies (ET)
Moderator: Mike Pederson

Whether it is short narratives in gaming books or full on tie in novels when you also have to incorporate game mechanics into prose, it can be even challenging.  Our authors discuss the pros and cons of writing with a game system in mind.

Guests
avatar for Michael D. Pederson

Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic... Read More →
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Chris A. Jackson

Literary Guest
As a professional sailor, writer, scientist, and life-long gamer, writing nautical and RPG tie-in fantasy came naturally for Chris. His Scimitar Seas novels from Dragon Moon Press have won multiple gold medals from Foreword Reviews Magazine, and his Pathfinder Tales novels, Pirate's... Read More →
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Steven S. Long

Literary Guest
Steven S. Long’s been involved in the gaming industry for over twenty years, during which time he’s written, co-written, edited, or developed approximately 200 books and won numerous industry awards. Besides freelancing for lots of RPG companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios... Read More →
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Michael A. Stackpole

Special Literary Guest
Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, including I, JEDI and ROGUE SQUADRON, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. He has also written... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

1:00pm

Round Robin Music Fest
Our musical guests help us close out the con with a round robin collection of filks and songs.


Guests
avatar for Metricula

Metricula

Performing Artist
Madison "Metricula" Roberts (she/her) is a singer-songwriter, clown, and entertainer from Raleigh, NC. Since she doesn't sleep, Metricula divides her time between several different musical and nerdy projects.First and foremost, you can cozy up with her at the Nerd Music Campfire and... Read More →
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Dimensional Riffs

Performing Artists
Dimensional Riffs began as geeks cracking jokes and cranking out tunes. After a while, they realized they were pretty good at it. Jennifer, Chuck, Kat, Drew, and DJ take their favorite sci-fi genres (Doctor Who, Firefly, etc.) and a bunch of other stuff from 21st-century geekdom and... Read More →
avatar for Mark MacDicken

Mark MacDicken

Performing Artist
Professional family entertainer for four decades, Mark MacDicken performs comedy magic as the eccentric wizard “Flabbergast”. Mark is also an accomplished actor, puppeteer, and balloon sculptor. Formerly known as Spiffy the Clown, he has performed at literally hundreds of family... Read More →
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Gray Rinehart

Literary Guest
Gray Rinehart writes fiction, nonfiction, and music. He is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, and had music on The Dr. Demento Show. He is currently a contributing editor (the "Slushmaster General... Read More →
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White Plectrum

Performing Artist
In all the years I’ve been performing as White Plectrum, one thing has remained constant: the support of all those who have listened, sung along, and helped spread the music. I couldn’t continue to do this without your support. When White Plectrum began, I had no idea it would... Read More →
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Jenny Hendricks

Dimensional Riffs
Jenny Hendrix is the lead singer for Dimensional Riffs and a full time nerd. Loves Doctor Who, Harry Potter, LOTR, The Marvel Universe, and much more. 
DM

Drew McFayden

Dimensional Riffs
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DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs


Sunday July 14, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre

1:00pm

Signing - Leann M. Rettell/Michael G. Williams
Guests
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Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Literary Guest
Michael G. Williams writes wry horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. He is the author of two series for Falstaff Books: The Withrow Chronicles, including Perishables (2012 Laine Cunningham Award), Tooth & Nail, Deal with the Devil, Attempted Immortality... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Salon A

1:00pm

We Are Not Okay - The End of Supernatural - Friends and Fans (AP)
Moderator: Gail Z. Martin

For 15 years, fans have followed the Winchester brothers and "Baby" to hell and back, with angels, devils and monsters all fighting for their souls or worse. From the cast who are active on social media and at cons around the word to fans who've added their own stories in the form of cosplay, artwork, fan fiction, commentary, videos, and filmmaking, this series has created an impression. Join the conversation.



Guests
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Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles... Read More →
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Lilith

Charming Underclothes
I play the role of Rocky and Stripping Crim for Charming Underclothes and performed Trixxie, Crim, and Dr. Scott since 2011 in Washington, DC before moving to Roanoke in 2015. I also run registration for Mysticon. I am into tabletop gaming and WOW. While not performing I am in school... Read More →
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Lynnia Ruby

Charming Underclothes
I am into all things dark. I am also a nerd. I love video games, reading, and I do a lot of cosplaying on a budget.
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Alex Matsuo

Literary Guest, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study, which specializes in private home investigations and consultations. Alex was recently featured on Travel Channel's... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre

1:30pm

Behind the Scenes - Making a Film (ET)
Moderator: Bill Mulligan

From scripts to storyboards, finding locations and people, our panelists discuss the popularity of making short films on a limited budget and offer some suggestions on how you can get started.

Guests
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Media Arts Guest
Bill Mulligan is a high school science teacher with a love for horror films, comic books and special effects who had the good fortune to find kindred spirits in Sanford, North Carolina. 13 years, 5 feature films, nearly 2 dozen short films and a whole bunch of podcasts and convention... Read More →
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Daphne Reeder

Costuming Guest
Daphne Reeder has been a creative force from a very young age. Beginning at the age of 5, she's been on television programs on WTVI, in plays & stage performances, and modeled, both in front of a camera and on the runway. She has always enjoyed the freedom of dressing up, and became... Read More →
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Dave Harlequin

Media Arts Guest
Described by both press and colleagues as an "independent renaissance man" and "voice of the underground," among other things, Dave Harlequin is a professional screenwriter, journalist, author, and independent filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. Harlequin is the Creative Director... Read More →
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Cheralyn Lambeth

Media Arts Guest, SUNDAY ONLY
SUNDAY onlyCheralyn Lambeth is a professional costume, prop, and puppet builder whose work includes feature films (The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Patriot, Evan Almighty, The Hunger Games), television programs (Dinosaurs!, Homeland, Outcast), and live/interactive properties (Star... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

2:00pm

What's Next for ConGregate?
Join us for a quick preview of ConGregate 2020 (and beyond?).  We'll announce our Featured Guests (well, those we have booked) and maybe share some events that are in the works.

Sunday July 14, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Salon B-C-D
  • Set Up theatre, projector, screen