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Friday, July 12
 

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 →
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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 →
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

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

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 →
avatar for Tom Hutchens

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.
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 →


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

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 →
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 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 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 →


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

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 →
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 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 →
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 DJ McGuire

DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs


Friday July 12, 2019 10:30pm - 11:55pm
Victorian B
  • Set Up theatre
 
Saturday, July 13
 

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 →
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 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 →
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 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 →
avatar for Violette Meier

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

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 →
avatar for Kat Milby

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

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
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 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 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 →
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 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 →


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

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 →
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 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 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 →


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

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 →
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 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 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 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 →


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

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
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 Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, The Rifle Chronicles, and Wolfbane: The Coldstone Files. 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 check out his... Read More →
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 →


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

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 →
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 →


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