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Friday, May 26
 

3:00pm

So You Wanna Be In Pictures?
Limited Capacity seats available

Writing a screenplay is not the same as writing a novel or a short story. How transferable are those writing skills for someone who wants to see their characters on the big screen? From plot to dialog and the text descriptions in between, our panelists discuss writing for the screen.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton has been creating for most of his life. An actor/director who has been involved in over 30 stage productions, Jim is an experienced talk show host and always found a way to sneak in his passion for geeky topics. But his love has always been writing and he’s written for... Read More →

Speakers
BD

Bryn Donovan

Bryn Donovan earned her MFA at the University of Arizona, and she’s the author of two published novels, including SOLE POSSESSION from Carina Press. She’s also the author of the popular reference book MASTER LISTS FOR WRITERS. The first novel in her epic urban fantasy/paranormal... Read More →
avatar for Jack Campbell Jr

Jack Campbell Jr

Dark Fiction Writer
When he's not stepping on his son's Lego creations, Jack Campbell Jr. writes horror and dark literary fiction in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues both online and in print. He possesses both a real Master's degree from Fort Hays State University and a fake... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

4:00pm

ConQuesT of the Planet of the Apes
Limited Capacity seats available

ConQuest 48 Author Guest of Honor gives a solo presentation about his favorite film franchise that's certain to be riotously entertaining.

Moderators
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer has won the best-novel Hugo Award (for Hominids), and has twelve other Hugo nominations to his credit. He’s also won the best-novel Nebula Award (for The Terminal Experiment), the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Mindscan), plus Canada’s Aurora (a record-setting... Read More →

Friday May 26, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

Doctor Who Madness!
Limited Capacity seats available

Our panelists use their best arguments to influence audience voting -- to decide face-offs between all of the Doctors, in a "March Madness"-style bracket tournament, to determine which Who is the best Who!

Speakers
avatar for Jenifer

Jenifer "J.R." Boles

J.R. Boles is a fantasy and fiction author currently hanging her hat in the Heartland. When not writing, she and her husband spend their free time chasing after their fearless daughters and rescue pup. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a degree in English... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Wohler

Kevin Wohler

Co-owner, publisher, Bottle Cap Publishing
Kevin Wohler is the author of The Village Alchemist, an urban fantasy series from Bottle Cap Publishing. His first novel, The Alchemist’s Notebook was published in 2016. He and his wife Rachel currently reside in Lawrence, Kansas, but dream of writing from Walt Disney World. In... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

'Aaaaaaaaassssssssssss You ............. Wishhhhhhhhh'
Limited Capacity seats available

An audience participation panel where the moderator will give a line from a SF& F movie, and the audience is invited to guess the movie and other details. And, since turnabout is fair play, the audience is invited to stump the panelists.

Moderators
AS

Ann Shelby

I attended my first science fiction convention in 1978 and passed for human. I've been doing it ever since. Stop me in the hall to talk about costumes or art, you might be able to tell what I really am.

Speakers
RW

Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the FROST series, the DRAGONKIN trilogy, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, the Fritz Leiber -inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND and more. He hassldo authored nearly two hundred short stories and two books of poetry... Read More →
avatar for Allison Stein

Allison Stein

Author, Artist, Geek Princess, Cat Servant... Not Necessarily In That Order, Author & Artist
Allison Stein is an artist, author, TV addict, geek princess, and cat servant — not necessarily in that order. Look for her watercolors and mixed media originals in the art show and her award-winning short fiction with Yard Dog Press and NobleFusion Press. Allison is a member of... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00pm

Film Festival
Limited Capacity seats available

We have assembled some of the best and the strangest short films from around the world to showcase at our festival. All of these films have been chosen specifically because of their genre – fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Please come by and check out the films. Warning – These films contain content not suitable for children. All of these films are unrated.

9 Minutes - by P.J. WOLFF
9 Minutes is a tense science fiction thriller set in the middle of the desert.  As this darkly atmospheric short progresses, this man and his dog are paid by a visit by unwelcome extraterrestrial guests.  The encounter is sudden and terrifying.  When the man comes to, he is unnerved by the footage captured by his phone.

All Men Are Called Robert - by Marc-Henri Boulier
A naked man, his body covered with bruises, is running in the woods. He stops suddenly : who is this mysterious woman calling for help? And who are those men who are trying to shoot him ?

Don’t Let Them In – by David Lawrence

A struggling author, consumed with the urban legend of the Black Eyed Kids, fears his obsession has led their evil to his door.

Escargore – by Media Design School New Zealand

This snail horror comedy is so scary, it'll shock your shell off!
Claude and his friends are out of their element and in a whole lot of trouble when they choose the wrong lettuce for lunch. They must now find their way out of this world of horrors before they end up on the menu!

Invaders – by Jason Kupfer

A pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to their planned invasion.

Night of the Slasher – by Shant Hamassian

A teenage girl must commit horror movie sins such as drink alcohol, do drugs, and have sex to lure a killer and finish him off.

O Negative - by Steven McCarthy

A man races to find shelter in a roadside motel so he can take the necessary steps to feed his companion's addiction.

 Teddy Bears are for Lovers - by Almog Avidan Antonir

A short horror comedy following a 20-something Casanova who becomes haunted by the teddy bears he gave to his ex-girlfriends. 

 Wakening – by Danis Goulet

In the near future, the environment has been destroyed and society suffocates under a brutal military occupation. A lone Cree wanderer Weesakechak searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers.


Speakers

Friday May 26, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108
 
Saturday, May 27
 

10:00am

What Gives Characters Depth
Limited Capacity seats available

Writing the well-rounded character.

Moderators
RH

Rob Howell

Rob is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. As a child, his parents discovered about the only way to keep him quiet was to give him a book. Without books... Read More →

Speakers
PR

P R Adams

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. I joined the Air Force, and my career took me from coast to coast before depositing me in the St. Louis, Missouri area for several years. After a tour in Korea and a short return to the St. Louis area, I retired and moved to the greater Denver... Read More →
LM

Lynette M. Burrows

Lynette M. Burrows, a pediatric nurse, has seen people on their best and worst days. She has seen real-life drama, villains, and heroes. Those experiences made her long for better book villains and heroes. So she began to write. She writes about characters on their worst day. She... Read More →
avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her debut sf novel, “What’s Bred in the Bone,” debuted this May from Weird Sisters Publishing. She is now hard at work on the second of the Bones Trilogy, “A Bone to Pick” (hopefully available by the... Read More →
avatar for Marguerite Reed

Marguerite Reed

Born and raised in Kansas, Marguerite Reed spent the majority of her childhood with her nose in a book or exploring backyards and pony pastures. Before she got into middle school she decided she would be a writer. After years trying to wrap her head around the craft, she sold her... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

All Holmes, All the Time
Limited Capacity seats available

What is it about the character of Sherlock Holmes that has such appeal to fans? From the original stories to two current TV adaptations that take Holmes to other eras, there seems to be something integral in the depiction of Holmes that fills a need in the audience. Is it because he’s cerebral? His sequestered lifestyle? Benedict Cumberbatch? Why the continued interest?

Moderators
KC

Kathleen Collins

Kathleen Collins is the author of the Realm Walker urban fantasy series and the Whispered Tales twisted fairytales series. She describes herself as an author of all things fantasy, paranormal and romance. She lives in Kansas City in a house full of family and pets and can normally... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeni Frontera

Jeni Frontera

J. R. Frontera has been telling stories in some form or another since she could hold a crayon and draw. Her love of science fiction and fantasy originated with her early exposure to the worlds of Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and Dune. Exploring the potential and... Read More →
AS

Ann Shelby

I attended my first science fiction convention in 1978 and passed for human. I've been doing it ever since. Stop me in the hall to talk about costumes or art, you might be able to tell what I really am.


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

20 Years of Buffy: How Whedon and Co. Changed the Face of Genre TV
Limited Capacity seats available

Joss Whedon's idea to turn horror tropes on their collective heads and create a story about a normal teenage girl growing to become the ultimate protector of humanity has touched many over the last 20 years. Join us as we explore how this series changed genre fiction and television for better (and worse) since its debut in 1997.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton has been creating for most of his life. An actor/director who has been involved in over 30 stage productions, Jim is an experienced talk show host and always found a way to sneak in his passion for geeky topics. But his love has always been writing and he’s written for... Read More →

Speakers
SD

Sherri Dean

Sherri Dean, yr Feisty Mistress of Fear is a Jack-o-lantern of all trades and Monster of none. She is a published author and cover artist most recently through Yard Dog Press. She is also a costumer, Masquerade emcee, cover model and singer (check out Bland Lemon and the Lemonades... Read More →
avatar for Deanna Sjolander

Deanna Sjolander

Beer slinging, craft maven, and all around good-time gal, Deanna Sjolander grew up in a small town in western Wisconsin. There wasn’t much to do there, but she found at an early age she could escape into adventures courtesy of her local library. Small town USA couldn’t contain... Read More →
CS

Caroline Spector

Over the past twenty-five years, Caroline Spector has published and edited numerous game modules, written three computer game hint books, published three novels in the Shadowrun/Earthdawn series, and has been working in the Wild Cards universe. In 2013, her essay, “Power and Feminism... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

SF&F TV shows, not just for fans anymore
Limited Capacity seats available

There has been a "boom" of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror themed TV shows. Last year alone, saw the introduction of 40+ new tv series, mini series in network, cable and paid services such as Netflix. This panel looks at what shows are out there and what is worth watching.

Moderators
avatar for Carol Doms

Carol Doms

Carol Doms, supports here fannish habits with her mundane job as a traveling librarian (Account Services Manager) for a Library product and services company. She has been a long time SF&F fan,(books, TV & movies) that found her way to fandom via attending her first Dr Who convention... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

Comic Book Television and Film: Boom or Bust
Limited Capacity seats available

In recent years, we've seen a ton of comics make their way to the big screen and the small screen. Big budgets. Big names. Which shows/movies worked, which ones didn't, and why? Have we reached a point where there is too much?

Moderators
avatar for Jack Campbell Jr

Jack Campbell Jr

Dark Fiction Writer
When he's not stepping on his son's Lego creations, Jack Campbell Jr. writes horror and dark literary fiction in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues both online and in print. He possesses both a real Master's degree from Fort Hays State University and a fake... Read More →

Speakers
MG

Marshall (Gale) Edwards

Marshall writes sci-fi, horror, and more with a taste for the heartfelt and uncanny. He's part of the old guard at Pine Float Press, a small press focused on "diverse, dynamic genre fiction". Edwards' first work was "Prairie City Response", a superhero comic that continues - glacially... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

Time Travel; Theories, Paradoxes, and Possibilities
Limited Capacity seats available

Breaking the time barrier at only 88 mph, sling shotting around the sun, and other ways time has been broken. Panelists discuss how time travel has been portrayed in media and why it will or won't work and talk about ways time travel might be possible.

Moderators
avatar for Tyrell Gephardt

Tyrell Gephardt

Tyrell Gephardt has been a lifelong fan of the genre and of fandom. He is a writer and a home organizing consultant. He enjoys reading and watching a wide range of stories from high fantasy to hard science fiction and is willing to talk about those and everything in between. He also... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer has won the best-novel Hugo Award (for Hominids), and has twelve other Hugo nominations to his credit. He’s also won the best-novel Nebula Award (for The Terminal Experiment), the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Mindscan), plus Canada’s Aurora (a record-setting... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Wohler

Kevin Wohler

Co-owner, publisher, Bottle Cap Publishing
Kevin Wohler is the author of The Village Alchemist, an urban fantasy series from Bottle Cap Publishing. His first novel, The Alchemist’s Notebook was published in 2016. He and his wife Rachel currently reside in Lawrence, Kansas, but dream of writing from Walt Disney World. In... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

Fanfiction Meetup!
Limited Capacity seats available

So this is slightly off-beat, but I want to have a tea rather than a formal event. Since I'm partially in charge of the hospitality suite, I'm prepared to (tentatively) offer the overflow room sometime Friday or Saturday, either mid-afternoon (Friday?) or mid-morning. I'm just thinking it'll be a loosely structured gathering for maybe an hour or so. (I'm also thinking we might be able to open up the overflow room for similar gatherings, though it may take some work.)

Moderators
Saturday May 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
ConSuite 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

Star Trek: Discovery
Limited Capacity seats available

2017 will bring a new Star Trek for the small screen, set roughly ten years before the events of Star Trek the original series. What can we expect? How have our expectations changed since Enterprise went off the air in 2005? The series was originally scheduled to have started this month but has been delayed. Should we be worried?

Moderators
avatar for Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton has been creating for most of his life. An actor/director who has been involved in over 30 stage productions, Jim is an experienced talk show host and always found a way to sneak in his passion for geeky topics. But his love has always been writing and he’s written for... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday May 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

6:00pm

20 Questions about The Doctor
Limited Capacity seats available

A sheet with 20 questions. Participant who answers all questions first, second and third, all correctly, will win Doctor Who-related prizes. Participation is free.

Moderators
Saturday May 27, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

7:00pm

Monsters as Devourers
Limited Capacity seats available

Our cherished monsters, be they vampire, werewolf, or zombie, are driven by an insatiable appetite to devour what they once were, namely us. Is there a sacrificial/sacramental aspect to this hunger or is it firmly rooted in a psycho-sexual fixation. Perhaps it is simply the yearning to recover a lost humanity?

Moderators
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tenaya Jayne

Tenaya Jayne

Reading my bio, huh? Real life sucks. I bet you feel like that sometimes, maybe even right now. That’s why I write fantasy. I need to escape depression, bitterness, bills, illness…I could go on, but you get it. In the pages of fiction, I can slay the dragons, triumph over the... Read More →
avatar for Marisa Means

Marisa Means

Marisa Means, preeminent Professor of Yarn Arts, has been tangled in yarn for longer than she can remember, short term memory loss notwithstanding. She has taught knitting and crochet in several municipalities and annually crochets a snowstorm for one frozen fan. When she's not hooking... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

8:00pm

OMG! Can You Believe They Did That?
Limited Capacity seats available

We may be in the golden age of genre television. New shows proliferate on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime and fight for your viewing time. What shows should we be watching? What are the most jaw dropping moments? Did they really have to kill off your favorite character?

Moderators
avatar for Jenifer

Jenifer "J.R." Boles

J.R. Boles is a fantasy and fiction author currently hanging her hat in the Heartland. When not writing, she and her husband spend their free time chasing after their fearless daughters and rescue pup. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a degree in English... Read More →

Speakers
CA

Christine Amsden

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is... Read More →
TT

Tom Trumpinski

Tom Trumpinski is a retired scientist, author, and media critic. He worked at Fermilab on the particle detector that found the top quark and has spent much of his life examining the philosophies behind life in the universe and the implications of the Great Silence. He writes reviews... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

9:00pm

Film Festival
Limited Capacity seats available

We have assembled some of the best and the strangest short films from around the world to showcase at our festival. All of these films have been chosen specifically because of their genre – fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Please come by and check out the films. Warning – These films contain content not suitable for children. All of these films are unrated.

9 Minutes - by P.J. WOLFF
9 Minutes is a tense science fiction thriller set in the middle of the desert.  As this darkly atmospheric short progresses, this man and his dog are paid by a visit by unwelcome extraterrestrial guests.  The encounter is sudden and terrifying.  When the man comes to, he is unnerved by the footage captured by his phone.

All Men Are Called Robert - by Marc-Henri Boulier
A naked man, his body covered with bruises, is running in the woods. He stops suddenly : who is this mysterious woman calling for help? And who are those men who are trying to shoot him ?

Don’t Let Them In – by David Lawrence

A struggling author, consumed with the urban legend of the Black Eyed Kids, fears his obsession has led their evil to his door.

Escargore – by Media Design School New Zealand

This snail horror comedy is so scary, it'll shock your shell off!
Claude and his friends are out of their element and in a whole lot of trouble when they choose the wrong lettuce for lunch. They must now find their way out of this world of horrors before they end up on the menu!

Invaders – by Jason Kupfer

A pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to their planned invasion.

Night of the Slasher – by Shant Hamassian

A teenage girl must commit horror movie sins such as drink alcohol, do drugs, and have sex to lure a killer and finish him off.

O Negative - by Steven McCarthy

A man races to find shelter in a roadside motel so he can take the necessary steps to feed his companion's addiction.

 Teddy Bears are for Lovers - by Almog Avidan Antonir

A short horror comedy following a 20-something Casanova who becomes haunted by the teddy bears he gave to his ex-girlfriends. 

 Wakening – by Danis Goulet

In the near future, the environment has been destroyed and society suffocates under a brutal military occupation. A lone Cree wanderer Weesakechak searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers.


Speakers

Saturday May 27, 2017 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108
 
Sunday, May 28
 

12:00pm

Plot Complications
Limited Capacity seats available

Characters in a story are attempting to solve a problem. In the best stories, their attempts go horribly awry. Who can forget the moment when the Crew of the Enterprise, attempting to defeat the Borg, is faced with the announcement from their beloved Captain--"I am Locutus, a Borg." And the course of the story is changed. Or, when Boromir falls to the lure of the Ring and tries to take it, splitting up the Fellowship and changing everyone's paths. Panelists and audience are invited to present their own favorite heart-stopping moment from books and film.

Moderators
MC

M.C. Chambers

M.C. Chambers writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Shapers’ Veil, is published by Hadley Rille Books. Other stories published by Hadley Rille Books include Silk and Velvet in the anthology Renaissance Festival Tales, an award-winning science fiction story, Visual... Read More →

Speakers
SR

Selina Rosen

Selina Rosen is the author of over twenty-five novels including Sword Masters and Strange Robby, and she has had dozens of short stories published in professional venues including Thieves World and Impossible Monsters. As editor-in-chief of Yard Dog Press she has edited ten anthologies... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

Remembering Carrie Fisher
Limited Capacity seats available

The world, and our community, lost one of our great iconic figures last year with the tragic death of Carrie Fisher. More than just a general, senator, and princess, she was a brilliant and witty writer who talked openly about her struggles with addiction and mental illness. Join us as we remember and discuss the impact of Carrie Fisher.

Moderators
avatar for Jenifer

Jenifer "J.R." Boles

J.R. Boles is a fantasy and fiction author currently hanging her hat in the Heartland. When not writing, she and her husband spend their free time chasing after their fearless daughters and rescue pup. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a degree in English... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Allison Stein

Allison Stein

Author, Artist, Geek Princess, Cat Servant... Not Necessarily In That Order, Author & Artist
Allison Stein is an artist, author, TV addict, geek princess, and cat servant — not necessarily in that order. Look for her watercolors and mixed media originals in the art show and her award-winning short fiction with Yard Dog Press and NobleFusion Press. Allison is a member of... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Stutzman

Patrick Stutzman

Patrick has always enjoyed writing and literature, even during those long, laborious essays required throughout his education. Evidence of his desire for writing began in the fifth grade, when he wrote and directed a play for his class. In 2005, Patrick traveled to Gen Con to become... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108