On My Philcon Schedule

philcon2011-logoThe rumors are true! I’ll be attending Philcon this weekend.

Here’s where I can be found, if you should so happen to be in Cherry Hill, New Jersey…

TOLKIEN’S OTHER WORKS
Sat 6:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three (1 hour)
Panelists: Allyn Gibson (mod), Daniel Grotta, Jay Wile, Robert Kauffmann, Mark Mandel
J.R.R. Tolkien is best known today for his stories set in Middle Earth. But he was also a respected professor of English and Anglo-Saxon Literature, poet, and philogist. What did he write other than The Lord of the Rings?
My Thoughts: This one’s going to be fun, I think. The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, The Father Christmas Letters, his translations of Old and Middle English poetry.

DC’S 52: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DOWNRIGHT UGLY!
Sat 7:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two
Panelists: F. Michael Yates (mod), JJ Brannon, Allyn Gibson, Ted Rickles, Bill Olver
Earlier this year, DC comics (home of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League) rebooted its entire line of superhero comics, basically starting their storylines over again. We examine what they got right, what they could have done better, and what they could have done a lot better.
My Thoughts: This is going to be fun!

I DIDN’T KNOW THAT WAS A COMIC!
Sun 11:00 AM in Plaza II (Two)
Panelists: Allyn Gibson (mod), JJ Brannon, F. Michael Yates, J. Andrew World
In the 1930’s and ’40’s, Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers were the best-known science fiction characters on the silver screen. But most people today don’t know that, before they got there, they were comic strips that appeared in newspapers! Even today, many people don’t know that movies like “Men In Black” or “300” were based on comic books. In this panel we’ll take a looks at movies and TV shows that were comics FIRST

NON-SUPERHERO COMICS… IT’S NOT ALL CAPES AND SPANDEX!
Sun 12:00 PM in Plaza III (Three)
Panelists: Ted Rickles (mod), Bill Olver, F. Michael Yates, J. Andrew World, Allyn Gibson, Ahlen Moin
While most people thing of superheroes when they think of comics, there are a large number of titles published that have nothing to do with superheroes. Our panel discusses some of the better comics out there that don’t have superheroes, but still have plenty of fun

This should be a great time. This is interesting programming for me to be on, and I’m looking forward to all of it. It’s also light programming, compared to my last convention (Shore Leave) where I was on eleven hours of programming. I have some material prepared for the first panel I’m moderating, and thus far none for the second. However, I am resourceful, and I am something of an expert on the comic book industry, and I have tonight and tomorrow to prepare some notes.

I’m also looking forward to being back in the Philadelphia area for the first time in several years. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even visit my old stomping grounds out near Exton and Lancaster, either going or coming home.

It’s going to be great! And I’m sure I’ll see some people there!

And, hopefully, when I get back, I’ll return to blogging more regularly. I’ve been living in an endless spiral of deadlines and more deadlines, and something had to give.

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