On Upcoming Conventions

Let’s pause for a moment and look at conventions in my near future!

This weekend, September 8th and 9th, is Baltimore Comic-Con.  While I have a two-day pass, I will probably only be there on Saturday.

I mentioned in June that I was applying for press credentials for New York Comic-Con, October 11-14.  Unfortunately, I won’t be at NYCC.

I’m looking at the Annapolis Comic-Con on October 27th.

If I’m invited this year, PhilCon, November 9-11, is in the cards.  I’m not sure what time I would get to New Jersey on the 9th; I sent stuff to press that day, so I’ll have to work at least until early afternoon.

Barring anything unexpected, PhilCon would be my last convention for 2012.

At Philcon

Yes, that subject line breaks that titling standard I’ve used for the better part of five years.  But it’s a standard that’s going away when I unveil the new website design, so I don’t feel so bad.

The first day here in Cherry Hill was nice.  I had dinner with Jay and Pam Smith and their friends.  I met at long last the effervescent Popfiend and his wife.  I remembered how spectacularly awful Murphy’s Irish Stout is (it’s what the bar had — no Guinness).

I also made a run out to Target, no thanks to Google Navigate.  The thing is… It’s about two miles away, as the crow flies.  Google Navigate plotted out a seven mile trip that had me doubling back past the hotel to get there.  I studied the map by scaling out, decided on a different route, and saved three miles.

Panels for me are later in the day.  I feel like rousting up some breakfast, for one thing…

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.

On My 2011 Shore Leave Schedule

We come to it at last, the great battle of our times.

No, wait.  That’s not right.

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup.

No, that’s not it, either.

Oh!  I’ve got it!

Next weekend, July 8th through 10th, in Hunt Valley, Maryland, is Shore Leave, a science-fiction and fantasy convention.  This year marks the start of my second decade of attending Shore Leave as either a guest or a regular con-goer; my first Shore Leave was in 2001, and this is now my eleventh.

Tempus fugit. :spock:

A schedule was released to the author guests yesterday, and several other guests, among them Chris Bennett, David Mack, Dayton Ward, and Keith R.A. DeCandido, have posted their preliminary schedules.

My schedule this year is rather extensive.

Friday

  • Meet the Pros
    Hunt/Valley Hallway — 10pm-Midnight
    It’s the traditional author meet-and-greet; meet your favorite authors and get your books signed.

Saturday

  • “The Game Is On!” — Sherlock Holmes Is On The Case
    Salon E — 10 o’clock
    Doctor Who‘s Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss updated Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective Sherlock Holmes for modern audiences in a new series of films for the BBC and Masterpiece Theatre starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Can the world live with two Holmeses — Cumberbatch and Robert Downey, Jr.?  What made the Sherlock series so successful, and what does the future hold for the series and the next Downey film, coming this Christmas?
    Panelists: Allyn Gibson, Roberta Rogow, Rigel Ailur, Paul Simpson, Alan Kistler, Mike W. Barr
  • Doctor Who & Torchwood
    Salon A — Noon
    There’s some quirky show from the UK that people for some inexplicable reason happen to like… ;)
    Panelists: Allyn Gibson, Rigel Ailur, Paul Simpson, Alan Kistler
  • From Comics To Film
    Salon E — 2 o’clock
    People keep making movies out of comic books.  Just this year there’s Thor, X-Men: First Class, Captain America, Green Lantern, The Smurfs, Tintin, and a whole lot more that I’m blanking on.  What’s the appeal?  What do people want from comics adaptations?  And what’s coming out that people are going to be energized by?
    Panelists: Allyn Gibson, Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, Dave Galanter, Alan Kistler, Mike W. Barr
  • The Beatles… Just Because!
    Chase — 6 o’clock
    “What should have happened is that the Bonzos and the Beatles should have turned into one great Rutle band with all the Pythons and had a laugh…” — George Harrison
    This could be an interesting panel.  I know I’ll find a way of filling the hour…
    Panelists: Allyn Gibson, William Leisner

Sunday

  • A Long-Expected Hobbit
    Derby — 10 o’clock
    Filming began this spring on the long-awaited Hobbit films by Peter Jackson, with the first of the two-part adapation due in theaters in December 2012, nine years after THE Return of the King took the world by storm.  What can audiences expect of the return to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, and will Jackson recapture the Middle-Earth magic?
    Panelists: Allyn Gibson
  • The Once and Future Camelot
    Salon A — 11 o’clock
    While I pitched this as an opportunity to talk about Merlin and the just-cancelled Camelot, I imagine that we’ll also talk about Peter David‘s soon-to-be-released The Camelot Papers.  And maybe we’ll ever sing tunes from Spamalot:)
    Panelists: Allyn Gibson, Peter David, Mike W. Barr
  • The New DC Comics
    Salon E — 2 o’clock
    For seventy-five years, comics readers have been following the adventures of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the DC Universe. This September, DC Comics wipes the slate clean and relaunches their universe after the Flashpoint event and embraces the digital medium.  What can readers expect from the new DC Comics and their “new 52,” and what does the company’s embrace of digital mean for the industry as a whole?
    Panelists: Allyn Gibson, Alan Kistler
  • The Golden Age of Science-Fiction is Twelve
    Salon E — 4 o’clock
    Literary critic Peter Graham famously wrote in 1957 that “the Golden Age of science fiction is twelve” when describing the age at which many readers discovered the possibilities of the literary genre.  In an age of television series, movies, video games, and comic books, does science-fiction literature still have a place?  How can we best reach the next generation of readers?  And which books and which authors will hook nascent fans and draw them in?
    Panelists: Allyn Gibson, Paul Simpson

And after all that?  I’m going to need to sleep for three days… ;)

As always, this is tentative and subject to change, and no, I don’t expect to moderate all of these panels, because that would be insane.  And, of course, when in doubt, look in the bar, because the bar is where writers gravitate.

Be sure to check out the convention’s Programming page for more information about what’s happening next week.

Hopefully, I’ll see some of you there. :cheers:

On Sweetening the Farpoint Rewards Pot

previews-apr2009Author extraordinare Dayton Ward can’t be at the Farpoint convention this weekend.

He does, however, have a mission for congoers attending.  One that, to some small degree, involves me.

I’ll let Dayton explain fully, but here’s the gist.  There are certain authors, myself among them, that he wants pictures taken of with a sign that reads “Dayton Made Me Do This.”  And, those who send Dayton their author pictures can win stuff!

I’m going to sweeten the rewards pot just a little.

If someone gets my picture with Dayton’s sign printed up in Comic Sans, the absolute worst font of all time, they can win a copy of the April 2009 Diamond Previews (cover: Batman and Robin #1), with my article “What Would William Shatner Do?” autographed.

I’ll take names and draw one randomly. Prize can be picked up at Shore Leave in July or mailed.

Get busy!  Print out those signs!  They’ll be useful the whole weekend long!

See some of you this weekend!

On Allyn’s Farpoint 2011 Schedule

farpointYesterday, Farpoint released their preliminary schedule.  Farpoint is a science-fiction convention held outside Baltimore every February, and this year’s convention falls from February 18th to 20th at the Crowne Plaza in Timonium, just off Interstate 83 at exit 16.  This year marks my fourth year attending Farpoint as an author guest and my sixth Farpoint overall.

I’ve always found there’s a certain “first day of college” quality to getting a convention’s schedule — “Did I get this panel?  I really wanted it” “Is there room for me on that panel?  It’d be super-duper-cool…” “What was the registrar thinking? I don’t have the right prerequisites for that!” This year’s Farpoint schedule was no different, and I quickly found myself spotting panels I’d like to be on that I’m not presently assigned to.

For the five people attending Farpoint who might be stalking me, my Farpoint schedule this year looks like:

2010 Comics In Review
Saturday, 12 Noon — Dulaney 2

Blogging Roundtable
Saturday, 1 o’clock — Ridgely 1

Doctor Who: Coming to America
Saturday, 4 o’clock — Chesapeake 1

Web Comics Roundtable
Sunday, 12 Noon — Dulaney 2

Autographing
Sunday, 1 o’clock — Atrium

Two of these panels are, at present, unconfirmed; I’ve requested adds from the registrar — that whole “first day of college” thing ;) — but I’d think they’re likely to happen and so I’ve added them to this handy stalker’s guide.

There are some interesting things on the schedule this year.

For technofetishists, there’s “All Wired Up: Technology in Science Fiction Erotica” on Friday at 7 o’clock.

Steampunk aficionados are well served with “Steampunk Your Look” on Saturday morning at 10, “Climate Change: The Hidden Hazard of Steampunk Settings” on Saturday at 5 o’clock, and “Steampunk on a Budget” on Sunday at 1 o’clock.

LEGO builders would be interested in “LEGO Robotics” on Saturday at 1 o’clock; I’d attend this one myself purely as an interested person, but alas, the blogging panel interferes.

For writers, there are panels on podcasting (Saturday at Noon) and going about getting published (Saturday at 2 o’clock).

And, of course, there are panels on some of today’s hottest genre shows, like The Walking Dead (Saturday, 1 o’clock), Being Human (Saturday, 10 o’clock), Fringe (Sunday, 10 o’clock), supernatural (Sunday, Noon), and Warehouse 13 (Sunday, 4 o’clock).

There’s also some interesting stuff on the fan film track.  In addition to The Hunt for Gollum Sunday afternoon at 4, Friday night they’re showing Doctor Who 2009: Fire and Ice which, judging by the trailer, looks pretty snazzy.

It looks like Farpoint is going to be a fun and exciting weekend, and hopefully this year we won’t have massive amounts of snow on the ground like last year in the wake of Blizzardammerung.

See some of you there!

On My 2010 Shore Leave Schedule

Shore Leave!  It’s the media science-fiction convention held in Hunt Valley, Maryland every mid-July.  This year, it falls on the calendar from July 9th through 11th. :spock:

This year, barring any unforeseen happenings, I will again be attending the convention as a guest.

My schedule for panels looks like:

Friday

  • Meet the Pros
    Hunt/Valley Hallway — 10pm-Midnight
    It’s the traditional author meet-and-greet; meet your favorite authors and get your books signed.
    Note: I’m planning on having copies of the limited edition of Star Trek Magazine #26 with me, which has my article on Star Trek: Generations, as well as a few of the chapbooks I produced for Farpoint.

Saturday

  • Writing Fiction at Stupidly Short Lengths
    Salon A — 10am-11am
    Learn about Twitterfics, Drabbles, and Flash Fiction as writers talk about creating stories at super-short lengths that make conventional stories look like War and Peace by comparison. Discover the appeal of the super-short form, uncover the techniques writers use to conceptualize and create at that length, and try your hand at your own super-short story!
    Panelists: Allyn Gibson, Dayton Ward
    (Note to self: Prepare handout)
  • Doctor Who: Smith and Steve
    Salon A — 11am-Noon
    The fifth season of Doctor Who — and the first since 2006 without David Tennant — has just concluded on BBC America. With an entirely new cast headed by Matt Smith in front of the camera and new people headed by Steven Moffat behind the scenes, the show underwent a creative rebirth.  What did we learn about the last of the Time Lords, and what does the future hold for the new series?
    Panelists: Kathleen O. David, Allyn Gibson, Terri Osborne, Rigel Ailur, Alan Kistler
  • Magic, Myth, and Merlin
    Chase — 5pm-6pm
    The age of Camelot lives again in Merlin, the reimagining of the Arthurian legend now airing on the BBC and SyFy. What makes this take on the King Arthur myths different and where might the stories take us in the season to come?
    Panelists: Allyn Gibson, Terri Osborne, Marco Palmieri

Sunday

  • If I Were Joe Quesada for a Day!
    Derby — 2pm-3pm
    Imagine you were Joe Quesada, in charge of one of the major comic book companies, like Marvel Comics, today.  What would you do?  What comics would you publish?  What movies would you develop from your properties?  What are the trends shaping comic books today?  The panelists discuss the comic book industry, where it is, and where it might be going, all by asking the question, “If I were Joe Quesada for a day…?”
    Panelists: Allyn Gibson, Dave Galanter, Glenn Hauman

And, of course, there’s the Shore Leave Bar. ;)

I may see about picking up one more panel on Saturday.

There are some other intriguing things on the schedule this weekend, such as panels on the future of spaceflight on the science track.

I’m very interested in the screening of The Hunt for Gollum, the Lord of the Rings fanfilm, Sunday morning at 10 o’clock; I’ve watched it on my computer monitor (and it’s fantastic stuff), but the opportunity to see it on a wider screen is sorely tempting for this Tolkien fan.

That’s Shore Leave.  Hopefully, I’ll see some of you there! :cheers:

On Shore Leave Anticipation

Shore Leave is coming up.  The second weekend in July — the 9th through the 11th.

Guests this year include Edward James Olmos and Katee Sackhoff.

If you’re in the Baltimore area in mid-July and you’re looking for a convention, Shore Leave’s worth your time.

I bring up Shore Leave because yesterday I received an e-mail about programming for the convention.  In short, they’re looking for ideas.  I’ve been spitballing a few ideas in my head.

One thing I’m thinking of pitching:

Writing Fiction at Stupidly Short Lengths
Learn about Twitterfics, Drabbles, and Flash Fiction as writers talk about creating stories at super-short lengths that make conventional stories look like War and Peace by comparison.  Discover the appeal of the super-short form, uncover the techniques writers use to conceptualize and create at that length, and try your hand at your own super-short story!

I write marketing copy on a daily basis, can’t you tell?

As I mentioned in yesterday’s posting, I like writing drabbles, which are stories of precisely 100 words.  I’ve not tried a Twitterfic yet, which would be a story in 140 characters, the length of a tweet.  Running a panel on the topic struck me this morning as something that’s potentially fun and different.  And I’m all about the fun and the different.

I’m also thinking of pitching a Merlin panel, though I haven’t come up with a catchy name for it.  I do, however, have a catchy name for the standard Doctor Who panel — “The Eleventh Doctor’s The Charm!”

I’ll come up with some other ideas over the weekend.

Shore Leave.  It’s a month away.  I can’t wait!

On Differences Among Fandoms

Over on TrekBBS there’s a discussion ongoing about what Titan’s Star Trek Magazine can and should be.  In the course of the conversation, one of the suggestions is that it could be more like Doctor Who Magazine, and there have been explanations proffered as to why that’s not feasible, from licensing concerns to differences in the fandoms themselves.

For a variety of reasons, I’ve recently been musing on the nature of Star Trek fandom.  Since the discussion was trending in that direction, I offered my thoughts on the subject.  In the interest of archiving them permanently, I’m also offering those thoughts here, though with some formatting alterations and contextual changes. :)

Without further ado…

The differences between the two fandoms are interesting, and I’ve long wondered why the two fandoms are so vastly different. The conclusions I’ve come to:

1) Doctor Who has no Gene Roddenberry-like figure. Yes, Who fans can talk about different producers and different script editors, but Star Trek is, somewhat inaccurately, seen as Roddenberry’s baby, and fandom has long assigned him credit for things he had little, if any, involvement in. Who fandom recognizes the differences between the Holmes/Hinchcliffe era and the Graham Williams era and would never assign the strengths and failures of one to the other, for instance, but many Star Trek fans are confused as to the extent of Roddenberry’s involvement in the Animated Series and the films, and Roddenberry’s own historical revisionism over the years muddied the waters. As an example, I just read an article about how Roddenberry insisted that the computer used in Star Trek IV be a Macintosh because Roddenberry owned one of the first Mac Pluses, yet the problem with that is that Roddenberry’s involvement in the film was nil, and Roddenberry could insist all he wanted, but the decision was ultimately up to Nimoy and Bennett. The end result — Who fans have tended to be more engaged with the history of their series, because their series has a history, while Trek fans aren’t as engaged with the history of their series.

2) The keepers of the Who flame during the Interregnums were fans, and from those keepers the creators of new Who were drawn — Paul Cornell, Russell T. Davies, Steven Moffat — which gives Who a broader link to its past because, going back to the first point, Who fandom is more aware of its past. Trek doesn’t have that same connection between the professionals and the fandom, the lines aren’t as blurred. And until recently, the people producing Trek have shown very little awareness for anything going on outside their boxes. The ancillary products seem to be of more value in Who, while in Trek there’s a feeling of disposability.

2A) As a corollary… Ian Levine was never in a position to say that Doctor Who Magazine didn’t count, while Richard Arnold was empowered to be narrow-minded and fundamentalist about what counted and what didn’t. The different perceptions of canon between the two fandoms has some effect on the shape of fandom. If, as is the case in Star Trek, you know that some things don’t count officially, there’s an unspoken message that it’s not important, or it can be skipped.

3) Doctor Who fans start at an earlier age, so there’s a childhood nostalgia factor attached to Doctor Who in the minds of many fans, which Star Trek, by and large, seems not to have. Also, Doctor Who is a family program, while Star Trek is ghettoized into the science-fiction genre. Thus, Who fandom is more socially acceptable, while Star Trek fandom is niche.

I, personally, would prefer a Star Trek fandom that were more like Doctor Who fandom. I wonder where Star Trek‘s Lance Parkin or Paul Cornell is. Or, for that matter, where its Lawrence Miles is. We do have our Craig Hintons, though. (Mollmann, I’m looking at you.) But I also accept that Star Trek fandom is a vastly different beast than Who fandom. There’s a lot of inertia in Star Trek fandom, a lot of institutionalization.

Vive la difference.


Steve Roby had a good comment in response to this:

Everything else in the post is gold, but basically, this is it in a nutshell: there’s no mythical Creator of Doctor Who. There’s no Authority. And that parallels what the shows are about. One’s about a more or less military organization, part of a hierarchical structure with clear lines of authority; the other is about a guy who dislikes all that stuff and just wanders around.

Star Trek fandom seems predisposed to need authority (all those “Gene Roddenberry would never have allowed this to happen” posts from people who clearly don’t know how little core Trek stuff was created by Roddenberry) and canon. Doctor Who fandom seems to manage nicely without it. An oversimplification, perhaps, but I think there’s some truth to it.

This is very true.

A Doctor Who fan would never look to Sydney Newman or Verity Lambert to tell them what Doctor Who should mean or what it should be.  Their tenures with the series were short in comparison to its longevity, and the series moved on from what they had done.  Some of the core concepts of Who — like regeneration, like the Time Lords themselves — simply weren’t thought of when Lambert left the series in its third season.

Novelist Chris Bennett rightly points out that while a Doctor Who fan would never erroneously assign producer John Nathan-Turner blame for, say, the 1996 FOX television movie, Star Trek fans routinely blame Brannon Braga for Insurrection or Nemesis, films in which Braga had no involvement whatsoever.  Again, Doctor Who fans have a better engagement with their series and the history of their series.

I should also note that I’m speaking of the differences in the fandoms in their native countries.  The American experience of Doctor Who is vastly different than the British experience of the series, and American Who fandom has some significant differences to its British counterpart.  American Who fandom is older, niche, and more Star Trek-like.  But the lack of an Ur-Creator in Doctor Who still has the same effect — a greater tolerance for and appreciation of the ancillary products.

I should note that when someone came into Doctor Who fandom appears to have a significant effect.  Among newer fans, I’ve found some perception of Russell T. Davies as the Roddenberry-like Ur-Creator, an appreciation of the series’ pre-2005 past isn’t always there, and there’s a greater tendency to treat Doctor Who as having a film-centric canon in the way that other media-sf franchises, such as Star Trek or Star Wars, have.  However, I think that as the baton is passed from Davies to Moffat and the series changes as a consequence, new Who fans will come to understand that Doctor Who is anything but a static series.

If you can’t tell, I hold Doctor Who fandom up as the example of what a media-sf fandom should be.  For all I know, there are Doctor Who fans who think their fandom should be more Star Trek fandom-like.

As I said above, vive la difference. :)

On My Shore Leave 2009 Schedule

The schedule for this weekend’s Shore Leave convention here in Baltimore was released on the con’s website this morning.

What do I have on tap?

Friday

  • Meet The Pros — Hunt/Valley Foyer, 10pm to Whenever
    This is where I get to autograph stuff.  I will gladly autograph the April issue of Previews, the one with my “What Would William Shatner Do?” article.  And lots of other things, too! :)

As an attendee, I’ll be at the Pocket Books upfronts from 8:30 to 9:30 in the Hunt Ballroom.  This is where Pocket announces their Star Trek publishing plans for the next year to eighteen months.

Saturday

  • Doctor Who: What Hath Rusty Wrought? — Hunt Valley Ballroom, 10am to 11am.
    Doctor Who, obviously.  And doubtless how much I fancy Karen Gillen.  Panelists, besides myself, include Kathleen David, Nea Dodson, and Terri Osborne.
  • The Young Gun Writers Ride The Range — Hunt Valley Ballroom, 11am to Noon
    A bunch of up-and-coming writers talk about writing.  Think of this as the successor to the annual Strange New Worlds panel.  I wish I could remember the phrasing I used when I pitched this.  Something about “Keith DeCandido yelling at us to get off the damn lawn.” :) Other panelists include Amy Sisson, John Coffren, Jim Johnson, Kevin Lauderdale, Scott Pearson, and Steve Mollmann.
  • Star Trek XI Smackdown! The Writers Sound Off — Hunt Valley Ballroom, Noon to 1:30
    What do people who have written Star Trek think of the new film?  Panelists include Chris Bennett, John S. Drew, Kevin Dilmore, Ann Crispin, Terri Osborne, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, Glenn Hauman, Dave Galanter, and Geoff Trowbridge.  With an army like that, I don’t imagine I’ll actually find the room to say anything.  I’ll be working this week on material anyway.
  • From Comics To Movies, the Trend Continues — Salon A, 4pm to 5pm
    What the title says.  Comic books to movies.  Panelists include Peter David, Bob Greenberger, Michael Jan Friedman, Glenn Hauman, and Rigel Ailur.  I feel like the odd one out here.

I’m shocked that enough people watched Legend of the Seeker for there to be a panel about the show.  I won’t be there, I’m just pointing it out.

Sunday

  • A Year Without the Doctor Scarcely Bears Thinking Of — Salon E, 3pm to 4pm.
    Doctor Who is in its “gap year,” so how are people coping?  Other panelists include Steve Mollmann and Terri Osborne.

I’ve asked to be added to the “Writing To Music” panel on Sunday, which could be fun.

That’s what my weekend at Shore Leave looks like.